Bethel Springs Elementary School

March 18, 2019

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Rock Your Socks!

Bethel Springs Elementary School will be Rocking Our Socks to bring awareness about Down Syndrome.

Mismatched socks can be purchased for $1/pair using the order form linked below:

Orders must be submitted by Monday, March 18th and proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware.

"Together we will create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome in our schools, community and around the world. 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down Syndrome."

Garnet Valley School District will be tagging all of our pictures this year with the hashtag #GVRocksSocks. Feel free to share your pictures on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag.

For more information about World Down Syndrome Awareness Day and Rock Your Socks, you can check out the website for the Delaware Down Syndrome Association, the organization that provides our socks!

Some more resources to view/read as a family, check out these great links!

Thanks for your support!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Again, BSES parents show their committed partnership through overwhelming participation in our recent parent-teacher conferences! We thank you for making your child's education a priority! Second Trimester Progress Reports will be e-mailed through Alma on Friday, March 29th.

Cradles to Crayons

First grade students and the Helping Hands Club collected many donations of clothing and other useful items to benefit families in need in the Philadelphia area. Thank you to all BSES families who donated! Pictured below are first graders from Mrs. Moschella's class sorting items for delivery.
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Additional Security Measures 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

Pretzel Friday--3/22!

PRETZEL DAY: Pretzels will be available for purchase this week and will be delivered to the classrooms for snack on Friday, March 22nd. Please note that we’re changing up the pretzel ordering process and trying to “Go Green; NO FORMS/ENVELOPES are needed to purchase a pretzel. If your child would like to purchase a pretzel, please send them to school with $1 per pretzel, cash only and not in an envelope. The teachers will collect the cash and track which students are ordering pretzels and how many they are purchasing.

All money is due by Thursday, March 21st. Thank you!

Safe Touch Lessons March 25-27

Teachers from Delaware County Women Against Rape will join us on March 25-27 to engage each of our classes in learning important information about personal safety. We have been fortunate to host these lessons in our K-5 classes for over 20 years in Garnet Valley. The lessons are well-prepared and are developmentally appropriate. It is of utmost importance that we give our students the knowledge and strategies they need to keep themselves safe.

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.

CALLING ALL 5TH GRADE PARENTS!! Check out the links below for all things 5th Grade!!

  • 5th Grade Yearbook - Cover Contest Submissions (Due by Friday, March 29th)

Students are invited to submit artwork to be featured on the covers of the 2018-2019 yearbook. Those selected win a free copy of the yearbook!

Yearbook Cover Contest Submission Form

  • 5th Grade Yearbook and Video - Picture Submissions (Due by Friday, March 22nd)

In the yearbook, we will feature a photo of each 5th Grade student as a baby or toddler. We will also be creating a commemorative video showing the Class of 2026 moving from kindergarten through the 5th grade. For more info and to submit pictures, please check out these links:

5th Grade Yearbook/Video Informational Letter

Google Form for Baby Picture/Group Photo Submission

  • 5th Grade Yearbook - Questionnaire Submissions (Due by Friday, March 22nd)

The responses to this questionnaire will be featured next to the current portrait and baby picture for each 5th Grade student in the yearbook.

Google Form for 5th Grade Questionnaire

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.

March Fitness Challenge

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BSES Performs the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 at 7:00 PM!

Flat Stanley Candygrams

Purchase a candygram to congratulate a Flat Stanley cast or crew member! Click the link below for more information:

In addition to making your favorite cast or crew member feel special, the proceeds will benefit the BSES Drama program!

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!

Field Day Updates: Our 2019 Field Day will be held on Thursday, May 23rd. The Field Day Committee is hard at work planning this fun filled day along with our gym teachers. We are starting the process of designing and ordering the T-Shirts. If you are interested in participating in our design contest or ordering a T-Shirt please see below for the contest forms/order forms! See below for some important reminders:

  • Field Day T-Shirt Design Contest: The theme for this year’s contest is Greece! Click HERE to view the contest rules! Please limit designs to only 3 colors! Forms are due by Friday, March 29th.

  • Field Day T-Shirt Order Forms: If you are interested in ordering a T-Shirt for this year’s field day please click HERE to view the order form! Please remember to submit ONE form for every T-Shirt ordered (siblings need to have seperate forms). Homeroom parents and volunteers are encouraged to order shirts if interested! Checks can be made out to BSES HSA. Forms are due Monday, April 8th!

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!

Dining for Dollars: Thank you to everyone for coming out to support BSES HSA at our first Dining for Dollars night at California Tortilla! We were able to raise almost $250 that will go towards the library renovations! Stay tuned for another dining for dollars opportunity later in the spring!

Volunteer Spotlight:

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

Volunteers Needed

Our volunteers are the heart of our school activities! If you are looking to get more involved in spring events (specifically the book fair) or in future activities please reach out to get more information! We have vacancies on the HSA Board for the 2019-2020 school year and are looking for individuals to fill positions or co-chair positions. Please contact BSES HSA for more information. Any help is appreciated :)

Upcoming Dates:

March 18 Order Forms due for Mismatched Socks

March 21 Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

March 22 5th Grade Yearbook - Baby/Group Pictures and Questionnaires Due

March 28-29 Bethel Springs presents Flat Stanley Jr!

March 29 Field Day T-Shirt Design Contest Submissions Due

March 29 5th Grade Yearbook - Cover Contest Submissions Due

April 3 Oasis Family Fun Night

April 4 Spring Picture Day

April 8 Field Day T-Shirt Order Forms Due

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.

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: In Greece, people celebrate the “name day” of the saint that bears their name rather than their own birthday.

For members of the Greek Orthodox faith, name days are a much-anticipated event each year, greatly overshadowing birthdays. Most children born into Greek Orthodox families will be given a name that coincides with the name of a Greek Orthodox officially recognized saint. The name day is celebrated on the saint's day ​and is a cause for birthday-like celebrations including sweets, gifts, and parties.
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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

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Important Dates Coming Up!

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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Bethel Springs Elementary School

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