Entertainment Books Go On Sale Monday

Bethel Elementary will be selling the 2014 – 2015 Entertainment Books starting Monday, August 25th.  More information about the Grand Prize Columbus Zoo family pack, how your child can help with duct taping Miss Petty to the wall, and entering for a chance to win $150 prize will be coming in the near future. Check the Bethel PTO Facbook page later this weekend for more details!
 
Start asking your friends, relatives and co-workers if they are interested in purchasing an Entertainment Book this year.

Stay Safe, Speak Up for School Safety

Your child will be bringing home a flyer about our school service that allows for a student or parent to go online or call when an issue needs to be brought to our attention. Many of the elementary parents choose to contact the principal directly, but this is another avenue if you choose to take it.

Call 1-866-547-8362
Visit the district website and click on the SPEAK UP icon

Picture Day – Friday, August 29th

This coming Friday, August 29th, will be school picture day. Packets have or will be sent home with your child if you would like to place an order for school pictures. Make sure you filll out the order form completely and include payment on Friday. All students will have their photo taken for the yearbook and school records purposes. In your information packet, you have more selections if you choose to go online at mylifetouch.com and use the school code KEO14082Q0

1 Hour Library Volunteer Needed

We would love to have a parent or community volunteer give us one hour of your day to help assist with restocking shelves and while the kindergarten children visit the library for book check out during the week.

This volunteer position would require assistance each day from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. in our elementary library. 

If anyone would be interested in helping our librarians and children out during this one hour time block, please contact Miss Petty.  We would be very grateful.

Release of Educational Information

NOTICE TO PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS FROM FEDERAL COURT

REGARDING RELEASE OF EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION HELD BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

 

This is a message from the U.S. District Court in the case identified above. This notice may apply to you if you are a student or the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in an Ohio public school since 2013.

 

The purpose of this notice is to inform you that, as part of a lawsuit related to funding for

special education, a request has been made to the Ohio Department of Education for educational information regarding individual Ohio public school students. The purpose of this notice is to inform you about the request, about the information to be disclosed, and about your right to object to the disclosure of the information. The information that will be provided includes data for all Ohio students attending a school district or community school for the 2013/2014 school year. Some examples of the types of data include: a student identifying number; demographic information, such as school, grade,

gender, race, age, and disability category; attendance statistics; information on suspensions and expulsions; and results on state tests such as the Ohio Graduation Tests, the Ohio Achievement Assessments, and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Your student’s name, address, and social security number will not be disclosed because the Ohio Department of Education does not possess that information. Once disclosed, the information is protected by an order of the court, and cannot be used for any purpose other than this litigation. No information will be disclosed beyond the participants in the litigation in a way that allows an individual student to be identified.

 

If you do not object to the disclosure of information described above, you do not have to

do anything.  If you object to the disclosure of information described above and you want to inform the Judge of your objection, you must do all of the following:

 

1. Write a letter to the Judge telling him what you object to;

2. On the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letter:                       “OBJECTIONS TO DISCLOSURE OF FERPA INFORMATION IN DOE V.                         STATE, Case No. 91-464.”

3. Mail your letter to:

 

Clerk’s Office: Judge Watson’s Docket

U.S. Courthouse

85 Marconi Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio43215

 

A parent or guardian may object on behalf of a minor student, but must state in the

objection the relationship that he or she has with the affected minor student.

DO NOT CALL THE COURT. THE COURT WILL NOT ACCEPT PHONE

CALLS ABOUT THIS MATTER. YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING.

 

You may also include your contact information such that the Court or the parties’ counsel

may contact you to discuss your concerns. Objections must be received no later than September 12, 2014. All objections will be maintained by the Court under seal, which means they will not be available to the public, but they will be available to the parties’ attorneys.

What an exciting time! Miss Wolford is getting a junior high musical started this year. We have lots of talented young people at the junior high level who will make great stars. Good luck to everyone who auditions and best of luck to Miss Wolford and the eventual cast for a great first production. You can’t get any better than School House Rock!
BETHEL JUNIOR HIGH MUSICAL AUDITIONS for the Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st production of School House Rock will be held August 25th and 26th. Dance clinics will be held August 21st and 22nd. For more information, http://www.bethel.k12.oh.us/behs/auditions-for-junior-high-musical-school-house-rock

Student Pick Up for Elementary Students

 

Some things to know about student pick up for the rest of the week:
 
1) The school must have a note that your child will be getting picked up by car. Please take a moment to write one out tonight and send it in with your child. If you int…end to pick your child up everyday, please indicate as such on the note.
 
2) If you are calling the office to put your child on the pick up list, we must hear from you NO LATER THAN 2:45 p.m. to ensure the message gets to your child and their teacher.  Your child will be on a bus for dismissal otherwise.
 
3) The pick up line entrance will not be open for cars to begin pulling through until 3:20 each day for the remainder of the week. We are hoping this will allow the CTC high school students to get out of the parking lot, which caused some problems on the first day.
 
4) Please remember and adhere to the request that all students should be picked up using the car pull through system. We are not releasing students to their parents who choose to park in the elementary lot and walk up to the dismissal area

Does Your Child Have Lunch Money?

If you are having difficulty getting into your child’s account, please do the following step:

Put the numbers(prefix) 2880 in front of the numbers you are using for your child’s account.  This has taken care of most of the issues.

Please make sure to that your child has lunch money on their account, that you send in $2.50 daily, or a check has been sent in for lunch.  The elementary office will no longer lend money out to students, including the first day of school.  You will be called to bring your child lunch money.

Make sure to check your child’s account on a frequent basis to avoid an issue in which you will be inconvenienced.  Please note that the system does not update quickly enough for you to put money on the account instantaneously.  Sitting at your desk computer during your work day and attempting to put money into the account at that moment will not be a solution.

 

This year any parents who need to enter the building will need to park in the gravel parking lot at the north end of the campus.  The elementary parking lot will be full with staff parking during the day.  Under no circumstances should parents park behind the building or along the elementary sidewalk this year.  This area is now designated as a pull thru drop off zone.  We realize that this is not convenient, but it is necessary for the safety of everyone.

If you are picking your child up this year as a car rider, you must pull thru the pick-up zone in the high school parking lot at the end of the day.  You have received a pink sheet of paper with your last name on it to place on your vehicle’s dashboard.  Please be patient as we work through this new system.

Only those students who have an appointment will be permitted to be picked up in the elementary office this year.  This must be done no later than 2:45 and your child will be marked as an early release student for that day on their attendance record.

Elementary School Fees (2014 – 2015)

Kindergarten:    $ 48.50
First Grade:        $ 41.50
Second Grade:   $ 72.50
Third Grade:      $ 43.50
Fourth Grade:    $ 66.00
Fifth Grade:        $ 42.75
Sixth Grade:       $ 54.00

Feel free to stop by the elementary office to take care of your child’s school fees during the Open House hours of 6 – 7 pm tonight.