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