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



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)