Don’t Miss BEST’s St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t Miss The BEST St. Patrick’s Day Event!

This Saturday, March  4th
7 – 11 pm at Peirce Farm in Topsfield

(on Route 1, just past Topsfield Fairgrounds)

Delicious Food & Drinks

Taste a delicious selection of traditional Irish food including Shepard’s pie, Corned Beef sandwiches and Chicken Broccoli and Ziti. Explore a range of beers from Stout to White ale at our cash bar. Wine, dessert and Irish coffee will also be available.

Lucky Leprechauns

Find one of the hidden lucky Leprechauns and turn him in for a free beverage of your choice before the evening is over!

‘Wearing of the Green’ Award

A special award will be given to the guy and gal who most enthusiastically show their Irish Pride!

Music

It wouldn’t be an Irish Celebration without music.

Irish Step Dancing

At 8 o’clock, don’t miss a special performance from Bracken’s School of Irish Dance – featuring some Spofford Pond students!

Friendly Competition

Take your turn at our bar games including: a new twist on Beer Pong, Quarters, Corn
Hole, Table Hockey, and Bar Trivia.

More Ways to Win

Don’t miss the Pot o’ Gold grab bags at the door, or the exciting raffle and
silent auction items including: a Home Improvement package, a Relaxation package, and a Home & Garden package.

Tickets

$40 in advance. Space is limited – get your tickets here today!


Select Quantity of Tickets



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Announcing: Gymja Warrior Fundraiser for our Schools

gwlogo_300x190The Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST) will be hosting one hour training sessions on the iconic obstacles made famous by the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. And,
Gymja Warrior will be donating 50% of the profits from the event to BEST – which all
goes back to our school system. Tickets will be sold at every session for all ages. Once the kids arrive to the gym they will be split up in appropriate age groups.

WHEN: Friday, January 27th
TIME: (choice of three time slots) 4:30, 5:30 or 6:30
WHERE: Gymja Warrior (inside Danvers Indoor Sports),
150R Andover St., Danvers. 978-810-5577
COST: $20 Per person (plus tax)
PRE-REGISTER TODAY HERE

  • Tickets are non refundable since space is limited.
  • Participants must be registered and have completed waivers.
    Waivers can be found at: www.gymjawarrior.com/waiver
  • 15 person minimum, 40 maximum per hour session

Become a 2016 Supporter of BEST

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

In the past five years, BEST has funded an average of $31K in grants each year to teachers at Cole and Spofford Schools. These added extras in our classrooms are what differentiate Boxford Schools from those of surrounding towns.

BEST is honored to bring these enhancements to Boxford, but we can’t do it alone. In the past, we raised all of our funds through events and other fundraising programs. We are now reaching out directly to ask you to become a Supporter of BEST. If each family donated just $30 per child, we would be able to meet our funding goals for the school year!

Donate Three Ways!

1. Send your donation in a sealed envelope to the school office via your child’s backpack. Please mark envelopes: BEST

2. Mail your donation to BEST, P.O. Box 176, Boxford MA 01921.

3. Click and DONATE

Thanks in advance for your support!

Thank You for your Support!

With the school year underway we want to thank you for your past and continued support. Along with your donations, we are excited to announce that the 2016 B.E.S.T. Homes tour raised over $30,000. This was our most successful event to date! While this event happens every 3-5 years there are many ways you can support B.E.S.T. now and during the 2016/17 school year including:

Amazon Smile – Supporting B.E.S.T. when you shop Amazon is easy. Simply use the link to start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Boxford Elementary School Trust!

Snowflakes for Teachers Program – Our annual December event  which is a creative way to say thank you to teachers and staff who assist us all year. Watch for information coming home via the children’s backpacks.

Gymja Warrior Fundraiser – In January 2017 we are hosting our second annual Gymja Warrior Event.  For all those kids who are American Ninja Warrior fans, they will get to test their obstacle skill prowess in a controlled environment and get tips from one of last year’s ANW contestants.  Space will be limited so make sure to sign your kids up early for this event once school gets back in session after the winter break.

2017 Spring Event: A Boxford Beer Tasting – Watch for details to come early 2017

Want to be a part of the B.E.S.T. Team?
We are always looking for new members to help with our events. The time you donate can be geared to your schedule. Our meetings are open to the public and noted along the right side of the page or email us at info@bestforboxford.org.

BEST funded $22,000 
in grants to Boxford 
Elementary Schools for the 2016/2017 school year

Many of the grants we fund are pilot programs so a teacher can try something new without having to pull funds out of the main curriculum budget.  We look to fund initiatives that have the broadest possible effect on our community, and the best chance of helping teachers to try and learn new things that  benefit our students. Previous grants from best total over $750,000!
In the spring of 2016 we funded the following grants:


Chicken Hatchery for Grade 3
This incubation kit and eggs will help demonstrate animal lifecycles through 
active observation for all Grade 3 students.

Math Technology Suite for Spofford Pond
This suite provides intensive assistance 
to students in grades 3-6 and offers math specialists the opportunity to customize learning on iPads and/or project group 
lessons to a digital blackboard via 
Apple TV.


Project Adventure for Sixth Grade Teachers 

This professional development course 
mirrors the course that sixth grade students are offered each Fall.  Teachers develop strategies that help foster creative problem solving, learn social and emotional 
skill building techniques and practice 
collaborative teamwork – lessons that 
they can reinforce in the classroom 
throughout the year.

Music for Everyone

A professional development course for 
Spofford Pond’s Band Director to learn how to develop an inclusive music program and teach music to students with disabilities.


Visiting Scientists in Grade 5
This is the 2nd year of the pilot for this 
innovative science curriculum booster.  
Every two weeks, visiting scientists join 
5th grade classrooms to teach memorable, hands-on, science lessons that are 
built around the curriculum being taught 
in the classroom.

Sixth Grade Science Fair
A continuation of learning from the program offered in Grade 5, the visiting scientists will return to Spofford Pond to implement a 
comprehensive Sixth Grade Science Fair and share the process with sixth grade teachers to showcase the unique, innovative, inspired projects created by 6th grade students.

Professional Development Course 
for Guidance Counselors at Cole School

Become a Supporter of BEST

Each year, BEST donates an average of $20,000 to Cole and Spofford Schools by funding grants written by our teachers.  These added extras in our classrooms are what differentiate Boxford Schools from those of surrounding towns.  BEST is honored to bring these enhancements to Boxford, but we can’t do it alone. In the past, we raised all of our funds through events and other fundraising programs.

We are now reaching out directly to ask you to become a .Become a Supporter of BEST

Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to fund grants for the current school year. 

Giggles thank you!

We’d like to thank those who purchased tickets to the Giggles comedy night on Friday, and especially thank Dr. Creeden for joining us (and for sparring with the comedians!). We were able to raise just over $1,300 for our school programs – these funds will help fund grants that our teachers write to BEST.

Thank you, everyone!