Bethel Springs Elementary School
January 6, 2020
Important Updates From Our Home and School Association
Welcome back to the first full week of school in 2020! So let’s get back to business regarding all things HSA :)
Home and School Executive Board Meeting Monday, January 13th at 7:00 PM BSES LGI --All are welcome!
LET’S GET READY TO BINGO!! Bingo Family Fun Night is coming to Bethel Springs on Friday, February 7th! The event will be held in three separate sessions: Session 1 from 5:15-6:30, Session 2 from 6:45-8:00, and Session 3 from 8:15-9:30. Tickets are $5 per person. Students, siblings and family members are welcome! Save the date now; all the info to register is coming next week.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION REMINDER: Look for another paper collection coming soon, but in the meantime, don’t forget about 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 https://www.boxtops4education.com/. (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.
SHOPAROO: And while you’re scanning receipts for Box Tops, might as well get the most bang for your buck by also scanning them using the Shoparoo app! If you are not familiar with Shoparoo, which is available from the Apple Store or Google Play, families can use the app to scan and upload receipts from grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores. Bethel Springs earns points for each receipt uploaded (think Acme, Giant, Wegmans, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, BJs, Costco, etc), and participants can track who is leading with the most points in the school and in their grade for a friendly competitive bonus. Please visit www.shoparoo.com to learn more about this hassle-free fundraiser.
Nature Trail: Thank you to the Markowitz Family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail during the week of December 16th! (And don’t forget that there are still some Keeper of the Trail volunteer slots available in January/February; check out the Sign-Up Genius HERE to see what’s available and to sign up.)
Tuesday, January 7
HSA Executive Board Meeting, 7pm
Wednesday, January 8
4th Grade Band Concert, GVHS 7pm
Thursday, January 9
4th Grade Orchestra Concert, GVHS 7pm
Friday, January 10
For the most up to date information, check out the BSES HSA Website!
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Just a “Heads Up” from our Helping Hands Club Regarding Cradles to Crayons Collection
Most Needed Items:
- Jeans/Pants and Long-Sleeve Shirts
- Sizes 0-3 months
- Sizes 7/8 through 18/20
- NEW Pajamas
- Sizes 0-3 months to 18/20
- NEW Underwear
- Sizes 2T to 18/20
- Winter Boots
- Sizes 4 (infant/toddler) to 9 (youth/adult)
- Hat and Glove Bundles
- Ages 0-12 years
- Winter Coats
- Sizes 0-3 months to 18/20, (especially: 0-24 month winter coats
- Baby Board Books (0-2 years)
- Pre-Teen Chapter Books (11-12 years)
- Early Reader Books (ages 7-8)
- NEW Baby Bottles
- NEW Baby Lotion
- School Supplies
- NEW Pencil Sharpeners
What We Accept:
Clothing (youth sizes 0–18/20 and adult sizes medium)
- 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
- Books (baby board books through grade 6)
- New arts and crafts
- New school supplies
- Baby supplies (baby carriers, diaper bags, tubs, etc.)
- Baby hygiene (infant washcloths, towels, shampoo, lotion, wipes, etc.)
- Infant bedding (bassinet and crib only)
- Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats less than five years old
- New and like-new toys (see below for exceptions)
- New batteries
- Click here for a more detailed list of our Donation Guidelines.
What We 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
- Books and clothing with family related messaging (“I Love Mommy,” “Daddy’s Little Girl”)
- Used bathing suits
- Used underwear, socks, or pajamas
- Used hygiene or feeding products or bottles
- Baby food
- Used arts and crafts/school supplies
Helping Hands Club Still Has Openings!
Please click the Google form linked below to sign up for Helping Hands:
Get Out and Enjoy Nature with Trailblazers!
Dear Garnet Valley Families,
This Saturday's Christmas Bird Count has been postponed due to inclement weather. Between the weather and scheduling conflicts, the event has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 25th from 9am-12pm. For those keeping score, this is outside of the official Christmas Bird Count window, but I would rather have the count on a favorable weather day instead of no count at all!
Also, registration is still available for the winter session of the after school BSES Birding Club! The club season starts in less than two weeks from now. Here is more information on these upcoming events and more:
Trailblazers BSES Birding Club
Tuesdays until 4:30pm
Join Trailblazers for an exciting after-school environmental education experience! We will spend our sessions on the BSES Nature Trail studying the birds found in our local ecosystem. We will collect scientific data using the website eBird to study populations and migration patterns of species on the BSES Nature Trail. Students should be prepared to venture on our wonderful nature trail on a weekly basis as we watch the trail change throughout the fall season! Please note this club is only available for students in grades 2 through 5.
Leaders: Mr. BQ
Location: BSES Room 220
Meets on the following Tuesdays: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Club Tuition: $125.00
Flyer for registration:
Trailblazers Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sat, January 25, 2020, 9am – 12pm
*POSTPONED TO 1/25 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER* Join Trailblazers as Bethel Springs Elementary School participates in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count for Kids. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife survey in the world! In this survey, ordinary citizens collect scientific data by observing both the types and numbers of birds found in an area. We will begin our day with a presentation highlighting birds of the Nature Trail. Next, we will venture onto the trail in search of birds while practicing field techniques such as binocular use and data collection. The morning will conclude with refreshments as we submit our count data to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s online bird population database, eBird.org. Once we compile our data, every participant will have their own checklist to commemorate this awesome day of birding!
The session will run from 9am-12pm and will meet in the LGI. Bring your own binoculars. If needed, BSES has pairs to lend. Please dress in appropriate footwear and winter clothing in preparation for hiking. This session is for 1st through 8th grade students.
Leaders: Mr. BQ
Location: BSES Collaboration & Innovation Lab
Event Fee: $20.00 Per Family
Flyer for registration:
Also, check out this great event this Saturday at Garnet Valley High School:
Holiday Tree Recycling Sponsored by GVHS Environmental Club
Sat, January 4, 2020, 12pm – 2pm at Garnet Valley High School
Give your tree a second life as wood chips for our district's nature trails! Recycle your tree on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at Garnet Valley High School from 12pm to 3pm. Tree recycling is free, but donations are appreciated to support the GVHS Environmental Club!
Finally, I have a variety of speaking engagements at local bird clubs happening this winter and spring. These programs are targeted toward adults, but all of these meetings and programs are open to the general public for free:
Wonderful Winter Waterfowl Workshop of Exton Park
HomeNet Automotive Offices, 224 Valley Creek Blvd #400, Exton, PA 19341
Tuesday, January 21st, 2019 - Doors at 5:30pm, workshop from 6:00pm-7:00pm
"Y Birding: A Retrospective" at the Birding Club of Delaware County
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall, PA 19008
Wednesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:30pm
"Birding with BQ in Arizona" at the West Chester Bird Club
Friends Meeting House, 415 North High Street, West Chester, PA
Monday, March 16th, 2019 at 7:30pm
"Birding with BQ in Arizona" at Wyncote Audubon SocietyPlymouth Meeting Friends Meeting House, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Friday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:30pm
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Brian "Mr. BQ" Quindlen, M.Ed.
Bethel Springs Elementary School
4th Grade Teacher
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