May Material 2016

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Battling Books at Bethel on May 16

Our fourth and fifth graders recently participated in Bethel’s second Battle of the Books competition. All teams were awesome, competition was fierce, and scores were close! The top three teams moved on to compete in the district battle on May 19.

In the end, the results were:

1 Rad Retro Readers

2 Neptune Novels

3 Rattle Snake Readers

4 Golden Eagles

5 Flaming Readers

6 The Immortals

7 Broadway bound books

8 The Revengers

9 The Pack Mans

10 Mad Mammal Readers

11 The Howling Wolves

12 Raging Readers

13 The Nerds

14 Lightening Readers

15 The Book Bombers

16 Book Knights

Congratulations to all teams and a very special thanks to Julie List and all our parent volunteers for making this event possible. Visit to view pictures of this event.

Clover School District Battle of the Books

The top three teams from each elementary school in the district competed in the CSD Battle of the Books on May 19, 2016. Our day started with a welcome from CSD Superintendent, Marc Sosne; followed by rules and expectations from BoB coordinator, Julie List, competitive battles by all our teams, the final battle; and ending with an awards ceremony.

The Bethel students did extremely well!

In the end, the district results were:

1: Rad Retro Readers, Bethel

2: Neptune Novels, Bethel

3: Bethany Book Destroyerz, Bethany

4: Bethany Bookaneers, Bethany

5: Flaming Ice Readers, CCE

6: Super Awesome Book Masters, CCE

7: Book Jedis, CCE

8: #lightningreaders, Bethany

9: Book Destroyers 2016, Kinard

10: The Lollipops, Griggs Road

11: Rattlesnake Readers, Bethel

12: The Einsteins, Larne

13: The Bobions, Kinard

14: Blue Eagle Bookworms, Larne

15: Super Kitties, Griggs Road

16: Book Blasters, Larne

17: Masters of the Books, Kinard

18: She-Devils, Griggs Road

Thanks to all who helped make this event possible. Visit to view pictures of this event.


The students and teachers had a blast at the 2016 Bethel Book Bash! Students in all grade levels rotated through different reading stations throughout the day. These stations included:

1. Book Swap Station & Summer Reading Info

Thanks to school board member, Sherri Ciurlik, and teacher, Allison Welch who helped inspire our students to read and to all who donated books! We had plenty of books for all students in PK-4 grade. Happy reading!

2. Literacy Through the Arts

The students loved hearing stories told by our special area teachers! Mrs. Faris, Mr. Christmus, Ms. Martin, Mrs. Condon, and Ms. Wessinger integrated music, art, technology, and movement into storytelling.

3. Storytelling with Dianne de las Casas

Dianne was energetic, exciting, and engaged the students in her storytelling sessions. For more information or to order her books, visit

4. Lunch with Dianne

26 lucky students had a delicious lunch provided by the Rodriguez family and Azteca Grill. Students were able to talk freely with Dianne, ask questions, and even got to take home autographed placemats from Dianne! Thank you to the parents who helped set-up, serve, and clean-up

5. Professional Development

Our day ended with a professional development session with Dianne, where she engaged the staff in storytelling activities, book making, and handmade tales. Teachers left inspired to use these activities with students next year.

A huge thank you to all involved. It was a great day!


Avoid the Summer Slide

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Avoid the summer slide by encouraging your child to read for fun, read to your child, and immerse your child in literature. How? Visit to learn about the many opportunities for summer reading in this area, including:

Little Free Libraries are Open 24/7!

Need a book? Pick up books anytime at the following Little Free Library locations:

Bethel Fields

River Hills

Good Samaritan Church

Clover Community Park


Allison Creek Presbyterian Church

Stateline Community (where the bookmobile stops)

Bethel Elementary

Reading in the Wild

Out and about and ready to read? Visit these "Reading in the Wild" locations and pick up a book:

Bagel Boat

Sweet Repeats

All YMCA locations

More locations coming soon...


Students at Bethel have been busy ALL year long! Please take a look at the project they've completed this year:


I have had many wonderful years and Bethel Elementary School and have enjoyed working with my students, parents, and staff. I think of all of you as my family. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions to announce that when I leave after the June 14 summer reading session, it will be my last day as the librarian at Bethel. I have become quite attached to all of you and will really miss seeing you each day.

I am, however, very excited to move to Oakridge Elementary School, as the Technology Integration Specialist, where I will have the opportunity to share my love of STREAMing (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, & Math) with the new OES. I feel, without a doubt, that this is a perfect "fit" for me and definitely could not pass up this new endeavor.

I want to thank all of you for allowing me to work with you and your students! And although I will not see you each day, I am comforted in the fact that I am leaving you in good hands with the new librarian, Ms. Emily Boyd; I will still be able to come back to visit Bethel from time-to-time; and I will still be seeing you around the community. I wish all of you the best and want to leave you with three of my favorite Dr. Seuss-isms: