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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 May 9th. Four weeks and counting; that’s 19 days not including Memorial Day. Today, I celebrate all of the women who impact the lives of our Bethesda Bulldogs. We honor you on Mother’s Day. This week’s quote is “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

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 will celebrate the women in their lives that they admire.

First grade will celebrate spring with a Spring-time directed drawing and read aloud.

Second grade will participate in a directed drawing.

Third grade will color mandalas.

Fourth grade will celebrate influential women in their lives.

Fifth grade will create Venn Diagrams with a partner.


This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. “You change the world by being yourself.”―Yoko Ono, a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist.



  • 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.
  • If your child is face-to-face, thank you for making sure that he/she brings the charged computer and charger every day.
  • You still have time to register your child for Operation Summer Learning. You can find the registration link on our website and Class Dojo.

Coming Up!

  • End-of-Year Awards programs are being planned. The date for the Kindergarten drive-in program has changed to June 3rd at 3:00. The date for the fifth grade drive-in program has changed to June 3rd at 5:00. The date for the third grade virtual program has changed to June 4th at 5:00. First grade’s virtual program will be held on June 1st at 6:00. Second grade’s virtual program will be held on June 2nd at 6:00. Fourth grade’s virtual program will be held on June 3rd at 7:00.
  • Please note that we are out of school on May 13th and May 31st. June 4th is the last day of school and is an early release day.

This Week:

  • Wednesday, May 12th—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.
  • Thursday, May 13th—School is closed for a teacher workday and honoring of Eid al-Fitr



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

  • Mrs. Duncan recognizes second grade student Joseph for dependable and prepared for learning and Gavin for showing respect when speaking to his teacher.
  • Mrs. Lee recognizes several fourth grade students...
    • After class discussion on Animal Habitat, during his break Samuel watched a video to gain more knowledge on animal habitats.
      After reading an Informational text during an ELA lesson, Brian went on to do further research and shared his information with the class.
      Carnelius and Crishaun for using their critical thinking skills during a Math lesson.
      Carter took the initiative to log into I-Ready and worked independently after completing an assessment, while his classmates finished up their assessment.
      Carlos worked independently on a student paced nearpod lesson while his classmates worked on their I-Ready diagnostic.

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