Friday, April 1, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

I am so grateful for your kids.  They are funny, smart, insightful, and full of energy.  If I had one child try and play an April Fools joke on me, I had 20!  Boy, do they crack themselves up!  As a reminder, grades closed today.  Report cards will be issued on 4/8 in an electronic format.  We will make sure you understand how to access them next week. 

On another note, a HUGE thank you to Sue Jennato, Kim Beekman, and Lori Cibotti for their hard work on our Book Fair.  The classroom has been absolutely transformed.  You have GOT to see what they have done!

Smarter Balanced Starts Monday
If your child is in the following classrooms, they will have SBAC testing all of next week: Stank, Donahue, Ashby, Francis, Sevilla, Draper, Opitz, Brown.  We have 3 requests:
ü  Students will need a pair of earbuds Monday – Friday.  The teachers will keep them safe.
ü  Please make sure your child has a healthy breakfast
ü  A good night’s rest is also helpful
The assessment is not meant to add anxiety.  Students should simply do their best and know that we are behind them 100%.

Q4 Intramurals- April 4 – May 26, 2016
Sign-ups for fourth quarter intramurals will be held from March 25 at 3:30 PM - Sunday, April 3rd at 3 PM.  You will be able to sign up on the McKelvie website under the intramural tab.   Space is limited so be sure to sign up.  Any questions, please contact

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.

New Morning Open House
New Morning Schools is pleased to invite you to our IMAGINE Program Open House, Monday April 11th, 4:30-7 PM at 23 Back River Road, Bedford.  Please stop by and explore our newly expanded space which will house our club based enrichment before and after school programs, vacation and summer camps.  Just for coming to our Open House each family will be entered in a raffle for a free week of camp for one child!

PTG Scholastic Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair
The PTG “Feelin’ Groovy-Peace, Love and Books” 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. 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. Students will all have an opportunity to preview the book fair during the week with their class and create a "wish list" of books they like.  Parents are welcome any time during fair hours to come to shop for great books. There will also be a "classroom wish list" for each teacher on display at the fair.  If a parent/student wants to purchase and donate a book to a teacher’s classroom they can do so at the fair.  Be sure to check out the 1960’s Dance Off competition going on between some staff members!

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 should have come home with students. Questions can be directed to Sue Jennato at

Whole Foods Preview Day to support the Bedford Education Foundation!
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is honored to be the recipient of donations from Whole Foods tours on Tuesday, April 5th from 10-4.
Please stop by the BEF table and say hello to our board members and learn about the work we do on behalf of our teachers and students.  In 2016 the BEF is funding well over $20,000 in grants supporting innovative professional development and program development in the Bedford School District!

Destination Imagination 
Congratulations to the McKelvie kids who participated at the DI Regionals in both in Goffstown last weekend.  We are so proud of these super creative kids and are most grateful to the adult volunteers for giving of their time over the past 4 months. Way to go, Lexy Steffens, Taylor Hatem, Kayleigh Robillard, Selah Kotlar, Aamit Kancherlapalli, Abhinav Challa, Kaleigh Slozak (on RBS team), Xavier Forcier (on RAL team)

Spotlight on Special Education in Bedford
Are you the parent or guardian of a child who accesses special education services in Bedford?  Join us for an informational session to learn about special education services in our Bedford schools!  Meet representatives and gain insight into the different programming at each school through this panel presentation. Tuesday April 19th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the SAU Board Room, 103 County Road.  RSVP to Robin Palis or 472-3755 (option 2).

Social Media: A Predator's Playground
The Bedford Police Department and The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will be presenting "Social Media: A Predator's Playground" to the community on Monday April 4th, 6:30 - 8:30PM in the BHS Theater.  The presentation will explain the dangers teens face today. Discussions about how various forms of electronic communications (computer, phones, gaming systems, etc.) can put families at risk will be covered.  This presentation is specifically geared towards parents and educators who are looking to better understand technology available to teens today and the way in which child predators use it to exploit them. Click here for a flyer.

Community Presentation:
Monday April 4th
Bedford High School Theater

Staff members and others that attend will receive 2 hours of continuing education credits. 

In Previous News…

Community Action Team Endeavor
Your Coins to Benefit NH's Children in Hospitals! Starting Monday, March 28th, through Friday,April 8th, the Community Action Team (CAT) is collecting "coins" to benefit NH's Hospital for Children at Elliot.  Monies will be collected on the following schedule:
Monday - Pennies
Tuesday - Nickels
Wednesday - Dimes
Thursday - Quarters
Friday - Any monies

The goal of CAT is to make a hospital stay a little more comfortable for children in NH.  Elliot Hospital has a wish list of items that would provide comfort and distraction to children who are facing surgery or hospitalization (Wish List).  Through the student's donations CAT will be purchasing items on the hospital's wish list.  If you have any questions about this drive, please contact CAT Advisors Michael Crowell ( or Jodi Parsons (

Illusionist Show @ BHS
The Bedford High School DECA chapter will be hosting the magical spectacular, The Magic of Lyn. The show’s award winning illusionist, Lyn Dillies, has toured all around the country and is bringing her 85 minute act to the BHS Theatre at 7:30 PM on April 9th. Tickets will be $10 when ordered directly from a DECA student attending ICDC, $15 online here and $15 at the door. We will also be offering a VIP package special for the kids which includes a light up magic wand paired with a magician’s cape customized with your child’s name on it for $15. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding DECA students to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville at the end of April.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Volleyball Clinic - April Break
Courtney O’Connell, a senior who plays for the Varsity Volleyball team at Bedford High School, is hosting a volleyball clinic from April 25-27 for girls in grades 5-8 for her senior project.  The camp is about improving on fundamental volleyball skills and learning more about the game, with appearances from college and club coaches! Click on the link to sign up!!

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.

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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