April 8, 2022 Newsletter

Bethel Public Schools E-News

“Our Primary Purpose is to Improve Student Achievement”

This Week's Content

Superintendent's News

Christine Carver, Ed.D.,

Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members:

Parent University Series

This past fall we surveyed our families and asked what topics you wanted to learn about to better support your children. The overwhelming feedback we received was supporting their mental health and well-being. In response to this, our district’s Family School Partnership Committee planned a four-part Parent University series of workshops centered around this topic. Over the past several weeks, our district provided parent sessions around Emotional Intelligence, Internet Safety, Mental Health and Building Resilience, and our final session, The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Well-Being.

Yesterday our district was fortunate to have Dr. Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist, speaker, consultant, and author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital World (a Wall Street Journal best nonfiction book of 2013). Dr. Steiner-Adair met with our PPS staff (school counselors, social workers, and psychologists), Bethel Middle School students, secondary (BMS and BHS) faculties, and parents. Her message was clear. Technology has both positive and negative effects on our children and all of us. On the positive side, we know that technology provides us with a wealth of information and knowledge. It can also serve as a powerful collaborative tool connecting us with others. Technology also can serve to bring out the creativity in all of us. However, Dr. Steiner-Adair also spoke about how social media, in particular, is also straining our relationships. We are losing face-to-face contact with others, losing our ability to hear the tone when we read texts and other print messages, and we are lacking in our ability to empathize with others. Dr. Steiner-Adair did provide parents with several ways to support their children such as:

  • Have parental controls on devices

  • Set limits on usage and follow through on them

  • Have boundaries on where you can use technology (don’t keep phones and devices in bedrooms overnight)

  • Support the Wait Until 8th Pledge

  • Be present when you are with your children rather than texting others and/or working, and talk and actively listen to your child

  • Free your children from distractions and multi-tasking, especially when doing homework

  • Sign and commit to the Common Sense Family Media Agreement

We are role models for our children. Let’s model the healthy, positive behaviors we want to see in them when we are using technology.

Budget Update - Annual Town Referendum - School and Town Budget Vote – Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Annual Town of Bethel Referendum (vote) on the school and town budgets is Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Polling centers are open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

This Week's Updates & Reminders

Bethel Education Foundation

Honor a Teacher

Purchase Online

See flyer for full details

BEF Honor A Teacher 2022 flyer.pdf

Summer’s BEST has been reimagined for Summer 2022!

There are a few spots left in the Summer's BEST programs, register now!

Go to the Summer's BEST 2022 Website for program & registration information.


Linda Anderson

Coordinator of Community Programs

Questions? Please email Linda Anderson at: AndersonL@bethel.k12.ct.us

STEAM Expo is Back!

Save the Date: 4/20/22, 6:00- 8:00 PM at Bethel High School

See the flyer for additional details about this wonderful event for students, families, and community members.

STEAM Flyer 4-20-22 (2).pdf

Flyers, Fundraisers &, Community News & Events

2022 Post Prom Parent Donation Letter 2.pdf



Post Prom Committee needs your donations to help keep our kids safe!

Day Camp 2022.pdf

Bethel Parks & Rec DAY CAMP



See flyer for details

Summer flyer 2022 FINAL.pdf

2022 Summer Programs

Bethel Park & Recreation

Registration Begins May 4th

See brochure for programs & details

2022 MD Flowers flier PDF.pdf

Mothers Day Flower Arrangement

Hosted by

Girl Scout Troops 50141 & 50958

Register by 4/9/22

Cinderella Poster.pdf
WCSU Opera PresentsCinderellaFri. April 8 at 7 PMSat. April 9 at 2 PM & 7 PMVeronica Hagman Concert Hall43 Lake Ave Ext., Danbury, CTwcsuvpac.eventbrite.com
My project (17) final.pdf

An Earth Day Happening: Celebrating Community Poetry Contest

Open to K-12

Entry deadline Midnight, April 16, 2022

Dad's flyer single page.pdf

Join the Dad Team!


See flyer for details

Flyer Argyle Saxophone .pdf

The Argyle Saxophone Quartet

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2pm

Edmond Town Hall ~ Alexandria Room

45 Main Street ~ Newtown Connecticut

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Author Visit

Karen Romano Young , Author

The book is for 8-12 year-olds

Free event and a Bethel author!!

May 1st, 3 PM

Bethel Fish & Game Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 14, 2022

8 AM - 11 AM

Ages up to 15



Spring Programs!

Acting, Music, Cooking, STEM,

Woodworking, Dance, Science & MORE!


Tunnel to Towers

5K Run & Walk Bethel

June 26th at 8:30 AM

BHS Football Field

See flyer for registration Info

22-02-02 Hoyt Camp One Sheet.pdf

Hoyt Adventure Day Camp

Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA

See flyer for details

IRS Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

For info to claim the remainder of the Child Tax Credit, See flyers

English & Spanish Flyers

Board of Education Policy Updates

The Bethel Public Schools, as a learning community devoted to the academic and social growth of our children, creates educational opportunities that inspire competence, creativity, teamwork, and a drive to excel. In an environment of trust and respect, high expectations for student performance are evident in the discussions, actions, and policies of the Board of Education. Board of Education policies can be found on our district website. As a way to increase communication about Board of Education policies we include Board of Education policy updates in this section of our newsletter as they are approved by the Board. You can find the Board of Education policies on the district website at: Bethel Board of Education Policies

Recently Revised/Reviewed Policies & Regulations:

BEtv - See what's new this week!

Check out the latest BOE meeting


Bethel Town Hearing


Parent University 2022 has a new edition in it's latest series:

Mental Health & Well Being: Building Resiliency


Bethel Wintergaurds perform for Friends and Family


Check out BHS Classical Concert


FInd out who dominates the BHS Dodgeball Tournament!


Parent University is back!

Check out this course on Emotional Intelligence


And make plans for the next course on Internet Safety


BHS shows it's Kindness in this virtual Assembly


What is Social-Emotional Learning and how is it making an impact on our kids? Check out this interview for answers!


The latest Board of Education Meetings can be viewed here.


Check out our full line up here


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