Bethel Springs Elementary School

October 28, 2019

Open House/Back-to-School Night Survey

GVSD Elementary families,

Thank you for joining us this summer for our August Open House. Last school year you provided feedback about your experience and we would like to continue gathering that input. We will use your input to improve this experience for your family and children to get to know our schools, staff, and programming. Please click here to share your thoughts.

Elementary Principals

Important Updates From Our Home and School Association


The HSA will be hosting an Oasis Family Fun Night on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:00-8:00pm!! Come out and play at the Oasis Family Fun Center (35 Lacrue Ave, Glen Mills) while helping to support Bethel Springs! The HSA will receive 50% of admission revenue as well as 10% of food sales. This is an optional drop off event, so if you want to leave your kids and go run some errands, simply come inside and sign them in!

There are two ticket options for the event:

  • Option #1 - Combo Package ($12): Entrance to the soft playground and ballocity play area

  • Option #2 - VIP Package ($25): Entrance to all play areas, laser tag, rock climbing, basketball as well as a $5 game card!

If you don’t want to get the all-inclusive VIP package but want to add on an attraction and/or game card not covered in the admission option you’ve selected, Oasis has add-on options for an additional charge(s). Ask when you arrive and pay for your child. *And don’t forget to wear socks!*

SAVE THE DATE - PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT AT BOARD & BRUSH: We had so much fun at last year’s inaugural Board & Brush fundraising event that we decided it was definitely a go for a second year! Join us on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30-9:30pm at Board & Brush Creative Studios (331 Wilmington Pike Suite 4, Glen Mills) for a great time meeting new people or with friends while creating your own unique signs and enjoying BYO snacks, “etc.” The number of seats is limited, so book your spot soon! All signs in the gallery are $68, and the HSA will receive 20% of the profits from the event. Check out the event FLYER for more info and to REGISTER. Please contact Karen Sholders with questions.


Congratulations to Mrs. Cashell’s Fourth Grade Class for submitting the most Box Tops in the Fall 2019 Collection! The class will be rewarded with an extra recess and special snack with Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen. The fourth grade classes were on fire for this collection, taking first (Cashell-369), second (Durbin-296), and third (Ferguson-271) places school-wide. Check out the following list of classes with the highest number of Box Tops submitted per grade, especially if it helps motivate you to really get your Box Top game on for the next collection: 1st-Mrs. Uniacke (270), 2nd-Mrs. Brennan (192), 3rd-Mrs. Shearn (252), 4th-Mrs. Cashell (369), and 5th-Mrs. Reid (158).

BOOK FAIR POSTER CONTEST: A blizzard of books is forecasted to hit Bethel Springs November 18 - 22! The Arctic Adventure Scholastic Book Fair will be here before we know it, and we’re kicking it off with a poster contest for some pretty cool prizes:

  • Students are invited to create & enter a poster around the theme “Arctic Adventure: Snow Much Fun to Read!”

  • Entries will be accepted from November 4 - 8.

  • Check out the FLYER for remaining important details & specific prizes! (Flyers are being sent home this week.)

Questions? Please contact Tara Czerwinski.

ICYMI - TRUNK OR TREAT RECAP: This year’s Trunk or Treat held on Friday, October 25th was definitely spooktacular success! Check out the list of the contest winners below:

Trunk Decorating Contest

  • 1st Prize: The Rachubinski Family - Pirates ($45)

  • 2nd Prize: The Bilson Family - Fabulous Flamingos ($25)

  • 3rd Prize: The Stuardi Family - Goosebumps ($15)

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

  • 1st Prize: The Okoniewski Family (Lunch with the Principals)

  • 2nd Prize: The Lynch Family (BSES Spiritwear Gift Certificate)

  • 3rd Prize: The Brinkman Family (Scholastic Book Fair Gift Card)

50/50 Winner: The Lynch Family, who generously donated their winnings back to the event

Scavenger Hunt Winners (Prizes donated by Garnet Valley Eye Care and Delaware Pediatrics)

  • Gianna Siderio: Amazon Gift Card, Harry Potter LEGO

  • Athena Dong: GameStop Gift Card, video game

  • Eva Gillespie: Dick’s Gift Card, Basketball

  • Sasha Wodeyar: Target Gift Card, board game

  • Hannah Brinkman: Michael’s Gift Card, slime kit


Trunk or Treat: Thank you so much to all the volunteers and organizations who helped make Trunk or Treat such a fun

and safe experience for everyone involved! Volunteers for the event included Chrissy Stuardi (Committee Lead), Carrie Douglas (HSA Liaison), Heather Benson, Heather Bilson, Colleen Buemi, Joyce Bufano, Heather Crocamo-Malampy, Stephanie DerOhannessian, Janice Matier, Holly Salloga, and Karen Sholders. We are grateful for the support and donations from Garnet Valley Eye Care, Delaware Pediatrics, and the Meat House of Chadds Ford. Thank you, as always, to Mr. Piasecki for emceeing the event and to Mr. Guidetti for providing his deejaying skills. Additional thanks are owed to the following groups: Bethel Township Police and Fire Departments, Bethel Township Parks and Recreation, and Garnet Valley High School Interact.

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


Oct 31 Halloween Parties (Grade 1: 1pm, Grades 2-5: 2pm)

Nov 1 Spiritwear Friday

Nov 4 Book Fair Poster Contest Begins

Nov 5 School Closed - Election Day

Nov 6 Oasis Family Fun Night (5:00-8:00pm)

Nov 8 Book Fair Poster Contest Ends

For the most up to date information, check out the BSES HSA Website!

Follow us on social media:

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Instagram - @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter - @bseshsa1

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Book Fair Poster Contest

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The makers of Sumdog, a popular Math app, sponsor a contest in Delaware County. We are happy to celebrate that Mrs. Levey’s 5th grade class won the contest! Mrs. Levey’s 4th grade class placed 4th and Mrs. Durbin's math class placed 6th. Student winners are Saketh Are - 1st place of all 754 students that participated, answering 990 out of 1,000 questions correctly! Shruti Sridar placed 3rd answering 984 questions correctly. Bethel stands PROUD!!!

Halloween Celebrations at School!

Our Halloween parties will be conducted by our Homeroom parents on Thursday, October 31st. Parties for grade 1 will take place at 1:00PM. Parties for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 will take place at 2:00 PM. Students may wear costumes for their parties. Send the costumes in with students that morning. Students should be able to put costumes on with little or no assistance. Costumes should be safe and appropriate for school, nothing violent or gory in nature. Thank you!
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American Education Week

During the week of November 18-22 public schools across the country will celebrate American Education Week, a time set aside for parents and visitors to find out more about all of the great learning that takes place in our schools. We invite parents to visit to according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, 11/19

  • Grade 5 9:15-10:15AM
  • Grade 4 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday 11/20

  • Grade 1 10:00-11:00AM
  • Grade 2 12:00-1:00PM
  • Grade 3 1:30-2:30PM

We hope you can join us!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences November 25-27

Parent/Teacher Conferences are a vital part of communication regarding your child's progress in school. At BSES we always have experienced excellent participation from parents at conference time, something that we greatly appreciate.

Fall conferences will be held on the following dates:

Monday, November 25th 8:00AM to 3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 26th 12:00PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 27th 8:00AM to 12:00 PM

Please note that progress reports will be issued on Friday, December 13th. Teachers will not have progress reports prepared for conferences, but will have good information and observations regarding your child's progress in school thus far.

Thank you for your support!

Art and Literature Fling 2019-2020

Each year BSES engages in the school-wide study of a country to promote cultural awareness and a more global perspective among our students. Each student engages in an art project and a brief research project that culminates in the Art and Literature Fling Exhibit held at the end of May. Every student has his/her work displayed at the Art and Literature Fling. Throughout the year we integrate opportunities for learning about the given country in the homeroom, in others of our special area classes, and through school-wide announcements and activities.

This year we are trying something a little different. Each grade level was assigned an area of the world and teachers chose a country in that area to study. Students will engage in learning about the country chosen for their grade level and will share their learning with the rest of the school. In this way, students will learn about 5 different countries and cultures! Our 4th grade has chosen to focus on the United States with the thought that exploring your own country more deeply is, of course, very important and it gives a foundation for exploring and understanding other countries and cultures.

Below are the countries chosen by each grade level:

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5 Countries/100 facts

We have asked each grade level to research and communicate 20 facts about their chosen country. 5 Countries x 20 Facts =100 Facts. These will be shared in the form of brief video clips created by students.

Please enjoy these video facts about the United States from our 4th graders:

The Northeastern Region (Mrs. Ferguson's Class)

The Northeast Region 1

The Southeastern Region (Mrs. Neuber's Class)


The Southwestern Region (Mr. Quindlen's Class)

Southwestern USA Video by Mr BQ's 4th Grade Class

The Western Region (Mrs. Durbin's Class)

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The Midwestern Region (Mrs. Cashell's Class)

The Midwestern States

National Geographic Bee

October 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

The 4th and 5th grade students of Bethel Springs will have the opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Bee! This is how the Bee proceeds:

  1. We have a preliminary competition involving all participants. This will take place at BSES on Wednesday, January 8th at 3:30 P.M. The field will be narrowed to 10 finalists.

  2. The Final Competition will involve the 10 finalists and will take place at BSES during the school day on Friday, January 17th at 9:00 AM. One winner will be determined.

  3. Our school level winner must take an online test that will be scored by National Geographic. This must be completed and sent by Friday, February 7th. Qualifiers for the State Bee will be notified by Monday, March 2nd. If the student achieves the necessary score on this test, he/she will go on to compete at the State Be in Harrisburg on Friday, March 27th. The state level winner will go on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C.

Students interested in participating can visit the following website to learn more: On this website there are resources that students can purchase to prepare themselves for the Bee. They may also seek out their own geography study resources at the library or on the internet. Students must prepare and study on their own time. At school we will hold three practice sessions. These will take place in the BSES LGI on the following dates:

Monday, November 18th (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Tuesday, December 17h (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Monday, January 6th (4th grade 12:00-1:00; 5th grade 1:00-2:00)

Participants should pack lunches on dates of the practice sessions.

How do I sign up?

If your child is interested in participating in the National Geographic Bee, please click the link to the Google form below:

Registrations will be taken until Friday, November 8th.

Thank you!

Mr. Piasecki

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Mileage Club Results from Friday, 10/25

Mileage Club started at recess last Friday. Students walk or run laps at recess and scan QR codes on iPads to log their laps. Below are results from last week:
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School Picture Re-take Day--Tuesday, December 3rd

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our district website provides important information to help parents.navigate the GV school experience. Below is the link to the parent portal:

School Calendar

The Bethel Springs calendar of events can be accessed on our school website. Click the link below to view:

Garnet Valley School District Blog

Welcome to the Garnet Valley School District Blog! Here we will feature news, alerts, and events from our district and its community.

Click the link below:
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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!

Parent Workshop on December 3rd at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit

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