Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter 11-2-12

Superintendent’s News

 Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:

First and foremost, I hope all of you and your loved ones have come through this unharmed.  I was relieved to see so many back in school today. I realize this was an inconvenience for many who are still without and have been without power for multiple days. My own house is still dark and cold, but given the tragedies along the coast and in NY and NJ, I am counting my blessings.  Bethel has once again shown itself to be a community that comes together in crisis. This week I heard numerous stories of neighbors helping neighbors and witnessed the generosity of many. Bethel’s residents are wonderful models of community spirit for the children of this town. 

Due to the storm we have revised our district calendar to accommodate for the 4 days lost due to Hurricane Sandy.  The revisions are as follows:

*School will be in session on Monday, November 12th

*School will be in session on Friday, January 18th.

*School will be in session on Monday, February 18th & Tuesday, February 19th.

 Click here for the REVISED 2012-2013 school calendar. 

When revising calendars we try to keep in mind the big picture and examine as many different options as possible and then choose the best course of action. These changes will satisfy some and dissatisfy others.  Selecting where to pull back days is not simply a matter of preference, nor is it a disregard for family vacation time.  Tacking days on at the end of the year does not necessarily serve the best interests of our students. In touring through the schools today, even after four very long days off, I witnessed a great deal of meaningful, powerful instruction. Teachers were prepared and students were engaged.  With regard to the upcoming changes, we are unable to change our November 9th professional development day because of existing contracts with a number of presenters and their lack of availability on the 12th.  (The other part of the equation for our teaching staff is the fact that we are in the midst of unprecedented, complex instructional change).  We will be sure that all schools respectfully honor our veterans and plan lessons so students understand the meaning of Veterans Day.

I recognize that some families plan to travel over the Presidents’ holiday. I apologize for the inconvenience this schedule change may cause.  With these changes, we are still scheduled to close June 14th.  We won’t make changes to the April break, so any additional closures will have to be made up in June. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.


BEST OF LUCK to our BOYS Soccer Team and GIRLS Volleyball team! They are competing in the SWC tournament this Sunday.  The boys play Joel Barlow at 7pm at Pomperaug High School. Girls play Bunnell at  3:30pm at Joel Barlow High.

Also, due to the storm the BMS Musical “Oklahoma!” has been canceled and is being rescheduled.



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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.





Elementary School Lunch News


Elementary Menu for 11-5-12 to 11-9-12


Monday – Coleman’s All Natural Chicken Tenders with Brown Rice, Ginger Carrots,  Fresh Fruit Basket


Tuesday – Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Bun, Fresh Broccoli & Dip, Mixed Fruit, Fresh Fruit Basket


Wednesday – Meatball Sub on a Roll, Steamed Peas & Carrots, Chilled Apple Juice, Fresh Fruit Basket


Thursday –     Freshly-made Cheese Pizza with Tossed Italian Blend Salad, Chilled Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Fruit Basket





Elementary - $2.50

Secondary - $2.90

Each lunch includes a minimum selection of three components, two of which must be a fruit or vegetable.




Students can get off the bus and go to the cafeteria to purchase and eat breakfast.

Breakfast Price - $1.95


Reduced Breakfast - $.30/day


Circle of Friends Pre-School


Pre-School Screening - 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.

Screening date:

Wednesday, November 21st 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.



Renaissance Babysitting is Back!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Berry School Gym

Drop off:  5:15 p.m.

Pick up:  9:00 p.m.

$15.00 per child

Ages 4-10


We will provide a fun filled evening for your child.  A nut-free snack, beverage, crafts, movie and plenty of gym activities are planned.  Please contact Deidre Hook at or call 203-794-8600, ext. 263 to register your child.  Walk-ins are welcome!  Thank you for supporting BHS Renaissance!



Middle School News


BMS Musical “Oklahoma!”  has been canceled and is being rescheduled.



High School News


The SAT's being held at Bethel High School on November 3 has been cancelled.  The new testing date will take place on November 17, 2012 at Bethel High School.    


The Scholar Reception at BHS is rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 16th at 8:20 in the BHS Cafeteria.



Bethel High School On Stage Players Present:  "Murder Is A Game" by Fred Carmichael

A successful mystery writing team whose success has come to a halt receives an anniversary present from their publisher to spend a weekend at an old mansion built as a movie set.  The publisher also hires actors, unknown to each other to act out a murder plot.  The writing team, Sloan and Toby Bigelow, are delighted in the game and solve the fake murder, but then there is a real murder and further funny twists to the plot.  All the actors have the opportunities of playing themselves and then the imaginary people in the laugh filled mystery evening. 


November 8 & 9, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. in the BHS Auditorium

Tickets:  Adults - $7.00    Children and Senior Citizens - $5.00

Mr. Ciro Franco, Director

Mrs. Deidre Hook, Producer (203-794-8600, ext. 263 or



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:


  1. Purchase personalization for your yearbook at - Due November 30th
  2. Personal ads: Due January 11th


In order to submit your senior information and vote for superlatives, please go to the following website: 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:


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 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 @



SCHOOL NAME & ID#:  Bethel High School ID # 11606

Dear Parents:

Starting October 5, 2012 through March 28, 2013, Bethel High School will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is:

Log on to to register online


Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone

After you register your card, each shopping trip at any Stop & Shop using your STOP & SHOP CARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.


Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit

Bethel High School using ID #11606



Bethel Education Foundation

Get your tickets now!  Don't miss Bethel Education Foundation's 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!  For more information and to purchase your $30 advance tickets online using Visa, Mastercard, AMEX as well as PayPal, visit or use the ticket order form; $40 at the door.  Many thanks to our sponsors La Fortuna and Stony Hill Wines & Spirits.


The Bethel Education Foundation has awarded over $160,000 in grants since inception. Please help us continue to support innovative teachers, provide creative opportunities for students and excellence in the community by making a tax deductible donation to the Annual Fund.  To see how the BEF is making a difference in your child's school, visit; make your donation to the Annual Fund using the attached contribution form.


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 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 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 today, Friday, Nov. 2nd after school until 9PM.




Next week we will resume our regular hours. 

Wed. and Thursday from 2:30 to 6PM.


Friday, Nov. 9 we will be opened from 6-8:45 for games and…then


Open Gym, Friday, Nov. 9 from 9-11PM.  Cost: $2.  You MUST be a member to participate in Open Gym.  Please bring a completed application and your renewal or new membership fee.    



Community News & Events




Christmas Show              

Come and enjoy a day in New York City on Sunday, November 11th. The day will include the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall and time to look around the city.  The bus will depart from the Municipal Center at 7:00 am for a 10:00 am show.  Departure from the city will be at 4:00 pm to allow time for seeing some of New York’s sights.  Be sure to make your reservations early, as tickets are limited to 50.  You will also receive a free Christmas ornament at Radio City for every ticket purchased.

Program #5259                  Fee: $85.00

 **Please note there is no Senior Discount for this trip.


Ann’s Place Festival of Trees Presents - 5th Annual LEGO® ARTISTS CHALLENGE & MY FRIEND AND ME TEA

Saturday, November 17th – Sunday, November 18th

Click here for flyer.


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 Revolutionary 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.


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.



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.


BEtv Schedule


Check out what's on BEtv this weekend!




Frequently Asked Questions



2012-2013 School Calendar/School Time Schedule


2012-2013 School Calendar


2012-2013 School Time Schedule


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 –

Connecticut Weather Website –


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.


You may also sign up to receive text or email notifications on your cell phone when weather related cancellations, announcements, or other notifications have been posted from the following media:

(Text messaging rates may be applied by your carrier.)



Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone


WFSB – Channel 3

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

Bethel Schools are listed under Fairfield County


WNBC 30 – Channel 6

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

Click on Get Text or Email Alerts


WTNH Channel 8

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

Click on Alerts on Your Phone



Nondiscrimination Statement

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.

Bethel Public Schools
P.O. Box 253, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801 - Phone: 203.794.8601 - Fax: 203.794.8723