Apr. 30, 2021

School and Child Care Closed Mon., May 3
Progress Reports
Teacher Appreciation Week
BCA Outdoor Work Day - May 1
Student Events
Summer Camp Sign-Up for K - 8th
Lunch Menu
Dates to Remember
Dear Families,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of former BCA care staff member, Mr. Ray Steinmetz.

Mr. Steinmetz is the father of Jamie Steinmetz and Allyson Steinmetz, both currently serving on our care staff. He joined BCA in 2001 and served year-round as the afternoon after care assistant director with Melissa Swafford (former cc director) until 2019. He held this position in conjunction with TSA through the Chattanooga Airport.

Many of our older current students and alumni remember him fondly for his good humor and willingness to serve in any capacity, as he did many times throughout his employment at BCA.

Because so many of our faculty and staff would like to uphold and honor the Steinmetz family during this time of sudden loss, we will close school and child care on Monday, May 3.

Please refer to the link below for information on visitation and funeral services on May 2 and 3.

I ask that you especially lift up Jamie and Allyson at this time as they cope with the untimely passing of their father.


David Topp


Our next chapel service will be Wed., May 5. This service will be led by Pastor Sheets of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Chapel offerings for the fourth quarter will go to Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) World Relief Fund and Human Care.
We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following students and faculty:

4/30 – James Ross (PK4)
5/2 – Roslyn Cameron (4th)
5/4 – Jordan Griffin (K)
5/5 – Desmond Steinkirchner (7th)
5/5 – Beth Ann Salinas (PK3 Aide)
5/6 – Rorie Cox (PK4)
5/7 – Evie Krasniqi (PK3)
Helping Hands Needed for BCA Work Day
Tomorrow, Sat., May 1
9 a.m. - Noon

If you can offer your time and landscaping skills/equipment to improve our campus, please join us tomorrow, Sat., May 1.

Work to be done:
  • Repair fence
  • Remove brush behind playgrounds
  • Weed eating
  • Tree-trimming
  • Landscaping on Fountain Ave.
  • Install fence slats
  • Remove bars at blue playground
  • Repair border around playground
  • Move pile of dirt 

Equipment needed:
  • Chainsaws
  • Weed Eaters
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • AND Volunteers!

Two Ways to Sign Up to Volunteer:

Sign-up for a time slot HERE.
Contact Principal David Topp at 406-270-4917.

Thank you for helping us keep BCA beautiful!
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3 - 7
Let's show how much we appreciate our BCA teachers and caregivers!

Offer a Note of Encouragement on May 4!

On Tuesday, May 4, we are asking students to bring in a simple, but special, note of encouragement for their teacher! This can be a simple message by your child conveying a special way his or her teacher has encouraged them this year, or for the younger ones, you can help them write a note about something they love about their teacher!

During this special week, the faculty and staff will also be treated to breakfast from Tasty Doughnuts on Monday, in-school massages on Wednesday, and treated to lunch from Chicken Salad Chick on Friday as well as given a bag of goodies!

Help Us Treat our Teachers with Gifts!
Each faculty and staff member has a personalized "wish list" on the school website. Below is the link to the page with the wish lists/preferences:

Please review the wish lists from the link above for your child's teacher(s) and donate, if you choose, at least one item on their list to put in their tote bag.

Collection will take place through Wed., May 5. At each school entrance there are boxes with each teacher's name on it. You may drop items in the boxes (or give to your child to place in the box as they enter the building).

Please be sure your donations are clearly marked for the intended recipient! Remember - handmade items by your child are always the most appreciated, and those can be given to their teachers anytime!

For parents of Infants - 8th students, please refer to the contact information for parent liaisons who have volunteered to be the contact person for their teacher's gift tote:

  • Infants and PK1: Ashley Miller: Miller.ashley642@gmail.com
  • PK2: April Gatlin: aprilsgatlin@gmail.com
  • PK3: Megan Murphy: meganlmurphy@gmail.com
  • PK4 and Kindergarten: Chrissy Percy: cmpercy79@gmail.com
  • 1st grade: Jennifer Denver: denmommy3@gmail.com
  • 2nd grade: Nancy Miller: ncmiller14@yahoo.com
  • 3rd/4th grade: Jamie Gazda: threecatnight84@yahoo.com
  • 5th/6th grade: Tisha Walker: detailstimes2@gmail.com
  • 7th/8th grade: Sheila Stephens: sheilastephens69@gmail.com

If you have any questions about what to donate, how to donate, or other ways you can help make Teacher Appreciation Week a success, please email your class parent liaison. They'll be happy to help!

Let's make this the most meaningful Teacher Appreciation Week ever! Our BCA faculty and staff have gone above and beyond, and we want them to know how grateful we all are!

Thank you so much for your help to make this week special!
End-of-Year Procedures for K - 8th grade

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 3, there are 18 lunch days left in this school year.

Business Office News
Attention: All Parents of K - 8th Graders

All balances must be paid in full by Fri., May 21. 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.

After school care charges through Tues., May 18 will be available on Wed., May 19. After care for May 19 through May 27 will be on a pre-paid basis for those who do not have an after school care contract.

After school care for Kindergarten through 8th will be $5 per hour for the week of May 24. After school care will be the $25 per day rate for Fri., May 28 for those who do not have an after school contract.

End-of-Year Procedures
The final chapel for this school year and end-of-year awards will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., May 28.

Dismissal will be approximately 10 a.m. on Fri., May 28, which is the last day of school. Report cards will be available on HeadMaster after the closing chapel service.

Chapel dress code is required as we have had on all of our chapel days. If your K - 8th grader needs child care following the closing chapel service, you must sign up with JoAnn Seay before Wed., May 26. You may reach JoAnn at 423-888-6414 to make a reservation for care on Fri., May 28. The cost for this day is $25.
BCA and Child Care for Infants - PK4 will be closed Mon., May 31 for Memorial Day. Summer Camp begins Tues., June 1.
Student Events

PK4 Graduation
Our PK4-year-olds will graduate on Tues., May 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a drive-thru graduation held in the back parking lot under the drive-thru carport. Please join us as we congratulate them as they journey to kindergarten. These students may stay to complete their last days of pre-school the remainder of that week through May 28.
8th Grade Graduation
Everyone is invited to attend the 8th grade commencement at First Lutheran Church on Wed., May 26 at 7 p.m.
BCA Fun Day
Mark your calendars for Thurs., May 27. More details available soon.
Summer Camp Sign-Up for K - 8th

If your rising kindergarten through eighth grader needs Summer Camp for any weeks between June 1 and July 30, please complete the downloadable Summer Camp registration form below. Mr. Ernie and his staff will return to the BCA campus to lead the summer activities for the K - 8th graders.

Lunch Menu

Mon., May 3 – Hamburger, Green Beans, French Fries, Fruit
Tues., May 4 – Ham & Cheese Roll Up, Green Beans, Chips, Fruit
Wed., May 5 – Chicken Nuggets, Carrots, French Fries, Fruit 
Thurs., May 6 – Chicken Penne Pasta, Green Beans, Fruit, Roll
Fri., May 7 – Pizza, Corn, Salad, Fruit
Dates to Remember 

May 1 - BCA Outdoor Work Day - 9 a.m. - Noon
May 3 - School and Child Care Closed - see details above
May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 25 – PK4 Graduation
May 26 – 8th Grade Graduation
May 27 – BCA Fun Day
May 28 – Chapel and Early Dismissal/Last Day/Report Cards
May 31 - School and child care closed for Memorial Day
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