Friday, September 11, 2015


Monday, September 14

  • Complete Data Protocol-Due 9/22
  • 10AM-Title I Annual Mtg.
  • 12:30 PM-A TEAM Mtg
  • 2:30 PM-BUILT

Tuesday, September 15

  • SST
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Begins (9/15/-10/15)
  • 10-11AM-Title I Technology Wksp.-Mini Lab
  • 3:15 PM-Grade Level-Committee Report Out
  • 6PM-PTA General Mtg.-Cafe

Wednesday, September 16

  • CLT eClass (1,2,5)/ HOST (K,3,4)
  • CogAT (1,2,5) Verbal
  • 2:45 PM-Dance Tryouts!-(3-5)-Cafeteria
  • 2:45 PM-Mentee Mtg.
  • 3:30 PM-Zumba Class! (FREE)-Gym

Thursday, September 17

  • CLT eClass (1,2,5)/ HOST (K,3,4)
  • CogAT (1,2,5) Quantitive
  • 2:45 PM-Dance Tryouts!-(3-5)-Cafeteria

Friday, September 18

  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7 AM-Chorus
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • CogAT (1,2,5) Non Verbal
  • Mr. Hunter # 3
  • 8:30 AM-BMT Mtg.-Conf Rm
  • 2:45 PM-Dance Tryouts!-(3-5)-Cafeteria
Saturday, September 19

  • 9-12-Reading is Fun


Monday, September 21

  • 9-2:30PM-BookFair
  • CogAT Make Up day (1,2,5)
  • 9AM-ATEAM Mtg.
  • PTA Fundraiser Begins
  • Title I Open House-Parent Center
  • 4:45 PM-STEMLT Mtg. -ISC
Tuesday, September 22
  • SST
  • 9-2:30 PM-BookFair
  • PTA Fundraiser Sales-Charleston Wrap
  • 9-10AM-District Title I Mtg.-Central Gwinnett HS
  • 3:15 PM-Data Talk:LSPI
  • 4:30 PM-SSLT
  • 6-7PM-District Title I Mtg.-Radloff MS
  • 7-9PM-Boy Scout Registration Night-Cafeteria
Wednesday, September 23
  • 12:00 PM Dismissal-EARLY RELEASE DAY
  • No Lunch Visitors/Sack Lunch
  • 9-2:30 PM-BookFair
Thursday, September 24
  • 12:00 PM Dismissal-EARLY RELEASE DAY
  • No Lunch Visitors/Sack Lunch
  • 9-2:30 PM-BookFair
Friday, September 25
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7 AM-Chorus
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
  • 9-2:30 PM-BookFair

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Heather Thorpe-Bethesda Teacher of the Year 2015-2016!!

Congratulations to Ms. Heather Thorpe for being honored with the prestigious recognition for Bethesda Teacher of the Year. It was a joyous occasion for Ms. Thorpe's daughter, Kyla, our Bethesda staff and students as we paraded Ms. Thorpe through the school to celebrate her accomplishment! We are looking forward to seeing Ms. Thorpe do just as well in the county Teacher of The Year process. Good luck Ms. Thorpe! Thanks for making us proud!

Congratulations also to the TOTY finalists: Denise Haynes and Kim Peterson for a job well done! Thanks for making us proud!

Messages from Pam:

We realize progress reports are going out on Friday and the calendar says "Benchmark Database Due"

That is a soft deadline. The hard deadline is Tuesday at our Data Conversation Talks.

What do I need for data conversations?

  • Benchmark Database Completed: All August sections that apply, SPG- Pre (If applies)
  • Data Protocol

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.)

BES Playground

Shhh…It’s a surprise! We are in the process of updating the playground by the cafeteria. In order for it to be updated, we will need to start over. The county has removed the play structure and metal bars (old ADA swing). These items do not comply with current playground codes. Based on our students’ feedback, we will be adding swings to replace the removed items. These swings are being purchased with the $7,000 raised for Box Tops. Yes, swings are expensive! We will continue to add a couple more items to that playground when we raise more money. Let’s keep this a surprise and don’t tell the kids! The new updates are happening now! Be on the lookout for our new swings J

We are listening!

Please continue to share your perception of our school. We hope you are noticing some changes due to your feedback. Our ultimate goal is to create a positive climate where people enjoy coming to work each day. I know I do and I hope you do too! The only way we can do this is through open and honest communication. Tell us the things you like so we keep doing it and the things you would like us to work on. 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).

Cognitive Abilities Test

Students in 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade take CogAT next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Monday 9/21 and Tuesday 9/22 scheduled as make-up days if needed. The CogAT test identifies what a student is able to do and is also used to help students qualify for the gifted program. The students will be tested in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning. All student score reports should be distributed to Bethesda in late January and shared with parents through report cards and February Early Release days. Good Luck to everybody and show us what you know!

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September 11

Let’s remember our fallen heroes from the 9/11 events that struck our world 14 years ago. They will never be forgotten! Thank you for participating in our patriotic dress day! You truly showed your support to our fallen heroes and families that were affected.

Reading is Fun with Finnegan!

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!

September Birthdays!

Friday, September 11
  • Maria Covarrubias
  • Mary Tharp
Monday, September 14

  • Janice Heizler


Our quarterly Cardinal Newsletter will go home with report cards on Friday, October 23rd Each grade level should turn in an article to Yolanda Lanuza by Tuesday, September 15th.

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