Bethel Springs Elementary School
January 13, 2020
Monday, January 20th: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Schools and Offices Closed on Monday, January 20th
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 http://youthtruthsurvey.org. 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:
BSES Spelling Bee Champions!
Final Round of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, January 17th!!
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!
TWO WAYS TO REGISTER: Register using the Google Form, and pay with MySchoolBucks. Or, register by completing the Bingo Flyer Return Slip your child brought home from school and send it to school with cash/check payment.
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
Monday, January 20
School Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr Day
For the most up to date information, check out the BSES HSA Website!
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Family Bingo Night: Friday, February 7th!
Just a “Heads Up” from our Helping Hands Club Regarding Cradles to Crayons Collection
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, eBird.org. 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 SocietyPlymouth 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
Get involved with GV Trailblazers!
BSES Observes No Name Calling Week--January 20-24!!!
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