Friday, November 25, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

I hope this note finds you well rested and basking in the joy of family and Thanksgiving.  I am writing this note in advance of the actual day.  However, I want you to know that I am thankful for you and for the terrific kids you send us each day.  Enjoy this weekend!

Funny Parent Notes
Every year we have notes that come in that make us laugh so hard!  Last week we had two on the same day - both from dads.  Below are the notes - enjoy!

Today, I have the privilege of waiting in the parent pick up line to pick up my child.  If I had my way, she’d be riding the bus.

Dad’s taxi will be transporting my son home from the Palace of Learning today.

Portal Grades vs. Email Updates
If you receive email updates on your child’s grades and have noticed that they did not match the PowerSchool portal, you were not imagining things!  There was a setting that we had to adjust.  This glitch should now be solved!

Grade 6 Families - Save the Date!
6th to 7th Registration Night: March 21, 6PM in the RAL Media Center
6th to 7th Parent Move Up Night: May 25, 6PM in the RAL Dining Hall

Toys for Tots
The Community Action Team is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Trots Drive.  Toys can be dropped off at in the bins located across from McKelvie's main office.  Toys will be collected until December 16th
Thank you for your support of this holiday drive.

Farm to Table Club - NEW!
Are you looking for new ways to help your children actively learn about socially relevant issues? The Combating Food Insecurity Curriculum: Action from Our Farms to Our Communities to Our Tables offers service learning projects, student presentation activities and student entrepreneurship planning tools that address issues of food insecurity and hunger. Click HERE to learn more and sign up.

McKelvie Holiday Book Fair - Starts Monday Nov 28th
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.
Happy Thanksgiving from PTG
We’d like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and also give thanks for your continued support of the PTG!
Amazon Smile
Exciting new opportunity to support the Bedford PTG at  Simply log in and shop through, enter Bedford Parent Teacher Group as the organization you’d like to support, and we will receive .5% on all eligible purchases. No added fees, no additional donation required, simply shop as usual. Prime and other discounts still apply.

In Previous News...
SNHU Youth Day
The SNHU men’s and women's basketball teams will have a game on Dec 30th during the holiday break.  The women's team starts at 1:30pm and the men’s team starts at 3:30pm. We will have a special performer during halftime. Any child 12 years or younger will get in for free.

Gift Cards-Last Call
Did you miss the first round of GIFT CARD ordering? Gift cards are perfect for any occasion and there is still time to order!! Orders are due November 30th. Simply print your order form and return, with payment, to school with your student. Gift cards will be delivered the week of December 12th.
Monarch’s Night-Orders due Nov 28th
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 Monday, November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

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.

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.

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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