Principal's Page

Thursday - October 8th, 2020

School Year Theme..."In His Hands"

The 6-8th graders did a great job learning (re-learning) the 10 Commandments. I thought I would write what I found about The Second Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

  2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

  4. Thou shalt face problems as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.

  5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.

  6. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problems. They can better care for them than you can.

  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!

  8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people DO know more than you do.

  9. 9. Thou shall not be “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

  10. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small pones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

Jesus told his disciples the most important commandment is to Love thy neighbor as yourself!


Aaron Landgrave, Principal

The Hard Hat Winner this Week is....Ariel Gauthier

Her nomination says: Ariel is a pleasure to have in class. She enters the class every morning with a positive attitude and a smile. She works hard on her studies and scored well on the MAP tests. She is welcoming to new students and she is always willing to assist other classmates. Congrats Ariel!

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Penny War Totals So Far....

Preschool 3's...Minus 433 Points

Preschool 4's...67 Points

Kindergarten/First Grade...Minus134 Points

Second/Third Grade...10,963 Points

Fourth/Fifth Grade...560 Points

Sixth - Eighth Grade...5,921 Points

Staff...2,647 Points

Mrs. McKenzie's class LOVES to journal!

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A Final Push for Our Holiday FUNdraiser!

  1. Holiday Wishes - - See brochure below. Order Turn-in day is Tuesday, October 13. BIA will profit up to 50% of each! There are prizes for the children as they sell items. The class that brings in the most money will have an extra recess and the person with the highest dollar amount will receive a $25 gift card! Our goal is to raise $3,000!

  1. Penny Wars now through October 30th the class that gets the most points will have a pizza lunch and a free homework pass! See up-to-date points above!

All fundraisers will be given to the scholarship program to keep our tuition as low as possible while maintaining an exceptional education.

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Thought of the Week:

The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.

Dress Code Reminders...

As the temperatures are changing outside, please be sure to review the dress code policies in our Family Handbook (found on pps. 10-11). As a reminder, pants must be solid in color and leggings are NOT allowed. I'd also ask that you review the portion of our policy that addresses shoes. Boots, shoes with cleats, work shoes, sandals, clogs and open toed shoes are NOT acceptable per our dress code. I would also include flip-flops and Crocs. Both of these footwear options are very dangerous for the playground area and can be slippery on our tile surfaces.

Check out the Awesome Learning Happening in our Middle School!

Middle Schoolers were busy this week with the final days of their flower preservation labs. If you look closely, you'll notice that each in-person lab team also has its e-learning partner working alongside them. What a great way to incorporate all types of learning!

Did you know????

While public schools in Illinois may be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd, we ARE of the many benefits to a Christian education! Drop your children at school and go Vote!
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Chapel Offering:

In our first week of October we have already raised $39 in our chapel offerings! The funds will be acumulated throughout October and November and will be donated to a local food pantry. We are thankful for our families giving hearts!

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Upcoming Events:

October 12th - - No School - -Teacher Workday

October 13th - - Picture Day

October 17th - - Mrs. Bateman’s birthday

October 24th - - Mr. Dembowski’s birthday

October 29th - - Harvest Festival 3:30-4:30

October 30th - - End of 1st Quarter

October 31st - - Mrs. Hernandez’s birthday

November 5-6 - - 2 pm dismissal Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

A Note From Our Director of Marketing & Enrollment - Mrs. Bateman

Fall is in the air and we are super excited to be planning our first in-person family activity of the year...Harvest Fest! Harvest Fest will be held on October 29th on the church green (the grass area immediately north of the school on Campbell). Each teacher has planned out a fun table filled with activities and prizes.We will also have pumpkin decorating and other surprises for the entire familiy! Students will be able to change into costumes at the end of the school day, but face masks must be worn (not just costume masks). Families are asked to maintain a social distance throughout the fest and we encourage families to make use of the santization that we will have on hand. We look forward to seeing you all!

Calendar change....normally November is a time we all celebrate together at International Fest. This year we have made the decision to move that event to the spring. Our hope is that by that time one of two things will have happened. 1) We are well on our way with recovery from the pandemic or 2) We can host the fest outside while practicing social distancing. We will be sure to let you know a new date just as soon as we have one.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for all the latest news and announcements!

Consider sending our supporters a Thank You!

I urge parents to send thank you letters to the following organizations that generously provide funds to keep the BIA education affordable.


CLEF - 861 S. Church Road, Besenville, IL. 60106

English District - 33100 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI. 48336

Bethesda Lutheran Church - 6803 N. Campbell Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60645

"E" is for Eyeballs! Preschool Fun with our Awesome Preschool Teachers

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