Bethel Springs Elementary School

January 13, 2020

Monday, January 20th: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

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Schools and Offices Closed on Monday, January 20th

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YouthTruth Survey

Dear Parents,
GVSD will once again be administering the Youth Truth Survey to students in grades 3-12 . This survey will be administered in classrooms on February 18th – 19th. The survey should not take longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. While we would like all students to participate, please know that the survey is OPTIONAL. A sample of the survey is attached, as well as an Opt Out Form if you decide that you would not like your student to participate. Similar to our annual LEA Survey for parents and staff, the intent of this survey is to allow our students to share their perspectives on various aspects of their school experiences in Garnet Valley.

Thank you in advance for your attention and consideration. Please feel free to find more information at As shared previously, if your student is opting out, please have the Opt Out Form returned to the BSES Main Office by Monday, February 3, 2020. Thank you again!


Mr. Piasecki and Mrs. Allen

Link to Sample Survey Questions:

Link to Opt-out form:

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BSES Spelling Bee Champions!

On Friday, January 10th the Scripps Spelling Bee was held at BSES. Below are our three champions (from left to right) 5th grade campion Saharsh Narasingolu, 3rd grade champion Jason Immanuel, and 4th grade champion Evan Su. Saharsh and Evan will represent BSES at the county level Spelling Bee (only 4th an 5th graders may compete at the county level). The winner of the county bee will advance to the Pennsylvania state spelling bee. We thank Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Cashell for organizing and conducting the spelling bee.
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Final Round of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, January 17th!!

The following students have qualified as the 10 finalists for our National Geographic Bee:

Kruthika Annapareddy

Saketh Are

Jason Chamberlain

Aria Jayaprakash

Sean Klauder

Saharsh Narasingolu

Nandana Padmaraj

Rohan Singh

Shruti Sridhar

Sristi Tripathy

Congratulations to these students! They will compete this Friday at 9:00 AM in the BSES gym. Parents/Guardians of these students are invited to attend. Students and teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5 are also invited to be a part of the audience.The school champion will take an online test to try to qualify for the state level bee in Harrisburg! Good luck to all!

Important Updates From Our Home and School Association

Home and School Executive Board Meeting Monday, January 13th at 7:00 PM BSES LGI --All are welcome!

LET’S GET READY TO BINGO!! Bingo Family Fun Night is coming to Bethel Springs on Friday, February 7th! The event will be held in three separate sessions: Session 1 from 5:15-6:30, Session 2 from 6:45-8:00, and Session 3 from 8:15-9:30. Tickets are $5 per person, and snacks and beverages will be available. Students, siblings, and family members are welcome!

  • SO MANY FUN PRIZES! We have awesome Bingo prizes like footballs, action figures, stuffed animals, and lava lamps, plus gift cards for the kids (think Bravo Pizza, Oasis, and Mod Pizza!). PLUS, we haven't forgotten you hard-working grown-ups -- you'll have chances to win door prizes from Poke Bros, Real Mexican Kitchen, and more!

  • MORE WAYS TO WIN: Every ticket holder receives one door prize chance, but it doesn't end there. You can earn even more shots at these outstanding prizes by showing your Jaguar spirit -- one additional chance for each and every piece of Spiritwear you sport on Bingo Night! You can also earn more chances by bringing a donation for the Helping Hands Club’s Cradles to Crayons collection -- one additional chance for each package of NEW kids’ socks, PJs, or underwear you donate!

Gather your family, rally your friends, and join us on Friday, February 7th for Family Fun Bingo Night! Space is limited, so get your tickets now!

SPIRITWEAR SALE AT BSES BINGO NIGHT: Speaking of Spiritwear, we’re making it even easier for your to earn extra raffle tickets by selling Spiritwear right at the BINGO event. Come check out all the wares from 5pm and 9:45pm on Friday, February 7th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

CRADLES TO CRAYONS COLLECTION: The BSES Helping Hands Club is organizing a collection of items for Cradles to Crayons. Check out the list for complete information regarding items in need and items that cannot be accepted. Collection bins are located in the BSES Lobby, and the collection ends on Friday, February 7th.

And don’t forget that you can earn extra raffle tickets at BINGO Night on Friday, February 7th by donating to this collection (ie-one additional chance for each package of NEW kids’ socks, PJs, or underwear you donate). Thank you!


Nature Trail: Thank you to the Wyzen Family for taking such great care of the Nature Trail during this past week! (And don’t forget that there are still some Keeper of the Trail volunteer slots available in January/February; check out the Sign-Up Genius HERE to see what’s available and to sign up.)


Monday, January 13

HSA Meeting, BSES LGI 7pm

Friday, January 17

Spiritwear Friday

Monday, January 20

School Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr Day

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

Follow us on social media:

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Instagram - @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter - @bseshsa1

Family Bingo Night: Friday, February 7th!

More info above in HSA announcements!
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Just a “Heads Up” from our Helping Hands Club Regarding Cradles to Crayons Collection

At the end of January the BSES Helping Hands Club will begin collecting for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia. Take the opportunity to consider what you might be able to donate to this great cause! Below is a list of items that Cradles to Crayons can and cannot accept.
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Get Out and Enjoy Nature with Trailblazers!

Dear Garnet Valley Families,

This Saturday's Christmas Bird Count has been postponed due to inclement weather. Between the weather and scheduling conflicts, the event has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 25th from 9am-12pm. For those keeping score, this is outside of the official Christmas Bird Count window, but I would rather have the count on a favorable weather day instead of no count at all!

Also, registration is still available for the winter session of the after school BSES Birding Club! The club season starts in less than two weeks from now. Here is more information on these upcoming events and more:

Trailblazers BSES Birding Club
Tuesdays until 4:30pm
Join Trailblazers for an exciting after-school environmental education experience! We will spend our sessions on the BSES Nature Trail studying the birds found in our local ecosystem. We will collect scientific data using the website eBird to study populations and migration patterns of species on the BSES Nature Trail. Students should be prepared to venture on our wonderful nature trail on a weekly basis as we watch the trail change throughout the fall season! Please note this club is only available for students in grades 2 through 5.
Leaders: Mr. BQ
Location: BSES Room 220
Meets on the following Tuesdays: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Club Tuition: $125.00
Flyer for registration:

Trailblazers Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sat, January 25, 2020, 9am – 12pm
*POSTPONED TO 1/25 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER* Join Trailblazers as Bethel Springs Elementary School participates in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count for Kids. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife survey in the world! In this survey, ordinary citizens collect scientific data by observing both the types and numbers of birds found in an area. We will begin our day with a presentation highlighting birds of the Nature Trail. Next, we will venture onto the trail in search of birds while practicing field techniques such as binocular use and data collection. The morning will conclude with refreshments as we submit our count data to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s online bird population database, Once we compile our data, every participant will have their own checklist to commemorate this awesome day of birding!
The session will run from 9am-12pm and will meet in the LGI. Bring your own binoculars. If needed, BSES has pairs to lend. Please dress in appropriate footwear and winter clothing in preparation for hiking. This session is for 1st through 8th grade students.
Leaders: Mr. BQ
Location: BSES Collaboration & Innovation Lab
Event Fee: $20.00 Per Family
Flyer for registration:

Also, check out this great event this Saturday at Garnet Valley High School:

Holiday Tree Recycling Sponsored by GVHS Environmental Club

Sat, January 4, 2020, 12pm – 2pm at Garnet Valley High School
Give your tree a second life as wood chips for our district's nature trails! Recycle your tree on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at Garnet Valley High School from 12pm to 3pm. Tree recycling is free, but donations are appreciated to support the GVHS Environmental Club!

Finally, I have a variety of speaking engagements at local bird clubs happening this winter and spring. These programs are targeted toward adults, but all of these meetings and programs are open to the general public for free:

Wonderful Winter Waterfowl Workshop of Exton Park

HomeNet Automotive Offices, 224 Valley Creek Blvd #400, Exton, PA 19341

Tuesday, January 21st, 2019 - Doors at 5:30pm, workshop from 6:00pm-7:00pm

"Y Birding: A Retrospective" at the Birding Club of Delaware County

Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall, PA 19008

Wednesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:30pm

"Birding with BQ in Arizona" at the West Chester Bird Club

Friends Meeting House, 415 North High Street, West Chester, PA

Monday, March 16th, 2019 at 7:30pm

"Birding with BQ in Arizona" at Wyncote Audubon Society

Plymouth Meeting Friends Meeting House, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Friday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:30pm

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Brian "Mr. BQ" Quindlen, M.Ed.

Bethel Springs Elementary School

4th Grade Teacher




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BSES Observes No Name Calling Week--January 20-24!!!

No Name Calling Week is a national observance to call attention to the need to be kind and respectful toward others and to appreciate what is unique about each of us. To support this, we are asking everyone to think about how words and actions can hurt. We will challenge ourselves to use kind words and do kind deeds and see how good it feels to be both on the giving and receiving ends of such words and actions. During this week all students will hear a story titled The Cool Bean by Jory John and Pete Oswald and will engage in activities related to the book. On Friday, January 24th we will celebrate "Proud to be Me Day" --a favorite with our students and staff. This is a special Spirit Day in which each student and staff member gets to come to school dressed up in something special that celebrates his/her personality and interests. Students and staff can come dressed as an Irish Dancer, a Sports Player, someone from a favorite book or movie such as Harry Potter or Star Wars—whatever expresses some aspect of one’s personality and interests! Creativity is encouraged! At Bethel Springs we always strive to be kind and respectful toward others, but No Name Calling Week is a time to give this extra emphasis.
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January Fitness Challenge from Mrs. McCusker and Mr. Custer

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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:

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!

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