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A gorgeous morning for the 2nd annual Bike Run of the Future Foxes on the Fox Lane school campus.  All of the elementary schools came together for a perfect morning for a bike course and a few laps around the track.  There were some big smiles and some very red cheeks.  Congrats to all of the participants for a job well done.  Enjoy a quiet afternoon and get a lot of water back in your systems — it was HOT out there!

For those of you who could not make it to the BikeRun Registration pick up & orientation this morning…..we appreciate that traffic was horrendous and made schedules additionally crazy. We will be holding all registration packets at Check In tomorrow morning. PLEASE plan on arriving at 7:30a so you can get your packet, have your child put on their BikeRun participant shirt, micro-chipped shirt number, helmet & bike numbers too. Thank you to those who picked up their packets and reviewed the course.

We look forward to seeing EVERYONE between 7:30-8a tomorrow at the check in above/behind the bleachers. (with bikes, helmets, kids, cameras etc…) Please remember our FUTURE FOX theme. Red, White & Black are the school colors. Can’t wait to see the kids Future Fox Spirit. See you in the morning…BikeRun Leadership Team

If you didn’t get a chance to register for the Bike Run this year, come by to watch the fun and cheer the kids on!!!

Bedford Village Parents,
FRANCE just got 80% voter turnout for their election! BVES PARENTS highest turnout EVER was 49%, 3 years ago. Last year, we were back down to 34%.
We can do better for our kids! PLEASE turn out to vote YES for the school budget on TUESDAY, MAY 15th at BVES. Polls are open 7 AM to 9 PM inside the canopied entrance at the gymnasium end of the school. Watch for TURNOUT UPDATES during the day!

For detailed 2012-2013 budget information:

*Bedford Dateline, a newsletter explaining the proposed 2012-2013 school budget arrived in everyone’s mailbox last Saturday.

*The district’s website, www.bcsdny.org has all the budget info from links on the right-side menu on the home page.

*Get Out The Vote is a parent group that will help you find answers to any
other questions you may have: in Bedford Village, call or email Heather
Feldman at 234-9365 or Rosalie Bastone at 234-6003 or rosalie.bastone@gmail.com.

Not from Bedford? All schools are voting on new budgets – send us your info to post and we’ll get the word out for your district!

Two great happenings coming up at Mount Kisco Elementary School — keep up the great work!  If you are planning a school garden and want to see something amazing in place — go look at Mt Kisco’s and talk to them about their work — they have really made something extraordinary.

The Mount Kisco Elementary School Community Garden has been recognized by Westchester County Environmental Facilities and Parks Departments and the Friends of Westchester County Parks and will be the recipient of a 2012 Earth Day Award!  Specifically, the garden is being recognized for exceptional leadership, initiative and voluntary work that promotes recycling and environmental conservation efforts within a school.

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Mount Kisco Elementary School will be celebrating its 100th birthday! The Cornerstone Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 12 pm at the school. Festivities will include the local Fife and Drum Corps, a flag raising and tours of the school, which will include the ‘museum’ of photos, maps, and artifacts on display in the school library.  Artifacts have been lent by community members, including members of the Mt. Kisco Historical Society. Students have been interviewing alums, some of whom are senior citizens who graduated from the school when it was Mount Kisco Public School grades 1- 12. Yearbooks and photos will be displayed and videotapes of interviews will be played. All are welcome and a few surprises are in store! Please tell anyone with any connection to the Mt. Kisco school community.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED!  STOP CHILD CARE COST INCREASE!
Westchester County officials are trying to raise the amount that low-income parents must pay for subsidized child care. They have requested permission from New York State to increase this amount from 20% of a family’s income above the poverty level (as allowed in the County’s 2012 Budget) to 35%.  A single mom with two kids earning $29,000 per year would pay an additional  $1,500 per year, a disaster for a family barely making ends meet.*  Tell County Executive Astorino to stop his plan to raise the family share amount. It’s easy, CLICK HERE.  You can send an email to Mr. Astorino saying that children and families deserve our support and our investment in their future…and ours! Please help us send 1,000 messages by midnight on May 13th.  Westchester receives millions of dollars from New York State to support these subsidies. What’s more, the County budget included adequate revenues to continue allowing parents to pay only 20%. Recently, Mr. Astorino was quoted as saying that his attempts to cut the County budget have prompted no complaints from the public, despite thousands of protesters attending Budget hearings last fall.   Make sure Mr. Astorino hears loudly and clearly that Westchester residents want him to stop cutting budget expenditures that help children, youth and families thrive.
This advocacy alert is sent in collaboration with Westchester Children’s Association (www.WCA4kids.org)
* The County median income for a single mother with children is $35,190. A family like this would pay $2,400 more per year, for an annual payment of $5,600.

Bedford Central School – School Budget Vote – Tuesday, May 15th – 7am – 9pm at your local elementary school.
Vote Yes for the Budget – Support our Schools!

Absentee Ballot Information: Out of town on election day?  Out of town working late?  Past budgets have been decided by fewer than 30 votes. Everyone can vote! Applications for absentee ballots are available  here, from the District Clerk, and at the school in your attendance area.  There is no down side. If you vote by absentee ballot and then your schedule changes, you can still vote at your polling location.  Your absentee ballot will become void once you appear at the polls.    For more information, call 241-6011 or visit District website.  Heads up: Dates and Deadlines:  May 8 – Deadline for getting application if ballot is to be mailed to voter, May 14 – Deadline for getting application if ballot is to be delivered personally to voter, May 15 by 5 pm – Absentee Ballots must be received by District Clerk.

Vote!  Tuesday, May 15th.  Read about the budget and news at www.bcsdny.org

Bedford Central School District 2012-2013 School Budget Informational Meetings.
The 2012-2013  school district budget – What’s in and what’s out?
What does the tax levy cap mean?
How will the cuts affect the students and the quality of education? What is the school district doing to plan for future budgets?
Please attend an informational meeting to learn about the facts from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jere Hochman, and Assistant Superintendent Mark Betz.
April 24, 2012 @ 7 pm West Patent Elementary School
April 25, 2012 @ 1pm Bedford Public Library
May 1, 2012 @ 7 pm Bedford Hills Elementary School
May 2, 2012 @ 8 pm Board of Education Meeting FLMS
May 3, 2012 @ 9:30 am Bedford Village Elementary School
May 8, 2012 @ 7 pm Mount Kisco Elementary School
May 10, 2012 @ 7 pm Pound Ridge Public Library
Attend the meeting that is most convenient for you!!!

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12, 2012
Join us on THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 at 7:00pm, HCC Crittenden Middle School, 10 MacDonald Avenue, Armonk, NY 10504, for:  Helping Your Anxious Child or Teen: Confidence, Coping, and Commitment…The 3 C’s to Success.  It’s stressful being a kid these days! Recent studies suggest that anxiety and stress rank among the top problems affecting school-aged youth.  Anxious teen and children are prone to higher rates of depression, behavior problems, ADHD, substance abuse, and suicide. Dr. Weissman will discuss how these problems manifest and will present helpful strategies and parenting practices that can reduce anxiety and build confidence, coping and commitment in children and teens.  This event is being presented by CHILD.  Keynote Speaker: Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D Director of Child, Family, & Adult Services of Westchester (CFA-W).  For information or to RSVP please contact: child@bhptsa.orgAbout Speak Up for Kids: The Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids is an annual public education campaign during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012). Visit childmind.org/SpeakUpforKids.  C.H.I.L.D. is a parent based committee of the Byram Hills PTSA. C.H.I,L.D. is a network of resources, information and support for educators and families with children who have learning, emotional and or mental wellness differences, from pre-school through high school. Please visit our website at www.bhptsa.org/ptsa_child.htm or contact us at child@bhptsa.org.


This Saturday, April 21st, from 12-4pm, Fox Lane High School will be hosting a Carnival Day to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer.  This fall, one of our security guards who was also a 2 sport high school coach passed away and our librarian was diagnosed with the disease.  Join us for sports, carnival games, food, prizes, music and more in support of Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Coach Jon McLaughlin III.

Come shop at the Byram Hills PTSA…Spring Boutique!
Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10-4, H.C. Crittenden Middle School, 10 MacDonald Avenue, Armonk.  Free Admission Raffle Prizes.  We have 40 amazing vendors offering you various styles of handmade and fashion jewelry, trendy clothing for women and kids, accessories, handbags, homemade foods, home décor, floral design, fitness wear, camp items, writing instruments, skincare, gifts, personalized items, and more. Come shop at this great community event!  Participating Vendors: 2 Friends, Arbonne, B Squared, bedfoRDesigns, Bella Jayne, BH Educational Foundation, The Chintz Giraffe, Diana Heimann, East End Foodies, East Meets West Flowers, Excessorize, Exquisite Designs by Victoria, felisa, Fine Orthodontics, Groove, High Society Accessories, Hipchik, Hivernage, Ilyse’s Pieces, Indie Lee & Co., Jazzy Jewelz, Jnana Organics, Karen Klafter Jewels, Kings of Cole, La Dolce Dana, Mark of Sky Jewelry, Monkey Business NY, MRE Partners, Nails, Etc., Nourish Our Body, Oh So Adorable!, Orange Design, Quest Yoga Arts, Romi Belle, S & J Writing Instruments, Stella and Dot, Table D’Hote, The Traveling Boutique, Zookie Meatballs. We are excited to bring this fabulous Spring Boutique to our community. With Mother’s Day, the end of the school year, and the summer camp season right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better!

SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT LAUNCHES “SEED OF CHANGE” CAMPAIGN
The West Patent Elementary School Learning Garden, to foster its belief that the sheer simplicity of nurturing a seed is a powerful tool for future leaders, is hosting an event for the Bedford school community at the Westmoreland Sanctuary on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 7pm. The event will begin with a food and wine reception provided by Table Local Market of Bedford Hills, and will feature a screening of “Nourish,” the award-winning PBS documentary. The event will conclude with a community discussion.  All voluntary donations for this event will go towards the expansion of the West Patent Elementary School Learning Garden.  The WPES Learning Garden provides all students an opportunity to learn about food and sustainability by weaving aspects of the classroom curricula with hands-on experience in an outdoor garden. Expansion of the current garden and the addition of an outdoor classroom are among their goals.  Narrated by Cameron Diaz, “Nourish” explores the story of our food—where it comes from, how it affects our health and environment, and how the food choices we make create a ripple effect that is felt around the world.  With a distinctly positive vision, “Nourish” celebrates both food and community.  The goal of the WPES Learning Garden is to use the act of growing food as a lens for students to develop a healthy curiosity of the interaction between humankind and the natural world. This community event is intended to be a venue for parents, local businesses and community members to invest in our next generation: a generation of responsible and sustainable citizens.  Space is limited, to reserve your seat now RSVP to marplegirl@optonline.net.  For more information go to: thelearninggardenwpes.wordpress.com.

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District will hold its fifth annual Wellness and Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at John Jay High School. The fair will follow a 9:30 a.m. walk/run for fitness and fun, sponsored by the Booster Club, and will feature a variety of exhibits, activities and informational resources for all ages based on healthy living.  Attendees will have the opportunities to tour the newly renovated JJHS Fitness Center, the new AP Farms athletic fields, and the solar panels that the district installed. Northern Westchester Hospital representatives will offer health screenings and information, the JJHS AP Environmental Class will discuss water usage in the district, Energize Bedford and Energize Lewisboro will review ways your home may be losing energy, and the JJHS Noteables and the Rolling Tones will provide entertainment.  Other participants include the KLSD nurses, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Environmental Center, Westmoreland Sanctuary, the Katonah Museum of Art, the JJHS SADD organization, Lewisboro Recreation Department, Safe Routes to School, the Department of Public Works, the Town of Lewisboro Sustainability Committee, TOL Garden Committee, TOL Stormwater Committee, Slow Food of Westchester, the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, the Westchester Land Trust, the Wolf Conservation Center, the KL Foundation, and the Katonah Chamber of Commerce.  Guests will also be able to purchase plants from the elementary schools’ edible gardens, explore local sustainability initiatives, sign up for summer camps, enjoy student performances, and more. Aramark will provide healthy food for purchase. Children will be provided with fun, hands-on educational experiences related to health and wellness. If you are interested in displaying work or would like more information on how to be part of this event, please contact Terry Costin at tcostin@klsd.lhric.org.

The Jacob Burns Film Center is thrilled to announce the opening of BULLY (www.thebullyproject.com) on Friday, April 13. Since our sold-out preview screening in April, 2011 with the film’s director, Lee Hirsch, and a panel of advocates for safe schools, we have been anticipating the opportunity to bring this film to a larger audience.  BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy the “kids will be kids” cliché, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities and in society as a whole.

In addition to the regularly scheduled public screenings, there are four events reserved especially for student groups: Tuesday, April 17, Friday, April 20, Monday, April 23, Wednesday, April 25.  All screenings will begin at 10:30 am and be followed by a facilitated discussion. The program will conclude at approximately 12:45 pm. Seats are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $6 and payment must be made on or before the day of the screening. Schools in under resourced districts may attend for free and the JBFC will reimburse the cost of bus transportation. To reserve seats, please contact education@burnsfilmcenter.org with “Bully” in the subject line. Group sales for regularly scheduled public screenings can be made by contacting JBFC Office Manager, Julia Rosen, jrosen@burnsfilmcenter.org.  In addition, educators are invited to attend a 90-minute workshop with Peter Nelson, Director of the New York Office of Facing History and Ourselves. The workshop will be April 23, 4-5:30 pm at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab. Facing History will also be offering a free online workshop prior to the screenings. To sign up, visit: www.facinghistory.org/bully-workshop-registration.  Visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org for more information.

 

The Community Education Foundation (CEF) and Friends of Music and the Arts (FOMA) will be sponsoring an exciting family concert on Saturday, April 28.
The renowned former cast members of Beatlemania will be performing their original representation of the exciting era of The Beatles with their acclaimed show, The “Cast” of Beatlemania at the Fox Lane High School theatre for a one-time performance, starting at 7:30 p.m.
For additional information, please contact Susan Ackerman at (914) 522-0452.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.foxlanebeatlemania.com.

Experience or relive the disco era as XANADU comes to the Mary Lou Meese Theater. Complete with roller skating, striped tube socks and even legwarmers, our own Fox Lane Middle School students bring this comedic musical of fantasy and a place where dreams come true to the FLHS theatre on Saturday, April 21, 7 pm and Sunday, April 22, 2 pm.  Tickets are available online at www.seatyourself.biz/foxlane or at the box office on the the day of the shows.  Don’t miss the chance to sing (or learn) those 80’s songs one more time!!!