Bethesda Caper

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friendly Reminder: Grades should be finalized by December 18. January 5 will be dedicated to staff development, RBES midyear, and CLT calendars.


Monday, December 14

  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • DFA-SC (3-5)
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • 11 AM-A TEAM Mtg.
  • 2:45 PM-CLUBS ( Sparkles)
Tuesday, December 15
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • 4th Grade Field Trip
  • DFA-SS (3-5)
  • Holiday Lunch-Music Room
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • SST
  • 3:15 PM-Grade Level Committee Report Out
Wednesday, December 16
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • Prep Int'l Night
  • CLT (K, 2, 3)/Host (1,4,5)-MA
  • Jeans Day for Sunshine Members
  • 2:45-4:30PM CLUBS ( Student Council )
  • 2:45-5PM-Cheer Club
  • 4-7PM-Holiday Party (Biba's Rest.)
Thursday, December 17
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • Prep Int'l Night
  • 7 AM-Chorus Rehearsal
  • CLT (K, 2, 3)/Host (1,4,5)-MA
  • 3-4:30 PM-Reader's Rally
  • 4-5:30 PM-Book Club-Off Campus
  • 6-7 PM-Chorus, Cheer, & Dance Holiday Performance-GYM
Friday, December 18
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • No Personal Leave Allowed
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • Benchmark Database Due
  • Class Parties/Polar Express
  • End of 2nd 9 Weeks
  • Grades Finalize
  • Int'l Night is Coming Jan 8th!


Monday 12/21/15-Monday 1/4/16

  • WINTER BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January Calendar Feedback

The January calendar has been updated. Please look at it now on google calendar and provide feedback by Wednesday, December 16th to our anonymous board or your BUILT Leader. BUILT Leaders, please provide all feedback to me-Yolanda Lanuza by Thursday December 17th. I will be printing calendars and getting them in boxes on Friday, December 18th.

January 5: Professional Development Day Schedule (Times subject to change as the day goes on.)

Breakfast: Chick-fil-a Biscuits (7:45 am arrival)

  • RBES Staff Perception Survey (7:45-8:45) - Heather Thorpe will facilitate
  • Admin will not be present until 8:45
  • 8:45-9:00 Celebrations, news, staff updates…..
  • 9:15-10:45 (eclass Staff Development)

  • 10:45 until finished: CLT Agenda w/ flexible lunch schedule
Data Conversations (Updated Local F&P, Writing, and Post 2)
Develop CLT/CQI calendar Jan, Feb & Mar (This is important to have a plan. It is flexible and can be changed later)
Update Midyear RBES (Specific guidance will be provided by administrator to complete this)

  • Collaboration with support staff as needed
  • GOT

January 5-Technology Professional Development

There will be 2 rotations that are innovated and fun that we will have for certified staff members. Classified staff that serve students are welcome to attend as well!

Thank you for signing up. Ms. Mincey will send out your confirmation classes and placement.

Retirement Planning

If you are interested in a session at our school regarding Retirement Planning please click on the link below and do the survey. Thanks!
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Holiday Performance-FRI 12/18/15

Please see the schedule below so you can plan accordingly for your Class Parties.

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Teacher Survey Request

The Georgia Department of Education is studying the reasons why teachers leave public education as a profession. Classroom teachers across the state are invited to take a few moments to answer 7 questions to help the DOE better understand how to reverse this trend in Georgia. We greatly appreciate your time and feedback and know that working together we can make a difference in public education in Georgia.

Thanks for your opinion!

UPDATE-International Night-FRI 1/8/15

Hello Bethesda Teachers and Staff,

As we know, International Night is quickly approaching, as it is the Friday after we all return to school. The list of the continents each grade level has was designated a few weeks ago and are also listed below for those that need a reminder:

K - North America (including Central America)

1 - South America (except Brazil)

2 - Europe

3 - Africa (split with 5th grade)

4 - Asia + Australia

5 - Africa (split with 3rd grade)

Special Ed - Brazil

When your class country is selected, please email me the country chosen or drop the country of choice off in the PTA box - whichever is more convenient for you. However, PTA needs to know what your selection is NO LATER THAN December 16.

We are sending letters home to encourage our students to participate in the parade of flags (that are to be no larger than 1.5ft by 2ft in size). This size will allow one child to be able to hold each flag him/herself. Also, please put your grade level, as well as country that flag represents, legibly on the back of each flag. We will also be reaching out to families regarding volunteering for the event by bringing artifacts and dishes and allowing their children to participate in the fashion show. The order of events will be:

*Touring the halls

*Parade, performances (if any) and fashion show (all in the gym)

*Food and artifact sampling (cafeteria

If you have any unanswered questions regarding the event, please don't hesitate to call me, Alisha, at 863-529-6322 or email me at

Thanks for your support,

Alisha Hinton

Family Engagement Chair

Bethesda PTA

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Winter Break Energy Savings

With the addition of over a million square feet of building space and no increase to the utility budget, the county is asking for our help to reduce utility costs over winter break. Please do the following prior to leaving for the break:

  • switch off all lights
  • shut down or switch computers off (not all computers are part of auto shut down)
  • switch off monitors and printers
  • ensure no equipment is left on standby and unplug all non-essential items

With cooler weather approaching, please remember that space heaters are prohibited in all areas of an educational facility by Fire Code. Thank you for taking the time to read this information and for supporting the District's energy initiatives.

Technology Information

As you know more and more instructional activities can be enhanced when students bring their own personal devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to classes. The county has provided a flyer to encourage BYOD, to increase technology at school and it also gives parents ideas on purchases for the holidays!

Please see the BYOD Gift List link below. This is the flyer and is going home next Friday 12/18.

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Are you interested in becoming a DLI English teacher?

Here are a few things you should know, so you can prepare now:

We are going to make final decision for 2nd grade before the holidays.

One thing you should know looping may be involved. For example, 2nd and 3rd will be looping with students for two years and then 4th and 5th will be looping for two years.

We prefer to select teachers that have the following certifications

o English/Spanish: Gifted

o English: Gifted and ESOL

This is especially important as we begin the program in grades 2-5. Prepare now, so you can be considered

Open survey if you are interested: Click Here to Respond

District Support Plan

Schedule at CLT after each session

(Contact your coach with date and they can facilitate.)

Session 1 Monday, Sept. 21: (Video One & Protocol will be posted in BUILT folder in Communities by Sept 29th.)

Session 2 Tuesday, Oct. 27: (Videos & Protocol will be posted in BUILT folder in Communities by Jan 25th. Please choose one or both)

Session 3 Monday, Jan. 25

Session 4 Monday, Feb. 8

Session 5 Monday, Mar. 7

Hello everyone,

Please keep this survey going…Dojo again please!. Each one counts in a different way, so please complete it and participate. This survey is a state survey and it counts for CCRPI. As you know, we are trying to get the highest rating. Non-participation or low participation could adversely affect our CCRPI STAR Climate Rating. Last year we were a 5 star rating school. This one we can control!!!

Please Dojo this link out to your parents and let them know this is important for our State school ranking. If you are a Bethesda parent, please complete it asap.
Georgia Parent Survey:

Thanks for your participation right now here is our participation number: Great start!

Remember our Focus

Analyzing the Standards (Stay true to the standard)

Building Capacity (Lifelong Learner)

Conquering the Workshop Model

Stay on Pacing (Super important)

(Master this first and then continue to build capacity to add on.)

We are listening!

Please continue to share your perception of our school. Is it really anonymous? YES IT IS! Since it is anonymous, we really can’t follow up when we don’t know specific situations (who, what, when, where, etc.). If you post something and want results, please be as specific as you can, otherwise the situation will continue. Remember, you can come and talk to any of us in confidence. We are here for you and genuinely want the best work environment.

Just like relationships, positive school climate takes work…hard work…we all want the same thing, so let’s work together to get there. Share your thoughts here Click Here to Open or face to face (always best way to communicate).

December Staff Birthdays!

Friday, December 11, 2015

  • Indu Goel

Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Guadalupe Ramirez
  • Jackie Bellinger

Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Tasha Hylton
  • Abida Ahmed
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