From the Principal

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Once again we will be experiencing a change in staff at BIA, after the Christmas break.  We sadly say goodbye to Mrs. Rhonda Petersen, as she pursues other professional endeavors.  We thank Rhonda for her valuable service to BIA and wish her well in the future.

We are happy to welcome Mr. Harold Richert to our BIA family as the new 3rd/4th grade homeroom teacher and teacher of 3rd-8th grade reading and language arts.  Harold has teaching experience in the Chicago Charter Schools, as an ESL teacher, an instructor at Sylvan Learning Centers and a private tutor.  As a graduate of Northeastern University, Mr. Richert’s areas of expertise are in reading, literature, and language arts.  He is excited at the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with the students under his care.  Please make Mr. Richert feel welcome!


Pat Grunde


News for the Parents

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Mid-quarter progress reports will be distributed on Friday to those students in 1st-8th grade.  Please discuss this report with your child and send the signed slip back to the classroom teacher by Wednesday, December 13th.

Bethesda International Academy is once again collecting toys, hats, scarves, gloves, personal hygiene items and non-perishable food items for those in need during the holiday season.  Please give generously so that some family may have a brighter Christmas!

Please mark your calendars for the Children’s Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 19th at 7 PM in the church.  The service is centered on that favorite African American carol, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and the Christmas Gospel according to St. Luke.  Come join the children as they spread the news that Jesus Christ is born!

  • PLEASE NOTE-School will be dismissed for Christmas break at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 20th, following the Christmas celebrations in the classrooms, NOT at 12 noon as listed on the Calendar. There is No Aftercare on this day.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.  Thank you!

News from the Classrooms

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 Please remember to give generously to our Christmas collection for the needy.  Details are available in this newsletter, as well as in the classroom newsletters!  Thank you in advance for your kind support!

Our December field trips went very well.  The students had a wonderful time learning and being entertained on their various field trips.  A special thanks to all who chaperoned or drove to these events.

ECC Night Before Christmas Celebration takes place on Wednesday, December 20th with various goodies and activities in the classroom.  Check your classroom newsletters for more details.  The main building will also be participating in various Christmas activities, as well!