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The 2018 Bethlehem Halloween Parade

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On Sunday, October 28th FHE Staff and Families participated in the 2018 Bethlehem Halloween Parade. Our theme was #BuiltByBethlehem, #BuiltByBooks. Led by Mr. Maurer, FHE won the School Division of the Parade each of the last two years and placed 2nd this year!

(Photo Courtesy of The Morning Call / Sharon K. Merkel)
The 2018 FHE Bethlehem Halloween Parade Team, led by Mr. Maurer & Fountain Hill Phil!
Mrs. Voorhees with a toolbox full of books to pass out to parade goers.
Fountain Hill Phil with FeRROUS before the Parade.
Mr. Maurer & his "Parade Preppers" of staff and students working hard to prepare our float.

Fountain Hill Phil's Bethlehem Halloween Parade Ad

Thank you to Mr. Maurer and his Parade Preppers for leading our Parade team the last 3 years and to all of our FHE Families who came out to walk with us and cheer us on!

Each month our Student Reporters select an FHE Staff Member to be our FEATURED TEACHER. They share their interview in this section of THE HILL.

Student Reporters Alexandra and Julia with our October FHE FEATURED TEACHER, Mrs. Fenstermacher.

Mrs. Fenstermacher

Below is the Student Reporters' interview with 5th grade Teacher Mrs. Fenstermacher:

Q: How many years have you been teaching at FHE?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: 17 Years.

Q: What is your favorite Children's Book?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: The Babysitter's Club Series

Q: What are your hobbies when not teaching?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: Playing Sudoku

Q: What is your favorite color?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: Red

Q: What Colleges did you attend?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: Muhlenburg College & Wilkes University.

Q: What is your favorite food?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: Gyros

Q: Who was your hero while growing up?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: My Dad.

Q: What is your all-time favorite lesson/activity to teach?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: Reading the chapter book, "Maniac Magee" and all of the fun activities that we used to do with it.

Q: What is a special talent or skill that you have?

Mrs. Fenstermacher: My organizational skills.
Student Reporters interviewing Mrs. Fenstermacher.

Who will be our next FHE FEATURED TEACHER? Find out in the next month's edition of THE HILL: FHE's Digital Newsletter.

FHE Halloween Parade 2018

On October 26th, we held our annual Halloween Parade. Thank you to everyone in the FHE School Community for coming out to see us.

Parade Video

Harvest on the Hill

On October 30th FHE held our first Harvest on the Hill. It was a huge success! Thank you to all of our FHE Families who attended and shout out to Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Meckes for making it possible!

Watch the Video of the Event Here:

Our Principal Mrs. Lynch and Assistant Principal Mr. Sanchez use this section of THE HILL to share important news and announcements related to our FHE School Community.

Welcome to a new school year! It has been a busy start here on the Hill. From after school programs, assemblies, field trips, and more, our students and staff have been busy learning and fostering personal growth and leadership in all of our students.

We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff members to Fountain Hill:

Mrs. Olmeda - Spanish

Miss Albertson - Speech Language Pathologist

Mrs. Haberstumpf - Health Room

Mrs. Kale - Teacher Assistant

Miss Bucciero- Pre K

Miss Marinelli- Grade 2

Mrs. Drakes- Secretary

Mrs. Hussain- Child Care

Just a few reminders:

  • In order to keep our students safe please follow our drop off and pick up procedures.
  • As the cold weather starts to set in please dress your children for the cold- coats, hats, gloves etc.
  • Please look out for our calendar of events which comes home at the beginning of every month.
  • Please login into Registration Gateway and complete the beginning of year paperwork.
Click the Link Below to Fill Out the BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS Online.

-Mrs. Lynch, Principal

Our Student Reporters want to know more about our FHE School Community. Each month they'll ask a question, and share the responses in this section of THE HILL.

This Month's Question....

What Is Your Most Memorable Halloween Costume?

This video was 100% created by our Student Reporters Julia and Alexandra. They "Appsmashed" two Apps together by having teachers record themselves in an app called Flipgrid and then imported those clips into WeVideo to create this finished video.

Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Meckes will use this new section of THE HILL to highlight our after school programs, community partners, and services they provide for our students and families.

Upcoming Hill Happenings.

November 13th

Come to our South Side McDonald's and be served by your favorite FHE Staff. It will be a great night with staff and FHE Families, and purchases support FHE!

December 3rd

After-School Program List.

S.H.E. After-School Program at Ropes Course
Parade Preppers After-School club.
Leadership Day Committee After-School program.
Leadership Day Committee After-School program.

Questions about after school programming? Contact Mrs. Meckes: cmeckes@basdschools.org

Please contact Mrs. Hoffman: phoffman@basdschools.org

First Grade + Broughal Buddies = A Great Community Partnership

On September 28th 8th Graders from Broughal Middle School visited FHE to read to their 1st Grade FHE Buddies.

BMS + FHE = A Great Community Partnership.

Thank you to our friends from Broughal Middle School!

This monthly section of THE HILL will let readers follow in the tracks of our FHE Tigers to give a sense of what it's like to be a part of our family of learners and leaders.


Pre-K's first field trip to the pumpkin patch. At the pumpkin patch, they picked out pumpkins, went through a corn maze, learned about different types of pumpkins, and even fed goats!
Pre-K Halloween Parade. Pre-K had a lot of fun parading around the school and seeing their families at the end!


Ms. Jones's Kindergarteners learning Chromebook trackpad skills from Technology Coach Mr. Dicicco.
Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkin Patch!

1st Grade

First Graders reading with their Broughal Buddy.

2nd Grade

Mrs. Culligan's students learning about school rules with a "No David" activity.

3rd Grade

Miss Andrew's class celebrating "National Do Something Nice Day" with a compliment chain activity. They'll add to the chain throughout the year!

4th Grade

4th Graders at the Tales on the Towpath Field Trip.
Lehigh’s Ali Wintle, Miss Pennsylvania Collegiate, visited FHE to talk with our students about bullying and the importance of being a friend. (Thank you Lehigh Sports for making her visit possible.)

5th Grade

5th Graders during outdoor Recess!

Check out Mr. Drey's class and their first week of school in the above video.

Related Arts

Kindergarteners experiment with the different ways to make green in Mrs. Lynn's Art class.
Ms. Bounassi engages students with a great lesson in Digital Literacy class with the help of Flipgrid and Mr. Dicicco.
Students in Mrs. Olmeda's Spanish class showing off their work.
Mr. Flad with 5th Graders at the end of Physical Education class.

FHE Reading Specialists will use this section to cover WONDERful reading techniques, strategies, and suggestions for our families to use at home with children.

FHE Reads At Home

Mention @BASDFtHill on Twitter and use the hashtag #FHEreadsAtHome or print your picture out and bring it to Mrs. O'Donnell to get your picture on the bulletin board! Keep Reading at Home!

Thank you to all of our families and staff who have already submitted photos!
Mr. Glenn reading at home!
Mrs. Dell and reading "Charlotte's" Web at home!
Fountain Hill Phil reading at home!
Kindergarten students "synergizing" while making their high-frequency words!

In this section of THE HILL, Mr. Drey and Mr. Dicicco will feature the awesome ways FHE students are learning, creating, and collaborating with the help of Technology.

Vocab + Video = Awesome!

To practice our 8 vocabulary words for the week, we asked students to create a video using WeVideo that would incorporate the words in context. Using WeVideo's text overlay animations, music, transitions, and stock footage, students interacted with each word by creating a scene using their meaning in context. We only learned the basics of WeVideo from Mr. Dicicco the week before and the students were already doing amazing things with it! Soooo much better than a worksheet!

-Mr. Drey

Please check out Julia's awesome video below! (Can you guess what the 8 Vocabulary words were???)

Mr. Dicicco introducing 5th Graders to "Green Screen" video editing.

Resources From Mr. Dicicco

Links For Keyboard Practice

Dance Mat Typing is a great resource for K-2 students to polish up your keyboarding skills!
Typing Club is a great resource for 3-5 students to polish up your keyboarding skills!
Mr. Dicicco and Mr. Drey

Our Student Reporters Julia and Alexandra asked 80 FHE students, "What Is Your Favorite Thing To Do In October?"

Here are the results:

Student Reporters created this Graph using Google Sheets.
Julia and Alexandra surveying Mrs. Spirk's 4th graders.

The FHE Website

Visit our newly designed site to stay informed of all HILL HAPPENINGS.

From news & Twitter Feeds to Menus & staff email links, the FHE website is a great resource to stay connected.
The FHE Calendar keeps you informed of upcoming events. *Tip:Hover over any event for more info.
"Does my child have after school tomorrow?" Check out our Community school After School Calendar for dates, times, and info.
The best of FHE....all on one site.

FHE Featured in BASD Media's "Eye on Elementary" Video Series

Watch BASDtv

RCN Channel 67

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Fountain Hill Elementary School.

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Questions? Comments? Contact the editor Mr. Drey at: bdrey@basdschools.org

Fountain Hill Elementary School is a proud part of the Bethlehem Area School District





All images were photographed/created by FHE staff members except for Mrs. Lynch's photo, Apple Maps satellite photo and where noted.

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