Bethel Springs Elementary School

October 22, 2019

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What is Diwali?

The celebration of Diwali begins this coming weekend. Diwali, or Deepavali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row(avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

  • In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

How is Diwali Celebrated?

Below is a video explaining Diwali and how it is celebrated in India:
Diwali - Festival of Lights | National Geographic

To Our BSES Families Celebrating Diwali . . .

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Important Updates From Our Home and School Association


  • What: Bethel Springs' Annual Trunk or Treat

  • When: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6pm-7:45pm

  • How: Register via GOOGLE FORM (required)

  • Details: Check out the event FLYER.

  • Important Note: For the safety of our little ghouls and goblins, cars are NOT permitted to leave before 7:45pm. The Bethel Township Police Department will be on hand to enforce the timeline and keep everyone safe.

  • Questions: Please contact Chrissy Stuardi.

Also, due to a resounding registration response, we can officially let participants know to bring candy for about 200 children!! See you there, if you dare, for a frighteningly good time!


Deadline Extended for Fall Box Tops Collection Forms: The deadline for our first Box Tops for Education collection of clipped Box Tops has been extended to Wednesday, October 23rd. If you need the form (or an extra or two for those overachievers :)), you can print it from this LINK. Be sure to include your child’s name and class on the form, because the class submitting the most Box Tops will be rewarded with an extra recess and special snack with Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen!!

Box Tops Goes Electronic: And don’t forget about also using the Box Tops app to earn even more cash for our school! Going forward, instead of clipping from packages, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipts using the Box Tops mobile app, which is available from the Apple Store or Google Play. For more information, check out this LETTER or head to (FYI-Our school is listed as "Bethel Springs Elementary" in Marcus Hook.)

“Give Credit” on the Box Tops Mobile App: When families use the Box Tops app to scan their store receipt, they can "Give Credit" to their student's classroom. To "Give Credit" make sure you have the latest version of the Box Tops app, scan your receipt, then tap the star icon to enter your "Give credit" memo. Please enter the TEACHER NAME in the memo.


If you are looking to get involved, check out these links to Sign-Up Geniuses for several upcoming and year-round opportunities:

All of this information and more can be found on the BSES HSA Website!

LONG DISTANCE SAVE-THE-DATE FOR THE BOOK FAIR: BRRRace yourselves, BSES - The Arctic Adventure Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 18-22 with “snow” many cool surprises we can’t wait to share! (See what we did there?!?) Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


Grandfriends’ Day: Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped make Grandfriends’ Day such a special and fun experience for everyone involved! Volunteers for the event included Andrea Smith and Nancy Weins (Committee Co-Leads) as well as Heather Bilson, Joyce Bufano, Liz Gobs, Staci Ioannou, Regina Klauder, Sandy Markowitz, Michelle Menseck, Renee Scamuffa, and Karen Sholders. Additional thanks go out to all the Homeroom Parents for putting together such beautiful spreads and making sure the event ran smoothly, and thank you to the Classroom Photographers for documenting the special time shared by students and their grandfriends.

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


Oct 23 Extended Deadline for Fall Box Top Collection Form Submission

Oct 25 Bethel Springs’ Trunk or Treat (6pm-7:45pm)

Oct 25 Spiritwear Friday

Oct 31 Halloween Parties (Grade 1: 1pm, Grades 2-5: 2pm)

For the most up to date information, check out the BSES HSA Website!

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Twitter - @bseshsa1

Halloween Celebrations at School!

Our Halloween parties will be conducted by our Homeroom parents on Thursday, October 31st. Parties for grade 1 will take place at 1:00PM. Parties for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 will take place at 2:00 PM. Students may wear costumes for their parties. Send the costumes in with students that morning. Students should be able to put costumes on with little or no assistance. Costumes should be safe and appropriate for school, nothing violent or gory in nature. Thank you!
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American Education Week

During the week of November 18-22 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:

Tuesday, 11/19

  • Grade 5 9:15-10:15AM
  • Grade 4 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday 11/20

  • Grade 1 10:00-11:00AM
  • Grade 2 12:00-1:00PM
  • Grade 3 1:30-2:30PM

We hope you can join us!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences November 25-27

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 25th 8:00AM to 3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 26th 12:00PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 27th 8:00AM to 12:00 PM

Please note that progress reports will be issued on Friday, December 13th. 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!

Art and Literature Fling 2019-2020

Each year BSES engages in the school-wide study of a country to promote cultural awareness and a more global perspective among our students. Each student engages in an art project and a brief research project that culminates in the Art and Literature Fling Exhibit held at the end of May. Every student has his/her work displayed at the Art and Literature Fling. Throughout the year we integrate opportunities for learning about the given country in the homeroom, in others of our special area classes, and through school-wide announcements and activities.

This year we are trying something a little different. Each grade level was assigned an area of the world and teachers chose a country in that area to study. Students will engage in learning about the country chosen for their grade level and will share their learning with the rest of the school. In this way, students will learn about 5 different countries and cultures! Our 4th grade has chosen to focus on the United States with the thought that exploring your own country more deeply is, of course, very important and it gives a foundation for exploring and understanding other countries and cultures.

Below are the countries chosen by each grade level:

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5 Countries/100 facts

We have asked each grade level to research and communicate 20 facts about their chosen country. 5 Countries x 20 Facts =100 Facts. These will be shared in the form of brief video clips created by students.

Please enjoy our first set of video facts about Nigeria from our 5th graders:

Mrs. Chalfant’s Class: General Facts About Nigeria


Mrs. Henderson’s Class: Nigerian Art

Nigerian art

Mr. McLaughlin’s Class: A Nigerian Soccer Player

A Nigerian Soccer Player

Mrs. Reid’s Class: Calabar Carnival

Nigeria: Calabar Carnival

Mrs. Henderson’s Class: Ayo--A Nigerian Game

Avo: A Nigerian game

National Geographic Bee

October 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

The 4th and 5th grade students of Bethel Springs will have the opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Bee! This is how the Bee proceeds:

  1. We have a preliminary competition involving all participants. This will take place at BSES on Wednesday, January 8th at 3:30 P.M. The field will be narrowed to 10 finalists.

  2. The Final Competition will involve the 10 finalists and will take place at BSES during the school day on Friday, January 17th at 9:00 AM. One winner will be determined.

  3. Our school level winner must take an online test that will be scored by National Geographic. This must be completed and sent by Friday, February 7th. Qualifiers for the State Bee will be notified by Monday, March 2nd. If the student achieves the necessary score on this test, he/she will go on to compete at the State Be in Harrisburg on Friday, March 27th. The state level winner will go on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C.

Students interested in participating can visit the following website to learn more: On this website there are resources that students can purchase to prepare themselves for the Bee. They may also seek out their own geography study resources at the library or on the internet. Students must prepare and study on their own time. At school we will hold three practice sessions. These will take place in the BSES LGI on the following dates:

Monday, November 18th (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Tuesday, December 17h (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Monday, January 6th (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Participants should pack lunches on dates of the practice sessions.

How do I sign up?

If your child is interested in participating in the National Geographic Bee, please click the link to the Google form below:

Registrations will be taken until Friday, November 8th.

Thank you!

Mr. Piasecki

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Mileage Club Results from Friday, 10/18

Mileage Club started at recess last Friday. Students walk or run laps at recess and scan QR codes on iPads to log their laps. Below are results from last week:
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Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our district website provides important information to help parents.navigate the GV school experience. Below is the link to the parent portal:

School Calendar

The Bethel Springs calendar of events can be accessed on our school website. Click the link below to view:

Garnet Valley School District Blog

Welcome to the Garnet Valley School District Blog! Here we will feature news, alerts, and events from our district and its community.

Click the link below:
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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!

Parent Workshop on December 3rd at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit

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