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Dinner Thank You

THANK YOU, PARENTS & GUARDIANS! Thank you to all for the tremendous help in hosting the BHSPA Teacher Conference Dinner.  As they met parents from 4 to 8 PM, the teachers didn’t have to worry about packing a dinner or running out of energy for those last hours.  

 

Through the great help of many, as evidenced by our thank you list https://goo.gl/kUq57C, BHS teachers had a great quick dinner of various Wegmans’ sandwiches, wraps, salads, veggie sushi and fruit, and were able to grab a cup of coffee and sweets before heading back to their classrooms. We received positive feedback and many, many thanks from the teachers who appreciate your support.

 

The BHSPA would like to thank Wegmans for its generous donation of $200 which helped offset some of the costs.  

 

Thanks again to our great volunteers and donors within the Bedford High School parent community. 

Simon Says

The BHSPA was happy to pay for the appearance of Brendan Fitzpatrick, the host of some rousing, fun games of Simon Says, during Community Day at BHS on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  Lots of laughs had by all! 

In an email to parents and guardians from Mrs. Galante at the end of Community Day, she wrote that  “Simon Says . . . was the hit of the day. What a treat watching hundreds of students take part in such a nostalgic game. It is important for us to remember that downtime is important for our kids.  Today was an opportunity to build our community outside of the classroom walls. Mission accomplished.”

Challenge Success Launch at BHS

Join Jon Kleinman of Challenge Success on November 6th at 6:30  in the evening at the Bedford High School Auditorium for a hallmark presentation.  In an effort to foster a common purpose and vision for our students and children, it is important that we hear the same message and start having an honest conversation about the stress levels and overloaded schedules of our students and children.  

 

This is an important presentation for all parents and guardians with children of all ages.  All parents, guardians, community members, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the evening presentation.  Helping our students find balance, wellness and joy takes a village. 

 

The Bedford High School Faculty will hear the same presentation earlier that day as part of their professional development series.      

 

BHS is a new Partner School in the Challenge Success School Program. Challenge Success will engage our school and larger Bedford community in redefining success for kids. Through the program, BHS will work with a Challenge Success team to implement policies and practices to improve student well-being and promote academic engagement.  The November 6th presentation will serve as the launch of Challenge Success at BHS.  

Internet Safety Speaker 10/15/18

The BHSPA and other PTOs of Bedford, specifically, BEST/PTO for the elementary schools and the Middle School Parent Association, as well as Bedford Youth and Family Services and the Public Schools, were very pleased to bring speaker Katie Greer to town.

 

During the morning and afternoon of October 15, 2018, in the Bedford schools, Katie spoke directly to the students during assemblies at JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8),  BHS (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12), and Lane (Grades 4 & 5.)  There was a Parent Presentation at BHS Auditorium that night.   

 

HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION:

High school kids have seen it all and really are in the thick of creating online reputations, whether they know it or not. What they often don’t understand is that people besides their friends, such as colleges, law enforcement, principals, parents, and potential employers, may be looking in on these behaviors regularly. With everything today being chronicled on social media, it’s important that students this age fully understand where things go and how it can impact them today or 5-10 years down the line.

 

The High School presentation featured an interactive program that invited students to share their personal experiences as Katie shared hers, plus:

  • Social Networking
  • How your digital brand is being established, and who can see what
  • Who are you connecting with
  • Your life captured and shared instantly
  • College admissions
  • Social networking and employment
  • Sexting
    • Definition
    • Legal ramifications and long-term implications
    • Respect
    • Sexting coersion
  • Cyberbullying
    • Definition – cyberbullying versus conflict
    • Real life implications
    • Reporting best practices
  • Digital Tattoos:
    • What you send, share, or save stays there
    • How digital branding can go right or wrong
  • Apps
    • Latest apps/trends
    • What’s tracked, what can be saved or shared, and how it impacts you
    • Troublesome apps
  • Viral kindness
  • Q&A

Parent Chat

Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie helped parents navigate the digital waters and let us know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to our children and technology, and provided parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.  Heather Thacore of BEST/PTO also discussed some of the benefits of the Bedford Promise movement to wait until at least 8th grade to give a child their own personal data device.  Here are items briefly covered during the parent program: 

  • Updates on the latest technology trends and dangers
    • Apps
    • Social networks
    • Device trends
    • Latest concerns
  • Social media:
    • What’s the latest?
    • Age limitations and restrictions
    • Rules and tracking
    • Privacy settings
    • Geo tracking
    • Who are kids connecting with
    • Social media for good
  • Digital Tattoos
    • Implications – good and bad – of chronicling our lives online
    • Teaching our kids to use latest tools responsibly
  • Interactive gaming: Tips for safe gaming
  • Case examples and real life implications
  • Cell phones/smartphones/devices:
    • Trends
    • Things to watch out for
    • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying laws and legislation: What do they mean? What are the implications? What’s coming up and how do we prepare?
  • Overview of what message Katie sends to students
  • Rules and regulations:
    • Proactive steps to make sure your kids are safety using technology
    • Tools to help you be prepared to help foster a positive online experience for your family
    • Suggested restrictions and rules
  • Bedford Promise
  • Q&A

Back to School Night 10/11/2018

Back-to-School night is Thursday, October 11. The schedule is as follows:

 

Time (P.M.)

Event

Location

5:30-6:30              

Speaker D.J. Wilson; Topic: Vaping

BHS Auditorium

6:45-6:55

Principal's Welcome Greeting

BHS Auditorium

7:05-8:39

Follow your Student's Class Schedule

Classrooms

8:45

Evening Concludes

 

 

5:30 - 6:30 pm, Vaping presentation for parents/guardians: The e-cigarette craze has catapulted the largest uptick in teen nicotine use in decades after years of driving cigarette smoking rates to record lows. Teens who would have never smoked cigarettes now are inhaling fruity flavors, often without realizing it is packed with nicotine, a dangerously addictive substance.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly cautions about the growing teen addiction and the harm posed to adolescents' brain development.

Our Back to School Night speaker D.J. Wilson is the Tobacco Control Director from the Massachusetts Municipal Association and will educate us regarding the perils of vaping. Very special thanks to Bedford Youth and Family Services for sponsoring our Back to School Night speaker.  See this PRESS RELEASE for more information.

 

7:05 - 8:39 pm, Follow your Student's Class Schedule:  Parents/guardians, walk in the shoes of your student(s) to hear about the classes directly from teachers and learn how taxing it can be to travel the building to various classes.

 

The student should fill out the Back-to-School Night schedule, which can be found at https://goo.gl/b3NumQ.  It's a cross-section of two days of classes. Parents/guardians will rely on the schedule from 7:05 - 8:39 pm.  

 

5:15 - 8:45 pm, Delivery of Student Directories: pre-orders will be available for pickup. If you didn't pre-order, you can walk up and buy while supplies last. At the BHSPA table in the BHS lobby.

 

Parking:  There is a home soccer game that evening so parking may be tighter than normal. The bus loop also may be busy when our other sports teams return from their away games. To steer clear of bus traffic, consider parking in the back lot of BHS or around the Public Library or Police Station.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards

Bedford High School ID# 06279                     Click HERE for detailed flyer

 

This year’s A+ Program runs from September 7, 2018, through March 16, 2019.

 

Bedford High School ID# 06279 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! 

 

PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

 

New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes:

Beginning August 3, 2018, visit stopandshop.com  and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account.  Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. 

 

If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click REGISTER.  Follow the prompts to create your online account.  Once logged in, follow the instructions listed above.

 

You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # OR, if you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1

 

To Earn Points:

Use your registered Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at any Stop & Shop, and you will earn CASH for our school. You can confirm your school selection by logging into your account.

 

At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account. 

 

Our school will receive one CASH rewards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of our educational needs.

 

Also, please encourage your family members and friends to support our school.  This could result in more CASH REWARDS!

 

Thank you for supporting our school.  

1-877-275-2758

Stopandshop.com/aplus

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