Friday, October 7, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

This week’s note is a long one.  With so many activities going on at school, it is not always easy to pare down the information.  Perhaps a cup of coffee will help get you through the notes!  Enjoy the long weekend - it’s a great one for hiking!

No School
A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

Polite & Right
As a way to recognize students for being positive role models in our school, teachers can give out tickets to students for a weekly drawing.  New students will be recognized each week.
Grade 5 = Madison Dozois & Ally Churbuck
Grade 6 = Jake Brien & Declan Rourke

Move-a-thon 2016 - It’s Coming Soon!
We have 20 days until the 10th Annual Move-A-Thon.  This LONG weekend is a great time to ask family and friends to sponsor you as you MOVE to raise money for our SCHOOL.  Our school goal is raise $40,000 this year!!  Proceeds from the Move-A-Thon will be used to create an outdoor learning space for students - we look forward to creating an inviting courtyard space for our students to use.  Click HERE to see what we are looking to improve.  Click HERE to see the design!

BeBOLD & McKelvie Guidance Join Forces
Please join us for “Continue the Conversation” on Tuesday, October 25th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at McKelvie.  Our special guest speaker is Diane Vaccarello, owner and therapist at Bedford Family Therapy.  Diane will be focusing on how to speak with children about drugs and alcohol as well as its impact on the preadolescent brain.  Mrs. Vaccarello will be joined by Sara Cassin, Health Educator and McKelvie School Counselors, Priscilla McGinty and Jodi Parsons.  Target audience: Parents of children in grades 4-6.

T-Shirt Contest Winner!
Congratulations to Cole Diehl for being the winner of our 2016 McKelvie Move-a-thon t-shirt design contest.  Click HERE to see Cole and his winning design!

Halloween at McKelvie - NEW
For the first time since 2007, the students can opt to dress in their Halloween costumes for school on 10/31.  Masks, weapons, and gorey face paint (blood) are not allowed.  Dress code applies.  Note: While Clown costumes are not banned, we are discouraging them due to recent clown activity as seen on the news.

Grade 5 Studies Plant & Animal Cells
Mrs. Mazzella’s Science students had a blast making animal and plant cell models in class!  Click on the student names to see their work. Maggie Foxx & Cam Marchant,

McKelvie Kids Present to Men’s Club
Congratulations to Maxine Morse and Kendall Joyce for presenting to the Bedford Men’s Club.  These young ladies wrote a proposal asking the club to consider helping offset the costs of McKelvie bring in award winning author, Gordon Korman to McKelvie.  Click HERE to see these two wonderful young ladies.

After School Intramurals - REMINDER
When picking up at the Canopy for a 4:30 intramural, please note that the pick up line should be moving.  If you would like to gather and talk, please use the visitor parking spots adjacent to the Canopy.  

Bedford Fire Department Open House
The Bedford Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 11th from 5pm to 8pm.  There will be activities, food, demonstrations and fire truck rides.  Click HERE to check out their flyer.

A Note from the McKelvie Library
On Friday, September 30th our first "Search Slip" raffle was held! The "Search Slips" are filled out by students when they use the catalog to search for materials they want to check out. The slips are filled out with the title of the book, the author's last name, and the call number. The student then has an opportunity to write his/her name on the back of the Search Slip and enter a monthly raffle! The first raffle winner was Remy Manni from Mrs. Mueller's homeroom. Remy received a $5.00 gift certificate to a local ice cream establishment. Congrats Remy! Another Search Slip raffle will be held on October 31st.

Congratulations also to Ella Navarro who checked out a book with the 5th "Golden Ticket!" Ella received a $5.00 gift card to put towards the purchase of a new book at Barnes & Noble. Happy reading, Ella! There are now 5 more "Golden Tickets" to be found.

Bedford Skis Crotched Program
Registration is now open!  Go to for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User Name and "bsdmember" as the Password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons, and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at with any questions.

Pat’s Peak Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH. This five week Friday night program includes 1 hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27 th to the close of the 2017 season. The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6 th and runs for 5 weeks. The choice of lesson times are 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools. Easy Online Registration is available at Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”. The username for bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson. The Password is patspeak17. More details are available at Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – & Martha Cronin –

PTG Thank You
to everyone that purchased a reusable shopping bag from our Bedford Hannaford stores. The PTG will receive $146 that will go right back into programming in our schools!
Gift Cards
Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by December 2nd for pre-Christmas delivery. We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG. Look for order forms soon.
PTG Hosts Superintendent Coffee
Our next Community Meeting is on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), along with special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

Witch Way to the 5K
Join us for the 7th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 29, 2016.   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School.  Register by midnight Friday, October 8th  to pay the standard registration rate.
Lots of people are needed to help put on an event like this. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to sign up.
For more information about the race visit:
To register for the race visit:
...a daylong event for all 7th grade students and their parents, will be having our first event planning meeting on Thursday, October 20th from 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle school front office. If you are interested in finding out more about Stand By Me or would like to join the event planning committee, email Shana Potvin at or simply join us on October 20th. You do NOT need to have a 7th grader to participate on the committee or as a volunteer for the event.

In previous News…

MSN Names McKelvie Top School
A big thank you to the families who saw a recent MSN report on McKelvie being named a top school in NH.  Click HERE for the article.  

Astronaut to Visit McKelvie
We have been given an AMAZING opportunity to have Dr. Lee Morin, a NASA Astronaut, give an assembly to the students at McKelvie on October 13th.  Dr. Morin grew up in Manchester, NH and graduated from West High School and UNH, before becoming an astronaut.   He travelled in space on the STS-110 Atlantis, worked on the International Space Station, and performed spacewalks.

Chipotle & McKelvie Team Up - Save the Date!
  • 10/12/2016
  • 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • 99 S River Road Unit 4, Bedford, NH 03110
  • More details to follow

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

Bedford Education Foundation
The Bedford Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser
Friday November 4, 2016
Manchester Country Club
Tickets available at
$50 for community members and $25 for faculty and staff in Bedford
Don’t miss this fantastic evening out for a great cause
For more information or for sponsorship opportunities please email

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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