What a fun and momentous occasion the solar eclipse was yesterday! The Bethel PTL generously purchased solar glasses for all of the students and staff. In a school assembly yesterday morning, Mrs. Bartholemew, with the help of some students and Mr. Jacob, demonstrated what the students were about to view by showing us how the earth (aka Mr Jacob), moon and sun revolve and rotate around one another. The students were also given safety warnings and told how to properly view the eclipse with their glasses. At 1:15 pm we were able to see approximately 93% totality of the moon eclipsing the sun! What an amazing site it was! We were awed at how our God shows his amazing order and work in all he has created!
"Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!" Psalms 148:1-3
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. I can't believe that we are 1/2 way through this school year. Crazy!
At the beginning of the year, several ideas for clubs and groups were gathered. We haven't had much success getting any of those started. Some of the comments on the surveys that were returned was that parents wished to have more after school or evening clubs.
So this is where we are at. We would love to get some clubs started. Some ideas for clubs that showed the most interest was a Chess Club (we have chess boards), Coding/Robotics Club, Sewing (we have machines) or Knitting Club, Model Rockets Club, and a Cooking Club. However, we need volunteers to help start and run these activities.
Do you enjoy any of these activities? Do you like hanging out with your kids and their friends? Wouldn't it be nice for the kids to have something to do during the winter? Would you please prayerfully consider helping to start some of these groups? If you would like to help, please let Liz Alt, Meridith Deverman, or Mr. Jacob know. We can help set up times (we will work around your schedule,) advertise for you, and even gather other parents to at least chaperone or assist you.
Did any of you wonder just why the kids had October 13th and 14th off? I mean they were home for 2 whole days. All they could tell you was that the teachers were gone. Well some of the Bethel Lutheran teachers and staff were attending the LEA (Lutheran Education Association) Convocation or kind of a teacher school. While they were there, they attended sectionals on topics that interested them as well as making connections and worshipping with fellow teachers and administration.
Here are some of their comments on what they "took away" from this year's convocation:
Mrs. Hoyum: “I went to a session on web apps for young children. The presenter was the technology coordinator at his school and gave us an hour of free educational apps. He had apps that applied for preschool through eighth grade students. He also gave us the web address so we could see his power point presentation at any time.”
Mrs. Brown: “I attended a couple of different sectionals on how to have those difficult discussions with parents and over all communication with parents.”
Mrs. Rauch: “I learned that it just as important to share success stories from your school along with the stats. I also learned how important it is that our students know their faith so that they can defend their faith.”
Mr. Jacob: “Through two of the seminars I went to I want to help Bethel push to become a school of innovation and inspire our students through moving to become a STEM school. Through what I learned we can develop a framework of innovation and have many STEM resources that we can utilize from what I received at the LEA Convocation.”
Mrs. Wyzard: “One sectional I attended was titled Visual Faith. Visual Faith is a way to lift up others to the Lord in prayer. One idea shared was Praying in Color. This is a way students can interact with God that creates a visual reminder of their prayers. Other suggestions shared that I hope to use with my students include making prayer cubes, praying the alphabet, illustrating the Psalms, and creating an Advent calendar. “
Based on the above comments, the teachers got lots of great ideas to help their students, their classrooms, and our school.
And if you want to know more about what happened at this year's convocation watch this video. Mrs. Anderson is the 2nd teacher interviewed!
Remember to have your student bring in change from September 6th through the 13th to help support the library.
Start collecting your change and bring it to the library beginning Tuesday, September 6th through Tuesday, September 13th. We will be having a contest to see which class (K-8th) brings in the most money per student. The winning class will receive a pizza party and each student will get to pick a free book! There will also be a chance to win 10 ride tickets to the Pumpkin Festival! If a student brings in change, they will have the chance to vote on how many pieces of candy are in the jar. ($1=1 vote) The closest guess will receive the tickets! This will all be set up in the library. Students are welcome to come in before school or during their regular library time on those Tuesdays. We have participated in a Barnes and Noble fundraiser the past 4 years and have decided to “change” it up this year! Please help support our library!
Many thanks to all the Bethel school and church students, staff members and families that worked incredibly hard over the past two weeks to completely install our new playground. It's all ready for students to climb and play on Tuesday! The new playground set was able to be purchased because of the generous donations given by Bethel families during PTL fundraisers last year, and we are sure it will be enjoyed by all Bethel students for years to come.
Leftover surface mulch was added to many different areas around the school and church, and we can't wait for you to see how great everything looks on our first day of school!
Wow! How can it be that summer is almost over? Soon we will be dropping the kids off for another year at Bethel or perhaps this is your first trip through the halls on the elementary side of the school. Students will start off the year getting to know their teachers and classmates, so why don't the parents get to know each other as well? This year on the first day of school August 16th, the Bethel PTL will host a Blessing Breakfast. It is our desire for parents, especially those new to the grade school, get to know each other (or at least recognize the parents that are in their child's class.) And for those moms and dads that have been around awhile, this is a chance to introduce yourself to someone new. Of course, there will be coffee, juice, and breakfast items as well as a time and place to catch up with old friends. Because let's face it, we haven't really had the time all summer to see everyone. Please join us in the parish hall of Bethel Lutheran Church right after you drop off the kiddos. Can't wait to see everyone there!
There are lots of important events and dates to remember that are approaching in this second half of the school year! For an updated school calendar, click HERE. And mark these upcoming events on your calendars: Thursday, January 28 - returning student registration day Sunday, February 7 - Bethel pancake breakfast and open house February 22-26 - Lutheran Schools Week Friday, February 26 - Special Person Day (early dismissal) Saturday, March 19 - Bethel Fired Up 5K and Fun Run/Walk
Congratulations to the Bethel boys and girls basketball teams for their wonderful play so far! The Bethel girls team will play again tomorrow (11/22) at noon, and I will update when the boys play next ASAP. Make plans to spend Sunday afternoon cheering for the Bethel basketball players, and enjoy great basketball, concessions, halftime activities, and much more! 11/22 UPDATE: The Bethel girls are playing today at noon, and the boys play at 3:45 PM for the championship! Let's pack the gym and cheer them all on! CONGRATULATIONS to the girls for their final-game win and to the boys for their 2nd place finish!
Thank you so very much to everyone that supported this year's PTL Dinner Auction by creating a class project, making a donation, working the event and taking the time to attend last night! What a fantastic evening! The generosity shown by our Bethel families was overwhelming, and thousands of dollars were raised that will be given back to the school to enhance the learning environment for all our students. We are still working on our final numbers and will update when they are available, but we do know that more than $11,000 was raised specifically toward building our new playground, which is such a wonderful start. Mark your calendars for the next two events coming up soon - the Bethel Pancake Breakfast and Open House on Sunday, February 7 and the Fired Up 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, March 19. We look forward to seeing you there!