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Good evening!  This is Dr. Moore-Lawrence, proud principal of Bethesda Elementary with the Principal Spotlight for the Week of November 14th-November 20th.


ML’s Moment of Motivation

This week’s quote comes from Ralph Marston, “Remember why you started, remember where you’re headed, think of how great it will be to get there, and keep going.”  With all going on in our lives daily, sometimes we just have to take a moment to breathe, reflect, and remember our why.  Our why will help refocus us on our goals and hopefully motivate us to keep going. Just as it is important for adults to remember their why, it is also important for us to help our kids find their why so they can come to school with an understanding that getting a good education is an important first step to reaching their life goals. Thanks for all you do to support and encourage our students.





You still have time to join Bethesda’s PTA. From now until November 21st, every student who has a parent/guardian to join the PTA will receive a homework pass for one assignment. The class with the most members by November 21st will also receive a prize. To join the PTA, you can either pay your $6 online at or send in the $6 with your child.


Each Friday, COVID-19 testing is scheduled at Bethesda.  Our next testing date is November 19th. If you have not registered your child, you still have time. Register at


This week is Bully Prevention Week at Bethesda. Students will engage in activities to raise awareness of bullying and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.


Saturday, November 20th

DPS Showcase of Schools from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon


Looking ahead to next week, school is closed Wednesday, November 24th, Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Break.


Thanks for your support with all COVID protocol including checking your child’s temperature and wellness before leaving home, ensuring your child has a properly fitting mask, and notifying us if your child has a positive COVID test or is in close contact with someone who does. If your child is not feeling well, please keep your child at home.


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