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Parenting Education Resources: Upcoming Events

Upcoming Parent Education Events


Dear Parents:  There are so many quality parent education programs taking place in our communities this Fall! This is an attempt to gather the information into one place. These programs are not affiliated with or endorsed by the BHSPA. We just are passing along info!

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September 2016

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Ways to Help Your Family Be Healthier and More Resilient

Wednesdays, September 28October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE

Speaker:  Partricia Marquis, LICSW

Held in Concord. Registration required:  Email and type "Resilient Families" in the subject line. Include the ages of your children, your complete address and your phone #.

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October 2016

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Parent Support Group Topic:  ADD/ADHD

Tuesday, October 117:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE - Registration not required

Speaker:  Dianne Walsh, LICSW, CBT Therapist, and Sue Hanly, R.N., School Nurse

Held at Millennium School, Large Old Purpose Room, 23 Depot Street, Westford

Information: 978-692-5509, 45 min. presentation, 45 min. discussion. Open to all.


Helping Children Control their Emotions

Wednesday, October 197:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - Register at

Speaker: Susan Lerner, LICSW, specialist in attachment, parenting and trauma
Held at Concord Montessori School, 29 Domino Dr., Suite 2, Concord. Info: 978-369-5900.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Monday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

A special sceening: 

Held at Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord

$5.00 tickets available at:


Working with Schools Around Adoption

Wednesday, October 267-9:00 p.m. FREE for ACONE members, $25 non-members

Speaker:  Carol Mitchell, LICSW, school social worker and former adoption worker

Held at Adoption Community of New England office, 36 Knox Trail, Suite 206, Acton

Information & ACONE member registration:

Non-member registration:


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November 2016

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Exposure and Response Prevention for Children & Teens with OCD

Thursday, November 106:00-7:00 p.m. followed by support group 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE 

Speaker: Jennifer Lish, Ph.D., Worcester Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Held at U.Mass. Medical School, Lazare Auditorium (S1-607), 55 North Lake Ave., Worcester, carla@ocd-therapy.net781-775-1127 


Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Friday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

A special screening: 

Held at Bedford High School Auditorium, 9 Mudge Way,Bedford 

$8.00 tickets available at

December 2016

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Advances in Treatment for Youth with OCD: Fine Tuning ERP

Thursday, December 86:00-7:00 p.m. followed by support group 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE, no reg. 

Speaker: Lissa Coyne, Ph.D. McLean Hospital 

Held at U. Mass Medical School, Lazare Auditorium (S1-607), 55 Lake ave. North, Worcester, carla@ocd-therapy.net781-775-1127 


Parent Support Group Topic:  Anxiety and Depression

Tuesday, December 137:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - no registration required

Speakers: Dianne Walsh, LICSW, CBT Therapist, and Sue Hanley, R.N., School nurse

Held at Millennium School, Large Old Purpose Room, 23 Depot Street, Westford

Information: 978-692-5509. 45 min. presentation, 45 min. discussion. Open to all.

College Planning Night Presentation

In case you missed it, here is the POWERPOINT presented by Guidance Director Ms. Amie Capodanno on Sept. 13, 2016. 

Bedford School Lunch Program

A message from BEDFORD Schools District-MA

To:       Parents/Guardians

From:   Bedford School Lunch Program

Date:    09/09/16         

Re:       New computerized payment system for the Cafeteria

Bedford Public Schools is adding a new computerized Point of Sale payment system for the High School, Middle School and Lane School cafeterias.  The first day of service for this new system will be Thursday, September 22nd.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce this system to all parents and to describe the upcoming services that will be provided.  The first few days lunch lines may be slower, but as the students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much quicker than before.  Breakfast will be included in this system at the High School only.

This new system is called Nutikids, which, is the same program currently used at the Davis School. Nutrikids offers an online payment system called MySchoolBucks. You can set up an account for your student at, start by entering your students Bedford Public School student ID number. Follow the prompts to set up an account. Every student will have their own personal meal account in the Nutrikids system. To access their account students will input their PIN number into a PIN pad located at every register. PIN numbers will be given out to each student before the program begins on the 22nd.  It is strongly recommended that all students remember their numbers, as this will make the meal lines move faster.

We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account, although they may still pay cash. If you still pay directly by check please include the student’s ID number on the check or envelope so it is deposited into the correct account.  This system allows students to charge only if there is money in their account – we cannot allow any negative balances to occur.

If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.

If you are concerned about a food allergy that your student has, please notify the cafeteria with this information.  A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen for a quick review of the items on the student’s meal tray.

Thank you in advance for your patience in implementing this system.


Please see below for further information.


Benefits for Parents and Students

  • When the account is prepaid you can be sure that your student is only using that money for nutritious lunches/breakfasts served in our cafeteria.
  • Lunch is defined as a choice of entrée, milk choice, vegetable, fruit and grain (or bread).
  • Prepaid accounts for all students allows parents to deposit money in their student’s account, up to $120 without concerns about giving their student the exact change every morning.
  • For those students receiving free or reduced meals, their meals will be rung up as all the other meals are.  No one will know whether they are receiving a free or reduced meal or debiting their account, except for the cashier.
  • Lunch lines move faster when meals are prepaid, thus providing students extra time to enjoy their lunch period.
  • Students can prepay on the line or parents can send in checks (with the student ID# on it), and students can give this to the cashier right in the lunch line. All student ID numbers are confidential.
  • Pin pads are located at every terminal; they provide ease of use and allow for quick transactions.
  • Prepayment allows for better security rather than cash.
  • Once the transaction has been completed, your student will know his/her account balance.               
  • Students may use any register.  When a lunch or breakfast is recorded at one register, it will automatically be recorded on the other registers.
  • When student accounts get low, students will be informed at the register of their balance.


  • You can send in prepayment monies at any time. 
  • Regular lunches are $2.60 at Lane and Middle School, $3.00 for the High School.  Breakfast costs from $1.30 to $1.75 at the High School only. Reduced breakfast is $.30 and Reduced price lunch cost $.40 each.
  • Checks are to be made payable to Bedford  School Lunch Program.
  • When sending a prepayment, please include the student’s ID# on the face of the check.  If you send in cash please indicate on the face of the envelope, the student’s ID#.


If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Bedford School Lunch Program office at 781-275-9129.

Successful Back to School Teacher/Staff Lunch

On Wednesday, September 7, the Bedford High School Parents Association (BHSPA) hosted a pizza lunch with homemade salads and sweets to welcome back educators and also welcome new principal Heather Galante. The hospitality event was organized and managed smoothly by Stacy Mortenson, mom of 9th and 12th grade students at BHS,

Many other wonderful parents in the BHS community supported the lunch to make it a resounding success.  We thank all of them!  


iPad Insurance Information

As noted in the summer letter from the school administration, Bedford High School distributes an iPad to every student as a learning tool.  Wise, experienced parents wonder "how can all those iPads possibly make it intact through the whole school year and through senior year?"  The answer is "not all of them do".  It is strongly recommended that parents & guardians purchase insurance to cover the cost of damage or theft.  A few years ago, the Bedford High School Parents Association helped the school by identifying the Worth Ave Group as a reasonably-priced insurance provider for student iPads.  You may purchase insurance from Worth Ave Group to cover accidental damage, theft, power surge, vandalism, fire, flood, and natural disasters.  Bedford students receive a 10% discount on Worth Ave's premium.  (

Check to see which type of iPad was issued to your student. Bedford issues 16 GB iPad 2,3,4 models ($399), 32 GB iPad Air ($449), and 64 GB iPad Air 2 ($499). The prices indicate the level of coverage you should select in the Worth Ave portal.  Model and Serial Numbers for your student's iPad can be found either on the back of the iPad or in the 'Settings' app, under the sub-headings 'General' and then 'About'.  It is critical that families verify the serial number of the device being insured. Worth Ave will not pay for repairs to devices that have a different serial number than the one they have on file. This includes loaner iPads. If a student receives a loaner iPad, it is the family's responsibility to notify Worth Ave of the change in serial number. Likewise, families must update the serial number again when the student's iPad returns from the repair facility.

In the alternative, you may choose to insure the iPad through your homeowner’s policy, but the school is unfamiliar with your policy and will not be able to help you much with your claim and cannot anticipate how long it will take for the approval process to be completed so that your student has a functional iPad again.  You also may choose not to insure the iPad at all, but it is your student’s obligation to maintain and return a functional iPad to the school at the end of school.  Having Worth Ave.'s insurance makes life easier for both the student and administrators, allowing quick replacement of the unit, instead of delaying while the cost of repairs is identified. 

If there is a problem with your student's iPad, do not try to have your student's iPad repaired through a third party before checking with the school first!  Loaner iPads are available when a unit needs repair but students will only receive a loaner iPad to use while their assigned iPad is being repaired if:

- They provide a check made payable to Bedford Public Schools for the cost of repair; OR

- The insurance company provides BPS with a statement that BPS will be paid the full amount for the cost of repair; OR

- The insurance company provides a statement that BPS will be paid a partial amount due to any applicable deductible on the account and the family provides a check made payable to BPS to cover the deductible.

(Loaner iPads are only withheld when students do not meet their financial obligations to cover the cost of repairs.)

Note for parents/guardians of families in need - Bedford High School will provide insurance for students who qualify for economic hardship. Please contact the main office for information about that.

If you have questions: 

- Insurance questions should be directed to the main office at the high school at 781-275-1700 or the Worth Ave Group.


- Technical questions about the iPads themselves should be directed to

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