Tuesday, November 5, 2019

18th Annual Dinner and Auction


Doors open at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6:30pm

Friday, February 7th, 2020
Ulatis Community Center
1000 Ulatis Drive
Vacaville CA 95687


This year's event will feature live music from Vacaville's own, Sapphire Sisters, along with silent and live auctions, and raffle drawings!

The menu includes Fresh cracked Dungeness Crab, bread, salad, and pasta! A chicken option is available upon request at the time of ticket purchase. Craft beer from True Symmetry Brewing Company (Suisun City) and wine will be available for purchase at the event.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sipping For Students Fundraiser


All proceeds will go towards this year’s Middle School Outdoor Education Program at Alliance Redwoods!

Saturday November 9th 2019 5pm-9pm

GV Cellars 1635 Mason Road Fairfield CA

$25 ticket for entry & $5 Wine tastings 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Youth Group News

Bethany Lutheran Ministries is looking to start a MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
at the school!
The youth group will meet after school on every other Wednesday or two times a month from 3pm—4:30pm.
We are looking for an adult volunteer to put on a snack and help assist. You do not have to put on the program, the Youth Ministry team will be running the show.
If interested, please contact Kevin Shaw at 707-628-8347 or nafl@nafl-usa.com
We would like to begin at the end of October if possible.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

This year’s Crab Feed / Dinner Auction Friday, February 7, 2020



This year’s Crab Feed / Dinner Auction Friday, February 7, 2020


More information to come...

*childcare provided at the school for a fee

Monday, October 21, 2019

Bethany's Fall Fest 10/25/2019



Each Student—1 large bag of Candy 
You can drop off your candy to your teacher or in the office.

Please consider bringing a dozen cupcakes for our CAKEWALK
You can drop off your cupcakes in the office.
*No peanut products, please

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Partnership Opportunity October 25th


We need volunteers for our upcoming Harvest / Trunk-or-Treat Festival! We’ve ordered new games and have done this enough that all we need are volunteers to make it happen. If you can help with this event, please contact the school office. We are also hoping for a parent(s) to facilitate the event as well. If you have questions, please call 451-6683

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Added Minimum Day To Calendar



Because this year’s Crab Feed / Auction is on a Friday—in order to accomplish the inordinate amount of prep work for the event we will be making Friday, February 7th a MINIMUM DAY with school dismissal at NOON.
PLEASE MAKE NOTE ON YOUR CALENDARS!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Save The Date



This year’s Crab Feed / Dinner Auction Friday, February 7, 2020



More information to come...

*childcare provided at the school for a fee

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Middle School Youth Group



Bethany Lutheran Ministries is looking to start a MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP at the school!
The youth group will meet after school on every other Wednesday or two times a month from 3:00p —4:30pm. We are looking for an adult volunteer to put on a snack and help assist. You do not have
to put on the program, the Youth Ministry team will be running the show. If interested, please contact Kevin Shaw at 707-628-8347 or nafl@nafl-usa.com. We would like to begin at the end of October if possible.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Holiday Pie Fundraiser—Apple Hill Pies!


Remember! You should be selling pies to all of your friends, families, and neighbors! This is one of our biggest fundraisers and the pies are AMAZING and from Apple Hill. Just in time for the holidays

Monday, September 30, 2019

2019—2020 Bethany Youth Group Calendar

October 13th – Honor God Event – Dixon Corn Maze 5 pm – 9 pm

The month of November – Fundraiser - Sell Christmas Wreaths

November 2nd – Help the Body – Craft Fair Pictures (LWML)

November 10th – Help the Body Event – Build Ga Ga Ball Pit at School 1 pm – 5 pm

December 3rd - Help the Body - Merriment on Main - 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Youth Group will help out hand out cookies, set-up and breakdown.

December 8th – Honor God Event – Volley Ball / Games at Fellowship hall w/ another Youth Group 1 pm – 5 pm

December 15th – Children’s Sermon - Puppets

January 19th – Honor God Event - Locked-In - 6:00 pm – 2:00 am

February 8th – Help the Body Event - Bethany School Crab Feed 5 pm – 9 pm

February 22nd – Help the Body Event – Solano Food Bank TBD

March 8th – Honor God Event – Ga Ga Ball / Bonfire at Hestermans w/another Youth Group TBD

April 12th – Fundraiser - Easter Breakfast – 6:30 am – 11 am

April or May – Help the Body - Church Picnic – Dunk Tank, Games, Food, Puppets

May 2nd – Drama Play with LWML (Humans and Puppets)

May 10th – Fellowship Event – Movie & Game Night at TBD 1 pm – 5 pm

May 31st – Children’s Sermon – Puppets

June 14th – Fellowship Event – Outdoor Rec (Zip lining/Tubing/Camping/Survivor Course) TBD

July 12th – Fellowship Event – Water Balloons / Water Fights at Hestermans’ TBD

August 9th – Fellowship Event – Pool Party at Brownes’ 1 pm – 5 pm

August 30th – Children’s Sermon – Puppets


After School Events at Bethany School Every 1st and 3rd Week from 3:00 – 4 pm
Additional fundraiser opportunities and other events like puppet ministry may arise during the year.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Youth Group News


In September the Youth Group re-visited the National Youth Gathering and Psalm 46. It was a great service and we were very excited to bring the flavor and our experiences of the youth gathering to the Bethany Congregation. We sang some songs from the youth gathering. We showed some videos from the gathering. We showed the congregation what we did as a servant event. We did a skit on the importance of a Real. Present. God. Even the Bethany Puppets were a part of the service. The puppet stage looked awesome and looked like the stage from the youth gathering. We hoped everyone enjoyed the youth service and we are hoping that maybe there were elements that we can use in future services.

The youth want to thank everyone in the congregation for helping us attend the youth gathering. Without your support, we could have never attended. We also want to thank the Praise Team for singing the songs, Jim Witt for videotaping the service for us; we can’t wait to see it! Thank You to Pastor Russ and the elders for letting us do the service. Thank You also goes out to our great group of adult volunteers Hew Hesterman, Janine Bowne and Kevin Shaw. With September over we are going to have fun at our next youth event and look to our annual Christmas Wreath fundraiser. Finally, don’t forget that in 2022 is the next youth gathering in Houston Texas….

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Extended Care Workers Needed

We currently have an ad on Indeed.com for positions in our Extended Care. We would like to hire a person(s) to add to our roster of after-school care employees.

The hours are: M-F, 2:30pm to 4:30 or 6pm and also on minimum days from Noon to 4:30 or 6pm.

We are interested in responsible people who are at least 18 years old. Come in the office or go onto Indeed.com

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Let's Go Fishing!



Sermon presented by Pastor Dann Ettner on February 10, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran Church Vacaville, CA

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Please Remember...


If you come to pick your child up AFTER school dismissal you will need to enter Bldg. A (this building is the building with Preschoolers—3rd grade and Extended Care) from the preschool playground—gate unlocked—and ring the doorbell for entrance. The preschool playground is the small playground on the West side of the property. Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bethany PTO Facebook


Did you know we have a “closed” Facebook page for our school and its families? You are welcome to join. Just search Bethany PTO from your Facebook (we may change the name in the future) and ask the Admin for membership.

This Facebook page is for posting wonderful feel-good event photos and the like. W also post upcoming event notices, etc. This page is not to post grievances of any kind. Our Admin will delete anything that does not conform to our Christian values and the support of our school.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

From Our Pastor

Dear Parents of Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers at Bethany, 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make adjustments to facility usages in reaction to last year’s fire and destruction to our pre-school. Our progress toward a new pre-school facility continues. It’s been like a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride as Bethany Ministries has been working laboriously with insurance companies to finally settle the finances on the burned-out structure. It is hoped the matter will be settled soon. Our plans for a new pre-school at the Ulatis campus have been submitted to the city and upon their, and congregational approval, a new chapter in Bethany’s Toddler and Preschool will begin!

Again, thank you for your prayers and patience during this trying year of recovery.

In Christ,

Pastor Russ

Dr. Chris Smith

Cindy Miller

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Classroom Newsletters


You should begin receiving your student(s) classroom newsletter. Our classroom newsletters are typically sent out each Friday during the school year. Please let your student's teacher know if you are not receiving this via email. Middle School teachers will also be sending out a Friday newsletter. Teacher’s newsletters will also be posted to our website at www.gobethany.com.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

P.E. Clothing and School Uniforms


P.E. and Spirit Clothing can be ordered through Ad Special T’s. Following is a link to reach the BLS site: https://www.agpestores.com/adspecialtsembroider/groupproducts.php?prodgroup_id=20690&prodgroupbypass=true

Spirit Shirts—Each BLS student will receive one Spirit Shirt.

Orders of items from Ad Special T’s will be delivered directly to the school for you to pick up. We will notify you when the order arrives. Once the initial order is placed, only a limited amount of items may be available for purchase directly from Ad Special T’s. Items may also be special ordered through the store. So if you want to order something—now is the time.

Our used uniform closet is now open but in need of organization. Parents are able to shop after school or during the day, so long as it is not being used for classroom instruction.

New uniforms can be purchased through Dennis Uniforms: https://www.dennisuniform.com/

School Code: WOEBET

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Reminders


Label everything your child brings to school with a permanent marker. Many items look the same or similar and this will allow us to return items that are misplaced or left behind by your student. If you purchased items from our used closet, please mark out the previous name and write your student’s name. Otherwise, it might get returned to the used closet.

Leaving Campus—BLS students are not allowed to leave campus without an adult unless we have a parent’s written authorization on file in the school office. Students who wish to walk or ride their bikes home or walk across to the library must have a note from parents on file giving permission to do so. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Pre-School: Our Philosophy


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

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

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

OUR GOALS:


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

Monday, August 19, 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!

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.