Our son attended Preschool at Bethany and quickly adapted to their warm environment with ease. He had an immediate connection with his teacher, peers, and the staff. Later in the year, he broke his arm and stayed home from school for several days. His Bethany friends sent him sweet cards and he desperately wanted to visit them. During a painful time for him, these visits were the brightest spot of his days! His Pre-K experience was such a wonderful time for him, in spite of his injury!
We bought our house specifically with a highly regarded District 203 elementary school in walking distance. In the fall, we started our son in Kindergarten and understood his early onset jitters with a new school, teacher, and curriculum. However, these jitters (ranging from simple tears to intense frustrations) progressively became his new "norm" well into the first half of the year. We worked closely with our son and the staff to better understand his feelings and attempt other support mechanisms. Ultimately, we didn't see significant improvements and our parental intuition truly felt he needed a different environment.
Thus, we reached back out to Bethany and were able to transfer him into their Kindergarten class. We braced for the impacts of a mid-year entry into a new classroom, especially considering his recent challenges and emotions. It was so peaceful! First and foremost, our son is happy - every.single.day! He quickly made new friends in a smaller class size. The staff happily embraced him and consciously communicated with us along the way. EVERYONE at BLS operates as a cohesive team who genuinely care about the educational success, emotional health, and spiritual growth of our children. We are beyond grateful and blessed to be back!!