December 3, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing with deep concerns about the parking lot and student drop-off and pick-up. The situation in the parking lot has become increasingly unsafe. What we have been experiencing is the following:
  • At dismissal, a line of cars that extend from the doors of the building all the way down the corner of the lot and down the driveway. Cars CANNOT park alongside the curb beyond the end of the parking lot into the driveway. If the line is long, please pull into a parking spot and wait for your daughter.
  • Drivers who block other cars from exiting because they are parked alongside the curb rather than in parking spots. Please find a parking spot and wait for your daughter to exit. Cars that have been loaded MUST be able to merge and exit.
  • Extremely inpatient drivers who lack courtesy in speaking to the staff when they are helping direct traffic.
  • Making U-turns through the parking spaces. NO ONE should cut through parking spaces to make U-turns! There are drivers who are entering in the oncoming lanes and we have barely missed having accidents occur. ALL DRIVERS must loop around to exit.
  • Leaving a car parked alongside the curb, running and unattended while you enter the building. Do not leave your car unattended at any time.
  • Driving faster than 5 miles an hour in the lot without being aware of the cars or buses that need to pull out and merge to exit AND students, faculty and staff who are crossing.

I ask that everyone review the car line and pickup expectations and abide by them so that ALL OF OUR STUDENTS and drivers ARE SAFE as they enter and exit the building. Follow the directional arrows on the ground in the lot for exiting to ensure that you are in the correct lane and moving in the right direction.

If you need to pick up your daughter promptly, please park in the parking spot and have your daughter come to you. If not, I ask for your patience for 10-15 minutes every day at dismissal so that everyone is safe.

If your daughter has an injury and is on crutches or has an arm/shoulder injury and needs help with carrying a schoolbag, please drop her off at the front door and we will buzz her in. This way, you can leave your car parked at the front door and help your daughter to enter the building without blocking the rest of the traffic flow.

I appreciate your cooperation as we work together to ensure student safety.

Sincerely,
Connie D'Angelo, Principal
St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Please join us on Thursday, December 6 at 8:15 AM to celebrate St. Nicholas Day and the Divine Liturgy. All are welcome!
Vacations and Missing School
Any student who will be missing school for any reason MUST notify the main office in writing prior to the absence. This includes vacation, etc. Students have been only notifying teachers and the main office has been unaware of the absences. These absences must be approved by the principal. Thank you for your cooperation. 
Drama News
Mamma Mia auditions will take place on December 4 and December 6.  Information packets available on the drama board.  Wanted: A FEW GOOD MEN to audition.  See Drama Board for singing audition practices.  There will be dance practices on November 27 and 29.

Senior Tree Lighting - December 11
Seniors, please check your SBA email for an evite to the  annual Senior Tree Lighting.  

On Tuesday, December 11 all seniors and their mothers, guardians or other special guest are invited to the annual SBA Senior Tree Lighting in the AP room at 7 PM.   Join your classmates for a fun night of holiday cheer.  Please check you SBA email for more information.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Talley.  Thank you!
SBA Annual Christmas Concert
Feel 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, Band, and the Vocal Techniques Class. Sing along with us at the end of the program for a delightful finish to the evening.  Please join the Saint Basil Academy community on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Christmas Band Festival
On December 17 at 7 PM, the Jenkintown Community Band, which is in residency at Saint Basil Academy is excited to present its Christmas concert in conjunction with the Saint Basil Academy and the Saint Albert the Great Band Programs. Music will include many holiday favorites and Christmas carols for all to enjoy. It isn't the holiday season until you've heard Leroy Anderson's Sleigh ride performed live. Hope to see you there!!!

Counseling & College Services
College Acceptances: 
Any Seniors who have received College acceptance and/or scholarship letters, please bring them to the Counseling Office so that we can make a copy for our records.  

First Quarter Grades:
If your Senior student has applied to a college/university and they are requesting that first quarter grades be sent in for review, please sign up in the Counseling Department.  Our staff will send out the reports to the requested schools.

A/P Testing:
Please send in payments for AP testing. All students enrolled in an AP class MUST take the requisite AP test in May. The cost of each test is $94.00. Payment due date: Jan. 31, 2019. Payments can be made online through the school store or by sending in a check made payable to Saint Basil Academy.   Thank you in advance. Please direct any questions/concerns to Linda Smith at  lsmith@stbasilacademy.org .

School Day SAT with Essay:
Saint Basil Academy will offer an SAT School day opportunity for all Juniors on April 23, 2019. The cost of the SAT with Essay will be $32.25 (50% off the actual testing price). Families can register online through the SBA website. This is an opportunity for JUNIORS only. Please register for the test by Monday, February 25, 2019.

Senior Yearbook Photos
Many seniors have already chosen their graduation photo packets.  Although it is not necessary to buy your packages yet, please return your senior's choices of photos to be used in the Yearbook - one cap and gown and one drape; as soon as possible.

Parents' Club
New York City Bus Trip, Friday, December 14:
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR BUS TRIP: DECEMBER 7.
Our first bus is full!  Seats are available on the second bus. 
The New York trip deadline is December 7. We still have seats available but the order and waivers have to be sent in immediately if you are still interested. For anyone who has already sent in their order, please make sure you send in your waivers asap. I have some extra waivers, if needed, but we will be limited for time the morning of our trip.  Please have waivers completed before the December 14. Send the waivers in with your daughter to the main office marked to the attention of Parents Club, Marcia Miller. Students  can also hand them to my daughter, Erica. Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to seeing you all.   
Any questions, please email Marcia at marcia.miller3@verizon.net  

Departure from SBA: 8:00 AM
Return to SBA: 8:30 PM
Cost: $45 per person for Trip


Senior Victorian Tea
Senior Parents Victorian Tea is Friday, December 7.
We would like to make this as special as possible for the girls.  If you can help on Thursday Night for set up and or Friday at any time. please email  Parentsclub@stbasilacademy.org.

Father-Daughter Dance 
A special thank you to Karen Wanders and Angelique Darcy Maguire for helping me 
the night of the event.

Volunteering
Volunteer forms can be returned to school anytime. The volunteer form is also available on the   Parents' Club  page of the SBA website.
 
If you have any questions contact parentsclub@stbasilacademy.org
 
Isabella Douglas
SBA Parents' Club President

Saint  Basil Academy Auction
A Message from our Event Coordinators:
Christmas shopping....Black Friday....the Season begins...
Think of us as you begin your Christmas shopping. We would appreciate any gift donations for the Auction.  Please view our Auction wish list below.  Gifts can be dropped off to the main office or you can stop down  and see us in the Events Office.

Wine Pull Donations
Please consider bringing in a bottle of wine for our AUCTION WINE PULL.  As you shop for your holiday wine, remember Saint Basil Academy and consider donating a bottle.  We appreciate this so much.  Just drop it off in the main office or stop downstairs in the Events Office. We would love to see you!  Thank you!

Auction Wish List                                                                          

Pawprints School Store
School Store Hours this week:
Monday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Thursday: 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 3 PM

Reminder: The school store accepts cash, checks and credit/debit cards. We do not accept American Express.

Christmas Shopping
Stop by our store and start your Christmas shopping early!   Three weeks until Christmas! We have restocked many items and have great sales!  

Great Stocking Stuffers:
SBA Pom Pom Hats  $20
Ceramic Saddle Shoe Ornament $15
Laptop Stickers $2
SBA Spray Hand Sanitizer $2
Small Photo Album $5
SBA Pop Sockets $8
"B" Car Magnets $5
Navy Speckled Mug $12

More Gift Ideas:
Sweatpants, Hoodies, Crewnecks, shorts, short sleeve t-shirts,  long sleeve t-shirts,
"B" leggings, socks, windbreakers, blankets, embroidered SBA tote bags, flannel PJ bottoms,
new flannel sparkle "bitty" shorts, Pub Glasses, picture  frames, new Basil Love tee and more!

Contact Mrs. Grabowski for more information on items available for purchase. 
2018-2019 SBA School Calendar Overview
Please refer to the link below for the 2018-2019 School Calendar Overview.

School Calendar
View the complete school calendar  on our website under Quick Links.
Athletic S chedules
View the  full schedule of sports at SBA!