"Reaching and Discipling Children for Christ"
The purpose and mission of Bethlehem Christian Pre-school is to be a pre-school of excellence in which children are introduced to Jesus Christ as a personal Lord and Savior.
The school shall be developmentally appropriate, providing hands on experiences with math, science, art and language.
It will lay a foundation for Christian living and for the ongoing spiritual development by maintaining positive interactions between staff, children, parents and administration.
The school shall be a safe place of ministry to children and families.
The History of Bethlehem Christian Pre-School
Bethlehem Christian Pre-school began as the result of the vision of its founder, Edmund Bouschor. Edmund and his wife, Carol, were members of Bethlehem Christian and both were teachers in the Beaverton School District. He had a dream of a Christian school in which children would be nurtured, loved, and taught about Jesus Christ as a personal Lord and Savior. The school began as a ministry of Bethlehem Church in 1977. It was named Bethlehem Christian School and was located in the present space which had been specifically designed and remodeled for use as a school.
Over the years the school grew and moved to the vacant Palisades School in Lake Oswego. At Palisades, BCS included a daycare, a pre-school, and eventually a junior high. Early in 1989 the Lake Oswego School District announced that it would reopen Palisades as a public elementary school. BCS was unable to find an alternate site large enough to accommodate all aspects of its program. With difficulty the decision was made to disband.
Bethlehem Christian Pre-School reopened at the church in the Fall of 1989 with Kathy Hawkins as the Director. Mrs. Hawkins has a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and a Reading Endorsement. She has been with the school since 1984. Beth Quarterman and Lynnette Struloeff are the Assistant Directors. Mrs. Quarterman has a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Psychology. Mrs. Quarterman has more than 20 years teaching experience which includes being at BCP since 2004. Mrs. Struloeff has a B.S. in Education and a Minor is English. She has 16 years teaching experience and has been with BCP for three years.
In the Summer of 2012 the BCP administration applied for and received the independent religious 501(c)(3) designation. We are a stand-alone Christian non-profit organization operating under the direction of a board.
Throughout the years, the commitment to serve the children and families of Bethlehem Christian Pre-School has remained unchanged. The goal of BCP is to be a place where children will feel safe, loved, and respected, and where Jesus Christ will be glorified in all our efforts.