Bethel Springs Elementary School

February 25, 2019

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Read Across America Celebration: February 25th to March 1st!

BSES Read Across America Activities

Celebrate Reading with Read Across America Theme Days

February 25th - March 1st

Each day students can dress up to match a different theme insprired by our love of reading.

Monday 2/25 - “Snuggle Up with a Good Book” - Wear your pajamas to school!

Tuesday 2/26- “Poem in your Pocket” - Wear clothes with pockets!

Wednesday 2/27- “Wacky Wednesday” - Wear mismatched, backwards, wacky clothes!

Thursday 2/28- “Read my Shirt” - Wear a shirt with words on it!

Friday 3/1- “Celebrate All that You’ve Read” - Wear red, white and blue!

Author Visit - Janet Wong

February 26th

Each grade will enjoy an assembly with author Janet Wong as she stops by BSES to share her stories about reading and writing with our students. (see attached book order form or look for it in the Smores sent by Mr. Piasecki)

Principal’s Storytime Bookfair at Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, February 27, 2018, 5:45–8 pm

Join Mr. Piasecki, Mrs. Allen and BSES Teachers and Staff, along with GVHS Athletes for storytime at Barnes and Noble on Concord Pike. The BSES Library will receive a percentage of the profits earned anytime a voucher is presented that day! Present our special voucher at the time of your purchase to help us earn credit (café consumables count, too).

Mystery Teacher Readers

Week of Februrary 25th

Students are in for a special treat when teachers swap classes and read around the school.

Guest Mystery Readers

Week of Februrary 25th

Once again we will be hosting a number of mystery readers. Bethel Springs will be reading like crazy when guest readers from the school district and the community drop by to read to our students.

Read Across America Book Trivia

Week of Februrary 25th

Classes will have a chance to win great prizes by answering book trivia each morning.

Book Bingo

Weeks of February 18th and Februrary 25th

Our popular book bingo is back for another year! Students who complete the book bingo form at home and return it to Mrs. Gamiño by Monday, March 4th will receive a prize.

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Philly FOX 29 newscaster, Bob Kelly, will be stopping by on Tuesday, 2/26 to celebrate Read Across America with BSES! Tune in to FOX 29 at 9:30 am to see the live broadcast.

Janet Wong, Children's Book Author, to Visit BSES!

The BSES Home and School Association is sponsoring a visit from author Janet Wong on Tuesday, February 26th. She will share her stories and how she creates them. To learn more about Janet Wong visit her website:

Students may order books by Ms. Wong by clicking the link to the book order form below:

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NAACP Black History Month Poster Contest

This past Saturday at The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, three BSES 5th graders were recognized by the Media Chapter of the NAACP for their achievement in the chapter's annual Black History Month poster contest. The focus of this year's contest was on 21st century African American inventors. Shown above (left to right) 5th grade teacher Mrs. Henderson, Aidan Simpkiss (2nd place winner), Marissa Miczek (1st place winner), Ava Sharp (3rd place winner), 5th grade teacher Mrs. Chalfant, and Mr. Piasecki

Nominations Sought for Making a Difference Award Sponsored by the Delaware County Right to Education Task Force

A message from Terri Bracken, Director of Special Education in the Garnet Valley School District:

Hello everyone!

Below you will find the Making a Difference Award Nomination form:

This is the 7th year that the Local Educational Task Force in Delaware County will honor staff, students, or community members who make a difference in the lives of students with special needs and who go above and beyond to provide our students with opportunities to participate with non-disabled peers in their schools and communities. This is a county-wide award and we are asking for your nominations of our GV family who fit this description!

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE - (click on link in the yellow box on form to submit a nomination)


Final decisions about winners will be made by March 28, 2019. District special education directors will be notified of the winners in their respective districts.

Thank you!

Kids' Heart Challenge

Thank you to all Bethel Springs families who generously contributed to our Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser. It was a fun filled week with lots of heart pumping exercise. Our students all worked hard during class on their jump rope skills and beyond. We are proud to announce that our school will be donating $9,518.34 to the American Heart Association!

The students listed below were the top fundraisers in their grade levels and "pied" their PE teacher OR principal on Friday, February 22nd during their respective lunch periods!!

1st grade leader- Van Steiger- Mrs. Uniacke's class

2nd grade leader- Avery Canuso- Mr. Behl's class

3rd grade leader- Summer Sundberg- Mrs. Shaffer's Class

4th grade leader- Rachel Hicks- Mrs. Ferguson's Class

5th grade leader- Regan Leydig- Mrs. Chalfant's Class

Link to Bethel Springs Weekly Announcements on Website!

For your convenient reference, the weekly announcements will be archived on the school website. Simply go the Bethel Springs page on the district website ( and go to "Our School" and to the "Announcements" drop-down. Click on the particular weekly announcements you wish to view. Thanks!

School Calendar

The 2018-2019 calendar is linked on our website.

The link for the calendar "School Calendar" is in the drop-down menu under "Our School" on the Bethel Springs website.

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Please Read These Important Announcements from the BSES HSA!

Box Tops Collection - DEADLINE EXTENDED: If you didn’t get your form in by Friday, you’re in luck! FORMS will be accepted until Tuesday, February 26th, so use this extra time to give your student(s) a chance to receive a Pajama Day with a Special Snack!

Stocks Bakery Pound Cake Sale - Ordering Period Complete: We officially maxed out the number of pound cakes that fundraisers are able to order from Stock's Bakery!! The Google Form has been shut down, and no more paper forms will be accepted. Thank you so much to everyone who ordered, and hope there are some generous souls out there willing to share with friends who missed out.

Stay tuned for updates and reminders regarding the Pound Cake Pickup scheduled for Friday, March 8th.

LONG DISTANCE HEADS UP - Dollar Dining at California Tortilla: The HSA will be hosting a Spirit Night at California Tortilla (200 Town Center Drive, Glen Mills) on Wednesday, March 13th from 4pm-8pm. The kids have a ½ day of school, so we figured we would save you the trouble of having to cook that night :) Check out the FLYER, and make sure to say “Bethel Springs” when you are placing your order so that the BSES HSA receives 25% of your total. Tell your friends and family too!!

Volunteer Needed - Scholastic Book Fair Co-Lead: The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is one of our school’s most successful events between the focus on reading, funds raised, and the fun had by all!! If you are interested in helping out as a Co-Lead for the Book Fair, please contact BSES HSA for more information.

Jaguar Color Dash - Raffle Prize Donations: We are reaching out to BSES families that may have a relationship with local sports teams that could potentially support the Jaguar Color Dash. Perhaps you work for, or have season tickets to, our favorite home teams like the 76ers, Flyers, Eagles, Phillies, Wings, or Union. Consider whether you can donate a set of tickets or a sports swag item as a prize to be raffled off as a reward for student fundraising. If you are interested in contributing or have any questions, please contact Renata Brooks.

And SAVE THE DATE for the Jaguar Color Dash Kick Off Meeting for parents which will be held on April 29th in the BSES Library! Come find out how you can help and how the funds raised will be used to revitalize the library. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Spotlight:

Nature Trail: Thank you to the Kruer Family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail this past week!

Upcoming Dates:

February 25 Read Across America: PJ Day

February 26 Box Tops Collection FORMS Due

February 26 Read Across America: Wear Clothes with Pockets

February 27 Read Across America: Wear Wacky Clothes

February 27 Principal’s Storytime Bookfair at Barnes and Noble Wilmington (5:45-8pm)

February 28 Read Across America: Wear a shirt with Words on it

March 1 Read Across America: Wear Red, While, and Blue

March 13 ½ Day for Students (Grades 1-5)

March 13 Spirit Day at California Tortilla in Glen Mills (4pm-8pm)

For the most up to date information check the HSA Website: BSES HSA

Follow us on social media-


Instagram: @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter: @bseshsa1

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Garnet Valley STEAM Night!

Garnet Valley STEAM Night: Thursday, March 21st at Garnet Valley High School

(5:15 to 5:45 arrive and sign in, 5:45 - 8:30 welcome and activities)

Garnet Valley STEAM Club is hosting STEAM night to introduce students across the district to STEAM and its related fields and topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math; This event will also introduce students to STEAM thought process. Both parents and children are welcome to attend, but prior sign up is necessary. Space is the theme for the event and people who sign-up will be able to attend the Expo Center and a corresponding activity track. The Expo Center will have student and company presentations such as Mathnasium and Boeing. Let's shoot for the stars together at STEAM night 2019.

  • For more detailed information regarding the event including information about the activities, as well as, the signing-up information, visit our website linked here.

  • For the sign-up link for the event click here. Prior registration by March 18 is required and walk ins are strongly discouraged.

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Important Information From GVMS for Parents of 5th Grade Students

Dear Parents/Guardians of Garnet Valley 5th Graders,

We are excited to welcome you to Garnet Valley Middle School this fall. Over the next few months, you will begin to receive communications from GVMS regarding parent meetings and transition information for the 2019-2020 school year.

But first, we want to share with you that it will be important to know how to access your child’s Garnet Valley school email account. By understanding this system it will enable both you and your child to experience a smooth and enjoyable transition to the Garnet Valley Middle School.

Most 5th-grade students regularly use their Google email accounts at the elementary level. We would like to share with you the account protocols. Students can sign into Gmail (or Google) using, followed by their password, which in most cases is first three letters of the last name, all caps, followed by student ID (Lunch number) - LAF12345 as an example. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please email

GVSD is a leader in technology and committed to its integration in the classroom. It is important that students establish the routine of checking their email on a regular basis. In order to start preparing students for the transition to middle school, we kindly ask that you and your child view and begin to manage your child’s school email account this spring. Garnet Valley Middle School will be communicated with 5th graders via the student email. For example, the summer work information and expectations for 6th grade ELA and math will be communicated in this manner.

Thank you for your continued support. The topic of the next communication will be your use of our student information management system called ALMA. We look forward to meeting you soon.


Lisa Stenz, Principal

Dawn Papa, Assistant Principal

Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

Discover Greece!

This year our Art and Literature Fling will focus on Greece! Each week in our announcements we will include a fact about this fascinating culture that stretches back thousands of years and has had such incredible influence on the world. PLEASE SHARE THE WEEKLY FACT WITH THE KIDS! In May, around the time of our Art and Literature Fling, there will be an electronic quiz on the weekly facts sent home for families to complete. All families achieving a perfect score will have their names put in a prize basket raffle to be drawn at the conclusion of the Art and Literature Fling on Wednesday, May 28th (you'll have to be present to win)!

This Week's Fact About Greece: The Parthenon, perhaps the most famous site in Greece, was built almost 2,500 years ago and sits on the Acropolis above the city of Athens. It actually featured colorful sculptures and a large gold-and-ivory statue of Athena. It took 15 years to build.

























GVHS Presents Annie!

The Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association will present Annie from March 7-9 at GVHS. Annie is fun for all ages so bring the entire family to a performance to show your support for our amazingly talented and hardworking students! For tickets and information, visit

GVHS Dance Team Sponsors Diva Dance Party on March 23rd!

Diva Dance Party sponsored by the Garnet Valley Dance Team is scheduled for March 23, 2019 at the High School from 10:00-4:00 (Registration beginning at 9:30). Preschool age 4 through 5th grade are welcome to attend this fun filled day with the Garnet Valley Dance Team. They will learn a dance routine, have their hair and make up done, do a craft project, have lunch, get a t-shirt and perform for family and friends at the end of the day! Sign up by mail, through the Garnet Valley Diva Dance Facebook page or Eventbrite. Act quickly before space runs out! We hope to see your little Diva there!

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GVSD First Annual Music Gala!

On Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3pm, the Garnet Valley School District Music Department will hold our first annual Music Gala Concert. The purpose of the concert is three-fold:

1) To highlight and celebrate our outstanding music students from grades K-12.

2) To celebrate National Music-in-our-Schools Month (March).

3) To raise funds for Musicopia, a Philadelphia non-profit organization that provides music education and musical instruments to underserved local communities.

We invite you to help support our worthy cause by purchasing tickets and attending the concert. Adult admission is $15.00, free admission for children and performing students. You may purchase tickets at our website

Parent Information Night: Stress Less About Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Media Use: The Role of Parents


Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Florida Atlantic University

Cyberbullying Research Center

Where: GVMS Auditorium

When: Monday, March 4, 2019 (3/5/19 Snow date) 7 – 8:30 pm

Who is invited: Parent/Caregivers 3rd -12th grade

Professional Flex for Teachers

This presentation will cover a broad overview of cyberbullying, including issues parents, educators, and teens need to know about how youth use and misuse technology to cause harm to their peers. The presentation will define and provide examples of cyberbullying and discuss the role of parents in preventing and responding to inappropriate online behaviors. It will also describe many of the online environments popular among adolescents today and strategies to use to make sure they are used safely and responsibly.

DCIU Parent Education Opportunity

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Important Dates Coming Up!

February 25-March 1 Read Across America

March 12: Education Committee Meting at BSES 6:00 PM

March 13, 14, 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 22: Pretzel Friday

March 25-29: Safe Touch Lessons

March 28-29: BSES School Play "The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley"

March 29 Second Trimester Progress Reports Emailed Through Alma

April 4: Spring Picture Day

April 15-19 and 22: Spring Break Students return on Tuesday, April 23rd

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