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New Parent Orientation. August 24, 2012. What We’ll Cover. Who’s Who at Bethke Administrative Staff Teachers Support Staff Clubs PTO Events Throughout the Year Everyday Life at Bethke Keeping Bethke Great Nice to Know. Who’s Who at Bethke. Administration Office

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    1. New Parent Orientation August 24, 2012

    2. What We’ll Cover • Who’s Who at Bethke • Administrative Staff • Teachers • Support Staff • Clubs • PTO • Events Throughout the Year • Everyday Life at Bethke • Keeping Bethke Great • Nice to Know

    3. Who’s Who at Bethke • Administration Office • Ann Alfonso: Principal • Jill Brase: School Secretary and Health Tech • Nancy Gray: Office Manager

    4. Who’s Who at Bethke • Kindergarten • Jennifer Busselman • Julie Kalvels • Alison Ricks • Tracy Taylor • 1st Grade • Julie Gerken • Julie Beaven • Michelle Haselby • Megan Sobeck • 2nd Grade • CarieAslor • Susan Fitzpatrick • Erin Bledsoe • 3rd Grade • Jamie Drage • Ashley Gauthier • Laura Nierode • Kathleen Tindall

    5. Who’s Who at Bethke • 4th Grade • Sarah Bruhn • Jay Gallagher • Monet Hause • Kirsten Wilson • 5th Grade • Stacy Gunstream • Kristara Kehl • Lisa Rossi • Specials Teachers • SharylHazzard: Art • Allison Adams: Music • Terri Keyworth: Physical Education • Judith Baechle: Media Center • Brad Flickinger: Technology

    6. Who’s Who at Bethke • Support Staff • Michelle Glaser and Carla Hewitt: Literacy, Gifted and Talented, Enrichment • Jennifer Busselman: Math Interventionist • Christie McPhail: School Counselor • Kelli Schultz: Integrated Services • Tom Lockman: Custodian • Sara Beth Kuhlman: Cafeteria Manager

    7. Who’s Who at Bethke Look for sign-up sheets at Back-to-School Night and in your child’s Friday Folder • Clubs • Spanish – Office • Odyssey of the Mind – Mrs. Kalvels • LEGO Robotics – Mr. Flickinger • Chess Club – Office • Choir, Grades 3rd-5th – Mrs. Adams • Art Club – Mrs. Hazzard • Student Council – Mrs. Bruhn and Mrs. Gunstream • Kids Care Club – Mrs. Tindall • Homework Help – coming soon

    8. Who’s Who at Bethke Look for sign-up sheets at Back-to-School Night and in your child’s Friday Folder • Clubs • School Store – Ms. Taylor • Science Matters – Office • K-BOB Morning News, Grades 3rd-5th – Mr. Flickinger • Environmental Club – Mr. Gallagher • Yearbook • School Newspaper • Movie Making – Mr. Flickinger • Bobcat Book Challenge, Grades 2-5

    9. Who’s Who at Bethke • PTO Board • President: Tara Wangen tara.wangen@gmail.com • Immediate Past President: Beth Florin bcflorin@aol.com • Vice President: Jessica Van Thorre jess.vanthorre@gmail.com • Secretary: Don Nohavec don.nohavec@gmail.com • Treasurer: Tami Armstrong loveyandlivvy@comcast.net • Assistant Treasurer: Alex Lynch alex@westernheritage.com • Volunteer Co-Coordinators : • Elaine Poulin poulin.bauerle@gmail.com • Beth Milliken bmilliken@q.com

    10. Who’s Who at Bethke Parents are invited to join PTO Committees to help plan activities and events Contact the coordinator for more information • PTO Committees • Bethke and Student Activities • AssembliesMichelle Gebhart rmgebhart@comcast.net • Copy RoomHeather Dahmerexpressyourself1@q.com • Edukit Coordinator Kim Ross kross@skybeam.com • Friday Folder Coordinator Tara Wangen tara.wangen@gmail.com • Social Coordinators Elissa Noble elissanoble@gmail.com • Staff Appreciation Amy Aschenbrenner amyaschenbrenner@msn.com

    11. Who’s Who at Bethke Parents are invited to join PTO Committees to help plan activities and events Contact the coordinator for more information • PTO Committees (Continued) • Supporting Bethke • Affinity Jessica Van Thorre jess.vanthorre@gmail.com • Book Fair Coordinators Andrea Yeager acyeager10@gmail.com Alexis Morris alexismorris@q.com • Box Tops Kristi Johnson-Smith kristianne333@hotmail.com • Original Art Dena Redmond denared@hotmail.com • Elaine Poulin poulin.bauerle@gmail.com • Golf Tournament Aaron Pearson aaron@aaronpearson.com • Script PTO Board • Pledge PTO Board

    12. Bethke Events • Fall • Back to School Night – Tuesday, August 28, 5-7pm • Teachers provide overview of grade level curriculum • Each hour is an identical presentation • Wellness Day– Friday, September 7th • Fall Social – Friday, October 12th • Halloween Parade – October 31th • Kids wear their costume to school, bring clothes to change into • Parents can watch the parade outside on the playground • Book Fair – November 12th – 16th • Thanksgiving Luncheon – November 16th • Parents purchase lunch tickets in advance of luncheon • Or, can bring in your own lunch • Tip: Arrive 30 minutes early and wait in line for your child !

    13. Bethke Events • Winter • Spelling Bee (4/5 Grade) – Jan 18th at 2pm • Parents are welcome to attend • District spelling bee – Feb. 13 • Invention Convention (5th Grade) – March 7th • “Spring” Break – March 18th– March 22th

    14. Bethke Events • Spring • Scooter Club • Before and after school • Students earn prizes based on the number of completed laps • Book Fair – April 22th -26th • Spring Social – April 26th • Technology Showcase – May 2nd • Eco Week – May 15th- 17th • Field Day – May 24th • Parents can observe the fun and games, or join for picnic lunch

    15. Bethke Events • Coffee Talks • Held throughout the Year by grade • Chance to talk to Ann Alfonso about what is going well, what suggestions you have • Conferences • Fall – sign up at Back to School Night • Spring • Anytime you have questions/concerns

    16. Bethke Events: Music • Monthly Concerts • 5th Grade Program---October 25th/26th • 4th Grade Program---November 15th/16th • 2nd Grade Program---December 11th/12th • Holiday Program---December 11th/12th • 1st Grade Program---February 7th/ 8th • 3rd Grade Program---April 25th/26th • Spring Choir Concert—May 9th • Kindergarten Celebration—May 30th • 5th Grade Promotion—May 31st

    17. Everyday Life at Bethke • How You Can Get Information • Friday Folders • Send folder back to school on Monday morning! • Update Emails from Ann Alfonso, PTO Board • Make sure to provide your email address • Monthly Bethke Newsletter • Weekly / Bi-Weekly Teacher Newsletters • Bethke Website (www.bethkeelementary.com) • Follow Bethke on Facebook/Twitter • (See instructions on following page for Facebook)

    18. Everyday Life at Bethke • How You Can Get Information (continued) • How to Follow Bethke on Facebook • If not currently a member, requires that you join Facebook • Search for “Bethke Elementary”, Go to Bethke Facebook Page • Click on the “Like” Button • This allows updates to be posted on your Wall • This does NOT befriend all the people that follow Bethke

    19. Everyday Life at Bethke • How You Can Get Information (continued) • Listen to Daily K-Bob Show • Subscribe on iTunes • Watch Student and Classroom Videos • http://www.schooltube.com/user/bethkeelementary • http://www.youtube.com/user/bethkeelementary • Ask! • Administrative Staff, Classroom Coordinators • PTO Officers, Other Parents

    20. Everyday Life at Bethke • Food • Send 1-2 snacks to school with your child; water bottle • Lunch • There is a ‘peanut free’ table for students with allergies • Cafeteria menu published monthly • Included with Bethke Newsletter and Posted on website • Pay for lunch • Use Student Snapshot (Parent Portal) on PSD website • Can set a low balance reminder; funds added before 9:00 am reflect that day • Can view your student’s cafeteria usage • Or, bring cash / check to the Cafeteria Manager • You will need your child’s student ID (see front office if you don’t know it) • A blue Bobcat stamp means your child has two lunches left • Cafeteria is FULL, eating in the hallways is not allowed

    21. Everyday Life at Bethke • Food (continued) • Students have recess immediately prior to lunch • You can watch them on the playground • Schedule: • K: Recess at 11:10; Lunch at 11:35-12:00 • 1: Recess at 11:20; Lunch at 11:45-12:10 • 2: Recess at 11:40; Lunch at 12:05-12:30 • 3: Recess at 11:50; Lunch at 12:10-12:35 • 4: Recess at 12:05; Lunch at 12:30-12:55 • 5: Recess at 12:15; Lunch at 12:40 -1:05

    22. Everyday Life at Bethke • Bethke Wellness Policy • Happy Birthday, Let’s Move • Classroom Parties • Balanced treats vs healthy • Food must be store bought • Nothing homemade

    23. Everyday Life at Bethke • Drop Off and Pick Up • Use right lane only • Stay in your car • If your child needs help entering or exiting the car, park your car in a parking space and then help them • Use the red curb as your guide • When arriving, pull up as far as you can by the red curb • The furthest point is beyond the crosswalk • Only let students in/out of car if you are at the red curb • Leave promptly after loading students • Don’t wait to watch them walk to the playground • Do not park by the red line. Timnath will ticket cars in the red zone.

    24. Everyday Life at Bethke • When Parking . . . • Park in a parking spot • Don’t “idle” in the middle of the lot • When crossing the road, ensure you use the white cross walk • Do not park by the red line. Timnath is starting to ticket cars. • Need to Change Pick Up Process? • Contact Jill Brase • Send note to school; contact school early in the day • Bus Passes required if a friend is coming home with your child

    25. Everyday Life at Bethke • Arriving Late • If you know student will be arriving late, notify the school in advance if possible (leave a message on attendance line) • When arrive at school, student will need to sign in at the front office and receive a pass • Leaving Early • If possible, notify the school in advance • Send in a note or contact front office • Parent or guardian will need to sign-out student • Absences • Contact School via phone or e-mail • Attendance line: 488-4301 • email: jbrase@psdschools.org

    26. Everyday Life at Bethke • Medicine • Provide medication(s) to Jill Brase • Inhalers • Allergy pens • Over-the-counter meds (Claritin, Tylenol, etc) • Prescription medications • Requires a signed form from the child's Doctor • States that the child does require the medication • Jill Brase can provide form for Doctor to sign

    27. How Parents Help Keep Bethke Great

    28. Participate in Pledge • Primary Fundraising Vehicle for Bethke • No “Door-to-Door” Sales • No requests to buy magazines, popcorn, wrapping paper • Parents Asked to Make Annual Contribution • Aiming for 100% Participation • Suggested Contribution: $100 per Student • But Do the Amount that Makes Sense for Your Economic Situation • Any Amount is Helpful to the School

    29. Participate in Pledge • The PTO Pledge pays for: • Field Trips - $8400 ($1400/grade) • Student Enrichment - $3000 • Classroom Stipends and Grants - $9800 • $200 Stipends Given to Each Teacher (prizes, supplies) • Past Grants Covered Digital USB Microscopes, 2011 Colorado Children Book Award Nominees for Library, Books for enhancing Core Curriculum, Flip Videos • Assemblies, Staff Appreciation, Social Events • Please pay by check made out to Bethke PTO • You can make a one time donation or monthly installments

    30. Volunteer at the School Help at School-Wide Events Participate on a Committee Volunteer With Your Classroom Complete List Available on Web PTO Socials Book Fairs Field Day Centers Parties Field Trips Staff Appreciation • To Volunteer, • Need to Register with PSD • Parents, grandparents, and other relatives can volunteer • Sign In at Computer Each Time You Come In • Wear Your Name Badge

    31. Google Docs • A great tool • Used by Classroom Coordinators and Volunteer Coordinators • Facilitates sign ups for volunteer opportunities like social events, classroom parties, and donation requests • It is easy to use and helps prevent multiple emails • How to Use it • Go to docs.google.com • Existing Users: Login to account • New Users: Click on “Create an Account Now” (It’s Free) • Click on the google doc link that is provided in email • This will take you to a schedule (table) • Sign up by typing your name in the appropriate cell within the table • The auto save feature indicates if it has saved since you made changes

    32. Capture Money Spent in the Community • Support Bethke in Your Everyday Life • Purchase Scrip (Gift) Cards • King Sooper’s has rechargeable cards. • Collect Box Tops, Morning Fresh Dairy Caps, Juice Pouches • Put in bag, mark with student and teacher’s name, and put in container located inside the main entrance to Bethke • Participate in the Affinity Programs • Restaurants • Product Sales at a discount • Activities • Participate in the Golf Tournament (June)

    33. Nice to Know • Teacher Gifts • Classroom Coordinator may facilitate end of year gift • Parents may choose whether to participate • School Directory • Includes phone, email, and address • Published by PTO • For the use of Bethke parents only • May choose what information to include

    34. What’s Important at Bethke • Honor All Learners • Character Traits at Bethke • Kindness • Responsibility • Respect • Integrity

    35. Questions?