Bethel Springs Elementary School

April 22, 2019

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Jaguar Color Dash Kick-off Meeting Monday, April 29th at 7:00 PM in BSES Library! Please check BSES HSA Announcement section of the weekly announcements for more information!

The Jaguar Color Dash is Coming! The Jaguar Color Dash is a student-centered fundraising event that will take place at BSES for each grade level during specified times. Students will have the opportunity to run around a course and opt whether or not to be misted by bright and colorful non-toxic powder at designated color stations, engage in games and other planned activities, and enjoy a frozen treat with friends! All students will receive a free Jaguar Color Dash tee shirt to wear to the event as well. Money raised by the HSA from the event goes directly to enhancing our students’ educational experience here at BSES.

Jaguar Color Dash Kick-Off Meeting: We invite you to attend the official BSES HSA Jaguar Color Dash Kick Off Meeting on Monday, April 29th at 7:00pm in the BSES Library. Come check out the existing Library space, as well as hear from BSES Administrators about their plans to update the Library to keep pace with our 21st century learners! A digital rendering of the revitalized Library will be on display, as well as examples of furniture planned for the future space.

The first 50 attendees will receive Jamba Juice coupons, and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the end of the night!! Prizes to be raffled are a Buffalo Wild Wings sauce three-pack plus free item coupons, a Zoe’s Kitchen insulated cooler filled with sauces, spices and coupons, and a $200 Gift Certificate to Ivory Tree Portraits! We look forward to seeing you on April 29th at 7:00 in the BSES Library!

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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Happy Earth Day! To learn more about the theme for this year's Earth Day observance--Protect Our Species--please click link below:
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Bethel Springs Butterfly Garden

Many volunteers and contributors have been working on our Butterfly Garden! We thank BSES parent Jen Mulrooney for taking charge of these efforts! We look forward to enjoying this great resource!

Special Thanks:

Girl scouts, leaders, and parents of Troops 565 & 571

5th Graders:

Kayla Kruer

Carolyn Moyer

Hannah Torregiani

3rd Grader:

Audrey Hortsmann

2nd Graders:

Charlotte King

Caitie Mattey

Katelyn Slowik

Makenzie Mulrooney

Parent Volunteers:

Rhonda Sinor

Linda Quinney

Stephanie Slowik

Entire 2nd grade Class of 2029 and their teachers and paraprofessionals

BSES Nature Trail Committee

Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin - Susan Dixon -Perennial "Guru"

Garnet Valley Landscaping - Pat McCusker

Click link below for pictures and information related to our Butterfly Garden:

PSSA Testing Dates for Students in Grades 3, 4, 5

English/Language Arts: April 24-26

Math: April 29,30

Science (Grade 4 only): May 1, 2

Make-up Dates: April 29-May 3

It is important that students be present in school during testing dates. Thank you.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day

April 25th is "Take Your Child to Work Day." Children who take the day to be with parents at work will be marked absent, but the absence will be excused. Absences should be reported using the Safe Arrival app as is the usual procedure. While we see the value in this learning and family bonding experience, we find ourselves with a scheduling conflict for our students in grades 3 to 8. April 25th is a PSSA testing day. The state assessment calendar is dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is important that students be present for the testing. The test make-up window is limited and providing make-up testing for large numbers of students would be very difficult. If your child is in grades 3 to 8, please have him/her attend school on April 25th. Consider another date if you choose to have your child visit your place of work. We ask that you would avoid all dates for PSSA testing listed below:

English/Language Arts: April 24-26

Math: April 29,30

Science (Grade 4 only): May 1, 2

Thank you for your understanding!

End-of-Year Information for Parents of 5th Grade Students!


Middle School Course Selections: The Course Selection Forms for 6th Graders and Course Selection Guide can be found on the GVMS Scheduling Update Website. The signed forms should be submitted to school by Tuesday, April 23rd.

Get to Work on those Time Capsule Submissions!! Last week you should have received information about contributing to the “Class of 2026 Time Capsule.” If you did not, you can print out the INFORMATION here, which includes a request to write a letter to your child and a “Life as a 5th Grader” survey for your 5th grader to fill out. If you did not receive the prelabeled envelope, you can send your letter and survey into school in an envelope marked with your student’s name(s) and “Class of 2026 Time Capsule.” (One envelope per student please.)

Coming Soon - Sign Up for the 5th Grade Send-Off! The combined BSES/GVES 5th Grade Send Off Party will be held at the Siegel JCC (101 Garden of Eden Road Wilmington, DE 19803) on Monday, June 3rd from 5pm-8pm. Be on the lookout for a Flyer with all the Send-Off details and a Google Form to sign up!

Volunteers Needed: The GVMS HSA is looking for a few good volunteers to help out with events next year, especially those specific to 6th graders (aka-this year’s 5th graders). Please check out this FORM to learn what volunteer opportunities are available and to sign up if interested.

All of this info and more as it’s updated can be found on the HSA Website on the 5th Grade Events and Submission Page.

5th Grade Promotion Assembly: Thursday, June 13th 1:30 PM BSES Gym

After Spring Break Visitors Must Present and Scan ID, Such As Driver's License, As New Security Measures Are Implemented in GV Elementary Schools

Dear School Community,

Garnet Valley School District is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Although Raptor is already used at the secondary level, all elementary schools will begin implementation after spring break. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district. Especially at the elementary level, our principals will continue to communicate with parents as we implement the system after spring break.


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District

BSES Flat Stanley Production Video For All To Enjoy!

Many thanks to Pam Theisen for creating and sharing this video for the BSES community to enjoy! We again congratulate our students, parents, and Mr. Cashell for a successful and memorable theatrical experience!

Youtube link:

April Fitness Challenge

You can get forms for the April Fitness Challenge from Mr. Custer or Mrs. McCusker!
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Spring Mileage Club Results for the Week of 4/8/19

Once a week during recess students can walk, jog, or run to accumulate miles. Students' laps are recorded using QR codes and iPads containing Mileage Club app. Below are this week's results:
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Trailblazers Club, Camps, and Events

Dear Garnet Valley Families,

With spring migration on the horizon, we are super excited to announce three programs for the upcoming season: BSES Birding Club, GVES Nature Club, and Spring Birding for Adults! Check out specifics of each below:


Trailblazers Spring Birding for Adults

Learn all about the birds found in our area! Participants will learn how to identify birds by both sight and sound on the BSES Nature Trail. Any level of birding experience welcome, but one should be able to walk on the nature trail for approximately one mile during a session. Binoculars are available for borrow as well! Participants in this course must be at least 18 years of age.

Leaders: Mr. BQ

Location: BSES Nature Trail Entrance

Meets on the Following Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22

Program Tuition: $40

Check out a flyer for more information and how to register here:

We also have a brand new event for the spring:

Trailblazers Mommy & Me Mother's Day Weekend Bird Walk

Saturday, May 11, 9am – 11am

Join Trailblazers as we celebrate spring migration and Mother's Day at the same time! We will be spending our Saturday morning on the BSES Nature Trail in peak spring migration as we learn about the migrating bird species that visit the nature trail. Be prepared with proper footwear and clothing to walk on the BSES Nature Trail. Also, you can bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Trailblazers! Leaders: Mr. BQ

Location: BSES Nature Trail Entrance

Meets on Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Activity Tuition: $15.00 per family

Check out a flyer for more information and how to register here:

Summer Camps

Our summer camp offerings are filling up quickly! Here are the dates of all three sessions of camp along with a link to the flyer with more information on each:

Trailblazers Adventure Summer Camp - June 25th-29th, 2019 - 9am-3pm

Trailblazers High Adventure Summer Camp - July 22nd-26th, 2019 - 9am-4pm

Trailblazers High Adventure Summer Camp - August 5th-9th, 2019 - 9am-4pm

Check out the flyer here for more information and how to sign up:

Looking forward to our most exciting spring yet!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions,

Brian "Mr. BQ" Quindlen, M.Ed.

Bethel Springs Elementary School

5th Grade Teacher



Visit my classroom website!

Get involved with GV Trailblazers!

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Summer Camp Opportunities in Garnet Valley!

There are many summer camps being offered in Garnet Valley, most by our teaching staff.

Below is a link to all camps taking place in the district:

Pictured below are camps taking place at Bethel Springs:

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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!

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!

GET YOUR YEARBOOKS HERE! By now you should have received your student’s 2018-2019 Yearbook Order Forms - check those bookbags! (And if you cannot locate your flyer, feel free to print out the second page from HERE.) Yearbooks can be purchased for $20 up until Monday, April 29th, and payments can be made via checks written out to BSES HSA or MySchoolBucks. The order form portion of the flyer must be handed into school no matter which payment type you choose; please write your check number or MSB confirmation number on the order form when you submit it.

COMING SOON - TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK! We will be celebrating the fantastic teachers and staff members of Bethel Springs during the week of May 6th through May 10th. Along with the school wide theme of Greece, this year’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation theme will be “Teachers Plant the Seeds of Knowledge.” Below is just a portion of the planned agenda for the week:

  • Monday, 5/6 - Back to Nature Breakfast (breakfast bars, fruit infused water)

  • Tuesday, 5/7 - Clean Eating to Start the Day (Yogurt Bar)

  • Wednesday, 5/8 - Breakfast of Champions (casseroles, breakfast meats, coffee, juice)

  • Thursday, 5/9 - Appreciation Raffle and Afternoon Energy Boost (snack cart)

  • Friday, 5/10 - Under the Olive Tree Lunch from Grecian Delight

How You Can Contribute: The Appreciation Raffle will feature GIFT CARDS of any variety or amount that will be raffled off, silent auction style, to teachers and staff. So if you find yourself in your favorite local restaurant or Wawa/Dunkin/Target, think about picking up a gift card that you can contribute to the raffle. (Unused gift cards are definitely welcome too!!) Please send any gift cards into school in an envelope marked with “Teacher Appreciation, ℅ Derek Lloyd” by Monday, May 6th. And be on the lookout for Sign Up Geniuses for contributions the Breakfast of Champions & Yogurt Bar coming soon!

COLOR DASH CORNER: This special section of the HSA eAlert will be designated as your headquarters for all things Jaguar Color Dash through the Dash and its fundraising efforts and rewards. All this info and more can be found on the Jaguar Color Dash Page of the HSA Website.

The Jaguar Color Dash is Coming! The Jaguar Color Dash is a student-centered fundraising event that will take place at BSES for each grade level during specified times. Students will have the opportunity to run around a course and opt whether or not to be misted by bright and colorful non-toxic powder at designated color stations, engage in games and other planned activities, and enjoy a frozen treat with friends! All students will receive a free Jaguar Color Dash tee shirt to wear to the event as well. Money raised by the HSA from the event goes directly to enhancing our students’ educational experience here at BSES.

Jaguar Color Dash Fundraising Begins! While the Jaguar Color Dash will be held Friday, May 31st, this week we officially kick off fundraising efforts! Your child should bring home a Jaguar Color Dash Flyer this week. You and other family members and friends are encouraged to visit your child’s fundraising page that’s already been set up by visiting then clicking on ‘DONATE TO A PARTICIPANT’; you will be able to look up your child by name as well as by teacher or grade level. Donations are also gladly accepted via cash or check (made out to BSES HSA) sent to the Main Office.

The Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol is on the prowl! Each week, students or classrooms that have met certain donation milestones will be entered into a drawing for individual prizes or a classroom level reward. All prizes have been generously donated by local businesses who will be highlighted throughout the fundraising period. This week two students from each grade with at least a $5 donation in their name for this week of fundraising will be randomly selected to pick an item from a prize bucket filled with candy and small gift items. One lucky student from the entire school with at least a $20 donation in their name for this week of fundraising will be randomly selected to win a prize basket! This week’s prize basket is over a $100 value and contains the following donated items!

  • BSES Baseball Hat

  • $15 Sweet Frog Gift Card, courtesty of Sandie Rowles, BSES Parent & RE/MAX Realtor

  • $10 Rita’s Water Ice Gift Card

  • $10 Mod Pizza Gift Card

  • Skyzone – Gift Card for 60 Minute Jump Time

  • Kidz World Fun Center - Gift Card for 1 Free Attraction

  • Oasis – Gift Card for Free Ballocity/Soft Playground Admission

  • Qdoba – Gift Card for 1 Free Entrée

  • Jersey Mike’s – 4 Gift Cards for free Chips & Drink

Also, as our total school fundraising increases, the students will also unlock school-wide rewards! Stay tuned at the end of each week for an announcement of student winners and whether we have unlocked our school-wide reward!

Jaguar Color Dash Sponsor of the Week! Thank you to Dental Health Care Associates for once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the Jaguar Color Dash! Dental Health Care Associates is a dental practice serving Delaware County and surrounding areas. This business is comprised of a unique group of service-oriented professionals whose aim is to provide the highest level of patient care in combination with a maxiumum level of comfort, sensitivity, and compassion for each and every patient. They offer a variety of cosmetic and general dentistry services to help their patients improve their smiles. Sedation Dentistry techniques are also available for those patients who are anxious or have a fear of the dentist or dental procedures. Dental Health Care Associates is located at 5000 Chichester Avenue in Aston PA and can be reached at 484-498-2129 to schedule an appointment. Check them out on the web at

Thank you also to a few of our generous Summer Camp Raffle Prize Donors! Details on the exact Raffle Prize donations will be coming home in early May. In the meantime, consider these wonderful camps for your child’s entertainment and enrichment this summer!

  • Jaguar Nation Camps

  • Garnet Valley Sports Camps

  • S2STEM

  • Westtown School Summer Camp

  • Kicks Academy of Dance

  • Roth’s Cross Point Gymnastics

  • Mr. King’s Active Jags Camp

  • BSES Summer Fun Camp

Upcoming Dates:

April 22 Fundraising Begins for the Jaguar Color Dash

April 23 5th Grade Only - GVMS Course Selection Forms Due

April 29 Jaguar Color Dash Kick-Off Meeting (BSES Library at 7pm)

April 29 Yearbook Orders Due

May 6 Gift Cards Due for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Raffle

May 6-10 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

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

Follow us on social media-


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 29th (you'll have to be present to win)!

This Week's Fact About Greece: At traditional Greek weddings everyone dances and throws plates. While this is more of a traditional thing, it still occurs.

































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Important Dates Coming Up!

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

April 24-May 3: PSSA Testing for Grades 3, 4, 5

Parent Education Opportunities

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Community Events

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Garnet Valley Celebration of the Arts

The Celebration of the Arts is just around the corner. In fact, it's next month. The students of Garnet Valley have been diligently working in the Visual Arts, Technology, and Family and Consumer Science Departments. The Celebration of the Arts is our opportunity to demonstrate our creativity, talents, and dedication. So please mark your calendars and plan to attend. The opening exhibition is Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the HS new gym.

Additional viewing times are:

Tuesday, May 7, daytime from 8am - 6pm

Wednesday, May 8 daytime from 8am - 3pm

Wednesday, May 8 evening from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 9 daytime from 8am - 3pm.

It’s FREE to the public! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Bethel Springs Elementary School

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