Bobcat Blast

October 20, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

I want to take this opportunity to talk about SAFETY. This week we had a district-wide EARTHQUAKE DRILL, a FIRE DRILL, and tomorrow we will practice a LOCKDOWN DRILL. One of the best ways we can protect your children is to make sure our staff and students know exactly what to do in an emergency; and the best way to do that is to PRACTICE. After every drill our team reflects and debriefs on the things we are doing well and areas for improvement.

I want families to know WHEN we are having drills and WHAT information your children are learning. Our staff does an amazing job guiding children through these drills in a way that provides reassurance and calm, while taking them seriously and explaining the purpose in age-appropriate ways.

Our school would go into a real LOCKDOWN if there was danger INSIDE the building. This is the most serious of all situations and one we hope we will never experience. One of my colleagues, David Westhora (new principal of Rock Creek Elementary), made a video in kid-friendly language to help students understand the difference between a SECURE DRILL and a LOCKDOWN and what to do in each. Teachers will be showing this (or the slide show version) to their classes on Friday in preparation for the drill. I thought it would be helpful for you to watch too! We've also attached information about the STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL that gives you all of the actions we will take for each type of emergency and what we are practicing in our drills.


Calendar - Important Dates

  • 10/17 - 10/21 Book Fair
  • 10/10 - 10/28 Read-A-Thon
  • 21st - Bethany Lock Drill in afternoon
  • 25th - International Dwarfism Awareness Day, Wear Green
  • 26th - Principal Chat
  • 26th - Picture Day
  • 28th - Character Dress Up Day
  • 28th - Haunted "Fun House" Hallway / Fall Carnival


  • 2nd - Fall Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00 There is School
  • 3rd - Fall Conferences, 12:00 - 8:00 There is No School
  • 4th - No School, Teacher Work Day


Scholastic Book Fair is Open Today and Tomorrow

Come Shop for books while supporting our school library.

Dates: Thursday - Friday, (October 20 - 21)

Location: B110, You will need to come to the undercover play ground and look for the signs and open door.

Hours: 2:35-4:30pm

We take cash, check, Scholastic e-wallet, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

This is a great opportunity to find some new books to start the Read-A-Thon strong!

Boomer Loves Read-A-Thon

Read-A-Thon Began Monday!

Ready… set… read!

Monday was the first day to read and record minutes for Read-A-Thon. In case your family is missing any information, handouts, reading logs, and pledge sheets are available or on the BSPTO website.

This Coming Week

Tuesday: Dwarfism Awareness Day - WEAR GREEN

Hello! We are the Worsham family and our son Julian will be in 2nd Grade this year at Bethany Elementary.

You might notice Julian is quite a bit smaller than the average 7 year old and that’s because he has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Simply put, Julian’s bones grow much slower than the average child. He is just like his 7-8 year-old peers in every way, except he’s just small, that’s all!

We have learned so much about achondroplasia since having Julian and we know sometimes children can be very curious and that is ok. There are no dumb questions and we would love to answer any that you or your child might have.

For More Information and facts about Dwarfism, click on the link below.

Worsham Family Letter to Bethany

Wednesday, October 26: Picture Day

Here are a few Helpful tips from Dorian Studios

  • Wear simple clothing. Solid shirts or small patterns, along with sleeves, photograph best. A simple collared shirt is a timeless classic.

  • Avoid logos and text on clothing. Graphics or wording may not photograph completely and can become partially cropped out of your picture.

Two Ways To Order

  • Order Forms were sent home yesterday or today. Please fill them out and return them on Picture Day.

  • Order Online: Scan the QR to the right or click here: mydorian.comSearch for Bethany Elementary andclick on the green Order button.

Friday: Book Character Dress Up Day

REMINDER: The last day of Read-A-Thon is October 28th. We encourage all students to come to school dressed as their Favorite Book Character. Please make sure your child's costume is school appropriate, no masks or weapons.

Friday: Haunted Hallway / Fall Carnival

Calling all families! Join us for our annual Haunted Hallway on Friday, October 28th from 6:30-8:30pm. This year our 5th graders will be hosting the Haunted Hallway along with a Fall Carnival full of games, a photo booth, and prizes!

6:30-7:30pm: Haunted Hallway is open

6:30-8:30pm: Fall Carnival

8:15pm: Raffle drawings (do not need to be present to win)

The Haunted Hallway, carnival games, and prizes will all be FREE; optional donations are greatly appreciated! Prize basket raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Cash, check, and electronic payment options will be accepted. All proceeds for this event will go towards the 5th grade end-of-year celebration to celebrate their moving on from elementary school to middle school in June. We hope to see you there!

Conferences are November 2nd - 3rd

Teachers will be sending out the sign-up links this Friday at 3:00 pm.

If you have more than one child at Bethany, you will want to look at the availability for each teacher and coordinate the sibling conferences in a way that works best for your schedule. We are hoping for 100% parent/guardian participation for conferences. This is an important time to connect with your child's teacher and set goals together for the year. Conferences will be in person this year, but if you need to have a ZOOM conference instead, please let your child's teacher know and we are happy to accommodate. 🙂

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, November 2nd: 4:00 - 8:00 pm (There IS School)

Thursday, November 3rd: 12:00 - 8:00 pm (There is NO School)

Friday, November 4th: Teacher Work Day (NO School)

Little Ears are Listening

We LOVE having volunteers back in the building and so many families on campus after school and at events. It has come to my attention that a few people may need some reminders about KID-APPROPRIATE language while on school grounds...and hopefully anytime children are around. (I don't know who...and I don't want to know).

Just may not always be listening...but they HEAR everything!

School Directory

We are in the process of creating a Bethany Family Directory, that will be shared with the families at Bethany. If you would like to be included, please fill out this form:

Bethany Family Directory

If you do not fill out the form, your information will not be included.

Once it is ready, it will be sent out to those families who participated.


5th Grade Parents Information

Middle School Learning Options Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting Monday, October 17. Current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID.

Information About BSD Learning Options and Application Process

Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses. Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed

See In Person Open Houses Dates Below

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5th Grade - Weekly News

The 5th grade teachers have created a matching grant fundraiser. Your support can help our students connect to the world around them through individual subscriptions to The Week Junior. By introducing a steady flow of current events into our classroom, our kids will be better informed and better prepared for the bigger conversations we hope to have around rights, responsibility and community.

If you would like to donate towards our project please click on this link:

Bethany Fifth Grade

*The BEF New Project Match will match the first $500 in contributions to this project.


BSPTO News *****************

Wondering what fundraisers to expect this year, and where the money goes? Here's a quick summary!

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The Read-a-Thon is one of two primary fundraisers for the Bethany PTO's general budget. The other is the Jog-a-Thon, which typically happens in May. Each of these events encourages students to participate in a healthy activity while raising funds for the PTO and earning individual, class, and school prizes. The general budget primarily pays for classroom supplies and support, student enrichment, teacher appreciation, student scholarship funds, community events, and more. The detailed 2022-23 PTO budget is available on our website.

You'll also see a few fundraisers throughout the year that are designed to support specific initiatives. As mentioned above, the Haunted Hallway on Oct 28 is put on by 5th grade families and raises money for the end-of-year 5th grade party. The Scholastic Book Fair raises money for the school library. The Playground Improvement Committee is selling Bobcat Bling and facilitating a Dollar Wars competition later this year to raise money for new playground equipment.

In previous years, we have promoted a number of "Dinner Nights Out" - specific evenings where local restaurants would donate a portion of the proceeds to the BSPTO. At the end of last year, we reflected that the dinner nights made up a large portion of our communication, but provided a very small amount of our actual funding (4.3%). This year, we would like to focus our communication and efforts on two primary fundraisers to make things simpler for families.

Questions? Feedback? We'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to Skyler Weaver at
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BSPTO Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week's PTO meeting! We heard from Ms. Rosenquist and Mr. Stoller, as well as our BSD School Board Representative, Karen Pérez, about the upcoming vote.

There are a lot of projects going on, and many ways to get involved. We understand that not everyone can attend the meeting, and there are many ways to support our students - thank you for everything you're doing to strengthen our community!

If you missed the meeting and you'd like to read the minutes, they're always available publicly at

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 9.
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Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!

With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!

Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.

District News

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School Absences

Thank you for calling the absence line when your student is going to be absent. To make it easier for the office, please include your student's ID number when leaving a message. If you don't know it, ask your child for their Library number.

School Birthday Policy

We've had several inquiries about birthday celebrations at school. I wasn't able to find a written policy for Bethany and all schools have slightly different rules. In my 24 years in schools, I have seen a variety of policies and the impact on individual students and the class as a whole.

For a variety of reasons, including health, safety (COVID and allergies), disruption to instructional time, and hurt feelings, we will NOT be celebrating individual student birthdays at school. Teachers acknowledge students with birthdays in a variety of ways (class singing, a sticker, birthday pencil, special jobs, etc). We want every child to feel special on their birthday without having a potential negative impact on the rest of the class.

We know the requests to celebrate your child come from such a beautiful and loving place. ❤️ One thing you might consider is donating a favorite book to the class library in honor of your child or having them bring a favorite book to be read aloud (arrange with the teacher first). Party invitations may not be distributed at school (even if they are for the whole class). Thank you for understanding.

We are working with the PTO to publish a school directory. If you would like to be included please fill out this link: Bethany Family Directory

Will You Be gone for an Extended time?

Parents/Guardians: Please note if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (10 days or more), you must fill out a Notice of Pre-Arranged Absence form, which you can pick up in the office. This form must be turned into the office at least ONE WEEK before the date the absence begins. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Bethany Social Media

We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to:

Return Chromebooks and iPads

We are missing Chromebooks and iPads and chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad and charger or BSD Chromebook and charger at home to use for Temporary Learning or FLEX online, please make sure you return them to school. Even if your student received the devices from another school such as FLEX, please bring the devices to Bethany.

Our IT department thanks you!

School Supplies for 2022-2023

We want to say Thank you to the families who have paid for school supplies.

If you haven't yet paid, please feel free to send in cash or a check to the school office. We will also be collecting money by check, cash, or card at the Back To School Night.

You can follow the instructions below to pay online.

Step by Step Instructions for Online Payment System.

Local Levy

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023. More information on the Levy

Video Explaining the Levy Renewal

Video Explaining the Levy Renewal (Spanish)