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Annual Food Drive - 2018

2018 Peter Woodbury School Annual Food Drive
November 26, 2018 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, as well as the Bedford Community Food Pantry. This year, we will continue to partner with the Bedford Community Food Pantry in providing food for their School Lunch+ program.  This provides backpacks on Fridays with food for students over the weekend. Every other month, our school will collect one particular item for this program.  This month, we are collecting single serving juice bottles (no glass please). (Bedford Community Food Pantry- School Lunch+) Students can start bringing in canned goods, dry goo…

2018 PWS Halloween Parade

We are looking forward to our annual Halloween Parade coming up this Wednesday, October 31. Our morning kindergarteners will have a parade through the school hallways at 10:15. If your morning kindergartener attends afternoon K-Plus, they will also participate in the afternoon parade. 
Our afternoon parade will begin at 1:30. Parents who come to watch the parade (all are welcome) should watch from outside. Cones will be set up so you know where to stand. The student parade will exit the school at the Kindergarten wing doors, proceed down the driveway by the gardens, continue onto the blacktop area, and finally re-enter the school through the front doors. We are looking forward to this event and all the fun and creative costumes we will see.

Wall of Heroes

The PWS Wall of Heroes will be hung up again this year to celebrate all of our veterans, but especially those that are near and dear to our PWS families.


The Bedford PTG is proud to announce our annual SKI, SKATE and MORE SALE. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9AM - 2PM at Bedford High School. Whether you are in the market for ski equipment, snowboards, hockey gear, or winter outerwear, this sale provides a cost-effective opportunity to outfit you and your family for the upcoming winter season! Visit PTG Website  for consignment information. You can drop off your pre-tagged items at the BHS Gymnasium on Friday, November 16, 2018 between 5PM – 8PM.  Please note: IF YOU NEED TO PRINT YOUR TAGS ON SITE AT BHS DURING EQUIPMENT DROP OFF THERE WILL BE A $1.00 CHARGE PER TAG.
CARDIGAN CORNER at SKI, SKATE and MORE SALE! New this year the PTG is excited to offer Cardigan Corner at the Ski, Skate and More Sale. For families whose kids have conquered Lurgio’s Mt. Cardigan experience as part of the RAL 8th grade environmental unit of study and have gear to consign, or for those looking for a good deal on quality…

Updated 10.26.18 Witch Way Fun Run 2018

Update on October 26, 2018It looks like the Wicked Witch of the West is playing a cruel trick on us with the weather for the Lurgio Witch Way Fun Run on Saturday, October 27th. Instead of a tornado, we are getting a Nor'easter. In keeping with our theme of more FUN, we have decided to move our fundraiser indoors, which means we have been able to add more games and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
While we won’t be able to trick or trot down County Road, we will be taking our bibbed participants through the school to visit our Halloween-themed pit stops on a journey that culminates in the gymnasium and dining hall with the fun activities of our Witch Way Family Fun Fest. In addition to the costume contest and raffles prizes, we will also have Halloween-themed crafts, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and so much more!
Schedule of Events:
9:30-10:30Registration and bib/t-shirt pickup (Media Center) 9:30-11:00Halloween-themed Pit Stops Open (Lurgio Hal…

Grade 4 Art Club

It's time to sign up for Art Club!
Art Club offers extra creative time for fourth graders after school. Students may be involved in contests or community projects. Art Club will be held Thursday afternoons. Pick up time is 3:30 p.m. Art Club Session 1 runs October 11- December 13. Session 2 runs February 7 - April 11. Click to access sign up forms: Session 1 Session 2 Sign up will be on a first come, first served basis. Deadline is 10/8 for session 1. Students may only sign up for one session at this time to allow for more students to participate. Deadline for session 2 is 1/4. If spots are open for session 2, sign up for session 2 will re-open to session 1 students whose parent made a request to me via e-mail before the 1/4 deadline in January. E-mail:

Destination Imagination Info Night

Destination Imagination Info Night for K-8 will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at 7PM in Room 17 of McKelvie Intermediate School.  This is for all new parents who are interested in hearing more about the program.  Returning families can register their children here. Registration closes on Friday, October 5th, 2018. Destination Imagination is an extra curricular that relies on parent volunteers.  There is no guarantee that your child will be placed on a team, but we work very hard to place every child who registers.  For more info on this wonderful program offered by our district, please check out or contact our coordinator, Marie Russell at

Change to Open House

Peter Woodbury's Open House is on Thursday, September 20th. This year, Mrs. Daley and Mr. Mitchell are asking to meet with parents in the multi-purpose room from 6:15pm-6:45pm. During this time they will discuss Responsive Classroom, student independence, communication, homework and school rules. It is the hope that this time together will provide you some greater insight into our school and maintain the open lines of communication we all value so much.  Any students who attend PWS may stay with their classroom teacher during this time frame (6:15-6:45). Any other children should stay with their parents in the multi-purpose room. 
Parents and students in grades K-2 can visit their classroom and teacher anytime between 5:30pm-6:15pm (prior to meeting with the principals). Parents and students in grades 3-4 can visit their classroom and teacher anytime between 6:45pm-7:30pm (after meeting with the principals). 
We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, September 20th.

Book Drive

Sydney and Megan Leyden, students at BHS, will be running a book drive from September 17th-28th. This drive will benefit the Manchester, NH Reach Out and Read Program. Gently used children's books would be greatly appreciated. The donation box will be set up near the front office.

2018 Chorus Sign Ups 4th Grade ONLY

Peter Woodbury Chorus    September 12, 2018

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 9, 2019 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 New Morning School at 669-3591. I am not able to stay after chorus …

Community School Yard

This is our tenth year anniversary of the PWS Community School Yard! We will be working hard to prepare for new garden beds and plantings around the school property.

School Yard Spruce UP Our Daly Garden and school yard are in need of an update.  The beds will be reconfigured in the spring in honor of our anniversary, the cottage needs to be painted, loam needs to be moved, shrubs planted, and other projects. If you have a tractor or BobCat that could assist in the heavy lifting and movement of loam it would be appreciated. Please plan to join us Sunday, October 14 for a day of community!  
The school yard was created through private funding and grants, and the wonderful collaboration of teachers, parents, and community members.  It is the only School Yard of its kind in New England. We look forward to your help in sustaining it. Watch for more information regarding times.
Please contact Mrs. Beltramo ( if can help with equipment or if you have any questions.

Garden Harvest

Students had the opportunity to sample tomatillos and cucumbers in the dining room today. These vegetables have been grown in our own PWS organic garden and were picked this morning! Thank you to Mrs. Gibbons and her kitchen staff for always preparing healthy foods for our students and to the Garden Club for helping our garden grow!

2018-2019 Schoolyard Expectations

We are off to a great first day for the 2018-2019 school year. Students are provided with a variety of choices when they are on the schoolyard during recess times. Each year the classroom teachers, as well as Mrs. Ferenc, remind students of the expectations for each area and piece of equipment. This ensures the materials are used appropriately and students are able to enjoy their outside time safely. Check out the image below if you're interested in learning what language is being used with your child or seeing what some of the more structured choices are. Of course students are also encouraged to play in the field area.

2018 Start of the School Year Info

For those new to Peter Woodbury we'd like to welcome you to our school community. For those returning, we look forward to seeing you again!

The 2018-2019 school year starts on Tuesday, August 28th. School hours are 8:00am-2:20pm. The bell rings for students to enter the building from morning recess at 7:55am. Please take a minute to revisit or familiarize yourself with our arrival and dismissal procedures.  Bus routes are available and can be found on the district website.

All children play in the schoolyard, weather permitting, from 7:30-7:55am. At 7:55am students line up by class and enter the building to begin the day. Every teacher in the building is outside in the morning the first week or so of school to help greet each child and assist them with finding their line and answer their questions.

2018 Beginning of Year InfoSnap Process

On August 3rd, everyone received an email from Bedford SD Registration asking for the Infosnap process to be completed. Approximately half of our students do not have this filled out. We urge you to complete this prior to the first day of school. By completing this process you are ensuring the school has updated contact, emergency and medical information for your child(ren). It also lets us know if your child can be photographed for the yearbook, for the classroom, if your child's work can be hung on the walls or published online, etc. In addition it allows your child(ren) to use the technology tools available to them and their teachers.

End of Year Report Cards 2018

Report cards will be available through the PowerSchool parent portal after school on June 20, 2018. 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.

Please note the PowerSchool parent portal will not be accessible as of July 1, 2018 due to the roll over process that happens for next school year.

End of School Year Nurse Info 2018


May/June 2018 Channel 180 News Broadcast

Another fabulous broadcast from the Channel 180 News. Great job this year!

End of Year Tidbits for 2017-2018

The last day of school for Kindergarten will be Tuesday, June 19th. The last day for grades 1-4 will be Wednesday, June 20th, with dismissal at 12:20. Lunch will be served on this day. Beginning at 9am on June 20th, grade 4 students will have a “Move-up” program at PWS prior to boarding buses to visit McKelvie School.  All students in grades 1-3 will be in the gym singing and clapping, while the grade 4 students walk through. After walking through the gym, students will walk around the square on the hardtop, then board the buses at the front of the building. Parents are welcome to join this event by lining up outside, behind the cones on the hardtop. The Lost and Found boxes at Peter Woodbury are full of items. Please check them any time before June 19th. After that date, any left over items will be donated to charity.If you are moving during the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible so you can stop in to sign a release of information form. Please double check to see …

Summer Skills

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.

2018 Field Day Information

Field Day activities for grades 1-4 will take place on Thursday, June 7th with a rain date of Friday, June 8th. The third and fourth grade field day will take place in the morning from 8:30 to 11:00 and field day for first and second grade will begin at 12:00 and end at 2:00.
Sunscreen and appropriate dress are suggested. Please have your child wear cool comfortable clothes such as: sneakers, shorts, a class color or theme appropriate shirt, and a hat. Your child should also come to school with sunscreen and bug repellent already applied at home. Children should bring a water bottle and an extra change of clothes and towel just in case they get wet at the water stations. Water coolers will be available to refill their water bottles. A snack of Popsicles is often provided by the room parents or teachers at the rest station as well.
Field day is always looked forward to by students, teachers and parents. It's a day filled with fun activities! Parent volunteers are one reason this day…

Football/Cheer Registration Raffle

Does your son play football or does your daughter cheer for the Bedford Youth Bulldogs? If so, be sure to fill out a raffle ticket for a free registration. The tickets are free and can be found by the main office. The winning ticket will be pulled on Friday, May 18th.

Concert May 16, 2018

Join us for the spring concert on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00pm. Our fourth grade chorus, led by Mrs. Curran, will open the evening followed by the strings club.

Duct Tape Mr. Mitchell!

Destination Imagination Fundraiser - Duct Tape Mr. Mitchell to the Wall!
As you know two of our DI teams are fundraising to help defray the cost of traveling to Knoxville, TN later this month. They have a very creative fundraising idea - for just $1, a student can buy a strip of duct tape to tape Mr. Mitchell to the wall. Teachers will be collecting the $1 and will write the student's name on a list to receive the strip of duct tape at a date TBD. Students may buy a maximum of 5 strips. Please help us make this a successful fundraiser for our teams. Collection will happen for one week starting, Monday, May 14th.

Author/Illustrator Aaron Becker Visits PWS

PWS is pleased to welcome author/illustrator Aaron Becker on Monday, May 16 courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.  Mr. Becker will be sharing his new wordless book, A Stone for Sasha with the 3rd and 4th grade students. We have long loved his other wordless books: Journey, Quest, and Return and are excited to hear about the process of writing a wordless book.
"A wordless book?" you might ask. "Isn't that for much younger children? What is the point of a wordless book?"
Mr. Becker's sophistication and imagination are inspirational and a great reminder for any age, that thought can be represented in more than just words.  It is the reader's task to "read" the pages for detail and context, observing main characters, plot, setting, and dialog. Having read these books many times, there is always something new to be found in the story of every page.  Readers of all ages will find the meaning of these stories within the context of their own li…

2018 Grandparents/Senior Day at PWS Reminder

"This is a quick reminder regarding Grandparents/Senior Day at Peter Woodbury School to be held on Friday May 4, 2018. If you have not already registered your child’s special guest, please do so as soon as possible. We will be providing breakfast for all seniors and will need an accurate count of those attending. Please click on the following link to register guests:
If you have registered your guests, thank you! We greatly appreciate it. Please remind them of the following:
•The event starts at 8:30 and should be done by 10:30am
•Parking will be located within the Target Parking lot and attendees will be bussed to and from the school. Those with handicap plates will be allowed to park within the school parking lot. 
•Once your special guests have arrived, they will check in under their last name (not that of the student) to receive a name tag and schedule
Questions or Concerns?
Please email Jenny Caouette ( or Samantha Farrow …

April 2018 Channel 180 News Broadcast

Another great broadcast from the Channel 180 News Team!

Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 2018

Every year Mrs. Ferenc, PWS PE teacher, puts together an amazing jump rope show as a culmination to the jump rope competition and fundraiser for the American Heart Association. This year was no different! From 4th grade students demonstrating their skills, to a surprise routine by Mrs. Stallone and her 2nd grade class, to the routine put together by some of our teachers.  It was so much fun and an awesome way to celebrate being heart healthy!  In addition, Peter Woodbury school surpassed its goal of raising $14,000 for the American Heart Association. Instead students at PWS raised $16,000. Way to go!!

Check out the folder of pictures and videos from today's assembly. 2018 Jump Rope Assembly

After you view the pictures and video of the assembly, take a look at the video of our teacher's jumping!!

2018 DI Globals Fund Raiser

Help Bedford DI get to Global Finals! Our special fundraiser kicks off Monday, April 16th until the end May. Please place your old shoes (any condition), backpacks, bags and belts in the box in your school lobby or take a blue bag from the box and fill it at home. Then drop it in the Ecosmith bin in each school's parking lot. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!