May 6, 2019
2019-2020 School Calendar
Please refer to the link below for an overview to the 2019-2020 school calendar.

Mini-THON will be May 17 beginning at 7PM.  We are in need of volunteers.  Please consider assisting us using the sign-up genius link below.  Thanks you!

Honors Convocation
The annual Academic Convocation will be held in the Saint Basil Academy auditorium on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7 PM.  The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the All Purpose Room.  The work of our art students will be on display in the All Purpose Room that evening.  Please RSVP below.

Family Vacations
In the event that students will be absent for 3 or more consecutive days for non-medical reasons,  parents are requested to submit a written notification and explanation to the main office one week prior to the absence .  SBA requires that all students attend school in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Parents are also expected to abide  according to Act 39, the law that  monitors compulsory attendance at school , and tracks and reports on student truancy from school. I appreciate your cooperation in notifying not only the teachers, but also the main office for student absences.

Information for Senior Parents and Students
Please see the letter below for important dates and reminders for seniors.

Parents' Club
General Meeting
Please join us for the LAST Parents' Club General Meeting of the year on Thursday,  May 9
at 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served.  Enter to win a $50 door prize.

Prom Parking
A special thank you to the following who stepped up last week when needed!!!
Steve Gallagher,  Chris Olimpo,  Kevin Tracey,  Peter D'Angelo, and  Joe Matthews.

We need help with THON.   Please  consider volunteering.

Its  a tradition at the school that junior parents volunteer at Graduation 
Junior parents we need you to help us for a few hours on Saturday, June 1.  It will be your turn next year to enjoy the day.

Volunteer forms can be returned to school anytime. The volunteer form is also available on the    Parents' Club of the SBA website.

If you have any questions contact

Isabella Douglas
SBA Parents' Club President                                

Counseling & College Services
AP Testing
AP testing begins Monday, May 6 and ends on Thursday, May 16. A complete testing schedule can be found on the SBA site under Academics and AP Program. Students will complete tests and then return to their regular scheduled classes. 
  • AP test takers need to report to the testing room 5 minutes prior to the start of the exam. 
  • AP test takers will need to bring their lunch on their testing days. They will receive 20 minutes to take a break and eat before they resume their class schedule. 
  • AP test takers need to be in school on their respective test date. Late testing will cost an additional $45, as new tests have to be ordered. 
  • AP test takers are asked to bring #2 pencils, black or blue ink pens and a Collegeboard approved calculator if appropriate. 
  • ALL devices will be collected before exams begin.
SBA Parent Brag Sheets
Junior Parents should have received a "Brag Sheet" from the Counseling Office. The information that you provide will be a great help for Counselors to refer to when writing College recommendation letters for your daughter. If you haven't sent yours in yet, click the link below for your brag sheet.

College Acceptances 
We are preparing our program booklet for Graduation.  Seniors need to be sure we have their correct information regarding College acceptances.   We have asked all students to confirm the information we listed as correct for the Graduation booklet.

Drama News
Senior Night
Thursday, May 16 at  6:30 PM. All drama seniors and their families are invited to attend, as well as  ALL DRAMA CLUB MEMBERS.  Members need to be there by 6 PM or sooner to help set up.

Thursday, June 6 at The Walnut Street Theater.  Please send in your money and permission slip for the show.  The cost is $20 which includes bus and ticket.  Pizza will be provided after exams. The bus leaves at 12:45 PM.

Summer Entrance Exam & Practice Course
Saint Basil Academy will be offering an entrance exam in the summer in conjunction with a practice course the week of June 24.  Students taking the summer entrance exam will receive early notification of scores and eligibility for academic scholarships.  The practice course will take place Monday through Wednesday from 9 AM-12 PM with the entrance exam offered on Thursday.  Students may register for the course, the exam, or both.

Pawprints School Store
School Store Hours this week:
Monday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 3 PM

Personalized Blankets
The school store is taking orders for Basil personalized embroidered blankets. One corner of the blanket will have our School Shield, Saint Basil Academy and pawprint or the Split "B". Another corner will have your daughter's first and last name, and "Class of 20xx." The price is $36.00.   Please place your order by 5/10/19 using the link below.

Great Items:
Softball Car Magnets $5
Sweatpants $27
Crewneck Sweatshirts $25-$27
Embroidered Headbands $ 7
SBA Pop Sockets $8
Laptop Stickers $2
SBA Spray Hand Sanitizer $2
"B" Car Magnets $5
Field Hockey Magmets $5
Navy Speckled Ceramic Mug $12

If you were unable to attend the Auction and would like to purchase one of the following items, here is your chance.
  • Blankets $25
  • Garden Flags $20
  • Golf Umbrellas $25
  • Tote Bags $25
You may purchase these items in our School Store on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays or order online. 

Remember our School Store for Gift Ideas:
(Stop in for Moms, Dads and Grads!)
Mom T-shirts, Hoodies, Crewnecks, shorts,  t-shirts, "B" leggings, crew socks, blankets,
embroidered SBA tote bags,  flannel PJ bottoms, and more!

Welcome to our newly Accepted Students and their families!

Contact Mrs. Grabowski for more information on items available for purchase. 
Summer Sports Camps
Saint Basil Academy will host summer sports camps beginning June 24.
Visit Summer Sports Camps for more information and to register online.

Summer Student Leadership Program - Keystone Girls State (KGS)
Keystone Girls State is a non-partisan government and civics program designed to teach the importance of responsible citizenship and to empower young women to make a change in their community. Students who are rising seniors in high school will spend the week intensively working together to self-govern the state of "Keystone," meant to model current Pennsylvania's local, county, and state government. Citizens will have the opportunity to campaign and run for office, draft and present legislation in the KGS House of Representatives and Senate, and to be actively involved in the Judiciary System as modeled by the state of Pennsylvania.

At the end of the week, two KGS citizens will be nominated to attend Girls Nation.  GirlsNation "senators" will convene in Washington D.C. to campaign and run for "national" offices, draft and pass legislation in "Congress," and could possibly meet their State Representatives, Senators, and the President of the United States.

More Information

Immersion Science Program to Offer Summer Camps for Young Students 
The  Immersion Science Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center will hold several five-day Immersion Essentials camps this summer, providing a hands-on introduction to lab investigation. The camps are designed for students to learn about cancer research and other STEM-related fields.  
Camps will take place in June and July at various partner sites:  
  • Esperanza College of Eastern University: All high school students (no age limitations), $25 refundable registration fee, June 17-21 
  • Montgomery County Community College: Ages 13-15, $250 registration fee, program scholarships available, July 8-12 
  • Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center: Ages 16-18, School District of Philadelphia students only (a requirement of the host institution), free for the week's program, transportation scholarships available, choice of two separate weeks (July 15-19 or July 22-26) 
For more details, including a description of camp activities, and to apply, please go to the  Immersion Science Program page on the Fox Chase website and scroll down to the events section.  Applications and support materials are due by Monday, May 13, for the MCCC and Penn Medicine camps, and by Monday, June 3, for the Esperanza College camp. Questions? Please contact

FBI Teen Academy
The FBI will host their annual Teen Academy at the Federal Building located at 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 9 AM-4 PM.  The FBI Teen Academy is a one day seminar where selected high school students are invited to participate in a variety of programs for professional development, networking opportunities, and fun. 
Students wishing to attend must complete the attached application and have it returned by Friday, July 19, 2019.

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!