Notes from Ms. Dahnke

A Constant in Change

Many of us like things to remain the same and not to change too much, too soon. I like to think that I know what is going to happen tomorrow and to think that I am prepared for everything that will occur. Change brings the fear of the unknown and many times, I become fearful because I lose sight of my God who never changes and who is always in control.  

We all experience change in our lives. Many of you have lost beloved family and friends in the past couple of months. Students are getting ready to finish school and are already thinking ahead about a class with a new teacher and new classmates. Some students may even be starting in a new building or a different school. Many in our community are struggling with issues related to long-term diseases, treatments, prolonged illnesses, the unrest in our city as well as the nation. Change is difficult and is not something that we always welcome. We get comfortable in our own little world and our own little way of doing things. Everyday, we need God to help us get through whatever may come our way. Some days we may be shouting, "Praise God!" while other times we may be crying out, "I need a miracle!"  Whatever the day may bring, changes will come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them.

I read this acronym a few months ago:  
Christ  Has  A New  Gift  Each  Second

We can look at each new day and even each second as an opportunity for God to bless us! Each moment contains a gift from God, if we take the time to look for it. It can be in a smile from someone at work, an encouraging word from a friend, God's Word speaking to our hearts, or a kind gesture from a stranger. The list is endless. Let's not overlook the obvious ones like a new job, good friends, the start of school, fresh produce from a garden, an unexpected financial blessing, a whole week without something breaking in the house, and good health.

In Malachi 3:6 God says, "For I am the Lord, I change not." Isn't that comforting? With all the changes, there is one thing that will not change -- GOD. This includes His great love for us and His faithfulness towards us.  God has promised that He will always be with us no matter what the circumstance or change we may be facing."...for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" Hebrews 13:5.  This verse gives us great comfort in knowing that no matter what is ahead of us and no matter what is changing, God is the same and He is there to hold us up, to comfort us, to cry with us, to challenge us to be better than we were before.

What changes are you looking at in your own life? Know that God is there for you and He will guide you on this next step of your journey if you only let Him be there and to be God for you. His love is constant today, tomorrow, and for all your years to come.  
PTL News
Teacher Appreciation Week will start on Mon., May 8. Please look for some information that is being sent home with your student by the PTL president, Christy Rodgers.

Our next and final PTL meeting will be held on Tues., May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. We will let you know some details before then but plan on attending as we try to secure and choose PTL officers at that meeting. If you have ideas that you would like to see implemented, we will see you there. Many hands make light work.

Save the Date - May 25 - The last full day of school will be our annual family cookout. This year, we are bringing back our Field Day which is going to be a fun time for students to face friendly competition and play some fun games. More details to follow.
Everyone is welcome to join us for our chapel service on Wednesday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Pastor Woodrow from Bridge Community Church will be leading this service. Our 4th quarter chapel offerings will go to Bridge Community Church.
5/6 - Rorie Cox (Infants)
5/7 - Samantha Callaham (3rd)
5/9 - Mr. Ron Middlebrooks
5/11 - Payton Pethick (8th)
Upcoming Events

Piano Recital - May 7 
Our BCA students who take piano lessons from Mrs. Gail Solomon will present a piano recital on Sun., May 7, at 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 8 - 12 
Click HERE  to see how you can treat our teachers each day next week! 

Spring Sports Awards  - May 11 
The 2017 Spring Sports Awards Ceremony will be held Thurs., May 11 at 6 p.m. in the BCA cafeteria to honor our students who participated in basketball and track. Please bring a fast food dinner for your family. We will provide cake for dessert.

Last Blue Jean $ Day - May 12
Friday, May 12 will be our last Blue Jean $$ Day! Please bring in at least $1 to wear blue jeans with a dress code top or BCA T-shirt.  Proceeds will go to Bridge City.

BCA's Got Talent! Try-outs - May 15
As part of our Field and Fun Day on Thurs., May 25, BCA will be having a talent show! If your K - 8th grade child is interested in taking part in the talent show, please have him or her come to the library after school on Mon., May 15. 

PK4 Graduation - May 23 
Our PK 4-year-olds will graduate on Tues., May 23 at 9 a.m. in the BCA gym. Please join us as we congratulate them as they journey to Kindergarten. All PK4 students will continue with their current class through Fri., May 26. Summer Camp is available through Angela's Angels and Athletes beginning May 30 and goes through Aug. 11.

8th Grade Graduation - May 24 
Everyone is invited to attend the 8th grade Commencement at First Lutheran Church on Wed., May 24 at 7 p.m.

Field & Fun Day - May 25
Mark your calendars for Thurs., May 25. We will have a school-wide cookout for lunch, field day activities and a talent show. More information will be sent home soon.
Attention Parents - Parking in Back/Carport
We are asking that parents who use the back entrance of the school in the mornings to please not park under the carport. The area under the carport is not for parking. If you are going to walk your child into school, you must park in a designated parking spot beyond the carport. Please be respectful to others and help us by keeping the arrival time running smoothly for our students and parents. We appreciate your cooperation.
End-of-Year Procedures for K - 8th grade/Blended Learning students 

Cafeteria News 
The end of the year is fast approaching! ALL cafeteria charges need to be paid as soon as possible. You may pay with cash on a daily basis for lunch, milk and ice cream. Please try to send in the amount of money that is necessary to get to the end of the year. Keep in mind any field trips your student's class has planned. As of Monday May 8, there are 13 lunch days left in this school year. Please call Mrs. Tammy Antwine in the cafeteria if you have any questions.

News from the Business Office 
Attention: All Parents of K - 8th graders - All balances must be paid in full by Fri., May 19. Outstanding balances may include tuition, day care, lost or damaged textbooks, lunch charges or library books. Please call Mrs. Audra Cardillo at 622-3755, ext. 13 if you have any questions. Report cards will be held if you have an outstanding balance.

Extended/Day care charges for K - 8th graders through Tues., May 23 will be available on Wed., May 24. Day care for May 24 through May 26 will be on a pre-paid basis for those who do not have a day care contract. Day care for Kindergarten through 8th/Blended Learning will be $5 per day for Wed., May 24 and Thurs., May 25. Day care will be the $15 per day rate for Fri., May 26.

Final Chapel/End-of-Year Awards
Chapel and end-of-year awards will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., May 26. Dismissal will be approximately 10 a.m. on Fri., May 26 which is the last day of school. Report cards will be sent home via InfoDirect after the closing chapel service. Chapel dress code is required as we have had on all of our chapel days. 

For K - 8th students - If your K - 8th grader needs Day Care following the closing chapel service, you must sign up with Melissa Swafford before Wed., May 24. You will need to bring a sack lunch and drink for Day Care on May 26. You may reach Melissa at 423-987-8774. Thanks for your cooperation.
Summer Camp Starts Soon! May 30 - Aug. 11 
K - 8th Summer Camp registration forms are available HERE  or in the front lobby. Contact Mrs. Angela at 423.619.5181 for more information. 

Summer Camp Event Calendars for PK1/2 and PK3/4
Mon., May 8 -  Chicken Nuggets, Fries, Carrots w/ranch, Apple
Tues., May 9 -  Taco, Pinto Beans, Peas, Banana
Wed., May 10 - Pancakes, Bacon, Yogurt, Orange
Thurs., May 11 - Swedish Meatballs, Noodles, Broccoli, Peaches
Fri., May 12 - Pizza, Salad, Fruit

May 8 - 12 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11 - Spring Sports Award Night - 6 p.m. in cafeteria - Basketball and Track awards

May 12 - Last Blue Jean $ Day  

May 12 - 8th grade banquet at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - 6:30 p.m.

May 15 - Try-outs for the Talent Show - after school in the library for K - 8th

May 17 - 19 - 7th and 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.

May 23 - PK4 Graduation - 9 a.m. in BCA gym

May 24 - 8th grade graduation - 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 

May 25 - School-wide cook-out and fun day, plus Talent Show!

May 26 - Last day of school - dismissal at 11:30 for K - 8th (open until 6 p.m. for all child care) 

May 29 - BCA child care closed for Memorial Day

May 30 - Summer camp begins for all ages (through Aug. 11)