BCCA MESSENGER February 3, 2020

Harmoniously blending the work of redemption and education

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Principal's Message

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

We have been quite busy at Big Cove during this last month! One of the first things we did was go to the Downtown Rescue Mission to serve lunch. This place is a phenomenal ministry to those in need. They are constantly developing new ways to reach those on the streets and are an inspiration for how to do ministry. We must teach that it is our responsibility to go out and reach those in need. We must provide services for them and teach them about Jesus (Matthew 28).

The other major thing we did was go to Bass Memorial Academy for Education Fair. The fair hosts a number of SDA schools in our conference. The schools all have projects in various subjects (Science, Bible, Art) or ready themselves for a test (Math, Spelling, Geography) and compete against one another. Big Cove did very well. We got first in Math, Science, Bible, and Photography/Poetry for 7/8th grade. We got 2nd and 3rd for Art for 7/8th grade as well as top ten in Geography. We also got 3rd in Math for grades 5/6.

Just as important, I am so proud to say our students held themselves to a higher standard, and behaved incredibly well at the event.The whole experience was a validation for what we are doing at Big Cove. We have a strong academic program and show our students how to behave as a follower of Christ.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

2 Peter 1:3-4


Lucas Smith,


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Feb 10 - Garden Day

Feb 16 - BCCA Open House, 2-4pm

Feb. 17- President's Day Holiday (No School)

Feb 23 - Field Trip, Cook Museum

Feb 25 - Nothing But Noodles Family Fun Night

Feb 24-28 - School Spirit Week

Mar 9-13 - Spring Vacation

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The Olmsteds Family

We have a new feature added to our newsletter. Every month we will learn about one of the families attending BCCA. With all the busyness of life, here is a great way to know each other better. This month our resident Family Connections member Dahlia Swatzell interviewed the Olmsteds Family. If you would like to be featured as out next family in the BCCA Newsletter, contact informaton can be found in the attached document below.

The Olmsted Family (by Dahlia Swatzell)

Morris and Jennifer were two of the first people I got to know when I moved to this area because our daughters were in Cradle Roll together at Central SDA Church. I loved this interview because they opened up and shared about life before parenthood and some of the struggles that came with being a new parent (which we can all relate to in some way). They are both active in the church and school and are awesome at bringing people together with their friendly vibes. Brooklyn, who will soon be 7 years old, is direct, bold, smart as a whip…and oh, so funny and doesn’t know it. It was wonderful getting to know them a little better. Thank you to the Olmsteds, for being our February family.

There's more! Click the attachment below to learn more about the Olmsted Family




We are excited to announce that we having our Open House on February 16 (Sunday) from 2 - 4pm. If you are aware of anyone interested in Big Cove Christian Academy, please have them contact the Principal, Lucas Smith at l.smith@bigcovesda.net or (256) 518-9642.This will be a great time to ask questions, and pre-register for the next year.

BCCA mission: To blend the work of redemption and education through Christ-centered teaching


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Nothing But Noodles Fundraiser (Family Fun Night) Feb. 25 (Tues)

Please join us TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 at "NOTHING BUT NOODLES" on WHITESBURG DRIVE (4800 Whitesburg Dr. S.W.) This is only a (1) day event, at (1) designated location.

This is a perfect opportunity to meet with your friends, family, or co-workers for lunch, dinner or ANYTIME between 10:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. for a delicious meal.

When you purchase your meal, please mention that "YOU ARE SUPPORTING BIG COVE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY." 20% OF ALL SALES, made from those who participate in the name of the school that day, will be donated back to the school.

NOTE: For those who want to meet up for dinner, we will be meeting at the Whitesburg location around 5:30ish p.m. The first 50 kids who come get FREE COTTEN CANDY (with parents permission!)

Pennies for Patients Outreach Challenge

BCCA is partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

How can u help?

We will be collecting any loose change/dollar bills between Feb 1-21, which will in return be giving to Pennies for Patients.

Here's the challenge! If you child shows that they have done someting to earn that money (paid for doing chores, running an errand, ect.), they will get a certificate and a gift certificate for a free scoop of ice cream at baskin robbins. You can donate without doing the challenge, but then you will miss out on the fun of seeing your child being proud of their accomplishment! *Please send pictures of how your child helped to raise money for this cause to contactlisa99@gmail.com.

Please place all donations into the container labeled "PENNIES FOR PATIENTS" in the school foyer. Thank you for supporting this ministry!

Bass Memorial Academy Education Fair 2020

The upper grade students had a very exciting and successful trip to Bass Memorial Academy Education Fair 2020. We want to praise God for the safe trip, the fun time, and the learning along the way. Thank you for your prayers! We would like to share with you the all the talent and ribbons God blessed our students with:

BCCA Student Ribbons

Gulf-States Conference Education Fair

Bible Quest

First Place: Avryl Navarro (Grade 8), Garren Lawler (Grade 8)


Overall Grand Prize: Jordan Schmitt (Grade 8)

First Place: Garren Lawler (Grade 8)


Second Place: Garren Lawler (Grade 8)

Third Place: Avryl Navarro (Grade 8)


First Place: Jordan Schmitt (Grade 8)


First Place : Jordan Schmitt (Grade 8)

Second Place : Josiah Navarro (Grade 5)


Top 10 in Geography -Avryl Navarro (Grade 8)


Cathedral Caverns Field Trip

It was a great day for an exciting opportunity to take education outside the classroom at Cathedral Caverns. They learned interesting facts about the history/founder of the Cavern, different formation of stalactites and stalagmites, and use the water sluice to sift the dirt from a bag of gem stones. We have so much to learn from God's natural resources! Thank you Mrs. Daily for organizing this trip.
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Want to know more about their adventure to Cathedral Caverns? Be sure to read the document below, which was written by the middle grade class.

Click below to read about their adventure!


Happy 100th Day of School!

BCCA celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday January 24. This is a fun day to celebrate that the school year is almost over. Students were to decorate a shirt with 100 on it or dress as if they were 100 years old. Some have really advanced not only in learning, but maybe in age? Upper grade students helped the younger students to find the 100 numbers hidden in the gym. At lunch the students were treated with a 100 day old cake... well that's what was written on top of it. Way to go students and teachers!


(Thank You!) Downtown Rescue Mission Community Outreach

Thank you for your generous shoes & hats donations! The BCCA students delivered the much needed items to the Downtown Rescue Mission, and were able to serve lunch to the residents. Your continued support to the school and the community is greatly appreciated. May we continue to be a light to those around us.

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17

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This month in garden class we harvested a head of cabbage that we grew in our container garden. It will be exciting to hear how the students enjoy the fruits of their labor. We also learned about brix levels in food. The students tasted different fruit and then compared the brix reading with a refractometer. By using a refractometer we measured the amount of dissolved solids in the juice from select fruit. We also tasted samples to see if our tongue was as sensitive as the refractometer.

Tearl King

Garden Coordinator


Click on link below to learn more about Atlanta Adventist Academy

Interested in knowing more about Distance Learning? Atlanta Adventist Academy has a partnership with BCCA, with our school being the host campus for High School. If you wish to attend their Academy Days, and be able to ask questions, please see flier below.
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What Do I Say Now?

Ever ask yourself, “What do I say now?”

Jesus always had words of wisdom to communicate to others. Sometimes His wisdom was delivered in the form of a question. Often the best answer is a question. Asking a thoughtful question conveys that you are really listening. More often than not, the only answer needed is a good question.

Other times Jesus communicated by telling a story or parable. Stories engage both the mind and the heart. Jesus was a master story teller.

How is it that Jesus always had something meaningful and helpful to say?

The answer is found in Scripture:

John 14:24

Remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.

Matthew 20:28

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Isaiah 50:4

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

Commenting on these verses, Ellen White says, “Not for Himself, but for others, He lived and thought and prayed … Daily He received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit … His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others. COL139

Ever ask yourself, “What do I say now?” Jesus modeled how to prepare yourself to speak words of wisdom at just the right time. He prayed.

By praying more you will question less. Pray daily for a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit so that your lips will be anointed with heavenly grace to impart to others.

Love Always,

Pastor Randy Mills

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