Bethesda Caper

Friday, February 19, 2016

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BES Celebrates African American History Month!

Black History Tribute

This year Bethesda Elementary will culminate their Black History Month observation with a evening Tribute, February 26, 2016 at 6:30pm in the school gymnasium. Student actors, the Bethesda Sparkles Dance Team, and Cheerleading Team will perform in a magical night event entitled, "Night at the Museum". This year admission is free and open to the school public.


Monday, February 22

  • Book Fair
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 9 AM-A-TEAM
  • 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
Tuesday, February 23
  • Book Fair
  • Cardinal Articles DUE
  • SST
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-G.O.T
Wednesday,February 24
  • Book Fair
  • Early Release/12:00 PM Dismissal
  • 7-7:45 AM-Coding Club
Thursday, February 25
  • Book Fair
  • Early Release/12:00 PM Dismissal
  • 7-7:45 AM-Spanish Club
  • 7-7:45 AM-STEM Club
Friday, February 26
  • Book Fair
  • Purple Day for $1-Relay for Life
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg.-cafe
  • 6-7PM-Black History Tribute-Cafeteria


Monday, February 29

  • Wk of 2/29 3-5 Post Informational
  • Wk of 2/29 K-2 Post Opinion Writing
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 9 AM-A-TEAM
  • Formatives Begin
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Sparkles
  • 3:00-4:15-PM-English Club
  • 3:15-4:15-PM-Basketball Club
  • 4-6:30PM-RIE Class-Media Center
Tuesday, March 1
  • Q3 DFA-LA (Grades 1-5)
  • Elections-Presidential Preference Primary-Cafeteria
  • No Lunch Visitors-Sack Lunches
  • SST
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-G.O.T/Collaboration
Wednesday, March 2
  • Q3 DFA-MA (Grades 1-5)
  • Principal Mtg.
  • Read Across America Day
  • 7-7:45 AM-Coding Club
  • 2:45-3:30 PM-DOK Mtg.-Ms. Bennet's Room
  • 2:45-5PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Garden Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
  • 3:15-4:30 PM-After School Tutoring
Thursday, March 3
  • FTE Count Day
  • Q3 DFA-SC (Grades 1-5)
  • 7-7:45 AM-Spanish Club
  • 7-7:45 AM-STEM Club
  • 3:00-4:30 PM-Reader's Rally
  • 3:15-4:30 PM-After School Tutoring
  • 4:30-6:00 PM-Girls' Scouts-Cafeteria
  • 4:30-5:30 PM-SSLT
  • 5-8 PM-PTA CFA Night
Friday, March 4
  • Q3 DFA-SS (Grades 1-5)
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg.-cafe
  • Update Benchmark Database
  • Staff Social-Bahama Breeze
Saturday, March 5
  • 3-4 PM-Honor Chorus-Smoke Rise Batiste Church

Human Resources Processes Timeline


  • Placement Preference Process Opens
  • Deadline to submit Placement Preference Request is 5:00 PM

March Calendar Feedback

The March calendar has been updated. Please look at it now on google calendar and provide feedback by Friday, February 19th to our anonymous board or your BUILT Leader. BUILT Leaders, please provide all feedback to me-Yolanda Lanuza by Wednesday, February 24th. I will be printing calendars and getting them in boxes on Friday, February 26th.


Next Friday it's PURPLE DAY! With a donation of $1, wear purple to support Relay for Life in the fight to find a cure!
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Technology Tips

Thank you so much to Ms. Mincey for the engaging lesson Monday morning! We were all able to leverage our strengths and integrate technology to learning about the powerful impact that friendships have on us at work.

Would you like to use some of these tools with your students? Are you unsure of where to begin? Well, Book Me to for help! You can Book Me at! Here are just a few of the exciting things I can help you use with your students:

Product Websites:



Photo Peach









MS PowerPoint

MS Word

MS Excel

MS Publisher

MS Movie Maker

Photo Story 3


Other Offerings:


Safari Montage

Digital Citizenship







Chose one from the list above, or book me to come help you learn about anything technology related!

Bethesda's Second Annual Black History Month Quiz Bowl

was a great success!

Our judges were Ms. Alicia Rojos, chair of our Local School Council, Ms. Ann Malkoc, president of the PTA, and Ms. Johnetta Gillies, a retired teacher from the Lawrenceville community. Seventeen students from 4th and 5th grade classes competed. They did an excellent job in responding to a variety of questions aligned with our AKS in social studies, grades 2 - 5.

The first place winner was Joali Landaverde-Abarca from Ms. Baptiste's class! The second place winner was Lily Nguyen from Ms. Wilkins's class. We very proud of ALL of the participants for their hard work! Thank you, administrators and media specialists, for your support. Thank you, teachers, for encouraging our students to challenge themselves, to believe, and to achieve!

Bethesda Focus and Clear Expectations

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Next week we will be welcoming our parents to Bethesda for parent teacher conferences. No meetings have been scheduled to allow teachers more time to get ready for conferences.

We thank you for all your efforts in getting your parents here for conferences. Increasing parent attendance at conferences is one of our Title I goals, so we hope we will have a great turnout. Many bilingual interpreters will be assisting with conferences. Thank you Laura for arranging the interpreters!

Be sure you have given all of your conference schedules to Ms. Lafferty (Except those teachers trying Parent Teacher Conference Scheduler) doing so it can be entered into OneNote (this was due on TUE 2/16/16), this allows the office to have the information they need to help parents. The office receives a lot of parent phone calls asking to verify conference times and occasionally to cancel conferences.

Let’s make our school shine for all our visitors next week! Please be sure the grade level bulletin boards are up-to-date. Also, parents love to see student work displayed outside of classrooms. Writing samples always make for interesting reading as parents wait in the halls!

We would like to make sure that there is some parking available for our parents for our Early Release conferences. If you are going to be here late, please park in the gravel lot by the playground. We will do that same procedure for both Wednesday and Thursday conferences.

Some parents may have scheduled their conferences at 12:30 p.m. assuming that their child will be held and not sent on the bus or up to car riders. Dismissal time on early release days is 12:00 PM. NO students are allowed to stay at school until their parents arrive. Please understand that all children will be going home as usual. Also, please remember that your last conference should be at 6:00 PM, ending at 6:20 PM. Doors will be locked at 6:15 PM. Thank you for all that you do for our students and parents!

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

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

Bethesda's Strenghts

One of Bethesda's top 5 strengths is RELATOR.

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

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).

Staff Birthdays!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Martha Parra
  • Kelli Garcia

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Hannah Fidero
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