Principal's Page "In His Hands"

Thursday - May 27th, 2021

It's the last "Principal’s Page" for the school year, and our focus is on our graduates and how proud we are of such an exceptional group of 8th-graders. These fine, young, Christian kids have been a pleasure to have in school. The younger kids look up to them...both literally and figuratively. Devin is now 6’4”! We wish them God speed and to remain strong in their faith as He will lead and guide them in the years ahead. Please take a moment to read through our feature section below that highlights each graduate.

Any tuition, book fees or existing after care payments not paid in full by May 28th, will result in your child not receiving his/her report card and thus not passing on to the next grade level. If you are having a difficult time paying - please call Mr. Landgrave 773-743-0800.

Online Learners - We have reserved Wednesday, June 2nd, 12-1 for you to drop-off your school items.

Class Mission Projects: These will be completed on Tuesday, June 1st, in the AM.

The projects are students have been working on are:

PS-grade 1 - collecting food for a local, portable food pantry

2-3 - Servant bags for the homeless

4-5 - Writing cards for the elderly

6-7-8 - Picking up trash in neighborhood

Every Friday in May - Indian Boundary on the 1st.

Have a Great Summer,

Aaron Landgrave, Principal

Introducing the Bethesda International Academy Class of 2021

William Alejandro Johnson

Family: Parents Sandra and William, sister Selena.

William started attending BIA in 2016.

Best Memory: Last year when Devin almost got locked in the pool.

Favorite Subject at BIA: Science

How Do You Think BIA Has Changed You: It's been the source of many of my great memories.

High School: DePaul College Prep

What Are You Most Looking Forward to in High School: The freedoms that come with high school

High School Goal: To Graduate

What Do You Hope to Accomplish in the Future: Graduating from College

Career Choice: Professional Gamer

What Is Your Advice For Future BIA Bobcats: Don't let anyone tell you that you can or can't do something...unless they're telling you what's legal or illegal...then you should probably listen to them.

Desiree Isabel Mathiasson

Family: Parents Esperanza and Kurt, brothers Peter and Kristofer

Desiree started attending BIA in 2016

Best Memory: Serving at Feed My Starving Children

Favorite Subject at BIA: Gym

How Do You Think BIA Has Changed You: BIA strengthened my relationship with God. It is also the place I first was introduced to basketball.

High School: Batavia High School

What Are You Most Looking Forward to In High School: Playing basketball, seeing old friends, and making new ones.

High School Goal: To play Varsity Basketball

What Do You Hope To Accomplish in the Future: To play College Ball at UCONN

Career Choice - Professional Basketball Player

What is Your Advice For Future BIA Bobcats: Be glad that your parents are sending you to a good Christian school. BIA will provide you with a lot of opportunities. Most importantly, enjoy it before it's gone.

Devin Patterson

Family: Parents Stephanie Patterson and Donnie Colston

Devin started attending BIA in 2017

Best Memory: Game Day

Favorite Subject at BIA: Science

How Do You Think BIA Has Changed You: BIA has shown me that there is nothing wrong with being a quiet person.

What Are You Most Looking Forward To in High School: Meeting people

High School: Senn High School

What do You Hope to Accomplish in the Future: To continue being a gamer

Career Choice: Coding

What is Your Advice For Future BIA Bobcats: To have confidence in yourself and never give up.

Did You Know?

The faculty of BIA completed more Professional Development than any other CLEF school this year! Thank you teachers!!

Our Hard Hat Winner This Week Is Ella Shortenhaus!

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Ella starts each morning with good news and a smile on her face! She never hesitates to lend a hand and help her classmates. Ella enjoys playing with anyone who wants to join in and her academic speciality is math. Congratulations, Ella!

A Note from our Director of Marketing & Enrollment - Mrs. Bateman

Congratulations to our graudating class of 2021! You've put in the work, done what was asked of you, grown in your faith, and are ready for the next part of your journey. I wish you the best of luck on your next endeavor and look forward to hearing of your many successes!

One of the best parts of my job is welcoming new families each year. I then have the pleasure of watching each child grow throughout their time at BIA. Students at BIA are not just smart, athletic, artistic, musical, or techie, but they are kind, loving, compassionate, and have servant hearts. That's the joy of a Christian education!

I'd like to thank each of you for entrusting your child's education with us. We realize there are many options, and we are blessed that God has brought your family to BIA. Now is the time to make sure that your little ones spot is reserved for next year and to spread the good news to your friends, family, and neighbors. We are so thankful for the growth we have seen this year and pray that God continues to bless us as we prepare for next year. Word of mouth is our best source of referrals!

Summer Camp registration is more popular than ever...Secure a spot for your child today! Sign up for one, or all 8 of the pick what works for your family. Camp Hours are 9-3 and half or full day options are available. Reserve your spot while their is availability! Use this link for direct access to our online registration. If you are unable to register online, please contact the school office for assistance.

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The preschooler's chrysalises metamorphosed into beautiful butterflies, leaving their BIA home for a new life in this BIG world.

BIA Family Small Business Marketplace Listings

Beauty Providers:

Level Up SkinCare

5820 N Clark St Suite #5

Chicago,IL 60660

Nevaeh Cosmeticx


Honey Bear Cafe

7036 N. Clark St. - Rogers Park


Life’s Sweet Inc Bakery & Cafe

6621 N. Clark St

Chicago IL 60626

Home Improvement:

Mamo Builders

General Contractor/Electrician



Schneider Futsal (Brazilian Futsal)

Rewarding our Top Readers with Silly Stringing Mr. Landgrave!

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Thought of the Week:

Learning doesn’t end when school is out

Bethesda International Academy Virtual Tour
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Chapel Offerings will support Bethesda International Academy!

Our offering funds will be accumulated throughout April and May and will be donated to BIA. Funds collected will be used to fund additional playground equipment. We thankful for our families who give so generously! Thanks to your generosity in giving, we have already collected over $175.00.

Upcoming Events:


-Thursday 27th - - PS 4 Ceremony 6-7

-Monday 31st - - No School Memorial Day


-Tue 1st - - Class Servant Project in the morning, Class party in the afternoon

-Wed 2nd - - Classroom clean-up day 12:00 pm dismissal, Teacher grade card day

- - Online learner drop-off materials 12-1

-Thu 3rd - - Closing Chapel 9:15 and Awards dismissal 11. NO AFTER CARE, Report Cards sent home, 8th grade Graduation 7 pm

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