Bethel Springs Elementary School

November 11, 2019

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Important Updates From Our Home and School Association

SIGN UP NOW - 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.


Box Top Fall 2019 Collection: Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped organize the Fall 2019 Box Top Collection! The volunteers included Brandy Brinkman and Krista Rachubinski (Committee Leads) as well as Lora Barber, Renata Brooks, Michelle Craley, Sandy Markowitz, Michelle Menseck, Karen Siegel, and Dawn Wyzen.

Oasis Family Fun Night: Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Oasis on Wednesday, November 6th in support of our HSA! The kids had a blast and hopefully parents who dropped children off were able to be productive. (hey, date nights are productive for your relationship!) Thank you to the parent volunteers including Carrie Douglas (Committee Lead), Karen Sholders, Tara Czerwinski, and Tanya Dahms. We also appreciated the volunteer efforts of the GVHS Interact Club; volunteers for this event included Olivia Biesecker, Ashley Burkett, Abby Houpt, Julia McGonigal, Elisabeth O'Connor, Dede Schmittlein, Madiso Snelgrove, Luke Torregrossa, and Mia Zebley.

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


Nov 11-15 All for Books Change Collection - Teacher Costume Contest

Nov 15 Spiritwear Friday

Nov 18-22 American Education Week

Nov 18-22 Scholastic Book Fair

Nov 19 Parents’ Night Out at Board and Brush (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Nov 20 Book Fair Extended Hours (7-9am, 3-8pm)

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

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Scholastic Book Fair Corner

As the Book Fair is quickly approaching, check out this special section of the HSA eAlert to stay up to date on all things Arctic Adventure!


  • The BSES Arctic Adventure Book Fair will have shopping hours in the LGI during the school day from Tuesday, 11/19 - Thursday, 11/21. A detailed scheduled as to when each class will visit the Book Fair is forthcoming.

  • Extended Book Fair Hours & MORE:

    • Sip & Shop - Wednesday, 11/20, from 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Parents and relatives can come enjoy some coffee and light breakfast fare while shopping solo for some holiday gifts after morning drop off (little ones welcomed!).

    • Extended Book Fair Sale - Wednesday, 11/20, from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Families are welcome to visit the Book Fair for shopping hours extended after school.

    • Spiritwear Sale -Wednesday, 11/20, from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM: While folks are shopping for books, check out the latest in Spiritwear and make some holiday purchases!

    • Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Pickup -Wednesday, 11/20, from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM: If you placed a Charleston Wrap Fundraiser order and chose the school as your delivery option, please come pick up your order during this time.


  • As of 8:30 PM on Sunday, November 10, we already have 34 students registered for eWallet!!!

  • Click HERE to see who’s crushing it and on their way to a “Cookies & Cocoa Pajama Storytime” with Mr. Piasecki & Mrs. Allen!!!

  • Register by Wednesday, November 20 for a FREE eWallet account HERE so your child can shop easily within the monetary limit you set up in advance.

  • Click HERE for info about the “Cookies & Cocoa Pajama Storytime” incentive and everything you need to know about eWallet.


  • Dog Man: Fetch-22 will need to be pre-ordered as it goes on sale December 10.

  • Pre-order forms were sent home, but can be accessed HERE. (Books will be delivered to the school at no charge to you and then sent home with your child.)

  • All pre-orders must be received by December 5.

  • Send in your pre-order form with a check made out to BSES HSA and place it in an envelope labeled “Book Fair: Dog Man Pre-Order.”

Questions? Contact Tara Czerwinski.

CLARIFICATION ABOUT AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK/SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: This year American Education Week falls during the week of November 18th-22nd, not November 11th-15th as was listed as part of some district information. **The Scholastic Book Fair at Bethel Springs will also occur during American Education Week, and you can find out all the info on the latest in Book Fair happenings in the special “Scholastic Book Fair Corner” of the eAlert below. The American Education parent visits are scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th and Wednesday, November 20th, which will also give you the opportunity to shop the Book Fair during your visit(s). #seewhatwedidthere



  • All students can vote all week for their favorite characters for our All for Books collection; check out the pics of the teachers in their book character themed costumes below!

  • All for Books change collected goes toward buying books for our students.

  • The winning teacher/group receives $200 in Scholastic Dollars to spend on their classroom libraries!

  • Flyers can be accessed HERE.

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Book Fair Poster Contest Winners!

BOOK FAIR POSTER CONTEST WINNERS! We had snow many cool posters, and we thank all students for participating! All posters will be on display at the BOOK FAIR from Monday, 11/18 through Friday, 11/22. Congratulations to the following students pictured from right to left:

  • 1st Place: Sophia Ma (Mrs. Donato’s class) - $20 Scholastic Dollars

  • 2nd Place: Olivia Withhelder (Mrs. Smith’s class) - $15 Scholastic Dollars

  • 3rd Place: Jositha Gudipati (Mrs. Reid’s class) - $10 Scholastic Dollars

  • Honorable Mention: Audrey Horstmann (Mrs. Neuber’s class) - $5 Scholastic Dollars

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Attention BSES 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders! Sign Up for the Scripps Spelling Bee!

We are excited to offer the BSES Spelling Bee to our third, fourth and fifth graders again this year. There will be an informational meeting for interested students on Friday, November 15th at 8:30 AM in the library. Permission slips, important dates and a study list will be provided at the meeting.

Thank you

Mrs. Allen & Mrs. Cashell

Last Call for National Geographic Bee! More Participants Needed!

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 15th.

Thank you!

Mr. Piasecki


Congratulations to Mrs. Cashell’s 4th Grade Class for submitting the most Box Tops in the Fall 2019 Collection! The class was awarded with a special snack and storytime with Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen on Friday, Nov. 8th. Stay tuned for the next Box Top Collection coming soon and keep uploading via the APP!!

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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.


Enjoy the videos below in which our 2nd graders share facts about Brazil!

Where is Brazil? (Mrs. Brennan’s Class)

Where is Brazil?

Christ the Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro (Mrs. Brennan’s Class)

Christ the Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro

Sports in Brazil (Mr. Behl’s Class)

Sports in Brazil

Fire in the Amazon Rain Forest (Mrs. Donato’s Class)

Fire in the Amazon Rain Forest

Carnaval in Brazil (Mrs. Macauley’s Class)

Carnaval in Brazil

November Fitness Challenge

Click below to view and print November Fitness Challenge:

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Mileage Club Results from Friday, 11/8

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

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School Calendar

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Garnet Valley School District Blog

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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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