Friday, January 19, 2018

1.19.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

I am looking forward to Sunday at 3:05pm - and I know many of our students are too (Patriots vs. Jaguars)! I hope that every family enjoys a terrific weekend together.  This week’s notes are dense, so take your time and check out everything we’ve packed into them.  Happy Friday!

New Last Day of School
As of today, we have a total of five days to make up.  As a result, our new last day of school is Wednesday, June 20th.

Q3 Intramurals
Intramural descriptions for Quarter 3 are posted on the McKelvie website under Intramurals>Q3 Intramural Offerings or by clicking the link below. Signups begin today, January 19th, at 5pm and will remain open until filled or Friday, January 26th, at 3pm, whichever comes first. All intramurals will start during the week of January 29th and run until the week of March 26th.  Click HERE to register.

Important Information to Parents: We offered Soccer and Wrestling during Q1 and Q2; however, the coaches are unavailable to offer these sessions during Q3. Intramural offerings are determined each quarter based on facilitator/coach availability and each has its own maximum number of students. Please make sure that you submit only ONE registration per intramural per student as the registration forms are set up to shut down when the session maximum has been reached.

Talent Show
Student Council is pleased to announce its annual school-wide talent show, McKelvie's Got Talent!  The show starts at 6pm on Wednesday, January 24th.  Treats from the snack shop will be sold for $1.00 but admission is free!  You won’t want to miss this fun event!

McKelvie Maskers Auditions
Auditions for the McKelvie school play will be Thursday, Feb 15th and
Friday, Feb 16th, 3:30-5:30. We will be performing Into the Woods Jr. Please prepare a song (preferably a Disney, choral or showtune) and be prepared to dance! Please see Mrs. Coughlin's website to sign up to audition.  Questions can be directed to our Director, Nate Sawyer or  

New Rock Wall at McKelvie!
A BIG thank you to Bedford First Kids Trust for funding a climbing wall at McKelvie!  Thank you, also, to Mr. Chapman and Ms. French for incorporating new skills and activities in Physical Education.  Click HERE to see some climbing kids!

School District Dialogue
Community members are invited to a School District Dialogue hosted by Bedford School Board members. The event is on Tuesday, January 23
at the Bedford Town Library from 6-8 p.m. in the Richmond Room. Come share your thoughts, feedback, questions or concerns.

All School Read
We are excited to introduce this year's R.E.A.D. project book pick to our students and parents.  Starting Friday, February 2nd we will be reading the book,  As Small As An Elephant as an entire school.  For a preview of the book, watch the book trailer HERE.  

In the book, 11-year-old Jack's life gets turned upside down when his unpredictable mother leaves him on a camping trip and Jack must embark on a journey from Acadia National Park to find his way back home.  Here you will find a list of full text reviews if you'd like to take a look.

Since its inception 4 years ago, the R.E.A.D. project has sought to expose students to Reading for Enjoyment and Accepting Differences.  We look forward to another successful year in this endeavor!  During the R.E.A.D. project, all students will be divided into small groups of 10-12 students and will have the opportunity to have this book read to them by a McKelvie staff member for 30 minutes at the end of the school day.  The R.E.A.D. project runs from 2/5 through 2/12 with a kick-off assembly on 2/2.

After reviewing the information on the R.E.A.D. project or the book Small As An Elephant, should you have any questions or would request that your child not participate in this book reading, please contact McKelvie Guidance Department at 472-3951 ext. 22219.

We are excited to share the R.E.A.D. project with McKelvie students this year and look forward to welcoming the author, Jennifer Richard Jacobson, to our school in March.

From the Library
Last Friday, the Allen, Mail, Waldman Pod came to the library for a book character red carpet event. Mrs. Mail announced, with commentary, each character as they "strutted" the red carpet. This anticipated event was a success! Snacks and drinks were served. The costumed book characters introduced themselves, talked to the hosts, and asked questions after walking the red carpet. The hand shaking and verbal manners were impressive. Books that the students created book talks for were displayed on the library tables. Many students have come to the library to check out the books that their peers book talked. Click on Pic. 1, Pic. 2, Pic. 3 and Pic. 4 to see the transformed library and some of the costumed teachers and students! What a great event to encourage reading!

BeBOLD Presentation
“The Slippery Slope to Substance Abuse” - Join us on Monday, January 29th from 7pm to 8pm at the Bedford Library!  Teen Challenge will be presenting their stories.  Students and parents welcome.

From the PTG
Panera & PTG – Take a night off from cooking and join us at our Bedford PTG Night at Panera on Thursday, February 1st.  Bring your Panera February Flyer anytime between 4-8pm to the Panera at Colby Court and enjoy a night out.  

PTG Night at the Monarchs – On Saturday, January 20th at 6:00pm come join the Bedford PTG and the Manchester Monarchs as we host our Marvel Superhero and Villains Night! Participate in our HIGH-FIVE TUNNEL and celebrate your favorite Marvel character! Ticket sales are online only.  To order tickets, please visit MONARCHS TICKETS.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dion at amye731@gmail.com.    
Principal Winter Reading Night – Dress in your PJ’s, bring a blanket and come listen to all the Bedford Principal’s read you a story.  This fun filled event will be held on January 25th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.  Be sure to bring your admission ticket to enter our book raffle!
Barnes and Noble Days with Bedford PTG – January 26th - 28th join us at the Barnes and Noble Manchester location!  Come and look at the many art projects from all Bedford Schools, listen to the performance by the McKelvie music department and listen to stories read by Bedford’s elementary teachers.  For more information and to view the schedule of events, please visit Bedford PTG Barnes & Noble.
Yankee Candle – Our Yankee Candle fundraiser is coming soon!  The sale starts February 2nd and 40% of sales go back to the PTG!  Visit Bedford PTG Yankee Candle for more information and be on the look for the full color brochures coming home soon (K-6) or in the front offices at Lurgio and BHS.

Have a GREAT weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, January 12, 2018

1.12.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

I spent some time walking through classrooms this week.  I want you to know that I saw amazing things happening.  In particular, I sat in on a group of students doing “Book Talks.”  It was inspiring to watch your children present a book to their peers using key strategies (eye contact, voice projection, maintaining peer attention).  These same students received feedback and answered questions.  I was impressed with both the content they were sharing and the confidence they mustered to present.  I am proud of our students and our school!

NO SCHOOL
There is no school on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

You Be the Chemist Club - NEW
Is your child interested in science and chemistry.  If so, they can join our Chemistry Club.  This club will be run by Sudha Komma and her daughter Manogna.  It will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 with a start date of February 6th.  Click HERE to submit a permission slip.

Snow Day Lunch Info./Announcements
Our district’s Food Service Director (Emily Murphy) has decided to provide an announcement on the SAU’s website (www.sau25.net) in the District News box, which will detail, by school, what the hot lunch offering will be the day following the snow day.  This information will be available the day of the snow day.

Grade 5 Poster Contest
The National Criminal Justice Training Center is hosting a poster contest for 5th grade students.  If your child is interested, please click HERE for more information.  For your convenience, click HERE for the State Manager contact list.

Classroom Geography Bee Winners
Congratulations to the following students who will participate in our school-wide Geography Bee on Tuesday, January 23rd: Jack Steward, Yash Veerkar, Ryan O'Connor, Ethan Sobell, Lukas Demos , John Morse, Leah Boone, Benjamin Morris, Michael Donelli, Eliah Feil & Jake Harding.

New Choral Risers
After years of bake sales at the Winter and Spring Concerts, we were able to purchase new risers for our Music Department.  A BIG thank you to all of our families who continue to support the McKelvie music program.  As a bonus to the teachers, the kids are THRILLED with them!  Click HERE to check them out.

From the Library
The PTG Bulldog is currently visiting McKelvie! Click HERE and HERE to see images of the beautifully painted bulldog. The bulldog was creatively designed and painted by Kathy Ang. Currently, he is without a name. In the library, there are name suggestion slips for students and staff to write a possible name for the PTG to consider. Stop by to see this hand painted mascot representing all six schools in our community!

Thank you to the PTG for sponsoring the Book Fair! The book fair was held during the second full week in December and was a success. Regina Dixon kindly delivered the $75.00 profit from the "All for Books" proceeds to the McKelvie Library this week.Those proceeds will be spent on recently published titles for the school library. Thank you again to the PTG for the donation and for helping to encourage reading!

Please be sure to check out Flipster if you have not already! This is the platform we use for our digital periodicals. The link is on the "Digital Resources tab" via the McKelvie Library site. These are the 8 digital magazines that we subscribe to: Discover (Science), Sports Illustrated Kids, Boys' Life, Cobblestone (History), Dig into History (History), Discovery Girls, Muse (Science, Technology & Arts), & National Geographic Kids. The Flipster apps for iOS and Android enable you to find and read the McKelvie's Flipster digital magazines on mobile devices. These periodicals can be read via chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Happy reading!

Box Tops
Please continue to send in your Box Tops for Education.  Each clipped box tops earns dollars for school projects.  For questions, please contact Stephanie Richard at spare111778@aol.com

Community Enrichment
Courses for the Spring term of Community Enrichment are posted! Please join us for Introduction to Italian, Fused Glass Workshop, Elements of Art or Introduction to Photography!! Course descriptions and registration information are listed here: https://goo.gl/1byvaY

From the PTG
PTG Night at the Monarchs – On Saturday, January 20th at 6:00pm come join the Bedford PTG and the Manchester Monarchs as we host our Marvel Superhero and Villains Night! Participate in our HIGH-FIVE TUNNEL and celebrate your favorite Marvel character! Ticket sales are online only.  To order tickets, please visit MONARCHS TICKETS.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dion at amye731@gmail.com.    
Principal Winter Reading Night – Dress in your PJ’s, bring a blanket and come listen to all the Bedford Principal’s read you a story.  This fun filled event will be held on January 25th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.  Choose between two session times 4:30pm or 6:30pm on the flyer that came home in your student’s backpack or if you need another, please click PWRN Flyer.  Registrations must be returned to your teacher by Friday January 12th.  
Barnes and Noble Days with Bedford PTG – On January 26th & 27th join us at the Barnes and Noble Manchester location!  Come and look at the many art projects from all Bedford Schools, listen to the performance by the McKelvie music department and listen to stories read by Bedford’s elementary teachers.  For more information and to view the schedule of events, please visit the Bedford PTG website.
Champions for Children - Once again, the New Hampshire School Administrators Association is seeking nominees for the "Champions for Children Award Program".  Last year, Bedford nominated Greg Uliaz as our District Champion.  Greg was later selected as the South Central region winner and was recognized at the State-wide breakfast along with his family.
Nominees are individuals who have given distinguished service to children over the past year.  To nominate a Bedford Champion, please complete this short form no later than January 31, 2018.

Have a great LONG weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, January 5, 2018

1.5.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

This has been quite the week.  Two delays and one snow day makes for a rather splintered few days for our students.  With a bit of luck (and warm weather), next week will be a full 5 days where we can get back in the groove again.  With that said, I hope that your week has been a good one and that these circumstances have not placed too much of a burden on your family schedule.  

New Last Day
As of today, we have a total of four days to make up.  As a result, our new last day of school is Tuesday, June 19th.

Adolescent Anxiety
Every family must contend with some level of anxiety with their children.  However, some families struggle more than others.  The Fournier family is no exception to this dilemma.  I recently read this article and thought I would share it with you.  It does not provide all the answers, but it does provide some important guidance. Click HERE for the article.

From the Library
Over vacation our 4th "Search Slip" raffle was held for the month of December! The "Search Slips" are filled out with the title of the book, the author's last name, and the call number. This is done when students are looking for a book using the online catalog. The student then has an opportunity to write his/her name on the back of the "Search Slip" and enter a monthly raffle! December's raffle winner was ​​from Mrs. Mail's homeroom. Audrey Dimond received a $5.00 gift certificate for a sweet treat.

Happy 2018! Is is too early to think about spring and baseball, especially after Winter Storm Grayson? McKelvie was registered to participate in the 2017-2018 Fisher Cats Reading Challenge presented by Velcro! This is the start of their 15th season.

Look for the bookmark/form coming home with your child and promote pleasure reading! On the perforated bookmark, there is a spot for your child to write 5 reading level appropriate book titles. Your child(ren) can start now and record titles up until the March 16th deadline. Follow the instructions on the form. After mailing the form in the 2 FREE tickets will be mailed to the address you list! There is a $3.00 processing fee ONLY if additional tickets are PURCHASED.

If you have any questions I can be reached at cotej@sau25.net. If your child needs a form, please have them come to the MIS Library. Reading and baseball make a great team! Think spring!

From the PTG
PTG Night at the Monarchs – On Saturday, January 20th at 6:00pm come join the Bedford PTG and the Manchester Monarchs as we host our Marvel Superhero and Villains Night! Participate in our HIGH-FIVE TUNNEL and celebrate your favorite Marvel character! Ticket sales are online only.  To order tickets, please visit MONARCHS TICKETS.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dion at amye731@gmail.com.    
Principal Winter Reading Night – Dress in your PJ’s, bring a blanket and come listen to all the Bedford Principal’s read you a story.  This fun filled event will be held on January 25th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.  Choose between two session times 4:30pm or 6:30pmon the flyer that came home in your student’s backpack or if you need another, please click PWRN Flyer.  Registrations must be returned to your teacher by Friday January 12th.  
Barnes and Noble Days with Bedford PTG – Save the date for our event to be held January 25th – 28th at the Barnes and Noble Manchester location.  More information coming soon!
Champions for Children - Once again, the New Hampshire School Administrators Association is seeking nominees for the "Champions for Children Award Program".  Last year, Bedford nominated Greg Uliaz as our District Champion.  Greg was later selected as the South Central region winner and was recognized at the State-wide breakfast along with his family.

Nominees are individuals who have given distinguished service to children over the past year.  To nominate a Bedford Champion, please complete this short form no later than January 31, 2018.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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