Friday, May 5, 2017


Dear McKelvie Families ~

In case you did not know, this week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  The Bedford PTG went above and beyond the call of duty!  We are so grateful!  A HUGE thank you to Sue Jennato and many, many others for their leadership and planning this week.  Also - a BIG thank you to the following businesses who donated: TCBY, Puritan Backroom, Sol Power Yoga, Therapy Design for You, Yankee Candle, and Lindt Chocolate.  THANK YOU!


Alice In Wonderland!
McKelvie cordially invites you to attend the school's performance of Alice In Wonderland Jr on May 12th and 13th at McKelvie Intermediate School.  "Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale."  The showtimes are Friday 5/12 at 7 pm or Saturday 5/13 at 1 and 6 pm.  Pre-order tickets for the show HERE.

Are you ready for this year's staff basketball game?  The McKelvie Community Action Team has been working hard to prepare for the event and the staff here at McKelvie has already begun to practice their dribbling skills.  Click HERE for all of the information and we will see you at the BHS gym on Thursday, May 11th!

Math Excel Testing - ACTION ITEM
Excel Math placement testing will be occurring soon.  If you are interested in having your 5th grade student take this assessment, please click this link to learn more about the Excel program and to download the permission slip.  All slips are due back to their math teachers by Wednesday, May 17th.

Dress Code
Schools across the country struggle with a balanced approach to student dress.  We are not immune to this problem.  While schools use the guideline of “no shorter than 4” above the knee” - we know this is a challenging standard given available styles.  Office referrals will be for a pattern of behavior after warnings have been given.  If students are wearing clothing with inappropriate pictures/words, or if cleavage, bellies, or buttocks are showing, this is inappropriate attire.

Grandparents’ Day
Please join us on Friday, May 19th for Grandparents’ Day at McKelvie!  The day begins at 9:30am with coffee and danish.  Attendees will be able to see their grandchild’s school, view some of our school play, and enjoy a performance by our Music Department.  Please RSVP to Denise Roy at
Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)

PTG COLOR BLAST 5K -Early Registration Deadline 5/5
Today, May 5th, is your LAST CHANCE to order your Color Blast 5K t-shirt and race kit (drawstring bag, sunglasses and individual powder back for the starting line color explosion) all for just $10. Kits and t-shirts will not be available for ordering after May 5th but you can still register online here through May 25th. *Please note that registration will also increase from $25 to $30 per registrant after May 5th.  
Want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K? Join our team of volunteers, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the NH Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Friday, May 12th.
A sincere THANK YOU to all the volunteers and folks who donated their time, food, treats and items during National Teacher Appreciation Week this week!


From the Library
Congratulations to our April Search Slip winner! Jessica Mannella's Search Slip was drawn from the many slips that were entered into our April raffle. Click HERE to see Jessica, her Search Slip, and her prize. Enjoy a sweet treat, Jessica!

The statewide Great Stone Face winner was announced today at the end of the New Hampshire Library Association Spring Conference. I will be sure to share what nominee was the most popular with the 4th, 5th & 6th in our great state!

In Previous News…

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!

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

Volunteers Needed for Stand By Me:
Lurgio’s annual Stand By Me event for 7th grade students, and their parents, is looking for volunteers on Friday, May 19th. We ask for volunteers from McKelvie and 8th grade so that 7th grade families can attend and enjoy the event together. There are many different opportunities available and it’s a great way to see what the day is all about! Click here to sign up to help out. Thank you!
Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your summertime scents in time for nights on the porch. Direct 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

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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