Bethlehem Lutheran School

Bethlehem Lutheran School

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Come Join Us!!!

Anonymous Testimonial

I received this the other day in my inbox and I just had to share it. I love our school!

“We always talk about "something different at Bethlehem". I certainly saw that today at church. I saw an 8th grader keep his little cousin occupied the whole service. I saw another 8th grader get a quiet bag for a little one in another pew that was upset during the service. I saw older kids talking to younger kids after the service. Such friendly students. I think these older kids, especially the 8th graders, are setting good examples. I've had a few of the girls in that class approach me in the hallway and say hi, and we've had a quick conversation. It says a lot about the parents raising these kids, and that is carried on by the teachers and staff at school. Teaching them and reminding them to be kind and considerate. I'm thankful to be part of this school family, and hope my kids soak it all in and behave in similar ways too.” 

Do you know someone looking for a different school option? Spread the word that we are getting ready to open registration for Preschool through 8th grade! Come see for yourself what's different about Bethlehem. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

After-School Programs

This winter and spring, Bethlehem will be offering many after-school programs to support and enhance our learning opportunities and to provide our students with additional experiences related to a variety of different interest areas. The after-school programs will last for 6 weeks. There will be one one session in the winter and one session in the spring. Here is a sneak peek into the Winter Clubs:

Agriculture in the Classroom-Mr. Paveglio and Dr. Frederick
Are you interested in all things farm related? Would you want to be in 4-H? This would be a great place to start, as this club will be growing a school garden and learning about all of the ways agriculture impacts our lives.
Location: 5th Grade Classroom
Time: 3:30-4:15 on Wednesdays

Book Club-Ms. Gerardi
Do you love to read for fun? Are you interested in meeting with others and talking about what you are reading in fun and engaging ways? Then the book club is for you.
Location: Library
Time: Lunch Hours Tuesday/ThursdaySneak Peek:

S.T.E.M. Club-To be determined
All things S.T.E.M. Do you love Science? Technology? Engineering? Math? This would be a great place to sharpen your creating thinking and innovation problem solving skills. 
Location: C2C Room
Time: TBD

If you are interested in attending one of the winter clubs, stay tuned for more information!!!

Mixed Bag Designs Fundraiser

Our fall fundraiser is called Mixed Bag Designs. Students were given catalogues and online ordering information late last week. This fundraiser ends November 10th. Please help Bethlehem raise funds for new and innovative resources and equipment to advance our school programs. Plus, the three students who raise the most money will get to soak Dr. Frederick with water balloons!! 

Here is the link. Check it out!

Ready, Set, Go!!

Mock Rock

Sign up your act for our 2nd Annual Mock Rock
Presented by the Bethlehem PTL

When: November 10th
Where: School Gym
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Following the girls' basketball game

Your song needs to be approved by PTL and/or the school principal, so make sure to sign up early!!

Last year was GREAT fun so we hope you join us this year!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets

You may or may not have noticed the bulletin board in the school hallway outside of my office. If you haven't, please take some time to read it. 

The message behind this bulletin board (thank you Stacey Stahl for your creativity!!) is the idea surrounding learning mindsets. Mindsets are beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life? (Dweck, 2010). That's a tough question, but this is what the research says about these two types of mindsets:

Fixed mindsets believe that we are all born with a specific set of traits and the ones that we are given are fixed-unable to be changed. I'm bad at math, so I will always be bad at math. I can't play the piano, so I will never be able to play the piano. I can't subtract fractions, so I will never understand fractions. 

A growth mindset is very different. People with a growth mindset believe that with the right amount of determination and effort we can growth and develop at anything we set our minds to. To me, this means that all of our students can learn and they can learn at exponential rates if we continue to give them opportunities to practice and try to get it right. I can't play this song my violin...yet! I don't know how to subtract fractions....yet! I don't know how to shoot a basket...yet!

Sometimes when our students are working on assignment or when they take a test they might not be demonstrating proficiency….YET! This does not mean that they won’t ever get it, that they can’t learn it, or that they are just “not very strong” in that subject. We limit our students when we live with fixed mindsets.

Moving forward, here at Bethlehem Lutheran School, we are going to explore opportunities and provide strategies to develop grit and determination, resilience and effort, and perseverance and optimism. We are going to focus on the "YET!!" and through these opportunities, we will help our students to grow and develop in all areas of their lives. This may make things look different like homework assignments, opportunities to retake a test, additional coaching and practice on sports' teams, asking people to try something new that is out of their comfort zone. Who knows? The possibilities are endless. 

Join me in changing our mindsets from "I can't do this" to "I can't do this...YET!!"