BHCS Charter Chatter

September 2019

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope that you have had a relaxing and fun-filled summer break. We are looking forward to a successful and productive year working in partnership with you, your family, and our community. The Charter Chatter will provide you with news and information about the exciting things happening at BHCS. For more information about BHCS you may visit our website at www.bethelhill.net or contact the main office at (336)599-2823.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Membership Drive

We are so blessed to have such a supportive PTO at Bethel Hill Charter School. They do many wonderful things to support our school. From purchasing instructional materials and Chromebooks to school improvements, our PTO works diligently to meet the needs of our students.


Each year we have a PTO membership drive to promote joining our PTO. Membership dues are $5 per joining member. Our drive runs until Thursday, October 24, which is also the day of the PTO Fall Carnival. If you join the PTO prior to the carnival, you will receive free admission to the Fall Carnival! The grade level that has the highest percentage of memberships will be rewarded with an ice cream party from the PTO!


Thank you for your continued support of the BHCS PTO!

REMINDER: Fundraiser Orders and Money Due

Please remember fundraiser are pre-pay this year. Orders and money (including donations) are due September 9

Wildcat Wednesday

BHCS has always taken pride in our students demonstrating good character. All staff members work to model this for the students and acknowledge them whenever they see students exhibiting good character at school.

Once again, BHCS will have “Wildcat Wednesday”. This year students will be nominated based on the character trait of the month at BHCS. Students will be nominated by a staff member here at BHCS. The staff member will complete a nomination form and place it in a special box in our workroom. On Wednesday of each week, two staff members will meet in the morning to randomly draw out a form from those submitted. The form selected will be the student who will be recognized for “Wildcat Wednesday.” We will have a Wildcat selected for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. The students recognized will have their names displayed on paw prints by their classroom door. They will also have their name displayed in the cafeteria and main office for all to see! The winners will also receive a certificate of recognition and ice cream coupon to use in the cafeteria. All students who are nominated will have their nomination form sent home so that their success can be celebrated with their families!

Thank you for encouraging your child each and every day!


STEAM News

A huge thank you to everyone that has donated to our STEAM classroom! The STEAM closet is stocked and ready for most of our adventures this year. For the month of August and September our Kindergartners have been learning what a scientist is by exploring tools such as balance scales, tweezers, magnifying glasses, and pipettes. They will now begin to explore engineering by designing a ladder, exploring colors, and building with shapes. First grade focus on addition skills in math by building Lego towers and designing abacus bracelets to help with learning to make a ten (addition facts that equal ten). Second grade built pencil towers using different shapes as the foundation and will now move onto learning about sound and light. Third grade began learning about force by making Hopper Poppers and will now begin to design different bridges while learning about the forces that support bridges. Fourth grade is learning about fossils by using fossils to identify animals and habits. They also completed a simulation project in which they watched how a fossil is formed. Fifth grade has been studying water and how we get clean drinking water. These projects allow us to investigate the water cycle and understand the importance of clean water. We have an exciting start to our year!

Student Council

Attention all Fifth Grader Wildcats!


Get ready for Student Council! As a fifth grade Wildcat, your child will have the opportunity to run for an office in the student council. The elections and process will not begin until after the end of the first six weeks.

Being a member of Student Council is a big responsibility and takes dedication, determination, and dependability. The students at Bethel Hill are looking at them to be role models. With these expectations in place, your Wildcat must be progressing satisfactory in all academic subject areas. They must have a satisfactory behavior report with no discipline referrals for the first six weeks. They must display appropriate school behavior.

The roles of Student Council include President, Vice President, Secretary, 2 Spirit Officers, and Public Relations.

An informational meeting will take place after the first six weeks during school hours. Additional information will be sent home during this time!!

Get Ready Wildcats!!!

Volunteer Information Survey

Volunteers are a vital part of BHCS's continued success. In an effort to make your volunteer time with BHCS the best experience possible we are asking that you please complete the short Volunteer Survey. This survey will help us better understand your volunteer interests and when you may be available to volunteer. We appreciate your time in completing this survey and look forward to working with each of you this year!


Volunteer Information Survey

Recycling Program

We are again encouraging students to recycle from home this year. If they take their card to the recycle center every time they drop off recycle items, they will stamp it if you ask them to.* When the card is full, they will qualify for small prizes from the school by sending those cards to the main office. Prizes are as follows:

1 - 3 stamped cards = pencil & note pad

5 stamped cards = small tote bag with pencil, pen, bookmark, & sticker

10 stamped cards = pencil & recycle bracelet

15 stamped cards = pencil & mini beach ball

20 stamped cards = pencil & recycle duck

25 stamped cards = mini shuttle pen on a rope

Highest recycler for the school year will get $5 to spend at the Book Fair.


If you are interested in the Recycling Program, please contact Bonnie Bowes to get cards!


*Note - Attendants are on duty at the Recycling Center during the following times:

Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm

Saturdays - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Fall Book Fair

When: September 30 - October 2

Times: 8am - 3:30pm

Where: BHCS Library


For information on Scholastic products and to search books by grade level visit:

www.scholastic.com

Box Tops for Education

NO MORE CLIPPING...

The next generation of Box Tops is here and all you need is your smartphone!


STEP 1: Download the Box Tops mobile app. (available from Apple App Store & Google Play)


STEP 2: Buy participating products containing the General Mills Box Tops logo


STEP 3: Scan your receipt using the Box Tops mobile app


STEP 4: Earn cash for our school! The app will automatically find participating products and instantly add your Box Tops to our schools earnings online.


You can still send in traditional clipped Box Tops...Until they're gone!

If your package has a traditional Box Tops clip, cut it off and attach it to the Box Tops flyer (available from the main office). Each clip is worth $0.10 for our school. Please check clips for a valid expiration date.


Thank you for supporting our school!

For more information, including a list of participating products, please visit BTFE.COM

Bethel Hiill Charter School Wildcats Magnets for Sale...

We have BHCS magnets for sale in the main office. Magnets are $5 each and offer a great way to sport your Wildcat Pride!

September Dates to Remember...

September 2 - Holiday – Labor Day

September 3 – Arby’s Night

September 5-6 - Grandparents Day

September 9 - Fundraiser Orders and Payment Due (Pre-Pay)

September 9 – 16 – 5th Grade Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

September 10 – My Life Matters begins

September 17 - BHCS Board Meeting - 7:00pm

September 18 - Early Release 12:30

September 2 - Relay for Life – Person County (Rain Date Sept. 27th)

September 23 – October 7 – 5th Grade Yankee Candle Fundraiser

September 24 - PTO Program – 5th Grade – 7:00pm

September 25 - End of 1st 6 weeks Grading Period

September 30 - October 3 - Book Fair Week

Asbestos Update: The only buildings with asbestos remaining on our campus are the Main Building, Cafeteria and Gym. These asbestos materials are encapsulated and in good condition. Any questions concerning our management plan may be directed to Gary Clark (building and maintenance supervisor) or Jessica Poole (Principal).