Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

The Bache-Martin Home & School Association (HSA) is here to support your student, the teachers and the school in many ways. We, and the school, need parents and guardians like YOU to support the delivery of a great educational experience for our students.

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September 26
Future Tigers Playdate -  ~ 6pm at the Playpen (23rd and Brown)

September 27
Back to School Night - 5-7pm

September 29

2017-2018 School Selection Process Begins!


October 3
HSA Open Meeting - Time and location TBD

October 4 
Walk to School Day!

October 5
Middle School Open House

October 14 
Breakout 5K Race and Kids Fun Run

October 27
Early Dismissal - Professional Development

October 31 - Happy Halloween!!

                   School News                 

Today's Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders! 
Sept. 25, 2017
Do you love to read? Reading is part of our every day lives. From reading this post, checking out the latest headlines, or finding a new recipe - it is an essential skill.

Five years ago, the Bache-Martin school library was shuttered due to district-wide budget cuts, eliminating a tremendous resource to our 450+ K-8th grade students.

Since then, the school has been providing students as much of a library experience as they could on a piecemeal basis. 

Through this Friends of Bache-Martin ​ campaign - "Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders!" - the school is seeking to provide students with a more holistic set of tools needed to become great readers today, and the roots needed to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Please help us, by donating, and spreading the word of this campaign to friends, family and neighbors.

Help us turn Today's Readers, into Tomorrow's Leaders!
Villanova Day of Service 2017 - Thank you!
Sept. 25, 2017
A huge thank you to the Villanova Day of Service volunteers that came to help revamp the gymnasium and the teachers' lounge! 

With their help we transformed these spaces. We know our students will enjoy the bright and cheery gym for physical education classes and after school activities, and we hope the improvements to the lounge brighten our staff and teachers' days. We truly appreciate all you do each day for our Tigers.!

A big thanks to the Villanova Women's Basketball team and the HSA team!

PS if you missed this volunteer day, we have more ideas for these spaces that could use your help.  Contact Aimee for more information.
Villanova Day of Service
Sept. 19, 2017
Put on something that can get dirty, grab a paintbrush and join us this Saturday, September 23rd, starting around 9am, at the Martin building entrance (22nd St).

Join Bache-Martin families, Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families, in this annual event that for the last few years has helped make our school more beautiful. 

Let's make our school look its best; for our students, and for the community! 

Sept. 17, 2017
Don't forget NO SCHOOL Thursday, Friday
Don't forget that there is no school this coming Thursday, September 21st, and Friday, September 22nd, in observation of Rosh Hashanah. 

School will resume on Monday, September 25th. 
After School Programs!
Sept. 17, 2017
Don't forget that Fall After School Programs are open for enrollment already!

We have Art (Young Rembrandts, Phila Art Center), Language (Mi Casita), LEGO Robotics (Snapology and First LEGO League), Dance (Zoom Ballet, Sound Space, Flow Academy), Sports (Soccer Shots, Philadelphia City Rowing)...and much, much more!

Some programs have already started, don't miss out!

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Welcome Kindergarteners!
Sept. 12, 2017

We're excited to welcome the newest members of our Bache-Martin community today; as the kindergartners and their families join us for their first day. 

We hope you are able to join us for the Kindergarten Parent Welcome breakfast, right after drop off. 

Reminder: Once you return the HSA packets with your email, we will add you to the Tiger Gram, to keep you up to date. If you do not start receiving it, please contact Tara . You can also stay updated by checking this page (updated regularly) and the Bache-Martin HSA Facebook page

We look forward to getting to know all of you!


Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts at Bache-Martin
Sept. 12, 2017
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has communicated an immediate need for children's clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair), school uniforms, and school supplies.  

If you have any of these items to donate, there will be dropboxes available in the foyer of the Martin Building beginning Wednesday, September 13th through Wednesday, September 27th.
Additionally, if you would prefer to donate gift cards to major national chains (i.e. Target, Walmart, etc...), please bring those directly to the main office in the Martin Building. 

Assistant Superintendent Harrison of Learning Network 3 will be personally managing the mailing of these goods and supplies directly to the staging area for the HISD.  We will use any gift cards or monetary donations to ship resources directly to the central staging.

Counselor Connections!​
September 11, 2017

Did you get the Counselor Connections Newsletter on Friday? 

Throughout the year Ms. Cocca will create monthly newsletters with helpful information, tips, and resources for both students and parents.

If you did not receive it, you can download it by using the following link: Counselor Connections Page1 , Page2 ...and don't forget to check out her website , where she will also have other useful information for our students (and their parents!)

Movie Night - Thank you! ​​
September 11, 2017

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the LEGO Batman Movie on Saturday!

The weather was wonderful, and we had a great turnout!

We look forward to seeing you on October 28th, when we will show It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, followed by Hotel Transylvania 3!

Movie Night on the Brown Street Lawn!

September 5, 2017
​What are you doing this Saturday, September 9th?

How about hanging out with us on the Brown Street Lawn (Brown Street between 21st and 22nd) to watch The LEGO BATMAN Movie, starting at 7:45pm?

Bring a picnic blanket (or folding chairs), your family, neighbors, and friends, and help us kick off this school year's social events, with a fun Family Movie Night!

$5 suggested donation per family (includes popcorn!), we hope to see you there!

Welcome Back!

Updated September 5, 2017
School starts TODAY, September 5th! Please read a welcome message from Mr. V below, and introductions of our new administrators, Dr. Merritt and Mrs. Stewart in the N e w Faculty and Staff page.

Remember, before the school year starts we have:

Don't forget, you can always stay tuned for updates via the Tiger Gram and  Bache-Martin HSA's Facebook  page all year.  ​

To celebrate the first day of school at Bache-Martin, the Home and School Association has invited the neighborhood P.M.E. Drill Team/Drum Squad to cheer on the students for a great year ahead near the entrances to the school.

We hope all the community can join us in celebrating this new start, and we wish a wonderful first day to all!

September 2, 2017
Welcome from our Principal, Mr. V

Welcome back for the 2017-2018 school year at Bache-Martin School.  I am excited for the new school year and our continued growth!  
Last year built a platform of success for our instructional team and for our students. The community's efforts pushed the students to grow by 6% in English Language Arts (ELA), 3% in Math, and 16% in Science on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). Our K-2 students also showed promising growth on 
AIMSweb  progress monitoring and  DRA2  reading assessment.

This year we will use our resources to focus on doing three things really well: continue to improve early literacy, so that we can build a strong foundation for our students as they progress through the grades; improve our climate through our revamped behavior management system and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) planning, so that our students are afforded an environment conducive to learning; and model our instruction on goal based and individualized instruction, so that we can increase student engagement and independence.
This year we will be joined by a number of new staff. In addition to the new teaching staff, Dr. Danielle Merritt and Mrs. Gretchen Stewart will be supporting the school in administrative capacities as the Assistant Principal and Principal Fellow, respectively.  They have been working hard to learn as much as possible about our school so that they may best support our needs. 
I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming weeks and wish you a happy and healthy end to the summer! 
Mr. V.

Back to School Fundraisers

The 2017-2018 school year starts in two weeks; can you help the following faculty get their classrooms ready for their students?

Updated August 26, 2017
And a huge thank you to those that have helped us fund the following campaigns in the last month:

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Classroom Volunteers Needed!

The Bache-Martin Home & School Association is looking for volunteers to help teachers set up their classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year . We are looking for folks who can help out for an hour or two or even more on any of the dates listed below. 

  • Thursday, August 24, anytime between 9am and 2pm
  • Friday, August 25, anytime between 9am and 2pm
  • Friday, September 1, anytime between 9am and 2pm

If you are available to help, please sign up by clicking here. (Questions? Contact Wendy ):
August 17, 2017
Updated August 24, 2017
Immunization Update!

State immunization requirements for the 2017-2018 school year have changed !

On the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, unless the child has a medical or religious exemption, a child MUST have had at least one dose of the required vaccines, or risk exclusion from school. 

  • All rising 7th graders must have both meningococcal conjugate and Tdap vaccines.
  • All students must have a 4th dosage of polio vaccine after their 4th birthday.

Call your child's doctor to set up an immunization appointment; if your child does not have a doctor, call the City District Health Centers . For more details and information, including a complete list of vaccinations needed for entry to school, please visit:
August 12, 2017
Back to School Supply Lists!​​

Are you already seeing back to school sales? We have
School Supply lists for you! We will continue to upload them as we receive them, so keep on checking often! 

...and don't forget, we have the lists, uniform information, and many other helpful resources under the Parents tab. 

Front Desk Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to take shifts in at least 1 hour increments to sit at the front desk, make sure people sign in, and direct them to the main office. The most important shift to cover first is 11am-1pm, though other times of the day will be needed as well. 

Info on obtaining the school clearances can be found on the
Clearances page . These will need to be submitted to the school secretary, Ms. Sue, before volunteering can begin. 

Please contact
Anna , or sign up right here ....and let your friends, and neighbors know about this opportunity!

Access Your Student's Information On-Line!

Parents/guardians can access their student(s) classroom assignments and other information via the SDP website.  You will need your student's SDP-assigned 7-digit ID number (this number can be found on your student's report card).

Go to The Philadelphia School District's Website , and follow the Parents link, or go to the School District's Family Portal.  Log-in, or create an account if you don't have one.

You will need to link your student's account to yours. Click on "My Students" and follow the instructions. Once the SDP links your students to your account (24-72 hours), you will then be able to click on "Family Net" and access all sorts of goodies on your student. 

For detailed step-by-step instructions, please click here .  If you need to troubleshoot the process, please call 215-400-4000 for assistance.

Make a Donation for School Supplies

From copy paper to crayons, from basketballs to dry erase markers, and from buses for field trips to light bulbs for Promethean board projectors, these are but some of the supplies needed in classrooms for our students at Bache-Martin.  Please consider making a donation today to the school for the purchase of these items!  

Click here to make a donation now. 

Bache-Martin, a neighborhood K-8 public elementary school located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, offers students an unparalleled educational experience that draws deeply upon the cultural resources found in Center City Philadelphia and programs designed to instill a foundation for life-long learning.

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