Showing posts from 2016

Channel 180 News Show for December

Here is the latest episode of the Channel 180 News Show.

The news show is made possible through a grant given to Mrs. Correia by the Bedford Education Foundation. Mrs. Correia works with a handful of 4th graders to produce the show. It is written by, filmed by and edited by the students.

Coming to America: 4th Grade Simulation

Thanks to our enrichment teacher, Mrs. Speaker, and many volunteers for a successful first annual Ellis Island Simulation. Check out the video of the experience.

Engineering Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few engineering volunteers to help a PWS student get a prosthetic hand. We are teaming with students at the Academy of Science and Design in Nashua who will meet every Monday from 3:30-4:30. They are establishing a chapter of the E-Nable Organization and will be utilizing 3D printing to make prosthetics. Their hope is to make a prosthetic for any child in NH who may be in need of one. Please contact Mr. Mitchell ( if you are interested or have any questions.

Save the Date Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night will be held on Wednesday, February 15th this year.  We will still have two time slots available to attend (4:00pm-5:30pm or 6:00pm-7:30pm).  More information will to come.

Annual Food Drive

2016 Peter Woodbury School Annual Food Drive
November 28, 2016 Dear Parents,
During this time of year we are increasingly aware of how fortunate we are to have good friends, loving families, a place to call home, and food to eat. Unfortunately, we know that so many in our community are not as fortunate, and we feel that there is something we can do to help. Since we know that food banks are always in need of food, Peter Woodbury is holding a food drive for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Students can start bringing in canned goods, dry goods, and any other non- perishable food items this Friday. Contributions are not required and we are aware that there are so many different ways, events, issues, and causes to donate to and one family certainly cannot do it all. We'll kick off our food drive with a one item small donation this Friday, December 2nd. When 500 kids each do something small it adds up really fast; together we can really make a difference. Next week we'll target items that…

Garden Club Wreath Sale

Order forms for our 2016 Garden Club Wreath Sale will be going home with students today. Orders are due back November 30th. Wreath pick up date is Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4pm-6pm at Peter Woodbury (in the morning parent drop off area).

2016 Ski & Skate Sale

Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 19th, 2016 (9:00am-2:00pm)
Save HUGE on new and used winter sports equipment & apparel!

Mark your calendar to join local vendors bringing top name brand equipment both new and used along with our tremendous consignment inventory of ski and boarding equipment, skates, and winter apparel and outfit your entire family for the upcoming season!

Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you. Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability! So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 18, 2016 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

***VISIT for additional sale details and add your items to our sale and tag them from home using our easy online scanning system! 

Mr. Munsey's Rug Art - Updated

A lot has changed since our original post on November 6th about Mr. Munsey, our new night custodian. After doing an excellent job of cleaning the classrooms and preparing/creating a safe & clean learning space for our students and teachers, Mr. Munsey creates a work of art in the rug using his vacuum. He creates excitement in the students, who look forward to entering their classroom each day to see if there is a creation and what it is. 
WMUR aired a few pictures of Mr. Munsey's creations during a weather forecast (you can see the clip below). They received pictures from Mrs. Wyand, who shared them on the WMUR Facebook page.  As you know, that information was then shared on the PWS website and Facebook page. Mrs. Cassamassino then took to twitter with the news. With follow up tweets by Mrs. Wyand and Mrs. Kane.  As a result, Mr. Munsey and PWS have gone viral.  You can find stories on this amazing rug art on Good Morning AmericaInside EditionFox 25 Boston, NBC News in De…

Report Cards

First quarter ended on Friday, October 28th. We would like to remind everyone that a printed copy of the report card will no longer be sent home with students. Instead, parents can access grades through the PowerSchool Parent Portal as of Friday, November 4th (end of day). If you still need to set up a parent portal account you can contact the Peter Woodbury School main office for information.

Enabling The Future Prosthetic Project

Enabling The Future Here at Peter Woodbury we have an awesome second grader, Harun, who was born without a right hand. Harun has undergone a number of surgeries to help him, but still does not have the ability to do many things those of us with both hands are able to do. For example, he would love to be able to swing, jump rope, hold a paper for his writing, throw a ball, hold a book, tie his shoe and so much more.
Harun, with the help of e-Nable and students at The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, will soon be able to do all of those tasks! e-Nable, ASD, Harun and his parents are working together to develop a 3D printed prosthetic hand that will be used just like a typical person's hand. This process is just beginning and we look forward to sharing Harun's journey with the PWS community.
  The e-NABLE Community is an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in n…

Operation Care for Troops

Dear PWS Families,
Once again, PWS is proud to assist Operation Care for Troops in its efforts to support our New Hampshire troops by collecting items for holiday care packages.  As of last year Operation Care for Troops ( had shipped over 70,000 packages to members of the United States armed services stationed around the world and stateside, retired veterans residing at the Tilton Retirement Home, local veterans homes in NH, as well as hospitalized veterans at Bethesda Medical Center in Washington, DC.  
If you would like to contribute to the packages that are sent to our United States service men and women, please send in any of the items on the list below on the specified day.  There will be a collection bin in the foyer.  Just look for the stars and stripes!  PWS staff members will be taking the donations and helping to sort and pack at the OCTNH packing event on November 10. Standard Packing Items List
Tuesday, November 1 Ramen Noodles (no cups, please) Wednesday, November 2 P…

2016 Halloween Parade

We are very excited about our Annual Halloween Parade. This is a very special event at Peter Woodbury. This year, the event is planned to kick off on Monday at 1:30 (Morning Kindergarteners will have their own parade at 10:15). Students are encouraged to bring their costumes to school. They will have an opportunity to change into them before the parade starts. We ask that if the costume involves any pieces that could be considered a weapon or weapon like that they please leave those pieces at home. We look forward to the many wonderful costumes that we are sure to see this Monday.

First Show for Channel 180 News

The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) awarded Mrs. Correia a grant last spring which is allowing her to produce a news show for Peter Woodbury. As of right now, she has a news team of seven students who meet twice each week to put together their segments. 

Their first news show can be found here. Congratulations to all of them! We look forward to more episodes.

Book Drive

BOOKDRIVE Hello!  My name is Sydney Leyden and I am a sophomore at BHS.  My mom is the reading specialist at PWS so, as you could imagine, I hear all the time from my mom about the importance of reading!  I am looking to volunteer more in the community and came across a great organization,REACH OUT AND READ.  I am looking to organize a book drive to support families in need in our area.  To find out more about REACH OUT AND READ, please check out the following website:
Thank you so much for your help!
WHERE TO DROP OFF BOOKS:PWS LOBBY   There will be two bins in this hallway (one marked “new books” and one marked “gently used”). New Books: appropriate for ages birth to 5 years Gently Used Books:  appropriate for ages birth to 12 years

Family Math & Literacy Night

PWS Math & Literacy Night is Thursday, October 20th, 6:00pm-7:15pm.  This night is all about students and parents experiencing some math and literacy activities that are done in school, as well as ones that can be played at home.

Veterans Day Wall of Heroes 2016


Destination Imagination Parent Info Night

Parent Info Night for Destination Imagination in all Schools will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.   To learn more about the program and how to provide your child with this enrichment opportunity, please come and meet our District Coordinator, Marie Russell or email Marie at For more information and to find out what Destination Imagination is all about, click here.

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination

Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin in the parking lot?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

Destination Imagination Parent Information Night


2016-2017 Open House

It's been a great start to the school year. Students and teachers have been spending time getting to know one another and establishing school year routines and procedures. We hope you are able to join us at Open House on Tuesday, September 13th to see how the school year has started for your child.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade will have their open house 5:30-6:30 pm. Third and fourth grade will hold their open house 6:30-7:30pm.

2016-2017 Bus Routes

Bus routes for the 2016-2017 school year have been posted on the district website.

New Parking Lot

The PWS front parking lot is almost complete! Please look over the map and traffic flow directions prior to the first day of school.  One of the most important things to remember, if it is later than 7:55am, is to park your car in a designated spot and walk your child into the building. Drop off can still happen in the back from 7:30am-7:55am. You can review our drop off and pick up procedures on our school website.

Meet & Greet

We hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.  Meet and greet is almost upon us (August 24th, 1:30-3:00). Students can bring in their school supplies at this time. Those who have ordered their supplies will find them in their classroom. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Summer Reading Incentive Program

Mrs. Leyden (PWS Reading Specialist) is excited to offer a school wide summer reading incentive program.  Here is a link to the reading passages for your child to read over the summer!  Please choose the grade level that your child is going into.  The passages are short and interesting with rich vocabulary that will keep your child engaged.   Simply enjoy spending some time with your child as he/she reads and responds to each passage.  Have your child return their reading responses to Mrs. Leyden at the start of the school year to receive a small prize! In order to access the passages, you may log in with username and password pws03110 until August, 19, 2016.
Also, if you are looking for suggested books for your child to read over the summer, you can find a reading list here.

Accessing Report Cards Online

As we shared back in March, the district is moving to online report cards. This means students will not be bringing home a paper copy of their report card anymore. Instead, you will use your PowerSchool Parent Portal account to view your child's report card and comments.
Accessing the report card in you portal account is very easy and directions can be found here.
If you do not already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, the main office can provide you with the information you need to do this. Once your account is setup, you will continue to use this same account each year to access your child’s information.

Drums Alive Performance

Thanks to funding from PTG and organization by Mrs. Curran and Mrs. Ference, our third grade students participated in a five day DrumsAlive residency.  DrumsAlive is a whole body-mind experience that combines the dynamic movements of fitness and dance with music, drumming and rhythm that fosters and improves health and overall well-being in individuals.  

Yesterday, the third graders had the chance to show off their newly learned skills in an all school performance.  Students did an amazing job!!  You can find video clips here

2016 End of School Year Info for Parents

June 3, 2016
Dear Parents, The last day of school in Bedford will be Wednesday, June 15th, 2016. There will be a 12:20 dismissal at Peter Woobury School, with lunch being served to the students.
To All Kindergarten Parents – If you know your child will not be in school on the last day, Tuesday, June 14th, please leave a self-addressed stamped envelope or plan to pick up the report card during the summer from the school secretary.The Lost and Found boxes at Peter Woodbury School are full of items. Please check them any time before June 15th. After that date, any items left over will be donated to charity.If you are moving during the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. You will need to stop by the office to sign a release of information form.On Wednesday morning, June 15th, the fourth grade students will have a “Move-up”program at McKelvie. There will be an “Applause Parade” at approximately 9:00 before t…

Notice from Health Office

Peter Woodbury School
June 1, 2016

Please remember to pick up all medications from the Health Office before the end of the school year. This includes inhalers, epi-pens, prescription medication and all over-the- counter medications. Medications CANNOT be stored at school over the summer and CANNOT be sent home with children; any medications that are not picked up will be discarded. Keep in mind that there are upcoming field trips and Field Day is next week-- inhalers should remain at school at least until Thursday, June 9th (rain date June 10th ).

As a reminder, updated physician’s orders, parent permission forms for medication and Allergy Packets are required at the beginning of each school year. Feel free to pick them up now for next year (they can also be downloaded from the school website). Also, if your child will be moving on to McKelvie, a current physical and up-to- date immunization record are required upon entry.

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Field Day 2016

Fields Day activities will take place on Thursday, June 9th with a rain date of June 10th.  The third and fourth grade field day will take place in the morning from 9:00-11:00 and field day for the first and second grade will begin at 12:00 and end at 2:00. Parent Volunteers are still needed for this event to run successfully.  Please sign up at this link if you are interested.

Drums Alive - 3rd Grade Artist in Residence

Our Third grade students will participate in a Drums Alive residency, through artist Peg Keeler, from 5/31-6/6.  Drums Alive is a whole body-mind experience that combines the dynamic movements of fitness and dance with music, drumming and rhythm that fosters and improves health and overall well-being in individuals.  Drums alive unites individuals from all walks of life, abilities and backgrounds using rhythm, aerobic, moves, fundamental movement and fitness skill, drum sticks, stability balls and fun.

Sliming Mrs. Daley

On Monday, Peter Woodbury participated in a Breakout EDU activity created by Mrs. Speaker and Mrs. Cassamassino.  A Breakout EDU session allows the students to engage in an activity that combines group work, collaborative thinking, problem solving in multiple curriculum areas. The students are asked to solve a series of problems to open locks to get additional clues to solve a final puzzle.  The Breakout ended with Mrs. Daley being slimed.