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Math = Love

Whether it’s grappling with a math problem, or working on a class project, having the opportunity to infuse God’s Word into mathematics is priceless. I am continually impressed with how my students bring scripture into our class. It has inspired me to be more intentional when I am creating curriculum for students to apply the skills we are learning into God’s word and practice. This year students planned a Thanksgiving dinner party to apply concepts of ratios to a real situation, students also included in their presentation what they were thankful for and a Thanksgiving prayer. With math there are many ways to include real life situations and ask “what is God’s plan for us” and “what can we apply from God’s teaching into our decisions”.

Teaching math at Baymonte has allowed me to grow in my faith and practice. It has been a blessing to be surrounded by a fellowship of Christians walking in God’s path.

Patricia Hiner received her B.A. in Psychology and English from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A.T in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, and an Ed.D in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California. She has taught elementary, middle and high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a mathematics coach. In addition, she has taught teacher education courses for National University, University of Southern California and University of California Santa Cruz. She currently teaches sixth and seventh grade math at Baymonte Christian School. Mrs. Hiner enjoys hiking, writing and traveling with her family.


BCS Boys Basketball Team Goes To Playoffs!

Congratulations to Baymonte’s Boys Basketball Team for a 10-0 winning season! They made it to playoffs with the first playoff game today at Active Sports at 3:30 vs. El Sobrante. Come out and support the boys!



Preview Day Friday


Do you know a family who would like the opportunity to learn more about Baymonte Christian School?

BCS Preview Days are a great way to learn about our kindergarten-8th grade programs. Join us for a campus tour, refreshments, observe classrooms in session and meet our staff. Come see what makes BCS distinctive! We have small class sizes, award winning academics, faith integration in our classrooms and a loving, nurturing environment. We also offer a full day kindergarten program. If you or somebody you know are interested in attending one of our Preview Days please RSVP here or call our school office at (831) 438-0100.

We hope to see you there!

Preview Day Dates

Friday, October 26, 9:00-11:00am

Friday, November 30, 9:00-11:00am

Friday, January 18, 9:00-11:00am



My Baymonte Story by Daryl von Haunalter

Daryl with her husband, four children, and new son-in-law

Baymonte Christian School has been a part of my life and my family’s life for over 17 years! Our family moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains from the Bay Area in 2001 and we found this special school almost by accident (of course, this was no accident!). I remember meeting with Mr. Patterson in his office and touring the school with him. I loved the campus and the people that I met. We also went to Open House and met with Mrs. Wilcox….if you have not seen Mrs. Wilcox’s room at Open House, be sure and check it out this March!

I was truly amazed by God’s plan for our family. We were going to have our kids at Baymonte Christian School! We started at the school with a second grader (Elizabeth), a kindergartener (AnnaMarie), and a two-year-old (Josef)! Wow! It was a huge and incredible change for us. Not only did we leave behind all our friends and family, we also had to navigate a brand new school. But, being at Baymonte with great teachers, staff, and friends, made this transition so much easier for our family.

I started working at the school in 2005 as an IPI (Individual Program of Instruction) teacher. IPI uses a multi-sensory program which is phonics-based and helps kids who need assistance with their reading. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my students and seeing the excitement in their eyes when reading started to become easier for them. I left in June of 2007 because I was having a baby (William), our fourth child who was born in September 2007.

In August of 2018, I returned back to Baymonte as an employee again, this time working in the office handling the Human Resources for the school. I have so loved working in the office with the incredible staff we have here.  Every day brings something new and I am grateful that I get to work with friends that make me laugh, share their struggles with me, and pray for me.

William is now in Fifth Grade! Time does fly by sometimes! I am so thankful for all the teachers, aides, office staff, daycare workers, and friends that have taught and loved my kids over these many years. I now know that God’s plan was for Baymonte to become part of our lives. I thank God that He brought us here and feel blessed by all the many people who have touched our lives over the years.



Christmas In 1B by Lisa Poston

Christmas In 1B by Lisa Poston

It’s Christmastime! Anyone who has spent even a little bit of time with me knows that I am crazy for Christmas! Ever since I was a young girl, it has been my favorite time of year. I was the kid that would beg my parents to get a tree the day after Thanksgiving!  Growing up, I decorated the house, the tree and even hung the lights on our cabin home. I started collecting Christmas decorations when I was five and have added to my collection every year since! Even as I write this, I look around my Christmas house and I find items that bring back sweet memories from my childhood.

Our family traditions passed down through generations also make Christmas extra special: advent calendars, craft fairs, Christmas Eve Chow Mein, Russian tea, candlelight service, new jammies…just to name a few! Oh, and did I mention that I got married December 12th?! My husband and kids have no choice but to embrace my Christmas crazy. We have Light Day devoted to putting up our lights, the tree is of course found at a local tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and white lights are everywhere! Some traditions include my amazing friends. On December 23rd, a group of us get together to make cookies at my best friend Lisa Patterson’s house and we bake until we can’t bake no more! Christmas Eve Eve, as we lovingly refer to this special day, is one that we all look forward to every year.

As a teacher, I am able to bring my love of Christmas into my classroom. I get to decorate, put up a Christmas tree and enjoy our classroom traditions. I get to use the word ‘Christmas’ and read Christmas stories. I get to wish students and parents a Merry Christmas and not just ‘Happy Holidays’. Most importantly, I get to share the true meaning of this wonderful holiday with our students: the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a blessing, privilege and honor! Many schools do not get to do these things and I do not take this lightly. I truly believe this is one of the most important parts of my job as a teacher here at Baymonte. In fact, I never have considered this merely a job. I truly feel that this is a ministry that God has chosen for me. It has shaped who I am and has helped me to grow in Him.

During this amazing time of year, I pray that all of you enjoy your special Christmas homes, your traditions and the people that you love. Also remember God’s love, that is so abundant, that He sent His only son to us as a tiny baby to give us the greatest gift of all!  Merry Christmas to my Baymonte family!






Christmas Spirit Day

Baymonte students went all out for Christmas Sweater Spirit Day!





Kindergarten Information Event

Please join us at our upcoming Kindergarten Information Event on Sunday, January 13 from 2:00 – 3:30pm. At this event both kindergarten teachers and our school principal will present topics including kindergarten readiness, daily schedules, curriculum, field trips, before and after school care and parent involvement. We will have a question and answer time as well as tour the campus and the kindergarten classrooms. If you attend this event and enroll your child by January 25, you will receive a 10% tuition discount.

We would like an RSVP for childcare purposes. Mrs. Handley and Mrs. Patterson will be available at our Granite Creek preschool to play with your children as you attend the presentation portion of the event. Afterwards, we will gather our children and visit the kindergarten classrooms together.

You may RSVP for Kindergarten Information Event here. I look forward to receiving your RSVP.

Download a flyer to share with friends and family here.


Second Graders To Pacific Coast Manor

Last week our second graders visited patients at Pacific Coast Manor. They sang Christmas carols, handed out Christmas cookies, and spread Christmas cheer to all. A highlight was watching their faces light up as they watched our children sing and even joined in singing the carols.



Papa Panov’s Special Christmas

“Papa Panov’s Special Christmas” was performed in chapel last week by Baymonte staff. This play, written by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, was modified and directed by our very own Mrs. Morrison. In this sweet Christmas story we are reminded of the words of Jesus, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:35-40)



Baymonte Talent Show

Curious performers of all ages (elementary and middle school) are invited to audition for the Baymonte Talent Show! Talent Show permission slips must be filled out and turned into the Baymonte office by this Friday, December 21. Permission slips went home in Friday folders. Extra copies can be found in the school office or downloaded here: Talent Show. For a group act, each student must fill out a permission slip. Each student can audition for one act only. Auditions will be Wednesday, January 16 or Thursday, January 17.

Baymonte’s Talent Show is Friday, February 8 at the Rio Theatre. Questions can be directed to Cassy Hazen (