One thing that would make the world a better place is to have people show love for each other. Instead of fighting and arguing, God wants us to show compassion, patience, and respect for each other. As we begin a new school year, we ask that God would grant all of us more love. In 2 Corinthians 5 verse 14, Paul writes, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
At Bethany Lutheran School, the students, teachers, and parents are sinful human beings. Jesus shed his blood to wash away all our sins. Because he loved us so much, we now get to love our neighbor as ourselves. This means that we will strive to be patient, gentle, kind, caring, and loving toward each person. Out of respect for them as children of God, we will treat them the way we want to be treated.
Thank you, Jesus, for showing your great love to us all. Help us to love you in return and gladly live our lives for you. May all of us strive to put our neighbor’s needs first and to love them as we love ourselves.
Chapel begins tomorrow. Each child was given a box of envelopes. Our first quarter offerings are going for a special 100th Anniversary gift to the school.
We have two new drop boxes near the office entrance. The one in blue is for dropping off hot lunch orders. The other in white is for dropping off office forms or payments.
Band and String Lessons Available at Bethany for Grades 4-8
Our school is again partnering with Shoreland Lutheran High School to provide music lessons on band and string instruments. Lessons are available to students in grades 4-8. Please click on the link below to view a digital presentation regarding the lesson program. If you have any questions or problems viewing the link, please contact Sarah Siegler for strings (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Keith Wordell for band (email@example.com). Grade School Instrument Lesson Digital Presentation
K-8th Parent Approved Emails
If you have any problems sending an email from your (parent) email address to you childs Bethany email account, please contact Mrs Novotny (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the email you are trying to use. There could have been an error putting the info in or you did not approve an email for your student (which you will need to sign a waiver form to have your email approved).
K-4th Bethany Emails
If you or your child has not logged into the student email account please do so soon. If you get denied access when you try to log in please contact Mrs Novotny (email@example.com) The password needs to be reset because of lapses of time of not logging into the account.
4th-8th Go Guardian Parent App
If you signed up for Go Guardian Parent App it is ready to go. Mrs. Novotny sent an email out to the parents emails that were signed up. If you or your student have not logged into their Bethany email account you need to do that before the Parent app is working. If you have any issues please email Mrs. Novotny (firstname.lastname@example.org) tell her which parent email you are using.
Tuesday, September 8, is picture day for our students. Everyone gets a picture because we need them for our permanent records. It is up to you if you want to order any pictures. We will be sending home order forms next week. Here is a link to help you prepare for picture day.
Orders for September 8-30, can be turned into the office next Wednesday, September 2, by 8 AM. You can still order just milk for your child for $0.30 per day. The only change is that all milk must be pre-ordered. We are no longer selling milk the same day.
There will be no changes to the order once Mrs Vega has submitted it to MCFI. All orders are due turned in to the LUNCH ORDER BOX by Wednesday by 8am. Orders received after then will not be fulfilled.
Assisted Learning Teacher Position Updates:
After prayerful consideration in light of the COVID pandemic Joyce Ampe has decided that she will be focusing on homeschooling her children this year and will thus not be available to serve as the Extended Learning Instructor. We thank her for the work that she has done the past two years in pioneering the program, which as a result of the success, grew the hours of assisting students from 10 hours to 30 hours per week.
While Joyce will be missed, we are also excited to announce that this role will be restructured into two roles with one person dedicated to Kindergarten through 4th grade and another person dedicated to 5th through 8th grade. We are excited to present the following two new Assisted Learning Teachers:
Beverly Zondag will be the Assisted Learning Teacher for K-4th grade. Mrs. Zondag has over 15 years of teaching and assisting students in these grade levels. She most recently was the 3K Lead Preschool Teacher at Living Christ Preschool in Madison (5 years in that role). Prior to that she was a teacher aide and BASC worker at Peace Lutheran in Sun Prairie (3-4 years). And prior to that she taught special IAP Reading, Math, and Writing in the Monona Grove School District (8 years; she is a licensed special education paraprofessional/reading assistant). Her husband relocated back to the southeast Wisconsin area, which is great since she has so many grandkids in the area (her son, Scott Zondag, is a teacher at SLHS). Mrs. Zondag is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts as well as various other continued education and coursework. She is CPR/First Aid Trained and has a Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching Certificate.
Jim Weiland will be the Assisted Learning Teacher for 5th to 8th grade. Mr. Weiland has been a teacher for over 35 years with experience in both the WELS system and public sector. He most recently served for a time at Friedens last year and prior to that served at St John's in Libertyville for five years. He is passionate about Reading and Math and enjoys Social Studies. Mr. Weiland is a graduate of Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and he holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch. He also has a K-12 Principal License/Director Curriculum and Instruction Certificate.
Please be sure to make each of these new faces feel welcome when you encounter them, virtually or in-person!!
This year, if you send birthday treats to school, the treat must be pre-packaged/individually wrapped.
Please note the change of date 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.