Important Information & Dates for 2019/20 School Year

STUDENT DIRECTORIES: If you ordered a directory but were unable to pick it up at Back to School Night, your child can pick up the directory in the office.  There are also a limited supply of directories available for purchase in the office as well.

JGMS TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The MSPA is hosting a pizza and salad luncheon for all JGMS teachers and staff on Wednesday, Oct 30th.  The MSPA will provide pizzas and salads and we are looking for parents to provide beverages, paper goods, and easy desserts.  All contributions need to be delivered by 10:00am on Wed Oct 30, either to the Teacher Lunch Room or to the main office.  Please sign up to contribute here.

TRI-TOWN VAPING PREVENTION COLLABORATION: Come learn about this vitally important issue so you can hold more effective conversations with teens and pre-teens. The children in your life may not be vaping themselves but they know others who are. This is a very new behavior and much is not known. But what is known about the harm being caused is alarming. Users of vape devices can easily become addicted to nicotine. The many chemicals vaped through the devices can cause irreparable harm to their lungs. Talking to teens and pre-teens is vitally important in prevention and cessation.  Come see actual devices on display.

Two Opportunities to Learn from Expert Researchers:
Monday October 28, 7 to 9 PM 
Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord
Tuesday, December 3, 7 to 9 PM 
Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Reed Room, Bedford
Click to see flyer: Vaping Flier

SUICIDE PREVENTION PRESENTATION: Suicide can be prevented. This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide.

Monday, November 18, 7 to 8:30 PM
Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Reed Room, Bedford
Click to see flyer: TalkSavesLives_Flyer_JW 2

Homework Club: The MSPA is pleased to help fund the Homework Club at JGMS!  The
Homework club will be held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm in the JGMS library beginning Tuesday, October 1.  Please see the links below for information, dates, and to sign up.
Homework Club Letter 2019-20
HW Club Dates 2019-20
2019 JGMS _ Homework Club Sign-up

After School Clubs and Activities: If your child is looking for fun and engaging things to do afterschool, please check the list of after school clubs and actvities below. There is something for everyone!

Science and Environmental Club
When: Held on Mondays from 2:30-3:30
Facilitator(s): Barbara Ferri and Heidi Scaltreto
About: Students with an interest in ANY area of science is welcome to come to further their understanding and love of science. We do hands on activities and labs. students will design their own project for the science fair in the spring. Students may also come and go during the year if they have a seasonal sport. This year we will be building and launching rockets and during STEM week we are dissecting a cow eye. We have also taken field trips to the McAuliffe Center to do a space station simulation.

Girl Talk
When: Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30pm
Facilitator: Ms. Tanahashi-Works
About: This group meets weekly to build fun connections with classmates and participate in projects to support the school community. Student mentors from the high school lead interesting discussions and fun art projects. It’s a great way to build new friendships.

Art Club
When: Starting after Fall Semester
Facilitator(s): Paul Harrington

Chain Reaction Committee
When: Selected Friday mornings at 7:00 am (please contact us for a list of meeting dates)
Facilitator(s): Marcy Beinert, Renee Anderson
About: The Chain Reaction Committee at JGMS does many things but our main focus is to make your school the best it can be for all students and to plan and host community building events. The activities that we will be coordinating this year include: annual courtyard clean up, world kindness day, Spread the Word to End the Word campaign and events with LABBB students.

Yearbook Committee
When: Thursday afternoon meetings one time per month (Dates TBD and announced to students)
Facilitator(s): Libbey Beinert-Hunnewell
About: Be a part of taking photographs and helping to put together the yearbook. Yearbook committee members also help with handing out yearbooks at the end of the year.

Newspaper
When: Friday Mornings at 7:15 am in the library
Facilitator(s): Mrs. McGraw
About: We meet most Friday mornings to plan our next addition of the JGMS journal. We report about events here at JGMS as well as some town, national and world news. Some students submit writing on topics of high interest and others may create poems and artwork to share. The Journal has included riddles, brain teasers, cartoons and word searches. Depending on student production, we hope to have an edition every other month.

Math Counts
When: Monday afternoons from 2:25-3:25
Facilitator(s): Karen Burstein
About: A mathematics competition! Students train for the competition between now and January. In January, we have a school competition. A team of four students and up to four individual mathletes will be selected to compete in the local competition. The team can progress, with good results, to state and national competitions.

What other math competitions might we do?

The AMC 8 from the American Mathematics Competitions – top scorers will then take the AMC 10. The AMC 10 can lead to the American Invitational Mathematics Exam, with high enough scores. The United States team, competing in world competitions, are chosen from AIME examinees.

Collaborative Problem Solving Contest – a week long contest with all students working together to solve puzzle-like challenging problems. A team favorite, every spring!

Student Council
When: Wednesday mornings at 7:10am
Facilitator(s): Marie Mallot
About: Open to students across all grade levels. Student council serves as our student government. Students can brainstorm important community issues and come up with creative resolutions and school-wide initiatives.

JGMS Alliance Club
When: Will start in late October and Early November
Facilitator(s): Jim Nagle
About: JGMS Alliance will be held for all people to reflect on and make changes for LGBTQ issues and equality. We wish to empower and support those who are in the JGMS community. We’ll be focusing on LGBTQ equality and all people are welcome to come.

Activities that the Alliance Club participates in:
1. Learn about LGBTQ history and culture.
2. Discuss school climate.
3. Create awareness campaigns for the JGMS community.

Yearbooks:  It’s that time of year again (believe it or not) to solidify your child’s yearbook order for June! Yearbook numbers need to be to the yearbook company by November 1st and extras in June will be more expensive. Lock in the low price now until November! Get it off your to do list. There is a sibling deal! If you need financial assistance please email Libbey Beinert Hunnewell at libbey_beinert-hunnewell@bedfordps.org

Link to order year book: 2019-2020 JGMS Yearbook or simply go to yearbookordercenter.com and put in our school code which is 4008.

There is an option to donate extra funds when you buy your child’s yearbook to help offset the prices for others who may not be able to afford a yearbook.  When you donate at either the sponsor, patron, or benefactor level your last name will be listed in the back of the yearbook.

For Incoming 6th Graders for 2019/20 School Year

Locker assignments
August 20, 21, or 22, 2019  9am-1pm
6th graders may come in any time on any of the 3 days to receive their locker assignment and practice their combinations.

6th grade orientation
August 26, 2019  2:30-3:30
6th graders and their parents are invited to come learn more about JGMS.

2019/2020 MSPA Welcome Letter

(click here to see a PDF version of the welcome letter)

Welcome to JGMS

We hope you have a wonderful summer; now it’s back to the important business that MSPA supports.  We are parent volunteers who help JGMS, our students, administrators, and staff to get things done during the school year.  Some examples of our works:

  • Purchase of Student Agendas
  • Teacher grants to purchase books, supplies, classroom items and materials that would not otherwise be available
  • Enrichment programs such as Mindfulness Workshops, Anxiety Workshops, Internet Safety Events, etc.
  • Purchase of Everlast Traverse Climbing Wall for JGMS gym
  • Funding of Homework Club
  • Teachers as Scholars Funding
  • Preparation and distributions of Student Directories
  • Organization and funding of Moving On events
  • Support and funding of METCO Moving On Dinner
  • Support for Principal Roundtables, student dances, and other events
  • Sponsorship of Teacher / Staff Appreciation events

Sign Up for eNews

The MSPA sends a weekly email of important school-related activities and deadlines, as well as other recreational, community, and charitable announcements.  The schools and Aspen system do not automatically enroll you in any new school’s PTO eNews so you must opt in via this link. (Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to reach the MSPA section.)

Order a Student Directory

The JGMS Student Directory will be printed in September in order to deliver to parents/guardians at Back to School Night on Thursday, October 3, 2019.  Please use the Student Directory Order Form to order your copy by Friday, September 13, 2019.  Also, make sure the student and parent information in your Aspen account is up-to-date.

Student Cover Art Contest

Calling all student artists to submit drawings for the design of the front cover of the Student Directory. Winner will receive a free Student Directory and local business gift card.  Submission are due on Monday, September 16, 2019.  More information to come.

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Please help us support initiatives for JGMS students and consider joining our Board & committees.  Make a donation by clicking the Donate button on this page.

MSPA Board of Directors

  • Co-Presidents: Jessica Fair & Lisa Kaushik
  • Co-Vice Presidents: Sandy Morvillo & Karen Sobol
  • Treasurer: Kelly Randazzo
  • Secretary: Karen Collins

Committees (Co-Chairs are welcome):

  • School Dance: Cindy Tulimieri
  • Communications & eNews: Lisa Kaushik
  • Hospitality: Audrey Gould
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Carrie Raho & Kelley Anderson
  • Fundraising: OPEN
  • METCO Parent Representative: OPEN
  • Moving on Co-Chairs: OPEN
  • School Directory: Cheryll Bell
  • METCO Liaison: Jennifer Buckley
  • Webmaster: Josephine Fu

Please email jgmsparents@gmail.com to get involved!