TPCA Weekly Update


Calendar of Events

May 29 Quarter 4 ends/Last day of school, K-12

May 31 High School Graduation @ 4PM @ Zionsville Presbyterian Church

July 13 5th Annual Golden Eagle Golf Outing @ Golf Club of Indiana


Summer Tutoring Options

Several TPCA teachers offer tutoring services over the summer in a variety of grade levels and subject areas:

Jamey Day

Subject: All Subjects

Grade Level: Students entering grades 4 and 5

Location: TPCA

Contact: or 317-241-0337

Natalie Gross

Subjects: All

Grade Level: Students entering grades K-4

Location: Zionsville Library/ Monday-Friday

Cost: $30/hr

Contact information: 765-639-6486;

Beth Herr

Subject: Math and Reading

Grade Level: Students entering grade 3 and up.

Location: Flexible

Times and Days: Flexible

Cost: $30


Elaine Leonard

Subject: Math

Grade Level: All

Location: Pike Library Tues, Wed OR Thurs at TPCA

Cost: $25/hr

Flexible hours to be determined with parent

Contact: Cell 317-531-2351, Call or text

Lisa Thomas Mais

Subject/ Grade Level:

· Reading and Writing Intervention: Grades K-8

· Math Intervention : Grades K-4

30 and 60 minute blocks available

M, T, W mornings

Location: TPCA

Cost: $30 for 1 session/week or $50 for 2 sessions/week

Contact: 317-378-0555

Mendy Morrison

Subject: Math

Grade Level: All

$40-50/hr Group Rates available.


Congratulations TPCA Class of 2015! We are SO PROUD of You!!!

Traders Point Christian Academy invites you to celebrate our 2015 graduating seniors at their commencement on Sunday, May 31st. The 4 pm ceremony will take place at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, located at the southeast corner of 116th and Michigan Road. Please bring your family and join us in recognizing our graduates and all of their accomplishments!

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NEW Athletics Job Openings

As we prepare for Summer Break we wanted to share some opportunities for coaching at TPCA that we have available. We are looking to hire Varsity Coaches in the following sports- Track & Field, Baseball, and Cheer. TPCA Athletics wants to thank Coach Rae Schaffer (Track), Coach Darin Grice (Baseball), and Coach Leslie Kowal (Cheer) for all of their hard work in building their respective programs. All three coaches plan to remain in their current professional roles with TPCA, but are stepping away from their Head Coaching roles. Coach Schaffer will continue to be the Head of the Cross Country program. Please offer a big thank you to these coaches when you see them for all of the work they have done at impacting our student-athletes in a positive way!

To view the Varsity Cheer Coach position description , please click HERE.

To view the Varsity Track and Field Coach position description, please click HERE.

To view the Varsity Baseball Coach position description, please click HERE.

All applicants should agree and abide by our Athletic Purpose Statement, which reads:

Traders Point Christian Academy is committed to developing and maintaining an athletic program that is Christ centered, comprehensive, competitive and allows each athlete a unique venue to be a witness for Christ by using his or her God given talent to move and play.

Please contact Adam Stevenson, Athletic Director, with questions.

Amazon Smile-Earn Cash Back for the Academy

Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Traders Point Christian Academy when the academy is selected as the charity of choice. Click here to designate the Academy as your charitable organization and Traders Point will receive cash back for your Amazon purchases! Thank you!

Annual Golden Eagle Golf Outing July 13

It's finally here! The Annual Golden Eagle Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, July 13 at the Golf Club of Indiana. To view all the information and registration details, CLICK HERE.
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TPCA Summer 2015 Camp Options

Spring Hill Camp

June 8-12

9:00-4:00 PM

Students Entering Grades 1st-5th


Sonshine Camp

June and July Session Available


Ages: 3 years old to not yet in Kindergarten

Cost: $95

For complete camp description and details including dates and registration information, please click HERE.

Christian Youth Theatre-Youth Camp

June 22-26

Ages 4-7 (9:00-12:00)

Ages 8-12 (9:00-3:00)

Christian Youth Theatre-Teen Camp

July 13th-17th

9:00-5:00 PM

Ages 13-18

Camp Invention

July 6-10


Students Entering Grades 1st-6th


Boys’ Basketball Camp

July 6th-10th

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

June 1st-4th

Entering Grades 1-6

5:00 PM -7:00 PM

Cost: $25


Volleyball Camp

Girls entering 5-8th grade: July 13-15

Girls entering high school: July 13-17


Renovate Dance Camp

July 20 – 24

9:00 AM-12:00 PM-Ages 4 and 5 (as of June 1)

1:00-4:00 PM -Ages 6-9 (as of June 1)

Cost: $ 155


3D Design & Printing Camp

July 13 – 17 and July 20 – 24

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Entering Grades 3-11th

$ 179



Dr. Tom Ho's TPCA Technology Update

If you've been watching my tweets and especially if you're using my Diigo outliner about Google Apps for Education (GAFE), you know that I've been shepherding a GAFE pilot at Traders Point Christian Academy (TPCA). In anticipation of a 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative in grades 7-8 next school year, I asked Lisa Mais, our 6th-grade English and language arts teacher, to use GAFE during the past semester. Needless to say, I have been thrilled with the results so let me explain why!

Personally, sixth grade is very special to me because I attribute much of my subsequent academic success to MY sixth-grade learning experience and the amazing teacher (Mr. Nitta) who I was so fortunate (including the FOUR times he paddled me during the school year :-P) to have. Hence, I wanted our sixth graders to have a transforming learning experience as well!

I shared some of their work samples with my daughter who just finished her freshman year in college and who also attended TPCA until the eighth grade. She saw the Google Slides presentations and claimed that she also learned how to make PowerPoint presentations in school. What she failed to realize is that she did not possess the same degree of information literacy in the sixth grade, but she may not even currently have the same degree of information literacy as a high school graduate who did not have the opportunity to use the bibliographic citation tools like EasyBib which were so easy to provide to the students with the administrative console of Google Apps. Of course, Ms. Mais deserves even more credit for asking me to make EasyBib available to her students and for teaching them how to use it to judge the reliability of their sources and to cite them correctly.

Furthermore, the students learned the valuable lesson of collaboration because it was so easy for them to work on their presentations together. I'm sure there's so much more that Ms. Mais can say about the advantages of using Google Apps so I will encourage her to share that. I'm sure that among what she shares will be her gratitude to no longer have to deal with flash drives due to the unlimited space provided to her students by Google Drive!

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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 $4,000 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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Need Some Golden Eagle Gear?

Click on the link below to visit our Booster Club's Spirit Wear store! You will find TONS of styles, colors, and logo options for the whole family!

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

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 for this code and further directions.

We pray this will be a blessing to all of our Traders Point families in the New Year!

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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 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!

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