Order Spirit Wear by 2/9/20 before the link expires! Make sure to put your student’s homeroom teacher on your order as this is how it will arrive.


Green School Team Update!

The Green School Team has some really great news!
First, a huge “Thank you!” and shout out to the Green School Team members that have joined me to make the following news possible!  Peter Kelly, Toni Marioni, Karen Walsh, Irene Hairston, Megan Anderson, Kathy Yacucci, Amy Archer, PTO.
Here is an update of the BSS Green School Program activities that have been happening in our school.
First to review, in the Green School Program, we are participating in three Green Pathways.  Each year, the intent is to take small steps to continue to build toward becoming and sustaining an eco-friendly campus.  The Energy, Schoolyard Habitat, and Healthy Lifestyles Pathways continue to be our focus this year.
1. Energy Pathway (Please see the attached flyer)
  • Family Energy Night Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:30 pm:  This will be a larger version of the 5th grade Energy Expo from last year.
2. Schoolyard Habitat
–   Biodiversity Project: Mrs. Saunders and  Ms. Marioni’s class are participating in a grant project   with Ashland Nature Center.  As a result of surveys and research, they found that there is a need for shelter in our schoolyard.  Mr. Bedford and Mr. Patel gave their permission for them to build and install bird nesting boxes.  They have been constructed and installed!  You can watch for activity in the inner courtyard, the outdoor classroom by the library, behind the trailers, and along the Delcastle Park tree line! 
–  Butterfly Garden: The Wildlife Habitat, in the inner courtyard, was a huge success last year! Monarchs, pollinators, birds, even ducks found it a welcoming, nourishing, and safe habitat.  Stay tuned for a new sensory garden and additional garden adventure spaces for the little ones!
– Author Visit: New Castle native, Stephanie Pzybelyk, nature photographer and DELMARVA ecosystem author, will be visiting the kindergarten and fifth grade classrooms this spring.
3. Healthy Lifestyles
–  Vegetable Garden: Irene Hairston had a successful garden and fruitful harvest this past year.  Can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for this year!
– Yoga:  Leslie continues her Yoga and peaceful centering to all those in her classes!
– After School Programs: Healthy Eating, Girls on the Run
– Keep Healthy Bulletin Boards: Thank you Nurse Archer!
– Broadcasting Team : “Clean Team”…. Wash your hands!  – Thank you Mr. Thomas!
Shout outs to:
  • Ms. Benkrowsky and the fourth grade had UD Energy Guests visit their classrooms!   Did you  know that energy from fruit can be converted into electricity? This UD team will return for the Family Energy Night! … a real treat for all! 
Thank you!
Green School Team 
Sonia Saunders
Peter Kelly
Karen Walsh
Toni Marioni
Irene Hairston
Megan Anderson
Mary MacAllister
Amy Archer
Kathy Yacucci

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Mom’s House Wilmington

Thank you to everyone that donated to Mom’s House.  We received a wonderful thank you letter from them.  They are grateful for the support!

Mom’s House Thank you Letter


Phelan Lucky 2019

The Phelan Lucky campaign begins on January 7 and the deadline to order is January 28!!!  Be sure to wear your shirt to school on March 15!
 To learn more about Jack and Phelan McDermid Syndrome:
Who is Jack
To learn more about Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, please visit
Fact Sheet



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.

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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

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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.