Bethel Springs Elementary School
December 31, 2018
Join Us for the New Realities of Parenting Meeting Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 PM at Concord Elementary School! (See information below.)
Another Learning Opportunity for Parents:
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.
And Yet Another Learning Opportunity for Parents:
BSES Extracurricular Activities Update
Science Olympiad:There are still a few openings for the Winter Session of the Science Olympiad Club. This is a fee based club. The first meeting of Science Olympiad will be on Thursday, January 10th. To register please click the following link to MySchoolBucks:
Helping Hands Club is full and no longer accepting registrations for the Winter session.
No Name Calling Week January 21-25
BSES Students Participate in National Geographic Bee!
The following 4th and 5th grade students will participate in the National Geographic Bee!
Srijan Roy Choudhury
This is how the Bee proceeds:
We have a preliminary competition involving all participants. This will take place at BSES on Thursday, January 17th at 3:30 P.M. The field will be narrowed to 10 finalists.
The Final Competition will involve the 10 finalists and will take place at BSES during the school day on Friday, January 25th at 9:00 AM. One winner will be determined.
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 1st. If the student achieves the necessary score on this test, he/she will go on to compete at the state level. The state level winner will go on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C
Good luck to all of our contestants!
BSES Students Participate in Scripps Spelling Bee!
The Bethel Springs Elementary Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 1st from 9:00-11:00 AM. Participants from third, fourth and fifth grade will be competing. 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 bee:
Srijan Roy Choudhury
Just a Heads Up: Book Swap Scheduled for February!
Cradles to Crayons Collection Drive
Sponsored by First Grade and The Helping Hands Club at BSES!
Cleaning out drawers and closets to make way for new items received over the holidays? Receive extras of gifts that you could donate? Please consider giving to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that supports children an families in the Philadelphia area.
The collection will take place throughout the month of January . Please put donations in bags/boxes.
Thanks, in advance, for your support!
What Cradles to Crayons Will Accept:
Clothing (youth sizes 0–14/16 and adult sizes small)
New socks & underwear
New pajamas (except 0-24 months will be accepted in like-new condition)
Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–9)
Heavy coats, lightweight jackets, winter hats, gloves/mittens
Baby supplies (baby carriers, diaper bags, tubs, etc.)
Baby hygiene (infant washcloths, towels, shampoo, lotion, wipes, etc.)
Infant bedding (bassinet and crib only)
Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats less than five years old
What Cradles to Crayons CANNOT Accept: In the interest of the health/safety of the families we serve and in consideration of the limited space they may have access to, we cannot accept the following:
Furniture and household goods/items
Cribs of any kind (due to recalls)
Car seats and other infant safety items more than five years old
Over-sized plastic play structures and backyard toys
Used sports safety equipment (helmets, shin guards, etc.)
Bicycles or ride-on toys
Any toy larger than 2′ x 2′ (must be small enough to fit into a carry-on suitcase)
DVDs/CDs/VHS tapes/computer games
Books and clothing with family related/holiday messaging (“I Love Mommy,” “Daddy’s Little Girl” “Santa’s Little Helper” etc.)
Used bathing suits
Used underwear, socks, or pajamas
Used hygiene or feeding products or bottles
Used arts and crafts/school supplies
Safety and Courtesy in the Pick-up Line
Parents,Please exercise safety and courtesy when picking up students at the end of the day from the car line at the gym and when picking up students from after school activities. Please wait patiently for your turn and stay in the line until the car in front of you has loaded and moved on. Thank you for your help!
Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen
Directory For Elementary School Families in Garnet Valley
Please Make Sure Children Are Dressed For the Weather!
Link to Bethel Springs Weekly Announcements on Website!
The link for the calendar "School Calendar" is in the drop-down menu under "Our School" on the Bethel Springs website.
Please Read These Important Announcements from the BSES HSA!
The Bethel Springs HSA wishes everyone a happy new year!. Thank you so much for everything you have done already this year to support the HSA’s mission to improve the educational experience for all of the students. Looking forward to many more fun activities to continue reaching our goals in the new year!!
Details for Upcoming Events:
BoxTop Winter Collection - Check out the new submission FORM that came home this past week for the next BoxTop Collection ending January 7th. So when you're at Grandma's house over the holidays, be sure to check out the pantry for any BoxTops you can nab! The class that submits the most BoxTops wins an Indoor Recess Prize Pack!!
Cradles to Crayons Collection: The BSES Helping Hands Club and the First Grade Classes are collecting for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia starting in January. Check out the FLYER or HSA Website for more details on what items can and cannot be accepted!
January 2 School Resumes after Winter Break
January 2 New Realities of Parenting Meeting - 7pm at CES
January 7 BoxTop Winter Collection Forms DUE
January 8 Grade 4 Orchestra Concert
January 9 Grade 4 Band Concert
For the most up to date information check the HSA Website: BSES HSA
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This Week's Facts About Greece: The Greeks have several New Year's traditions that they observe. Here are a few:
1) The Traditional New Year’s Carols: Kalanta
Sung also in the days leading up to Christmas, kalanta is the native word for Greek carols. From New Year’s Eve morning, children of the neighborhood go from house to house and ask permission to sing the kalanta, or carols, accompanied by a triangle. This is meant to bring good wishes for the new year ahead.
2) Kali Hera (Good Hands)
On New Year’s Day, another tradition is to exchange gifts as the Greeks believe that you are more likely to have a prosperous year ahead if you receive gifts on the first day of the year. The day also coincides with the Agios Vasilis (the Greek equivalent of Saint Nicolas) celebrations, so it is customary for adults to give gifts of money to their children or their youngest relatives.
3) Agios Vasilis
Agios Vasilis (or Saint Basil), is one of the most important New Year’s figures in all of Greece, as he is considered one of the forefathers of the Greek Orthodox Church and a beacon of hope to those in poverty. Therefore, Greeks honor him by making donations to charities and by setting an extra place at their table. They also exchange gifts to celebrate the occasion.
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Important Dates Coming Up!
January 2 Students return to school
January 8 Grade 4 Orchestra Concert 7PM GVHS
January 9 Grade 4 Band Concert 7PM GVHS