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     November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

     This week is Thanksgiving!  We wish every family a blessed day.  School will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and resume on Tuesday, December 2.  Take time to count your many blessings.

 Parent Survey

      We encourage all parents to complete the school survey on the home page of ParentsWeb.  Click into “Surveys” on the left hand side of the page, click into “Parent Survey – 2014,” complete the survey and click “Submit.”  It’s that simple!  A FREE dress down day will be rewarded on Thursday, December 18 to children of parents who complete a survey.  Your feedback is important to us!  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey.  Thank you.


“The Christmas County Spelling Bee”

     Make plans to come and see the musical drama “The Christmas County Spelling Bee” on Thursday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the church auditorium.  Preschool classes and the elementary choir will present a few songs at the beginning and then all the kindergarten through fifth grade students will perform in the musical drama that is sure to bless your hearts!  Students should arrive downstairs by 6:15 p.m.  Come prepared for a sweet show!

Thrilling Thursdays – Grades 1-5

     Thursdays are “thrilling” at BCA!  Students in grades 1-5 are invited to attend the special activities after school between 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Here is the schedule for December:


  • Thursday, December 4:  Fun with Art & Computers (Ms. Oliver)

  • Thursday, December 11:  Fun with Interactive Worship Songs (Mrs. Clever)


         Parents, please let your child’s teacher know if he/she plans on participating in a Thrilling Thursday activity.


    PTF Christmas Shop  


         Don’t forget that the Christmas Shop will be set up for shoppers in the school cafeteria on Friday, December 5.  There will be gift items ranging in price from $1.00 to $6.00 for preschoolers through sixth graders to purchase for their family members.  After school, from 3:30-5:00 the shop will be open to upper grades and adults.  This is not a fundraiser, but rather a service PTF would like to provide for our younger students.

         PTF would appreciate gift bags.  Children who bring in donations may pick a dress down coupon or prize at the shop on Friday, December 5.

         PTF also needs help the day of the Christmas Shop.  As children come to shop on Friday, PTF needs adult assistance to help them with their selections as well as checking out.  PTF needs each class to have at least two or three adults accompany them and then stay and help wrap gifts.  Class volunteers should let their child’s teacher know.  Anyone available to help for a longer period of time should contact Mrs. Haldeman in the school office. 

         PTF is excited about the Christmas Shop and hopes you will partner with them to make this a successful event for the children.


    National Honor Society Meeting – Guest Speaker, Emily Ehrgott, Music Therapist


         Attention NHS members!  Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in P11.  Please make this meeting a priority.  We have lots of cool things planned.  New members will receive their NHS t-shirts, Mrs. Luhn will do a brief introduction to the study on President Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style, and music therapist, Emily Ehrgott, will be a special guest speaker who will teach on relaxation techniques through music.  These tips and techniques are sure to help students with the stress and strain that come with busy academic schedules.  This will be good preparation for dealing with the pressures that come with the college experience!


    Cupcake Concerto


         The entrance way of the Petre Building is always a sweet and inviting scene on cupcake concerto days!  The next one is scheduled for Thursday, December 11.  Bring your pocket change and plan on treating yourselves to some cupcakes!  Proceeds benefit the music department. 


    Choral Christmas Concert


         On Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the church auditorium, the middle school choir and high school Choral Ambassadors will feature songs that will put you in the Christmas spirit.  Piano solos and vocal solos will help fill out this evening of wonderful music, which will conclude with a Christmas carol sing-along.


    Shop with Script!

     Are you looking for a bargain this Christmas?  ShopWithScrip has just what you are looking for.  We have rebates up to 65%!  With over 300 retailers, we have something for everyone on your shopping list.  Don’t know what to get someone?  A gift card is your answer.

     Gift cards aren’t just for giving.  With ShopWithScrip, you can use your gift card as a shopping card.  Simply buy your cards from BCA and you can shop with them, just as you would if you were using cash, checks or credit cards.

     Most importantly, when using ShopWithScrip you are contributing to your child’s tuition account.  It’s like getting FREE MONEY!

     Do you want to get a gift for your teacher?  How about Barnes &Nobel or Amazon.com, or Starbucks gift cards?  Do you have an elementary student?  We have Disney, American Girl, Chuck-E-Cheese and Build-A-Bear Workshop.  Got Teens?  Try Aeropostale, Under Armour, American Eagle or Regal Entertainment.  What should you get Mom?  She might like Pottery Barn, Zappos.com, ULTA and Land’s End.  Do you want to shop for your boss?  We have SHEETZ, Cheesecake Factory and Olive Garden.  Humm, what to get for Dad?  He would probably like Bass Pro Shop, Chipotle, Outback Steakhouse and Lowes. 

     You name it, we’ve got it!  You can sign up at ShopWithScrip.com using enrollment code EF1241D936775.  For more information, please contact your ShopWithScrip coordinator, Mary Richard at maryrich64@aol.com.  Like us on Facebook at BCA Bucks.

 Student Café Accounts

      Mrs. Duffey, Lions Café manager, would like to remind parents to check their students’ account totals.  The privilege of charging will be suspended for student accounts over $50.00.  Please make sure the balance gets paid.  Thank you!

 Senior Portraits Due

     The yearbook class is in need of graduating seniors’ formal and casual portraits as well as six childhood pictures.  Please make every effort to get these portraits submitted soon.  Photographers (and parents) are welcome to send them electronically to Mrs. Luhn at hsguidance@broadfording.com.  Hard copies should be scanned and submitted on a CD.  

Yearbook Pre-Sale:  Look for Sales Flyers in December

      Speaking of the yearbook, yearbook presale flyers will be distributed the second week of December.  Our book will contain 96 pages of colored photos.  This keepsake will be selling at a presale price of $35.50.  Orders submitted before February 1, 2015 will be guaranteed.  After February 1, the price will increase to $38.00 and books will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The PAW POWER PRINTING PRESS (the yearbook class) is working hard to put together a quality book. 

Antietam Recreation – Cowboy Christmas

      Come out and see some of your teachers (Miss Karroll, Miss Gillaspie and Mrs. Luhn) who have a part in Antietam Recreation’s Cowboy Christmas dinner shows.  Relive the spirit of the West with exciting activities, award-winning vocalists and dancers and a heartwarming drama with the true message of Christmas.  Experience the thrilling action of Guinness World Record holder Andy Rotz as he amazes you with his rope-twirling, knife-throwing and gun spinning.  Witness the antics of his trick horse, Idja, and a variety of other animals live on stage!  Outside activities include wagon rides, horse rides, bonfire, marshmallow roasting, gift shop, and a petting zoo.  Get your hot apple cider and popcorn while you enjoy the activities before dinner.  The dinner and show take place inside the pavilion.  Contact Antietam Recreation at 301-797-7999 or visit them online at www.antietamrecreation.com for ticket information.  Dinner shows will take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the month of December.  This is a family-friendly event!

High School Guidance Announcements

  • ACT:  Visit www.actstudent.org for information about college planning tips as well as information regarding ACT preparation.

  • SAT:  Visit www.collegeboard.org for college readiness resources and the SAT.

  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling:  Visit www.nacacnet.org to get help making choices about postsecondary education.

  • The Washington County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship:  The local chapter is offering a $750 scholarship to one 2015 Washington County graduating senior.  Contact Mr. Shawn Weddle at 240-446-9547 for more information.  Deadline for applying is January 1, 2015.

  • Community Service Hours:  Don’t forget all high school students are required to earn at least 80 hours of community service before graduation.  Anyone that would like to have his/her community service project featured on the community service board can submit a brief write-up and picture to Mrs. Luhn.  She plans to update the board in December.

  • Seniors & the Physical Education Credit:  Any graduating senior that has not earned his/her physical education credit must complete this credit before graduation.  Parents (as the home school facilitators) and students are encouraged to get this completed.  The clock is ticking.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Luhn.


FAFSA:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in the financial aid process.  Parents of college bound seniors should plan on completing the FAFSA application online as soon after January 1 as possible.  Why not go ahead and get acquainted with the process by visiting www.fafsa.gov.?  Find out what you’ll need to complete the application and learn more about federal student aid.