Fall 2020 Grant Awarded!

Congratulations to Bedford High School!

The BEF is proud and excited to announce our special Fall grant award! The BEF Grant Committee recently voted to fund $15,680 to assist with the further development of the Student Advisory Program at Bedford High School. While the advisory program was implemented at BHS this school year, the grant award will fund consultancy, training, and materials to make this important initiative even more successful and sustainable over the next two years. Research has shown that when students make a lasting connection with at least one caring adult, academic and personal outcomes improve. An advisory period is an important time for educators and students to develop strong interpersonal bonds. In the advisory group, a teacher, administrator or other qualified staff member will meet with students and lead group activities that address a broad range of student concerns. The goals are to:

● build safe and supportive environments
● foster a trusted relationship with at least one adult in the building
● address schoolwide and other issues when appropriate at Bedford High School
● establish a regular check in for all students
● build positive peer relationships by offering opportunities for student collaboration and conversation in mixed grade-level groupings
● creating experiences that emphasize collaboration, responsibility, leadership and problem solving

With successful advisory programs, each student knows that someone will notice and care if they are absent, struggling or doing well. The BEF is thrilled to be able to assist with the further implementation of this program, which has already been so thoughtfully introduced to BHS students during this challenging time. We thank BHS Principal Heather Galante, as well as her student and faculty Student Advisory Committees, for their application and dedication to this program. Congratulations!

Please note: This is the second grant cycle in which the BEF has awarded funds for a district-based initiative during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. We expect to return to our mission of funding individual teacher grants when the situation in the schools makes it appropriate to do so. Please follow the BEF on Facebook and/or visit our website at www.bedfordeducation.org for further announcements in the coming months regarding fundraising and grant opportunities. Thank you, as always, for your support!

BEF Fall Contest

Check out all the entries in the Fall contest! Click on the rectangle at the top left of the map to display a list of categories – make sure to click the drop down arrow to display all the address. The square brackets on the top right of the map will open a larger map.

Presenting More Exciting Details on our Fall Fundraiser……

The Bedford Education Foundation is excited to share some further information regarding our Fall fundraiser! It’s time to enter The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest!

The contest is already open, and entries are coming in, so here’s how you can be a part of the fun. First, click on the “Donate” tab above. A minimum $25 donation gets your home on the map. Don’t forget to include your address and mention “Fall contest” in the notes. You can also indicate if your display is best viewed at night, and the BEF will designate these displays on the map, which will be available to the community when the contest has closed. Next, decorate the front of your home with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and/or scarecrows to show your support for Bedford’s schools. Then, send us a picture! Be creative!

Entry and Decorating must be complete by Wednesday, Oct. 28th. Voting takes place between 10/29 & 11/1. While we encourage community members to get out and about safely to view the displays, pictures will also be available on-line. The community at-large will vote for “Best Overall Display” in each category – Scarecrow or Pumpkin, and the BEF Events Committee will vote for winners in these special categories: Best Bedford Themed, Funniest Fall, and Spookiest Displays!

Please note that the mapping and judging elements of this contest are for residences only. Several local businesses will be enthusiastically decorating, however, so please keep an eye out for them as well!

Winners will be announced on 11/2, and yes, there are PRIZES! Many generous Bedford businesses have donated items for our fabulous contest prize packages. More details to come before the deadline, but start planning your display today! Any questions, please contact the BEF via email at president@bedfordeducation.org. As always, all proceeds from this event help the BEF fund creative and innovative grant programs at all four Bedford schools.

The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest!

Introducing an exciting fundraiser from the BEF! This is a different kind of Fall, but the BEF is still working hard to support educators at all four schools. So, get creative, Bedford, it’s time for The BEF Great Pumpkin and Scarecrow Display Contest! More details to come, but start planning – check out the flyer below for all the info, and register on our website’s DONATE page by clicking the tab above!

BEF Summer Grant Awarded

Greetings, Bedford!

We at the Bedford Education Foundation hope that this update finds you and yours well at this challenging time for our community and our country as a whole. The BEF has continued to work behind the scenes in recent months to determine the best ways in which our organization can assist our schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. As mentioned in our previous update, the BEF Board voted in May to amend our July grant cycle to hold off on individual teacher grants until such a time as makes more sense, in particular after the nature of school learning for the 2020-2021 school year has been determined. Instead, we voted to allocate the amount of an average-sized grant cycle for an initiative to be proposed by central administration to ensure that these funds meet a top priority need of the district at the present time, especially given the budgetary shortfalls the schools are experiencing. The BEF will re-assess what role we may have in the Fall prior to our usual November grant cycle. Now, for some good news…

The BEF Grant Committee met last week and voted to award the Bedford Public Schools a $15,000 grant for two site licenses, one for both Davis and Lane Schools, for the Lexia Core5 Reading (Lexia) program. Lexia is an online tool that students in grades K-5 will use to build their reading skills. The program supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities from grades Pre-K to 5. Lexia engages and motivates students in a game-like environment, provides progress-monitoring student data without a test and is accessible via iPad, Chromebook, or browser. Lexia provides all students—from at risk to on-level and advanced—a systematic and structured approach to six areas of reading, from phonological awareness to comprehension. The program provides personalized learning paths for each student through an adaptive placement and scaffolded activities that align to rigorous State standards. The BEF is pleased to support an initiative that will help so many students no matter what shape their education takes during the next school year. We would like to thank all of Bedford’s educators for their dedication and tireless work during this unprecedented time on behalf of our students, and we thank the district’s central leadership for working on this proposal. We wish all of you a safe and healthy summer!

BEF Grant Cycle Update

The BEF Board would like to share an important update regarding this summer’s grant cycle. The next grant period would normally have a deadline of July 15th and thus result in a late July meeting for grant selection. The BEF Board met last week and voted unanimously to allocate $15,000 for a district-based grant initiative in lieu of our usual July grant cycle in light of the current Covid-19 crisis. This decision was made in consideration of the uncertainty surrounding the future of our students’ education going into next year and with the thought that individualized teacher-initiated grants do not seem to make the most sense at this time, given the many needs of the district as a whole as this situation is being navigated. The BEF is aware that our schools are facing budget shortfalls at a time when needs are increasing as a result of this crisis. And while we would never want to take away individual teachers’ opportunity to develop creative and innovative projects, the board agreed after discussing the idea with Assistant Superintendent Clifford, who serves as the BEF School Liaison, that such initiatives may not be a top priority at this time, especially given the need for so much additional transition preparation this summer. The grant committee will meet before the end of the school year to vote on proposals submitted by central administration to determine the exact use of this funding. Our entire organization extends our deepest gratitude to Bedford’s educators for their dedication and hard work during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to continuing our mission to provide vital funding to all Bedford’s schools.

BEF Hollywood Bash Raises Over $30,000

We’re winding down Bash month here at the BEF, and we are thrilled to share that the BEF Hollywood Bash brought in over $30,000 this year! This record breaking result comes thanks to our guests, corporate sponsors, silent auction donors, “Be A Star” sponsors, and of course, everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success. THANK YOU! Whatever will we do in 2021???

Thank you once again to our generous sponsors – please keep these local businesses in mind when you are in need of services! They have been so supportive of the BEF’s mission!
Please support these local businesses and organizations when you have the chance – they helped create an amazing silent auction this year!
We thank these Bedford families who opted to make a special contribution to the BEF Hollywood Bash!

Hollywood Bash FAQs

We are in full Bash countdown mode at the BEF! The BEF Hollywood Bash is the biggest party of 2020 that supports our schools, and you do not want to miss it! The BEF always makes it a night to remember with plenty of fun in store. This is your chance to help us raise funds to support innovation and creativity in the Bedford Public Schools. With just over a week to get your tickets, here is everything you need to know about the event!

When and where is this event?
The BEF Hollywood Bash is on Saturday, February 8th, from 7pm to 11pm. We’re excited to return once again to 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 – https://bedfordeducation.org/events/bef-bash-2020 through Thursday, February 6th. You can also purchase a “Be A Star” sponsorship if you so choose. 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, etc.
What should I wear?
Good question! There are no requirements here. Some folks love to dress the theme, some don’t – perfectly fine! Some may choose the glamour of Oscar Night, but you can also dress as your favorite celebrity or movie character, we love a mix of funny and fancy ideas! Think all things Hollywood, be a director or even a paparazzi, or just dress like you’re going to the movies – anything goes, it’s just a party!
Trust us, a good time will be had by all no matter what you are wearing!
Will I need cash?
The bar is cash only, but we will accept all major credit cards, cash, or checks for the silent auction and tickets at the door. There is an ATM at the venue.
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. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we need YOUR HELP to continue being able to support such wonderful grant programs. 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 President Jen Kelley at president@bedfordeducation.org and she will be happy to answer any questions.
We hope to see you there!
The BEF Bash Planning Committee