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.
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:
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.
BHS History Day Advisor
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!
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.
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.
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!