Bethel Springs Elementary School

November 5, 2018

Be Sure to Read BSES Home and School Association Announcements Included in This Week's Update!

Bethel Twp. Firefighters Teach 1st and 2nd Graders About Fire Safety!

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October S.T.E.A.M. Challenge

Below are some of the entries for our October Design Challenge:
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Book Fair Visitation Schedule November 14th and 15th

Click below to see when your child's class will visit the Book Fair:

See HSA announcements below for more information about the Book Fair!

Nature Trail Clean-up November 17 9-11AM

There will be plenty to do for grown-ups and kids alike! Our main goals will be clearing the pathways of fallen leaves and clearing out any plant growth that is obstructing the path or blocking signage along the trail. Please bring any tools that may help us accomplish these goals. Rakes will be the most useful tools. Gardening gloves will be a good idea for everyone as well as weather appropriate clothing and shoes or boots that can get wet or muddy.There will be a brief instructional chat at the start of the morning which will also include tips for being safe on the trail.

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Parent Workshop Opportunity on November 27th

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BSES Mileage Club Results from 11/2/18

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November Fitness Challenge!

Forms were distributed to students in gym classes. If students need a form, it can be obtained from Mr. Custer or Mrs. McCusker.
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Join Us for the Harlem Wizards Game!

Join the fun at this year's Harlem Wizards vs. Garnet Valley Jaguars Basketball Game

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2:00 pm Garnet Valley High School

All proceeds from this event will go towards the GVSD Libraries, Labs, and Makerspaces

Due to the overwhelming success of the last 3 years, this event will no doubt be a sellout. Please purchase your tickets early for this event. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, all veterans in attendance will be recognized before the game.

Purchase Tickets Here

If the direct link doesn't allow access, please visit

Click link below to view the 2018 Harlem Wizards Pump-up Video!:

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American Education Week Visits November 12-16

During the week of November 12-16 public schools across the country will celebrate American Education Week, a time set aside for parents and visitors to find out more about all of the great learning that takes place in our schools. We invite parents to visit to according to the following schedule:

  • Monday 11/12 Grade 1 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 11/13 Grade 2 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday 11/14 Grade 3 9:15-10:15AM; Grade 5 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday 11/15 Grade 4 10-11AM (Please note that the time indicated for 4th grade is a different time than was communicated in last week's announcements.)

We hope you can join us!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences November 19, 20, 21

Parent/Teacher Conferences are a vital part of communication regarding your child's progress in school. At BSES we always have experienced excellent participation from parents at conference time, something that we greatly appreciate.

Fall conferences will be held on the following dates:

Monday, November 19 8:00-3:00

Tuesday, November 20 12:00-8:00

Wednesday, November 21 8:00-12:00

Please note that progress reports will be issued on Friday, December 14th. Teachers will not have progress reports prepared for conferences, but will have good information and observations regarding your child's progress in school thus far.

Thank you for your support!

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!

THIS WEEK - Oasis Family Fun Night: Since last year's Oasis Family Fun Night was such a big success for kids, parents, and the HSA, let's do it again on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:00-8:00pm!! Come out and enjoy playing at the Oasis Family Fun Center (35 Lacrue Ave, Glen Mills) while helping to support Bethel Springs! We will receive 50% of ticket sales as well as a portion of food sales. This is an optional drop off event so if you want to leave your kids and go run some errands, simply come inside and sign them in! There are two ticket options for the event:

  • Option #1 - Combo Package ($10): Entrance to the soft playground and ballocity play area

  • Option #2 - VIP Package ($25): Entrance to all play areas, laser tag, rock climbing, basketball as well as a $5 game card!

If you don’t want to get the all-inclusive VIP package but want to add on an attraction and/or game card not covered in the admission option you’ve selected, Oasis has add-on options for an additional charge(s). Ask when you arrive and pay for your child. *Don’t forget to wear socks*

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Oasis Family Fun Night: We are looking for volunteers to help out at Oasis Family Fun Night on Wednesday, November 7th. Please consider signing up to help using this link, especially if you were already planning on staying during the event.

CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED - Scholastic Book Fair: We are looking for 2 Liter bottles and toilet paper/paper towel rolls for the book fair. Please contact Kasha Maxfield to contribute.

SAVE THE DATE - Scholastic Book Fair: Mark your calendars because Book Fair week is NEXT WEEK already!!! The Book Fair will run from November 13th-16th, and our annual Family Night will be Wednesday, November 14th from 5:00-8:00pm, so come discover the ENCHANTED FOREST. In addition to browsing the Book Fair with your children, the kids can dress up as their favorite enchanted creatures, go gnome bowling, and find out their unicorn names among other activities in the gym. There will also be a Reading Nook where teachers will read popular titles from 6-8pm and a raffle for books and prizes from the fair.

To kick off the Book Fair excitement, our All for Books Change Collection starts on Monday, November 5th! Students can "make a wish" for their favorite male teacher by contributing any extra change from around the house to the All for Books Collection; each male teacher/staff member (Mr. Behl, Mr. Custer, Mr. Guidetti, Mr. Kavitski, Mr. McLaughlin, Mr. Quindlen, and Mr. Vonderstuck) will have a separate wishing well located in the front lobby. The teacher collecting the most donations will “volunteer” to dress up as a fairy prince for one whole day of the Book Fair!! Who will be crowned the WINNER?!?

Don’t forget to pick up your Yankee Candle & Otis Spunkmeyer Orders from the LOBBY during the Book Fair Family Fun Night on 11/14 from 3-7pm! Questions? Contact Dawn Wyzen.

SAVE THE SAME DATE - Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A: For an added pre or post Book Fair Fun Night bonus, take the kids out to the Concord Township Chick-fil-A (20 State Farm Dr, Glen Mills) on Wednesday, November 14th (time TBD) and mention Bethel Springs while checking out. A portion of your purchase will go directly to the BSES HSA’s efforts to revamp the library.

TRUNK OR TREAT WINNERS!! Thank you to everyone who came out to Trunk or Treat! Despite the postponement, the turnout was great, and everyone had a spooktacular time!

Trunk Decorating Contest Winners (cash prizes)
1st Place: Hicks Family - Penguin Paradise
2nd Place: Roth Family - Black Cat
3rd Place: Bilson Family - Unicorn

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners
1st Place: Ryann Small (Lunch with the Principals)
2nd Place: Aubreigh Franczyk (Spiritwear GC)
3rd Place: Alice Zhang (Scholastic Book Fair GC)

Scavenger Hunt Raffle Winners

*Game and prizes provided by Garnet Valley Eye Care and Delaware Pediatrics*
Game Stop GC and small video game: Carsyn Brady
Dicks GC and Under Armor jug: Tyler Hanna
Target GC and bounce game: Eva Gillespie
Michael's GC and slime kit: Camryn Schwartz
Barnes and Noble GC and Harry Potter game: Kaitlin Waterman

BOX TOP “STORY SNACK” WINNERS!! It was a close race, so close that in the end there are TWO classes that tied for the most Box Tops submitted this fall. These two winning classes will be rewarded with a “Story Snack” time with the principals.

Winning Classes: Mrs. Smith (Grade 3) and Mrs. Ferguson (Grade 4)

Honorable Mentions: Mrs. Sullivan (Grade 1), Mrs. Macauley (Grade 2), Mrs. Reid (Grade 5)

Volunteer Spotlight
Trunk or Treat Event: Special thanks to everyone who made Trunk or Treat so successful including our HSA volunteers Chrissy Stuardi (Committee Lead), Carrie Douglas (HSA Liaison), Lora Barber, Joyce Bufano, Cindy Burgy, Stephanie DerOhannessian, Janice Griffith, Melinda Grugan, Regina Klauder, and Holly Salloga. Shout out to Mr. Guidetti for spinning some sweet spooky jams and to the GVHS Interact students for all of their hard work. Thanks are also in order to Garnet Valley Eye Care and Delaware Pediatrics for organizing the scavenger hunt and providing the awesome prizes. Thank you to Bethel Twp Parks and Rec and the Bethel Twp Police Department for their contribution and assistance. Last but not least, thank you to Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen for everything they did to make Trunk or Treat such a great success.

Box Top Contest: Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with Box Tops for the fall contest: Kelly Bisch (Committee Lead), Lora Barber, Brandy Brinkman, Renata Brooks, Michelle Craley, Mary Dye, Janice Matier, Krista Rachubinski, Karen Siegel, and Lauren Withelder.

Halloween Parties: Thank you to all the Homeroom Parents, Yearbook Grade Representatives, and Classroom Photographers who created and documented super fun Halloween parties for all! Thank you as well to all the parents who contributed snacks, treats, drinks, & paper goods.

Upcoming Dates:

November 6 No School (Election Day)

November 7 Oasis Family Fun Night

November 8 Fall Picture Retake Day

November 10 Harlem Wizards Game

November 12-15 American Education Week

November 13-16 Scholastic Book Fair

November 14 Book Fair Family Night AND Yankee Candle/Otis Spunkmeyer Order Pickup

November 14 Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A

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

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Instagram: @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter: @bseshsa1

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 Acropolis of Athens was a runner-up for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Acropolis means “high city” in Greek. There are many throughout Greece, but the most famous one is the Acropolis of Athens. Situated high above Athens and surrounded by stone walls, the fortress protected the ancient city from attacks. Important buildings were constructed as a monument to the greatness of Athens. The Parthenon was built as a temple to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war and for whom the city of Athens was named. Other important buildings included the Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.
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Important Dates Coming Up!

November 6 Teacher In-service Day--No school for students

November 12-16 American Education Week

November 14-16 Scholastic Book Fair (Wednesday , 11/14 Book Fair Family Night 5-8PM)

November 19, 20, 21 Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Holidays

December 14 First Trimester Progress Reports distributed

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