Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Welcome to the 2018-2019 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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Library Prep Day
Bache Martin Library

Library Prep Day
Bache-Martin Library

Garden Workday
Martin Front Garden

Garden Workday
Martin Front Garden


Student Registration Begins
For those that missed registration earlier in the year. Please call the office for details - 215-400-7550

Garden Workday
Martin Front Garden

Garden Workday
Martin Front Garden

Kinder Parent-Teacher Conferences
Please contactc Ms. Ganci and Ms. Imbriglia to schedule yours!

First day of school for all students!

School News

Heat Health Emergency
Heat health emergency has been issued for our city, which will end on July 4, at 8pm. 

During this time:

  • Don't leave children or pets alone in vehicles
  • Drink plenty of water (avoid caffeine, and alcohol).
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Schedule outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day (like the early morning)
  • If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

Keep cool by going to any pools or splashgrounds in our area:

Francisville Playground​ (pool, sprayground)
Sister Cities Park​ (sprayground),
Clemente Park and Playground​ (sprayground)
Athletic Recreation Center​ (pool) and
Eastern state penitentiary play pen(playground)​'s misting tent.

Head to the nearest cooling center, or to a museum, which are FREE (or pay as you wish) until this coming Wednesday, thanks to the Wawa Welcome America​ festival

Monday, July 2
Philadelphia Museum of Art​
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia​

Tuesday, July 3
The Rodin Museum​
National Liberty Museum​ Wednesday

Wednesday, July 4
The National Museum of Jewish American History​

To find the nearest cooling center go to:
Summer Library Prep Days
We are looking forward to opening in the fall, and we are so close to our goal; but we still have a lot of work to do!

We need folks to help us sort, label, and enter books into the system! The tasks/slots will be flexible...we just need volunteers ready to help us get the task done! If you have a few minutes next week, please join us! You can let us know ahead of time that you'll be there by clicking here and signing up. 

  • Tue, July 3 - 9:30-11:30
  • Thu, July 5, 9:30-11:30

The Bache-Martin Library is on the second floor of the 3 story building. For more information, and to be informed of the next library workday, please contact Ja nice.
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Summer Garden cleanup
Come and help us spruce up the front garden of the Martin building through the summer!

This gardening group will meet every two weeks this summer and fall;  join us whenever you can, as long as you can!

Please invite anyone that would be interested in making our school look beautiful for all of our neighborhood to enjoy (Neighbors, parents, friends, and students as well)!

Because this gardening event is held outside school hours, volunteers will not need clearances. And please let us know if other dates would work, as we could create additional signups for those days!

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Pizza and Movie night!
Join the Bache-Martin HSA and the  Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park (FESPP)  on the last day of school, for a PIZZA and MOVIE PICNIC!

Tuesday, June 12, 5pm
Brown Street lawn

We will have snacks and drinks available, 
Pitruco Pizza  will be there for all your dinner needs.   Bar Hygge will bring some of their brews and they'll donate 50% of sales to Bache-Martin HSA.

The movie (
The Sandlot ) will start at 8:15pm

Come and celebrate the last day of school, and first day of summer. with us...and bring your neighbors and friends!

Parent and Guardian Survey
The 2017-2018 District-wide Parent Survey is open and available for your feedback. The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Family and Community Engagement runs the survey and values your input and your time. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the survey.

All responses are confidential. All you need is your child's six-digit School District of Philadelphia Student ID Number. Contact your child's school if you do not know the student ID number.  

Go to  and complete the survey. Your input in the District Wide Parent Survey will provide teachers, principals and school administrators with the information they need to better serve you. HURRY, you only have until June 8!

Summer Reading!
As the 2017-2018 school year wraps up, please remember that we need to keep those minds sharp during the summer!

Last week  Friends of Bache-Martin  picked up 16 boxes containing 952 books from  Tree House Books  in North Philadelphia, to be distributed to each of the K-8 students to take home for the summer!

Treehouse Books has a mission of giving each child in Philadelphia access to books. Besides giving the students some fun books to read over the summer, we felt this would be a great way to get the kids excited about the Bache-Martin library opening in the fall.
Above is Bache parent Ali Tepper, pictured with Emma Goldstein from Treehouse in front of their storefront on W. Susquehanna Ave., with some of the boxes of books that were donated. 

To the right is Ali, with Jerilyn Dressler, also Bache-Martin parent, and president of Friends of Bache-Martin. Both of them delivered the books to the school, which will be distributed to the students this week!

Settlement Music Choir
Did you hear? Our Choir After School students had their end-of-the school year concert last week at the Temple Performing Arts Center

Each year, the Settlement Music Choir program culminates in a joint performance, with students from all participating schools working together to rehearse and perform a full concert. 

A big thank you to our partners at Settlement Music School, and to Ms. Fiero , for leading this wonderful program!
Field Day - Thank you!
THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered, donated, and helped with the 2018 Field Day!

The kids had a blast, despite the heat and humidity. We are already looking forward to next about you?

2018-2019 First LEGO League team - enrollment now open!
Do you have a Prospective FIRST LEGO Leaguer?

Enrollment is open now for the 2018-2019 First LEGO League team!

All prospective team members must fill out
this application form,  and return it to Ms. McCracken or Ms. Hennigan. Our team will have 8-10 students, if more than 10 apply, a lottery will be held.

Please note that previous experience will not guarantee a spot!

Counselor Corner - June 2018
Happy JUNE and Happy SUMMER!

I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to our 8th grade students! Congrats on finishing your time at Bache-Martin! As you continue your journey to high school you should know that the staff at Bache-Martin wish you the best of luck! Work hard and come back to visit!

To all students: I hope that you can look ahead into summer and the next school year with a lot of CONFIDENCE! You’ve learned so much this year and I’ve seen so many of you grow and develop as students and leaders. Be proud of your accomplishments and come into the new school year with CONFIDENCE!

Character theme of the month: Confidence

During the month of June we will focus on CONFIDENCE! Join us in practicing and modeling CONFIDENCE by believing in yourself and telling yourself “I can do it!” click here to continue reading Ms. Cocca's June newsletter!
DanceXchange - You're invited to Community Day!
Our partner, BalletX, presenter of the wildly popular DanceXchange for grades 3 and 4 has invited all Bache-Martin families to their Community Day at the Center for World Premiere Choreography!
They've put together an action-packed day of FREE dance classes for all ages and levels, designed to get you moving and grooving! Come dance with us and get a sneak peek of our new home and some of the exciting classes we'll be offering this Fall. 

13 Reasons Why Toolkit
The second season of this show aired on Netflix earlier in May and mental health professional have advised that parents review the resource guide attached.

As we enter summer, we want to ensure that parents are supported with these resources in the event that any sensitive topics or questions arise as a result of viewing the show. To download the toolkit, click here , or on the image on the right.

Community Leadership Team - First Tuesday, 3:30pm
The Community Leadership Team is a developing advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, action plan for school improvement, budget, and school-based policies.  With the goal of hearing from a diverse group of school stakeholders, the group aims to include parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. 

The team has ONE meeting left this school year:

  • Tuesday, June 5th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Meeting will be held in the library.

If you cannot attend but have ideas for the Team, please contact parent/meeting organizer  Beth Doreian  or Mr. V.
Coffee with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt
The last morning coffee meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt, will be on  Wednesday, June 6th at 8:15 am. 

Please meet us in the school library (Bache Building) for updates from administrators on year-end plans, budget, progress, and changes. Bring your questions and concerns. We'll bring the coffee. 
Kindergarten registration closes on May 31!

Registration for kindergarten 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) 400-7550 to speak to Ms. Sue directly.


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.

Home and School Board 2018-2020
The HSA Nominating Committee announces the incoming board, which will hold the positions for a two-year term. Thank you for participating in the election. 

Tara Desmond, President  
Lisa Wray, Vice President, Academics and Partnerships 
Ashanti Martin, Vice President, Communications 
Aimee Dugas- Vice President, Culture and Climate 
Nicole Ginieczki- Vice President, Fundraising 
Melissa Stewart- Vice President, Fundraising 
Joanne Montano- Secretary  
Angélica Jaszek- Treasurer

Class Fundraisers
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!

The More You Read, The More You Know
This is Ms. Sharon's first year, as a third grade teacher, so her library is not up to date with on level books for her 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!"
Leveled Books for Special Education Students

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!

Thank you! 
We are thankful to all of you that have donated to our various causes.

Our latest successful fundraisers have been the Claymobile (K-1 grades), and the Mystery Science project, led by Ms. McCracken, our K-4 science teacher (all K-6th grades will be able to use this curriculum next year!)

Thank you!!

Parent Involvement: The Key to Success!
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!


The Community Leadership Team is a developing advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, action plan for school improvement, budget, and school-based policies. The group aims to include parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties. 

The Team meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the school library (Bache building, second floor). Questions? Please contact Beth Doreian, or Mr. V. 


Get updates on school progress, bring your questions and concerns. These meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, at 8:15am, in the school Library (Bache building, second floor).


YOU can make the difference in our school; attend any of the open meetings. Morning meetings happen on the second Thursday of the month, at 8:15am in the school library, with additional meetings in the evenings (which will be announced ahead of time).


We are always looking for volunteers! We have a lot of opportunities for you to choose from; like the front desk,  or the upcoming Bache in Bloom fundraiser! To see all the opportunities, click here. 

Come and learn how you can make a difference; how you can help our students, and our school!

After School Programs - Spring Enrollment Open!
Don't forget: 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!!
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.  Contact Nicole, for more information
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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