BEF Announces Fall Grant Recipients

The Bedford Education Foundation is proud to announce the funding of seven grants in our Fall 2017 grant cycle, totaling $11,000. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded over $200,000 towards creative and innovation projects in the Bedford Public Schools.

SCREEN FREE CODINGDavis School
Davis Kindergarten teachers Jaclyn Bentinck-Smith and Stacy Vallely were awarded a $2,900 grant for Screen Free Coding Equipment for all of the Kindergarten classrooms. This is a great way to introduce logic and coding without exposing children to more screen time. Every Kindergarten classroom will receive a Robot Mouse activity kit with an extra programmable mouse, plus a Let’s Go Code activity set. In addition, three KIBO robots will be shared amongst the Kindergarten classrooms.

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EXPANDING EXPRESSION TOOL PROGRAMLane School
Lane School Speech and Language therapist Nadia Trant was awarded a $500 grant for an Expanding Expression Tool program (EET). EET is a multi-sensory approach for improving oral and written language, using a systematic, semantic, and hands-on methodology for organizing and describing. EET is a creative and innovative hands-on tool that will help students with their writing, close-reading and speaking skills. 

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SHAKESPEARE NOW!JGMS
JGMS 8th grade English teachers Denise Breakall and Peter Jacob-Dolan were awarded a $1,200 grant to bring the Shakespeare Now! Theater Company to JGMS to perform Romeo and Juliet this coming Spring. We expect that this creative and innovative pilot program will resound with students and help many better understand and connect with Shakespeare.

MINDFUL MOMENT ROOMJGMS
The JGMS Guidance Department was awarded a $1,850 grant for Creating a Mindful M
oment Room. The grant will provide resources and curriculum necessary for the complete transformation of Room B241, an alternative setting room in JGMS, often used for in-school suspensions, into a Mindful Moment Room, a safe place for middle schoolers to reconsider their choices while learning to decompress, reflect, and participate in sensory-based activities. This grant will help create an environment more conducive to early adolescent students’ engagement in deep, reflective thought, especially when confronted with social and emotional stress, in the hopes that coping skills improve and translate into a more positive school and classroom experience. We are proud to be a part of this ongoing initiative at JGMS. 

COSTUME & PROP INVENTORY SOFTWARE – BHS
BHS theater director Katrina Faulstich was awarded a $720 grant for Costume and Prop Inventory software for the BHS theater department. The costumes and props used for BHS performances (and eventually JGMS performances) will be organized and catalogued so they are easier to find. Students will also be involved in this effort. The new software should allow the department to reuse more items, share resources with other schools, and spend more time working with students on the creative process.

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DIGITAL CAMERASBHS
Art Director Sean Hagan was awarded a $2,800 grant for five DSLR Cameras for a new BHS Digital Photography class, proposed for the 2018-2019 school year. These sophisticated cameras will offer students a much higher level of control, finesse, artistic choice, and creativity in their photography work than the various hand-held devices often used. Mr. Hagan envisions these cameras being used in a multitude of ways going forward, including the potential for high school students to give back to the Bedford community with their photography skills.

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VISITING WRITERS’ SERIESBHS
BHS English teachers Patti Messenger and Jillian Butler were awarded a $1,000 grant for

a Visiting Writers’ Series. This program will allow for students to read selections from several authors and then have these authors come to BHS individually to discuss this work and process in a workshop format. This innovative program will help humanize the work and the writing process as well as allow students to think more critically about writing as a profession. 

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BEF Mardi Gras Bash – Save the Date!

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Mark your Calendars!

The French Quarter may have Bourbon Street, but our Mardi Gras Bash is going to be hard to beat!

The Bedford Education Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s annual BEF Bash will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington on Saturday, February 3 at 7pm.

Tickets will be available starting on November 24th.

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.

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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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