Friday, March 4, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

This week our faculty met with a Landscape Architect to finalize plans to refurbish the school Courtyard.  In the next few months I will be able to share drawings, plans, and ideas with you so that we can all envision the coming changes.  The goal is that this space becomes a highly engaging area for students and teachers.  I am anxious to see the kids when they enter the space.

Polite & Right Raffle Winners

Smarter Balanced Testing
We are getting close to that time where we implement state testing at McKelvie.  Rest assured, have created a schedule that we believe will be efficient, effective, and relatively low stress for students.  Click here for our SBAC letter.  We will post the testing schedule soon.

Student Council Theme Day
On Friday, March 11th the Student Council is sponsoring "Student Council Day". This means you dress up like your homeroom SC representative.  The Student Council wants people to know that this is intended to be fun, not to mock.  Questions can be directed to Mrs. Waldman ( or Mr. Rushia (

Student Council Lip Sync Showdown
The student council will be hosting a Lip Sync Showdown on Thursday, March 24th at 6pm.   Auditions will be held on Wednesday, March 9th.  Students will need music, printed lyrics and a permission form found on the Student Council web page.

March and April Volunteer Opportunities
Click here to sign up. Questions can be directed to Sarah McCarthy ( or Brit Munsterteiger (

Grade 6 End-of-Year Activity
Click here for the 6th grade letter regarding their end-of-year activity.

Spelling Bee Winner
Congratulations to 6th grader Lucky Kovvuri for representing McKelvie School in the NH State Spelling Bee last Saturday.   Not only did she earn a spot as a finalist on the stage in front of an audience of 500, she came in 3rd place! We are very proud of her!

McKelvie Yearbook Orders
Reminder that the 15/16 McKelvie yearbooks are on sale and can be pre-ordered for only $22. Click HERE for ordering information.  Online ordering is the easiest method; however, if you prefer to pay by cash or check, complete the order form that was sent home today with your student and return it to his/her homeroom teacher with payment. Checks should be payable to McKelvie Intermediate School.

Don't miss out on a great book of memories from the 15/16 school year.  Order deadline is April 13, 2016.  We will only have a small handful of extra books available when the books arrive, but they will be sold on a first come, first served basis and will sell for $25."

Bedford Early Education Program (BEEP) 
is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 School Year.  We have space available in many of our 3 and 4 year old classrooms.  Please contact Roberta Keane, BEEP Coordinator at (603) 627-1776 x3216 or

Adult Learning Classes
The Community Enrichment Program of the Bedford School District offers evening adult enrichment courses to the Bedford Community. Our Spring Courses are now listed and we are offering Conversational Italian for Beginners as well as our popular Ceramics and Photography. Click here to view our course descriptions.

We are always looking for new instructors! If you have a skill or interest that you would like to share please contact the program’s Coordinator, Susan Sambrano by email :  or by phone: 603-714-4395.

BHS Senior Project
Come support Make-A-Wish Foundation® at Amanda Lee's Senior Project: a Sing-A-Long Benefit Concert! Kids of all ages are welcome to sing along to favorites such as "Part of Your World" and "Let It Go" this Saturday, March 5th, from 1-3 pm in the Bedford High School Commons (Cafeteria). Enjoy a few fun activities and meet a couple of special guests! The suggested donation for kids is $5 and for adults $10, but any and all donations are welcome! Click the link for the poster made by Taylor Hoople:
Feel free to contact Amanda Lee with any questions at!

In Previous News...

Traffic Concerns - ACTION ITEM
McKelvie has been contacted by the Bedford Police Department regarding safety issues on Liberty Hill and County Roads.  Below are four easy steps that can help.

1.  Whenever possible, please have your child take the bus
2.  Do not block the intersection of Liberty/County Roads.  If you can't pull into the drive, wait at the SAU parking lot and come back.
3.  Pull ahead.  Far too many drivers are leaving big gaps between cars.  The tighter you pull in, the more cars our lot can handle. 
4.  Arrive at 3:25.  We dismiss at 3:15, which means it takes a solid 10 minutes for students to get to their car and pull away.  If you arrive a little later, traffic is clear and pick up is more convenient.

Q3 Report Cards
As we move through Q3, I want to let you know that we will be piloting digital report cards.  In essence, this means that you will be notified when the digital report card is available on the parent portal.  If needed, you will be able to print your own report card from home.  OR, you may simply let the report card live in the portal until such a time as it is needed.  Upon completion of the pilot, we will solicit feedback.

Placement for 2016/2017 - IMPORTANT
You may have noticed that each year our schools continue to tighten up placement procedures. With increasingly complex schedules, course offerings, and student learning needs, creating a fair and equitable process is of high value to us.  There are two issues related to placement that we want to bring to your attention:

1.  Teacher & Friend requests are generally not honored unless there is a compelling reason to do so.  We do our best to match students with teachers, but do not believe parents should be in the business of selecting their child's teacher.  Further, friendship requests frequently cannot be honored.  As a result, the placement team will articulate specific standards in our annual placement letter (sent home just before April vacation).

2.  We have found that announcing placement on the last day of school has created challenges that can be eliminated if we hold on placement until the beginning of August.  The placement team and faculty will be working through these issues to land on a decision soon.

PTG at Manchester Monarchs
Come join the PTG at Max’s Superhero Birthday Party at the Manchester Monarchs onSaturday, March 12th at 7p.m. Look for Batman, Superman and other heroes, even come dressed up as your favorite! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice (just let us know on your order form).  The first 4,000 fans will get a superhero bobblehead! Tickets are priced at the reduced rates of $20/adult and $15/children under 12. Click here to download an order form and return to your school office by Friday, March 4th.  Contact Lisa Nash with any questions at

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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