Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter - 11-9-12

Superintendent’s News


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


In this section:

Veterans Day activities

Relaunch of BMS’ Tiger Times

A Request from Lt Commander Dwinells and Brotherhood in Action



Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:


I hope this finds you adjusting well after another crazy week of weather. I am hoping for some normalcy and a return to routine as we move through the remainder of November and into December.


Readers are reminded that we are in session Monday, Veterans Day. Our schools have planned meaningful events to teach students about the importance of this day and all the many reasons we pay tribute to our veterans. Once again, our NJROTC will have the honor and privilege of marching in the Veterans Day parade in New York. Middle Schoolers will be studying the Declaration of Independence, exploring timelines of various wars, discussing the meaning of sacrifices made by our soldiers, analyzing war veteran poetry, and participating in a morning service to pay tribute to our vets. Johnson School students will be hosting an assembly honoring veterans on November 20th at BMS at 8:45am. The public is invited to this event. On Veterans Day JS students will be working in their classrooms preparing their presentations, and creating cards and songs for the assembly on the 20th. Rockwell School students will visit their Veterans Wall in the main lobby of the school and have a visit from uniformed vets and representatives from a local drum corps. 100 small flags will be planted in the Rockwell hillside in remembrance of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. Berry school students will also visit their Veterans Wall in the main lobby of that school. Students there will have an opportunity to explore military artifacts like uniforms and various medals and will participate in discussions in their classrooms based on Scholastic News articles about Veterans Day.


I believe our schools will do a very thorough job of teaching our students about the importance of this day and mark it appropriately so students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Back by Popular Demand: It was clear after our Parent Survey administered last February that BMS parents want more timely information from the school. In response, the Tiger Times published its first edition recently. Congratulations to the fine work conducted by the contributing students! The link is on the bottom left of the BMS main page.



BROTHERHOOD IN ACTION: A Message from Lt. Commander Dwinells


There are many needy families in Bethel. The Brotherhood in Action requests that each student in Bethel bring one or two canned or dry food items to school on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Donation Boxes have been distributed to the schools. Once again, these donations go directly to the needy of Bethel.

If anyone wants to help sort, pack and deliver food, the schedule is on the BIA website. All are welcome and I will sign community service tracking forms for all students.



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. 


Follow me on Twitter @DrKevinJSmith95


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.





Parent Workshop

November 13, 2012 – For All Prek-8 Parents/Guardians

The Bethel Public Schools invites parents/guardians of children in grades PreK-8 to a Parent University workshop: Understanding the Bethel Public Schools' Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum. Learn about what social-emotional learning is, its value and benefits for school age children, and Second Step, the program used by PreK-8 teachers to support students' social-emotional learning. Learn how you can enhance your child's growth and development in this area.

Presenters are Kim Pollard, School Counseling Coordinator, and Amy Shulkin, School Psychology Coordinator. Please join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM at the Bethel Middle School Library Media Center, 600 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, CT. Please RSVP to secretary Heather Michalski at or 203-794-8670, ext 102.


Bethel Special Education PTO

November 15, 2012 – For PreK-12 Parents/Guardians of Students With Disabilities

The Bethel Special Education PTO is presenting a workshop to help parents of special needs children with “Chronic Sorrow.”  When a child with special needs is born, it can be life altering.  Both parents and siblings can feel intermittent and ongoing sadness cued by idiosyncratic everyday events, and/or missed typical developmental milestones. These Chronic Sorrow moments are felt in tandem with the love, joy, and pride we have for all our children. Standard grief therapy doesn’t address this particular experience; there is no “resolution” because the loss is ongoing. The experience of parenting a child with special needs has to be normalized and acknowledged in a supportive environment and/or group setting where optimism, humor, and resourcefulness are nurtured.

Our presenter is Susan Jacoby, a board certified Masters prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in working with the parents and siblings of children with special needs. In a collaborative setting Susan uses Chronic Sorrow as the theoretical framework to provide a therapeutic and empathic healing experience focused on developing resources to move forward.

Please join us on November 15th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Bethel High School Media Center for this special presentation.  If you have questions, please contact either Denise Howe or Melinda Belles-Preston, co-presidents, Bethel Special Education PTO.  RSVP to


Elementary School Lunch News


Elementary Menu for 11/12/12 – 11/16/12


Monday  - Hamburger on a Roll with Tater Tots, Fresh Fruit Basket


Tuesday -  Coleman’s All Natural Chicken Nuggets with a Dinner Roll, Fresh Carrot Sticks & Dip, Fresh Fruit Basket


Wednesday – Cheeseburger Macaroni, Steamed Green Beans, Chilled Apple Juice, Fresh Fruit Basket


Thursday –     Beef Nachos with Assorted Toppings, Black Bean Salsa, Chilled Pineapple, Fresh Fruit Basket


Friday -   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!


Johnson School News


Need More Computer Time?


During November, there will be a FREE

after school computer lab period

so Johnson School students can come in

to work on homework, research, projects,

Skills Tutor, Raz-Kids, Go Math, and more!


The computer lab will be open until 4:00pm on the following full days of school…


Wednesday, November 7                                       Tuesday, November 13

Thursday, November 8                                            Monday, November 19

Monday, November 12                                           Tuesday, November 20


This open computer lab time is a community service project offered by Joe Liquori, a Bethel High School sophomore, who is an experienced tutor and teacher’s assistant. The program is supervised by fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Liquori.


Students who wish to use the after school computer lab must turn in a signed parent note in the morning.



Students must be picked up promptly by 4:00pm in the Computer Lab.


Questions? Please contact Mrs. Liquori at






PTO news from Johnson School:


Tuesday, 11/13 PTO Meeting, 9:15am


Wednesday 11/14 Peachwave Fundraiser: Please join us at Peachwave for some yummy yogurt on Nov. 14th. We will receive a portion of each visit. It’s an Early Dismissal day (Conferences). A yogurt treat is a great way to reward your student for a great beginning to the year. Please bring the flyer with you to get credit.


Thursday 11/29 5th Grade Parents’ Breakfast


Volunteers needed for the Holiday Shop. December 10-14. Please contact Shani at if you are interested.


Middle School News


Attention all Oklahoma! patrons.  We will be collecting donations for hurricane Sandy victims at all performances this weekend.  The following items have been specifically requested: soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo, wipes, paper goods, diapers, garbage bags, batteries, flashlights, toilet paper, paper towels, rubber gloves, juice boxes, canned goods, water bottles. There will be a truck parked in front of BMS an hour before every performance of Oklahoma! this weekend. Thank you!  


The Wild West comes to Connecticut when Bethel Middle School presents the stage musical of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"  The story begins in the Oklahoma Territory, where cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey's lively courtship is unfolding.  Full of rousing dance and musical numbers, the entire town ultimately comes together to celebrate love, life on the prairie and their impending statehood.

Performances will be held in the Bethel Middle School Auditorium on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $5 at the door.

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 all Bethel Students and Staff Families!  Again this year, the BHS Band Boosters are happy to announce our collection of hand-held electronics. We will ensure all of your items are properly disposed of and kept out of our landfills.


Beginning Monday November 12, please send or bring your used/broken cell phones, iPods, game boys, DS etc. – (any hand-held electronic items) - to your school office and drop them in the collection boxes that will be set up by the boosters. That’s all there is to it!


Get rid of the clutter in your home and make room for new items that might be on their way for the holiday season! Help to support our BHS Band programs! Protect the Earth! It’s all good - so please take a moment to collect your items and dispose of them in a way that will protect our planet.  Questions? Send us an email @

Thank you for your Support!

BHS Band Boosters



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


Click here for the Bethel Education Foundation Newsletter.


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

                                                                    Souper Soup Day


A week before Thanksgiving it's important for us to remember those less fortunate than us.  SOUPER SOUP DAY is a fundraiser organized by Pro Access to raise the awareness of the plight of the homeless in our area.  On Wed. Nov. 14 come to the Cafeteria, on the lower level of the Municipal Center and for $5 you will get a bowl of soup and bread.   This will symbolize the food many homeless people in this area eat every day.  You will get to take home the bowl as a reminder of your blessings.  Please join us for this wonderful event and help us raise money for this cause. 

DATE: Wed. Nov. 14


COST: $5


(so we know how much soup to cook!) Text, call or email Hilda with your reservation. 





PRO ACCESS will be opened next week

on Thurs. from 2:30 to 6PM.  Please note we will NOT be opened on Wed. Nov. 14 after school because we will be preparing for our Souper Soup Day fundraiser.  Please come down and support this great cause. 








Friday, Nov. 9 - STUDENT ACTIVITY GROUP MEETING from 6-8PM Come down and help us plan our winter programs!  You will get community service for attending this meeting. 

Pro Access will remain opened until 9PM and then there will be OPEN GYM from 9-11PM.  Cost: $2

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 - TURKEY THANKS PARTY  6-8:45 Cost: $5 Music, games and more... Then you are welcome to come to...OPEN GYM - from 9-11PM at the Municipal Ctr. Cost: $2


Friday, Nov. 23 - Volunteers needed for the TREE LIGHTING call the Bethel Chamber of Commerce to help with this event at 203-743-6500

Friday, Nov. 30  PRO ACCESS OPENED  from 6-8:45 then you are welcome to come to OPEN GYM from 9-11PM at the Municipal Ctr. Cost: $2.   






Our second Student Advisory Meeting for the year will be on Friday, Nov. 9 from 6-8PM.  Pizza provided.  Cost: $5

This is a great way to give us your ideas for what you'd like to see Pro Access offer for teens.  We plan parties, trips, fundraisers and more.  You receive community service hours for the meetings as long as you participate in at least one activity throughout that month.  Here's what former members say about SAG:

  • "This is the best meeting I've ever attended."  
  • "I've met some great people through SAG."
  • "I love the meetings because they are so much fun.  Everyone gets a say in what we will do at Pro Access and everyone feels included. " 


Email Hilda today to let her know you would like to join this group.  






 Saturday, December 1 from 6 to midnight!  We will probably go to the movies, bowling, go cart racing, the diner and have a late night game of manhunt!  Cost: $50.  RSVP necessary.




Guitar Lessons


Sloan Austerman, a student at Bethel High School is offering to provide Guitar lessons to our members.  He has 2 acoustic and 2 electric guitars so you don't need your own guitar.  We have not finalized the details of these lessons.  If you are interested in this program, please email Hilda. 




The 40 Developmental Assets


The 40 developmental assets developed by The Search Institute through extensive surveys of over 2.2 million youths are the foundation for Pro Access' programs and services.


This week's asset is "Young people are given useful roles in the community."  Perfect examples of this are Pro Access' Student Advisory Group and our upcoming Souper Soup day fundraiser which has been organized by our members.  

To learn more about these assets check out




Community News & Events





Due to the hurricane some adjustments have been made regarding team formation.

The player draft was scheduled for

Saturday, November 10th

And has now been moved to

Saturday, November 17th.

Because of this change you will now get a call regarding your child’s team either the week of Thanksgiving or the week of November 26th.


The season will begin on Saturday, December 1st and will run through the end of February 2013.  Schedule is subject to change based on registrations.


Practice days/times for grades 2 – 8 are subject to coaches and gym availability.


Coaches are still needed please contact the office.


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.



Bethel Youth Wrestling - Season begins November 5th, 2012 and runs thru mid April 2013

If your Fall sport runs long and you can't start on the first day of practice, you can join the team when your sport season ends! K thru 8 - All are Welcome!

For more info and to register for the upcoming season Click here for flyer.


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.


Maria Conlon Basketball Clinic.  The BHS Rebound Club is sponsoring a Girls and Boys Basketball clinic Sunday November 25th at the Bethel High School Gym. We will have 2 sessions:  10:00a -11:30p for grades 2-5 and 11:30a to 1:00p for grades 6-8. Come Learn and improve your skills with Former UCONN Husky Standout Maria Conlon.  Maria, along our own with Coach Morgatto, led her Seymour HS team to 2 State Championships.  While at UConn, her team went to four NCAA Tournaments winning three Championships and four Big East regular season titles, and established an NCAA women’s basketball record with 70 consecutive wins. 

Come out and work off some of the Thanksgiving meal, improve your skills and support the Wildcats!

Learn winning basketball from someone who has had success and won big everywhere she has been!


Open to Boys and Girls in Grades 2 thru 8!  $20 for Clinic at the door. 

Questions?  Contact : Ben Correia 203.240.8125 or or Stewart Teed 203.240.8808  or


“Success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone!”





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! Wind, Rain, Sleet, and Snow will not stop the BHS Marching Band! Or BEtv from showing their winning performances! Also, find out just what that Boat project is at BMS. Remember you can check our full line up at




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

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Bethel Schools are listed under Fairfield County


WNBC 30 – Channel 6

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Click on Get Text or Email Alerts


WTNH Channel 8

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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.