Friday, April 21, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

We have made it to yet another school vacation.  Despite today’s dreary weather, I hope that each of you has a wonderful April break.  When we return on May 1st, it will be a fast moving train until June 19th.  With that said, I will do my best to keep you in the loop, celebrate your kids, and maintain a fun and safe learning environment.  Below are this week’s notes:


5th to 6th Grade Placement
Click HERE to see this year’s placement letter.  Student placement will be announced in mid-August via the Parent Portal and with printed lists at McKelvie.

6th to 7th Grade Placement
Ed Joyce, principal of Lurgio, has sent out a note about the 6-7 transition process to all parents of 6th grade students. If you did not receive it directly from Mr. Joyce, please click here to read the letter.

Student Council Talent Show!
Student Council is pleased to announce its annual school-wide talent show.  Tryouts for this year’s highly-anticipated show will be Tuesday, May 16th from 3:30 to 5:00.  Accepted acts will be posted on the cafeteria doors by lunch-time on Friday, May 19th.  A dress rehearsal for the show will be held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, June 6th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The show is Wednesday, June 7th at 6 pm.

The talent show will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:00 pm.  Doors will open at 6:45, and tickets for ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be available for $3.00 each, to be served during intermission.  Bottled water will be available for $1.00. Click HERE for the permission slip.

COMMUNITY MEETING with The Principals
Join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at with your questions and topic suggestions.

Book Drive to Strengthen McKelvie Classroom Libraries
We are working on beefing up our classroom libraries as well as the collection of books in our Reading Lab.  If you are looking to get rid of gently used, age-appropriate, high-interest books, please send them our way!  We will be collecting throughout the month of May.  Please see this flyer for more information, or contact Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at  Thank you!

April Safe Sitters
McKelvie April Safe Sitter Amanda Ducharme practices her hands only CPR skills on recently donated American Heart Association Mini Annie simulator. Hands on simulation requires only 15 minutes of video and practical application to save a person's life. Contact Mrs. Trudel ( to sign up for the May Safe Sitter session.

McKelvie Student Wins Poster Contest!
Each year the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers sponsors a state-wide poster competition to promote the learning of World Languages. The theme was "Communication Is The First Step In Changing The World". This year's state winner is McKelvie 6th grader Chelsea Ongjoco. This is the second time Chelsea has won this contest. Congratulations to Chelsea. Click HERE to see her award winning poster.

From the Library
The votes are in at McKelvie! 130 students cast their ballots for the annual Great Stone Face Award Vote which takes place during National Library Week. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Great Stone Face results for McKelvie are as follows:
17 for votes Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
14 for votes The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick
12 for votes Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The statewide winner will be announced after May 5th.

Click on the names of the students to see pictures of Ryan Lobdell from Mr. Brown's homeroom and Taylor Guibord from Mr. Facques' homeroom. They were winners of the PTG Book Fair raffle! Each of the students had some one on one time with Major the service dog last Friday.

Click here to see one of McKelvie's students working with magnetic poetry set up in honor of National Poetry Month.

The 9th "Golden Ticket" has been found! Sydney Davidson, from Mrs. Mazzella's homeroom, has been determined to locate a "Golden Ticket" and last Friday she did just that! Congratulations, Sydney. Put the B&N gift card to good use!

In Previous News…

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!

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

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

PTG COLORBLAST 5K Fun 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.
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 available. Click here for more information or to sign up. Thank you!

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

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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