Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter 1-18-13

Superintendent’s News

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

 Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:

The annual education budget presentation is scheduled for next Tuesday at 7pm in the Board of Education Conference room. The public is invited to attend this presentation. Workshops to discuss the budget proposal are scheduled for Thursday, 1/31, Thursday, 2/7, and Tuesday, February 12th.

Bethel Board of Education Meeting

Superintendent's 2013-2014 Budget Presentation

January 22, 2013

7:00 PM

Board of Education Conference Room E

One of our goals this year is to improve the frequency of programming we offer parents to assist them in supporting their children’s educational needs. Through the Family School Partnership and Central PTO we are able to offer Parent University on February 5th. This evening will feature keynote presenter, Jonathan Costa, author of Digital Learning for All Now, followed by a series of breakout sessions. These sessions range in topic. Please mark your calendars and join us on this first of a kind event. Details are listed below.


The Bethel Education Foundation’s Barnum Ball will take place on Saturday March 2nd. The Foundation has provided over $80,000 in grants to our staff to support the high level of innovative practice taking place in our schools. Most recently the foundation purchased a mobile world language lab for BHS. This item is a game changer for our teachers and will transform our world language instructional practice. In an era lean budgets we rely heavily on the foundation and others to support our efforts to remain on the leading edge of educational transformation. Please give every consideration to buying a ticket – it is a truly fabulous community event and the funds support our educational initiatives.


Congratulations to the BHS grapplers who won a very tough meet last night against Derby! Keep up the solid effort!


If you are looking for something to do tonight, our high school basketball team faces a tough opponent tonight at home. Come see BHS take on Immaculate! Varsity game begins at 7pm. For younger students, BHS Key Club is sponsoring movie night tonight also at 7pm in the high school cafeteria. Admission is free, refreshments will be sold.

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 was in session on Monday, November 12th

*School was 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



Tip o’ the Cap


BMS Band students Abby Bozzuti (8th grade), Maria D'Arco and Cameron Klinefelter (7th grade), and Michael Renda (6th grade) have been accepted into the Western Region Middle School Concert Band based on their outstanding audition scores. They will be representing BMS at the WRMS Music Festival at Western Connecticut State University on March 22nd and 23rd, 2103.


Click on the following link to see a music video of three amazing 7th grade BMS Band students, Christian Kappes, Lucy Grant, and Cameron Klinefelter, performing on their Baritone Horns in the song entitled "Baritone Boogie" in the BMS Band Holiday Concert.  The band was directed in this performance by Mr. Will Valenti, Mr. Doble's student teacher.




This week we were notified 7 BHS art students’ works have been juried into the Connecticut Scholastic Annual Juried Art Show at the University of Hartford. The following students won awards at this prestigious and highly competitive exhibition:

Chenxi Huang, grade 12, won a University of Hartford Art School Scholarship Award for his drawing and painting portfolio.

Tori Bonagura, grade 11, is an American Visions Nominee, and won the Connecticut Art Education Association “Best in Mixed Media” award for her thread portrait.

Aiden Ford, grade 12, won a Silver key for Ceramics.

Kaylee Lima, grade 11, won an Honorable Mention for Fashion.

Abigail Johnson, grade 12, won an Honorable Mention for Sculpture.

Danielle Nielsen, grade 9, won a Gold Key for Mixed Media.

Julie Delille, grade 11, won a Gold Key for Photography.

The show is being held at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford from January 12th to January 27th. The awards presentation will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Lincoln Theater on the university campus.

Please join us in congratulating our students for a wonderful accomplishment!


Kindergarten Registration Information


If your child will be five years old on or before January 1, 2014, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten in August, 2013 in the Bethel Public Schools. To begin the registration process, we ask that you call Sue White at 203-830-7355 any week day between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We will ask you for some basic contact information so that we can provide you with further information prior to the formal registration early next spring.


Elementary School Lunch News


Elementary Menu for 1/21/13 – 1/25/13




Tuesday -  Oven-Baked Coleman’s All-Natural Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Fries, Peaches,  Fresh Fruit Basket


Wednesday –  Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce, Tossed Garden Salad, Pears, Fresh Fruit Basket


Thursday –   Breaded Chicken Patty on a Bun, Seasoned Black Beans & Corn, Pineapple Tidbits, Fresh Fruit Basket


Friday -  Freshly-Baked Cheese Pizza with Tossed Garden 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


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.



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, January 23, 2013 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


Berry School News


Berry School Newsletter – Dandy Lines (Look in News & Announcements)


Rockwell School News


Rockwell School Newsletter – Peek at the Week  (Look in News & Announcements)


Johnson School News


Johnson School Newsletter – Weekly Bulletin  (Look in News & Announcements)


Middle School News


Middle School Newsletter – Tiger Times  (Look in News & Announcements)


Mr. Muharem’s  Principal’s BlogThis blog will offer another means of communication to you throughout the school year.  


High School News


High School Newsletter – BHS Newsletter  (Look in News & Announcements)

Published quarterly. 






Jan. 24, 2013


Jan. 25, 2013


Jan. 28, 2013


Jan. 29, 2013

7:35 - 9:35


Period 1


Period 3


Period 5


Period 7


9:35 - 9:40

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

9:40 - 11:40


Period 2


Period 4



Period 6



Period 8







12:20 - 2:00








The BHS Key Club will be showing the film Happy Feet on January 18th, at 7 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria.  Admission is free and concessions will be sold.  Get ready to tap dance along with your favorite feathered friends.  We hope to see you there! (This is not a drop-off event.)



Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the Bethel Cinema

 Bethel Cinema

269 Greenwood Avenue

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:00 a.m.

$6.00 admission, tickets sold at the door, all ages are welcome!


Please join the cast and crew of the BHS Musical as we watch and sing a long to the wonderful story of Beauty and the Beast.  For more information please contact Pegeen Newman at


Bethel High School Music Department Presents,

Disney's Beauty and the Beast


Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.


Adults - $12.00

Senior Citizens/Students - $10.00


Please use the ticket order form to order tickets.  Order early, to be guaranteed a seat! Please call with any questions to Deidre Hook, BHS Producer, 203-794-8600, ext. 263. 



Yearbooks are now on sale for $75. Please go to or contact Ms. Lacey at The holiday sale ends January 31st. This is your last opportunity to order personalization. Any seniors interested in personalization, please contact Ms. Lacey.


Attention families of BHS Seniors: If you did not yet submit information for a recognition advertisement in the 2013 yearbook, and are still interested in purchasing one for your graduate, please contact Ms. Lacey for more information. Forms are also available in the BHS main office. Click here for Personal Ad Form.


Bethel High School ALL-SPORTS BOOSTER CLUB seeks new officers!

Join the Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club at their meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 at BHS. We are looking for new parents to become involved. We are actively seeking those who are interested in board positions (especially President) for the next school year!


The Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club was organized to ensure ongoing support for the athletic programs at BHS and to foster school spirit.  Our members strongly believe that the lessons student athletes learn, such as teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship, from participating in well-organized athletic programs will benefit them in all areas of their lives.


The funds raised each year from events such as the annual Ralph J. DeSantis golf tournament,  the operation of the snack shed, the sale of spirit wear, etc. enable the club to provide the following in support of our athletics program:


* $10,000+ in annual scholarships to student-athletes

* Improvement of BHS athletic facilities

* Improvement and purchase of athletic equipment

* Annual Senior Athlete Banquet

* Championship gym banners and plaques

* Fan buses to championship games

* and much, much more!


Contact Information:

Dana Eaton:

Facebook page: Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club


Ready for the Superbowl?  Need some pizzas to keep the fans happy either during the game or just anytime in the house?  Well, check with a BHS Softball player to order some delicious Little Caesars  pizza, cookie and snack  kits to keep frozen until you need them!  Sales from December 19 through January 21st.  Delivery is January 31st.   Thanks for your support!      


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.



Did you get a new hand-held electronic recently?

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.


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


Dear Bethel families, faculty and administrators,


I am happy to announce that the Bethel High School Band Boosters are selling discount cards once again. These cards support all the Band programs at the High school. We hope that you will help support this great cause by purchasing one or more. Each card is $10.00. 


This year we have 13 local Bethel merchants and 3 Danbury merchants, each having given a continuous discount for one year. The cards expire September 30, 2013. 


Click here to find the card with the merchants and their discounts. To place your order, just fill out the form below. 


You can turn your order forms in at the front office of your child’s school or the Superintendent’s office. All orders will be filled by the end of the week they are turned in. Keep an eye on your children’s backpack.  


Family Name:_________________________________

   Please print


Child Name:____________________________________

   Please print




School  and Teacher:_________________________________




Number of cards __________  $ amount Due (enclosed)___________



Thanks in advance for your support!!!  Please email with any questions or concerns.


Parent University


What is Parent University?

Parent University is a FREE educational program, offered by Bethel Public Schools, for parents and caregivers. Parent University provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to gain a better understanding about what their children are learning and become a full partner in their child's education. 


The Parent University workshops will educate, involve, and empower Pre-Kindergarten thru Grade Twelve parents and caregivers. They will focus on well-being and social issues, curriculum, instruction and assessment.


How does Parent University work?

Parent University offers a three hour evening event in February and additional workshops throughout the year at our schools. 

At the event in February, Parent University offers four workshops and a featured guest speaker. Attendees will be able to attend the guest speaker’s presentation and two of the workshops offered that evening.

What workshops are offered?


Parent University Event - February 5, 2013


~Parents, Caregivers, Professionals and Community~


You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Bethel Public Schools Parent University Event.


These free workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at

Bethel Middle School, 600 Whittlesey Ave, Bethel.


Refreshments and free childcare will be provided.


Featuring Guest Speaker - Jonathan Costa




Jonathan Costa is the author of Digital Learning for All NOW. He is the Director of School and Program Services for Education Connection, a regional education service center in Lichfield, CT.  A former public and private school social studies teacher, educational consultant, and Board of Education member, his current responsibilities include supervision of the highly regarded "Center for 21st Century Skills."  Jonathan has done extensive work with districts on strategic and technology planning, and he is now deeply involved in preparing districts for the major changes in teacher and administrator supervision and evaluation.  He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and he has published articles in Educational Leadership as well as diverse publications such as Runner's World.  Jonathan is a lively and very knowledgeable speaker who challenges parents, teachers, and administrators to envision instructional in which technology transforms the classroom! 


Event Schedule



Registration/Refreshments/Child Drop-off in BMS Gym




BMS Auditorium

Dr. Janice Jordan, Associate Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools



Transformational 21st Century Digital Learning

BMS Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Costa, Author of Digital Learning for All NOW



7:00-7:15 Refreshments




Building Your Child’s Confidence Workshop

(Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 3)


Enabling vs. Empowering Workshop

(Grades 4-8)


Smarter Balanced Assessments Workshop

(Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12)



8:00-8:15 Refreshments




Blended Learning Workshop

(Grades 4-12)


Course Specific Tips Workshop

(Kindergarten-Grade 12)


If you are interested in attending, please register online at

 or contact Karen Alongi at or (203) 794-8613.


Parent University Event is sponsored by: Bethel Public Schools Central PTO


Families of Kindergarten-Grade 3 Students


This year we will be offering a series of parent workshops coordinated by our School Social Worker, Katharine MacDonald, along with some of our specialists such as our Behavior Analyst, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists. 


These workshops will provide opportunities to meet with other parents and some of our district specialists in order to learn new strategies, ask questions, and take part in discussions about how to successfully navigate the developmental issues faced by parents with young children. 


  • Teaching Children Positive Social Skills - February 7th @ 9:15am in the Rockwell  School Cafeteria


  • Encouraging Effective Communication at Home - March 21st @ 9:15am in the Berry School Cafeteria


  • Facilitating Good Eating Habits - May 21st @ 9:15am in the Rockwell  School Cafeteria


If you are interested in attending, please contact School Social Worker, Katharine MacDonald, to sign up at or (203) 794-8679.



Families of Bethel Middle School Students


  • Avoiding Summer Fever…The Fourth Quarter Dip - 4th quarter (date tbd) at Bethel Middle School


If you are interested in attending, please contact Heather Michalski to sign up at or (203) 794-8670.


Families and Students of Bethel High School

  • Junior Next Step Meeting - January 29, 2013 at Bethel High School


  • College and Career Readiness: What every student and family needs to know -  March 7, 2013 at Bethel High School


You do not need to sign up to attend these workshops.


Bethel Education Foundation


The Bethel Education Foundation's 7th Annual Barnum Ball is just around the corner!  Get a table of your friends together and join us Saturday, March 2nd at the Ethan Allen Hotel.  The event includes open bar from 6:30 – 8:30pm, your choice of four entrees, dancing and live and silent auctions.  We've got some exciting auction items this year and all proceeds benefit education in Bethel.  Tickets are now available for $75 per person and can be purchased in two easy ways:


1.  Click here to use our secure online ticket order form to make an online reservation;

2.  Click here to print the ticket order form and return it to school with your child, drop it off at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce or mail it to us at P.O. Box 92, Bethel, CT 06801.


Please help the Bethel Education Foundation say thank you to our sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors or to become a sponsor yourself, visit or find us on Facebook.

Do you know an educator who uses creativity and innovation to improve student achievement in his/her school?  The Bethel Education Foundation's Excellence in Education Award recognizes and honors superior educators whose creativity and innovation within the classroom, school, or district have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement and provide an ongoing model of excellence in encouraging all learners and educators to excel. These qualities are all aligned with the Foundation's mission to promote innovation, creativity and excellence in learning for our children and the community.

The Bethel Education Foundation invites you to nominate a candidate for the Excellence in Education Award. Please complete the Nomination Form and provide specific details supporting how your nominee is a model of excellence through his or her use of innovation and creativity to improve student achievement.  Nomination applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents and community members.

The educator selected for this award will be notified when directors from the BEF, school officials, and colleagues visit the educator unannounced to offer congratulations and two tickets to the Barnum Ball. The winner will also be publicly recognized at Bethel Education Foundation's Annual Barnum Ball on March 2, 2013 and presented with a commemorative plaque and a $500.00 grant.

Click here for the Bethel Education Foundation Newsletter.


Pro Access Teen Center


LOCKIN-IN - on Jan. 25 from 9PM to 7AM.  Glow in the dark dodge ball, midnight manhunt, movies, scavenger hunt and more!!!  RSVP needed by Feb. 22  Cost: $15. 


Community News & Events


To:  All Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Girls of Bethel  


Spring will be on its way, and the Bethel Softball Association is looking to introduce more girls to playing softball in our T-Ball League.


It is a fun league that introduces the girls to TEAM SPORTS.  They will learn the basics: throwing, catching, fielding, running the bases and hitting.  They will start hitting off the tee, and halfway through the season, the coaches will pitch.  Practices start early April, games start early May.  The girls play 2 days/week on the fields behind Berry School.


We hope you will register your daughter(s) to join us.  Parks & Rec registration is at the Municipal Center on School Street on Wednesday February 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  We are also offering early mail in registration on our website  The early cost is $50 for an individual and $65 for a family until January 19th.  It will be $65/80 after the 19th until registration closes on February 22nd.


My two girls both play.  I started out coaching one team, and after such a rewarding experience, I decided to run the entire T-Ball league!  I promise you and your daughter will have a positive & rewarding season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:

(203) 515-1801 or email:

Don’t miss out!

Tim Lavelle, Bethel T-Ball Coordinator

P.S.  We are always looking for coaches – men & women – who want to help the girls and have fun!     



The Bethel Historical Society invites you to join us as we explore the life of beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder


Activities will include:
Crafts, Making Butter, Doll Making
Stories, Songs and Dancing, Make Sugar in the Snow
(weather permitting)

Come dressed for
life on the prairie
Ages 5 and up
February 2, 2013


Fee: $10.00 for Members
$12 Non-Members

Make checks payable to Bethel Historical Society
Any questions, please call Mary Ferri 203 730-2726
Return Reservations by January 28th as space is limited
Mary Ferri
73 Plumtrees Rd Bethel CT 06801



BETHEL SOFTBALL EARLY REGISTRATION:  Take advantage of discounted registration fees by registering for the Spring 2013 In-town season by January 19, 2013.


Please go to to learn more about playing in

the spring and to download the Early Registration Form.  Email questions to 


Where you eat, shop, and play all make our community our home!  When you shop locally you are making an investment in Bethel, in your schools, in your neighbors, and yourself.  

Shopping local is a great opportunity for you to support the merchants that support our schools, our sports, and other school clubs and organizations.  


The chamber is also excited to announce our new Bethel Bucks program.  Bethel Bucks are gift certificates that can be used to purchase many products like groceries, toys, gifts, premiums, photography, they are even redeemable at the Bethel Park and Rec. department. They are available in $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, and $50.00 denominations.  They make great teacher gifts too!  Purchase Bethel Bucks at the Chamber Office or by emailing


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.


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


Here's what's on BEtv this weekend.   Here's what happening on BEtv this weekend. The BHS kids put on an amazing Cabaret 2012/13. Don't miss it! Also, Johnson School's Orchestra had a fantastic concert this week! Check all this out an more 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.