January 8, 2016

posted Jan 11, 2016, 7:28 AM by Kurt Gergler

Dear Families,

Welcome the the amazing year of 2016! The students and staff at BES have had a wonderful week together. Some children started off a bit sleepy - I said hello to many children waiting in the lobby at 7:40 on Monday and was greeted with sleepy eyes and closed mouths. Some children started off chatty - we heard story after story about the children’s adventures over the vacation. Some children greeted each other with hugs and excited words. Many staff members exchanged stories and launched into the work of the day with vigor and contentment. There was a great feeling in the school this week and thanks for sending your children back to us.

Before I lose you to boredom around reading this letter, I want to be sure you know about February 9th. The NH primary will be on Tuesday, February 9th and voting in Bow occurs at the Memorial School from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bow Memorial School will once again be used for voting. Therefore, BMS will be closed to students on this day. Since we are closing one school we will close all schools. So, no school on February 9th. Please vote!!!!

Plato was credited to say the music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. This year’s Artist in Residence is Jeff Warner and he is a musician specializing in traditional music. On his website he shared that his songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.  He will work with all BES students through Ms. Willemssen’s music classes. He will also work with the fourth grade students as they create an original musical around NH history to be performed in April. We are excited that the PTO funded such a great person to bring more music to our school!

Speaking of the PTO...

The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday evening at 7:00. This group of dedicated individuals work to raise and spend money to better the school experiences for our children in all three Bow schools. The meetings are a time to update current projects and set the compass for future directions. I think it was Pete Seeger (Google him if you need to) who said that interacting with committed people, working together towards a common positive goal, in itself is energy giving and well worth our effort. He was more eloquent, but his words have been with me for decades and remind me to join groups of people engaged in positive activities whenever I can. The gift the PTO offers you is a convenient forum for your commitment fix. Join us!

We will again show the movie Most Likely to Succeed next Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The last two BES showings were attended by a great group of people who engaged in conversation around education today. Even if we do not change the world in one night, it is great to meet with a group of people committed to improving the education system for their children. It is commitment, after all, that feeds us!

Keep in touch,

Kurt Gergler