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Principal's Weekly Spotlight - 1/17/2021

Good evening! This is Dr. Moore-Lawrence, proud Principal of Bethesda Elementary with the Principal’s Weekly Spotlight for the week of January 18th. This Wednesday, we will watch the inauguration of the President and Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris.  This historical event in the same week as the national holiday set aside to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I would like to share two of my favorite quotes from Dr. King. The first quote is “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?!” and quote two is “The time is always right to do what is right.”  As we embark upon the third week of 2021, let’s recommit to helping others in any and every way we can and always doing what is right.  2021 is just getting started!  How will you make an impact in your family, career, and community?


We are grateful for the families that participated in last week’s STEM Hour and the Exceptional Children’s (EC) Family Resource Night. We look forward to hosting other events to connect and engage our staff, students, and families.


This week is the last week for students to complete the the iReady Middle of Year Assessment in Reading and Math. Please remember that this assessment lets us know where your child is at this point in the school year.  Please allow your child to take the assessment independently.  Please do not assist your child by reading the assessment, giving them answers, or showing them how to complete the problems.  We appreciate your support.


Monday, January 18th 

School is closed for staff and students in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Tuesday, January 19th

This is a remote learning day for students and workday for staff. Students should login to Canvas and complete the assignments listed.  Please be sure to check Class Dojo as well for additional information.


Wednesday, January 20th

*Don’t forget that students are to attend Morning Meeting every day, including Wellness Wednesday activities.  This week’s Wellness Wednesday Topic is No Name Calling #ReadySetRESPECT. The Theme is #SafetoBe Happy at School!

Please check out the school website for the Zoom information and additional details.

*Extra-Curricular Clubs (Each Club Has a Schedule of Dates; Please Note That All Clubs Don’t Meet Every Week)


Friday, January 22nd

Quarter Two Report Cards are available via the PowerSchool Parent Portal

If you have questions about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a meeting.


Now it’s time for me to shout out some terrific Bulldogs.  To learn more about why these Bulldogs were recognized, please check our website for full details. 


Ms. Matthews-Turner recognized 1st grade student Nasir T. for his hard work during i-Ready Testing. He stayed focused and tried his best! Great job, Nasir!


Ms. Foreman recognized 1st grade student Leloni G. Leloni is always ready to learn and very respectful in Media. She follows instructions well and is a prepared, responsible student. Great job Leloni!


Ms. Foreman recognized 2nd grade student Aida B. Aida is a great leader in Media. She always participates, listens well and brings positive energy to class. Excellent Aida!


Ms. Skillman recognized 3rd grade student Ibrihim N. Ibrahim has been doing a great job participating more in class! Way to be an active participant!


Ms. Skillman recognized 3rd grade student Jaylen H. Jaylen has the highest amount of Lessons Passed in Reading on iReady out of the whole Third Grade! He has passed 92 Lessons! I am so proud of his accomplishments! Great Work Jaylen!


Ms. Lee recognized 4th grade student Javier OR. Hats off to Javier, for being proactive and responsible in pursuit of his education. Javier had technical difficulties with his computer during zoom class, so he took the initiative and logged into zoom class with his cellphone. Well done Javier.


We would also like to recognize the following students for having the most iReady lessons passed in each grade level & subject since August 2020: 


Kinder Reading                                                                                   Kinder Math

Chloe B - 93 Lessons Passed                                                            Emily T - 71 Lessons Passed


1st Grade Reading                                                                              1st Grade Math 

Winter G - 88 Lessons Passed                                                          Carrington J - 100 Lessons Passed


2nd Grade Reading                                                                            2nd Grade Math 

Emma R - 96 Lessons Passed                                                           Emma R - 128 Lessons Passed


3rd Grade Reading                                                                              3rd Grade Math

Jaylen H - 92 Lessons Passed                                                            Justin AA - 98 Lessons Passed 


4th Grade Reading                                                                              4th Grade Math

Anyla G - 75 Lessons Passed                                                            Carlos MP - 93 Lessons Passed 


5th Grade Reading                                                                              5th Grade Math 

Kemari H - 25 Lessons Passed                                                          Marisol MC - 32 Lesson Passed