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 BCA Home School Bulletin



October 31 - First Quarterly Report due

November 7 - (9:00-10:00) Home School Service Team meeting (chapel preparation)

November 14 - (8:15a-10:30a) Home School Service Team Service Project - Chapel Presentation

December 5 - (10:00a-2:00p) Home School Service Team @ Valley Mall for Caring Hands Gift Wrapping

February 23 (afternoon) - Research Writing Class Begins - Mrs. Redding (class meets weekly, no class 3/16, ends 4/6)

March 9 - (6:30p-8:30p)  Home School Project Night

March 13 - (1:00p-2:30p) Writing and Grading workshop follow-up by Mrs. R. Redding

Home School Service Team

The Home School Service Team exists to serve BCA mainly as well as other local organizations.  The team is open to mature middle school students and high school students.  Mrs. Torres will be providing leadership to the group this year. 

Our first service project will be providing a chapel service to the Pre-school and Elementary students on Friday, November 14 at BCA. There are 2 chapel periods--Grades 2-5 meet 8:45-9:30; pre-K-1st grade meet 9:45-10:15. Interested students must be willing to be present on November 14, 8:15-10:30.  There will be a planning meeting for this project on Friday, November 7, 9:00-10:00. Our chapel presentation will consist of a Bible Jeopardy game.  We have many Bible stories with questions already prepared from previous years.  Our meeting time will involve selecting stories and verifying questions for the stories.

The second service project will be off-campus volunteering for the American Red Cross Caring Hands Gift Wrap at the Valley Mall.  We will serve at the Old Navy station on Friday, December 5, 10:00-2:00.  Students are not required to serve the full 4 hour time period.  We will determine time slots for serving as we get closer to the project date.

Research Paper Writing class 

 Mrs. Redding will be offering a class for our home school high school students to fulfill the research paper requirement in our guidelines.  The class will be offered on Monday afternoons at BCA beginning on February 23 and progressing through the week of April 6 (no class on March 16 due to Spring Break).  Sign-up for this class will be provided in November. 

Parent Night Out Calendar

Location: Panera Bread, Garland Grove Blvd., Hagerstown, MD

November 17 - 7:00 p.m. - Topic:  Schooling through the Holidays

February 23 - 7:00 p.m. - Topic:  Reading Lists

April 20 - 7:00 p.m. - Topic:  Curriculum Resources


BCA Homeroom Class Activities

Grades 2 & 3 RESCHEDULED FOR Wednesday, October 29, the 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be taking a field trip to the Reynold’s Farm in Waynesboro, PA. We will be celebrating the harvest season as we learn how pumpkins grow. We will also enjoy a hayride and corn maze. For this trip we will be leaving school at 9:20 in order to arrive by 10:00. We will be eating lunch at the farm’s picnic area following the program around 11:00. Each child will need to bring a packed lunch (including a drink). We should return to BCA around 1:30. Please make sure to have your child dressed in clothing that is appropriate to the weather and to make sure they have comfortable walking shoes on. We need parents to come along and chaperone. Please consider coming with us! As always, please reply to the appropriate homeroom teacher with your interest. 

Please respond to your homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, October 8.  Only 2nd and 3rd grade students are permissible for participating in this field trip.  Home school families with students in this age range are encouraged to carpool together as chaperones and transportation will need to be provided by the home school family.  You may certainly meet at BCA and caravan with the 2nd & 3rd grade classes.

2nd grade:  pam.cook@broadfording.com
3rd grade:  clott@broadfording.com

5th Grade Field Trip:  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 22nd.  We have a GREAT field trip to kick off our science unit!  I got a great deal.  $7 for adults and $4 for students to Crystal Grottoes Caverns.  We will leave BCA at 9:25 and return at 1pm.  Please contact Mrs. Bergstrom with your interest (julia.bergstrom@broadfording.com)

Harvest Parties:  Reply to the appropriate homeroom teacher at least ONE week prior to the event.

Kindergarten - Thursday, October 23, 11:00-12:00.  Bring a bag of individually wrapped candy.  Contact Mrs. Blair for more details:

2nd Grade - Friday, October 24, 10:30-11:45.  The class will enjoy a "harvest lunch" together.  Contact Mrs. Cook for more details and she will assign you a food item to bring:  pam.cook@broadfording.com

3rd Grade -  Friday, October 24, 10:45 - 12:00.  The kids can either order pizza from the cafeteria or bring a sandwich.  Parents are providing the extras.  Contact Mrs. Ott for details on other food items to bring by Friday, October 17:  clott@broadfording.com

Senior "To Do" List

WELCOME, Class of 2015

***Please review your forecasting form and confirm your diploma requirements with Mrs. Torres by September 12.

***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.

***For all Senior students who are participating in BCA's Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2015, all course work must be completed and the portfolio reviewed and approved by May 20, 2015.

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  29      

Elementary/MS Curriculum Documentation                           August  29    

(BCA 1st Quarter Ends                                                                                  October 17 )

1st Quarterly Report                                                                    October 31           

1st Portfolio Review                                                            October 27 -- December 12

(BCA 2nd Quarter Ends                                                                                 December 19 )

2nd Quarterly Report                                                                 January 16             

(BCA 3rd Quarter Ends                                                                                    March 13 )

3rd Quarterly Report                                                                    March 27              

Final Portfolio Review (grades K-11)                                  April 13  – June 30

Senior Student Final Portfolio Review                                   no later than May 20

(BCA 4th Quarter Ends                                                                                     May 27 )

4th Quaterly Report and Year-End Grade Report                       June 12


Middle School Mon/Wed/Fri                    Middle School Tue/Thur
Period 1 10:30-11:10                                            Period 1  10:30-11:10
Period 2 11:10-11:50                                            Period 2  11:10-11:50
Period 3 11:50-12:22                                           Period 3  11:50-12:22
Lunch 12:22-12:52                                               Lunch 12:22-12:52
Period 4 12:52-1:26                                             Period 4 12:52-1:26
Period 5 1:27-2:07                                              Period 5A 1:26-1:54 & 5B 1:54-2:22
Period 6 2:07-2:47                                             Period 6 2:22-2:50
Period 7 2:47-3:30                                             Period 7 2:50-3:20

High School  Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri
Block A/E 10:30-11:50
Block B/F  11:54-12:48
Lunch  12:52-1:22
Block C/G  1:26-2:46
Block D/H  2:50-3:20




 Linda Higgins:  Home School Program Administrator


     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

Linda Adams:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer



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


 Amy Speck:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer