Bethel Springs Elementary School

January 7, 2019

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No Name Calling Week January 21-25

No Name Calling Week is a national observance to call attention to the need to be kind and respectful toward others and to appreciate what is unique about each of us. To support this, we are asking everyone to think about how words and actions can hurt. We will challenge ourselves to use kind words and do kind deeds and see how good it feels to be both on the giving and receiving ends of such words and actions. During this week all students will hear a story titled "I Am Human!" by Susan Verde and will engage in activities related to the book. On Thursday, January 24th we will celebrate "Proud to be Me Day" --a favorite with our students and staff. This is a special Spirit Day in which each student and staff member gets to come to school dressed up in something special that celebrates his/her personality and interests. Students and staff can come dressed as an Irish Dancer, a Sports Player, someone from a favorite book or movie such as Harry Potter or Star Wars—whatever expresses some aspect of one’s personality and interests! Creativity is encouraged! At Bethel Springs we always strive to be kind and respectful toward others, but No Name Calling Week is a time to give this extra emphasis.

January Fitness Challenge

Students can get forms from Mr. Custer or Mrs. McCusker.
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Just a Heads Up: Book Swap Scheduled for February!

Save the Date (and BOOKS!) for Bethel Springs’ Book Swap: The BSES Reading Department is teaming up with the HSA to host a book swap at school in February. This is a great opportunity for students to trade in some books that they have already read and pick out some new books that interest them! Be on the lookout for specific information. In the meantime, kindly set aside your children’s gently used books from their favorite authors and/or series so they can swap them out in February for a new favorite read!

Cradles to Crayons Collection Drive

Sponsored by the First Grade Classes and The Helping Hands Club at BSES!

Cleaning out drawers and closets to make way for new items received over the holidays? Receive extras of gifts that you could donate? Please consider giving to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that supports children an families in the Philadelphia area.

The collection will take place throughout the month of January . Please put donations in bags/boxes.

Thanks, in advance, for your support!

What Cradles to Crayons Will Accept:

  • Clothing (youth sizes 0–14/16 and adult sizes small)

  • New socks & underwear

  • New pajamas (except 0-24 months will be accepted in like-new condition)

  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–9)

  • Heavy coats, lightweight jackets, winter hats, gloves/mittens

  • Baby supplies (baby carriers, diaper bags, tubs, etc.)

  • Baby hygiene (infant washcloths, towels, shampoo, lotion, wipes, etc.)

  • Infant bedding (bassinet and crib only)

  • Diapers

  • Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats less than five years old

What Cradles to Crayons CANNOT Accept: In the interest of the health/safety of the families we serve and in consideration of the limited space they may have access to, we cannot accept the following:

  • Furniture and household goods/items

  • Cribs of any kind (due to recalls)

  • Car seats and other infant safety items more than five years old

  • Over-sized plastic play structures and backyard toys

  • Stuffed animals

  • Used sports safety equipment (helmets, shin guards, etc.)

  • Bicycles or ride-on toys

  • Any toy larger than 2′ x 2′ (must be small enough to fit into a carry-on suitcase)

  • DVDs/CDs/VHS tapes/computer games

  • Violent toys/games

  • Electronics

  • Books and clothing with family related/holiday messaging (“I Love Mommy,” “Daddy’s Little Girl” “Santa’s Little Helper” etc.)

  • Used bathing suits

  • Used underwear, socks, or pajamas

  • Used hygiene or feeding products or bottles

  • Baby food

  • Used arts and crafts/school supplies

Safety and Courtesy in the Pick-up Line


Please exercise safety and courtesy when picking up students at the end of the day from the car line at the gym and when picking up students from after school activities. Please wait patiently for your turn and stay in the line until the car in front of you has loaded and moved on. Thank you for your help!

Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen

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Directory For Elementary School Families in Garnet Valley

Many parents/guardians have asked that we create a directory for elementary school families in Garnet Valley. If you do not want your information (phone number and email address) listed in the directory please click this link and opt out. Otherwise, it will be included. Thank you.

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Please Make Sure Children Are Dressed For the Weather!

The cold temperatures are here for a while to come! Please make sure that children dress warmly--winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves. When weather permits, we like to make sure that students can get outside for recess. Please know that students who are not dressed for the weather will not be permitted to go outside for recess. A half hour is a long time to be outside in the cold when not warmly dressed! Thank you for your help!

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!

The Bethel Springs HSA hopes that everyone had a safe and happy holiday break!

BoxTop Winter Collection: We have an exciting new prize for this round of Box Top Collections. The class who collects the most box tops will win an indoor recess prize pack! Check out the new submission FORM that came home for the next BoxTop Collection.

Get More Bang for your Box Tops: In addition to submitting your BoxTop Winter Collection Form on Monday, January 7th, you can also check out additional opportunities to raise even more money for the school through BoxTop Sweepstakes and Bonus App! (FYI-Our school is listed on the Box Tops website as BETHEL SPRINGS ELEMENTARY in Marcus Hook.)

Cradles to Crayons Collection: The BSES Helping Hands Club and the First Grade Classes are collecting for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia ​starting in January. Check out the FLYER or HSA Website for more details on what items can and cannot be accepted!

Save the Date: Friday, February 8th will be our annual Family Bingo Night from 5:00-8:00!

Upcoming Dates:

January 7 BoxTop Winter Collection Forms DUE

January 8 Grade 4 Orchestra Concert
January 9 Grade 4 Band Concert

January 21 No School- MLK Day

End of January Cradles to Crayons Collection Ends

February Book Swap date TBD

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 28th (you'll have to be present to win)!

This Week's Fact About Greece: Greece is one of the sunniest countries in the world.

Did you know that the whole country has more than 250 days of sun on average? That’s more than 3000 sunny hours per year. Some islands even see around 300 days of sun per year!
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GV Solofest

Garnet Valley Solo Fest - Sat Feb 23, 2019

All GV students grades 5-12 band, orchestra, chorus, or piano lessons are invited to perform a solo in the 2019 GV Solo Fest. Students will perform an approved solo piece for two music adjudicators (not in front of an audience), and will receive written feedback and participation recognition. Several outstanding performers will be selected for special recognition and may be selected to perform in our 2019 Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert on March 24. Your music teacher will help you select a piece to perform. Register at by Jan 25!

The Future of Teaching and Learning in Garnet Valley: Informational and Interactive Workshop for All Parents with Children in Grades 3-12

Garnet Valley remains a destination school district for families throughout the country due in part to the push for personalized learning and cutting-edge instructional technologies. Join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2019, for an interactive presentation and discussion led by Mr. Samuel Mormando, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning. Topics will include Garnet Valley’s work to personalize learning for all students, new classroom technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) & VR (virtual reality), and new educational programs including eSchool@GarnetValley and blended learning options now offered at the high school.

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Parent Workshop at the DCIU

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Important Dates Coming Up!

January 8 Grade 4 Orchestra Concert

January 9 Grade 4 Band Concert

January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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