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Mar. 15, 2019

In this issue:

St. Patrick's Day Dance for all families - Mar. 15 
Volunteer Work Day - Mar. 16 - 9 a.m. for Locker Room
Blue Jean Dollar Day
Spring Pictures
Report Cards
Muffins with Mom
Track Team - Practice starts Monday
Volleyball News
IOWA Testing 
Volunteer by the End of the Year
2019-2020 Calendars 
Game Night at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember

Everyone is welcome to join us for our chapel service on Wed., Mar. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Principal David Topp will be leading this chapel service.

Our fourth quarter chapel offerings will go to Bridge City Community Church, led by Pastor Josh Woodrow. 
We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following students and staff this week:
3/15 - J.T. Hodge (7th)

3/16 - Harrison McConnell (Infants)
3/16 - Roman Hahn (PK3)
3/18 - Evie Gass (PK2)
3/18 - Ms. Rhonda Bandy (PK1 Teacher)
3/19 - Ruthie Vinson (PK3)
3/20 - Margret McCall (3rd)
Many thanks to the BCA students, parents and grandparents for their generosity on Grandparents' Day! Through our offering, we raised $1,025 for Homes and Havens. We also donated the items that students from each class brought in to support the project! 


Dr. Sarah Harr, BCA music teacher, pictured with Kaysie Strickland, founder and president of Homes and Havens

SILENT AUCTION - In addition to the evening's events on Mar. 15, we will also have a gift card basket silent auction. Each student in each class is asked to donate $1 to help purchase a gift card for their class. Families will have the opportunity to bid on the one gift card basket that will include ALL of the class gift cards that evening of the 15th. 

The money raised from the auction will go to the classroom of the child whose parent won the auction (or split if more than one child). Those classes will then be able to decide how to spend the money they have won!
Report Cards 

The end of third quarter is today, Fri., Mar. 15.  Report Cards will be available through HeadMaster on Wed., Mar. 20.
Blue Jean Dollar Day - Fri, Mar. 22 

Students may wear jeans to school with a dress code shirt on Fri., Mar. 22 for our monthly Blue Jean Dollar Day. They must donate at least $1 to participate. All proceeds will benefit Bridge City Community Church.

Spring Break - Mar. 25 - 29
BCA be closed the week of March 25 for Spring Break. Care for Infants - Pre-K4 will be open as usual during this week. We will also offer child care for students in K - 8th grade during this week.
There is a $15 per day, per child, non-refundable, pre-paid fee for K - 8th grade students. In order for your K - 8th grade student to be counted, you will need to sign up and turn in your money to Melissa Swafford. K - 8th grade students will also need to bring a lunch and drink each day. (Lunch, as usual, will continue to be provided for infants - Pre-K4 students.) 
Please contact Melissa Swafford (423.304.6591) if you have any questions. Deadline to sign up for K - 8th students is 3 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 20.

Spring Pictures - Apr. 5 
Individual and class pictures (Infants - 8th Grade) will be taken on Fri., Apr. 5 following the Muffins with Mom event. School dress code or nice church-type clothing must be worn. No blue jeans or t-shirts. Volleyball, basketball and track pictures (individual and team) will also be taken. Please check with the team coaches, Mr. Streufert or Mrs. McCall about your child's team uniform to ensure that your child has this for the photos that day.) 
Muffins with Mom - Fri., Apr. 5 - 8:15 - 9 a.m.
Moms (or a grandmother, aunt, older sister or special family friend) are invited to spend some time with their child in his or her classroom and enjoy refreshments, coffee and orange juice from 8:15 - 9 a.m.
Track Team - Practice starts Monday, Mar. 18
If your 3rd - 8th grader is interested in participating on BCA's Track Team, please have him or her join the first practice that is scheduled for Mon., Mar. 18 at 3:30. Please send comfortable running shoes, shorts, T-shirt/jacket with your child for practices.

Students of all running levels are encouraged to participate. Please have them go to Mrs. McCall's classroom at 3:30 on Monday. Practice will be held on the school campus on Mondays and Fridays after school. Please refer to the Track schedule below for locations of Track meets.


Track Practice

3/18/19 - Practice 3:30 - 4:15

3/22/19 - Practice 3:30 - 4:15

Volleyball News

Volleyball Practice 

3/18/19 - Practice 3:30 - 4:30

3/19/19 - Practice 3:30 - 4:30

3/21/19 - Practice 3:30 - 4:30

IOWA Testing Week 
IOWA Testing for 1st - 8th grades will be April 8 - 12.
About the Iowa Assessments
The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. It will measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The tests help teachers identify a student's strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. 

The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision-making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction. Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do, how to mark answers and move from question to question. For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 45 minutes.
How your child can prepare for test-taking and what you can do to help
A student who is well-rested and well-fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:  
  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.
  • Please do not schedule dental or doctor appointments for this week.  
Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.  Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.
Score reporting and how we use test results
The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.
The 2019-2020 School Calendars are now available.

BCA School Calendar for K - 8th Grade

CCC Calendar for Infants - PK4

Notice of School/Care Closure in April. 

School and Child Care will be closed on:
  • Good Friday, Apr. 19, 2019
  • Easter Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 
These dates are on the 2018-2019 BCA calendar for K - 8th, but were not added to the original 2018-2019 CCC/Infants - PK4 calendar. We apologize for not having added these dates to the CCC calendar. 
Volunteers Needed to help update the BCA Girls' Locker Room
Sat., Mar. 16 - 9 a.m.
Please consider helping us update this area for our students!
Below are tasks we hope to complete that day.
Locker Room:
1)   Caulk windows
2)   Wash windows
3)   Wipe down all walls with mild soap solution
4)   Caulk all corners where the floor and walls meet
5)   Remove drum set, and all other non-related items
6)   Remove feminine dispenser
7)   Scrape paint from mirrors
8)   Replace fluorescent bulbs with new (14)
9)   Disassemble and dispose of center lockers
Athletic Office:
1)   Replace light bulbs
2)   Remove curtains, wash and rehang when job is complete
3)   Remove everything from athletic office
4)   Organize uniforms, etc. and label
5)   Clean walls and paint
Many hands make light work, and WE NEED YOU!!!
Please consider helping on this day, and if you can offer some time, please contact Sheila Stephens with questions and to sign up to help.
Sheila Stephens



Sign Up Now for Spring and End of Year Volunteer Opportunities

Dear BCA families,

It's hard to believe, but the end of the 2018-19 school year is drawing near! Before the next three months pass you by, please take a moment to visit our volunteer sign-up page, and select your required eight hours of service opportunities before they're all filled before the end of the school year!

2018-2019 Parent Teacher League Event Sign Up

The PTL board is very excited to find out which class(es) will have the highest percentage of parent/family volunteer participation for the school year! We have some very special items and opportunities to offer to the families and students who complete the minimum 8-hour service requirement for the year. How about a party, a homework pass, a dress code pass or a special field trip for your child's class? There are all REAL possibilities!

If you don't have the time to volunteer during an event, please consider shopping for that event. It's a win-win for you and for the school: you can accumulate all your service hours just by purchasing a few extra items next time you're grocery shopping, and the PTL can use the money saved to purchase new playground equipment, facilities improvements, books, technology, recess and sports accessories and numerous other beneficial items and experiences.

Also, if you feel you can offer a unique contribution - perhaps a special skill or talent that can benefit the students' experience at BCA - please email me ([email protected]), and I'd be very happy to provide an opportunity for you to contribute in that unique way to fulfill your service hours requirement for the year.

Please sign up right now (yes, right now!) to volunteer, and help the PTL help your child(ren) to have the best possible academic and interactive experience at BCA!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who volunteered during National Lutheran Schools Week, and at the Grandparents' Day program! It was a wonderful week!! 

God's blessings,

Dr. Sarah Harr, PTL President
Game Night at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (next to BCA) - Mar. 22

Monday, March 18 - Hot Dogs, Pretzels, Cucumbers, Mandarin Oranges
Tuesday, March 19 - Nachos, Pinto Beans, Corn, Grapes
Wednesday, March 20 - French Toast, Sausage, Yogurt, Warm Apples
Thursday, March 21 - Chicken Tenders, Tater Tots, Peaches
Friday, March 22 - Pizza, Salad, Fruit
Dates to Remember:
Mar. 15 - End of 3rd qtr.
Mar. 15 - St. Patrick's Day Dance for all students and families  6 p.m. 
Mar. 16 - Volunteer Work Day to update Girls' Locker Room - 9 a.m.
Mar. 20 - Report cards available via HeadMaster
Mar. 22 - Blue Jean Dollar Day
Mar. 22 - Game Night at GSLC - 6 - 9 p.m.
Mar. 25 - 29 - Spring Break 
Apr. 5 - Spring pictures - individual and class photos
Apr. 5 - Muffins with Mom - 8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m. 
Apr. 8 - 12 - IOWA Testing for 1st - 8th graders