Bethel Springs Elementary School

November 21, 2018

The Staff of Bethel Springs Wishes Our Students and Their Families a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Be Sure to Read BSES Home and School Association Announcements Included in This Week's Update!

4th and 5th Graders: Register to Participate in the National Geographic Bee!

Please click the link below for information about the National Geographic Bee:

We hope to see a number of our students participate!

Scripps Spelling Bee! Open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders!

Spelling Bee Information

  • Please sign and return the spelling bee permission form.

  • Each student will be given a list of words that will be used in the school Spelling Bee.

  • The school Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 1st.

  • SPIRIT/SCRIPPS Spelling Bee at the county level will be held on Saturday, February 23rd.

  • We are allowed to send two spellers to the local bee. Students can be in third, fourth or fifth grade. The Spelling Bee format will follow the Scripp’s guidelines.

  • More information can be found at:

  • We will be meeting at 8:35 in room Library. Once we have parent emails and the number of participants, we will send out a schedule of meetings.

  • Please begin to study and practice the lists with your child at home.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Mrs. Allen & Mrs. Cashell

Spelling Bee Permission

Spelling Bee Information

Flat Stanley Parent Meeting Tuesday, November 27th 7:00PM

Mr. Cashell will oversee the artistic direction of the play, but the production, in all its many aspects, cannot go on with out the assistance of an army of parent volunteers. We will need a parent or two to be the Play Manager(s) to coordinate all of the volunteers and to work closely with Mr. Cashell. Set construction, costume design, make-up, rehearsal supervision, refreshment sales, etc.--there is a job for everyone! We have been incredibly fortunate over the years to have parents who rise to the occasion to help create productions that kids will long remember and treasure! We will have a meeting for parents of the cast on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:00 PM in the BSES LGI.
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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.

Parent Workshop Opportunity on November 27th!

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November Fitness Challenge!

Forms were distributed to students in gym classes. If students need a form, it can be obtained from Mr. Custer or Mrs. McCusker.
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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!

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!

Save the Date: Our next HSA meeting will be Thursday, November 29th at 10AM in the Collaboration and Innovation Lab at BSES. Join us to touch base about recent fundraisers/events and plan new activities for the winter/spring! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Board and Brush Parents’ Night Out: If you are planning on attending our Parents’ Night Out on November 30th ,secure your seat before they are all gone! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a fun night out with friends! Click HERE for more info about the event. Click HERE to register and save your spot!

NEW - Color Me Mine Night: We are excited to announce our first ever Color Me Mine Night at Bethel Springs! There will be two sessions offered on Friday, December 7th (5:00- 6:00 and 6:15-7:15). Click HERE to learn more details about the event, and click HERE to complete your registration!! And don’t forget that adults can paint too :)

**Please note that pieces must be pre-selected and paid for in advance so register by Friday, November 30th to save your seat!

Just in time for holiday gift giving, Spiritwear will also be available for purchase during the Color Me Mine event. Make sure to stop by the table and check out the goods!

Volunteer Spotlight

Scholastic Book Fair- Another successful Scholastic Book Fair is in the books and countless books have found new homes in our classrooms and in our children’s hands!!! Even better is the fact that we have helped Scholastic buy hundreds of dollars of books for children in need thanks to YOUR generosity and the help of our AMAZING male teachers Mr. Behl, Mr. Custer, Mr. Guidetti, Mr. Kavitski, McLaughlin, Mr. VonDerStuck, and of course Mr. Quindlen!

ALL of the wonderful aspects of the Book Fair would not have been possible, though, without all of the contributions of our committee members and other volunteers especially Kasha Maxfield (Committee Lead), Dawn Wyzen, Cindy Burgy, Stephanie DerOhannessian, Hema Kothari, Lauren Withelder, Melinda Chiu, Heather Bilson, Melissa Iannucci, Michelle Daciw, Karen Siegel, Carrie Douglas, Janice Matier, Jamie Kern, Meredith Lawler, and Linda Quinney. Also, we had help from the wonderful GVHS students’ from the Interact club and of course the tireless help and support from Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen. THANK YOU ALL!!!

Yankee Candle and Cherrydale Fundraiser - Thank you so much to Dawn Wyzen (Committee Lead), Julie Sharp (HSA Liaison), Cindy Burgy, Tara Czerwinski, Michelle Daciw, Melinda Grugan, Sherie Higgins, Don Maxfield, and Linda Quinney for all of your efforts to make this fundraiser a great success!

Keeper of the Trail - Many thanks to the Moran Family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail this past week!

Upcoming Dates:

November 19-23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

November 29 HSA Meeting 10AM

November 30 Picture Day Retakes

November 30 Board and Brush Parents’ Night Out

December 7 Color Me Mine Night

December 21 Holiday Parties

For the most up to date information check the HSA Website: BSES HSA

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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 Marathon Originated in Greece.

Legend holds that the world's first marathon was run — unintentionally — in 490 B.C. by a Greek soldier, Pheidippides, who ran the 25 miles to Athens from the town of Marathon to announce a battleground victory over the Persians.

The men’s marathon has been an official part of the Olympic Games since the first modern Olympiad in 1896. It wasn’t until ninety-odd years later, in 1984, that the women’s marathon event was added to the Olympic program. Because of the event’s historic origins in ancient Greece, and the fitness levels required to run it competitively, the marathon is one of the most famous running events at the Olympics.













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Important Dates Coming Up!

November 29 Home and School Association General Business Meeting 10:00 AM

November 30 Picture Re-take Day

December 14 First Trimester Progress Reports distributed

December 3 Grade 5 Band Concert

December 10 Grade 3 Chorus Concert

December 17 Grades 4/5 Chorus Concert

December 18 Grade 5 Orchestra Concert

December 22 to January 1 Winter Break (School resumes on January 2nd)

January 8 Grade 4 Orchestra Concert

January 9 Grade 4 Band Concert

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