Updated February 20, 2024
This week’s Upper School Cycle Days:
Wednesday, 02/21 – Day 2
Thursday, 02/22 – Day 3
Friday, 02/23 – Upper School Flex Friday
Monday, 02/26 – Day 4
Below is a list of upcoming events. Scroll down for further details. Details will be added as we get closer to the date of the event.
02/21/2024 – Lower School Speech Meet (PreK-5th): 8:15 a.m.
02/22/2024 – Deadline to Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences
02/23/2024 – Upper School Flex Friday
02/23/2024 – Last Day to Order Yearbooks
02/23/2024 – Serve for Education Labels Due in Office by 3 p.m.
02/29/2024 – Parent Teacher Conferences: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
02/29/2024 – Spring Sports Night: 7 p.m.
Each family should have received a large white envelope containing your Serve for Education materials. Full instructions are included in the packet, however, please feel free to call if you have any questions. If you did not receive a packet, please contact the office immediately. Please do not wait until the labels are due to reach out.
Just a few important notes:
1. Each student needs to turn in a label sheet, not one per family.
2. It is preferred that labels are typed. If labels are handwritten, they must be done neatly.
3. Labels are due no later than Friday, February 23, for Upper School students to qualify for the end of the year special dress days!
4. Please do not email labels to the office.
This is it! The last week for yearbook sales!! The last day to order is Friday, 2/23. Don’t be the one left with no guaranteed yearbook. Order a yearbook in the school store on the Dayspring website. No orders will be taken in person. This has been a memorable school year so keep the memories forever with the 2023-2024 yearbook. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Vinson at email@example.com.
The Lower School Speech Meet will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us, however, we would ask that you fill in from the back of the auditorium until all students have been seated.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 29, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. While this conference is optional (unless requested by a teacher), all parents are welcome to sign up for a conference time. Please note that times are VERY limited. Please be sure to choose the correct tab for the teacher you desire to meet with. If you desire to meet with a teacher that is not listed, please contact that teacher directly by email. Please note that the sign up will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 22. To sign up for a conference time, please click here.
As we are in the midst of the season when illnesses are common, we wanted to remind everyone of our policy for student illnesses.
– In the case of a student becoming ill while at school, (i.e., fever, vomiting) a parent will be called to pick up said child. If a child is sent home from school with a fever, it is requested that they do not return to school the next day as they must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication. Parents are still asked to report the absence on SchoolPass.
– Prior to bringing a child to school in the morning, if there are symptoms of fever or signs of a communicable illness, or an intestinal illness causing vomiting or diarrhea, it is requested that the child stay home from school. A child should be fever free for at least 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school.
Congratulations to the students who have made the 2nd quarter honor roll. Please click here to view the report.
It’s that time of year!!! DCA is once again selling discounted Hersheypark tickets (50% off!) good for any operational day between March 29, 2024 – January 1, 2025. Get a fantastic deal on these tickets and support Dayspring Christian Academy at the same time! Dayspring receives a blessing from Hersheypark for every ten tickets we sell at this discounted rate. These discounted tickets are available to you and your friends, so spread the word!
The deadline to order is April 24, but orders are being accepted now! You have several ways to order:
1. Print an order form and submit to John Riddell. Access the form by clicking here.
2. Order through the school store by clicking here.
3. Call the Business Office at 717-285-2000 ext. 214 to order with a credit card.
Questions? Contact John Riddell at clicking here. or 717-285-2000 ext. 214.
For those who enjoy painting and building, the set designers of The Little Mermaid would like to have a set work day on Saturday, February 24, starting at 9:00 a.m. People can stay as long as they are able to stay. We definitely need painters (easy painting: rollers on the backdrop panels) and some to help build platforms. While there is no pay involved, all who help with set work will receive two comp tickets to the show! Please let Mrs. Armstrong know if you are able to be there on Saturday by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome one and all, whether your child is in the show or not!
Rehearsals are getting underway and ticket sales will begin soon for this year’s musical, The Little Mermaid!! Performances will be held March 22, 23, and 24. Click the “Read More” button for a full synopsis on the musical.
Next week’s Beacon will contain the link to purchase your reservation!Read More
Whether you first came to The Little Mermaid by way of the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the classic Disney animated film, or the stage musical adaptation, the story resonates with the same emotional power. Strip the tale of its fantastical elements – mermaids and sea witches and talking crabs – and what’s left is the simple story of a young woman struggling to come into her own.
The Little Mermaid is also a tale of fathers and daughters. Though we do not have fins like our heroine, we do have parental figures who, perhaps at times, we feel have stood in the way of our happiness. Many can also sympathize with the widower, King Triton, who raises his daughter on his own in the best, and safest, way he can – even if Ariel is not always capable of recognizing that loving intention. The same is true of the relationship between Grimsby and Prince Eric, another strong-willed young person searching for his place in the world. As Ariel and Eric learn to make decisions for themselves, King Triton and Grimsby learn the parental lesson of letting go.
The stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid – with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright – retains the most beloved songs and moments from the original film while deepening the core relationships and themes, adding in layers, textures, and songs to form an even more moving and relevant story.
As our Dayspring students are learning to think and reason biblically, they are finding that the story of The Little Mermaid has some deep spiritual truths and principles that can be applied to folks of any age or stage of life.
The 2024-2025 COURSE SELECTION will launch this Wednesday, 2/21, when Director of Curriculum and Instruction Donna Hurley emails course selection information and links to our current eighth through eleventh grade students and their parent(s)/guardians. Course selection is an exciting and necessary time of high school preparation!
The following essential materials will be linked/attached to the email:
1. The High School Course Planner instructions
2. The High School Course Catalog
3. Honors Course Overview and Application
4. Honors High School Program Overview
5. High School Course Selection Reference Sheet (for planning purposes only)
6. An FAQ/Chat Note specific to each grade level
The deadline for course selection completion is scheduled for Thursday, 3/7. Parents/Guardians and students should send questions about the course selection process to Director of Curriculum and Instruction Donna Hurley at email@example.com.
Lands End currently has a 20% off promotion. Use code, STUDY, pin: 2699 until February 23. https://www.landsend.com/co/account/school-uniforms?launchSearch=true
Is your child begging for a phone? “Better Screen Time” has put together a self-evaluation for you and your child to determine if they are ready for their own personal device. To access that self-evaluation, click here.
They are also offering a free online Masterclass for parents and teens on Thursday, 2/29. To register for this free event, click here.
Don’t miss your chance! Coming to Do-Re-Mi Mini-Camp will be among your child’s “Favorite Things”!
(Did you know that Mini-Camp is a miniature version of Discover Your Voice Camp? If you’re curious about DYVC summer camp, get your feet wet at Mini-Camp!)
Do-Re-Mi MINI-CAMP is Saturday, March 9! 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Register by MARCH 4
or learn more about our future camps!
When: Saturday, March 9
Where: DCA auditorium
Who: Ages 5-11
The following camps will be held at Dayspring this coming summer. Please click the “Read More” button for details.
– Creation Museum and ARK Encounter Trip
– Creative Kids Art Camp
– Discover Your Voice Camp
– Ukulele Camp
Summer Family Trip to the Creation Museum and ARK Encounter – More than a vacation, this trip is an educational adventure! Led by Mr. Randy Gehman, this trip includes visits to top educational sights as well as interpretation from a biblical creationist point of view. Join us as we learn to better understand Scripture, dinosaurs, and the variety of life on our planet as a testimony to God’s magnificent creation! Highlights of the trip include: the Creation Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati Zoo, the ARK Encounter, and the Flight 93 National Memorial. This year we are offering two options: 6/24-6/28/2024 or 7/15-7/19/2024. For more information, go to www.mycreationtrip.com.
Creative Kids Art Camp – Mrs. Bonnie Lucas will offer two sessions of Creative Kids Art Camp this July 8-12. Students entering grades 1-8 may choose from either the 9 a.m.-12 noon or the 1 p.m.-4 p.m. session.
Creative Kids Art Camp is a mixture of fine art skills and crafting. Campers experience a variety of art media and techniques. Projects are typically more in-depth than school art classes allow. The atmosphere is relaxed, positive, and fun! Projects for 2024 include batik, acrylic and watercolor techniques, clay, and more!
Discover Your Voice Camp – DYVC is a 8-day performing arts camp, for ages 8-14, that uses our signature program to walk singers from shy and inexperienced to confident and thriving! No auditions! Everyone performs a feature performance!
Registration is now open! Click here for more information or to register – Discover Your Voice Summer Camp
Got Uke? Summer Ukulele Camp – Mrs. Armstrong will hold a Ukulele Camp this summer. This camp is for beginner to intermediate ukulele players entering grades 1-8. Campers will build and decorate their own ukuleles to keep and will learn the basics of playing. A camp shirt, snacks, games and a culminating concert with “Phredd” from WJTL are all a part of this exciting camp! Repeat campers are welcome as one can never have too many ukuleles!
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 24-28, 2024.
*If enough students register, we will have two camps that same week. The second camp will run from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. BOTH camps will converge on Friday to meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for a culminating concert.
The cost of the camp is $200 per student. This cost includes the camp T-shirt, snacks, ukulele, music packets, beginning lessons, and the concert with Phredd.
*Please note that there may be only one camp offered (during the morning hours) if the minimum number of 10 campers is not met. If less than 10 campers register, the camp will be cancelled and refunds made. This decision will be made at least one week before the first day of camp. Alternately, there is a maximum of 15 per camp so you will want to register early. The deadline to register is June 10, 2024.
Are you looking for a way to bless your child’s teacher and their classroom? Check out Dayspring’s Amazon Wish List to see if there is an item listed in which you would like to purchase as a special blessing.
Any questions, please reach out to Joanne Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-285-2000 ext. 211. Thank you in advance for supporting our teachers and our classrooms.
Parents: If you are ordering lunches for multiple weeks, please make note of which weeks you are order for so we can try to eliminate duplicate orders. This will be very helpful for record keeping.
Below is a list of the remaining lunches for February.
Monday – Chicken nuggets (Lower School) and chicken sandwiches (Upper School): 02/26
Tuesday – Buttered noodles with a marinara sauce option: 02/27
Wednesday – Pizza: 02/21, 02/28
Thursday – Walking tacos: 02/22, 02/29
Friday – Pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs: 02/23
For more information on the following topics, please click the “Read More” button.
– FAFSA News
– Student Scholarships
– LBC Open House Days
– Free Christian College Fair
– One Life Open House Days
– Dual Enrollment Classes at Cedarville University
– Transcript Requests
– General Questions
FAFSA NEWS! The U.S. Department of Education just announced that schools will not begin receiving FAFSA information until “the first half of March.” Until that time, colleges and universities have no access to their students’ FAFSA information. As a result of this unexpected postponement, financial aid award letters for the 2024-2025 school year will be further delayed. Additionally, students who need to make corrections to their FAFSA will also be unable to do so until sometime in March.The U.S. Department of Education made a late change to the formula used to calculate financial aid eligibility, which will make more students eligible for more financial aid. Unfortunately, the change also delays the delivery of FASFA information to schools.
Looking for a scholarship? Check out this link from StudentScholarships.org.
Student Scholarships is a compiled and comprehensive list of current scholarships as well as other helpful college information.
The Salvation Army Scholarship 2024 is now open. Ask Mrs. Gainer for more information on how to apply.
Spring Open House dates announced for LBC! Lancaster Bible College upcoming Open House dates for 2024 will be February 19, April 19 and July 19.
There will be a FREE Christian College Fair at Coventry Christian School on Wednesday, March 13, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Registration is required, but the event is completely free!
See Mrs. Gainer for a flyer if interested.
One Life is hosting some open house days! This is a great way to check out what they have to offer. Click here to register.
Cedarville University has announced online Dual Enrollment classes for high school students. Click here for additional information and pricing!
Transcript Requests: If you need a transcript for any reason, please fill out a transcript request form online under the Guidance Tab. Requests will be sent out within 3 business days.
General Guidance Questions: If any student or parent has a question concerning AP (Advanced Placement) or DE (Dual Enrollment) classes, please direct those questions to Mrs. Hurley, Director of Curriculum, at email@example.com. Any questions concerning transcripts, PSAT, SAT, or ACT, the college admission process, or other guidance related issues should come to Mrs. Gainer, Guidance Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Celebration of Praise and Remembrance” – “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children –” Deuteronomy 4:9
Ten years ago, this March 3, the Lord God spared Preston’s life and provided a miraculous deliverance through the natural consequences of a tragic accident. Our hearts are overflowing with gratefulness to the Lord for the kindness He showed towards our family and the provision He made for our son’s recovery!
We have decided to hold a service to remember that day, celebrate the Lord’s provision, give thanks for His demonstrated kindness, and praise Him, because He is always worthy of our praise.
Join us on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at Millersville Bible Church located at 1940 New Danville Pike, Lancaster, PA. —- Keith and Debra Kauffman
Love is Patient
I Corinthians 13:1-7 (NAS)
Grades 1-5 verses 4-7
Grades 6-12, verses 1-7
1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.