January 28, 2019
Calendar Date Correction
School will be closed for students on  Friday, February 8 NOT on Friday, March 8,  as previously noted on the calendar.  Faculty and staff will be attending retreat and professional development on February 8.  March 8 will be a regular school day.
Safe2Say Something Student Training
As part of a new state law (Act 44 of 2018), an anonymous tip line called "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS)  became active on January 14, 2019. This statewide reporting system  was created to help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; to help reduce bullying and cyberbullying; and to help intervene with violence and victimization.  The S2SS campaign, along with  local law enforcement and mental health professionals,  is designed to teach students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and then report that to a trusted adult OR use the anonymous reporting system. 

Students, faculty, and staff will be participating in the training on Wednesday,
January 30.
 
The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nationwide non-profit organization, formed shortly after the 2012 mass school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The program is age-appropriate and research based, and is being provided at no cost to Basils and to all schools statewide.

Catholic Schools Week - Letter from Bishop Andriy Rabiy
Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia offers his blessing as we begin Catholic Schools Week on January 28.


Course Offerings - Semester 2
The following courses are being offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors during  FLEX (Thursday from 1:30-3:00 PM). Encourage your daughters to sign up for one of these great offerings! Contact Mrs. Penkalskyj (apenkalskyj@stbasilacademy.org) for details. SEATS ARE LIMITED!!

A Historical Journey Through Art
Instructor: Mrs. Kim Fina

Art has played a significant role in every major civilization throughout history. In this course, students will examine different time periods and how the art reflects the historical events, culture, and social movements of the times. Since art and cultural values are closely related, studying art is a compelling way to learn about the people who produced it. The class will feature discussion, collaboration, hands-on activities, virtual museum tours, and optional field trips.- Students will earn .25 credit in fine arts for completing this course.

Personal Finance
Instructor: Mr. Anatoli Murha, Director of Business Development, Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union

This course will empower students to learn how to make the most effective personal financial decisions. Topics will include: why money matters, paying bills; spending and budgeting; banking your bucks; student loans and interest; building credit history; navigating traditional and digital banking options; and cybersecurity and scam awareness.- Students will earn .25 social studies credit for completing this course.

Compassion in Action
Instructor: Ms. Erin Breen, SBA Class of 2015

This course offers students compassionate and holistic perspectives on different social justice issues. Using Catholic Social Teaching principles as a starting point, the students will collectively explore causes and impacts of injustices facing communities, including food justice, family separation, mass incarceration and more. By completing service hours outside of the class, students will reflect on their experiences while connecting their personal service with larger issues facing society today. -  Students will earn additional service hours for completing this course.

Ms. Erin Breen '15, is currently a senior at St. Joseph's University majoring in Theology with an English/Faith Justice minor. Erin is interning at Basils during the semester and as part of her internship requirements, is offering this course to help explore and expand service opportunities.
Parents' Club
Night at the Races: Saturday, February 9 at 7 PM
Night at the Races is Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7 PM. (S now date is February 16. Feel free to share this email with your family and friends.)  This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Parents' Club.

What is Night at the Races?
Night at the Races is a virtual horse track in our very own school. This audience participatory event recreates the atmosphere of the race track by using top-secret, previously recorded races that allow us to cheer and wager.  There will be a 50/50 and other games of chance.

Ticket Information
Tickets for admission include dinner, beer, wine and soda and cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door. You must be 21 to attend, and the event is open to the public. Click the links below to purchase tickets or a sponsorship.


How Do I Win?
There are two ways to win money from the horses. 
  • The first is to "own" a horse. You do this by sending in the form with your horse name, family name, and $5/horse. If your horse wins the race in which it is entered? You win $25! Winnings are not dependent on event attendance (but it's more fun if you are there!)
     
  • The second is to bet on the horses at the event. Your $2 bet will pay out based on the odds. And how loud you scream for your virtual horse to win. That is totally a thing
Lucky Lotto
Lucky Lotto tickets are $10 each and can be purchased ahead of time. Each ticket has 5 unique, 3-digit numbers ranging from 000-999. The number will be drawn at the event, but the winner does not need to be present. There are only 200 tickets available and 1 guaranteed winner - $1000 cash!

Sponsorship
Still looking for ways to contribute? Sponsor a race for $100! Any individual or company that makes a $100 donation receives:
  • name on the program for the sponsored race
  • name announced at the beginning of the sponsored race
  • a business card sized ad or message on the program. 
High roller? Reach out to us to find out what other opportunities can be created for you.

Please contact co-chairs Heather Dotchel ( dotchel@msn.com ) or Christina Yost (daventeen@verizon.net) with any questions. Thank you for your support. We hope to see you there!!

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
Yearbook Patrons
Senior Parents: Yearbook Patrons are due to  SBAYearbook@stbasilacademy.org by Feb. 21. The following document provides information and guidelines.


Sop Hop Information
Attention Sophomore Parents:
Our Soph Hop is on Friday, February 8.  A  copy of the permission slip is on the Soph Hop Edmodo page.  Please print this out and submit it directly to Mr. Verni. The cost is $36 per student and $36 for a guest. 

Sop Hop tickets must be purchased online through  the school  website.  Deadline for payment is Friday, February 1, at 12 noon.  The permission slips are due no later than Monday, February 4, 12 noon.   All information related to the dance and school policies are on the permission slip.  Please contact Mr. Verni directly for more information.


Prom Payment
The Senior/Junior Prom of Saint Basil Academy will take place at 7 PM on April 26, 2019 at Philmont Country Club, Huntingdon Valley, PA.  A letter was emailed to parents in November explaining the prom policy and payment plan.  This is a reminder that the final prom payment is due February 15. Please use the link below to make payment.


Practice SAT Test
On Sunday morning, February 24 at 9:00 AM at Basils, we will host a practice SAT test for all interested juniors. The students will take an SAT test and then score it. Please sign up with Mrs. Hartey by February 9 if you would like to participate.
Drama
NYC TRIP: The final payment of $50.00 is due by January 31.  Please make sure you get this in as soon as possible.  There are 2 seats still available.  If you are interested, contact Mrs. Dillinger.

MAMMA MIA
Ticket are on sale for Mamma Mia.  The show dates are March 29, 30 and 31.  Student ticket request forms will be handed out in classrooms or can be picked up in the main office.  All students are entitled to 1(one) ticket. Tickets may be purchased online or the attached form can be sent to school with payment.

 
Sponsorship/Advertisement for the Mamma Mia program.
Please consider sponsoring the show or reaching out and congratulating your favorite cast or crew members, using the link below.


Counseling & College Services
A/P 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: January 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 Tuesday, 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.

Career Day
Career Day will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.  Basil alumnae will speak with students about their professional careers and experiences.  We have  over 25 alumnae with a variety of career fields including:  Medical, Legal, Architecture, Digital Content Editors, Teachers and Professors, and we also will have a Mammal Trainer here as well!  

Scholarships
College Scholarships on NAVIANCE with February deadlines include:  Scholarship for Military Children, Jackie Robinson Scholarship, Roothbert Fund Scholarship, Anne Whitney Barrow Scholarship (Engineering), Dr. Aura-Lee Pittenger Scholarship (American History), and Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.  Check out these and more on NAVIANCE and apply if you are eligible.

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. 

College Fair at Hatboro-Horsham High School
Basil students have been invited to attend a College Fair at Hatboro-Horsham High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM.  All Basil students are welcome to attend!  Visitor parking is in front of the main school entrance.  

Saint Basil Academy Designer Bag Bingo
Gather your girlfriends and join us Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7 PM in the
AP Room for a BYOB/Girls Night Out.  Win a beautiful designer bag, a cash prize or a special bag drawing.  Lots of winners! Lots of bags! But mostly lots of fun!

Purchase Tickets Online                                                   

Saint Basil Academy Auction
Mark your calendars and save the date, Saturday, April 6, 2019, is our Boots & Bling Auction.  This is a night filled with delicious food, open bar, music and great prizes.  Come out and support our school through the Boots & Bling Auction. 


A Message from our Event Coordinators:
Did you get a gift that wasn't quite your style?  Don't put it in the closet...send it in to the Event Coordinators' Office and make it a treasure for someone else!
No gift is too large or too small.   Donations can be brought to the main office and labeled AUCTION.

Wine Pull Donations
Please consider bringing in a bottle of wine for our AUCTION WINE PULL. We appreciate this so much. Donations can be brought to the main office and labeled AUCTION. Thank you.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Powers at lpowers@tbasilacademy.org or Carol Abel at cabel@stbasilacademy.org
Or call 215-885-3771 (x130 and x134)
Thank you and have a Happy New Year!!

Auction Wish List                                                                        

Pawprints School Store
School Store Hours this week:
Monday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 3 PM
Friday: 8  AM - 3 PM

SBA Pom Pom Hats  $20
SBA Pop Sockets $8
Ceramic Saddle Shoe Ornament $15
Laptop Stickers $2
SBA Spray Hand Sanitizer $2
"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!
It is almost time to order your GREEN SHIRTS!

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

Contact Mrs. Grabowski for more information on items available for purchase. 
Retreat for Caregivers
The Basilian Spirituality Center is hosting a retreat for caregivers on Saturday, March 23 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Click the link below for more information.


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!