Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

The Bache-Martin Home & School Association (HSA) is here to support your student, the teachers and the school in many ways. We, and the school, need parents and guardians like YOU to support the delivery of a great educational experience for our students. 

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 Upcoming Events!

March 2017

March 31 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Professional Development

April 2017

April 10-14 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess and Good Friday

April 19-21 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Report Card Conferences

April 23rd - BBBS and Ecycle event. 22nd and Brown St, 10am -12pm. To help out contact Nicole .

 April 30th - Student
Art Display - Fairmount Arts Crawl 

                   School News                 

Make up Date for ASPs

March 20, 2017
Soccer Shots and ZoomBallet will be holding a makeup day for the missed class on the March 14th snow day. The make up day will be Tuesday, April 18th. 

Young Rembrandts will also be holding a makeup class for the late start of Winter Session II on Tuesday, April 18th* (19th is an early dismissal day).

*Please note there might be conflicts with Soccer Shots and Zoom Ballet students*

Spring Picture Day

March 20, 2017
Don't forget, Spring Picture Day is taking place this Wednesday, March 22!

If you would like to purchase pictures of your child(ren), please return the form that was sent home with payment by Wednesday!

There will be no late orders/payments accepted!

Future Tigers Play Date this Saturday!_______

March 20, 2017
Do you have a Future Tiger (Prospective Kindergarten 2017-2018 and up)? Join us for the next Future Tigers Play date:

Saturday, March 25th, at 11am

at the Playpen (corner of 22nd and Brown)

For more information, contact
Dana ...and happy spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

March 20, 2017
Today is the spring equinox, which marks the beginning of astronomical spring, today the sun rises due east and sets due west no matter where you are, and it also means that the day, and night are about the same lenght!

A lot of our daffodils, planted through the years by teachers, students, and volunteers, have survived the snow; and the irises that were planted last fall are thriving!

Please stop by to enjoy them, and please help us keep the garden beautiful by taking your trash with you, and not letting your pets come into the garden.  

Happy first day of spring to everyone!

Classroom Centers!__________________________

March 18, 2017
Wohoo!! Ms. Battle's fundraiser to replenish the K-8 coloring pencils supply is fully funded! THANK YOU!

If you wanted to help, but didn't do so in time, you can still help another classroom in our school: Ms. Chiminello's 1st grade class fundraiser, to set up their vocabulary and poetry  centers is ending in 36 hrs!

...and don't forget, your donation can be tax deductible, so save that receipt!

...and THANK YOU,  for choosing to make a difference in our neighborhood school!

After School Programs: Spring Session______

March 16, 2017
Registration is open for the Spring Session for some of our After School Programs! ​​

  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Workshop (K-3rd, 3-4pm)
  • Snapology Robotics (1st-3rd grades, 3:15-4:15pm)

  • FAST -Families And Schools Together (K-2nd family Program, Tue 3:30-6pm)
  • Girls on the Run (3rd to 5th grades, 3:15-4:45pm)*
  • Settlement Choir After School Program  (3rd-6th Grade, 3:15-4:30pm)*
  • ZoomBallet (K-2nd, 3:15-4pm)

  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Workshop (K-3rd, 3-4pm)

  • Settlement Choir After School Program (3rd-6th Grade, 3:15-4:30pm)*
  • Girls on the Run (3rd to 5th grades, 3:15-4:45pm)*

*these programs happen twice a week, on Tuesdays AND Thursdays

For more information, and enrollment links, go our After School Programs Tab.

A Few More Months of Drawing______________

March 16, 2017
Ms. Battle, our K-8 Art teacher, has set up a Donors Choose Fundraiser to replenish the students' color pencil supply, which is used almost daily. 

If you chip in to help, you'll get awesome photos and the heartfelt thanks of almost 500 students!

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW____________________

March 13, 2017

All School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

All after-school activities including athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Tuesday are canceled as well. All District early childhood centers will also be closed. In addition, administrative offices will be closed.

Encourage Reading at Home________________

March 13, 2017
Did you know that students who read for pleasure not only do better with vocabulary and spelling, but also in math?

You can encourage your student to read by:

  • Surrounding them with reading material.
  • Reading as much as you can to them.
  • Showing interest on what they read.
  • Letting them choose their own books.
  • Letting them read menus, road signs, store signs...make it part of your daily activities. 
  • You can also look for more tips in  Reading Connection !

Reading connection también está disponible en español

Career Day Speakers Needed!________________

March 13, 2017
Inspire Bache-Martin students with your work!

Career Day will be on Friday, May 5th in the morning (8:45 to 10 or 11:15am). We are looking for volunteers with a variety of career backgrounds to participate.

Presenters will visit 1-4 classes. Clearances are not needed for this one-time event

If you are interested in participating,  please fill out this form.  If you know other community members who might be interested in speaking to Bache-Martin students on Career Day, please pass this information along! We'd love to have them join us. 

Classroom Centers!___________________________

March 8, 2017
Help Ms. Chiminello, and her 1st grade students, set up their vocabulary and poetry classroom centers !

Centers give students the opportunity to work in small groups, while expanding on the material that they're currently learning. Click here to invest in this project.

...and don't forget, your donation can be tax deductible, so save that receipt!

BBBS Drive and E-CYCLE event!_______________

March 8, 2017
Spring has sprung in our school, are you getting ready for some spring cleaning?
If yes, please hold your things until the day after Earth day! 

Bache-Martin is partnering Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Southeastern PA to collect clothing, towels, sheets, housewares, books, and stuffed animals to be donated to families in need. We have also scheduled an E-CYCLE event, so that means we will be collecting all sorts of electronics too: almost anything that requires a plug or batteries can be recycled or reused! (no TVs or alkaline batteries) and, if they are in good condition, they might even be able to reuse them! 

Bache-Martin Elementary School 
22nd and Brown Street Corner 
Sunday, April 23rd
(with rain-date of April 30th) 
10am - 12pm 
(loading of the truck will go from about 12-3ish) 

The link to the items accepted from
BBBS can be found here.

The link to the items accepted for the
E-cycle event can be found here .

The school will receive a donation, you will get a tax letter for your donation, and we are helping the environment...a triple win! 

For now, please hold onto that stuff! If you would like to help the day of the event, please contact
Nicole and please spread the word!

HSA meeting                                                     ___

March 8, 2017

Thank you to everyone that was able to join us at the HSA meeting last night!

We really appreciated having Ms. Floyd, and the SDP's Facility Condition Assessment team, who patiently answered a lot of our questions (Thank you!).

Don't forget, in order to continue improving our school, we need YOU ! You can volunteer as little or as much as you would like...and remember to stay connected by signing up for the weekly TigerGram!


March 8, 2017
Join Girls on the Run Philadelphia, Leadership Philadelphia's Connectors and Keepers, and the Community College of Philadelphia for a presentation of the documentary film "Screenagers" on 3/23, at 6:30 pm. The event will include a panel discussion. 

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Click here to register for the event, to learn more about "Screenagers," visit:www.screenagersmovie.com

Proceeds will support scholarships for Girls on the Run program participants. Each season over 65% of our girls receive scholarship support in order to particpate in this life-changing program.

International Women's Day! __________________

March 8, 2017
Did you know that today is International Women's Day?
March is also Women's History Month.

To learn more about the vital role of women in American history, visit the Free Library and attend one of their events this month  or go to   http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

At the Free Library you can also learn about women that have changed the world; from Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin (scientists), Rosa Parks (civil rights activist), Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justices), Valentina Tereshkova (first woman in space), Frida Kahlo (artist), Vera Wang (fashion designer), Maya Angelou (poet), Aung San Suu Kyi (Politician)...there are so many role models for our little Tigers to look up to!

​​ Books for everyone! Thank you!______________

March 7, 2017
A BIG thank you to everyone that donated to Ms. White's Books for Everyone fundraiser , this cause has been fully funded!

Ms. White, and her students, would like to thank everyone who donated, and shared this cause!

Kindergarten Registration now open!________

Feb. 28, 2017

Registration for Kindergarten 2017-18 begins today, February 28, through May 31.​​

Please check the
School District's Kindergarten Registration page to find out what documentation is required at registration.

To enroll, please bring the required documentation to the Bache-Martin office Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 11:30am. Other times available by appointent, please call the main office ​(215) 684-5450  to schedule an appointment.

Before enrollment, please review the  Boundary Map  to determine whether you live within the Bache Martin catchment area.

We look forward to having you, and your student, be part of the Bache-Martin family!

After School Programs: Winter II Session___

February 24, 2017

Registration is open for the Second Winter Session (and some spring session) of our After School Programs! Some of the programs start next week, don't let your student miss out!

  • Soccer Shots (begins February 28) Tuesdays, K-3
  • Young Rembrandts (begins Wednesday, March 8) Wednesdays, **5-week session**
  • ZoomBallet (begins February 28) Tuesdays, ages 5-8

  • Girls on the Run AND Heart & Sole (both begin March 6) Tuesdays and Thursdays
Girls on the Run: Grades 3-5
Heart & Sole: Grades 6-8

For more information, and enrollment links, go our After School Programs Tab.

Future Tigers Playdate_____________________

February 24, 2017
Do you have a Future Tiger (Prospective Kindergarten 2017-2018 and up)? Join us for the next Future Tigers Playdate:

Sunday, February 26th, at 11am, at Girard College (lower gym) 

For more information, contact Dana .

Read Across America Day - March 2

February 24, 2017
March 2nd is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We will be celebrating in a special way this year.

Each student in Grades K through 4 is being asked to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. Also, some of our students from Grades 7 & 8 will be reading to the students in Grades K through 2.

This is a voluntary activity, but we do encourage as many students as possible to take part.

If you have any Dr. Seuss books at home, please send them in to the classroom so that the teachers will have a wide variety from which to read to the class and use for independent reading before March 2nd.

YOU ARE INVITED!_________________________

February 24, 2017
Bache-Martin Families are invited to Walnut Street Theatre!

Limited tickets are available for students and their families to attend the Walnut Street Theatre dress rehearsal for their latest production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 7:00pm.

To request tickets, please email Aimee   by March 8th and let us know how many tickets you would like. Tickets are first come, first served.

*Please note that this play may be best suited for middle school (5th-8th) grade kids.*

Informal School Tour - tomorrow__________

February 21, 2017
Do you know anyone interested in enrolling their kids at Bache-Martin?

We will be hosting an Informal School Tour tomorrow, February 22nd, at 8:30am  in the Martin Building Auditorium. 

Please make sure to make time to sign in, and see you tomorrow!

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2017
We wish you all a lovely Valentines Day!
February 13, 2017
Claymobile for All Bache Martin Kindergarteners!
Claymobile, the Community Outreach arm of The Clay Studio, has been visiting the Kindergarteners at Bache Martin for several years. The program brings a full experience of ceramics arts to each child with experienced teachers and assistant teachers, high quality lessons plans, and most of all a fun learning environment!

To support a 6 week residency for each class we need to raise $3,600*. This is the subsidized cost to the school after the grants and fundraising done by The Clay Studio to support the Claymobile's visits to Bache Martin.

Please help us give each Kindergartner at Bache Martin this memorable and powerful experience, if each child's family could donate $10 per class ($60 total) we could easily reach our goal in no time!

*Because of grant funding, the amount that needs to be raised has been halved to $1800! Please
help bring the Claymobile by donating, just click here!

Books for everyone!

February 10, 2017
Our first graders love to read!

Please help Ms. White get books for her first grade students, and let's encourage a life long love of reading!

To donate, click here . Remember, these donations can be tax deductible, so save that receipt!

Valentines Day Candy Grams!
(Now Friday and Monday!)

February 9, 2017
Remember: We will be hosting a Candy Gram table for the students on Friday February 10th, and Monday Febuary 13th, from 8:30 am to 12:30pm.

The kids will have the opportunity to purchase $1 candy grams for their friends, teachers, and friends and family outside of the school-(these will be delivered to the student's classroom on Valentine's day for them to bring home).
We need volunteers to staff the table, to assist the younger students in completing their purchases, and deliver the candy grams. 

**Because of the snow day, we need volunteers on Monday and Tuesday. Please reach out to Ali if you can help!**

Note: In order to volunteer in the school, clearances are required.  Clearance applications are online and free of charge.     
February 8, 2017
Due to the forecast, the Philadelphia School District has decided to close all district schools, and administrative offices tomorrow Thursday, February 9th.

Enjoy the snow day, and we will see you back at school on Friday!
School Selection Note
February 8, 2017
Did you participate in the school selection process? We hope all of our Tigers got their first selections!  As you might already know, the decisions went out Friday, February 3rd.

Please remember you have 5 business days to confirm your selection, even if the student was approved to ONE (1) school!

Confirmations must be done online. To log in, follow these instructions . If you need assistance, please contact Ms. Cocca via email , or phone 215-400-7550.
Important Update from Mr. V

February 1, 2017
An update from Mr. V regarding the School Progress Report

February 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been a busy week and a half at Bache-Martin, so I wanted to reach out with some important updates.

School Progress Report

The School District of Philadelphia released their annual School Progress Report (SPR). In it you will find the district's assessment of Bache-Martin's performance during school year 2015-16. Although the school team has not had the chance to unpack all of the data that is used to compile the final percent scores in each category, what stands out to us is our growth in the overall category from 22% to 43%, our growth in the progress category, and our need to continue to focus on our instruction in order to continue to improve our achievement. You can review the document
here .

...to continue reading Mr. V's update, check your mailbox for the latest Tiger Gram; if you have not signed up for it, it's easy, just click here!

Welcome Ms. Lowry!

January 30, 2017
This week is a transitional week for our third graders in Mr. Z's class as he moves on to another opportunity. We are excited to welcome Sarah Lowry, who will replace Mr. Z starting next week.

Ms. Lowry graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught second grade for a year and also worked with students in a life skills classroom for a year. Ms. Lowry comes to us from fourth grade at Kirkbride Elementary. She played soccer, basketball, and softball growing up and the Phillies will always be her favorite sports team!

Ms. Lowry is excited to be at Bache- Martin and looking forward to a wonderful rest of the school year. Please help us welcome her to the Bache-Martin family and community!

Winter Social!

January 30, 2017

Over 100 Bache-Martin students and their families and friends skated together at Dillworth Plaza on Saturday, January 28th for our HSA sponsored annual Winter Social!

Visit the  Bache-Martin Home School Association Facebook page  for many more awesome photos (and video!) of the event. ​​
Important Message from Mr. V

January 27, 2017
This is an important message from Mr. V, addressing today's article in Philly.com about the school building reports. 

January 27, 2017

Dear Bache-Martin Community,

I wanted to reach out to acknowledge and address the article that was published in Philly.com that speaks to the building conditions at Bache Martin. The Bache building was assessed in the highest category of needed repair. I would have preferred to proactively address your anticipated questions and concerns, but I learned about the ranking when I read the article, at the same time many of you did. Rest assured that I have immediately connected with the Operations Division at the School District to get more details about needed improvement at our building. 

It is important to note that the report speaks to system deficiencies, not school closure, and it is not a measure of safety. I have been informed that the report is a way of prioritizing building improvement. The ranking refers specifically to the Bache building and the issues it references are the same long standing capital issues that many of us have witnessed when in our building over the years. 

You are great partners in our school community and I know you care deeply about our buildings. The good news is that more improvements will happen sooner, now that this report it complete.

Mr. V.

You may read the report for both buildings (first page of the report is for the Bache building, the second page is for the Martin building)  by following this link.
January 19, 2017
Bache-Martin Uniform shirts

Does your child need a new gym shirt?  If the answer is yes, please complete this order form and return it , along with payment, to your child's homeroom teacher or Ms. Sue in the main office. 

Deadline to place an order is February 1. Orders will not be completed without advance payment. 

January 19, 2017
2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment

Will your child be 5 on/before September 1, 2017? 

If yes, Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held February 28 through May 31, 2017.

For details on what documents you will need to bring to enroll your child(ren), please see our Open House page

Important upcoming dates:

February 22 - Informal School Tour - 8:30am Martin Auditorium

March 7 - Kindergarten Open House - 8:30-10am  - Martin Auditorium

May 9 - Kindergarten Open House - 8:30- 10am -  Martin Auditorium​​
January 17, 2017
Winter Social!

Join fellow Bache-Martin families for a morning of ice skating fun at City Hall's Dilworth Park!

Saturday, January 28th - 9:30-11 am

  • Bache-Martin students skate FREE!
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Siblings and friends are welcome.
  • Non-students are $12 per person, including skate rentals.

PLEASE RSVP by completing the
  event flyer  (It also came home with your student last week), and returning to your student’s teacher by Wednesday 1/25/16 to reserve your spot. 

January 17, 2017
Informal School Tour - 1/18

Don't forget Bache-Martin will be hosting a kindergarten tour tomorrow, Wednesday 1/18, for prospective families.
The tour will start at 8:30am, and should last about 1 hour.

Participants will tour the school including visits to K-2nd grade classrooms and specials classrooms (music, art, physical education, science, computer science). Will culminate in a Q&A with the Principal.

Please go to the Martin auditorium (1-story building). Enter through doors on 22nd Street between Brown and Parrish. Please allow time to sign in. 

January 17, 2017
FIRST LEGO League News:
Congratulations to  Bache-Martin FIRST LEGO League team Tiger Tech!

They placed 6th this weekend at the citywide FLL qualifying event, which means they will be competing in the FLL championship competition at UPenn in February 4th!!
January 12, 2017
Claymobile for All Bache Martin Kindergarteners!

Claymobile , the Community Outreach arm of The Clay Studio , has been visiting the Kindergarteners at Bache Martin for several years. The program brings a full experience of ceramics arts to each child with experienced teachers and assistant teachers, high quality lessons plans, and most of all a fun learning environment!

To support a 6 week residency for each class we need to raise $3,600 .  This is the subsidized cost to the school after the grants and fundraising done by The Clay Studio to support the Claymobile's visits to Bache Martin.  

Please help us give each Kindergartner at Bache Martin this memorable and powerful experience by clicking here and donating .  If each child's family could donate $10 per class ($60 total) we could easily reach our goal in no time!

Thank you!
January 9, 2017
Sustainable Hydration for Bache-Martin!

Bache Martin Elementary School has been accepted for the Recyclebank Green Schools Program! 

As a part of the Green Project, Bache Martin needs RecycleBank point donations in order to purchase two hydration stations for the school to reduce waste, and contribute to student’s overall health.  Additionally, to ensure all youth have access to water throughout the day, refillable water bottles will be purchased.

Recyclebank will award $1 for every 250 points donated!

Donation period starts today, January 9th, if you are already a Recyclebank member click here to donate The donation period ends on March 15, 2017 so please continue your recycling efforts and consider donating to the school – your help is appreciated!

If you would like to become a Recyclebank member click here  to begin earning points!

Update: WE DID IT!!...and in less than 48hrs!! The hydration stations are fully funded. Thank you so much, we are lucky to be part of this community!
January 11, 2017
Front Desk Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to take shifts in at least 1 hour increments to sit at the front desk, make sure people sign in, and direct them to the main office. The most important shift to cover first is 11am-1pm, though other times of the day will be needed as well. 

Info on obtaining the school clearances can be found on the
Clearances page . These will need to be submitted to the school secretary, Ms. Sue, before volunteering can begin. 

Please contact
Anna , or sign up right here ....and let your friends, and neighbors know about this opportunity!

Access Your Student's Information On-Line!

Parents/guardians can access their student(s) classroom assignments and other information via the SDP website.  You will need your student's SDP-assigned 7-digit ID number (find it on your student's report card).

Go to  www.philasd.org  and click on "Family Net" in the Parents box midway down the page.  Log-in or create an account if you don't have one.

You will need to link your student's account to yours.  Click on "My Students" and follow the instructions. Once the SDP links your students to your account (24-72 hours), you will then be able to click on "Family Net" and access all sorts of goodies on your student. 

For detailed step-by-step instructions, please click here .  If you need to troubleshoot the process, please call 215-400-4000 for assistance.
Make a Donation for School Supplies

From copy paper to crayons, from basketballs to dry erase markers, and from buses for field trips to light bulbs for Promethean board projectors, these are but some of the supplies needed in classrooms for our students at Bache-Martin.  Please consider making a donation today to the school for the purchase of these items!  

Click here to make a donation now. 

Bache-Martin, a neighborhood K-8 public elementary school located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, offers students an unparalleled educational experience that draws deeply upon the cultural resources found in Center City Philadelphia and programs designed to instill a foundation for life-long learning.
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