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Friday, November 20, 2020
2020-2021: Issue 14
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BEST Announcements

Lane School Thanksgiving Meal Support Service Project

Part 1:  Project Thanksgiving Meal Support will focus on providing a Thanksgiving meal for anyone who needs it.  Our prepared meal kits will include all the items needed to have a full meal.  We are looking for non-perishable food donations (instant stuffing mix, instant potatoes, canned corn/green beans/peas/carrots, cranberry sauce, turkey, gravy, corn bread mix, bread mix, cookie/brownie mix, and gift cards to local grocery stores (amounts of $5, $10, $15, or $20).

The donations will be collected from now until Friday, November 20th.  Any extra items will be donated directly to the Bedford Food Pantry following the creation of our meal kits.

Ways To Donate:

  1.  Drop off non-perishable donations at  the bins just inside the front doors of the lobby at Lane School. Gift card donations can be left with the front office.   

  2. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation of any amount you may forward cash or a check made payable to: Lane School or you may Venmo to @LaneGoodCheer.  Please note "Donation to Thanksgiving Service Project".

Fall Fundraiser Extended to December 4

We’re reaching out, once again, in hopes that we can get you involved in our Fall 2020 Fundraising effort.

Due to lower than normal participation we have decided to extend our fundraiser to end on Friday, December 4th, so that everyone has a chance to shop and support Davis and Lane schools.

With this year’s Holiday Season fast approaching, this becomes the perfect fundraiser in this shop-at-home climate. Charleston Wrap provides an extremely easy and very pleasant online Shopping Experience. With 2500 product options, you might just find the perfect gifts for several people on your holiday shopping list. And remember BEST PTO receives 40% of every sale!

REGISTER TODAY - Will you take a few minutes and register now
(use organization codes 16619 for Davis or 16620 for Lane)

SHOP through DECEMBER 4

  1. Go to: www.charlestonwrapstore.com 
  2. Click “SHOP NOW”
  3. Click “Organization Credit Only”
  4. Enter our organization ID. 
  5. Use 16619 for Davis school.
  6. Use 16620 for Lane school.
  7. Shop!

Don't want to shop, but want to support BEST? Make a donation: 
at: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/bedford-elementary-schools-together/fall-fundraiser-direct-donations-2020 or send a check to BEST PTO, Attn: Nina Tate, 45 Glenridge Drive, Bedford, MA 01730


Questions? Contact Nina Tate at t8brood@gmail.com
Shop Our Fundraiser

Room Parents Needed For Davis Classrooms!

We have a number of classrooms that are still in need of Room Parents at both schools. In particular, Davis school has needs in many of the classrooms. If you have a child in one of these classes, please consider volunteering to be a Room Parent. It is something you can do from home, and takes minimal time. The teachers will appreciate your help!

Preschool: All classrooms (1)
Kindergarten: Kamthewala (1), Lewis (1), Oppedisano (2), Vallely (1), Wait (1)
1st Grade: Beers (1), Davies (1), Mansfield (2), Nocera (1)
2nd Grade: Flaherty-Dawson (2), Griffin (1), Laskaris (2),  Meyer (1), Petersen (1)

Please help us fill these roles by signing up ASAP! If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Brandt (Davis).
Sign Up Here

Volunteers Needed!

BEST PTO needs your help this school year. Please consider volunteering for one of the following open positions.
  1. Co-President - join outgoing President, Holly Munsie for a year of joint leadership of BEST PTO. Next year this person would take over as President when Holly "retires" after many years with BEST.
  2. Teacher Appreciation Week - we need parents to help us with Teacher Appreciation Week in the Spring. 
If you'd like to learn more about these positions, please reach out to us at BEST.PTO.Bedford@gmail.com.
Davis, Lane, & District Info
NEW Food Services Website
Download the Updated District Calendar
Davis School Website
Lane School Website
Aspen
Counseling Dept Website
BEST Website
BEST Welcome Brochure
Support Our Schools

Help earn money for Davis and Lane schools by supporting the following BEST programs and events.


Click on the images below for more information.
BEST/PTO is Participating in GivingTuesday
Save the date of December 1, 2020 to help us fund: Enrichment Programs, School Improvements, Field Trips, Events, Teacher Supply Reimbursements, Holiday and End-of-Year Gifts for Support Staff, Hospitality Events for Staff.
Register for our Fall Fundraiser and help us raise money for Davis and Lane Schools. Email with details coming home on Monday, October 26.
Shop Our Fundraiser
Community
BHS Virtual Fall Play
The Bedford High School Performing Arts Department will present SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS, a fast-paced dramatic comedy set in the world of fantasy role-playing games, at 7:00pm on November 20 and 21 via livestream. The show is double-cast, with one cast performing on Friday and the other on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and will be available through the Performing Arts Department website: https://bhschorusandtheater.weebly.com/tickets.html We encourage audience members to purchase tickets for both performances—not only to experience the story and its themes more deeply on a second viewing, but also to enjoy the impressive depth of talent among BHS students!

SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS an online theatrical experience that tells the story of average Ohio teenager Agnes Evans coming to terms with the death of her younger sister Tilly, a free spirit who felt most comfortable in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. When Agnes finds Tilly’s D&D notebook, she must navigate her way through an online fantasy world of murderous faeries, menacing ogres, and an evil gelatinous cube, till she can finally appreciate the “girl-nerd” sister she never really knew. The show runs one hour and fifteen minutes without intermission, and is appropriate for middle schoolers (sharp humor, themes of death and grief, occasional mild language).

Friday Cast
Cate Galante, Isabel Hon-Anderson, Heather Anderson, Kai Etringer, Libby Squire, Ellie Mitchell, Willa Potter, Andrea Alvarado-Rosado, Kate Morrow, Fahad Alden

Saturday Cast
Jillian Guetersloh, Shannon Sullivan, Ben Couvee, TJ Zovko, Annaleigh Boblett, Sophie Gitlin, Kaylee Axtell, Mary Couvee, Connor McClung, Malak Alden

Stage Crew
Parker Anderson-LaPorte, Daniel Bendersky, Annie Bernstein, India dePina, Tommy Desjardins, Amelia Dyer, Bria Hanson, Nicholas Guetersloh, Cynthia Li, Rosalind Lowen, Andrew Lum, Maddie McAllister, Sebastian Revesz, Morgan Robichaud, Kathrine Surgay, Sarah Wirth, Emily Zhu

More Information
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Davis and Lane students, let’s see how many miles we are traveling together while apart! 

A new fitness tracker on the Bedford Recreation website will enable us to celebrate the effort that Bedford kids are making to stay fit during these challenging times.  The site tracks activity of all types such as dog walking, shooting hoops, doing yoga, raking leaves, taking a walk, participating in an online fitness class, dancing… anything that gets you moving!!  Although we are recording activity in terms of distance, there is a converter that identifies 15 minutes of activity as one mile. 

This isn’t a competition; simply a way to connect all of us as we stay fit and healthy on our own.  Weekly, a participant will be chosen at random to be featured on the Bedford Recreation home page as the “Fit Kid of the Week.”  We hope that you will be excited to participate and to watch the numbers grow! 
Bedford Kids Fitness Tracker

Mental Health and Wellness Helpline - FREE for Bedford Residents

The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, offered through our Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Bedford is one of these participating communities.

Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.

To learn more visit Interface.WilliamJames.edu or our FB page https://www.facebook.com/INTERFACEReferralService
 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Bedford/Hanscom AFB Kindergarten Daisy troop 83804 & 1st grade Daisy Troop 83805 are looking for more girl & adult friends to join the fun! 
🎉Join Now: gsema.org/join


Questions? Need more info? Have a girl in another grade? Send me an email at ckirkirt@gsema.org or visit gsema.org/more info and I'll be in touch!

Easy to follow registration instructions: https://bit.ly/3nN6JN

The Bedford Food Bank at Town Center Building

Thursday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To assist and support Bedford residents in need, the Town of Bedford has established a temporary food bank at the Town Center Building (yellow building behind Town Hall) at 12 Mudge Way on the Town Campus.

Families and guardians of Bedford school children are welcome to continue to access Bedford's Food Bank. Please visit the Bedford Food Bank site for more information.
Health Resources
Newsletter submissions are due by Wednesdays at 9:00 am to be included in the Friday edition. Please submit to Nina Tate at t8brood@gmail.com
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2020-21 Bedford Elementary Schools Together Board
Holly Munsie
, President  -  Nina Tate, Senior Vice President  -  Charlene Dunn, Vice President, Davis  -  Elizabeth Berner, Vice President, Lane  -  Carey Sclafini, Treasurer  -  JeaNa Agen, Assistant Treasurer  -  Leslie Savoy, Preschool Liaison  -  Melissa Brandt, Kelley Dadah, Coreen Garrett, Shannon Gilbertson, Rachel Mark, Christie Martin, Members-at-Large
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