Theme Verse

Joshua 1:9 "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.”



Scholastic Code: GYCG9

Thursday, August 24, 2017

September 2017


Dear Parents,

Welcome to First Grade at Bethany Christian School!  I am so glad that God has placed your child in my class for the upcoming school year!  For those of you who were able to make it out to our Open House, it was a pleasure to meet you.  If you were unable to attend, I look forward to meeting you sometime soon. 

My name is Jackie McClure, and I am a 2001 graduate of Pensacola Christian College, in Florida.  I have a daughter, Cadence,  who is in fourth grade at BCS this year.
This will be my thirteenth year teaching first grade at BCS, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach your child.

There will be no school on Friday, September 1, and Monday, September 4.

Our initial time together in first grade will be spent getting to know each other, and helping your child become familiar with the new environment, as well as the routines and rules that he/she will be expected to follow throughout the year.

I will be sending information to those who volunteered as homeroom parents/party helpers, as soon as I can get all of the necessary contact information together.  If you did not get to sign up at Open House, but are interested in serving as a Homeroom Parent or Helper, please let me know so that I can include your contact information on the list.  Thanks!

I would like each child to keep one silent reading book in his/her desk at all times. Please send a silent reading book to school for your child as soon as possible.  Thank you.
           
Each day, your child will be participating in a special class.  Our schedule for the year is as follows:
Monday – Spanish
Tuesday – Music
Wednesday – Art
Thursday – Gym (Please dress your child appropriately, in comfortable clothing and sneakers.  No jeans, please.)
Friday - PC Lab

I will let you know if the schedule changes at all during the course of the year.
            
Every Wednesday, your child will be attending a Chapel service in the church sanctuary.  It is our goal to not only teach your child more about God and His love and plan for them, but also to train him/her to behave in a reverent and respectful manner while in a church building.  Children are expected to bring their Bibles to Chapel, and to be attentive throughout the service.  Each year, there is a theme verse for all of the students at Bethany.  This year, our theme verse is 2 Timothy 1:7: 'For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.'  All Bethany students will be expected to commit this verse to memory.  I will test the students on the theme verse on Friday, September 8.
            
In addition to weekly Chapel services, our class will have a daily Bible lesson in the classroom.  As a part of Bible class, children will be given Bible memory work throughout the year.  Our first Bible verse for the year is our theme verse.  We will learn one verse of the passage at a time, and eventually be able to put it all together.  We will start with 2 Timothy 1:7: 'For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.'  This will be sent home in Bible memory books on Tuesday, August 29, and will be due to return back to school for recitation on Friday, September 8.  Please be sure to send Bible memory books back to school on the due date throughout the year. 

            We are celebrating one birthday in our class this month:
                        Sonya will celebrate her birthday on September 13.
                        Happy birthday, Sonya!

Save the Date!

Grandparents Day will be held on Friday, October 6.  This is also a half-day of school.  Children will need to bring a snack to school, but no lunch.  Please watch for more information to be sent home this month.

Our annual banquet will be held on Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm at Bethany Christian School.  This is also a half-day of school. Children will need to bring a snack to school, but no lunch. Please be sure to send in your RSVP for the Banquet as soon as possible.  I hope to see you there as we celebrate how God is using Bethany in our community. 

If you do not have access to the internet, please let me know before the second week of school, if you have not already done so.  In the future, parent letters will be posted on our class blog.  Please check our blog often for more class information (http://jmcclurebcs.blogspot.com/).  Those families without internet access will receive a hard copy of each month’s parent letter in their child’s white folder on the first Tuesday of the month.
Also, please be sure to join our Class Dojo so that you are able to keep up with what we are doing throughout the day. If you need your code again, send me an email and I will get that to you.

Once again, welcome to our first grade class!  If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, you may contact me by calling the school office, at (610) 998-0877, and I will return your call at my earliest possible convenience.  You may also send a note with your child, and I will contact you in the way that best suits your schedule.
If you prefer to email, my email address is jmcclure@bethanychristian.org.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know your child this year, as they grow and learn in a Christ-centered environment.

In Christ,
Jackie McClure

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