BHCS Charter Chatter

January 2021

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BHCS Open Enrollment

Due to the restrictions in response to COIVD-19, there are some changes to

BHCS Open Enrollment Season. Please note the changes below and help share this information with families who may be interested in enrollment.


Open Enrollment Period

BHCS will take applications for potential students starting January 4th - February 26th, in order to be considered in the March 3rd Lottery.


Students who wish to be considered for “Priority Status” will need to have applications in by January 29th. (Priority Status is for students who 1. are a child of staff member, 2. are a sibling of a current student, 3. live in the original Bethel Hill district, 4. have legacy priority - meaning they are a sibling of students that completed the highest grade offered by the charter school and were enrolled at least four years at the charter school) If a priority student does not turn in an application by January 29th, they will be entered into the lottery as a non-priority applicant.


Required Parent Meeting:

There will not be any in-person meetings this year. We will provide a link for a “parent information meeting” pre-recorded video for parents to view.


Application:

All BHCS applications for admission will be online this year. In the event a family does not have access to the internet and/or working e-mail, they can come to the school to receive assistance with the application process.


Applications will be available on the BHCS website.


**Students who are still on our waiting list will need to fill out a newly updated application to be considered for the 3/3/21 lottery.**


If there are questions, please contact the school. We look forward to continuing to serve our community and laying the foundation for individual excellence!

Kindergarten Enrollment Presentation
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National School Choice Week

From January 24 - 30, 2021, is National School Choice Week (NSCW). NSCW is a nationwide effort that raises awareness of the importance of opportunity in K-12 education. Families often use the week to search for schools for their children. Schools—like ours—use the week to celebrate what makes them unique.

National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for the Bethel Hill Charter School community to recognize our students, their parents, our teachers, and our entire staff.

In that spirit, I want to thank the parents who have chosen Bethel Hill Charter School for their children. Your choice and involvement in your child’s education have played an essential role in our school’s success. I also want to thank all of our teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff for their commitment to our students and to making Bethel Hill Charter School the best it can be. Most importantly, I want to recognize our incredible students, whose dedication to their own learning inspires all of us every day.

Sincerely,
Jessica Poole

Don't miss out... Purchase a YEARBOOK Now!

It is time for our annual yearbook sale to begin. Don't wait to reserve a copy of the Bethel Hill Charter School Yearbook for your child. Yearbooks are currently on sale for just $18.00 or choose to have your child's name added to the front of their yearbook for just $23.00.

There are two purchasing options to choose from:

  1. Buy online with your credit card at www.strawbridge.net by entering Yearbook ID Code FMYB104483 and following the online ordering instructions. You can also access this link on our webpage.
  2. If you would like to pay with cash or check, simply return a completed yearbook order form along with your payment to your child's teacher. Checks are to be made payable to Strawbridge. If paying with cash, please send exact change. Envelopes are processed by Strawbridge and change cannot be returned.

Order forms will be sent home with each student. Additional order forms are available from your child's teacher or can be picked up in the front office. Extra copies may not be available for purchase at the end of the school year - so reserve your child's yearbook today!

DEADLINE FOR YEARBOOK ORDERS: Friday, February 19.

After this date yearbooks will be $20.00 and personalized orders will NOT be accepted.


Please feel free to contact Stephanie Cook if you have questions.

336-599-2823 x225 or stephanie.cook@bethelhill.net

Spelling Bee

We are excited to announce that the upcoming school Spelling Bee will be held February 4, 2021! This a change in the original date due - please make note. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our school bee will look a little different from previous years. Scripps National Spelling Bee now has a new written option that will allow our students to participate in person but safely distanced from each other. Our school bee participants will be spread out with materials for writing the spelling words instead of orally spelling them. Two students from each classroom will participate in the School Spelling Bee. At the School Spelling Bee, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be mandatory. Due to COVID-19 regulations, spectators will not be allowed at this time but a live recording will be provided for families of participants.

Please help us in congratulating the following students. They are our 2021 School Spelling Bee Participants and Alternates. We are very proud of them!

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Kids Heart Challenge

February is American Heart Month! This is a great time to raise awareness about heart health and prevention of heart disease. Join us in learning about heart health and raising funds to protect all hearts – especially other kids! Through fun activities we’ll discover ways to take care of our hearts and brains while practicing kindness, gratitude and learning ways to de-stress. Plus, we have the chance to earn PE equipment for our school!

The Kids Heart Challenge assembly will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:30pm. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no live performances this year. This year's event will run from Tuesday, February 16 to Monday, February 22. (NOTE: If the snow make-up day scheduled for Monday, February 15 becomes a regular school day, then the event dates will change to Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19.)

Kids Heart Challenge packets and collection envelopes will be sent home the week of January 11. Packets will include instructions on how to register.

Once registered, students will receive a Kids Heart Challenge wristband which includes a secret message. This secret message can be revealed using the decoder provided on the Kids Heart Challenge envelope!

Thank you for supporting our school and this very important cause!

For questions, please contact Coach Bowes -

janet.bowes@bethelhill.net (336)599-2823 X249

School Attendance

Thank you for your partnership as we have held face to face instruction since the beginning of the year with little classroom interruptions due to COVID-19. As we enter the winter months, where children are more likely to experience colds and/or sickness, we ask that you continue to help us make sure we are taking the necessary precautions to be able to continue face to face instruction. Communicate with your child’s teacher in the event your child is sick (We are able to provide remote instruction for students who may not be able to participate in face to face instruction on campus, but remember that it takes some preparation on our end, so providing advance notice as much as possible is helpful). We also ask you to make communication with your child’s healthcare provider to seek assistance and help determine if your child’s symptoms are COVID-19 related or not.

Testing

Mid-Year Assessments are scheduled beginning the week of January 19, 2021. Mid-year testing includes Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades K-3 and North Carolina Check-ins for grades 3-5. Students’ academic progress in reading, math, and fifth grade science will be measured. Mid-Year Assessments are used by teachers to guide instruction for students. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with specific assessment dates for each subject. Please be sure your child gets a good night’s rest and has a balanced breakfast the morning of assessments. Assessments will be available on-line for remote only students. Remote only students in grades 3-5 will need their school issued Chromebook in order to complete the assessments.

Spots Available for Afternoon Bus Riders

If you would like for your child to ride the bus in the afternoon, please contact the front office or your child's bus driver to check availability and make arrangements. There are still spots available for afternoon riders.

Conferences

Conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 27. There will be no school for students on this day. Your child's teacher will contact you with your conference time. Thank you for your continued participation in your child's education!
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Inclement Weather Reminders

Given the implementation of remote learning opportunities over the past months, "snow days" may look a little different than in the past. Some days previously considered "snow days" may become remote learning days in an effort to protect instructional hours and avoid calendar changes. Decisions will be based on the ability to successfully implement remote learning and consideration will be given to timing, power outages, and other situation-specific circumstances.


In the event of inclement conditions, announcements regarding the closing or delayed opening of school will be made as quickly as possible. BHCS will follow the same decisions as Person County Schools as to whether or not the school building will be closed. There may be times when the school building is closed and students will be required to work remotely - which may or may not mirror PCS. Please refer to local radio, TV, and our school website for specifics about closings and/or remote learning days.


If school is dismissed early, local media will be contacted, as well as a call sent from our Alert Now notification system. If you are not getting these calls, please contact the office to verify that we have your correct phone number. At the beginning of the school year, you are asked to make transportation arrangements for cases of inclement weather on the emergency form. There will be no after school care if school is dismissed early due to inclement weather.

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