Thursday, August 18, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

I hope this email finds you well rested and enjoying the summer!  If you have driven by McKelvie lately, you will notice that we have not stopped working to finish summer projects both inside and outside of the building!  We are hard at work to get everything complete by August 25th!
If your family is like mine, we are beginning to think about the start of school and all that it entails (new clothes, school supplies, summer math packet, etc...).  To ease the anxious minds of students (and their parents), I have included some helpful information below:

When is the first day of school for students?
The first day is Thursday, August 25th

What do I do if my child did not receive or misplaced their supply list(s)?
Supply Lists are located on the McKelvie web page.  If you purchased a PTG Supply Pack, you are ALL SET!

What time does school start?
School starts at 8:50am
.  Busses start arriving on campus at 8:20am and drop students off on the playground where they will meet their friends and teachers. Students who are getting a ride to school can be dropped of starting at 8:25 on the Liberty Hill side of the building. Click here for our arrival map.

Is there a Before School Program?
Yes! If you would like to drop off your child between 7:30am and 8:20am, please click here to register.

How will my child know what to do/where to go once they get to school?
We will have 28 cones set up on the playground where students can place their backpack and supplies.  Each cone will have a teacher's name (homeroom) and room number. Teachers will be available to greet their students.

What happens if my child has a question or needs something?
There will be plenty of adults on the playground with homeroom lists.  They know that kids on the first day of school can be anxious, so they have a smile on their face and will answer any and all questions.  Also - your child's teacher will meet them and they will walk into the building together.

Do parents stay with their kids and wait for the bell?
No.  From time to time we have a mom or dad lingering on the playground (not usually though).  If you think that will be you, please walk up to a teacher and identify yourself so that they know you are safe to be there.

Should I pack a snack or water for my child?
Absolutely.  Teachers will designate a snack time.  The lunch/recess block for 5th grade is 12:00 - 12:50.  The lunch/recess block for 6th grade is 12:50 - 1:40.  If your child forgets a water bottle, we have drinking fountains and water bottles for $1.

When does school end?
School ends at 3:15
.  All students are assumed to be taking the bus unless we are notified otherwise (via a note).  We will dismiss students who are being picked up FIRST, followed by bus dismissal.
- Students being picked up with last name beginning with A-J = will exit the FRONT (Liberty Hill)
- Students being picked up with last name beginning with K-Z = will exit the SIDE (County Road)
*You may park and walk your child to the car OR, your child can walk to you.  We will have teachers on duty to monitor students walking to their car.

Is there an After School Program?
Yes!  New Morning School operates an after school program at our facility that runs from the end of the school day until 5:45pm.  Click here to learn about the program and how to register your child.  

How can I access the nurse if my child has medical needs?
We have a full time BSN on site (Nurse Ruby).  She will be available on August 22nd, 23rd, & 24th to answer questions, receive medication, and schedule trainings.  Feel free to leave her a message at 472-3951 ext. 2214.

Is there a Meet & Greet at McKelvie?
No.  McKelvie does not have a Meet & Greet like the elementary schools.  You will notice that the district gradually makes changes as your child moves from school to school.  These changes help to foster independence and allow students (and their parents) to experience new situations in a safe and welcoming environment.

How do I find out my child's bus number/bus schedule?
Local bus routes are currently available on the district web site. Click here to see them.

When will I know about Clubs & Activities?
We generally advertise Clubs and Activities at the end of the 2nd week of school. Clubs and Activities will be announced at that time.

Important Dates:
Grade 5 Open House: Tuesday, September 6th
Grade 6 Open House: Wednesday, September 7th

Special Note:  If you will be picking up your child at the end of  the day, please review our Arrival and Dismissal Procedures under School Info. on our web site.

Enjoy what is left of this summer!  See you on August 25th!

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