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”

Netflix series: 13 Reason Why

A message from JOHN GLENN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Middle School Parent Community,

It has come to my attention that many of our middle school students are watching a series on Netflix titled, “13 Reasons Why.” The series revolves itself around a girl who commits suicide and a classmate who receives “tapes” which unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.

This show, which was released on Netflix on March 31st, is based on a book that was published by Jay Asher.  While the book is listed as young adult fiction, the Netflix series does include scenes involving the topics of cyberbullying, underage consumption of alcohol, body image, sexual assault, sexting, and suicide.

Please be aware that the material is intended for mature audiences and, from what we hear, can be graphic and upsetting. Although some middle school students can handle these images, there are concerns that some of our early adolescent students watching this series will struggle with the topics.  As always, please continue to monitor what your students are viewing online and through streaming media.  Should you become aware that your student is watching this program, it could be an opportunity to open the lines of communication about important, yet mature and complex topics.

I encourage all middle school parents to become more informed about the content and the themes raised in the show, “13 Reasons Why”.  The following resources provide background infomation about the show and ways parents can talk with their children about the difficult topics from in the program:

  • Review of the show “13 Reasons Why” by Common Sense Media
    • https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/13-reasons-why
    • Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices by offering the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  The Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

 

  • Attached  is a document titled, “Talking Points for 13 Reasons Why”, from the Jed Foundation, a national organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide, which provides suggestions for talking to kids about suicide. 13 Reasons Why Talking Points

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. If, now or ever, you have a concern about your child, please reach out to his or her counselor and we will work together to provide caring, competent and immediate support and guidance.

 

Thank you,

 

Matt Mehler

Assistant Principal

John Glenn Middle School

 

Bedford Dash: Students, 12 – 18 years of Age, can Ride the Bedford DASH Shuttle

Finding it challenging to get your kids to and from afterschool activities? Want to help your child flex their independence muscles? The Bedford DASH (www.BedfordDash.com) offers an alternative to your parental taxi service, while helping your kids learn to navigate in the community!

The DASH provides door-to-door transportation, available for all adult Bedford residents including youths age 12 – 18 who may ride the DASH independently if parental permission is on file. See the details below and on their website.

· WHAT ARE THE TIMES? Except for designated holidays, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon – 6 pm.

· WHERE TO? The DASH drives around Bedford and between Bedford to/from Concord, Billerica, Burlington and Lexington, depending on availability.

· PERMISSION FORM FOR YOUTHS 12 – 18 TO RIDE WITHOUT AN ACCOMPANYING ADULT: Here is the permission packet of information including the form to be signed and completed: found on and must be returned via mail (Send to: Bedford DASH c/o TransAction Associates, Inc., 5 Wheeling Avenue, Woburn MA 01801) or by email to info@bedforddash.com.

· DO YOU NEED TO SUBMIT THE PERMISSION FORM BEFORE EACH RIDE? No! Submit it just once per school year (see EXPIRATION DATE section below.) However, the Dash Pass must be shown to the driver before every ride (see DASH PASS section below.)

· PARENTS CAN SET RESTRICTIONS OR GIVE COMMENTS: At the bottom of the Permission Form, parents can tell DASH specific requests. Examples:
a. Limit rides to only Bedford, not to neighboring towns.
b. Make a note that the youth can arrange the bookings without parent involvement.
c. Or limit the bookings to be by parent only, not the youth.

· DASH PASS: Once registered, a DASH pass (an identification card specific to your youth and your documented permission on file) will be mailed to your home and the student should carry and show the pass each time they ride. NOTE: The passes are non-replaceable if lost or stolen! Contact info@bedforddash.com with any problems.

· EXPIRATION DATE: The pass expires when the Bedford’s school year ends (presently school ends on June 19 unless snow dates occur and result in added day(s) to the end of the school year.) For summer 2017 and school year 2017-2018, a new permission form must be competed.

· COST: Youth, seniors, Veterans, and Medicare cardholders pay $1 each way in-town and $2 each way out-of-town. (Adults ages 18-64 pay $2 each way for in-town services and $4 each way for out-of-town destinations. Exact change is required.
a. However, discounted pre-paid cards (25 $1-fare rides for only $20) are available either in person from the driver (by cash or check made out to TransAction Corporate Shuttles) or by ordering online for $20. Booking and forms available online at http://www.BedfordDash.com or call 781-275-DASH (3274)

· HOW TO BOOK A RIDE? Call 781-275-DASH (3274) or use the online request form at http://www.bedforddash.com/Request-A-Trip. Rides are booked on a 1st book, 1st serve basis so the sooner you book, the better the chance to get the time you requested. DASH may contact you about rearranging bookings if needed. If you have a DASH pass and want to flag down the DASH shuttle, you may try but there is no promise or guarantee that the DASH will stop or, even if it does, give you a ride since the shuttle usually is on a schedule to pick up people who correctly booked in advance with specifically requested pickup times.

The above is current as of 2/1/2017 and may change from time to time -check www.bedforddash.com for the latest details.

Any questions or bookings? Call 781-275-DASH (3274)