Our Typical School Year

Navigating the waters of academic and spiritual growth

From August until June, students and teachers embark together on a journey of academic improvement and self-discovery. Our goal is that the collective experiences over the year will prepare students to face new challenges with confidence in their abilities and faith in God.

Our school year has several defining elements that contribute to the success of our students.

Theme Verse

Our Theme Verse is an annual bible passage that is integrated into all aspects of education, play, and discipline. By practicing the lessons of the verse each day, students and teachers live in a more Christ-like life and we build a stronger community. learn more

For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Special Events

We have several special events throughout the school year. Please check the News page and Calendar for more information.

August

New Family Dinner: we invite all Preschool, Kindergarten, and New Families to a cookout with the Administration, Staff, and Faculty.

Annual Prayer Night: Immediately following the cookout, the entire school is invited to pray for a successful year. We always end with a sweet treat!

Orientation: Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade has an opportunity to meet their teacher and see their classrooms before the First Day of School.

The First Day of School is a mixture of excitement and nerves!

The First Day of School is a mixture of excitement and nerves!

First Day of School: Our first day of school is traditionally the last Monday in August.

September

Parents Night: Parents of students in Grades 2-8 have the opportunity to see their classrooms and meet their teachers.

Annual Fundraising Banquet: This is one of our two annual fundraisers. It is a time of fellowship and community, as well as entertainment and good food! We have a 12:30 dismissal and there is no aftercare.

Black Rock Retreat: Middle School students go to Black Rock for three days to learn about God’s creation and science.

October

We believe that BCS works alongside families and home churches to mentor the next generation.

We believe that BCS works alongside families and home churches to mentor the next generation.

Grandparent’s Day: Grandparents (or Special Friends) are invited to spend the day at school.

Picture Day: Smile for the camera!

PS4 Father’s Night: PS4 Dads are invited to spend the evening in preschool.

November

Neighborhood Services Food Drive: It is Boys vs. Girls on who can bring in the most cans to make a Thanksgiving Feast for those in need.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: The Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving are set aside for parents and teachers to discuss their children. We have a 12:30 dismissal both days and no aftercare is provided. The book fair is set up and open for business. This year, we are hosting a Christian High School Fair also.

Our Christmas Musical in 2013 featured a re-enactment of the Nativity.

Our Christmas Musical in 2013 featured a re-enactment of the Nativity.

December

Penguin Patch Christmas Shoppe: Students have the opportunity to shop for gifts for those people on their lists at our Christmas Shop.

Christmas Concert: Our Middle School Choir and Third Grade Recorder Students will perform.

January

100th Day of School Celebration: Sometime in January (or February, depending on snow days) we have a 100th day of school celebration for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.

March

8th Grade students (and their parents) serve the school at the Spaghetti Dinner.

8th Grade students (and their parents) serve the school at the Spaghetti Dinner.

Eighth Grade Spaghetti Dinner: Please support the 8th grade’s trip to Washington, D.C.

April

Terranova Testing: Kindergarten through 8th Grade will take the Terranova test. The test is spread over a whole week. Eat a good breakfast and get a good night’s sleep!

May

Race for Education and Silent Auction: This is the second of our two fundraisers to support our school. This Family Day is a lot of fun with many activities.

Private music students practice all year for the annual recital held in the Spring.

Private music students practice all year for the annual recital held in the Spring.

Open House and Fine Arts Gala: Our private music and art lesson students show off their talents at our Fine Arts Gala. The classrooms are also open for visitors to see how amazing BCS is!

Sports Recognition Night: All sports team members are recognized with an evening of recapping our sports year.

8th Grade Class Trip: This overnight trip is the culminating BCS experience. They spend one day at a Smithsonian Museum and the next day at Six Flags Amusement Park. Funds are earned from pretzel sales and the Spaghetti Dinner to support the trip.

June

Field Day is a "sack-load" of fun!

Field Day is a “sack-load” of fun!

Field Day: Each class competes in activities designed to build good sportsmanship, teamwork, and just plain fun! Parents are encouraged to attend.

Preschool Honor Day: Similar to a Preschool Graduation, preschool families are invited to come and see how far their little one has progressed while in our care.

8th Grade Graduation: We say a bittersweet goodbye to our 8th Grade Class!

Last Day of School: Our school year ends around the second week of June.

Students had fun at Olympics Camp!

Students had fun at Olympics Camp!

Summer Camp: We offer summer camp from the first to the last day of summer vacation. Themes vary each week.

Regular Events

One of Spirit Days is Patriotic Day! God bless America!

One of Spirit Days is Patriotic Day! God bless America!

Some of our events occur on a more regular basis.

Coffee Connection: Parents are invited to coffee and refreshments with school administration to discuss current topics.

ServeDay Thursday: One Thursday every month, our entire student body, staff, and families are invited to serve together in the community. Each month we could be serving a meal in a homeless shelter, reading to the elderly, or beautifying the neighborhood.

Spirit Days: The Student Council sponsors monthly Spirit Days. These are days when we dress like Twins, wear our favorite sports jersey, have crazy hair, or wear our pjs to school. The themes vary from year to year, but are always fun!

Pep Rally: We host pep rallies throughout the year to build school spirit. Go Bulldogs!

Field Trips

Students learn about nature at our yearly Black Rock Retreat.

Students learn about nature at our yearly Black Rock Retreat.

Moving the lesson outside of the classroom can help students develop a more well-rounded understanding of their subjects and their world. We have several perennial field trips that help build team and Christian values and celebrate our student’s accomplishments. Our teachers explore additional field trips to add to the educational experience of the curriculum. All of our students go on fieldtrips from our Preschool up to Eighth Grade. Some special trips are highlighted below:

Middle School: Black Rock Retreat Center

Students look forward to this the three day, two night trip that focuses on team building and interdisciplinary education with a focus on the Bible and science.

Fifth Grade: Gettysburg

Our Fifth Graders spend the day at Gettysburg, watching history come to life. The trip is a culmination of their Civil War study.

Fourth Grade: Harrisburg

Fourth Grade takes a whirlwind trip to our state’s capital. They spend half of the year learning PA State history and geography. On the trip they visit the Capital Building and the State Museum of PA.

Sports and Athletic Activities

Involvement in sports improves physical fitness academic performance, social skills, and foster lifelong habits that students carry into adult hood. BCS offers seasonal sports for middle schoolers and other activities to promote physical engagement.

Bethany Bulldog Team Sports

Our sports teams have practice 3-4 times per week immediately after school. The teams play games with Christian and public schools in our community.

Girls Sports

  • Fall: volleyball
  • Winter: basketball
  • Spring: soccer
  • Spring: track and field

Boys Sports

  • Fall: soccer
  • Winter: basketball
  • Spring: track and field

MS Boys Soccer

Fundraisers

Support of our families, alumni, and community helps drive BCS’ continued growth and success. We have several fundraisers throughout the year to benefit BCS. Other in-school fundraisers help us give back to our community.

Annual Banquet

To kick off the school year, our Annual Fundraising Banquet is held in late September at Hartefeld County Club. This year we were entertained by Ryan and Friends, a professional ventriloquist, who had us all laughing together. The Banquet is a time of fellowship, to reflect on the positive impact our school has had on our student’s lives as well as on the surrounding community, and to support special school initiatives.

Race for Education & Silent Auction

Our largest, most successful fundraiser each year is the Race for Education and Silent Auction. All are welcome to enjoy this exciting day of racing, bidding, eating, art, and games! In the past, we have raised over $40,000 to benefit our school and students.

Race for Education will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Other Fundraisers

  • Box Top Thursdays: Clip those Box Tops and give to BCS! Students bring in their Box Tops the third Thursday of each month to give back to the school. Student support helps bring in over $3,000 a year.
  • SCRIP Gift Cards: Buy a gift card as a gift or for your self and give back to the school. Our SCRIP Gift Card promotion is a chance to buy cards for your favorite stores and benefit BCS.
Good food, good friends, and lots of laughs at the Annual Banquet.

Good food, good friends, and lots of laughs at the Annual Banquet.


Get ready, get set, go! Students line up at the starting line for our Race for Education.

Get ready, get set, go! Students line up at the starting line for our Race for Education.