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December 11, 2017
Suggested Student Gift List
Looking for another little something for your daughter for Christmas?  Some of our faculty members gathered ideas for their classes to share with you:

All Math students:
TI-84 graphing  calculator
Freshmen (English & History project):
 1" binder
50 index cards
(English) Mark Twain's Adventures of Huck Finn:  requires:
ISBN-13 978-0-486-28061-5
(English) Shakespeare's  "A  Midsummer Night's Dream"  requires Folger's Edition:  ISBN  07434-8281-6

Great Books for Christmas!

The Confidence Effect written by Grace Killelea provides specific strategies on how women can increase confidence and achieve success when they step up, speak up, and take risks to showcase their talents and skills. The book focuses on the importance of building relationships. "Leadership is cultivated and like any path, follows twists and turns, switchbacks, and pit stops that require us to improvise, adapt, and overcome along the way. We simply can't and shouldn't do it alone." Killelea stresses that women can create authentic confidence and need to practice the four "Rs" of success - relationships, reputation, results, and resilience. This powerful book enables women to claim the success that they deserve.

Tim Tebow's new book, Shaken, shares  glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. He was released after one season. Tebow talks about what it takes to have resilience, to build confidence in his identity and with God. He reflects on how rejection, broken dreams, and heartbreak are tough, but can be manageable when grounded in truth. Tebow shares, "Many of us get bogged down in life because we compare ourselves to others and fall short. Our faith is about living life with an open hand, using the gifts and blessings in our lives for others.   Don't hold onto your gifts; share them to aim above the status quo and make a difference. Don't strive to be like someone else. Be who God created you to be; be you.  

Kairos Leader Applications
Kairos Leader Applications are due to Miss Violi today, December 11.

Drama Club
Musical News
The Broadway Musical Hairspray
We need you to make this happen!  We can work with sports schedules.
Auditions are open to ALL Students and chorus is a great way to be a part of it! 
Cast and Crew will receive .25 Arts Credit.
Looking for a few good men as well!

Audition Dates:
Tuesday, December 12 @ 3:15 pm
Thursday, December 14 @ 3:15 pm

See  Ms. Violi or Mrs. Dillinger for more information.  Sign-up sheets are on the Drama Board. 

Drama Club Christmas party will be on Monday, December 18 at 3:00 in the AP room. Please sign up on the Drama Board.

Upcoming SBA Music Performances
SBA Christmas Concert:
Get into the Christmas Spirit with a wonderful evening of Christmas Music, presented by our own SBA students from our performance classes: Concert Choir and Madrigals, Handbell Choirs, String Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Band, and the new Vocal Techniques Class. Please join the Saint Basil Academy community on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

Concert for the Sisters
A performance for the Sisters will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 11:30 at the Monastery of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. 

Christmas Prayer Service: 
Join us for our Christmas Prayer Service and mini concert at SBA on Friday, December 22. 

Christmas Movie Night
There will be a Christmas Movie Night in the AP Room on Friday, December 15 at
7 pm.  Donations from this event will help offset the cost of transportation for those attending the Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference over the summer.  We will be showing the movie Elf, enjoying some snacks and pop corn, and making Christmas crafts.  Students, families, and all members of the SBA community are invited to attended.  The suggested donation is $3.  Please email Jenna Violi with any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Senior Tree Lighting
The Senior Tree lighting will be on Monday, December 18 in the AP Room at 7:00 pm. All seniors are welcome to bring a guest and celebrate the holiday season with us. Please bring a dessert and we will provide hot chocolate and Christmas Carols!

Minding Your Mind
Minding Your Mind will be presenting to students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, December 21 at 1:30 PM. Minding Your Mind provides mental health education to teens, parents, teachers and schools to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health issues. Speaker Kristen Harootunian will educate SBA on her success in dealing with stress, and overcoming substance abuse disorders and negative coping skills. 
For more information about Minding Your Mind, go to

Counseling & College Services
As you receive your college acceptances, please bring in your letters of acceptance and any merit/scholarship awards to the Counseling office.  As a reminder, each Senior is allotted 8 transcripts. There is a $5.00 fee for each additional transcript.

If any colleges are requesting your first quarter grades, please come to Counseling and sign up. 

Sophomore Advisory will resume Monday, 12/11, Tuesday, 12/12 and Wednesday, 12/13. Please remember to report to advisory at the beginning of lunch.   

Parents' Club

10 Week Club
View the list of winners  here.

Please return the yellow volunteer forms that were handed out at Back to School night.
The volunteer form is also available on the SBA website.  We are asking that each family volunteer for at least 2 events this year.  A list of activities is on our webpage. There are student related events, Parents' Club events and Development  events. We have amazing people in place in Admissions, Development and Leadership.  Let's give them all the help we can.

New York City Bus Trip
Thank you to Marcia Miller and her co-chair Dana White for organizing a fun trip to New York City last Friday.  Two bus loads of SBA families and friends braved the cold to spend the day in the city!   

Senior Victorian Tea
Our Senior Victorian Tea is this Friday, December 15 from 10 am to 3 pm.  We are still in need of a few senior parents to help  out.  Decorating will be Thursday afternoon. Any help is greatly appreciated.  Please email Meghan Campion if you can assist, at 

Pawprints School Store
Store hours week of December 11:
  • 12/11 Monday       7:30 am-3 pm
  • 12/12 Tuesday       Closed
  • 12/13 Wednesday 9:00 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-7:00 pm, before Concert
  • 12/14 Thursday     Closed
  • 12/15 Friday          7:30 am-3:00 pm 
Can you believe Christmas is 2 weeks away?! Stop by our school store and finish your Christmas shopping! Every Basil Girl loves to get Basil Gear as a gift. Here are a few ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers:  Sweatpants, Hoodies, SBA drawstring bag, NEW ΒΌ Zip Grey Sweatshirt, SBA crew socks, SBA saddle shoe ornament (my personal favorite), SBA Pennant, T-shirts, Pajama bottoms, shorts, embroidered hats, headbands and more!! We will be open before the Christmas Concert on Wednesday 12/13 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.  Some items are available online, but we have much more to see in the store!
We accept cash, checks and credit. 
The last day to place orders for delivery is Monday 12/11.  Any online orders placed after 12/18 may not be filled until after Christmas Break. Also, the last day to shop in the store is Wednesday 12/20. Please take note of these dates and shop early! 

Many of our items can be viewed and ordered online  
For more information
Upcoming Christmas Break
Christmas break will begin at noon on Friday, December 22.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 8. 
Athletic Schedules
View the  full schedule of sports at SBA!   Team schedules also appear on the individual team pages of the SBA website.
December Highlights
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2017-2018 Calendar
View the complete  school calendar  on our website under Quick Links.