Message from Mrs. 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):
Take out the Trash
Walk the Dog
Set the Table for Dinner
Load/Unload the Dishwasher
Cook Dinner with Mom or Dad
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.
Tara C. Morrow