Welcome to the 2016-2017 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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April 2017

April 19-21 - EARLY DISMISSAL - Report Card Conferences

April 23rd - BBBS and Ecycle event. 22nd and Brown St, 10am -12pm.  To help, sign up here!   or contact Nicole

 April 30th - Student
Art Display - Fairmount Arts Crawl. Click here to sign up for this event.

May 2017

May 5 - Career Day - 8:45-11:15am- Clearances not needed. If you are interested,
sign up!

May 6 - Spring Flea Market Fundraiser - (9am-5pm) - school sidewalk spaces available!

May 9 - Kindergarten Open House - 8:30-10am  - Martin Auditorium

May 16 - NO SCHOOL - Pennsylvania Primary Election Day and Bake Sale.
Click here to sign up to help with this! 

May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May TBD - Mother's Day Photo Booth

May 31st - Last day to register for Kindergarten 2017-2018! For more information, please see our Open Houses page!

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Earth Day Celebration_______________               

April 18  2017
The Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary (FESPP) and the Corinthian Gardens have invited Bache-Martin families for an Earth Day celebration!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10am - 12pm
Corinthian St & Fairmount Ave 

There will be tours of the Gardens and activities for kids, exploring themes of Earth Day and insects and bugs that live in the garden

Get to Know Honey Bees
Furnish the Bug Hotel
Dig for Soil Critters
Collect & ID Bugs
Create a Bug Mural

Bache students have been invited to help create insect themed art for the event. If you are interested in helping with the art projects this week or volunteering at the Saturday event, please contact 
aimee@thepowerofbachemartin.com .  

BBBS Drive and E-CYCLE event!_______________

April 17, 2017
Spring has finally sprung, are you already spring cleaning? If yes, please hold your things for this coming Sunday, April 23rd!​ 

Bache-Martin is partnering Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Southeastern PA to collect clothing, towels, sheets, housewares, books, and stuffed animals to be donated to families in need. 

We have also scheduled an E-CYCLE event, so that means we will be collecting all sorts of electronics too! (no TVs or alkaline batteries). The boxes are already in place on the front hall of the Marting building, so just stop by! 

Bache-Martin Elementary School 
22nd and Brown Street Corner 
Sunday, April 23rd
(with rain-date of April 30th) 
10am - 12pm 
(loading of the truck will go from about 12-3ish) 

The link to the items accepted from
BBBS can be found here.

The link to the items accepted for the
E-cycle event can be found here .

The school will receive a donation, you will get a tax letter for your donation, and we are helping the environment...a triple win! 

We are also looking for volunteers; if you can help between the hours of 9:45am and 3pm, please sign up here. It doesn't matter if it's 30 mins, an hour, or the whole day. Every little bit helps. 

For now, please hold onto that stuff! If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Nicole and please spread the word!

A Message from Mr. V__________                     

April 18, 2017
Dear Bache-Martin Families and Community,

Now that our school's budget has been closed and we move towards the site selection process, I'd like to share some updates about our school's plan for next year (2017-18).

I'm excited to announce that Dr. Hite, with the support of our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Sonya Harrison, has decided to afford Bache-Martin the opportunity to staff an Assistant Principal for the 2017-18 school year. The position will be centrally funded, therefore, it has given the school team some additional flexibility in how we can spend our discretionary funds.

The school will invest those funds in elmo document cameras, leveled libraries, First in Math, Star, Accelerated Reader and Math and Study Island as a school-wide extension for homework. We will also invest in a sensory room, some flexible seating for students, and Leveled Literacy Intervention to support our students with the greatest literacy needs.

While we will continue to offer students Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, and Computers/Technology, we will no longer offer Spanish as a special. The school team has made this decision in response to our school's growing need for addition writing practice and because of the challenges that we have faced in staffing the Spanish position.

Mr. V.

Bache-Martin at the Fairmount Arts Crawl!____

April 17, 2017
Come one, come all to help out with the Fairmount Arts Crawl on Sunday April 30th, from 11:00-5:00pm. 

The HSA is in need of volunteers to help staff the Bache Martin table at the event. The table will include art from Bache Martin students and we will also be selling the Bache Martin Adopt-a-Tiger lawn signs. 

The festival includes more than 40 exhibits in all! Children and families participate in craft-making activities, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and other entertainment. It should be a great time to get out and mingle with your neighbors.

Election Day Bake Sale!                                  ____

April 17, 2017
Volunteers needed to bake goods and staff the HSA Election Day Bake Sale table at the corner of 22nd and Parrish on May 16th.  

While this is no longer “the big one” – hopefully folks understand the import of voting and will turn out to vote for District Attorney, Controller, and a number of Judicial seats. Voters may need homemade snacks and treats to keep up their energy since these can be lengthy ballots...

This fundraiser can only be a success with your participation.

Children are more than welcome and make the best salespeople! To sign up, click here!

Spring Break Message from Mr. V__________

April 10, 2017

Bache-Martin Families, 

Spring break is here and I hope the week off gives everyone a well-deserved rest! Our students have been working hard staying focused in the home stretch before break, especially grades 3-8, who have been taking the English Language Arts portion of the PSSAs. 

We'll be back to school on Monday, April 17th (doors close at 8:26 am!) and will start looking ahead to the last part of this 2016-17 school year. The PSSAs will continue with math and science sections, we'll celebrate Earth Day in our school garden, and parent-teacher conferences will be held April 19-21. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn about your child's education and how you can help his/her progress.

Please join me in extending genuine thanks to our teachers and staff for their continuous efforts and investment in Bache-Martin's growth and success. They have definitely earned spring break, too!

See you on April 17th!

Mr. V

Spark Discovery Night - May 18th!                  

April 5, 2017
Discovery Night in Philadelphia is an opportunity for schools, students, parents, mentors and companies to celebrate possibilities and bright futures.  Each Spark student is paired in a workplace-based mentorship with a mentor in a career field of interest. Together, the student and mentor develop a project related to a profession.

Discovery Night brings together all Spark Philadelphia students as well as their parents, mentors, teachers and the community to share their final projects. The Project Fair portion of the evening will showcase student projects from this spring's mentorships. Following, a short program will feature Keynote Speaker, Philadelphia City Councilman, Allan Domb, as well as Spark staff, testimonials and student awards.

May 18, 2017 - The Pennsylvania Convention Center (Broad & Cherry) Event starts at 4:30pm
Project Fair: 4:30-5:30PM
Program: 5:30-6:00PM

Teacher of Courage and Conscience Award _

April 5, 2017
Did you know that Ms. Luebbert has been nominated to receive Villanova's annual Teacher of Courage and Conscience Award?

The Teacher of Courage and Conscience Award  was created to recognize teachers who improve access to high-quality education for those students who are currently least well-served; advocate for the education profession; encourage student curiosity and love of learning, use innovative teaching strategies, and engage students in meaningful problem-solving, knowledge-production, or artistic work; and embody and put into practice the values of Villanova University.

At the moment they're reaching out to parents and colleagues that would like to support her nomination. If Ms. Luebbert's leadership and dedication to her students, Bache-Martin, and public education has impacted you (or your student), they'd like to hear from youPlease send your testimony to Jerusha Conner ; you may also call 610-519-3083

Tiger Garden Time for First Grade!__________

April 4, 2017
Our First Grade Tigers are about to start learning about the life cycle of a plant in Science! In order to prepare their seedlings for the courtyard garden, they will need a few additional supplies to help with this project.

Ms. McCracken has created an Amazon Class Wishlist, with things that are needed for this project. Please consider donating!  

She is also looking for volunteers to help the kids with planting in the garden on Friday, April 7th

  • 12:45 to 1:30pm for Ms. White's class
  • 2:15 to 3pm for Ms. Chiminello's class

If you are able, please email Ms. McCracken,  and remember, you will need your clearances (which you can get free, and which last 5 years). 

After School Programs: Spring Session______

April 4, 2017
Registration is open for the Spring Session for some of our After School Programs! ​​
Most start in 3 weeks, so sign up soon!

  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Workshop (K-3rd, 3-4pm)
  • Snapology Robotics (1st-3rd grades, 3:15-4:15pm)

  • FAST -Families And Schools Together (K-2nd family Program, Tue 3:30-6pm)
  • Girls on the Run (3rd to 5th grades, 3:15-4:45pm)*
  • Settlement Choir After School Program  (3rd-6th Grade, 3:15-4:30pm)*
  • ZoomBallet (K-2nd, 3:15-4pm)

  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Workshop (K-3rd, 3-4pm)
  • Young Rembrandts (K-5th, 3:15 - 4:15pm)

  • Settlement Choir After School Program (3rd-6th Grade, 3:15-4:30pm)*
  • Girls on the Run (3rd to 5th grades, 3:15-4:45pm)*

*these programs happen twice a week, on Tuesdays AND Thursdays

For more information, and enrollment links, go our After School Programs Tab.

My Brother's Keeper winners_______________

March 31, 2017
Congratulations to our students Josie Tepper, Meredith Tangeman, and Aasim Mitchell! They were selected as winners of My Brother's Keeper, a district wide mentoring art contest held by the Sixers in collaboration with PECO.

Josie received first place, Meredith second place, and Aasim third place at the Elementary School level (grades 1-4)

Our students used visual and literary art to describe their role models, and how these mentors have changed their lives. They worked on their projects after school, in Ms. Battle's room. 

As a prize each received 4 club box tickets, medals, and they were recognized center court at last Wednesday's game...they even got to meet the players after the game!

Go Tigers! We are very proud of you!

Make up Date for ASPs

March 20, 2017
Soccer Shots and ZoomBallet will be holding a makeup day for the missed class on the March 14th snow day. The make up day will be Tuesday, April 18th. 

Young Rembrandts will also be holding a makeup class for the late start of Winter Session II on Tuesday, April 18th* (19th is an early dismissal day).

*Please note there might be conflicts with Soccer Shots and Zoom Ballet students*

Spring Picture Day

March 20, 2017
Don't forget, Spring Picture Day is taking place this Wednesday, March 22!

If you would like to purchase pictures of your child(ren), please return the form that was sent home with payment by Wednesday!

There will be no late orders/payments accepted!

Future Tigers Play Date this Saturday!_______

March 20, 2017
Do you have a Future Tiger (Prospective Kindergarten 2017-2018 and up)? Join us for the next Future Tigers Play date:

Saturday, March 25th, at 11am

at the Playpen (corner of 22nd and Brown)

For more information, contact
Dana ...and happy spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

March 20, 2017
Today is the spring equinox, which marks the beginning of astronomical spring, today the sun rises due east and sets due west no matter where you are, and it also means that the day, and night are about the same lenght!

A lot of our daffodils, planted through the years by teachers, students, and volunteers, have survived the snow; and the irises that were planted last fall are thriving!

Please stop by to enjoy them, and please help us keep the garden beautiful by taking your trash with you, and not letting your pets come into the garden.  

Happy first day of spring to everyone!

Classroom Centers!__________________________

March 18, 2017
Wohoo!! Ms. Battle's fundraiser to replenish the K-8 coloring pencils supply is fully funded! THANK YOU!

If you wanted to help, but didn't do so in time, you can still help another classroom in our school: Ms. Chiminello's 1st grade class fundraiser, to set up their vocabulary and poetry  centers is ending in 36 hrs!

...and don't forget, your donation can be tax deductible, so save that receipt!

...and THANK YOU,  for choosing to make a difference in our neighborhood school!

A Few More Months of Drawing______________

March 16, 2017
Ms. Battle, our K-8 Art teacher, has set up a Donors Choose Fundraiser to replenish the students' color pencil supply, which is used almost daily. 

If you chip in to help, you'll get awesome photos and the heartfelt thanks of almost 500 students!

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW____________________

March 13, 2017

All School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

All after-school activities including athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Tuesday are canceled as well. All District early childhood centers will also be closed. In addition, administrative offices will be closed.

Encourage Reading at Home________________

March 13, 2017
Did you know that students who read for pleasure not only do better with vocabulary and spelling, but also in math?

You can encourage your student to read by:

  • Surrounding them with reading material.
  • Reading as much as you can to them.
  • Showing interest on what they read.
  • Letting them choose their own books.
  • Letting them read menus, road signs, store signs...make it part of your daily activities. 
  • You can also look for more tips in  Reading Connection !

Reading connection también está disponible en español

Career Day Speakers Needed!________________

March 13, 2017
Inspire Bache-Martin students with your work!

Career Day will be on Friday, May 5th in the morning (8:45 to 10 or 11:15am). We are looking for volunteers with a variety of career backgrounds to participate.

Presenters will visit 1-4 classes. Clearances are not needed for this one-time event

If you are interested in participating,  please fill out this form.  If you know other community members who might be interested in speaking to Bache-Martin students on Career Day, please pass this information along! We'd love to have them join us. 

Classroom Centers!___________________________

March 8, 2017
Help Ms. Chiminello, and her 1st grade students, set up their vocabulary and poetry classroom centers !

Centers give students the opportunity to work in small groups, while expanding on the material that they're currently learning. Click here to invest in this project.

...and don't forget, your donation can be tax deductible, so save that receipt!

BBBS Drive and E-CYCLE event!_______________

March 8, 2017
Spring has sprung in our school, are you getting ready for some spring cleaning?
If yes, please hold your things until the day after Earth day! 

Bache-Martin is partnering Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Southeastern PA to collect clothing, towels, sheets, housewares, books, and stuffed animals to be donated to families in need. We have also scheduled an E-CYCLE event, so that means we will be collecting all sorts of electronics too: almost anything that requires a plug or batteries can be recycled or reused! (no TVs or alkaline batteries) and, if they are in good condition, they might even be able to reuse them! 

Bache-Martin Elementary School 
22nd and Brown Street Corner 
Sunday, April 23rd
(with rain-date of April 30th) 
10am - 12pm 
(loading of the truck will go from about 12-3ish) 

The link to the items accepted from
BBBS can be found here.

The link to the items accepted for the
E-cycle event can be found here .

The school will receive a donation, you will get a tax letter for your donation, and we are helping the environment...a triple win! 

For now, please hold onto that stuff! If you would like to help the day of the event, please contact
Nicole and please spread the word!

HSA meeting                                                     ___

March 8, 2017

Thank you to everyone that was able to join us at the HSA meeting last night!

We really appreciated having Ms. Floyd, and the SDP's Facility Condition Assessment team, who patiently answered a lot of our questions (Thank you!).

Don't forget, in order to continue improving our school, we need YOU ! You can volunteer as little or as much as you would like...and remember to stay connected by signing up for the weekly TigerGram!


March 8, 2017
Join Girls on the Run Philadelphia, Leadership Philadelphia's Connectors and Keepers, and the Community College of Philadelphia for a presentation of the documentary film "Screenagers" on 3/23, at 6:30 pm. The event will include a panel discussion. 

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Click here to register for the event, to learn more about "Screenagers," visit:www.screenagersmovie.com

Proceeds will support scholarships for Girls on the Run program participants. Each season over 65% of our girls receive scholarship support in order to particpate in this life-changing program.

International Women's Day! __________________

March 8, 2017
Did you know that today is International Women's Day?
March is also Women's History Month.

To learn more about the vital role of women in American history, visit the Free Library and attend one of their events this month  or go to   http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

At the Free Library you can also learn about women that have changed the world; from Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin (scientists), Rosa Parks (civil rights activist), Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justices), Valentina Tereshkova (first woman in space), Frida Kahlo (artist), Vera Wang (fashion designer), Maya Angelou (poet), Aung San Suu Kyi (Politician)...there are so many role models for our little Tigers to look up to!

​​ Books for everyone! Thank you!______________

March 7, 2017
A BIG thank you to everyone that donated to Ms. White's Books for Everyone fundraiser , this cause has been fully funded!

Ms. White, and her students, would like to thank everyone who donated, and shared this cause!

Kindergarten Registration now open!________

Feb. 28, 2017

Registration for Kindergarten 2017-18 begins today, February 28, through May 31.​​

Please check the
School District's Kindergarten Registration page to find out what documentation is required at registration.

To enroll, please bring the required documentation to the Bache-Martin office Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 11:30am. Other times available by appointent, please call the main office ​(215) 684-5450  to schedule an appointment.

Before enrollment, please review the  Boundary Map  to determine whether you live within the Bache Martin catchment area.

We look forward to having you, and your student, be part of the Bache-Martin family!

After School Programs: Winter II Session___

February 24, 2017

Registration is open for the Second Winter Session (and some spring session) of our After School Programs! Some of the programs start next week, don't let your student miss out!

  • Soccer Shots (begins February 28) Tuesdays, K-3
  • Young Rembrandts (begins Wednesday, March 8) Wednesdays, **5-week session**
  • ZoomBallet (begins February 28) Tuesdays, ages 5-8

  • Girls on the Run AND Heart & Sole (both begin March 6) Tuesdays and Thursdays
Girls on the Run: Grades 3-5
Heart & Sole: Grades 6-8

For more information, and enrollment links, go our After School Programs 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 (find it on your student's report card).

Go to  www.philasd.org  and click on "Family Net" in the Parents box midway down the page.  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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