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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Presidents' Day 

Town Hall
K-2 9-9:45am

Dance eXchange 2018-2019 Performance
6:30pm Mandell Theater at Drexel University.  Join us!

Town Hall
6-8 - 8:30am
3-5 -10am

Celebration of Black History
K-2 - 9:15am, 3-5 - 10am
6-8 - 11:45am


Professional Development day

Middle School Panel Discussion
Bache-Martin Library
Please RSVP by 2/28!

School News

Middle School Panel Discussion: You're invited!
You are invited to a panel discussion with Mr. V and teachers about our middle school's growth and goals.

Hear from the Middle School staff about their experiences teaching 5th - 8th grade here at Bache-Martin, and get more information about programs and potential for our upper grades. 
Monday, March 4, 5:30-6:30 pm
Bache-Martin Library

We strongly encourage parents and guardians of current 2nd - 4th grade students to attend, though this event is open to all.

Please RSVP by 2/28/19, by clicking here.
Dance eXchange 2018-2019 Performance
On February 21, at the Mandell Theater, BalletX’s Dance eXchange students from Bache-Martin School come together to present their 2018-19 Final Performance on the theme, "Rivers of the World!"

Join them as they show off the incredible move s they learned this year, on the professional stage of the Mandell Theater .

Featuring a special performance by the BalletX Dancers!

Candy Grams: Thank you!
Thank you for all your support for Ms. McLaughlin and our new Middle School Cheerleading Team!

This year's candy gram sales were able to raise $1,063.39! The  proceeds will go to the team for their first competition expenses, which will take place at the end of March. 

We can't wait to see you guys in the competition!
Save the date: 3/24 Family Social Night
More details will be available soon; please save the date, and join us on 3/24! 
INCLEMENT WEATHER: Two hour delay for Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
Due to expected inclement weather Monday night into Tuesday morning, all School District of Philadelphia schools will open tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 on a two-hour delay.

When heading to school tomorrow, please be careful, as current weather predictions mention transition from snow to rain at that time, making for slippery sidewalks and roads. 
If your student takes the bus to Bache-Martin, and you would like to know if the bus is on time, please check the School District's Bus status here (only buses with a 15+ minute delay are posted)

Support the new Middle School Cheerleading team!
The brand new Bache-Martin Middle School Cheerleading Team has taken on the annual Home & School Association Candy Grams Fundraiser.

Proceeds from the sales go directly to the team for their first competition at the end of March, uniforms, and equipment.

The girls have assembled the bags of candy and will help sell and distribute the Candy Grams next week. The team needs volunteer help during the Candy Gram sales Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 13, from 9am-12pm.

Please consider showing your support to this new team of middle schoolers and their staff advisor, Ms. McLaughlin; if you can help them during sales, for 30+ minutes,
please sign up here!

The class schedule for purchasing Candy Grams will be as follows:

  • Mon 2/11: Rooms 1,12,110,112,113,114,115,117,125/128
  • Tues 2/12: Rooms 8,9,103,104,105/120,121,122/130,124 
  • Wed 2/13: Rooms 20,21,23,24,26,27,102/106

All students will have an opportunity to purchase candy grams for friends, family, and staff. The cost is $1 per Candy Gram. The grams will be distributed to classrooms on Thursday, February 14th.

​​Please bring:
  • Child's name
  • Parent/Guardian ID (Current Driver's License/ Non-Driver's License, Federal, State or Municipal employment photo identification, or Passport)
  • Child's current immunization record
  • ONE Document verifying child's birth date (click here for document options)
  • TWO proofs of residency (Mortgage, deed, tax statement, utility bill with your name and address where you reside)

Registration for 2019-2020 runs from January 22, 2019 through May 31, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you on March 5 for our next Open House!

Kindergarten registration is OPEN!
Is your child turning 5 on or before September 1, 2019? If so, then your child is eligible to start kindergarten in the fall of 2019!

To determine if you live within the Bache-Martin catchment area, please visit the 
Philadelphia School District's School Finder , and enter your address.

If you are IN the Bache-Martin Catchment: 
  • Registration starts Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
  • Visit Ms. Page in the Main Office at Bache-Martin, Monday - Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

After School Programs!
Enrollment is now open for the Winter session of various  After School Programs  among them:

​Plus don't forget that the following programs pick up at Bache-Martin!

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Save the Date: Bache in Bloom Benefit Auction!
Save the date and help make this year's auction the best one yet!

Mark your calendars for our second annual Bache In Bloom benefit auction: This family friendly and fun event will be held at the Martin Building on Thursday, May 9, from 4-8 pm.
Our auction co-chairs are looking for assistance from parents to solicit donations. Any in-kind donation, and even cash donations, will gladly be accepted. 

There are also some specific talent/volunteer requests that they are looking for help with:

  • Handyman/woman help building some small prop/carnival games
  • Graphic design and social media help for flyers and advertising
  • Food Coordinator
  • Online auction coordinator to help test a small roll out of an online component. 

Please reach out to our auction co-chairs, Leila Zinni ( and Melissa Stewart ( with any questions, to request donation forms, or to express interest in helping out.

Cold and 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!

DON'T FORGET: Please submit a note for an excused absence!
 Templates can be downloaded 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!​​

Don't forget to head over to the School Nurse's Corner for useful notices, resources, and reminders from Nurse Little and Nurse Hall. 
Community Leadership Team: Next meeting March 5!
The Community Leadership Team is an advisory group that focuses on strategic school issues such as vision and mission, school performance data, action plan for school improvement,  budget, and school-based policies. With the goal of hearing from a diverse group of school stakeholders, the group is open to parents/family members, faculty, staff, students, community members, and the school administrators. All meetings are open to interested parties.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Team will meet from 3:30pm-4:30pm on Tuesdays 10/2, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5, and 5/7. If you'd like more information, please contact parent/meeting organizer Beth Doreian

Bache-Martin Library IS OPEN - Volunteers needed!
We are excited that book borrowing from the new library is in full swing! Please see the note from Ms. Vernon, our Library Coordinator, about borrowing and returning books, which went home with students.

Please remind your Tiger that it is their responsibility to find a safe place for the book at home, and return it promptly on their next visit to the library (each class has a visit every two weeks)

 If you have even 30 minutes to help in the library, please join us! We have separate signups depending on the day of the week:

We also have two special volunteer days in the first week back:
January 2, and January 4.

Please note that since this is held during the school hours, volunteers must have their clearances  submitted to the school. 

OHIP dental program
applications were handed out for FREE dental screenings and some treatments in school, the date TBD.

Nurse Little will be offering CPR, AED, and Epilepsy training classes for all teachers and staff, date will be announced.

Congrats to all Bache Martin families, we have 95% immunization compliance. Thank you parents and guardians for our Great health compliance!

Please continue sending in your child's well physical if you have not done so yet!

*Please read and refer to the sick letter for colds, flu, and stomach viruses. Be advised that students are getting hit with these illnesses. 

If you have any questions contact Nurse Little or Nurse Hall directly.

January Update from the School Nurse
Bache-Martin in the News!
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The Bache-Martin Library Grand Opening took place today, Monday! In attendance were Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Councilman Darrell Clarke, Councilman Bill Greenlee, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, State Sen. Lawrence Farnese, and State Rep. Donna Bullock.

After the ribbon cutting, students had the opportunity to show the library to our leaders, and show them their favorite books.

A big thank you to the Friends of Bache-Martin;  it is thanks to their fundraising efforts, and your donations, and volunteer work, that our library has been re-stocked with a collection of 10,000 fiction and nonfiction books, Chromebooks, furniture and equipment, and staffed with a part-time library coordinator.

Want to get involved in this great group? That's right! You don't have to be a parent to do make a difference in our school! They have more amazing projects in mind, and YOU too, could help them make them reality!

If you missed seeing our Tigers on the news here are a few links (will continue updating them as they come in)!


Coffee with the Administrators - February 6!

Join us for the next Coffee with Administrators first Wednesday of the month, 8:15 am in the Bache Library (2nd floor, Bache building)

All parents and guardians are invited to attend this informal discussion with Mr. V and Dr. Merritt.

Bring your questions and concerns, we'll bring the coffee!
Middle School Moment!
Student Historians in 7-8th Grade.

After starting the year working on their autobiographies, the 7th and 8th grade social studies classes have moved on to learning and using historical thinking skills, such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading, to find the truth among multiple perspectives. 

As historians, they are studying how to find evidence in the text to create a valid argument. 

Open Classroom Fundraisers!

As you know, funding is limited for public schools. Most students, and their families, cannot afford to purchase supplies, or to pay for some instruction materials.

Please help our teachers in their class fundraisers, so that they're able to start the year ready and with everything they need for ALL of our Tigers!

Chromebooks for Online Interventions

Ms. Zakheim (4th Grade)
"I teach a self-contained classroom including six special education inclusion students. The majority of the students at my school receive free or reduced price lunch. Access to supplies is limited at my school and your help is greatly appreciated! 

My school has access to many online learning programs including Lexia, iReady, Prodigy, and more!! These programs help students learn on their own individual levels at their own pace. Children LOVE learning from the computer and they benefit from working on these programs. While I pull small groups to help instruct on different levels, the other students are able to continue working on their own level using these programs.
Chromebooks provide access to programs that engage students on their own level at their own pace!" Help Ms. Zakheim's 4th grade class  have access to more chromebooks, by clicking here

Flexible Seating Options for Special Education Students

Ms. S (Life Skills Support 6-8)

"Flexible seating allows students to find comfortable positions to learn and thrive in the classroom. When the students are comfortable in the classroom, they are calm, focused and productive in the classroom.
The special education students in this Life Skills Support classroom will benefit from flexible seating options such as wobble chairs, floor seats, and wobble cushions. The students will be able to wobble, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow and core strength. This help helps minds focused and alert throughout the school day! The students in the Life Skills Support classroom will truly benefit from flexible seating options."
Click here to donate to Ms. S's fundraiser.

Thank you so much to those of you that donated to the following projects, we are grateful to you, as you are helping us make a difference at Bache-martin!​
Pre-K (Bright futures)
Ms. Lianne Earley's fundraiser  
Nurturing Artists, Builders, and Problem Solvers!

Ms. Ellis (Imbriglia) and Ms. Ganci's fundraiser:
Hooray for K, 2018!

1st Grade
Ms. Chiminello and Ms. DeSalvo's fundraiser:
A Kick Start to First Grade!

3rd Grade

Ms. West's Classroom Fundraiser:  Comfy Cozy Reading Nook

Ms. Sharon's class fundraisers:
Knowledge is Power,  ​​ Laptops for Learning , and  Supplies Are Necessary!

4th Grade
Ms. White (Rm124M) - 
21st Century Learning 

5th Grade
Ms. Malloy's Class Fundraiser:
Creativity + Technology= #5thgradesquad 

7th/8th Grade​

Ms. Redmond's Class Fundraisers: 
Buried in Books,   and A Novel Form of Government: Who Rules and How?

​Ms. Jones' Classroom fundraisers: Creating Their Own Island

Science (Kindergarten to 4th Grade)
Ms. McCracken (Rm. 131M) -
Science K-4 fundraiser : Putting the T in STEM. ​

Music K-8
Ms. Fiero's
Perfect Posture for Perfect Pitch

​Math Enrichment, K-8
Ms. LaScola's fundraiser for her students: 
Math Materials for Eager Mathematicians.

Extra Curriculars
Ms. McLaughlin's fundraiser for the NEW Middle School Cheer Team! GO TIGERS!!!

The School Store is Open!
The PBIS School Store was mobile for the first time on Friday and students who earned Tiger Tickets all week got to cash them in for cool stuff on the store's shelves.

Ms. Stone, School Climate and Support Specialist, and manager of the store says, "It's a pleasure to give students incentives for showing their Tiger Pride: Being Responsible, Being Respectful and Being Safe.

If you have suggestions for school store inventory or are willing to purchase or donate items that Bache-Martin kids will love,  email Ms. Stone. 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Here are some pictures of our first day of school, where we not only #RangTheBellPHL, we also welcomed our Kindergarten class of 2018-2019, and we marched with the Positive Movement Drill Team!!!

It was so wonderful to see all of our students and their families back at the school today.  Thank you to the wonderful staff, teachers, and parent volunteers who helped the first day of school go so smoothly. Thank you to Positive Movement Entertainment for bringing so much fun and energy with their fantastic drum beats, and to High Point Cafe for providing coffee for our Kindergarden Parent Welcome breakfast (and to the parents that brought baked goods for it as well!)!  

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Garden Committee - We need volunteers!
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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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 bring the questions, we bring the coffee.


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!

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
Tara 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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