Friday, March 31, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

Each week I have the privilege of summarizing what our kids have been doing and what is on the horizon.  This week I am especially proud and thankful for our World Language students, teachers, and program.  Our four World Language Teachers supplied a month of activity, learning, and enthusiasm for our kids and the school.  A BIG thank you to Laren Carkin, Linda Taccini, Vicki Richardson, and Julie Mannella!  Below are this week’s notes:


BeBOLD Event
This Sunday (4/2) from 6pm to 8pm, BeBOLD will be holding their 2nd annual “Breaking the Silence” Event at the Bedford Presbyterian Church.  There will be a breakout session specifically designed for parents and their children ages 9-13.  Breakout session will be led by School Counselor Jodi Parsons, BPD Officer Danielle Nightingale, and Principal Michael Fournier.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please know that we are heading into conference season at McKelvie.  You can expect to hear from your child’s teacher soon (you may have already).  Our goal to to make sure that conferences are held at a mutually convenient time.  If you do not see a slot that works for you, please reach out to your child’s teacher to request one.  While conferences are not mandatory, they are an excellent time to ask questions, gain insight, and connect.

Yearbook Orders - ACTION ITEM
The deadline to purchase a 2016/17 yearbook is approaching quickly. Yearbooks are only $23 and can be ordered online or through the order form that came home with your student. Online order details can be found on the Yearbook Club page under the Order Info tab. Order deadline is Wednesday, April 12th, so order yours today! Questions can be directed to Susan Cavanaugh ( or Deb Kelly (

PTG Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair:
The PTG Book Fair will be at McKelvie April 3rd -6th. We will be open Monday/Wednesday til 5:30 and Tuesday/Thursday til 7pm in room 1.  Students are encouraged to dress in camping gear on Monday to kick the week off, be sure to wear your flannel, hiking boots, and bandanas. Students will all have an opportunity to preview the book fair during the week with their class.  Parents are welcome any time during fair hours to come to shop for great books.  There will also be a staff "wish list" display at the fair.  If a parent/student wants to purchase and donate a book to a teacher classroom or staff member they can do so at the fair. Not able to stop in…shop online starting Thursday, April 6th at
iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up.
The Bedford High School Counseling Department is thrilled to welcome international speaker, Janell Burley Hofmann, to campus on Thursday, April 6th! The author of the original iRules Contract will workshop with students throughout the day and will present “Parenting Generation Tech: Educate, Empower, Engage” to parents that evening. This free event will begin at 6:00pm in the BHS Theater and is open to the community.

PTG Day at Shorty’s
Join us Thursday April 6th at Shorty’s in Bedford. Every first Thursday of the month Shorty’s will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG. Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!

Destination Imagination State Tournament
Bedford DI welcomes New Hampshire Destination Imagination (NH-DI) State Tournament to Bedford High School . The tournament has been rescheduled to  Sunday, April 2nd from  8am - 6pm. Please check website for up to date information and a schedule of events - The top scoring teams will be competing for a chance to go to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, with almost every state and 20 countries.   Good Luck to the 7 teams representing Bedford DI.

From the Library
It has been a while but the 8th "Golden Ticket" has been found by Kiaben Kennedy who is in Mrs. Cleghorn's 5th grade class! Click HERE is see Kiaben, the book he found the "Golden Ticket" in, and his prize. There are two more "Golden Tickets" hidden in various library books at the McKelvie Library! Will the last two be found before the end of the year?


World Language Poster Contest
Each year the state of NH sponsors a student poster contest in the month of March to promote World Language study. This year's theme was "Communication Is the First Step In Changing the World". McKelvie is allowed to send five entries to the contest. We would like to thank all the students who participated in this year's contest. After a very difficult decision, the following students' posters were chosen to send on to the state wide competition: Sofia Elena DiStefano, Chelsea Ongjoco, Olivia King, Lindsay Healey, and Patryk Bidecki. Please see the photo of the students with their winning posters. Best wishes to these students as they go on in the contest.

McKelvie Kids use Ozobots!
Mrs. Kelly's 5th grade classes came to the library last week to explore basic coding with McKelvie's 18 Ozobot Bits! Be sure to check out the budding coders who worked with Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Cavanaugh (Instructional Technology Specialist), and Mrs. Cote. The students were able to program the Ozobots to perform various tasks. There are some future programmers coming up the ranks!

Grade 5 Mathemagician!
On Wednesday, March 29, the entire 5th-grade--both the students and teachers-- enjoyed two performances by Dennis Regling and the Amazing Mysteries of Mathematics.  A big 'thank you'  to Sue Jennato and the PTG for making this performance possible. Mr. Dennis was funny, engaged the students, and left a few math teachers perplexed as to how he did what he did. Click HERE to see a great pic of our students! From left to right: Dennis Regling, Charlie Cariello, Tim Gleason, Maya Park, Audrey Sambrook, Eli Goumas, and Julia Stensgaard.

In Previous News…

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.

Community Presentation-Ed Gerety, top professional youth speaker
The Bedford PTG is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming community presentation featuring professional speaker Ed Gerety. Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers in the country, will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child focusing on how you can work together in your families to help your child reach their full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve their goals. Ed has been a part of the Lurgio Middle School Stand By Me program from its beginning and his programs have always received rave reviews. This program, geared to middle school families, will take place on April 11th in the BHS Theater 6:30 - 7:30p.m.. Save the date for this energetic and inspiring program!  
PTG COLORBLAST 5K Fun run/walk, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar 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.

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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