We can’t believe the Bash is tomorrow…Thank you Brookline Bank, our Salutatorian Sponsor. We couldn’t have done it without you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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!
Click here to see some of Shannon’s photos from last year’s Back to the 80’s BEF Bash!
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
Davis 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.
Sema 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.
Reading 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
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.
GRANT 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.
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!
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce the funding of ten grants in our Summer 2016 grant cycle, totaling over $13,000. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded $168,000 towards creative and innovative projects and materials in the Bedford Public Schools.
GRANTS FUNDED AT DAVIS SCHOOL
Davis School teachers Susan Nocera and Amy Corssino were awarded a $1,300 grant for a Buddy Bench for the Davis School playground. A Buddy Bench is a colorful, clearly marked bench designed for students who may have difficulty navigating the process of finding playmates, or finding the confidence to join in, at recess. It will give students the opportunity to both reach out for help and give other students the experience of offering themselves as a friend. The goal of the bench is to teach students to reach out to one another, to eliminate loneliness and to foster friendships on the playground.
Davis School guidance counselor Paula Francis-Springer was awarded a $500 grant for a portable PA Sound System for assemblies in the cafeteria and grade level meeting spaces. This improvement upon current technology will not only add to the success level of the assemblies so close to the heart of the Davis School mission, but can also be used by classroom teachers interested in using this equipment for innovative projects.
GRANTS FUNDED AT LANE SCHOOL
Fourth grade teacher Julia Herman was awarded a $1,000 grant for a SMART Document Camera SDC-450 for her classroom. During the school day, the document camera will allow Ms. Herman to instantly share student work and demonstrations with her class and give students the opportunity to share their own learning and process with their peers. Additionally, the document camera can be used to create recordings that students and parents can access at home.
Lane School was awarded a $500 grant for materials and supplies for the Lane School Chicken Coop Project led by Keith Kinney and Jean Mickel. Keeping live chickens allows Lane School students to investigate external and internal structures of animals as well as deepen their understanding of animal adaptations. This funding will allow Lane’s creative and innovative school-wide endeavor to flourish in the coming year.
GRANTS FUNDED AT BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
BHS Robotics teacher John O’Connor was awarded a $2,800 grant for a robotic model sailboat project. In class, the students will expand their programming and operating skills by working with a 3 foot robotic model sailboat with on-board computers, sensors, and servo motors. The students will take what they know about sailing and teach it to a computer. The computer can “feel” using sensors, “think” with the program the students write, and “act” via servo motors controlling rudders and sails.
BHS teachers Beth Billouin, Scott Stief, and Liana Heldman were awarded a $1,500 grant for a Social Justice Awareness program for all ninth graders. Starting this fall, once every six days during homeroom, all freshmen students will participate in a 20-minute discussion or activity to encourage conversations centered on social justice. The teaching team will host class-wide assemblies and work with Dr. Allyson Livingstone to train discussion leaders and support the initiative through the year.
BHS English teachers Cassie Dresser and Sarah Kane were awarded a $450 grant for a classroom set of graphic novels and adapted texts for struggling readers. These texts will allow students to access the original texts in creative ways that will increase the amount of class time analyzing literature and decrease the amount of time spent on basic comprehension of the texts.
BHS teachers Kimberly Comeiro and Victoria Breslin were awarded a $1,300 grant for Project Adventure Challenge Course Team Building program for the students in the STEP program, a therapeutic program for students who struggle with social-emotional challenges. Project Adventure in Beverly, MA has designed a curriculum that focuses on building trust, teamwork, self-confidence and empathy. Skills learned from this exciting hands-on experience will be integrated into the STEP classroom and carry beyond the students’ time at BHS.
BHS Academic Achievement Center teachers Adelle Girvan, Kathleen Campbell, Jerome Freedman, Carol Twombly, and Lisa Morrison were awarded a $3200 grant to create an innovative learning space. A variety of seating options–comfortable arm chairs, stools with high tables, collaborative work spaces–will help meet the individual needs of each student and encourage the success of BHS’s unique and diverse student body.
BHS Black Student Association club advisor Chris Zellner was awarded an $800 grant for a BSA Speaker Series that will bring in presenters from outside the school to speak with students about key social issues so relevant to our society in 2016. The importance of diversity, life after high school, and the role of social activism will be among the topics presented and discussed.