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!

February 2017

February 1 - Walnut Street Theater trip for grades 4 & 5 to see Garfield

February 10 and 13 - Valentine's Day Candy Grams Sales! 8:30am -12:30pm. Martin Building. To volunteer, sign up here!

February 15-17 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Report Card Conferences

February 20 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 22 - Informal School Tour 
8:30am - Martin Auditorium (one story building) Please make sure to make time to sign in!

February 28 -  Kindergarten 2017-2018 Registration begins! For more details click here.

March 2017

March 6 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Professional Development

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

March 7 - HSA meeting - Martin Auditorium

March 31 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Professional Development

                   School News                 

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!

Contact us! / Contáctenos!


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
January 9, 2017
Winter After School Programs

The next session of after school programs begins this and next week! 
Registration is open for several programs already!

Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Program (K-3rd)
Snapology (1st-3rd) <- program now full 
Dream Camp (1st-4th) *
Give and Go Basketball (3rd-8th) *

Zoom ballet (K-2nd)
Soccer Shots (K-3rd) <- program now full
Philly Tutors Gaming Club (4th - 8th)
Settlement School Choir (3rd-6th) *

Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Program (K-3rd)
Young Rembrandts (K-5th)
Dream Camp (1st-4th) *
Give and Go Basketball (3rd-8th) *
Yoga for Kids (2nd-8th) <-- Now open to 2nd Graders!!
No yoga this winter, please look for this program to return in the spring.

Settlement School Choir (3rd-6th) *
Give and Go Basketball (3rd-8th) *

Please note that Dream Camp, the Give and Go Baskeball program, and Settlement Choir program are held on multiple days a week. Mi Casita you choose Monday or Wednesday.  

Stay tuned through here, through our weekly  Tiger Gram , and by liking our FB page ,  so you don't miss any program updates!
Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone; we hope you had a fun winter break! We will see you at school  tomorrow, January 4th.

A big thank you to the volunteers that made time today to help with the Library Leveling project, and to the children that helped us with an art project!

A lot of progress was made; please watch out for more Leveling Days coming up!
January 3, 2017
January 3, 2017
Philly Paper Jam: Thank you!

Bache-Martin received 77 cases of paper this morning! This was possible thanks to Philly Paper Jam , and the generocity of 26 business, and individual donors .

Many of our teachers had run out of the paper requested in the fall; so this helps them get the new year started on the right track. Thank you to all of you that participated in this fundraiser!!
Don't forget: Winter Holiday Shop

The HSA will be hosting our Annual Holiday Shop at Bache- Martin on December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  

An assortment of gifts will be available for purchase by our students for friends and family.  

In years past, the students have really enjoyed the experience of picking out something special for their loved ones (and maybe a little something for themselves as well...). Last week flyers that included a Holiday shopping budget envelope, were sent home with your student. Please help them come up with a budget, specially if they're young.

We still need volunteers to help set up the shop, as well as to assist the student shoppers. If you would like to help out with the shop outside of school hours, we also need help with planning, printing flyers, and decorations.
 Please sign up here.   Volunteers are still needed!

Thank you for your help and Happy Holidays!

Volunteers needed!

The HSA is currently looking for volunteers for several initiatives: 

Professional Development and other projects - on Jan 3rd 

*A classroom library organization project (sign up here)
*Staffing registration and/or providing treats for the Teacher Professional Development Day (our school will be hosting over 200 teachers from the school district!)
*Helping unload and deliver a large paper deliver (PaperJam!)

Literacy Coach Volunteer Program

Bache-Martin is interested in expanding its in-class literacy support volunteer program. If you are interested in helping organize this program or working directly with students as a volunteer in the classroom, please
contact Kelly or Aimee .

Winter Social: Ice Skating at Dilworth Plaza on Sat., January 28

If you are interested in helping organize or help out on the day of the event, please
contact Aimee or Kelly.

Career Day in Spring 2017

The HSA will be working with Ms. Cocca to organize a Career Day for all students, K-8. If you are interested in being involved with Career Day (organizing or being a guest speaker), 
please contact Kelly.

Thank you for your help and Happy Holidays!

Dance eXchange Showcase Performance!

Please join us for the Dance eXchange Showcase and support the amazing efforts of our 3rd and 4th grade dancers!

All families are invited, whether you have a 3rd grader or not!
Bache Martin School and Chester A. Arthur School Showcase
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tickets: Free, but please RSVP at   balletx.org/danceexchange  Questions? contact the Dance eXchange Program Coordinator, Kate Carr, at kcarr@balletx.org
Do you want to make a difference?

The Holiday season is upon us; do you want to make a difference in our neighborhood?
Your financial gift can help us bring quality education to all of our students. 

Currently we have one classroom fundraiser going on:  Technology for Special Ed students  which will bring much-needed additional chromebooks to Ms. Sanuck's Special Education classroom.

And did you know about Friends of Bache-Martin ?  Their fundraiser efforts differ in the fact that they support school-wide initiatives, so please consider donating through them as well! B oth options are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.  

You can also donate your time; we have plenty of volunteering opportunities, including Front Desk volunteers , helping with events like our Holiday Shop next week, the Winter Social , or joining the Friends of Bache-Martin   (you don't have to have students in the school to join the Friends!).

You can volunteer one hour, or as many as you would like. 

Please share this with your family, friends, and neighbors, and know that whatever you choose, we thank you for making a difference! ​ 
RecycleBank Green Schools - Save your Points!
Our grant application to Green Schools, for sustainable hydration project (which will get bottle filling/water filtration systems in the Martin Building, and water bottles for all students) was accepted!

We will begin fundraising on January 9th, our school project will be posted on the  RecycleBank website,  and we will be eligible to receive point donations from Recyclebank members. Remember, Recyclebank will award $1 for every 250 points donated to this project, so save your points!!

Thank you!
Did you know that with your help, the HSA provided over $500 in new equipment to the Physical Education classes this week?

We thank you for all your support in all of our previous fundraisers!

The NED Show, and yo-yo sale!

Bache-Martin hosted the NED SHOW for students grade 3rd-5th at the end of October. More info here: 
http://www.thenedshow.com/.   Students learned three important messages:

N – Never Give Up!
E – Encourage Others!
D – Do Your Best!

It was an engaging show with a professional yo-yo-er! She gave our students a great message and displayed awesome yo-yo tricks! Bache-Martin was able to get the show for FREE because we’re hosting a PAY-IT-FORWARD sale of NED items including three different types of yo-yos! If you decide to purchase a NED yo-yo, proceeds help send the NED SHOW to another school for FREE!

If you’d like to purchase a yo-yo, please stop by Ms. Cocca's office (Room 134M) this week and next week. We are only able to take cash and yo-yos will be available for purchase in Ms. Cocca’s office after school on the following days/times:

3:00-4:30 on Wednesday 11/30
3:00-4:00 on Thursday 12/1
3:00-4:30 on Monday 12/5
3:00-4:30 on Tuesday 12/6
3:00-4:30 on Wednesday 12/7

Please stop by and PAY-IT-FORWARD!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have a lot to be thankful for: our Bache-Martin faculty, staff, students, parents, and  neighborhood make this a wonderful community to be part of.

Safe travels to those of you going to see family and friends afar, and we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Talking turkey with Mr. V

The Tiger Gram caught up with Mr. V, who's got Thanksgiving on his mind. We talked turkey for a minute. Here's our Q&A, and his message for our Bache-Martin community.

What's more important, the turkey or the side dishes?
Turkey is the most important part!

What three things about Bache-Martin are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my students, my faculty and the school community.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

My mother's green jello.

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

My tradition is to spend time thinking about what makes me feel grateful and thankful and share that with my family and friends before Thanksgiving dinner.

Mr. V.'s message:

"I'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you can spend some time sharing in my tradition, thinking about what you are grateful for and then sharing that with your friends and family. This year, I am thankful for all of the hard work that my faculty, staff, students and parents have put in to this school year thus far, and for the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead for our students this year. Have a safe, happy and healthy weekend and break! I'll see you on the corner of 22nd and Parrish next Monday!"
Technology for Special Education Students

Ms. Sanuck's Life Skills Support classroom needs updated technology.

There are only five working computers for a classroom of about 17 students; the additional Chromebooks purchased through this fundraiser will help her Special Education students work on academics, as well as skills that that will need for independent living.

Martin Building Fall Clean up with Deloitte

Volunteers from Deloitte spent several hours last Friday raking and bagging leaves, planting new fall flowers, and otherwise beautifying the Martin building yard and gardens. We are appreciative of helping hands from our community, and we're lucky to enjoy the results as we come and go every day!

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!

HSA fundraising at work for our school - Thank you!!

Recently, the HSA has been able to help teachers stock their classrooms with supplies they need to support their curriculum. Thanks to these HSA funds, were able to fund some of 
Ms. Battle's Art supplies wish list and fulfilled Ms. McCracken's science supplies wish list.

Money raised from volunteer-fueled events, including $250.65 from this past weekend's Philadelphia Marathon Hot Cocoa Stand, has been put to immediate use to benefit our students' learning as well. Every dollar and every hour contributed to Bache-Martin through fundraising efforts makes a difference to our children and teachers.

Thank you for helping the HSA help our school!!

Art Supplies for our Tigers!

Our Art Teacher, Ms. Battle, has set up a fundraiser for our K-8th students. This fundraiser will go to various supplies; from caddies, storage, and basic needs for some of the Special Education students. To donate, and for more details on the fundraiser page!

Give by November 13 and your donation will be matched up to $10, thanks to an anonymous supporter. The $10 match would be added to my project within 24 hours of your donation.

K-4th Science - Special Supplies Request

Ms. McCracken has a supplies request for her K-4th science classroom, please help if you are able to! She's in need of:

  • Paper towels
  • Copy paper
  • Small paper cups (3-5 oz Dixie style bathroom cups)
  • Thin wooden dowels
  • Empty and clean 16-20 oz water or soda bottles (for 2nd grade's -upcoming unit on air and weather)
  • Empty and clean any size metal cans (cat food, soup, pasta sauce, etc.)
  • Empty oat meal canisters (or any kind of cardboard or plastic cylinder container with a closed end)
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Sandwich size plastic bags

Thank you in advance to those of you that are able to help!
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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