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November 2018 Volume 1, Issue 3

upcoming events November 14

JH Honor Roll Field Trip November 16 Grandparent’s Day *Classes dismiss at noon November 19-20 Lady Bronco Basketball Classic Tournament November 19-23 Thanksgiving Holiday December 4 Fine Arts Concert

Dear BACS Families, There is no doubt that the holiday season beckons many emotions. Many of us have delightful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s memories, yet for some of us, those memories have become bittersweet because of the loss of a loved one. Perhaps others have negative memories surrounding the holidays for sundry reasons. Whatever the case may be, I believe that we can all identify with any or all of these scenarios. As humans, it is natural to want to avoid discomfort, emotional angst, and stress. While there are healthy boundaries we should all adopt and implement, even a recluse is vulnerable to the suffering caused by simply living in our world. As humans, this is expected. However, as Christians, this is not the defining theme of our lives. In fact, as Christians, this life is not our life at all. Paul reminds us in Romans 14:8, “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord, so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” This certainly doesn’t mean that we are immune to painful seasons and events in our lives, but it does mean that this truth should affect our attitudes in troubled times and in good times! With that realization, we do have so very much for which to be thankful. The fact that we live in America means that we are in the 99th percentile of affluence in the world. We have religious and governmental freedoms. Our children can dream about playing sports for a livelihood, traveling to the

moon, administering life saving medicine, owning a business, being a homemaker, inventing something useful for humanity, teaching others how to read, fighting the forces of evil and danger, or sharing the Gospel of Christ. What incredible freedoms and opportunities! This kind of attitude is certainly fostered by a spirit of gratitude. We should be grateful to our Lord for the fact that our lives can be His. We should be grateful for the freedoms for which our brothers and sisters of this great country have fought and sacrificed. We should be grateful for a Christian school that has been blessed by God and those who believe in its mission. I, personally, want to thank all of you for your support in prayer, word, and resources of Bay Area Christian School. Our Annual Fund is going incredibly well as the Fund Run has had 119K pledged and those not involved in the Fund Run have pledged another 51K! God continues to provide for our school, and I can’t thank you enough for being part of that. Please continue to lift our school, our faculty and staff, and our students and their families up in prayer – this makes all the difference! As we remember those veterans who have sacrificed for our country, our forefathers who left all behind to establish a new land, and our King Jesus who humbled Himself to live a human life so we could have the gift of eternal life, let us be grateful!

It’s a great day to be a Bronco! Jason Nave Head of School

Bay Area Christian School

“Providing quality Christian education impacting lives for now and eternity.”

Last week elementary students participated in the second annual Fun Run and had so much fun throughout the week. I’d like to thank our BACS parents and families for the outstanding support! You made this fundraiser possible and a huge success. In October the entire sixth grade class, along with their teachers attended a fun and memorable trip to Pine Cove. Sixth grade boys and girls have already started their basketball season. Please refer to the school athletics app to view their basketball schedules. Go Broncos!

1st & 2nd Grade Program @ 9:00 am 3rd & 4th Grade Program @ 10:00 am 5th & 6th Grade Old Fashion Picnic @ 10:30 am Kindergarten Goodies with Grandparents @ 11:00 am I am thankful to partner with you in Kingdom Education. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Matt Garner—Principal

Elementary I hope you are having a great fall season. We are heading into a busy stretch of the year and at times it can be difficult to balance all of the different activities. It’s always a good reminder to make sure that you are spending time talking with your kids daily and to stay connected with their interests. Here are a few important reminders for the remainder of the second quarter. -

Progress Reports- November 13th. Honor Roll Field Trip- November 14th to Urban Air Adventure Park. Grandparents Day- November 16th. All students dismiss at noon. No extended study. Thanksgiving Break- November 19th-23rd. Fine Arts Christmas Concert- December 4th. Semester Exams-December 18th-21st. Secondary school release at 11:05 on these days.

Les Rainey—Principal

Junior High I'm currently reading a good book entitled A Practical Guide to Culture by Stonestreet and Kunkle. In it they address the "Peter Pan Syndrome" or what is sometimes referred to as "perpetual adolescence." It is defined as adult age people who want to continue living like teenagers. Let me encourage parents to stay strong in the battle to fight against our hypersexualized, violent, and humanistic culture. Children need to be children, and their innocence protected as long as possible. While we can't avoid our culture, we can intentionally teach virtue and good habits (spiritual, mental, and physical) to guide our kids toward a well kept heart and maturity. To cultivate maturity, we need to cultivate virtue. Progress Reports will be emailed the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 13th. Just a reminder that Friday, Nov. 16th is early dismissal at noon, and there will be no after school supervision. Please make plans for your teen to have a ride home or to a friend's house. With a Thankful Heart! Wednesday Night Homework: We try our best not to assign written work on Wednesdays, however, we still have to have school and students may have quizzes or tests for which to study, and occasionally some reading to do. This gift of no written work is to lighten the load, but we cannot omit all work and still get proper and required assessments done.

Melissa Fuqua—Principal

High School

News from our Leaders

Grandparent’s Day is coming up on Friday, November 16. Please be aware this is a half day (dismissing at noon). Lunch will not be served nor will Extended Care be available. All students must be picked up by noon. Below is the schedule for the Grandparent’s Day events. Since this is a half day, students are allowed to be checked out without being counted absent once they are finished with their performance or event.

Early Learning Academy

Melissa Hale—Director

***We do have spots available in various classes.*** FOOD DRIVE

2019-2020 Enrollment Information

The ELA will be collecting pancake mix and syrup 11/12-11/16 for Christian Lighthouse Ministries..

On 1/1/19, preschool will begin accepting new applications online for the 2019-2020 school year. These applications will be reviewed beginning March 1st. Priority Re-Enrollment for our current families will begin 2/1/2019.

Linda Mudgett—Curriculum Director

Curriculum  Curriculum News: Due to the major publisher

changes to support our curriculum this year, we are trying to find a good home for our previously used materials. If you are interested in readers, textbooks, or manipulatives (or know of anyone who is), the Elementary Office will take visitors after Thanksgiving break on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:15-9:00 am. Most of the used materials are A Beka, but there are some other publishers as well. Donations are welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have ([email protected]).

Nancy Gadd—Counselor

Counseling  Seniors: remember to request that a transcript be

sent to the colleges to which you are applying. Transcript Request Forms are available in the Counseling Office. Application deadlines are coming up fast. Please make an appointment if you need any help.  Upcoming SAT Dates: Test date, Dec. 1

(late registration deadline is Nov.20).  Upcoming ACT Dates: Test date, Dec 8

(late registration deadline is Nov. 19).

Dear Bronco Nation, The Bronco Bandwagon is still running fast and furious, picking up steam with each passing VICTORY! Our fall teams are passing the wheels to our winter teams, and they are primed and ready to go at warp speed. Volleyball: Congratulations to our 2018 district champion volleyball team. They lost a tough playoff match against Waco Reicher in five sets. Great season! First Team All- District: Kinly Woodling, Savannah Sweeney, Kassidy Hunt, Alexis Ariens, Faith Jermstad, Skylar Wilson Second Team All-District: Peyton Winter, Maddie Haynes District 6 Coach Of The Year: Christine Garner

Cross Country: The Cross Country girls/boys competed in Waco for state last week and gave it everything they had. Habtamu Geta once again placed 1st and won the 4A state championship! Habtamu has now won the 4A state title in back to back years. Football: The Broncos are your 2018 district champions!! The Broncos currently stand at 6 wins and 3 losses. They will host John Paul II next Friday, November 16th at 6:00pm in the first round of the playoffs. Swimming: The varsity girls/boys swim team competed in their first meet October 27th at Aldine ISD. They finished 6th out of 15 teams. Boys Basketball: The varsity boys will play their first game of the season November 12th at Beren Academy. The boys’ next games will be after Thanksgiving break against Awty International and then Clear Lake Christian. Please come out to support our boys in their first ever Bay Area Classic Tournament 11/30 & 12/1 at BACS.

Girls Basketball: The girls will open their season against Westbury Christian followed by the Rosehill Christian Tournament this weekend. The girls will be hosting a 16 team girls basketball tournament over Thanksgiving break (11/19 & 11/20).

Kyle Kennedy—Director Bay Area Christian School Choir recently participated in the TPSMEA Middle School Honor Choir audition process. Four students were selected to participate in the choir, which is made up of private school choir students from the South Texas Area. Students selected to participate were Piper Ashley, Macy Morrison, Kendal Newell, and Keegan Schoellkopf. 10 5 and 6 grade students were also selected to participate in the TPSMEA Children’s Honor Choir. Participating students were Kayla Cartwright, Brennan Collins, Madison Grigsby, Averie Jackson, Mahala McClean, Haleigh Nix, Preston Walker, Presley Warren, Cameron Word, and Lauren Yetter. The Honor Choir event was held on November 2nd & 3rd at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. th

Bronco Band/Color Guard received Superior & Excellent ratings at the TAPPS Fall Marching Band competition in Waco in October. Congratulations are also in order for Brianne Peters for making TMEA All-Region Orchestra. Elementary students have been busy preparing their program for Grandparent’s Day, and Secondary Choir, Band, and Orchestra students have also been busy preparing for upcoming concerts and appearances at Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Dickens on the Strand.

Marianne Morrison—Director

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Meet the Villarreal Family The holidays are upon us. Please give us a glimpse into your Thanksgiving traditions

Please tell us a little bit about your family.

We are a traditional family that believes in God, family and country. We as a family love to travel and explore our great state. We like to go the Texans, Rockets and Astros games together and if we can't go to the games we are always watching them on TV What brought you to BACS?

I had always drove by it on the way to my sisters house and when the time came to find a high school this was first on our list and actually the last because as soon as we walked in we knew this was the right place.

We usually host Thanksgiving at our house and everyone around the table says what they are grateful for. God has given us so much through out the year and we were always taught that it is better to give than to receive, so sometimes we go downtown with my parents church and feed the homeless and at Christmas time we hand out presents to children at the shelter. What is an activity you enjoy doing as a family?

“God has given us so much through out the year and we were always taught that it is better to give than to receive,…”

We like to go to concerts, movies and enjoy cooking dinner together. Most Fridays we cook dinner and have family movie nights. What is your favorite family meal to eat?

We have lots of favorites, but we all agree that my Mississippi roast is the best with mashed potatoes.

Grandparent’s Day Schedule This Friday, November 16th

Fine Arts Concert December 4th at 6:30p.m.

1st & 2nd Grade Program @ 9:00 am 3rd & 4th Grade Program @ 10:00 am 5th & 6th Grade Old Fashion Picnic @ 10:30 am Kindergarten Goodies with Grandparents @ 11:00 am

Pecan Pie

or

“Pumpkin”

Pumpkin Pie?

Aiden Perez “Neither”

“Pecan”

Nurse Gonzales

Lauren Tennis

“Pumpkin”

Holly HIllborn

BACS currently has

40 athletic teams on our campus

Flashback Fact:

6th-12th grade.

The smallest graduating class was in 1976, having a total of 3 students.

fun facts with

BAX

Did you know? Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter.

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