Bethel Springs Elementary School

September 9, 2019

Thank You for Your Support at Back to School Nights!

We are most grateful for your attendance at our Back to School Nights! Nearly 100% of our students were represented by a parent or guardian for these important meetings to kick off the school year. This is amazing support that we appreciate so much! Thank you for your partnership in your child's education!

Urgent Reminder for Parents!

Please access the SNAP Parent Health Portal to complete the online EMERGENCY CARD.

We cannot stress enough how crucial this information may be during the course of the school year, so please be very thorough in completing this card. Please pay particular attention to the medication section and indicate which of the over-the-counter medications listed you are giving consent to be given to your child during the school day. The school nurse cannot administer any OTC medications (e.g. Tylenol. Tums, throat lozenges, etc.) without your consent.

Parents and legal guardians that have an email address in Alma should have received their secured login credentials to the SNAP Health Portal. The email came from Please check your spam folder if you do not remember seeing this notice. Once you log into the SNAP system, please update your child's health information (as needed), including the medication consent section.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen

5O Days of Summer Reading Prize Raffle This Friday, September 13th!

Please click the link below to the district webpage that details summer reading expectations for elementary school students in Garnet Valley:

Turn in your "50 Days of Summer Reading" form by Thursday, September 12th and you will be entered into the drawing for the prize basket shown in the picture below. The basket contains:

  • A Kindle Fire 10 with headphones
  • a $50 Amazon gift card
  • Big Boggle
  • Chess and Checkers Travel Set
  • Kanoodle
  • Rubik's Cube

Good luck and happy reading!

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Chorus Sign-ups

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can join Chorus! Click the link below for more information:

Band and Orchestra Sign-ups

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Students! Are you signed up to play an instrument this year in the BSES Band or Orchestra? Begin an exciting new adventure. Experience the joy of making music, learn important skills of teamwork, concentration, and dedication, and enjoy fun times with friends. Mr VonDerStuck is currently accepting sign-ups and would love to have you in our ensemble! Email with any questions or to obtain a signup form.

September Fitness Challenge from Mrs. McCusker and Mr. Custer

Click below to print your own Fitness Challenge form:

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Important Updates From Our Home and School Association

VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Homeroom Parent/Classroom Photographer: Thank you to everyone who has applied for these positions so far! We are looking a little short volunteer-wise in some classrooms (Guidetti, Moschella, Silicato, Uniacke, Brennan, Shaffer, Quindlen, and Reid), so if you were on the fence about applying, this may help guide your decision :). To learn more or apply, please check out this FORM. Responses will be collected until Friday, September 13th, and notifications will be distributed during the week of September 16th. If you have any questions, please contact

HSA DONATION DRIVE: Not a big fan of fundraisers? Well, you’re in luck! Check out this LETTER, which should have come during the first week of school, detailing the BSES HSA Donation Drive. If you are interested in supporting the drive, please send a check written out to BSES HSA back to school with your student in the provided envelope. Donations can also be made via MySchoolBucks. Please contact with any questions.


Amazon Smile: While you’re shopping online, don’t forget that BSES participates in Amazon Smile! Navigate to, and select Bethel Springs Elementary School as your charity of choice. When you shop at Amazon Smile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization (aka-BSES HSA, right?!). As of August 2019, BSES HSA has received over $340 from Amazon Smile since its registration in the program, and it’s pretty much minimal effort for anyone who uses Amazon to shop.

Box Tops for Education - BIG CHANGES!! The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school! Going forward, instead of clipping from packages, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipts using the Box Tops mobile app, which is available from the Apple Store or Google Play. For more information, check out this LETTER or head to And not to worry about the Box Tops you have already clipped and collected over the summer - stay tuned for more information about how those can still be submitted later in the year. (WHEW!)

Shoparoo: And while you’re scanning receipts for Box Tops, might as well get the most bang for your buck by also scanning them using the Shoparoo app! If you are not familiar with Shoparoo, which is available from the Apple Store or Google Play, families can use the app to scan and upload receipts from grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores. Bethel Springs earns points for each receipt uploaded (think Acme, Giant, Wegmans, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, BJs, Costco, etc), and participants can track who is leading with the most points in the school and in their grade for a friendly competitive bonus. Please visit to learn more about this hassle-free fundraiser.

Giant - A+ School Rewards: A+ School Rewards are points that BSES earns with each purchase made using Giant Card. Register your my Giant Card and help BSES earn A+ School Rewards. Please go to to register your card.


Spiritwear Sales at Back to School Nights: Full steam ahead for Spiritwear Sales last week at both Back to School Nights! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out including Derek Lloyd (Committee Lead), Heather Benson, Joyce Bufano, Melinda Chiu, Stephanie DerOhannessian, Jeanie Houpt, Robyn Marano, Deana Sigston and Beth Varhus. It was a really great team effort, and everyone’s participation was very much appreciated. Be on the lookout for a special sale soon including the extremely popular and already almost sold out TIE-DYE SHIRT and PAJAMA PANTS!


Sept 13 Deadline for HRP/CP Applications

Sept 13 Spiritwear Friday (Don’t forget to don your Garnet and White...or other Jag/BSES gear!)

Sept 16 Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser Begins

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

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Twitter - @bseshsa1

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our district website provides important information to help parents.navigate the GV school experience. Below is the link to the parent portal:

Elementary Handbook and GVSD Procedural Manual

The Elementary Handbook which includes all Progress Report information is available on our website under Resources. The GVSD Procedural Manual is also in this same location. Students and families are responsible for knowing and following the policies and procedures of the school district. Please contact the school office with any questions regarding the policies or procedures. Thank you.

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Garnet Valley School District Blog

Welcome to the Garnet Valley School District Blog! Here we will feature news, alerts, and events from our district and its community.

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VEFLS Registration Information

Please click below for information regarding foreign language classes taught by VEFLS.

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School Calendar

The Bethel Springs calendar of events can be accessed on our school website. Click the link below to view:

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!

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