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From The Principal

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Warmest of greetings on this blessed Monday morning. On behalf of Bethesda International Academy, I would like to thank all parents and faculty members for making our welcome back fellowship gathering such a success.  It was truly an enjoyable to be able to get together and talk with our supportive group of school community members and was a wonderful opportunity for Bethesda students to get together and enjoy each other’s company under His name.        Thank you for the opportunity to grow with and partake in festivities that allow Bethesda to grow as a school community of care for the students we serve. Putting student growth and well-being at the forefront of every decision we make has been, is, and will continue to be our number one goal for our school community.

Thanks and Blessings,

Joe Dembowski- Principal

News for the Parents

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Starting this week, students may notice an increase in visitor activity within some of their classes.  This due to Bethesda’s relationship with our partner foundation, the Chicagoland Lutheran Education Foundation, and partner college, Concordia University Chicago.   As part of our partnership with Concordia University Chicago, our teachers are taking part Innovative Teacher Institute and curriculum development writing programs that Bethesda participates in.  From this program, Bethesda staff is participating in professional development and coaching session activities that will further assist in reaching our diverse group of international learners.  These coaches will attend 1-2 classes each week in order to assist in continued teacher development, with the goal of implementing lifelong learning for our teachers.

 

 

News from the Classroom

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Early Childhood Center parents–there is a tentative field trip scheduled for September 18thto Goebert’s Farm. Permission slips will be going out to those grades who will be involved with the field trip within the next couple of days.  There are also trips scheduled for the Chicago Public Library as well.  Please keep a look out for permission slips for both early this week.

BIA Athletes- The volleyball and cross-country seasons begin this week, with Ms. Nosko helming the volleyball team and Mr. D running the cross country team.  If you intend to play either for this fall, permission slips must be signed by a parent and physicals must be on file in the school or have an appointment scheduled with the doctor.   Please ensure that we are wearing appropriate clothing for the sport we are playing. This means that for cross country runners, please bring outdoor shoes, coupled with long sleeve and sweatpants just in case it starts to get colder.   We do tend to run in cooler/wet weather from time to time, so make sure you are prepared for that.