Friday, December 18, 2015


Dear McKelvie Families ~

On Thursday morning we had our annual Toys for Tots Assembly.  Your children were AMAZING!  The band and chorus sounded terrific and the entire student body sang the "Twelve Days of Christmas" with each class doing a separate movement.  We were able to donate approximately 400 toys and received over $600 dollars to purchase additional toys for the Marines.  Click here to see a picture of Staff Sgt. Healy and Staff Sgt. Lewis - both of whom spoke about the impact of our collective work.

Polite & Right Raffle Winners

Schedule Next Week
We will have school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday & Friday.

Ugly Sweater Day
Even the teachers were into Ugly Sweater Day today.  Click here to check out Mrs. Thornton, Mr. Boppel, Mr. Crowell, Mrs. Burke, Mrs. Geddes, Mrs. Steere, and Mrs. Kelliher.  Not to be outdone, click here to see Miss Logan, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Mail, Mrs. Beyer, Mrs. Waldman, Mrs. Cassin, Mr. Moreau, & Mrs. Parnell

NHBDA Honors Band Participant
Congratulations to Elliott Frank in Grade 6! He auditioned for the New Hampshire Middle Level Honors Band and will be attending as a member of the percussion section in March. Elliott will rehearse throughout the day and participate in a concert. Congratulations, Elliott!

Student Council Event
Wednesday, December 22nd is PJ/Comfy Day*
*School dress code applies.

McKelvie Spelling Bee 
Congratulations to Lucky Kovvuri (pictured with Mrs. Poisson) for winning this year's school spelling bee.  This is Lucky's 2nd year as our school champion. A BIG congratulations to the other classroom winnersMicah Baker, Nick Gibson, Avi Goldman, Owen Tranchemontagne, Maria Lim, Ellie Gregory, Eroka Adler, Annabel Pothuru, Cam Cilley, Sean Greene, Lindsay Mello, Hiba Babar, Isabelle McGinty, & Caleigh O'Connell.

FCCLA Helps Meals On Wheels
McKelvie FCCLA students prepared over 65 holiday gift bags for area Meals On Wheels clients. The community service project is part of the national "Empower" theme promoting students doing great things for their community. Pictured here are Amelia Magay, Kaleigh Robillard, and Kendall Kerr.

MAT Limo Ride Winners
Click here to check out the McKelvie students who rode home in a limousine on Monday afternoon. From left to right: Mrs. Sevilla, Ms. Francis, Raquel DeLeo, Sophia Macdonald, Kenzy Bibawi, Emma LaFleur, Olivia Fitzgerald, & Sam Finnegan.

Grade 6 Art Club
A BIG thank you to Mr. Flint and the 6th grade Art Club for painting a Winter Wonderland Scene in the Library hallway.  Click here to see their work.
from Left to Right:
Back Row:
Olivia Walker, Eleora McCay, & Xavier Forcier
Middle Row:
Ishica Chatterjee, Maya Neuman, Christy Elliott, Olyvia Frongillo, & Mia Kashibara,
Morgan Dias, Mirabelle Elchalfoun, Meghan Hall, Sarah Letourneau, Elizabeth
Whiting, & Cameron Mandeville
Front Row:
Olivia Parashar & Calvin Mandeville

Division 10 Cheer Brings Home National Title
Congratulations to the following McKelvie students who are national champions for their division: Sam Avampato, Kaitlyn Boyd, Ashlee Laliberte, Allie Garron, and Emma Spector

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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Friday, December 11, 2015


Dear McKelvie Families ~

The day began with a little adventure, but ended as expected - thankfully.  Next week is our last full week prior to Winter Vacation.  I recommend checking into the Parent Portal to make sure your child is up-to-date on their assignments.  There is nothing like the great feeling of completion when starting a school break!  Below are the notes from this week. 

Winter Concert Tonight
Join us tonight at the BHS theater for McKelvie's Winter Concert.  The concert is from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Yearbook Front & Back Cover Contest
Students interested in voting for the McKelvie Yearbook front and back cover winners, click here.  Voting closes on Wednesday, December 16th.

Hour of Code
McKelvie students have been participating in an “Hour of Code” in support of Computer Science Awareness Week. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and is designed to expose students from all over the world to computer programming. Students were able to choose from a variety of one-hour self-guided tutorials allowing them to work at their own pace and skill level.  Click HERE to see students from Mrs. Opitz’s class enjoying an “hour of code”.

Lost & Found Valuables
Has your child lost a phone or glasses?  If so, we have some of these items in the Main Office.  We do announce this to the students.  However, given that families are incurring the cost of replacement, we want you to know to always have your child check in with the Main Office.  Inquiries can be made to Beth Conaton at

Hannaford Helps Schools
This program ended on Saturday, November 28th.  However, school dollars can still be collected until Friday, December 18th.  If you happen to have any school dollars hanging around, we have a collection envelope in the Main Office. Questions can be directed to our Shopping Rewards Coordinator, Stephanie Richard at

Bill Moeckel Food Drive Update
Our second shipment of food and personal care items were received by the NH Food Bank.  This shipment resulted in 1143lbs, which constitutes  953 meals. A HUGE thank you to The Moeckel family, Mr. Brown & Mrs. Mazzella for their coordination!

New Food Pantry in Town
The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a newly established resource for those in our community who are facing hunger or food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that is a well-coordinated effort between 5 area churches, local organizations including the Bedford Lion's Club, the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford.  The Food Pantry is located at  Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, and is available to all Bedford residents.  

The Food Pantry will open Saturday, December 19th  and will be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, and the following Monday, of each month. Hours are Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  If you or someone you know in Bedford is struggling with food insecurity please call Bedford Presbyterian Church at 472-5841. 

Mid-Afternoon at the Movies - Thursday, December 17th
Student Council is proud to collaborate with three BHS students on their Community Action Service (CAS) project for this month's Mid-Afternoon at the Movies event!  These students are raising money for an organization called Pencils of Promise whose mission it is to build schools where there are none.  A contribution of $2 is being requested and may be included with money for pizza and drinks, if ordering.  Together, we invite you to participate in December’s Mid-Afternoon at the Movies when we will be showing the movie “INSIDE OUT.” This event will be held in the McKelvie Cafeteria from 3:30 - 5:30, and pizza and drinks will be available for those who order ahead of time.  Click HERE to view the flyer with complete information and to print out a permission slip/order form. Orders, payment and permission slips are due to your homeroom teacher by Monday, December 14th.

McKelvie School Directory
We would like to thank the active volunteers who took their time to put this year's directory together.  A truly collaborative effort between Gayle HincksJennifer Williams and Barbara Chagnon.  This directory takes many man hours to get put together and we hope you find it useful.  If you have ordered a directory and not received it, please jot a quick note to and she will look into it for you.  Again, thank you for the efforts of those doing so much behind-the-scenes work! 

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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Friday, December 4, 2015


Dear McKelvie Families ~

There are 13 school days left before Winter Vacation (I know!).  With that in mind, know that the teachers will be at full throttle motoring their academic way to school break.  During this time of year, I like to live by "one day at a time" and practice patience.  Let your child's teacher know if the pressure is too much.  We would rather use an ounce of prevention...

Today's notes...

Polite & Right Raffle Winners

Lost & Found
Our lost and found is overflowing.  I BIG thank you to Wendy Emerson for keeping things organized and easy to peruse.  Please take the time to "shop" for your child's sweatshirts prior to vacation.  During vacation week, items will be donated to a social service agency.

Before School Program - Job Opportunity
McKelvie is looking to hire someone to assist with the Before School Program on Thursday's from 7:30am to 8:20am.  The position pays $15 for the hour and would be perfect for a substitute or family member who might like a little extra cash. While the current position is one day per week, there will  be opportunities for more.  Please email me ( or Kathy Pope ( with interest .

Pre-Thanksgiving Yoga!
A BIG thank you to Ellie Gregory's mom for teaching some of our 5th grade students (Kelly/Lovering) yoga to help relax and focus.  The kids were especially happy to hear that Tom Brady practices yoga too!  Check out this great pic!

5th Grade Police Ride Along Winners
A new prize this year for Move-A-Thon was for two students to win a ride to school with the Bedford Police (and go to Dunkins).  A HUGE thank you to the Bedford Police Department and Police Union for supporting this effort.  Pictured here are Officer Stefan Swiadas, Kathy Pope, Drake Sutton & Luke Karr.

6th Grade Police Ride Along Winners
A new prize this year for Move-A-Thon was for two students to win a ride to school with the Bedford Police (and go to Dunkins).  A HUGE thank you to the Bedford Police Department and Police Union for supporting this effort.  Pictured here are Officer Danielle Nightingale, Ainsley Gagne, Deeya Narang, & Michael Fournier.

Family & Consumer Science Skills
FACS students studying the message of manners and table setting in time for the holidays.  Seth Berry, Cole Wolfinger, Ryan Sheridan, Diego Casado, and Andrew Peicker.  Click here to see those smiling faces! 

Toys for Tots… also known at McKelvie this year as Cash for Christmas
The Community Action Team (CAT) is pleased to announce that we will participate in the Toys for Tots drive once again this year. In an effort to “Keep It Simple,’ we are encouraging students, who wish to participate in this drive, to bring in a small cash contribution for toys.  CAT will be using this money to purchase toys on behalf of the McKelvie student body.  We will be collecting contributions until 12/10/2015. Questions can be directed to Michael Crowell ( or Jodi Parsons (

If your student/family would prefer to donate a toy, students are welcome to bring in a new, unwrapped toy.  Toys for Tots donation bins will be located at the front of the school.

Star Wars Opportunity
Star Wars Fans!  Join the Lurgio Fan Club for a Star Wars Movie Marathon on Sunday, December 13, from 9:45-4:30 at the Bedford High School Theater. We will be showing the original Star Wars trilogy in anticipation of the new release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Admission is only $5.00 and drinks and concessions will be sold on site.  Please bring a bag lunch!  May the force be with you! Questions can be directed to Stacy Baker ( or Rob Dubriel (

Bedford Jaguars Cheer Team
Congratulations to Sam Avampato, Kaitlyn Boyd, Ashlee Laliberte, Allie Garron, Emma Spector, Ellie Tynan, Bryn Schneider, Kylie Woloski, Logan Censabella, Abbie DeGennaro, Neveah Cottle, Brooke Burke, Sydney Gagne, Hannah Spires, Brianna Quigley, Taylor Fraitzl, Emma Hauser

Bulldogs Cheer Team
Congratulations to the Bedford Jr. Bulldogs Dance Team that recently competed at their Pop Warner State competition and won Grand Champs!  Great job girls!  Dancer team members are:  Shea Aulson, Lauryn Barbaro, Lia Berman, Mika Berman, Morgan Bowman, Lauren Christopher, Olivia DeFazio, Sarah DeFazio, Emme Detscher, Ainsley Gagne, Ellie Jamieson, Olivia Keys, Chloe Knight, Sofia Florian, Amanda Johnson, Kayla Leblanc, Sophia Macdonald, Colleen McGeee, Isabelle McStowe, Izzy McGinty, Mya Moore, Alexa Morin, Maya Parshay, Sophia Roundtree, Emily Shupe, Ariana Steinbrueck, Caroline Twite, & Ali Vergato

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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