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 BCA Home School Bulletin



February 1-5, 2016 - Spirit Week - See Below for Activities and Schedule Change

February, 22, 2016 - Parent Night Out - 7:00 p.m. - Panera

February 24, 2016 - Research Paper Writing class begins

March 7, 2016 - Home School Project Night at BCA

April 1, 2016 - Home School Service Group - Elementary Chapel

Spirit Week – February 1-5, 2016

General Information:

Spirit Week at BCA is next week, February 1-5, and will prove to be a lively experience for all who participate.  In addition to the adjusted academic schedule, there are many opportunities for competition and school spirit to be expressed among the homeroom classes.  Home school students are welcome to participate.  Even if your student opts out of the special assemblies, you will need to pay heed to the adjusted academic class schedule as well as the special dress UP options. 




 ~ Bring in canned/boxed food for the Hagerstown Area Rescue Mission

5 items=  FREE DRESS DOWN DAY (or 12 items per family)

Thursday, January 28

(snow date:  Monday, February 8)

Food will also be collected during spirit week to earn points for your team.


Dessert/Lunch Auction

One important activity that occurs on Thursday during Spirit Week is the Dessert/Lunch Auction.  The income from the auction goes toward the Jr./Sr. Banquet fund.

Thursday, February 4

* Activity Time-9:50-10:50

Thursday-Dessert/Lunch Auction (6-12)- Mr. Wyand/Mrs. Burkett

Many desserts/several lunches will be needed in order to make this auction a success.  Start planning your desserts today! Homerooms will earn points for their teams for each dessert brought in.  Don’t forget to bring in your money for the bidding too!  The money from the auction will benefit the Jr./Sr. Banquet Fund.  The Junior Class Adviser will be helping to encourage participation, etc. 


Elementary:  All home school students are excused from attending the Elementary Specials classes during Spirit Week.  Due to the adjusted MS and HS class schedules the Elementary Specials classes will be impacted (either canceled or rescheduled).  To save confusion, it is best that the student not attend.  HOWEVER, if your elementary student would like to participate in the Spirit Week activities with their homeroom class, please, contact Celia, immediately.   

Middle School and High School:  Please see the adjusted class schedules below.

We will be having a change drive.  All change collected will go to the Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Center.  The homeroom bringing in the most change will earn points for their team. 

 MS & HS STUDENTS who attend academic classes:  Please see the changes in class times.  Some Period/Block classes have been "flipped".  Please note the changes for next week, February 1-5.  Plan accordingly.  


If you have questions, please, contact Celia at your earliest convenience.  And, remember, all home school students are invited to participate.

Dress Up Days:

Elementary School

 Middle and High School

Theme:  Metamorphosis

Verse:  Romans 12:2

 Dress up days: 


Wednesday –    Pajama Day  Superhero Day

Thursday – Nationality day          Sports Day        

Friday –  Red/White/Blue day    Tourist (Traveler) day


 * “Magnificent Munchie” Sale on Wednesday –

* Missions project – Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI) a deaf school in Uganda.  http://boanergesdeafinitiative.com/

 Assembly times – Every day – 12:20 – 1:20

No regular gym class for the week

Many specials change that week – will not know specials schedule until we see the final high school schedule

 Please rsvp to Mrs. Cook (pam.cook@broadfording.com)  if they are going to participate by Monday, January 25 so we can then put them on a team.  



Wednesday -- Career Day/Role Model Day
Thursday – Fictional Character Day
Friday – Matchy, Matchy Day



Middle School Adjusted Spirit Week Schedule

High School Adjusted Spirit Week Schedule


 8:30- 8:45 Special Homeroom

 8:50- 9:45 Period 3 (Please note switch w Period 1.)

9:50-10:50 TBA


10:55-11:20 Period 1 (NO Period 2)

11:25-11:55 Lunch

12:00-12:45 Period 4

12:50- 1:30 Period 5

 1:35-2:35 TBA

2:40- 3:20 Period 6


 8:30- 8:45 Special Homeroom

 8:50- 9:45 Blocks B/F (Please note switch w Blocks A/E.)

 9:50-10:50 TBA


10:55-11:55 Blocks A/E

12:00-12:30 Lunch #1

12:35-1:30 Blocks C/G

12:00-12:30, 1:10-1:30 Blocks C/G

12:35-1:05 Lunch #2

 1:35- 2:35 TBA

 2:40-3:20 Blocks D/H


8:30- 8:45 Special Homeroom

 8:50- 9:45 Period 3 (Please note switch w Period 1.)

9:50-10:50 TBA

10:55-11:20 Period 2 (NO Period 1)

11:25-11:55 Lunch

12:00- 1:30 Period 4 (NO Period 5)

 1:35-2:35 TBA

2:40- 3:20 Period 6

Please note that the schedule for Middle School students will be different on Monday/Wednesday/Friday than it is on Tuesday/Thursday.


Please note:


*TBA's are the special Spirit Week Activities/Chapels which will be sent out when they are all finalized.


*Teachers are going to need to check with the specials teachers to see if they will be able to have classes due to the schedule changes.



Registration for 2016-2017: 

BCA will soon begin registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please wait for an "official" notice from the home school program to begin the process of re-enrollment.  In the meantime, prayerfully consider what is best for your family in terms of accountability for the upcoming school year.  We appreciate each of you and the effort you put forth on a daily basis to educate with excellence.  The home school staff work to serve your family by providing support, encouragement, and guidance as needed. God has a plan for each of us. 

BCA Auction:

The home school program is working on compiling a gift basket to submit for the BCA auction on February 26. The theme of our gift basket is "Renewing the Mind".  We are asking for either monetary donations or the submission of an item to help with this project.  If you choose to give monetarily, please make checks payable to "Broadfording Christian Academy" with "Home School Gift Basket" in the memo; cash is also welcome.  If you choose to contribute a physical item, items to contribute may include:  Joyce Myer, "Battlefield of the Mind" products (book or dvd); Beth Moore books and devotionals; soothing instrumental CDs; scented candle; scented/potpourri pillow; other spa related or in-home relaxation items.  Please reply to Celia at your earliest convenience if you choose to submit a physical item.  The deadline for contributing to our auction project is Friday, February 5.  Thank you for your support of BCA in this way.

Parent Night Out

(Unless otherwise noted, PNO events will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Panera (Garland Grove Blvd., Hagerstown)

February 22, 2016 - Teaching from Rest : Keeping and refining your vision to gain peace about where your headed.  Also, what this phrase means and strategize ways to have restful momentum instead of a frantic frenzied pace.

March 9, 2016 - BCA Home School PROJECT NIGHT - Location:  BCA

March 21, 2016 - Teacher Development: Discussion of educational philosophies, identify our strengths and weaknesses, and strategize on how to fill in the holes and provide our students with a well rounded education.

April 18, 2016 - Home School Curriculum Ideas

June - Mom's Senior Tea - Date TBD

Research Writing Paper Class

BCA's home school program requires one formal research paper as part of the high school English writing requirements each school year for those providing an English credit at home.  The guidelines and policy document provide specific instructions on the necessary parameters to be followed for the research paper.  Since we require this type of writing assignment, we want to provide you with a resource for instruction and guidance.  Mrs. Rebecca Redding, BCA Home School alumni and teacher of HS English and other writing courses at BCA, provides a 6 week mini-course for your students.  See the information below and reply to Mrs. Redding with your interest.

Wednesdays, 2:30p-3:30p

2016--February 24, March 2, 9, (no class 3/16), 3/23, 3/30, 4/6

Cost: $75/student; $60/additional students from same family

Contact:  rjredding620@gmail.com

Home School Project Night at BCA

Save the Date ~ Monday, March 7, 2016

Home School Service Group Opportunity

Mrs. Torres has committed the home school program to providing an Elementary Chapel program on Friday morning,  April 1, 2016.  She is currently looking for several high school students, or mature middle school students (7th & 8th grades) to assist her in this service event.  She is planning to organize the Bible Story Game Show that we have traditionally offered to the elementary students. The students love this activity and it is an easy one  to organize without involving additional practice time with our service group.

If your high school or middle school student is interested in assisting Mrs. Torres in hosting this event on April 1st, please contact Celia.  This is an opportunity for your student to serve BCA and gain community service hours.

Achievement Testing Dates

April 25-28, 2016 at BCA

BCA administers the Terra Nova Achievement Test in April of each school year for grades 1-11.  This provision of achievement testing is both an opportunity and an obligation to you as an enrolled family in BCA's Home School Program.  Per the home school policy and guidelines document, you understand that your student's participation is mandatory beginning in 3rd grade and each odd year following.   

This school year the Terra Nova will be offered April 25 - 28, 2016 at BCA. Elementary students will test Monday through Thursday, and MS/HS students will test Monday through Wednesday of that week.  Home school students will test with their respective homeroom class on campus.  Any home school student with a diagnosed learning disability which involves reading difficulties will be provided a test reader upon request of the parent.  

Families who reside in WV must use the achievement testing option since our home school program does not have WV state certified teachers to conduct portfolio reviews.

Registration for testing closed on November 13th.  Please highlight the dates for achievement testing on your calendar.  Please refrain from scheduling other appointments during the testing week as you plan for 2016.  Once you have committed your student for participation, cancellation is not permitted unless you encounter extenuating circumstances.

Homeroom Class Activities

Valentine Parties

Kindergarten:  cindy.blair@broadfording.com

Thursday, February 11 at 11:00.  If attending, bring a bag of candy to share with the class. Please see Celia's email from 1/29 with a list of names for valentine exchange cards.

3rd Grade:  clott@broadfording.com

Friday, February 12, 10:30 - 12:00.  If a home school student would like to attend, please send Mrs. Ott an email by Monday, February 1.


MS/HS Homeroom Meetings:  This school year the students will be meeting for "Homeroom" during the first segment of Block A class on a pre-determined FRIDAY.  The Homeroom meeting will offer opportunity to discuss class activities and plan for BCA events.  It is a method for a home school student to join their full-time day classmates.  If a home school student would like to take part in the Homeroom meeting they are welcome to attend.  If your student comes to campus for a Block A class period, they should attend the homeroom meeting and then go to the regularly scheduled class.  More information to follow.

Field Trip Opportunities

4th and 5th Grade Field trip to the National Aquarium - Thursday, Feb. 18th.  Students $23 / Adult $25.  Leaving BCA at 8:45 a.m. and Returning between 4:30 and 5:00.  (See document attached to email sent on 1/28 from Mrs. Torres for additional information).  Reply to the appropriate homeroom teacher:

4th grade - Mrs. Hirsch - valerie.hirsch@broadfording.com

5th grade - Mrs. Layton - dina.layton@broadfording.com

Please be advised that no siblings are permitted.  This is the policy for full-time day students as well as home school students.  Parents should plan to accompany their student for this trip.  Also, there is no response deadline provided, however, it is first-come-first-serve for home school students and parents due to seating limitations on the bus.

Homeroom teacher contacts are as follows:

6th grade - sarah.gillaspie@broadfording.com

7th grade - jacquelyn.mariott@broadfording.com

8th grade - molly.cox@broadfording.com

9th grade - jerry.jones@broadfording.com

10th grade - aaron.rohrer@broadfording.com

11th grade - vicki.oliver@broadfording.com

12th grade - maribeth.thornsbury@broadfording.com

Senior "To Do" List

WELCOME, Class of 2016

Senior Class of 2016:  The yearbook class has one last appointment set for a senior class group photo.  The date is Wednesday, March 2 at 2:20.  (RESCHEDULED from Friday, Jan. 29th) If your senior student has submitted photos for a page in the yearbook, then it would be best for your student to be present for the group photo.  Senior Superlative photos will also be taken at this time. Your student would have been contacted if they were selected for a Senior Superlative.  Again, this is a yearbook project.  ALL home school 12th grade students are invited to participate in the group photo for the yearbook.  However, if your student has NOT submitted photos for the yearbook, then they are excused from the class photo.

May 20, 2016 - All Senior Course work must be completed by this date.

May 22, 2016 - Baccalaureate

May 24, 2016 - Graduation Practice

May 25, 2016 - Graduation

***Complete the photo request and other documents provided to you over the summer from Mrs. Luhn.

***Plan and submit transcript requests in a timely fashion as you apply to colleges.  The form is available on this website.  Allow 1 week for a transcript request and 2 weeks, if a recommendation letter is needed.

BCA Home School Program Ministers to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  BCA’s Home School Program ministers to families who wish to home school their children who have autism spectrum disorders. A trained evaluator is on staff, Julie Malecki. Prior to her position in BCA's Home School Program, Julie worked in both a one-to-one home therapy setting and a school setting as a behavioral therapist and instructional tutor for children with autism. Julie is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Discreet Trial and has 10 years experience applying these principles to educational goals. She also has experience adapting and creating teaching materials tailored directly to the child’s learning styles and strengths. Please contact the Home School Department for more information.




Form Title

Due Date

High School Course Description

August 28, 2015

Elementary/MS Curriculum Documentation

August 28, 2015

BCA 1st Quarter Ends October 20, 2015

1st Quarterly Report Due

November 3, 2015

1st Portfolio Review

October 26-December 11, 2015

BCA 2nd Quarter Ends December 22, 2015

2nd Quarterly Report Due

January 15, 2016

BCA 3rd Quarter Ends  March 11,2016

3rd Quarterly Report Due

March 25, 2016

BCA 4th Quarter Ends May 25, 2016

Final Portfolio Reviews (Grades K-11)

April 11 – June 30, 2016

Senior Student Final Portfolio Review

no later than May 20, 2016

4th Quarterly Report and Year-End Grade Report

June 10, 2016

Half Day Schedules - UPDATED!!

High School Half Day Schedule

Block  B/F  

8:30 - 9:25

Block A/E


Block C/G


Block D/H


Middle School Half Day Schedule

Period 3


Period 1


Period 2


Period 4


Period 5


Period 6


Period 7



 The 2 Hour delay schedule has been modified and the updated information will be posted here as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please refer to email correspondence from Mrs. Torres for 2-hour delay information.

     Celia Torres:  Home School Progam Director 

Office Hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:00-4:00, Fridays 9:00-1:00

301-797-8886, ext. 211; celia.torres@broadfording.com

Julie Malecki:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer & supervision for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


 Amy Speck:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer