Friday, May 18, 2018

5.18.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

Today was Grandparent’s Day and it was FANTASTIC!  It was such a pleasure to watch so many grandparents attend this event.  The school was abuzz with excitement as the students were able to introduce and show off their families to teachers and friends.  A BIG thank you to everyone who helped.

Grandparents’ Day Thanks!
A HUGE shout out to Denise Roy, Alyssa O’Neil, Laurie Wallace, Carrie Ware, Karen O’Rourke, Darcy Durbin, & Kerri Ahn for helping out!  We could NOT have had this event without their help!

NO SCHOOL
Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 25th (Teacher Workshop Day) and NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. And - the LAST day of school is Wednesday, June 20th.

Student Council Spirit Day - Date Change
Beach Day has been changed from Thursday, May 24th to Wednesday, May 23rd.  

Faculty Basketball Game
The Community Action Team would like to THANK McKelvie Staff and Teachers for donating their time and sweet basketball skills to this year's McKelvie Staff Basketball Game.  Through the support of McKelvie Staff, Teachers and Families we were able to raise $2,204.00 from this event.  We are pleased to donate these funds to CHaD through a donation to the 6 Bedford High School football players that have been selected to play in the CHaD East-West All-Star Football Game.  

More information regarding the CHaD East-West Football Game can be found HERE.

From the Library
It was wonderful to see the special Grandparents/Friends visiting our school today! The library was a busy place, as these important people came to see our space and how it is different from the school libraries that they attended!

The Great Stone Face Award winner has been announced! During National Library Week (April 9th-13th) students at McKelvie Intermediate School, along with others in grades 4-6 across the state, participated in this vote! The statewide winner was announced yesterday! The winner of the 2018 Great Stone Face Award is... Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. This is the 3rd year in a row that a graphic novel has been selected by the students of NH. This book received 1,304 votes out of the 5,937 votes cast by 4th-6th graders. Be sure to check this title out!

From the PTG
COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE- Join the Bedford PTG for a “Year in Review” with Superintendent McGee onWednesday, 5/30 starting at 9:30am at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Rd – behind the Town Hall).  This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Bedford School District. Children always welcome to attend.
COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPALS VIDEO LINK – If you were not able to attend our Coffee with the Principals event, you can watch the presentation by following this link, https://tinyurl.com/PTG-Mtg-with-Principals5-15-18
BHS GRADUATION SEAT RAFFLE!!!The PTG is raffling off FOUR sets of four seats in the front two center rows of the bleachers. These seats will be reserved just for you. Winners will also receive one reserved parking space on campus! $20/Entry or 6 Entries for $100 Winners will be drawn & announced on June 11th. Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by JUNE 8th.
*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

BHS PARKING SPACE RAFFLE!!! $10 Donation Per Entry The PTG is raffling off TWO prime guaranteed parking spaces in the top lot for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have a valid license and a vehicle sometime during the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible to WIN! Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 13th. Winners will be notified before the end of the year.
*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

Now Accepting Bedford School District “HALL of FAME” Nominations
The Bedford School District has been recognized as one of the most exceptional school districts in the state. This recognition and distinction would not be possible without the many citizens, educators, students and volunteers that over the years have built, maintained and enhanced the mission and the values of our school district. We invite you to nominate individuals who exemplify the spirit of our district along with those who have gone above and beyond in making Bedford an extraordinary school district in all aspects.   Please go to the Bedford Hall of Fame link here found on the BHS homepage for details and nominate someone who should be recognized for their contributions! Nominations for this year’s class will be accepted through July 15, 2018.  
Our inaugural class 2017 included: William Greiner, Dennis Pope, Anne Remus
Tim Mayes, William Whitmore, & Susan Mullen

In Previous News…

Chromebook Raffle
The BEF will be raffling off 2 Chrome books at 6th to 7th Grade Info Night.  Raffle tickets will be sold at 6th to 7th Grade Info Night on May 24, 2018 and raffle winners will be selected during the evening program.  Raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 tickets for $100. All proceeds benefit the BEF.  Questions can be directed to Brit Munsterteiger at brit.munsterteiger@gmail.com

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive Thru End of May
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 30th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  These items must be placed in a special blue bag, but we can do that for you. 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

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)
"Like" us on Facebook!
BeBOLD Board Member

Friday, May 11, 2018

5.11.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

TONIGHT is the Faculty Basketball game!  If you enjoy watching grown adults attempt to be athletic, this is your event!  Each year this event is so fun and successful that we have to hold it at Bedford High School.  Doors open at 6pm and the “game” starts at 6:30. Don’t think less of me after you see me play!

Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful moms out there!  You are appreciated and LOVED!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
A HUGE thank you to the Bedford PTG and the McKelvie community for putting together a wonderful week for our teachers.  Whether it be the luncheon, popcorn bar, or a coffee cart, the faculty and staff are SO GRATEFUL! Special thanks goes out to Heather Noonan, Stacy Norris, and Anne Mikol!

Chromebook Raffle
The BEF will be raffling off 2 Chrome books at 6th to 7th Grade Info Night.  Raffle tickets will be sold at 6th to 7th Grade Info Night on May 24, 2018 and raffle winners will be selected during the evening program.  Raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 tickets for $100. All proceeds benefit the BEF.  Questions can be directed to Brit Munsterteiger at brit.munsterteiger@gmail.com

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive Thru End of May
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 30th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  These items must be placed in a special blue bag, but we can do that for you. 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

Grandparents’ Day
McKelvie is hosting Grandparents’ Day on May 18th from 9:30am to noon.  Click HERE for all the information you need!

From the Library
The library remains a busy place despite the warm weather! We have numerous book clubs coming to use the space to read, discuss, and jot! It has been a true pleasure to check in with them and listen to them read. Many classes have been using the library for resouces to develop a New Google Site that they created with the help of, Susan Cavanaugh, our Technology Integrator. There are classes that have come in to create various types of poetry including blackout poetry and book spine poetry. Click HERE to see an example of book spine poetry. Chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect Four are popular during recess times. As always, the space is used for book shopping! New books are added to our collection on a regular basis and are often highly sought after. Many books do not even hit the shelves before they are requested or checked out by students! Destiny Discover (our search interface) is being highly used.

Click ​​HERE to see Bailey, Miss French's certified emotional support dog, visiting last Friday during recess times. What a treat!

Mid-Afternoon at the Movies
On Wednesday, May 16th Bedford DestInation will be hosting a showing of “The Greatest Showman.” Click HERE for details.

Food Drive
McKelvie is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families.  Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is TUNA.  If you are able, please bring in tuna until Friday, June 1st.  We will have a box for donations in the office hallway.  Thank you so much for supporting this very worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Student Council Spirit Days
Thursday, May 24th - Tropical Day (participant receive a FREE lei)
Friday, June 2nd - Twin Day, Dress like your friend

From the PTG
HAPPY STAFF APPRECATION WEEK - A BIG SHOUT OUT to all the amazing staff that work in the Bedford School District! Thank you to all the teachers, administrative support staff, custodial staff, kitchen staff, nurses and paraprofessionals that all contribute to making our schools great!!
BEDFORD PTG COLOR BLAST FUN RUN/WALK  SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, 9:30AM  Over 630 runners registered, don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun. REGISTER NOW …Registration closes Thursday, May 24.
Have you signed your kids up to run and are planning to be there to cheer them on? We could use your help as avolunteer!   Click here for volunteer opportunities.
Check out our website for our new shorter 2 mile course and all things Color Blast!
DISTRICT YEAR IN REVIEW COMMUNITY MEETINGS - Join the Bedford PTG for two upcoming community meetings, first with Principals from all six of our schools on the Tuesday, 5/15 and then with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, 5/30. Both meetings will be held at BCTV starting at 9:30AM.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STAND BY ME - Lurgio Middle School is hosting the 29th year of Stand By Me onFriday, May 18th @ SNHU. This event, for all seventh grade students and their parents/guardians, is in need of volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Since 7th grade families are participating in the event we are looking for volunteers from other grades to help. Various shifts and volunteer opportunities available, please click HEREfor more information and to sign up to volunteer.

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)
"Like" us on Facebook!
BeBOLD Board Member

Friday, May 4, 2018

5.4.18

Dear McKelvie Families ~

My apologies - this is a couple of hours late!  Too much to do getting ready for tonight’s production.

This weekend is the McKelvie School Play: Into the Woods!  I am so excited to see our kids up on that stage. You are welcome to join us this evening at 7pm or on Saturday at 1pm and 6pm.  Tickets are $7 and I know the kids would LOVE to see their friends in the audience.

Much of this week’s note is a repeat from last week.  There is important information here. Also - with vacation week ending last Friday, who really had time to read it all! :)

McKelvie Breakfast
A note that students who qualify for free and reduced lunch are also entitled to breakfast.  Questions can be directed to Cyndi Parker at parkercy@sau25.net

Mid-Afternoon at the Movies
On Wednesday, May 16th Bedford DestInation will be hosting a showing of “The Greatest Showman.” Click HERE for details.

Food Drive
McKelvie is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families.  Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is TUNA.  If you are able, please bring in tuna until Friday, June 1st.  We will have a box for donations in the office hallway.  Thank you so much for supporting this very worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Student Council Spirit Days
Thursday, May 24th - Tropical Day (participant receive a FREE lei)
Friday, June 2nd - Twin Day, Dress like your friend

From the Library
Congrats to 6th grader Melea Jaffe from Mr. Crowell's homeroom! She was the 8th "Search Slip" winner for the month of April. Melea had her "Search Slip" filled out correctly and entered it into the monthly drawing. She won a $5.00 gift certificate to put towards a treat at a local ice cream establishment. Enjoy your treat, Melea!

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and staff members who emailed or printed pictures of all of the wonderful places books traveled or stayed over April break. Books and devices traveled from sea to shining sea and even across the pond to countries in Europe. It was a treat to receive the pictures and create a display of "Oh, The Places Our Books Go!" Click HERE to see the display located outside of the library.

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Police Department Rodeo
The Bedford Police Department will be hosting their annual Bike Rodeo on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  It will be located in the upper parking lot of Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road. This event is free and is open to all ages and abilities.  Kids will be given the opportunity to have their helmets checked and ride through obstacle courses.  Immediately after the Bike Rodeo those interested may ride their bikes during the Memorial Day parade with members of the Bedford Police Department bicycle unit starting at 1:00 pm.  The parade route will start at the Bedford High School and end at McKelvie Intermediate School. Please join the members of the Bedford Police Department for this family fun event.

Destination Imagination - Chipotle Fundraiser
The Bedford DI Global Finals teams are hosting a ONE FOR THE TEAMS fundraiser at Chipotle next Monday, May 7th, 4-8PM.  Be sure to tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. No flyer required.  Thank you for your support.

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until end May, 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


Excel Testing - ACTION ITEM
Attention:  The end-of-grade 5 Excel math placement assessment will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018.  If you would like your child to take this assessment, please download the permission slip.  Also, please check our McKelvie Math placement page for general information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

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 8:15am in the Cafe (Before School Program) and then at 8:40am when students enter the building.  Questions can be directed to Cyndi Parker at parkerc@sau25.net.  Click HERE for details.

Grandparents’ Day
McKelvie is hosting Grandparents’ Day on May 18th from 9:30am to noon.  Click HERE for all the information you need!

Faculty Basketball Game - SAVE THE DATE
BHS Gym
Doors at 6:00, Game at 6:30
Proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital @ Dartmouth (CHaD).
Click HERE if you want to preorder tickets and/or food.
Contact crowellm@sau25.net with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

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.

McKelvie Staff Appreciation Week - ACTION ITEM
Please join the PTG as we celebrate the fantastic teachers at McKelvie May 7th-11th! Please take a moment to check out the the Sign Up Genius for ways your family can contribute next week. You can find the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45ada92eaaf85-mckelvie3
Thank you for all your help & support!
BEDFORD PTG COLOR BLAST FUN RUN/WALK EVENT SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, 9:30AM AT BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Friday May 4th is the deadline to get your swag bag and reduced adult registrant price! REGISTER NOW before the adult price increases to $30 and swag bags will NOT be available after May 4th.  All those registered on or before May 4th will be eligible to win a $100 Copper Door Gift Certificate.
Have you signed your kids up to run and are planning to be there to cheer them on? We could use your help as a volunteer!   Click here to be a volunteer.
Check out our website for our new shorter 2 mile course and all things Color Blast!
DISTRICT YEAR IN REVIEW COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Join the Bedford PTG for two upcoming community meetings, first with Principals from all six of our schools on the Tuesday, 5/15 and then with Superintendent McGee onWednesday, 5/30. Both meetings will be held at BCTV starting at 9:30AM.  We are looking to the community for topic ideas you’d like to hear discussed. Please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by 5/9 with your questions/comments.
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 DISCOUNTED 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STAND BY ME
Lurgio Middle School is hosting the 29th year of Stand By Me on Friday, May 18th @ SNHU. This event, for all seventh grade students and their parents/guardians, is in need of volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Since 7th grade families are participating in the event we are looking for volunteers from other grades to help. Various shifts and volunteer opportunities available, please click HERE for more information and to sign up to volunteer.
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.

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)
"Like" us on Facebook!

BeBOLD Board Member