September 2017
Fall at Bishop Kelly is my favorite time of year. Everyone genuinely seems pleased to be back, and the happy energy of the kids and faculty almost makes the building hum with enthusiasm. I love to talk to all the students this time of year. The new freshmen are excited about pretty much everything. The sophomores are relieved not to be freshmen anymore. The juniors seem to finally be comfortable in their skin, and the seniors are reveling in all the "last time for..." moments that they are experiencing. Last varsity game, last homecoming dance, last first day of school...It makes me a little nostalgic every year.

This fall at BK is especially exciting, as we kicked off the year with the groundbreaking for our new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing. This new wing will house 11 teaching labs, 5 small group project rooms, teacher work spaces, a student commons, and a new senior hall with 250 lockers and flexible seating for studying and socializing. Our faculty and staff worked with Erstad Architects to design a space that will both accommodate our growing enrollment, and allow us to implement the best practices in science and technology education for decades to come.

The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing is part of our BK2020 Capital Campaign. We are actively raising $8 million in order to build the wing and increase the Bishop Kelly endowment to support our growing student population. We are excited to say that we have already raised $5.2 million, but we will need the help of our entire community to finish this project. I hope that you will join me in contributing to BK2020. I know that years down the road everyone who contributed to build this exciting new space will be proud of what we helped accomplish for an entire generation of BK students.

The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing will be open at the start of the 2018 school year! Until then, there will be a lot going on out in front of the school. Homecoming is a great time to take a peek at the construction, so plan to join us for the game against Mountain Home on September 15th. In fact, I hope you can make it back to campus for any of our home football games this fall. And don't forget that we host a free family tailgate an hour and a half before each home game. BK provides delicious burgers, and attendees bring salads, chips, fruit, side dishes, and dessert to share with the community. (Home games are listed in the events section to the right.)

The next time you hear from me will be in your Roundtable Magazine which should arrive in your mailbox around Thanksgiving. This is YOUR Alumknight magazine, so please help me build it! Send photos, updates, and suggestions for articles to And if you've moved in the last 12 months, make sure you visit the "Update Your Information" section of the BK website.


Friday 9/8 - Free Family Tailgate before the BK vs. Caldwell Varsity Football game.
5:30 p.m. Tailgate, 7:00 p.m. kickoff

Wednesday 9/13 - PowderPuff Football, 7:00 Frosh/Soph Kickoff, 8:00 Jr./Sr. Kickoff

Friday 9/15 - Alumknight and Friends Golf Scramble. 9:00 a.m. shotgun start at Shadow Valley. Register HERE

Friday 9/15 - Free Family Tailgate before the HOMECOMING Football game vs. Mountain Home.
5:30 p.m. Tailgate, 7:00 p.m. kickoff

Friday 9/15 - Homecoming Bonfire after the Varsity Football Game. (Weather and Air Quality permitting.)

Friday 9/22 - Free Family Tailgate before the BK vs. Vallivue Varsity Football game.
5:30 p.m. Tailgate, 7:00 p.m. kickoff


Friday, 10/27 - Career Fair at BK


~Katie (and my future Knights at the Homecoming Bonfire last year!)

Katie Kerby
Director of Alumni Relations and Communications
Bishop Kelly High School
Reunion Weekend 2017
The classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, and 2007 gathered at Bishop Kelly this August to celebrate reunions! More than 300 people participated in the events throughout the weekend. There were lots of hugs and laughter as lifelong friends reconnected. Isn't it amazing how years can go by, but when we're together with our BK friends it feels like we never missed a moment?

Check out more photos from Reunion Weekend 2017 in the Alumknight Photo Gallery on the BK Website.

And if you are in the class of 1968, 1978, 1988. 1998, or 2008, make sure your contact information is current with BK so that we can communicate with you about your upcoming reunions. I've already met with the class of 1968, and I've heard from 1998. So 1988, 1978, and 2008 - send me an email at and let me know who will be my point person for...

REUNION WEEKEND 2018 - AUGUST 10-12, 2018!
Bishop Kelly Alumknight and Friends Golf Scramble
The BK Alumknight and Friends Golf Scramble is coming up soon:

Friday, September 15th
9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
at Shadow Valley Golf Course

$85 per player registration includes greens fees, cart, bucket of balls for the driving range, swag bag and lunch!

There will be prizes for men's and women's closest to the pin and longest drive.

The winning team gets tickets to the Winner's Choice Dinner and Auction,
a $1,400 value!!

Bid on a Trip to See the Fighting Irish
Is a trip to Southbend to watch a Notre Dame football game on your bucket list? Well, here is your chance! A generous donor has given the BK Foundation two of his season tickets seats to offer to the highest bidder. The seats are on the 50-yard line, Row 22, behind the Irish bench for the game agains North Carolina State on October 28th, 2017. Similar tickets can be found on the secondary market for $600 each. The Bishop Kelly Foundation has placed these tickets on its online auction site at  until September 15. If you are interested, visit the site or share this information with your friends. Go Irish and Go Knights! Proceeds benefit Bishop Kelly High School.
Is This Your Estate Planning Strategy?

Maybe you should consider a private estate planning consultation!

By now you've probably heard that Bishop Kelly High School and the Bishop Kelly Foundation are sponsoring confidential, values-based estate planning consultations each month as a complimentary gift to friends of Bishop Kelly. We've hired a nationally-renowned firm, Thompson and Associates, to provide one-on-one sessions at no cost to you. 

I went through the process about 3 years ago, and it was absolutely a game changer for me. Everyone's situation is unique, and in fact I wasn't sure that I had enough of an "estate" to even consider the consultation. But Jason, our consultant, helped me to understand the true value of my assets and how to plan for the future. Jason isn't selling anything, there was zero pressure, no obligations, and I know that all of our conversations will be held in the strictest confidence. At the end of three sessions I had a solid plan that I could take to my attorney and financial planner to execute.

The sessions helped me answer:
· How can I best provide for my family?
· How can I give to my heirs in responsible and relevant ways?
· Are my current estate documents up-to-date and accomplishing my goals?
· How can I reduce the portion of my estate that will be paid in taxes by redirecting those dollars to my favorite charities?

I learned that doesn't matter what stage of career or life that you are in right now, we all have assets that we hope will pass on to our heirs. But without a plan you might be giving more to Uncle Sam than you realize.

For more information or to schedule your one-on-one session contact:
 Tommy Steiner—Director of Development: 208-947-1325 or
Rita Franklin—Executive Director of the Bishop Kelly Foundation: 208-323-4789 or
Learn more about estate planning at:
You are welcome to offer this opportunity to any BK grandparents or BK friends who might find it beneficial.

2017 Winner's Choice Dinner and Auction - Scary Scary Night
The 41st Bishop Kelly Foundation Winner’s Choice Dinner and Auction
will be held on November 11, 2017 at the Boise Centre. 

The theme this year will be Scary, Scary Knight! Chairs Haley and Dave Lamey and their co-chairs, Kris and Brad Granger, will have fun selecting the decor for an elegant “knight” around that theme. Dress is black-tie optional, as is the norm, or–in keeping with theme–formal masquerade attire optional as well.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or online. For more information, to make a donation of an auction item, contact Rita Franklin at or 323-4789.

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