Teacher Appreciation Week Thank You!

It was literally a banner week at JGMS to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW). The MSPA kicked off the week with a breakfast on Monday, May 7, a lunch on Wednesday, May 9th, and a day of sweet treats on Friday, May 11th with and over $1,000 in donated prizes for a teacher raffle.

This year the TAW food donations, volunteers and event planning was organized and executed by JGMS parent Lisa Gedaminsky who went above and beyond with her creativity and dedication to make the week nothing short of spectacular for the teachers.  Thank you Lisa!!!  Thank you also to Nancy Barnes, who managed the raffle for teachers and staff and Paula Gilarde, who managed the Bedford TV videotaping of JGMS students thanking their favorite teachers.  The video was looped for teachers to watch during the Wednesday lunch and was a great hit! Thank you all for making this event a tremendous success!

We would like to thank the following local businesses who contributed directly to our teacher and staff raffle:
b.good, Bedford Farms Ice Cream, Ken’s NY Deli, Red Heat, Stop & Shop and Wegman’s.

A special thank you shout out to Panera Bread for supplying (and delivering!) bagels with cream cheese and coffee cake- yum!

The JGMS parent community made the week so special with homemade desserts, beautiful salads and fruits, lots of generous gift cards, and beautiful floral centerpieces.  Thank you to the following parents for their donations:

Lori Alper, Yvonne Aweh-kisob, Andrea Barney, Julie Campos, Tara Capobianco, Tony Cheng, Eun Chong, Melanie Comeau, Andrea Couvee, Karen Cox, Dan Crews, Courtney Cullis, Tricia Daley, Neetu Devdas, Susan DiGangi, Amy Doherty , Ana Flores, Heather Galante,  Daisy Girifalco, Audrey Gould, Deborah Griffin, Lisa Harrell, Jenn Heller, Wenjen  Hwang, Keiko Iseda-Brown, Sridevi  Karthikeyan, Jen Kelley, Stacy Kershaw, Mieko Koga ,Gina Kolak , Xinyu Li, Susan Lincoln, Kim Marino ,Meeta Mathur, Samantha McCarthy, Otti McCutcheon, Kristen McEachern, Tami Mead, Estelle Mense, Tammy Morris, Sally Morrison ,Teri Morrow, Himabindu Naidu, Kristen Newman, Raphael Panfili, Rachelle Payne, Laetitia Perez-Adler, Nancy Protasowicki, Srividya  Rajagopalan, Kathy Recca, Jacqueline Reyes, Christine Smith, Jenny Stathakis, Soraya Stevens, Ashalata Thotangare, Catherine Van Praagh, Pearlene Varjabedian ,Beth Venuti, Heather Waibel-limerick, Lisa Warhover , Joy Wilson,  Athelney Woolnough, Melissa Zorn



Angst Movie Screening May 17th at JGMS


The MSPA will be sponsoring a community screening of the Angst documentary film at JGMS on Thursday, May 17th from 6-8pm. Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. It features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.

Following the screening will be a discussion led by Bedford School Guidance Counselors.  The event is free but please sign up here: https://www.showclix.com/event/angst-at-john-glenn-middle-school

Thank You Fall Appeal Donors!

With the school budget tight and the needs great in and around JGMS, donations go a long way in supporting the school, staff, and students. The MSPA is working with the school administration to identify a “punch list” of initiatives and needed items so we can help fund some, and hopefully all, if we collect enough funds to do so.

JGMS and the MSPA sincerely appreciate the donations and support. As such, the MSPA is very mindful about spending donations wisely and in line with our mission of supporting JGMS, its staff, and students.

A heartfelt thanks to the JGMS parents who have donated in support of the MSPA so far this 2017 – 2018 school year:donation levels

Buccaneers:  Judi Gale-DiNitto, Tammy Morris, Masamichi Okada, Stefan & Laetitia Perez-Adler, Rachel Salamone, & Anonymous Donors

Champions: Lori Alper, Diane & David Bernstein, Michelle Colasante, Michael & Karen Cox, Courtney Cullis, Todd & Sara Cutrona, Susan DiGangi, Patricia Fabian, Lisa Harrell, Brenda Kenehan, Gretchen Kind, Gina Kolak, Vanessa Kirchner-Leida, Kim & Christopher Marino, Kerri Modry, Katherine Recca, Susan & Paolo Sepe, Joanne Shelton, Donna Taneja, John & Kimberly Teirney, Akshay Thotangana, Haizheng Zhang & Haixia Wang, and Anonymous Donors

Supporters: Sarah Blackman, Karen Cox, Kate Desjardins, Amy & James Doherty, Metin & Gina Elyazar, John & Christine Fernald, Paula Gilarde, Audrey Gould, Deborah & Matthew Griffin, Karen Guetersloh, Jennifer Kelley, Elizabeth Kranz, Susan Lincoln & Jennifer Piliero, Geoffrey & Lita Lum, Jonathan Mandell, Jessica Mascia, Tami & Steven Mead, Martin Mense, Emily MItchell, Kristen Newman, Laetitia PerezAdler, Jennifer Puhle, Michelle & Andrew Rollingson, Maria Tatarczuk, Paolo Sepe, Joanne Shelton, Derek & Paula Springer, Suzanne Turner, Lisa & Jeff Warhover, Apryl Whitt, Joy Wilson, Melissa & Pete Zorn, & Anonymous Donors

Boosters: Shilpi Arora, Nancy & Dan Barnes, Andrea & William Barney, Amanda Bonneau, Pamela Brown, Tim & Keiko Brown, Martin Busse & Mariana Sacerdote, Julie & John Campos, Chun Chen, Michael & Amy Coffey, Brian & Melanie Comeau, Paul & Andrea Couvee, Lauren Crews, Tricia Daley, Kristin & Christopher Doucet, Karen Fallon, Hunsung & Sunmi Kim Ha, Jennifer Heller, Norifusa & Ginko Isobe, Laura Keating, Adam & Dawn Kociubes, Nissi Mathew, Steven & Theresa Morrow, Cathe Nunes, Carla Baer Olson, Elham Pooya & Rouzbeh Touri, Peter & Becky Ricci, John & Linda Sarno, Julie & Kenneth Sheridan, Cheryl Simons, Christine Smith & Russell Bryan, Jennifer Stathakis, Soraya Stevens, Archana Vaze, Angela & Stephen Winter, Derek & Kristen Yerardi, & Anonymous Donors

We hope JGMS families continue to give in support of the MSPA, so we can help fund important school purchases and initiatives.

Thank you, everyone!