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Asa Packer News

Please see below for this week's news.

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We ask that parents continue to be socially distant while outside and continue to wear masks. Children should be monitored once dismissed from the building. Students should not be running around unsupervised or knocking on classroom windows. Dismissal for the walkers may take a little longer due to the increased number of students. Depending on the need, we may stagger walkers or dismiss a grade level a few minutes early.

Hybrid Students - Return to Four Days of School Begins on Tuesday

Hybrid students will begin four days of in-person instruction beginning next week. We will continue to follow the CDC Guidelines in all areas of our school as we have done throughout the year. Below are some changes that will impact student schedules:

Q: How will lunch be handled?

A: Eating lunch still requires 6 feet of social distance. Lunch times will be slightly shifted so that only one grade level eats at the same time. Children are seated throughout the cafeteria and gym as they have been all year. The new lunch times are listed below.

  • 11:15 - 11:45 - Grade K
  • 11:40 - 12:10 - Grade 1
  • 12:05 - 12:35 - Grade 2
  • 12:30 - 1:00 - Grade 3
  • 12:55 - 1:25 - Grade 4
  • 1:20 - 1:50 - Grade 5

Q: How will snack in the classroom be handled?

A: Eating snack in the classroom requires students to observe 6 feet of social distance. If that distance cannot be maintained in the classroom, students will move to designated locations in the building. Snack may also be eaten outside where students can be socially distant.

Q: What does a socially-distanced classroom that follows CDC guidelines look like?

A: The BASD recognizes the CDC’s 3 foot physical distancing guideline. The standard of 3 feet physical distance allows for the needed spacing in all of our classrooms. The layouts of all our Asa Packer classrooms/spaces will comply with CDC standards. All students and staff will continue wearing masks. CDC guidelines provide for a safe merging of the A-L and M-Z cohorts.

Q: What will Mondays look like?

A: There will be no changes to Mondays. Teachers will be in contact if meeting times change.

Q: What will the specialist schedule look like?

A: As we prepare for our 4 day hybrid instructional model beginning the week of April 12, specialists will operate in the following manner. Hybrid students will now be solely responsible for their participation during their in-person hybrid days. Although students will have access to additional content through our Google Classrooms, hybrid students will not be required to complete any of the content off stage. Specialists will continue to operate on a 5 week rotating basis that has been in place since September. For example, at Asa Packer, our hybrid students will see specialists on the following rotation.

  • Week of April 12 - Week 1 - Students will receive Spanish, music or phys. ed.
  • Week of April 19 - Week 2 - Students will receive Spanish, digital literacy or phys. ed.
  • Week of April 26 - Week 3 - Students will receive Spanish, art or phys. ed.
  • Week of May 3 - Week 4 - Students will receive art, music or digital literacy
  • Week of May 10 - Week 5 - Students will receive art, music or digital literacy
  • Week of May 17 - Week 1 - Students will receive Spanish, music or phys. ed.
  • Week of May 24 - Week 2 - Students will receive Spanish, digital literacy or phys. ed.
  • Week of June 1 - Week 3 - Students will receive Spanish, art or phys. ed.
  • Week of June 7 - Week 4 - Students will receive art, music or digital literacy

*There is currently no change to the eClassroom expectations or posting of content.

Q: What will breakfast in school look like?

A: Breakfast will no longer be eaten in school. It will be sent home. Please see the document below for more information.

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PSSA - FAQ for Parents about PSSA Testing/Opting Out (Grades 3-5)

Please see the attached document for an FAQ on PSSA Testing. Information on how to opt out is also included in the FAQ. Opt out requests may sent directly to For this year only, there is no negative impact for your child, your child's teacher or the school if you chose to opt out. Requests must be received by April 30th.

2021 - 2022 School District Calendar

Attached is the 2020 - 2021 School District Calendar.

PTA Updates


Scholastic Online Book Fair - Ending April 13, 2021, visit:

Wawa Hoagie Coupons - Need an order form? Download the order form online.

New Restaurant Fundraiser!

Reunion Restaurant Dine and Donate - Don't cook, dine in or out at Reunion Chinese Restaurant on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Bring the attached flyer or mention during ordering and Asa Packer will receive 20% of the order total!

Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching...

The PTA would like to provide our teachers with a special breakfast/snack during teacher appreciation week. We are asking for parents to consider donating beverages, snacks or $1-5 for Teacher Appreciation Week of May 7. For a full list of items needed, please contact: or visit

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First in Math Teams & Players of the Week

Please see below for The First in Math Teams & Players of the Week. These rankings are updated every Monday morning.
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April Lunch Menu

Attached is the lunch menu for April.

BASD E-News - Click Below for Updates

The BASD eNews this week features...

-Available BASD positions including a Payroll Supervisor.

-Information on a FREE workshop for BASD Families called Creative Reach Encouragers.

-Information to nominate a teacher for the 2021 B.E.S.T. Award.

-Scholarship Opportunities available through The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the BASD e-News.


Daily Symptom Monitoring Checklist

Please continue to utilize the Daily Symptom Monitoring Checklist. A copy of the document is below.

Asa Packer Attendance - Email Excuse link for Sick Students

Please remember that the below e-mail may be used for attendance excuses.

Health Concerns

If your child was possibly exposed to or is exhibiting COVID symptoms, please contact our health office staff. They will be in contact with you about the various procedures. You can call the school or email them at the addresses below. Both members of our staff should be contacted if you are sending an email.

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