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Friday, February 12, 2016


Monday, February 15

  • Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
  • 7:45-8:00 AM-Meet in Cafe: CFA Biscuits/Survey
  • 8:00-9:00 AM-eclass: 1 HR session
  • 9:00-10:00 AM-Committee
  • 10:00-11:00 AM-Committee Report Out with Grade Level
  • 11:00-3:15 PM-Plan in rooms, collaborate with team/support...This is your time!
  • 4-6 PM -RIE Class-Media Center

Tuesday, February 16

  • Jeans Day for Sunshine Members
  • SST
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-G.O.T

Wednesday,February 17

  • Staff Dev-DOK-Kristen Drake-All Grade Levels-Location TBA
  • 7-7:45 AM-Coding Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Garden Club
  • 2:45-5 PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
  • 2:45-3:45 PM-Mentee Mtg.

Thursday, February 18

  • Staff Dev-DOK-Kristen Drake-All Grade Levels-Location TBA
  • Black History Bowl
  • Book Fair Preview Day
  • 7-7:45 AM-Spanish Club
  • 7-7:45 AM-STEM Club
  • 3-4:30 PM-Readers' Rally

Friday, February 19

  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • Book Fair Preview Day
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg.-cafe
  • Lifetouch Class Pictures-SACK LUNCHES


Monday, February 22

  • Book Fair
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 9 AM-A-TEAM
  • 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
  • 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

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February 15th Schedule:

  • 7:45-8:00 Report to café: Chick-fil-A biscuits and a survey (LSTC and Media Specialist)
  • 8:00-9:00 eClass Sessions
  • 9:00-10:00 Committee
  • 10:00-11:00 Committee Report Out with Grade level
  • 11:00-3:15 Plan in rooms, Collaborate with team/Support… This is your time!

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.

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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.
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Tech Tips


Don’t forget that starting on Tuesday, February 16; I will be conducting the Georgia Student Health Survey with your students. As we did with the Student Perception Survey, you will bring your students to me, and I will administer the survey. For this survey, I will be using the computers in the Media Center, and book fair will be going on, so please bring your students to the tables behind the book fair to take the survey.

Additionally, this survey asks students about how safe they feel at school, so there will be a "passive" permission form. This means that you should send this form home with your students, but parents should only return it if they do NOT want their child to participate. That means that you do NOT need to collect a permission form from everyone.

If you have any questions about the survey or the schedule, please feel free to contact me.


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Highlights of the Every Student Succeeds Act

New Federal K-12 Law. Signed into law on December 10, 2015.

Please Click on the link below to view PowerPoint presentation.

Bethesda Focus and Clear Expectations

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).

February Staff Birthdays!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • Jazlyn Wright

Monday, February 15, 2016

  • Sharmin Lakhani
  • Taylor Nuñez

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  • Cindy Morgan
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