Principal's Page

Thursday - January 7th, 2021

School Year Theme..."In His Hands"

A Note from Principal Landgrave....

I saw the following on a social media post and thought it would be good to share for the first newsletter of 2021.

I asked a friend who has crossed 70 and is headed toward 80 what sort of changes he is feeling himself. This is what he said:

  1. After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and friends, I have now started loving myself.

  2. I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

  3. I have stopped bargaining with vegetable and fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

  4. I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.

  5. I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane and relive their past.

  6. I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

  7. I give compliments freely and generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.”

  8. I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

  9. I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.

  10. I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat and neither am I in a race.

  11. I'm learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.

  12. I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.

  13. I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

  14. I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

Don’t wait until your 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. Live Generously, Courageously, and Happy now!

Aaron Landgrave, Principal

Winter Fun in Preschool!

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Our Envelope Christmas Challenge Board Was A BIG Success!!!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Envelope Christmas Challenge! We collected $3,570! All proceeds will be used by Bethesda for student and staff needs, facility improvements, and to fund financial assistance.

Didn't yet donate, but wish to now? It's not too late...You can mail your donation to us at 6803 N. Campbell Ave, Chicago, IL. 60645 (attn: Envelope Challenge) or participate in our fundraiser virtually (credit cards are accepted). Whether it's $1 or $200, we are thankful for each and every donation.

This week's lesson in 2/3 grade...learning about Paul Revere and note taking

In an effort to keep our BIA community safe and healthy, we ask that you limit your family activities, as much as possible, to those in the low to low/medium range. Thank you for your help and consideration.

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NEW.....The BIA Family Small Business Marketplace

Welcome to our new featured section....The BIA Family Small Business Marketplace!

Our goal is to support our BIA family businesses, and one of the best ways we can do that is by advertising who you are and what you do, to our school community and friends. What do we ask in return? Nothing. We want your family businesses to be successful and understand that our current times have made that difficult. Have a business you'd like to advertise? Send your information to We will feature a different business each week and keep a running list of businesses for easy reference. Let's support each other...We are all in this together.

My name is Sahar and I have been a licensed Esthetician in the Chicago area for 3 years. I recently opened my Spa room in the Andersonville Area and would like to extend my services to all the BIA families. My facials are 1 hour custom made for your skin including relaxing massage. Mentioning BIA will get you a $40 facial . Gift certificates available. Looking forward to seeing you all soon .


Level Up SkinCare

5820 N Clark St Suite #5

Chicago,IL 60660

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

Happy New Year! 2021 brings new blessings and opportunities to fortunate are we that we can share those with our entire community! One of those opportunities is the opening of our 21/22 school year enrollment, which will happen at the end of January. 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. Stay tuned for more information on enrollment in the next few weeks.

Third-quarter is right around the corner and I just wanted to remind you all that there are a few spots open in our Preschool 3, 4, K/1, and Middle School. If you know of a family who is looking for a school, or who may be struggling with remote learning, we'd love the opportunity to speak with them. So many great things are happening at BIA this year..we'd love to share it with others and welcome new students into the BIA family!

We are still looking for a few families to serve as part of our Parent Ambassador program. Parent Ambassadors will be our connection to the community AND serve as part of a sheparding program for new families. If you'd like to be a part of such a program, please send me an email ( and I will add you to my list. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Kindergarten Fun with Snow Experiments and Light Tables

Thought of the Week:

If Christians spent as much time in God’s word than we do on Facebook -

the church would be formidable.

Did You Know???

Comfort Dog EVE will be at BIA next Wednesday. She will greet students at the door (she will try to make an appearance at both doors) during arrival. She will be present at Chapel (all January Chapel offerings will be donated to her ministry), and she will visit classrooms.

For more information you can Google “Eve Comfort Dog” or find her on Facebook.

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Chapel Offerings will support the Lutheran Church Charities - Comfort Dogs!

Our offering funds will be accumulated throughout December and Janaury and will be donated to Lutheran Church Charities. We are so proud to support such a worthwhile organization and are thankful for our families who give so generously! Thank you!

Epiphany...The Story of the Three Wise Men Chapel

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Upcoming Events:

Friday 15th - - End of the 2nd Quarter

Monday 18th - - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Friday 22nd - - Report Cards sent home

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