During the past month, we have been conducting classes through on-line learning. What a blessing it is that all of our students have a Chromebook in grades 5-8! In order to deliver our lessons, we can make videos using Google Meet, download prepared video clips that explain our lessons in another way, or find websites that have material to supplement the lessons. This has really helped our students in fulfilling the curriculum requirements for the fourth quarter.
The biggest challenge is meeting with the children daily and making sure they understand the lessons. What I see as a blessing is the children are watching the videos, doing the workbook or worksheet lesson, and asking questions during our online meetings each day. In education circles this is a form of the flipped classroom. Parents, thank you for encouraging your child to do the homework. It appears to me that most of the children are still growing in their knowledge. The private meetings I have had with students seems to make their understanding of the topic more clear.
We teachers, know that it is so different in trying to get papers handed in, corrected, and returned. With the help of conscientious students and caring parents, the process is going rather smoothly. We have learned a lot already and will take steps to make sure that we are better prepared for future closings due to a crisis.
If your child tends to get bored, you have several options to continue the learning process. In spring, we take field trips to various places. I encourage you to have your child take a virtual field trip to places like the Smithsonian Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, or the Atlanta Zoo by going to one of these websites: https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/ or https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/. Almost every major museum offers a virtual tour.
During the next month, please take some time as a family and take a virtual tour or look for an educational website like Discovery World, National Geographic, or Parenting (12 Educational Websites for Kids to Learn and Play.) to find educational activities that just might interest your child and contribute to his or her growth. These are undiscovered, valuable learning tools that we can make part of our child’s educational growth.
School Building Closed for Remainder of the Year
I am sure you heard by now that schools have been shut down for the remainder of the year by the Governor’s executive order. Therefore all activities scheduled will most likely be canceled for this year. The Board of Education has voted to end our academic year on Friday, May 15th. Typically we have days for field trips and a field day during the quarter so the number of days with direct teacher instruction is about the same. The teachers will use the week of May 18-22 to collect books, make report cards, have in-service meetings to wrap up the year, and to make plans for dealing with future school closures.
We will set up scheduled times where you can bring your children’s books, pick up any belongings they left in school, and get their report cards. We will plan 10 minute time intervals. You will be notified to schedule your appointment.
The following events have been canceled:
1) Academic Fair
3) Grandparents/Special Person Day
4) School Musical
5) DC Trip
6) Softball and track
Parents will be refunded their money for the DC trip. We are tentatively planning a trip for April of 2021. Graduation has not been canceled yet. We are thinking about holding it the last week of May or the first week of June depending on if we are allowed to hold gatherings of at least 50 people.
Surveys Reunification School Committee
In the next week or two, all school parents will be sent a survey to find out information to assist the Reunification School Committee in making plans for the future. Your replies are vital to our decision-making process. Please take the time to return surveys which will come from Grace Works Ministry. Thank you for sharing your cares and concerns about Jesus ministry in our midst.
This week's Star Students are....
Kindergarten - Jameson S., He always has a cheerful greeting and is excited to see friends at our daily Zoom meeting.
First and Second Grade - Aaden B. for always being on time to our meetings and having a great attitude.
Third and Fourth Grade - Wyatt R. for doing well on all his online assignments.
Fifth and Sixth Grade - Kenna D. for always being prompt to virtual school.
Seventh and Eighth Grade - Kyle P. for being conscientious in completing his assignments, quick-witted, and working faithfully in all subjects.
The deadline has been extended to apply, re-apply, or provide proof of residency to May 14th.Please apply HERE and or/or turn in your residency documents via email ASAP.
We will be kicking off our virtual fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society starting today, Tuesday, April 21. The fundraiser will go until Friday, May 8. Our school did a great job and raised over $4,000 dollars last year Healthy Hearts. Our goal for this year's fundraiser is $2,500. Watch for emails over the next three weeks along with some fun activities. All registration and donations are online. Make sure to register your child with their classroom teacher, as there is a great prize for the classroom with the highest donations!
One way in which you might assist the committee is by looking through photo albums for pictures that involve Bethany Lutheran School over the years. If you share with us, please give the picture to us in a plastic bag and label the picture clearly on the back that it belongs to you. We want to set up displays on the dinner tables with pictures from over the years.
School Office Hours
The office is currently closed for regular office hours but the office email is monitored daily.