Bedford High School Parents Association
Daily Announcements
Friday, January 15, 2021
Today is F1-  Friday 1
   BHS Announcements & Events   
Important Dates
Sunday, Jan 17: Last day to order a Yearbook

Monday, Jan 18: No School - MLK Day 

Thursday, Jan 21: Bedford SEPAC Meeting

Friday, Jan 22: Last day to submit non-school photographer portraits for yearbook

2020 District Calendar

Bedford Public Schools Start & End Times
New Announcements/Upcoming Events/Deadlines

Student Photos for Yearbook

If your grade 9, 10 or 11 student was unable to take their yearbook portrait at school this week, we encourage you to submit one on their behalf so they are pictured in the yearbook. If your child is taking a photo with our professional photographer, you do not need to submit an additional photograph. Please follow the specific directions below to submit your child's image for the book. Seniors, we invite you to submit a selfie using this same method!  SUBMIT BY JANUARY 22nd.

  1. Take a selfie with your smart phone or have a family member take a photo of you.
  2. Click on this link: 
  3. Enter your information and choose the option to "Upload Student Portrait" (this step is critical - you must select the option for Student Portrait.)
  4. Step through the wizard that allows you to choose your image, crop and submit it. Submit ONE photo per student.
  5. Once you submit, you will see a "success" message at both the top and bottom of your screen. Take the time to notice this rather than emailing the yearbook adviser to ask if we received it - the volume is too high for us to process individual emails like this. 
  6. You have until January 22nd to submit your child's portrait. We will not be able to accept any late submissions, and we cannot accept any submissions by email. Please submit using these provided instructions.

We look forward to including your child in this book of history, but we can only do this if you participate. Please be sure to do this! And don't forget to buy your yearbook - it's certain to be a piece of memorable history.

Repeat Announcements

Bedford Parents - winter sports for students are well underway and Fall 2 sports (BHS) are coming soon! Show your Bedford spirit with Buccaneer masks.  Grab some for the family or the team.  Inquire below for bulk orders!

 New Year Promotion:
- Purchase 2 masks for $20
- Purchase 5 masks for $45
- Donate a mask to someone in need in the community - $5.00 

The masks are stylish, high quality, washable and 3-ply - perfect for the fall and winter seasons. Masks can be purchased in Adult and Youth sizes and come in Bedford blue and black. Click on the link below for the image.

To order, go to Masks will be delivered to your home (Bedford, Hanscom or Boston or can be picked up in school by a student) within a week of placing your order at no charge! Bulk sales are available as well for a reduced price. Please email to inquire about bulk sales or if you have questions.
Marketing Internship Opportunity
With the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce 4-6 hrs per week and very flexible. See the Information Flyer & Application Questions?? Contact Mr. DeChellis at

Bedford SEPAC Meeting January 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Please join us to network with other special education parents and caregivers, share programming ideas and feedback. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 4662 9312 Passcode: 726812
Dial by your location        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

MCAS for students with Disabilities

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Free to attendees. The Federation for Children with Special Needs and Bedford SEPAC present MCAS for Students with Disabilities
1. Standards-Based Education
2. MCAS 2.0 for the 21st Century
3. Students With Disabilities
4. Your Child’s MCAS Parent/Guardian Report
5. MCAS: a Diploma Requirement
Registration Link to get zoom:  

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Free to attendees. The Federation for Children with Special Needs and Bedford SEPAC present Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP
•Why the IEP is Important
•Who is eligible for an IEP
•How the IEP is Developed
•Strengths and Concerns
•Vision Statements
•IEP Sections including PLEP A & B, Annual Goals and Service Delivery Grid
•Differences between Accommodations and modifications
•Response, Placement and Consent
•Procedural Safeguards and more!
Registration Link to get zoom:  

Relay For Life Fundraiser

No need to fear the snow this winter season! The Relay for Life Committee of Bedford High School has you covered! Contact ​​ or DM us on Instagram @rflbedfordma​ to book a time slot for a high school student to shovel your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or porch! Send us a picture of what you want shoveled and we can let you know an estimated price. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society! Offer ends Sunday February 28.

Mental Health Webinar Resources from McLean

McLean Hospital recognizes the need for reliable and helpful mental health resources. With this in mind, we have dedicated the time of our staff to ensure we are making free resources available for the public and professionals in hopes of promoting healthy individuals and communities.

Update: Student Videographers Needed for Winter Basketball!

Bedford TV will be live streaming Boys and Girls Basketball this Winter, and we need you! If you're a student interested in learning to record and stream games, please for more info. Parents can visit to watch all of the games live, or later that day. 

Yearbook is looking for Golf and Field Hockey pictures

Yearbook is looking for GOLF and FIELD HOCKEY PICTURES!!!! If you have any photos you would like to share for the yearbook we would really appreciate your help. Please send photos to

Yearbook Online Ordering

You can order the BHS 2020-2021 yearbook online using the following link: Deadline or order: January 17, 2021. 


Support for Ms. Pietrangelo and her family

Ms. Pietrangelo and her family are in our thoughts as she continues on her long road of recovery.   Many families have asked what they can do to help.  A Go FundMe has been set up.  Please see the link below.

GoFundMe: A gofundme account has been established to help the family with expenses. If you would like to make a direct financial contribution to the family, please go to 

We are thinking of Ms. Pietrangelo and her family! Please continue to send positive vibes and healing thoughts to help her through this difficult recovery.  If you would like to follow Ms. Pietrangelo’s progress, you can do so using the following link:
News for Seniors

SCHOLARSHIPS - Class of 2021

Scholarship season is upon us. The Counseling Department has created an ever evolving document with Scholarship information that can be accessed here. Another scholarship resource is: Bedford Dollar for Scholars information will be coming out in early 2021.

Scholarship Transcript Requests
It is the students’ responsibility to submit transcripts for scholarship applications. We are happy to print and/or email you a copy of your transcript. If you need an “official transcript” we will give it to you in a sealed official envelope. You can request your transcript(s) directly with Mrs. Tobe, or send her an email at: 

Scholarship Letters of Recommendation
Students should reach out to the staff member who wrote the recommendation, so they can either release the recommendation to the student, or send it in on their behalf. 
Financial Aid Sites and Tips 
FAFSA - Federal form required by all schools when applying for Financial Aid
CSS Profile - Private form that only some schools require
MEFA - Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, free financial aid resource
Informative Articles:
Appealing Your Financial Aid Offer During COVID19 (From MEFA)
Early Decision and Financial Aid
CSS Profile
Net Price Calculators - What are they and are they accurate?
Source: The College Funding Service (please know this is not an endorsement of this fee-based organization, just simple and helpful videos we've found). 

College Guidance Network (CGN): 
Episode Library:

Class of 2021 T-Shirts Order Form

Come order a piece of your BHS history, some memorabilia from your Senior year with a fabulous Class of 2021 t-shirt. Your class officers worked diligently on its creation and it is wicked cool :) Order your Senior class shirt here for $15! Pay with VENMO (@classof2021-humphrey). If paying with cash, exact change is required, checks can be made payable to the Class of 2021. With the cash or check option, please place in an envelope with your full name on it and ARC (Advisory/Remote Counseling) room number. Mr. Humphrey will be collecting the payments in room D107, before first class and after last class. Once payment is received Mr. Humphrey will bring your shirt to one of your ARC classes. Go Bucs!



Mrs Santos is looking for parents to tell her what their child has been doing during the pandemic. Pictures of what they have been doing would be awesome. 

Can you believe it's time to prepare for your child's senior yearbook? The 2021 Bedford HS yearbook staff wants to help you through the details of making this year’s book perfect for your senior - just review the linked packet and follow the listed steps!

It includes:
  • how to order a yearbook
  • suggestion for a senior portrait photographer
  • deadlines for ads, thanks and other photos
Please let Mrs Santos know if you are having any
trouble getting your photograph taken. We want all seniors represented in the 2021 yearbook.
Post-Secondary Planning

News from Guidance:

The Counseling Department has launched a NEW Post-Secondary website! Check it out here

Westfield State University - Preparing High School Students for College

Westfield State University’s Banacos Academic Center is hosting hour-long Zoom sessions to address these very questions for high school students and their parents or guardians.  Disability/Accessibility Services staff from the other Massachusetts Universities and a Westfield State Admissions representative will be present.  Please use this form to sign up for a session. Sessions are capped at 50 sign ups.  


Free Virtual Standardized Test Prep

Taking the PSAT next week? If you're feeling a little nervous, get familiar with the exam. PrepU/Tutor Doctor MetroWest are offering FREE Virtual, Live Proctored PSAT, SAT and ACT Practice Exams to all BHS Students. Full-length official practice exams in a proctored setting offer students the chance to practice test-taking skills. With a detailed score analysis, we pinpoint student strengths and opportunities for score improvement.
  • Practice on an official exam
  • Detailed Score Analysis Report
  • Skill Area Breakdown
  • Free Consultation with our Admissions Experts to Discuss Score Results and Prep Plan
Questions? Call Jen at 781.526.4192 or visit us at 


Community News

Bedford Recreation Department:  Programs for Parents and High School Students

You Can Afford College IF…
Presented by College Funding Advisors, Inc. of Bedford
You can afford college if, you PLAN in advance, you UNDERSTAND the financial aid process and you ACT early enough to be successful. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process. You will learn strategies that may increase your family’s eligibility even if you have a “high income” or own a business. A free financial aid analysis available to all attendees. Visit the website at You will be emailed a Zoom link and materials in advance.  Please register by Feb. 8.
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00-9:00pm. Fee: $15 per family
For information and to register:
iRobot Tech Career Exploration for High School Students:
Considering a STEM career? Join us to meet a few of iRobot’s engineers and employees to learn what they do, and how they work together to make the iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum. Hear some of the pathways to a tech career. There is no fee, but registration is required. This is a virtual program and a Zoom link will be sent.
Tuesday, February 16, 2:00-3:00 PM.   No Fee. 
For information and to register:

Register NOW for the CSF Virtual Trivia Night Sat Feb 6 7:00-8:30pm 

Get your team ready and join us for some Trivia Fun on Saturday Feb 6!  The CSF Dollars for Scholars Trivia event will be held virtually this year, brought to you by Stump! Trivia.  Virtual Doors open at 7:00pm, Trivia game from 7:30-8:30pm.  Teams of 6-10 players (maximum of 10 players per team), $25 per person.  Team players do not need to be in the same location, however each person counts as a player, even if sharing a device.  REGISTER EARLY, maximum attendance is 150 players.  Ticket sales end Feb 2 8:00 AM or when the maximum # of players sign up, whichever comes first.  Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams.  Proceeds go to scholarships for Bedford/Hanscom graduates who plan to continue their education.  Team Captains please register your team HERE, visit our website: 

MLK Community Service Project - Jan 9-24

As part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, Bedford Embraces Diversity will be holding a donation drive to support the Bedford Emergency Response Food Bank, which provides for about 100 households a week and is always in need of items that aren’t available through Greater Boston Food Bank or other donors.  Items on this list include:
  • Disinfectant and cleaning supplies
  • Dish and laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Personal care items:  shampoo, toothpaste, soap, menstruation products, shaving cream, razors
  • Socks  
  • Handwarmers
  • Swiss Safe Emergency Mylar Blankets
  • Manual Can Opener w/Tapper
  • Mini flashlights with batteries included
Youth and Family Services also accepts gift cards to distribute to residents in need throughout the year. There will be a collection box in the driveway (by the garage doors) at 2 Sunset Road from Jan 9-24.  The box will be closely monitored and emptied frequently so donated items will be safe. In addition, Bedford Youth and Family Services has an Amazon wish list where you can purchase items and have them sent directly to their office: 
Thanks for your help in these tough times.

Employment Opportunity: School Crossing Guard

The Town of Bedford is seeking a School Crossing Guard for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see attached document for more information.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Observance - January 18, 9:30 am

 An award-winning University of Massachusetts Lowell historian will keynote Bedford Embraces Diversity’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community observance, planned for Monday morning, Jan. 18, 2021, on Zoom.
Dr. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, associate professor of history, plans to speak on one of her research concentrations: residential segregation, and why it has persisted. Also featured at the event will be vocalist Aniyah Certain, a Bedford High School senior, whose selections will include familiar inspirational music. There will also be a tribute to those killed in 2020. A link to the commemoration will be provided to those who register by writing The formal program will begin at 9:30 a.m.; the meeting will open at 9.  This event will also be recorded by Bedford TV.
Prof. Herbin-Triant, a past winner of the UMass Lowell History Department’s Teaching Award, recently completed a research fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society and has received a three-year Donahue Fellowship in Humanities Ethics. Her current book project examines antebellum Lowell's textile factory owners' support for slavery alongside the growing abolitionist sentiment in the city.
Bedford Embraces Diversity was formed in 2014 in response to local incidents of antisemitism. The grass-roots group’s belief is that inclusion and acceptance should be extended to all residents, regardless of race, religion, disability, lifestyle, gender orientation, military, or cultural status.

Career Coaching Bootcamp

Open to all ages, town-wide.  Registration is through the email on the updated flyer which includes the dates and topics for the upcoming Career Counselors Boot Camp.


Looking for Girl Scout Cookies? 

Due to COVID-19 Girl Scouts are not permitted to do in-person delivery of cookies or in-person cookie booths at this time.  However, you can order cookies online from your favorite Bedford troop by visiting the Bedford Girl Scouts online cookie ordering website by clicking HERE or navigate to the following website: 
All cookies will be directly shipped (and if you order 6 or more boxes you save 50% on shipping). You may also use the website to donate cookies to the Boston Food Bank and Hanscom AFB.   
Your support helps the girls raise funds to support their activities, higher awards, travel, and the Bedford Hanscom Girl Scout Scholarship fund! 


The Bedford Public Schools’ Integrated Preschool Program is inviting neighborhood children who will be 3 years old by August 31st to a screening for possible enrollment. Screenings are conducted at the Lt. Davis Elementary School. Screenings will take place by appointment only to adhere to COVID guidelines. Call or e-mail to schedule your appointment by January 29, 2021.
Phone: 1 (781) 275-3201 ext 4721.

Why choose the Bedford Public Schools?
-  Rich academic and social curriculum
-  DESE certified educators
-  Resident speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and behavior specialist
Visit our website at:

McLean Research Study on Stress and the Teen Brain – Earn up to $100!

Researchers at McLean Hospital are recruiting female teens who are currently feeling depressed or down as well as female teens who are not feeling depressed/down. Your teen can earn up to $100 and receive a picture of her brain.

Researchers at McLean Hospital are investigating factors that make some teens better able to cope with stressful experiences and what makes some teens more vulnerable to experiencing depression. By participating, you and your child can help them better understand, prevent, and treat adolescent depression. Teens will answer questions about their thoughts and feelings. Teens will also undergo an fMRI brain scan. Parent permission is required for teens under 18.

For more information, please contact Emily at (617) 855-4245 or via email

Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021

Who: Girls in grades 8 - 12 interested in exploring STEM fields and career choices
When: Hosted online two Saturday mornings via Zoom
Dates: Since the summit will be online, it has been split into two half-day sessions.
          Saturday, April 3, 2021, 8:30am - noon and
          Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 am - noon
Fee: $65
Register here


FREE Virtual Parent Support Groups

The BRYT (Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition) network, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, has been providing FREE parent support groups since the school closures in March 2020. These groups are still running and are still FREE for any caregiver. 
Parents Supporting Parents Flyer
Parents Supporting Parents Commercial

2021 Science Without Borders® Challenge - Student art contest is open!

The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Mangroves Matter.” Mangroves are extremely important ecosystems providing many benefits. Participants should use their artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how mangroves are important. All entries must be received by Monday, March 1, 2021 to be eligible to win the contest. To learn more about the Science Without Borders® Challenge rules and how to apply, visit  


For questions or to add an announcement contact Paula,
BHSPA Communications Secretary, at
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