TPCA Weekly Update
Calendar of Events
April 23-25 HS Spring Musical “Singing in the Rain”
April 29th- Mom and Me Day for Mrs. Brown's Fours Plus Class, AM arrive at 10:30am and PM Classes arrive at 2:30pm.
May 2: Prom @ Palomino Ballroom 6:30-11:00 PM
May 2: After-Prom @ 11:15 PM- 2:30 AM
May 4: Elementary and Middle School Spring Program Gr K-2 @ 6:30 PM, Gr 3-6 @ 7:15
May 6-7 6th Grade Field Trip to Marengo Cave
May 7 National Day of Prayer
May 12 TPCA Retirement Party 4:00-6:00 PM
May 13 Parents Day Out – Family Fun Day
May 13-14 Early Childhood 2s- Parents Fun Day
May 18 Secondary Spring Program, 6:30 pm @ TPCC Worship Center
May 19-21 Early Childhood (3s/3s+/4s/4s+) Closing Programs (evenings)
May 20 Last day for EC 2’s T/TH, 3’s 8:30 and 8:45
May 21 Last day for EC PDO, 2’s M/W am and pm, 3’s+, 4’s, 4’s + am/pm, & lunch bunch
May 21-22 7th grade trip to Cincinnati (Scott Jackson)
May 22 Leadership Coffee @ TPCC in “The JK Stevens Commons” 8:30 AM
May 22 Early Childhood Staff Professional Development/Work Day
May 25 Memorial Day (no school)
May 26 Kindergarten Closing Program, 6:30 pm @ TPCA in JK Stevens Common
May 27 Elementary and Middle School (K-6) Honors Assembly 1:00 @ TPCC Worship Center
May 27 Secondary Honors Assembly (7-12) 2:00 @ TPCC Worship Center
May 28-29 Secondary Finals
May 29 Quarter 4 ends/Last day of school, K-12
May 31 High School Graduation @ 4PM @ Zionsville Presbyterian Church
Mrs. Pence Returns to TPCA!
Scholastic encourages the First Lady of each state to serve as an “ambassador” of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to one school in their home state. We are honored to announce that Mrs. Pence has chosen Traders Point Christian Academy!! As ambassador, Mrs. Pence will kick things off with another visit to the Academy in May, and she will provide continued support and encouragement to our students on social media throughout the summer.
Mrs. Pence has donated 500 books to TPCA that she will present to our K-6 students during her visit to encourage them to keep reading through the summer months! She also plans to visit classrooms and read to students during her visit as well.
Details and information on how your child can be involved in the Scholastic Summer Challenge will be communicated to you next month. We are so blessed to have Mrs. Pence support TPCA during the Scholastic Reading Challenge and look forward to your family's participation this summer!!
HS Musical This Weekend!!
The TPCA Drama department will perform the musical "Singing in the Rain" on April 24-25 in the JK Stevens Commons! Our talented students have been working so hard for the last several months under the direction of Miss Hairston and Mrs. Powell, and are eagerly anticipating opening night!
Plot: Don Lockwood is an aspiring silent actor. But when the talkies come along with a new love he begins to doubt himself. Will Don win over the movie critiques and the girl? Come find out at "Singin' in the Rain!"
- Friday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM
Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 13, 2015. Tickets will not be held this year. Tickets must be purchased and picked up in the front office.
Junior/Senior Prom and After-Prom Details
Our Junior and Senior students are looking forward to Prom and After-Prom on May 2, 2015. All the details are below!!
- Where: Saturday, May 2, 6:30-11:00 pm
- When: Palomino Ballroom in Zionsville (481 S. 1200 East)
- Who: Juniors and Seniors
- Sponsored by : TPCA High School Student Council
- Tickets: Cost: $65 per individual, or $105 per male/female couple See Student Council President Peter Sanders to purchase tickets
- Chaperones: Staff and/or parents will chaperone all evening
- Theme: Mezzanotte a Roma (Midnight in Rome)…think gondolas, street lamps, masks
- Attendees will not be allowed to leave before the end of the scheduled time.
- Where: TPCA in the JK Stevens Commons
- When: Immediately after the prom: 11:15 PM-2:30 AM.
- Who: Students who attended prom
- Come straight from the prom to the school and change clothes at school!
- Cost: No additional charge: Cost of the event is included in your prom ticket
- Theme: We can’t tell you! It’s a surprise!! But we can promise lots of fun, food, games, and music.
- Chaperones: Parent Chaperones will be present
- Sponsored by: Junior parents
- Doors will close for the evening at 11:45 and students will not be allowed to enter after that time. Students may also not leave early.
Morp Event Freshmen and Sophomores
(Prom spelled backwards!)
- Who: Freshmen and Sophomores
- Where: Meet at TPCA to ride the TPCA bus to Great Times: 5341 Elmwood Avenue on the southeast side of Indy and then to Cold Stone Creamery in the Traders Point shopping area.
- When: Saturday, May 2, 1:15- 6:00 PM
- Sponsored by: Student Council
- Cost: Minimum amount of money: $25.00 (see below for additional costs). Two hour armband at Great Times can be purchased for $12.50- gives each person unlimited go carts, bumper boats, mini golf. Bring extra money if you want for food or arcade tokens. Also, don't forget money for ice cream at Cold Stone too!
- Sign up will be in the high school hallway soon. See Student Council representatives Julianne Akard or Isabel Bostick for more information!
TPCA Annual Golden Eagle Golf Outing
Join the Fight Against World Hunger
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to helplessly watch your children suffer through the pain and agony of starvation because you do not have access to adequate food? Unfortunately, that is the plight of over 850 million people in the world today. Children account for 60% of those who are starving around the world, and poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of all deaths of children under the age of five.
The TPCA High School and Junior High Student Councils would like to invite you to join our efforts to make a difference in the fight against hunger around the world through a 30 hour famine. This voluntary experience through World Vision challenges students to fast from food for 30 hours to raise awareness and funds for this cause. TPCA's goal is to raise $1,000 to fight hunger in South Sudan. $1,000 would provide healthy, nutritious meals for 143 children in South Sudan for a month! The 30 hour famine will take place during school, May 6-7, 2015 (see schedule below).
Thank you for considering this life-changing opportunity. God is moving in the hearts and minds of young people everywhere, and we are excited to be part of it!
8:00am: Come to school and start famine
Lunch 11:35 for Jr. High & 12:30 for high school *Prayer in Mrs. Mueller's room
3:40: Home - make sure to hydrate and continue your fast!!
READ 1 SAMUEL 17
7:30am: Prayer time and encouragement in Mrs. Mueller's room (optional)
8:00-11:30: Final stretch
11:30: Combined chapel and celebration
Noon: Break the fast with a meal together (provided)
May 8 Debrief in mentor groups
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Trash For Cash Fundraiser
Today is the kick-off for our 3rd Annual “Trash for Cash” Sale!
Everyone needs trash bags! They are an easy sell and in demand. We have already had many who purchased last year asking when they will be available again. Once you try them you won't want to run out! these bags are heavy-duty, durable, and reasonably priced at $10 per roll.
We challenge each family to sell at least 15 rolls. Think of the many people who woudl love to support your student, AND receive a great product (i.e. extended family, close neighbors, clubs, work friends, small groups, events or gatherings, etc.) We do not encourage students to sell door-to-door, but rather to utilize resources, relationships and opportunities that are safe and make sense.
We also challenge our TPCA Business Owners. If you own a company, or are in charge of ordering supplies for one, please consider supporting TPCA and purchasing these great quality bags for your business.
We have a great set of incentives to encourage and acknowledge the students. We want this to be a fun and successful experience for everyone!
- Every student that sells 5 rolls by Monday, April 20th will receive a Dairy Queen Sundae
- All K – 6th students that sell 15 rolls will be able to attend our Mega Party with inflatables
- The Top 8 salesman in K – 6th grades will receive lunch off campus by Limousine
- The Top Mentor Group in 7th – 12th grades will receive lunch off campus by Limousine
- Students will receive an entry of their name for every 15 rolls they sell for a Kindle Fire HD
- 7th – 12th grade students will also receive the opportunity to win $50 ITunes cards w/ their sales.
ORDERS DUE: Thursday, April 30th – Families are required to turn in order forms with payment on April 30th. Checks are gladly accepted, made payable to TPCA. Only money turned in by the due date will count toward prizes.
Please do not turn in money or forms early. Students are asked to wait and turn everything in on Thursday April, 30th.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
Camp Invention at TPCA
I am excited to announce in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Traders Point Christian Academy is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems, turn ordinary into extraordinary and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.
In the KartWheel™ module, children let their engineering skills glide them across the finish line as they build, enhance and upgrade their very own freestyle racing cart. Boys and girls will explore what it means to prototype a product from scratch as they become an entrepreneur during the Design Studio: Illuminate™ module. In the I Can Invent: Next Level Gamers™ module, participants will take apart broken or unused appliances using real tools to create a physical video game model in the 3rd dimension! Finally, in the Inducted™ module, personalized video challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees are introduced along with hands-on activities like constructing super-structure mega-towers, assembling out-of-this-world space rockets and so much more!
Visit the link below to see the 2015 Illuminate program modules in action:
Camp will be held:
July 6 - 10, 2015
To register: Go to campinvention.org
TPCA Summer 2015 Camp Options
Spring Hill Camp
Students Entering Grades 1st-5thCLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SpringHill Day Camp
Sonshine CampJune and July Session Available
Ages: 3 years old to not yet in Kindergarten
For complete camp description and details including dates and registration information, please click HERE.
Christian Youth Theatre-Youth Camp
Ages 4-7 (9:00-12:00)
Ages 8-12 (9:00-3:00)
Christian Youth Theatre-Teen Camp
Students Entering Grades 1st-6th
Boys’ Basketball Camp
Entering Grades 1-4 (8:00-12:00)
Entering Grades 5-8 (1:00-5:00)
Cost: $125 (TPCA Students $150 (Non TPCA Students)
Youth Football Camp
Entering Grades 1-6
5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Girls entering 5-8th grade: July 13-15
Girls entering high school: July 13-17
Faculty Retirement Party on May 12
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “ Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
THANK YOU to our team of amazing teachers who have dedicated their lives to imparting the truth and life that is found Jesus Christ to our children. There is no greater calling or greater responsibility than sharing the gospel with the next generation- and it is our privilege to thank and honor those who have spent their careers doing just that.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 12 in the JK Stevens Commons as we honor five dedicated TPCA teachers who have faithfully educated, loved and served the children and families of Traders Point Christian Academy for many years and are now retiring from full-time teaching.
- Mrs. Ann Bernhardt
- Mrs. Paula Fisher
- Mrs. Debi Huskins
- Mrs. Gail Powell
- Mrs. Emily Shreve
We invite you to help us celebrate their strong ministries in Christian education and to thank them for the eternal impact they've had on the lives of so many precious children.
TPCA Technology Update
TPCA Technology Update from Dr. Thomas Ho
Check out Dr. Ho's Blog
During the winter, I shared with you the vision for using technology for learning at TPCA! It's time for another update so I am excited to tell you that our WiFi infrastructure will be substantially upgraded during the summer in time for the new school year. Thanks to the federal e-Rate program, we will receive a substantial subsidy for our Internet-related services which will enable this substantial upgrade. The new system will improve WiFi coverage in the modular for our upcoming Chromebook "1-to-1" program in grades 7-8 to enable our students to learn "21st-century skills" for communication and collaboration via Google Apps for Education. This will be a state-of-the-art system that will also improve coverage in our newly renovated J. K. Stevens Commons as well as the Bostick Athletic Center gymnasium.
Stand by to hear more about other upgrades to our technology infrastructure including our Internet access and our phone system. We want you to know that we heard your feedback about our technology infrastructure and that we are responding by taking action!
TPCA Employment Opportunities- We're Growing!
- 2015-2016 K-12 Teachers: Due to planned growth for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond, TPCA is now accepting applications for Elementary and Middle School (Grades K-6) and Junior High and High School teachers (7th-12th) teaching positions in all grades and subject areas. It is an exciting time to join our faculty and partner with us in ministry as we fulfill our vision to "prepare and equip students to reach their highest individual potential and impact the world for Christ."
- School Nurse
For additional information and application instructions for these and other open positions at TPCA, please click HERE to view our employment page.
SGO Giving - and Receiving – Opportunity
Update: Great news! We are getting closer to reaching our goal to funding every student who qualified for the SGO. We only need $31,000 more to meet our need of $151,000. There is still nearly $500,000 remaining in the state tax credit fund. It's not too late to take advantage of this great opportunity to earn 50% of your gift BACK! Please consider helping us achieve our goal.
What Is the SGO Giving Opportunity? Three years ago, TPCA established a scholarship fund through Sagamore Institute called the SGO. The SGO is a result of the Indiana School Tax Credit Program and is a special scholarship that helps qualifying families better afford to send their kids to the school of their choice. Traders Point Christian Academy awards SGO Scholarships to qualifying families. Then both Sagamore and Traders Point work throughout the year to raise these scholarship funds through donations. However, there are two more partners involved; the state of Indiana and you, the donor.
Every year Indiana allocates $7.5 million in tax CREDITS for SGOs to offer individuals and businesses as INCENTIVES for funding these scholarships. This means a gift to Traders Point's SGO fund entitles you to at least 50% off your gift (more savings through federal deductions if you itemize and depending on your tax bracket)!
For example, let's say you owe the state $1,500 in taxes. If you give a gift of $3,000 (double what you owe), you will receive $1,500 back in tax credit. Your out of pocket is still only $1,500, but Traders Point receives a $3,000 gift (less a 10% fee from Sagamore)! In fact, with the additional federal deduction, your gift could cost you less than $1,500!
If you have state tax liability, this opportunity is quite valuable. It gives you the ability to provide a substantial gift to the school, provides benefit regarding your tax liability, and most importantly, gifts our students with an education that will impact them for eternity!
True Cost Example of a $1,000 gift:
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SCRIP- Shop to Earn Cash Back for Tuition!
With scrip fundraising, families can easily earn cash for tuition for their own children (80%) and for the school (20%) while they shop. (Credit percentages are based on the rebate amount earned and varies per retailer.)
Scrip is simple. Order gift cards, e-cards, reloadable or printable certificates for many places at which you shop, dine and play already and a percentage of what you spend comes right back to you as a credit on your student account. Simply use scrip gift cards for everyday purchases, and earn a rebate on each one at no additional cost.
Scrip is much easier than in the past. Families will purchase all orders online – no checks, no submitting order forms to the school -- and your cards/certificates are available either instantly for print, redemption on your Smartphone, or as reloadable gift cards. For more information, visit the Scrip website at www.shopwithscrip.com.
To sign up you will need our Traders Point enrollment code. However, we are unable to publicly publish our enrollment code for security reasons. Please email email@example.com for this code and further directions.
We pray this will be a blessing to all of our Traders Point families in the New Year!
Important News … We’re Starting FRESH!
The Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education program has been in existence for over nine years. During that time thousands of shoppers have registered their Fresh IDEA, OMalia’s CouponPLUS and MainStreet Market Reward$ card and many of those cards have been lost, shoppers have moved away and children have moved on to other schools or graduated.
In order for the program to more accurately and fairly represent the efforts of active schools Marsh is requiring all card holders re-enroll for the 2014-2015 program in order to continue to earn credit for Traders Point Christian Academy. Card holders may begin enrolling & re-enrolling their cards to support our school now. The link is http://www.freshideasforeducation.com/cards/ Our school code is: 28886.
Each time you shop with your Fresh Ideas Card you earn points for Traders Point. We use these points to order equipment and supplies at the end of the year. It is a convenient and simple way to support our school. Thank you for taking a minute to sign up!
So far we have had only 15 shoppers sign up. It's quick and easy – just click on the link, enter your Fresh Ideas card number, and indicate Traders Point. Thank you!