The theme of our first Book Blast was health and fitness. Teachers conducted book reading sessions focusing on comprehension strategies, followed by a health fair in the gym. Community organizations provided families with information on health and fitness. Marvine’s Girls on the Run club prepared healthy snacks for everyone attending.

Halloween celebrations at Marvine School

Marvine’s Hispanic Cultural Night featured traditional food, dance, and music.


Challenge 5: Strive for Less than Five
The Challenge 5 attendance initiative focuses on both community-based and school-based strategies to encourage all kids to strive for less than five absences – excused or unexcused – all year.  Challenge 5 provides both attendance incentives, as well as the unifying theme for agencies and community partners. To learn more about Challenge 5, visit United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley at

Marvine’s first major drama production of the musical Annie was performed for the public on June 1. Students and faculty advisors Mrs. Higbie, Mrs. DeStasio, and Mrs. Vliet have worked hard to make this production special!

The Marvine School Festival was a huge success this year! Marvine School ia a United Way Community School and works in conjunction with St. Luke’s Health Network and Just Born Quality Confections.

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: