TPCA Weekly Update
Calendar of Events
May 4: Elementary and MS Spring Program Gr K-2 @ 6:30 PM, Gr 3-6 @ 7:15
May 4-8: Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week
May 6: Mrs. Pence kicks off the Scholastic Reading Challenge (No K-4 or 5-6 Chapel)
May 6-7 6th Grade Field Trip to Marengo Cave
May 7 National Day of Prayer
May 9: TPCA Youth Football Info Meeting and Pancake Breakfast
May 12 TPCA Faculty 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 14: Spirit Night at Panda Express
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
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
Elementary and Middle School Spring Music Programs Monday, May 4
- Grades K-2 will perform at 6:30 PM
- Grades 3-6 will perform at 7:15 PM
Mrs. Pence Returns to TPCA!
In lieu of a regular chapel this Wednesday, May 6, Indiana First Lady Karen Pence will visit TPCA to kick off the Summer Scholastic Reading Challenge with our K-5th grade students in a brief convocation in the JK Stevens Commons. Space will be limited in the Commons, so we ask that parents skip this event and join us again for K-4 chapel next Wednesday instead. Thank you so much for understanding!! We promise to take lots of pictures and share those with you soon!
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 come home with your child on Wednesday. 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!!
Staff Appreciation Week May 4-8
Tuesday: Please bring favorite coffee / drink
Wednesday: Please have your child or family write a special note, card or drawing
Thursday: We will serve a Coffee/ muffin/ doughnut bar in the teachers workroom. Please drop off your contribution for this day while dropping off your child for school that morning.
Friday: Please bring favorite candy, gum, snacks for the teachers and staff
TPCA Youth Football Pancake Breakfast
What: Pancake Breakfast and Information Meeting
- Enjoy a delicious a breakfast with other TPCA families while coaches answer all questions about the upcoming season
When: Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 AM
Where: TPCA JK Stevens Commons
How: RSVP to Coach Johnson: KJohnson@tpcs.org
TWO BRAND-NEW TPCA Summer Camp Options
Renovate Dance Camp
July 20 – 24
This interactive dance program is 5 days of activities that will help kids explore new ways of expressing themselves in a fun and creative environment. Each day includes a devotional, dance class, dance-related craft, snack, games that encourage musicality and rhythm and a brief history of dance. The week concludes with an informal presentation of the choreography learned throughout the week for parents. The program will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for ages 4-5 and from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for ages 6-9. Student placement is based off of child’s age as of June 1st. The cost of the program is $155 and Registration will begin Wednesday, May 6th for TPCA families and open to the public the week of May 11th, so take advantage of the early registration opportunities!
3D Design & Printing Camp
July 13 – 17 and July 20 – 24
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Need I say more? Students entering grades 3rd through 11th will be using the hands-on approach to learning, and will apply the Engineering Design Process as they develop an understanding of 3D Printing and the ability to create printable 3D models, using a variety of software applications. 3D Design & Printing stimulates the imagination and inspires innovation; however, the process participants experience as they design and print their ideas will foster problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration.
- Problem Solving & Innovation: Throughout the design process participants are presented with fun, engaging, and meaningful challenges that will foster innovation. Using the engineering design process, participants will identify problems, brainstorm innovative ideas, assess challenges, collect data through testing, use trial & error to choose solution, and refine their ideas through evaluation and reflection.
- Team Building & Collaboration: To move individual ideas to common solutions that reflect the group’s collective ideas and creativity, participants will experiment & explore individually and in teams. Engaged in team experiment activities, participants will build tolerance and respect for differences in creative thinking and problem solving styles. To guide positive interaction, Camp facilitators will create and maintain a safe environment for open sharing and collaboration, by using observation, coaching, reflection, and feedback.
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
TPCA Technology Update
So what can we expect from them? I have some ideas, but I expect them to exceed my expectations! In the meantime, we will be planning how we can help their classmates and even their teachers as we deploy Google Apps for Education and the Chromebooks during the upcoming school year.
Read the #HSDLead story! We are part of it!
Faculty Retirement Party on May 12 4:00-6:00 PM
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 @ 4:00- 6:00 PM 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 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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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 $1,000 gift:
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SCRIP- Shop to Earn Cash Back for Tuition!
With scrip fundraising, families can easily earn cash for tuition for their own children (80%) and for the school (20%) while they shop. (Credit percentages are based on the rebate amount earned and varies per retailer.)
Scrip is simple. Order gift cards, e-cards, reloadable or printable certificates for many places at which you shop, dine and play already and a percentage of what you spend comes right back to you as a credit on your student account. Simply use scrip gift cards for everyday purchases, and earn a rebate on each one at no additional cost.
Scrip is much easier than in the past. Families will purchase all orders online – no checks, no submitting order forms to the school -- and your cards/certificates are available either instantly for print, redemption on your Smartphone, or as reloadable gift cards. For more information, visit the Scrip website at www.shopwithscrip.com.
To sign up you will need our Traders Point enrollment code. However, we are unable to publicly publish our enrollment code for security reasons. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for this code and further directions.
We pray this will be a blessing to all of our Traders Point families in the New Year!
Important News … We’re Starting FRESH!
The Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education program has been in existence for over nine years. During that time thousands of shoppers have registered their Fresh IDEA, OMalia’s CouponPLUS and MainStreet Market Reward$ 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!