Bethel Springs Elementary School

February 4, 2019

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Cradles to Crayons Deadline Extended!

Cradles to Crayons Collection - DEADLINE EXTENDED!!: The Cradles to Crayons Collection organized by BSES Helping Hands Club and the First Grade Classes for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia wraps up on Friday, February 8th, so keep those donations coming for a great cause! The FLYER or HSA Website include more details on what items can and cannot be accepted!

Check out Mrs. Macauley’s 2nd Grade Class getting into the giving spirit and adding to the growing pile of donations!

Help!!! We Need More Books to Get Our Book Swap Going! NEW BONUS INCENTIVE!

Book Swap - NEW BONUS INCENTIVE!!: The stacks of books are not quite growing at the rate we expected for our annual Book Swap; if we are unable to collect enough books, we may not be able to have the Book Swap at all. So as an added bonus incentive, any class with 100% participation in the Book Swap will be rewarded with a Pajama Day! Students can send in donations anytime from now until the Swap which will be held on Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th. Check out the FLYER for more info.

The Kids Heart Challenge

The Kids Heart Challenge is this week in Physical Education Class! Students will participate during their regularly scheduled classes in a variety of heart healthy challenges and have a chance to showcase their jump rope skills. Ask your child what trick they are working on!

Students have been educated on heart healthy choices and challenged to pick one goal to set for themselves that would improve their heart health. Goals include getting 60 minutes of exercise each day, choosing water over sugary drinks, eating less sodium, staying away from tobacco products, eating more fruits and vegetables each day, and educating others about heart health.

Students received information about the event in their take home folder. If you would like to be part of this event, you can Register here , and search for Bethel Springs Elementary. All donations raised will go to the American Heart Association and the top fundraiser from each grade will get to choose to pie the principal or their PE teacher!

Thank you to all who have already registered and generously donated! We are getting close to reaching our goal of $7,000. All donations are due Friday, February 8th.

February Fitness Challenge

The February Fitness Challenge is here! Students who have completed the "Roll in the New Year" January Challenge can turn them in to their PE teacher now for a toe token and their picture on the wall outside the gym. Below is the link to the February Challenge, For the Love of Exercise:

Families are encouraged to participate together!

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February Design Challenge!

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Scripps Spelling Bee Scheduled for This Week!

The Bethel Springs Elementary Spelling Bee was held on Friday, February 1st. Our school spelling Bee champion is 5th grader Zelia Mardjoko and our runner-up is 5th grader Srijan Roy Choudhury. Zelia and Srijan will go on to compete at the county level on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

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!

Family Fun BINGO Night: Session 2 of Bingo Family Fun Night is officially SOLD OUT. But GREAT NEWS, spaces remain available in Session 1 & Session 3 on Friday, February 8th! There is still time to sign-up, so register now! If you’ve already registered but haven’t yet sent in your payment, please do so as soon as you can!

Attendees pay just $5 per person for an evening of fun and games and raffles to win AWESOME prizes! Earn extra raffle tickets by wearing Spiritwear (one ticket per Spiritwear item) or by contributing to the Cradles to Crayons Collection (one ticket per new/gently used kids hat, pair of gloves, pair of pajamas, or new package of underwear donated).

THREE Sessions: (1) 5:15-6:30pm, (2) 6:45-8:00pm, (3) 8:15-9:30pm.

TWO Ways to Sign Up: 1) Return BINGO FLYER to school or 2) Fill out Google Form

THREE Ways to Pay: 1) Cash, 2) Check (payable to BSES HSA), or 3) MySchoolBucks.

If you have already registered, a member of the BINGO committee will be reaching out shortly to confirm your session. For more details, please check out the FLYER or the HSA Website. Any questions, please contact Kristen Donovan.

Spiritwear Sale at Family Fun BINGO Night: Spiritwear will also be available for purchase during all three sessions of BINGO on Friday, February 8th, so feel free to add more to your collection and earn more raffle tickets!!

Jaguar Color Dash - Sponsorship Opportunities: The annual Jaguar Color Dash planning is underway! The Color Dash is scheduled for Friday, May 31st (rain date June 3rd) - be on the lookout for many more exciting details to follow!! But first, in order to prepare for the Dash, we are reaching out to BSES families who own local businesses which could potentially sponsor the event with a monetary donation or raffle prize. As a business owner, sponsorship of the Jaguar Color Dash provides your business an opportunity to showcase your support of the school community. We offer several tiers of sponsorship, each featuring specific ways in which your business will be highlighted as a supporting sponsor. Please check out the following link to Sponsorship Opportunities, and contact Hema Kothari with questions.

And SAVE THE DATE for the Jaguar Color Dash Kick Off Meeting for parents which will be held on April 29th in the BSES Library! Come find out how you can help and how the funds raised will be used to revitalize the library. We hope to see you there!

Box Tops Collection - FINAL ROUND: Forms for our final Box Top Collection of the school year will be sent home this week. To mix things up a little, the top classes from each grade level will receive a Pajama Day, while the top class in the whole school will receive a Special Snack to enjoy during their Pajama Day! If you want a head start collecting your Box Tops or just need extra forms, click HERE to view the February collection sheet. Forms are due by Friday, February 22nd.

HSA Board - Volunteer for Co-Treasurer Position: The HSA Board is currently looking for a volunteer who might be interested in assuming the Co-Treasurer role for the 2019-2020 school year. Previous financial experience and familiarity with QuickBooks are desirable traits for someone undertaking this role. Check out the HSA Website for more information, and contact BSES HSA if you are interested or have questions.

COMING SOON - Stocks Bakery Pound Cake Sale: According to Zagat’s, Stocks Bakery is “a longtime Philadelphia favorite,” and “this consistent East Kensington bakery wins raves for its legendary buttery pound cake.” No need to travel to Philly for these pound cakes though - we’ll be able to bring your orders directly to the school for convenient pickup! Cakes can be frozen, so be sure to plan accordingly. Look for more information coming soon!!

Volunteer Spotlight:

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

Upcoming Dates:

February 8 Cradles to Crayons Collection Ends

February 8 BINGO Family Fun Night (5:15-6:30pm, 6:45-8:00pm, 8:15-9:30pm)

February 8 Spiritwear Sale at BINGO Family Fun Night (5:00-9:45pm)

February 11 Stocks Bakery Pound Cake Sale Begins

Feb 12-13 BSES Reading Department and HSA Book Swap

February 14 Valentine’s Day Parties

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

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Instagram: @bethel_springs_hsa

Twitter: @bseshsa1

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Important Information From GVMS for Parents of 5th Grade Students

Dear Parents/Guardians of Garnet Valley 5th Graders,

We are excited to welcome you to Garnet Valley Middle School this fall. Over the next few months, you will begin to receive communications from GVMS regarding parent meetings and transition information for the 2019-2020 school year.

But first, we want to share with you that it will be important to know how to access your child’s Garnet Valley school email account. By understanding this system it will enable both you and your child to experience a smooth and enjoyable transition to the Garnet Valley Middle School.

Most 5th-grade students regularly use their Google email accounts at the elementary level. We would like to share with you the account protocols. Students can sign into Gmail (or Google) using, followed by their password, which in most cases is first three letters of the last name, all caps, followed by student ID (Lunch number) - LAF12345 as an example. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please email

GVSD is a leader in technology and committed to its integration in the classroom. It is important that students establish the routine of checking their email on a regular basis. In order to start preparing students for the transition to middle school, we kindly ask that you and your child view and begin to manage your child’s school email account this spring. Garnet Valley Middle School will be communicated with 5th graders via the student email. For example, the summer work information and expectations for 6th grade ELA and math will be communicated in this manner.

Thank you for your continued support. The topic of the next communication will be your use of our student information management system called ALMA. We look forward to meeting you soon.


Lisa Stenz, Principal

Dawn Papa, Assistant Principal

Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

Discover Greece!

This year our Art and Literature Fling will focus on Greece! Each week in our announcements we will include a fact about this fascinating culture that stretches back thousands of years and has had such incredible influence on the world. PLEASE SHARE THE WEEKLY FACT WITH THE KIDS! In May, around the time of our Art and Literature Fling, there will be an electronic quiz on the weekly facts sent home for families to complete. All families achieving a perfect score will have their names put in a prize basket raffle to be drawn at the conclusion of the Art and Literature Fling on Wednesday, May 28th (you'll have to be present to win)!

This Week's Fact About Greece: Thousands of English words come from the Greek language. Common English words from Greek include “academy,” “apology,” “marathon,” “siren,” “alphabet,” and “typhoon.” Below are some more English words that came from Greek...






















GV Solofest

Garnet Valley Solo Fest - Sat Feb 23, 2019

All GV students grades 5-12 band, orchestra, chorus, or piano lessons are invited to perform a solo in the 2019 GV Solo Fest. Students will perform an approved solo piece for two music adjudicators (not in front of an audience), and will receive written feedback and participation recognition. Several outstanding performers will be selected for special recognition and may be selected to perform in our 2019 Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert on March 24. Your music teacher will help you select a piece to perform. Register at by Jan 25!

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Important Dates Coming Up!

February 14 Valentine's parties

February 15 Teacher In-service Day No school for students

February 18 Presidents' Day Holiday

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Bethel Springs Elementary School

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