Its-Jeans-DayLower School “Jeans Day” begins on Friday, September 19th.

Students at the Lower School are permitted to wear jeans to school each Friday (unless other instructions are given for a particular day.) Students who choose to wear jeans must pay $2 to their homeroom teacher. In addition, students must adhere to the Apprearance Code policy for Jeans Day found in the Parent/Student Handbook.

All money raised will go towards BCA Missions and service projects.

Yarn and knitting needles_1Middle school girls in grades 5-8 are encouraged to join our new Knitting Club!

Students will be learning some basic knitting skills first and then will begin to knit blankets as a project for the non-profit ministry Healing Homes. Healing Homes creates “I AM SPECIAL” bags for foster children which they fill with small comfort items that the children are able to keep: a blanket, stuffed animal, small toys, etc.be making small blankets for foster babies. Often, young foster children are moved from home to home taking nothing with them except the clothes on their backs. As the children are moved from home to home, it is very comforting them to have these familiar items move with them. The Knitting Club will contribute to this wonderful ministry by making small blankets to place in these bags.

You can find more information about Healing Homes by visiting their Facebook page.

The Knitting Club will meet on Tuesdays during 8th period, beginning September 23rd and running through December. The cost for this program is $20 to cover knitting needles and yarn needed for the project. For more information, please contact Mrs. Smith at the Lower School.

 

announcementBCA uses a system called PreK-12 Notification to alert parents of school closings or changes in school activities. In addition, closings are also posted on our Facebook page.

The PreK-12 system allows us to call up to four phone numbers for your family. The system automatically loads your primary home phone number, but you must elect to include additional phone numbers. We strongly recommend that you enter cell phone numbers so that you may receive a call even if your land lines are down.  Please take a few minutes to add your cell phone numbers to ensure that you receive school messages.

Instructions for adding phone numbers to BCA’s  

  1. Call the PreK-12 Notification Parent Hotline at 1-800-846-4976 to setup a PIN code.  For security reasons, you must call from your Primary phone number to manage your personal emergency contact list.
  2. Once your PIN is set, you can manage your information by going to www.prek12notification.com.  Use your primary phone number as the Login ID as well as the PIN you created on the phone.

 

In addition to using the universal phone call system, we will post school closing announcements on WBZ radio (AM 1030), WBZ TV Channel 4, and WHDH TV channel 7. Taken together, these various forms of communication should deliver messages in the event of a power outage.

Thank you for making sure all your contact numbers are listed in the PreK-12 Notification system.

 

News UnosOn Wednesday, October 1st, please come and support our school at Uno Restaurant, 30 Cushing Avenue, off Rte 125 (located on the Haverhill/Plaistow border). Uno will donate 20% of your check to Bradford on dine-in or take-out lunch, dinner, and snacks!

Tickets are available by clicking here, or in the school offices. Please present your ticket to your waitstaff.

Please tell your friends and family, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at Unos!

325130BasketballCalling all BCA Boys Basketball Players grades 8-12!

Want to brush up on your skills and get ready for the 2014-2015 basketball season? Then join us for our Wednesday night Open Gym sessions! These sessions will be held for 8 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm beginning on September 17th.

The session are coached by High School Associate Head Coach Mark Cottrell, and they will be held at the Bradford Elementary School Gym (118 Montvale St., Haverhill).

You are highly encouraged to attend! Show up when you can; you do not need to commit to all 8 sessions. See you on the court!

theater masksRose Red has just turned thirteen, and the pressure is on—what will she do to get famous like her sister, Snow White? Everyone in the kingdom, from her parents to her close friend Miss Muffet, is pressuring her to get discovered. But Rose Red doesn’t want to constantly be on the front page of the Grimm Times, even if Bo Peep, Cinderella, and Goldilocks eat up the attention. In her struggle to choose between doing what everyone else wants and forging her own path, Rose Red can’t help wondering if a girl who wants to be “just normal” can live happily ever after.

Following the success of last year’s Little Red Riding Hood, Bradford Christian Academy is proud to announce its second-annual Lower School production: The Adventures of Rose Red. The production will be directed by seniors Alex Gilford and Vincent Cantone, and produced by Matt Perusse, Director of Performing Arts. All Lower School students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to be a part of the production. However, students in grades 1 and 2 will need a parent/guardian present during rehearsals and performances.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Tuesday, September 16th from 3:20-5:00 pm in the Lower School cafeteria. Additional Wednesday rehearsals will begin October 22nd. Performances will be held on November 6th and 7th at the Ward Hill Church. Due to the rehearsal schedule, students will not be able to participate in both soccer and the play.

At the first rehearsal, students will participate in a series of warm-up games and acting activities. The cast list will be announced at the second rehearsal.

Participating students should remain in the homerooms until the end of dismissal. At 3:00 pm, students will be dismissed to the cafeteria where a faculty member/parent will take them outside for a break. Students will then be returned to the cafeteria for the beginning of rehearsal at 3:20 pm.

A $60 participation fee is required for each student, and should be given to Ms. Spohr in the Main Office on or prior to the September 16th rehearsal.

We are eager to once again showcase the talent of our Lower School students, and look forward to another entertaining production!

 

 

vote electionBradford will hold elections for Student Body President and Student Body Vice President and for class representatives and next Thursday, September 11th in homeroom.

Students interested in running should speak to Mr. Osterloh about the roles of the representative and time commitment. Student Council responsibilities include planning school social events, fund raising for class trips, and working with teachers and school administrators on student and policy issues. Students running for Student Council must post 70% or better in all classes as demonstrated by their report card last quarter.

All students running for class office and Student Body President and Vice President will prepare a 3 minute speech, outlining why they want to service their class, and how they plan to improve the school. Students will deliver these speeches during Chapel on Wednesday, September 10th. Student Council is a great opportunity to exercise leadership abilities, grow civic and service skills, and make lasting friendships.

 

zion bible campusProspective students interested in learning more about BCA’s high school are invited to the Academy Preview on Sunday, October 19th.

During the 90 minute program, which runs from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, families and prospective students will meet some of BCA’s gifted and caring teachers, tour our facilities on the Northpoint Bible College campus, 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.

parent_connection2The Parent Connection–the PTO group of BCA–is inviting parents to join them for coffee at Mann Orchards in Methuen on Friday, September 19th from 8:15 – 9:30 am. This informal gathering is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and hear about the latest activities of the Parent Connection. There are always great ways to participate and become more involved in the school!

We hope to see you at this event!

The College Corner is your go-to place to keep you on schedule with all of your college admissions preparations! Please check back often to learn about upcoming college fairs and scholarship information, as well as monitoring your own “to do” list! Mrs. Stevens (who serves as your guidance counselor) and Mrs. Sweeney (who serves as your college advisor) are always here to help you along this journey!

UPCOMING SAT TESTING:

The next SAT testing will be held on Saturday, October 11th. The registration deadline for this test is Friday, September 12th. The late registration deadline is Tuesday, September 30th. BCA will be administering this test.

For a full list of 2014-15 SAT testing dates, please visit www.collegeboard.org.

COLLEGE FAIR INFORMATION:

Bradford’s first College Mini-Fair in 2014 was a huge success! To see more details about this amazing event, please click here!

Senior To-Do List

(Adapted from College Board®)

September / October

  1. Meet with your Senior Advisor, Mrs. Sweeney, to finalize your list of colleges. Consider applying to at least 6-9 schools. Your list should include 3 Reach, 3 Good Fit and 3 Safety schools.
  2. If you are planning on competing in Division I or II college sports, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  3. Start a check list or spreadsheet of all application requirements, deadlines and fees.
  4. Set up campus visits and interviews; attend open houses at colleges that interest you.
  5. Attend family financial aid events at your school or in your area.
  6. Register now for the SAT and or SAT Subject Tests if you plan to take them again. Next tests are on 10/11 and 11/8.
  7. If you are going to apply under an Early Decision or Early Action plan, start applications now. Some colleges have October deadlines!
  8. Ask now for letters of recommendation from your guidance counselor, Mrs. Stevens, and any teachers, coaches or employers. Allow at least three weeks prior to any deadline. You must complete the Student Information Worksheet when requesting a teacher recommendation.
  9. Write first drafts of your college essays and ask your counselor, parents and teachers to review them.
  10. Some schools require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. You can register on collegeboard.org starting Oct 1.

 

Junior To-Do List

September / October

  1. Use the official student guide to study for the PSAT/NMSQT.
  2. Take the PSAT/NMSQT on Oct 15th.
  3. You can expect your PSAT/NMSQT scores in December.
  4. Meanwhile continue preparing for the SAT at home in addition to in SAT Prep class.

 

 

 

TP 38--Middle School VerticalPlease join us for our Beyond the Books Tour!

Our Beyond the Books events are designed to give parents, community members, and prospective new families insight into our mission and hear from real Bradford students who are the future leaders of our community. We encourage all parents to attend a tour and think about bringing someone you know who may benefit from hearing about the life-shaping work that happens here everyday.

Our next scheduled tour is Thursday, September 25th at 8:30 am on our Lower School campus at 97 Oxford Avenue. We hope to see you at a tour soon!

2014 hoodieGet Sentinels hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, and more! This year parents and students can order several different Sentinels branded items in our first ever Flash Store sale.

Please click here to access the Flash Store. Orders must be placed by Sunday, September 7 and will be shipped directly to parents.

ParkingLotStudents who are driving themselves to school need to obtain a parking pass from Mrs. Gilford in the high school office.

The cost is $40 and checks should be made payable to Northpoint Bible College.

Curriculum-NightBradford will soon host our annual Curriculum Night for parents. Parents will experience a “day in the life of your student” by moving through an abbreviated daily schedule. Classroom teachers will give parents a sense of what their student will be learning in the class and how the class is managed. Our Curriculum Night schedule is:

Elementary Parents: Thursday, September 18th from 6:00-6:45 pm

Middle School Parents:  Thursday, September 18th from 7:00-8:00 pm

High School Parents:  Thursday, September 25th from 7:00-8:00 pm

Due to space constraints, these will be parent-only events. We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

flash driveReminder! All middle school students are required to have a flash drive for their technology class.

Any flash drive with 1 GB of memory or higher is acceptable. Please have students label their flash drives with their names.