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Perception is Reality

We have all heard stories about children who are afraid there was a monster lurking under their beds - even though their parents assured them otherwise. As adults, we can usually tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined, or can we? For children, the lines between perception and reality are more blurred. For instance, a child may have had what he feels is an unpleasant encounter on the playground and does not want to go to school the next day. He may even use the “stomachache excuse” so as not to have to face the perceived threat.
How can parents know when their child’s imagination is causing anxiety? The best way is by talking to them, listening, and acknowledging the child’s fears. When your child tells you something is bothering him, you may be tempted to say, “It’s just your imagination.” That may well be true, but to your child the threat is real.
So how does a parent get rid of the proverbial monster under the bed? By acknowledging its existence, spraying it with “monster repellent,” and declaring the monster gone.
However, the best thing we can do as Christian parents is to remind our children that Jesus made some promises to us, and he always keeps them. Jesus said, “I am with you always.” It is extremely helpful to remind them how Jesus, who is almighty, is with them and protecting them to keep them safe. Say a prayer with your child reminding Jesus of his promises to us, and ask him to keep the promise for you. Give them a hug and a kiss good-night. Often times, it is as simple as that.
For the older child, it is important to let them know that they are indeed special to you and to God. Yet, at the same time, if they want to grow, they need to learn from mistakes. Sometimes people feel guilty because they are guilty and the conscience is a witness to it. Sometimes coaches give more playing time to others because the other person is more talented. Sometimes students feel like their work is a failure because they did fail. What is important, is to learn what you can and cannot do. It is good to learn at an early age what your limitations are and also to learn that there are some things you can change and others you cannot. But, learning how to deal with failure is a skill we all can improve upon. The better we understand the reality that God loves us and is in charge of all things, the better we are equipped to deal with the monsters in life.

Map Testing

Our last round of MAP testing is from Wednesday, May 8, through Friday, May 17. In order to do well, the students should have a good night sleep and a well-rounded breakfast. This will help them concentrate better.

Cyber Safety Presentation

Do you know how to keep your child safe using social media or the internet? What can you do to help your child make wise choices on the internet? Officer Jeff Wamboldt will be presenting to our Parents and Teachers on Monday, May 13. Supper provided at 5:30 PM and Presentation at 6:30 PM. Child supervision will be available by responsible adults and teens. Mark your calendars for this important presentation.
We can use some help to set up the nacho bar meal @ 4:30pm, serving 5-6:00 pm, and clean up. Please let Mrs.Hagedorn or the office know if you are willing to help. Thank you!

PTS Planning Meeting

We are looking for parents to join us for a planning meeting for next year’s events. We will meet on Wednesday, May 15 beginning at 6:00 PM. If you can join us, your input is greatly appreciated.

Softball Champions

Congratulations to the softball team for capturing first place in the tournament last Saturday. The last time we won 1st place in any sport was 2011 in softball. To God be the glory!

Forensics Meet

Congratulations to all the participants on the forensics team. Our five team members did quite well in every category. To get a gold medal you had to score 48-49 out of 50, silver was 46-47, and bronze was 40-45. The following were the places: Carlos Ampe - 6th Gr. poetry - gold
Carter Ruiz - 6th Gr. poetry -silver
Ella Evermon - 7th Gr. poetry - bronze
Hailey Scott - 7th Gr. radio - gold
Henry Wagner - 7th Gr. 4-minute speech - silver

Book Fair 

The Scholastic Book Fair has some to an end, but you can still purchase books online until May 9th. 
You can shop on-line now!

Graduation Notes  

Bethany will be celebrating both our Kindergarten and 8th grade graduates. Some help is needed for these events. Parents of first graders are asked to help out with the Kindergarten program on Wednesday, May 22. Help is needed to serve cake and ice cream following the program (about 6:30pm). Seventh graders and their parents are asked to help out with the Eighth grade Graduation celebration on Thursday, May 23. Help is needed with serving and clean up, following the closing service. Please speak with Mrs. Hagedorn if you are able to help. 

Graduate Pictures  

Parents or friends of eighth grade graduates are asked to submit pictures for a slide show to be shown at graduation. Please include a baby picture, current picture and any school pictures, group, event, or field trip pictures from the Class of 2019 years at Bethany. Pictures can be submitted by email to Mrs. Hagedorn at Thank You!

School Choice or F.A.C.T.S.

The window for signing up for school choice tuition assistance ended on April 20. The families who are selected by the state to receive choice tuition vouchers will be notified by the State of Wisconsin in early June. If you did not qualify for choice but need assistance, please go to the Bethany School website and apply for tuition assistance through F.A.C.T.S. The Board of Education will be awarded some money as tuition grants to qualifying families. It takes about 10 minutes to apply.

Wednesday, May 8
3:30 - 4:30 Track Practice

Thursday, May 9
4:30 - Girls Soccer game @ Anderson

Friday, May 10
SLHS Track Meet

Saturday, May 11
5:30 pm - Worship (K)  

Sunday, May 12
7 & 10:30 am - Worship (K) - Jr. Choir Sings at both services
9 am - Worship (S)

Monday, May 13
5:30 Cyber Safety Presentation

Tuesday, May 14
4:30 pm - Girls Soccer Game @ Anderson

Wednesday, May 15
6pm - PTS Meeting

Friday, May 17
7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Chicago
K - 6th Grade Field Trip to Milwaukee Zoo

Saturday, May 18
LLAC Girls Soccer Tournament
5:00 pm - STEM Projects Display @ SLHS
5:30pm Worship 

Sunday, May 19
7 & 10:30 am - Kenosha Worship 
9 am - Somers Worship

Monday, May 20 
7:00 pm - Board of Ed Meeting

Tuesday, May 21
BLS Field Day

Wednesday, May 22
BLS Awards Day
6:00 pm - Kindergarten Program

Thursday, May 23
Last Day of School - Classes dismissed at 3:15pm - NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROVIDED
6:30 pm - Eighth Grade Graduation 



2019-20 Registration

Please take a minute to help us prepare for the upcoming school year by filling out this form ASAP. Families who reserve a spot and sign up for a FACTS account by registration receive a $50 credit at registration. 

Field Trips

Grades K-6 will visit to Milwaukee Zoo on Friday, May 17. We will depart at 8:15 & return by 3:15pm.
Grades 7-8 will visit Chicago’s Science and Industry Museum on Friday, May 17th. One driver may be needed, details will be sent home tomorrow.


The Track team will practice this Wednesday from  4:30 - 5:30 pm. The Track meet is scheduled for Friday, May 11th at Shoreland.

Girls Soccer (with Friedens)

There is a game on Thursday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 14th; both at Anderson at 4:30 pm. 

 As always, lunch orders are always due the Wednesday before the week you would like to order. Questions?
Contact Jen Vega

Hot Lunch and Milk Guidelines

May Menu
May Order Form

This Week...
W - Philly Cheesesteak
Th - Chicken Nuggets
F - Turkey Nachos

Next Week....
M - Brunch for lunch
Tu - Chicken Fajitas
W - Cheeseburger
Th - Cheese Pizza Day
F - K-8 Field Trips / NO LUNCH

All are welcome to join us for chapel every Wednesday morning at 8:00 in the church. It’s a great twenty minute start to your day!

Please have you child dress warmly on Wednesdays because they walk outside back and forth from the school to the church.

Junior Choir sings at both (8 & 10:30am) Kenosha services this Sunday, May 12th.  

May 23 at Kenosha (6:30pm) - Handbells play, call time is 6pm.

Field Trips

Grades K - 6 will visit the Milwaukee Zoo on Friday, may 17th .
Grades 7-8 will be taking a field trip to Chicago’s Science and Industry Museum and the Hancock building 360 Skydeck Experience on Friday, May 17.  We still need one more driver. The chaperone expenses are free except for the parking. We leave at 7:15 AM and return by 4:15-4:30 PM.

Our mailing address is:
2100 75th Street
Kenosha, WI 53142

Phone 262-654-3501
Fax 262-654-3234

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Bethany Lutheran School · 2100 75th Street · Kenosha, WI 53143 · USA

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