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

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:

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:

School Code: WOEBET

Sunday, August 25, 2019


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.


  • 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


Thank you for considering Bethany Lutheran School for your child’s education! At Bethany, we strive for the highest level of academic learning and achievement and offer all our services in the context of a Bible-based and Christ-centered community of faith. Our students develop Christian character and excel academically while serving God and others.

Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have about Bethany Lutheran School and to assist you in every step of the enrollment process – and then help your student adjust to those first few days in a new school.

We would like to provide you additional information about Bethany Lutheran School and to arrange for a personally guided tour based on your availability. You can reach our Admissions Office by telephone through the school office, 707-451-6683, or via email at Admissions forms and additional information are also available online at the bottom of this page.

After reviewing the information, visiting our campus, and submitting your Registration paperwork we will schedule an assessment test. (The $75.00 testing fee covers the cost of the assessment.) Once your child has taken the assessment test, we will work with you regarding the best placement for your student.

If your family is in need of financial 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

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