BASD e-News October 5, 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




Dr. Jack Silva was recognized at the September Board Meeting for receiving the Grade Level Reading Efforts Award from the United Way. Congratulations Dr. Silva we are #BASDproud of you. To read the entire story at the Morning Call, click on the link below.

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.


2018 Liberty High School Homecoming

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.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Eye on Elementary: William Penn Elementary

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

Thank you to the citizens of Bethlehem for providing new band uniforms for Northeast Middle School. These uniforms will ENCOURAGE more students to perform with pride in the Northeast Band.


October 7, 2018 - Taste and Tunes event. Friends at Bethlehem Rotary are hosting the Taste and Tunes event on October 7th. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District with a specific focus on purchasing musical instruments. We hope you can join the fun - Early Bird Ticket Sale Price of $40 until 9/15. https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000006555/en-us/files/page/tastes-tunes-2018/tastes-tunes-2018-flyer-registration-form/BR_T-T_Flyer_0813.pdf

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 6, 2018

October 13, 2018

October 15, 2018


The Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newly expanded and updated Welding Lab. Click on the button below for more information. Congrats 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 - Here are some E's:

Edamame: Edamame is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids our body cannot make. One cup of edamame is packed with 18 grams of protein. Edamame also contains antioxidants and isoflavones, and is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, and vitamins B2, C, E, and K. Edamame is known to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Avoid edamame if you are allergic to soy. Try adding edamame to stir fry or use it as a topping on your salad.

Eggs are high in two antioxidants known as lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants protect against the eye diseases: macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs also contain high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and good fats. Eggs are considered a complete protein, because they contain all nine essential amino acids that our body cannot make. Out of all foods, eggs are also the best source of choline, which is needed for brain function. Try poached eggs or make an omelet loaded with vegetables.


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

October 5, 2018

October 6-14, 2018

October 7, 2018 - 10 am - 3 pm - Freedom Field Hockey team will be holding a car wash at Lafayette Ambassador Bank, 3301 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. Cost is $7. Please come out and support the FHS Field Hockey Team.

October 10, 2018

Support Freedom High School Band on October 10, 2018, from 4 pm - 9 pm at Outback Steak House with this Dine to Donate Fundraiser. Please bring a copy of the flyer below to the fundraiser. Thank you for your support.

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 25, 2018

November 18, 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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