Beeman Buzz 9/14/17

posted Sep 14, 2017, 4:25 PM by Beth Lafata

PTO Meeting Minutes 9/6/17

posted Sep 14, 2017, 4:17 PM by Beth Lafata

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our first PTO meeting of the year, I have included the minutes from the meeting for those who were unable to make it.  Our next PTO meeting is scheduled forOctober 4th at 6:30pm, this meeting will be held at Jalapenos restaurant during our fundraiser.  We hope to see you there!

PTO Meeting Minutes September 6, 2017 at 6:30pm

PRESENT: Principal: Jodi Gennodie, Leadership: Amanda Silva, Josie Martell, Julie Broe, Neyla Bajoras, Amy Racofsky, Rachel Riley, Robyn Salvenelli.  Teachers: Karis Sawyer, Meghan Ganley.  Parents: Christine Maddalena, Jill O’Brien, Dana Olson, Maggie Howard, Chandra Beloff and Nicole Tucker.


-Josie motioned to accept the minutes, seconded by Julie.


-Josie motioned to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Amy.

-A vote was decided to allocate startup funds for ELL teachers/Newcommer program the money will be shared from Misc. and Specialist funds from the PTO.

-Meghan Galey requested enrichment funds for Kindergarten and Fisc. and Specialist funds from the PTO.

Meghan Galey will irst grade to participate in Dig into Dinosaurs presented by the Museum of Science, the cost is $1,100 ($555 per grade level).  Funds were approved by Josie and Second by Amy.


Josie review upcoming events, the Scholastic Book Fair will be held on September 27-29 and will be open during Open House on September 28.

Beeman is participating in International Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017.  Information will soon be getting out to parents.

The school will send home Genevieve Fundraising packets, new local items have been added to the catalogue.
We also discussed some potential Spring fundraisers including, painting and auctioning Oars.


-Beeman had a very successful Grounds Clean-up day back in August.  There has been good communication between the school and the DPW, the grounds committee will be writing a thank you card to the DPW in appreciation for the hard work that has been invested in our school grounds this year.

-Principal Gennodie will contact the DPW about bench placement and the Buddy Bench as well as adding in additional trash barrels.

It was brought to attention, the issue of dog walkers on school grounds and pet owners not cleaning up after their dogs, dogs should not be on school grounds during school hours, the PTO will contact Val Gilman about getting a sign to remind people of these rules.

-Nicole mentioned that materials for the Gaga Pit are still under negotiation.

Library/Backyard Growers Update from Dana

-The Library is getting ready to open for students on October 1st.  Over 3,000 books have been scanned and barcoded, there are still more books being added to the system.  There is a need for volunteers to help scan or wipe down books and surfaces.

-There are plenty of volunteers to cover the Backyard Growers Harvest day and to help serve in the cafeteria on Friday.

On Monday September 11, the Backyard Growers  will be building and moving beds to a sunnier spot.

Annie, Kids

posted May 9, 2017, 3:16 PM by Beth Lafata   [ updated May 9, 2017, 3:22 PM ]

Annie, kids was a huge success! Congratulations to all cast and crew members! Nice Job!

Fifth Grade Visits O'Maley School

posted Jan 30, 2017, 5:38 PM by Beth Lafata   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 5:41 PM ]

Our fifth grade took a trip to O’Maley Middle School on Wednesday, January 18. The visit was the first chance for the students to explore the school. They chatted with several older students about their SAILS program. The
SAILS program promotes building a respectful community through Service, Acceptance, Integrity, Leadership and Success. The students participated in some team building activities. They had an opportunity to use one of the lower-level STEM Labs. The students built small wooden paddleboats. After some discussion about the science behind the ships, they raced them against each other. All in all it was a fun, successful and informative first visit

Concert of Peace and Friendship

posted Dec 31, 2016, 3:30 PM by Beth Lafata

Beeman recently held their Concert of Peace and Friendship. The students had practiced with Ms. Goldberg for weeks preparing for the event. Each grade had a chance to step on stage and perform. A performance was given for families of grades K - 2 and another performance for the families of grades 3 - 5. A third performance was given for just the students. All students in grades K - 5 gathered together and performed their songs for each other. Third grade even had a chance to show off their recorder skills. 

Holiday Store

posted Dec 31, 2016, 2:52 PM by Beth Lafata

Thank you to our wonderful PTO for organizing the holiday shopping Store. This activity is definitely a school favorite! The students were able to pick out gifts for their families. There was a wide selection of gifts. They are always VERY excited to check off their shopping lists! Gift wrapping was even included!

Beeman Holiday Baskets

posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:17 PM by Beth Lafata   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

Thank you for purchasing tickets for the Beeman School Basket Raffle. The funds raised helped to support our own Beeman Families during this holiday season. 

Beeman Holiday Fair

posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:14 PM by Beth Lafata

On December 3, 2016, Beeman held its annual holiday fair! Everyone had a fun and festive time! There were activities to try such as hallway hockey, spin art, unique handprinted tiles, and many games. Don't forget about those make-your-own famous gingerbread houses. Children even had the opportunity to visit and take a picture with the Santa! 

Pictures coming soon!

November Beeman Buzz

posted Nov 15, 2016, 6:12 PM by Beth Lafata

Beeman BUZZ for the month of November

Thank you for your generous candy donations for both Trunk or Treat and the ginger bread houses. Thanks to all who donated, we have all the candy we need for the Holiday Fair already!

Here are some Important Dates to remember for November:






Nov. 7



4:30 to close

Nov. 8

Election Day – No School for



Nov. 9


Nov. 10

Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day – No School for Students and Staff

Nov. 14

Nov. 15


Picture Retake Day

Nov. 16

Nov. 17

Early Release– For Parent Conferences

Nov. 18

Nov. 21

Nov. 22

Nov. 23

Early Release– For Thanksgiving Recess

Nov. 24


Day – No School

Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Recess – No School

Got Stuff? Bring it in for the

Beeman Student Holiday Store!

Cleaning out your closets for Fall cleaning?

We need your gently used items appropriate for gifts.


Continuing on with that wonderful Beeman tradition of having a store for our students to buy presents for their families, we will host the Beeman Holiday Store this December. We are collecting those items you have in your home that would be suitable for re-gifting and are just-like-new such as:

         •   unwanted gifts                •   mugs             •  decorative items

         •   gently used jewelry         •   ceramics        •   holiday items

                  *   We especially need items for men: ties, scarves, etc.

Send in any item you have no need for, but you know would be a perfect gift for that special someone in a student’s life. There is a collection box in the front lobby.  We could also use your extra holiday wrapping paper, gift tags tissue and tape.


Upcoming events next month:


•     Election Day Bake Sale: We could still use items for the bake sale tomorrow. If you can donate, please drop items off at the Beeman School front lobby any time during the day while the polls are open (before 5:30PM)


•     Tuesday, November 15th, Picture Re-take Day: send in the envelope with the previous pictures that you do not want and your child can have their picture re-taken.


•     December 3rd Saturday: Beeman Holiday Fair 9AM to 1PM

              -  crafts for children, games and gingerbread houses

              -  vendors selling Holiday gifts:

              -  trees and wreaths for sale

              -  luncheon items for sale


•     Holiday Store for students to choose gifts for their families: Monday

       and Tuesday, December 12th and 13th. This is also a great volunteer

       opportunity on either or both of those days. Helping students choose

       gifts and wrapping them is so wonderfully cute and fun.


•     Winter Concert:  Thursday, December 15th. Snow date: Friday, December 16th.


•     Holiday Recess: begins with a half day on Thursday, December 22nd.

       Students return on Tuesday, January 3rd.


Wishing you and your family

a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving Recess.

November PTO Meeting Notes

posted Nov 14, 2016, 4:18 PM by Beth Lafata

PTO Meeting Minutes November 3, 2016 @ 6:30


Samantha Watson, a parent of a preschooler and soon to be Beeman parent has been attending city meetings regarding the upkeep and possible rebuilding of Gloucester elementary schools.  She reported that the East Gloucester/Veteran’s school rebuild/feasibility study is due in January.  After that decision has been made it will open up the possibility of other district school(s) being rebuilt in the future.  She is very educated on this subject (funding options, processes, etc.) and would like to attend future PTO meetings in order to keep us up to date on what she’s learning and what we can do as a Beeman community to make sure we are included in future planning (attending meetings, etc.),  We will revisit this in January’s or February’s meeting.  In the meantime, please check out Samantha’s Facebook page, “Advocates for the Future of Gloucester Schools”.


Neyla Bajoras motioned to accept the minutes, seconded by Amy Racofskty.  


Trees for the fair and fall library books have been ordered.  Teacher requests for funds were approved for Caitlin Driscoll, Leslie Guthrie and Yvonne Leblanc (enrichment event). Julie Broe motioned to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Josie Martell.

FAMILY FUN; Josie Martell

  • During winter break we will be having a Beeman skating day at the rink on December 28, and there will be an indoor movie night on January 20 (movie TBA).   


  • On October 28, Kelly Mahoney submitted $463.90 to Box Tops for Education.

FUNDRAISING, Nicole Tucker


It’s time to start collecting items for the Holiday Store as well; please keep this in mind as you are fall cleaning.  A box will be set up in the lobby for items you would like to donate.  Please keep in mind that we are always in desperate need of men’s items!  This year the Holiday Store days are 12/12-14 and we will be setting up the weekend before.  Melanie LoGrasso is the point person this year but many volunteers are needed!  Please keep your eye out for flyers in the next few weeks and contact with any questions.

  • Holiday raffle tickets will go home in backpacks the week of November 14.


Our biggest fundraiser, the annual Holiday Fair, will soon be here and we will be having a planning meeting on Wednesday, 11/16 @ 6:30 (location unknown at this time).  This year the fair will be on Saturday, 12/3 from 9am-1pm.  Please respond to this email if you plan to attend the meeting.


Serena Low has purged 15 boxes of books, the space has been reconfigured, donations have been sorted and spine labeling is still being done.  We will start to log the books in the new system in January ‘17.  


November 16 Holiday Fair planning meeting

November 17 Early release

November 23 Early release for Thanksgiving break, no school 11/24 & 25

December 3 Holiday Fair

December 6 Early release

December 12-14 Holiday Store

December 22 Early release

December 23-Jan 2 Christmas Break

December 28 Beeman skating day at the rink

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