Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Our Philosophy



WE BELIEVE…that our program should meet the needs of the whole child (spiritual, physical, emotional, social, creative and cognitive) in a safe, nurturing positive environment.

…that a child learns best by having opportunities to explore, create, and discover; so we maintain a child-oriented classroom, keeping an appropriate balance between child-initiated and teacher-directed activities.

…and that the learning environment should foster a positive self-concept in each child, and that our staff should be sensitive to the individual differences and developmental stages of each child.


OUR GOALS:


  • Growing in understanding of God and His loving care.
  • Developing a positive self-concept; thinking as an individual; expanding perspective.
  • Developing social skills to include the communication skills needed to solve problems peacefully; working and cooperating together in small and large groups; respecting the property of others; helping, sharing and caring for others.
  • Encouraging children to think, reason, question, and experiment; developing language and early literacy skills, to include letter recognition, letter-sound correspondences, concepts of print, early writing skills, and oral and listening skills; developing number sense and mathematical reasoning skills.
  • Developing awareness of beauty and appreciation of aesthetic experiences, including art, music, poems and books. Experiencing the artistic process.
  • Participating through play, singing, creative experiences, rhythmic activities and dramatic play.
  • Promoting physical development and well being; to include activities geared to develop large and small muscle coordination, and activities designed to foster good habits of health and safety.
  • Respecting cultural diversity, to include books, pictures, foods, props, visitors, and cultural resources available in the community.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Message From Dr. Chris Smith, Principal

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Bethany Lutheran Schools!



Safe, nurturing, and academically challenging, are but a few words I would use to describe our community at Bethany Lutheran Schools. Since 1974, Bethany has been a model of consistency in the community in terms of the committed parental involvement, spiritual growth and outstanding scholastic environment. Our preschool through eighth grade student body is comprised of children from the surrounding cities and church communities who are focused on academic excellence as well as building long lasting relationships through a wealth of programs and activities.

Our well trained professional and diverse staff stress rigor in the classroom, while also working to achieve a balance between hard work and fun. The success of our community depends on our great staff. They are the ones dedicated to understanding each student’s individual needs, who know that one is a visual learner and another learns better in group settings. They take time after the school day ends to provide extra support and before the next day begins to ensure their students will enter a warm, loving, and hospitable environment.

I know Bethany is the school for your student because we work toward their success while fostering community which supports their individual needs. Smaller classroom sizes means your son or daughter gets that added attention they need to be successful. As children are our precious commodity, we believe that a Christ-centered school dedicating itself to you and your student, is one of the most important things we can do. I welcome you to BLS and look forward to meeting you and sharing all that we have to offer.

Blessings

Phone:  (707) 451-6683
Fax: (707) 359-2230

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Drama Camp! Register Now!



Who: Children K thru 8th Grade

What: Drama Camp

When: July 17-20

Where: Bethany Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Time: 9:45am-12noon

Final performance July 20th at 6:30 pm
Register online at http://www.gobethany.com/

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Swim Lessons


Keep your students water safe! Health Spring Fitness Center is offering swim instruction this summer for ages and swim levels. Brochures about the course offerings are located in the information rack outside of the school office. Contact John or Mike at Health Spring Fitness Center to sign up. Mention Bethany Lutheran School and receive a 10% discount.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge


Challenge yourself to READ this summer with Reading by Design sponsored by Solano County Library.
Reading by Design runs from June 1—August 31, 2017.
Everyone’s Invited—The challenge is for ALL ages.
It’s Easy—Just ready what you want, log it, and earn prizes and rewards.
There’s Help—Weekly events like concerts, magic shows, bubble blowing, are offered to entice you to keep going to the library.
There are Prizes!—In addition to the prized you can win for reading the books you love, there are special drawings and games to help you stay in the reading groove.
Get Started! Sign up online at solanolibrary.com/challenge or drop in at one of the libraries for logs and instructions.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Our Summer Program Started Today!


Registration packets for our Summer Program at Bethany are available in the school office or on the school's website HERE

Summer Program began on Monday June 12th, 2017.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer And Family Matters


Well, it pretty much (finally) feels like summer out there, and it looks like it, too! Every year around this time we get geared up for the warn weather, family outings, and long overdue rest and relaxation during the long days of summer. Now that school is out, more time can be spent getting know that pre-teen or teen wandering around the house in anonymity. Here are so fun activities that can completed with minimal efforts, but big results.

Visit your local forestation. Most local stations will arrange tours for kids. This is an exciting field trip for preschoolers (especially those who love playing with toy trucks) and school-age children alike. They'll love checking out the different fire trucks and meeting real live firefighters. Root for the home team. You don't have to have season tickets to get into local sporting events such as a minor-league baseball game or a local swim meet. Play capture the flag. You'll need six or more people and two pieces of fabric of different colors, cut into flags (one for each player). Using flour for the outline, divide your yard into two adjoining courts about 12" x 12" each. Divide into two teams; each person places a flag on the back line of his court. Starting from their flag line, players dash to the opposite side of the field and try to pick up a flag from the other team. If a player is tagged, he's out and must stand behind the opposing team's line of flags. If he captures a flag, he's safe and can return to his court. The team that captures all of the opposing side's flags first wins. Check out the stars, the one’s in the sky. Buy a star chart to get started. Then choose one spot in your yard that affords a clear view of the heavens, and venture out after dinner to watch how the night sky changes hour to hour and day to day. A little fresh air before bedtime can really help your kids sleep later too.

These are just a few ways to have some fun over the summer months. The main purpose of each of these activities is not just in having fun, but to spend time with one another. Although these are fun activities, the focus should be on family and enjoying each other. The bible reminds us in Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” This passage helps me understand relationships within the family, and the importance of establishing those meaningful bonds over the course of ones’ lifetime. So, this summer, spend time getting to know one another again. Chat with each other, love on one another, and be a family in every sense of the word. Ask silly questions, talk about family history and share time as family in prayer. Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven,” Mathew 18:19. By spending time in prayer you keep the lines of communication open between your family and the Lord, as well as those within the home. My prayer is that you all have a fantastic summer and that you are blessed beyond your dreams.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bethany Lutheran Church Parking Lot Sale!

Saturday, July 29th, 8am-3pm

Bethany Lutheran Church
621 S. Orchard Ave.
Vacaville, CA

Sponsored by Bethany Lutheran Women's Missionary League
Proceeds will be donated to various charities 
A great way to give and receive!

To reserve your space contact: Kaye Grundmann - (707)365-4975
or email at kawilla43@gmail.com

Drinks and food available- sponsored by Bethany Youth Group

Saturday, June 3, 2017

HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR NEXT WEEK!


We welcome and encourage all of our Bethany families to attend both the 8th grade and Kindergarten celebrations of accomplishments. It took all of us to get them to this point; let us send them out peacefully with God’s care and love!

There will be A LOT happening next week, and we want you all to be aware of what’s going on at BLS:

Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8 are MINIMUM DAYS.
All students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon.

Yearbooks — Monday, June 5 — Yearbooks have arrived and we will be distributed to students by their teachers on Monday.

Awards Ceremony—Wednesday, June 7—This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday beginning at 9:00 AM at the Ulatis Community Center (across the street from BLS). Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Kindergarten Celebration—Tuesday, June 6— Our Kindergarteners will participate in a promotion celebration to the 1st grade on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 621 S. Orchard Avenue, Vacaville. The Kindergarten class has been working very hard on their songs to present to parents, family and friends. Come celebrate their year with us!

Eighth Grade Graduation—Wednesday, June 7— This year we will celebrate the tenth graduating class from Bethany Lutheran School on Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church. All are invited. In keeping with tradition, this year’s graduating students have been working on their own graduation service.

Year End BBQ & Field Day—Thursday, June 8—We will again have our Field Day festivities along with a delicious barbecue. We are looking for volunteers to step forward to coordinate the shopping, cooking and meal portion of this event. Field activities are expected to begin around 9:00 AM. Parent help will also be needed to facilitate the games. If you are able to help, please the school office at myschool@gobethany.com. This is a great way to finish up those Partnership Hours as this is the last opportunity for this year.

Each student is asked to contribute to our meal. A separate flyer was sent home with students and is also attached with this edition of The Eagle. It gives more information and details about each class’s contribution. Parent help is also needed the day of the event with set-up, cooking, clean-up, etc. If you are able to help, please contact the school office.

Students should dress in “school appropriate” clothing for Thursday’s activities. Weather on Thursday is expected to be very warm, so please make sure your student also brings and uses sunscreen. The festivities will last until 12:00 PM.

ALL STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 12:00 noon. Extended care is open until 6:00 PM. For those families not enrolled in the extended care program, the cost is $8 per hour.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Program Packets Are Available!


Registration packets for our Summer Program at Bethany are available in the school office or on the school's website HERE

Summer Program begins on Monday June 12th, 2017.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Next Week Is “Spirit Week” At BLS!

Following is a list of the day’s theme for Spirit Week as chosen by our BLS Student Council. 


PLEASE NOTE: Next week is not a “free dress” week. Those students choosing not to participate in the theme of the day during Spirit Week may wear their grey spirit shirt and jeans or their regular school uniform.

As always, modesty and good taste must prevail. Please consult the Parent/Student Handbook if you have any questions about the appropriateness of your student’s clothing. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Big THANK YOU!


All of us at BLS would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Ornelas and Mrs. Shannon Timmons for taking on this year’s Spring book fair Happy Camper Book Fair. You did an amazing job and our students loved it!

We also want to thank the amazing group of parents and former parents who volunteered and worked alongside Mrs. Ornelas and Ms. Timmons. Without all of you, this year’s book fair would not have been possible.

This year, over $2,800 in Scholastic Books were sold at our book fair. That puts approximately $1,500 back into books and materials for the classrooms at BLS!
So, “Thank you,” to all of our families who supported our book fair and your student’s love for reading.

Congratulations to Marshal Gildersleeve for being the best dressed camper last Friday. Marshal took home the tent that was displayed at the fair and a brand new book!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Preschool Crafts & Activity Ideas



Healthy heart month crafts are a great way to teach preschoolers the importance of healthy living. Learn about healthy heart month crafts for preschoolers with help from the co-founder of an organization that provides quality care and education to young children in this free video clip.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Only 4 Weeks Left!


It doesn’t seem possible but we only have four weeks of school left!

As we have said throughout the year, “Please do not wait until the end of the year to try to complete
your hours. There are fewer and fewer opportunities as the school year comes to a close. However, there are a few opportunities coming up that will allow you to complete some of your hours, (i.e., helping teachers, lunch help, talent show, field trips, End-of-Year BBQ, etc.).

It seems there may be some confusion about how credit is given for your Partnership Hours. In order to receive credit for your completed hours, YOU MUST record the hours on the Partnership Hours form, including the date, activity and/or job description and the number of hours. A BLS staff member or event coordinator must then initial that hours were completed. The completed forms are then turned in to the school office so they can be recorded by Student Billing. Partnership hour forms are available in the rack outside of the school office or on the school’s website at www.gobethany.com.

All Partnership Hours for the 2016-2017 school year must be submitted to the school office by June 15, 2017. If you have completed your required number of hours for the 2016-2017 school year, there is no need to continue recording them…you are finished!

Thank you for partnering with us and your continued support of the mission of BLS!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Summer Program Is Just 1 Month Away!


Registration packets for our Summer Program at Bethany are available in the school office or on the school's website HERE

Summer Program begins on Monday June 12th, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Three Reasons To Send Your Child To A Christian School


There are an incredible amount of benefits of sending your child to a Christian school. While some of the often quoted, negative statistics about government schools should be enough, I have decided to lay out three primary benefits for those who may still need convincing. These three benefits are as follows.

One benefit of a Christian school is that your child is raised among fellow believers. As the old adage goes, "bad company corrupts good character." By sending your children to a Christian school, you are likely to see that your child's friends are the some of the best people that your child could be around. If you're child grows up around other believing children, it is far less likely that your child will be involved in drugs, sex, underage drinking, or other negative actions.

Another benefit of a Christian education is the education itself. It is especially true of Classical Christian schools that there education is often times much better than the government schools in the area. The students of these types of schools tend to score higher on standardized tests and are generally more prepared for college as well!

A final benefit of Christian schools is that by sending your child to one, you help ensure that your child will remain a Christian. With Barna Group statistics saying that 70% of kids who go to church will leave the faith when they leave home, it is the Christian duty of any Christian parent to not add to this negative statistic! Chances are undoubtedly better when sending your child to a school that teaches the Bible through and through.

As Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it." Training up a child in the way he should is ultimately the responsibility of the parents of the child. And this training must go far beyond Sunday school and youth group! Sending our children to receive Christian educations is one way to fulfill our responsibility to the call of God for our children.



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Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Week! Happy Camper Book Fair!


Our Spring Book Fair is on the calendar for May 8—12. This book fair focuses on importance of keeping students reading during the summer months. Statistics have shown that continued reading during the summer prevents the backwards slide that can occur during the summer. This is an excellent way to complete all of your Partnership Hours and many volunteers will be needed for the fair to be successful. If you would like to help with this amazing event, please contact the school office at 451-6683 or by email myschool@gobethany.com.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

COMING SOON: Exploratory Electives At Bethany!

Starting this Fall, Bethany Lutheran School middle school students will be able to take four or five week intensive exploratory elective courses. The exploratory/elective curriculum allows student choice and supplements core classes instead of replacing them. These interest-based electives are part of what makes the middle grades experience special.

For the first time, students have a choice of which classes to take. They also begin to exercise autonomy while exploring personal interests and possible career choices. Some of the courses planned thus far are: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Digital Photography, Introduction to Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, and much, MUCH more! More information will be coming soon so STAY TUNED! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Book Fair


Our Spring Book Fair is on the calendar for May 8—12. This book fair focuses on importance of keeping students reading during the summer months. Statistics have shown that continued reading during the summer prevents the backwards slide that can occur during the summer. This is an excellent way to complete all of your Partnership Hours and many volunteers will be needed for the fair to be successful. If you would like to help with this amazing event, please contact the school office at 451-6683 or by email myschool@gobethany.com.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Registration Packets Available Now!


Registration packets for our Summer Program at Bethany are available in the school office or on the school's website HERE

Summer Program begins on Monday June 12th, 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wine & Dine Is Next Saturday The 29th!



Get ready for THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Time to Wine & Dine on Saturday April 29th
Fun kicks off at 4:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM, Auction at 7:00 PM
Cyprus Lakes Golf Course

Tickets sales begin Monday, March 13 and run through April 20. Tickets are $40 per person or
$280 for a table of 8. You won’t want to miss this night!

If you can’t make dinner, and the menu will be tasty, Auction only tickets are $5 per person with
entrance at 7:00 PM.

Need a babysitter, we’ve got you covered. Babysitting will be available at Bethany School for a
nominal fee.

Dress does not need to fancy, but think country club chic.

Most importantly, we have some great auction items and the students are working on AMAZING
projects, you will want to get your hands on them.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mystery Dinner: "The Case Of The Mysterious Benefactor"


Mystery Dinner: "The Case Of The Mysterious Benefactor"

When: April 22nd 2017 @ 5pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Tickets $15

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening and BRING A FRIEND!

Hosted by our Lutheran Women's Missionary League 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Our Summer Program!


Registration packets for our Summer Program at Bethany are available in the school office or on the school's website HERE

Summer Program begins on Monday June 12th, 2017.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Annual Easter Festival This Sunday!


The morning fun kicks off at 9 AM sharp with tasty treats. Doughnuts are $1 each with plenty of coffee, milk and juice for all.

Our egg hunts begin at 10:30 AM, so please bring your baskets and join in the fun!

There will also be face painting, sack races, and a giant slide.

Bring your camera to capture those special moments with the Easter Bunny.

Come enjoy a fun-filled morning at this wonderful event! All in the community, especially those who are new families to BLS, are welcome and encouraged to join us for this morning of fellowship and fun.

We are in need of plastic eggs and are requesting one dozen per student be donated, preferably stuffed with nonchocolate candy. Please drop them off in the school office by Wednesday, April 12.

We are in need of volunteers! This is a great way to earn non-fundraising partnership hours. If you would like to help, we will need help the day of the event. Please contact either
David Olson at floridapilot1@hotmail.com or Filipina
Dianala at filipinad@att.net directly if you would like to be a part of this exciting event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Got Books?


A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Ornelas and Mrs. Timmons for stepping forward to chair this year’s Spring Book Fair.
Our Spring Book Fair is on the calendar for May 8—12. This book fair focuses on importance of keeping students reading during the summer months. Statistics have shown that continued reading during the summer prevents the backwards slide that can occur during the summer. This is an excellent way to complete all of your Partnership Hours and many volunteers will be needed for the fair to be successful. If you would like to help with this amazing event, please contact the school office at 451-6683 or by email myschool@gobethany.com.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mystery Dinner!


Mystery Dinner: "The Case Of The Mysterious Benefactor"

When: April 22nd 2017 @ 5pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Tickets $15

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening and BRING A FRIEND!

Hosted by our Lutheran Women's Missionary League 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Please Welcome Dr. Chris Smith!

PLEASE JOIN US: Monday, March 27 at 6:00 PM when we will introduce Dr. Smith to the BLS staff, students and parents of BLS. We will meet in school’s the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Don't Forget To Get Your Wine & Dine Tickets!



Get ready for THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Time to Wine & Dine on Saturday April 29th
Fun kicks off at 4:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM, Auction at 7:00 PM
Cyprus Lakes Golf Course

Tickets sales begin Monday, March 13 and run through April 20. Tickets are $40 per person or
$280 for a table of 8. You won’t want to miss this night!

If you can’t make dinner, and the menu will be tasty, Auction only tickets are $5 per person with
entrance at 7:00 PM.

Need a babysitter, we’ve got you covered. Babysitting will be available at Bethany School for a
nominal fee.

Dress does not need to fancy, but think country club chic.

Most importantly, we have some great auction items and the students are working on AMAZING
projects, you will want to get your hands on them.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Principal Appointment



After a lengthy search process that included a wide pool of qualified individuals, it is with great joy that we announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Smith as Principal at BLS.
Dr. Smith comes to BLS with an extensive education background. He has a passion for learning and for Christian education. Dr. Smith’s accomplishments don’t end with academics. He is recognized as an outstanding coach and student mentor.
Dr. Smith will come to BLS from Yuba College but he will be returning to his first calling which is K-12 Christ-centered education. He has served in leadership roles at several Christian and public schools.
Please keep Dr. Smith in your prayers as he prepares for their transition to BLS. While the exact timing of Dr. Smith’s arrival is not yet known, you will see Dr. Smith on campus in just a few short weeks after he wraps up and successfully hands off his duties at Yuba College.

 PLEASE JOIN US: Monday, March 27 at 6:00 PM when we will introduce Dr. Smith to the BLS staff, students and parents of BLS. We will meet in school’s the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Important Calendar Change For 4/13



Please update your BLS school calendar to show April 13, 2017 as a Minimum Day. This is the Thursday before Good Friday, a no-school day. Extended Care will be available for those families who will need care for their students in the afternoon. Making this change is necessary to allow for our BLS staff to meet and continue to work on our school’s accreditation report. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Book Fair


A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Ornelas and Mrs. Timmons for stepping forward to chair this year’s Spring Book Fair.
Our Spring Book Fair is on the calendar for May 8—12. This book fair focuses on importance of keeping students reading during the summer months. Statistics have shown that continued reading during the summer prevents the backwards slide that can occur during the summer. This is an excellent way to complete all of your Partnership Hours and many volunteers will be needed for the fair to be successful. If you would like to help with this amazing event, please contact the school office at 451-6683 or by email myschool@gobethany.com.

Friday, March 10, 2017

15th Annual Dinner And Auction



Get ready for THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Time to Wine & Dine on Saturday April 29th
Fun kicks off at 4:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM, Auction at 7:00 PM
Cyprus Lakes Golf Course

Tickets sales begin Monday, March 13 and run through April 20. Tickets are $40 per person or
$280 for a table of 8. You won’t want to miss this night!

If you can’t make dinner, and the menu will be tasty, Auction only tickets are $5 per person with
entrance at 7:00 PM.

Need a babysitter, we’ve got you covered. Babysitting will be available at Bethany School for a
nominal fee.

Dress does not need to fancy, but think country club chic.

Most importantly, we have some great auction items and the students are working on AMAZING
projects, you will want to get your hands on them.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Student Activities


Chapel
Chapel is held on a weekly basis and serves as a time when the whole student body can come together for community worship. Through the chapel program, students serve needs in the community by collecting canned foods, used clothing, raising money to find a cure for leukemia, making greeting cards, and the like. An upbeat worship style with applications of Biblical truths to their lives greets the students every Wednesday morning. All parents are also welcomed to come and participate in praise-filled worship.

Student Council
Students in grades 4 – 8 are allowed to serve their classmates, school community and the general community through an organized Student Council.  The Student Council is responsible for the school-wide recycling program as well as for determining which charitable organization the weekly chapel offering will support. Students can serve in an elected position as an officer, committee member, or as a representative of their class.

Enrichment Programs
The school facilitates the After School Enrichment Program, a program that serves to allow students to experience multiple opportunities to either learn something new or grow in knowledge already acquired. Offerings change on a periodic basis and are held immediately after school, so as to better accommodate parents schedules and have included the visual and performing arts, athletics, and Mad Science.

Athletics
Physical activity is a great way to allow for better focus in the classroom. Students in grades Kindergarten-8 are exposed to physical activity through intentional physical education time with a P.E. teacher and recesses in the day. All students in grades Kindergarten-8 are able to participate in team sports. Volleyball is offered in the fall for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and soccer in the spring. As interest dictates and facilities allow, our athletics program will grow for the purposes of glorifying God through healthy use of the body, as well as for learning teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership through experience.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Why A Private School May Be Right For Your Child


Public vs. Private School

Public schools are administered by the government and funded solely by tax revenue. As a result, administrators and teachers are considered employees of the state or local government. This impacts the curriculum taught to students as well as the manner by which the instruction is carried out. Parents who disagree with either the manner of instruction or the curriculum can voice their opposing views and work with local government officials to implement desired changes. Parents may find that an institution's policy is more easily changed when you aren't trying to change a county or statewide program. Government-run programs, while they strive for a democratic ideal, can often be bogged down in legislation and paperwork that can slow improvements.

Private schools, on the other hand, are not administered by the government but are independent in nature. Because the government does not directly manage these schools, they have the authority to be selective about which students they allow to attend. Additionally, private schools typically rely on private funding, often paid as tuition by parents. To help with the cost of attendance, some offer academic and athletic scholarships to students who meet prescribed criteria. Some states and regions may also offer voucher programs to give parents a wider selection, even when finances seem to limit their options to public education.

Additionally, administrators and teachers who work for independent or private schools are not considered employees of the state or local government. As a result, teachers are able to teach beyond the syllabus prescribed by state and federal authorities. Some schools, founded on religious principles, may choose to incorporate those beliefs into classroom discussions. Parents who enroll their child in these independent schools generally do so based on prior knowledge of the existing curriculum. Others find that the academic excellence of a particular campus is the most important factor.

The Benefits of Private Education

Research has shown that students who attend private school are generally considered to be at an academic advantage over their public counterparts. The primary reason for this has been attributed to improved access to state-of-the-art technology and learning facilities, smaller classroom sizes, more focused teachers, and parental involvement centered on encouraging their child's academic goals. In addition, students who attend these independent schools are more likely to be strongly encouraged to engage in social clubs and activities that will foster their growth and development. This high expectation may translate to a well-rounded student and may help with preparation for further education or a successful post-secondary career.



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Monday, February 27, 2017

Six Important Life Skills Children Learn In Preschool


A child learns constantly. Every new experience creates opportunities for acquiring life lessons. Preschool teaches and reinforces skills in a nurturing setting. By interacting with each other and receiving gentle guidance from teachers, preschoolers learn valuable skills, qualities, and values.

Making Good Decisions

When young children interact with each other, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from choices that are made. As they play and work together on an activity, they quickly decipher which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. They get to test boundaries while seeing the direct consequences of their actions. Through their interactions, they learn, for example, that cooperation is met with approval while pushing or grabbing leads to lost privileges. By playing out different scenarios and experiencing the outcome of different choices, children figure out how to make good decisions in a safe group setting.

Communicating Well

Through songs, play, and age-appropriate lessons, young students learn how to communicate well. In addition to acquiring basic writing skills, they are practicing how to speak in complete sentences, how to verbally ask for what they want, and how to explain their point of view. Each school day provides new opportunities to verbalize ideas and express them to peers and patient teachers. Communication may be simple at first, but with practice even the quietest preschooler will soon know how to communicate effectively one-on-one and in a group.

Making Friends

This important lifelong skill can blossom in preschool. Young children learn the essentials that go into making a friendship. They figure out how to be a good friend, and they have the opportunity to experience friendships with classmates who may have different interests, abilities, and backgrounds.

Helping Others

Children have a natural desire to help others. When preschool teachers trained in classroom dynamics and human behavior guide this innate inclination, a child can display qualities like compassion and empathy. In class, children are encouraged to help one another. When a preschooler sees classmates helping each other, it strengthens that innate desire to help others.

Sharing

A preschool setting also strongly nurtures sharing. An activity like coloring, for example, naturally creates the opportunity to share crayons. Playing with toys, puzzles, and building blocks also leads to informal lessons on cooperating and sharing, as well as patience, taking turns, and working together as a team.

Developing Confidence

The early classroom setting offers excellent opportunities to try new things and, over time, excel at them. This process of trying something repeatedly until achieving success is the way to develop confidence. Also, activities that give a child the chance to contribute in a visible, meaningful way build self-confidence.

Participating in show-and-tell or serving as a classroom helper can increase and reinforce a sense of confidence in every preschooler. This can-do attitude developed early in life will carry over into primary and secondary grades to give each child the necessary internal strength to embrace life confidently at every stage.



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Admissions And Enrollment Process


Thank you for considering Bethany Lutheran School for your child’s education! At Bethany we strive for the highest level of academic learning and achievement and offer all our services in the context of a Bible-based and Christ-centered community of faith. Our students develop Christian character and excel academically while serving God and others.

Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have about Bethany Lutheran School and to assist you in every step of the enrollment process – and then help your student adjust to those first few days in a new school.

We would like to provide you additional information about Bethany Lutheran School and to arrange for a personally guided tour based on your availability. You can reach our Admissions Office by telephone through the school office, 707-451-6683, or via email at myschool@gobethany.com. Admissions forms and additional information are also available online at the bottom of this page.

After reviewing the information, visiting our campus, and submitting your Registration paperwork we will schedule an assessment test. (The $75.00 testing fee covers the cost of the assessment.) Once your child has taken the assessment test, we will work with you regarding the best placement for your student.  

If your family is in need of financial assistance, scholarships are available through The BASIC Fund, a privately funded organization providing partial-tuition scholarships to low-income families across the Bay Area. For more information on how to apply for one of these scholarships, please visit: basicfund.org.

We encourage our new families to participate in the many activities and events at Bethany Lutheran School. This not only provides families with the the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff at Bethany, it also provides us an opportunity to introduce you to returning and other new families.   Before you know it, the school year will begin, and your child will have many new friends and experiences to tell you about.

We look forward to having you as part of our Bethany School family!

Call 707-451-6683 to schedule a tour!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Please Join Us February 15th!

Join us February 15th from 5:00-7:00pm for our community open house

Not able to attend our open house? Contact the school office to schedule a private tour!

Call or email us today
(707) 451-6683
myschool@gobethany.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Four Advantages Of Private Schools


When it comes to education, private schools go that extra mile to ensure your children are better prepared for the world. If you're looking to give your child the best possible education, these types of institutions may be the answer. Here you will learn about some benefits of private education.

Smaller Class Size

While public education has a ratio of 17 students for every teacher, private institutions only have an average of 9 students for every teacher. Many people choose to enroll their children in private schools because they prefer these smaller classes. Thanks to the smaller class size, teachers and personnel can give every student the individual attention they need in order to succeed academically. Plus, the teachers can also spend more time making sure every student fully understands the material covered in class.

Excellent Academics

These institutions enjoy excellent academic reputation. Their standards are usually pretty high, but they also encourage their students to learn and to achieve excellence. Generally, their students perform better on any standardized test than students from public institutions. In addition, according to the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) only about 57% of public high school students apply for college, compared to 88% of private schools students who apply for college. They are also more likely to complete their bachelor or master's degree.

Additionally, the graduation requirements are more challenging and have higher standards. Not only must children and teenagers always deliver quality work, but also participate in community service, arts, and activities. All these mandatory activities will expose them to the arts and volunteering, and will help them develop into mature adults.

Strong Parent Involvement

Private institutions encourage parents to participate in all aspects of their child's education. This is extremely important for the child, not only academically, but also psychologically. Children whose parents are more involved in their lives perform better in every aspect, and tend to become happy, confident adults. Additionally, there's a strong sense of commitment and loyalty among the parents. They feel proud of the community they have formed.

Less Bureaucracy

Since these types of institutions don't have to follow all state regulations, they spend less time on paperwork and more time on educating their class. In addition, teachers enjoy more freedom to teach following their own methods. They are less focused on test scores, and more concerned with making sure that everyone is learning. However, this doesn't mean that they don't have an academic standard. On the contrary, their academic standard is usually very high compared to public institutions.

Also, when it comes to teachers, private schools know they have a reputation to maintain, which is why they are very selective with the people they hire. Teachers tend to be very qualified and very good at their job. This plays a big role in your child's education.

Finally, the most important advantage about these types of institutions is that you are the one who makes the choice. Your child's education won't be determined by geography; it will be determined by you.



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Monday, February 6, 2017

Community Open House February 15th 2017

Join us February 15th from 5:00-7:00pm for our community open house

Not able to attend our open house? Contact the school office to schedule a private tour!

Call or email us today
(707) 451-6683
myschool@gobethany.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Advantage Of A Christian School


If you are a parent trying to decide on a private school for your child, you may want to seriously consider sending your child to a Christian school. There are many Christian schools across the country and they are affiliated with many different Christian denominations. Probably the most well-known Christian school is the Catholic school network affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. However, you will find non-denominational Christian schools as well.

Many people erroneously assume that if they are not a Christian that they can not attend a Christian school. Or, that you can't attend a Christian school of another denomination. This is entirely untrue. Most, if not all, Christian schools accept students of all faiths and beliefs. Some schools may require that you attend a church on a regular basis or attend a church of the same faith. However, most Christian schools only require that you have the same or similar Christian beliefs that they do.

Christian schools are typically priced a little lower than other private schools since they usually are supported by a local church and consider their schools a part of their outreach ministry. Most also offer financial aid to help those who might not otherwise be able to afford private school.

One thing your child will get at a Christian school is an excellent education. Christian schools are held to the same standards as public schools so the classroom time is very similar to public schools. However, Christian schools will also have Bible teaching as part of their curriculum. But you will also find English, Math, Science, Art, Social Studies, History, Home Economics, and other classes that your public school offers. They will also offer many of the same sports such as basketball, field hockey, soccer, track and field and others.

Attending a Christian school is like attending a public school with the added benefit of having Bible teaching. Also, since it is a private school, the class sizes may be smaller and the teaching may be better for this reason. And since Christian schools are run with Biblical principles, discipline problems may be lesser.



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Foundation Of Bethany Lutheran School



The Bethany Lutheran Church congregation had a vision to build a Lutheran elementary school as an extension of its ministry to the Vacaville and surrounding communities.  The involvement and support of the church congregation continues, as it works with purpose to nurture in each person an active, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  What began as a Preschool serving the community since 1974 has now extended into a full-service education through the eighth grade.

H. Spenser said, "To prepare us for complete living is the function which education has to discharge."  A traditional, academic education is only enhanced by the Christian faith development that occurs at our school, allowing it to be a complete educational experience.  Students who experience a Bethany education graduate with the knowledge of not only who they are, but also Whose they are.  That firm footing allows them to enter into an ever-changing world knowing that their foundation is ever-present and solid.  It is also an experience that allows the whole family to be a part of the Bethany community, a community that is held together by the love, mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus.

We have been blessed with a wonderful staff who continues to guide each child to receive the education needed to be successful in the future.  We look forward to meeting with you about how any of our ministries may be of service to your family!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Nurture Children's Minds And Hearts With Christian Schooling


Children in the U.S. are in school for nearly 1,000 hours per year. Since so much of their youth is spent in classrooms, education is an investment parents must carefully make to ensure the brightest future possible for their kids. When choosing a place to send one's child, there are many different choices from public to private education. Here are some ways choosing a Christian school is a beneficial option.

Low Teacher to Child Ratios

Starting the path to education is a scary move for most kids. The challenge becomes even more daunting when a child is thrown into a large public academy. Sending your child to a Christian school ensures that students will be in a small classroom where the teachers can get to know their students on both an educational and personal level. Teachers become mentors, nurturing their students throughout their educational journey, guiding and inspiring them through each grade.

For the Love of the Arts

One of the central teachings of Christianity is a focus on the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is imperative to expose students to as many electives and courses possible so that each child may find his/her niche. As a result, these institutions provide many electives that are often budgeted or cut out of the public education system. For example, music is a course often cut in public schools that is a fundamental course for Christian hymns and worship. Foreign languages, such as Latin, also play key roles in learning old prayers. Children are given every opportunity available to discover and hone their particular talents.

Faith-Centered Instruction

Christian schools provide Bible studies and other religious courses for all grade levels. This not only includes scripture studies and church, but also includes courses such as morality and social justice. They coordinate field trips for the students to volunteer at homeless shelters and nursing homes. Such courses provide students with lessons in morality that expand and develop as the students advance in their grade levels. A religious education inspires children at a young age to think critically and become good stewards outside of the classroom.

Strong Core Courses

Though prayer and worship are important factors at a Christian school, core education is equally as important. As with any center of education, they must also be state accredited with certified teachers. Smaller institutes tend to be even more selective with hiring their faculty, ensuring that talented and driven teachers are managing the classrooms. There is also testing not found in public schools, deviating from the standardized format to build on and expand math, science, and English courses.

Students Stay Safe

As Jesus is the shepherd to his people, the faculty will be shepherds to their students. Administration, teachers, and students all work together to provide a safe environment. Since the establishments are small, strong communities are built. Parents can rest assured that their children are not only learning, but also doing so in a safe environment.

Parents are the front-runners of knowing what's best for their children. When considering their education, however, consider nurturing their minds and hearts at a Christian school.



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Announcing The BLS Family Referral Program


When a student referral comes from within, we know that student will make a great addition to the Bethany family. Introduce your friends and neighbors to Bethany today and when they enroll their family will receive $1,000 off their account and your family will also receive $1,000 off.

Phone: (707) 451-6683
Fax: (707) 359-2230
Email: myschool@gobethany.com

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bethany Lutheran Preschool


Bethany Lutheran Preschool strives to provide a program for preschool children (ages two years-nine months to Kindergarten) and their parents that offers the highest caliber of preschool education to the children of our community, and is consistent with the Christian teachings of Bethany Lutheran Church of Vacaville.

We hope that as you browse our website, you'll find that most of your questions and concerns are addressed. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

To schedule a tour please call 707-451-6678.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our Heritage


On October 26, 1952, Lutheran church services were first held in Vacaville by Pastor T. B. Gohlke, then pastor of Trinity, Fairfield. The services were held in the Legion Hall and attendance was 52 for the first service. From that beginning, Sunday School was organized, services continued and an initial group of dedicated people worked hard to promote the Lutheran church. As attendance increased, the congregation formally organized on July 27, 1953, under the name of Bethany Lutheran Church and affiliated with the California-Nevada District of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. It soon became evident that the Legion Hall would not be satisfactory for the congregation, so in 1954, ten members donated enough money for a down payment to purchase the land where Bethany is now located. The church was a mission church where the District assisted financially. The original church construction was started in 1955 with volunteer labor and was completed in 1956.

Throughout the years that followed, many milestones were reached as Vacaville and the church grew. In 1961, Bethany members voted to become self sustaining and dropped the mission church designation. An education building was completed in 1965, a pre-school was started in 1974, and the present church building was completed in 1977. In 1988, adjoining property was purchased and an extended day care program was added to the Early Childhood Education program. In 1994, Bethany initiated plans to rebuild the fellowship hall to further meet the needs of the congregation and that was completed in 1996. As completion of the parish hall was nearing, further plans continued to begin expanding the school to provide kindergarten through eighth grade Christian education in Vacaville. This has now become a reality with our additional site on Ulatis Drive for Bethany Lutheran School. Bethany Lutheran School is entering its eighth year of operation on the Ulatis site. The opportunities continue as the school now can provide quality education with Christian values to over 230 students to the Vacaville and surrounding community.

As Bethany meets the challenges of today and plans for the future, the focus should not be on our accomplishments but what our obligations are as Christians - to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all people - here in Vacaville and around the world.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Still Have Challenges To Face


Looking back at 2016 it is clear that God’s Spirit has been at work here at Bethany. God has provided for our needs and blessed us even as we in our human condition have wondered how to make things happen.

As we begin 2017 we still have challenges to face. The devil and his forces will try to thwart our efforts to grow Christ’s church. He tries to discourage us by instilling apathy, fear, despair, conflict and other negatives into our hearts.

But we need not despair!! God has promised to be with us always. God tells us not to worry and that he will provide. He has things under control. We need to step out in faith and trust in him both corporately and individually.

We are in a rebuilding effort. This challenge is not to be carried solely on Pastor Greg’s shoulders, but is to be shouldered by every single member. Christ is the Head, Pastor is the coach and we the members are the troops. Members of Bethany what can you do to share the load?

Consider the following Bible verses. Matthew 6-19 talks about priorities, Matthew 6-25 and Luke 12 25 talks about trust and that God will provide, Paul says in Romans 8-31 that if God is for us who can be against us, first Corinthians 12 talks about how God equips His church for good works for the building up of believers, and James 2-14 talks about faith and deeds.

When we called Pastor Greg, we promised we would support the calling of an assistant Pastor. How much are you willing to trust God and step up and financially support the call by increasing your giving so we can fulfill the promise we gave?

On Sunday January 29th, we the members of Bethany will have the opportunity to show our support for God’s work here at Bethany by pledging our financial and hands on support. Please prayerfully consider all God has done for you, the promises he has made to you, and what you can give back for the growth of His kingdom.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Year Of Time


Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year. As we look into 2017 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchase it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life. 

The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day. 

Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on, and you cannot bring it back. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it. 

Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God. 

The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?


Steven B. Cloud

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Welcome To Our New Blog

Welcome to the new blog for Bethany Lutheran Ministries and School in Vacaville CA. We're just getting started, so drop by again soon!