Tuesday, September 19, 2017

School Garden to School Kitchen!

Check out the school garden to school kitchen connection that happened in the lunchroom on Tuesday, Sept. 19th! This zucchini squash was grown in the PWS garden and included in the seasoned rice that was served during hot lunch. The students at school are able to participate in garden club during their recess Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Great things are growing at PWS, inside and out!!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Crotched Mountain Ski Program

Join old friends and new ones at Crotched Mountain for some after-school skiing this winter! Sign up by November 15 and your student will hit the slopes on five Fridays after the New Year for just $129 – and they’ll also get a Peak Pass on February 20 which will get them out at seven more mountains for no additional cost for the rest of the season! Email Loren Foxx at lofoxx@gmail.com or visit bedfordski.com for more details.

2017-2018 4th Grade Chorus

Print a new permission slip

Peter Woodbury Chorus
                                                                                                          September 11, 2017

Dear 4th grade students and parents/guardians,  
                  
        It will soon be time to start our 4th grade chorus here at Peter Woodbury School! This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to use their singing voices as part of a musical group and sing a variety of songs and styles. We will have several performances throughout the school year both during the school day and in the evening. Our first concert is scheduled for January 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm.


        Chorus will be held on every Tuesday from 2:20 pm until 3:00 pm. Students will be called down from their classrooms at the end of the day and bring all of their belongings to the music room. Dismissal to parents/guardians will be at 3:00 pm. Please wait for your child in the lobby. If your child will be picked up at a later time you will need to make other arrangements.
Information about the after school program is available by calling the New Morning School at 669-3591. I am not able to stay after chorus due to my own childcare limitations.


        In order for any chorus to perform well, all members must attend as many rehearsals as possible. After 3 unexcused absences per term (Fall/Spring) your child may be asked to no longer participate in chorus.  It is also important that all children come ready to learn and have fun with appropriate behavior at every rehearsal.


     If you are interested in participating in chorus please complete and return the attached chorus contract by Wednesday, September 20th. Chorus will begin on Tuesday, September 26th.


        I am very excited to work with your child to help them develop their musical talents. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. More information and chorus updates can be found on my website. You can find it on the Peter Woodbury webpage then click the tab Academics > PWS Staff > Specialists.   
      
                                            Musically,
                                           


Katie Curran
                                            currank@sau25.net   
                                            622-0431 ext. 24258
                                            https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/peterwoodbury_currank/









My child and I have discussed their interest in chorus and would like to participate. We understand that chorus will meet every Tuesday afternoon from 2:20 to 3:00 and that it is very important to participate with appropriate behavior and to attend as many rehearsals as possible. We also understand that habitual absences, late pick-ups or behavior issues could result in not performing with the chorus.

___________________________   ____________________________
Student Name                                        Homeroom Teacher

___________________________   ____________________________
             Signature of Parent/Guardian                Date

___________________________________________________________
              Parent Email for important notices and reminders, please print clearly
**This will be my main form of communication for chorus all year**             


**PLEASE FILL OUT THE DISMISSAL PLAN**

Chorus Dismissal Plan


The safety of your child is very important to all of the teachers and staff members at Peter Woodbury School. In order to make sure all students are dismissed in a timely and safe manner please take a moment to fill out this dismissal plan.
Please remember that chorus ends at 3:00 pm!
Thank you!


Please check one:
_____ I will pick up my child from chorus every Tuesday at 3:00.
     If there is a change on a specific day I will send in a written note.


_____ My child is enrolled in the after school program. Please send my child every Tuesday at
3:00. If there is a change on a specific day I will send in a written note.


_____ My child will be picked up from chorus every Tuesday at 3:00 by someone other than a  
parent/guardian. If there is a change on a specific day I will send in a written note.
        Name of person besides parent picking up:___________________________________

Monday, September 11, 2017

PWS Volunteers

There are so many ways for parents to be involved at Peter Woodbury and it's not too late to find out what you can do to be an even bigger part of our school community.  Use this link from PTG to find out and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  If you can make it, the volunteer orientation breakfast starts and 9am tomorrow.  

Special All School Project!


Peter Woodbury Elementary School is coming together to create a river! A river of brightly colored unique rocks designed by each and every student at our school.


This project is inspired by the story Only One You written by Linda Kranz.  Mrs. Beltramo will read  the story to every class during library the week of September 18th.  This story is about a little fish named Adri who is getting ready to head out in the ocean alone.  His parents, in an effort to help guide him, share all the important lessons that they have learned in life such as:
“You don’t have to follow the crowd”
“Find your own way”
Always be on the lookout for a new friend”


Mrs. Beltramo, Mrs. Speaker and Mrs. Hart are asking that each student bring in a special rock that can fit in their fist.  These rocks will be painted at school to represent that we are unique and original.  Rocks that are smooth and flat (such as river rocks) will work best.  Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be painting their rocks in the library after hearing the story.  Kindergarten and first grade will be painting their rocks during another time block.  All students should bring in their rocks beginning Monday, September 18th.  Once all the rocks are painted, they will be formed into a colorful stone ‘“river” in the playground.  

The important message for our students is that everyone one of us is unique and each of us have something to contribute!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 Open House

This year's Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th. Grades K-2 will be 5:30pm-6:30pm. Grades 3 and 4 will be 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Open House is a time for parents and students to get to know the classroom, daily routines, meet the integrated arts specialists, and see what the students have been doing in school so far. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Picture Day

Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th. Order forms will be sent home with students prior to that day so you can purchase pictures if you wish. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

2017-2018 Bus Routes

The bus routes for 2017-2018 have been posted. You can find the information under the School Info tab of the Peter Woodbury website or you can click here

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017-2018 Supply Lists

Each grade level has developed a common list of items students will need for the 2017-2018 school year. Those lists are available here and the items are what is in the School Supply Kit ordered through PTG at the end of the school year.  Please be aware that individual teachers may have a few additional items for their specific classroom.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meet & Greet and the First Day of School

Meet and greet is scheduled for Monday, August 28th 1:30-3:00.  Meet and greet gives students and parents the chance to meet the teacher, see their classroom and drop supplies off before the first day of school. Parents/students can visit anytime between 1:30 and 3:00.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29th. Students enter the building from the playground at 7:55am and school begins at 8am.  During the first week of school every teacher will be on the playground in the morning to greet his/her class. We will also have other staff members greeting students to help them find their lines. Please visit the Peter Woodbury Website to review drop off and pick up procedures

Monday, June 19, 2017

Garden Camp

In order to sustain the garden this summer we encourage all students from the community to sign up this summer through the recreation department to come join Mrs. Ferenc and Mrs. Meisner for Garden Camp here at the Peter Woodbury School community garden where you can learn the tricks and trades of gardening and help sustain what we have started.  If you are interested please sign up by clicking on this link  Garden Camp.  We are offering two sessions July 17-July 21  and July 31- August 4th.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Girls on the Run Coaches Needed

We are looking for coaches to coach Girls on the Run (GOTR) for fall 2017. It is an amazing program for 3rd and 4th grade girls! Our current PWS coaches are moving on to McKelvie.  Not only is this program rewarding for the girls, it is rewarding for the coaches.

A GOTR coach is a volunteer position that facilitates and supports the GOTR curriculum. The position requires approximately 2-4 hours per week for 10 weeks with the additional commitment of a one-time new coach training.  Coaches do not need to be runners.  They must be willing to lead with an open heart and assume positive intent.

​Please help us spread the word to ensure that we are able to host a fall team at PWS! Contact betsy.cissel@girlsontherun.org with any questions!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

End of Year Tidbits 2017

A letter has gone home with students with some important end of year information for parents.  The same information can be found below.


  • Kindergarten's last day of school is Friday, June 16th.
  • Grades 1-4 last day of school is Monday, June 19th with 12:20 dismissal. Lunch will be served.
  • Lost and found items will be donated at the end of the day on June 19th. Please check those bins for missing items.
  • Our move up day tradition for 4th graders is changing this year. We will have a clap out at 9am for our 4th graders.  Students will be walking outside around the square on the hardtop, where parents will be lined up behind the cones. After walking that square, students will board buses to visit McKelvie. Please note: 4th graders will not find out their teachers until August when Infosnap is filled out by parents. 
  • Meet and Greet is schedule for Monday, August 28th from 1:30-3:00

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Penguin Prophet May 2017

Please enjoy the newest edition of the Penguin Prophet, written by our Fourth Grade Writer's Group with the guidance of Mrs. Speaker.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

First Grade Registration for 2017-2018

Pass it on: Kindergarten and First Grade registration is happening! Be sure to pick up your registration packet at your appropriate school between 7:15 am and 3:15 pm.

A child must attain his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30th, 2017 to be eligible for kindergarten. A child must attain his/her sixth birthday on or before September 30th, 2017 to be eligible for first grade.

Each of the three elementary schools provide a fee based extended day Kindergarten program. Information about this program is available at the district website www.sau25.net.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Help Combat the "Summer Slide"

Many parents are looking for ways to keep their child's academic skills sharp over the summer. If you would like to do this, we recommend using the Summer Skills Sharpeners Book from Tri-C Publication. You should order your child's current grade level if you choose to order.

http://www.summerskills.com/books

Monday, April 17, 2017

After School Garden Club Spring 2017

Garden Club is open to Grades TWO through FOUR after school on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 and 6/15 Rain or Shine
Maximum Number of Students: 25

Registration is first come, first served and will close 5/5. Please use this link to register your child.

A suggested donation of $25 (payable to PWS) is appreciated to help in sustaining the gardens and buying supplies.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ferenc at ferencj@bedfordnhk12.net or 622-0431 x24265

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 2017 Penguin Prophet

Fourth grade Writers Group, with Mrs. Speaker's guidance, have worked hard to publish the first edition of the Penguin Prophet. Be sure to check it out. 

Update to the Prosthetic Project

Back in November we were excited to share all about a prosthetic project that is happening for one of our second graders, Harun.  The students at ASD in Nashua have been working very hard and have been learning so much to create (3D print) Harun's prosthetic.  This process started in August 2016 when our Occupational Therapy Assistant, Penny Demos, got the ball rolling.  She has been working closely with the school and Enabling the Future all year long.

Today is very special day because Harun's mold was made to create a cast of his right arm for ASD to work with. Watch the video below to hear Harun explain his prosthetic.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Bags, Belts & Shoes - Donate and Recycle

In case you haven't heard Bedford DI had great success at the DI State Tournament last weekend at BHS.  Five of our teams won the opportunity of competing at the Global Finals in TN in May.  While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams who choose to accept the invitation a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers  and this Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith, shoes, bags, and belt fundraiser.  In order to get credit for the special fundraiser, all items must be placed in the blue bags inside the boxes in the lobby of your school. Ecosmith takes shoes in all conditions, even that one shoe/sneaker who has lost it's mate!  All clothing and fabric in regular bags, can go directly into the Ecosmith bin in the parking lots.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Friendship Bench

On Wednesday, April 5, each student was given a bracelet that says "I AM AMAZING!"  and were part of an All School Meeting by Acacia from Tiny Girl, Big Dream.  This presentation was about encouraging every student at Peter Woodbury to reach out to one another in friendship and bring positive change to the world.  The school received a Friendship Bench that will be put in the school yard.  Ask your children about Acaia and what they learned from her today!



Thursday, March 30, 2017

iRules

On Thursday, April 6th at 6:00pm in the Bedford High School Theater, Janelle Hofman will be giving a presentation to the Bedford community on her book iRules. This presentation will provide support for families who are looking for ways to handle cell phones, etc.

Friday, March 24, 2017

PTG Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair

The PTG Book Fair will be at Peter Woodbury School April 3rd -6th. We will be open Monday/Thursday until 6:00pm and Tuesday/Wednesday until 3:30pm in the main lobby of the school.   All students will have an opportunity to preview the book fair during the week with their class and create a "wish list" of books they like.  Parents are welcome any time during fair hours to come shop for great books.

There will also be a staff "wish list" display at the fair.  If a parent/student wants to purchase and donate a book to a teacher’s classroom or any staff member they can do so at the fair. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

Friday, March 17, 2017

PTG Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair

The PTG Book Fair will be at Peter Woodbury School April 3rd -6th. We will be open Monday/Thursday until 6:00pm and Tuesday/Wednesday until 3:30pm in the main lobby of the school.  This year’s theme is Camping, so feel free to have your child wear their best camping attire throughout the week.  We look forward to seeing you at the PWS Book Fair this year!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jump Rope for Heart

IT TAKES HEART TO BE A HERO!

Our 4th annual Jump Rope for Heart event will take place during the month of March.  Students will learn heart healthy habits, risk factors for heart disease, how to help the community and practice many jumping skills.   

Last year 2015-2016 Peter Woodbury School raised $17144 for the American Heart Association!  Thank you for all your generous donations!  Our new goal this year is to reach 17,500.

 Our Jump Rope for Heart event kicked off this week in Physical Education class with a little video about a Heart Hero, Michael, who is 8 years old and was born with a heart condition. Thanks to the kids who have raised donations for the American Heart Association in the past Michael was able to have surgery to help his heart.  This week in Physical Education class we discussed heart disease to help students understand why they are raising money for the American Heart Association.  Collection envelopes are going home this week March 6-10 and must be returned by Friday March 31.  On line fundraising is much easier and more efficient.  The students don't have to deal with handing in money.  I have encouraged the students to make web pages by visiting heart.org/jump and search for Peter Woodbury School using city and state.  Join our school's team and set up your own Web page to email family and friends.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spirit Week February 2017

Spirit week will be the week before February vacation. Students are encouraged to participate at the level they are comfortable with.

Monday 2/20: Mustache Monday
Tuesday 2/21: Sports Day-support your favorite team 
Wednesday 2/22: Wacky Wednesday-be creative!
Thursday 2/23: Dress up as a favorite book or movie character
Friday 2/24: PWS school spirit day-wear your PWS gear or dress in black in white like a penguin

Friday, January 27, 2017

Family Fun Night Volunteers Needed

Peter Woodbury's Annual Family Fun Night is coming up on February 15th. This night is always a lot of fun and is only successful when our entire school community comes together. Please take a look at this sign up genius for parents to volunteer to help out on this night. We have many, many open spots so if you're coming please check it out and see if you can donate some time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Family Fun Night 2017 Order Forms

Order forms for our annual Family Fun Night are going home with students today.  All orders are due back no later than next Wednesday, January 25th. You can click here for the order form and additional information. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017-2018 Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration

It will soon be time to register Kindergarten and First Grade students for the 2017–2018 school year. 

Registration packets can be picked up at your appropriate school beginning February 6th between 7:15 am and 3:15 pm beginning February 6th. Completed forms, along with your child’s birth certificate, two (2) proofs of residency, a current copy of your child’s physical and immunizations can be returned to the appropriate elementary school March 3rd-9th (excluding Saturday and Sunday). 

A child must attain his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30th, 2017 to be eligible for kindergarten. A child must attain his/her sixth birthday on or before September 30th, 2017 to be eligible for first grade. 

New Hampshire law requires all new students to present an up-to-date record of immunizations upon admission to school. In addition, record of a physical exam, done no more than one year prior to entrance, is required. Each of the three elementary schools provide a fee based extended day Kindergarten program. Information about this program is available at the district website www.sau25.net. Please keep in mind the K+ program is done through a lottery system and notifications will take place on March 10th.