Bethel Springs Elementary School

January 28, 2019

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Help!!! We Need More Books to Get Our Book Swap Going! NEW BONUS INCENTIVE!

Book Swap!: The books are slowly coming in for our annual Book Swap organized by the BSES Reading Department and HSA. We need many more for our Book Swap to fly! As an added bonus, any class with 100% participation in the Book Swap will be rewarded with a Pajama Day! Students can send in donations anytime from now until the Swap, which will be held on Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th. Check out the FLYER for more info.

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Last Week for Cradles to Crayons Collection!

Cradles to Crayons Collection - DEADLINE APPROACHING!!: The Cradles to Crayons Collection organized by BSES Helping Hands Club and the First Grade Classes for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia wraps up on January 31st, which means we have LESS THAN A WEEK to go to destash and donate to a great cause! Check out the FLYER or HSA Website for more details on what items can and cannot be accepted! Many thanks to those who have already donated!
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The Kids Heart Challenge

The Kids Heart Challenge continues in Physical Education Class. Students have been educated on heart healthy choices and challenged to pick one goal to set for themselves that would improve their heart health. Goals include getting 60 minutes of exercise each day, choosing water over sugary drinks, eating less sodium, staying away from tobacco products, eating more fruits and vegetables each day, and educating others about heart health. Throughout the month, we have been working on our jump rope skills and will have a culminating event during classes the week of February 4th-8th.

Students have received information about the event in their take home folder. If you would like to be part of this event, you can Register here , and search for Bethel Springs Elementary. All donations raised will go to the American Heart Association and the top fundraiser from each grade will get to choose to pie the principal or their PE teacher!

Thank you to all who have already registered and donated! As of now, we are half way to our goal of raising $7,000!!

February Design Challenge from Mrs. Gamino!

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National Geographic Bee Winner!

The Final Competition of the National Geographic Bee was held on Friday, January 25th. Ten finalists competed to be the school champion--Saanvi Singh, Sricharan Ilyanambi, Advik Jasti, Jason Chamberlain, Zachary Baldino, Shreya Bose, Jake Schwartz, Charlie Czerwinski, Dyuti Krothapalli, and Braeden Bisch. Our school champion is fifth grader Sricharan Ilyanambi (pictured above on the right next to runner-up Zach Baldino). Congratulations to Sricharan! His next step will be to take a qualifying test for the state bee to be held in Harrisburg in March!

Scripps Spelling Bee Scheduled for This Week!

The Bethel Springs Elementary Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 1st from 9:00-11:00 AM. A preliminary round will be held on Wednesday, January 30th at 3:30 to determine 20 finalists for the bee on Friday 2/1. Two winners will go on to compete at the county level on Saturday, February 23, 2019. We wish all of our participants the best of luck!

The following students will participate in the preliminary round of the bee:

Angela Pan

Nitya Gulati

Neil Kodappully

Anika Bhat

Niranjan Ghanekar

Shruti Sridhar

Saharsh Narasingolu

Cole Sundberg

Tushar Mogadala

Rachel Hicks

Anika Arunachalam

Jositha Gudipati

Aadit Gupta

Sristi Tripathy

Sanjana Bhattacharjee

Cory Chen

Brady Pham

Evan Su

Jonathan Pan

Shreeya Ilayanambi

Srijan Roy Choudhury

Anna King

Dyuti Krothapalli

Zelia Mardjoko

Ethan Su

Nicholas Nedbalski

Anvitha Vallabhaneni

Charlie Czerwinski

Nandana Padmaraj

Sakaeth Are

Sricharan Ilayanambi

Shreya Bose

Saanvi Singh

Braeden Bisch

Ashley Danehower

Mia Lacy

Riti Ramesh

Jonathan Song

Gabriella Chirinos

Kruthika Annapareddy

Caleb Prabhu

Aria Jayaprakash

Katelyn Hauske

Kaitlyn Baman

Aneesha Chennareddy

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Boys' Leadership Group Organizes Chess and Checkers Club for Classmates!

The Grade 5 Boys' Leadership Group (Sean Harkins, Leo Kakad, Aidan Simpkiss, Kevin Haugh, Ian Culver, and Jacob Maginnis) has organized a Chess and Checkers Club at recess time for their 5th Grade classmates. This has been perfect for these days when the cold/inclement weather brings many indoor recess days! The club welcomes novice and experienced players. In the picture above Sean and Leo teach classmates how to play Chess.

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!

Family Fun BINGO Night: Forms are still being submitted for Family Fun BINGO Night on Friday, February 8th! Register ASAP for your best chance at your preferred session. Attendees pay just $5 per person for an evening of fun and games and raffles to win AWESOME prizes! Earn extra raffle tickets by wearing Spiritwear (one ticket per Spiritwear item) or by contributing to the Cradles to Crayons Collection (one ticket per new/gently used kids hat, pair of gloves, pair of pajamas, or new package of underwear donated).

THREE Sessions: (1) 5:15-6:30pm, (2) 6:45-8:00pm, (3) 8:15-9:30pm.

TWO Ways to Sign Up: 1) Return BINGO FLYER to school or 2) Fill out Google Form

THREE Ways to Pay: 1) Cash, 2) Check (payable to BSES HSA), or 3) MySchoolBucks.

For more details, please check out the FLYER or the HSA Website. Any questions, please contact Kristen Donovan.

Spiritwear Sale at Family Fun BINGO Night: Spiritwear will also be available for purchase during all three sessions of BINGO on Friday, February 8th, so feel free to add more to your collection and earn more raffle tickets!!

Jaguar Color Dash - Sponsorship Opportunities: The annual Jaguar Color Dash planning is underway! The Color Dash is scheduled for Friday, May 31st (rain date June 4th) - be on the lookout for many more exciting details to follow!! But first, in order to prepare for the Dash, we are reaching out to BSES families who own local businesses which could potentially sponsor the event with a monetary donation or raffle prize. As a business owner, sponsorship of the Jaguar Color Dash provides your business an opportunity to showcase your support of the school community. We offer several tiers of sponsorship, each featuring specific ways in which your business will be highlighted as a supporting sponsor. Please check out the following link to Sponsorship Opportunities, and contact Hema Kothari with questions.

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!

HSA Board - Volunteer for Co-Treasurer Position: The HSA Board is currently looking for a volunteer who might be interested in assuming the Co-Treasurer role for the 2019-2020 school year. Previous financial experience and familiarity with QuickBooks are desirable traits for someone undertaking this role. Check out the HSA Website for more information, and contact BSES HSA if you are interested or have questions.

Volunteer Spotlight: Thank you to the Ward family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail this past week!

Upcoming Dates:

January 31 Cradles to Crayons Collection Ends

February 8 BINGO Family Fun Night (5:15-6:30pm, 6:45-8:00pm, 8:15-9:30pm)

February 8 Spiritwear Sale at BINGO Family Fun Night (5:00-9:45pm)

Feb 12-13 BSES Reading Department and HSA Book Swap

February 14 Valentine’s Day Parties

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

Follow us on social media-


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)!
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This Week's Fact About Greece: The monk seal has been a part of Greek’s natural and cultural heritage and is described in The Odyssey. The head of a monk seal was even found on a coin dated 500 B.C. Now, however, only 250 monk seals are left.





















GV Solofest

Garnet Valley Solo Fest - Sat Feb 23, 2019

All GV students grades 5-12 band, orchestra, chorus, or piano lessons are invited to perform a solo in the 2019 GV Solo Fest. Students will perform an approved solo piece for two music adjudicators (not in front of an audience), and will receive written feedback and participation recognition. Several outstanding performers will be selected for special recognition and may be selected to perform in our 2019 Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert on March 24. Your music teacher will help you select a piece to perform. Register at by Jan 25!

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Important Dates Coming Up!

February 14 Valentine's parties

February 15 Teacher In-service Day No school for students

February 18 Presidents' Day Holiday

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Bethel Springs Elementary School

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