Our third Book Blast event included workshop sessions about reading comprehension strategies, book give-aways, and a multicultural food festival accompanied by music and special dancing by Puertorrican Culture Preservation.

We had a “Bagel Breakfast” day, where parents and students were invited to enjoy a breakfast of bagels and coffee. Breakfast was followed by a parent workshop on Building Character presented by Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, parenting coach from Optimistic Expectations.

We had our first “Donut Day” of the school year. Parents and students were invited to enjoy a breakfast of donuts and coffee, followed by a parent workshop on Discipline Strategies at Home presented by Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, parenting coach from Optimistic Expectations.

tech-girlsThe Bethlehem YWCA hosted a TechEXPO at Marvine Elementary School. Congratulations to these fourth and fifth graders who learned kid-friendly computer coding with with the TechGYRLS coordinator Karen Wyant.

Marvine Elementary School has become a Community School, sponsored by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV), along with coordinating and lead partners St. Luke’s University Health Network and Just Born Quality Confections.

The celebration included a family literacy Book Blast event, sponsored by the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley. Parents were invited with their children to see a short presentation given by teachers explaining comprehension strategies that families can use together when reading books aloud. Students were each given a free book to take home.

The United Way has a short video and article featuring this event at its website:


On October 14th, 2016, State Representative Steve Samuelson visited the 5th grade students at Marvine. Representative Samuelson discussed the role of a State Representative, why he chose to work in government, and how that state government works to help us.



The First In Math website currently features an article highlighting Mr. Phillips’s third grade class and their use of the new First In Math VIFs system add-on.

VIFs—short for Very Important Facts™—is a quick path to fact fluency. Using clear, concise instructional videos integrated with digital games, the VIFs system helps students become automatic with basic facts, better preparing them for higher-level math.

See the full article here: