The BHSPA fundraises to contribute to different initiatives, programs, and events, such as Travel Scholarships, the History Fair, Tenacity Challenge, All Night Grad Party, Student Ambassador Program training, and more.
New this past year was our purchase of healthy snacks for students during MCAS test days, as too-often many kids head into the exams without breakfast. Additionally, the BHSPA helped pay for the police detail at the Prom Stroll and we covered the cost of supplies for the Art Club’s courtyard sculpture at BHS. We also supported the MIAA Leadership Conference, paid for motivational speaker John Morello to perform his "I am Dirt" presentation at a student assembly during the BHS Community Day, funded a STEP program team building field trip, and helped with “How to Raise an Adult” and “The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens” presentations with our sister parent associations for the elementary and middle schools of Bedford. Last summer, we purchased outdoor courtyard patio furniture that students enjoy on warm days. As you can see, we are very productive!
Our goal is to have funds so that when student groups need support or the BHS budget falls short, we can help out. To that end, we ask you to DONATE to the BHSPA this year. Donations to the BHSPA are greatly appreciated any time of the year and are tax deductible. Please give generously! Every bit helps us reach our fundraising goal.
We love donations, but people power is awesome too as we occasionally are in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping at any of our events, please reach out to us at BHSBucsParents@gmail.com. Thank you.
The BHSPA board will host a morning mixer on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., before the first Principal's Roundtable, in the BHS L.G.I. Room (new location). The Board comprised of parents of students with diverse academics and interests will answer your questions based on their own experiences and facilitate an informal, friendly discussion. Then please stay and join us for the Principal's Roundtable, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when parents and guardians will have an opportunity to meet and hear from our new school administrators.
On October 11, parents/guardians have an opportunity to walk in the shoe of their student(s) during Back to School Night, an evening to hear about the classes directly from teachers and learn how taxing it can be to travel the building to various classes. It is always important for us to understand how our students spend much of their days. We will also have a speaker prior to the start of the night. Please join us. We look forward to seeing to see everyone.
5:30-6:30 pm: Speaker about e-cigarettes and vaping. Held in the BHS Auditorium.
The e-cigarette craze has driven 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 happily are inhaling fruity flavors, sometimes without realizing it is packed with nicotine, a dangerously addictive substance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that nicotine exposure can harm adolescents' brain development.
In response, the FDA has threatened to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if manufacturers do not control teen use. It’s the first real government crackdown to stem a burgeoning health crisis for our children.
Our Back to School Night speaker will address the use of e-cigs and vaping among teens.
6:45-8:45 pm: Parents/guardians visit classrooms.
During the day, in the Bedford schools, there will be Internet Safety Assemblies as follows:
JGMS (Gr. 6, 7, 8) - 7:50 - 8:35 AM; 8:50 - 9:35 AM
BHS - 10:20 - 11:05 AM and 11:20 - 12:05 PM
Lane (Grades 4 & 5) - 1:45 - 2:30 PM
Parent Presentation: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
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 features an interactive program that invites students to share their personal experiences as Katie shares hers, plus:
Our kids are doing WHAT? What can I do to protect them? Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology, and provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe. She will also discuss 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.
The following is an example of what is covered during this session:
The year-end luncheon for BHS faculty and staff was a huge success! Everyone really enjoyed the yummy lunch, all the delicious desserts and beverages, and, of course, the raffle with so many great gift cards and items. The teachers and faculty were so appreciative! (See the slideshow below.)
Running the event is no small feat but Hospitality Co-Chair Stacy Mortenson is a pro and her small army of helpers including fellow Co-Chair MaryAnn Murphy. Teamwork made the dream work!
The delicious buffet food was purchased from La Cascia's of Burlington with financial support provided by our heavy hitters Katy Siegler, Raelene Houck, Amanda Kato, and Jane Slavin. Monetary donations from many other parents also supplemented the meal and allowed the BHSPA to purchase numerous different gift cards of small denominations so that very many staff could be treated to a surprise. In addition, Bedford Farms gave the BHSPA several gift cards for ice cream cones, which the winning teachers loved.
Healthy snacks (fruits), homemade sweets, and a "Thank You" sheet cake rounded out the buffet. All of the tasty goodness was washed down with ice cold drinks including water bottles left over from the All Night Grad Celebration.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the event such a success. The full list of contributors can be found at https://goo.gl/6TYjvy.
Another year of resounding success for the All-Night Graduation Party, this time under the leadership of new Co-Chairs Kerry Rackey and Dawn Kociubes.
The BHSPA hosted a party for senior parents/guardians on the night of the senior prom, May 31, 2018, at Waxy O'Connors. The party far exceeded everyone's expectations and really was a blast.
Thank you to the super organized Co-Chairs Raelene Houck and Michelle Saber for running an excellent Senior Parents Send-off Party! We also want to thank Jeff Hoyland for providing hundreds of photos of all the Seniors, Mary Lou DeBaryshe for helping select the venue, Lisa Smith and Tim Houck for set up, Amit Shahar of the All-Night Grad Party Committee for providing elementary and middle school photos, Hillary DeMello and Heather Galante for assistance publicizing the event, and all the parents/guardians who supplied other photos and attended. Everyone had a great time and loved the videos and pictures. Please peruse the slideshow below.
Thanks so much to all the families that helped make our annual Teacher’s Pizza Luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week such as success. The teachers were so thankful and very full after a great lunch of pizza, amazing salads, refreshing fruit and yummy desserts! Teachers filled a few baggies in our Take-away Treat table for their staff meeting as well as cups of fruit to go!
Once again, thanks so much for helping make the much so successful!
The BHSPA will hold its annual meeting jointly with the John Glenn Middle School Parent Association (MSPA). All BHSPA and MSPA parents and guardians are welcome to attend the joint meeting at 6:30 pm in the JGMS Cafeteria located at 99 McMahon Rd.
There will be a recap of each board’s activities in the past year, a review of the budget, plans for next year, and elections of officers. There are a number of open board positions in the coming school year. If you are interested in any of the open positions, please send an email to either the BHSPA at email@example.com or the MSPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIFIC TO THE BHSPA: If you are unfamiliar with the BHSPA, we are a group of BHS parents who volunteer to meet monthly (first Monday of every month), fundraise and provide enrichment opportunities in support of the school, and facilitate communications between the school and BHS parent community. Click here to see a sampling of things we have done recently. We urge you also to peruse this website for more information about our activities.
For the upcoming school year, the following positions are open: Co-President, Treasurer, eNews Coordinator, as well as Chairs or Co-Chairs for the Fundraising and Senior Parents Sendoff Committees. Contact Co-President Michelle Saber at email@example.com to get more information and/or throw your name in the hat to run for a position. We hope you will get involved with us! Thank you.
Do you wonder:
Jon Mattleman, a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years' experience working with youth, parents and families, will be at Bedford High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 12, to help answer those questions. Participants will leave with new ways of understanding and engaging teens, strategies they
can implement immediately, and more confidence, courage, patience, and a new language.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a light supper, and the presentation will be from 6:30 - 8 p.m. This presentation in the Bedford High School Auditorium is free and open to the adult public. No registration is required.
This presentation is sponsored by Bedford Board of Health, Bedford Youth and Family Services, Bedford Public Schools, the John Glenn Middle School Parent Association, and the BHSPA.
Please contact the Board of Health at 781-275- 6507 with any questions.
We are pleased to have donated money towards the BHS History Fair again this year. it was held in January 2018. Following is the handwritten thank you from History Day Adviser Jim Sunderland:
On behalf of the BHS Social Studies Department, thank you so much for your generous donation of $250 to the History Fair Fund. Your continuing support of the program is greatly appreciated and helps us promote critical thinking and expression skills, as well as in-depth historical inquiry. Thank you.
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
The BHSPA is a proud supporter of the Bedford High School All Night Graduation Party.
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.