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Dec. 7, 2018

In this issue:

Candy Cane Shop 
Basketball Schedule
Fun Christmas Days
Northside Neighborhood House Collection
Christmas Program

Lunch Menu
December Dates to Remember

Everyone is welcome to join us for our chapel service on Wed., Dec. 12 at 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Pastor Bushur from First Lutheran Church will be leading this service.
Our chapel offerings will continue to go to   Trinity Hope. 

Advent Season

Advent began on Sunday, December 2. Advent means coming and arrival. This is the time of the year in which Christians wait and watch for the coming of baby Jesus on Christmas. These days it seems that December is a whirlwind of activities, packed with a full schedule of things and shopping thrown in just to make everyone really anxious. This year, let us all try to slow down and enjoy the Advent season. We should use this time to get ourselves ready to accept this gift of baby Jesus. Let us put the emphasis of Christmas where it is supposed to be!

For Advent/Christmas Eve Services, see links below for each church's schedule. 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

First Lutheran Church

Cross of Christ
We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following student this week:
12/8 - Ben Smith (2nd)
12/8 - Crisjon Gans (3rd)
12/9 - Jordan Gaffin (3rd)
12/9 - Hannah Furman (3rd)
12/11 - Mikanzie Lanier (K)
12/12 - Gracey Summey (K)
12/13 - Darien Howard (PK4)
12/14 - Kristof Gazda (1st) 
Thank You, Candy Cane Shop Volunteers!

The Candy Cane Shop is now closed for the season here at BCA, and we hope that all our families will enjoy the presents that the children purchased from the shop. 

Thank you to the volunteers who helped this year. We could not do this for our students without you!  

A big THANKS to Kathleen Pacenti, the shop's coordinator.  
We appreciate all of her hard work over the past several years of leading the event's efforts! Next year, Elizabeth Medeiros (mom of Ben in PK3) will assume the duties as the coordinator. She worked alongside Kathleen this year to learn more about the duties, and we look forward to having her bring another fun year of shopping in 2019! 


Basketball News

Practice/Girls 3:30 - 4:30
Practice/Boys 4:30 - 5:00

Away Games vs. Oakwood
Elem. Girls - 4:00
Varsity Girls -  5:00
Varsity Boys  - 6:00 

Practice/Girls - 3:30 - 4:30
Practice/Boys - 4:30 - 5:00

Away Game vs. Berean
Elem. Girls - 5:00


BCA Annual Christmas Program (K - 8th
Tues., Dec. 18 - 7 p.m.

The theme of this year's Christmas Program is "Welcoming the Refugee: Learning to Love like God." 

We will focus on how Mary and Joseph might have felt when they left their home to travel to Bethlehem for the census. We will also read the Bible and learn about what God tells us about how to embrace people who are different from us. From how Christmas is celebrated in Africa, to the history of St. Nicholas, to the festival of Hanukkah, the students will show us how we can share the love of Jesus with everyone, regardless of where they are from, what language they speak or what they look like. 

Individual speaking parts have been distributed and sent home with the students, as well as copies of the anthem lyrics each choir will sing for the program. 

Students should wear solid white, khaki or navy collared shirts, pants or skirts. No Christmas outfits and no chapel dress, please. We would like the students to be comfortable, as well as display the appropriate attire for the diverse subject matter of this year's program.

Please bring your children to the sanctuary at Good Shepherd no later than 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 18. Also, if you would like to contribute a dessert or beverage to the reception following the program, please contact Sarah Harr ([email protected]), Lori Bessler ([email protected]) or Jenny Woodrow ([email protected]
You may also sign up on the online PTL Volunteer Sign-Up.

I am looking forward to the opportunity for the students to share their musical gifts with you! They have all worked very hard this year in music class! Please invite your family and friends to this very special program, and thank you for your support of Belvoir Christian Academy!
God bless,
Dr. Sarah Harr
Christmas Pajama Day and Toy Collection
On Mon., Dec. 10 we will have a school wide pajama day. Students who bring in at least two items for our annual Northside Neighborhood House collection can wear their pajamas to school.  

Students may donate toys, games, good/used or new puzzles and new crayons and coloring books to put under the Christmas tree that will be up in the front lobby next week.

The gifts will be distributed to approximately 475 needy children throughout Chattanooga. Please bring in items by Mon., Dec. 10 to take advantage of Pajama Day, or at the latest, by Wed., Dec. 12. 

The Northside Neighborhood House "elves" will pick up the toys at noon on Dec. 12. NNH delivers toys to boys and girls ages infant - 15 years. Items do not need to be wrapped. Sports balls, trucks, Barbie dolls, craft items, action figures, learning toys, baseball bats and gloves, model cars, novelty socks, purses, cookware and tea sets, board games, etc., are some suggested items. 
Chapel and Early Dismissal - Wed., Dec. 19
Chapel on Dec. 19 
We will have chapel that morning for PK3 - 8th grade, and students will then go back to their classrooms until dismissal at 11 a.m.(Some classes will be holding their Christmas parties after chapel that morning as well.) Parents, please join us for this chapel to see our Pre-K3/4 students sing a few Christmas songs!
  • BCA will close at 11 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 19 for the Christmas Holidays. 
  • BCA Day Care will be open until 6 p.m. on Dec, 19. 
  • The K - 8th grade students staying will need to bring a lunch and drink. 
  • Lunch will be provided for infants - PK4 as usual. 
December Day Care

Infants - PK4 will operate with normal hours on Wed., Dec. 19, but will be closed on: 
December 24, 25, 26, 31 January 1 

The CCC (Infants - PK4) will operate on regular hours for all other days during the school Christmas break. 

BCA Day Care for K - 8th graders will be open during Christmas Break every day except December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1. The cost is $15 per day on a pre-paid basis. You must sign up with Melissa Swafford by Fri., Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. for any days that you will need day care. Your K - 8th grader must bring a sack lunch and drink for those days. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Melissa Swafford or call her at 423.304.6591.
School resumes on Mon., Jan. 7, 2019.
Crazy Christmas Sweater Day - Dec. 17
We will have Crazy Christmas Sweater Day on Mon., Dec. 17. Students may wear their craziest Christmas sweater with dress code pants.
Grinch Day - Dec. 18 
Students may wear their best Grinch attire to school on Tues., Dec. 18.

Mon., Dec. 10 - BBQ Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, Pineapple
Tues., Dec. 11 - Tacos, Pinto Beans, Corn, Mandarin Orange
Wed., Dec. 12 - Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Tots, Green Beans, Peaches
Thurs., Dec. 13 - Grilled Cheese, Soup, Pretzels, Apple
Fri., Dec. 14 - Pizza, Salad, Fruit
Dates to Remember 
Mon., Dec. 10 - Pajama Day - bring in 2 toys for Northside Neighborhood House

Wed., Dec. 12 - Northside Neighborhood House Toy Pick Up at noon

Mon., Dec. 17 - 9 a.m - 10:30 - K - 8th Christmas Program Rehearsal at Good Shepherd

Mon., Dec. 17 - "Crazy" Christmas Sweater Day

Tues., Dec. 18 - GRINCH Day

Tues., Dec. 18 - Christmas Program (K-8th) at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd (students to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and gather in Fellowship Hall downstairs)

Wed., Dec. 19 - Chapel with Pre-K Christmas presentation, led by Pastor Sheets - 11 a.m. dismissal (End of 2nd Quarter)