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(s), the teachers, and the school. We need parents and guardians like YOU to support the delivery of a great educational experience for our students.

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October 23-25 -
Halloween Boo Grams! We need volunteers, to sign up, click here!

October 27
Early Dismissal - Professional Development

October 27 
Halloween Parades! 

October 28
Halloween Movie Night!
(Brown Street, between 21st and 22nd) We need volunteers, to sign up click here!

October 31
Happy Halloween!!

                   School News                 

The Eagles at Bache-Martin!
Oct. 17, 2017
Did you miss it? The Philadelphia Eagles have partnered with Essity, in a campaign to keep Eagles fans healthy this winter season. 

To kick off the campaign, Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills and Good Day Philadelphia reporter Jennaphr Fredericks stopped by Bache-Martin this morning, to talk about the importance of hand washing (We will post the link to the segment, once it is live).
​​ Don't forget: in addition to hand washing, you can also go get your flu shot!

If you are not insured, immunizations for children can be obtained in one of the following Federally Qualified Health Centers:

For adults, just go to one of the Flu Clinics that can be found by clicking here ...and remember, Clean Hands, Make Healthy Fans! #GoEagles!

Fall Celebrations!
Oct. 17, 2017
Did you hear about the Fall Festivities we've organized this year? Please join us for one (or more!) of these events! We need volunteers for all of them to make them happen!

Halloween Boo Grams

Volunteers are
needed to help sell, and deliver Boo Grams on 10/23, 10/24, 10/25, and 10/27. Email  with questions or to help organize. 

Halloween Parade.

The Annual Halloween Parade will start at 11:30 am on October 27th.

K-4 students come to school in their uniforms and will change into their costumes. Parents and family members are welcome to come watch us walk around the school a few times! Parade Marshalls will be needed to stand on corners of the school during the parade on 10/27. If you're interested, please email us!

Dismissal that Friday is at 12:00 so students will be dismissed after getting their belongings from the classroom. 

​​ Halloween Movie Night 

Join us for our annual Halloween tradition: It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (followed by Hotel Transylvania 3)  on Saturday, 10/28 on the Eastern State Penitentiary lawn!

This will be fun for the whole family! We still need volunteers for set up, selling popcorn, and cleaning up. No doubt a spooktacular time will be had by all. You can sign up to volunteer here

​​ Fall Festival!

We are looking for ideas for activities for our first Fall Festival and volunteers to organize activities for the students (examples: face painting, fall themed games, crafts) as well as ideas for fall themed treats and decorations. 

The Fall Festival will be a fun in school celebration for all students and we need your help to make this happen. If you are interested in helping with the Fall Festival, please email

From the Nurses Corner
Oct. 17, 2017
Required Medical Forms for School Entry 

Below you will find the four forms required by The School District of Philadelphia and the Bache
Martin Elementary school nurses, Nurse Little and Nurse Hall. Information about these forms can
be found below. 
You will also find an immunization calendar. If you have any questions or concerns please
contact the school at 215-400-7550. 

Does your child have a health condition we need to know about?

As the school nurses at Bache-Martin Elementary School, I would like to know about your
child’s health condition, so I can help you and your child have a successful school year.  Please
complete the form  (S-865)  and return it to the nurse as soon as possible.  
If your child requires medication in school, please contact the nurse or send your child to the
health room for the proper form ( MED-1 ) to be completed by your child's doctor.  For everyone’s
safety, student’s ARE NOT permitted to bring any medications into school without written
permission from the parent, doctor, and the approval of the school nurse.  This includes asthma
inhalers and over the counter medications.
Thank you for your assistance, and please feel free to call me at 215-400- 7550.

Does your child need medication during school?

For health problems that may require medication administration in school, the required  MED-1
form is required and MUST BE COMPLETED BY A DOCTOR. 
For everyone’s safety, student’s ARE NOT permitted to bring ANY medications into school
without written permission from the parent, instructions from the doctor, AND the approval of the
school nurse.  This includes asthma inhalers and over the counter medications.

Thank you!
Oct. 10, 2017
Your generocity is the driving force!
Thanks to your donations to the HSA in the past, we've been able to help various classrooms during the first month of school!

From books for third graders, to chairs for 6th grade, we are making it happen because of YOU, and your generocity.

Please help us maintain the momentum, and let's continue making our school a great educational experience; more ways to help can be found below!
Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders

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 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. 

Our goal is $8,153, we're almost half way there, and there are 11 days to go!
Every donation counts;  to donate, click here!

Classroom fundraisers
The following classroom fundraisers are open, please help our teachers

Please remember, all of these fundraisers are through Donors Choose, and can be tax deductible!

Box Tops for Bache-Martin!
Last school year, we earned $416.20 for our school from Box Tops
and used the money for classroom supplies. This school year, our
goal is to earn $1,000+!!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school with your student, or drop them off at the Main Office.

To learn more about Box Tops, including a list of participating products, click here . Be sure to sign up as a member (it's free!) so you get access to coupons and bonus offers.

Please contact Bache-Martin's Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator,  Nicole Ginieczki , (Mom to Jack (4th) and Virginia (1st) and Nina) with questions or if you are interested in helping.

Raise Money with Shoparoo
We are excited to be partnering with a truly hassle-free fundraiser called  Shoparoo !

Shoparoo is fundraising made easy: turn pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school with their free app.  Yep, it's that simple. Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

  • Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  • Select Bache-Martin School from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts
  • You can even earn more points by spreading the word for others to join; grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, etc. The more supporters, the more we will raise!
You're invited!
The Philadelphia Orchestra's Day of Music
One Monday each fall, The Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) organize a Day of Music throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  This year, join us October 23rd for a series of free, informal small ensemble concerts, a token of love and appreciation to the Philadelphia area community. We'll perform in schools, churches, synagogues, public plazas, libraries, retirement homes, coffee shops, and even SEPTA stations

We hope to reach as many of our neighbors as possible with these up close and personal musical experiences, so that we can spread the joy and sense of meaning that music can bring to our lives. 

For a complete listing of events ,please visit   or .

Hipster Henry Survey
The annual Hipster Henry School Survey is open. Please consider completing it with information about your family's experience at Bache-Martin.

From Hipster Henry:
The Hipster Henry School survey
is your chance to share with prospective families all over the city what you think of your child's school. There are things you love and there are things you would like to see improved. Parents all over the city are interested in your opinions to help them pick the right school for their family. 

Spark Returns to Bache-Martin Middle School

With the support of a grant from the Alston-Beech Foundation, Bache-Martin is excited for the return of the Spark program for its 7th grade students.

Spark brings together schools, businesses and individuals to create career exploration and self-discovery experiences for middle school students. Workplace-based skills workshops and mentorships bring possibilities to life for students on the path to successful completion
of high school and beyond.

Last year, 30 Bache-Martin students participated in Spark Lab workshops and mentorships at Philadelphia companies including Deloitte, Knoll, Gensler, and CFI. 

This year's Bache-Martin students will have a chance to discover what is possible for their futures at Deloitte and M&T Bank. The Spark program kicks off on October 13th and runs through May 17th.

Learn more about Bache-Martin student's experiences with Spark in this issue of the Cecil B. Moore Community Times.

Counselor Corner! 
Oct. 7, 2017
Excused Absences

Please remember that parents MUST submit an absent note to the school within 3 days of the child’s unexcused absence.

Absences are ONLY excused due to:

  • Student illness – a note from a parent is acceptable for student illness. In the event that the student is out for 3 or more days at a time, a doctor’s note is required to excuse absences.
  • Death in family.
  • Required Court Attendance – please provide documentation.
  • Medical emergency/accident – please provide documentation.
  • Religious holiday.

Please submit a note for an excused absence! Note templates were provided in the packet that was sent home with your students last week, you can also download one right here .

When a student has been absent, excused with a parent note, totaling more than 8 days (cumulative), a doctor’s note must be provided to the school to excuse the 9th or more absence.

Counselor Connections

During the month of October we will focus on PERSEVERANCE and encourage our students to try their best, ask for help, and believe in themselves! Join us in practicing and modeling PERSEVERANCE!

Don't forget, Ms. Cocca, our School Counselor, has a monthly newsletter!

 You can download October's newsletter here , and you can also find all this useful information, in Ms. Cocca's website as well! 

Nurse's Corner
Oct. 7, 2017
Parents/Guardians must hand in all immunization records, physicals and dental records to the school nurse. They were due upon returned to school in Sept.

We would like to thank all the parents/guardians that have returned all mandated medical information.

Allergy Season

Fall is here and allergy season is as well. Please be reminded to address your child's allergy symptoms prior to coming to school. Please do not send any medication with your child to self administer while in school. There is a medication policy that must be adhered to by all students.

Give Kids Sigh Day

Sight Day is Saturday, October 21st from 8:30 am-1:00 pm for all students at Jefferson Alumni Hall at Jefferson Hospital.

They will be doing FREE vision exams and providing FREE glasses. Please mark your calendars!

Nurse Little /Nurse Hall

Cold/Flu season
Oct. 7, 2017
Cold/Flu season is starting! When should I keep my student at home? Please use this handy guide, and let's stay healthy together!

For these, and more health resources, please visit our resources page. 

If a medication has been prescribed by your child's pediatrician, and needs to be administered, please contact the nurse's office. You will need to fill the Request for Administration of Medication form . Bring this form, along with the medication, to the nurses' office.
After School Programs still open!
Oct. 2, 2017
Have you signed up your Tiger(s) for an After School Program ? You still have time; some programs are starting this week! There is something for everyone!

Have you ever wanted to make math more fun for your Tiger? (Philly Tutors Gaming Club) How about have them learn a different language?(Mi Casita Spanish Immersion), or how to draw (Young Rembrandts)!

Maybe your Tiger just wants to sing (Settlement Choir), or get some energy out (Dance After SchoolFlow AcademyPhila City Rowing, Soccer Shots, and the wonderful Girls on The Run).

Let them explore the possibilities...the next big dancer, scientist, singer, or writer could be inside one of these Tigers!

Walk to School Day - October 4th!
Oct. 2,  2017
Bache-Martin is participating in national Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  If you would like to join in our "walking school bus" meet at one of the following intersections at 8:10am:

  • Parrish St. and N 24th 
  • Aspen St. and N 24th 
  • Corinthian and Parrish St.
  • Corinthian and Brown St.
  • Fairmount Ave. and N 22nd

We will walk together to school as a group and will be greeted by school staff upon arrival. Contact  if you are able to be a point person at any of these intersections.  

Feel welcome to make your own Walk to School Day sign.   Sign making supplies will also be available at the HSA meeting tomorrow (10/3) for any students in attendance.

HSA Open Meeting - October 3rd! 
Sept. 27, 2017
Join us this coming Tuesday, October 3rd, 5pm in the Martin Auditorium for the first HSA Open Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year!

The HSA works hard all year to support our school, its staff, and our students through fundraising and community-building events. We want to build a more representative team of parents to work together to make Bache-Martin a fun place for all of our kids to learn and grow.

Parents and guardians of students from grades K-8 are invited and encouraged to join us for a brainstorming meeting to kick off our 2017-18 efforts. 

Come find volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule; remember YOU can make a difference

Middle School Open House - October 5th!
Sept. 27, 2017
Have a rising 5th grader for 2018-2019?
Want to find out more about Bache-Martin Middle School?
Want to learn about what happens in the Bache Building?

Come to the Bache-Martin Middle School Open House on Thursday, October 5!

Coffee provided at 9:45 in the Bache Library. Welcome and remarks starting at 10am.  

Tour immediately following.
Extended Day Note:
Sept. 27, 2017
Do you have a child in the Extended day program? Please remember that next payment is due by October 6th! Thank you!
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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