Bethel Springs Elementary School

March 5, 2019

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, March 13th 1:00-3:30PM

Thursday, March 14th 12:00PM-8:00PM

Friday, March 15th 8:00-3:30PM

Education Committee Meeting at BSES on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00 PM

During the course of the school year, members of our school board take the opportunity to visit each school to find out about the great learning taking place. On Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00 PM it is Bethel Springs' turn to host this meeting. All members of the Garnet Valley community are invited to attend these meetings. Please join us!

Internet Safety Awareness

“Momo Challenge” - Social Media Internet Hoax

Many news agencies have recently reported on a social media hoax called the “Momo Challenge.” This viral ghost story has been found embedded in children’s media on several platforms including Facebook, YouTube and YouTube Kids. Children might see it when clips are embedded by hackers and might also see popular YouTube stars talking about this challenge in reaction to what has been embedded.

Some of our students have been talking about the “Momo Challenge.” We encourage them to speak with adults questions about what they see online. However, it is not expected for them to talk about this hoax to scare other students. We do not know if students have actually seen any videos or are talking about what has been in the news. We have not received any reports of students engaging in dangerous activities related to this.

This is, again, another opportunity to talk with our students about internet safety. We always want to remind our students to not share any personal information on the internet, to only accept messages from people they know, and to be sure they understand their parents’ expectations when connected online.

Here are additional resources about the “Momo Challenge”:

CNN Article

Forbes Article

National (UK) Online Safety

Additional tips that we share with students when we discuss digital citizenship are below:

  1. Treat people the way you hope to be treated.

  2. Communicate responsibly & kindly with one another.

  3. Keep private information private.

  4. Respect others’ privacy.

  5. Stand up and speak up against cyberbullying.

  6. Think about the future…

Thank you for your support.

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.

For 5th Grade Students: Yearbook Cover Contest

BSES 5th Graders are invited to submit an entry for the 2018-2019 Yearbook Cover Contest.

Below is a link to the Yearbook Cover Contest form:

5th graders will also receive a hard copy of the form.

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!

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!

Box Tops Collection : Thank you to everyone for sending in your Box Tops! Without further ado- our grade winners for this collection are as follows:

1st Grade- Mrs. Moschella

2nd Grade- Mrs. Macauley

3rd Grade- Mrs. Baggio

4th Grade- Mrs. Ferguson

5th Grade- Mrs. Chalfant

Special shout out to Mrs. Macauley’s class for being the school wide winner! Since we had such a high level of participation we have decided to award ALL grade level winners a pajama party with a special popcorn snack! We will be collecting again next year so please start saving your Box Tops for future collections!

We can’t forget to mention all our wonderful volunteers that helped organize this fundraiser! Thank to all our committee members for helping distribute collection forms and sort all the box tops. Kelly Bisch (committee lead), Mary Dye, Krista Rachubinski, Renata Brooks, Karen Siegel, Brandy Brinkman, Lora Barber, and Lauren Withelder all worked throughout the year to make this fundraiser a success!

Book Swap: Our 2nd Annual Book Swap was a great success! With an even better selection of books this year, students were able to take home books that were exciting and new (to them :)).

The winners of the Book Swap Pajama Day (100% class participation) are the classes of Mrs Sullivan, Mrs Smith, Mrs Ferguson, Mrs Henderson, and Mr Quindlen

A great deal of organization and streamlining of logistics was needed to complete the Book Swap, and thanks to all the volunteers for bringing the Swap to fruition. Special thanks are in order for all the Reading Teachers led by Peggy Upton and Laura DiBattista and all the HSA Volunteers including Heather Bilson (committee co-lead), Tara Czerwinski (committee co-lead), Stephanie Heaney, and Rhonda Sinor.

Stocks Bakery Pound Cake Sale - Pick Up Information: :

We will be providing curbside pick up for the Stock’s Pound Cake sale.

When: Friday March 8th from 3pm- 6pm

Where: The old Kindergarten Loop to the left of the school

Remember: Don’t forget to print and bring your receipt when picking up your cakes!

Dollar Dining at California Tortilla: The HSA will be hosting a Spirit Night at California Tortilla (200 Town Center Drive, Glen Mills) on Wednesday, March 13th from 4pm-8pm. The kids have a ½ day of school, so we figured we would save you the trouble of having to cook that night :) Check out the FLYER, and make sure to say “Bethel Springs” when you are placing your order so that the BSES HSA receives 25% of your total. Tell your friends and family too!!

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!

Volunteer Spotlight:

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

Pretzel Friday: Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our most recent Pretzel Day! Volunteers included Stacey Robinson (committee lead), Tiffany Kuzmick, Cindy Burgy, Melinda Chiu, and Jeanie Houpt.

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 8 Stocks Pound Cake Pickup (3pm-6pm)

March 13 ½ Day for Students (Grades 1-5)

March 13 Spirit Day at California Tortilla in Glen Mills (4pm-8pm)

March 14-15 NO SCHOOL (Parent Teacher Conferences)

April 3 Oasis Family Fun Night

April 4 Spring Picture Day

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.

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Important Information From GVMS for Parents of 5th Grade Students

Dear Parents/Guardians of Garnet Valley 5th Graders,

We are excited to welcome you to Garnet Valley Middle School this fall. Over the next few months, you will begin to receive communications from GVMS regarding parent meetings and transition information for the 2019-2020 school year.

But first, we want to share with you that it will be important to know how to access your child’s Garnet Valley school email account. By understanding this system it will enable both you and your child to experience a smooth and enjoyable transition to the Garnet Valley Middle School.

Most 5th-grade students regularly use their Google email accounts at the elementary level. We would like to share with you the account protocols. Students can sign into Gmail (or Google) using, followed by their password, which in most cases is first three letters of the last name, all caps, followed by student ID (Lunch number) - LAF12345 as an example. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please email

GVSD is a leader in technology and committed to its integration in the classroom. It is important that students establish the routine of checking their email on a regular basis. In order to start preparing students for the transition to middle school, we kindly ask that you and your child view and begin to manage your child’s school email account this spring. Garnet Valley Middle School will be communicated with 5th graders via the student email. For example, the summer work information and expectations for 6th grade ELA and math will be communicated in this manner.

Thank you for your continued support. The topic of the next communication will be your use of our student information management system called ALMA. We look forward to meeting you soon.


Lisa Stenz, Principal

Dawn Papa, Assistant Principal

Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

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: The ancient Greeks are often called the inventors of mathematics. The work of Greek mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes lies at the basis of modern mathematics.

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GVHS Presents Annie!

The Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association will present Annie from March 7-9 at GVHS. Annie is fun for all ages so bring the entire family to a performance to show your support for our amazingly talented and hardworking students! For tickets and information, visit

GVHS Dance Team Sponsors Diva Dance Party on March 23rd!

Diva Dance Party sponsored by the Garnet Valley Dance Team is scheduled for March 23, 2019 at the High School from 10:00-4:00 (Registration beginning at 9:30). Preschool age 4 through 5th grade are welcome to attend this fun filled day with the Garnet Valley Dance Team. They will learn a dance routine, have their hair and make up done, do a craft project, have lunch, get a t-shirt and perform for family and friends at the end of the day! Sign up by mail, through the Garnet Valley Diva Dance Facebook page or Eventbrite. Act quickly before space runs out! We hope to see your little Diva there!

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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 12: Education Committee Meting at BSES 6:00 PM

March 13, 14, 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences

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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