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The Tour has GROWN!

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You may have seen our write up in the TriTown Transcript last week about the 8 homes we’re showcasing…well that has now grown to 10! Don’t miss your chance to get inside (or outside depending on the feature) some of the incredible renovations that have been done right here in our home town. Get your tickets today!

Don't miss the Boxford Homes Tour May 11th
This new, ultra-efficient home will be on the 2019 Boxford Elementary School Trust Homes Tour. The residential building, facing due south along Fish Brook, will offer a glimpse of the future of home design. It combines contemporary construction techniques with renewable energy system that produces heat, air-conditioning, hot water, and power for all appliances. Read the full story>>>

Boxford Homes Tour Returns

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Boxford Homes Tour returns on May 11, 2019

Mother’s Day Tour showcases green home, new construction, remodeled kitchens, baths, and barns

The Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST) announced today that it will usher in Spring with a Mother’s Day Homes Tour on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Homes Tour will feature 8 exceptional homes in Boxford. Each property has its own flavor, style, and distinctive personality and will showcase the latest trends in construction, design and energy efficiency.

  • Get great ideas to “go green” in this brand new, near net-zero standard, energy efficient home.
  • See the latest trends in new construction in this open-concept, expanded colonial
  • Dream big when visiting this backyard oasis that includes a new pool and cabana, a versatile pool deck and gorgeous landscape features.
  • Gather ideas for remodeled bathrooms, new kitchen layouts, and how to blend modern amenities and function with rural charm
  • Explore techniques for restoring antique barns at this historic farmstead

Don’t miss the themed raffles that make for inspired gift ideas for mom. A coffee bar, hosted by West Village Provisions, can also be found along the route. This memorable event has become a favorite among residents and out of town visitors alike, attracting over 300 attendees in prior years.

Tickets to the Boxford Homes Tour go on sale on March 15, 2019 and can be advance-purchased at www.boxfordhomestour.com. Advanced tickets are available with a gourmet box lunch for $35, or without lunch for $25. All lunch tickets must be purchased in advance. Same day tickets may be purchased for $30 at the Spofford Pond School, 31 Spofford Road, Boxford, which will serve as headquarters for the Homes Tour, offer attendees the opportunity to bid on raffle prizes and provide restroom facilities throughout the day. Tour Booklets, maps and lunches will be distributed beginning at 10:30 am the day of the Tour. The Tour concludes at 4pm on May 11th.

All proceeds from the Boxford Homes Tour benefit the Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in our public schools by raising private funds to supplement longer-term elementary school initiatives and innovative tools, technology and teacher trainings. Tour attendees can enjoy knowing that their donations will go to support BEST funded projects like: Science from Scientists curriculum pilots, 1:1 technology classrooms at Harry Lee Cole and Spofford Pond Schools, “Escape Room style” problem solving curriculum games, “Wired for Greatness” student innovation grants and showcase. For more information about BEST’s impact in the Boxford Elementary School System visit: www.bestforboxford.org.

Groceries for Good – WEEK 2!

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BEST's Groceries for Good at Crosby'sThanks to the success of our first week of BEST’s Groceries for Good program we’ve been awarded a second opportunity to earn more money for our schools!  All this coming week our schools will get an extra bonus when you shop with BEST’s Groceries for Good flyer.

When you purchase grocery essentials between December 9th and December 15th, Crosby’s Marketplace and Henry’s Market will donate 5% of your total purchase to BEST every time you shop – there is no limit to how much you can spend throughout the week!

Here’s how it works:
When: Week of 12/9 – 12/15
Where: Crosby’s Marketplace, Georgetown Center
Henry’s Market, Beverly
What: Groceries for Good Program donates 5% of your total bill to BEST
How: Print and bring a voucher with you every time you shop and present it
to the cashier BEFORE they begin scanning your groceries. You can use
multiple vouchers throughout the week if you shop more than once.
Why: To fund innovative programs at Boxford Elementary Schools like:
Escape Room Experience in grade 5 that engages students in a
“secret mission” to analyze and evaluate curriculum content.
Wired for Greatness student grant program at Spofford inspired by
former DARE officer Michele Nowak. It provides small funding to
students who are inspired to create a business, host a fundraiser,
or do a project that showcases their “greatness”.
We Video digital storytelling platform at Spofford
Osmo Learning Centers in grade 2 & J-Touch Digital Blackboards
at the Cole School

Don’t have time to make dinner? Crosby’s in Georgetown carries Henry’s prepared foods as well as a delicious assortment of their own. Plus, there’s always the fresh salad bar and variety of hot soups for a healthy lunch or quick dinner at Crosby’s too!

Support Boxford Schools by shopping with BEST’s Groceries for Good program between December 9 – December 15.
Together we can make a difference in our children’s education.

BEST 2018 FALL GRANTS AWARDED

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Good Afternoon,
The Boxford Educational School Trust (BEST) is pleased to announce the results of our review of the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle applications!

This was a robust round of eleven grant applications.  We were thrilled to see so many applications and ideas!
We had $9,856 to award this round and again had to make some tough decisions.  They are detailed below.
We are already at work replenishing funds for the Spring.  Current and upcoming events include BEST Snowflakes, the Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, December 8th, and a favorite….. the Homes Tour, in May!
The Applications and our decisions:
 
We are pleased to award the following:
 
We Video:   $358.20 to Samantha Kosakowski for a 2- year subscription for 30 seats (approx. one per classroom) to the cloud-based WeVideo product, a classroom tool allowing students to produce videos using Chromebooks.  Trial versions have been put to good use already, we look forward to seeing what our students will create!
Wired for Greatness:  $2,500 to Vanessa Boyle to re-allocate to Spofford Pond students to fund student ideas for things such as small businesses, fundraisers and other projects.  Ms. Boyle has given much thought to the structure of this program and will give students from each grade an opportunity twice a year to apply for funding and she will work to help support students in sharing their great ideas with others!  This grant was inspired by Officer Michelle Nowak who was often heard telling children about how they were each “wired for greatness!”.
Seven Chromebooks:   $2,009 to Ali Coates, Patti Guido and Samantha Kosakowski for seven Chromebooks to be housed and used for station work in the third-grade co-taught classroom as recommended by their co-teaching model consultant.  We are pleased to be able to support the co-teaching model, a new Spofford Pond Initiative.
 
Wordly Wise i3000:   $714 to Deb O’Brien and her fifth-grade team (Ms. Whittaker, Ms. Wiles-Stasko and Ms. Sanders) for the purchase of the on-line version of the Workbook program Wordly Wise, as a pilot program.  This online option offers students sequential, systematic instruction that is more tailored and accessible to the individual.    This allows for differentiation and multi-tiered instruction in a much more engaging and motivational format.
Escape Room Activities:   $152.94 to Laura Valzania to purchase materials through Teachers Pay Teachers, so that students can embark on secret missions to foster skills of analysis and evaluation using a series of challenges that directly align with the American History curriculum.  What Fun!
Pause for Puzzles:  $153.94  to Michelle Sierapina to purchase a puzzle board and three puzzles that she will set up as a station in her classroom that students can use when they need a “brain break”, ie. having difficulty focusing, staying on task, feeling anxious or needing to move.  A few minutes at this station will give students the break needed to re-engage and be ready to learn and return to their work.
MA CHildren’s Book Award Program (MCBA) at Spofford Pond School:  $903 will be given to Barbara Boulay and Lindsay Kasmarick to purchase and make available to students five sets of 25 books, written in the last five years, that are carefully chosen by educators, librarians, and interested publishers.  These books will be available in each of the 6th-grade classrooms and in the library.  Students will be encouraged to read the books and after reading five titles will vote for their favorite.  Titles are chosen with consideration given to literary quality, genre variety, representation of diverse cultural groups, and reader appeal.  We are happy to fund this application using funds from the Harriet Ernst fund. Ms. Ernst was known for her love of children’s literacy and this fund was established in her name accordingly.  What a perfect application of those funds!
Flexible Seating:  We are happy to give $1,000 to Elise Sanders toward her requested total of $1,913 for Wobble Chairs in the 5th and 6th grades.  We are hopeful that this will allow her to purchase at least 12 chairs to be placed in fifth and sixth-grade classrooms, and we are also hopeful that other supporters will match our grant, or further contribute, to help her reach her goal of 24 chairs.
Broadening Rhythmic & Cultural Connections for All:  It gives us pleasure to further support Ms. Monty by providing $209.00 for the purchase of a 100 Series tunable Tubano instrument to be used in her Samba Drum Ensemble.  We again are hopeful that other supporters will match or exceed our grant and offer Ms. Monty the additional $418 needed to purchase all three Tubanos she requested.

 

Groceries for Good

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BEST's Groceries for Good at Crosby'sAs the holidays approach, we are all bound to need additional grocery items for cookie exchanges, classroom parties or dinners with friends and family. Get an extra bonus when you shop this season with BEST’s Groceries for Good program!

When you purchase grocery essentials between November 25th and December 1st, Crosby’s Marketplace and Henry’s Market will donate 5% of your total purchase to BEST every time you shop – there is no limit to how much you can spend throughout the week!

Here’s how it works:
When: Week of 11/25 – 12/1
Where: Crosby’s Marketplace, Georgetown Center
Henry’s Market, Beverly
What: Groceries for Good Program donates 5% of your total bill to BEST
How: Print and bring a voucher with you every time you shop and present it
to the cashier BEFORE they begin scanning your groceries. You can use
multiple vouchers throughout the week if you shop more than once.
Why: To fund innovative programs at Boxford Elementary Schools like:
Escape Room Experience in grade 5 that engages students in a
“secret mission” to analyze and evaluate curriculum content.
Wired for Greatness student grant program at Spofford inspired by
former DARE officer Michele Nowak. It provides small funding to
students who are inspired to create a business, host a fundraiser,
or do a project that showcases their “greatness”.
We Video digital storytelling platform at Spofford
Osmo Learning Centers in grade 2 & J-Touch Digital Blackboards
at the Cole School

Don’t have time to make dinner? Crosby’s in Georgetown carries Henry’s prepared foods as well as a delicious assortment of their own. Plus, there’s always the fresh salad bar and variety of hot soups for a healthy lunch or quick dinner at Crosby’s too!

Support Boxford Schools by shopping with BEST’s Groceries for Good program between November 25 – December 1.
Together we can make a difference in our children’s education.

WE DID IT!

Fundraising - One Day Climb

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We did it – we reached the summit thanks to you!  BEST’s first-ever #OneDayClimb surpassed our fundraising goals garnering $10,035.45 for our schools from 322 supporters!

Thank you to our sponsors, alumni donor families, folks who “started the climb” early to unlock the extra funds, people who attended the bake sales at Boxford Commons, online donors – and everyone that found spare change in their cars to donate on May 16th.  We tremendously appreciate your generous support!

These funds will support new grants like the “Wired for Greatness” grant at Spofford Pond School that will roll out this Fall honoring former DARE Officer Michele Nowak along with other innovative learning tools and programs for our classrooms and new technology and leading-edge teacher professional development opportunities for our schools.

As we come to the close of this EPIC FUNDRAISING CLIMB, we’re reminded of the extraordinary commitment that members of our community share with those who live and learn in Boxford and that every donation, no matter the size, directly impacts the experience of our students, faculty, and staff.

Thank you for participating in BEST’s #OneDayClimb!
Together, we are making a difference in our children’s education.

Boxford Elementary Schools Trust Awards $18,291 in Grants for 2017/2018 School Year

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The Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST) helps bring engaging learning tools and programs to Boxford classrooms, and new technology or teacher professional development opportunities to the schools by offering grants to teachers and staff twice a year, Fall and Spring. This year BEST awarded $18,291 to Boxford Elementary Schools to add a variety of offerings. Grants included:

  • Full classroom of Chromebooks for Grade 4
  • Train-the-trainer Professional Development for Cole School STEM teacher to acquire additional Project Based Learning strategies and train other teachers in the techniques
  • Supplies for Spofford Pond School Greenhouse
  • OSMO iPad Learning Center in Grade 2
  • In-classroom Science Libraries that complement the new science curriculum for all classrooms in Grade 2
  • In-classroom library for Grade 6 classroom on digital and global citizenship
  • Interactive “J” Touch Communication Board for the Language Based Learning Center at Cole School
  • Professional Development from the Landmark Outreach Program for Spofford Pond School Grade 6 teachers to learn enhanced Study Skills and Executive Function Strategies for students

All grants are made possible through the effort and dedication of BEST, whose members secure funding all year long from individuals, families, foundations and local businesses.

“It is with deep gratitude to the community that BEST brings these grants to Boxford elementary schools this year,” said Mary Ellen Bernier, BEST’s grant administrator.   “Our mission is to bring innovative teaching tools to our school district, but we couldn’t do it without people and local businesses who are willing to embrace and support that mission.”

As part of its ongoing fundraising activities, BEST will be embarking on a fundraising event called #OneDayClimb for Boxford Schools. The fundraising event asks the community to donate funds over the course of one single day. The #OneDayClimb aspires to attract 290 supporters and raise $9,290 – goals inspired by the fundraiser’s Mount Everest theme (Everest has an elevation of 29,029 feet). Giving levels for the fundraiser are also reflective of the Everest climb and the camps at different levels of the Everest journey. Suggested donations begin very modestly at $2.90 and “climb” to the fundraising summit at $290.29. Any member of the community is encouraged to participate whether they currently have students in Boxford Elementary Schools or if the have graduates from them. Donations can be made online: www.bestforboxford.org, or by mail: BEST P.O. Box 176, Boxford, MA 01921

About BEST

BEST is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in our public schools by raising private funds that supplement basic curriculum needs and respond to teacher requests for useful tools and strategies that enhance learning. Contributions to BEST’s mission can be made in any amount at www.bestforboxford.org.

 

 

 

 

 

#OneDayClimb

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web header_climberOn May 16th, we are setting off on an EPIC FUNDRAISING CLIMB to help bring engaging learning tools and programs to our classrooms, and new technology or teacher professional development opportunities to our schools. We do this by offering grants to teachers and staff twice a year (Fall and Spring).

It’s not every day that our school community has the opportunity to come together to support our students. So, we invite you to join us in donating during our first-ever #OneDayClimb for Boxford Schools. Our theme is inspired by Mount Everest, whose elevation is 29,029 feet.

Our #OneDayClimb goal is to get 290 supporters to donate $29.29 to raise a minimum of $9,290.

Giving levels are based on the altitude of Camps at Mount Everest and are designed for maximum participation.
No amount is too small! Join us at the level that suits you best.
Donate Now.


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You can also donate by check via backpack mail or PO Box 176, Boxford, MA 01921. Make check payable to B.E.S.T.

On May 16th, our volunteers will be stationed at each school during drop off and pick up, wearing t-shirts and thematic climbing gear along with a big hiking boot to collect donations – feel free to bring any spare change you have! Thanks for your support.

 

Bags for BEST Fundraiser

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Bags for BESTGear Up for Summer and Support our Schools!
Come check out some great Thirty-One bags in person (or shop online from the comfort of home).
The BEST part – 25% of all sales go right back to BEST and our childrens’ schools.

SHOP IN PERSON:
Sunday, April 29th | 2-5pm
Boxford Community Store

Thursday, May 10th | 11-1pm
Boxford Town Hall, 2nd Floor

CLICK HERE TO SHOP ONLINE