Friday, March 18, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

As I look out my office window, I have a hard time fathoming a snow storm in the next few days.  While winter never really arrived, I am absolutely ready for spring!  In this week's note, there are a few action items and some reminders too.  I hope you have a terrific weekend.

Polite & Right Raffle Winners

Destination Imagination
Good luck to all of our teams and the Bedford School District students who are competing this weekend at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament at Goffstown High School.  
World Language Week
A BIG thank you to our Wonderful World Language Teachers for hosting WL Week. Thank you to Mrs. Carkin, Mrs. Ogden, Mrs. Richardson, & Mrs. Taccini!  Click here for their week's end wrap up!

300+ Computers Cleaned
A HUGE thank you to the following volunteers who helped to clean our school Chrome Books today: Wendy Emerson, Betsy Danes, Carole Caldwell, Kara Tynan, Donald & Barbara Chagnon, & Elena Manache.  THANK YOU!

BeBOLD: Start the Conversation
A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended the event on Wednesday evening. BeBOLD and McKelvie have received tremendous feedback regarding this event. We will keep you apprised of other events as well.

The Bedford Police Department is sponsoring another event regarding Substance Abuse on March 24th.  Click here for more information.

Smarter Balanced Practice Testing - Action Item Grade 5
Grade 5 students will be taking a quick tour of the Smarter Balanced Assessment site on Monday (3/21) and Tuesday (3/22).  Please have your 5th grade student bring in a set of earbuds for Monday & Tuesday.  We do have a few to borrow if your child does not have a set.  They will be sent home not later than Wednesday (3/23). A small ziplock bag with their name written in sharpie is recommended.

Pi Day Event
It has become a tradition at McKelvie for our 6th grade Math Excel students to teacher their peers the concept of Pi.  Students learn the concept, take a quick quiz and then are rewarded with a piece of pie.  A BIG thank you to Mr. Boppel and his class.  Click here, here, and here for a few good pics.

Lip Sync Showdown
Student Council is excited to present McKelvie's first Lip Sync Showdown!  The showdown will be held in the McKelvie Cafeteria on Thursday evening, March 24th from 6pm - 7pm.  Friends and families are encouraged to attend to support the students and the practice they've put in to getting ready for this fun evening!   

Reminder:  There will be a short dress rehearsal for participants on Wednesday afternoon, 3/23, from 3:30 - 4:15, in Room 7 (Mr. Rushia's room).  Pick-up will be on the playground end of the building at 4:15. 

From the Music Department
Congratulations to Meghan Hall, Alexa Allen, Ryan Dodge, Owen Bresnahan, Hiba Babar, and Ella Marx! They have been invited to participate in the New Hampshire Music Educators Association South Central Middle School Festival. They will be headed to Windham for an all-day rehearsal and concert under the direction of Casey Goodwin from the University of New Hampshire on Saturday, May 7th.

PTG Clothing Drive April 4th-8th
McKelvie will be participating in a clothing drive with Schoola ( Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds back to McKelvie. Donate clean clothing in like-new condition from April 4th -  8th. To be sure McKelvie gets credited for items sold, please label your donation bags with the stickers that will be coming home with students. Questions can be directed to Sue Jennato at

PTG Scholastic Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair
The PTG Book Fair will be at McKelvie April 4th – 7th. 
We will be open Monday/Wednesday til 5:30 and Tuesday/Thursday til 7pm in room 1.

To keep with the “Feelin’ Groovy-Peace, Love and Books” theme, we will kick things off with a Tie Dye Spirit Day on Friday, April 1st and wrap it up Hippie Day on Friday, April 8th. More details to come…

FREE Wrestling Clinic
March 25 & March 26
All students in grades 1 through 8 are encouraged to participate in a FREE wrestling clinic hosted by the Bedford High School coaches and wrestlers. Bobby Heald, two-time NH State Champion and New England place finisher, will run the clinic as part of his senior project. Admission is free. The clinic will take place in the Lurgio Gymnasium on Friday, March 25 from 6PM-8PM and on Saturday, March 26 from 9AM-11AM. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Chris Como at

Camp Invention Summer Camp
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, EPIC (click for video) may be a great fit.  McKelvie Intermediate School will once again be hosting campJune 20 - 24 from 8 am - 3:30 PM. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades 1 - 6 led by NH certified teachers with a staff ratio of 1:8!!  Camp cost is $250, but register before 3/21/16for a $25 discount.  Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at 

New Morning School
If you are looking for a camp for your child during April vacation, click here.

In Previous News...

Opt in to Text Messages - IMPORTANT
If you have not signed up for text messages from the District's School Messenger system, you still can!  Just text "yes" to 68453.  This is especially important for bus breakdowns and emergencies.

2016/2017 School Calendar NEW
The School Board recently voted to approve next year's calendar. Click here for a copy.  The calendar is posted on the School District Web Site.

Parent Night for 6th Grade Parents - IMPORTANT
Click here for an important message from Mr. Joyce (RAL Principal) regarding an Information Night on Tuesday, April 5th @ 6pm in the BHS Theater.

McKelvie Parents Volunteer Opportunities
There are a number of volunteer opportunities available to parents with McKelvie students over the next few weeks.  If you are a regular volunteer, or would like to help out now, just click on the links below to find out about and sign up for some volunteer opportunities.  We can always use your help!
Irish Coffee Cart - World Language Week
Computer Cleaning - Smarter Balance Testing Prep
If you have any questions about volunteering at McKelvie please email one of our volunteer coordinators - or

Parent Portal Access
If your family received an email from me on 3/10 regarding a Parent Portal Account, please click here for additional information.

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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