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Dear Bedford Families,

          I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to take some time to relax and appreciate all that we have to be thankful for!  As we move into December some exciting things are happening here at Bedford.  Our Devices Have Arrived!!  All of our students in grades 1-3 are being given an HP Revolve Laptop that they will be able to use in school to enhance their instruction with their teachers.  These devices are a supplement to instruction, not a replacement for instruction.  It will allow your child’s teacher to plan for more individualized instruction and practice for your child at their instructional level, whether that is on-grade level, remedial or accelerated.   Each child has a device assigned to them and they will be responsible for the ongoing care of their device.  We are very excited to be able move forward with this digital initiative.  Next year, all of students will have a device to use in school.  At this time, devices are not traveling home.  Since all of our primary students now have devices, we have been able to move additional computers into 4th and 5th grade classrooms to provide additional digital learning opportunities in those grades as well.

          Also this month, we expect the State to release the scores from last year’s PARCC assessment given to all 3-5th graders.  This was the first time this assessment was given and this year’s data serves as a baseline for the growth we will be expected to make in the future.  It is a much more rigorous assessment than the MSA and the scores from this assessment cannot be compared to those previous scores.  Each parent of a child who took the assessment will receive an individualized score report.  This score report will be much more detailed that what you previously received.  I am available at any time to go over and explain the score report with you.  We will continue to include PARCC information in our monthly newsletter to help you better understand what is expected of your child on this assessment.  In this month’s newsletter there is information about how the types of questions are different and more rigorous than what students were asked on MSA.  Please take a few minutes to review it.

          I know that this is a very busy month for all of us.  Thank you for everything you to do continue to keep school a priority and for supporting the students and staff here at Bedford.


Mrs. Christina Connolly,



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