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New Student Registration

Questions or problems? Contact Kristyn Brown, School Secretary at kbrown@bethany-ed.org or (203) 393-3350 x601.

Step 1
Student Registration Request

Step 2
Please gather or complete the following documentation:

Status Document
Required

Parent/Guardian New Student Registration Checklist

Required

Proofs of Residency

  • Current Signed Lease or Mortgage Statement
  • Current Utility Bill with the same name and address as Lease or Mortgage Statement
Required Original Long Form Raised Seal Birth Certificate
Required Home Language Online Survey
Required Transfer of Confidential Information
Required

Parent Survey/Student Worksheet

Required

Connecticut Health Assessment Form

Optional Health History Form
If Applicable Medication Administration Form
If Applicable Custodial Documents
If Applicable

Student & Parent Living with Bethany Resident

The Bethany Resident must provide 2 proofs of acceptable residency indicated above along with both notarized affidavits.

If Applicable

Student Living with Bethany Resident

The Bethany Resident must provide 2 proofs of acceptable residency indicated above along with both notarized affidavits.

 

 

PowerSchool Parent Portal

 

MyPaymentsPlus

Lunch Program

Daily Lunch Menu

Free & Reduced Lunch Program

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2018-2019 Lunch Prices

Students $3.00
Adults $3.75
Milk $0.65
Reduced $0.40

 

Food Service Provider

http://www.chartwellsschools.com/Chartwells is the BCS Lunch Provider.  To learn more about Chartwells visit their website at www.eatlearnlive.com. If you have questions, contact Chartwells Food Service Director at (203) 397-4853.

Nondiscrimination Statements

Nondiscrimination Statements

This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)    mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)    fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)    email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Connecticut State Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Levy Gillespie, Equal Employment Opportunity Director/Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Connecticut State Department of Education, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 607, Hartford, CT 06103, 860-807-2071Levy.Gillespie@ct.gov.

Lunch Advisory Council

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) requires that schools who participate in the program must create and maintain a School Lunch Advisory Board that meets twice per year to discuss school lunch meal planning. The BCS Advisory Board consists of the Superintendent, a school administrator, teachers, parents, students, and a representative from the food service program. The Advisory Board needs representation from students in grades 3 - 6, and parents at all grade levels to provide feedback on the school lunch program. 

2018-2019 Lunch Advisory Board Members

Colleen Murray, Chair
Robert Davis, Principal
Portia Whitted, BOE Office Assistant
Christopher Ryan, Food Service Director
Dr. Namita Wijesekera, BOE Member & Medical Advisor
Jennifer Bobok, School Nurse
Andrea Hubbard, Teacher
Beth Sharkey, Teacher
Toni Green, Parent
Rajni Mehta, Parent
Marie Bartels, Parent
MaryGrace Crisci, Parent
Julia Nickle, Student
Matthew Crisci, Student
Phoebe Bartels, Student

 

Meetings

October 10, 2018   

Agenda     

Minutes

May 15, 2019

Agenda

Minutes

 

   

 

   

Newsletters

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2018-2019 Parent-Student Handbook

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2018-2019 Bus Routes

The Bethany Community School Bus Routes are published below. Routes are subject to change as students move in and out of the district. Questions about your child's bus stop should be directed to Beth Cohen, Transportation Coordinator at beth@bandbtrans.com or (203) 393-9750.

2018-2019 School Bus Rules & Regulations Brochure

 

BCS Transportation Committee Appeals
Please email written appeals to
beth@bandbtrans.com and scarpenter@bethany-ed.org.
The subject line should state, "Appeal to BCS Transportation Committee."
They will notify the committee and convene a meeting. You will be notified in writing of the committee's determination.

 

Bus 1

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Joe

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 59 Munson
  2. 538 Carrington
  3. 610 Carrington
  4. 28 Woodcutters
  5. Woodcutters and Amadeo
  6. 99 Woodcutters
  7. Carrington and Brookwood
  8. 54 Gaylord Mountain
  9. 74 Gaylord Mountain
  10. 337 Wooding Hill
  11. 312 Wooding Hill
  12. 290 Wooding Hill
  13. 106 Downs
  14. 150 Brooks
  15. 37 Carmel
  16. Downs and Carmel
  17. 95 Hatfield Hill
  18. 80 Litchfield
  19. Litchfield and Mountain View
  20. 170 Litchfield

Bus 2

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Lori

Updated August 16, 2018

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 443 Amity
  2. 60 Valley
  3. 47 Sperry
  4. 158 Sperry
  5. 285 Sperry
  6. 73 Hatfield Hill
  7. 539 Litchfield
  8. 648 Litchfield
  9. 693 Litchfield
  10. 58 Perkins
  11. Ann and Humiston
  12. Ann and Litchfield
  13. 54 Rainbow
  14. Carrington and Woods
  15. 523 Carrington
  16. 151 Hilldale
  17. 18 Peck Road

Bus 3

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Jessy

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 132 Luke HIll
  2. 115 Luke Hill
  3. Luke Hill and Green Hill
  4. Luke Hill and Split Rock
  5. 10 Luke Hill
  6. 280 Amity
  7. 24 Dayton
  8. 345 Amity
  9. 243 Amity
  10. 239 Amity
  11. 233 Amity
  12. Amity and Hamilton
  13. 240 Old Amity
  14. 58 Russell
  15. 67 Russell
  16. 102 Russell
  17. 172 Russell
  18. 419 Bethmour
  19. Bethmour and Rolling Green
  20. 619 Bethmour

Bus 4

Driver: Michael DiGennaro (203) 393-1524

Updated August 21, 2018

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 41 Village
  2. Old Mill and Bethridge
  3. 27 Briar
  4. 50 Briar
  5. Briar and Chelsea
  6. 56 Chelsea
  7. Country at cul-de-sac
  8. 60 Farm View
  9. Farm View and Acorn
  10. 30 Bethmour
  11. Bethmour and Atwater
  12. 223 Bethmour

Bus 5

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Debbie

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 29 Miller
  2. 168 Miller
  3. 184 Miller
  4. 195 Miller
  5. 232 Miller
  6. Miller and Coachmans
  7. Crestwood and Falcon
  8. Crestwood and High
  9. 73 High
  10. Hopp Brook and Fatima
  11. Hopp Brook Road and Hopp Brook Lane
  12. Bear Hill and Prince
  13. Bear Hill and Hinman
  14. 28 Johnson
  15. Peck Road and Peck Lane

Bus 6

B and B Transportation, (203) 393-9750
Driver: Melody

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. Schaffer and Hinman
  2. 112 Schaffer
  3. Schaffer and Cedar
  4. Pole Hill and Virginia Rail
  5. 272 Falls
  6. 23 Bachelor Oak
  7. 60 Mesa
  8. Mesa and Tawney
  9. 224 Falls
  10. 150 Falls
  11. Falls and Timber
  12. 16 Falls

Bus 7

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Shauna

Updated August 21, 2018

First Pick Up at 7:50 a.m.

  1. 508 Amity
  2. 800 Amity
  3. 844 Amity
  4. Doolittle and Doolittle
  5. North Humiston and Oak Ridge
  6. Cul-de-sac at North Humiston
  7. 5 Oak Ridge
  8. Carrington and Sabrina
  9. 227 Cheshire
  10. Cheshire and Grant
  11. 21 Grant
  12. 14 Lacey
  13. 36 Knollwood
  14. 1056 Amity
  15. Amity and Second
  16. 1106 Amity
  17. 1077 Amity
  18. 1051 Amity
  19. 731 Amity
  20. 4 Peck Road

Bus 9

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Frank

Updated August 16, 2018

First Pick Up at 8:00 a.m.

  1. Pleasant and Pleasant
  2. Tuttle at cul-de-sac
  3. 415 Fairwood
  4. Fairwood and Deerfield
  5. 70 Lebanon
  6. Fairwood and Old Fairwood
  7. Northrop and Ridgewood
  8. Northrop and Ralph
  9. Northrop and Northrop Ext
  10. 165 Fairwood
  11. 204 Fairwood
  12. 119 Fairwood
  13. 111 Fairwood

Bus 10

B and B Transportation (203) 393-9750
Driver: Donna

Updated August 16, 2018

First Pick Up at 8:00 a.m.

  1. 54 Bear Hill
  2. 241 Bear Hill
  3. Bear Hill and Clay
  4. Bear Hill and Keegan
  5. 156 Bear Hill
  6. Bear Hill and Anella
  7. Poplar Swamp and Early
  8. 14 Anella
  9. 44 Francis
  10. Clay and Hi-Ann
  11. Clay and Anthony
  12. Bethmour and Carriage

Homework

The purpose of homework is to help students become self-directed, independent learners. Good study habits should be initiated early and emphasized throughout the school years. Well-structured assignments, designed so that the child can complete them without the help of a parent, foster a positive self-image and develop a child’s sense of responsibility. Homework assignments vary in content, frequency and amount according to the student’s ability and grade level.

Specific homework assignments may:

  • Strengthen basic skills.
  • Extend classroom learning.
  • Stimulate interests outside the classroom.
  • Reinforce independent study skills.
  • Develop initiative, responsibility and self-direction.
  • Stimulate a worthwhile use of leisure time.
  • Acquaint parents with the student’s work in school.

If a student cannot complete homework assignments within a reasonable period of time, parents should contact the teacher who assigned the work to discuss the situation.

Parents can show their support by following theses homework tips:

  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
    Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
    Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
  • Help your child with time management.
    Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don't let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
  • Be positive about homework.
    Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
  • When your child does homework, you do homework.
    Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
  • When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
    Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.
  • When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
    Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.
  • If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
    Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
  • Stay informed.
    Talk with your child's teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child's class rules are.
  • Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework.
    Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.
  • Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration.
    Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind on an assignment.
  • Reward progress in homework.
    If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (e.g., pizza, a walk, a trip to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.

Smarter Balanced Information

Bethany Community School students participate in standardized and benchmark testing at designated times during the school year. Individual and group testing results are used to assess student progress and to improve educational programs. Personally identifiable individual student test results are confidential and will be shared with parents. General test results, class data, etc. will be compiled for statistical purposes and program evaluation.

Currently, we give the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) to all grades 3 through 5 students. Students in grade 5 will still take the science subtest of the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) in the spring of 2015. We also give the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) to students in grade 3 to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. We will give parents advance notice of the dates of these tests to ensure that children are prepared and well-rested. All SBAC, CMT and OLSAT test results will become a part of each child’s student record. Results of these tests will be given to parents.

 

What Parents and Students Should Know

 

BCS PTO

2018-2019 Volunteer Handbook

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School Behavior

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Suggested School Supplies

There are classroom "community" supplies available. If your child would like his/her own supplies, suggested items are listed below by grade level.

Kindergarten

  • Pencil box (8.5" x 5.5" x 2.5")
  • 1 pack of 16 count Crayola crayons
  • 2 two-pocket folders (any color or design)
  • 8 WHITE glue sticks
  • 1 pair of Fiskars scissors
  • 1 white three-ring binder (1/2" hard cover clear plastic front and back) for Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Hubbard Only
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 4 Ticonderoga pencils
  • Headphones for iPad

Updated August 7, 2018

First Grade

  • Pencil Box
  • 16 count crayons
  • 12 pencils
  • 1 pair of blunt scissors
  • 5 glue sticks
  • 1 BLUE two-pocket folder labeled "Writing"
  • 1 RED two-pocket folder labeled "Math"
  • 6 to 12 expo markers
  • Headphones

Updated August 16, 2018

Second Grade

  • Pencil box
  • 24 pack of crayons
  • 2 glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • 24 sharpened pencils
  • 1 pack of pencil top erasers and/or block erasers
  • 2 highlighters (any color)
  • 1 RED folder labeled "Reading"
  • 1 GREEN folder labeled "Math"
  • 1 YELLOW folder labeled "Writing"
  • 1 free choice folder (extra)
  • 4 packages of Post-it notes (any color)
  • 1 black marble composition book
  • headphones

Updated August 16, 2018

Third Grade

  • Pencil box or zip case
  • 1 pack of 24 count crayons
  • 2 glue sticks - white only
  • 1 pair children's safety scissors
  • 24 pack #2 pencils, sharpened
  • 12 count colored pencils
  • 12 pencil cap erasers
  • 1 single subject spiral notebook
  • 4 packages Post-it notes (2" x 2" or larger)
  • 6 two-pocket folders (one of each color please-red, blue, green, yellow, orange, 1 free choice)
  • 4 highlighters
  • 4 red pens
  • Small manual pencil sharpener
  • headphones

Please label the pencil box, colored pencils, pencils, glue sticks, highlighters and scissors individually.

Updated August 9, 2018

Fourth Grade

  • Pencil box (8.5" x 5.5" x 2.5")
  • 1 pack of 24 count Crayola Crayons
  • 4 Elmer's glue sticks
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 24 #2 pencils
  • 24 pencil cap erasers
  • 12 count colored pencils
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 1 marble composition book
  • 1 two-pocket folder (your choice of color or design)
  • 1 YELLOW two-pocket folder
  • 1 GREEN two-pocket folder
  • 1 BLUE two-pocket folder
  • 1 highlighter
  • Pencil sharpener with receptacle
  • 2 packages of Post-It notes (3" x 3")
  • 2 black dry erase markers
  • Headphones

Updated August 10, 2018

Fifth Grade

  • 2 (1 inch) 3 ring binders
  • 3 composition notebooks (any color/design)
  • 3 two-pocket folders (3 hole punched, any color/design)
  • 2 packs Divider Tabs (3 hole punched, 5 tabs per pack)
  • 1 pack college-ruled, 3 hole punched loose leaf paper
  • 1 pack graph paper
  • 1 pack black Expo markers
  • 2 packs of #2 pencils sharpened
  • 1 pack colored pencils, sharpened
  • 2 packs 3x3 post-it notes (any color)
  • 3 pens (1 blue, 1 black, 1 red)
  • 1 Highlighter (any color)
  • 1 Ruler (1 foot length)
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 pair of safety scissors
  • 1 pencil box (any color/design)

Updated August 7, 2018

Sixth Grade

Please do not send Trapper Keepers or large 5-subject binders/notebooks. They are too big for desks and lockers.

  • Pencils (will need to be replenished throughout school year)
  • 1 package of loose-leaf paper (will need to be replenished throughout school year)
  • 1 package of 8 colored pencils
  • 1 (1 1/2 inch 3 ring, green binder for Science
  • 1 (1 inch) 3 ring, white binder for ELA
  • 1 (1 1/2 inch) 3 ring, blue binder for Social Studies
  • 1 (1 inch) 3 ring, red binder for Math
  • 4 packages of 5 dividers with tabs
  • 4 folders (any color/design)
  • 3 pack of sticky/post-it notes (will need to be replenished throughout school year)
  • 2 highlighters (any color)
  • 1 pack of 8 markers
  • 4 composition OR spiral notebooks for each subject
  • headphones or earbuds (for multi/subject use)

Updated August 7, 2018