Weekly Parent Newsletter 
May 6, 2020
Watch How Trojans are Staying Strong
Our Trojans are finding creative ways to stay busy while at home. Check out some of the videos our classes, teams, faculty/staff and students have made. If your students have gathered 'virtually' with their classmates/teammates and made a video, please send to  communications@bishopchatard.org .

Latest additions to the page include interviews with the cast of "Guys and Dolls." You can also access Mr. Hansen's Daily Announcements, posted daily on his Twitter page. Click here to view the videos!
News & Events
Virtual Athletic Awards Honors Night
Bishop Chatard held a virtual ceremony to announce its 2019-2020 athletic awards on May 5. View the ceremony here. Virtual award ceremonies will be held to distribute academic and other awards later this week and next week. More virtual video ceremonies coming soon!

Student Ambassador Applications are due May 15
Apply to become a student ambassador for the 2020-2021 school year. All current freshman, sophomores and juniors are invited to apply. Student ambassadors play a crucial role in representing Bishop Chatard to all of our special guests. Student ambassadors help with events like Freshman Orientation, Annual Fund Dinner, Chatard-A-Bration, Grandparent Masses, Open House, Christmas on Crittenden, Spell Bowl and the Easter Egg Hunt. 

Applications are due by Friday, May 15 . An email was sent to all students that included a link to an online application. Students must be signed in to their BCHS email account to open the form. Questions? Please email Mr. Mayer at tmayer@bishopchatard.org .
Teacher Evening Office Hours
Starting on Monday, May 4, Bishop Chatard teachers are offering evening office ours on Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Students should check out The Blueprint’s Twitter or their Bishop Chatard email account for teachers “on call” each evening. The next step is to send an email to one of the teachers on call to request help. A teacher will send back a Google Meet invite. Within minutes, help is on the way! This academic help will be available until May 22.
Cast & crew interviews from Guys and Dolls
With the BCHS 2020 Spring Musical stopped by the virus just a few days before opening, the "Guys and Dolls" cast and crew missed any on-stage performance. These are interviews conducted before the show, with Sarah Semon as the moderator, giving the viewer a glimpse into all the time, effort and enthusiasm the students had invested. Click here to view the interviews!
Join BCHS for a FREE Virtual Trivia Night
Put together your ‘quaranteam’ with friends & family — It’s AT-HOME VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT for BCHS.
  • When: Friday, May 8, beginning around 7 p.m.
  • Who: Anybody that thinks they can answer questions
  • Why: Well, because….what else do we have to do?
  • Cost: FREE!
Put together a team consisting of family members, alumni, teachers, students, coaches, teams, friends of Bishop Chatard, or any other smart people you know. We suggest forming a team with those you are quarantining with. Questions will be live streamed via YouTube. The answers will be submitted via Google forms. The winner will receive freshly baked Bishop Chatard cookies delivered to your front door! Use this link to register to play and we will email you the rest of the directions. Registration deadline is May 8 at 3 p.m.
Commemorate a year like no other for the Seniors of 2020!
BCHS personalized brick pavers are customized to include an engraved name, year of graduation and room for icons commemorating your student's involvement during his/her time at BCHS. All orders received by May 15 will be engraved and returned to us in time for the traditional Senior Send-Off in early August. Click here to learn more and to place your order.
Campus Ministry
Virtual Retreat Series
As we enter the last month of the semester, Campus Ministry is offering a four-week virtual retreat series for students, staff and families called "Beloved." Each video is less than 5 minutes, so the retreat can be done by individuals or as a family! We encourage the entire BCHS community to participate in some time in prayer and reflection as we wrap up the school year. A new part of the retreat will be released each Wednesday until complete. Please check out Part 2 here!
Remote Christian Service Opportunities
While Christian Service is not a requirement for the remainder of the school year, we still want to provide opportunities for students to serve from home. Check out this link for some resources of how students and families can serve remotely. View Bishop Chatard's revised service hour requirements for the school year here .

Emmaus Groups: All students were invited via email to participate in virtual small faith groups with Campus Ministry. Currently, three groups are running on Wednesdays. If students are interested in getting involved, they should email Mr. Patzke at spatzke@bishopchatard.org.
Campus Ministry e-Learning Resources
Prayer, Scripture study, online Mass, talks, books, and reflections: BCHS Campus Ministry has created an extensive list of resources for growing in one’s faith life while at home. Something for everyone in the family!

We hope you can use any and all of these resources during this time. Click here for more information. Contact Steven Patske at spatzke@bishopchatard.org with any questions.
From the Counseling Office
Nursing & Social Work Newsletters Now Available
Bishop Chatard's nursing and social work offices have provided mental and physical health tips and information, along with a list of food resources, for families to access during this health crisis. Please take a moment to review the important information provided in these newsletters.
Class of 2021- Submit your College Autobiography
Please complete this form to help with future letters of recommendation for colleges, scholarships and special opportunities. Contact Mrs. Pam Nixon at pnixon@bishopchatard.org if you have any questions.
Tutoring Hours Available
The Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline has expanded tutoring hours to help e-Learners with math and science homework! Hours are:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • Monday-Friday: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Free Math and science tutoring for grades 4-12, college students and parents via phone, chat or email
  • Call 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) or visit AskRose.org
Calling Members of the Class of 2016
Do you know anyone who graduated from Bishop Chatard in 2016? We are thinking of them while many of them are transitioning to a new phase of life without many of the typical rites of passage and would love to celebrate some of their recent accomplishments and best BCHS memories. Please share this form  with any friends or relatives you have from our class of 2016. Contact Pam Nixon at pnixon@bishopchatard.org with any questions.
Junior & Senior College Counseling Newsletters
Recent Junior and Senior College Counseling Newsletters are available. Please contact Pam Nixon at pnixon@bishopchatard.org with questions.

Click here to view the Senior newsletter for the month of May.

Click here to view the Junior newsletter. Class of 2021, please complete the Next Steps section as your schedule allows.
Course Registration
School Counselors continue to work on course registration for next year, and counselors will be contacting students via email throughout the e-learning school closure to finalize course selections.  
Please note counselor assignments for registration:
Athletic News and Events
Bishop Chatard Football Cheer 2020 tryouts
BCHS Cheerleading will be conducting tryouts virtually this year. They will be using a free app called BAND. If you are interested in becoming a Trojan Cheerleader, please join this app. Tryouts will begin today (May 6) , so please join BAND before then. All tryout instructions and resources will be announced on BAND. 

Click here to to download the BAND APP, or scan the QR code to join BAND, Bishop Chatard Football Cheer 2020. If you have any questions, please email Coach Kim Reed at kereed78@gmail.com or Coach MaryBeth Graves at mgraves@bishopchatard.org .
BCHS Girls Soccer Virtual Pre-Season Meeting
A BCHS Girls Soccer 2020 Virtual Pre-Season Meeting will be held on Monday, May 11 , via Google Meet from 6 - 7 p.m. This is for incoming freshman and current players and their families. Topics will include season expectations, summer conditioning schedule, cost associated with program, and other important information.

 Contact Ashton Balch at abalch@bishopchatard.org with any questions! Please use the following information to access the meeting: Click here for the Meeting ID. Phone Numbers: +1 216-930-8552. PIN: 396 008 370#
School News (worth repeating!)
Senior girls receive prom day surprise!
Bishop Chatard's senior prom was supposed to be held April 25 but, like proms at most high schools, it fell victim to COVID-19 and has been postponed. But the virus didn't kill the chivalry associated with prom. 
On prom day, flowers were delivered to all of Bishop Chatard's senior girls, and those cards included a card signed "2020 Trojan Men." Senior girls received flowers whether they were planning to attend the prom or not. The girls knew that even though the dance was not occurring that night, they were in the thoughts of their classmates. Read the rest of the story here! BCHS even received a little national coverage on Good Morning America this week. Watch GMA's shout-out here!
Celebration of the Arts 2020
Bishop Chatard’s Fine Arts Department invites you to a Celebration of the Arts 2020 ONLINE! Join us for the virtual Art Show, highlighting masterpieces from the BCHS Visual Arts students. Click here to view the Art Show!
AP Testing: Changes & Test Schedule
May 11-22
CollegeBoard has changed AP testing procedure due to the COVID-19 crisis. Information and test schedule are now available. Click here for more information.
Drivers Education Registration
Bishop Chatard will again be offering Driver Education this summer. The 2020 Summer Driver’s Education Course 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. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit non-BCHS students to the course this year.
Paperwork: Each student will receive, through the mail, the required forms that allow them to get their driver’s education permit from the license branch three weeks before the beginning of class.
Classroom Sessions: Per State of Indiana guidelines pertaining to school closure due to Covid-19, classroom sessions will be offered virtually via Canvas this year. There will be no in-person classroom sessions. Online session begins May 26.
In-Car Sessions: These sessions will be scheduled by the student at the beginning of class. The dates for the driving portion are still to be determined and will comply with Indiana BMV and DOE mandates. Click here to register and read more about drivers education.
Summer 2020 Work Study Information
Citizenship Grants (formerly Summer Work Study) applications are currently on hold and have not yet been posted to the BCHS website. BCHS knows that families depend on these opportunities to help offset tuition, and we will continue to monitor social distancing guidelines before making a decision to offer Citizenship Grant opportunities.

Please contact Karen Feeney,  kfeeney@bishopchatard.org  or Dan Thompson,  dthompson@bishopchatard.org , if you have further questions about financial assistance.
Work Permit Process during e-Learning
Students who need a Work Permit are asked to please contact Ame Alerding at aalerding@bishopchatard.org . Include the form provided by a prospective employer in the email, and Mrs. Alerding will let students know when they will receive their work permit.
Trojan TED Talks now Available Online
In February, seven Bishop Chatard students participated in the school's inaugural Student TED Talk program. Inspiring talks ranging in topic from autism to apathy to the power of a passport were explored. Five of the seven talks given are now available online. Check them out!
Tech Counter Hours during e-Learning
The BCHS Tech Counter will be available “in the cloud” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. Email  gethelp@bishopchatard.org  with school technology questions. This is available for teachers, students and parents. A response will be provided as quickly as possible. 

iPad Updates
Parents, our Tech Team is requesting your help. We have iPad or Apps that are out of date and need to be updated. Typically, the Tech Team pushes these updates remotely, however, with so many devices at home it takes considerably longer to get to all of them.

To that end, we ask for your help with the following: 
  • Please make sure your child's iPad is up to date with the latest iOS 13.4. To do this, go to 
  • Setting > General > Software Updates > Download & Install (If available) 

  • Next, make sure all Apps are up to date. To do this, go to the App “Student” -- it's a purple App with a white leaf. 
  • There will be an update section on the right side of the screen 
  • Once pressed, you should have the option to update individually or all at once.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our devices updated so that learning may continue!
Community News
Circle City Job Opportunity: Sports Information Director 
The Circle City Athletic Conference, which includes Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit, Guerin Catholic, Roncalli, Heritage Christian and Covenant Christian, seeks a part-time Sports Information Director to manage the Conference’s website, social media and other media and communications efforts.


To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to Ted Hampton, Brebeuf Jesuit Athletic Director, at thampton@brebeuf.org. Application deadline is May 15, 2020.
Free Meal Locations during School Closures 
There are many resources providing free meals for both adults and children during school closures. BCHS strongly encourages you to utilize these resources for you or your children if you are facing food instability. Click here for more information.
Trojans Helping Trojans
Emergency Relief Fund
Bishop Chatard High School launched the Trojans Helping Trojans Emergency Relief Fund and our community response has been overwhelming.  Click here to learn more and make a donation!
Support our Community
Bishop Chatard is grateful for the support of so many! During this difficult time, let’s show our Trojan support for local businesses owned by BCHS alumni, school families and many of our BCHS sponsors and donors. Click  here  to view the list of restaurants and other local businesses.
Help to Advocate for Catholic schools! 
Support the Indiana Non-Public Education Association.  Visit the INPEA website  to read about the latest news concerning INPEA efforts.