The Bobcat Beat

November 22nd, 2022 - Thanksgiving Edition

A Note From Mrs. Bateman...

It is the season of giving thanks. We have so much to be thankful for every season of the year, but Thanksgiving is a time to spend a little more time reflecting on the many areas in our lives where we can be thankful. There have been countless things to be thankful for this school year, including dozens of new faces on our campus, support from our friends at CLEF and the English District LCMS, a successful fall fundraiser, and a wonderful International Fest.

I’m also thankful for all our parents and teachers who are so vested in the lives of our students, which was evident over parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for taking the time to talk about your children with our teachers. The BIA staff is grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in their successes and challenges, as we strive to help your children reach their full potential.

Over these last days of the month, be sure to look for the little things and appreciate the big things that we have to be thankful for. God is good! His faithfulness, in both the good and bad times, is evident in all things.

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 107:1

Happening Soon...

  • Thanksgiving Break - November 23rd - 27th - No School
  • School Picture Retake Day - November 30th
  • All School Christmas Service - December 14th. Join us for this special evening, where we will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas in "Let's Celebrate the Savior." Students from preschool 3 through eighth grade will tell the story of Jesus' birth through Bible readings, narratives, and songs.
  • Early Dismissal for Christmas Break - December 22 - 12 PM
  • Christmas Break - December 23 - January 8th
  • School Resumes - January 9th

Wishing you all a joyous Thanksgiving,

Andrea Bateman

Executive Director, Bethesda International Academy

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Here's What Our Chapel Families Are thankful for?

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Here's What our staff is thankful this thanksgiving...Click on photo to see them larger

Celebrating Thanksgiving at our Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast

On Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29th), Consider Making a Tax Deductible Donation to CLEF

Did you know that each year, BIA is supported by the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation? This incredible organization funds student scholarships, educational materials, professional development for school administrators and faculty, and many other resources and programs. Dollars donated to CLEF support not just a Christian education at one school, but over 20 schools throughout the city. The CLEF Board of Directors funds 100 percent of the administrative overhead of their organization. That means every dollar of your philanthropic contribution to Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation directly supports CLEF schools and this Giving Tuesday they are raising funds for new iPads for all the CLEF schools!

Questions? Please contact us at or (630) 595-9310

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Bethesda International Academy 22/23 Student Handbook

Review now, or before the start of school; sign and return the compact page at the end to your child's teacher at Back to School Night, or the first days of school Thank you!

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Read-a-thon...Two Weeks to go and we have already raised over $1300!