April 1, 2016

posted Apr 7, 2016, 4:34 AM by Kurt Gergler

Dear Families,

We know it is April Fool's Day, and not Thanksgiving, but we want to share some things for what we, at BES, are thankful:

  • We were so happy that many of you came out to the School District Meeting a few weeks ago and passed the school budget with huge support. We are now ready to plan in earnest for next year!

  • We are still very impressed with the number of families that attended our Dr. Seuss themed family math and literacy night. The pictures still give us joy!

  • Our first graders were giddy with excitement seeing so many of their families attend the Dreaming Around The World concert last night. Their performances were wonderful!

  • Those at the concert last night heard that Ms. Willemssen is retiring from teaching music at BES at the end of the school year. They heard that she was the first music teacher at BES when BES opened in 1978. She actually worked at BMS when BMS was a Kindergarten to Ninth grade school. Ms. Willemssen has been a leader in music and in our Bow schools for nearly 40 years! We are proud to call her our own. We will miss her!

  • The fourth grade students that arranged the SPCA collection drive will visit the SPCA next week to drop off the pile of collections. They are thankful for all the support for this drive and look forward to touring the center.

  • We all love the new BES Facebook page! Check it out from the link below.

  • A good handful of parents are taking on the challenge of initiating a BES outdoor garden! The construction will start next weekend, so if you are around after April 9th, check out the south(left) side of the gym. We are excited to have that resource at our school.

  • Next Wednesday night, April 6th at 6:30, we will welcome parents of our next incoming kindergarten class to our annual Kindergarten Information Night.  We love this opportunity for parents to meet teachers/staff and learn about our wonderful kindergarten program.  

Overall, we are thankful for all your support in everything we do for and with the children.

In the spirit of helping children in general, I have agreed to work to raise money for the children’s camp fund through the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Hampshire. As part of their annual drive they reach out to leaders of organizations around the state and, well, arrest them. I was contacted and accepted the challenge of being a Jailbird in 2016 Concord Lock-Up benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Hampshire. I’ll be raising money to help in the fight against muscle disease in our community.  This event is taking place on May 5th at The Common Man. I am going to be "arrested" by an MDA volunteer and placed in "jail" until I raise my bail amount, which is $2,400.  The money raised helps fund the MDA annual summer camp for kids with various neuromuscular diseases at Agassiz Village in Poland, ME.  It costs MDA approximately $800 to send 1 child to camp for a week, and we’re hoping with your help I can send 3 kids to camp this year! So I am asking you to help with my fundraising efforts by donating (all donations are tax-deductible). 
You can donate directly online by following this link: KurtGerglerConcordLockUp

The MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat over 40 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.  MDA funding maintains two clinics in NH, as well as support groups, local medical equipment assistance, and disability awareness and education programs. 
On behalf of children and adults served by MDA, thank you for your support!

Do you want to be thankful for a fun day? You can hang out with children having fun at school! Read on:

Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteers needed for Field Day! 
Tuesday June 14, 2016 with a rain date of Wednesday June 15, 2016 
Parents of children in grades K-2 are needed from 9am-11am 
Parents of children in grades 3 and 4 are needed from 12pm-2pm 
Also, 5 volunteers needed to grill and 5 volunteers needed to assist with food distribution from 10am-12:30pm 
Please contact Tracy Berube at tberube@bownet.org to sign up or ask questions

We are also thankful for... Board Books for Babies!! 
Since 1994, Students at Bow Elementary have been invited to participate in a community project called Board Books for Babies. For this project, students are asked to bring in new board books that will be donated to The Concord Hospital Family Health Center in Concord. Staff at the Health Center will give the board books to children and their families during regular doctor visits.

Many of these children have never had access to books before. Part of the Health Center’s program also consists of training parents on the importance of literacy development. Our donated board books will help to support this program. The administrator of the Family Health Center reports that the children’s eyes just light up when they are given a book to take home.

How to participate:  Have your child bring in brand new board books during the week of April 18-22nd. Know that you are making a difference! 

As you enter April, look around and notice all that you value.

Keep in touch.

Kurt Gergler