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

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)

Marching Band Open House

Greetings to JGMS Band and families, and current BHS Marching Band Families:

This is the time of year when we begin to put the marching band roster together for next fall.  Our marching band has a proud tradition of performance, and we have just come off of two consecutive third place finishes in New England competition.  This is a first for us and I’m hoping to keep the ball rolling.
We are graduating about half of the band this year!  We need YOU…students, that is, I don’t know if they’ll let parents play in the band.  🙂 .

I am including the parents because we have three events coming up in the next 8 days that I would like to invite you to:
Friday, April 28th:  Marching Band New Members Social at the home of the Bridgeman family.  61 Notre Dame Rd.  7-11 pm.  Current and New potential members (and their parents) are encouraged to come out to meet folks and just relax and have a good time.  Refreshments and fun will be provided.
Tuesday, May 2nd:  Annual Fundraiser at Flatbread Company/Bedford.  6-8:30pm.  A portion of the proceeds of every flatbread ordered will go to the BHS Marching Band during this time.  Eat in, or take out.  Please help us defray the cost of uniform parts, equipment, buses, and so much more.  If you’re eating in, enjoy some live acoustic tunes provided by… ME!  (Hey, we couldn’t get anybody better…)
Thursday, May 4th:  Annual Marching Band Open House.  This is our more serious informational meeting about the preliminary schedule, what marching band is all about, and our annual Drum Major auditions to determine our student field conductors for next year.  6:30-8:30pm.
I hope you can join us for one or all of these events.  Parents of students wishing to register can go to , and click on the REGISTER button!
Help us build this great tradition!  I look forward to seeing you soon!  Please see fliers  below: BHS Open House and Social 2017

Netflix series: 13 Reason Why


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
    • 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