NE Campus Updates: 11.29.22

November 29, 2022 Ben Lippen News, Lower School News

Dear Parents,


We hope each of you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation with family and friends over the Thanksgiving Break! As we look ahead to celebrating the Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Message from PTF / Christmas Collection for BLS Teachers & Staff: As the Christmas season approaches, similar to years past, we 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. We are hopeful that this also helps you by shortening your Christmas gift list. You can contribute via Venmo, check or cash.

    Venmo – @BLS-PTF (last 4 digits of phone number are 1390). Be sure to include your first and last name in the description. 

                   Check – Make out to Kathryn Burkhalter. Send to your office in an envelope labeled “Teacher Appreciation Christmas Gift – Your First and Last Name”. 

                   Cash – Send to your office in an envelope labeled “Teacher Appreciation Christmas Gift – Your First and Last Name”.

Please include your first and last name with your form of payment so your name can be included in the card. The deadline to participate is Friday, December 9th. Participation is voluntary.

  • Coffee with the Headmaster: Enjoy coffee and conversation with our Headmaster, Dr. Tony Fajardo, and fellow Ben Lippen parents on Thursday, December 8th at the NE campus.
  • Christmas Guest Readers: Help us “unwrap” the gift of reading this year by sharing a favorite Christmas book as a guest reader in the Library!  Click on the link below to find your child’s class time and sign up.  You can bring a favorite book or I can provide one for you.  We do ask that you please avoid books with references to Santa Claus.  Thank you!

  • Christmas Programs: 
    1st and 2nd Grades – December 13th at 6:30pm @ SAR
    PK4 and K5 – December 15th at 10:30am @ SAR

    What to wear: Students are to wear a Christmas outfit (i.e., Girls – Christmas dress or skirt with a red or green shirt; Boys – Khaki pants with a button-down shirt or Christmas sweater).

  • Half Days / Christmas Break: December 14, 15 and 16 are half days with dismissal at 11:45am. There is no extended care offered on half days. Please note all students return from Christmas Break on Wednesday, January 4th, which is a change from the original printable calendar on the BLS website.

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 8                         Headmaster Coffee @ NE campus

Dec 13                       Lower School Christmas Program 1st-4th

Dec 15                       Lower School Christmas Program PK3-K5

Dec 14-16                 Half Day of School

Dec 19-Jan 3             Christmas Break (classes resume Wed, Jan 4th for students)


Amy Parks, MSN, RN

NE School Nurse

Administrative Assistant

Ben Lippen School

(803) 807-4500 Phone

(803) 744-1387 Fax