As we begin a new year, many uncertainties are staring us in the face. Will my child be able to handle wearing a mask in school? Will washing hands, wearing a mask, social distancing, filtering the air, and sanitizing the surfaces of the classroom be enough to keep my child from getting the Covid-19 virus? Will my child be able to learn in this type of environment or be able to switch back and forth between in-person or online learning should this be required?
If we let the genuine concerns of this life overwhelm us, we will not be able to function successfully in the classroom or at our workplace. This is where we need to be reminded of God’s omnipotent power, his ever-present help, and his eternal love. God tells us through the writer to the Hebrews, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
As we begin our new school year, the 100th year of Bethany Lutheran School, we go to Jesus with this prayer, “Dearest Lord Jesus, we plead with you to be merciful to all the members of the Bethany family. Keep us safe this school year from all harm and danger. Spare us from suffering with the Covid-19 virus. Forgive us for not always being faithful in hearing and learning your word. Please, bless the students and teachers with good health. Help them to love and respect each other as they strive to not only learn more about you but to also learn the academic skills necessary to function as your children in society. We are confident in your grace and mercy to us. In your name we pray. Amen.”
We will have an opening service at 6:30 PM this coming Sunday, August 27. The worship service will be followed by a brief presentation of the Back to School Night information. We look forward to sharing with you on Sunday night. The Zoom Meeting link is: Stephen Schultz is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5178464805?pwd=UHRuNVVYeXdNNW9qaW12cFcxck1oQT09
Back to School Supply Drop-off (Pictures)
We are making available the following times next Monday, August 24, for back to school supplies drop-off: 8-10 AM and 4-8 PM. During this time, the children and parents will be wearing masks inside the building when they drop off the student’s supplies.
Also, for those who want to take a picture of the first day of school, please take it at the time you drop off the supplies. You will not be able to take pictures by the doors on the first day of school due to the safe distancing and need to get the children in the building with safe distancing.
Bethany Spirit Wear Exchange
We will have a Give/Take table for Bethany Spirit wear. For our current and past Bethany families, if you have Bethany spirit wear that your children have outgrown or no longer want, please bring them along next Monday. New Bethany families, please take some of these Bethany items for your children to wear this year!
First Day of School
On the first day of school, there will be before and after school care. It begins at 6:30 AM. If you drop off your child, they must enter door #2 by the principal and pastor’s offices. Before you take off, Michelle Artus will give you a call on her school phone to inform you if your child passed the temperature check of 1000F. Please know that if they do not pass, we will send your child back out to the car. You may wait 15 minutes and take the temperature again, or you may decide to take your child home. Please park along the fence while you are waiting.
For those of you arriving and not using before school care, we will start to let students enter the building at 7:35 AM. Again, your child will have their temperature checked at the door. If they passed, your child will wave goodbye and go to their classroom. If your child does not pass, they will return to the car. You may wait 15 minutes and take the temperature again, or you may decide to take your child home. Please park along the fence while you are waiting.
After school, we will dismiss one family at a time. If you decide that you want to walk your child from the building, please stand on a marked spot outside door #2 which is the north entrance. For those waiting in a car, please park along the fence, and we will dismiss one family at a time. Expect delays for the first week of school until we get the routines down. THANK YOU for your cooperation!
All milk and hot lunch orders are due this Wednesday, August 19, by 8am. Parents can email their order in to firstname.lastname@example.org and send payment with students on the first day of school.
This year, instead of having a Junior Choir, we are starting the Laudate Choir, which is open to all students in grades 4-8 and will meet after school for 30 minutes once a week, preparing to sing for church services as health regulations allow. As stated earlier, Laudate Choir will meet after school hopefully beginning in January. If your student is interested, please indicate that below.
All students in grades 5-8 will have 30 minutes of general music each week this year. In order to find out more about your student, I have several questions about general music in this survey. Please make sure you read to the end!
7th AND 8th GRADE STUDENTS ONLY:
This form also lets Miss Petermann know if you are interested in becoming a member of our Handbell Choir, which practices from 1:15-1:45 on Mondays and Fridays during the school year. If you are not interested in joining the Handbell Choir, you will be in study hall for that time. Handbells will play for three church services during the first semester.
Due to COVID-19 there was a lack of content for the second half of the school year. The yearbook is getting completed now, but we need your help. If you have any photos from Graduation or Confirmation you would like to share for yearbook, please email them email@example.com. We would also love if you could send us a picture of your student learning from home after the schools were shut down last year. Please, only send us photos you are willing to have printed in the yearbook. Thanks.
This year, if you send birthday treats to school, the treat must be pre-packaged/individually wrapped.
Bethany is looking for 50 or more tennis balls for the feet of chairs and desks. They do not need to be new. Old ones work just fine. There will be a box set up by door to donate.
Note the change for the 100th Anniversary celebration. Due to concerns about the large gathering for the 100th Anniversary we are moving the date from November 8, 2020, to March 21, 2021. We have a number of people involved in planning the celebration. If you would like to help, please contact the office or one of the committee members - Pastor Pagel, Miss Sternhagen, Miss Petermann, Mr. Steve Dankert, or myself.