Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter 3-8-13

Superintendent’s News

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

In This Section:

-Congratulations to Undefeated BMS Girls Basketball Team

-BHS Art Teacher Anne Bogart Named Outstanding Art Educator of the Year

-District School Climate Survey

-Board of Education Presented Budget to BOS/BOF on 2/26

Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:

As you may know, there was a significant fire at the home of BHS student, Molly and BMS student, Thomas Dolman. In an effort to help support the family we are asking for donations to purchase gift cards and other items. If you would like to make a donation please send it to Sue Weinkauf, BHS Secretary to the Principal, in the Main Office at BHS.

Congratulations BMS Girls Basketball

This season our Middle School Varsity Girls went 17-0! In addition they also won the Charter Oak and Jockey Hollow Tournaments. Congratulations on a spectacular season! Hats off to Coaches Doris Murphy and Shelly DeSisto and players Annie Bedore, Ryan Belcher, Maddie Byrnes, Ashley Chapman, Lilly Daniels, Meggy Dolan, Hannah Kelm, Kristin Manfreda, Sam Manfreda, Sofia Orrico, and Amanda Towey.

CAAA Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year

This week we learned that our own Ms. Anne Bogart was named the Connecticut Arts Education Association Outstanding Art Teacher for 2013. This is a competitive award and is intended to recognize Art Teachers for their outstanding contributions to the field of Arts Education. This recognition qualifies Ms. Bogart for recognition by the National Art Education Association. Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

District Climate Survey

The Bethel Public Schools is asking all of our parents--Pre-School through High School--to complete the brief, but very important, SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY they received via email this week.  This survey asks parents to give us feedback on such important questions as these:  Do you feel welcome in our schools?  Does your child feel safe in our schools?  Do teachers and administrators help parents when they need them?  We need all parents to help us make a clearer determination about the climate in our schools.  As a parent, if you have more than one child in more than one school, you are able to complete the survey for each child if you want to do so.  Please be sure to complete the survey as soon as you can.  We are hoping for a very large return rate in order to help us look at ourselves and understand how we are perceived by parents.  Thank you very much for your help! 

2013-2014 Budget

On February 26th, the Board of Education presented the 2013-2014 Budget proposal to a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.


2013-2014 Budget Facts

The 2013-2014 Budget Proposal:


  • Calls for 3.24% increase over current spending
  • Improves safety and security by (1) restoring a district wide school psychologist who will provide early detection and intervention services for at-risk students and, (2) providing security hardware upgrades at  each school
  • Reflects contractual increases in salaries (2.7%), Healthcare (5.54%) and 

                Transportation (3.02%)

  • Supports Reading intervention at BHS by providing a .5 Reading Specialist
  • Meets the student demand and Navy obligation by adding a third NJROTC instructor at BHS
  • Maintains our current high quality programming
  • Moves us forward in achieving our vision to make Bethel Public Schools a premier district in the state by providing a world class education to all of our students

How you can involve yourself in the process:

  • Click the links below to access detailed budget information
  • Provide feedback by emailing Superintendent Dr. Smith and First Selectman, Mr. Knickerbocker
  • Attend Board of Selectmen and Finance meetings to listen to budget deliberations
  • Attend the Public Hearing – DATE TBD (1st-2nd week of April) (Based on public input the Board of Finance can increase or decrease the budget proposal)
  • Attend the Town Meeting – May 6, 2013 at BHS at 7:30pm (The budget can be maintained or decreased only).
  • Vote


On February 6th we successfully tested the text messaging feature of our AlertNow automated call system.  We began to use it as an additional way to communicate to parents/guardians during the weather-related school closings.

If you wish to receive text messages and haven't completed the "Information Update Form" you can download the form from our website or by clicking on this link Information Update Form  Complete the form and return to your child’s school to add texting.  If you do not receive a text and need to check your information please contact your child's school.

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 was in session on Monday, February 18th & Tuesday, February 19th.

Click here for the REVISED 2012-2013 school calendar.  (3/8/13)


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Brown Bag Lunch or Morning Coffee

                                            If anyone would be interested in talking about some of these                                                  items in person, I invite you to contact my office and join me for a                                       brown bag lunch or morning coffee.  Please contact Susan Paré,                                                      Executive Assistant, or call (203)794-8601.





At last Saturday's Winter Guard Competition in Newtown the Junior team (Grades 2 - 5) and Junior Varsity team (Grades 6-8)  the won first place in their divisions, and our High School team placed fourth in tough competition.


The Bethel Winter guard is hosting our Friends and Family night on Friday March 15th.  Admission is free. The event takes place at the Middle School Gymnasium 7:00-9:00pm. There will be pizza, baked goods and coffee available. Each guard will perform their 2013 program and there will be raffle prizes drawn at the end of the night.


Parent Workshops - Special Education and Pupil Services Department


The Bethel Public Schools’ Special Education and Pupil Services Department Presents:




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

9:00 AM

Berry School Cafeteria



Dan Smith, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Bethel Public Schools


This workshop is one in a series of workshops for parents of elementary aged children with disabilities in particular, but is open to any parent who is interested.


Future Dates and Topics:

Addressing Challenging Behaviors:  Strategies for Parents

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9 AM


Preparing Your Child for a Visit to the Doctor / Dentist / Barber

May 14, 2013   Time to be determined


Successful Toilet Training

June 11, 2013  Time to be determined



Dan Smith at  or 203-948-4891

Have a topic of interest you’d like to suggest?  Please contact Dan Smith

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 in April.


Service Learning


Service Learning Bethel Public Schools

Bethel Public Schools are striving to make volunteering and community service opportunities accessible and available to all students. Community service has been proven to increase personal and social responsibility, social competence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy and leadership skills. Volunteerism can also enhance problem-solving skills, the ability to work in teams, and planning abilities. It also increases awareness of social needs in the community.

President’s Student Service Challenge

Bethel Public Schools are also taking part in the President’s Student Service Challenge. All students who meet or exceed the requirements for the President’s Service Challenge will receive a Presidential Service Award certificate. Presidential requirements are as follows:

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria:


Bronze Level:

Kids: (ages 5-14) 50 -74 hours

Young Adults: (ages 15-25) 100-174 hours

Adults: (Age 26+) 100-249 Hours

Silver Level:

Kids: 75-99 hours

Young adults: 175-249 hours

Adults: 250-499 hours



Gold Level:

Kids: 100 hours or more

Young Adults: 250 hours or more

Adults: 500 hours or more



Students applying for the Presidential Service Awards must use the Student Service Tracking Form to monitor their service hours. The Tracking Form can be found at under Service Learning.

Completed tracking forms must be submitted to Linda Anderson, Coordinator of Community Programs c/o BHS, by Monday, April 1st in order to be awarded the Spring 2013 PVSA.

Please call: 203-794-8600 ext. 375 with any questions.

Elementary School Lunch News


Elementary Menu for March 11 – March 15


Monday –  Oven-Baked Coleman’s All-Natural Chicken Tenders, Rice & Beans, , Chilled Grape Juice, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Bar


Tuesday -  Coleman’s All-Natural 100% Beef Hot Dog on a Bun, Carrots & Dip, Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable  Bar


Wednesday –  Beefy Macaroni, Green Beans, Chilled Peaches, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Bar


Thursday –   Beefy Nachos with Assorted Toppings, Black bean & Corn Salsa, Pineapple Tidbits, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Bar


Friday -  Freshly-Baked Cheese Pizza with Tossed Garden Salad, Freshly Baked Cookie, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Bar



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, March 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)





We’re looking for your favorite HEALTHY SALAD RECIPE!


Five lucky 5th graders from Johnson School will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at Bethel High School on Monday, March 25, 2013.  There will be a live COOK OFF in the culinary arts room at the High School.  Each finalist will be assigned a High School Culinary Arts student to act as their sous chef.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!


Pick up your entry form today!  They’re available in the cafeteria.  Please turn them in by March 14, 2013.


Middle School News


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


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


High School News


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

Published quarterly. 


Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) at BHS March 2013

Students in Grade 10 will be taking the CAPT from March 5 thru March 15th 2013. Students in grade 9 will be taking a practice version of the test.   Please note: All classes will be held on a modified schedule during the testing dates. Students in grades 11 and 12 will be dismissed at varied times during the testing schedule.  Please note that bus transportation will be provided at 2:15 p.m. each day.  If juniors or seniors leave early, they will need to arrange their own transportation home.


CAPT Testing Continues Monday – Friday of next week.  Monday is an “A” day with Reading for Information Test


To see the full CAPT Schedule please go to the BHS page on the Bethel Public Schools Website.  Thank you for your partnership during this important time!



Bethel Central Parent -Teacher Organization Scholarship: 

Due Friday, March 29.  Bethel Central PTO welcomes your application for one of their annual scholarships.  Their purpose is to encourage continued education, whether you choose a trade school, community college or four year program.   Three $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating BHS Seniors of PTO Families.  Applications will be accepted from students who meet the following criteria: Demonstration of Financial need, Intention to attend a technical school or college to further your education, Volunteer participation in the Bethel Community and/or Schools, Grade average -MAXIMUM B+ (No applications over a B+ will be reviewed.), Student of a present PTO Family. Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Department.


Bethel High School Parent -Teacher - Student Organization Scholarship:  REVISED

APPLICATION - Open to all graduating seniors! Due Friday, March 29.  The BHS PTSO will provide a scholarship(s) to a deserving Bethel High School graduating senior(s) who will be a full-time student at either a college/university/trade/military school in the coming academic year.  As the BHS PTSO is a volunteer organization, your volunteer work will weigh heavier than your G.P.A. and athletic involvement.  Applications will be reviewed for students who meet the following criteria: a graduating Bethel senior, a current member of the Bethel PTSO who joined during the membership drive in the fall of their senior year, going full-time to a college/university/trade school/military in the coming academic year. The application can be picked up in the Guidance Department.


Attention BHS Underclassman Parents:

  • If you have not yet pre-ordered a yearbook, the final sale is now open online at
  • Contact BHS Yearbook advisor, Rebecca Lacey if you have any questions.



Bethel Boys Lacrosse Pancake Breakfast  - Make sure to come out and support the Bethel High School Boys Lacrosse Team Sunday March 10th at the Stony Hill Firehouse from 9:00 to 11:30am.  In addition to great food there will be AMAZING prizes to be raffled off!  $7.00 per person, $25.00 for a family of 4 or more. Come support the 2012 SWC LAX Champions!


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. 



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.





An Invitation to Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Bethel Special Education and Pupil Services Department and the Bethel Special Education PTO will host a workshop:


Opening Doors:  Planning Your Child’s Transition from High School to Adult Life


Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Bethel High School Media Center

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Panelists from various state agencies, include the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Social Services, Regional Probate Court #45, and the Kennedy Center Travel Training Program will discuss planning ahead for your child’s transition to adult life and eligibility for the services available to adults with disabilities.  A light dinner will be served.


This workshop is a joint venture of the special education departments of Bethel Public Schools, Brookfield Public Schools, New Milford Public Schools, and Newtown Public Schools, and is open to parents in these towns.


RSVP to Fran Peters, Bethel HS Transition Specialist

203-794-8600, ext 429 or Denise Howe, Co-President of SEPTO


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 offered a three-hour evening event in February and additional workshops throughout the year at our schools. 

What workshops are offered?


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. 


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.



Bethel Education Foundation


The Bethel Education Foundation’s 7th Annual Barnum Ball, held Saturday, March 2nd, raised $50,000 to benefit the Foundation.  The proceeds of the Barnum Ball will be used to fund innovative and creative educational programs in the Bethel public and private school and non-profit community organizations.


Also at the Ball, Rockwell School’s 2nd grade teacher Anthony Liberati was bestowed the 2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award.  The 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.  Liberati was presented with a commemorative plaque and a $500 grant.


Nearly 300 guests gathered for the evening at the Ethan Allen Hotel and dined on a three-course meal, bid on over 250 auctions items and danced the night away.  Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith provided an Irish-themed toast and Bethel Middle School teachers Nathan Rinas and Keith Marotta led a spirited live auction of items including a 3-credit course at WCSU, Yankee and Brooklyn Nets tickets, golf outings and Jet Blue tickets.  First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker provided the coin flips for a lively game of “Heads or Tails?”.  The winner, Bethel High School Assistant Principal Mari Lerz, took home a new iPad Mini.


Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees for their support and contribution to a wonderful night to benefit education in Bethel.  For more information on the Barnum Ball and the Bethel Education Foundation, please visit


Click here for the Bethel Education Foundation Newsletter.



Pro Access News – Teen Center


Note from the Director:  We have a lot in store for the upcoming months!  I've been approached by several parents about doing a program for helping teenagers find jobs, we are also working with a college career specialist for a program in April for parents and students on writing that dreaded college essay and understanding the college process.  On a more holistic vein, we will be working with a makeup consultant to help girls look natural when going to dances.  We are also planning a Saturday at the Monster Mini Golf in Danbury and are putting together our Relay for Life team.  These are just a few of the exciting programs we have in store for spring!  Hope to see many of you in the upcoming weeks.  Thank you, Hilda DeLucia
PS:  Please remember that we always offer financial assistance for our membership fees and/or program fees.  We NEVER turn anyone away due to finances. 


STUDENT ADVISORY GROUP - This group meets once a month from 7-9PM to determine costs, fees and dates for upcoming programs and we have lots of fun doing it!  Cost: $5 which includes pizza.  Sophomores are needed for this group. If you bring a sophomore to our next meeting you and your guest will eat for free.  If you are interested in joining this group, please email Hilda. 


Pro Access Opened EVERY Wednesday and Thursday Hours 2:30-6:00


Open Gyms EVERY Friday EXCEPT Good Friday, March 29 from 9:00-11:00 cost $2


St. Patty's Day Party - March 15 from 6-8:45PM Food, games, prizes...Cost: $6 unless you wear something green and then the cost is $5.  If you bring a friend who has never been to a Pro Access program the cost is $3 for you and your friend. 


JOURNEY TO WORK PROGRAM - Are you getting ready to find a job?  Are you tired of looking for a job and getting rejected or no calls back? Learn how to ace an interview, prepare a good application and leave a lasting impression.  This program is geared for sophomores through seniors in high school. 

Date:  March 11

Time: 6-8PM 

Place: Pro Access

Cost:  $20 which includes pizza and drinks. 



ALTERED T-SHIRTS PROGRAM - Bring a t-shirt and learn the tools and inspiration to paint, cut and embellish it.  If you forget your t-shirt we will provide a t-shirt for you. 
Date:  March 18

Time: 3-4:30

Place: Pro Access

Cost: Free - sponsored by the Bethel Library

RSVP NECESSARY TO:  The Bethel Teen Librarian at 203-794-8756.


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AT BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL - Pro Access has 10 discounted tickets to what promises to be an outstanding performance of this wonderful show for our members.  Tickets through Pro Access for our members ONLY are $5.  Tickets are for the show on Sat. March 23.  Please contact Pro Access to pick up your ticket today. 


DIRT PROGRAM - The Drug Free Schools Committee of the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse is sponsoring John Morello's "DIRT" program.  This is NOT a lecture or seminar, DIRT is a play of many characters all performed by one actor/comedian. Having spent most of his life watching destructive decisions, he responded by writing this show about adolescence and choices. DIRT addresses the core reasons for substance abuse such as self esteem, depression, and a desire to find purpose in this often chaotic life.


This is a FREE event. High school students who bring an adult with them will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle.

Date:  March 11

Time: 7-8:30PM

Place:  Palace Theater in Danbury

RSVP: 203-743-7741 (seating is limited)

or email


For more information about Pro Access please visit our website at or call us at 203-778-7522. You can also email Hilda DeLucia the Director at


Community News & Events


BETHEL SOFTBALL ALL FROZEN ROPES CLINICS CANCELLED.  Due to the recent "temporary closing" of Frozen Ropes in Danbury, we regret to inform you that we are cancelling all of our March preseason softball clinics as well as the on-field clinics in April.  Frozen Ropes has been our partner for these clinics for many years.  At this late date, it is impossible for us to offer an alternative for them.  All evaluations have been completed and teams will be formed within the next couple weeks.  Our registrants will receive notification from their coaches, of their teams and practices, which will begin early in April depending on field conditions.  Looking forward to Spring!!




Saturday, March 23rd – CJH Municipal Center

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)


With the anticipation of Spring and an opportunity to support

“The Bethel Community Marketplace” please join us for a fun day filled with various activities!  We will have returning vendors from our Farmer’s Market and new vendors as well as merchants from local establishments. Plan to spend the day enjoying activities, eating lunch and shopping local. The day will include an Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Parks and Recreation @ 1:00 PM. Photos with the Easter Bunny and other fun activities for the kids!  If you are interested in being a vendor – please contact



5th Annual Youth Education Day, Candlewood Valley Chapter, Trout Unlimited

Saturday, April 27, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sandy Hook, CT on the banks of the Pootatuck River Event will be Rain or Shine*


A great opportunity to teach your child about cold water conservation and the sport of fishing from the folks who brought you Trout in the Classroom.


     Discover river ecosystems and entymology

     View and release trout into the river

     Learn to cast a fly rod

     Learn Fly Tying

     Picnic lunch and all equipment is provided

     Fly Fishing equipment will be awarded in our fund raising raffle.




How to reserve your spot:


     Visit and click on the Youth Education link at the top of the page or

     Email Steve Zakur: or

     Call Steve Zakur at 203-994-0627


Children ages 8-18 are invited to participate. Space is limited so don’t miss out on this day of

learning and fun.


* Additional information will be sent once your registration is received. You can also find out more about the day at Children should wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Old sneakers for possible wet wading and bring a pair of dry socks and sneakers for afterwards. Parents are required to stay for the entire event.



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.



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   - Cable Channel 96


Here's what's on BEtv this weekend. Check out all the talent at BMS in the BMS Variety show. Also, get pumped up with the BMS Pep Rally! Remember you can always check our 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, text message, email, and appropriate announcements will be broadcast over the above media.



On February 6th we began to use text messaging as an additional way to communicate to parents/guardians during the weather-related school closings.


If you wish to receive text messages and haven't completed the "Information Update Form" you can download the form from our website or by clicking on this link Information Update Form  Complete the form and return to your child’s school to add texting. (Text messaging rates may be applied by your carrier.)   If you need to check your information please contact your child's school.



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.