Friday, March 17, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!  It has been a very green day here at McKelvie.  The sun was out, the kids were active, and there was a buzz of activity all over the school.  In fact, Mr. Rushia’s Excel class taught their classmates about Pi.  Thankyou, Excel students!  It was a great week; albeit abridged.  Below are this week’s notes:


Election Results
Thank you to all the Bedford citizens who voted on Thursday . The school district budget passed and the contracts for our teachers, support staff, and custodians passed. This will make the district's pay scale more competitive and help get health insurance costs under control. The positive results will allow the whole district to continue to focus on our core mission, teaching and learning. Thank you!

2017-18 ​Calendar
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29

Bedford High School ​Graduation set for June 10
We are proud to announce that the students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on June 10, 2017.

All members of the Bedford community are welcome to attend this free event at the high school next week where they will be presenting Screenagers.  The movie will begin the evening at 6:00 PM, and a brief panel of professionals with various perspectives will follow.
PTG ColorBlast 5K Registration is OPEN
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00am, for a super-fun, family event! Not a runner? That’s OK. You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus. Be sure to wear white for maximum color affect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder). All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!
We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at, or for more information please visit This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.
PTG Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair…Coming Soon:
The PTG Book Fair will be at McKelvie April 3rd -6th. We will be open Monday/Wednesday til 5:30 andTuesday/Thursday til 7pm in room 1.
To keep with the “Happy Camper-S’more Fun with Books” theme, we will kick things off with a Camping Spirit Day on Monday, April  3rd. More details to come…

McKelvie Reading Trials Parent Feedback
During the first part of 2017, language arts teachers have been conducting reading "trials" - implementation of a unit from a reading program other than Reading Street.  We would like to hear adult feedback about your child/children's experience(s) as part of these trials.  Students have had the opportunity to give feedback through their own survey and through interactions with adults.  Follow this link to access the survey by Monday, March 27. Questions can be directed to Lee Webb, McKelvie Reading Specialist, at, or Checker Hansen, Bedford Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, at Thank you for your participation!

Destination ImagiNation
Bedford DI is sending 19 teams to the Goffstown Regional this weekend.  Good luck to all the teams and their team managers, who have been working hard problem solving and creating solutions since last Fall. For a full schedule of the day, check out the Goffstown Regional at

From the Library
The Fisher Cats Reading Challenge entries were due today! I spoke to a member of the Fisher Cats Reading Promotional Team today and the tickets for participating in the challenge will go in the mail relative to the game date selected. Be on the lookout for these tickets if you participated!

Last Friday we had two special guests come to the McKelvie Library! Ellen Smith and her amazing service dog, Major, were here to visit with students. Click here to see a picture of a few 6th grade students reading Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp to Major. Thank you Mrs. Lovering for this book recommendation and thank you Ellen and Major for your time!

In honor of National Library Week (April 9th-15th) the students at McKelvie will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite Great Stone Face Book Award Nominee. Please see the tab off of the MIS Library homepage titled "Great Stone Face" for a Google Slides presentation of the 20 nominees. More information will be forthcoming!


McKelvie Students Compete in U12 Alpine Racing
Congratulations to Cora Steichen, Audrey Purnell, Tyler Dambach, Cole Wolfinger, & Logan Goldberg for competing last weekend at the NH State Championship for Alpine Racing.  They did an awesome job racing in frigid conditions with 60 mph winds and a wind chill of -23 degrees at Dartmouth Skiway.  They competed in a field of the top 100 boys and top 100 girls in the state racing Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday. Click HERE to see those AMAZING kids!

Mr. Crowell’s NEW baby
Congratulations to Michael and Renee Crowell.  Olivia Anne Crowell was born on March 13th at 11:35 pm.  She is 6 pounds 13 ounces, 18.25 inches long, she has a ton of dark hair, and she's perfect.  Click HERE for an ADORABLE pic.

NH Food Bank
The McKelvie Student Council received a thank you card from the NH Food Bank for the 997 lbs of donated food that accounts for 831 meals.  Thank YOU for helping us with this drive!

March Book Madness in the Parolin/Francis and Stank/Donahue Pods!
The students in Ms. Parolin's ELA class have been working hard on a March Madness Book Tournament. Stay tuned to see which title will win the #1 spot for March 2017!
Mrs. Stank's March Madness bracket is mimicking the NCAA college basketball tournament. Students have until March 24th to read as many of the sweet sixteen books as possible to qualify them for voting. Sean Donahue is about to bring it alive with statistics in mathematics class. Boom!  Click HERE to see the brackets.

Monarchs Fan Appreciation Night
Join the PTG at FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT as the Manchester Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, April 1st at 6p.m.. Students can high-five the Monarchs players as they enter the ice. Click here to download your order form and return to your school office by March 27th. This is a great night for groups, teams and families to get discounted ticket prices and enjoy the end of the hockey season.

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).

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.

*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.

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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