BA-CFA Sunday Message for March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

Dear Bulldog Families,

We are looking forward to a great conference day on March 27.  If you have not done so already, please schedule a time with your child’s teacher.  Check our website for tips on how to best prepare for your child’s conference.

Our 2019-2020 calendar was approved by the Board of Directors on March 13.  Please look for the calendar on our website later in the week. Paper copies are available in the office.

This Friday, March 22nd, is a teacher workday.  This is a non-student day.

Schedule of Activities for March 27, 2019

Workday Opportunity–March 27

We will have also AmeriCorps Members working to establish our hiking and walking trail around the campus.  We would love to have your help as well. If you can volunteer an hour of your time, please contact Mr. Prey at

Lunch on March 27

Lunch at BA.  Quixote’s will be serving a buffet lunch 11:30-1:30) at the school for a small fee.  This is your opportunity to learn about our lunch program and sample different offerings.  Please email Ted Duncan, at to let me know if you plan to eat.

Uniform Sale and Exchange

Bring in uniform items you would like to exchange at our uniform exchange and sale.  Get ready for spring with a new uniform. All exchange items will be given a $2 credit/item.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the gym along with the Transylvania County library.  Please stop by. If you can help out, see below.

Conference Camp

Mountain Roots will be offering a one day Conference Camp on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:30AM-5:00 PM. Brevard Academy families can register for this fun and engaging day by visiting Mountain Roots’ website at

The cost is $35 per student and a 20% sibling discount automatically applies.

NC School Hero

Charlotte Shackleford was nominated for NC School Hero.  If she wins, they award $10,000 to the school. The final nomination comes from the most votes.  Everyone can vote daily.

Link is below so Share Share Share!!!

Helicopter Visit

We will have a helicopter visit on Monday at 12:30 pm weather permitting.  All students will be able to view the landing. Mr. Twomey will speak with our 5th-8th grade students about careers in aviation.

Excellence in Education March Challenge

March is Women’s History Month.  I challenge all Bulldogs to engage in a task that will enhance their understanding of Women’s History.  Read a book, visit a museum, or see a movie specifically geared towards Women’s History and you can earn a dress down pass.  Complete details can be found on my webpage.


PTO News


There will be no PTO meeting in March, but we are accepting nominations for PTO officers and committee leads at this time!  Please email PTO to nominate yourself or another parent. We will vote for new officers on April 1st. We need new officers and are happy to discuss roles and share all the great planning tools we have created.

March 25-29th is our Scholastic book fair.  We are looking for volunteers!

We need your help with selling books and supporting our Scholastic Book Fair this month. The dates we need help are March 26-29th.

Please visit the webpage below to choose a spot to help the PTO with the book fair. If you can work any of the one or two spots, please sign up.

Copy and paste this link to see the sign-up sheet:

Thank you! BA-PTO

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Classroom volunteers needed.  If you are interested in helping students struggling in math or reading in a variety of grades, please contact Trudy Pierron at

Support Brevard Academy

Remember to select Brevard Academy through Amazon Smile to support your favorite school.  Link your Ingles Advantage card to Brevard Academy and sign up a neighbor.


Consider advertising your business in our gymnasium.  Please email Mr. Duncan if you are interested in learning more about sponsorship levels.


If you need financial assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 828-885-3111 or at


If you love Brevard Academy, consider posting a review on Facebook, Google Reviews, or Great Schools.  Word of mouth is our best advertising. Thank you in advance. #ILoveBACFA


Feedback, Student Growth, and Safety

You can always find helpful information to help your child succeed on my webpage.

Tell us how we are doing at


If you have a safety concern, use our anonymous tip line, Report It.  More information is on our homepage.


Thank you for choosing Brevard Academy and supporting your child’s education.


We are working on our website, but we need your feedback.  Please let us know what you think we need to do to improve our website for the 2019-2020 school year.  Click here for the survey.


Have a great rest of your Sunday and…Go Bulldogs!  #ILoveBACFA


Happening this week at Brevard Academy


Monday, March 18

AMOS Outreach, Fourth Grade, Weather Makers!
Soccer @ Trinity – 5:00 pm
Helicopter Visit 12:30-1:30 Field and Gym Grades 5-8
1st Grade Music Concert 8:30 am – Camarata Antiqua in Music Room

Tuesday, March 19

K-1 CK Night 5:30-6:30 pm
Tennis Practice 3:30-4:45 pm BRC
Tennis Match @ Camperdown 4:30 pm Leave at 2:15 pm

Wednesday, March 20

Lunch Orders Open
Soccer Practice 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Talent Show Audition 4th – 8th, 3:15 – 5:00 pm – Stirling’s Room
Enrollment Lottery @ 5:00 p.m. Music Room

Thursday, March 21

Happy Birthday Mr. Prey
Talent Show Audition K-3, 3:15 – 4:30 pm Stirling’s Room
First Grade Gem Mine
Tennis Practice 3:30-4:45 pm Brevard Racquet Club
8th Grade Spanish Class Trip to El Chapala 1:45-2:50 pm

Friday, March 22

Teacher Workday–No Students

Please contact your child’s teacher for specific information about grade level activities.

Getting the Most Out of Parent Conferences
“Parent-teacher conferences can be daunting,” says Marjorie Hancock, Kansas education professor, parent, and former teacher. She offers parents these ten pointers for making conferences more successful:

–          Arrive on time. This sends the message that the parents care.

–          Bring a written list of questions. “A lot of parents get nervous because the teachers are the professionals and they get back into their car and think ‘Why didn’t I ask that?’”

–          Realize that your child may act differently in school than at home; be open to the teacher’s descriptions of your child’s behavior in school.

–          Don’t be defensive. It’s all about helping your child do better in school.

–          Ask the teacher for examples of your child’s work to back up the points the teacher is making.

–          Discuss specific strengths of your child as a learner; build on your child’s strengths.

–          Ask the teacher for specific ways you can help at home.

–          Set 2-4 specific goals for your child in the next grading period.

–          Share what the teacher reports with your child. Better yet, have your child be part of the conference.

–          Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Give your child a hug and reassurance after the conference. “The bottom line is ‘I love you,’” says Hancock. “It’s almost a team approach to success.”

“Getting the Most Out of Parent Conferences” in PEN Weekly NewsBlast, Sept. 30, 2004.