HSASH - Bedwell Mission Statement

The Home and School Association of Somerset Hills, Inc. is an association that promotes a positive relationship between home and school in order to enhance the educational environment of Marion T. Bedwell Elementary School for the optimal benefit of the students. The sole purpose of the Corporation (Bedwell Division) is to provide support to the Marion T. Bedwell Elementary School.
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BEDWELL HSA FUNDED ACTIVITIES


BEDWELL HSA GRANTS 

The Bedwell HSA awarded over $9,000 in grants to the teachers. Grants included: A 3D Printer for the Technology Lab, an author Skype for the First Grade, Season of Change program for the Kindergartners, and new benches for the outdoor reading space.


CULTURAL ARTS

We had 3 wonderful assembly programs. They included: Story Pirates, …


WRITING WORKSHOP – SUZY KLINE


AUTHOR VISIT - PAUL ZELINSKY


FIELD DAY (June)

Field Day is a fun event that students look forward to all year! Co-Chairs plan, organize and coordinate this popular event with the PE teachers. Volunteers are needed to help set up and facilitate the activity/game stations on the day of the event. It’s a great day to volunteer and 

witness a field of smiles!! 


HOLIDAY CRAFTS


FACULTY SUPPORT

The Bedwell HSA earmarked almost $20,000 to the homeroom teachers, special services, and specials to be used on classroom supplies. 



BEDWELL HSA SPONSORED FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS


BEDWELL BUDDIES / NEW STUDENT SCAVENGER HUNT –  Summer

Over the summer, current students we matched with new students to welcome them to Bedwell. Over 100 Kindergartners and new students roamed the halls learning about Bedwell while picking up goodies.


FAMILY PICNIC - September

It was the ultimate play date! We had wonderful weather for this popular event where hundreds of students played on the playground while their parents met other parents. The event was topped off with an outdoor showing of The Lego Movie.


TRUNK OR TREAT - October

Boooo!  Bring your goblins and fairies out for an afternoon of Trick or Treating. Decorate the trunk of your ‘ride’ and enjoy visiting with friends while our kids safely walk around collecting treats in a contained, controlled, and well-lit environment.


MOVIE NIGHT – November and February

We had 2 packed movie nights, Peabody and Mr. Sherman and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day. 


FAMILY BINGO AND GAME NIGHT - April

At this fun event families played Bingo or brought their own games to play. 


INTERNATIONAL FOODFEST - May

International FOODFEST was again a huge success. Celebrating our international diversity, Bedwell families brought their favorite dish to share their distinct heritage. Performances included: X.



BOOK ROOM - Yearlong

The Bedwell Book Room contains guided reading books for all our students. 

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BUS VOLUNTEERS - September

Bus Volunteers ride their local bus routes for the first few days of school. The volunteers assist children with seat assignments and safety measures. The Co-Chairs also organize a “Thank You” breakfast held at the beginning of the school year for our bus drivers and crossing guards. 


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CELEBRATION BOOKS - Yearlong

Celebrate an event in a fun and educational way by donating a book to the Bedwell library. This is a perfect way to recognize any special occasions such as your child’s birthday, a new sibling, or holidays. 

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CLASS PARENT REPRESENTATIVES (yearlong)

A Class Parent Representative (CPR) is needed at each grade level.  The primary purpose of a CPR is to act as a liaison between teachers, Homeroom Parents, parents (just for their grade), administrators and the HSA. The CPR aids in the coordination of various grade/school activities and acts as a key communicator.


EAGLE MASCOT (yearlong)


Eagle ED shows his school spirit by making appearances throughout the year. Two Volunteers are needed for each event: one to wear the costume and the other to lead the Mascot around. Dates include monthly Spirit Days, Back to School Picnic, Field Day and various other school spirit events throughout the year.  

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GREEN TEAM (yearlong)

The Green Team strives to help students learn all about the environment they live in and how to practice good habits when it comes to recycling, energy efficiency, eating and buying local, caring for the school garden, reducing trash and generally making environmentally conscious choices. They will also organize and run a plant sale in the spring.  Volunteers are needed to help garden, recycle with students and help with the plant sale.  


HSA MEMBERSHIP (yearlong) & MEMBER DIRECTORY (fall)

Be a part of this team and help coordinate a vital communication tool for the Bedwell community. This committee is responsible for processing HSA membership forms and compiling, publishing and distributing the Bedwell 2014-15 Directory. The directory will be available in printed format and in a password protected website as well as in application for Smart Phones.


LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS (yearlong, flexible schedule) 

Library Volunteers assist Bedwell librarian, Mrs. Crowley. Duties include checking books in and out and shelving them. Schedule is set on a monthly basis, but is very flexible: from an hour a week to an hour a month. Extra help is needed during the first weeks of March for the “Read Across America” contest. Mrs. Crowley will provide a training session at the beginning of the school year for all new volunteers.  

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LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS (yearlong, with set schedule) 

Volunteers are needed daily to assist Kindergarten and 1st Grade students in the lunchroom and to accompany them to recess. Monthly schedules are prepared in advance by the Chairperson to ensure adequate coverage for each lunch day. 


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PICTURE DAY (fall)

Co-Chairperson: Jackie Solomon (502-5051) jbs1230@comcast.net

Co-Chairperson: Stefanie Lesnik (304-5279) meffie1@verizon.net


SMILE! Volunteers are needed on picture day to escort children to and from classrooms as well as to help ready students for picture taking. 


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SEASONAL LIBRARY WINDOW DECORATION (yearlong)

It’s a fun way to be creative! This committee decorates the library windows several times per year. 

 





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STAFF APPRECIATION COMMITTEE (quarterly)

Our school is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented staff. Making them feel appreciated is the goal of this committee with seasonal “treats” and other activities. Volunteers can help with generating ideas, baking and writing notes.


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TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON (spring) 

A special appreciation luncheon is given for the teachers and staff in May. Co-Chairs plan, organize, and facilitate the event. Volunteers are needed to prepare or provide requested food, desserts, and beverages as well as set up, facilitate and clean up on the day of the luncheon. 


YEARBOOK COMMITTEE (yearlong)

Are you handy with a digital camera? Volunteers are needed for every homeroom. Responsibilities include obtaining candid class photos and designing their class page in the yearbook. Contact the Co-Chairs if you are interested in being your child’s class coordinator. 




 

BEDWELL HSA FUNDRAISERS


BOOK FAIR (fall)

Help turn Bedwell’s library into a full-fledge book store! Co-Chairs organize all aspects of the Book Fair. In addition, volunteers are needed to help set up, assist students with their “wish lists” during their preview times, assist shoppers locate items and during the checkout process, and help break down the fair at its conclusion. 


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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION (yearlong)

Collect those Box Tops! Last year, we earned over $2,000. Volunteers organize the school wide contests as well as sort and count box tops. Top classes win a special prize!


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GIVING TREE (fall)

The Giving Tree gives families a chance to donate items directly to their child's classroom. At Back to School Night, parents have the opportunity to purchase leaves from a tree that correspond to items requested by their child's teacher.  The Co-Chairs coordinate the teacher's wish lists and set up the display.


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HOLIDAY RAFFLE (November)

Who wouldn’t want to win a new Chromebook? Held in time for the winter holidays, two lucky winners will take home a Chromebook. Co-Chairs apply for licenses, distribute raffle tickets, record sales and notify our big winners.  

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MOTHER-SON BOWLING (winter)

Shine up your bowling ball, lace up those shoes, and get ready for a memorable afternoon at the bowling alley for moms and their sons.  We will once again meet at Plaza Lanes in Madison to score some strikes, win prizes, and have fun!  Space is limited and last year we were sold out.  Volunteers help collect and process registration forms, organize lane assignments, secure prizes, and help with set-up and clean-up at the event.  

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PENNY WARS (winter)

Are you ready for a Penny War? This two week long competition between grades put the classes head to head to see who can collect the most points. The object is to deposit pennies in their own jars for positive points and all other coins in their competitors’ jars for negative points.  Volunteers tally the money daily and give updates to the students. The winning class gets a special treat!

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES (June)

Start thinking ahead…get a jump on next year’s back to school shopping.  Order your child’s school supplies in June and they will be available for pick-up just before the start of school. The Co-Chairs gather the teachers’ lists, promote and track sales, and coordinate the distribution of the supplies.

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*NEW* THE SPIRIT OF BEDWELL (spring)

Looking for a fun night out? The Spirit of Bedwell Fundraiser will be held in April. Volunteers are needed to coordinate this event which will include securing silent auction items, finding sponsors, and helping with set-up and clean up.   

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SPIRIT WEAR (yearlong)

Show off your school spirit with Bedwell clothing and accessories. The Co-Chairs design and create the items from shirts and hats to bags and water bottles.  Volunteers are needed at every event to promote and sell the items

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*NEW* TILE FUNDRAISER (yearlong)

This new fundraiser gives students the opportunity to help decorate the school. Student’s artwork is transferred to a tile that will be displayed in the cafeteria. Co-Chairs coordinate the creation of the tiles and oversee their installation. 

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WALK-A-THON (fall)

Support our children during a day of fun, sun, and exercise! Bedwell’s students ask family and friends to sponsor them on their walk around the Polo Fields.  Students complete as many laps as possible during a designated time period. The top fundraiser switches places with the Principal for half a day and the student who comes in second switches with the Assistant Principal for the other half of the day. Co-Chairs coordinate the sponsor sheets, music, refreshments and prizes and volunteers help set-up and clean-up the day of the event.