BASD e-News February 8, 2019

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.

The BASD e-News is divided into sections below. The sections include News and Events from BASD Media, the BASD Blog, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Sign of the Week, the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District, BASD MiniThon, BAVTS, Colleges/Community Colleges/Universities, ArtsQuest, Allentown Art Museum, Hanover Township Community Center, Lehigh Valley Business Group, Nutritional Information, BASD Job Opportunities, Events in the Area, and the Bethlehem Public Library.

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.

Dr. Roy



Liberty High School Staff - Built by Bethlehem.

There are over 70 staff members at LHS who graduated from BASD. Here we highlight them as they explain what it means to them to be Built by Bethlehem.

Watch for your school to be highlighted as a Built by Bethlehem School soon.

National School Counselors Week

BASD Launches New Tip Line - Safe2Say Something

Pennsylvania recently implemented a statewide, 24/7, tip line for reporting school-related threats. This new tip line is called Safe2Say Something and is focused on providing middle school and high school students across our state a tool for anonymously reporting threats. Any tips reported to Safe2Say Something involving our district will be shared with our school safety team and local law enforcement for immediate action. Over the next week, all middle school and high school students will receive information at school about the Safe2Say Something program including information on how to text, call or email to report a concern. Details regarding Safe2Say Something are posted on the district's website as parents and community members statewide can also download the app and report threats. Please review the website for these details. Together, we will continue to work to keep our students safe. Thank you.

New So Happy App Gives BASD Students and Parents More Insight on Nutrition

The Bethlehem Area School District, in partnership with Sodexo Food Services, recently unveiled a new app aimed at providing nutritional information to students and their parents.

For more information go to

Calling all Area Organizations

Freedom High School will be hosting its 3rd annual Career Pathways and Service Learning Fair on Tuesday, March 5th in the Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium. The goal of this event is to provide students with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding future career and educational opportunities in their community and surrounding areas. If you know or operate a community organization that would provide beneficial information to our students' future career, education, or community service goals, please fill out or share the Google Form provided.

Lehigh University will host a A Focus on School Shooting: What Everyone Should Know on February 12, 2019 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Packard Laboratory Auditorium, Room 101. This event is free to the public.

Please join Lehigh's College of Education for its 1st Annual "Crucial Conversations Series Dialog." Counseling Psychology Professor Dr. Nicole Johnson will moderate a dialog between Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District and Dr. Peter Langman, psychologist, author, and trainer and a Counseling Psychology alum who is an expert on school shootings. For more information and to register, click on the link below.

Calling All Community Businesses and Service Organizations

Freedom High School will be hosting its 3rd annual Career Pathways and Service Learning Fair on Tuesday, March 5th in the Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium. The goal of this event is to provide students with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding future career and educational opportunities in their community and surrounding areas. If you know or operate a community organization that would provide beneficial information to our students' future career, education, or community service goals, please fill out or share the Google Form provided.


Bethlehem Area School District Board of Directors Honored During Recognition Month



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.

BASD Media

East Hills Theater Company - Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Take a look behind the scenes at the East Hills Theater Company! The students at East Hills Middle School WOULD LOVE to invite you out to a Broadway quality performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. February 22-24, 2019.

Broughal Middle School Theater - The Little Mermaid Jr.

Come see this great show put on by some awesome students. Hear why you should come out from the cast members themselves!!

Nitschmann Dramatics - Singin' in the Rain Jr.

Talent is the first word that comes to mind with this bunch! Go behind the curtain with the Nitschmann Dramatics as they prepare for Singin' in the Rain Jr., March 1-3.

BASD Blog News

Wells Fargo Provides $25,000 Grant to United Way to Support ‘Leader in Me’

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

Sign Language in the Bethlehem Area School District (Part 2)

In a follow up to our first video, the students and teachers are wrapping up the very first semester of the sign language course in the BASD. What was the result? Did the students achieve? Is it a worthwhile program? Answers to those questions and more in the following video.


Save the Date - The Foundation for the BASD will have their Dinner Celebration this year on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Sands Event Center.

BASD MiniTHON Events


In this edition of BASD Take 2, the BASD MiniTHON members from Freedom and Liberty High Schools visited many of our elementary schools in December 2018, hosting a Mini - MINI THON. The High School students created some fun, games, and most important, awareness of what the Mini THON members support.

Show your support of the BASD MiniTHON with some MiniTHON Gear. For more information, click on the link below.

Raffle for February 10, 2019

You can also purchase your tickets at https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2486


BAVTS - Freedom 8th Grade Orientation


Moravian College

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

Hanover Township Community Center




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)



BASD Health Matters Monthly #1

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.


Healthy Tips from Michelle Martucci, RD, LDN

Dietitian for Bethlehem Area School District

The ABC Tips - N:

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast grown on sugar cane and beet molasses. It is known to have a nutty, cheesy flavor. Nutritional yeast is considered a complete protein, because it contains the nine essential amino acids that your body cannot make. In addition, it can be consumed in vegan and vegetarian diets. Vegan and vegetarian diets sometimes lack in B vitamins, which nutritional yeast is abundant in. You can even purchase a fortified version of nutritional yeast, which is packed with even more nutrients. Nutritional yeast is known to boost your immune system and promote good digestion. Try sprinkling nutritional yeast on pasta dishes, salads, soups, or popcorn.


St. Luke's Fitness and Sports Performance

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Employee discounts available to ALL BASD Employees, Employee Spouses/Partners and Dependents under the age of 21.

$40 per month for General Fitness

$50 per month for Elite Fitness

Check us out online at getfit.sluhn.org today for more information.

St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance

was voted

Best of the Valley in 2016, 2017 & 2018 and

Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice in 2018!

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/.

Events in the Area

February 11, 2019

Bethlehem Area School District is excited to offer a "NEW" Parent Council Group, this is an opportunity for our families of children with special needs to build a network and to share experiences as well as support each other in the IEP process. Any parent or family member of a child with an IEP is encouraged to attend on February 11th at 4:00 at the Bethlehem Education Center. Please see flyer below. RSVP to 610-868-8268 or Kamato@basdschools.org

February 13, 2019

February 15-17, 2019

February 16, 2019

February 17, 2019

February 21, 2019

February 26-28, 2019

March 1-3, 2019

March 2, 2019

March 2-3, 2019 - Independence Seaport Museum invites teachers and educators of all grade levels, plus one guest, to attend our Educators Weekend for FREE

With so much maritime history to explore and great education programs based around STEAM, the Museum makes a perfect field trip destination for all ages. Educators Weekend allows teachers to experience programs first-hand to see how they can be incorporated into their curricula as well as a sneak peek for our new field trip experiences, which will be offered starting September 1, 2019. Highlights include exploring our newest exhibits, River Alive! and The British Mistake as well as our two Historic Ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.

March 21, 2019

April 2019

April 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

Cops 'n' Kids Events

2019 Cops ’n’ Kids 13th Annual

Celebration of Reading . . . and the Arts and Sciences

April 27, 2019 — 11 am until 3 pm

We have started planning for our 13th annual Cops ’n’ Kids Celebration of Reading . . . and the Arts and Sciences, and we have a great deal to celebrate!

With the help of our entire community, the award-winning Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program has reached a remarkable milestone, distributing more than 940,000 free books thus far.

This will be our "March to the Millionth" event!

To celebrate this accomplishment, and the children of our community, we invite you to join us (rain or shine) for a day of food, fun, family, crafts, entertainment, laughter—and, of course, literacy.

If you are interested in having your students perform, please contact Tammy Giampapa at tgiampapa@basdschools.org for more information.

Please mark your calendars—and thank you for helping us to “connect kids and community through literacy.”

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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