BASD e-News August 30, 2019

To the BASD Staff, Parents, Students, and Community

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year Message to BASD Students and Families from Dr. Roy

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.

The BASD e-News is divided into sections below. The sections include School News, Videos from BASD Media, A showcased item from the BASD Blog. Information sections BASD MiniTHON, The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District, Nutritional Tips. BASD Job Opportunities. We also have information items from BAVTS, Colleges/Community Colleges/Universities, ArtsQuest, Allentown Art Museum, and the Bethlehem Public Library. The Last Section contains events and fundraisers in the Area.

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

Did you miss Convocation Welcoming Staff Back to the 2019-2020 School Year? If so or if you want to view the program, please see the ceremony in its entirety below.



The Bethlehem Area School District is highlighting those who have given back so much to the community that they grew up in and gave opportunities to them. The Education Center is the next place that we highlight that is comprised of many who have been #BuiltByBethlehem.

First Row: Brenda Ortega-Liberty; Tania Bermudez-Freedom. Second Row: Kristen Rich-Ruth-Liberty; Michele Atkinson-Liberty; Vivian Robledo-Shorey-Freedom; Cleo Millheim-Liberty; Teri Lynn Smith-Liberty; Tammy Jones-Liberty; Sharon Heminitz-Freedom. Fourth Row: Audie Torres-Liberty; Nitza Yerger-Freedom; Shelly Jablonski-Liberty; Victoria Whitehead-Liberty; Charisse Marino Pfeiffer. Top Row: Barbara Williams Clymer-Liberty; Jack Silva-Liberty; Kim Harper-Freedom; and Denise Golden-Freedom.

BASD Gear is Here - More Added Every Week

BASD Gear is now available to purchase. Items available include t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks, messenger bags, blankets, etc. More items coming soon. The items contain our BASD logo and some items contain our District theme #builtbybethlehem and all are very reasonably priced.

Items can be delivered to your school free of charge or to your home for a nominal fee. For each item sold, $1 will be donated to The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District.

The BASD Gear Website is available by clicking the link below. On the top of the page, by the shopping cart, click on the group sign in. Our password is BASD. Sign in and start shopping!

BASD Introduces TransPar to the Bethlehem Area School District

BASD is proud to announce the partnership with TransPar. The TransPar Group will work with the BASD in the daily operation of our Transportation Department. Dr. Roy introduces the new addition to the BASD Family in this Welcome Video. If you are experiencing a Transportation Problem, please contact our Transportation Call Center at 610-861-0360 from 6 am - 6 pm.


Donegan Elementary Theater Presents - Disney's The Aristocats Donegan Elementary

The Donegan Elementary Theater Group performed Disney's The Aristocats this past spring. Take a look at these talented students preform under the direction of Aracelys Lopez, Kyle Hummel, and Jaime Carrado.


To View Other Outstanding Featured Stories and Photos visit the BASD TV cable channel. The station runs 24 hours, 7 days a week on RCN Channel 67 and Service Electric Channel 265.


BASD First Day Photos on our BASD Blog

We’ve collected some back to school photos from throughout the Bethlehem Area School District from the first day of school and we’d love to share them with you.


In an effort to expand the opportunity for teachers, The Foundation for The Bethlehem Area School District provides opportunities for funding to support innovative and service-learning projects. Each year, The Foundation provides $25,000 to support various projects and programs developed by teachers.

Teacher Innovation Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement an innovative project, initiative, teaching strategy, technology application or other effort providing measurable educational outcomes for students. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance student learning and student interest in learning by providing educators an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop their ideas, partner with colleagues and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within the district and the community.



The Bethlehem Area School District prides itself on its health services department and the staff that supports it. Each month, we will give you some quick tips from our knowledgeable employees and partners.

The Bethlehem Area School District prides itself on its health services department and the staff that supports it. Each month, we will give you some quick tips from our knowledgeable employees and partners.


A Nutritional Tip from Lindsay Burke, RD, LDN | Aramark | Food Service Director

Healthy Ideas for the Fall Season

As the sun sets on summer, eating right and staying healthy can sometimes take a back seat to busy back-to-school or back-to-work schedules. When your busy fall schedule kicks in, remember these proven health tips.

Get Back to Breakfast

Don’t let breakfast be the first thing to ‘fall off’ your fall schedule. Eating a healthy breakfast every day helps give you the energy and nutrients you need. Regular breakfast eaters are also better at managing their weight.

Follow the Season

The fall harvest is ripe with delicious fruits and vegetables that are uniquely packed with vitamins and other nutrients. The hearty flavors of fall produce are also a great way to enjoy the season.

Remember to Walk the Walk

With fall meetings or classes in full swing take advantage of the beautiful weather and walk from place to place whenever you can. The steps add up and can put you on the road to better health.

Healthy Tip


Come Drive Bus Us!

Come join the best team in the Lehigh Valley and DRIVE BUS WITH US!! Training Provided! $19.42 per hour to start. 20 hours a week + field trips! Call (610) 861-0360 today!

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

Introducing the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School Food Truck. Watch for it in your area!

Moravian College's master of education degree in curriculum and instruction has been designed to fit the specific needs of practicing teachers. Each course in the program is immediately applicable to the classroom, with an underlying philosophy of reflective teaching and a focus on action research. This thirty-six credit program requires no admission exams or entrance essays, only a sincere interest in improving teaching practice.

ArtsQuest is a Bethlehem-based nonprofit dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center and SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.5 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 65 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $100 million annually in the region.


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.

Sign Up Now for the Bethlehem Teacher's Bowling League

The Bethlehem Teacher's Bowling League is on Wednesdays from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm at Town and Country Lanes on Stefko Boulevard. Two games are bowled each week and the cost is $9. Shoe rental is also available for an additional cost. September 4 is the their Get Together Night. Join us as we bowl one game and see what the league is like. Teams will be formed with 4 bowlers per team. Bring your own team or we will find you a team. The league will start on September 11. If you have questions or cannot make it on September 4 contact Warren Nelson at sandwnelson@hotmail.com or Kelly Danyi at kdanyi@basdschools.org. Come bowl with us! #builtbybethlehembowlingteam

September 7, 2019

"Educators, college/university students, and parents from the Lehigh Valley are welcomed to attend this inspiring and joyful event on September 7, 2019. The Council for Exceptional Children of Bethlehem's Fall Event will focus on the factors pointing towards why special education teachers choose the profession and do this vital work. Throughout the presentation, participants will be elevated and celebrated for their commitment to our students as success stories will be shared along the way that are relevant and meaningful! We look forward to seeing you as we grow this worthwhile and active professional organization in the Lehigh Valley."

September 7-8, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Monocacy Farm Project of Bethlehem will host The 4th Annual Monocacy Farm Food Festival, a family-friendly event for the whole community on Sunday September 29, 2019, from 11 am - 4 pm at 395 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem. The festival will feature local food and artisan vendors, fun children’s activities and crafts, tractor demos, face painting, environmentally friendly toys with Bob Swaim, chef demos, workshops, petting zoo, farm tours, live music, great raffles and much more. The first 100 individuals/families will receive a free bag with exciting goodies inside.

For entry, a donation of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family is suggested. Free parking is available but limited. All proceeds benefit The Monocacy Farm Project. For more information, visit The Monocacy Farm Food Festival's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/873521286342021/

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