Friday, May 19, 2017

5.19.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

There are exactly 19 days left of school!  This year has simply flown by and I am amazed at how quickly it passed.  There are numerous  activities and events between now and the end of the year. I will continue to keep you informed about each of them.  It continues to be a pleasure to watch the extraordinary growth of your kids - they are terrific!  Below are the notes for this week:

Information

Spring Concert Tonight!
Join us at the BHS Theater tonight for our Spring Concert.  The chorus starts at 6:30pm and the band begins at 7:30pm.  Admission is free.

BeBOLD Speaker Series
A reminder that on Monday, May 22nd from 7pm to 8pm are three Bedford MD’s to talk about NH’s drug and alcohol crisis.  Click HERE for the details.

Grandparents’ Day
Wow! If you came by McKelvie this morning, you saw that we had a FULL house of grandparents.  It was an amazing morning sponsored by both the school and the Bedford PTG. A BIG thank you to Denise Roy, Becky Coughlin for their efforts.  Also - I would like to recognize the following parents for volunteering/donating for this event: Kara Tynan, Jennifer Williams, Amanda Underwood, Donna Braga, Elise Johnson, Alyssa O’Neil, Joya Shaheen, Barbara Hardy, Kristin Koziol, Janine Muir, Julianna Mendedhall, Amy Bodoh, Karen Sorvillo, Heidi Stabell, Michelle Pearse, Cindy Deutscher, Gretchen Lord, Sue Russell, Traci Pulsifer, Lauri Carroll, Lisa Sutton, & Elizabeth McGovern

Memorial Day Speaker Needed - HELP WANTED
Each year McKelvie holds a Memorial Day Assembly where the students learn about the importance of Memorial Day.  If you or someone you know might be willing to speak to our students, please contact me.  The talk usually takes between 3-5 minutes and is a personal reflection on what Memorial Day means to them.

Teacher Workshop Day
Next Friday, May 26th is a Teacher Workshop Day.  As a result, there is NO SCHOOL for students that day.

Student Council Talent Show!
The talent show will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:00 pm.  Doors will open at 5:45, and tickets for ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be available for $3.00 each, to be served during intermission.  Bottled water will be available for $1.00.

From the Library
McKelvie Reads A Lot! This Lego creation was put together by various students that come to the McKelvie Library. This is just a friendly reminder to have your child(ren) check their Destiny Library account. Your child(ren) can do this easily to see what is checked out, when their library material(s) are due back, as well as what holds have been placed and their status. Just head to the MIS Library webpage, click on the tab "Library Online Catalog," have your child(ren) log in using their student ID number and password, and then have them click on the "My Info" option at the top of the page. This will give them the details they need regarding materials checked out or on hold.


Celebration

McKelvie Art Club Mural
A BIG thank you to Mr. Flint and the Art Club students for their beautiful mural!  Our student artists include: Zach Nguyen, Sam Ward, Ben Meisner,  Ava Constantine, Alexia Crisologo, Owen Piotrowski, Elise Piotrowski, Chloe Knight, Maya Malatesta, Henry Lewek, Anna Wolf, & Mika Berman. Click HERE to see their work.


In Previous News…

PTG COLOR BLAST 5K Fun Run/Walk
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5K? We invite you tojoin our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we  guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
Still plan to run…Online pre-registration for this fun, colorful event will be open until May 25th.  REGISTER TODAY and mark your calendar, Sunday June 4th @ 10am for a fun, family event!
PTG COMMUNITY MEETING with Superintendent McGee:
Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum onTuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year! Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.

School Supply Kits:
Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping. the Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students. Kits are available for students entering grades K-8. Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th. You can also order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter the account number below for the school your child will be at in the fall.
NOTE: When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. All orders are due by June 9th. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school. Please contact bedfordnhptg@gmail.com with any questions.
McKelvie  88671 (to order a 6th grade kit)
Lurgio  34344 (to order a 7th grade kit)
Account codes for elementary schools:
Memorial  88603
Peter Woodbury  88602
Riddle Brook  17033

5th to 6th Grade Placement
Click HERE to see this year’s placement letter.  Student placement will be announced in mid-August via the Parent Portal and with printed lists at McKelvie.

6th to 7th Grade Placement
Ed Joyce, principal of Lurgio, has sent out a note about the 6-7 transition process to all parents of 6th grade students. If you did not receive it directly from Mr. Joyce, please click here to read the letter.

Have a great weekend,

 Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110

603.472.3951 (W)

Friday, May 12, 2017

5.12.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

There are SO MANY amazing things happening at McKelvie right now!  Last evening was our Faculty Basketball game, tonight and tomorrow is the school play, Alice In Wonderland, and Sunday is Mother’s Day.  I am so proud of our school and students right now - it is simply an amazing community!  Below are this week’s notes:

Information
Alice In Wonderland
TONIGHT at 7pm is the opening show!  Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family.  If you can’t make it tonight, join us on Saturday at 1pm or 6pm.  This is going to be a fun musical!

Hoops for Hounds
A HUGE thank you to our Community Action Team for last evening’s event.  We raised over $3000.00 to help those families in need of a service dog.  Also - a HUGE thank you to Jodi Parsons and Michael Crowell for their leadership in organizing this event!

BeBold Speaker Event
Do you or your child have a sports injury and need pain medication?  Do you know what questions your doctor should be asking you about pain medications and pain management?  What kinds of substance abuse cases are our Doc’s seeing especially involving teens?  Is alcohol or marijuana a problem?  Has anything changed regarding pain meds and management?  YOU need to know this information to keep you and your family healthy and safe.  Learn about these topics and more at BeBOLD’s (Bedford - Building Our Lives Drug-free) monthly Speaker Series Event on Monday, May 22nd from 7-8pm at the Bedford Public Library in the McAllaster Room.  

The three panelists include:
  • Kevin Desrosiers, MD, Adult Intensive Care Physician and Medical Director of Performance Improvement for the Elliot Health System.
  • Greg Baxter, MD, Emergency Medicine, Senior VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer of Elliot Health System.
  • Steve Loosigian, DO, Director of the Hospitalist Program and President of Medical Staff at Elliot Health System.

Bicycle Rodeo
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall. Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

Destination Imagination
The Bedford DI Global Finals teams are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle next Tuesday, May 16th.  Chipotle will be donating all day from when they open at 11am.  Be sure to tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. No flyer required.  Thank you for your support.

From the Library
The Great Stone Face Statewide winner is... Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson! This graphic novel is a 2016 Newbury Honor winner and has been extremely popular with our McKelvie readers! There were a total of 93 schools who participated (including McKelvie) with 5,857 votes cast! Roller Girl received 695 votes. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen came in 2nd place with 684 votes and in 3rd place statewide was Pax by Sara Pennypacker. This titled received 655 votes. The 2017-2018 Great Stone Face List was just released and we are in the process of acquiring the nominees now for our McKelvie Library!

PTG COLORBLAST 5K Fun run/walk- Volunteers Needed
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5K? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
COMMUNITY MEETING with Superintendent McGee:
Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year! Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.

PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats-Due Date Extended
We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Wednesday, May 17th.
School Supply Kits:
Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping. the Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students. Kits are available for studentsentering grades K-8. Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th. You can also order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter the account number below for the school your child will be at in the fall.
NOTE: When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. All orders are due by June 9th. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school. Please contactbedfordnhptg@gmail.com with any questions.
McKelvie  88671 (to order a 6th grade kit)
Lurgio  34344 (to order a 7th grade kit)


Celebration

Essay Contest Winners!
Congratulations to the finalists in the Bedford Historical Society's annual essay contest!  Fifth-grade Writers' Group students wrote essays about "How My Ancestors Have Impacted My Life".  Allison Seidel, Maggie Roberts, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nick Ferrari, Kaylie Tennant and Jack Toolin earned honorable mention certificates. Lindsey Healey earned 3rd place, Hannah Duffy earned 2nd place and Ella Navarro earned lst place. The students shared their essays and were honored at a celebration on May 9th. Click HERE to see their smiling faces!

In Previous News…

Math Excel Testing - ACTION ITEM
Excel Math placement testing will be occurring soon.  If you are interested in having your 5th grade student take this assessment, please click this link to learn more about the Excel program and to download the permission slip.  All slips are due back to their math teachers by Wednesday, May 17th.

5th to 6th Grade Placement
Click HERE to see this year’s placement letter.  Student placement will be announced in mid-August via the Parent Portal and with printed lists at McKelvie.

6th to 7th Grade Placement
Ed Joyce, principal of Lurgio, has sent out a note about the 6-7 transition process to all parents of 6th grade students. If you did not receive it directly from Mr. Joyce, please click here to read the letter.

Student Council Talent Show!
Student Council is pleased to announce its annual school-wide talent show.  Tryouts for this year’s highly-anticipated show will be Tuesday, May 16th from 3:30 to 5:00.  Accepted acts will be posted on the cafeteria doors by lunch-time on Friday, May 19th.  A dress rehearsal for the show will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, June 6th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The show is Wednesday, June 7th at 6 pm.

The talent show will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:00 pm.  Doors will open at 6:45, and tickets for ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be available for $3.00 each, to be served during intermission.  Bottled water will be available for $1.00. Click HERE for the permission slip.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.  Click here to register online, or here to view their paper flyer. You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com.

Happy Mother’s Day ~

 Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110

603.472.3951 (W)

Friday, May 5, 2017

5.5.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

In case you did not know, this week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  The Bedford PTG went above and beyond the call of duty!  We are so grateful!  A HUGE thank you to Sue Jennato and many, many others for their leadership and planning this week.  Also - a BIG thank you to the following businesses who donated: TCBY, Puritan Backroom, Sol Power Yoga, Therapy Design for You, Yankee Candle, and Lindt Chocolate.  THANK YOU!

Information

Alice In Wonderland!
McKelvie cordially invites you to attend the school's performance of Alice In Wonderland Jr on May 12th and 13th at McKelvie Intermediate School.  "Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale."  The showtimes are Friday 5/12 at 7 pm or Saturday 5/13 at 1 and 6 pm.  Pre-order tickets for the show HERE.

HOOPS FOR HOUNDS
Are you ready for this year's staff basketball game?  The McKelvie Community Action Team has been working hard to prepare for the event and the staff here at McKelvie has already begun to practice their dribbling skills.  Click HERE for all of the information and we will see you at the BHS gym on Thursday, May 11th!

Math Excel Testing - ACTION ITEM
Excel Math placement testing will be occurring soon.  If you are interested in having your 5th grade student take this assessment, please click this link to learn more about the Excel program and to download the permission slip.  All slips are due back to their math teachers by Wednesday, May 17th.

Dress Code
Schools across the country struggle with a balanced approach to student dress.  We are not immune to this problem.  While schools use the guideline of “no shorter than 4” above the knee” - we know this is a challenging standard given available styles.  Office referrals will be for a pattern of behavior after warnings have been given.  If students are wearing clothing with inappropriate pictures/words, or if cleavage, bellies, or buttocks are showing, this is inappropriate attire.

Grandparents’ Day
Please join us on Friday, May 19th for Grandparents’ Day at McKelvie!  The day begins at 9:30am with coffee and danish.  Attendees will be able to see their grandchild’s school, view some of our school play, and enjoy a performance by our Music Department.  Please RSVP to Denise Roy at royd@sau25.net
Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at 9956565@bedfordnhk12.net.  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)

PTG COLOR BLAST 5K -Early Registration Deadline 5/5
Today, May 5th, is your LAST CHANCE to order your Color Blast 5K t-shirt and race kit (drawstring bag, sunglasses and individual powder back for the starting line color explosion) all for just $10. Kits and t-shirts will not be available for ordering after May 5th but you can still register online here through May 25th. *Please note that registration will also increase from $25 to $30 per registrant after May 5th.  
Want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K? Join our team of volunteers, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the NH Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Friday, May 12th.
THANK YOU
A sincere THANK YOU to all the volunteers and folks who donated their time, food, treats and items during National Teacher Appreciation Week this week!


Celebration

From the Library
Congratulations to our April Search Slip winner! Jessica Mannella's Search Slip was drawn from the many slips that were entered into our April raffle. Click HERE to see Jessica, her Search Slip, and her prize. Enjoy a sweet treat, Jessica!

The statewide Great Stone Face winner was announced today at the end of the New Hampshire Library Association Spring Conference. I will be sure to share what nominee was the most popular with the 4th, 5th & 6th in our great state!

In Previous News…

5th to 6th Grade Placement
Click HERE to see this year’s placement letter.  Student placement will be announced in mid-August via the Parent Portal and with printed lists at McKelvie.

6th to 7th Grade Placement
Ed Joyce, principal of Lurgio, has sent out a note about the 6-7 transition process to all parents of 6th grade students. If you did not receive it directly from Mr. Joyce, please click here to read the letter.

Student Council Talent Show!
Student Council is pleased to announce its annual school-wide talent show.  Tryouts for this year’s highly-anticipated show will be Tuesday, May 16th from 3:30 to 5:00.  Accepted acts will be posted on the cafeteria doors by lunch-time on Friday, May 19th.  A dress rehearsal for the show will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, June 6th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The show is Wednesday, June 7th at 6 pm.

The talent show will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:00 pm.  Doors will open at 6:45, and tickets for ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be available for $3.00 each, to be served during intermission.  Bottled water will be available for $1.00. Click HERE for the permission slip.

COMMUNITY MEETING with The Principals
Join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.

Book Drive to Strengthen McKelvie Classroom Libraries
We are working on beefing up our classroom libraries as well as the collection of books in our Reading Lab.  If you are looking to get rid of gently used, age-appropriate, high-interest books, please send them our way!  We will be collecting throughout the month of May.  Please see this flyer for more information, or contact Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at webbl@sau25.net.  Thank you!

Ecosmith Recycling
Ready for spring cleaning?  If so, bag up those belts, shoes, & bags!  There are boxes and blue bags located in the lobby of each school.  All proceeds go to Bedford’s Destination Imagination teams going to Globals.  Click HERE for more information.  Questions can be directed to Marie Russell at russellm@bedfordnhk12.net.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.  Click here to register online, or here to view their paper flyer. You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Stand By Me:
Lurgio’s annual Stand By Me event for 7th grade students, and their parents, is looking for volunteers on Friday, May 19th. We ask for volunteers from McKelvie and 8th grade so that 7th grade families can attend and enjoy the event together. There are many different opportunities available and it’s a great way to see what the day is all about! Click here to sign up to help out. Thank you!
YANKEE CANDLE:
Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your summertime scents in time for nights on the porch. Direct shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479

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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