Bethel Springs Elementary School

May 22, 2019

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Field Day

Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes will be on the field from 9:30 to 10:45. 4th and 5th grade classes will be on the field from 1:15 to 2:30. Please be sure to send your child in sneakers, comfortable clothes, and sunscreen. Students may bring a water bottle labeled with their name and there will be a water station available to refill during the event. We look forward to a fun day!
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Art and Literature Fling Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 PM

Come see our students' work related to Greece, this year's country of study! Every BSES student will have work on display at our exhibit in the LGI. In addition,we will have an ice cream truck on hand to purchase treats to enjoy!

History of the Art and Literature Fling

Fifteen years ago we hosted an Artist in Residence from China--Hua Hua Zhang--who engaged our students in a week of learning related to the Chinese art of puppetry. This sparked the idea to take our annual Art show and place a different spin on it. Ms. Esher, our Art teacher, and Ms Cleveland, our former librarian, joined efforts to transform our annual Art show to have students include both Art work and a writing project to display in an exhibition related to a specific country and culture. We decided to choose countries in a repetitive 5-year cycle so that students could experience a different part of the world in each of their 5 years at Bethel Springs. Our cycle has included China, Mexico, India, Africa (selected countries), and Greece. In addition to the specific learning that takes place in the Art room and the Library, we try to find other ways throughout the year to infuse learning related to the designated country--special assemblies, decorations in the lobby, exposure through literature and music, playing of children's games from the given country, fact finding/sharing regarding history, food, and other aspects of the chosen culture. We believe that this practice provides yet another layer of learning to help our students understand, appreciate, and better navigate the diverse world in which they live.
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Color Dash Corner

Calling all Jaguar Color Dash Volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Jaguar Color Dash (Friday, May 31st), please visit this SIGN-UP GENIUS. If you are not available on May 31st but are still interested in helping out, please contact Renata Brooks (302-598-3506) for information about other volunteer opportunities.

Jaguar Color Dash fundraising will end on Thursday, May 23rd! Submit your donations by this date in order to be included in the final raffle ticket tally! Donate online by visiting your child’s fundraising page at Donations are also gladly accepted via cash or check (made out to BSES HSA) sent to the Main Office.Remember, for every $10 donated in your child’s name, he/she will receive one raffle ticket for the June 4th Raffle event! All money donated will also be used to determine the Grade Level Teacher Special Prizes for multiple students per grade! Click here to see the Jaguar Color Dash Prize Extravaganza Flyer that details all of the prizes available for students to win based on student-level, grade-level, and school-wide fundraising. In order to qualify for raffle tickets and grade-level teacher prizes all donations must be received by Thursday, May 23rd.

Congratulations to our students for reaching the third school-wide fundraising milestone of $7,500! We hope you all celebrate this latest unlocked school-wide reward, Student & Teacher Pajama Day!

The Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol is on the prowl! All prizes have been generously donated by local businesses who will be highlighted throughout the fundraising period.

Congratulations to our winners for Fundraising Week Four!

Grade 1: Joss Hay & Annabelle Gobs

Grade 2: Adley Buck & Zach Wyzen

Grade 3: Ashlynn Scally & Katherine Duus

Grade 4: Jaeger Kern & Luke Faccenda

Grade 5: Carsyn Brady & Bella Trigg

The one lucky student winner from the entire school with at least a $20 donation in his/her name for Fundraising Week Four was Asher Weingarten!!

Congratulations also to Asher Weingarten’s teacher, Mrs. Baggio, who was also recognized by the Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol with a spa package to Joseph Anthony Salon!

The final Prize Basket for one randomly selected student with at least a $20 donation is worth over $125 in value and contains the following donated items!

  • Jaguar Paw Print Large Magnet

  • Jaguar Paw Print White Socks

  • $15 Sweet Frog Gift Card, courtesy of Sandie Rowles, BSES Parent & RE/MAX Realtor

  • $20 Outback Gift Card

  • iCore Ninja Gym – Gift Card for Free Open Gym

  • Skyzone – Gift Card for 60 Minute Jump Time

  • Oasis – Gift Card for Free Ballocity/Soft Playground Admission

  • Qdoba – Gift Card for 1 Free Entrée

  • California Tortilla – Gift Card for 2 Free Entrees

  • Jersey Mike’s – 4 Gift Cards for free Chips & Drink

  • Jamba Juice – 4 Gift Cards for 50% off any item

The Prize Patrol will also reward the highest single student earner in the entire school with his or her own Prize Basket, to be presented during the June 4th Raffle Extravaganza! The highest earner student Prize Basket is worth over $150 in value and contains the following donated items!

  • $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

  • Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Puck Autographed by Shayne Gostisbehere

  • Wilmington Blue Rocks – 2 Tickets to a Summer Home Game

  • $15 Sweet Frog Gift Card

  • Oasis – Gift Card for Free Ballocity/Soft Playground Admission

  • Jersey Mike’s – 4 Gift Cards for free Chips & Drink

  • Assorted Games & Crafts

  • Jamba Juice – 4 Gift Cards for 50% off any item

Remember, the highest earning classroom in the entire school will be rewarded with a Class Pizza Party! Right now Mr. Guidetti, Mrs. Brennan, and Mrs. Shaffer’s Classrooms are leading the pack! Stay tuned for an announcement of the winning students and classroom next week!

Jaguar Color Dash Sponsors of the Week! Thank you to Delaware Pediatrics for again serving as a generous contributor to the Jaguar Color Dash! Delaware Pediatrics providers feel privileged to be trusted with the care of your children and strive to provide the highest quality healthcare possible. They commit themselves to serve the children and families of our community by promoting their physical and emotional health with dedication, compassion, and knowledge. Delaware Pediatrics offers board-certified Pediatricians, experienced Physician Assistants and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, in-hospital newborn care, same-day sick and urgent appointments, as well as a 24-hour physician available by phone. Delaware Pediatrics is located at 1403 Foulk Road, Suite 103, in Wilmington DE and can be reached via phone at 302-762-6222 and on the web at

Thank you also to Garnet Valley Eye Care for again serving as a generous contributor to the Jaguar Color Dash! Garnet Valley Eye Care and strives to deliver the best care possible in a friendly and warm environment. Optometrist Dr. Holly Salloga provides a wide array of services for young children through seniors. She performs routine comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and evaluations, as well as treats and manages medical conditions of the eye like diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts. Garnet Valley Eye Care is located at 494 Conchester Highway in Aston PA and can be reached via phone at 610-859-8030 and on the web at

All this info and more can be found on the Jaguar Color Dash Page of the HSA Website.

This Week's Jaguar Color Dash Prize Patrol Winners!

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We reached the $7,500 mark! Our next goal is $10,000 to put Mr. Piasecki in the Dunk Tank on Jaguar Color Dash Day!

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Canned and Boxed Food Drive

Our Helping Hands Club is conducting a canned and boxed food drive from May 13-31. The hardest time for food banks is the summer. Their supplies get very depleted. This is why we have historically chosen this time to gather donations. We will donate to the food bank located at Siloam Methodist Church, so your donations will benefit folks in our area. Click the link below for more information:

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!

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Service Awareness Walk Thursday, June 6th 9:00-10:AM

Our students have been sharing in their classrooms information about the causes for which they will walk. They are learning from each other abut the many ways in which they can help others. Many students have shared touching personal stories about how they have come to support their chosen organization or group. Please have students dress and/or prepare a sign to indicate the causes for which they are walking!

Click below for more information:

Thank you!

BSES Nature Trail Event: Animals with Bad Reputations-- May 28th 7:00 PM BSES Gym

Below is link to Google form to sign up:

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End-of-Year Information for Parents of 5th Grade Students!

Volunteers Needed for the 5th Grade Send-Off: If you are interested in helping out during the 5th Grade Send-Off, please check out SIGN-UP GENIUS to select from the available roles. Please contact Julie Sharp with any questions.

This info and more can be found on the HSA Website on the 5th Grade Events and Submission Page.

5th Grade Promotion Assembly: Thursday, June 13th 1:30 PM BSES Gym

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Summer Camp Opportunities in Garnet Valley!

There are many summer camps being offered in Garnet Valley, most by our teaching staff.

Below is a link to all camps taking place in the district:

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!

GET YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES HERE! The Bethel Springs Elementary Home & School Association is pleased to offer a "Pre-Ordered School Supply Kit" program through SchoolKidz. These kits are available for incoming 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Orders MUST be placed online by Friday, June 7th. Details and ordering instructions can be found HERE. Please contact Jeanie Houpt with questions.

BSES HSA Volunteers: The BSES HSA is looking for a few good volunteers to help out with committees and events next year. Please check out this FORM to learn what volunteer opportunities are available and to sign up if interested. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Reminder to 5th Grade Parents!: The deadline for contributing to the Time Capsule is approaching!! Contributions to the “Class of 2026 Time Capsule” will be accepted until Friday, May 31st. If you do not have the form/prelabeled envelope for your 5th grader, please check out this REQUEST to write a letter to your child and a “Life as a 5th Grader” survey for your 5th grader to fill out. The letter and the survey can be sent into school in the prelabeled envelope or a new envelope labeled with your child’s name and “Class of 2026 Time Capsule.” If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie DerOhannessian. All of this info and more can be found on the HSA Website on the 5th Grade Events and Submission Page.

Volunteer Spotlight:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week: Through all the generous contributions and hard work by the volunteers, this year’s “Teachers Plant the Seeds of Knowledge” themed week was a wonderful way to honor our well deserving Bethel Springs teachers and staff.

Thank you so much to the following volunteers: Dawn Wyzen (Committee Lead), Lora Barber, Heather Bilson , Cindy Burgy, Melissa Chiu, Tara Czerwinski, Carrie Douglas, Liz Gobs, Karen Kunze, Tiffany Kuzmick, Derek Lloyd, Kasha Maxfield, Brighid Moran, Linda Quinney, Krista Rachubinski, Rhonda Sinor, and everyone who contributed food, drinks, gift cards, and more to help make the week special.

Spring Scholastic Book Fair: Another successful Scholastic book fair has come and gone! This spring’s fair had more than its fair share of rescheduling issues, but we still prevailed and even had our highest profited spring book fair to date thanks to our wonderful volunteers!

A special thank you to Kasha Maxfield (Committee Lead), Linda Quinney, Roy Maxfield, Kris Acker, Renata Brooks, Cindy Burgy, Karen Centrella, Melinda Chiu, Michelle Daciw, Kristen Donovan, Lydia Gonzalez, Melissa Iannucci, Stacey Ioannou, Michelle King, Karen Kunze, Michele Lewis, Sandy Markowitz, Jen Mulrooney, Julie Sharp, Karen Siegel, Mary Beth Ward, Lauren Withelder, Heidi Woolard, Dawn Wyzen, all of the classroom parents who came in to help the students shop, Mrs. McCusker, Mrs. Allen, and Mr. Piasecki.

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

Upcoming Dates:

May 23 LAST DAY for Jaguar Color Dash Donations

May 23 Field Day (9am-11am: Grades 1-3, 1pm-3pm: Grades 4-5)

May 24, 27 NO SCHOOL

May 29 Spring Art and Lit Fling and Spiritwear Sale (6pm-8pm)

May 30 Dollar Dining at Sweet Frog’s

May 31 Jaguar Color Dash

May 31 Fifth Grade Time Capsule Submissions Due

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

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Community Events

GV's First Community Show, Mamma Mia is June 21-22 and June 28-29.

GV's First Community Show, Mamma Mia is June 21-22 and June 28-29. Tickets available at

We have three options to see our first community show.

1. Show only $14 online and $20 at door

2. Dinner at LaFava and the Evening Shows $55

3. Senior Citizen Luncheon and the Matinee Show June 29 $30
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