BASD e-News October 12, 2018

To the BASD Staff, Parents, Students, and Community

Welcome to the BASD e-News. A BASD education works to IGNITE curiosity and imagination, ENCOURAGE creative cooperation and individual growth, and EMPOWER leadership and global thinking. The e-News is designed to share events and activities going on in the BASD and the Lehigh Valley and show how we are #builtbybethlehem. It is our hope that you find it informative outlining BASD student and staff achievements, BASD opportunities, and area events taking place.

If you would like to acknowledge a student or staff member or share an upcoming event, please feel free to e-mail my executive assistant, Barbara Clymer, at bclymer@basdschools.org.

Wishing you a great 2018-2019 School Year.

Dr. Roy




It is our pleasure to announce that the East Hills Middle School Band and Band Front has been accepted into the 2019 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade! This is not only an exciting event to be a part of but it is particularly special this time because it is the 100th Anniversary of the parade! Congratulations! We are #BASDproud of you!

The "Tastes and Tunes" event was held on October 7, 2018, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary at Moravian College

Nearly 100 student musicians from the @bethlehemareasd performed at the “Tastes & Tunes” event, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary Club. All proceeds from this event benefitted BASD through their Foundation, with proceeds going directly toward purchasing musical instruments for students in the district

National Custodial Workers' Day

National Custodial Workers' Day was on October 2, 2018. Thank you to all our BASD Custodians and Maintenance Workers for all you do all year! We are #BASDproud of you.




Be a BASD Brand Ambassador. We are asking employees and community members who are BASD graduates, add to your email signature line, BASD grad followed by #builtbybethlehem. Below are additional ways to Be a BASD Brand Ambassador.

Built by Bethlehem

Built by Bethlehem at Donegan Elementary School

BASD graduates are global leaders in our community. Their accomplishments in public education have kept them in the area and in some cases lead them back to the BASD. We thought it would be interesting to see how many staff members at Donegan have a Bethlehem background. Here is what we found...

Donegan’s Principal Sonia Vazquez grew up in Bethlehem and Principal Vazquez’ father was a Bethlehem Steelworker.

Donegan’s Dean of Students Daniel Garcia graduated from Liberty High School and attended Fountain Hill Elementary School and Broughal Middle School.

Donegan’s ESOL Teacher Lorie Huesz Schwarzbach was born and grew up in South Bethlehem in a bilingual household with her home language being of Slovenian dialect. She attended Donegan Elementary School, Broughal Middle School, and graduated from Freedom High School. She has taught in the BASD for twenty years.

Donegan’s 5th Grade Teacher Angel Rivera arrived in Bethlehem as a fifth grader. He was quickly enrolled at Donegan after bouncing from many schools during his elementary years. He was placed in Mr. Warren Nelson's class. This was the person/teacher who he gives credit for giving him hope, structure, and stability when he needed it the most. He proudly attended Broughal Middle School and graduated from Freedom High School in the Class of 1994. (Special thanks to Mr. Warren.)

Donegan’s Librarian and Gifted Sherry Lutz-Reinhart has been teaching at Donegan Elementary School for 18 years. She attended Hanover Elementary School, East Hills Junior High School, and graduated from Freedom High School.

Donegan’s Kindergarten Teacher Ana Young is a graduate of Liberty High School's Class of 2014. She immigrated to the United States from Panama at the age of five and attended Lincoln, Northeast, and Liberty.

Donegan’s Pre-K Teacher Jessica Rodriguez is a graduate of Freedom High School. She also attended East Hills Middle School and Governor Wolf Elementary School.

Donegan Instructional Assistant Katlyn Snyder is a graduate of Liberty High School Class of 2007. She received a varsity letter in softball all 4 years. She also attended Nitschmann Middle School and Buchanan Elementary School.

Donegan’s Grade 2 Teacher Pamela Kalamar attended Hanover Elementary School, East Hills Middle School and graduated from Freedom High School. She has taught at Donegan for 19 years.

Donegan’s Grade 3 Teacher Samantha Dartouzos is a graduate of Liberty High School Class of 2009. She also attended Northeast Middle School and Spring Garden Elementary School. She loves teaching in the district that raised her.

Donegan’s Reading Specialist Shanna Brad is also a graduate of Liberty High School. She attended Nitschmann MS and Buchanan ES. She notes that she has considered her time spent in the Bethlehem Area School District as a gift. Buchanan gave me a place where she felt she belonged. Nitschmann gave me teachers I knew cared about me and opportunities to flourish as a leader. Liberty taught me how to exist in a place free of social and racial biases. I was truly blessed with these three gifts.

Donegan’s Grade 1 Teacher Aja Olivares started in the BASD in the first year that SPARK classrooms started. She graduated from Freedom in the Class of 2006 and also attended Governor Wolf and East Hills.

Donegan’s Pre-K Program Staff Member Daniel Class is a 2008 graduate of Liberty High School. He also attended Northeast Middle School. He is also a musical director of a local Latin band Herencia Jibara.

Donegan’s Grade 1 Teacher Daria Kret is a Freedom High School graduate who also attended Spring Garden Elementary School and East Hills Middle School.

Donegan’s ESOL Teacher Janice Ford is a 1982 graduate of Freedom High School and also attended Northeast Middle School.

Donegan’s Teacher Assistant Diane Mertz is a Freedom High School graduate who attended Farmersville Elementary School and East Hills Middle School.

We are #BASDproud and Built by Bethlehem.


Liberty High School Homecoming Pep Rally

Last week Liberty celebrated their 2018 Homecoming weekend. Below is a link to their Pep Rally.

The BASD TV cable channel is up and running. The station runs 24 hours, 7 days a week on RCN Channel 67 and Service Electric Channel 265.

Ignite. Encourage. Empower. It's what we are all about in the BASD

Watch what 14,000 students and their families already know. The Bethlehem Area School District ignites, encourages, and empowers every student at every school.

Sign Language in the Bethlehem Area School District (Part 1)

One of our newest course offerings at our high schools is the opportunity to learn American Sign Language. At six weeks into the course, meet our two instructors, and get a peek inside a few of the classrooms as the students begin their journey.

BASD Blog News

The Pennsylvania Auditor General Agrees Charter School Law Needs to Change. To view this story on the BASD Blog, click on the link below.

To see more exciting news posted on the BASD Blog, visit the BASD Blog link below

The Freedom Girls Soccer Team Celebrated Senior Night this week. Congratulations to our seniors!


The Foundation for the BASD - Grand Awarding 2018 - View the video below to see the reactions of BASD teachers as they receive the news that they are the winners of the grants through the Foundation for the BASD.

BASD MiniTHON Events

October 13, 2018

October 15, 2018

Raffle for February 10, 2019


"Tastes & Tunes" Event on October 7, 2018

BAVTS students from the Culinary Arts and Baking areas prepared "Tastes" for the “Tastes & Tunes” event, sponsored by the Bethlehem Rotary Club. All proceeds from this event benefitted BASD through the Foundation for the BASD, with proceeds going directly toward purchasing musical instruments for students in the district. Thank you BAVTS!


Moravian College

Lehigh University

October 23, 2018 - Lehigh University College of Education Fall Information Session from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Iacocca Hall, Wood Dining Hall

This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with Lehigh College of Ed faculty and ask questions about our degree programs, admissions, financial aid, and future career in your desired field. Courses are held during the evening to accommodate busy schedules and working professionals. We also offer a host of online courses that allows those from a distance to enroll as students. The College of Education has partnered with your district to offer tuition scholarships to eligible district employees. This scholarship covers the difference between Lehigh's tuition and the state rate. Let us know you are attending: https://ed.lehigh.edu/forms/2018-information-session-registration

ArtsQuest Events

Allentown Art Museum Information

The Allentown Art Museum has many exciting activities going on this fall. For information and a calendar of events, go to




Dr. Roy welcomed the 2018-2019 Student Board Representatives this week. The Student Board Representatives report to the School Board at the monthly meetings on events that are taking place at their schools. Thank you for your commitment to BASD. From left to right, Joshua Konschnik (FHS Alternate), Alianna Davis (FHS Representative), Dr. Roy, Elisabeth S. Lee (LHS Alternate), Zoey R. Reifinger (LHS Representative)



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On average 25% of women report catching their Breast Cancer early with home breast exams. For more information on self breast exams please visit one of the following links provided below.


Healthy Tips from Michelle Martucci, RD, LDN

Dietitian for Bethlehem Area School District

The ABC Tips - F:

Flax seed: Flax seeds are high in lignans (phytochemicals), fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are known to help lower cholesterol, prevent some cancers, and support digestive health. To release the nutrients of the flax seed, you must grind the flax seed, or buy it already ground. Try sprinkling ground flax seeds over your breakfast cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt, or blend into your smoothie.


BASD Job Opportunities

Want a corner office with at view? Get paid to travel? Drive a $100k company vehicle?

Come drive bus with us!! Will train. $19.01/hour to start.

Please call the BASD Transportation office at 610.861.0360.

For information on available job opportunities in the BASD please visit our website at http://www.beth.k12.pa.us/.


BASD Free Preschool Program

Freedom High School offers a free preschool programs for parents who live in the Bethlehem Area School District. The program has a few open spots that it would like to fill. The program runs Tuesday through Friday from 9:15-12:15. If you are interested, know anyone who may be, or would like more information please contact Teresa Fox 610-867-5843 ext.53403 or email her at tfox@basdschools.org.


Events in the Area

Freedom Field Hockey Fundraiser at Freefall

Freedom Field Hockey is having a Freefall Fundraiser now through November 30, 2018. The cost is $10 for one hour of jumping. Freefall is located at 2800 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem. To order a ticket for the fundraiser email fhsfieldhockey@gmail.com. For more info on Freefall, visit their website at www.freefalltrampolinepark.com.

October 6-14, 2018

October 11, 2018 - Residents and business owners located in the Northside 2027 neighborhood are invited to share their vision for the neighborhood at a public meeting to be held on October 11 from 6-8 pm at Liberty High School. Neighborhood conditions and possible improvements will be discussed and the city welcomes all input.

October 12, 2018

October 14, 2018

October 17, 2018

The Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem’s 2018 Public Reading, free and open to the public, is at 7:00 pm on October 17, 2018 at the City Hall Rotunda, 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem 18018. Fifteen community members, including BASD students, Boys’ & Girls’ Club's Winston Alozie from Broughal and Donegan principal Sonia Vazquez will be among those who will read their favorite poems and share their connections to the poems. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us! See our Facebook page or our website: favpoembeth.weebly Contact us: favpoembeth@gmail.com or 610.762.2461

October 25, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 - FHS Bonfire

Come out and celebrate Freedom's fall athletes at Freedom's Bonfire Friday, October 26th 6-9PM. We will have performances by Freedom's Marching band, Cheerleaders, and Dance Team.

November 18, 2018

December 7, 2018

Bethlehem Area Public Library

The Bethlehem Area Public Library offers a world of free resources for students and parents. Check out the website for things to help with schoolwork like online resources including math and language arts lessons, practice SATs, and more, things to borrow like books to bikes to video games to streaming movies, and things to do like programs for children, teens, and adults.

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