2017 K-12 Technology Showcase

Don’t miss your chance to see first-hand how technology plays an important role in student-centered learning. At the Technology Showcase on May 3rd, students from Davis, Lane, JGMS and BHS will present technology-based projects and speak about how technology is used to enhance their learning.

Bedford K12 Tech Showcase 2017

BEF Bash Frequently Asked Questions

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When and where is this event?
Our Back to the 80’s Bash is on Saturday, January 21, from 7pm to midnight. We’re excited to have this year’s event at the DoubleTree Bedford Glen. It’s located at 44 Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford. Please use the ballroom entrance.

How much are tickets and where do I get them?
We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. They are $50 each and can be purchased through the Bedford Recreation Department website: click here for tickets. But don’t delay! Online sales end Wednesday, January 18. Tickets are available at the door for $60 each.

Do I have to wear a costume?
Absolutely not! Costumes are optional, but they sure are fun! Some partygoers get into the spirit of the 80’s by donning neon legwarmers or dressing like their favorite 80’s icon, but trust me, a good time is to be had by all no matter what you are wearing!

Are you having a costume contest again this year?
Yes! The categories are Best Female, Best Male, Best Duo, and Best Group. The Academy has Oscar–wait until you see what the BEF has for our lucky winners. Good luck!

Will there be food?
Yes! We will provide a selection of stationary and passed appetizers throughout the evening.

Do I need cash?
The bar and 50/50 raffle are cash only, but we’ve snuck in a little 21st century technology and accept all major credit cards for the raffle, silent auction, and tickets at the door.

Do I have to be a Bedford resident to attend?
No. If you have friends and family who are interested in getting their 80’s on and supporting our schools, bring them along. The more the merrier!

Is this a family event?
No. This event is adults-only. But we are planning a kids-only event in the spring, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay updated.

What are you raising funds for anyway?
Great question! The Bedford Education Foundation, established in 2008, provides grants to support innovation and creativity at all four of Bedford’s Public Schools. Find out more about us at bedfordeducation.org.

I have a question about your event. Who should I contact?
Send an email to BEF Co-Presidents Meg McAllister and Jen Kelley at  president@bedfordeducation.org and they will be happy to answer any questions.

We hope to see you there!
The BEF Bash Planning Committee
Lisa Gedaminsky, Lisa Harrell, Jen Kelley, & Meg McAllister

Exciting news for this year’s BEF Bash Strikes Back!

By popular demand, the incomparable Shannon Dillon of Creative Images Boston will once again be in attendance taking sure-to-be-unforgettable 80’s photos! We thank Shannon for donating her time and energy for the second year in a row to support innovation and creativity in Bedford’s schools!

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Click here to see some of Shannon’s photos from last year’s Back to the 80’s BEF Bash!

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The BEF Bash Strikes Back!

The Back to the 80’s BEF Bash is back for a sequel! If you missed last year’s party, you have another opportunity to revisit this totally tubular decade and support the Bedford Public Schools at the same time. Mark your calendars for 7pm on Saturday night, January 21st, at the DoubleTree Bedford and be there or be square! We promise to bring you a memorable night with an awesome 80’s playlist, prizes for best dressed, a photo booth, 80’s trivia, a huge raffle, and much more!
Click here to buy tickets!
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Fall 2016 Grants Awarded

The Bedford Education Foundation is proud to announce the funding of seven grants in our Fall 2016 grant cycle, totaling $5,300. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded $180,000 towards creative and innovation projects in the Bedford Public Schools.

GRANTS FUNDED AT DAVIS SCHOOL

sharedreadingDavis School teachers Jennifer Wayne-Bartlett, Deborah Davies, and Carly Harary were awarded a $365 grant to support their Next Generation Shared Reading program. Shared reading is interactive reading that occurs when all students can see the print and read the text in unison. The grant will be used to purchase oversized books and eBooks for their first grade classrooms.

compostingSema Arakelian and Deborah Davies were awarded a $900 grant to start a school-wide composting program at Davis School. This program will reduce the amount of garbage that Davis School produces, supplement the soil in the Davis School garden, and help teach the students about the importance of caring for the earth as well as the science of composting.

storytellingReading Interventionist Julie Sutton was awarded a $700 grant for several storytelling kits for the Kindergarten classrooms. Each kit features a big book, plus all the props the students need to retell the story—from hand puppets to soft-stuffed characters.

Special Education teachers Caitlin Hall and Alison Hannah were awarded a $600 grant for materials to help their SAIL and CASE students access the Music curriculum. These electronic devices will allow students with limited verbal skills to participate in classroom routines, sing programmed rhythms, and play instruments. Students will benefit from seeing children of all abilities become participating members of the classroom community.

 

GRANT FUNDED AT JOHN GLENN MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Sixth grade teacher Denise Breakall was awarded a $485 grant for two standing desks for her English Language Arts classroom. These desks will help students with excess energy manage it within the confines of the classroom.

 

 

GRANT FUNDED AT BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL

BHS teachers Celia Gisone and Brittany Morley were awarded a $1664 grant for self-regulating and self-soothing materials and tools for students in the Bridge and SAIL programs. The tools and materials included weighted blankets, a light box, exercise balls, a freestanding punching bag, and a large collection of therapy toys and puzzles.

 

glocksGRANT FUNDED AT THE INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL

Integrated Preschool teacher Shannon Babu was awarded a $600 grant for a collection of drums and glockenspiels to start a Musical Mindfulness program in the three preschool classrooms.

Learning Express BEF Fundraiser

The Bedford Education Foundation and Learning Express Toys have partnered for a day of shopping for a great cause–innovation and creativity in the Bedford Public Schools!

On Thursday, November 17th, Learning Express will be donate 10% of purchases at the store to the BEF. In addition, you will receive 10% off your total purchase! A win-win for all!

You can bring in the flyer or mention the BEF at time of purchase. We hope to see you there and thanks so much for your continued support!

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