Friday, October 20, 2017

Family Paint Night

Put the ART in our fun family paint PARTY!

Friday, November 3rd at 6pm at the Ulatis Campus

Tickets are $25 each, includes all paint supplies.

Room is limited so be sure to RSVP to save a spot. Lookk for flyers being sent home or RSVP by email to SHAUNTEY.HILL@GMAIL.COM

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Volunteers Needed!

October 27th Trunk or Treat Festival- 6pm Ulatis Campus

November 15th Apple Hill Pick Up & Distribution

December 2017 (Date TBD) Christmas Tree Lighting 

March 31st 2018 Annual Easter Festival & Egg Hunt

(Date & Time TBD) 16th Annual Dinner & Auction

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Festival & Trunk Or Treat

This years festivities will take place October 27th at 6pm on the Ulatis campus. In order to make this year's event successful we need help in the following areas:

  • Set-up
  • Clean-up
  • Games
  • Photos
  • Food
  • Activities/Arts&Crafts
  • Organize parent trunk sign ups
  • Decorations
  • Organize class candy

If you can help in any of the following areas please email or let Mrs. Rush know in the front office.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don't Forget To Come Out Tomorrow Night! Thursday October 12th 2017

Our next Dine and Donate fundraiser will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at
From 4:00pm to 9:00pm

We’ll be raising funds for Bethany Lutheran Elementary & Preschool where 30% of sales generated (excluding tax and alcohol) from Dine-In and TO GO purchases will be donated to their organization. Not including online orders.

Please bring flyer to the event, printed or displayed on mobile device.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dine And Donate This Thursday!

Our next Dine and Donate fundraiser will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at
From 4:00pm to 9:00pm

We’ll be raising funds for Bethany Lutheran Elementary & Preschool where 30% of sales generated (excluding tax and alcohol) from Dine-In and TO GO purchases will be donated to their organization. Not including online orders.

Please bring flyer to the event, printed or displayed on mobile device.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Preschool Is Important For Healthy Child Development

Preschool Activities And Games Help Create The Personality Of A Child

Preschool children should have a variety of different activities and games to encourage physical and mental development. Young children by nature are easily distracted, having very little attention span and any attempt to introduce them straight to academics will be met with frustration and failure. On the other hand, they would embrace learning willingly and well if imparted through fun and games.

How important are fun and games in the process of learning

Children are born learners because they become curious about their surroundings as soon as they can fix their eyesight. Haven't you noticed the curious eyes of a newborn looking at every object around their field of vision? All you may have to do is to turn that curiosity to actual learning. Once they come to know that they have to learn to achieve something or even to please those whom they love, they will do that on their own.

There is nothing special about it. Children learn various things such as drinking from a cup, using a fork, using the potty, walking, talking by watching and copying. Teaching children by example is a very practical way of guiding a child through a new task.

Then there are other things that they learn like eating from a plate, not writing on the walls, keeping the toys in order, not breaking the toys, etc in order to receive a happy nod from people they love and adore.

Another type of learning children go through in their preschool activities and games involves their participation and taking turns. Take for example a lesson in spelling where they are asked to hunt for the right letter from a tray containing an assortment of letters, taking turns telling a story.

Preschool activities and games can make a world of difference to children in their learning process during school days. What they learn in these preschool days has a high retention value, and so the imprint stays for years and has an impact on personality and attitude. How receptive they will be also depends on this.

A recently conducted study on children who dropped out of school found that those that went through preschool activities and games and encountered early socialization skills were less likely to become high school drop outs.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Book Fair Oct. 9-13

Each class will be visiting the book fair during school hours. We will have separate events for each day so stayed tuned!

Volunteers are needed for: register hours, decoration projects, set up, and break down. My email:

We will be having a door decorating contest (pizza party prize for one class) and bookmark grams for sales the week before the book fair (sales from the bookmark grams will be used to purchase books for a organization in need (which will be determined by BLS student council).

Also, this is a GREAT event that encourages our children to read, but it also puts supplies (not just books), through the money raised, in the hands of our teachers, so please stay turned and support the book fair.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Principal Post: In A Word "Testing"

As we start our rapid decent toward much cooler temperatures and Fall, I wanted to speak briefly about testing. More to the point, I wanted to speak briefly about the upcoming ITBS tests that the students will attempt November 6th – 9 th, grades 2 – 8. Since we have quite a few new families to Bethany, I felt it vitally important to pass on some data regarding the assessments.

The ITBS or Iowa Tests are standardized tests provided as a service to schools by the College of Education of the University of Iowa. The tests are administered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade as part of the Iowa Statewide Testing Programs, a division of the Iowa Testing Programs (ITP). Over decades, participation expanded and currently nearly all school districts in Iowa participate annually in the program, as do many other school districts across the United States. In a cooperative relationship, participating schools receive ITBS test materials, scoring and reporting services and consultation in the use of ITBS for instructional purposes, and ITBS utilizes participation by schools in research and test development. Both the ITBS and Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) were revised in the 2011–2012 school year. They were rebranded the Iowa Assessments 2016-2017 (Iowa, 2017).

ITBS are written in levels 5-14. Each test level consists of a series of tests administered in content sections with each section designed to measure specific skills. Test levels 5-8 are administered to students from kindergarten through second grade (K-2). School districts employ the series of tests in primary grades to gain information about classes and students for instructional planning, to supplement teacher observations regarding student abilities, and to establish a basis for subsequent annual evaluation of student progress. Sections for levels 5-8 include: Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Listening, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies (Levels 7 and 8 only), Science (Levels 7 and 8 only), and Sources of Information.

Bethany utilizes the results of these assessments in a variety of ways. The scores provide our instructional staff an idea of where are students are academically, as compared to those students across the United States who take the exam. These assessments also provide direction for the school in terms of curriculum. It helps us identify areas which we thrive in and areas which may need improvement.

In preparation of the assessments, it is imperative that students eat well, get plenty of rest and study. There are free assessments tools online that can help. Here are just a few places to take the practice test and prep:

Dr. Chris Smith

Iowa, U. o. (2017, September 21). Retrieved from Iowa Test Research : https://

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Coloma Trip For 4th and 5th Graders

September​ ​27-29​ ​-​ ​Coloma​ ​Trip​ ​4th​ ​and​ ​5th​ ​Grade

The Coloma Trip is right around the corner. Please have all paperwork turned in to Mrs. Beall. Further questions should be directed to the school office.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rita’s Italian Ice @ BLS Sept. 29

Rita’s Italian Ice—with special thanks to our PTO, Rita’s Italian Ice will be on campus Friday, September 29 after school (12:00 PM). Cost is $3 for kid’s size/ $4 for regular size. A percentage of all sales will be donated back to BLS. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back-To-School Night Is Tonight!

Bethany Lutheran School
Wednesday, September 20th

The evening begins in the Fellowship Hall, and then parents will separate into groups and spend the evening with their child’s teacher(s).

While this event is for parents only, childcare will be provided.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Christian School Versus Public School

These days the major concern of any parent is the education of their children. They start getting tense as soon as their children reach the school going age. Nowadays most of the American parents send their children to public schools but there is also a significant increase in parents who choose private schools. Amidst these schools Christian or parochial schools are also increasing. Although parents generally like to enroll their child in Christian school depending on their beliefs, thinking and neighborhood but still there is confusion in choosing the best school for the child.

It's a fact that majority of children will do well in either public or private school. What you choose will depend on the options that are available and the price of enrollment. You must look at all the options before you select public or private schooling for your child.

Despite various advantages of enrolling their wards in a Christian or private school many parents still avoid that mainly because of the high tuition fee. If any school interests you then it is wise to look for the scholarship programs. Nowadays majority of schools offer financial advice and are always ready to help parents in regard to tuition fees. They also propose discounts if parents volunteer at the time of any event and gathering.

Christian schools focus on religion and incorporate it into the scholastic realm. If you are unpleased with public schooling or want to focus on religion in your child's life, then choosing a Christian school is the perfect choice. If you would like to incorporate religion into your child's life, but are not a Christian, check out other options in your community.

Most parents that choose to enroll their children into private schools do so because they usually provide more specific education for children to meet that child's needs. Kids with learning disabilities usually perform better in a private institution. Private schools usually have a small student to teacher ratio, allowing teachers to provide their students with more one on one interaction.

The private schools have a cutting edge over other schools as their students are well placed in colleges and universities. These days certain private schools are allied with many top-level colleges and universities including the famous Ivy League schools. Private schools are stepping-stone to the colleges in comparison with other high schools.

Many kids wish to attend certain Christian private schools due to certain programs. These programs may include art, drama, music, science, literature, mathematics, civics, or sports. Due to drastically cut funding and other financial problems, public school systems have lost many of their specialized programs. Children interested in specific aspects of schooling find themselves at a loss due to nonexistent or incredibly limited programs. Choose a private school that meets your child's interests and needs to ensure success in both the academic and extracurricular activities.

When contemplating enrolling your child in a Christian private institution instead of a private school, be sure to include your child's opinion. Since he or she will be the one attending the institution, ensure the choice is favorable for your child. Carefully consider your options and visit several schools in your area. Finding the perfect school for your child will ensure your child's success.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Timothy Bartik: The Economic Case For Preschool

In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. (Filmed at TEDxMiamiUniversity.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

About BLS: FAQs

Where are you located?

We are at 1011 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville, CA. For those of you who are familiar to Vacaville, it’s rather simple. We are across the street from the Vacaville Cultural Center at the corner of Ulatis and Harbison Drives. For those not familiar with Vacaville, we are minutes off of I-80 taking either the Allison Drive (EB I-80) exit or Nut Tree Drive (WB I-80) exit to Allison.  [East bound travelers may turn right onto Allison Drive; whereas, west bound travelers will want to turn left onto Allison Drive, going over the freeway. Proceed to Ulatis to then turn left at the light. Continue past the school to the next light after Harbison Drive and make a u-turn to allow access to the front parking lot. (It’s actually much simpler than it reads.)

What does it mean to be “Lutheran”?

Lutheran Christians believe in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture and that salvation comes as a free gift by God’s grace through His Son, made possible by the Holy Spirit nurturing in our hearts the faith God has given us. Faith is the confessed sinner’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and a trust in all of God’s promises. Forgiveness is the believer’s daily need, for total holiness is possible only after entering eternal life.

Do I have to be Christian/Lutheran to attend Bethany Lutheran School?

No. It is our desire that our actions as an overall ministry are a reflection of God’s love for us. If you desire to know more about what it means to be a redeemed child of God, you are welcome to ask any member of the church or school staffs. Know that your family will be in our prayers as a Christian community, regardless of your religious affiliation.

What is a “Christ-centered education?"

A Christ-centered education is an education that, quite simply, makes God’s love for all of us through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, the reason why we do what we do. Having that freedom allows us the freedom to look at multiple viewpoints when addressing classroom topics. Being Christ-centered also allows us to use any opportunity that comes along as a moment where we can reflect to everyone in our midst the same love we understand as God’s redeemed people. In other words the understanding of Christ as Lord is not limited to just Bible class or Chapel.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. Chapel day (Wednesday) requires a specific uniform, and there is standard school attire for the remainder of the days. All acceptable clothing is outlined in the handbook and available through Dennis Uniform Company. We also operate a used uniform closet for the drop-off and purchase of previously used uniform clothing.

Are you accredited? What does it mean to be accredited?

We are dually accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA). Being accredited means that we have given a strenuous look into everything that makes us who we are, where we want to be, and how we are going to get there. Private schools are not required to be accredited; it is a voluntary process that allows a school to put into place a formal process for school improvement that involves the whole school community.

What are the average class size and teacher-to-student ratio?

While numbers fluctuate from one year to the next, it is expected that enrollment in any one class will not exceed twenty-five students (Kindergarten not to exceed 22). At this time the average class size is nineteen students and the staff:student ratio is 1:13.

What co-curricular opportunities are available for students?

The school’s Parent teacher Organization facilitates and After-School Enrichment program for students that covers a wide range of interests. Band, Art (K-4), Computers, Physical Education, and Music are contained within the scheduled school day; athletics are slated for introduction beginning the 2013-2014 school year.

Is there a requirement for parent involvement?

Parents of Bethany students are not required to purchase SCRIP to lessen their cost of tuition. Parents are required to give hours of service to the school as part of the Partnership Program. More information and forms for completion of required hours can be found through the Parent Teacher Organization section of this website where you can also be updated on ways to get involved.

Is there Extended Care available?

Yes. There is before and after school Extended Care available for a cost specified in the registration materials. For further information on the program, please fell free to contact the school’s office at 707-451-6683.

Is there Financial Aid?

Yes. Information on Financial Aid is available through the office of the Business Administrator at the church by calling 707-451-6681.

Monday, September 4, 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 Proberbs 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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Friday, September 1, 2017

Student Activities


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.


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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mission and Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLR)


Bethany Lutheran School is a family of hope-filled Christian believers dedicated to nurturing all children to love, honor and serve God.


Graduates of Bethany Lutheran School will be prepared to be:

Active Christians

  • They will look to the Bible for guidance and growth, upholding its teachings.
  • They will serve God, home and the community.
  • They will respect and maintain their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Productive and Socially Responsible Citizens

  • They will collaborate to accomplish tasks as members of a group.
  • They will learn about, experience, and appreciate the contributions of various cultures.
  • They will exemplify good citizenship and social skills.
  • They will recognize and respond to the needs within their community.

Effective and Self-expressive Communicators

  • They will receive, process, and respond to information in clear and appropriate ways.
  • They will utilize various technological resources.
  • They will experience and participate in a variety of art forms.
  • They will creatively express themselves through the arts.

Critical Thinkers

  • They will collect, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
  • They will formulate and implement plans of action addressing challenges and opportunities.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hot Lunch

Food For Thought carefully prepares and delivers tasty, healthy meals with nutritional emphasis to schools within Northern California. Every child’s education should include healthy eating and learning to prepare nutritious foods. Our commitment to giving our children a better planet begins with organic produce and fruits, biocompostable packaging, grass fed beef and free range/hormone free chicken breasts. It continues with making meals the way your mother did, from scratch. Not frozen, not processed!! That means our meals are made without chemicals, preservatives or Trans fats. We are very pleased to be the caretakers of your student’s lunch needs. We take painstaking pride in the food we serve and the menu preparation so that your child is receiving a well balanced, nutritious and great tasting meal.

Welcome to Food For Thought,
Michael and Denise Lewis

Registering Your Child and Placing an Order

The Registration process is relatively simple. Go online to and click on “new account". If you already have an account, click “order lunches". Proceed to the menu you wish to purchase from and place the order. You can order anytime throughout the month up to 9pm of the night before the lunch is desired.

Our School Code is: 117

Food Allergies

We are sensitive to the special needs of children with life threatening food allergies. No tree nut (e.g. walnuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, etc.) or peanut products (including butters or oils) are used in our lunches. We are so adament about this that they aren’t even allowed in our facilities.

Questions or Comments?

Please call us at (925) 876-3150 or email us at

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Need Uniforms?

To shop for new uniforms, please visit our school’s page on the Dennis website.

Don’t forget to check out our used uniform closet for a wide variety of gently used uniforms!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Choosing A Private Preschool

Choosing a preschool for your youngster can be challenging; and the first decision of many to come regarding their education. Determining the program that will best meet your child's needs is by far the most important thing. Whether this can be accomplished by sending your child to a private preschool is something that only you can research and decide.

In many cases, private preschool is the only choice available to parents. Preschool programs that are offered through the school district are often only available to children who are in need of special services in order to prepare them for Kindergarten. Children can receive speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and specialized learning environments through programs such as these.

Towns that offer district funded preschool programs for the general population are few and far between. But certainly, if they are offered, this can be a wonderful way to introduce your pre-Kindergarten child to school in a much less formal environment where they can learn to socialize and follow the directions of teachers, as well as mastering skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten.

However, as is most often the case, a choice to send a child to preschool means the choice between a variety of private preschool programs. Deciding between them depends largely on curriculum, schedule, and price.

There are a number of private preschool programs that are offered through churches and synagogues that offer both religious based and non-denominational programs. For a family who is already involved with a particular church program, this may be the perfect fit for private preschool as it offers the child a level of familiarity. Most often, private preschool programs of this nature are less expensive then their competitors.

Other private preschool programs are independent programs that offer a variety of experiences. It is most important that you and your child feel comfortable within the school and that you, as a parent, are satisfied with the school's safety measures, curriculum quality, diversity, teacher qualifications, and school accreditation. The schedule should also meet your family's needs, as should the price.

A private preschool program can offer your child an educational and social head start, equipping them with the tools necessary to be successful in Kindergarten and, hopefully, instilling in them a love for learning that lasts throughout their lives.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


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 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 assitance, 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:

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!

For more information and forms lease click HERE

Monday, August 14, 2017

Accepting New Students

  • Dually accredited with Western Association of School & Colleges (WASC) & National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA)
  • Christ-centered education
  • Meeting the needs of the community
  • Qualified teaching staff
  • Family oriented, child-focused learning
  • An environment that is conducive to learning
  • Quality programs and individualized opportunities
  • Centrally located in Vacaville, minutes from I-80
  • Before and after school care programs available

Friday, August 11, 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!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Movie Night Date Change!

Friday, August 18 – Movie Night – 6:30pm, the movie begins 7:00pm

The PTO will be hosting the first Movie Night of the year and providing water, soft drinks, popcorn and other snacks. Come out and enjoy a night of fellowship and catch a movie! 

The mystery movie will be announced prior to Friday night – stay tuned!

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Friday, August 11 – Movie Night – 6:30pm, the movie begins 7:00pm
The PTO will be hosting the first Movie Night of the year and providing water, soft drinks, popcorn and other snacks. Come out and enjoy a night of fellowship and catch a movie! The mystery movie will be announced prior to Friday night – stay tuned!

Saturday, August 12 – Open House 9am – 3:00pm
(This open house is geared towards those families who may be considering Bethany for their child and have not yet made a decision.) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Monday, August 14 – BLS Orientation – 6:00pm
Our Back to School Night will give all of our Bethany families an opportunity to meet with their teachers, explore their classrooms and get those last minute questions answered.

Wednesday, August 16 – First Day of School! 8:00am
Not only is this our first day back to school but it is Chapel Day so be sure to wear your Bethany Chapel sweater with the Bethany Shield on it. Go to and click on the Dennis Uniform link to purchase.

*All Emergency Cards/Forms must be turned in by the 1st day of school!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

5 Simple DIY Summer Crafts And Activities For Kids

Get ready for summer with these super fun crafts and activities.

Ocean in a Bag:
You Will Need:
-Plastic bags
-Hair gel
-Food Coloring
-Animal Toys
-Rice, plastic grass, crepe paper, glitter

Frozen Yogurt Bites:
You Will Need:
-Plain yogurt
-Honey or jam
-Pistachios or almonds
-Ice cube trays

Sand Art:
You Will Need:
-Scoop or small cups
-Plastic bags
-Recycled bottle

Sea Jellies:
You Will Need:
-Paper bowls
-String, Yarn, ribbons, streamers
-Markers or crayons
-Googly Eyes

I Spy Bottle:
You Will Need:
-Plastic bag
-Hand sanitizer
-Food Coloring
-Recycled plastic or glass bottle
-Scoop or Measuring Glass
-Paperclips, candlesticks, bouncy balls, dice, small toys (items to hide/search for)
-Pen and paper

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Smaller Class Size In Private Schools Leads To Bigger And Better Opportunities

The world is a crowded place, and it's getting more and more crowded with every passing minute. There's a struggle for opportunities and resources everywhere in the world. It has become so easy to get lost in the crowd, to become one of the numbers. It is important for use to ensure that our children don't get lost in their overpopulated classrooms. But in this scenario, how do we know what's best for our children?

When it comes to child care, we need to leave it to the experts, especially in kindergarten. Child care programs help us work towards the future of our children, and right from the time they are born until they graduate, it is our job to look for the best educational institutes. One of the most important aspects of a good child care program or a child day care is the teacher to child ratio. What does this mean? It means that every student requires a certain amount of attention in order to grow and learn correctly. If one teacher is overlooking 15 students, there is no way that she can keep track of everyone's physical, mental and emotional growth.

It's for this reason that small class sizes in privates schools are leading to bigger and better opportunities. With smaller classes, each student is given personal attention when it comes to their class work, their personal health and their mental growth. It allows the students to learn things in an in depth manner, to ask questions when unsure and to increase their self-confidence when interacting with others.

There are too many downsides to large sized classes. When there are too many children in a class, individuals get lost in the crowd. They tend to develop a herd mentality in order to fit in. They act out in order to get attention. When it comes to the educational aspect of it, they don't learn well because some are afraid to ask questions in front of so many people. Others get ignored because of their introverted ways.

Each student has his own individual ways of learning, his own interests and his own quirks. These cannot be identified in a crowd. They remain within the child who either chose never to express it, or find other (sometimes harmful) outlets for their energy.

Public schools are overcrowded these days. Leave any other aspect of growth, most children don't even get their basic educational work done in schools. How is one expected to grow into a successful, healthy adult if the basics are not done? For the right opportunities it is absolutely essential for class sizes to be reasonable, especially in private schools. For these and several other reasons, private schools with small class sizes are turning out to be extremely beneficial for children.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Support Our Scrip Program

What is Scrip?

SCRIP is an everyday gift certificate from stores at which we all shop!  Bethany buys these gift certificates at a discounted price and then makes them available to our families at face value. It’s so simple! Remember to shop with SCRIP for all of your purchases, and Bethany Lutheran School will earn money!

How do I order?

Scrip is sold before and after school on Fridays.


It is our prayer and goal to provide a reliable, efficient and user-friendly SCRIP program for Bethany families. We hope you will spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers and involve them in this great fundraising program.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Earn Cash For Our School!!

Campbell’s Labels for Education

The PTO would like to introduce you to a fun and easy fundraising program, Campbell’s Labels for Education. By collecting UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from over 2500 participating products, we earn “FREE" items such as academic, athletic and art equipment/supplies for our children at Bethany.  We have attached the collection sheets for your convenience. You will see from the school newsletter we offer a classroom contest from time to time.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office at 451-6683.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Partnership Hours

Each family is to perform hours of service to Bethany Lutheran School through our Partnership Program. While creating opportunities in which relationships between parents and the school are strengthened, these hours also help to keep the cost of tuition and fees down.

Thirty (30) hours per year are required for one student, with five (5) hours dedicated toward fund raising. Fifty (50) hours are required for families with two or more students, with (10) hours dedicated toward fund raising. Hours not satisfied through involvement are billed at $10 per hour.

Opportunities for involvement arise throughout the school year and are announced via The Eagle, the school’s weekly newsletter; letters from the classroom; and via email.

Involvement Opportunities:

Annual Dinner and Auction
Other fundraising events
Providing transportation for school events
Helping in the classroom
School- building maintenance
Parent Teacher Organization meetings

Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017-2018 Student Supply Lists

Classroom Consumable Supply List


*Classroom supplies for our kindergarten students are provided by Bethany Lutheran School.*

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Early Kindergarten

In addition to the Core Knowledge sequence supplemented by Frontline Phonics, our Language Arts Curriculum comes from the Houghton Mifflin Company.

The monthly themed curriculum is carefully authored by leading experts in the field of early childhood education, including phonics program reinforcing beginning sounds, blending sight words, and short and long vowel sounds.

Parent participation at home is very important to reinforce the learning at school relating to this curriculum. We also use the A BEKA Christian Curriculum encompassing Language Arts, Handwriting, and Bible Stories.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Importance Of Preschool

Why should you send your little one, your preschooler to a formal preschool? What is the importance of preschool? What are the benefits? What is your child going to learn by going to preschool? Let's look at the answers to these questions together.

During play, children learn. At preschool they get to play and learn during organized activities designed to help them with this learning. They learn social interaction, physical skills, cognitive skills, creativity and self esteem.

One of the most obvious benefits is the socialization your child will get. This is something that every two, three and four year old needs. You can try to organize opportunities for social interaction at home or other settings. But the group activity that your child will get at a preschool on a weekly basis cannot be duplicated by you in any other way.

During this social interaction your child will learn invaluable lessons. They will learn how to share, how to take turns, how to share their teacher's attention, how to follow directions from other adults, how to wait in line and how to raise their hands. These are all important social lessons that many adults could still learn. Your child will learn rules of interaction with others. They will learn what is proper and what is not. In today's society it would be nice if all adults had learned these rules. Look around you; can you guess which adults went to preschool and which did not based on their social interactions with others?

The preschool years are a time when bodies are growing at a rapid pace. Children can do something new everyday it seems. At preschool they can race with other children to learn how fast their bodies can go. Combine this with jumping, skipping, hopping, dancing, lifting and crawling. "Wow, I didn't know I could do this", I have heard children say. They are checking out their buddies to see what they are doing too. Their physical skills will be challenged daily at preschool.

Many parents just look at the cognitive skills their children will be learning when looking at preschools. While these skills are important, they will come along when the child is ready. They will also come along as they participate in planned learning activities at their preschool. All good preschools will teach letters, numbers, shapes and colors. Some start the children on reading and math.

The best way to learn these types of skills is by playing and not by doing worksheets. Doing matching and sorting, sizing and comparing while playing games during preschool teach many cognitive skills. Finding things that begin with a certain letter and counting games are also great way to learn while playing.

At preschool creativity is a given. When my children went to preschool, they came home with a new art project every day. An endless array of materials and ideas were used to get their little minds thinking. And then there were all the opportunities to be creative that couldn't be sent home. Puppet play, pretending, finish this story, what do you think about... There is something creative everyday, every minute of every day while children play at preschool.

And the best learning I left for last. Children learn self esteem at preschool. My preschool children were taught to shout "I CAN DO IT!" whenever they were able to accomplish something new or something hard. You can't put a price on this confidence. They are challenged beyond what parents can put in front of them. They have teachers that have been trained and they are around their peers.

The importance of preschool cannot be emphasized enough. Send your child to a quality preschool and through play they will learn their cognitive skills, build self esteem, get social interaction with their peers and learn ways of being creative.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Interest Request

Priority in enrollment will be given to eligible members of Bethany Lutheran Church, then to presently enrolled children and their siblings. After this, admission is granted on a “first come, first serve” basis to children who have reached at least the minimum age of two years nine months, by September 1st of the current school year, and who are ready for the experience. Upon reaching the limited number of children for which the school is licensed, a waiting list is maintained.

If you would like to add your child’s name to our interest list, please fill out our form.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Preschool Admissions Policy

  • Priority in enrollment will be given to eligible members of Bethany Lutheran Church, then to presently enrolled children and their siblings. After this, admission is granted on a “first come, first serve" basis to children who have reached at least the minimum age of two years nine months, by September 1st of the current school year. Upon reaching the limited number of children for which the school is licensed, a waiting list is maintained. If you would like to add your child’s name to our interest list, please fill out our form below.

  • Each child admitted must be ready for the type of group experience that the preschool has to offer. Additionally, children enrolling shall be toilet trained and capable of caring for their personal needs, except in situation of physical limitation or unusual emergencies.

  • There will be no discrimination made on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry.

  • A child can be dismissed at any time for continuous misconduct, incompatibility to group activities or harmful behavior towards others (ie. biting):
  1. Proper consultation with parents will be attempted. Parents may be asked to come in and observe their child in the classroom environment, and work in partnership with staff to help improve the area of concern.
  2. In the event that a child is removed from the program, a refund of remaining fees will be made.

To schedule a tour please call 707-451-6678

Friday, June 30, 2017

Peace In The Kingdom: Drama Camp!

July 17-20, LWML is sponsoring “Peace in the Kingdom.” This is a musical parable about shalom. We need volunteers to help and we need children to attend. This is a four-day program, which will include a closing program, beginning at 5:30 pm, on the 20th (dinner included.) Registration forms can be completed on our website: or contact Carole Wilson at

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.


  • 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.


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

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 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

Drinks and food available- sponsored by Bethany Youth Group

Saturday, June 3, 2017


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 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


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

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!