Thankful for Teachers, Sponsors, Donating Parents & Volunteers

National Teacher Appreciation Week  (TAW) (May 4 – 8) was celebrated in style at JGMS with a catered lunch on Monday,  delicious, homemade breakfasts on Tuesday,  hot sandwiches and healthy salads on Wednesday, a day of sweet treats on Thursday, and on Friday, bagel breakfast sponsored by Brueggar’s Bagels.  Teacher feedback was positive and enthusiastic!  They felt the love!

A variety of fabulous gifts were raffled to teachers, such as beautiful floral arrangements donated by parents and gift cards/certificates from these awesome CORPORATE SPONSORS (alphabetical order):

  • Bedford Farms, particularly Beth Venuti: 18 North Rd
  • b.good restaurant: 168 Great Rd
  • Brueggar’s Bagels: 170 Great Rd
  • Colasante Hair Salon, particularly Pino Colasante: newly relocated to 80 Loomis St
  • Ken’s NY Deli, particularly Jim Garabedian:  72 Great Rd
  • Stop & Shop, particularly Chris Johnson:  337 Great Rd

Please patronize the above businesses as they readily and generously supported our school and teachers.  Kudos to them!

MANY THANKS to JGMS TAW Coordinator Nancy Barnes who managed the event and corporate sponsorship and MSPA Hospitality/Events Director Carla Bradford for organizing the daily schedule of meals and volunteers.  Kerry Rackey, Diane Bernstein, and Michelle Saber of the MSPA helped support the event’s activities too.

Last, but certainly not least, JGMS parents/guardians . . .               The success of TAW is directly attributed to the generosity of our parent community.  These folks either bought something, gave money, baked or cooked food, and/or helped set-up or clean up.  Their lives are busy, but they took the time and effort to contribute because they appreciate educators, and the MSPA and teachers are grateful.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Ali Hon-Anderson Krista Clouse
Andrea Barney Kristen Manning
Ani Changelian Kristin Ferrari
Annmarie Vaughan Lana Sechkina
Barbara Murphy Laura Newman
Bingbing Chen Linda Tambascio Gibbons
Bonnie McCulloch Lisa Rozamus
Boris Gitlin Lisa Warhover
Breena Daniell Lori Alper
Carine Avakian LoriAnn O’Brien
Carla Bradford Lourdes Engel
Carol Krusemark Maria Loughlin
Catherine Van Praagh Marian Abraham
Cheryl Simons Marilou Barsam
Chris Anderson Mary Gallant
Christina Pare Marylee Pequeno
Cindy Fisette Maureen Eliason
Dawn Kociubes Michelle Francesconi
Deb Smith Michelle Saber
Deborah Griffin Mona Barck
Denise Cohen Nancy Barnes
Diane Bernstein Nancy Richard
Eileen Horne Nancy Wolk
Elizabeth Ellen Neetu Devdas
Elizabeth McClung Pam Brown
Francine Hennessey Parvathi Susarla
Gina Stephan Qing Hang
Hillary DeMello Rachel Duncan
Ilham Loughman Renu Bostwick
Janel Halupowski Rosemary Luniewicz
Jeanine Wilson Sandy Morvillo
jennifer lee Sarah Lance
Jessica Fair Shanling Peng
Joan Turnberg Sheryl Poor
Joann Montepare Soraya Stevens
Joyce Towle Susanne Friel
Karine Marino Theresa Wilson
Kelly Anderson Tina Nappi
Kerry Rackey Valerie Gurney
Kimberlie Sweet THANK YOU!

Please, if we overlooked anybody, please let us know at  We don’t want to slight anyone as we really want to thank all who helped!  You guys rock!



The 2014-2015 directory features fabulous art submitted by talented JGMS students and has a new layout for the student information so that each child’s info in on one line, instead of finding home information in one section and then having to flip to the back of the directory for emails.


Their support is appreciated greatly, so please patronize their businesses and let them know you heard of their sponsorship through the MSPA.  Alphabetically listed:

We love our advertising sponsors!  Please show them support too!

Earn Money for the School While You Shop

 Shopping online for the holidays? 

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If you ever use Amazon, please start using this link:, an “Amazon Smile” Fundraising Program that has been set up for the school.  Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases, via the above link, equally between the MSPA and Bedford High School Parent Association (BHSPA). There are NO markups or extra charges to your purchases via this special link so if you are going to buy on Amazon anyhow, it’d be terrific if you’d let the school receive a donation off your purchases at no extra cost to you. Please bookmark the above link on your desktop, laptop, iPad, Smartphone, and wherever you connect to Amazon for any shopping.  Share the link with family members who are Amazon shoppers and they’ll end up helping us too!  This program will continue past the holidays so please use the link indefinitely.  (Please know that purchases on the regular website do not get applied towards this program, even if you have an Amazon account.  You must purchase through the

 Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service, but with a donation to our school.