March Newsletter


Looking Forward

A Letter from the director

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February flew by, and now it’s almost time to spring forward*.  At BCA, we’re already deep into planning  for the future, as we continue to enjoy the present.

Our recent Parent/Teacher Conferences were a joy. Thank you to all the parents and staff who were able to join us and who helped it run so smoothly. Our partnership with parents is an important part of the BCA culture, so we look forward to having the chance to meet together. We met early in the semester this year in order to plan for a successful conclusion of the year together, including planning for spring social events, thesis defense, senior project presentations, and graduation! As I mentioned in the State of the School video, working together is what creates the opportunities to provide the best education we can for students at BCA.

Now, as we look forward to all the classes and events that will finish out this school year, we are also looking ahead to next year. During the month of March, we will be opening up re-enrollment to our current families before general enrollment for new families. We would like to have a Family Meeting for current families in advance of re-enrollment at the end of March, so that we can share some ideas for next year, as well as hear about our students’ and families’ hopes and dreams for next year. Topics will include:

·        proposals for electives

·        parent membership forum.

We have been blessed this year to have parents work with us during the school day in a variety of ways, and want to encourage parents and others in the community to contact us if they are interested in being more involved.  There are numerous opportunities to be involved in crucial areas of our program, and there may even be some opportunities to help teach at BCA. If you or someone you know may be interested in being more involved, let us know!

Finally, I would personally like to express an ongoing prayer request. Will you pray with us for the Lord’s continued guidance through this remarkable season of growth and development? We have experienced many positive changes, as well as some growing pains, and I am reminded of the wise words in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

In Partnership With You,

Benjamin Brandon, Director

*Don’t forget to set your clocks an hour forward this Sunday 3/10!


Getting Dramatic!

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An interview with Mrs. Kelly Haldeman



How did your family first hear about BCA?

We first were introduced to BCA through an art class that Mr Brandon was offering to students one summer. Our youngest, Aaron, attended this class and broached the subject of his home school education with Mr. Brandon. Aaron came home excited about the idea of this hybrid schooling option, and we looked into it. Since we had been praying about an alternative to home education through high school, this seemed like a timely answer to prayer.

In addition to the Drama elective, you have also been one of our 9th Grade Homeroom teachers. What is your favorite thing about teaching this group of students?

I've been privileged to work with a room full of young women in the 9th grade girls' Foundations class this year. The small size of the class, and the segregation from the boys, has allowed for terrifically uninhibited conversation. While the girls are growing in their composition abilities, they are also growing in their self-awareness and their friendships with one another. I have been so impressed with their willingness to observe and encourage character strengths among each other. I've been deeply impressed by their kindness and humility. Indeed, I am not certain whether they, or I, am learning more.

The BCA Drama class has been intense! These young people have so much talent, but they are extraordinary in that they desire to use this talent to the glory of God. This makes guiding them in the art more of a delight than I would have believed possible.

How did you become interested in Drama?

I fell in love with acting in high school, and continued through college and beyond. Most of my experience has been within church with one notable exception: I worked as a clown for a number of years. This tidbit has earned me a great deal of chiding from the staff at BCA. I fully intend to bring animal balloons and magic tricks to the classroom.

If you had the opportunity to play any theatrical part in history, what would it be and why?

Had I been given the opportunity to act in any play in history, I would choose something Shakespearean. That Shakespearean English thrills my soul! Although, I'd really love to have played Scarlet O'Hara in the best movie of all time: Gone With the Wind. That character is so complex, the script is so powerful, and the costuming without equal in cinematic history. Alas, I do not possess the requisite 18-inch-waist so necessary to that belle of the south.

(Click the video link below to watch a clip of BCA student Eli Heter do a recent dramatic performance of a passage from Nehemiah in Mrs. Haldeman’s class.)


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Mark Your Calendar

March 10: Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 11: Discovery Center Field Trip

March 13: FORK DRIVE Deadline

March 14: State Capitol Field Trip

March 15: Aesthetics Class Field Trip

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 18-22: Spring Break—NO SCHOOL

March 28: BCA Family Night, 7 PM, Boise Church of Christ


Hey you…Yeah, you!

A regular feature where we all get to know each other…

(From Left to Right…)

Jarrett Dirkes, 10th Grade

Where do you most hope to visit? “Israel”

How do you spend your free time? “Eating or sleeping or football.”

Elizabeth Forbes, 9th Grade

What’s one thing about you that surprises people? “I’m an introvert.”

If you could invite anyone, who would you invite to dinner? “Three strangers. Because I don’t want to invite dead people…Creepy! And my family is too big. I also can’t pick out of my friends.”

Abriellah Evans, 9th Grade

What is your most-used emoji? Why? “The smiley face with the closed eyes and sticking out tongue. I like it because it’s silly but not crazy, it fits pretty much any situation.”

If you could spend a day as someone else, who would it be? Why? “I would like to spend the day as Adam or Eve. I would like to talk to God as they did. Just walking through the peaceful garden talking to the Lord.”

Trinity Nalls, 12th Grade

What’s your favorite word? “Deoxyribonucleic acid or Scuttle.”

Of what are you most afraid? “Honestly? Those little balls of spikes that live in the ocean.”