Bethesda Caper

Friday, October 9, 2015

BES Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Nuestras Fiestas Patrias! Sep. 15-Oct. 15

BES Latina Staff members representing some Hispanic speaking countries such as: Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico and Puerto Rico!


Monday, October 12

  • United Way Campaing
  • Student Holiday/Staff Planning Day
  • 8-10 AM-eclass
  • 10:30-11:25 AM-Committee Mtgs.
  • 12:15-1:15 PM-Lunch On Your Own
  • 1:30-2:00 PM-2nd grade ITBS Testing Mtg.
  • 2:00-2:30 PM-5th grade ITBS Testing Mtg.

Tuesday, October 13

  • Begin 2nd 9 weeks
  • United Way Campaign
  • PTA Fundraiser Sales-Charleston Wrap
  • Grades Finalize by 4PM
  • Jeans Day for Sunshine Members
  • Personal Leave Not Allowed
  • SST
  • 10-11 AM-Title I Wksp. (2,3)-MA
  • 3:15 PM-Gift of Time /Collaboration

Wednesday, October 14

  • United Way Campaign
  • PTA Fundraiser Sales-Charleston Wrap
  • AP Mtg.
  • PTA Fundraiser Sales-Charleston Wrap
  • CLT
  • Grades Printed
  • 3:20-4:20-Sunshine Bridal/Baby Shower

Thursday, October 15

  • United Way Campaign
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Ends
  • PTA Fundraiser Sales-Charleston Wrap Ends
Friday, October 16
  • United Way Campaign
  • Fire Drill
  • Grades Due to Admin.
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • United Way Hat Day-$1 to wear a hat
  • 7 AM-Chorus/Spanish Club
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe


Monday, October 19

  • Bus Manager Appreciation Day
  • United Way Campaign
  • ITBS (Grades 2,5)
  • 9 AM-A-TEAM Mtg.
  • 2:30 PM-BUILT
Tuesday, October 20
  • United Way Campaign
  • ITBS (Grades 2,5)
  • Admin. Send Grading Changes to Teachers
  • 10-11 AM-Title I Wksp. (4,5)-MA
  • 3:15 PM-Grade Level Committee Report Out
Wednesday, October 21
  • United Way Campaign
  • ITBS (Grades 2,5)
  • Last Day to Change Grades
  • 2:45-Mentee Mtg.
Thursday, October 22
  • United Way Campaign
  • Read for the Record
  • ITBS (Grades 2,5)
  • Report Cards Printed
Friday, October 23
  • United Way Campaign
  • ITBS (Grades 2,5)
  • Update Database
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7 AM-Chorus/Spanish Club
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • Report Cards Go Home with Cardinal Newsletters
Saturday, October 24
  • 9-12-Reading is Fun with Finnegan

November Calendar Feedback

Hola Bethesda,

The November calendar has been updated. Please look at it now on google calendar and provide feedback by Friday, October 16 to our anonymous board or your BUILT Leader. BUILT Leaders, please provide all feedback to me-Yolanda Lanuza by October 23rd. I will be printing calendars and getting them in boxes on Friday, October 30th.

Muchas gracias!

Our final Q12 survey count was 84.2.

We exceeded the ultimate expectation of 70%! Way to go!

Reading is Fun Needs Your Help!

We are still needing volunteers! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for community service and implementing Standard 9: Professionalism. Feel free to ask Marie Humphrey, Shannon Melton, Heather Thorpe, and Sandy Williams to get more information. If you are interested open the flyer (give this to Yolanda) and return to Yolanda asap. Don’t miss out on the fun!

October 12-Technology Professional Development

There will be 2 rotations that are innovated and fun that we will have for certified staff members. Classified staff that serve students are welcome to attend as well!

8-9 AM-1st Rotation

9-10 AM-2nd Rotation

Thank you for signing up. Ms. Mincey will send out your confirmation classes and placement.

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PTA is excited to host HARVEST FEST! Friday, October 23, 6-8pm.

Festivities will begin at 6 PM with Class-o-Treat, followed by a dance in the gym, crafts, fingernail- and face-painting in the cafeteria, bouncy houses on the upper playground. Food trucks (Papa Johns, Chick-fil-A, and more) will be available in the car-riders’ parking lot and in the breezeway. We will top the evening off with a costume parade and competition in the gym at 7:30 PM (the event ends at 8 PM).


We anticipate that parent volunteers will meet most of the needs for this event, but we can’t do it without you, too! Teacher/staff volunteers are needed for the following areas:

  • Class-o-Treat stations: PTA will provide the treats (through parent donations and/or purchase) but we need YOU to set up and run the treat stations!
  • Time commitment: setup time, plus manning the stations 6 to 6:30 PM during the event
  • Responsibilities: hand out treats to kids and families
  • Incentive: FUN! and, prizes for teachers/staff who put together the best-decorated treat station (as judged by the PTA board)!
  • Bouncy houses: Staff members are needed to oversee this event. Manpower from the bouncy house company will be on-site in the event of problems with the equipment.
  • Time commitment: 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the number of volunteers for rotation) between 6 PM and 8 PM the night of the event
  • Responsibilities: assist with maintaining order and oversight of children’s interaction with bouncy house company staff
  • Sand Art: Supplies and direction will be provided
  • Time commitment: 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the number of volunteers for rotation) between 6 PM and 8 PM the night of the event
  • Responsibilities: assist/oversight of children and families with sand art
  • Harvest Dance: a professional DJ will run the show!
  • Time commitment: any time you are willing to give during the event
  • Responsibilities: Dance! And assist/provide oversight of children and families
  • Fingernail-painting, face-painting, balloon-twisting, perhaps other activities:
  • Time commitment: any time you are willing to give during the event
  • Responsibilities: Paint children’s nails or faces. Twist balloons! Clown around!

Do you have something you would like to volunteer to offer along these lines?
We’re open to suggestions and would love to include you!

Please sign up to volunteer by writing your name on the sign-up sheets that will be posted in the mailroom. For more details, please reference the flyers check going home in Friday folders. If you have any questions or clarification, please e-mail Ann at Thank you in advance for your support of this event!

Tech Tip of the Week!

Media Release

Make sure that your students have completed and returned a signed Media Release. Parents can say no, so you should have a list of students whose parents do not want them photographed and/or video taped for educational purposes. Please make them aware that this includes having their child in the yearbook.

If you need additional forms please see Ms. Lanuza, she will provide it for you.

Grade Books

Please see Ms. Claudon's email from earlier this week and check the BES training page for instructions and help in finalizing your grade book. Final grades are due by Monday, October 12 by 4PM. Please see Ms. Claudon if you need any help at all.

Enjoy your treats and pay it forward to three of your colleagues.

Let’s see if we can all get “Boo”ed before October 31st.

Boo's slips are available in the mail room.

Keep this note on your mailbox, so you don’t get “Boo”ed again!

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.)


Are you interested in ZUMBA classes?

ZUMBA is Perfect for every body!

Zumba takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.

Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Benefits - A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

If you're interested, click on the link below!

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Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Amy Taylor
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