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)


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