MR Campus Updates: 12.6.22

December 7, 2022 Ben Lippen News, Lower School News

Dear Parents:

Please note the following announcements and reminders:

Hot Chocolate/Pajama Day: Our assistant principals will be reading a Christmas story to our students and enjoying hot chocolate on Friday, December 9.  Students are allowed to wear pajamas on Friday.

November Character Awards:  November Fruit of the Spirit Character Awards for faithfulness go to the following students:  PreK-3 – Abigail Jackson, PreK-4 – Bowen Rogers, K – Mary Reid Dombroski, 1st – Lillian Jackson, 2nd – Adeline Boyce, 3rd – Abigail Taylor and Max Masincupp, 4th – Benjamin Gabriel and Graham Grigg.   Congratulations!

Christmas Program – First through Fourth Grades:  Our first through fourth grade students will have their Christmas performance Tuesday, December 13.  It will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the SAR campus at 6:30 pm. Doors for the performance will open at 6:00 pm for seating. Students must be on campus by 6:00 pm and will meet in the cafeteria. Students are to wear a Christmas outfit.  Girls – Christmas dress or skirt with a red or green shirt; Boys – Khaki pants with a button-down shirt or Christmas sweater

Christmas Program – PreK3 through Kindergarten:  Our PreK3, K4 and Kindergarten students will have their Christmas performance on Thursday, December 15 at 10:30 pm.  It will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the SAR campus and doors for the performance will open at 10:00 am for seating.   Students will be transported by bus to the SAR campus and parents are required to pick their child up after the program.   There will not be a bus going back to the MR campus. Students are to wear a Christmas outfit.  Girls – Christmas dress or skirt with a red or green shirt; Boys – Khaki pants with a button-down shirt or Christmas sweater

Lost and Found: The lost and found items are located on the table in the lobby. Any items not picked up by December 16 will be donated to the clothes closet or taken to Goodwill. Just a friendly reminder to label your child’s clothing.

Coffee with the Headmaster (NE Campus):  Enjoy coffee and conversation with our headmaster, Dr. Tony Fajardo, and fellow Ben Lippen parents. It will be held on Thursday, December 8, at the Northeast campus from 8:30-9:30 am.

Christmas Camp:  Crafts, cooking and More Camp on December 19 and December 20 at the SAR campus.  Flyers went home today with more details.

Upcoming Half-Days:  December 14-16 are half-days for all students. Students will dismiss at 11:45 am and there will be no extended care offered on these days. The bus will run on a half day schedule.

Christmas Break:  Please note that the student return date from Christmas break is Wednesday, January 4.  The Ben Lippen online calendar reflects the correct date of January 4 but the printable version that you may have from the beginning of the year does not reflect this date change.

  • Tuesday, January 3, is when faculty/staff return.
  • Wednesday, January 4, is when all students return – full day of school

*******************  Reminders from the PTF Committee   ********************

Morning Care Volunteers Needed – December 12 -7:30-8:30 am – Parents, our Monticello Road teachers and assistant teachers will be having breakfast together before school on December 12 to fellowship and exchange Christmas gifts with each other. It would be a tremendous blessing to them if parents will volunteer to cover the early morning care from 7:30-8:30 am while the teachers spend some time together. Please review the sign up genius list and consider signing up! Thank you!  *Volunteers must be on the approved volunteer/chaperone list.

Fruit of the Spirit Treats – Once a month a student from each class is selected for exemplifying the character trait of the month. We are asking for parent volunteers to supply a treat for the recipients of the Fruit of the Spirit awards. Please use the link below to volunteer if you are interested in helping. Thank you in advance for helping us to celebrate these students.!/showSignUp/4090f4ca5a923aafc1-fruit

Message from our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF): As the Christmas season approaches, similar to years past, the Parent Teacher Fellowship will be giving all Ben Lippen teachers, administration and staff a monetary Christmas gift. This is a wonderful and meaningful way to honor and love our teachers and staff. By pooling our resources together, we can give a significant gift to those who spend the most time with our children. A flyer was sent home last week in your child’s folder with more information. We are hopeful that this also helps you by shortening your Christmas gift list. You can contribute via Venmo, check or cash and the deadline to participate is Friday, December 9.

  • Venmo – @BLS-PTF (last 4 digits of phone number are 1390). Be sure to include your first and last name in the description so your name can be included on the card.  
  • Checks (made out to Kathryn Burkhalter) or Cash  – send in to the school office in an envelope labeled “Teacher Appreciation Christmas Gift – Your First and Last Name”.

Important Dates to Remember:

December 8                Coffee with the Headmaster at the Northeast Campus

December 13              Lower School Christmas Program 1st – 4th Grades (6:30 pm)

December 15              Lower School Christmas Program PK3-K5 (10:30 am)

December 14-16         Half Days of School – Dismissal at 11:45 am (No After School Care)

January 4                    Classes Resume – Full Day of School