Friday, April 13, 2018

4.13.18


Dear McKelvie Families ~

One more week until Spring Break.  If you have a chance, please stop by our Lost and Found to collect those winter coats, hats, gloves, and other miscellaneous items!  They will be donated during break.  Below are this week’s notes:

Morning Drop Off
Please reduce your speed when dropping off in the morning.  We have received several complaints that cars are driving too fast.  

School Play - Save the Date
Under the direction of Nate Sawyer and Musical Director Rebecca Coughlin, the McKelvie Drama Club will be performing Into the Woods, Jr.  Performances are May 4th @ 7pm and May 5th @ 1pm and 6pm.  Tickets will be $7 each.  Ticket sales will begin next week - more information to come.

NEW Intramural
GIRLS SOFTBALL:  Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm, starting Monday, April 30th, and running through Monday, June 11th. (Min participants:20 Max participants: 26 - Please note: if we do not have at least 20 girls, we will not be able to run this intramural.) Click HERE to register.

Grandparents’ Day
Save the Date!  May 18th is Grandparents’ Day at McKelvie.  This generally takes place from 9:30am until 11:30am.  More information to come.

Student Council Spirit Day
Student Council is hosting Freaky Friday on April 20th.  Students are encouraged to wear funny, non-matching clothes.  Dress code applies.  Questions can be directed to Student Council Advisors’ Mike Brown (brownm@sau25.net) or Carolyn Mail (mailc@sau25.net).

McKelvie Breakfast
We will begin offering a grab and go breakfast for students starting May 2nd.  Meals will be available for sale between 7:45am and 8:20am in the Cafe (for Before School Program) and then at 9:40am when students enter the building.  Questions can be directed to Cyndi Parker at parkerc@sau25.net.  Click HERE for details.

Book Fair Thank You
An ENORMOUS thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at this year’s Book Fair. Thanks to your support and their efforts, the PTG had $11,268.05 in gross sales!

Box Tops
Please keep those box tops coming in!  We are always collecting!  Questions can be directed to Stephanie Richard at Spare111778@aol.com.

Grade 6 Art Club
A BIG thanks to our Art Club students for their spring mural.  Click HERE to see their smiling faces. Front: Ayeza Shah, Nicolette Rago, Aparna Thandapani, Ella Dakos, Lily Justic, Nicki Basur, & Aidan Sevigny. Standing in Back: Grace Krueger, Kaylee Snyder, Faye Shaughnessy, Maggie Roberts, Nicole Fletcher, Megan Carroll, Sharon Boucher, & Will Helmke

From the Library
Today we wrapped up the annual Great Stone Face Voting at McKelvie. Students had an opportunity to vote for their favorite Nominee out of 20 selected by children's librarians throughout the state! Students voted by Google Form. The McKelvie winner will be announced on Monday and the New Hampshire statewide winner will be announced in May. Stay tuned!

April break is approaching quickly! The library is looking for photos of where books went over break. I would love to have photographs of books with their readers to display in the library windows with the caption "Oh, The Places Our Books Go!" This can be as simple as snapping a photograph with a McKelvie reader and book in a comfy spot at home in Bedford to a McKelvie reader and book on a beach in the tropics. Email the picture with your child's name and the location to cotej@sau25.net. I will print and display all of the pictures I receive! Thank you in advance for participating! I can't wait to see where books travel over break.

Faculty Basketball Game - SAVE THE DATE
The Community Action Team (CAT) is hosting our 5th annual staff basketball game to benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD)!
When:
Friday, May 11, 2018
Doors @ 6:00
Game @ 6:30
Where:
Bedford High School Gym.  More information to come.

McKelvie’s DestiNation
Bedford DI Rocked at the Destination Imagination State Tournament
Bedford DI took home 9 of the top spots at the State Destination Imagination tournament in Bedford High School on
April 7th.  Teams had already presented at regional tournaments in Hampton, Swanzey and Goffstown to qualify for States. Teams presented solutions to challenges in many areas of STEM, as well as arts and community services projects.  Team SSSSAM won 1st place in the Project Outreach challenge for their
recycling efforts in the McKelvie cafeteria.  McKelvie Intermediate had an additional 3 teams who placed 2nd; The 5 Leaf Clovers, The Mindblowers, and Animal Brigade.  Teams are now organizing many fundraisers to help offset the cost of getting to the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN next month and appreciate 
your support. 

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive Starts Monday
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  This items must be placed in a special blue bag.  This is a great way to get your spring cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.  Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot.  We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

From the PTG
COLOR BLAST SUNDAY JUNE 3RD 9:30AM - Don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun. This year our route is shorter and great for everyone in your family! Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities. Registerby Friday, May 4th to take advantage of our reduced pricing and purchase a Color Blast t-shirt and swag bag including drawstring bag, sunglasses, bandana, and your own color bag to throw at the start of the race!

SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT PROGRAM UPDATE - Due to unforeseen circumstances with our supplier, PTG will be unable to offer pre-purchased school supply kits to families for 2018/19 school year. Teachers will still provide supply lists that families can utilize to shop on their own for supplies before the start of the school year.
Please note that we will be working on finding an alternative and we hope to re-introduce this program next spring for 2019/20 school year supplies. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work to find the best supplier to meet Bedford School District’s needs.

FISHER CATS DISCOUNTED TICKETS - Join the PTG for a fun family afternoon with the Fisher Cats on May 20th. Arrive early for the High Five Tunnel and stay late to run the bases.
Click  HERE for more information and to order tickets. Return order form with check payable to NH Fisher Cats to school by May 11th. Tickets will be available at the Will Call window on 5/20.

Enjoy the 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, April 6, 2018

4.6.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

Has one little note ever made your day?  Well, click HERE for one dad’s hilarious pick up note.  It made my day! It is a joy to know you and your kids - really!  Below are this week’s notes:

Boys Flag Football
Thanks to the Labrie family, we will now be offering boys’ flag football for Q4.  Click HERE for additional information.  

Hannaford Helps Schools
A HUGE thank you to everyone for saving your Hannaford dollars.  We received a check for $891.00!!  These funds will be used for student activities.  Many thanks!

Breakfast at McKelvie - NEW
Beginning March 30th, Food Services will be offering breakfast for McKelvie students.  The cost is $1.25 and will be available Monday through Friday. This is a pilot for our school to see how it is received.  Additional information is HERE.  Students can use their lunch accounts to purchase breakfast.

From the Library
Congrats to 6th grader Landon Larose from Mrs. Burke's homeroom! He was the 7th "Search Slip" winner for the month of March. Landon had his search slip filled out correctly and entered it into the monthly drawing when his class was looking for good reads! He won a $5.00 gift certificate to put towards a treat at a local ice cream establishment. Enjoy your treat, Landon!

On Thursday, Google was at McKelvie! What an amazing opportunity we were provided with. Our students and staff helped beta test the new Pioneer Augmented Reality (AR) app set to release next year.  Click HERE to see a short video about augmented reality. A Google Associate came and provided teachers with a 30 minute Augmented Reality training and then teachers were able to bring classes simultaneously to the library to lead their groups through 1-2 augmented reality lessons. Click HERE, HERE, and HERE to see the exploration.

Next week, we will be honoring National Library Week 2018 by voting for our favorite Great Stone Face Nominee. Students statewide, in grades 4-6, have an opportunity to vote. Students at McKelvie will have access to a Google Form voting ballot to cast their one vote. The form will be linked to the tab titled "Great Stone Face" off of the library website. The McKelvie winner will be announced during the week of April 16th. The statewide winner will be announced in May. Stay tuned!

Stand By Me presents Dr. Robin Bruck
A free presentation for Parents and Community Members
Stand By Me is proud to present Dr. Robin Bruck from the NH nonprofit group called Personal Responsibility Organization. Dr. Bruck will present techniques that will help:
  • Manage worry and stress
  • Decrease conflict
  • Increase teamwork and cooperation
  • Increase motivation
This free community presentation for parents and students will take place Monday, April 9 from 7-8 PM in the BHS Theater. Click here to learn more.

Destination Imagination State Tournament at BHS
Bedford DI is excited to welcome teams from across the state to the Destination Imagination State Tournament at Bedford High School this Saturday, April 7th.  Over 100 teams will bring their solutions to STEM challenges, including the arts and community service projects. Bedford DI has 10 teams who advanced including 4 teams from MIS -  Animal Brigade, The 5 Leaf Clovers, The Mindblowers and SSSSAM.  Everyone is welcome to come support the hometown teams.  Admission is FREE! For a full tournament schedule see http://nh-di.org/nh/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-State-Tournament-Schedule.pdf

COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!   Over 175 runners registered so far. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun. This year our route is shorter and great for everyone in your family!  Our Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.  Be sure to register by May 4th if you wish to purchase a “swag bag” that includes a Color Blast t-shirt, individual bag of color, sunglasses, and a bandana!
INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED WITH PTG AND BEDFORD SCHOOLS?
PTG has some exciting District and Board positions open for next school year (2018/19). Open roles include District Support, Gift Wrap, School Supplies, and Co-Barnes and Noble; along with Board roles including Secretary; and shadows for Treasurer and VP Publicity. If you have interest in any of these roles or would like to learn more please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by April 9th.
STAND BY ME COMMUNITY PRESENTATION - PTG is a proud sponsor of Lurgio’s Stand By Me program. All families are invited to the Stand Tall and Stand Together kick off presentation at BHS theater on Monday, April 9th at 7pm.  Click HERE  for details.
YANKEE CANDLE - ONLINE EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 15TH - Thank you to all who participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you missed it, no need to worry! We are extending the fundraiser online until May 15th. Candles make a great gift for Mother's Day or any fun Spring gathering! Click here and enter 999965479 in the Group # Box to shop.*** 40% of sales go back to our schools! ***
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, March 30, 2018

3.30.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

I hope that many of you were able to attend Wednesday’s event with Jessica Lahey.  Her presentation was outstanding. If you would like additional information, please click HERE.  It is the hope of the Bedford PTG and BeBOLD that Jessica will return to Bedford in the future.  Below are this week’s notes:

Social Media and Snapchat at McKelvie
This year there have been a number of students using the app Snapchat outside of school, leading to a lot of drama and discipline that carries over into the school day.  In talking with many of your kids, a number of very inappropriate snaps and texts are being shared by large groups of students. In addition to Snapchat there are several other Social Media Apps being used by our students such as Instagram and Facebook.

Things to consider to help our kids:
  • Monitor your child’s device for all social media
  • Limit access to devices-phones/ipods are put away at 8:00pm for the night.
  • Do not let devices stay in your child’s room overnight
  • Talk with our child about the dangers of Social Media

For more information on Social Media click on the article Here by Psychology Today

2018-19 School Calendar
The School Board has approved the 2018-19 School Calendar. Please note that there is a substantial change for 2018-19. The district will shift from tracking days to tracking hours. As a result, the last day of school for 2018-19 will be no later than June 13 and could be as early as June 6. The first five snow days, if needed, will be made up by students at the end of the year. Any snow days beyond five days will not need to be made up by students. This should bring some more predictability to the end of the year for families.

McKelvie Book Fair
We are PAWS-ITIVELY thrilled to announce that McKelvie will be holding the Spring Book Fair: Paws for Books on the following dates:
Monday 4/2: 8:30-5
Tuesday 4/3: 8:30-6:30
Wednesday 4/4: 8:30-5
Thursday 4/5: 8:30-6:30

The Book Fair is looking for volunteer to help!  Click HERE to sign up!

Yearbook Sales - TIME IS RUNNING OUT
Don't miss out! The April 11th deadline for yearbook orders is rapidly approaching. Softcover yearbooks are only $25 and can be ordered online or via cash/check. Please click HERE for details. A reminder that if you are paying by check, please make it payable to McKelvie Intermediate School, not Jostens.

Q4 Intramurals
All intramurals start during the week of April 2nd. Please click HERE for the intramural calendar or HERE for the intramural descriptions.  Sign ups are now over.

Screenagers - Wednesday April 4 at 6 PM
​In case you missed it or want to bring your spouse or friend, t
here will be another viewing of Screenagers. It is on Wednesday April 4th at 6 PM at St Elizabeth’s in the Gym. The McKelvie guidance team will be hosting this event.

Meditation Workshop - correction: parents only
McKelvie parents are invited to attend a 1 hour event on SuperBrain Yoga and Meditation.  This special event will be presented by Krithika Srinivasan on Thursday, April 5th @7pm in the McKelvie Library.  Please RSVP to: srinikrit@gmail.com

Pi Day Memorization Contest!
Congratulations to sixth-grader Sofia DiStefano for being the winner in McKelvie's Pi memorization contest! Sofia correctly recited 127 digits of Pi and won a Pi t-shirt! Click HERE to see Sofia’s big smile!

McKelvie Yearbook - DEADLINE 4/11
Don't miss out! The order deadline for the 17/18 McKelvie yearbook is Wednesday, April 11, 2018!  Softcover yearbooks are only $25 each. Ordering information can be found on the Yearbook Club website or by clicking HERE. Reminder that checks should be made payable to McKelvie Intermediate School, not Jostens.

McKelvie Breakfast
We are excited to announce that beginning Monday, April 30th, we will be offering “Grab ‘n Go” breakfast for all students.  This may be helpful for your morning routine. More details to come!

From the PTG
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!   This year our route is shorter and great for everyone in your family!  Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday,June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.  Join us for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING – Scholastic Book Fair Paws for Books…Come. Stay. Read a Great Tale will take place April 2nd-5th at all elementary and McKelvie schools.
INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED WITH PTG AND BEDFORD SCHOOLS?
PTG has some exciting District and Board positions open for next school year (2018/19). Open roles include District Support, Gift Wrap, School Supplies, and Co-Barnes and Noble; along with shadows for 2 Board roles, Treasurer and VP Publicity. If you have interest in any of these roles or would like to learn more please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by April 9th.
YANKEE CANDLE - ONLINE EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 15TH - Thank you to all who participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you missed it, no need to worry! We are extending the fundraiser online until May 15th. Candles make a great gift for Easter, Mother's Day or any fun Spring gathering! Click here and enter 999965479 in the Group # Box to shop.*** 40% of sales go back to our schools! ***
PANERA & PTG – Take a night off from cooking and join us at our Bedford PTG Night at Panera (Colby Court) on Thursday, April 5th anytime between 4-8pm.  Be sure to bring your Panera Flyer  with you.

Happy Easter & Passover!
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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