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Everyone is welcome to join us for our chapel service on Wed., Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Pastor Pingel from First Lutheran Church will be leading this service.
Chapel offerings will continue to support the Community Kitchen. Thank you again to all who donated items last month! Our middle schoolers helped Mr. Topp load his truck to deliver the items just in time for Thanksgiving! 


adventAdvent Season
Advent began on Sun., Dec. 1. 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. 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!
weWe would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following students next week!

12/7 - Hudson Calkins (K)
12/7 - Za'ya Jackson (PK4)
12/8 - Ben Smith (3rd)
12/8 - Crisjon Gans (4th)
12/8 - James Stone (PK3)
12/11 - Declan Oliveira (PK4)
12/11 - Fox Miller (PK1)
12/11 - Mikanzie Lanier (1st)
12/12 - Gracey Summey (1st)
12/13 - Piper Todaro (PK2)

12/9/19 - Practice - Boys 3:30 - 5:00 Girls 4:30 - 6:00

12/10/19 - Away Games vs. Oakwood
Elem. Boys 4:00
Elem. Girls 5:00
Varsity Girls 6:00
Varsity Boys 7:00

12/12/19 - Home Game vs. OLPH
Elem. Girls 4:00
Elem. Boys 5:00

December Dates to Remember!

Middle School Dance - Fri., Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in cafeteria (for 6th - 8th graders) 

Fall Picture Retake Money Due - Tues., Dec., 10
Fall picture re-take proofs were sent home this week. Orders and payment must be turned into Melissa Swafford by Tues., Dec. 10.

neighborChristmas Pajama Day and Northside Neighborhood House Toy Collection - Fri., Dec. 13

On Fri., Dec. 13 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.

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. 

The gifts will be distributed to approximately 475 needy children, boys and girls, ages infant - 15, throughout Chattanooga. Please bring in items by Fri., Dec. 13. The Northside Neighborhood House "elves" will pick up the toys at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13

Advent Choral Festival - Sun., Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, 2800 McCallie Avenue, will be hosting the annual Advent Choral Festival this year. Please make plans to attend and invite friends and families to enjoy this glorious evening of worship and praise!
Grinch Day - Mon., Dec. 16 Students may wear their best Grinch attire to school on Mon., Dec. 16.
Crazy Christmas Sweater Day - Tues., Dec. 17We will have Crazy Christmas Sweater Day on Tues., Dec. 17. Students may wear their craziest Christmas sweater with dress code pants.

program BCA Christmas Program - Tues., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Kindergarten - 8th grade will participate. 
Parents - Please have your child (in costume) at Good Shepherd by 6:45 p.m.!
"God's Promises Kept"

God told Isaiah the good news about the coming of the Messiah, giving future generations of God's people faith and hope! Our K-8 students are going to tell us how Isaiah's prophecies came true when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and show us how God keeps God's promises in the Bible and in our own lives right now! Come and enjoy the beautiful sounds of our four choirs and three hand bell choirs, plus piano and other instruments, readings from the Old and New Testament, and scenes from scripture led by all the K-8 students.

Here are the suggested costumes for the program, by grade:

Please do not feel pressured to purchase anything special for your child's costume! Found/homemade items are best! You might even be able to find some of these items at Good Will or the Salvation Army.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Animals from Isaiah 11:5-9 (bear, cow, goat, giraffe, donkey, leopard, tiger, zebra, lion, wolf, ox, sheep, etc.) - perhaps reuse a Halloween costume?

2nd Grade: Angels - anything white!

3rd Grade: Shepherds - wear a robe or a large piece of fabric over regular clothes and tie with a rope or belt, or wear a pillowcase on the head and attach with pins or a headband.

4th Grade: Wise kings - wear a robe or large piece of fabric over regular clothes and tie with a robe or belt, make a paper crown or wear a tiara.

5th and 6th Grades: Bethlehem townspeople - wear a robe or large piece of fabric over regular clothes and tie with a rope or belt, or wear a pillowcase on the head and attach with pins or a headband.

7th and 8th Grades: Narrators (dressy Christmas: dresses or skirts for girls; shirt and tie for boys)

Click on the title(s) of the songs on the BCA music page to watch/hear each song. 
Please practice at home as much as possible between now and December 17 - repetition/practice outside of the limited time we have in music class is SO important!

Also, please remember to visit our PTL page to sign up online to donate cookies and other items for the reception following the Christmas Program! Every BCA family is strongly recommended to sign up for at least 8 service hours per school year. This is a very simple way to accumulate your required service hours for this school year!

I'm looking forward to yet another beautiful Christmas worship service this year! Thank you all for everything you do to help make this program a success year after year!

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] or text me at 901-486-3700.
God's blessings,
Dr. Harr
dismissalChapel and Early Dismissal - Wed., Dec. 18

We will have chapel on the morning of Wed., Dec. 18 for PK3 - 8th grade. After chapel, students will 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.) 

BCA will close at 11 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 18 for the Christmas Holidays.

* BCA Child Care will be open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 18.

* The K - 8th grade students staying for after care will need to bring a lunch and drink.

* Lunch will be provided for infants - PK4, as usual.

December Child Care
Infants - PK4 will operate with normal hours on Wed., Dec. 18, but will be closed on:
* December 24, 25, 26, 31
* January 1

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

BCA Child 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. 13 at 3 p.m. for any days that you will need child 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. 6, 2020.
studentStudent Events!

Mrs. Webb's 2nd graders made muffins and wrote Christmas greetings and thank you notes to give to our staff this morning!

Holiday pictures and visits with Santa today at BCA!


Today, our 3rd - 6th graders competed in the inaugural  "Who Was..." Bee to see who could identify the most number of historical figures! Congratulations to Edith in sixth grade for placing 1st, and Auggie in fourth grade for placing 2nd! All of the students did a great job in knowing Who's Who!

candyCandy Cane Shop
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 Elizabeth Medeiros, the shop's coordinator. We appreciate all of her hard work!





Mon. Dec. 9 - Mac & Cheese Roll, Peas, Mandarin Orange
Tues. Dec. 10 - Taco, Pinto Beans, Corn, Pineapple
Wed. Dec. 11 - Turkey, Dressing, Green Beans, Apple Sauce
Thurs., Dec. 12 - Chicken Sandwich, Pretzels, Cucumbers, Fruit Cocktail
Fri., Dec. 13 - Pizza, Salad, Fruit
dateDates to Remember 

Dec. 6 - Middle School Dance - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Dec. 10 - Money/order due from Fall picture re-takes

Dec. 13 - Pajama Day - Students may wear pajamas this day if they donate at least two items for Northside Neighborhood House.

Dec. 15 - Advent Choral Festival at First Lutheran Church - 3 p.m. 

Dec. 16 - Grinch Day

Dec. 17 - Crazy Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 17 - Christmas program at GSLC - 7 p.m. - K - 8th grades participating

Dec. 18 - 11 a.m. dismissal for K - 8th grade - Child care remains open until 6 p.m. for infants - PK4 and the elementary students who will stay until 6 p.m. 

Dec. 19 - Jan. 3 - Christmas break - No school for K - 8th - Child care available

Jan. 6 - School resumes from Christmas holidays