Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter 1-25-13

Superintendent’s News

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

Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:

I hope you have been able to stay warm on these very frigid days. This week we made some further headway in our efforts to improve school safety and security. One of our initial security hardware priorities was to upgrade classroom door hardware. We identified the components we needed, ordered the materials and installation will begin shortly at the elementary schools.  Our Board of Education Ad Hoc subcommittee on safety and security met for the first time last night and will continue to meet regularly over the course of the coming weeks. The school district crisis team also met this week to continue a thorough review of our district-wide safety and security plan and has set about aligning our plan to FEMA’s National Incident Management protocols. I will continue to update the community on our progress as we meet established milestones.

Last Tuesday I presented the education budget proposal for 2013-2014. My recommendation represents a 2.95% spending increase over this year’s budget.  The budget proposal reflects our current financial reality, fixed costs, employee contracts, state and federal mandates, and our vision for education. In putting together this budget we wrestle with the competing demands placed on us by the increasingly complex needs of our school children, significant new requirements imposed at the national and state levels, unforeseen catastrophes that demand our attention and response, and the inexorable reality that we live in a state with a 1 to 2 billion dollar deficit that continues to shift the burden of financing public education to an already heavily taxed citizenry.

I am deeply grateful for the generosity and support this community has shown our schools. It has been written that character can best be judged by people’s actions not in the easy times but in the difficult times. Through some very recent difficult economic times, Bethel has maintained steadfast in its commitment to providing a high quality, comprehensive education to all of its public school children. We see concrete evidence of this commitment in many of the accolades and recognitions we have earned.  Through the funding provided by local tax dollars we have been able to enact a long term plan that seeks to improve student achievement and access to opportunities at every level. I invite you to click the link below and view my presentation which highlights so many of our recent accomplishments, outlines our significant challenges, and details how we allocate the tax dollars we are provided.

As part of the presentation, I shared with the Board some of the cultural meanings laden in the greeting exchange of the tribes of Northern Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Their greeting reflects the notion that “a person is a person because of other people.” The wide community support of our schools and school budgets enables us to realize this belief in our efforts to help grow kind, intelligent, well prepared young people who are able to meet life’s many demands and challenges successfully.  Our students achieve at high levels and have access to significant opportunities because of the investment made by the Bethel community.  

                       2013-2014 Superintendent’s Budget Presentation

Your feedback and participation are most welcomed and appreciated during this budget process. The following are a list of dates the BOE has scheduled for its workshops:

*Thursday, January 31st 7pm

*Thursday, February 7th 7pm

*Thursday, February 12th 7pm

The Board of Education will present its adopted budget to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance on Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm.

Once they are scheduled, I will provide dates for the Board of Finance’s Public Hearing and the Town Meeting.

 

On Thursday we received word that the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) awarded BHS's literary magazine, Mirage, a rank of SUPERIOR- Nominated for Highest Award in the 2012 NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. A total of 417 schools entered the 2012 program. Please join me in congratulating the students, Ms. Lerz, and Ms. Overmier who produced this exemplary literary magazine.

 

Please join me also in congratulating several of our athletic teams who continue to have exemplary seasons. Our Boys Basketball team won in overtime last night to maintain a near perfect record. Our wrestling team also holds a near perfect record with only one loss so far this season, and our Ice Hockey Team remains undefeated.

 

I would like to call your attention to a recent article in the Bethel Patch that highlights one of our enduring community partnerships. Recently Junior Achievement joined with Microsoft to offer BHS students an inside look at the world of work in one of the world’s major software companies. Click the link below for more details.

 

http://bethel.patch.com/announcements/junior-achievement-and-microsoft-help-prepare-bethel-students-for-the-world-of-work

 

Finally, there have been numerous efforts from many to assist in recovery and healing efforts in Newtown. One of our BHS teachers, Caitlin Boles, organized a project to create paper cranes as a symbol of hope and peace. Caitlin’s project has “gone viral” and a number of communities across the nation and globe are pitching in. The link below shares the story of how one South Dakotan community is participating. Enjoy.

 

http://www.dreambigsculpture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/HC_crane.project_12.21.12.pdf

 

 

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

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Clay Thunhorst and Max Lynch for competing in the Northeast National Tournament in Amherst, MA. Clay wrestled tough and Max took home 5th!

 

Congratulations to the following grapplers who placed at the Wilton Wrestling Tournament last weekend:  1st Place: CJ DeGennaro, Frankie McNeary, Andrew Sayers, Carter Prazeres, Nick Cote, and Breno DeOliveira. 2nd Place: Scotty Davis, Jerry Hill, Tyler Cole, and Morgan Haskett. 3rd Place: Michael Mason, Ryan Amick, PJ Brown, Aiden Cooke, and Jack Morris. 4th Place: Mike Giordano.

 

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 1/28/13 – 2/1/13

 

Monday –  Oven-Baked Coleman’s All-Natural Chicken Nuggets, Brown Rice, Steamed Green Beans, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Tuesday -  French Toast Sticks with Turkey Sausage, Tater Tots, Warm Apple Slices, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Wednesday –  Pasta with Meatballs and Marinara Sauce, Peas & Carrots, Pears,  Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Thursday –   Coleman’s All-Natural 100% Beef Hot Dog, Baked Beans, Pineapple Tidbits, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Friday -  Freshly-Baked Cheese Pizza with Tossed Garden Salad, Chilled Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

LUNCH PRICES –

Elementary - $2.50

Secondary - $2.90


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

 

BREAKFAST IS NOW BEING SERVED AT ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

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

Breakfast Price - $1.95

STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED LUNCH QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED BREAKFAST.

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, February 27, 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. 

 

REVISED

BETHEL HIGH MID-TERM EXAMINATION SCHEDULE – JANUARY 2013

 

 

Friday

Jan. 25, 2013

Monday

Jan. 28, 2013

Tuesday

Jan. 29, 2013

Wednesday

Jan. 30, 2013

7:35 - 9:35

Exam

Period 1

Exam

Period 3

Exam

Period 5

Exam

Period 7

 

9:35 - 9:40

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

9:40 - 11:40

Exam

Period 2

Exam

Period 4

 

Exam

Period 6

 

Exam

Period 8

 

11:40

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

12:20 - 2:00

Make-Ups

Make-Ups

 

Make-Ups

 

Make-Ups

 

BHS PTSO is hosting a Budget Night with Dr. Smith on Monday night at 7:00pm at BHS. This is your chance to learn about the school budget and ask questions. All are welcome!! Questions email Jen Larsen at Larsen128@aol.com

 

 

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. 

 


BHS Musical BABYSITTING EVENING

Friday, February 15, 2013

BHS Gymnasium

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$15.00 per child

 

Let the cast and crew of the BHS Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast entertain your child for a magical evening filled with singing, dancing and activities.  See our beautiful "BHS Princesses" and bring your little one dressed up too.  This is a drop off event, ages 4 - 10 welcome.  RSVP to: Deidre Hook at hookd@bethel.k12.ct.us.  Walk-ins welcome too!

 

 Yearbooks are now on sale for $75. Please go to www.jostens.com or contact Ms. Lacey at laceyr@bethel.k12.ct.us. 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:  eaton.dana@gmail.com

Facebook page: Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club


 

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 @ parenthelp@bethelband.com

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

 

Phone:____________________________________________

 

School  and Teacher:_________________________________

 

___________________________________________________

 

Number of cards __________  $ amount Due (enclosed)___________

 

 

Thanks in advance for your support!!!  Please email parenthelp@bethelband.com 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

 

5:30-6:00

Registration/Refreshments/Child Drop-off in BMS Gym

 

6:00-6:15

Welcome

BMS Auditorium

Dr. Janice Jordan, Associate Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools

 

6:15-7:00

Transformational 21st Century Digital Learning

BMS Auditorium

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

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7:00-7:15 Refreshments

~

7:15-8:00

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

~

8:15-9:00

Blended Learning Workshop

(Grades 4-12)

 

Course Specific Tips Workshop

(Kindergarten-Grade 12)

 

If you are interested in attending, please register online at http://www.doodle.com/8tqbzth2prfct77b

 or contact Karen Alongi at alongik@bethel.k12.ct.us 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 macdonaldk@bethel.k12.ct.us 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

michalskih@bethel.k12.ct.us 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 www.betheledfoundation.org 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 www.leaguelineup.com/bethelsoftball.  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: timothylavelle34@gmail.com

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!      

 

 

Registration for Aspetuck Valley Youth and High School Rugby is NOW OPEN!

 

WHAT IS RUGBY?                                                                                           
Rugby is an exciting, free flowing game designed for players of all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities. It involves skills such as running, passing, catching, kicking, decision-making and supporting teammates. It also involves contact elements: such as tackling, rucking, mauling, scrummaging and line-out play that are the unique to the game.

                                                                                                                                                                               

WHY PLAY RUGBY?                                                                       
The main reason to play rugby is because it is FUN!

 

Running, kicking, passing, and teamwork are a few of the things you will experience in this fast-growing sport.  It requires lots of energy and it teaches children to think on their feet by playing a game that does not stop for time outs or breaks in play.

 

 

Rugby also builds strong self confidence and camaraderie by participating in a sport where sportsmanship is not just a word but is embraced and expected by the sport worldwide.

 

IS RUGBY A POPULAR SPORT?

Today, rugby is played in more than 90 countries, making it one of the most popular sports in the world and the Rugby World Cup is the third most watched sporting event in the world.  In addition, Rugby 7's will be in the Olympic Games beginning in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

 

Rugby in the USA has been growing steadily and there are over 60,000 registered players in America. USA Rugby is the National Governing Body for rugby in America.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY SON NEED TO PLAY RUGBY?
That's one of the great things about rugby!  All you need is a mouthpiece and cleats!

NO Rugby knowledge or experience is required – Everyone plays – Everyone touches the ball Certified and Experienced Coaches!

 

 

HOW DO I REGISTER MY SON FOR THE ASPETUCK VALLEY RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB?

Go to AspetuckValleyRugby.org and click on the registration button.

 

The 2013 Spring Season will start with a series of indoor practice sessions in late March/Early February If you have any questions, please email aspetuckvalleyrugby@gmail.com or visit our website at aspetuckvalleyrugby.org

 

 

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
12:00-2:00

 

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

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 contactus@bethelchamber.com

 

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.

 

CANCELLED - 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.

 

BEtv Schedule

 

Here's what's on BEtv this weekend.   Tune into BEtv this cold weekend to warm your soul with Rockwell School's Holiday Assembly and the BMS Winter Chorus Concert! Also, be informed about the upcoming BOE Budget! Remember you can always check our full line up at http://www.bethel.k12.ct.us/subsite/bhs/page/betv-schedule-1308

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 – 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.

 

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.)

 

CT Weather.com

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

http://www.ctweather.com/e-notifications.php

 

WFSB – Channel 3

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

http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings

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

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/school-closings/

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

http://www.wtnh.com/subindex/weather/storm_closings

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.