Friday, April 14, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

Finally - spring has sprung!  For those of you who celebrate Easter, have a wonderful weekend.  If not, enjoy the warm weather with family and friends.  I am grateful for your kids, our partnership, and this community.  Below are this week’s notes:


McKelvie School Play
Save the date! Alice In Wonderland is coming on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th.  Two evenings and one matinee.  More information to come!

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp.  Click here to register online, or here to view their paper flyer. You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at

From the Library
This week the 5th and 6th graders had an opportunity to select their favorite 2017 Great Stone Face Nominee. Students statewide, in grades 4-6, have an opportunity to vote during National Library Week. Here at McKelvie we voted via a Google Form ballot. The McKelvie winner will be announced next week. The statewide winner will be announced after May 5th. Stay tuned and be sure to ask your child next week what nominee received the most votes at McKelvie. The winner will be announced Monday afternoon and will also be posted on the library homepage under the "Great Stone Face" tab.

Upcoming PTG Event:
Save the date for our annual spring "Year in Review, Coffee with the Principals” on May 9th @ 9:30a.m. at BCTV.  

Volunteers Needed for Stand By Me:
Lurgio Middle School is hosting the 28th year of Stand By Me on Friday, May 19th @ SNHU. This event, for all seventh grade students and their parents, is in need of volunteers. Since 7th grade families are participating in the event we are looking for volunteers from other grades to help. This is a great event and volunteering is good way to get a sneak peek at what it’s all about. Various shifts and volunteer opportunities are available. Click here for more information or to sign up. Thank you!


Polite & to the Right Raffle Winners
Kolton Blaisdell (6th grade), Jeremy Laurendeau (6th grade), Rachel Mahoney (5th grade) and Tyler Caparrelli (5th grade). Click HERE for a terrific picture!

Essay Contest Winner!
Congratulations to Maxine Morse, the first place winner in the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Patriot's Pen" essay contest. The theme of Maxine's essay was "The America I Believe In".  Mr. Backus and Mr. MacIntyre of the Bedford VFW presented Maxine with a medal and a certificate at a recent awards ceremony. In THIS photo, Maxine is also joined by her father, Brad.

Bedford Education Foundation Grant Awards
Congratulations to Ginny Kemp and Kim Draper for each winning Bedford Education Foundation grants.  Ginny Kemp will be getting trained in Mindfulness and Kim Draper will be advancing her knowledge in coaching children and teens with ADHD. Congratulations!

In Previous News…

Ecosmith Recycling
Ready for spring cleaning?  If so, bag up those belts, shoes, & bags!  There are boxes and blue bags located in the lobby of each school.  All proceeds go to Bedford’s Destination Imagination teams going to Globals.  Click HERE for more information.  Questions can be directed to Marie Russell at

PTG COLORBLAST 5K run/walk Chance to Win $100 Copper Door Gift Card
Haven’t signed up for the PTG Color Blast 5K yet? All participants that register BEFORE May 5th will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Copper Door Restaurant. In addition, if you register by May 5th you can purchase a race kit for only $10. A race kit comes in a reusable drawstring bag and includes a Color Blast 5K t-shirt in your size, sunglasses to keep the powder out of your eyes and an individual powder packet to use at the race start “color explosion”. Register today for the most colorful, family friendly, fun run around! June 4th @ 10:00 a.m. at BHS/RAL campus, event presented by Derry Medical Center.

Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Yankee Candle offers a variety of quality products and ship direct. Feel free to share the online shopping link with friends and family, near and far, that love Yankee Candle. Shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479

Mid-Afternoon at the Movies
McKelvie Student Council would like to invite all students to join us for an after school viewing of the movie Sing on Wednesday, April 19th.  The show will start at 3:30 and run until 5:30 pm.  There is no charge for the movie, but snacks are available for a small fee.  Italian ice, water, and Capri Suns can be ordered ahead, or students may bring a snack to enjoy during the movie.  All proceeds will go to benefit Student Council activities. Click HERE for the permission slip.

Q3 Excessive, Tardy, Dismissal Letters
As you know, each quarter we send out letters to families of students who have in excess of 6 tardies, absences, or dismissals.  We do keep track of illnesses and circumstances that are beyond the control of a family, but do not always know in every case.  Please keep this in mind if you receive one and your family has a special circumstance.

Smarter Balanced State Assessment - Coming in May
We will begin our testing when we return from April vacation.
Week of May 1 - 6th grade testing
Week of May 8 - 5th grade testing
We have 3 requests:  
  • Students will need a pair of earbuds Monday – Friday. The teachers will keep them safe.
  • Please make sure your child has a healthy breakfast.
  • A good night’s rest is also helpful.
The assessment is not meant to add anxiety.  Students should simply do their best and know that we are behind them 100%.

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 students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on June 10, 2017.

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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