Messages from Mrs. Morrow, Principal

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dear BCS Families,

It is with great joy that I announce Bethany Christian School has been approved for the waiver to re-open our campus through 6th grade!  This is a HUGE answer to prayer and is the second step in the process to opening our school fully in the near future.  (As you are aware, Preschool and Kindergarten began onsite August 26, and we are working on plans for Middle School students as well.) We will email more information in the next couple of days, but here is the schedule for this week so that families can plan ahead.

 

Monday-Wednesday, August 31-September 2:

Preschool-Kindergarten:  Onsite/In-person Learning

1st-8th Grades:  Remote Learning

 

Thursday, September 3:

Preschool-Kindergarten:  Onsite/In-person Learning

1st-8th Grades:  NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)

Friday, September 4:

Preschool-Kindergarten:  Onsite/In-person Learning

1st-8th Grades:  NO SCHOOL - Individual Family Meet and Greet times in classrooms for grades 1-6:  Families will receive a Google Form from the classroom teacher to sign up for a time in their child's classroom (Grades 1-6) to bring their supplies to school, see the classroom, and meet the teacher in person.  Teachers will email more information home tomorrow regarding this event.

Tuesday, September 8:

Preschool-Kindergarten:  Onsite/In-person Learning

1st-6th Grades:    Onsite/In-person Learning 

7th-8th Grades:  Remote Learning

 

Thank you for your encouragement, support and prayers during this time.  Thank you also for your patience, as there have been constant changes that have made us stretch and grow both personally and professionally along the way.  Please continue to pray for our entire community as we continue to open.  We will send more information home as the week progresses regarding drop-offs, pick-ups, and health/safety protocols.  We are confident the re-opening of Bethany Christian School is God's timing, and we will continue to trust in him as we move forward (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

We are looking forward to seeing your sweet students on campus!

Happy Sunday!

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

August 12, 2020

Good afternoon, BCS Families,

I trust that you are enjoying these last few weeks of summertime. We are blessed to live in a place with beautiful weather which is a constant reminder of God's glory. Today's communication is lengthy. We are excited to get into routine with our students and their families, and we have a lot to be thankful for. Many plans, as you will see, are still in process. It has always been our goal to leave no stone unturned, as they say. Even if some of our "wishlist plans" haven't come to fruition yet, I am confident that we are approaching this school year having accomplished that goal, and we will wait for God's timing for the

rest.

We had hoped to start school in-person in all grades at BCS. We truly believe that is the best way for students to learn. However, Ventura County is still on the "monitoring list" for COVID 19 positive tests, and county health officials have indicated that they do not foresee any major changes in the next 14 days.

 

Based on the evidence we have today, the following schedule will begin Wednesday, August 26:

  • Preschool: Onsite 8:45am-12:00pm (Early Morning Care and Extended Care available with pre-registration only)

       **NOTE: Early DropOff at 8:00am will be available for preschool families who have older siblings who will begin remote learning at 8:30am. Contact the BCS front         

           office if you are interested. There will be a $5 charge per day of 8:00am drop-off for necessary additional staffing

  • Kindergarten: Kindergarten licensing to begin onsite is progressing nicely. We will communicate when we are officially approved, which we are told could happen quickly. Standby for more information soon.

  • 1st-6th Grades: We will begin the school year remotely. See more information below regarding the first few days of school schedule. We are prepared to apply for the waiver when it becomes available and are confident we can transition quickly to onsite. We will keep you posted on the process.

  • 7th-8th Grades: These students will also begin the year remotely. There is no waiver for middle school aged children, but we will transition to in-person learning as soon as the county gives us the green light.

 

Pick-Up Parade, Wednesday, August 26: Families will pick up student supplies (books, workbooks, packets, technology) beginning at 9:00am. Specific schedule will be emailed next week.

 

Google Meet and Greets:

Teachers will meet students virtually, will introduce themselves and will go over virtual learning expectations. Teachers will meet (virtually) with their class according to the following schedule: 

  • Kindergarten: Monday, August 24, 5:30pm 

  • 1st Grade: Tuesday, August 25, 5:30pm 

  • 2nd Grade: Tuesday, August 25, 6:00pm 

  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm 

  • 4th Grade: Wednesday, August 26, 6:00pm 

  • 5th Grade: Wednesday, August 26, 6:30pm 

  • 6th Grade: Wednesday, August 26, 5:30pm 

  • 7th/8th Grades: Monday, August 24, 6:00pm

 

Remote Learning Schedules: Our teachers have been working hard this summer to research, learn and enhance our eLearning. We have taken into account screen time, social emotional connection, instructional time, live teaching, recorded lessons, recess/lunch, specialists, small groups, student of the week, calendar, office hours, chapel, Opening Circle, and one-on-one time with students. We have sent your student's grade level schedules. These are, of course, subject to slight change as we continue to refine, but this should give families a good idea of what to expect.

Independent Study Program (ISP): A few families have inquired about ISP. We will connect with those families soon.

**NOTE: ISP only goes into effect if BCS students are learning in-person and onsite. Otherwise, students will participate in remote learning.

Additional Options In Process: (waiting for responses from California, Ventura County and City of Thousand Oaks) Waiver - We are prepared to submit as soon as the application is available. Community Care Licensing for School Age Children Camp License

 

FAQs:

Should I purchase school supplies for my student(s)? Yes. We recommend purchasing school supplies now while they are on sale and readily available. We are hopeful that we will transition to onsite learning quickly once we are approved, and planning ahead will save time. (Plus, we find that school supplies are never wasted, even at home.)

What technology devices should my students use for remote learning? K-3: iPad 4th-8th: BCS Chromebook (Includes safety software "GoGuardian") NOTE: Each student will need his/her own device for remote learning this fall. Please email Jolene Roeske at jroeske@besto.org if you need to borrow an iPad from BCS. ALL 4th-8th graders will be given a BCS Chromebook to borrow during the Pick-Up Parade (details above).

Thank you for your patience and support as we have continued to navigate guidelines that are constantly changing. We are looking forward to meeting our students and establishing routine. We will continue to pray for and work toward ways to host students safely on campus while staying in compliance with health department guidelines. We love our families and are excited to embark on this adventure, which has the potential to bring new levels of innovation and reliance on our great and loving God. We will continue to lean on Him as we "trust him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways (we will) acknowledge Him and he will make our path straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Peace be yours,

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

200 W. Bethany Court Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Office Phone: (805) 497-7072

 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

August 6, 2020

Dear BCS Families:

 

     I hope you are having a good week and are continuing to enjoy summer vacation. Our office staff and teachers are working toward the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, which is set for Wednesday, August 26 (four weeks from today). We are excited to announce two new staff members who will be joining us this coming year and two staffing shifts. Melanie Leahy will be our first grade teacher, and Matt Cahill will be our middle school Math, Bible, and music elective teacher. Welcome! Alexis Gray, former first grade teacher, will be taking on a 40% role as Educational Facilitator for our newly created Independent Study Program for students who are unable to return
to campus this coming year. Additionally, Char Hurley will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science and 8th grade health this year. 

 

     This has been a challenging time for all of us individually, and certainly for us as a school. We have been working continuously this summer to create plans to reassemble safely according to endless regulations, only to be informed the guidelines have changed again and again, and now executive orders from the governor are dictating how we are to reopen. Please know that it is the desire of our administrative team, school board, teachers and BCS families that we open August 26 for onsite in-person instruction. That being said, we have hit some road-blocks that we are trying to work around.

 

     I have been in direct contact with Dr. Robert Levin (VC Health Officer) several times since Governor Newsom's executive order on July 17 stating that no schools, public or private, are allowed to begin school in person until county COVID cases are on the decline for 14 days. (I know some of you have emailed him directly as well.) Whereas early in this process, we were told that we would be able to apply for a waiver, Dr. Levin emailed the following to me today: "Due to the surge in COVID cases we are

ng waiver requests at this time. I cannot do so because the rules that pertain to accepting waivers are set by the State and we are unable to be more liberal than the Governor's Order." Conversely, I received a separate email from Nadia Mendoza, VCPH school re-opening liaison, stating that development of a waiver is in process, that Dr. Levin is working to create the criteria for schools, and they will reach out to me when it is available.

 

     Since we are still four weeks away from opening the new school year, we plan to continue gathering all the necessary documents to submit the application for a waiver if it becomes available while simultaneously working on our enhanced plan should we need to begin the year remotely. We all know things can change quickly. Thank you to the many parents who are helping with waiver documentation. Many thanks also to our teachers and staff who are continuing to design plans for either learning inperson or remotely. We will be prepared for both.

 

     As you are aware, there are many rumors circulating about what different schools intend to do this fall. Please know that the Bethany Christian School team has a host of resources we are consulting regularly to make decisions moving forward. The regulations for schools are different from other businesses, and we will comply and create the best learning environment we can for our precious students.

 

     I've been reminded over and over again throughout this season that only God is in control. He reminds us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “Trust in (him) with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our paths straight." We will continue to trust that no matter the circumstances, this isn't surprising to God and if we lean on him, he will lead us. Thank you for being in prayer with us during this process and for so many of you who have encouraged us. We will send another update next week.

 

Peace be yours,

 

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

July 17, 2020

 

Dear BCS Families:

 

     I hope this email finds you well, enjoying the summer months even during this unprecedented season.  We are aware that Ventura County Office of Education decided in collaboration with Ventura County Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin to continue distance learning in Ventura County Public Schools this fall.  We, along with several other local independent/private schools, have been communicating with Dr. Levin and other officials since yesterday afternoon to ask that they consider the advice of the Harvard School of Public Health journal that stated, "There is no 'one size fits all' strategy that fits every school."

Health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority.  BCS has been working tirelessly on a plan to reopen our campus in the fall with layered safety precautions.  It encompasses the guidelines and recommendations from all major agencies to re-enter school.  We have asked for special consideration to reopen onsite and are awaiting an official definitive response.  Another local private school heard back from Dr. Levin who said, "The decision to open or close resides with your school. The Health Officer intercedes only under the most pressing of circumstances."

We will communicate further details as soon as possible.  Please join us in praying for our community as we make decisions moving forward.

 

Peace,

Tara C. Morrow

Pricipal

July 6, 2020

 

Dear Bethany Christian School Families:

     I hope this email finds you well, having enjoyed a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Our office staff has been busy at work preparing for an on-campus start in the fall. We are thankful for our extended team of leaders including staff, teachers, school board, elders, ACSI and other local administrators who have spoken into the process to reopen in August.

     We hope you will find the "Reassembling Bethany Christian School" document helpful. It is based on a foundation that most schools are referencing in preparation for the fall. We know, of course, that things could change between now and Wednesday, August 26, our first day with students. We will continue to plan in more detail as the summer progresses but wanted families to see an overview now.

 

     We are confident that Bethany Christian School will be able to pivot as needed to provide for students, and we are looking forward to reassembling this fall.

Peace be yours,

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

Blue Orange Photo Project General Propos

May 27, 2020

 

Good Afternoon BCS Families,

    We hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. Please find the last week of school schedule below. We are looking forward to seeing you for our last day of school parade on Friday, June 5. Please also find information below regarding our plan for reopening in Fall 2020. Peace Be Yours, Tara C. Morrow Principal 200 W. Bethany Court Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Office Phone: (805) 497-7072 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."-Joshua 1:9

 

Last Week of School Schedule (June 1-5, 2020)

  • MONDAY, JUNE 1: Regular Curriculum Day (Refer to class website)

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 2: Regular Curriculum Day (Refer to class website)

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: Regular Curriculum Day (Refer to class website) Kindergarten Google Meet Graduation: 9:00-10:00am 6th Grade Culmination: 5:30pm at BCS

  • M-W, JUNE 1-3: Virtual Variety Show Video Submissions to Bulldogs@bcsto.org All students are invited to participate in our Virtual Variety Show! Students are encouraged to share their gifts (Singing, dancing, martial arts, joke telling, instrument playing, tumbling, and more) with the BCS community! All acts will be screened and then posted on the BCS website. We are excited to share the many talents that God has given our students at BCS! (Videos must be under 3 minutes to be considered.)

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 4: Virtual Field Day (See separate instructions on the BCS website and have fun!)

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 5: Last Day of School Parade: Families will drop off borrowed supplies (including library books), pick up personal items, report cards and yearbooks, and wave goodbye to teachers and staff as they drive their cars around the BCS parking lot to the sidewalk in front of the building. (Refer to teacher instructions for specific items to return.)

  • PARADE SCHEDULE: (Teachers will be present for their grade level time and between 11-12pm) 9am-10am: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade Families 10am-11am: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Families 11am-12pm: 6th and 7th Grade Families and Families with Siblings 12pm-1pm: Preschool families (yearbook and Pre-K diploma pick up)

Fall of 2020 (Current Plan):

    Our faculty and staff have been encouraged and impressed by how our community pivoted and persevered during this challenging time of quarantine and remote learning for our students. E-learning is not what we would have chosen in the midst of regular circumstances, but we are thankful that BCS students have continued to learn during this time of the stay-at-home order in our state and county.

    As you know, the situation with COVID-19 has been ever-changing. Researching new information for the health and safety of community members has been a top priority, which is why we have followed all guidelines and requirements given to us by the Ventura County Public Health Department in conjunction with the CDC. An extensive amount of analysis has continued throughout this process regarding everything from safety protocols to best teaching practices. We will continue to track updated information over the summer and will observe as local preschools and summer camps open to students across Ventura County in the coming weeks.

    Since we have currently moved into Phase 3 in Ventura County, we are anticipating reopening for onsite instruction Wednesday, August 26 for all students, preschool through eighth grade. The administrative team, school board members, and elder leadership council have worked together to design a plan that will accommodate all students onsite Monday through Friday with only slight modifications in schedule and physical classrooms. One of our goals is to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers. Thanks to the ideas of this team, the school will have the flexibility to utilize rooms in our facility that have typically been reserved for church programming. The school and church leaders want to give students as much consistency on our campus as possible. We feel that having teachers and students on site is best for student achievement and for the spiritual, social, and emotional well-being of our students. Ultimately, we believe this is the best decision for our community and we will take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff. However, if returning to campus is a concern for your family for specific health reasons, please contact us to discuss.

    Reopening school will warrant several changes on our campus to keep students and staff healthy and safe. New practices in compliance with CDC and Ventura County Public Health Department guidelines will be followed to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. Some of these could possibly include: new drop off and pick up procedures, desk and classroom spacing to promote personal space, and increased hand washing and cleaning. With the help of our amazing families, we trust in your extra diligence and precaution to keep students home when ill. We will communicate more specific details of new procedures later this summer, as undoubtedly regulations will change between now and then. Our Safety Task Force will continue to research, track, and implement strategies for our school. We expect that families will help us comply.

    No one knows exactly what the future holds, but we are confident that with our excellent team of educators, we will be able to adapt as needed to provide continuous learning opportunities onsite or online for this upcoming season. If we are forced to close for a time this next year, we will take what we learned in the past two and a half months of online teaching and learning and enhance the learning experiences for the students remotely.

    Although these past months have posed many challenges for our community, this time has also provided opportunities for teachers and students to think creatively and to innovate, which will help us build dynamic programs for students in the future. Being forced to rethink our approach to all things education will ultimately benefit our students overall. It is my hope that we will be able to not only reflect on this time for its challenges, but also for its blessings of providing family time, reflection, and reliance on God. I continue to be reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not of your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” We continue to pray for all of our families during this time and always. We thank you for your continued support, patience, and flexibility. We will get through this together as a unified community. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

 

Resting in Him,

 

Tara C. Morrow, Principal

May 13, 2020

Dear BCS Families:

We hope you are doing well and that your family remains healthy and safe. We are continuing to pray for your families daily, and we are looking forward to the time that we can be together again onsite in the future.

 

Please review the following dates for the upcoming schedule:

Calendar:

Friday, May 15: Pupil Free Day

Friday, May 22: Pupil Free Day

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day (No School)

Wednesday, June 3: 6th Grade Culmination

Friday, June 5: Last Day of School

 

We are proud of our students, parents and teachers for the ways in which they have shifted and continued teaching/learning online during the crisis of COVID-19 this year. Please know that we are working daily to finish this school year strongly in addition to planning for the fall. We know that families are continuing to track, as we are, the fluid situation of the pandemic and are wondering what that will look like for Bethany Christian School in the fall. Our ultimate desire for teaching/learning is to be together onsite, and we intend to move forward toward this goal for the upcoming school year. We are also creating contingency plans in case we are forced to pivot. Health and safety of our community remain paramount in making these decisions.

 

We have designed several scenarios for the stages for reopening. We have a task force comprised of the Administrative Services Team and Board Members who are utilizing several resources from experts across the country and the world to help us plan ahead. It is premature to lay out the details of each plan at this time, as things continue to change. Know that we will follow all mandated protocols for schools.

 

In the meantime, we will continue to enjoy times with your children as we continue to teach virtually. I have personally enjoyed joining Google Meets for each class and love seeing your children's faces as often as I can. They are precious. Please continue to join us in prayer for our school community, county, state, country and world. We know that God is in control of our circumstances. As we have all year, we continue to reflect on Joshua 1:9 and ask Him to help us to be strong and courageous, knowing that He has our back.

 

Peace be yours,

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

May 6, 2020

Good evening, BCS Families.

 

I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. Please find the attached newsletter that includes an article, announcements and as many pictures as will send over email. To see even more pictures, please find a full rendition of the newsletter on our website. Your kids are amazing, we miss them terribly, and we are so happy they have been participating not only in learning online but in the fun activities we've included with spirit weeks as well.

 

Please pay close attention to the calendar, as we have added two "Pupil Free Days" to help both students and teachers balance work load while eLearning. Had we been on campus this month, we would have had three half days between now and the last day of school and academics would have been broken up by enrichment activities, so this is compromise to help our community with pace as we are nearing the home stretch of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

We love you. We miss you. We are praying for the day we will be back together in person and onsite at Bethany Christian School. Thank you for all the ways in which you are appreciating our teachers this week. You are a blessing and, happy teacher appreciation week to you too.

 

Peace be yours,

Tara C. Morrow, Principal

April 8, 2020

 

Dear BCS Families,

I hope you are enjoying a little break from the rain today and amidst this strange time in our history are able to see God's goodness abound, even in small ways. Even though it has been hard in many ways quarantining at home, I have enjoyed many things I didn't expect. Our family of four typically goes four different directions each day, even though we are paired at two different schools, and I've enjoyed interacting with my kids and husband during the day. Instead of compartmentalizing, our lives have been forced to cross over, and that never would have happened without COVID-19. I have been forcing myself to write in my gratitude journal (yes, I took this on just like I asked the students to do so as well) and each day it is getting easier to express more and more thanks. Thankfulness is a habit and a choice (as is trust, as was the focus of my "Tuesday Morning with Mrs. Morrow") and writing down my thoughts has continued to change my mindset.

 

I hope you had a chance to watch our online chapel today featuring Bella Cameron, BCS alumni of 2010, worship leader, musical theater actress (Spotlight), and daughter of Kirk and Chelsea Cameron. It is a delight to see how God continues to move in her life and how she so eloquently was able to express that in her video. Thanks to the many families who have been lifting us up in prayer and encouraging the staff at BCS during this time. Know that we pray for you daily. We miss you and your children and are looking forward to the next time we get to see each other in person, even from a distance.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCE CURB PARADE: Thursday, April 9: We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our "Social Distance Curb Parade". Please find the schedule divided by grade levels below (this is to help with traffic flow). It's OK if there's a line of cars down the street for a few minutes. Teachers and Staff will be spread out along the perimeter of the parking lot waving and excited to see you. Please follow the arrows (and people) around the lot and STAY IN YOUR CARS.

  • Preschool: 10:30-11:00am

  • K-3: 11:00-11:30am

  • 4-7: 11:30-12:00pm

 

ACADEMIC UPDATE: Thank you for your patience and encouragement as we have continued to tighten up eLearning. We will continue to do so after Easter Vacation. We have been meeting regularly as a faculty to discuss researched practices moving forward that are best for students at different grades levels. Please see below for some information that we are hoping relieves some stress: We are planning for all BCS students to matriculate to the "next" grade level for fall 2020 if they participate in the BCS eLearning. We continue to track student progress, even from a distance. We realize this looks different in each household and we have been very flexible with our expectations and standards. Thank you for keeping teachers informed of individual family situations as we continue through this learning process. We are looking ahead at the calendar and will POSSIBLY begin the 2020-2021 school year as early as Wednesday, August 26. (Remember, we usually begin school after Labor Day.) This is a tentative date that will be based on the updated health and safety information from the CDC and the Ventura County Public Health department. It will help us gain back some onsite school days so we can assess students and meet them where they are for the next school year. Standby in the next weeks for confirmation.

 

SERVICE PROJECT: Senior Concerns is still collecting cards for residents who are quarantined and cannot have visitors. Our family dropped off several cards last week which were given to residents with their evening meals. This is a great way to bless the elderly in our community at a place that Bethany Christian School students have served for over a decade. Thank you again to 6th grade student, Colton Meyer, for reaching out to Senior Concerns and setting this in motion.

 

We pray you are able to take time this weekend to celebrate our risen Savior! Even though churches won't be gathering together physically in our nation this Sunday, there are many online options including Bethany Bible Church and Calvary Community in Westlake Village who have services online. Whatever you decide, we pray your families will take time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that was made for all of us and gives us the opportunity of eternal life with Him! My prayer is that this Sunday will be the most extraordinary and thoughtful resurrection celebration your family has ever experienced.

He is risen!

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

April 1, 2020

Dear BCS Families, 

I hope this email finds you well. We have been praying specifically for you: for your personal health and safety and that our entire community and world will be healed.

 

Please read out April Newsletter. It includes articles, pictures, and important information.

 

We have continued to track the ever-changing information regarding COVID-19 and how it is impacting our community. The Bethany Christian School Board along with the Administrative Team have made the decision to affirm and follow the guidance of state, county and local officials in determining to keep our school site closed and continue the current distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please know that our School Board, Administrative Team and Teachers will continue to enhance plans for distance learning from home. Although we are mourning the loss of interacting with our students and families in traditional ways onsite, we are dedicated first and foremost to the health and safety of our students and to their continued learning during this time. Know that we will continue to follow fluid information regarding COVID-19 to make the best decisions possible moving forward.

 

It is a joy working with staff and families who strive to do their best in every situation and who have mutual grace, no matter the challenge. Thank you for your many encouragements as we shifted quickly to eLearning just a few days after closing our school site. We are seeing success in every level of the school with distance learning and are dedicated to giving our best each day. We continue to research best practices for teaching and learning from home. Stay tuned for additional information in the coming days as our school board, administrative team and teachers address the many factors of the closure.

 

We love you. We love our students. We love Bethany Christian School.

 

Peace be yours,

 

Tara C. Morrow, Principal

March 16, 2020

Dear Bethany Christian School Community,

I hope this finds you well.  Thank you for your patience over the past several days as information of the Coronavirus has continued to change at a rapid pace.  We continue to consult with authorities in the public health arenas as well as tracking information on both state and national levels to make good decisions for our school and our precious students and families.  Our main concern has been the health and safety of our community, and we are confident in our decision to begin distance learning this week.

 

Today, the BCS staff met on site to finalize detailed plans to move to distance learning.  It is our goal to smoothly transition into this new “normal” over the next couple of days.  You may begin looking at the K-7 class websites (a new tab on our BCS website), if you have not already.  We will suggest a few activities that students can try at home today and tomorrow, but they are NOT required.  Please see activities, chores and a more detailed schedule below.  We realize that distance learning puts more pressure on parents than usual, and we promise to extend grace as we launch online.  We ask for the same grace on your end as well, as this level of online teaching is new to us.

 

PRESCHOOL families can expect:

  • Weekly check-in phone call from preschool teachers

  • Email communications every Wednesday from preschool teachers with activities for learning at home

  • Email communications every Thursday from preschool director with preschool-wide information, updates, and additional "learn from home" options.

 

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL families can expect:

  • Distance Learning Instruction will begin this Wednesday, March 18.  (Feel free to peruse websites now to explore and work on the optional activities.)  This is a soft launch to learn the routines.  Please ask students to do their best, but not to worry about grades this week.

  • The school day will be 8:30am-2:00pm.

    • Open the BCS website each morning for a “Mornings with Mrs. Morrow” video to begin your day.  I will post around 8:30am.

    • Lessons and assignments will be posted during these hours only.  Students may continue to work on assignments after the school day ends if they wish, but nothing new for the day will be posted after 2:00pm. 

    • Students should always complete core curriculum assignments FIRST.  In addition to core curriculum, each website has additional tabs including art, technology, Spanish and PE.  Click these tabs for additional ideas for exploration, exercise, and enrichment.

  • Weekly phone call from teacher.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES for today/tomorrow:

  • Write a letter of encouragement to a grandparent or senior in your neighborhood and send it to them in the mail.

  • Set up a consistent work space for distance learning that includes desk or table top space and school supplies.  Take a picture of it and send it to your child’s teacher.

 

RECOMMENDED CHORES (You’re welcome):

Clean Room

Dust/Vacuum

Take out the Trash

Feed Pets

Walk the Dog

Set the Table for Dinner

Load/Unload the Dishwasher

Cook Dinner with Mom or Dad

 

DEVICES:

If you are still in need of an iPad or Chrome Book, email Jolene Roeske ASAP!

 

We are looking forward to connecting with all of you virtually this week.  Although we will miss being on campus together, we are excited about connecting through technology!  Our teachers have been working triple time (no joke) to plan lessons and activities to continue learning remotely.  We continue to pray for God’s hand of protection over our entire community. 

 

Be well,

Tara C. Morrow

Principal

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

200 W. Bethany Ct. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

805.497.7072  Fax 805.870.4281

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Bethany Christian School is a private Christian school,

serving students preschool age through

elementary (K-8), in Thousand Oaks, California.

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