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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February 12-16
Winter Book Fair
9:30- 3:30pm - Martin Building
We need volunteers! To sign up, click here!

February 14​
Coffee with Mr. V & Dr. Merritt
 8:15 am in Bache building library 

February 14, 15, and 16

Report Card Conferences
Early Dismissal (Noon)

February 14
Study Island Workshop
1-2pm - Martin Building Cafeteria

February 15
Study Island Workshop
1-2pm - Martin Building Cafeteria

February 15
HSA Open Meeting
8:15 am in Bache building library 

February 19

President's Day Observed

February 22
Evening HSA Open Meeting
6:15 pm 
Martin building cafeteria 

February 24
 Bache-Martin Winter Social 
 Dilworth Plaza Ice Rink - 9:30a-11am. Current Bache-Martin students can ice skate for free, courtesy of the HSA!

February 26
Town Hall 
K-2nd Grade - 9-9:45am
3rd-5th Grade 10-10:45am

School News

Busy Week Ahead!!
Don't forget, this week will be full of excitement, and great opportunities for parent involvement!

Monday, Feb 12

Book Fair (9-3pm)

           Tuesday, Feb 13

           Book Fair (9-3pm)
           Candy gram Delivery!

Wednesday, Feb 14  (
Happy Valentines Day!)

Open HSA meeting (8:15am, in the Library)
Book Fair (9-3pm)
NOON Dismissal for report card conferences!
Study Island Workshop (1-2pm - Martin Building Cafeteria)

            Thursday, Feb 15

           Book Fair (9-3pm)
           NOON Dismissal for report card conferences!
           Study Island Workshop (1-2pm - Martin Building Cafeteria)

Friday, Feb 16

Book Fair (9-3pm)
NOON Dismissal for report card conferences!

Get involved in your child's education, parental/guardian involvement is a key predictor of a student's academic success! Help them reach for the stars!


Don't forget to set up a conference with your child(ren)s teacher(s)! If you do not have their email address, you can find it in
our directory.


YOU can make the difference in our school; attend any of the open meetings (this month has two: one on Wednesday, Feb 14 at 8:15, and another one in the evening, on Feb 22, at 6:15pm. Come and learn how you can help our students, and our school!


Study Island is a tool was chosen for use at home to reinforce what 3rd-5th* are currently learning at school. During our coffee hours, we heard you, and we have created these workshops to help all parents and guardians become more familiar with this program's capabilities. Join us on one of the two workshops this week!  *2nd grade students are also using it, so if you are a 2nd grade parent, please consider joining us as well!


Encourage your student to read, not only for school, but for fun as well! Help us spread the love of books by volunteering at the Book Fair; you can help us as little, or as much as you'd like. To sign up, click here! 

Coffee with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt : RESCHEDULED!

Due to schedule changes in the wake of the District accommodating the city parade plans, February's monthly coffee meeting with administrators has been moved to next Wednesday, February 14th at 8:15 am in the Bache building library.

We will review and discuss the School Progress Report results. Please join us and bring your comments, questions, concerns. 

Would you like to support the work that Bache-Martin faculty is doing? Here are a few chances to do so; remember, every little bit helps!

Ms. McCracken
Science K-4th

"Mystery Science provides great supplemental open and go investigations and lessons to a wide variety of science topics that are covered in the School District of Philadelphia's curriculum. They are engaging with lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards."

Mrs. Garson
6th-8th Multiple Disabilities

"Five out of six students [in this classroom] are wheelchair bound. We have a few places in the classroom that allow them to get out of their chair and be more comfortable for periods of time. Unfortunately, when they are out of their chairs they have no form of stimulation or sensory objects."

Ms. Sharon
3rd to 5th

As a first year third grade teacher, my library is not up to date with on level books for my third grade students. I have always taught lower level grades, and my students have read most of the books in our classroom library, and it's only January!
My students are so hungry to read and learn, I want to expand my classroom library so they can fill their brains!

Mrs. S
6th to 8th, Special Life Skills Support

The special education, Life Skills Support, students in grades 6th-8th have varied reading levels in this classroom. Reading levels are from A through K. We are in need of leveled books for our special education classroom! We need these books in order to support our independent reading in the classroom. Studies have shown that the more time students spend on reading, the better readers they become! The bookcase will be a place to put our leveled books.
Please help us by donating to our classroom leveled library!

Ms. Earley
Bright Futures Program (Pre-K)

My students need more technology in the classroom to help them meet some of their early literacy and math goals. The Samsung tablet will also be used by teachers for streamlining student assessments.
Boxtops Contest!

Help your child's classroom win the
Box Tops Collection Competition by clipping and submitting.

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! Even just one Box Top helps, so please collect them, and send them in the Box Tops bag that came home with your student in the fall. 

Don't forget, if you get your neighbors, family, and friends to help you collect you can really help your class win more prizes, and, in turn, help raise more money for Bache-Martin. 

The next collection date will be February 7.

Winter Book Fair

Enjoy reading? Help us spread the love for books both at school, and at home!

We need parents to help us with the book fair. You can help us as little, or as long as you'd like, on any of the following tasks.

SET UP - Help us set up, and arrange books each morning.
CHAPERONE - Help the kids walk to/from the book fair. Help staff the fair as well.
PACK UP -Help us pack up the books for the day.

To sign up, click here. Questions? Please contact Ms. Stone  

Study Island workshops!

Study Island is a tool we chose for use at home to support the type of learning happening at school, and to respond to the needs and abilities of individual learners. Study Island is mainly for students in Grades 3 through 8, although we will also be using it in Grade 2. K/1 will not be using Study Island except occasionally as a group lesson as teachers see fit. 

During February's Parent-Teacher Conferences, Ms. Pierce will host two Study Island workshops for parents and guardians interested in gaining a better understanding of how it works, and how it can help your student progress. 

Please join us as your schedule allows; Both workshops will be held in the Martin building cafeteria.

  • February 14 from 1-2pm
  • February 15 from 1-2 pm
Winter Social
Hold your skates! D ue to construction our Winter Social has been re-scheduled!  Our Winter Social will now be held on

Saturday, February 24
Dilworth Plaza Ice Rink

Current students can skate for free (remember to send back those permission slips so we can count you in!), family and friends pay the discounted group rate of $12.

​If you'd like to volunteer, click here. Questions? Contact Kelly . See you there!
Kindergarten registration IS OPEN!

Registration for kindergarten opens on January 16 and runs until May 31.

If you know you will be registering, the school asks that you do so as soon as possible, that way they can plan out-of-catchment slots as well. 


You can find what documents are required for registartion  by clicking here.

Please bring the documents to Ms. Sue in the main office between  9am and 11:30am, Monday-Thursday. If those hours do not work for you, please call the school (215) 684-5074 to speak to Ms. Sue directly.


February 21, 2018
March 6, 2018
May 10, 2018

All open houses start at 8:30am, in the Martin (one-story) building. Enter through the main entrance on 22nd street and register at the desk.

Questions? Please contact Jerilyn . For additional information from the District, click here.

Counselor Corner! 
Happy New Year!

Ms. Cocca has some helpful tips for our families on her December Newsletter! Click here, or in the image below, to read it! 

Counselor Connections

During the month of January we will focus on CONFIDENCE! Join us in practicing and modeling CONFIDENCE by believing in yourself and trusting yourself!

Confidence is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something. It is trusting yourself. It is an inner voice that says “I CAN DO IT!” It is loving yourself!

Do you have CONFIDENCE? Think about it!

  • What do you think you are good at?
  • When do you feel good about yourself?
  • How do you feel about trying new things?
  • You may be shy or feel like you don’t have a lot of confidence  right now but that’s okay! You can learn, practice and grow in confidence. 

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

After School Programs - Winter & Spring Enrollment Open!
Registration is now open for the following Winter After School Programs! 

  • Girls on the Run
  • Philly Gaming Club
  • Snapology
  • Soccer Shots
  • Young Rembrandts
  • Zoom Ballet 

for more information, and enrollment links, please go to our After School Programs Page . More coming soon!!
Congratulations Tiger Tech!
Bache-Martin's Tiger Tech FLL teams were at Central High School this past weekend for the qualifying competition!  (A huge thank you to Ms. McCracken for the pictures!)​

Tiger Tech Team 1 (#17931)

4th graders - Brianna C, Una C, Von P, Lucas S, David O’Connell, and Phil H
5th graders - Palmer W, and Max B,
6th grader - Demetrius M 

Team 1 won the 1st place Innovative Solution Award for their project and will advance to the South Eastern PA regional Championship at the University of Pennsylvania on Feb 10th.​
Tiger Tech Team 2 (#32346) 

4th graders- Caleb C, Jack G, Harper K, Elliott M, Drew K, Amir D

5th graders - Mekhi W, Jaiden P

Team 2 won the 2nd place award for Teamwork

Both teams represented Bache-Martin well against older, more experienced teams. We thank the faculty; Mr. Hennigan, Mrs. McCracken and special thanks to Mrs. Malloy for her day of support, and parents that have helped guide our Tigers this year, and we look forward to cheering for them on February 10!

Cold/Flu season
Cold/Flu season is here! 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.
DON'T FORGET: Please submit a note for an excused absence! Templates were provided in the packet that was sent home with your students last week, you can also download one right here .

  • In case of student illness – a note from a parent is acceptable.
  • If the student is out for 3 or more days at a time, a doctor’s note is required to excuse absences.
  • You can access your student’s attendance record by creating a parent/family account at and signing up for the Parent Portal – let Ms. Cocca know if you’d like any assistance with the parent portal.
  • Students: Don't forget to hand in those notes!

​​Class Fundraisers

Can you help the following faculty with their classroom fundraisers and wishlists

And a huge thank you to those that have helped us fund the following campaigns this year:

Ms. Ganci and Ms. Imbriglia (Kindergarten) - Hurray for K! Campaign​ 
Ms. Chiminello (1st grade) - Bringing it Back to School!​ Campaign
Ms. DeSalvo (1st Grade) -  A New Year, A New Grade! 
Ms. Malloy (4th Grade) - Nurturing a Community​​ 
Ms. Sharon and Ms. West (3rd Grade) -  Social Studies and Science Are Important Too
Ms. Sharon (3rd Grade) - Wild about Learning!

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.

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