Friday, August 16, 2019

K-8 School


One of the most important components of an educational program is the ability to offer diversity within the course matrix. While striving to provide a high-quality academic program, we realize that electives are essential in building that diversity. Bethany Lutheran is proud to offer our students a very rich and diverse elective program. Electives are typically courses that fall outside of the main core academic subject areas (English, math, history, science and foreign language). Electives may reflect a teen’s interests, introduce or improve skills, or be directly related to a future career. Electives do not require as much time or work as a core course but include educational content.

Our elective courses are comprised of 6 to 8-week modules, which allows the student to experience a variety of new and challenging courses while learning new skills. This year the following courses will be provided to students in grades 5 – 8. Although each student will have an opportunity to take an elective course, they may not be able to participate in each one that is offered due to their own individual academic course offering.

Life Skills – This course incorporates both academic skills and daily living skills that are necessary to participate as independently as possible in the community as Christian and a valued member of society. Learning to overcome obstacles, dealing with life in general are a few of the skills you will learn during the course of the semester in this informative, activities-based, and life skills class. We will cover topics such as how to balance a checkbook, how to properly do laundry and ironing, how to get along better with family and friends, and so much more. This class will give you much-needed information to help in life now and the future.

Robotics – This course introduces students to the working principles of robotics with applications for film production using robotics. Students will explore fun applications, such as robotic soccer and robotic drawing by controlling a single robot out of the box, and continue on to multiple robot applications aided by a graphical user interface and computer programming using the C/C++ interpreter Ch. Students write robotics programs to perform various tasks with applications for the RoboPlay competition. With robots, students explore their creativity in writing, art, music, choreography, design, video editing and film production. This course emphasizes hands-on robotics activities to explore applications of robotics to gain effective communication and team work skills.
Art Appreciation – This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. It includes a brief study of art history, and in-depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative thought and processes. Students will also have the opportunity to explore cultural art through virtual trips using Google Cardboard and other V-R devices.

Disciple Buddies – As an extension on the Christian doctrine, and chapel program, Disciple Buddies offers the middle school students an opportunity to grow their faith. Students will gather in faith groups on occasion with parents and teachers leading a discussion, bible exploration, or time of prayer.  We pray that the Holy Spirit works through our mentors as they live and speak authentically of their own spiritual walk.  Also, monthly throughout the school year, many of our middle school students will mentor a dedicated elementary school “buddy” from the primary school. Through our one-campus model, our older students will serve as mentors for our younger students.  Classes may pair up and have “book buddies” for the year.   Certain activities lend themselves to needing the help and guidance of older students providing a chance for unstructured mentoring relationships.  Our staff can identify these opportunities and facilitate the pairing of a student mentor with a student who could benefit.

Teacher’s Assistant (TA) – Allows students to assist a teacher with one or more classes. Some of the tasks include assisting students with their work, working one-on-one with younger students, making copies, and taking time to learn some of the nuances of what an educator does on a daily basis.
Cooking 101 РThis course offers an introduction to the culinary arts. Students learn about basic cooking equipment and menu planning: including vegetable chopping and paring; how to make salad, vinaigrette, and other easy no-cook dishes; how to roast garlic and root vegetables; how to prepare delicious pasta; how to saut̩ and roast meats and more; and how to make desserts in minutes. Hungry yet?

Digital Photography – Students will be introduced to the basic technology necessary for the production of their artwork, as well as learning about the visual arts, how to look at and critique photography, photographic vocabulary, using tools such as framing, composition, “rule of thirds", light, texture, pattern, lines, symmetry, depth of field, distance, perspective, culture, space, balance, color and black and white photography, and be introduced to many works by well-known photographers.

Forensics – Introduction to the application of scientific methods for the examination of physical evidence in the criminal justice system; an overview of the forensic analysis of firearms, fingerprints, drugs, blood, hair, fibers, paint, glass, arson debris, etc.

Agriculture – This course has been designed to create awareness, provide introductory experiences, and develop an understanding of all areas of Agricultural Sciences. This course allows students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices, and expectations. To prepare for success, students need to have opportunities to learn, reinforce, experience, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

Honors Technology / Multimedia Design – This will be the first course offered as an Honors leveled course at Bethany Lutheran. Students who desire to be in this course must apply in the fall for Spring consideration. This course is designed as a semester-long, hands-on, project-oriented class which introduces STEM principles, concepts, and guidelines so that the students engage in current topics related to industry standards and practices. The Honors Technology course will be open to students who have successfully completed or demonstrated a high level of knowledge of basic and elementary computing practices such as keyboarding, basic coding, and web design. Students will have also maintained above-average grades in their previous technology courses. The course is designed to teach students the advanced features within the Microsoft Office Suite, Web Design, coding, and an introduction to Visual Basic. Students will also hone their skills by developing high end digital media-driven projects which consist of photography, video, and audio. In addition to the academic rigor of the course, students will participate in a major collaborative final project with other students and teachers from varying departments such as Science and/or English. Each student will also participate in a trimester collaborative STEM project with their Science and Math classes.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Needed To Begin School


  • 7th Graders need proof of their Tdap Immunization
  •  All New Students to BLS need to provide Immunization & Health Records, Birth Certificate & Schedule Assessment Testing—Call the office (707) 451-6683

Without these things, a student will not be able to begin school on August 15

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ice Cream Social August 12th 2019


Bethany School/Preschool Families
Monday, August 12th
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bethany Lutheran School
1011 Ulatis Drive - Fellowship Hall

Please join us to celebrate the 2019 - 2020 school year! Come meet your classmates and staff. This is a free-flowing event where you can drop in anytime during the hour event.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Orientation August 13th 2019 6-7pm

Bethany Lutheran School
Family Orientation
(Back to School Night)
2019 – 2020 School Year
Tuesday, August 13

Bethany Lutheran School’s Fellowship Hall
6 – 7pm

Come and join us for an Introduction to Bethany in our Fellowship Hall beginning at 6pm and meet the 2019 – 2020 Bethany Staff. You will then be dismissed to go to your child(s) class or classrooms to meet the teacher(s) and find out about all the exciting things that will be happening this year!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

From The Principal


Blessings from God’s amazing school, Bethany Lutheran. I am so excited to welcome all of our returning families as well as welcome all of our new students and their families. As this new school year is upon us, bringing with it new opportunities, new challenges and—I can confidently predict—a new list of accomplishments for our school and for the students who make us proud. I am thrilled to have all continuing and new students with us and I look forward to yet another year of learning, serving our communities and, together, furthering the reach of God’s amazing love, the strength, and courage of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and furthering the distinctive mission of Bethany Lutheran Church.

A Christian education is something that will benefit your child throughout his or her life. With each day that passes, the need for strong Christians who can help individuals, families, businesses, and communities thrive becomes ever clearer. Partnering with parents to teach children is an honor and something we do not take lightly. We appreciate you making us your academic home this year. You have chosen an organization that promises to play an increasingly vital role in our global Christian society, by preparing your son or daughter both spiritually and academically. This private Christian school has the opportunity to offer students a challenging curriculum with Christian values infused throughout all lessons. One of the most important goals of our teachers is to provide your child with a classroom that is not only consistent and structured, but also full of warmth and security so that we can share the Lord’s truth and vision together. When children feel secure, their motivation to learn will be enhanced.

Truly, our school exists to serve as a light to our community. We are here to reflect God’s light to others. Our world can be a stormy world; it’s not easy growing up these days. Young people face challenges, pressures, and temptations unimaginable just a few years ago. In a world of turmoil and constant change, parents increasingly look to Christian education to offer their children the tools they need to survive and succeed in this life—and for eternity.

To that end, we remain committed to introducing new programs, expanding or improving on initiatives already in existence, and engaging with new partnerships to enhance the education and services we provide. Along the way, we will continue to fulfill the mission and vision of Bethany

Lutheran Church and School, all of which I will continue to share with you along the way!
As the year gets underway, I wish each student success in their studies and in their personal growth and relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to the day when each of them will cross the stage to receive a diploma from 8th grade and make their official entry into the next phase of their lives.

It is a privilege and a blessing to serve as the Principal of such an outstanding school and be a part of what God is doing here at BLS!

In His Service,
Dr. Smith

Monday, July 29, 2019

REGISTRATION: OPEN ENROLLMENT

DIRECTIONS:

•  Click here to register
•  Click on the school year (there is only one option)
•  Click apply now
•  Create an account or if you have one, then sign in
•  Fill out the information and select the grade choice

Click here to get more info and
download the Registration Form

Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer Camp Week 8: Be A Jr Scientist! July 29th - August 2nd


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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 the 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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Summer Camp Week 7: Bugs Are Rad! July 22nd - 26th


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Admissions



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 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!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Healthy Summer Drinks Stop Motion Compilation - 15 Refreshing Drinks!



Chill out & stay cool in the heat with the BEST refreshing drinks for summer! In this compilation of healthy summer drinks (from our Summer Sips series), I’m sharing 15 DIY summer drinks that are all SO EASY to prepare. And, all of these healthy drinks are made with clean ingredients, low in sugar, and totally tasty!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Summer Camp Week 6: Drama Camp July 15th - 19th


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summer Camp Week 5: Pirates July 8th - 12th


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

10 No-Sugar Treat Recipes For Healthy Snacking



It's no secret that Hungry Panda loves sugary sweets but summer is coming up and if you want to get that fit body ready for the beach, it's better to cut down on sugar and snack on something healthier!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Week 4 Of Summer Camp Is Coming Up: Red, White & Blue


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

10 Cool Summer Treat Recipes That Are Perfect During The Hot Season



Panda absolutely loves sunny summer weather and when you add summer-themed desserts into the mix, you have a perfect summer experience! From honey lemonade popsicles to orange creamsicles - everybody will find something to their liking!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Cookie Cutter Ice Cream Pops • Tasty



Customize your popsicles with your favorite cookie cutters. Fun and delicious for you and your kids all summer!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Come And Join Our Weekly Summer Day Camp Program!


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What Will You Be Doing This Summer?


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!
Go to GoBethany.com to register!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Time To Enroll In Our Summer Day Camp Program!


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!

Go to GoBethany.com to register!
*We also have packets in the school office.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

PINTEREST Inspired Summer Activities for Kids



Here are some very inexpensive ideas I like to do with my kids during Summer! rather than being inside and being bored I get creative to keep them as entertained as possible! Let me know some of your ideas!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

June Donuts with Dads


For all the dads and grandfathers out there, please join your son or daughter June 3rd from 7:45–8:15am for pastries, coffee, and fruit as our way to appreciate the love and support that you continue to show for us.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Time To Enroll In Our Summer Day Camp Program!


Come and join our weekly Summer Day Camp Program! Choose a week, or two or three or ALL OF THEM—whatever works for your schedule! Each week has a different theme. Each week will have a field trip and summer swimming!

Go to GoBethany.com to register!
*We also have packets in the school office.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Modified Block Schedule May 23rd-May 24th


In an attempt to study the best academic program methodologies, teaching pedagogy and strategies for our middle school students for next year and beyond, the staff will be simulating a modified block schedule May 23 – May 24. During these two days, students will be able to focus on their primary core lessons with additional time to complete classwork, homework, or additional assignments they potentially would have taken home or completed at a later day. Please do not be alarmed should your son or daughter not arrive home with any homework these two days, as a major component of block schedules is to give teachers lab time, have student’s complete homework in class with teacher assistance, and much more. I have listed several student learning outcomes and potential benefits of utilizing block schedules to help you better understand why our staff has suggested looking at this approach.

Potential Benefits of Block According to the CDE

  • With block scheduling, instructional time is not fragmented by frequent transitions between classes. Fewer distinct classes mean less time spent on classroom management activities, such as calling attendance and organizing and focusing the class. In addition, there are fewer opportunities for students to arrive late to class.
  • IMPROVED TEACHING AND LEARNING with longer blocks, teachers have more time to complete lesson plans and to examine and re-evaluate practices. More class time is available to develop key concepts, incorporate creativity into instruction, and try a variety of classroom activities that address different learning styles. Longer time blocks allow for in-depth studies, such as individual student projects, peer collaboration, and one-on-one work between teachers and students.
  • The 4x4 schedule allows advanced students to move through the material at a more rapid rate, and they are able to finish sequential language classes, such as Spanish I and II, within one academic year. Some schools allow students to use this to their advantage and graduate early. The 4x4 schedule also provides the opportunity for failing students to retake a class without falling behind their grade level.
  • TEACHER COLLABORATION between teachers is possible because block scheduling gives them longer time periods in which they can exchange ideas and strategies, hold meetings with each other, and work on staff development.
  • ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS INCREASE The results show that students' grades improve overall. There are fewer failed classes, a higher number of students on the honor roll, an increase in students' grade point averages, and fewer failing marks. Statistics reveal that fewer at-risk students drop out of school with block scheduling. With a 4x4 model, students can have a fresh start at midyear or reenter school at the beginning of the second semester.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 31—Theme Dress Day: Superheroes


May 31—Theme Dress Day: Superheroes
Come to school dressed as your favorite SUPERHERO!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Do Your Kids Know How to Handle Their Emotions?


In the U.S. anxiety is now considered a childhood epidemic, and the rates of depression and suicide continue to climb. In my counseling practice, I sit with numerous young girls who lack coping skills to deal with the fears they face around school, being separated from their parents or other anxiety-inducing situations. I also see young men who have no ability to regulate their emotions. Their only "coping skill" is to explode, with little regard for family members caught in the aftershocks.

How a child develops emotionally often dictates who he becomes as a spouse, friend, co-worker, and even, someday, a parent. That's why two colleagues and I have compiled a list of emotional, spiritual and social milestones we believe kids need to reach. Here are four emotional milestones that parents can be looking for and cultivating as their children grow:

Emotional vocabulary 
When I sit with parents of toddlers, there is one primary emotion those parents describe seeing in their children. You might have guessed it — anger. Anger is what psychologists consider a secondary emotion. That means that generally, another emotion is underneath the anger.

The child having an angry outburst may feel sad over having her feelings hurt by a sibling. Or he may feel fearful and disrupted by transitions (often an indicator of anxiety). But, because the child has not yet learned to name his feelings, they are all funneled into the emotion of anger.

For our children to have healthy relationships and healthy emotional lives as they grow, they need to be able to accurately identify and articulate their feelings. When I speak to churches and schools, I take along a basic feelings chart. One family created their own chart. The 8-year-old girl who made it included the traditional emotions of sadness, fear, and anger with the correlated expressions, but added a surprised face with, "I didn't see that coming!"

A feelings chart will help children accurately learn to name their feelings. This can be a natural learning process if you talk about emotions often. And if you develop the skill of clearly naming your own feelings, you will model how this is done with your children.

Cont. here https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your-childs-emotions/do-your-kids-know-howto-handle-their-emotions

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Outdoor Worship Service & Church Picnic May 5th 2019

May 5, 2019


10:00am to 3:00pm

Live entertainment by the church, school children & families

BBQ provided
please bring a side dish, dessert or salad

Games, bucket dunk, hayride, and guided trail hikes

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting

If you are interested in helping please contact Hew Hesterman (hjhesterman@aol.com) or Pat Green (imktzmom@sbcglobal.net) or Dr. Smith (chris.smith@gobethany.com

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Poppin’ Proverbs Drama Camp



MEET: “the Wise Guys,” “the Fool Dudes,” “Professor Proverbs” and “the poppers!”

Join the fun!!!

DATE:  JULY 15-18

TIME:  9:00 – 12:00

PLACE:  ULATIS CAMPUS – 1011 Ulatis Drive

WHO: Kindergarten-8th grade

COST:  $20

CONTACT: CAROLE WILSON (thewilsons1976@gmail.com)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Outdoor Worship Service & Church Picnic May 5th 2019

May 5, 2019


10:00am to 3:00pm

Live entertainment by the church, school children & families

BBQ provided
please bring a side dish, dessert or salad

Games, bucket dunk, hayride, and guided trail hikes

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting

If you are interested in helping please contact Hew Hesterman (hjhesterman@aol.com) or Pat Green (imktzmom@sbcglobal.net) or Dr. Smith (chris.smith@gobethany.com


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spring Book Fair


Bethany's 2019 Spring Book Fair is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! Supporting our Book Fair is always important because not only are we encouraging our students to read, but HALF of the money raised during Book Fair goes directly back to our school! This book fair will be extra important because we will be raising scholastic dollars specifically to buy equipment and supplies for our school's computer lab! How awesome is that? We get to encourage reading while fundraising for our computer lab!

Book Fair Dates: Monday, May 13- Friday, May 17
Book Fair Hours: Open every day during lunch break and after school until 4pm
Class Trips: Monday, May 13
Stay tuned for other special events... 

All classes will be making a class trip to the Book Fair on Monday, May 13. If you would like your student to make a purchase during their class trip, please send your student to school with money in a sealed envelope. Also note, ALL students can visit the Book Fair during their lunch break, so please encourage your student to visit us throughout the week to check our wonderful books and play our book fair games.

If you have any questions about the book fair or how you can help, please contact Christine Dicker @ 707-454-9274 or dickerchristine@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 18, 2019

No Bunny Loves You Like Jesus! Easter Festival April 20th

Join us for Bethany’s Annual All Schools Easter Festival
Saturday, April 20 from 9:00-11:00 AM—Ulatis Campus

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 bounce house. 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 volunteers! This is a great way to earn partnership hours. If you would like to help, we will need help the day of the event. Please contact Nicole Reyherme at Nicolereyherme@gmail.com directly if you would like to be a part of this exciting event.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Walking Alongside Your Teen

This Weeks’ Focus on the Family
Walking Alongside Your Teen
By Joe White and Lissa Halls Johnson

An old Ozark Mountain friend shared some wisdom with my dad a few years ago: "The older I get, the less I know for sure!" That's how I felt when I was raising my teen girls. I couldn't figure out the intricacies of dad-and-daughter psychology. But I worked and prayed and cried over it more than I care to remember!

Don't get me wrong: My daughters were my pride and joy, and I tried every way I could to be the perfect dad. But, man, how many times I failed! I was clumsy and always seemed to be "say­ing it wrong." I give God and their mom all the credit for the amazing, godly young ladies they were and are today.

During those turbulent and often disillusioning days, all I knew to do was spend time with my girls. Fortunately, that turned out to be the key to the relationship I wanted so badly.

My connecting point with daughter Courtney was on her early morning jogs. She wanted to run three to six miles at 6:15 A.M., so we hit the pavement together. I had to follow her rules, though:

1. We ran at her pace.
2. She did all the talking.
3. I did all the listening.

When I tried to change the pace (a mistake I only made once) or tried to give unsolicited advice (probably more than once), I was quickly corrected and reminded of "the rules."

I still look back on those early morning "joggers" as some of the most important hours I'll ever spend in my life. That's when I learned how vital it is to walk (or run) alongside our teens.

Walking the Walk 
We parents of teens are called to leave our paths and get on theirs. Why? To be sure they aren't alone. To encourage them through the thickets and storms. To rejoice when there's something to rejoice about.

When we walk alongside our teens, we usually need to follow their rules. We're there to do what they want to do. We're choos­ing to actively participate in their world. It might mean joining a neighborhood softball team, or trying out for a community or church theater production, or shooting hoops every night after work, or chaperoning a field trip to a french-fry factory.

The fun of doing something together can fill your scrapbook with pages of the best times of these all-too-brief child-raising years. Remember — the days can seem long, but the years are short.

Walking alongside happens when we step into our teens' shoes and see life from their perspective. We don't do it once a year; we do it often.

Continued: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/teens/parent-teen communication/walkingalongside-your-teen

Friday, April 12, 2019

Accreditation Update

As many of you know, BLS underwent our six-year review last year in the Spring. As a follow up to that visit a two-person team will again be visiting our campus on May 6th and 7th for a progress check. This time around, the two-person team will only be meeting with the administration and staff to review criteria areas of our schoolwide action plan. An email request to many parents in January requesting they serve on a parent committee for this two-day visit was sent and there were only a couple who responded. If you are willing to serve on this team to share your thoughts and input about our school, please contact the school office or send me an email so that I can add you to the team. We will be meeting several evenings to prepare, and then once with the visiting team. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

May Muffins with Moms & June Donuts with Dads


The faculty, students, and staff at Bethany Lutheran School cordially invite you to spend a morning with us as we say thank you to all of the super moms and dads of our school. Please join your son or daughter, moms, and grandmothers, on May 17th from 7:45–8:15am for pastries, coffee, and fruit as our way to appreciate the love and support that you continue to show for us. Then, for all the dads and grandfathers out there, please join us on June 3rd from 7:45–8:15am for the same morning treats. We hope that you can join us this year as we pay homage to all our wonderful caretakers.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Spring Band Concert and Talent Show—May 2


April 8, Monday: Talent Show tryouts after school in the band room (B16).
April 29, Monday: Mandatory Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show after school in the band room.
May 2, Thursday: 2019 Spring Band Concert and Talent Show

I'm also looking for parent volunteers to provide refreshments and to help set up/man/take down the refreshment tables. Please feel free to email me with any questions or to volunteer: megumi.nomura@gobethany.com Thank you!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Easter Festival—Egg Hunt @ Ulatis Campus


No Bunny Loves You Like Jesus!

Join us for Bethany’s Annual All Schools Easter Festival

Saturday, April 20 from 9:00-11:00 AM—Ulatis Campus

We are in need of plastic eggs and are requesting one dozen per student be donated, stuffed with non-chocolate candy and/or stickers, etc. Please drop

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Best Of March - Hungry Panda's 10 Favorite Recipes Of The Month



March was a great month for Hungry Panda! A lot of awesome desserts were made during this time and with so many cool recipes we decided to pick our favorites with a new recipe video you haven't seen in previous videos! We hope you'll enjoy our recipe recap of the March!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Calling ALL Talent!


We sent home the 2019 Bethany Talent Show interest sheet last week. This sheet is due next Monday, April 1 for anyone who's interested in participating in our talent show on May 2. Don't forget to sign up for a tryout time ahead of time (the sheet is in front of the band room (B16))! I'm also looking for parent volunteers to provide refreshments and to help set up/man/take down the refreshment tables. Please feel free to email me with any questions or to volunteer: megumi.nomura@gobethany.com Thank you!

April 1, Monday: Talent Show interest sheet due to Dr. Nomura
April 4, Thursday: or April 8, Monday: Talent Show tryouts after school in the band room (B16).
April 29, Monday: Mandatory Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show after school in the band room.
May 2, Thursday: 2019 Spring Band Concert and Talent Show

Monday, March 25, 2019

ALL SCHOOL PHOTO—Wed. March 27



This year’s photo will be taken Wed. March 27 after Chapel. Order forms will be going out.

Friday, March 22, 2019

THANK YOU To Our Wonderful Volunteers!


All we can say is WOW! Who knew that a security fence would look so beautiful on our campus?! Thank you very much Scott Ledford for your tireless planning and implementing of the installation of this great fence. And thank you to a team of volunteers who can only be described as TENACIOUS installers. THAT WAS QUICK! We are all looking forward to the added security this will add to our campus once the gates have been fabricated and installed.
THANK YOU AGAIN! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10 Spring-Themed Desserts To Enjoy During The Most Beautiful Season Of The Year



Spring is in the air! The season of blue sky & sunshine, cute little bunnies with chocolate eggs and beautiful flowers in blossom! Spring is truly the most beautiful season of them all, which calls for the most beautiful desserts. That's why panda has prepared the ultimate selection of our best spring-themed recipes - from Chocolate Egg Geodes to Easter Bunny Buns there's plenty of variety to pick your favorite!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A Big Thank You!


Thank you, everyone, who attended the All Ministry Worship and Praise Service this past Sunday. I am especially proud of our students and the great job they did singing, playing the recorders, and handling themselves like the well-behaved students we know them to be! Parents, the congregation had nothing but well wishes and praise for the students and commented on how nice it was to welcome them all to the church. So again, thank you so much in joining us this past weekend for the very special time with our Bethany Lutheran family.

I also want to thank all of you who have already re-enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year. Your commitment and dedication to our school are so evident with a large number of BLS family members who will be joining us for what I would say will be one of the best years’ ever. We are so excited to offer new courses, more technology, more security measures with our new fencing installation, and of course the impending addition of our new pre-school building. I am so excited and look toward this exciting future with you all. If you have not registered yet, please let us know how we can help you through the process. I know the new online registration program is new and can be challenging, so please let us help you if you get stuck or need a tech pep talk.

Dr. Smith

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Open Enrollment


It’s time to re-enroll for the 2019-2020 school year! We are currently at 66% re-enrollment for our K-8th-grade classes!

We are working on program and curriculum development for the new year and would like an early indication of where we are trending as far as class size.
Please email the office with your intentions for re-enrollment. If you have not yet re-enrolled, please let us know how we can help you with the process.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Fence Work Days (Weather Permitting)


Another GREAT Opportunity for Your Partnership Hours! WEATHER PERMITTING
VERY EXCITING! We will be installing the rest of Bethany’s security fencing around the campus on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17—weather permitting. More information/details to follow regarding times and what you will want to bring— gloves, etc. So…. Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

BLS To Sing At Sunday Worship - 3/10/19


One time a year we ask our students to support and say THANK YOU to Bethany Lutheran Church – who support us – by singing during a worship Sunday.

Monday, March 4, 2019

All School Field-Trip! Friday March 8th

Will C. Wood’s Lively Arts Presents:
Disney’s
The Little Mermaid

All School Fieldtrip!
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 9:30am—Noon

*BLS has paid for the students’ and staff tickets.

This event is for Elementary schools in the area. This is a sold out show. BLS has purchased enough tickets for students, staff, aides and a few chaperones. The BLS office and K-8 classes will be closed during this time.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Open House: Cancelled Until Further Notice!!


OPEN HOUSE
Bethany Lutheran School
Saturday, March 2, 2019

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

We want to make sure that we have better weather and also have an opportunity to properly promote this event. Look for a new date in the near future and continue to spread the word about what makes Bethany so special!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Re-Enrollment Has Begun For 2019-2020


In just 3 days 45% of our current student body has already re-enrolled! Let’s keep it going!

Everyone should have received an email from TADS inviting you all to re-register your students. Look for the link for registration in that email. Make sure you have not marked TADS as SPAM.

Our Open Registration to the general public is also beginning Saturday. You will be seeing many more people coming to the campus to tour our facility. If you see them, please say hello and make them feel welcome.

CONTEST!!!!! Whichever class has the highest percentage of re-enrollments by Friday, March 8 - will win Pizza, Ice Cream, Popcorn, and a Movie!!!! What a F-U-N day!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fence Work Days


Another GREAT Opportunity for Your Partnership Hours! WEATHER PERMITTING
VERY EXCITING! We will be installing the rest of Bethany’s security fencing around the campus on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2—weather permitting. More information/details to follow regarding times and what you will want to bring— gloves, etc. So…. Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Open House Saturday, March 2nd 2019 Come Visit Us!


OPEN HOUSE
Bethany Lutheran School
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
1011 Ulatis Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687

Monday, February 18, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


K-8 BLS Students will be singing at Sunday Worship at Bethany Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 10 at 10am. The kids have all been working very hard on their beautiful songs to share with the congregation. Make sure to MARK YOUR CALENDARS! More info to follow...

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thank You Everyone!


On behalf of Bethany Lutheran Schools, thank you for attending and supporting our 18th annual Auction and Crab Feed. With your generous giving, the event raised one of our largest totals in recent years. Your participation in this annual endeavor assists the school in providing necessary classroom materials, programs, and curriculum that we would not otherwise be able to afford. Your generosity was and is a blessing to our students and staff, and words only cannot express my tremendous gratitude.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to our Chairpersons, Amy and Scott Ledford, and to our dedicated volunteers Janice Williams, Juanita McCallum, Paula Rush, and Katie and Cathy Mathews for starring in the kitchen. We truly appreciate their time and efforts during this fundraising opportunity. I’d also like to thank True Symmetry Brewing Company and Justin’s Crab Company for providing quality products and valuable services for this fundraiser. Your assistance goes a long way toward bringing so many great activities and programs to our school’s teachers, students, and families, and we sincerely appreciate your important contribution. Our school becomes a better-blessed place every day when parents like you are there to lend a hand!


Blessings, and thank you again!
Dr. Smith

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6 Smoothie Bowl Recipes | Delicious + Healthy Breakfast & Dessert



Smoothie bowls are perfect to have as a delicious breakfast, healthy dessert or colorful snack. Made with frozen fruits to create this yummy icecream-like texture. Perfect meal to have before working out, school or work.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

COME SEE WHAT MAKES BETHANY SCHOOL SO SPECIAL!


OPEN HOUSE
Bethany Lutheran School
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
1011 Ulatis Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687

Sunday, February 3, 2019

BLS Parents/Families—DON’T BE LEFT OUT!

BLS Parents/Families—DON’T BE
LEFT OUT! This is our BIGGEST and
The MOST FUN fundraiser that we do at Bethany!
The crab and pasta are excellent along with
salad and bread (chicken option available at
ticket purchase.) There will be lots of wonderful
baskets for Raffle and many wonderful auction
items to bid on—including individual classroom
projects! Hurry and reserve your tickets or
table today!

Open to the Public

17TH ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
1000 ULATIS DRIVE, VACAVILLE, CA

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:30 PM

MENU:  CRAB (CHICKEN OPTION AVAILABLE), PASTA, SALAD, GARLIC BREAD 

CLICK HERE or SCAN QR Code to Purchase Tickets

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Alliance Redwoods -- 5th-8th Graders


Each year as part of our Outdoor Curriculum we take our 5-8th graders to Alliance Redwoods where they will learn about a multitude of Environmental Science topics. Mark your calendars for May 8-10 for this trip and check your TADS account for your monetary responsibility. Many of you already have been taking care of this so it won’t be a burden to you closer to the trip. Thank you.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Bethany School Crab Feed And Auction Saturday February 9th 2019


17TH ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
1000 ULATIS DRIVE, VACAVILLE, CA

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM, DINNER AT 6:30 PM

MENU:  CRAB (CHICKEN OPTION AVAILABLE), PASTA, SALAD, GARLIC BREAD 

CLICK HERE or SCAN QR Code to Purchase Tickets

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Calling All Artists!!!


Calling all artists! Use your artistic skills to create a cover design for this year's yearbook! You must include this year's theme (L.I.F.E.) Bethany Lutheran School, and 2018-2019. Any artistic form is acceptable but we love seeing non-digital designs! Please submit your designs by Friday, February 8!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Dance 4th-8th Graders, Friday, January 25


The Student Council will be hosting a Winter Dance for 4th—8th-grade students on Friday, January 25. The dance will be from 6pm - 8pm here at Bethany School in the fellowship hall. Early tickets will be sold for $5. Tickets sold at the event itself will be $7. The money raised will help to defer the cost of the dance.

Pizza, drinks and dessert items will be served.

The theme and dress for this dance are still TBD. We will advise next week.

Mrs. Bakken is the Student Council staff representative and will be at the dance. She will need a few parent volunteers to chaperone and also help with the food tables.

If you would like to help please contact Mrs. Bakken at kari.bakken@gobethany.com