Bethel Public Schools Newsletter for 10-12-12
Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
One of the district’s new programs is the Parent University. We held our first Parent University last week at which a panel of district staff members provided attendees with a comprehensive overview of the continuum of services provided to special education students from Pre-K – Grade 12. About 14 parents attended this event, listened to the presentation, asked some excellent questions, and came away with a much better understanding of services that are available in the district. As part of our effort to be more responsive to parental concerns and raise awareness about the many issues impacting public education, we will be offering a number of Parent University workshops during the school year. Our next Parent University is scheduled of next Tuesday, October 16th in the Rockwell Cafeteria at 7pm. The title of the workshop is “A Kinder, Gentler World: Schools and Communities that are Bully Free.” District staff will explain the Board of Education Bullying policy, share efforts at each of the schools to eradicate bullying and provide parents and guardians with strategies to support their children at home.
Tip o’ the Cap
Congratulations to the following BHS students for being named “commended student” in the 2013 National Merit Scholar program: Aiden L. Ford, Rebecca E. Joseph, Luisa R. Kenausis, Maria C. Manolescu, Justin H. Quader, and Harper A. Stevenson. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. These students are truly impressive!
Spotlight on Budget (a regularly featured column which highlights specific budget lines)
Coaches and Advisors: The Bethel Board of Education budget includes funding for coaches and advisors. These individuals are hired by the Board and are paid stipends to run a variety of extracurricular activities at our schools. These extracurricular activities excite and engage our students and provide them opportunities to participate in the life of the school beyond the classroom. They are some of the vehicles through which we promote the critical element of community connectedness. Students who feel strongly connected to school tend to have more positive outcomes socially, emotionally, and academically. There are opportunities for every child to participate in their areas of interest and talent. We encourage our students to participate in at least one extracurricular activity, especially at the secondary level. We endeavor to provide a wide enough array of activities to meet all students’ interests and talents. As Mr. Muharem is fond of saying, “if there is something you want that we don’t have, we will try to get it.” Our goal is to strongly connect students to school and improve outcomes.
Bethel High School students, known as the Wildcats, participate in a number of extracurricular activities some of which are competitive and some are not. Of course there are the great sports teams, including football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, field hockey, tennis, cross country, golf, swimming, lacrosse and hockey, cheer leading and color guard. The music department offers an array of bands and ensembles including the award-winning marching band. Theatrical performances are presented several times per year and the clubs try to meet a wide range of interests and needs, including, Student Council, Gay Straight Alliance, DECA, NHS, Tri-M, Renaissance, Key Club, CORE Club, Chess, Environmental Club, model U.N., Mirage, Dance Team, and on and on. There are too many to list!
Bethel Middle School, home of the Tigers, also offers a number of interscholastic sports, a range of clubs including television production, robotics, colorguard, dance, to name just a few. Students can participate in a fall musical, a winter talent show, and a range of music performance ensemble groups. This fall BMS offered over 30 intramural opportunities.
The elementary schools also offer a range of activities from music performance groups to Odyssey of the Mind to Technology Team.
The Board of Education funds modest stipends for these coaches and advisors because it understands the importance of strengthening the connections between students and school. While the total cost represents a small portion of the total budget, the collective impact is enormous.
Another stellar weekend for the Marching Wildcats!
They took First Place in class II at a competition in Newtown. They also won three caption awards: General Effect, Best Music, Best Marching.
On Sunday, they competed in Arlington, NY and took First Place in class II.
The Bethel High School Marching Band and Colorguard would like to invite all community members to their annual “QUEST FOR THE BEST” the “Quest” is a performance/competition of area marching band and color guards. This event is the BHS band and colorguards biggest fundraiser and proudest performance. This year’s show features “QUIDAM-Cirque Du Soleil.” Come support the 2011 state champions in both MAC and USSBA circuits Saturday, October 13, 2012 BHS Football Field – 6:00 PM. General admission $10.00/students $7.00. Questions? Please email us at @ firstname.lastname@example.org
**NEW** Question of the Week
When is the next Parent University? October 16th at 7 pm in the Rockwell Cafeteria. All parents are welcome. Come and explore the topic of bullying with district pupil personnel staff.
Have a question you would like answered? Email questions to email@example.com
Elementary School Lunch News
Elementary Menu for October 15 - 19
Monday – Coleman’s All Natural Chicken Tenders, Brown Rice & Beans, Chilled Peaches, Fresh Apple
Tuesday – Turkey Sausage & Gold French Toast with Warm Fruit Topping, Hash Brown Potatoes, Chilled Apple Juice, Fresh Pears
Wednesday – Pasta & Homemade Meatsauce, Steamed Green Beans, Chilled Pears, Fresh Orange Wedges
Thursday – Breaded Chicken on a Bun, Fresh Baby Carrots & Dip, Chilled Pineapple, Fresh Banana
Friday - Freshly-made Cheese Pizza with Tossed Italian Blend Salad, Chilled Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Peach
LUNCH PRICES –
Elementary - $2.50
Secondary - $2.90
Each lunch includes a minimum selection of three components, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable.
BREAKFAST IS NOW BEING SERVED AT BERRY & ROCKWELL SCHOOLS
Students can get off the bus and go to the cafeteria to purchase and eat breakfast.
Monday – Bagel with Cream Cheese or Jelly or Cereal
Tuesday – Apple Cinnamon Muffin or Blueberry Muffin with Cheese Stick or Cereal
Wednesday – Cherry or Apple Frudel or Cereal
Thursday – 100% Natural Stonyfield Yogurt & Graham Crackers or Cereal
Friday – Ultimate Breakfast Round Oatmeal Cookie or Cereal
(a “Frudel” is a breakfast strudel stick)
Breakfast includes milk, fruit or juice - $1.95
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED LUNCH QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED BREAKFAST.
Reduced Breakfast - $.30/day
Circle of Friends Pre-School
Are you concerned that your child might be experiencing developmental delays?
If so, you and your child (3-5 years old) are encouraged to participate in a Circle of Friends screening. While meeting the staff to discuss concerns or ask questions regarding your child’s development, your child will take part in informal play activities that include songs and motor activities.
The preschool team includes the Supervisor of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and School Social Worker.
Wednesday, October 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pre-registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcomed.
For more information please contact Katharine MacDonald at 794-8679.
The Pre-school screen is open to Bethel residents only
Brown Bag Lunch or Morning Coffee
If anyone would be interested in talking about some of these items in person, I invite you to contact my office and join me for a brown bag lunch or morning coffee. Please contact Susan Paré, Executive Assistant, or call (203)794-8601.
All Berry, Rockwell, & Johnson parents/guardians are invited to attend
A Kinder, Gentler World…Schools & Communities that are “Bully-Free” Workshop
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Berry School News
Please be reminded that parent teacher conferences are scheduled for October 24-26th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not received a conference date & time. October 24-26th are early dismissal days at Berry School. The schedule is as follows:
K-3 - 9:00 A.M. – 1:40 P.M.
The Circle of Friends schedules for those dates are as follows:
A.M. 8:55 A.M. - 10:55 A.M.
P.M. 11:40 A.M. - 1:40 P.M.
Our Harvest Gala is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th. We are very excited for this wonderful evening. There will be appetizers, dancing, and wonderful auction items to help raise money for our school. Several auction items are being donated by our teachers and staff members. Money raised will be used to purchase iPads for our classrooms. This interactive technology is very engaging for our students and enhances instruction within the classroom. It’s not too late….please help support Berry School and come to our Harvest Gala, as it’s sure to be a great night out! You can find more information or purchase tickets for this event at http://bit.ly/HarvestGala2012
Rockwell School News
Rockwell School is proud to announce their new Before School Care Program! The program runs five days a week from 7:30 AM -8:40 AM and Rockwell School staff will supervise the students. Students can attend one to five days a week. Activities will be planned including sports, board games, arts and crafts, literacy fun, etc.
If you would like to sign up or if you have any questions please email Victoria Guarino firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson School News
Johnson School Book Fair and Pizza Night
Thursday, October 18th
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for pizza and hear stories read by Johnson students
'Book-Fair-Bucks' will be raffled off!
Book Fair open until 8 p.m.
$5.00 per person - $20.00 family maximum
R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, October 16th
* 12 Spirit wear orders due. Get some great Johnson gear for your child and yourself. Check out the women’s t-shirt in maroon.
* 15-19 Book Fair
* 18 Family Pizza Night, Book Fair open until 8 pm
* 19 BHS Football--Johnson School Night We will be attending the BHS Football game. Game starts at 7:00pm. Wear Johnson Spirit wear or Maroon and White and Kids get in free. THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT. Parents must accompany child. Foam Fingers will be on sale for $5 Thursday, 18-Oct-2012.
BOX TOPS: Last year we made approximately $2000 from Box Tops. There is a shipment going in at the end of October. Please send your box tops in this week and next.
Middle School News
BMS Musical The Wild West comes to Connecticut when Bethel Middle School presents the stage musical of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” The action takes place in the early 1900s in the soon-to-become state of Oklahoma. Performances will be held in the Bethel Middle School Auditorium on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Lisa Simoes-Ruiz email@example.com.
INVITING STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF BETHEL MIDDLE SCHOOL TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ODYSSEY TEAM COMPETING FOR THE 2013 TOURNAMENTS
We are parents of two current sixth-graders in Bethel Middle School and have committed to coaching a Bethel Middle School Odyssey Team for 2013. We’re grateful to Mr. Muharem who is supporting this maiden team from the Middle School by sponsoring the fees for the students to enroll in this wonderful program.
It is a commitment we are making for a number of weekends over this academic year – to give our students a shot at a fun experience that also teaches them real-life skills.
We look forward to having you join our team!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Suneetha Malkani and Colleen Ruiz
High School News
Attention BHS Senior Families: The FINAL day for senior portrait retakes is October 19th in the BHS Auditorium. Please contact Prestige Portraits at 1-800-426-9533 in order to make an appointment.
Attention BHS Senior Families: Senior packets have been handed out in all English classes. Please be sure to regard the following deadlines in order to have a great senior yearbook:
- Select your yearbook portrait at http://prestigeportraits.com/ - Due October 16th
- Senior Packets: Due October 26th -This includes senior information (will, quote, and write-up), vote for superlatives, and submit all pictures (baby picture, now and then, senior sibling).
- Purchase personalization for your yearbook at http://www.jostens.com/ - Due November 30th
- Personal ads: Due January 11th
In order to submit your senior information and vote for superlatives, please go to the following website: http://www.mdznr.com/yearbook. There is a link in the vertical navigation bar on the Bethel High School website - Senior Yearbook Info. On this website, there is also a video created by the yearbook staff to assist you through this process.
Please email questions and digital photos to: yearbookBHS@bethel.k12.ct.us.
Attention BHS Underclassman Families: Picture Retake Day is October 18th in the BHS Auditorium.
College Visits for the week of 10/15:
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
James Madison University
George Mason University
Franklin Pierce University
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Eastern Connecticut State University
*Students must sign up for college visits in Naviance and MUST print out the confirmation page and have it signed by their teacher in order to attend the visits.
BHS Varsity Softball team is selling $5 raffle tickets for 2 seats at the New York Jets v San Diego Chargers game on Dec 23, 8:30 p.m. at Metlife Stadium. Parking Pass is included. A $275 value. Only 200 tickets are being sold. 100% goes to a new pitching machine. Tickets are available for sale until November 30th. Please contact a BHS softball player or parent or you can call June Barton at 203-797-9831. Tickets will also be available for purchase during home football games.
The School Counseling Department will be hosting this year’s Financial Aid Night on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 P.M. in the High School Auditorium. Kelly Jambo, Director of Student Financial Assistance at Sacred Heart University, will be our guest presenter. Please R.S.V.P to Cheryl Hallock in student services at 203-794-8600 ext. 420 by Oct 12th.
The BHS Key Club will be hosting a Halloween Party on Friday, October 19th from 7-9. Wear a costume and you may have a chance to win a prize. There will be games, arts and crafts, a movie and much more. Admission is $4 per child and concessions will be sold. Join us for a frightfully good time!
The BHS Band Boosters are proud to announce our 3rd year in partnership with local area merchants through the sale of our BETHEL DISCOUNT CARD! The cards remain only $10 each and are valid for an entire year. Our merchants offer discounts each and every time you use your card throughout the year. Click here for more information. Questions? Orders? Feel free to email us @ email@example.com
Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club
Attention parents: If your child is playing a high school sport and you would like one of these yard signs, you can pick one up for FREE at the stadium snack shed whenever it is open.
Wildcat fans, comfortable seat cushions are available for sale in the stadium snack shed for $10 each and come with a free wildcat keychain.
Bethel Special Education PTO
Bethel Special Education PTO Workshop - Steps to Success Toolkit Training on October 24th, the Bethel Special Education PTO is hosting a workshop to presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) entitled: Steps to Success: Toolkit Training. Parents of students receiving special education services are invited to attend a training session to learn how use their IEP to determine if their children are making progress in school as well as how to develop an appropriate program. This is an interactive training and participants will leave with a toolkit filled out with their children’s information. Please bring a copy of your child’s IEP, most recent evaluation reports, and some work samples. Registration is required. Please contact Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-2722, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration. If you have questions, please contact Melinda Belles-Preston or Denise Howe, co-presidents, Bethel Special Education PTO.
Bethel Education Foundation
Calling all ladies! The Bethel Education Foundation is hosting Ladies Night Out on Thursday, November 8th at La Fortuna Restaurant. Join us for a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, raffle prizes and lots of fun all to benefit innovation, creativity and excellence in education for our children! Use the ticket order form to purchase your $30 advance tickets; $40 at the door. Many thanks to our sponsors La Fortuna and Stony Hill Wines & Spirits.
Bethel Continuing Education
Time is running out to sign up for some great courses! Be sure to check out the Bethel Continuing Education page located at www.bethel.k12.ct.us for updates about which courses are running and other important information. There are over 40 classroom courses and 250 instructor facilitated courses to choose from. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are now accepted as well as checks. Contact email@example.com or call 203-794-8600 x450 and leave a message if you have any questions.
Pro Access, Bethel’s Teen Center News
Pro Access will be opened every Wed. and Thursday in Oct. after school until 6PM.
- No Open Gym this Friday because of Homecoming. Go Wildcats!
- Beginner Piano Lessons - Cost: $15/half hour class. Sign up with Hilda
- Student Advisory Meeting - Tues., Oct. 16 from 7-9 PM - this group helps to plan and organize all our programs. You get community service hours for attending these meetings.
- Halloween Party - Friday, Oct. 19th from 6-8:45 PM at Pro Access
- Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard and Rides - Oct. 27th from 5 PM to 11 PM. Cost: $25. RSVP to Hilda
- Volunteers needed for Health Fair on Sat. Oct. 20th from 10 to 1 PM and on Oct. 27th for Trick or Treat Street.
- Souper Soup Day is our fundraiser to raise money for the homeless in our area. We will have a planning meeting for this event on Oct. 24th from 7-9 PM. The event will take place on Nov. 14th. Please let Hilda know if you can volunteer.
- Volunteer needed to show a senior citizen how to use Photo Shop.
Visit our website at www.bethelproaccess.org for more information.
Community News & Events
Bethel Healthy Living Day 2012! Saturday, October 20th 8 am to 4 pm at the Municipal Center. The day will feature the Healthy Living Expo presented by Newtown Savings Banks, the St. Mary's Catch Me If You Can! Road Race presented by Greenwood Physical Therapy, the Fall Festival Sidewalk Sales and Vendor Fair, Live Music, Fitness Classes on the Lawn, Healthy Living Speakers and Workshops, Kids Activities, Live Music, and more! Bethel Healthy Living Day is brought you by Boylan Chiropractic. Visit www.bethelchamber.com for complete details
Halloween Fun will be happening all around town this year!
On Saturday October 27th the Annual Trick or Treat Street will be taking place in downtown Bethel. At 1pm there will be Animal Encounters show sponsored by the Bethel Parks and Rec. and from 2 pm to 4 pm, the little ghosts and goblins will be lining the streets of downtown Bethel for tricks or treats.
On Wednesday October 31st, the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Night will be taking place in the Big Y Shopping Plaza on Stony Hill Rd. The event takes place between 5 pm and 8 pm and is a Safe alternative to traditional trick or treating. There will be music, food, and spooky fun!
For complete details on both events visit www.bethelchamber.com
Halloween Pancake Breakfast at the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 9 am to Noon
Come In Costume!
Big Prizes, including a Kindle, Flat Screen TV, and an iPad!
All proceeds go toward the Ambulance Fund. Sponsored by the Stony Hill Four Corners Association. Click here for flyer.
The Bethel High School Hall of Fame Committee cordially invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Dinner on October 20, 2012.
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
David Campbell Football, Track 1965
David Tierney Cross Country, Track 1973
Patrick Wild Cross Country, Track 1978
Melanie Kasack Ivey Softball, Cross Country 1997
Kerri Kaylor Basketball, Soccer, Track 2001
Gregory Pace Wrestling 2002
The 1998 Softball Team
The dinner will be held at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Tickets are $50 per person.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Denise Musser at Bethel High School 203-794-8600, ext 248.
The Bethel Public Library is pleased to offer a free music program on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Main Room. Historian/musician Rick Spencer will perform songs from the 1856 presidential campaign songbook “Freemen for Fremont.”
Here’s an entertaining way to discover history through music. Before radio, TV, or the Internet, campaign promoters included sing-alongs so supporters could sing about the virtues of their candidates and the failings of their opponents! In this program, you’ll hear those songs performed live, and gain an understanding of the United States on the brink of Civil War. This event is particularly appropriate as we approach Election Day!
The program will be enjoyed by adults and students in Grades 6+. Registration is required due to space constraints. Please call 203-794-8756, ext. 4, register at the website www.bethellibrary.org, or sign up in person at the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Revolutionary War comes to Putnam Park. On Saturday, November 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at Putnam Park there will be a Revolution War Camp at Putnam Park. There will be the roaring of a cannon, gun powder smoke from a mock battlefield skirmish, drill demonstrations, and drill instruction for kids. You will be able to observe army camp life and meet the reenactors. On sale will be food by the Bethel Boy Scouts and hand-crafted colonial items. The event is free but donations are encouraged.
Putnam Park is located at the junction of Rt. 107 and Rt 58 in Redding, CT.
The event will be held rain or shine. Contact number is 203-938-2357 Click here for flyer.
2012 - 2013 Family Friendly Hikes & Activities, Sponsored by The Bethel Land Trust
All activities will be held on the 2nd Sunday of the month and start at 2:00 pm. If it rains or snows, the event may be rescheduled. Check our Facebook page (Bethel Land Trust) for updates. Refreshments will be served after the hike.
October 14, 2012 @ 2:00 - WALK A HOUND, LOSE A POUND
We’re doing this popular hike again. Bring your leashed, well-behaved canine friend and enjoy the beautiful fall color in Huntington Park. Meet at the park entrance with the bear and eagle statues on Sunset Hill Rd.
November 11, 2012 @2:00 – BUILD A BLUEBIRD HOUSE
The Land Trust is trying to make its preserves more wildlife friendly. As part of this effort, we invite you to join us to build bluebird houses. Weather permitting, we’ll install those houses at our nearby preserve on Sky Edge Road. Meet at the Stony Hill Fire House off Rt. 6 to work on the bluebird houses.
February 10, 2013 @ 2:00 - SNOWSHOE AT TARRYWILE MANSION
Meet at the upper parking lot of the mansion for some vigorous winter exercise. Hikers and cross-country skiers are welcome too. Who knows what the weather will be. Tarrywile Park is located off Southern Blvd in Danbury.
MARCH 10, 2013 @ 2:00 - PRE-EARTH DAY PRESERVE CLEAN UP
This is the time of year when the discarded bottles and cans that disfigure our preserves are easiest to spot. Earth Day, on April 22nd, is too late to clean up in this area because the invasive plants have already leafed out. Meet at the Rockwell School Parking lot and we’ll break down into smaller work parties and go to the preserves that need to be picked up, or have brush cut back. Wear gloves.
Reminder – Check Facebook (Bethel Land Trust) for updates.
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School Closing/Delay Information
When it is necessary to close school due to inclement weather or have an unscheduled early dismissal due to forecasted inclement weather for the afternoon, the “Schools Closed” or “Early Dismissal” announcement will be made over the following radio and television stations and websites in the morning:
WLAD AM Danbury 800 on the dial
WINE AM Brookfield 940 on the dial
WICC AM Bridgeport 600 on the dial
WEBE FM Bridgeport 108 on the dial
WEZN FM Bridgeport 100 on the dial
TV Channel 3, TV Channel 8, & TV Channel 6.
Bethel Public Schools Website – www.bethel.k12.ct.us
Connecticut Weather Website – www.ctweather.com
In the case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to operate schools. However, in our judgment, whenever it is not safe to operate the buses, schools will be closed.
In the event that weather conditions worsen after pupils have arrived at school, it may be necessary for an unscheduled early dismissal (click for times). Should this occur, you will be notified by telephone by our automated voice message system and appropriate announcements will be broadcast over the above media.
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The Bethel Board of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Bethel Board of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Dr. Janice Jordan, Associate Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools, P.O. Box 253, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801 – (203) 794- 8613.