Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Welcome to the 2018-2019 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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Upcoming...

April
 
24-26
PSSA ELA

28
Fairmount Arts Crawl
We need volunteers to man the table, to sing up , click here.  

28
Bache-Martin FUNdrive
We need volunteers, specially at the end of the day, to load the truck, to sign up, click here.

May

1
Coffee with Administrators.
8:15am, School Library

4
Fairmount Flea Market
Need a spot? Contact us!

4
Comcast Cares Day


LAST Kindergarten Open House
8:30am, Martin Auditorium
(please make time to sign in!)

9
Bache in Bloom!
4-8pm, through the school. 
We need volunteers and donations, click here to sing up.

School News

Paint and Plaster Stabilization: Project Start
Dear Bache-Martin Families,
 
The School District of Philadelphia works daily to ensure that our students and staff have a safe, healthy environment in which to learn and work. On behalf of the School District, I am writing to share information with you about plans for renovation to remove loose and peeling paint in our school building. The goal of the work is to enhance classroom environments and remove the risk of lead exposure to children in our school community.
 
The School District has begun paint and plaster stabilization work in school buildings constructed prior to 1978 that are likely to contain lead-based paint. Paint stabilization involves removing loose, peeling, flaking and crumbling paint and plaster under controlled conditions. Our school has been selected for this work because paint damage was documented in occupied spaces such as classrooms and classroom closets, administrative offices, cafeteria, auditorium, bathrooms, kitchen, hallways, and emergency exit stairways.
 
The work is being completed by individuals who are trained and certified in United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting work practices. These work practices ensure that classrooms and other areas are free of paint chips, dust and debris. Each space will be assessed after the work is completed in each area to ensure that the spaces are ready for students and staff to safely occupy. Building staff will also look for signs of paint and plaster damage and clean paint and plaster dust and debris using a HEPA vacuum before, during, and after the project.
 
Details about the project including the environmental consultant's assessment report, project schedule and   frequently asked questions are available in the school's main office or by visiting www.philasd.org/facilities. Copies will also be provided to the School Advisory Council and Home and School Association in the near future.   
 
We understand that you likely will have additional questions, and we will work to address those promptly. The School District will host a meeting for families to share an overview of the repairs and to answer questions during regularly scheduled Coffee with Administrators on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:15 AM in the school library, Bache building, 2nd floor.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Vitvitsky
Principal
 
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Bache-Martin Cheer Team competition
Congratulations to the Bache-Martin Middle School Cheerleaders on their first competition last Saturday at the Raider Rumble in Coatesville, PA!

Many thanks to Ms. McLaughlin and her assistant coaches for getting the team started. Thanks, too, to the entire Bache-Martin School community for supporting the team through Candy Gram and Cheerleading t-shirt sales, which helped cover the costs of uniforms, equipment, and registration, and transportation fees.

After School Programs - Spring Session enrollment open!
Enrollment is now open for the spring session of various After School Programs!

Don't forget to head over to our After School Program page , and sign up!  ​And Remember that the following programs also pick up at Bache-Martin!

Spirit Wear: Bache-Martin Apparel for Adults!

The HSA is launching a new online apparel shop for purchasing Bache-Martin apparel beyond gym shirts!  ​​

We are excited to offer a few new options like a soft-style tee shirt and zip sweatshirt. On the website, you will see a special staff section - if you order one of these items, staff will be part of the design imprinted on the back.  The order window will close on Wednesday, April 24th and we should have products in from the vendor by mid-May.


The proceeds will help support the HSA, feel free to share with other adults interested in supporting the Bache-Martin community!

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Please note: Student gym shirts (gold shirts; no other color is accepted for uniform) should still be ordered via the 
Bache Uniform portion of the Bache-Martin HSA website , or by reaching out to Bache Uniforms at  [email protected] .
Fairmount Arts Crawl - April 28
Bache-Martin will participate in the Fairmount Arts Crawl on Sunday, April 28th, from 12 to 4pm.​ 

The HSA is in need of volunteers to help staff the table at the event, from 11am to 5pm (11am is for setup, 4-5pm cleanup). 

Our table, which will be on Fairmount Avenue and 22nd, will include art from Bache-Martin students, plus we will have Tigers for visitors to decorate and color.

The festival includes more than 40 exhibits in all! Children and families participate in craft-making activities, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and other entertainment. It should be a great time to get out and mingle with your neighbors. Please
sign up here if you're able to volunteer , and contact Joanne if you have any questions!
 
Bache-Martin School Donation FUNdrive - April 28
​​Clean out your closets, and help Bache-Martin and the environment: Join us in the Bache-Martin School Donation FUNDrive! Sunday, April 28, 9am - 1pm, at the front entrance of the Martin Building (22nd and Brown St).
 
One local place to drop off all of your donations. Two Organizations accepting Donations.
 
 
  • ClothingShoeDrive - Clothes, Coats, Shoes & Boots, Towels, Linens, Purses, Accessories, Jewelry, Uniforms, Backpacks and New Diapers!
  • Goodwill - Small Household Items, Books, Stuffed Animals, Games, Pillow and Much More! Almost anything else (but mattresses or furniture)
 
Please SEPARATE all items BEFORE DROP OFF
so that donations end up with the correct organization. Your donation is tax deductible and we will be handing out tax donation receipts at the event.  
 
Volunteers are needed to help with loading the trucks;
please sign up , even 30minutes make a a difference! 
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Special thank you to the local businesses supporting this event:

  • OCF will be providing coffee and pastries!
  • Sophisticated Mix will be selling Water Ice and pretzels and will be sharing their profits with Bache-Martin.
  • My Family Biz is donating a truck and driver to help transport items to Goodwill!

Please email Nicole if you have questions or if you can help with the event or delivery.

Bache-Martin Library - Volunteers needed!
We are excited that book borrowing from the new library is in full swing, and our students are loving their library!

Please remind your Tiger that it is their responsibility to find a safe place for the book at home, and return it promptly on their next visit to the library (each class has a visit every two weeks).

Do you have 60 minutes to spare on Thursdays during the month of March? Join us as a volunteer in the library!

Come and experience first hand the love our students have for their library, and see how it has helped them!​ To sign up, click on the day of the week you'd like to join us!


Please note that since this is held during the school hours, volunteers must have their clearances  submitted to the school. 

School Survey is Open!
The District-wide Parent & Guardian Survey is designed to find out what you think about your child's school. We encourage you to take the survey on behalf of each of your children! The District-wide Parent & Guardian Survey is open to all parents and guardians of students in Philadelphia public and Charter schools.

Please Participate! Regardless of your responses, your completion of this survey impacts Bache-Martin's culture and climate score of the annual School Progress Report (SPR). The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. Please answer a survey per child.


The survey is open now through June 7, 2019. Have your child's students ID number ready. CLICK HERE to get started.
If you have trouble logging in or have questions regarding the survey, contact the survey team at: 215-400-6565 or 
[email protected]

Coffee with the Administrators: May 1
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May's Coffee with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt will be dedicated to an update on upgrades slated for the Bache and Martin buildings over the summer.  ​​

Philadelphia School District teams will repair plaster and paint throughout both buildings, and K-3 classrooms will undergo modernization renovations. 

Join the conversation and bring your questions. We'll bring the coffee.  Wednesday, May 1, 8:15 am, Bache building library, 2nd floor  All parents and guardians are welcome!

Community Leadership Team: May 7
The Community Leadership Team is an advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, school performance data, action plan for school improvement,  budget, and school-based policies. With the goal of hearing from a diverse group of school stakeholders, the group is open to parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Team will meet from 3:30pm-4:30pm on Tuesdays 10/2, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5, and 5/7. If you'd like more information, please contact parent/meeting organizer Beth Doreian.

Kindergarten Open House: May 8
​​ Know a family with a child that turns 5 before September 1? Let them know that the next kindergarten tour at Bache-Martin is scheduled for Wednesday, 5/8 at 8:30am.

If you will be joining us, please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. There is no need to register in advance. Enter the Martin building (one story building with a bell tower) on the west side of 22nd Street, you will then be directed to the auditorium.

Questions? Email Jerilyn .

We can't wait to meet all those Future Tigers, and their families!
​​Please bring:
  • Child's name
  • Parent/Guardian ID (Current Driver's License/ Non-Driver's License, Federal, State or Municipal employment photo identification, or Passport)
  • Child's current immunization record
  • ONE Document verifying child's birth date (click here for document options)
  • TWO proofs of residency (Mortgage, deed, tax statement, utility bill with your name and address where you reside)

Registration for 2019-2020 runs from January 22, 2019 through May 31, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you on May 8 for our next Open House!

Kindergarten registration is OPEN!
Is your child turning 5 on or before September 1, 2019? If so, then your child is eligible to start kindergarten in the fall of 2019!

To determine if you live within the Bache-Martin catchment area, please visit the 
Philadelphia School District's School Finder , and enter your address.

If you are IN the Bache-Martin Catchment: 
  • Registration starts Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
  • Visit Ms. Page in the Main Office at Bache-Martin, Monday - Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Bache in Bloom Benefit Auction! - May 9
Save the date and help make this year's auction the best one yet!

Mark your calendars for our second annual Bache In Bloom benefit auction: This family friendly and fun event will be held at the Martin Building on Thursday, May 9, from 4-8 pm, and it can't happen without YOUR help!
 
Our auction co-chairs are looking for assistance from parents to solicit donations. Any in-kind donation, and even cash donations, will gladly be accepted. 


Volunteers are needed leading up to the event AND on the day of the event to help set up, work an event shift, and clean up. There will be floating volunteers around to step in during all shifts, so you can join in the fun and bid on some of the great items we have up for auction and raffle. There are also some specific talent/volunteer requests that they are looking for help with:

  • Handyman/woman help building some small prop/carnival games
  • Graphic design and social media help for flyers and advertising
  • Food Coordinator
  • Online auction coordinator to help test a small roll out of an online component. 

If you can help, please sign up here. Please reach out to our auction co-chairs, Leila Zinni ([email protected]) and Melissa Stewart ([email protected]) with any questions, to request donation forms, or to express interest in helping out.

Field Day 2019 is coming!
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Ms. Quigley is working with students in grades 2-8 on a t-shirt design competition for our Field Day t-shirts! The winner's design will be printed on the shirts that all K-8 students will get for this awesome day of outdoor fun.

Our school-wide field day will be held on Friday, May 24 on Von Colln field (between Pennsylvania Ave/Ben Franklin Parkway/22nd St.).

Please complete and return the form that was sent home with your child(ren) so that we can order the appropriate number and sizes of t-shirts as soon as possible. You can also download the form here.

We need volunteers and donations! If you are able to do so, please let us know on that same form. We need as much participation as possible to ensure a safe, fun day for nearly 500 students and staff.

Temple University Reading
Hard to believe, but summer is almost here! 

Temple University, University College is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program to families at over 21 locations throughout Pennsylvania.

Since 2015, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading. 

The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. ​​

Cold and Flu Season
Cold/Flu season is here! When should I keep my student at home? Please use this handy guide, and let's stay healthy together!

DON'T FORGET: Please submit a note for an excused absence!
 Templates can be downloaded right here. ​
  • In case of student illness – a note from a parent is acceptable. ​​
  • If the student is out for 3 or more days at a time, a doctor’s note is required to excuse absences.
  • You can access your student’s attendance record by creating a parent/family account at philasd.org and signing up for the Parent Portal – let Ms. Cocca know if you’d like any assistance with the parent portal.
  • Students: Don't forget to hand in those notes!​​

Don't forget to head over to the School Nurse's Corner for useful notices, resources, and reminders from Nurse Little and Nurse Hall. 
Middle School Moment!
Student Historians in 7-8th Grade.

After starting the year working on their autobiographies, the 7th and 8th grade social studies classes have moved on to learning and using historical thinking skills, such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading, to find the truth among multiple perspectives. 


As historians, they are studying how to find evidence in the text to create a valid argument. 


 
Open Classroom Fundraisers!

As you know, funding is limited for public schools. Most students, and their families, cannot afford to purchase supplies, or to pay for some instruction materials.

Please help our teachers in their class fundraisers, so that they're able to start the year ready and with everything they need for ALL of our Tigers!

Chromebooks for Online Interventions

Ms. Zakheim (4th Grade)
 
"I teach a self-contained classroom including six special education inclusion students. The majority of the students at my school receive free or reduced price lunch. Access to supplies is limited at my school and your help is greatly appreciated! 

My school has access to many online learning programs including Lexia, iReady, Prodigy, and more!! These programs help students learn on their own individual levels at their own pace. Children LOVE learning from the computer and they benefit from working on these programs. While I pull small groups to help instruct on different levels, the other students are able to continue working on their own level using these programs.
Chromebooks provide access to programs that engage students on their own level at their own pace!" Help Ms. Zakheim's 4th grade class  have access to more chromebooks, by clicking here


Flexible Seating Options for Special Education Students

Ms. S (Life Skills Support 6-8)

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"Flexible seating allows students to find comfortable positions to learn and thrive in the classroom. When the students are comfortable in the classroom, they are calm, focused and productive in the classroom.
The special education students in this Life Skills Support classroom will benefit from flexible seating options such as wobble chairs, floor seats, and wobble cushions. The students will be able to wobble, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow and core strength. This help helps minds focused and alert throughout the school day! The students in the Life Skills Support classroom will truly benefit from flexible seating options."
Click here to donate to Ms. S's fundraiser.


THANK YOU!!!
Thank you so much to those of you that donated to the following projects, we are grateful to you, as you are helping us make a difference at Bache-martin!​
Pre-K (Bright futures)
Ms. Lianne Earley's fundraiser  
Nurturing Artists, Builders, and Problem Solvers!

Kindergarten
Ms. Ellis (Imbriglia) and Ms. Ganci's fundraiser:
Hooray for K, 2018!

1st Grade
Ms. Chiminello and Ms. DeSalvo's fundraiser:
A Kick Start to First Grade!

3rd Grade

Ms. West's Classroom Fundraiser:  Comfy Cozy Reading Nook

Ms. Sharon's class fundraisers:
Knowledge is Power,  ​​ Laptops for Learning , and  Supplies Are Necessary!

4th Grade
Ms. White (Rm124M) - 
21st Century Learning 

5th Grade
Ms. Malloy's Class Fundraiser:
Creativity + Technology= #5thgradesquad 

7th/8th Grade​

Ms. Redmond's Class Fundraisers: 
Buried in Books,   and A Novel Form of Government: Who Rules and How?

​Ms. Jones' Classroom fundraisers: Creating Their Own Island

Science (Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Ms. McCracken (Rm. 131M) -
Science K-4 fundraiser : Putting the T in STEM. ​

Music K-8
Ms. Fiero's
Perfect Posture for Perfect Pitch

​Math Enrichment, K-8
Ms. LaScola's fundraiser for her students: 
Math Materials for Eager Mathematicians.

Extra Curriculars
Ms. McLaughlin's fundraiser for the NEW Middle School Cheer Team! GO TIGERS!!!


The School Store is Open!
The PBIS School Store was mobile for the first time on Friday and students who earned Tiger Tickets all week got to cash them in for cool stuff on the store's shelves.

Ms. Stone, School Climate and Support Specialist, and manager of the store says, "It's a pleasure to give students incentives for showing their Tiger Pride: Being Responsible, Being Respectful and Being Safe.

If you have suggestions for school store inventory or are willing to purchase or donate items that Bache-Martin kids will love,  email Ms. Stone. 

Garden Committee - We need volunteers!
The weather is getting warmer; come and help us spruce up the front garden of the Martin building, and the Science Garden!​ 

Please invite anyone that would be interested in making our school look beautiful for all of our neighborhood to enjoy (Neighbors, parents, friends, and students as well)!

Please note that if the gardening work hours are held outside school hours, volunteers will not need clearances. And please let us know if other dates would work, as we could create additional signups for those days!

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Parent Involvement: The Key to Success!
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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

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. 


COFFEE WITH MR. V AND DR. MERRITT


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 bring the questions, we bring the coffee.

OPEN HSA MEETINGS

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).


VOLUNTEERING

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!

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
Tara 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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