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!

IMG_0791The Sentinels Cheerleading squad is holding a fundraising Car Wash on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the New Life Christian Assembly of God church located at 986 Main Street, Haverhill.

The cheerleaders are raising funds to purchase new uniforms and attend a cheer clinic before their basketball season starts. Donations of any amount are accepted!

We hope to see you there!

applesOn Friday, October 3rd, our Elementary students will visit Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury.

Students will leave BCA at 9:30 am and return around 12:30 pm.  There will be no pizza lunch that day, so please pack a bag lunch for a picnic at the farm.  Students will be transported by BCA teachers and parent volunteers.  

Please leave a car seat at the school the morning of our trip.  Please click here to view the permission slip for more details.

dance-banner1Please join us on Saturday, October 18th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm for the first high school dance of the year!

The dance will be held at the Atkinson Community Center. More details coming soon!

Parent teacher conferencesHigh School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 16th.

If you are interested in meeting with any of your student’s teachers, please contact BCA with your time preferences and the list of teachers that you would like to see. Conference appointments are every 15 minutes per teacher from 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Teachers are available during the school day if they have an open period.

Please contact Connie Gilford at 978-373-7960 or at connie.gilford@bradfordchristianacademy.org to schedule your conferences. We will try our best to accommodate your requests.

Curriculum-Night***Curriculum Night for High School Parents originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to extensive student and teacher illness.***

The specific curriculum information planned for tonight will be included in the material delivered to you during the High School Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for October 16.

Please contact Connie Gilford at the high school at 978-373-7960 or connie.gilford@bradfordchristianacademy.org to schedule your appointment for the parent/teacher conferences for that date. In addition, please contact Connie Gilford if you are experiencing any problems with your Veracross account.

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Bradford 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–CANCELED

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

La Vida 6We are excited to announce the formation of an Outdoors Club at the high school! This club is a wonderful opportunity for students to spend quality time with their high school classmates and actively enjoy creation throughout the school year.

The Outdoors Club will participate in one or two activities each month, including kayaking, rock climbing, apple picking, hiking and more.  Miss Moreau and Miss Gustafson will be leading these adventures.

Interested students must complete the following forms and pay a $75 deposit by Wednesday, October 1st.

The first activity will be a kayaking trip on the Essex River Basin on Saturday, Oct. 4th. Students must turn in all of the above forms and payment by Oct. 1st in order to participate in this activity. Please click here for more details about the kayaking trip.

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to Reaching Out! This page is designed to keep you informed about current Community Service opportunities!

Students are required to do a minimum of 15 hours of community service for each year at BCA. Hours spent working for most non-profit organizations meet this requirement. Some school-sponsored activities also meet the requirement. Students should submit the logged hours on the Community Service Sheet to the school office and the Dean of Students as they accrue. Students are encouraged to go above and beyond this amount.  Any student in need of community service opportunities should contact the Mrs. Cottrell at the Lower School.

Current Community Service Opportunities:

On Sunday, September 28th from 12:00-3:00 pm at the Haverhill YMCA, there will be several local organizations participating in the 1st Annual Haverhill Volunteer Expo.

Find a volunteer opportunity in Greater Haverhill that’s right for you! Students and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. Organizations participating include:

  • Ruth’s House
  • Haverhill YMCA
  • Emmaus
  • Team Haverhill
  •  Merrimack Valley Hospital
  • Community Action
  • Haverhill Boys & Girls Club

Prom photosSay, “Cheese”!

Tamara Panza of Genesis Artistry Photography is coming to BCA to take student photos. The Lower School student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 7th at 8:00 am, and the High School student pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 8th at 8:15 am.

Order forms and envelopes will be sent home with students. Click here to download an order form. Please return the forms with payment on or before picture day. Students should bring their envelopes with them even if a picture order is not being submitted.

Parent teacher conferencesLower School parent teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 7th.

PLEASE NOTE: The Lower School will have an early dismissal this day. Students will be dismissed at 12 noon on Oct. 7th.

If you are interested in meeting with any of your student’s teachers, please contact BCA with your time preferences and the list of teachers that you would like to see. Conference appointments are every 15 minutes per teacher from 12:15 pm-6:00 pm. Teachers are available during the school day if they have an open period.

Please email Briana Spohr at briana.spohr@bradfordchristianacademy.org to schedule your conferences. We will try our best to accommodate your requests.

High School conferences will be held on Thursday, October 16th. More information to follow next week.

PSATIn our commitment to excellence in college preparatory education, BCA highly recommends that our sophomore and junior students take the PSAT/NMSQT in preparation for the SAT and also for the individualized resources that the test results provide. The PSAT will be administered at the high school on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 8:15 am -12 pm.

The cost to take the test is $20, payable to BCA by Monday, September 22nd.  The PSAT:
  • Measures college readiness and provides students with the tools they need planning for the future.
  • Measures skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills.
  • Prepares students for the SAT (on average, students who take the PSAT score 120 points higher on the SAT than those who do not).
  • Provides entry for 11th grade students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition as well as other scholarship and recognition programs.
In preparation for the PSAT on October 16th, BCA is offering a preparation class, called the PSAT Clinic, which will be taught by a trained and experienced instructor from The Princeton Review (TPR). BCA highly recommends that all sophomores take this review class in preparation for the PSAT. Rigorous preparation for both the PSAT and SAT results in significantly higher test scores. The cost for the review class is $140, includes all books and materials, and is a 50% discount off the retail program. Preparation sessions will be held for 3 Saturday sessions on September 27th from 8:30 am – 12 pm, October 4th from 9 am – 12 pm, and October 11th from 9 am – 12 pm. Please register for the Test Preparation Classes and the test itself by Monday, September 22nd (see below). 

We recommend that juniors take the SAT in the Spring, and again in the Fall of their Senior year, if desired, to obtain higher scores. Additional information regarding the purpose of the SAT, strategies for success, additional resources, college preparation and use of the College Board website are available at www.collegeboard.org.

Important Dates

Monday, 9/22           PSAT Test and Clinic Registration and payment deadline

Saturdays: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11       PSAT Clinic Sessions (at the high school)

Wednesday, 10/15      PSAT administration at BCA high school

A PSAT/NMSQT Parent Information page is attached for your review. Please contact Loren Stevens at 978-373-7960 or loren.stevens@bradfordchristianacademy.org with any questions.

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 Thursdays during 8th period, beginning September 25th 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.

 

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!