Friday, November 4, 2016


Dear McKelvie Families ~

I am beginning to think that calling this weekly email a “Note” is a little misleading.  I wonder if  “epistle” or “journal” might be more accurate?  I do my best to keep these as on point as possible.  This week’s novel is about average in length.  Enjoy!

Just a reminder that there is no school for students on:
Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day
Friday, November 11th - Veteran’s Day Observance

Penny Wars!
If your child was excited about Penny Wars, click HERE for the final results!

Pancake Breakfast Part II
Congratulations to Mrs. Draper’s class and Mrs. Geddes’ class for getting their winning pancake breakfast this morning!  I’m not sure it fell within the wellness guidelines, but it sure was good!  Click on the teacher’s name for a pic of the students.

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.

McKelvie Holiday Book Fair
Give the Gift of Reading…stop by the McKelvie Scholastic Holiday Book Fair the week of November 28th, more details to come.

Blood Drive
A blood drive will be held on Election Day​, Tuesday, November 8th,​ at Bedford High School in memory of Hillary Silver, a Bedford mother who passed away from ​a ​blood cancer last year. Hillary's two children still attend Bedford schools. Volunteers are needed (BHS students can earn Community Service hours).  For more information, please click on the link: BHS Blood Drive Info.

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 (

Coffee Cart
Thank you to the PTG for hosting a coffee cart on Halloween for the teachers.  Between this and the students wearing their costumes, it was a GREAT day!  A special thank you to the Coffee Cart volunteers: Sue Jennato, Ann Mikol, Stacy Norris, Tara Caparrelli, Sally Kellar & Muge Cakir. Thank you also to those who donated food items!

From the McKelvie Library
The 7th "Golden Ticket" has been located by Sharman Hayward, a 5th grade teacher at McKelvie! She located the 7th "Golden Ticket" in a book she was reading to her class. Her class has generously decided to donate the Barnes & Noble gift card to the Toys for Tots Drive.

We had our second Search Slip Drawing! These slips are filled out when students use the online catalog to search for books. Ella Houghton, in Ms. Parolin's homeroom, had her name drawn. Congratulations to Ella. She received a $5.00 gift certificate for a sweet treat from a local ice cream shop. Enjoy!

Just a friendly reminder to have your child(ren) use a book bag for their library books as they transport them to and from school. A plastic bag (even a recycled grocery bag) helps to protect library books during transport. It helps to keep our library materials in great reading shape.

PTG Ski and Skate Sale
Hello Volunteers!!!  It's that time of year again for PTG's largest fundraiser.  Our annual Ski & Skate Sale will take place on November 18th and 19th.  If you are interested in helping out, please email and indicate one of the open shifts below. Note this does not guarantee a shift as volunteer slots are on a first come first serve basis.  If you cannot help at the event, please consider sending in a baked good for our event’s bake sale. Last year's Ski & Skate event raised upwards of $18,000 for the schools.  Please consider donating your time to help make this another successful year.
Shift Options:
SATURDAY Nov 19th 8:00am - 12:30pm (check in upon arrival and a brief mtg at 8:25am) – positions are almost full

SATURDAY Nov 19th 12:30pm - 2pm (check in upon arrival for duty assignment)

SATURDAY Nov 19th 2pm - 5pm (check in, assist with set up for pick-ups, assist with pick ups, help clean up)

From Bedford High School
The 4th annual Empty Bowls Event is happening next week. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy local soups and bread donated by restaurants. Afterwards go see the BHS musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7:00.
Proceeds go to the New Horizons Soup kitchen and the BHS Art Dept.
Reserve your bowl today at

Wreath and Bow Fundraiser for the BHS Freshman Class
I am excited to tell you about another fundraiser organized by my Freshman Class Officers, I am the Freshman advisor, and I really hope their first fundraiser is a great success.
We are partnering with Emily's Bows and 3 Rivers Wreaths, both NH businesses.
Click on this link to order a wreath and bow!

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).
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.
Interested in learning more about the Bedford Parent Teacher Group…Programs, Volunteering, Fundraisers, and Community Events? Want to get involved in our schools, contribute new ideas, and help students and staff? 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.
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
Manchester 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 get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders due November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

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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