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Radium Girls FB CoverOn Saturday, February 27, Bradford will perform Radium Girls at the 2016 Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild competition.

The competition is being held at Westford Academy, 30 Patton Road Westford, MA. Seven area schools will perform their plays beginning at 9:00 am and finishing with the last play which begins at 4:30 pm. The awards ceremony will take place later that evening around 9:00 pm.

Bradford is scheduled to perform Radium Girls at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each, can be purchased at the door, and allow admittance to all shows during the day.

We hope to see you at the show!

 

Spirit_weekIt’s almost Spirit Week–a week dedicated to celebrating our school spirit and supporting our basketball teams! Please read through the following explanations of the week’s themes. (Some dress code rules still apply: no sweatpants, track pants, pajamas, or leggings. Jeans must not have rips, tears, or holes.)

HS Spirit Week Themes:

Monday: Class Colors Day: Each class must dress in one color: 9th grade dress in purple; 10th grade dress in white; 11th grade dress in green; and 12th grade dress in black.  Teachers wear blue.
Tuesday: Tacky Tuesday: Dress mismatched and crazy with bright colors, plaids, etc.
Wednesday: Sentinels Blue and Gold Day: Wear as much blue and gold as you can! Wear the Sentinels hoodie, a t-shirt from a BCA team or event, or your PE shirt. (No sweatpants/track pants!)
Thursday: Throwback Thursday: Wear something you wore as a kid or that your parents wore, recreate an old photo (bring it in!), or dress like someone famous from the past.
Friday: Historical/Biblical/Movie/Novel Character Day: Dress as a movie, historical, or biblical character. Or choose to be a superhero or villain!

MS Themes:

Monday: Super Hero/Villain Day
Tuesday: Sports Day
Wednesday: Class Unity Day
Thursday: Throwback Decade/Crazy Hair Day
Friday: Sentinels Day

Enrollment

Recently, Mrs. Kennedy sent an email to all Bradford families outlining the re-enrollment process and the tuition rates for the 2016-2017 school year.

Parents of current students must complete a re-enrollment form and submit a tuition deposit by Tuesday, March 1 in order to guarantee your student’s enrollment at Bradford next school year. After this date, students may re-enroll on a space-available basis. Please take a few moments to complete the re-enrollment process.

To access the re-enrollment forms, please visit the Re-enrollment tab on our website. Please contact us at 978-373-7900 (Lower School) or 978-373-7960 (High School) if you have any questions regarding the re-enrollment process.

Planning to apply for Financial Aid? Visit the Financial Aid page for helpful information about application guidelines and how to apply for financial aid for 2016-2017. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure access to financial aid funds, which are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Bradford Christian Academy is thrilled to announce that Troy Gabriele will assume a new senior leadership position, Director of Student Life, on February 22, 2016.
BCA created this position in response to our intentional, community-wide reflection that culminated in a published strategic plan last summer. The strategic plan calls for BCA to, “strengthen our school community which flows from our faith in God, for individual student growth and flourishing, intentionally preserving this value as a permanent characteristic of BCA.”

Toward this end, Troy will:

  • evaluate current and potential spiritual formation activities ensuring that they embody BCA’s goals for inspiring faith, supporting individual student development, and cultivating community,
  • develop additional student-led and faculty-led opportunities for fellowship, prayer, Bible study, local service, and service abroad,
  • mentor, counsel, and participate in the discipline of male students,
  • promote school-wide community building events through which families may connect with other families and participate in the BCA “family,”
  • oversee BCA’s Athletic Department providing vision, direction, communication, and accountability for all BCA’s athletic activities,
  • continue teaching Foundations of Faith, and
  • continue teaching two sections of Physics as he has done since last spring.

Troy is uniquely qualified to fill the role of Director of Student Life. He is already well-known and respected throughout the BCA community through his previous tenure as BCA’s Athletic Director between September 2007 and June 2014 during which time he established and grew BCA’s athletics program. He left BCA to serve as Associate Pastor at West Newbury Congregational Church.

Troy now feels called by God to serve BCA in this new position. We are confident that Troy’s steadfast faith in God and his “relentless positivity” will strengthen the quality of the student experience at BCA, and will help foster an ongoing school culture characterized by faith, unity, and fun.

Please join us in welcoming Troy back to BCA in this new role.

Reaching Higher

***Due to the snow storm, we have cancelled tonight’s Town Hall. The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm at First Church of Christ.***

Please join us on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm at the Ward Hill Church (63 L Street, Bradford–just down the road from our Lower School) for a town hall meeting to discuss the exciting future of Bradford Christian Academy. Victoria Kennedy will be presenting details regarding our progress with the relocation of the high school and our Reaching Higher capital campaign. We look forward to seeing our entire community there!

baseball-softball-glove-buying-guideWe are pleased to announce that this spring we will be offering baseball and softball at the high school level.

Mrs. Cottrell and Mr. Yeo are talking with all interested athletes. For more information about this program, please email Mrs. Cottrell.

HS students please note: On Monday, February 1, the list of students who are eligible to participate in Q3 extra-curricular activities will be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. Please note our eligibility requirements as stated in our Parent Handbook:
 
Students in all grades must maintain an average of C- (70%) in each class and may not have an F in any class for the previous quarter to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. 

1. Students in grades 9-12 must be currently enrolled and have completed all class work for the previous quarter. Students may not play with an “incomplete” class. 
2. A student who misses the 70% by a narrow margin the previous quarter may request a waiver by scheduling a conference with the Dean of Students or the Dean of Academics. A waiver may be granted if the student agrees to meet specific terms set in the form of a contract. If the terms are not met, the student will lose eligibility immediately. 

Please see Mrs. Stevens if you have any questions.

box topsClip! Clip! It’s time to submit your Box Tops for Education!

Those little box tops add up! Last year we earned over $400! Our goal this year is $500, and we have $283 in so far. The competition for the class who submits the most is heating up! The 7th grade is currently in the lead for winning a prize. (2nd grade won in December.) Remember to mark your grade level on any you submit.

Be sure to turn yours in by Friday, February 12 for the next submission date! Click here to learn more.

Roller_SkatesOn Friday, March 11 from 5:00-7:00 pm, come lace up your skates and join your friends and the entire Bradford community for a night of fun & fellowship!

Please come and support the school as we raise funds for the high school missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

Tickets are $10 per person or $40 max per family. Skate rentals are $3 each. Families may purchase tickets at the door. We will also host a bake sale!

We look forward to seeing your family at Skateland!

ACADEMYPREVIEWProspective students interested in learning more about BCA’s high school are invited to the Academy Preview on Sunday, January 24.

During the program, which runs from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, families and prospective students will meet some of BCA’s gifted and caring teachers, tour our facility, learn about our programs, and experience the enthusiasm of our students, learning and growing together at Bradford.

BCA’s current 8th grade families are encouraged to attend with their students to see the high school. Please spread the word and invite anyone you know who may be interested in BCA. Please call 978-373-7900 to RSVP if you plan to attend.

keep-calm-and-file-fafsa-5Need finacial aid for college?

The deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is February 1. The FAFSA form is a government program for financial aid and will likely be the largest source of financialaid for a student.

In addition, some schools also require a CSS financial profile. Please check the individual schools to which you are applying to see if this is a requirement.

If you need help filling out either of these forms, please contact Ms. Thurston or Mrs. Stevens.

focus groupPlease join us!

Parents are invited to attend a focus group to discuss the HS school dress code on Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30 pm in Room 304 (Mr. Indrelie’s room).

Current 8th grade parents are also invited to attend.

report-card The last day of the 2nd Quarter is Friday, January 22, and report cards will post on Friday, January 29.

On January 29 at the end of the day, you will be able to view and print a copy of your student’s report card. To do this, please log on to the Veracross site, and next to your student’s name, select “Report Cards, Quarter 2.”

photographsThe Yearbook Staff invites teachers, students, and parents to submit photos for the yearbooks for the Lower School and High School.

If you’ve got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them. Our photographers can’t be everywhere! Help us get as many photos as possible to create terrific books that everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:

  • To submit pictures to be considered for the Lower School yearbook, simply click here.
  • To contribute pictures to the High School yearbook, please click here.

It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!

The BCA Cheer Squad will be selling fleece scarves in Sentinels colors as a fundraiser. Each scarf is made with love by our team.

Scarves are $15 each. Show your Sentinel spirit and stay warm this winter!

Please send order requests now through Feb 1 to the Cheerleading coach Monica Romig (monica.romig@bradfordchristianacademy.org). Scarves will be received on the Friday the week of order, and payment will be due at that time as well.