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Principal's Weekly Spotlight 09/01/2019

Good evening! This is Dr. Moore-Lawrence, proud principal of Bethesda Elementary School where ”Every Day!  Every One!  Every Way!  We will learn, serve, and achieve.” Hope you and your family are enjoying this long weekend.  Last week was a great first week. Please listen to the Principal’s Weekly Spotlight for the week of September 2nd.


Monday, September 2nd

  • Labor Day—NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, September 4th

  • Happy Red for Ed Day—Students and staff are encouraged to wear red to show their support for public education.


Friday, September 6th

  • Bulldog Pride Day—Students and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white to show their support for Bethesda. Bethesda t-shirts will be on sale soon.


Thank you for your patience this week with bus transportation and carpool. We have a significantly larger number of car riders this year than in past years. Please note that this year we are not having walk ups. We ask all car rider families to remain in the car and to display the provided car decal.


The week of September 9th-September 13th is Fall Book Fair Week.  Grandparents Day Breakfast is Monday, September 9th at 8:30 for K-2 and 9:30 for 3-5. Don’t forget to RSVP.  Thursday, September 12th is International Literacy Day and we are joining a global celebration of literacy and its importance to individuals, communities and societies.


After a few days in school, we are confident that our students are able to independently walk to class when they enter the building in the morning. Please help us increase your child’s independence by giving your child a hug and/or kiss and letting them enter the building so they can walk to class solo.  If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, you can contact the teacher or principal via email to schedule a conference for afterschool. Instructional time is sacred so most meetings are held outside of instructional hours.


This week, you will receive a letter from Principal Dr. Moore-Lawrence and Assistant Principal Mrs. Shakinovsky. The letter will include a link to Bethesda’s Family Handbook and information you need to know about Bethesda’s policies, procedures, and expectations. 


Before I end this message, I wanted to let you know that I’ve been concerned about some of the news over the last few weeks about incidents of violence in our city. While these incidents did not involve our school directly, our students and families can be affected even simply by hearing the news. Please reach out to our school counselor if your child needs assistance. We have access to mental health resources to help. We are here for your child and family.


At Bethesda, we are proud to say, “There’s No Place Like Bethesda…Where everyone is a global leader, 21st century learner, and world changer.  What starts here changes everything.”