Letters From Tonia

Happy New Year

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year Bethany School,

On behalf of my entire staff, thank you for the many wonderful gifts you blessed us with for Christmas. We are humbled at your generosity.

When I say ‘Happy New Year’, I speak with the anticipation of change, hope and God’s unmerited favor over every Bethany family in 2021. This is a challenging time for my family and I. Sadly our mother passed away December 21st, she was 92 years old.

2020 has claimed so much – health, lives and jobs. It is easy to get stuck in sadness or even depression, but that is not an option. We have the opportunity to take our faith and rely on God. He is so merciful and full of grace. He is our ultimate resource and He will bring healing to our hearts and to our land.

Parents as we prepare to return to school this Monday I ask that you use good old common sense concerning the safety of your family and our school campus. If your travels took you outside of the state or country during the holidays there is information (L.A. County Public Health) about quarantining. Parents if you or your child have tested positive or have been exposed, the Long Beach Health Department has accepted the 10 Day Quarantine order and so has Bethany School. Do not send your child to school if you or anyone in your household has tested positive or has been exposed. We do not want to spread this virus to our staff, students or campus. I ask that you call the front office or email informing us if your child will need to remain home. Your information will remain confidential.

Upon returning to school Monday, January 4th I will continue with K-5 after school early pick up between 3-3:30pm and middle school pick up between 3:30-4pm. Preschool hours will remain the same 6:30 to 6pm. Parents you must be on time picking your child at his/her designated time or there will be a late fee imposed. The goal is not to collect fees, the goal is to maintain cohorts with the students until they leave campus. This is one of the many attempts being made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of my staff and students. Thank you for your support in this endeavor.

Every student K through 8th grade must continue to wear a mask on campus; not a shield, but a mask. School wide we will continue to maintain frequent hand washing, distancing and excellent ventilation in all classrooms. When sending a water bottle or canteen with your student each day, we suggest putting their names onto them. We welcome donations of hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, disinfectant wipes, and cases of water. “Thank you”.

I continue to pray for you. Please pray for my family and I. We will get through this time with the support of each other. Despite the surprises of 2020, our better days are ahead of us.


Mrs. Tonia Hill


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