Bethesda Caper

Friday, February 5, 2016

BES Celebrates African American History Month!

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Monday, February 8

  • African American History Month
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 2:30-3:30 PM-BUILT
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Sparkles
  • 3:00-4:15 PM-English club
  • 3:15-4:15 PM-Basketball Club
  • 4-6 PM -RIE Class-Media Center
  • 4:45 -5:45 PM-STEMLT
Tuesday, February 9
  • SST
  • Fire Drill
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-G.O.T
  • 5:30-6:30 PM-Academic Night
Wednesday,February 10
  • AP Mtg.
  • CLT (1,4,5)/HOST (K,2,3)-LA
  • 7-7:45 AM-Coding Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Garden Club
  • 2:45-5 PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
Thursday, February 11
  • 7-7:45 AM-Spanish Club
  • 7-7:45 AM-STEM Club
  • CLT (1,4,5)/HOST (K,2,3)-LA
  • 9:30-12:30 PM-Dance & Cheer Field trip
  • 3-4:30 PM-Readers' Rally
  • 4:30-6PM-Girls Scouts-Cafeteria
Friday, February 12
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg.-cafe
  • 8:30-9:30 AM-BMT
  • 6-7:00 PM-PTA General Mtg./Valentines Dance


Monday, February 15

  • Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
  • 8:00-9:00 AM-eclass: 1 HR session
  • 9:00-10:00 AM-Committee
  • 10:00-11:00 AM-Committee Report Out
  • 11:00-ON-Lunch, Plan and.or Work in Your Room
  • 4-6 PM -RIE Class-Media Center
Tuesday, February 16
  • Jeans Day for Sunshine Members
  • SST
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-G.O.T
Wednesday,February 17
  • Staff Dev-DOK-Kristen Drake-All Grade Levels-Location TBA
  • 7-7:45 AM-Coding Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Garden Club
  • 2:45-5 PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
  • 2:45-3:45 PM-Mentee Mtg.
Thursday, February 18
  • Staff Dev-DOK-Kristen Drake-All Grade Levels-Location TBA
  • Black History Bowl
  • 7-7:45 AM-Spanish Club
  • 7-7:45 AM-STEM Club
  • 3-4:30 PM-Readers' Rally
Friday, February 19
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg.-cafe
  • Lifetouch Class Pictures-SACK LUNCHES
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Family Academic Open House- NEXT Tue. 2/9/16 5:30PM-6:30PM

We are excited to open our classroom to the community on Tuesday, February 9. Parents and students will be able to travel from class to class, and grade to grade to learn new strategies for reading, writing, and math! Technology sessions will be offered as well, in the Media Center! Students will have a goal of getting to 6 different rooms (4 on their grade level, and 2 optional others) and turn in their raffle card to get Bethesda Swag on Friday on the announcements!

Classrooms will be all located on the first floor, 4 per grade level. As students and parents are rotating around the school, they have the opportunity to take some good guesses to win groceries and literacy baskets at the end of the night! The closest one to the actual price of the groceries (no tax) and the literacy baskets will win all contents at 6:30. This will be announced at dismissal time. Students/parents must be present to win (they have to stay the whole time).

We will notify classrooms used for the night and teachers assignments to classrooms and games next week. Support staff will have a duty positioned around the school, locations will be sent out next week. A map of the night will be emailed out. Materials will be delivered by Monday, February 8 to assigned classrooms. Questions relating to the Reading, Writing, or Math games, please see your grade level committee chair. Questions about the flow of the night, please ask a coach. All staff members are encouraged to wear spirit wear with blue, black, red, or khaki pants.

Highlights of the Every Student Succeeds Act

New Federal K-12 Law. Signed into law on December 10, 2015.

Please Click on the link below to view PowerPoint presentation.

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Conversation Hearts for Relay for Life!

Don’t forget that Conversation Hearts are on sale for the month of February. Candy boxes are available for purchase until February 11th and they will be delivered on Friday, February 12th! All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and cancer research. Thank you for your support!

SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference

Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference

When: June 15, 2016
: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

Teaching and Learning Conference
June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center

Bethesda Focus and Clear Expectations

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BES Student Council is sponsoring a HAT, SCARF, & GLOVE Donation Drive-DEADLINE IS 2/8

Student Council is starting a collection of hats, scarves, and gloves for the Lawrenceville Children's Home. Show your Bethesda spirit and help these kids with warm garments! Donated items should be new. Collection boxes are available in the school hallways until Monday, February 8th. Please encourage your students to participate!

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

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Bethesda's Strenghts

One of Bethesda's top 5 strengths is RESPONSIBILITY.

Watch this video. It's information about the "Responsibility" strength.

2016-17 Work Day Calendars

Below you will find the links to the 2016-17 work calendars for your use. The documents below include:

  • 2016-17 Beginning & Ending Dates based on days worked by employee groups (174-day through 12-month).

  • 2016-17 Work Calendars for each of these employee groups showing the work days for each month.

These calendars can also be found on the GCPS website under Employment > Human Resources > Compensation > Employee Work Calendars.

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!

"Have You Purchased Your Tumbler Yet?"-DEADLINE IS 2/9

The Sparkles Dance and Cheer team are hosting a tumbler fundraiser. There are 16 different designs to choose from (animal print, owls, chevron, flowers, elephants, University of Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Alabama, to name just a few). Each tumbler is $20, we can accept cash or checks (checks made payable to Bethesda Elementary). The fundraiser will be from January 26th - February 9th. The proceeds will go towards a variety of activities and uniforms we would like to provide for our girls. Purchases can be made directly through a cheerleader or dancer. If you would like to support the dance and cheer team, and you don’t have a dancer or cheerleader in your room, have no fear, there will be an order form in the mail room as well as one hanging on Ms. Cochran's classroom door.

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).

Staff Social is Today!

Hope to see at Bahama Breeze today! It's located at the corner of Breckinridge Blvd and Pleasant Hill Rd.

3590 Breckinridge Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096

February Staff Birthdays!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • Kim Finke
  • Hajrusa Alic
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