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Superintendent Monroe’s 2019-20 welcome message for families

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on August 23, 2019

August  2019

Dear Families,

I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to another school year, which officially begins Thursday, Sept. 5 for all students K-12. I would like to welcome everyone to the 2019-20 school year, especially our new families and entering kindergarten students.

As you may have seen in your travels around the District, we have had a great deal of construction happening in and around all of our buildings. Seeing these changes is very exciting and I know our students and staff will appreciate all of the updates they will be able to take advantage of during the coming school year. In order to accomplish some of this work in a reasonable time frame, students and staff will have some impact on their daily routines but ultimately, our facilities will be much improved. We will be sure to keep you informed as we progress throughout the school year.

Last year the District adopted our strategic plan, which included a new mission statement, new core values and a set of metrics that will help us measure growth over the next five years. During the summer we have been reviewing our data to determine how we are doing in achieving the goals we established. Once we complete this data analysis, we will share it with you and will highlight some of the work we have planned for the 2019-20 school year. If you haven’t already done so, you can read about the Strategic Plan here:

In 2019-20, School Messenger has replaced School News Notifier (SNN) as one of the ways District and school leaders keep in touch with you. The mass notification system allows us to reach families quickly by email, text or phone, if necessary. Email will remain the primary means of communication with School Messenger while text messages or phone calls would only be used in an emergency or when time-sensitive situations occur (i.e. weather-related closings or delays).

Parents and guardians are automatically signed up for School Messenger. The system uses contact information stored in our student management system, Aspen. To be sure your primary contact information is up to date, you can review your information in Aspen. If changes are needed, please email District Registrar Melissa Haas at mhaas@bethlehemschools.orgThere are several other ways to connect with BC throughout the school year, so be sure to check out our website, Facebook and Twitter to stay current on happenings around the District. 

Enjoy the remaining days of summer. If there is anything I can assist you with, please contact me. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to another great school year at BC.


Jody Monroe
Superintendent of Schools.