BJA will dismiss after a half day of school on Friday, May 5, to allow academy employees and families to attend the 2 p.m. BJU commencement exercises. The elementary, middle, and high school levels will dismiss at noon. See the school calendar on the website for altered schedule details. The CDC will continue as usual for the day. Late stay will be offered at the elementary and middle school levels.
We have had a moderately active flu season. As we enter into spring and the allergy season, please note the following reminders about illness and medication.
Students need to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever over 100 degrees, vomiting, frequent diarrhea, frequent cough, widespread rash, earache, or severe headache. Symptoms should be absent for at least 24 hours before the student returns to school. Students need to be free of fever for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
For elementary and middle school students, any prescription and/or over-the-counter medicine needed at school should be sent in the original container accompanied by a completed medication form; forms need to be completed only once for each medication. Instructions regarding high school students are slightly different. Read more.
We are looking forward to a healthy spring! If you have any questions, please contact our nurse, Mrs. Sue Biddle.
For parents of elementary school students: Because grades from several quarters are available in NetClassroom, you may want to change the NetClassroom default to the current quarter. To do so, go to NetClassroom, select “My Settings,” and then select “Customize Home.” In the “Show Averages Using” drop-down, select the current quarter and then “Save.” Repeat this process for each elementary school child’s homepage each time a quarter begins.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students invite you to their science fairs to see their hard work! The fifth-grade fair is February 14-16 with a drop-in for family and friends from 3 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 16. The sixth-grade science fair is February 20-23 with a drop-in for family and friends from 3 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 23. We hope you can stop by to see the hard work of the fifth- and sixth-grade students.
WHAT IS IT?
The Uniform Exchange is an opportunity for BJA families to trade in and purchase gently used elementary student uniforms. This Academy-sponsored event is provided as a convenient service to help families save money.
How Does It Work?
Families may bring in unwanted BJA uniform items (Lands’ End® brand) to donate or trade in for credit. Any approved uniform item will be accepted. All items should be clean and in good condition (see below), labeled, and on a hanger. For each shirt that is traded, families will receive one credit. All other items can be traded for two credits. Credits can then be used to “purchase” items during the exchange sale (one credit for shirts; two credits for other items). Credits may also be purchased for $5 in the elementary main office. Credits may be used from sale to sale or may be donated to other families. Credits do not have cash value. Any clothing left at the end of the exchange sale will be kept for future sales.
Where Do the Proceeds Go?
The exchange is intended to serve as an opportunity for families to exchange clothing. Any proceeds from purchased credits will be used to purchase supplies related to the uniform program.
What Types of Clothing are Acceptable for the Exchange?
BJA logo uniform pants, shorts, shirts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, dresses, sweaters, and vests are all accepted. All items should be clean and not ripped, torn, stained, or noticeably faded. Please make sure all buttons are present and all zippers work. Clothing should be on a hanger and labeled on the sleeve using the official exchange label. Spirit gear and choir shirts are not included in the exchange sale.
Who Can Participate in the Exchange Sale?
Anyone! Items are available on a first-come basis to all BJA families, whether or not they traded in items. Families without credits from trade-ins or wanting to buy more credits may purchase them at the elementary main office. Only credits (no cash, checks, or credit cards) will be accepted at the sale.
Please contact the elementary main office at 864-770-1392.
The elementary choirs will combine to present several Christmas concerts. On Friday, December 9, at noon they will perform in BJU’s Student Center, a favorite venue because of the crisp winter air and acoustics. A former participant said it’s “like singing in the bathtub.” On Monday, December 12, the choirs will perform at the Greenville-Spartanburg airport, a first for the choirs in this venue. They will sing in the lobby next to the flight check-in area. Their concerts include a Spanish carol complete with maracas, guiro, and claves; “Deck the Hall”; David Rasbach’s setting of “Hush, My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber”; “The Drum Carol” and “Pat-A-Pan,” as well as “Nutcracker Jingles,” a setting of the “Jingle Bell” lyrics with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful melodies. Come enjoy one or both of these concerts!
The elementary students have a regular schedule until Friday, December 16, when they will have class parties in the morning and will be dismissed at noon. Regular late stay is available until 5:30 p.m. that day.
Students in grades K3 through 12 have special opportunities to serve the community through specific ministries during the week of November 7-11.
Elementary students collect nonperishable food items to fill Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. The collection contributes to baskets that the BJU ministerial class will distribute. Nearly 50 families receive baskets each year. For additional details, click here.
Middle school students also collect supplies annually for Miracle Hill Children’s Home. Students have provided an average of over 13,000 pounds of goods for Miracle Hill each of the last five years. For additional details, click here.
High school students have a paper drive for Shepherd’s Gate, another ministry of Miracle Hill. The high school students provide paper towels, tissues, and other paper products (often enough for nine months of operation)—a wonderful contribution to that ministry. Students will receive specific information at school.
We look forward to these opportunities to serve.
864.770.1392 (ES Main)