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Good evening! This is Dr. Moore-Lawrence, proud principal of Bethesda Elementary with the Principal Spotlight for the Week of October 3rd-October 9th.


ML’s Moment of Motivation

As you know, Bethesda began celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15th. In honor of this month, my weekly motivation will come from some of my favorite Spanish proverbs and quotes. I warn you, my Spanish-speaking skills are still a work in progress so bear with me. Whenever you find yourself in a bad situation, remember this Spanish proverb--: Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara. In English this means, “When the Going Gets Rough, the Tough Gets Going.” In life, we are often faced with difficult situations and when those difficult situations come, I encourage you to face it with a good spirit and work harder to meet the challenge. Thanks for enduring all that comes with the pandemic, COVID-19, quarantining, masking, and more. I appreciate each of you and know that while your family is experiencing this challenge, every teacher is experiencing this in their homes and classrooms. Together, we will make the best of what this pandemic has brought us. So, when you want to scream, cry, fuss, or give up…don’t do it for long or better yet, try not to do it all. We are all going through this together and we need to lean on each other, trust each other, and be supportive of each other. Thank you!



Bethesda’s We are Queens and We Are Kings

Durham Public Schools and Bethesda Elementary are so excited to offer the We Are Queens and We Are Kings programs to our students this school year! Both programs will focus on empowering students of color in grades 3-5 to become agents of change, advocates for social justice and champions for equitable practices here at Bethesda and beyond. We will host a Parent Information Session via Zoom on Wednesday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm. Look for a flyer in your child’s boomerang folder or reach out to your child’s teacher to request one. We will learn, serve, and achieve! For more information, contact Mrs. Morgan Hunt, Bethesda’s Assistant Principal.


Bethesda’s Family-A-Fair Thursday, October 7th at 6:30.

Join us Thursday, October 7th at 6:30 for Bethesda’s Family-A-Fair. There will be door prizes, a PTA general body meeting, information about how to use the technology students are using at school (i.e. Clever, NcEdCloud, Nearpod, and more), and tips on math, reading, and science. The link can be found on the school website, Class Dojo, and the flyer sent home last week. THE CLASS WITH THE MOST STUDENTS PRESENT WILL WIN A COOL PRIZE!!!!!


Weekly COVID-19 Testing Coming to Bethesda Soon

In conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Durham Public Schools will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing on site at Bethesda Elementary. This is a voluntary testing process designed to help identify potential COVID-19 cases more quickly and limit the potential spread of the virus. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.


The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. All testing information and results will remain confidential. I encourage our families to register their students for this free opportunity. Together, we can keep our students safe, in their classrooms, and prevent community spread.


In order for your student to participate in this free, StrongSchoolsNC COVID-19 testing, you will need to register your student.


Register your student today with this link:


You’ll give a one-time consent for weekly testing and HIPAA authorization to share testing results with all necessary parties. All testing information is confidential and results will be available in hours.


If you have questions, please contact me and look at the flyer in your child’s folder tomorrow.


COVID Protocol

Don’t forget to complete the Daily Parent COVID Protocol Checklist. You can find it on our school website in last week’s message I sent to families. It is critical that we all help to our staff, students, and their families safe by staying home if there is any or multiple of these or like symptoms--headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever or chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion. Also, we are noting that in the morning, some students are trying to board the bus or exit the car without a mask. This is against DPS’s mask policy. Please make sure that your child has a mask that properly fits before leaving home and that you remind your child that wearing mask is not an option and that it must cover the nose and mouth unless they are eating and drinking or taking a class mask break. If you need help acquiring masks, please contact me to let me know so I can help. If your child is in close contact with someone who tests positive, your child has to quarantine for 10 days whether or not your child gets a negative test and/or is symptom free. If your child tests positive for COVID, immediately contact me via email, Class Dojo, or phone. Also, send me the official copy of the test results.


Thank you for all you do and for reading this message! Have a great evening.