Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Five Signs

“I wish I had known the five signs 20 years ago, it could have made a difference in my family’s life; it can make a difference to you now.”  -- Former Chief Justice John Broderick

January 3, 2017

Dear Parents:

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your children were able to enjoy a little downtime during the holidays.  For many, the holidays are a time of joy and laughter. However, we know they can also be a difficult time for some families and friends because personal challenges are larger and more complex than we are prepared to admit or to handle without help.

In that spirit, our schools, along with public schools throughout New Hampshire, are sending home a simple informational card, called The Five Signs. It describes the five major signs of emotional distress, which can be connected to mental health issues.  Whether things in your family’s life are going well or someone is facing challenges, I am hopeful you will read this simple information and that perhaps it leads to a family discussion about the importance of mental health, and the need to communicate when and if there are any signs of problems that rise above what most of us would call a bad day or a tough stretch.

This letter is not intended to make any assumptions about your family’s state of well-being.  It is rather an invitation to shed light on a topic that impacts 20% of the nation’s families, and is frequently not met with necessary treatment that can and will make a tremendous difference to those facing mental health challenges.

Perhaps this information will be useful in your workplace, or among other members of the family, with neighbors and/or friends.  The Five Signs card is part of a statewide awareness campaign sponsored by Change Direction NH.  Co-chair, former NH Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, is touring the state, talking to civic groups, businesses, school leaders, students and families, encouraging them to help him break the stigma of silence around mental health challenges. Judge Broderick’s goal is for people to recognize these signs as quickly as they might recognize signs of a stroke.

John Broderick speaks from experience on this issue, and he has become a high profile leader in raising awareness about mental health.  His personal story is one of both tragedy and triumph, as his own family is dealing with mental health issues.  As his quote above suggests, if he had known about these five signs when his own grown son was much younger, he might have spotted trouble before it grew.  Justice Broderick will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library. I invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]

Talk to your children, invite them to learn the five signs and not to be afraid to speak out if they feel this way inside, or perhaps see these signs in others around them.  We can all take part in helping those who often don’t recognize they need help themselves, but can overcome their challenges with compassion and communication.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office or to email me directly at  My very best wishes to you and your family for a prosperous and healthy 2017.

Chip McGee

Friday, December 16, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

The PTC portal has changed this year.  The NEW parent portal will be available for conference signups from . The portal  Parent signups will begin on December 27th @ 8am and close on January 18th @ 11pm.   is easy to navigate by just following the on-screen instructions but here are some step-by-step instructions if needed )  

The link to get into the portal is:

Conference are being held on Monday, January 23rd - 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Thursday, January 26th - 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BHS Theatre Company: Winter Production Informational Meeting

Show: Comedy of Errors
Date: 12/12/16
Time: 3 - 4 PM
Place: BHS Theater

Note From the Director:

Hello everyone!  My name is Tim Hackney, I will be directing The
Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare.  I directed The Drowsy
Chaperone for Bedford and I am a professional actor living in the
area. If you are interested in auditioning for the play, come to a
short informational meeting on Monday at 3 in the theatre.

If you have never done Shakespeare before GREAT!  As part of the
audition process, I will be giving a workshop on how to speak
Shakespeare.  The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest
and most farcical plays.  This is going to be a great opportunity to
learn about acting and to have a LOT of fun.  Don’t let the fact that
this is a Shakespeare play intimidate you, this is a comedy like any
other comedy just written by the best Playwright of all time.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins
that were accidentally separated at birth (Shakespeare was father to
one pair of twins). Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of
Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their
twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of
Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of
their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities
lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus
of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and
demonic possession.

If you are at ALL interested come on by the meeting, and I will be
happy to answer any questions you have.  I can’t wait to see you



Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Ski & Skate Sale Event - Nov 19

Bedford PTG invites you to the “Annual 2016 SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT”

Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 19th, 2016 (9:00am-2:00pm)

Save HUGE on new and used winter sports equipment & apparel! Mark your calendar to join local vendors bringing top name brand equipment both new and used along with our tremendous consignment inventory of ski and boarding equipment, skates, and winter apparel and outfit your entire family for the upcoming season!

Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you. Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability! So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 18, 2016 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

VISIT for additional sale details and add your items to our sale and tag them from home using our easy online scanning system!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Thursday, Nov. 105:30 - 7:30pm, in the Commons
Help raise funds for the New Horizons Soup Kitchen
and the BHS Art Department

Reserve a bowl at