Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

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

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May ​​

Early Dismissal
Professional Development - Noon dismissal!

Spring Concerts
K-2 at10 am
3-5 at 11 am
6-8 at 2 pm

Memorial Day


Field day!

Library Prep day
Come help us label, and enter books into the system!
10am-1pm in the Library (Bache building, 2nd floor)

Community Leadership Team
3:30-4:30 in the library (Bache building, 2nd floor) 

Coffee with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt (Last one for the 2017-2018 school year!) - 8:15am in the Library (Bache building, 2nd floor)

8th Grade Graduation
Congratulations Tigers!

Kindergarten Graduation

Last day of school!

School News

Early Dismissal Friday
Reminder: On Friday, May 18, we will have EARLY DISMISSAL (noon) for staff development day.

Coincidentally, Friday May 18 it is also International Museum Day, which means FREE admission to the
Philadelphia Museum of Art​, Perelman Building, and Rodin Museum ; so take your children to the museum, and ask them about the partnership Bache-Martin has with PMA!

PS: Children under 12 are always free at the Philadelphia Museum of At, no matter what day it is!

Bache-Martin & Neubauer Fellowship
We're proud to share that Mr. V has been selected to be a member of the the fourth cohort of Neubauer Fellows in Educational Leadership.  

As described by the organization, "The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders invests in Philadelphia's education leadership with a conviction that this investment will return dividends for the more than 225,000 school children that live here." You can read more about the program, as well as the announcement of Mr. V's selection here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's education reporter, Kristen Graham wrote an article last week about the Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership and its goal of investing in principals for the betterment of Philadelphia school children's education, and for the progress of the city itself. 

Mr. V told the Tiger Gram, "I applied for the fellowship because I saw it as the best opportunity for me to continue learning and developing as a leader. I am devoted to the Bache-Martin community and its growth, and I look forward to leveraging everything that the Neubauer Fellowship offers so that I can be the best leader for my students and teachers." 

Student vs. Staff Basketball Game!
Join us for a Students vs. Staff Basketball game! Wednesday, May 16, 2018,  4:30 - 6:30 at the
Columbia North YMCA (1400 N. Broad Street). All are welcome to attend and play!

Team Colors:
  • Students & Parents - Yellow Shirt 
  • Staff - Red Shirt 

Parent and Guardian Survey
The 2017-2018 District-wide Parent Survey is open and available for your feedback. The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Family and Community Engagement runs the survey and values your input and your time. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the survey.

All responses are confidential. All you need is your child's six-digit School District of Philadelphia Student ID Number. Contact your child's school if you do not know the student ID number.  

Go to  and complete the survey. Your input in the District Wide Parent Survey will provide teachers, principals and school administrators with the information they need to better serve you.

Save the Date: Field Day - Friday June 1!
Stay tuned for more information about K-8 Tiger Field Day, which will be taking place on Friday, June 1, at Von Colln Park.

Don't forget, we will need volunteers! (and will have some donation requests, to make this an amazing day for all of our students)
Kindness Makes the World Go Round!
Help the 4th grade classrooms in their Need in Deed ​ Project: Kindness Makes the World Go Round!

They will have a Snack Sale TOMORROW Thursday, May 3rd, from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

This is open to all students, from K -8.

The proceeds will go toward school yard don't forget your money!

Counselor Corner - May 2018
Happy MAY!

Testing is over! WAY TO GO!
We want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to all students grades 3-8 for working hard and completing the PSSAs.

As we look ahead to the end of school year we want to remind you about FIELD DAY! On Friday, June 1st we will have a school-wide field day! Keep working hard, treating each other with respect, and attending school each day and you will be able to have a great celebration at field day!

Character theme of the month: Kindness

During the month of May, we will focus on KINDNESS. Join us in practicing and modeling KINDESS by considering others, being warm-hearted and positive toward someone. Not sure how to spread kindness? Try some of the ideas found in the newsletter, to download it, click here.

In the May newsletter you will also find an awesome interview with Room 107B (Fourth Grade), where they tell us about Spreading Kidness through Service. 

Community Leadership Team - First Tuesday, 3:30pm
The Community Leadership Team is a developing advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, action plan for school improvement, budget, and school-based policies.  With the goal of hearing from a diverse group of school stakeholders, the group aims to include parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. 

The team has ONE meeting left this school year:

  • Tuesday, June 5th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Meeting will be held in the library.

If you cannot attend but have ideas for the Team, please contact parent/meeting organizer  Beth Doreian  or Mr. V.
Coffee with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt
The last morning coffee meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt, will be on  Wednesday, June 6th at 8:15 am. 

Please meet us in the school library (Bache Building) for updates from administrators on year-end plans, budget, progress, and changes. Bring your questions and concerns. We'll bring the coffee. 
Library Prep Days

We are thankful for everyone -faculty, staff, parents, neighbors, alumni, and Comcast Cares volunteers- that have spend their free time helping us label, and enter books into the new library system!

We have another prep day planned for Saturday June 2, 10am to 1pm...join us, and help us in our goal of opening the library! Questions? Email Janice , with the subject line "Bache Library"
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Kindergarten registration closes on May 31!

Registration for kindergarten runs until May 31.

If you know you will be registering, the school asks that you do so as soon as possible, that way they can plan out-of-catchment slots as well. 


You can find what documents are required for registartion  by clicking here.

Please bring the documents to Ms. Sue in the main office between  9am and 11:30am, Monday-Thursday. If those hours do not work for you, please call the school (215) 400-7550 to speak to Ms. Sue directly.


May 10, 2018

All open houses start at 8:30am, in the Martin (one-story) building. Enter through the main entrance on 22nd street and register at the desk.

Questions? Please contact Jerilyn . For additional information from the District, click here.

Home and School Board 2018-2020
The HSA Nominating Committee announces the incoming board, which will hold the positions for a two-year term. Thank you for participating in the election. 

Tara Desmond, President  
Lisa Wray, Vice President, Academics and Partnerships 
Ashanti Martin, Vice President, Communications 
Aimee Dugas- Vice President, Culture and Climate 
Nicole Ginieczki- Vice President, Fundraising 
Melissa Stewart- Vice President, Fundraising 
Joanne Montano- Secretary  
Angélica Jaszek- Treasurer

Class Fundraisers
Would you like to support the work that Bache-Martin faculty is doing? Here are a few chances to do so; remember, every little bit helps!

The More You Read, The More You Know
This is Ms. Sharon's first year, as a third grade teacher, so her library is not up to date with on level books for her third grade students.

"I have always taught lower level grades, and my students have read most of the books in our classroom library, and it's only January! My students are so hungry to read and learn, I want to expand my classroom library so they can fill their brains!"
Leveled Books for Special Education Students

The special education, Life Skills Support, students in grades 6th-8th have varied reading levels in this classroom. Reading levels are from A through K.

We are in need of leveled books for our special education classroom! We need these books in order to support our independent reading in the classroom. Studies have shown that the more time students spend on reading, the better readers they become!

The bookcase will be a place to put our leveled books. Please help us by donating to our classroom leveled library!

Thank you! 
We are thankful to all of you that have donated to our various causes.

Our latest successful fundraisers have been the Claymobile (K-1 grades), and the Mystery Science project, led by Ms. McCracken, our K-4 science teacher (all K-6th grades will be able to use this curriculum next year!)

Thank you!!

Parent Involvement: The Key to Success!
Get involved in your child's education, parental/guardian involvement is a key predictor of a student's academic success! Help them reach for the stars!


The Community Leadership Team is a developing advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, action plan for school improvement, budget, and school-based policies. The group aims to include parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties. 

The Team meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the school library (Bache building, second floor). Questions? Please contact Beth Doreian, or Mr. V. 


Get updates on school progress, bring your questions and concerns. These meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at 8:15am, in the school Library (Bache building, second floor).


YOU can make the difference in our school; attend any of the open meetings. Morning meetings happen on the second Thursday of the month, at 8:15am in the school library, with additional meetings in the evenings (which will be announced ahead of time).


We are always looking for volunteers! We have a lot of opportunities for you to choose from; like the front desk,  or the upcoming Bache in Bloom fundraiser! To see all the opportunities, click here. 

Come and learn how you can make a difference; how you can help our students, and our school!

After School Programs - Spring Enrollment Open!
Don't forget: Registration is now open for the following Winter After School Programs! 

  • Girls on the Run
  • Philly Gaming Club
  • Snapology
  • Soccer Shots
  • Young Rembrandts
  • Zoom Ballet 

for more information, and enrollment links, please go to our After School Programs Page . More coming soon!!
Boxtops Contest!

Help your child's classroom win the
Box Tops Collection Competition by clipping and submitting.

Last school year, we earned $416.20 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for classroom supplies. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000+!!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Even just one Box Top helps, so please collect them, and send them in the Box Tops bag that came home with your student in the fall. 

Don't forget, if you get your neighbors, family, and friends to help you collect you can really help your class win more prizes, and, in turn, help raise more money for Bache-Martin.  Contact Nicole, for more information
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 (this number can be found on your student's report card).

Go to The Philadelphia School District's Website , and follow the Parents link, or go to the School District's Family Portal.  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.

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