School Community Conversation about Raising an Adult

A message from BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL:


The Bedford Public School system is pleased to introduce our first annual community conversation.  On March 28th at 7:00pm the principals from each school, in conjunction with other faculty members, will facilitate conversations based on the highly acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.


The evening will begin with a short presentation of the "big ideas" from the book.  Additionally, there will be time for discourse and sharing in small groups.  Schools, in partnership with families, want to help our students and children grow into productive and resilient adults.  We understand that it takes a proverbial village to make that happen.  We hope to gain an understanding of the pressures our students face, while reflecting upon what is really important for all students as they develop.


A flyer for the event is here: https://goo.gl/SbDs15


Refreshments will be provided by BEST, MSPA and BHSPA.  We are fortunate to have the support of all of our parent associations.  As we get closer to the event, I will send out an eventbrite link to reserve spot(s).  The event is free of charge and open to parents/guardians from all of our schools.  However, we will want a count in order for set up and refreshment purposes.


You do not need to read the book in order to attend.  It is a worthwhile read for all parents and guardians.  We are excited to host the event and look forward to collaborating around this important topic.


Sincerely,

Heather Galante, Principal

Professional Workshop Breakfast

On Friday, January 12, we hosted a continental breakfast for teachers before they spent the day in workshops. It was a pleasant start to the day for the teachers and Principal. 

 

We know and very much appreciate that many parents and guardians donate and volunteer whenever we ask for help, but Tricia, Elizabeth, Mary, Bonnie, Joan, and Pearlene always reliably help the BHSPA Board by baking. Whether muffins or breads, cookies or bundt cakes, the teachers love the personal touch. Thank you, ladies.  See https://goo.gl/ozSWY8 

— A heartfelt thanks from Hospitality Co-Chairs Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy and the BHSPA Board

Parent-Teacher Conferences

December 7, 2017, was a very busy night at Bedford High School.  Parents and guardians attended Teachers Conferences, and to assist in locating rooms around the school, student ambassadors pointed adults in the right direction.   

 

In addition, Principal Heather Galante and Assistant Principals Christine Lennox and Kate Boynton held two information sessions (5 & 7 pm) which explained and answered questions about the new school attendance and tardy policies.  Their PowerPoint is found at https://goo.gl/uVQt9t.

 

In case you missed the attendance policy info sessions, Bedford TV filmed the 5 pm session, which is posted on Bedford TV's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkGFJC0CaXg.  We thank Bedford TV for the taping.

 

Since most teachers remained in school after work and had no time to go out for dinner, the BHS Parents Association, led by Hospitality Chairs Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy, with the help of many parents/guardians, put together a Grab and Go Dinner for the teachers. The teachers loved everything and expressed their appreciation of the BHS parent community to the volunteers who were present at the dinner. 

 

Please see our thank you shout outs https://goo.gl/QqTzzk and a statement from our Co-Chairs:

 

Thanks so much to all the parents who helped make the BHSPA Teacher Conference Dinner run so smoothly.  The teachers had a wonderful, quick grab and go dinner before they headed out for more conferences.  Many were seen heading out with some of the great homemade goodies.  Thanks also to Wegman’s for defraying some of the cost for the dinner.  Thanks to the trusted set-up, clean-up and diner crew, Bonnie McCulloch, Tricia Anderson, Claire Demeo and Bill & Christine Speciale.  Thanks to those who made the yummy deserts: Diane Bernstein, Elizabeth Brosgol, Lisa Felice, Mary Gallant, Bonnie McCulloch, Joan Turnberg, Pearlene Varjabedian, and Beth Venuti.  Mary Lou DeBaryshe provided all the paper goods we needed for the night, thank you! 

 

Finally, thank you to all those who donated funds to help us reach our budget goal.  Lori Alper, Andrea Barney, Renu Bostwick, Carla Bradford, Serena Chen, Heidi Collins, Lorelei De Gala Ngooi, Hillary DeMello, Neetu Devdas, Maureen Eliason, Jessica Fair, Cindy Fisette, Deborah Griffin, Andrea Hayes, Amanda Kato, Alison Malkin, Delinda May, Laetitia Perez-Alder, Astrid Reischwitz, Michelle Saber, Ping Shao, Cheryl Simons, Jane Slavin, Margaret Stevens, Lita Verrier, Lisa Warhover, Alison Weaver, Cheri Winkler. 

 

Thanks again to all,

Stacy Mortenson and Mary Ann Murphy, Hospitality Co-Chairs

Thanks for Help with the Back to School Teachers Lunch

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Back-to-School Teacher luncheon a success! A list of everyone who contributed can be found at https://goo.gl/amLUQN

Supporting the All Night Grad Party

The BHSPA is a proud supporter of the Bedford High School All Night Graduation Party.

Courtyard Furniture

Mr. Michael Griffin, Science Program Administrator and Advisor to the BHS Environmental Club, has been overseeing the clean up and the planned use of the two courtyards at the school.  In support of his efforts to make the spaces usable by students, the BHSPA has committed to funding the purchase of more picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and sun shades.  The photos should some of what has been bought with our financial support.

 

In the Fall of 2017, students will have nice space and good outdoor seating during nice weather while in school. Some expected use of the courtyards will be that STEP students can have supervised class outside, and any student should be able to sit in a courtyard at lunch to get some fresh air and sunshine.  

 

Thank you, Mr. Griffin, for spearheading the courtyard clean up.  We also thank parents/guardians for donating to the BHSPA which allowed us to fund the purchase of outdoor seating and shade umbrellas. We hope the students and staff will enjoy a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air during school. 

History Fair Support

This Spring, the BHSPA donated money towards the BHS History Fair. If you remember, the Fair included a lovely reception for the public and the student participants made their presentations to school judges.

 

We have received a handwritten, heartfelt thank you, which we want to share with our parent community because your donations to the BHSPA are passed on to groups and events at the school.  Here is the message conveyed to the BHS community:

 

Bedford Parents,

 

Thank you very much for your thoughtful donation of $250 to our History Fair program. While the Bedford High School History Day Program does not require a big budget, we do incur some expenses. Your generous gift does much to defray those costs and thus help us keep the program healthy. We strongly believe that the History Fair experience gives students varied and enduring lessons. Thank you again for helping us carry forward the opportunity.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Sunderland

BHS History Day Advisor

BHSPA Annual Meeting Wrap-up

The BHSPA held its Annual Meeting jointly with the Middle School Parents Association on May 31st.

 

2016 - 2017 was a productive year for the BHSPA as we supported a variety of programs, such as Travel Scholarships, third-party training for a new Ambassador Program, Environmental Club's purchase of courtyard chairs and umbrellas, Tenacity Challenge, All Night Grad Party, History Fair, Mentorship Program Lunch, and Eagle Scout Garden Project for the BHS Courtyard. The pie chart shows our funding distribution for this year.

 

At school, we sponsored several teacher hospitality events under the leadership of Stacy Mortenson and the end of the year lunch is being planned right now. 

 

To get the support needed from our parent community and keep everyone informed about happenings within the BHSPA, BHS, and Bedford, we beefed up our social media presence.  You may have noticed that we post here on our site frequently, as well as on Facebook and Twitter to better reach many more families.  The BHSPA, too, is proud that our eNews remains a primary source of school information for most BHS families.   

 

Also, at our Annual Meeting, elections were held and the 2017-2018 Executive Committee was installed:

 

Co-Presidents:  Michelle Saber & Kerry Rackey

Co-Vice Presidents:  Carla Bradford & Diane Bernstein

Treasurer: Claire Demeo

Secretary: Jenn Puhle

 

In addition, we have Chairs for various Committees:

All Night Graduation (ANG) Celebration Chairs: Kerry Rackey & Dawn Kocuibes

BoxTops Chair:  Jenn Puhle

BHS Parents Sendoff Committee Chair:  Lita Verrier

eNews Communications Chair:  Hillary DeMello 

Hospitality Chair: Stacy Mortenson

Student Directory Co-Chairs: Venus Ho & Michelle Saber

Webmaster:  Wendy Cordero

 

A few other Committee head positions still need to be filled or confirmed, such as Fundraising and Courtyard Gardens.  We also welcome parents/guardians to be members and supporters of any of the committees at any time. Please contact BHSBucsParents@gmail.com if you are interested.  

 

We are a friendly group of people so join us and enjoy your time volunteering in your kid(s) last years before they leave for college!

 

 

TAW: Thank You for your Help

While this has been a week to thank our teachers, administrators, and staff for their dedication to our students, we also want to thank all of the awesome parents/guardians who helped make the BHSPA Teacher Appreciation Week events run smoothly, in particular Stacy Mortenson, our Hospitality Chairwoman.  

The teachers had a wonderful lunch with great homemade salads and goodies on Wednesday, and today, they were treated to a tasty frozen treats at lunch. We received many thanks and much appreciation from the teachers for the lunch,  homemade goodies, and ice cream.  

Several teachers asked us to convey to the parent community their appreciation for the donations and kindness shown this week. One teacher commented that she is new to the Bedford Public Schools District and has found our parents/guardians to be welcoming and engaged. Thanks, folks!

Panel: What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Start High School

Teacher Conferences Dinner

Many thanks to the many people who helped the BHSPA put together a nice grab-and-go dinner for our BHS teachers and staff last week for the evening of parent-teacher conferences.  It was very successful.  The sandwiches and all desserts were devoured, and we now know that next year we need to get more food!

 

To buy the main food from Wegman’s, we requested monetary donations and wonderful people donated, some of them giving multiple amounts of which we especially are grateful. Manpower for set up, clean up, and/or help during the dinner was given, and supplies were provided including homemade and delicious store-bought desserts.

 

Last, and certainly not least, the BHSPA would like to thank Stacy Mortenson for managing the teacher conferences dinner.  The BHS parent community is very lucky to have Stacy step up and manage hospitality for the BHSPA. She's a gem.

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Travel Scholarships

Principal Heather Galante is presented with $2,000 by 2016-2017 Co-Presidents Michelle Saber (left side in photo) and Lita Verrier (right) in support of travel scholarships for children who need some financial assistance to enjoy the school trips abroad with classmates and teachers.  

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!