Bethel Springs Elementary School

March 25, 2019

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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:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t6EyESOzAG7MSnLN904t9ou4pjborQY5V61MC0hxm2E/edit?usp=sharing

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


4th and 5th grade students,

To make it easier to send candygrams to your friend in cast and crew, candygrams will be sold during 4th and 5th grade lunches on Monday, March 25th, Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday, March 28th. Candy grams can be purchased for $1.00-$2.00.

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Spring Picture Day Thursday, April 4th!

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Nature Trail Clean-up: Saturday, April 6th from 9:00-11:00AM

There will be plenty to do for grown-ups and kids alike! Our main goals will be clearing the pathways of fallen leaves and clearing out any plant growth that is obstructing the path or blocking signage along the trail. Please bring any tools that may help us accomplish these goals. Rakes will be the most useful tools. Gardening gloves will be a good idea for everyone as well as weather appropriate clothing and shoes or boots that can get wet or muddy.There will be a brief instructional chat at the start of the morning which will also include tips for being safe on the trail. Hope to see you there!
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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.


Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District

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.

For 5th Grade Students and Parents

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 (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 3/29)

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 (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 3/29)

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.


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 (garnetvalleyschools.com) 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.

https://bses.garnetvalleyschools.com/calendar

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!

Oasis Fun Night: We will be holding our second Oasis Family Fun Night on Wednesday, April 3rd from 5:00-8:00pm!! Come out and enjoy playing at the Oasis Family Fun Center (35 Lacrue Ave, Glen Mills) while helping to support Bethel Springs! We will receive 50% of ticket sales as well as a portion 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 ($10): 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*


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 this 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: Keep an eye out, we will be putting out some information about the Color Dash in the next few weeks! Mark your calendars 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 Douglas Family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail this past week!

Pretzel Friday: Thanks to all our volunteers who helped with our most recent pretzel sale: Stacey Robinson (committee lead), Melinda Chiu, Jeanie Houpt, and Tiffany Kuzmick. Proceeds from the sale will benefit BSES Summer Camp Scholarship Fund! Thanks for your support!


Upcoming Dates:

March 29 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-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bseshsa/

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: Greek has been spoken for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest languages in the world.

Click the link below to see where Greek ranks among the world's oldest languages:

http://www.oldest.org/culture/written-languages/
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Parent Education Opportunities

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Important Dates Coming Up!

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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