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Message from Mr. Bedford

Message from Principal

August 2, 2018

Dear Brandywine Springs Families,

I have been working hard here at BSS over the last month to learn all I can about our awesome school.  Over the course of the past few weeks, I met with over 35 teachers and staff members who shared with me their passion of teaching at Brandywine Springs.  It is evident that this school year is going to be very special.

I am looking forward to meeting all of our students and families in the weeks ahead as we move closer to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  I wanted to remind you of a few important dates in August that will allow you to visit with teachers and staff in preparation for the first day of school. We will be sending out teacher class lists via the school messenger on Thursday Aug. 23rd at 12:00 pm.

  • Thursday Aug. 23rd                 Meet the Teacher                    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Teachers will be in their classrooms.
    • PTO has the Kona Ice truck in the circle                    4:45 pm
    • Q & A session with the Principal                                5:15 pm auditorium
  • Monday Aug. 27th                   First Day of School
    • Grades 1-6 First day of school
    • Kindergarten – only students with the last names beginning with A-L
  • Tuesday Aug. 28th                  All Grades Report
    • Kindergarten – only students with the last names beginning with A-L
  • Wednesday Aug. 29th             All Grades Report
    • Kindergarten –  only students with the last names beginning with M-Z
  • Thursday Aug. 30th                 All Grades Report
    • Kindergarten –  only students with the last names beginning with M-Z

Since beginning  my work in Red Clay, I have heard from numerous families and community members about safety around pick up and drop off at the school.  Safety to me is paramount in the learning environment.  The start and end of the day can be tricky if things are not addressed proactively.  The administrative team and I met with AJ Nowell our Public Safety Officer and brainstormed ways for our students to enter and exit school in the most safe and efficient way.

I have attached the new car rider and bus pickup and drop off maps to this communication.  The new plan addresses many factors when it comes to student safety and sheer efficiency.  The car line will now use the St. Barnabas entrance and be directed to follow the yellow arrows on the map when entering to drop off and pick up students.  The green arrows address how the cars will exit the area upon drop off or pick up.  Students will be dropped off to staff members and enter through the door at the back of the building.

All Buses will use the main entrance for drop off and pick up.  The buses will enter the circle and stop after going around the circle around the old merge area.  The buses then will use the same entrance to exit in the morning and afternoon.  By making this move we eliminate any chance for buses and cars to pass one another and we create a safety zone for students who may be crossing the street from the transportation lot as they exit the buses.  We recognize there may be times that parents need to assist a student in bringing in a project so during those times we ask that parents follow through the car line and proceed into the transportation lot to park and walk across the street in the safety zone and sign in at the main entrance in the front of the school.  All areas will be clearly marked with staff members will be on duty to assist in maintaining the flow of traffic.

When school begins our doors will open at 8:45 am.  In order for us to be prepared for student arrival we ask that you stick to that drop off time because our teachers are required to be ready for work at 8:45 am.  We believe with our later start time that it is important for us to get students in the building as early as we can for our morning routine to function safely and smoothly.

BSS Car line and Bus drop off 2018-2019

Thank you!


2018-2019 School Supply Lists

Below are links to the 2018-2019 school supply lists:


First Grade Supply List

Second Grade Supply List

Third Grade Supply List

Fourth Grade Supply List

Fifth Grade Supply List

Sixth Grade Supply List

Seventh Grade Supply List

Eighth grade supply list





Welcome to Brandywine Springs Mr. Bedford!


Help Wanted!

We need your help to make our wonderful school events run smoothly!  Please see the below list of committees/activities and let us know if you can help by sending an email to [email protected]  Every little bit counts and there is something for everyone!

As always, thank for your support!

Help Wanted 2017-18



Girls on the Run Registration!

Girls on the Run registration begins on February 12.  The lottery will be on February 20.

The Brandywine Springs Girls on the Run program will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm for 3rd-5th graders.  Season starts on March 5!

Any questions please email Alicia Alexander – [email protected]

Register here !!!





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Please take a minute to navigate the website, sign up to join the PTO, complete the Directory form, sign up to volunteer, see a list of current committees/positions and get information on how you can help the school by participating in PTO-driven activities and fundraisers.

Back to School Newsletter 2016-17-2


Middle School Fall Sports Info!!!



2017-18 Supply Lists

imagesAre you ready for school?  Our teachers sure are!

Kindergarten Supply List

First Grade Supply List

Second Grade Supply List

Third Grade Supply List

Fourth Grade Supply List

Fifth Grade Supply List

Sixth Grade Supply List

Seventh Grade Supply List

Eighth Grade Supply List



Great Schools Clean Streams

Thank you to all who pledged. BSS was awarded an honorable mention and $200. Thank you!



Teacher of the Year

toyCongratulations, Dr. Townsend on being named BSS Teacher of the Year!


PCAD presentation

Thank you, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, for your informative presentation.  Please find the Power Point Presentation as well as the PCAD Brochure. For more information or to register for a training session visit, please visit their website.  PCAD will also be doing presentations to our K-2 graders this year.


Box Tops

BoxTopsBox Top Competition Dates are as follows:

Grades 3-5 will run from October 2nd – 16th

Grades K-2 will run from December 4th – 18th

Grades 6-8 will run from February 8th to the first winning class

Just clip the Box Tops from the products you already buy (and look for special offers at Acme and other stores) and send in your Box Tops during the competition dates.   If you are available to help count box tops at home, please e-mail Amy Saunders.


Smarter Balanced Results

The Department Of Education has released the Smarter Balanced Assessment Results.  Results are divided by State, District and School Performance.


School Store

The school store is now open for school year:  Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30-8:45


Reminder App Texts

Want reminders from school and your child’s specific grade/sport texted right to your phone? Sign up for the Reminder App.

Text 81010 and use the following codes:

Kindergarten @bsskinder
First Grade @bss1st
Second Grade @bss2nd
Third Grade @bss3rd
Fourth Grade @bss4th
Fifth Grade @bss5th
Sixth Grade @bss6
Seventh Grade @bss7
Eighth Grade @bss8
Whole School @bssallkids
Sports @bsssports


Smarter Balance

Curious about the new state wide testing?  Visit RCCSD’s smarter balance_ParentQA section for more information.


Welcome BSS Families and Teachers!

Brandywine Springs Parent Teacher Organization (BSS PTO) welcomes all of our parents, guardians, and teachers to join us at our monthly meetings.   We hope you will join us in the fall!

In the meantime, here are some…PTO MYTHBUSTERS!

Myth:  The PTO is just for stay-at-home moms.

FACT:  The PTO is for everyone!  Our volunteers are mothers, fathers and those who fill those roles.  We have a wide range of volunteers who:  stay-at-home; work part-time to full-time; have little ones at home, preschoolers, high schoolers and/or college students; are continuing their own education; and more.

Myth:  The PTO has all the help they need.

FACT:  The PTO welcomes everyone and continues to need volunteers for various events, fundraisers, and committees year-round.  We need you!

Myth:  Volunteering for the PTO takes too much time.

FACT:  Only YOU can decide how much time you can give.  Even if you can help at just one event or handle one task per year, it would be greatly appreciated.

Myth:  PTO volunteers need to be at the school during the day.

FACT:   Much of the PTO work can be done from home on your own schedule, or at events at night or weekends.  Yes, there is volunteering during the school day if you are able to do so.  But no one does it all, so choose what works best for you.

Myth:  The PTO has the same volunteers year after year and everyone knows each other. 

FACT:  While we are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who return, we also welcome new ones every year.  We do strike up friendships and enjoy getting to know one another.  Our volunteers range from Kindergarten to 8th grade parents, so it’s a great chance to get to know parents from other grades you may not have met otherwise.