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     April 17, 2014


Happy Easter


     We hope every family has a blessed Easter weekend as we celebrate our risen Lord!  Don’t forget Monday, April 21 is a makeup day.  We’ll look forward to seeing students at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning. 


Serve-A-Thon 2014 - Praise the Lord for His Provision


     Our annual Serve-A-Thon program is doing quite well with a total of $10,733 in donations raised so far.  We appreciate all of the families that took the time to complete the mailers.  Every year we are pleasantly reminded of ALL the many people that want to support Christian education, and in particular, our BCA students.  We are grateful for the folks that believe in our mission and want to support it.  Praise the Lord!

     Last week, we had students all over the tri-state area serving at several nonprofit organizations.  There were showers in the forecast on Friday’s service day, but the Lord held them off and our students were able to get a ton of work done.  All the groups, including those that served indoors, did a beautiful job!  Thank you to all the staff and parents that volunteered their time to assist with the service projects. 


Our Mission was to “Bee” a Blessing to Others ~ Mission Accomplished!


Serve-A-Thon Prizes


     Like most fundraisers, we have offered students a few incentives for participating in the fundraising component of our Serve-A-Thon program.  Preschool and elementary students raising at least $100 in sponsorship will get to choose from a list of toys from Toys R Us, and middle and high school students raising at least $100 will qualify to go on the shopping spree on May 8 at the Premium Outlets in Hagerstown (they will also be given a cash prize of $15).  For families with two BCA students, a family total of $140 must be raised to earn prizes, and for families of three or more children, a total of $160 must be raised.  Donation totals will be calculated on May 1 and prize sheets will be handed out to qualifying students on or before May 5. 


Serve-A-Thon Donation Slips


     All of the donation slips will be sent home with students sometime before the end of the school year.  Mrs. Luhn plans on sending hundreds of thank you letters to donors, but even so, we encourage families to personally thank their individual sponsors.  It is important that people know how much we appreciate their financial support.

     Families are encouraged to hold onto the donation slips for next year.  You can refer back to them when compiling your donor list for next year’s mailers.       




     Program coordinator, Mary Richard, reports, “Since we started this program six months ago, we have sold over $40,000 in gift cards.  The rebates from these cards keep adding up!  All you have to do is charge your style of shopping by using our gift cards instead of paying for your purchases with cash, checks or credit cards.  It’s that simple!  We have over 300 retailers which include Sam’s, Martin’s, Walmart, Sheetz, Olive Garden, Toys R Us, and Gap.  You name it, we probably have it.  Keep those special teachers in mind for Teacher Appreciation Week.  In stock now, we have Bath and Body Works and iTunes.”  To sign up, please go to shopwithscrip.com and enter enrollment code:  EF1241D936775.


Achievement Testing


     Students will be taking achievement tests the week of April 28.  Please make sure your children are well rested, eat a good breakfast, and arrive to school on time. 


Junior/Senior Banquet – Tickets on Sale


     This year’s high school banquet will be held on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn (1718 Underpass Way) in Hagerstown.  The banquet theme is “A Night on the Boardwalk.”  This banquet is in honor of graduating seniors.  Parents, don’t forget to get your “Letter to Your Son/Daughter” turned in to Mrs. Haldeman; the letters will be read at the banquet.  Tickets for the banquet are $25, and they can be purchased in the school office.


Our Yearbook has been sent to the Press! 


     The 2013-2014 BCA Yearbook is finished and has been sent to the press.  The yearbook class worked hard to put together a quality book that contains 96 pages of colored photos.  The yearbooks are due to arrive the last week of school.  Graduating seniors will get their books on May 27 and all other students will receive theirs on May 28.  Books are now available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you want to be guaranteed a book, please place your order soon.  Books cost $36.  Please make checks payable to Lifetouch.  Order forms can be picked up in the school office.



Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 5-9


     Begin thinking now about the teachers you would like to recognize and say ‘thank you’ to this year.  Our dedicated teachers and staff work long hours and devote much time to their students, and they willingly do this for much less than their counterparts in the public school system.  Let’s join the PTF in making Teacher Appreciation Week a week of encouragement for our BCA teachers and staff.


High School Guidance Announcements


·         National Honor Society:  The last meeting for this year is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room P11. 

·         BCA Maintenance Scholarship:  Employees of the 2011-2013 BCA Maintenance Department are pleased to announce a one-time scholarship of $729.  This scholarship fund was established and contributed to by Richard (Pappy) and Mary Carter, Mike Morris, Ursula Gonzales, Tim Hively, John Perrott, and Oliver Hornick.  This scholarship will be awarded to a BCA graduating senior (or home school senior).  The scholarship can be used toward tuition, books, and course materials or other expenses deemed appropriate.  Deadline for applying is May 15, 2014.  Please see Mrs. Luhn for more details.

·         Home Builders Association of Washington County:  This association is offering a $500 scholarship to any student who attends a private school in Washington County.  This student must be a senior and must be pursuing a career in the construction, engineering, or interior design industries.  Deadline for applying is April 28, 2014.  Please see Mrs. Luhn for an application. 

·         Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship:  The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has established this scholarship to assist high school seniors who intend to major in visual art/studio art, art history, art education, architecture and/or design.  This is a $1,000 scholarship.  Deadline for applying is April 25, 2014.  Please see Mrs. Luhn for an application.

·         Campus Tours at Hagerstown Community College:  HCC conducts a campus tour every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.  Interested students are required to register online at www.hagerstowncc.edu/admissions. 

·         ESSENCE Program at Hagerstown Community College:  To be eligible for the ESSENCE program a student must be 16 years old and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  All ESSENCE students must have the ESSENCE ‘Early Entry’ application form signed by a parent and a counselor.  All ESSENCE students are required to take the placement assessment tests before registering.  Students who have taken the SAT/ACT tests and have achieved the required scores do not need to take the placement tests.  Students interested in the ESSENCE program should contact Mrs. Luhn.