Bethel Springs Elementary School

May 28, 2019

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Art and Literature Fling Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 PM

Come see our students' work related to Greece, this year's country of study! Every BSES student will have work on display at our exhibit in the LGI. In addition,we will have an ice cream truck on hand to purchase treats to enjoy from 6:30 to 7:45 PM! We will also be selling Spirit wear for your summer styling!

History of the Art and Literature Fling

Fifteen years ago we hosted an Artist in Residence from China--Hua Hua Zhang--who engaged our students in a week of learning related to the Chinese art of puppetry. This sparked the idea to take our annual Art show and place a different spin on it. Ms. Esher, our Art teacher, and Ms Cleveland, our former librarian, joined efforts to transform our annual Art show to have students include both Art work and a writing project to display in an exhibition related to a specific country and culture. We decided to choose countries in a repetitive 5-year cycle so that students could experience a different part of the world in each of their 5 years at Bethel Springs. Our cycle has included China, Mexico, India, Africa (selected countries), and Greece. In addition to the specific learning that takes place in the Art room and the Library, we try to find other ways throughout the year to infuse learning related to the designated country--special assemblies, decorations in the lobby, exposure through literature and music, playing of children's games from the given country, fact finding/sharing regarding history, food, and other aspects of the chosen culture. We believe that this practice provides yet another layer of learning to help our students understand, appreciate, and better navigate the diverse world in which they live.

You have Until 9:00 PM Tonight to Take Our A and L Fling Quiz on Greece!

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You could be eligible to win a prize basket at the Art and Literature Fling! By the way, I have been informed that number 23 on the quiz has two possible right answers--either will count as correct! Who knew?!

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We Reached Our Overall Goal of $12,500!!!! Thank you!!!

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Color Dash Schedule

Friday, May 31st

10:45-11:45 Grades 4 and 5

12:00-1:00 Grades 1 and 3

1:15-2:15 Grade 2

Don't forget to wear your Color dash t-shirt (provided for all staff and students through the generosity of the BSES HSA)!

Color Dash Corner

Thank you to all of our wonderful Jaguar Color Dash donors! Our Donation website is closed, but we will gladly accept late donations. (PLEASE NOTE: Any donations received at this point will not count for raffle tickets as we need time to organize for the raffle.)

Only a few more days until color-ific fun at the Jaguar Color Dash this Friday, May 31st! Your child will be bringing home a free Jaguar Color Dash t-shirt to wear to the event. For those of you with at least $10 in Jaguar Color Dash donations, your child should also have brought home a partially completed Raffle Ticket Flyer with tickets. Complete the Raffle Ticket Flyer and fill out the raffle tickets so our amazing Jaguar Color Dash volunteers can put your child’s raffle tickets in your pre-selected raffle item buckets.

All completed raffle tickets and Raffle Ticket Flyers must be received by Friday, May 31st in order to be included in the Live Raffle Extravaganza Drawing scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th!

The Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol is on the prowl! Congratulations to our final Prize Patrol winners from last week! The two student winners from each grade with at least a $5 donation in their name for Fundraising Week Five were:

Grade 1: Keira Diveley & Emma Rustark

Grade 2: Aidan Douglas & Leah Sharp

Grade 3: Gabriella Chirinos & Madison Buemi

Grade 4: Becca Menseck & Shane Runske

Grade 5: Ava Sharp & Megan Croke

The one lucky student winner from the entire school with at least a $20 donation in his/her name for Fundraising Week Five was Kaitlyn King. Congratulations also to Kaitlyn’s teacher, Mrs. Macauley, who was also recognized by the Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol with a Harvest gift certificate.

Special recognition also goes out to Mrs. Shaffer’s classroom for being the highest earning classroom in the entire school as of the May 23rd cutoff! Keep your ears open for news from Mrs. Shaffer as to when your reward of a Class Pizza Party will be provided! Thank you for the hard work soliciting friends and family members for Jaguar Color Dash donations!

Remember that a special Prize Basket will be given to the highest single student earner in the entire school! This student will be presented with his or her Prize Basket during the June 4th Raffle Extravaganza. The highest earner student Prize Basket is worth over $150 in value and contains the following donated items:

  • $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

  • Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Puck Autographed by Shayne Gostisbehere

  • Wilmington Blue Rocks – 2 Tickets to a Summer Home Game

  • $15 Sweet Frog Gift Card

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

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

  • Assorted Games & Crafts

  • Jamba Juice – 4 Gift Cards for 50% off any item

Calling all Jaguar Color Dash Volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Jaguar Color Dash (Friday, May 31st), please visit this SIGN-UP GENIUS. If you are not available on May 31st but are still interested in helping out, please contact Renata Brooks (302-598-3506) for information about other volunteer opportunities.

Jaguar Color Dash Sponsor of the Week!

Thank you to Swiatek Orthodontics for their generous contribution to the Jaguar Color Dash! The Team at Swiatek Orthodontics strives to provide high-quality orthodontics while making your entire orthodontic experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. This includes treatment, scheduling, payment options, and the end result – your healthy and attractive smile! Dr. Matthew Swiatek and his talented staff combine experience with advanced education and personal care to bring you only the best orthodontic treatment options available, including Invisalign, braces, and more! Swiatek Orthodontics is located at 31 Wilmington Pike, Suite 5, Glen Mills PA and can be reached via phone at 610-358-0600 or on the web at

Thank you also to Crown Flooring for their generous donation to the Jaguar Color Dash! Crown Flooring is a full service commerical and residential flooring company owned and operated in Garnet Valley. They supply and install everything needed to complete a project from start to finish. When you are ready to make selections, the Crown Flooring showroom is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Give Crown Flooring a call today at 610-859-8000 for your free estimate!

All this info and more can be found on the Jaguar Color Dash Page of the HSA Website.

This Week's Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol Winners!

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School Supply Sale for BSES Students Entering Grades 1-5 Next September!

GET YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES HERE! The Bethel Springs Elementary Home & School Association is pleased to offer a "Pre-Ordered School Supply Kit" program through SchoolKidz. These kits are available for incoming 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Orders MUST be placed online by Friday, June 7th. Details and ordering instructions can be found HERE. Please contact Jeanie Houpt with questions.

Field Day Was a Great Success!

We thank all of our parent volunteers who helped us pull off the luckiest Field Day ever! The rain was timed perfectly to allow us to get in both sessions! A special thanks to Sherie Higgins for organizing the effort!

BSES Nature Trail Event: Animals with Bad Reputations-- May 28th 7:00 PM BSES Gym

Below is link to Google form to sign up:

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Canned and Boxed Food Drive

Our Helping Hands Club is conducting a canned and boxed food drive from May 13-31. The hardest time for food banks is the summer. Their supplies get very depleted. This is why we have historically chosen this time to gather donations. We will donate to the food bank located at Siloam Methodist Church, so your donations will benefit folks in our area. Click the link below for more information:

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!

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Service Awareness Walk Thursday, June 6th 9:00-10:AM

Our students have been sharing in their classrooms information about the causes for which they will walk. They are learning from each other abut the many ways in which they can help others. Many students have shared touching personal stories about how they have come to support their chosen organization or group. Please have students dress and/or prepare a sign to indicate the causes for which they are walking!

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Thank you!

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!

COME FOR THE ART AND LIT, STAY FOR THE ICE CREAM AND SPIRITWEAR! Come on out for this year's Art and Literature Fling on Wednesday, May 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the school. Enjoy viewing our students' work related to Greece, this year's country of study! Every BSES student will have work on display at our exhibit in the LGI. For added bonuses, treats will be available for purchase from the ice cream truck on hand, AND it will be your last chance to pick up some extra Spiritwear for the year! Hope to see you all there!!

SWEET FROG FUNDRAISER - Headed to the 4th & 5th Grade Bethel Springs Chorus Concert on Thursday, May 30th? Swing by Sweet Frog in Glen Mills (600 Town Centre Drive) after the performance to treat your family to some yummy goodness. 20% of your purchase will benefit our school! The fundraiser runs all day (11AM-10PM), so even if you aren’t planning on attending the concert, swing by for a sweet treat for a great cause! Please mention that you are with our group when checking out. Check out the FLYER for additional details.

REMINDERS FOR FIFTH GRADE PARENTS!! Check out the 5th Grade Events and Submission Page for all the latest.

  • 5th Grade Promotion Assembly: The 5th Grade Promotion Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 1:30 PM in the BSES Gym. The 5th Grade Video will be screened during the assembly for your entertainment - bring tissues!!

  • Time Capsule Submissions: Contributions to the “Class of 2026 Time Capsule” will be accepted until Friday, May 31st. If you do not have the form/prelabeled envelope for your 5th grader, please check out this REQUEST to write a letter to your child and a “Life as a 5th Grader” survey for your 5th grader to fill out. The letter and the survey can be sent into school in the prelabeled envelope or a new envelope labeled with your child’s name and “Class of 2026 Time Capsule.” If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie DerOhannessian.

BSES HSA Volunteers: The BSES HSA is looking for a few good volunteers to help out with committees and events next year. Please check out this FORM to learn what volunteer opportunities are available and to sign up if interested. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Volunteer Spotlight:

Field Day: We had another successful Field Day last Thursday. The rain held off for the morning session and left quickly so we could still squeeze in the afternoon session! A huge thank you to all of our volunteers! Without the hard work of our Field Day committee, Mr. Piasecki, Mrs. Allen, and our awesome gym teachers, Mr. Custer and Mrs. McCusker, this event would not have been possible! Our 2019 Field Day Committee: Sherie Higgins (committee lead), Jamie Kern, Regina Klauder, Lora Barber, Kasha Maxfield, Karen Kunze, Jona Gavin, Lauren Witheler, Alison Ashenfelter, Sheri Dawson, Cindy Burgy, Linda Quinney, Rhonda Sinor, Amanda Smith, Liz Gobs, Meridith Lawler, and Kelly Okoniewski. Also, thanks to all our HRP volunteers for coming in to assist with the stations!

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

Upcoming Dates:

May 13-31 Helping Hands Canned Food Drive

May 29 Spring Art and Lit Fling and Spiritwear Sale (6pm-8pm)

May 30 Dollar Dining at Sweet Frog’s

May 31 Jaguar Color Dash and JCD Raffle Ticket Submission Deadline

May 31 Fifth Grade Time Capsule Submissions Due

June 3 Fifth Grade Send Off (5:00pm-8:00pm)

June 4 Jaguar Color Dash Live Raffle Drawing

June 6 Service Awareness Walk

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

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Instagram: @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter: @bseshsa1

Community Events

GV's First Community Show, Mamma Mia is June 21-22 and June 28-29.

GV's First Community Show, Mamma Mia is June 21-22 and June 28-29. Tickets available at

We have three options to see our first community show.

1. Show only $14 online and $20 at door

2. Dinner at LaFava and the Evening Shows $55

3. Senior Citizen Luncheon and the Matinee Show June 29 $30
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