BEF Mardi Gras Bash FAQ

When and where is this event?
Our Mardi Gras Bash is on Saturday, February 3, from 7pm to 11pm. We’re excited to host this year’s event at a new venue–the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington.

Where is that place?
The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 5 Wheeler Road in Burlington. Just past the Burlington Mall on Middlesex Turnpike, take a left at the Dunkin Donuts onto Wheeler Road. The hotel is 0.2 mile down the road on your left. Or, you can shoot right up 128N to the mall exit – you will see the hotel coming down the ramp. Then, take a left onto Middlesex Turnpike and the next left onto Wheeler Road.

How much are tickets and where do I get them?
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at our website–bedfordeducation.org–through Monday, January 29. If you don’t buy your tickets by the deadline, tickets will be available for $60 at the door.

When should I buy tickets?
The sooner the better! If you are planning on going, we encourage you to buy tickets NOW. It will greatly help us in planning how much food to provide and how many beads and other items to purchase.

What should I wear?
Good question! There are no requirements here. Wear what you would to any festive gathering, and if you are so inclined, add some Mardi Gras flair! Some people may wear PURPLE, GOLD, or GREEN, take the opportunity to wear something SPARKLY, or wear Mardi Gras themed accessories–MASKS, BEADS, HATS, etc.–OR all of the above!

Trust us, a good time will be had by all no matter what you are wearing! There will be beads available at the event with a chance to ‘win’ more throughout the evening, but feel free to come wearing more of your own as well.

Will I need cash?
The bar is cash only, but we will accept all major credit cards, cash, or checks for the raffle, silent auction, and tickets at the door.

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

Do I have to be a Bedford resident to attend?
No. If you have friends and family who are interested in a fun night out and supporting our schools, bring them along. The more the merrier!

Is this a family event?
No. This event is adults-only.

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.

What if I can’t go to the Bash, but I’d still like to support the BEF?
Thanks! You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Bedford Education Foundation here.

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

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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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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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Summer 2016 Grants Awarded

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

buddy benchDavis 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

doccamFourth 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.

chicksLane 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

proboatBHS 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.

readingBHS 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.

PABHS 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.