South Baldwin Christian Academy https://www.southbaldwinca.org Accredited, private Christian school that serves the Gulf Shores, Foley, Orange Beach and surrounding areas in coastal Alabama. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:41:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-SBCA-logo-515sq-32x32.png South Baldwin Christian Academy https://www.southbaldwinca.org 32 32 103686696 Congratulations 2017 Graduates! https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/05/congratulations-2017-graduates/ Fri, 26 May 2017 18:54:47 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1422

Congratulations Class of 2017 SBCA Graduates!

On behalf of South Baldwin Christian Academy (SBCA), I would like to extend a sincere congratulations to the Class of 2017. You have been exceptional representatives of our school. I have no doubt that you will continue to serve as worthy ambassadors for SBCA by building upon our reputation for excellence. I am proud to report that the graduating class of 2017, with only six seniors, was offered over $180,000 in scholarship dollars!

I believe that graduates of SBCA are unique in that, regardless of the profession you pursue, all of you have the gift of being able to enrich the lives of those around you. As you embark upon and progress through your educational journey and careers, I urge you to always serve our communities and improve the quality of life for its members with compassion, honesty and integrity.

In the coming years, I would ask that you stay in touch and keep us updated on the many achievements you will experience in your careers and personal lives. We will always take great pride in your achievements.

Congratulations again to our Class of 2017 graduates. The entire SBCA family is very proud of you!

Best wishes,

Dawn Cranston
Head of School

Please click here if you would like to see pictures of our 2017 graduation ceremony.

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SBCA to Host Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Gymnatorium May 2nd https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/04/sbca-to-host-ground-breaking-ceremony-for-new-gymnatorium-may-2nd/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:42:21 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1370

South Baldwin Christian Academy is set to expand, as we will hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony for a new gymnatorium on Tuesday, May 2 at 12:15p.m. School administrators, local officials and business leaders will put shovels to the earth to signify the start of construction for the 13,400-square-foot facility.

The ceremony will be located directly in front of the school in a marked off area where the structure will be built.

WHO: South Baldwin Christian Academy

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony

WHEN: May 2, 2017, 12:15p.m.

WHERE: 6900 Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores, AL

“After several months of planning, we are looking forward to officially breaking ground,” said Head of School Dawn Cranston. “The addition of this gymnatorium will provide South Baldwin parents who want the benefits of a private Christian education that incorporates sports and fine arts programs with a convenient nearby option.”

This new facility will allow SBCA to make new athletic, fine arts and ministry opportunities available for SBCA students and the community. Designed to serve multiple purposes, the gymnatorium will feature a full basketball court and performing arts stage. Chapel, art, music, theater and athletic classes will be moved into the new facility.

SBCA plans to launch athletic programs in the fall of 2017 beginning with a cross country program. Later plans include intramural and competitive sports programs such as weightlifting, volleyball, wrestling and basketball.

“We appreciate all of our local officials and business leaders who will attend the ceremony to celebrate such an exciting moment for the school,” said Board Chair Robert Mayes. “We also want to thank our teachers, staff and students who will be helping to see this project through to completion.”

The new gymnatorium has been funded through a generous donation. SBCA is looking to the capital campaign of SBCA, EXCEL Imagine. Tomorrow., to help fund the many facility essentials that still need to be provided.

More information will be available about this new project on the EXCEL website at www.excelcampaign.com as updates are released.

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SBCA Priorities https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/04/sbca-priorities/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:16 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1358

To Pin or Not to Pin: A Matter of Priorities

I love Pinterest. It’s a collection of everyone’s great ideas categorized by topics all in one place. When I haven’t gone grocery shopping in a while and all I can come up with is three things at home that might make up a meal, I can Pinterest those three ingredients and come up with all sorts of new recipes. I can also scroll through everyone’s decorating ideas and decide I want a whole new house. Finding the right balance is always the key. I’ve found the same need for balance when making decisions for our school. There are a lot of great schools doing a lot of great things. But what are the great things that are right for South Baldwin Christian Academy (SBCA)? When making decisions for our school I look to see if the choices I make support our mission.

The mission of SBCA has always been to provide a Christian education with academic excellence in a safe, caring environment that allows students to achieve their full potential and discover God’s plan for their lives.

Academic Excellence

How are we doing when we look at academic excellence? I am proud of our students. The ACT, originally an abbreviation of the American College Testing college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. When comparing our students ACT scores with others in the state of Alabama, we far exceed the state average in every category.

                              Alabama                        SBCA

Comp.                   18.7                                 25.2
English                 18.7                                 25.9
Math                      18.3                                 22.4
Reading                19.7                                 27.8
Science                19.1                                 24.2

Safe & Caring Environment

How are we doing when we look at providing a safe and caring environment? Parents and students alike often describe being on our campus like being home, or being part of a family. We are intentional about creating that type of environment. It is our goal to partner with parents in educating their children. We want to equip them, not oppose them. The Institute for Mental Health states that 25% of students ages 13-18 have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. We believe that we can’t affectively educate students or teach them about Jesus’ love for them without first providing a safe and caring environment.

Discovering God’s Plan

How are we helping students discover God’s plan for their lives? Our students know that Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plan’s I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” From an early age, we teach our students that God created them with multiple gifts and talents and as they grow we give them many opportunities to explore those talents and to use them to serve others.

EXCEL Imagine. Tomorrow. Capital Campaign

This year we launched the EXCEL Imagine. Tomorrow. campaign. As we plan for the future of SBCA we look to expanding the opportunities we have to offer our students. Our priorities are:

  • The Student Experience: Campus improvements, fine arts and athletics.
  • Academics & Innovations: What our students have access to in the classroom such as curriculum and technology.
  • Student & Family Ministry: Opportunities for us to minister to our students and for them to serve our community.

You can find out more about EXCEL Imagine.Tomorrow. by visiting our campaign website at www.excelcampaign.org.

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2017 Spring Festival https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/03/2017-spring-festival/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:05:50 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1348

 

SBCA to Host 7th Annual Spring Festival

South Baldwin Christian Academy (SBCA) will host its 7th annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 22nd. The event will kick-off at 7a.m. with a community-wide yard sale to help raise funds to support the Christian education and programs offered by the school. At 10a.m. vendors from across the Alabama Gulf Coast will be featured along with food, inflatables, carnival style games, an art show, local entertainment and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Entertainment includes special performances by the SBCA cheer team, Coastal Ballet Academy, Gulf Coast Martial Arts, the SBCA teachers, South Baldwin Dance Center and more. The event will be emceed by Frontline Ministries.

WHO: South Baldwin Christian Academy
WHAT: Spring Festival
WHEN: April 22, 2017, Yard Sale @ 7a.m.| Spring Festival @ 10a.m. – 2p.m.
WHERE: 6900 Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores, AL

More details about the SBCA Spring Festival and a full list of the event vendors will be posted on the SBCA website as additional information becomes available. Please contact us at (251) 968-1230 if you have any questions or are interested in hosting a vendor booth at this event.

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Reading At Home https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/03/reading-at-home/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:21:02 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1316 by Dawn Cranston, Head of School


An Issue of Importance: Reading at Home

In 1983, the U.S. Department of Education created its first Commission on Reading to explore the reading decline. The commission’s 1985 report, Becoming a Nation of Readers, included the statement: “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

That statement was made in 1985. I first started teaching kindergarten in a public school about 10 years later, in 1994, and saw firsthand that the research was true. The majority of students who learned to read easily were read to at home on a regular basis before they ever entered school.  At that time, the large majority of my students came from homes where they were read to regularly. Typically, the exception to that rule were students from low income homes where families were struggling just to make ends meet. They didn’t have much time left over to spend with their children and the little time they did have was usually not spent reading.

I taught for a few years, then began a family and stayed home with my girls while they were young. When I went back into teaching, this time in a private Christian school, it was in 2004 – about 10 years later. Right away I noticed a difference in my students’ reading abilities and observed that only about half of the students in my classes were read to at home. And this time there was no differentiating between the halves. It wasn’t just the lower income families that weren’t reading.

Reading at Home – A Culture Shift

About 10 more years have passed between now and then and I am stunned by where we are today; our preschool, kindergarten and first grade teachers are reporting that what I experienced when I first began teaching is almost the opposite of what they are witnessing in their classrooms now. Today, the large majority of the students they have in class are not being read to at home. In fact, when the teachers send home reading logs asking parents to read each night and record it on the log, many of the students say they don’t have books at home and have never been to the library.

I can’t say how we got from there to here. However, I do recognize that it happened slowly – like it always happens when culture shifts. It’s slow so that no one really notices what’s happening and no one does anything to stop it. Good things slowly fade away before we realize they are gone.

Beyond the Academics

It’s true, reading at home affects learning at school. The research supports this assertion and my own classroom experiences prove it. But, beyond the academics, my heart breaks for all of the missed moments. When a momma snuggles a little one on her lap and reads a story, the little one learns that stories are made up of words and words are made up of letters. There are spaces between words and the words start on the left and move to the right. When the little one looks at a picture of a ball and the word ball they understand that the letters b-a-l-l represent the toy that they have fun holding and bouncing. They also understand that ” b” makes the sound that’s at the beginning of the word ball.  These are all examples of print and phonemic awareness and they are some of the many pre-reading skills that develop in the little ones’ brains when they sit on momma’s lap and listen to a story.

As much as the teacher in me wants those little ones to have those pre-reading experiences before they come to school, the momma in me wants those little ones to be snuggled on someone’s lap with a book. When a little one sits on his momma’s lap and listens to a story he is held close. He feels safe and he feels important. Story time is his time. He doesn’t have to share that time with a phone call, text message or computer. He gets to be held close, to hear a story and to have the unending string of questions that flow through his mind answered at least for the moment.

Missed Moments

As little ones grow from babies to toddlers, toddlers to preschoolers and then into young children, each phase brings with it more independence. Story time or bedtime stories is a time each day when the world slows down and little ones reconnect with the big ones who love them. If we are not reading to our little ones any more, when do these moments happen? When does life slow down? When do we reconnect? My heart breaks for these missed moments.

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National Read Across America Day https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/03/1339/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:54:38 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1339

South Baldwin Christian Academy Students, Teachers and Local Leaders to Join Together for National Read Across America Day

Students at South Baldwin Christian Academy (SBCA) will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the sixteenth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.

Local Community Leaders Get Involved

To honor the good doctor and celebrate the fun and value of reading, SBCA will be hosting local business and community leaders to serve as “guest readers.” Books authored by Dr. Seuss such as Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Fox in Socks will be read to the school’s more than 170 students. The goal is to show SBCA students the joy of reading and strengthen literacy in the South Baldwin community.

WHO: South Baldwin Christian Academy
WHAT: Read Across America
WHEN: March 2, 2017
WHERE: 6900 Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores, AL

SBCA joins NEA and many of America’s literacy, youth and civic groups each year to build a community of readers during Read Across America – and every day. For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, visit www.readacrossamerica.org and learn more about how SBCA helps contribute to literacy in the South Baldwin community by checking out our website.

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February 2017 News https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/02/february/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:51:31 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1281

Registration is Open

We are now open for registration!  If you would like a tour, please call 251-968-1230 or email us for an appointment.  We would love to see you!
Please click here for enrollment information.


February Schedule

02/21 – Science Fair

02/21 – Spelling Bee

02/23-02/28 – Winter Break


Spring Festival and Yard Sale

It’s that time of the year again!   All our current families should have received an email about gathering up items for our Yard Sale.

If you are interested in having a booth at our Spring Festival, please click here for a booth registration form.


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January 2017 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2017/01/january-2017/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:47:33 +0000 https://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1255

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now open for existing students.  A yellow envelope went home with your student on Monday, January 09 and we also sent out an email.  If you did not get either one, please call the office as soon as possible.  We will open registration to the general public in February so please make sure you reserve your spot now before your class fills up.


Enrichment Classes

Our enrichment classes are still going strong!  We have added a couple of new options for you to choose from.  All times are 1:30 – 2:30 unless otherwise noted. Please see the list below:

Monday:

Jujutsu – Ages 6 and up

Cooking – 1st grade and up

Music – 3rd Grade and up

Tuesday: 

Ballet – K3 – 6th

Art – 3rd Grade and up

Guitar – NEW CLASS – sign up for times – Click here for guitar class information.

Fitness – Ages 6 and up

Wednesday:

Jujutsu – Ages 6 and up

Drama – 2nd grade and up 

Thursday:

Ballet – K3 – 6th

Friday:

Cheer and Dance: K4 through 6th Grade


Sycamore Student Information System

Don’t forget to keep current with your class and the school by signing into our Sycamore program!  You should be receiving your login information from your student’s teacher soon.  You can view grades, notes from the teacher, class news, photos and more!  You can get an app for your smart phone that will allow you to always have that information in the palm of your hand.  It’s called the Sycamore Family app and your student can download the Sycamore Student app.  You can search for that in your app store for both Apple and Android users.  For Android user convenience, click here to see all Sycamore apps.

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December News https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2016/12/winter-news/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:46:39 +0000 http://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1193

 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. – Luke 2:4-7

Christmas Break

Our Christmas Break is December 19, 2016 until January 3, 2017.  We will see you bright and early January 4!

We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas vacation!

 

~ May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~

 


Toys for Tots

We have a Toys for Tots box inside our entryway if you would like to donate new, unopened toys.  We will have the box there until 12/15.

Christmas Play

Our Christmas program will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 at Christian Life Church Orange Beach in the Youth Building.


Morning Drop Off

Please remember that we open the doors for students at 7:45 a.m.   Students need to stay in the car until they see someone at the front door.  It is very important that you do not leave your child at the school unsupervised.  If you need to drop off earlier than 7:45, feel free to call the office and we can set you up for Morning Care for an extra fee.  We want all our students to stay safe!


Sycamore Student Information System

Don’t forget to keep current with your class and the school by signing into our Sycamore program!  You should be receiving your login information from your student’s teacher soon.  You can view grades, notes from the teacher, class news, photos and more!  You can get an app for your smart phone that will allow you to always have that information in the palm of your hand.  It’s called the Sycamore Family app and your student can download the Sycamore Student app.  You can search for that in your app store for both Apple and Android users.  For Android user convenience, click here to see all Sycamore apps.


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SBCA Fall News https://www.southbaldwinca.org/2016/08/august-2016-news/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:25:30 +0000 http://www.southbaldwinca.org/?p=1111 kidsborder1000

Here’s some information that you might need to know:

Christmas Play

Our Christmas program will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 at Christian Life Church Orange Beach in the Youth Building.

Red Ribbon Week

10/31 – 11/04 is Red Ribbon Week! We are having two school wide dress up days for our students to participate in.

– Monday, October 31 – “Say Boo to Drugs” – students can wear a costume to school (nothing scary please)
– Friday November 4 – “Don’t get mixed up in drugs” – students can wear mixed up clothes (such as backward or mixed colors)

Teachers will be doing age appropriate activities in the classroom during the week to coincide with this special awareness week. If you would like more information on Red Ribbon week, please see their website here: http://redribbon.org/about/

Class Pictures and Make Up Portraits – Nov 7

Monday, November 7 will be another portrait day!  This day we will be taking class pictures in uniform and we will do retakes or makeup pictures as well.  Please dress in uniform for the class pictures.

Re-takes:  If you are having retakes done, please send back the prints or CD you received with the ones you wanted retaken.

Make Up:  If you were not here for pictures before, please look for an individual portrait order envelope.

Class Picture:  If you would like to order a class picture, they are $15 and the order envelope will need to come back with the student on Monday as well.

Individual Pictures:  Please send your student in what you want them to wear for their individual portraits and then they can change into a school uniform for class pictures.  Don’t forget to send them with a uniform for class pictures!


 

After School Enrichment Classes

Please click the schedule below to go to the class page:

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Morning Drop Off

Please remember that we open the doors for students at 7:45 a.m.   Students need to stay in the car until they see someone at the front door.  It is very important that you do not leave your child at the school unsupervised.  If you need to drop off earlier than 7:45, feel free to call the office and we can set you up for Morning Care for an extra fee.  We want all our students to stay safe!


Don’t forget to keep current with your class and the school by signing into our Sycamore program!  You should be receiving your login information from your student’s teacher soon.  You can view grades, notes from the teacher, class news, photos and more!  You can get an app for your smart phone that will allow you to always have that information in the palm of your hand.  You can get the Apple version (iPhone or iPad) at this link or the Android version at this link.  You can also go into the app store and search “South Baldwin Christian” to find it that way as well!


 

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