AthleticsThe Sentinels’ basketball season is under way and shaping up to be a great one!

Our girls middle school team is very young and only has 6 players, but they are putting in a lot of work and developing at each practice.  Coach Kranyak says that even though they have not won yet, she is seeing consistent improvement.

As for our middle school boys, they have an experienced squad and have won their first two games by a sizable margin.  Coach Gabrielle and Coach Shellene have them firing on all cylinders heading into the Christmas break.

Our high school girls are looking strong as they are competing in their first full NEPSAC season.  They opened up the season with a convincing win versus Covenant and then followed up with a big win against Trinity.  Coach Chomic has the girls playing well and feels they have room to improve.  They are now entering into the stronger portion of their schedule, and they are going into the Christmas break with a 4-0 record.

Lastly, the high school boys began the season with a tough loss against an outstanding AA opponent in Commonwealth Academy but bounced back with a big win versus Trinity.  The boys are also heading into the more challenging portion of the schedule and seem to be finding their rhythm as a team and playing at a high level. They go into the Christmas break with a record of 3-1.

Exciting news! Both the high school girls and boys varsity are now ranked #6 in the country in the National Christian School Athletic Association! Visit www.ncsaa.org to view the rankings!

BCA alumniSave the date! On Friday, January 9th,  BCA welcomes back our Alumni!

Several activities are planned for our annual Alumni Day. First, there will be an alumni panel discussion during chapel. Students will be able to ask alumni questions about college, life in the real world, and how BCA prepared them for the future.

After school, there will be an alumni reception in the Northpoint dining hall from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Alumni will have a chance to visit with faculty and staff and catch up with old friends.

Finally, later that evening, we will host our first Friday night home basketball games! Alumni will be honored during half-time of the boys’ varsity game.

Mark your calendars for this important day, and stay tuned for more information!

Jan Stump and Vicki KennedyOn December 11th, Bradford Christian Academy was honored to host Jan Stump, Executive Director of ACSI Education Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Foundation’s mission is to “secure, manage, and distribute private support to promote the strategic growth, influence, and effectiveness of Christian schooling worldwide.”

Jan is writing an article about BCA’s use of the Foundation’s repayable grant program to initiate sound development practices to sustain the school. While visiting, Jan toured BCA’s campuses, met with administrators, teachers, and students, and took numerous pictures.

We were delighted to get to know Jan, and we wish her well in her work supporting Christian schools around the world!

zion bible campusProspective students interested in learning more about BCA’s high school are invited to the Academy Preview on Sunday, January 11th.

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.

christmas_concertOn Wednesday, December 17th at 1:30 pm, students in grades 5-12 will participate in our annual Christmas Chapel. Families are welcome to attend this special event.

Students in grades 5-8 will be taken by bus to the First Church of Christ at 10 Church Street in Bradford.

Middle School students will be dismissed immediately following the Chapel at 2:45 pm from the First Church of Christ.

We hope you join us on December 17th as we reflect and worship as a school community.

SKMBT_C22414120512530_0001First Church of Christ in Bradford invites you to come hear the New England Tenors perform their Christmas concert “Believe” on Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm. An inspiring group of singers called My Own Voice will also perform.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sacred Hearts food pantry. Tickets to the concert are free, but donations of any size are gratefully accepted.

First Church of Christ is located at 10 Church Street in Bradford. For more information, please visit www.fccbradford.org.

Christmas TreePlease join us! The BCA Christmas Concert will be held on Friday, December 12th at 7:00 pm at First Church of Christ, 10 Church Street in Bradford.

All Elementary and Middle School students will be performing, and our High School Praise Band, Dance Team, and Chorus will also be featured.

Please join us for an exciting night of music to celebrate the Christmas season!

See you at the concert!

 

Christmas TreePlease join us for our Christmas Celebration Concert on Friday, December 12th!

The concert will be held at the First Church of Christ (10 Church Street, Bradford, MA) at 7:00 pm with free admission. Our elementary, middle, and high school students have a wonderful program to share with parents, family and friends.

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE & ARRIVAL TIMES:

Grades 1-4 Chorus:
Call time: 6:45 pm. Upon arrival, please find Mrs. Ballentine
Wardrobe: Dress clothes, Christmas colors preferred

Grades 5-8 Chorus:
Call time: 6:15 pm
Wardrobe:
Ladies: Dress clothes—dresses, skirts, fancy tops; black and white with added Christmas Colors
Men: Dress shirts, slacks, shoes; dark on bottom, light or Christmas colors on top

Middle School Band:
Call time: 6:30 pm
Wardrobe: White shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt; ties for the men

High School Show Choir:
Call time: 6:15 pm
Wardrobe:
Ladies: Long black skirts or traditional black pants, “spirited” top
Men: Black pants, white collared shirt, “spirited” top

High School Dance:
Call time: 6:15 pm
Wardrobe:
Please arrive in costume, hair-and-makeup ready

High School Praise Band:
Call time: 6:15 pm
Wardrobe: White shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt; ties for the men

 

AthleticsSentinel athletics is happy to announce this year’s coaching staff for middle school basketball. Coach Rich Shellene will be returning as our boys middle school basketball coach. Coach Shellene has been coaching with the program for a few years now, and we are looking forward to another great season.

For our middle school girls basketball program we have a new addition, Coach Lauren Kranyak. Coach Kranyak previously played four years at Gordon College and was team captain her senior year. She played for our varsity girls basketball coach, Coach Chomic, and she will do an excellent job of preparing our middle school girls to move up into the varsity program.

In closing, just a few reminders: waivers and sports fees are due as soon as possible, so please be sure to get those in.
Practices for both teams begin on Monday, November 24th from 3:00 – 4:20 pm at Cedardale.
Also please continue checking the athletic page on the website as we are working to add our coaches bio’s and their contact information.

wreathOn Monday, November 24th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, wreaths from our Parent Connection fundraiser will be available for pick-up.

The distribution location will be at the Ward Hill Common located on M Street just down the street from the Lower School.

Thank you for your participation in this important fundraiser!

parent_connection2The Parent Connection–the PTO group of BCA–is inviting parents to join them for a cookie swap! 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!

The cookie swap meeting will be held on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm at the home of Michele Ohlson, 110 Bridle Path, Methuen.

We hope to see you at this event!

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 on Wednesday, December 3rd at 8:30 am on our Lower School campus at 97 Oxford Avenue. We hope to see you at a tour soon!

xmas ballBradford is having a Christmas dance for high school students on Saturday, December 6th from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Roma Restaurant, 29 Middlesex Street, Bradford.

Tickets are $18 per person and are on sale at the high school office. A selection of hot and cold appetizers will be served.

The dress is semi-formal and guidelines are as follows: young men may wear a dress shirt, tie, slacks (no jeans or shorts), shoes, and socks. Young women may wear a skirt (or dress pants) and blouse, dress or suit, and dress shoes. Dresses must be regulation length and may not expose lower backs or have low necklines.

Bradford students may bring a high school guest to the dance. Please see Mrs. Gilford for a guest permission slip. Money for tickets and permission slips are due by December 2nd.

new logo flash storeNew Sentinels designs just in time for Christmas gift giving! Get Sentinels hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, and more! Parents and students can order several different Sentinels branded items in our Flash Store sale.

Please click here to access the Flash Store. Click on BCA’s team icon and sign in using the following username and password (case sensitive):

USERNAME: Bradford
PASSWORD: Sentinels

Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 16th and will be shipped to the school by December 11th.

Roller_SkatesOn Monday, November 10th 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 middle school.

Tickets are $10 per person or $40 max per family. Skate rentals are $3 each. Families may purchase tickets at the door.

We look forward to seeing your family at Skateland!