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Good evening!  This is Principal Moore-Lawrence, proud principal of Bethesda Elementary with the Principal's Weekly Spotlight for the Week of April 19th. We officially have seven more weeks of school and these seven weeks are going to be filled with more learning, more growing, and more fun.  Also, we are entering testing season so there will be various end-of-year tests that students will take to determine what they have mastered this school year. As always, we ask for your patience, grace, and support as we help our students take these tests. We know that they will do a great job and appreciate your giving them an extra word of praise, encouragement, and motivation each morning before they come to school.  This week’s quote is “If you work hard and do your best, you can do anything.”

If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to email me at, text or call me at 919-491-3630, or contact your child’s teacher.  Thank you for everything! 


This Week’s Bulldog Share and Care:

Kindergarten celebrates Earth Day and learns about why taking care of the Earth is so important to us.

First Grade celebrates Earth Day.  Wear your favorite green or blue shirt to represent the earth.

Second Grade goes on a virtual field trip to Butterfly World.

Third Grade participates in an Earth Day activity.  

Fourth grade has a talent show.

Fifth Grade listens to an Earth Day Read aloud and takes a pledge.



  • This is a reminder that every day, every bus rider and car rider must have the DPS Symptoms Screener completed before they come to school. The screener link is emailed to families for which we have email addresses and it can also be found on Bethesda’s website and DPS’s website. 
  • If your child is face-to-face, thank you for making sure that he/she brings the charged computer and charger every day.
  • ACCESS testing continues for all ESL students who are face-to-face and virtual. If you have questions, please ask your child’s teacher or ESL teacher.


This week, we continue CASE 21 testing for 3rd-5th grade students.  CASE 21 is our final cumulative test before students take End-of-Grade tests in May. We will use the results to help us prepare lessons and activities to reteach and enrich before the End-of-Grade tests. We are requesting that all 3rd-5th grade virtual students take the CASE 21 tests face-to-face because the state is requiring that students take End-of-Grade tests face-to-face. We want our 3rd-5th grade virtual students to get acclimated to being in the building now with CASE 21 before they have to take End-of-Grade tests in May. If your 3rd-5th grade child is virtual, his/her teacher will call you this weekend to discuss this more.  Third grade takes the Reading test Monday. Fourth and fifth grades take the Reading test Tuesday.  Third grade takes the Math test Thursday. Fourth and fifth grades take the Math test Friday. Next Monday (April 26th), fifth grade virtual student take the Science test.


This Week:

  • This Tuesday from 7:15 a.m. until 12 noon, Bethesda will offer FREE COVID testing for students, families, staff, and community members.  In order to participate, you will need to register at If you have trouble registering or have any questions, please call or text 919.390.2550.  You will receive an email after registering for the test.  When your test results are ready, you will get an email.
  • Wednesday, April 20th—Students will complete one of four Wellness Wednesday activities.  If your child does not complete one of the activities, he/she will be marked absent. One of the activities is attending our Wellness Wednesday program with our Student Support Services Team.  More information about this week’s activities can be found on the school website.


This week, we’d like to shoutout the following Bulldogs:

  • Mrs. Beveridge recognizes 2nd grade student Jamiir for the way he comes to class everyday with a good attitude, his supplies and a readiness to learn.
  • Mrs. Beveridge recognizes 2nd grade student Abraham for always being ready to learn - he logs into our zoom room on time and with his necessary supplies and he is an active participant in each class.
  • Mrs. Beveridge recognizes 2nd grade student Anaya for attending class each day with a good attitude and an eagerness to learn.
  • Mrs. Beveridge recognizes 2nd grade student Matthew because he comes to each class ready to learn something new!
  • Mrs. Gitlis recognizes 4th grade student Leon for consistently being prepared for class, always doing his work on time, and even doing recommended work!
  • Mrs. Gitlis recognizes 4th grade student Riley for consistently participating and leading her small group in discussion with ease.
  • Mrs. Gitlis recognizes 4th grade students Kyla, Timothy, and Abraham for participating and leading whole group discussion when the teacher got kicked out of the zoom room!
  • Mrs. Ewers recognizes 2nd grade student Genesis for always doing her best! She works hard, is respectful, and is a great friend to everyone in the class!
  • Mrs. White recognizes Kindergarten student Chloe for staying on task and respecting her peers and adults. For being diligent and completing all her school assignments.
  • Mrs. Killings recognizes 1st grade student Kennedi for always coming prepared to learn and LOVES a challenge. Her teacher is so proud of the young lady she is growing into.
  • Mrs. Lee recognizes her 4th grade class because even though they had some technical difficulties during a math assessment they all persevered and completed the assessment. They shared troubleshooting strategies with each other and demonstrated great citizenship.


This concludes the Principal’s Weekly Spotlight. Have a great evening!