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Bring A Friend To School Day

Bring A Friend To School Day

Monday, November 19, 2018

8:00am – 1:15pm


Baymonte Christian School is hosting “Bring A Friend To School Day” on Monday, November 19, 2018. This is a day for kindergarten – 7th grade students to experience BCS for a school day and meet our students, teachers and staff. If they have a friend at Baymonte we will pair them up for the day, otherwise we will connect them with a student in their current grade. A complimentary lunch will be provided for both student and their friend. Both will take home a BCS Swag Bag as a thank you gift.

Current students are encouraged to invite a friend from a sports team, church, or neighborhood to spend a day at school. The online consent form is due November 16 and can be found here. If you have additional questions please email or call the Baymonte office.

Students will check-in and meet their Baymonte buddy at tables set up near the Chapel. Baymonte is hosting a coffee social for all new families in the courtyard from 7:30am – 9:00am. Please come by and enjoy coffee and a treat.

Check-in: 7:45am (middle school)

8:00am (4th & 5th grades)

8:15am (K – 3rd grades)

Pick-up: 12:20pm (K – 2nd grades)

12:45pm (3rd – 5th grades)

1:15 (middle school)


Baymonte Spirit Day

Baymonte’s Spirit Day was a hit! Elementary students celebrated Crazy Hair Day while middle school students dressed as a character from a book or movie.





Miss Reyes Loves Teaching Science with a Christian Perspective

As a middle school science teacher at Baymonte Christian School, I constantly am asked the question, “How do you teach science with a Christian perspective?” I enjoy answering this question because it opens the door to conversations about God. I love teaching science with a Christian perspective for two reasons. First, science teaches us to search for truth, just as Paul commends the Bereans for examining the scriptures to see if what Paul was preaching about was true. Secondly, there are limitations in explaining why something happens; sometimes we need to accept a fact with faith. In my class, we do various things that help us learn our topic. I use Cornell notes, hands-on labs and projects, along with various assessments which include tests, quizzes and final projects. My favorite topics to teach are the sixth-grade plate tectonics unit and the seventh-grade unit on origins. In this unit I love to compare God’s word with the scientific evidence.

The best part about teaching at Baymonte is the opportunity to develop close relationships with students. I want my students to know that I care for each of them. That may show in the form of attending their sports games, talking to them about their outside interests, providing additional help, or being available if they need someone to talk to. Academics are so important at this age, however, shaping their minds with truths of who they are and who they can be in Christ is much more important. I pray for my students every single day. I also pray that I am able to be a witness of who Christ is and show the same love, grace, and discipline that He showed.


Fun in Third Grade with Mrs. Hazen

Fun in Third Grade with Mrs. Hazen

I always tell my students at the start of the year, “If you work hard, we will have fun.”

Last week our class dissected owl pellets and they couldn’t have been more excited! We pushed all the desks together, handed out gloves and face masks (for fun photos) and each student got their own pellet to dissect. Hands on learning has always been the way I learn best and I love to teach this way in my class. I’ve also found that when I’m excited about the content I’m teaching, they get excited about it and they retain the information.


“Dr. Hazen” has always been one of my classroom highlights. In the spring time I do a unit on matter and before each science lesson I put on my lab coat and goggles while conducting some sort of fun experiment with my students. My students are excited for science to start for weeks.


Golden State Warriors Day last year was a big hit for my class. My family is a big Golden State fan so when finals came around I decide to have a Golden State Warriors Day in class. We read basketball stories and played basketball math by shooting cheese balls into paper cups. The kids loved it!


I’ve been teaching third grade at Baymonte for eleven years. I love eight-year olds and I understand them! I enjoy getting down to their level, explaining things, and making concepts real to them, in ways that they can understand. I can be silly, laugh and have fun but I can also be serious. In third grade I teach the life of Christ in our Bible curriculum. I LOVE teaching my students about Christ and watching them have ah-ha moments. I can say with complete confidence that God made me to teach third grade. He has given me the gifts and abilities to teach these young kiddos. God puts students in my class especially for me to teach, because I have something to offer them at this time in their life.


I’m a full-time mom, wife, and teacher; my days are busy but very rewarding. I’m thankful for my Baymonte family, the encouragement and love I get on a daily basis.

“Mrs. Hazen is a gifted teacher filled with passion, fun, enthusiasm, and deep love for her students and their families. She gives generously of her time and is dedicated to her students not only growing in their knowledge and academics, but their character as well. She works hard and is committed to making learning enjoyable, hands on, and relevant. Our family is so thankful for Mrs. Hazen’s constant encouragement, support, and life she brings to all she does.”



Operation Christmas Child Kicks Off This Week at Baymonte

Operation Christmas Child Kicks Off This Week at Baymonte

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which organizes the collection and distribution of shoebox gifts to children all over the world! OCC is kicking off in the classrooms at Baymonte this week! Look for an email from your child’s teacher or information coming home in their Friday folder this week. To see OCC in action, watch this video.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get boxes?

Families can purchase plastic boxes at stores such as Dollar Tree, Kmart or other stores. OCC cardboard boxes are also available in the school office or in Mrs. Hazen’s classroom. Middle school students can get boxes from Mr. Rozeboom as well.

Can families donate additional boxes?

Yes, families can donate additional complete boxes. Turn them in to your child’s classroom or the school office.

What do I pack in a box?

A full list of items to pack and what not to pack are listed on the OCC brochure coming home with your student in Friday folders.

How much is shipping for each box?

Shipping for each box is $9.00. Please be sure to include the shipping cost by either turning it in with your box or paying for it online. By making your shipping donation online, you can Follow Your Box and see where your shoebox ends up. To find out more about Follow Your Box click here.

Where can I find a label for my box?

Labels can be cut out of the OCC brochure coming home with your student in Friday folders. The school office also has additional labels.

When are boxes due at Baymonte?

All additional boxes are due to Baymonte on Wednesday, November 7. 

When is Baymonte praying over the boxes?

As a school we will pray over the boxes on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:00am on the elementary blacktop. All families are welcome to join us in prayer.


The Ninth Annual Tech Trek Was a Huge Success!

The ninth annual Tech Trek was a huge success! The day started before sunrise as a large team of volunteers and staff prayed for the day. They generously gave their time and enthusiastic energy to set up the race courses, beautiful raffle with over 45 items, and Harvest Festival with booths, food, and fun activities.

Special guests, Santa Cruz Warriors Mav’Riks and Scotts Valley Togo’s mascot, helped Baymonte Middle School PE Teacher Kristi Trefethen with the pre-race warm-ups. A record number of registered runners (367) participated in the Tot Trot, 1K, and 5K races. Special running guests included Togo’s Cup Man and UCSC’s Cross Country Team. UCSC team member, Robert Udell, won first place in the 5K and set a new record for the Tech Trek with a time of 15 minutes, 41 seconds. A complete list of 5K race results can be seen here. A complete list of 1K race results can be seen here.

The event was a financial success bringing in over $54,000 (plus day of proceeds) for Baymonte’s Technology and Arts programs. The event showed the heart of Baymonte as so many people came together and blessed each other, our families and our community with a fun, healthy, joy-filled morning. Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to next year’s 10th annual Tech Trek!


Tech Trek Fun Day Party

The Tech Trek festivities continued Thursday at Mrs. Fernald’s Fun Day Party with Miss Bliss’s class! Miss Bliss’s Fifth Grade Class won the party with the highest sponsorship donations. Congratulations! They celebrated at the Fun Day Party by walking to Starbuck’s, enjoying a treat together and tossing water balloons on Baymonte’s field.

Thank you, Mrs. Fernald, for throwing a great party!

Check back tomorrow for Tech Trek race results and photos from the event!


Today’s Tech Trek All School Pig Races Were a Success!

Today’s Tech Trek All School Pig Races were a success!

Congratulations to the following Tech Trek Pig Race winners!

$200 Sponsorship Level – Classic Pig Race

1st Place – $100: Coral Reeves
2nd Place – $50: Reid Hazen
3rd Place – $25: Dane Paquette
4th Place – $10: Liana Roberts
5th Place – $10: Miranda Docter
6th Place – $10: Eli Keift
7th Place – $10: Clark Jan

$300 Sponsorship Level – Supersized Pig Race

1st Place – $200: Nicholas Margiotta
2nd Place – $100: Nicholas Gehrke
3rd Place – $50: Mikayla David
4th Place – $20: Rocco Florio
5th Place – $20: Aidan Priapi
6th Place – $20: Luke Hollingsworth
7th Place – $20: Reid Hazen

Congratulations to the following Tech Trek Incentive Winners!

Top Earners
1st Place – Eli Keift, $1450 which allowed him to spin the Wheel of Fortune: Winning $10
2nd Place – Jaxton Hanson, $665
3rd Place – Mikayla David, $600

Class Winner for Most Sponsorship – Miss Bliss [5B], $3615


October’s Character Trait Is “Thoroughness”


Each month at Baymonte Christian School we highlight a positive character trait with a corresponding Bible verse. October’s character trait is Thoroughness which means great care and attention to detail.

“A wise man will hear and increase in learning.” 

                                                                        Proverbs 1:5


One way to be thorough is to be a good listener. Rick Warren, a pastor, author and founder of Saddleback Church gives tips to becoming a good listener in his article below. 


Tips to becoming a good listener by Rick Warren 

Listening is a skill. It’s developed through practice, desire, attention, and by simply wanting to become a good listener. Here are four tips to becoming a better listener.

  1. Withhold judgment and criticism from the start.

Don’t evaluate until you’ve heard and comprehended it all. You need to hear the person out.

  1. Keep calm.

Don’t become defensive. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” If you’re patient, you’re wise. You need to keep calm.

  1. Be an active listener.

You become a good listener by asking creative questions. Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” This verse says the real meaning of people is down inside of them. A man of understanding will be able to draw others out with questions. How do you do that? Ask clarifying questions, such as: Who? What? When? How? Questions like that will draw out those you are listening to and let them know you have their attention.

  1. Paraphrase and summarize.

To be a good listener you must be able to tell a person what they’ve just told you before you talk about what you need to talk about. Before you share your side of the story, you need to let the other person know you understand where he or she is coming from. Paraphrase what they’ve said back to them.

Try one of these tips this week and enjoy the benefits of being thorough!


Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Baymonte!


Access the Online Book Fair here.