Tuesday, November 28, 2017

7 Ways A Christian Education Can Make A Difference

There's no question that a Christian education is special. It doesn't matter if you're in a primary school, seminary, or somewhere in between. To be able to spend your time around people who love God and want to obey Him is a joy that is almost unequaled by anything else in this life. We are to be in the world, rather than of it; but spending more time in a Christian environment, especially when you're young, can encourage you to maintain your witness when you do find yourself in it full-time.

Although there are probably others, here are seven ways that a Christian education can make a difference in the lives of your kids.

1. It will provide daily spiritual food.

Some schools will have worship services as part of their daily or weekly schedules. Teachers may open their classes with prayer and Bible reading. That alone can set the tone for the rest of the session.

2. It can help students to establish lifetime values.

Studies have shown that students who attend any faith-based school come away with a clear idea of what their values are. Those who are left to their own devices seldom know what they believe in. Like all children, they need to know what the boundaries are and, if they don't, then they tend to drift from one set of values to another, often for their entire lives.

In today's world, it's especially important for students to be grounded in Christian values, not least because they will be challenged to compromise them in almost every area of life once they leave school and start to make their own way.

One value that is essential is learning what the Bible says is the difference between right and wrong. The world makes no such distinction, preferring instead to leave it up to the individual. The Bible clearly teaches, however, that men and women will naturally choose evil over good. This is one reason why parents are exhorted to "train up a child in the way he should go."

3. It can reinforce Christian values.

It's not enough to be taught Christian values. There also needs to be reinforcement.

Think of a Christian retreat, for example. If you've ever been on one, then you know how easy it is to come away from that experience on a spiritual high, all pumped up for service to God. But a few months down the road, it all seems like a distant memory. You find that you're back to the same old routine and have the same bad habits.

If you continued to meet with other Christians for the purpose of reminding yourself of what you learned and discussing how to put those principles into practice, then your life would more closely reflect the good intentions you had when you left.

The same thing is true in a school. Listening to one or a handful of Bible-based lecturers on the necessity of Christian values may generate some enthusiasm; but it won't be lasting. In order for that to happen, those values need to be reinforced.

4. It provides Biblical role models

Teachers in any institution are role models to their students. In a Christian school, however, those people will have a vibrant relationship with God.

Think for a moment of the impact that Christ had on the eleven disciples who spent three years with him day after day. It's easy for us to sit on the sidelines and criticize the impulsiveness of Peter, for example; but he wrote two letters that are included in the New Testament, and his experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles exemplify the influence that Christ had on him.��Christ was the ultimate role model. His modern day disciples should be worth copying, too.

5. It gives students the opportunity to make the right friends.

We all know how cruel children can be to one another, as the playground will testify. While Christian schools are not immune to this, their emphasis on glorifying God and teaching children to do the same can help students to recognize the characteristics that their friends should have. Because many of them will try to practice the behaviors that are consistent with what they're taught, they will learn to identify who their friends should be outside of a Christian environment as well.

6. It teaches students to respect authority

This is a biggy.

Since the 1960s, society has encouraged everyone to challenge authority. While it's true that not everyone who is placed such positions fulfills them responsibly, it is nevertheless proper for young people to learn to respect those who hold them.

God has placed these people over us to protect us, and so when we rebel against them, we're ultimately rejecting Him.

7. It teaches kids that education is a privilege

A Christian education also teaches kids the privilege of being able to study at all.

There's no question that a Bible-based environment is special for a lot of reasons, but few people in the United States realize just how privileged they are to be able to live where they do.

Children especially, need to know that there are millions of people in the world today who can't read or write in their own language. And kids need to cherish their education because it frees them to do so much more than they could do without it.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Save The Date

Save the date: Friday, March 2, 2018

BLS Crab Feed and Auction

Ulatis Cultural Center (across from the school)

More details soon!!

Money raised will go for wonderful things for our school and students, such as: Outdoor security system and classroom technology.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year! If you can help out, please come to our first meeting Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6:00pm at BLS or contact Amy Ledford at amy.ledford@gobethany.com

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Principal’s Notes: Being Thankful – Try Something New

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 

As we embark on vacation in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of all of the things that I am thankful for and how blessed I truly am. I also start to think about all the things I have put off doing and want to experience. It’s good to occasionally (or perhaps frequently) do something that would be unexpected, something new or “out of the box.” Do something that will surprise people and perhaps stretch you a bit. It will keep your life interesting, and you’ll end up thanking God for your exciting new challenge and adventure.

We are not created by God to merely do the same thing over and over until it has no meaning left at all. In case you haven’t noticed, God frequently changes things up in our lives. God is creative. Just look at the amazing variety in His creation and you will have to agree that His creativity has no end. Don’t be afraid of trying new things. Go ahead and do some of those things you have been putting off over the Thanksgiving holiday or Christmas season. Experience all that God and this life has to offer and above all else enjoy your family and family time.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break,
Dr. Smith 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

End Of Year Banquet For Top Performing Students

At the end of the school year, Top Performing Students: those who have achieved Honor Roll, High Honors, Principal List and Individual Academic Achievements at any point throughout the school year will have an opportunity to enjoy a special Banquet with the Principal in their honor. More details will come towards the end of the school year. Keep up the good work and STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Picture Make Up Day & Class Group Photos

Wednesday, November 15 will not only be our picture make up day but the whole school will be taking group photos with their classes. Since it is also Chapel day everyone should already be dressed in their finest.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Consumable Supply Request Lists

Class Supplies—Our classrooms are still in need of winter supplies: Clorox Wipes, Hand sanitizer, Tissue, etc. Cold and flu season are right around the corner and these items will be in demand. Please check out the classroom Consumable Supply Request Lists on www.gobethany.com Thank you in advance!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Harvest Festival Was AMAZING!

A huge THANK YOU to our PTO, Staff and many parent volunteers for their tireless efforts in organizing this year’s event. Without all of those who helped, this event would not have been possible. Our Harvest Festival was a major success because of your participation! The Trunk or Treat displays were fantastic! All of the themes were truly unique and creative. Congratulations to this year’s winning classrooms:

1st place: Mrs. Fernandez's Kindergarten class—Mad Hatter's  Tea Party —They will receive a pizza party and free dress day.

2nd place: Mrs. Escalante’s 3rd grade class—Gotham Theme

3rd place: Mrs. Thomas’s 1st grader class—Surfing Theme

2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a free dress day.

Honorable Mention: To the Gamble Family and their wonderful Charlie Brown Halloween. It is always so wonderful and makes the event that much better when Bethany Families get involved.

Until next year, HAPPY HARVEST!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bethany Basketball

We have successfully joined a new basketball league comprised of various schools in and around Vacaville. We are offering one boys’ team and girls team, however, the coaches we had lined up are unable to coach this Fall. We are asking for a volunteer coach for each of the teams. There is an 8 game schedule and practices are scheduled by the coach, meaning practices times and days may vary based on the availability of the coaches. If you are interested in helping coach a team please email me as soon as possible. You may also call Paula and indicate your interest to her as well. Thank you in advance for considering to help coach our wonderful students in basketball this year

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

16 Fall Kid Crafts

http://bit.ly/Fall-Kid-Crafts Join Tanner Bell, as he shares 16 Fall Kid Crafts. You're going to love crafting with kids this fall season. You won't believe how these fall kid crafts are!