Friday, March 24, 2017

3.24.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

As you know, spring brings a deluge of information from the schools regarding the end of one year and the start of another.  I will do my best to keep you in the loop with current, accurate, and timely updates.  It is not always easy to keep up, but I will make it as stress-free as possible!  Below are this week’s notes:

Information

6th to 7th Grade Registration
The Middle School sent out a communication today regarding next Tuesday.  Starting next Tuesday evening (3/28), 6th grade parents will be able to register their students for 7th grade classes (Recommendations will be viewable that evening).  There is an information session on Tuesday, March 28th at 6pm in the Media Center at Lurgio School regarding Course Selection.  Questions can be directed to Ed Joyce (joycee@sau25.net).

Last Day of School
For planning purposes, the last day of school is Monday, June 19th.  We will have a Move-Up Day for students on that day (This is where students visit the next grade’s teachers).

Q4 Intramurals- April 3 – May 25, 2017
Sign-ups for fourth quarter intramurals will be held from March 24 at 3:30 PM - Sunday, April 2rd at 3 PM.  You will be able to sign up on the McKelvie website under the intramural tab.   Space is limited so be sure to sign up.  Any questions, please contact geddesa@sau25.net.

Community Presentation - Ed Gerety
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. 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!  

STEM Event for Girls
A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Event will be taking place on April 12th after school (3:30 - 5:00). Amber Guilherme, a senior from Bedford High School, will be offering this one night only event that will introduce participants to different aspects of STEM by creating different stations to work/play at in small groups. Students can stay after school with parents' permission to attend this event. No prior knowledge about STEM is required. The event will have a maximum of 20 students. Click HERE to register.

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 webbl@sau25.net, or Checker Hansen, Bedford Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, at hansenc@sau25.net. Thank you for your participation!

Celebration

Destination ImagiNation
Congratulations to all the Bedford DI teams who participated in the Goffstown Regional Tournament last weekend. DI-elites and 5 Friends 1 Thought represented McKelvie, along with 6th grader, Aamit Kancherlapalli who was on a Lurgio team. Team 5 Friends 1 Thought placed and will advance to the State Tournament in Bedford High School on April 1st, along with 6 other teams from Bedford DI.  We are so proud of these kids and would like to thank the Team Manager's who worked so hard coaching these kids all season.   For more information on what DI is all about, please check out www.nh-di.org.

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.

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 bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org. 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…

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.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, March 17, 2017

3.17.17

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:

Information

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.

Screenagers
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 bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org. 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 webbl@sau25.net, or Checker Hansen, Bedford Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, at hansenc@sau25.net. 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 www.NH-DI.org.

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!


Celebration

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
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, March 10, 2017

3.10.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

It must be March in New Hampshire as snow is falling right now!  I hope you and your family have adjusted well to the school routine.  I know that our teachers and students are working hard as April vacation will be here sooner than we know.  There are a few additional pieces to my notes this week.  BHS is deep into their Senior Projects.  As a result, many high school students ask to access our notes.  Those items are marked with an *.  Below are this week’s updates:

Information

Please Vote next Tuesday - March 14
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections.  They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15th, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 PM.  HERE is the Bedford School Board’s Voter Guide, and HERE is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.

Gordon Korman Review
Our visit by author Gordon Korman was a huge success!  Mr. Korman delivered a presentation to each grade level, worked with some small groups, and had some time to talk with teachers about his writing process and working with students.  His after school presentation was a wonderful launch of the third book of the Masterminds series. Mr. Korman was delighted by his visit to McKelvie and the passion and energy of the students and staff.  He said that he goes on a lot of school visits and that this was an extraordinary school visit!  We feel the same way about having him come to our school.  Many thanks to the Bedford PTG and the Bedford Men's Club for sponsoring this event, and to Gibson's bookstore for collaborating with us on book sales!  Follow the links to see several photos from the day.

Kids Vote 2017
If your family elects to vote on Tuesday, there will be a Kid’s Vote for McKelvie students too!  Students will be voting on a Spirit Day.

The Mathemagician is Coming!
On Wednesday, March  29, the 5th grade looks forward to welcoming Dennis Regling, the Math Magician, to McKelvie. Students will attend one of two morning assemblies as Mr. Regling presents a curriculum-based, fun assembly. The 5th-grade thanks the Bedford PTG for supporting and sponsoring this event.

Community Action Team
The members of CAT would like to THANK McKelvie Students and Families for their contributions to our February drive "Pennies for Patients."  On behalf of McKelvie, we were able to make a donation of $1,095.89 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thank you for helping us turn loose coins into hope for individuals living with blood cancers.

Amazon Smile
Reminder... if you shop at Amazon.com please consider selecting the Bedford PTG through smile.Amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to us. All discounts and Prime still apply.

*Martial Arts One Day Workshop
Martial arts classes will be taking place in the gym on March 22 and 24 after school. Michael Lipari, an instructor from Bedford Martial Arts Academy, is offering classes that will test a new style of learning using animated tutorials to assist in instruction. Students will learn a small number of american kenpo techniques as well as a basic kenpo mentality by working with each other and learning from examples given. These lessons are meant for students with no martial arts experience. There will be approximately 10 students per class. Click HERE to register.

*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.

Celebration

NH Geographic Bee
Congratulations to 6th-grader Pranav Rohit! After winning the McKelvie School Geography Bee, Pranav took a challenging on-line test.  He is one of only 100 students from around New Hampshire who has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee!  The New Hampshire State Geography Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Keene State College.  Best wishes to Pranav!

Google Expedition - NEW TECHNOLOGY
Have you ever participated in a virtual field trip?  Well - our tech-savvy Mrs. Kelly & Mrs. Cavanaugh worked together to bring Google Expedition to our school!  Click HERE to watch a 33 second video with the kids.  VERY cool.  Click HERE for another cool pic.

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).

From the Library
Please be sure to check out the LibGuides tab located in the MIS Library homepage. These web pages link many of the databases to curriculum units of study. Your researcher might find these guides helpful when working on a project at home! The LibGuides are a work in progress and new guides are being added throughout the school year.

Major, a certified service dog, will be making Friday appearances at the MIS Library. Students will be able to sit and read with Major during their recess time if they would like. Photographs will be posted in next week's Principal's Notes.

The Fisher Cat's Reading entries have to be there by Friday, March 17th. Be sure to put your child's entry into the mail.

NH Fisher Cats, Attn: Reading Challenge
1 Line Drive,
Manchester, NH 03101

Yankee Candles
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If your child turned in a paper order, these items will need to be picked up at McKelvie in room 1 on Monday, March 13th between 8:30-10am or 3:30-5:30pm. Any orders placed online have been shipped directly to purchaser.
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.
World Language Coffee Cart
To help celebrate World Language week the PTG provided staff with a treat filled coffee cart. Thanks to all who contributed and participated.
VOTING DAY for school and town elections is Tuesday, March 14th at BHS, 7a.m. - 7p.m.. Please Vote!

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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