Bethesda Caper

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friendly Reminder: Grades should be finalized by December 18. January 5 will be dedicated to staff development, RBES midyear, and CLT calendars.


Monday, December 7

  • Post Writing Assessments (K,3,4,5)
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • 11 AM-A TEAM Mtg.
  • 2:30 PM-BUILT
  • 2:45 PM-CLUBS (Basketball & Sparkles)
Tuesday, December 8
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • SST
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • 10-11AM-Title I Wksp.-LA (K-5)
  • 3:15 PM-Staff Mtg.
Wednesday, December 9
  • DFA-LA (1-5)
  • AP Mtg.-ISC
  • 2:45-4:30PM CLUBS ( Student Council )
  • 2:45-5PM-Cheer Club
Thursday, December 10
  • CLT eclass
  • DFA-MA (1-5)
  • 2:45-Sparkles
  • 3-4:30 PM-Reader's Rally
Friday, December 11
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7 AM-Chorus Club
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • Fire Drill
  • 8:30 AM-BMT


Monday, December 14

  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • DFA-SC (3-5)
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • 11 AM-A TEAM Mtg.
  • 2:45 PM-CLUBS ( Sparkles)
Tuesday, December 15
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • 4th Grade Field Trip
  • DFA-SS (3-5)
  • Holiday Lunch-Music Room
  • 7:15 Am-Cardio Club
  • SST
  • 3:15 PM-Grade Level Committee Report Out
Wednesday, December 16
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • Prep Int'l Night
  • CLT (K, 2, 3)/Host (1,4,5)-MA
  • Jeans Day for Sunshine Members
  • 2:45-4:30PM CLUBS ( Student Council )
  • 2:45-5PM-Cheer Club
  • 4-7PM-Holiday Party (Biba's Rest.)
Thursday, December 17
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • Prep Int'l Night
  • 7 AM-Chorus Rehearsal
  • CLT (K, 2, 3)/Host (1,4,5)-MA
  • 2:45-5 PM-Girls Scouts-Cafeteria
  • 3-4:30 PM-Reader's Rally
  • 4-5:30 PM-Book Club-Off Campus
  • 6-7 PM-Chorus, Cheer, & Dance Holiday Performance-GYM
Friday, December 18
  • Campus Closed to All Visitors
  • No Personal Leave Allowed
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • Benchmark Database Due
  • Class Parties/Polar Express
  • End of 2nd 9 Weeks
  • Grades Finalize
  • Int'l Night is Coming Jan 8th!

Retirement Planning

If you are interested in a session at our school regarding Retirement Planning please click on the link below and do the survey. Thanks!

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Hello Staff,

In an effort to say thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the students of Bethesda Elementary, we are giving you the GIFT OF TIME (GOT)!

We know you have been quite busy and you've stayed the course. You've attended learning experiences and meetings, worked on report cards, got ready for conferences, administered the ITBS, planned collaboratively, and composed RBES goals.

WHEW! That's a lot and we didn't even name everything! We know your plates have been full and that is why you truly deserve this GIFT! Please review the attachment and look for your name and time.

Are you all in? To make this work we need everyone's help. Please review the attached UPDATED schedule carefully and note we will have double duty on GOT days. If you have any questions or concerns, please email LaToya. She is our scheduling master mind who worked really hard on this schedule.

We hope you appreciate and enjoy!

Your A-Team!!!!

Holiday Performance-FRI 12/18/15

Please see the schedule below so you can plan accordingly for your Class Parties.
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Teacher Survey Request

The Georgia Department of Education is studying the reasons why teachers leave public education as a profession. Classroom teachers across the state are invited to take a few moments to answer 7 questions to help the DOE better understand how to reverse this trend in Georgia. We greatly appreciate your time and feedback and know that working together we can make a difference in public education in Georgia.

Thanks for your opinion!

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!

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Please mark your calendar for January 8th 6:00-8:00PM

International Night, our next PTA event and we would love your participation. If you want to know how you can help or questions, please email or you may call her at 863-529-6322. Based on feedback from communication regarding Harvest Fest, I am empowering you now to find out how you can help.


International Night

Teachers.... The anticipation is now over and you can begin planning for our upcoming International Night Event. The date is set for Jan 8th, 2016. Please keep in mind this is the Friday after the students return from Winter Break. Listed below are the continents PTA has selected for the teachers. Please communicate with one another within grade level to assure there are no country duplications.

The grade assignments seemed to work best as follows:

K - North America (including Central America)

1 - South America (except Brazil)

2 - Europe

3 - Africa (split with 5th grade)

4 - Asia + Australia

5 - Africa (split with 3rd grade)

Special Ed - Brazil

Also, we will be doing a parade of some kind for the students to display their flags but we ask that the flags be smaller this year. Small enough for one student to carry. Butcher paper worked well but consider 1.5ftX2ft... The display hallway delegations for each grade level will be sent out the week following Thanksgiving break as we are working out more details. We do ask that a couple teachers from each grade level be present in their hallway as families tour the area tobshed light on the research that the students worked so hard on.

Letters will be sent home to your students families to see who would be willing to volunteer for the event so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding International Night please contact Ms. Alisha Hinton at or you may call her at 863-529-6322.


Are you interested in becoming a DLI English teacher?

Here are a few things you should know, so you can prepare now:

We are going to make final decision for 2nd grade before the holidays.

One thing you should know looping may be involved. For example, 2nd and 3rd will be looping with students for two years and then 4th and 5th will be looping for two years.

We prefer to select teachers that have the following certifications

o English/Spanish: Gifted

o English: Gifted and ESOL

This is especially important as we begin the program in grades 2-5. Prepare now, so you can be considered

Open survey if you are interested: Click Here to Respond

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

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).

December Staff Birthdays!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

  • Michelle Claudon

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

  • Elizabeth Askew
  • kim Peterson

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Debbie Simpson

Thursday, December 10, 2015

  • Betty Jo Conley
Friday, December 11, 2015
  • Indu Goel
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