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« on: August 18, 2015, 05:39:41 AM »
(From Lea Wimette)

"One of the first steps to student success is student preparedness."

Recently I learned of a community rallying to support their children in need of school supplies for the upcoming school year. It occurred to me that we have some of those same needs right here in our own Fairfax community. This Project Student Success is a call for help to provide school supplies for those students / families in need.

If you are willing and can help, any school supplies would be greatly appreciated. If you would like ideas, there are specifics listed below, items originating from lists that teachers have provided for children returning to school. If it makes sense to you that a child might need it at school, it's probably a good idea, even if it isn't listed here!

Also listed below are the number, grade level and gender of known homeless children we have in our community. It would be fabulous to be able to give new backpacks to some or all of those children.

BFA Fairfax Guidance Office:
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Weekdays
If those hours do not work for you, please call 849-6711 and speak with Karen McNall in Guidance for other possible times or locations.
I am also happy to receive and deliver any items to the Guidance Office if those hours are not convenient. Please call me, Lea Wimette at 849-2151.

(would love to be able to provide backpacks for these children...)

Grade 1 / 2
3 boys
2 girls

Grade 4 / 5
3 boys

Grade 6 / 7
2 girls

Grade 10
2 boys
1 girl

General list of items that might be helpful for any student in need:

Colored Pencils
Pencil Box
Ear Buds
1" Binder
Wide Ruled 1 Subject Notebooks
Dry Erase Markers
Glue Sticks

Pens (blue or black)
Thumb Drives
Ear Buds
12" Ruler
Basic Calculator
3" Binder
1.5" Binder
Pocket Folders
College Ruled 1 Subject Notebooks
College Ruled 3 Subject Notebook (with perforations)
100 Page Composition Books
Graph Paper (1/4" and hole punched)
Loose-Leaf Paper-Collge Ruled
3 Hole Pencil Case for Binder
White Out
Subject Divider Pages
Index Cards
Post-It Notes

*All distribution of items to students in need will be strictly confidential.
*All teachers will be made aware of the supply availability, so they might access supplies for needs they notice in the classroom.

Donations Accepted between 8/15/15 and 9/4/15...although no one will ever tell you NO!
Thank you, in advance, for any contributions you are willing to make!

Let's Rally for


Fund Raisers / BFA Football Selling Gold Cards
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:56:33 AM »
Please support BFA Fairfax football by purchasing a Gold Card.  Sales begin Thursday, August 13th and end in two weeks.  Cost is $20 and includes many great discounts to area businesses.  Every player and manager has a goal to sell 20+ cards.  Funds support the Bullets football program. 

Thank you for supporting Bullets football.

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the faculty, staff, community and families for supporting the 2015 Class Day celebration. We were fortunate in being able to award over $820,000 in scholarships for our juniors and graduating seniors. The BFA Fairfax community appreciates the financial support of so many families, organizations and universities to make this possible.

BFA Sports Events / 2014 Vermont Shrine Team Head Coach Announced
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:32:36 AM »
Congratulations goes out to BFA Fairfax Bullets Head Coach, Mike Williams, for being selected as Head Coach for the Vermont Shrine Team 2014.  Well deserved!

From Burlington Free Press:
BFA-Fairfax football coach Mike Williams has been named the head coach of the Vermont team in the 61st Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl next August, according to a news release on Tuesday.

Williams, a graduate of Winooski High School and member of the 1982 Vermont Shrine team, has led Bullets program for eight seasons, compiling a record of 37-28 and going 7-4 last fall.

He served as an assistant coach for the Vermont Shrine team this past year.

David Jackson of Merrimack Valley will lead the New Hampshire Shrine team for the annual all-star game, which features graduated seniors from the Green Mountain and Granite states against one another each summer.

“This is more than a simple game between neighboring states — it offers an opportunity to raise money for the most worthy of causes,” Williams said in the release.

More than 200 players from Vermont and New Hampshire have been nominated to fill one of the 36 places on each state’s roster. The 2014 game will be played Aug. 2 on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field.

Highgate Elementary Craft Fair, Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Over 70 crafters!

Current News & Events / Patriots Youth Football Receives Grant Award!
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:21:39 AM »
Patriots Youth Football, of Fairfax, Vermont has been approved by USA Football and the NFL Foundation to receive a Heads Up grant award in the amount of $1,000.  The monies will be used for helmet reconditioning by Riddell. 

Thank you to Heads Up Football, USA Football, and the NFL Foundation!

Former Chicago Bears player, Ralph Kuret, to visit Patriots on October 9th
Posted Oct 7, 2013

Below please find a press release for a visit by former Chicago Bears player, Ralph Kurek, to our Patriots Youth Football practice in Fairfax, Vermont.  The Patriots program was one of two youth football programs chosen as piliot programs for Heads Up Football in the state of Vermont.  We would like to invite you to attend.

Where:  Fairfax Rec Park, Hunt Street (Across from BFA Fairfax High School), Fairfax, Vermont
Schedule:  Wednesday, October 9th, 5:15 pm - 6:30 p.m.

5:20 p.m.:  Ralph Kuret addresses players, parents, and coaches
5:30 - 5:45 pm:  Media Availability
5:30 - 6:20 pm:  Patriots Youth Football practice
6:20 - 6:30 p.m.:  Ralph Kuret closing remarks

Media Contact: 
Steve Alic, salic@usafootball.com, 317-489-4417
Local Contact:  Katie Ballard, President, Patriots Youth Football, 802-598-3342

Patriots Youth Football was one of two pilot programs for USA Football's Heads Up Football in the state of Vermont.  Throughout the season, youth players, parents and coaches were instructed on Heads Up Football technique and tach safer tackling mechanics designed to reduce helmet contact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CEDC) concussion recognition and response protocols and proper helmet fitting.  On Wednesday, October 9th, former NFL player Ralph Kurek will attend a Patriots practice in Fairfax, Vermont as part of USA Football's Heads Up Football Ambassador program.

About USA Football:  USA Football leads the game's development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players.  The independent non-profit is the official yough football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.  USA Football (www.usafootball.com), emdowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies through support from the NFL Foundation.

We hope you can  join us.

Current News & Events / Patriots Youth Football - Open Registrations
« on: August 10, 2013, 09:13:32 PM »
There is still time to signup for Patriots Youth Football, Grades 2-8. 
Equipment distribution will be Sunday, August 11th at 6:00 p.m., Stuff-It Storage Facility.

Visit www.fairfaxpatriots.com for Registration Paperwork.

Practice begins for all grades on Monday, August 12th, at our new location, The Fairfax Rec Park.

Player Assessments take place on Monday as follows:

Tackle:  Grades 5-8 at 5:30 p.m.
Flag:  Grades 2-4 at 6:00 p.m.

All practices are open to the public and we encourage all to come and watch a practice.
Bleachers available or bring a chair.

High school practice will be in session from 6-8:30 p.m.

Ryan Wimble will be representing BFA Fairfax on the Vermont team in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl at Dartmouth College on August 3, 2013, kickoff time is 5:30 p.m.

Ticket information for the game can be found at shrinemaplesugarbowl.com

Buy a t-shirt to show your support! All profit from the t-shirts will be donated to the Shrine Hospitals. They are gray t-shirts with green print. $17.50 each.  Order form may be downloaded by visiting www.fairfaxpatriots.com

Checks can be made payable to Heidi FitzGerald. T-shirts should arrive the week of July 29th and Heidi will deliver to you. Supply is limited so order today! Please place order by July 29th.

Orders can be e-mailed to wimfitz@gmail.com or mailed to P.O. Box 22, Fairfax, VT 05454. If you have any questions, please call Heidi FitzGerald- 802-309-3925.

Contact: Doug Bishop Phone number: 802-343-7597 Regional Logo JPG format




Heavy rains expected to soak already saturated ground


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … (Burlington, VT – June 27, 2013)  The American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley is urging people to be alert and take steps in advance of the heavy rain expected over the next 24-hours.  A few steps taken before, during and after potential flooding will help ensure people weather the storm safely.  The Red Cross is heeding its own advice as it takes steps to prepare for a potential response to anticipated flooding.


Already saturated ground that is expected to receive significant rain in the coming days creates a potential need in communities across the region.  The steps being taken by the American Red Cross of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley to ready itself include:

◾ Red Cross volunteers have been asked to advise of their availability through the weekend; more than 60 have already responded
◾ Vehicles and equipment are being readied
◾ Outreach has begun to potential shelter sites
◾ Lines of communication are open with State and local emergency planners
◾ Red Cross disaster services workers are being lined up to staff the State Emergency Operations Center


As conditions warrant, the Red Cross will look to open shelters to serve communities that may be hard hit by the anticipated severe weather.  Additional services to impacted towns will be assessed in consultation with local and state officials.


While the Red Cross, locally, is hard at work to ensure it is prepared should the need for its service arise, the organization is urging individuals to take steps to prepare for the potential for rapidly rising water along streams, rivers and in low-lying areas.  The Red Cross suggests:

◾Before -- Ensure that you have available and ready to go items that you may need if you must evacuate your home.  This includes everything from a flashlight, to a fully-charged cell phone, baby and pet supplies, medications and more.
◾During -- Stay informed and safe during a flooding event by ensuring you have a crank or battery-powered radio; head to higher ground as warranted; stay away from flooded roads while driving; and keep curious children away from flood waters.  Just six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off their feet and a car can be swept away in less than two feet of water.
◾After -- Only return home after it has been declared safe; look for and avoid downed power lines; wear protective gear (gloves, boots, mask) during clean up; and ensure your water supply is safe.


A great deal more preparedness information is available at www.redcross.org.  The Red Cross strongly encourages people to go to this site, take the time to review their safety plan, create an emergency kit for their home and car and to stay informed before, during and after storms.  To put much of this helpful information right at your fingertips, the Red Cross also encourages people to download its free First Aid and other preparedness apps from the iTunes Store or Google Play for Android users.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at  @RedCross.



Following it’s most successful season on the field, the Bullets were awarded the Stan Amidon Sportsmanship Award at the Vermont Interscholastic Football League meeting on Monday in White River Jct.

The Amidon Trophy is given to the northern Vermont high school football team the exemplifies the true meaning of sportsmanship, and is voted on by the northern officials. There are nineteen schools eligible in northern Vermont for this award encompassing all divisions.

Head Coach Mike Williams: ”We are very proud of the young men who play football at BFA, they truly represent this community in a first-class way.”

BFA Sports Events / Division III State Football Championship Game Announced
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:18:38 PM »
Division III Football State Championship game: BFA Fairfax vs. Woodstock Union High School is slated to take place on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m.
South Burlington High School.

Come support your Bullets!

General Discussion / Landscaper / Stone Mason
« on: August 01, 2012, 06:55:31 AM »
I am looking for a landscaper and also a stone mason.  If anyone has suggestions, please feel free to post.  Thank you.

Upcoming School Events / Class of 2005 Records Destruction
« on: July 17, 2012, 11:17:16 AM »
BFA Fairfax
Student Records Destruction

STUDENT RECORDS:  Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, Vermont will be destroying any non-essential materials from student files of graduates from the Class of 2005.

SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS:  Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, Vermont will be destroying special education records of students with birthdays January 1 ~ December 31, 1983 or earlier as this information is no longer relevant and or needed for the student’s educational program.  Please be advised that some of the information contained in Special Education files may be needed later on for other purposes such as eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you wish to have these records before they are destroyed, please call the Guidance Office at (802) 849-6711 with your name and telephone number where you may be reached.  Request must be made prior to August 16, 2012.  Records may only be requested by the student or authorized agent.

In case you can't make the competition, you can view on-line: http://nsnsports.net/
Go Bullets!

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