Upcoming Events: School & Community


Aug 22-24, 9-1pm: 6th Grade Locker Practice

Mon Aug 28: 6th Grade Orientation

Tue Sept 5: First Day of School for Students

Wed Sept 13: Order Form for Student Directory Due

Mon Sept 182017-2018J GMS Directory Cover Art Contest Form Due

Thur Oct 5, 6-8:30pm: Back to School Night

Mon Oct 9: No School – Columbus Day

Oct 18-20: 6th Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip

Thur Oct 26: Picture Day

Fri Oct 27, 6:30pm: School Dance

JGMS Summer Reading 2017

JGMS suggests the following recommended summer reading books by grade level:
6th Grade: When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
7th Grade: Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game
8th Grade: Trouble by Gary Schmidt
More information about the books, and other suggestions can be found on the JGMS administration blog: http://jgmsblog.weebly.com/blog/summer-reading

School Directory & Cover Art Contest

Student Directory: It will be published early, much earlier than in the past. Orders will be accepted now, and delivery will be Back to School Night (October 5). As such, it is very important that you update your family information in Aspen.

Order Form for Student Directory (due by September 13): 2017-2018 MSPA Student directory form

Art Contest (due to September 18): Children who will attend JGMS in the Fall are invited to participate in a contest for the art to be shown on the cover of the Student Directory. The winner will get a free Directory & a gift certificate. Deadline to enter: 9/18. Please encourage your child to participate! Cover Art Contest Form: 2017-2018J GMS Directory Cover Art Contest form

Moving On 2017 – Thanks

The June 21, 2017 Moving On was wonderful! The students had a great time and families enjoyed watching them graduate. The success is owed to these wonderful people and businesses, as well as the many JGMS families who donated financially to this event.

Moving On Co-Chairs Neetu Devdas & Paula Gilarde – Thank you to all of the JGMS parents who helped make Moving On 2017 a success! We appreciate all of the hours spent planning, making, setting up, cleaning up, baking, shopping, and of course the donations to fund this great event.

Thank you to:

Subcommittee Chairs and Co-Chairs:  Beth Venuti, Kristen Marcus, Noreen Garrity, Anne Mulligan, Heather Patterson, Jessica Fair, Elaine Herzog, Jane Patterson, Robin Steele, Andrea Barney, Anne Caron, Neetu Devdas & Paula Gilarde

Moving On Volunteers:     Continue reading “Moving On 2017 – Thanks”

Teacher Appreciation Week 2017~ THANK YOU!

National Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) was celebrated at JGMS over three days at JGMS with a breakfast on Monday, May 1, a lunch on Wednesday, May 3rd, and a day of sweet treats on Friday, May 5th. It was a nice week of saying thank you to our wonderful JGMS teachers and staff who educate and guide our kids.

This year TAW was led by JGMS parents, Estelle Mense who coordinated the food donations and volunteers and, Nancy Barnes, who managed the raffle for teachers and staff.    Paula Gilarde also managed the Bedford TV videotaping of JGMS students thanking their favorite teacher.  The video was looped for teachers to watch it during the Wednesday lunch. Thank you all for making this event a tremendous success!

We would like to thank the following local businesses who contributed to our raffle: (all lists are alphabetized by first word):

Bedford Farms Ice Cream, b.good, Bruegger’s BagelsChipotle Mexican Grill, Comelias, Danielle M. Beck Facial Services, Domino’s Pizza Bedford, Ginger Japanese Restaurant, Learning Express Bedford,  Ken’s NY Deli & Brick Oven Pizzeria, Nutritional Services with Katie Busa, Red Heat Tavern,  Stop & Shop Grocery & Pharmacy, Whole Foods Bedford

Special thanks to Bruegger’s Bagels and Starbucks for their bagel and coffee donations!

The JGMS parent community stepped up and supplied sumptuous homemade desserts, gift cards, and beautiful floral centerpieces. THANK YOU JGMS PARENTS! (all lists are alphabetized by last name)

JGMS Parent Contributions of Gift Cards for the Teacher Raffles: Lori Alper, Andrea Barney, Jennifer Buckley, Julie Campos, Tara Capobianco, Andrea Couvee, Amy Doherty, Jessica Fair, Karen Guetersloh, Eileen Horne, Meeta Mathur Bahadur, Tammy Morris, Kristen Newman, Nancy Saunders, Sharon Timberlake-Rodriguez, and Heather Waibel-Limerick

Monetary Donations:  Laura Bak, Courtney Cullis, Deborah Griffin, Emi Hasegawa, Jenn Heller, Weiling Jin, Stacy Kershaw, Jennifer Lee, Nancy Protasowicki, Lisa Rozamus, Cheryl Simons, Soraya Stevens, Gina Stephan, Catherine Van Praagh, and Melissa Zorn

Table Centerpieces/Raffle Items: Lisa Bailey, Audrey Gould, Valerie Gurney, Lisa Harrell, and Olga Patoucheas

Food Donations: Lisa Bailey, Jim Barnes, Jennifer Buckley, Alexis Carlson, Robin Comley, Tricia Daley, Karen Cox, Jill Crotty, Susan DiGangi, Jessica Fair, Judi Gale-DiNitto, Audrey Gould, Eileen Horne, Allison John, Sridevi Karthikeyan, Susan Lincoln, Meeta Mathur Bahadur, Tammy Morris, Sandy Morvillo, Kristen Newman, Olga Patoucheas, Kranti Parvate, Rachelle Payne, Kristine Sacco, Susan Sepe, Jayme Szymczak, Pearlene Varjabedian, Ellen Young, and Bin Yu

Coffee Barista: Diane Bernstein

Set Up and/or Clean Up Help: Nancy Barnes, Diane Bernstein, Susan DiGangi, Paula Gilarde, Karen Guetersloh, Lisa Harrell, Estelle Mense, Kerry Rackey, and Lisa Warhover

If we overlooked anybody, please let us know at JGMSparents@gmail.com.

Thank you for your amazing support of Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers and staff have expressed their sincere appreciation of this wonderful event and supportive parent community.


Middle School Parent Association (MSPA)