Friday, March 10, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

It must be March in New Hampshire as snow is falling right now!  I hope you and your family have adjusted well to the school routine.  I know that our teachers and students are working hard as April vacation will be here sooner than we know.  There are a few additional pieces to my notes this week.  BHS is deep into their Senior Projects.  As a result, many high school students ask to access our notes.  Those items are marked with an *.  Below are this week’s updates:


Please Vote next Tuesday - March 14
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections.  They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15th, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 PM.  HERE is the Bedford School Board’s Voter Guide, and HERE is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.

Gordon Korman Review
Our visit by author Gordon Korman was a huge success!  Mr. Korman delivered a presentation to each grade level, worked with some small groups, and had some time to talk with teachers about his writing process and working with students.  His after school presentation was a wonderful launch of the third book of the Masterminds series. Mr. Korman was delighted by his visit to McKelvie and the passion and energy of the students and staff.  He said that he goes on a lot of school visits and that this was an extraordinary school visit!  We feel the same way about having him come to our school.  Many thanks to the Bedford PTG and the Bedford Men's Club for sponsoring this event, and to Gibson's bookstore for collaborating with us on book sales!  Follow the links to see several photos from the day.

Kids Vote 2017
If your family elects to vote on Tuesday, there will be a Kid’s Vote for McKelvie students too!  Students will be voting on a Spirit Day.

The Mathemagician is Coming!
On Wednesday, March  29, the 5th grade looks forward to welcoming Dennis Regling, the Math Magician, to McKelvie. Students will attend one of two morning assemblies as Mr. Regling presents a curriculum-based, fun assembly. The 5th-grade thanks the Bedford PTG for supporting and sponsoring this event.

Community Action Team
The members of CAT would like to THANK McKelvie Students and Families for their contributions to our February drive "Pennies for Patients."  On behalf of McKelvie, we were able to make a donation of $1,095.89 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thank you for helping us turn loose coins into hope for individuals living with blood cancers.

Amazon Smile
Reminder... if you shop at please consider selecting the Bedford PTG through and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to us. All discounts and Prime still apply.

*Martial Arts One Day Workshop
Martial arts classes will be taking place in the gym on March 22 and 24 after school. Michael Lipari, an instructor from Bedford Martial Arts Academy, is offering classes that will test a new style of learning using animated tutorials to assist in instruction. Students will learn a small number of american kenpo techniques as well as a basic kenpo mentality by working with each other and learning from examples given. These lessons are meant for students with no martial arts experience. There will be approximately 10 students per class. Click HERE to register.

*Art Supplies Donation
As a part of her senior project, Julie Vyhanek, a student at Bedford High School, is accepting donations of new/lightly used art supplies to be donated to the Elliot Hospital for Art Therapy.  A donation box will be placed outside of our main office if you would like to contribute.  Click here for more information.

*Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
Do you love Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Do you wish there was one in NH? You're in luck! The BHS Prom Committee is selling dozens of the Original Glazed for $10 a box at the Town Elections on Tuesday, March 14th (7am-7pm) in the BHS Gym. You can reserve your dozen here, or purchase them at the door. Thank you in advance for your support!

*Mobile App Making Opportunity
The fundraiser is called the NH Appathon and it supports STEM education. It is a one day workshop where kids (4th grade and onwards) will learn to make mobile apps and then participate in a team competition. This event is taking place on Sunday March 19th in Bedford.  Click HERE for more information.


NH Geographic Bee
Congratulations to 6th-grader Pranav Rohit! After winning the McKelvie School Geography Bee, Pranav took a challenging on-line test.  He is one of only 100 students from around New Hampshire who has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee!  The New Hampshire State Geography Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Keene State College.  Best wishes to Pranav!

Google Expedition - NEW TECHNOLOGY
Have you ever participated in a virtual field trip?  Well - our tech-savvy Mrs. Kelly & Mrs. Cavanaugh worked together to bring Google Expedition to our school!  Click HERE to watch a 33 second video with the kids.  VERY cool.  Click HERE for another cool pic.

In Previous News…

6th to 7th Grade Registration & Information Sessions - IMPORTANT
Lurgio Middle School has adjusted their Parent Information session from March 21st to March 28th.  More information to follow.  Questions can be directed to Lurgio Middle School (310-9100).

From the Library
Please be sure to check out the LibGuides tab located in the MIS Library homepage. These web pages link many of the databases to curriculum units of study. Your researcher might find these guides helpful when working on a project at home! The LibGuides are a work in progress and new guides are being added throughout the school year.

Major, a certified service dog, will be making Friday appearances at the MIS Library. Students will be able to sit and read with Major during their recess time if they would like. Photographs will be posted in next week's Principal's Notes.

The Fisher Cat's Reading entries have to be there by Friday, March 17th. Be sure to put your child's entry into the mail.

NH Fisher Cats, Attn: Reading Challenge
1 Line Drive,
Manchester, NH 03101

Yankee Candles
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If your child turned in a paper order, these items will need to be picked up at McKelvie in room 1 on Monday, March 13th between 8:30-10am or 3:30-5:30pm. Any orders placed online have been shipped directly to purchaser.
PTG Color Run Is Coming!
Registration for our first annual Color Blast 5K Run/Walk will open soon. Save the date for June 4th at 10:00a.m. (Kids 1K Color Blast at 9:30) at Lurgio Middle School/Bedford High School complex.
World Language Coffee Cart
To help celebrate World Language week the PTG provided staff with a treat filled coffee cart. Thanks to all who contributed and participated.
VOTING DAY for school and town elections is Tuesday, March 14th at BHS, 7a.m. - 7p.m.. Please Vote!

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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