Weekly Parent Newsletter 
March 11, 2020
March 13
2:15 p.m. Dismissal

March 16
8:55 a.m. Arrival

March 18
Alumni Career Lunch
Charity Spirit Day

March 19-21
Spring Musical
News & Events
Coronavirus Protocol and Actions
As concerns about the coronavirus continue, please be assured that Bishop Chatard takes very seriously the health and welfare of all students, faculty and staff. Protocols are in place within our school to reduce the spread of disease and maintain the safest environment possible for your children. Throughout the school year, Bishop Chatard puts an emphasis on educating students about steps they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of viruses. Proactive measures are being taken to disinfect classrooms in response to concerns about the coronavirus. These measures will continue to be evaluated and revised as needed.

The Bishop Chatard administrative team is continuing to monitor this very fluid situation and is making decisions about school operations based on the most current information available. A Bishop Chatard webpage has been created as a resource for you to access Bishop Chatard documents and emails pertaining to this issue. The page will be updated as this situation progresses. Click the blue bar below to view this page.

To date, a decision has been made to cancel Bishop Chatard's Senior Grandparent Mass, Community Service Day and a Latin Club trip to Indiana University. Please note: as a result of the Community Service Day cancellation, both Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, will now be regular school days. Neither will have an early dismissal.

Bishop Chatard will continue to keep parents informed about decisions made that impact school activities, the school schedule and, of course, the health and safety of our school community.
Attendance Policy Reminder
Many communities are celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year on Friday, March 13. Bishop Chatard will have a regular school day on March 13, and our attendance policy will apply. Please read Mr. Joe Hansen's letter  here for more information.
Achievement Award Nominations now being accepted  

Bishop Chatard High School presents its Achievement Awards at the school’s Annual Fund Dinner to honor faculty and staff, alumni, community members and parent volunteers who epitomize the Catholic mission and values lived out daily at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis North Deanery High School. Presented annually since 1994, the Achievement Award is Bishop Chatard’s highest non-academic honor. It recognizes the important role the extended community plays in educating, nurturing and forming today’s students — tomorrow’s leaders.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Achievement Awards are being accepted through Wednesday, April 1. Click here to read more about each category, view a list of past recipients and submit your 2019-2020 nomination.
BCHS Theatre presents: Guys and Dolls
BCHS Theatre invites you to enjoy this year's spring musical, "Guys and Dolls," with performances on March 19 - 21 at 7 p.m. Online ticket sales are now open. Click  here  to get your ticket!
New Play Festival
BCHS Theatre is accepting scripts for the New Play Festival. We are looking for original one-act scripts from BCHS students and faculty. Plays will be performed at the New Play Festival on May 1 & 2 in the Kyle Guyton Theatre. Submission deadline is March 27. Contact Troy Cockrum with any questions at tcockrum@bishopchatard.org. Click here for more information.
BCHS offers Drivers Education
Driver Education will be offered this summer at Bishop Chatard. The 2020 Summer Drivers Education Propgram at Bishop Chatard is a state-certified course open to all students who are at least 15 years of age by May 26, 2020. The cost is $400, which includes both the classroom session and the in-car driving sessions. Registration for BCHS students is now open. Registration for non-BCHS students opens on Monday, May 1.

Classroom Sessions:  Each student must attend either Session 1 or Session 2 of the classroom portion of the course. Classroom sessions run from 8 to 11 a.m. and include Saturdays. Session I is scheduled from May 28 to June 7 with makeup days on June 8 and 10. Session 2 is set for June 10 to 20, with makeup days on June 21 and 22.

In-Car Sessions:  These sessions will be scheduled by the student on the first day of class. In-car sessions are available from May 26 through August 1.

Registered students will receive the required forms that allow them to get their drivers education permit from the license branch three weeks before the beginning of class. Questions? Contact Matt Hilton at  mhilton@bishopchatard.org . Click  here  for more information.
Spirit Shoppe Sale
The Bishop Chatard Spirit Shoppe will be open for a special March sale:
  • March 11 (Wednesday) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • March 12 (Thursday) 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
We will have some of our winter items on sale plus check out our new items!

Volunteers Needed for Special March Hours
Help is needed during the March 11 and 12 Spirit Shoppe Sale. Click here to view the needs and sign up today!
BCHS Easter Egg Hunt
Join BCHS for the annual BCHS Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Our youngest Future Trojans are invited to bring their Easter baskets to collect eggs on the front lawn of the school and then join us in the gymnasium for activities, live animals, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Read more and RSVP here! 

Donations Needed
To make this event a success, we need your help! We are asking for mini Easter Candy donations to fill a few thousand Easter Eggs. If you are willing to donate a bag of candy, or a few, please drop off your donation in the main office. We appreciate your support of this fun event! Contact Coordinator of Alumni Relations & Special Events Kelly Stuhldreher at kstuhldreher@bishopchatard.org with any questions.
From the Counseling Office
Submitting a Course Selection Sheet
Counselors are meeting with students individually through the month of March to select courses for next year. Has your student submitted his/her course selection sheet? If not, please remind him/her of this important step in the registration process. Students can request copies of misplaced forms in the Counseling office.
Alumni Career Lunch
Claire Winship '07 will be joining us March 18 during all lunch periods. Claire graduated from BCHS in 2007. She attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Child Development & Family Studies as well as Sociology. She continued onto Simmons University in Boston where she received her MSW along with a certificate in Urban Leadership. Today, Claire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the director of community based services with Children's Bureau. 

Students interested in learning more about a career in social work are encouraged to sign up if they are able to attend during their regularly scheduled lunch period. They will not need to miss any class. Lunch will be provided and limited seats are available. Click here with a BCHS email address to register! Contact Pam Nixon with any questions at pnixon@bishopchatard.org.
Summer Programs: FBI Leadership Academy
Attention Juniors who are interested in the FBI! Check out this free summer opportunity on the BCHS College Counseling Website. Applications are due April 1 . Click  here  for more information on the FBI Leadership Academy! Please pick up applications from Ms. Welch in the School Counseling/Guidance office.
Volunteer Opportunity
BCHS is looking for volunteers to help proctor AP Tests this year! Testing takes place the weeks of  May 4 -15

Proctor eligibility criteria is as follows:
  • Proctors must be a responsible, reliable adult with attention to detail.
  • Proctors must NOT have an immediate family member currently enrolled in an AP class.
  • Proctors may NOT participate in any tutoring or coaching activity that addresses the content of a secure College Board test, including AP tests, the PSAT and SAT.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for one or both weeks, please contact our AP Coordinator, Monica Helfrich, by March 20 at  mhelfrich@bishopchatard.org .
Youth Opportunities Fair
On March 16 from noon to 7 p.m., Congressman Carson will host his annual Youth Opportunities Fair at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The event will connect young people and their families with 75 employers and community organizations offering job, internship and programming opportunities. Working youth ages 14+ will also have the chance to practice their interviewing skills and gain valuable insight on how to approach potential employers. Youth not yet able to work and their families can learn about local camps and other engagement programs offered during the summer and year-round.

More information and the flyer for download is available on Congressman Carson’s  website . Please contact Pam Nixon at  pnixon@bishopchatard.org  with any questions.
Cultural Opportunity
Bishop Chatard is fortunate to enroll full-time international students who enrich the diversity of our student body. These students live with host families who receive financial support to provide a loving and stable environment during the school year. Bishop Chatard partners with Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG), a non-profit headquartered in Michigan, to bring these students, who can be from almost anywhere in the world, to our community. If you or someone you know would like more information about becoming a host family, please contact guidance counselor Catherine Welch at  cwelch@bishopchatard.org  or 317-251-1451, ext. 2257. Learn more about FLAG  here . Thank you for considering this fulfilling opportunity!
Campus Ministry
Important Service Hour Information
Attention Upperclassmen! As students enter into the last quarter, Christian Service hours will be due soon. Hours for seniors are due April 1 and hours for sophomores and juniors are due May 1. Seniors looking to earn the St. Lawrence Christian Service Honor Cord for graduation need to complete 200 hours in total by April 1. 
BCHS Summer Camp Early Bird Registration ends March 20 
Bishop Chatard is offering over a wide variety of sport and enrichment camps this summer. There is something for every interest! Visit Bishop Chatard's  Summer Camp Webpage  to view a list and description of camps, along with details about camp dates, age ranges, cost, available discounts and access to our camp registration page. Early Bird rates in effect until March 20!

Bishop Chatard uses the ACTIVE Online Software for camp registration. If you have registered campers in the past, you will sign in using your username and password. New users will be prompted to create an account when completing their first camp registration. We look forward to seeing your child this summer at Bishop Chatard! 
Athletic News & Events
Spring Sports Yard Signs
Show your Trojan Pride all season long with a YARD SIGN! Orders are now being taken for yard signs for spring sport athletes: $25 (one-sided) or $35 (2-sided). This is an optional sign for personal yards. If interested, please return the order form to the athletic office with payment no later than March 20 . This is an absolute deadline. Questions? Contact Anne Harless in the Athletic Office at aharless@bishopchatard.org .
 Click here to view the order form.
Football Spring Passing Camp
Bishop Chatard Football will conduct a two-session camp on the turf at Bishop Chatard High School that will instruct participants on every aspect of the football passing game. Players will learn proper throwing, catching, and route-running techniques that will help improve their performance. There will also be a grade level appropriate competition league that will take place at the end of each session. Come join us for a lot of learning, competition, and FUN!
  • When: Two Sundays, May 3 and May 10; 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Who: For quarterbacks and receivers, grades 5-8 (Fall 2020 grade)
  • Where: BCHS Football Stadium
  • Cost: $20 for both sessions
  • Check-in begins 20 minutes before the camp

Click here to register! Questions? Contact Eric Quintana, BCHS Football Coach, at equintana@bishopchatard.org.
North Deanery Girls Basketball Spring Workouts 
All North Deanery Girls Basketball players, grades 6-8, are invited to our North Deanery Spring Workouts, from  March 3 to April 29  in the BCHS gym. Sessions are free. No registration is needed. Come to one or all! Contact Coach Katie Fisher at  kfisher@bishopchatard.org  with any questions.  Click here  to view the schedule.
Support BCHS Boys Soccer
Night at Chipotle
Come to Chipotle in Broad Ripple on Wednesday, April 8, from 4-8 p.m. to support your Bishop Chatard boys soccer program. Bring this flyer or show it on your phone and 33% of the proceeds will go to the program. Click here to view the flyer.

Call-out meeting
There will be a call-out/parent meeting for any boy interested in playing soccer next season on Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The upcoming summer schedule and expectations for the 2020 season will be topics covered in this meeting. Hope to see you there! 
If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Mike Carney at  mcarney@bishopchatard.org .

CYO Tournament
The boys soccer team will be hosting a CYO Futsal Tournament on March 21 in the auxiliary gym. Registration is free. Schools and teams interested in playing are asked to contact Michael Carney at the email address above. Click  here  for more information!

The Boys Soccer Team will be in the weight room every Tuesday and Thursday starting February 4 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Summer Field Studies 2020
Current Bishop Chatard juniors and seniors are invited to join students from Roncalli and Cardinal Ritter for Summer Field Studies 2020: one part academics, one part adventure, one part retreat. The trip dates are  June 8 - June 21 . For more information on the trip  click here  or to view the website  click here .
Good News To Share
Bishop Chatard is named an ‘A’ School
The Indiana Department of Education has announced its 2018-2019 Letter Grades, and, for the ninth consecutive year, Bishop Chatard High School has received an “A”.

 “To be recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as an ‘A’ school for nine years in a row is a tremendous accomplishment. That consistency in success is a tribute to the hard work that our entire community displays,” Principal Joe Hansen said. “Kudos to our teachers and support staff as they continue to stress academic excellence while helping each individual student grow academically and spiritually.” Continue reading here...
Community News
Attend CYO Camp 
Camp Rancho Framasa in Nashville, Indiana, has summer camping opportunities for ages 7-19. Established in 1946, CYO Camp is an inclusive, residential camp offering three- and six-day sessions. For more information please go to  www.campranchoframasa.org . Camp brochures are available in the main office. 
Help to advocate for Catholic schools! 
Support the Indiana Non-Public Education Association.  Visit the INPEA website  to read about the latest happenings at the Indiana Statehouse and how you can help.