Friday, November 11, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

Happy Veteran’s Day to you and your family.  I hope that this day off from school brings rest, relaxation, and a little time to reflect on the important contributions our veterans have made and continue to make on our behalf.  Below are this week’s notes.  A little shorter than usual.

Cold Weather
Just a reminder that students should wear layers to school with the expectation that they will go outside for recess.  Coats, hats, and mittens/gloves are encouraged.  We use +/-20° (including wind chill) to make the call for indoor/outdoor recess.

Lost & Found
Our Lost and Found is beginning to look like a clearance rack.  If your child has lost articles of clothing (especially sweatshirts) please stop by and check it out. We also have a wide variety of water bottles - all waiting for a home. All items will be donated to a social service agency over Winter Break.

A Move-a-thon Thank You
Thank You to Jennifer Cheifetz, owner of Gone Baking, who supplied cookies to
Ms. Francis Homeroom ($2018.09) and Mrs. Geddes Homeroom ($1552.82)
Raised the most amount of money for their grade level!

Yearbook - NOTICE
Please be aware that the Yearbook Club will be using photos of all students for our 2016/2017 yearbook.  If you do not want your child's photo in the yearbook, please email one of our advisors, Susan Cavanaugh ( or Deb Kelly ( Otherwise, every child gets in the yearbook.

Homework Club - NOTICE
If your child participates in Homework Club, please pick up promptly at 4:15pm.  A good safety net is to be registered for the After School Program at our school.  Students being picked up late may be required to register in order to continue participation.

McKelvie Holiday Book Fair
Give the Gift of Reading…stop by the McKelvie Scholastic Holiday Book Fair November 28th – December 1st . Parents and students are welcome any time during fair hours to come shop for great books.
The fair will be open:
Monday 11/28  - 8am-5:30pm
Tuesday 11/29  - 8am-7pm
Wednesday 11/30  - 8am-5:30pm
Thursday 12/1  - 8am-7pm
You can also shop online starting Tuesday 11/29 thru Wednesday 12/7. Any online orders will be shipped to the school and delivered to your children at no cost, before Winter Break. Visit McKelvie Book Fair Webpage for more information.
Get to Know the PTG
Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level). Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30a.m. or 6:30-7:30p.m..
Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. Light Refreshments Served. Younger Children Welcomed.
Stop By & Enter for a Chance to Win a Target Gift Card.
PTG Ski & Skate Sale
The annual SKI & SKATE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. For more information about this anticipated annual event click here. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at   If you cannot help at the event, please consider donating a baked good for the Ski and Skate bake sale (items can be bought or baked)… Click here to donate.
PTG Gift Cards
Orders for pre-Christmas/pre-Hanukkah delivery are due November 30th! Print your order form here.
Gift giving and every day shopping is easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG. We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers. There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details).
PTG & the Monarchs
It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6p.m.. Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun, and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders are due November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

In Previous News…

Move-a-thon Update: Assembly and Prizes
We are pleased to announce that the Move-A-Thon has met our goal and raised just over $40,000 this year.  Thank you to community sponsors and student fundraising to make this goal possible!  As promised, Mr. Fournier and Mrs. Asdot will be performing a dance number at the Move-A-Thon assembly in recognition of the student's fundraising efforts.  

The Move-A-Thon assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, 11/22 at 2:15.  Students will be given their "raffle tickets" the week of 11/14 for a chance to win a prize basket of their choice, winners will be announced at the assembly.  (Students do not need to be present at the assembly in order to win - we will hold their prize basket for them).

Students are given 1 raffle ticket for every $10 raised.  If a student is still collecting money from some final sponsors, please have all monies in by 11/14 in order to receive raffle tickets.

Q1 Report Cards
Quarter 1 Report Cards are now available as a pdf through the Parent Portal.  If you are unable to access yours or require a paper copy, please contact your child’s teacher.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
As you know, we are in the midst of conferences.  Please know that we encourage fall conferences and hope that you will attend.  If the dates and times of offerings do not meet your needs, please reach out directly to the teacher to find a mutually convenient time.

Reading Trials
For over a decade, Bedford 5th and 6th grade students have been using Reading Street as the primary resource to teach the English Language Arts Curriculum.  Given our focus on Columbia’s Writing Project, we are exploring other programs that might dovetail reading and writing more smoothly.  As a result, your child may experience other Reading Programs under the direction of the classroom teacher.  As always, questions can be directed to your child’s teacher, our Reading Specialist (, or Curriculum Coordinator (

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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