Friday, November 6, 2015


Dear McKelvie Families ~

The BIG REVEAL happened today!  During our annual Move-A-Thon Assembly, we showed a video with not only me jumping from a plane, but 8 other McKelvie staff members! Click here to watch yourself (video courtesy of Mrs. Ramsey).

As promised, I am also including my personal video so that you can see the fear on my face prior to taking a dive from 10,000 feet!  Also - we raised over $40,000 to make this jump happen (so much for the $39,999 plan).

Move-A-Thon Prize Winners
Congratulations to all of the students who won prizes this year!  Click here to check out the winners.  Also - a special thank you to Mr. Dave Waldman of Treasured Memory Video for making a student video for our assembly.

In observance of Veteran's Day, there will be NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 11th.

The Bill Moeckel Food Drive - ACTION ITEM
Monday - Mac & Cheese
Tuesday - Peanut Butter
Wednesday - NO SCHOOL
Thursday - Personal Care Items
Friday - Juice

Yearbook Cover Contest
The Yearbook Club is holding a cover design contest for the front and back cover of the 2015/16 yearbook!  All submissions will be published in the yearbook; however, one sixth and one fifth grade design will be selected for the front and back covers. Students and faculty will vote for their two favorite designs and each winner will receive a free yearbook and their artwork will appear on the front and back covers.  Click here for the rules.

School Supply Survey
The PTG is looking for feedback on this past fall's school supply offering. Whether you bought your supplies through the PTG or not, please consider taking this quick survey. Click here to participate.  We value your feedback.  Thank you!
Bedford PTG Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser
Don't forget to get your Gift Card order form turned in by Monday, November 9th, for Pre-Thanksgiving and Hanukkah delivery and by Friday, December 4th, for Pre-Christmas delivery.  Click here to download an order form.
Get ready for the PTG’s biggest fundraiser and stock up on all your winter sports gear needs for the entire family! Proceeds from this tremendous consignment sale fundraiser provide a variety of wonderful programs supporting Bedford students across all six schools. Please consider supporting this important event in any way that you can by selling your used equipment, purchasing equipment, donating, or volunteering! 

Go to for all the details and add your equipment to the sale using our easy online scanning system!

Drop off for selling your equipment is Friday, November 20, 2015 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm at BHS and the sale runs 9:00am-2:00pm on Saturday the 21st.
Stand By Me Volunteers Needed
Stand By Me, it is a program for Ross A. Lurgio 7th grade students and their parents.  It is run by parent volunteers with support from the Lurgio Middle School staff and the Bedford community.   This day long off campus event, set for May 20th, offers a variety of workshops given by community leaders, motivational speakers, educators, authors and more for students and parents to participate in.
Volunteers (especially those without 7th graders) are needed to help plan this hugely successful event.  If you're interested in learning how you can help, please join us at the next Stand By Me committee meeting on Thursday, November 19th, at 9:15 at Lurgio. For more information you can visit or email Lisa Nash at  or Sue Jennato at

Bedford Substance Abuse Summit
In response to the threat posed to our community by the substance abuse epidemic, the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Bedford School District will host a community-wide meeting on Tuesday, November 10th from 7P to 10P at the Manchester Christian Church, 56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford (across from Memorial School).  We want to thank Manchester Christian Church for graciously donating the use of their facility for this important endeavor.

The goal is to involve individuals and groups from throughout our community.  The focus is to first de-stigmatize this issue to encourage parent(s), student(s), loved one(s), friends and family to seek assistance for not only those suffering from substance abuse but also for guidance in education and treatment (agenda).  To accomplish this, we plan to have some gallant members of the community discuss their struggle with abuse in their families followed by a panel discussion and, most importantly, community engagement that we hope will lead to an action plan.

Anyone seeking more information about the meeting may contact the Police Department or the Superintendent's Office in person, by telephone or email.  On behalf of the Bedford Police Department and the Bedford School District, we want to thank you all for your assistance and whatever level of participation you are able to offer.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Last spring, schools throughout New Hampshire (and in many other states around the country) administered a new test known as "Smarter Balanced."  The tests, in language arts and math, were taken by students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment, although the Science NECAP remains.

Next week, the New Hampshire Department of Education will release the results.  You can expect to see summary results by school district on the news and in the local papers.  Our schools will mail home individual student results by the end of next week. Parents of students in grades 4 through 9 and grade 12 will receive individual score reports and letters from NH Education Commissioner Barry and the principal of your child's current school. Questions can be sent to the current school principal.​

Parent Forum on ​
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking
​As a part of the annual NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, 
Sameer Hinduja, the co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center, is presenting a FREE Parent Forum titled 
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents.

Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.  Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.
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Parents are asked to RSVP for this FREE event at by Friday, November 20th.

Jags Adaptive Cheer Program
Click here to support their efforts to attend Nationals.

In Previous News...

Report Cards
A quick reminder that the quarter ended on Friday 10/30.  Report Cards will be sent home this coming Friday, November 6th.  Note: McKelvie is exploring the option of moving to electronic report cards.  More information to come. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences run from 11/9 to 11/20.  However, teachers and parents typically find mutually convenient times.  If you have not had the opportunity to schedule a time, feel free to email the teacher directly.  

McKelvie Jazz Band Auditions
Jazz Band Audition Music and audition sign up information will be available to students beginning Monday, November 2nd. Students who are involved in band are welcome to audition. In addition, students who privately study guitar, bass guitar, upright bass and piano are welcome to audition. Please email Mrs. Wickham at with any questions. 

Have a great weekend,

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