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January 30-February 2
High School Winterim

February 3
No School - Mid-Winter Break

February 11

ACT Testing

February 15
Sibling and Legacy Enrollment for Fall 2012 Begins

February 23

7 p.m.

The Road Ahead: Role of Technology

BLES- St. Andrews Road Campus

March 10
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ben Lippen Bazaar

St. Andrews Road Campus

Click for Full Calendar

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Monday, January 30
Grilled Turkey & Swiss Sandwiches, Beef Stew, Rice, Peas

Tuesday, January 31
Sloppy Joes, Chicken Chow Mein, Potato Chips

Wednesday, February 1
Turkey Club Wraps, Pepper Steak & Rice, Lima Beans,

Thursday, February 2
Tacos, Bacon Onion Quiche, Green Beans, Potato Chips

Friday, February 3
Hamburgers, Chicken & Pasta, Creamed Corn, French Fries

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Sara Giron (class of 1996)

Sara Giron graduated from USC Honors College and then joined the military, where she was deployed for two years to Iraq and Fort Steward, GA.

Sara currently serves as a deputy sheriff with Richland County Sheriff's Department and is a member of a six-man team called the Drug Suppression Team, which she describes as “a high stress job with lots of exciting chases on foot and in vehicles.” Sara says because God protects her daily, she could not do her job without Him. She finds fulfillment in knowing that He picked her for this important work.

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We still need $57,189 to complete Priority #1 - a 3,264 square foot addition to the west end of the gymnasium.  Click here to find out how you can help.


Monticello Road Campus
7401 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
FAX: (803) 807-4333

St. Andrews Road Campus
500 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
FAX: (803) 807-4399

Middle & High Schools
7401 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
FAX: (803) 807-4399

January 26, 2012


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Preparing Students for the Road Ahead: A Special Presentation Every Parent Needs to Hear

Monday, February 13, 2012
7 p.m.
BLES- St. Andrews Road Campus

Childcare is available if reservations are made in advance by calling Gwen Cornwell at 807-4400.

Rett and Nancy Kendall 2“As soon as I heard this presentation, I knew I had to share it with as many Ben Lippen families as possible. This presentation will completely change the way you look at your child's education and their future. I am so thankful Ben Lippen is prepared to help them navigate the road that lies ahead!”
-Rett Kendall
(Rett and Nancy have three Ben Lippen students)

Need Money For Your BLS Group?

We are excited about the opportunity for our school groups to raise funds for their individual interests at the first-ever Ben Lippen Bazaar. This event will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ben Lippen School, St. Andrews Road campus.

Proposals for booth ideas are now being accepted. Click here for the application form to submit your fundraising proposal for the Bazaar. The deadline to submit an application to your campus office is February 9.

For more details, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact  Rett Kendall ( or Sherry Shoup ( with any questions.

Now Accepting Sibling Applications

We are now accepting applications for siblings of current Ben Lippen students.  Click here for the application for the 2012-2013 school year and be sure to submit it as soon as possible.

Financial Aid for 2012-2013

Families interested in receiving tuition assistance will need to apply for financial aid through FACTS by February 28, 2012. Applications can be submitted at Applicants will be asked to provide a 2011 tax return and 2011 W-2. Taxes do not need to be completed by February 28 to apply for aid, but applications will not be verified until FACTS receives all required documents. FACTS will send reminders of any documents needed. Families whose applications are verified will be notified of their financial status from Ben Lippen around the first week of April.

Important Information About iPad Meeting

In November we made the announcement that Ben Lippen students in grades six through twelve will be getting iPads next school year.  We are excited about the opportunities for learning that this news brings, and we'd like to tell you more about it. 

The two iPad Q&A events will now be condensed into one meeting for all Middle and High School families. The Ben Lippen Academic Technology Team will host this event on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrews Road Campus auditorium. We will discuss some of the specifics of how the iPad plan will work and answer any questions that parents may have. This event will be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend.

For more information about this event you can contact David McVicker.  We look forward to seeing you there!

For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, click here.

Needed: Used Sunglasses, Prescription and Reading Glasses

reading-glassesA group of High School students will be traveling to Nicaragua for a mission trip during Winterim.  The team is in need of glasses and sunglasses for home outreach.  If you have glasses or sunglasses that you no longer use and would like to donate to our team, please have your student drop them off in Mrs. Stoker’s office (High School Guidance Department).  Thank you!

Tutoring Available

Math tutoring is available for all levels.  Contact Dr. Joran Clements at 429-0696.  Tutoring is available for other subjects, also.

Art of Marriage Conference

Facebook adHey parents! It’s not too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day!  Sign up today for 89.7 WMHK’s Art of Marriage Conference at Columbia International University.
February 10-11, 2012
Friday 7-9 p.m. & Saturday 9-4 p.m.
CIU's Hoke Auditorium
Cost: $49 per couple

Cost includes conference, books for the couple, and lunch sponsored by CIU.

Click here to register by February 8.

Resource Conference for Youth Pastors

ResourceConference2011_Facebook_adInvite your youth pastor to come get refreshed and spend the weekend with youth mobilizer and author Stuart Hall at the Resource Conference at Columbia International University!

When? February 23-24

Who's invited? Youth workers of any kind!  Whether you are a youth pastor or volunteer youth worker...we want YOU at this event!

How much does it cost? $25 and you can sign up here!

What's in it for me? Outback dinner, Chick-fil-A lunch, three main-stage sessions with Stuart Hall, worship by Grace Marie Ward, two breakout sessions led by CIU faculty and area youth pastors, and resources galore from local vendors!

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Stuart Hall, fellowship with other youth workers, and come away resourced for youth ministry!

Click here to register by February 20 or here for more information.

Camp Invention is Returning to Ben Lippen in June 2012

Camp InventionMany students enjoyed the week of  fun and learning during Camp Invention hosted at Ben Lippen last summer.

Camp Invention will be held at Ben Lippen from June 11-15, 2012.  There is a special rate for returning campers and for early registration. 

For more information, call Joran Clements at 429-0696.  Click here to register.

Flood the Five Conference

The Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC), formerly Communicators for Christ, is holding the Flood the Five Conference in Columbia for the first time. This conference is for students ages six to 18 and provides an opportunity to develop public speaking skills. ICC strives to raise up communicators who are ready to communicate for Christ in this generation.

The conference will be at Faith Presbyterian in Ballentine on Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. to Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Register online at


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SCISA Math Team Competition

MathBen Lippen recently participated in the SCISA Math Competition. Our teams placed third and seventh out of 28 total teams. Top scorer for Team One was Minyoung Kim and top scorer for Team Two was Hank Sui.

Special congratulations to Minyoung Kim who took fourth place as an individual high scorer and to Wongoo Shim who took 10th place as an individual high scorer. There were 140 students in attendance.

Ben Lippen students represented were: Josh Parks, Hank Sui, Olivia Han, Randy Liang, Xixi Ni, John Jing, Paul Lin, Amy Murdaugh, Wongoo Shim, Minyoung Kim, and Tran Huyhn.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Some of the boarding students took the leadership in putting ChineseNewYeartogether a Chinese New Year celebration. These students did a chapel presentation on the Chinese New Year with a traditional dance/ballet and a story reading with a PowerPoint presentation. Chinese food was served for lunch in the cafeteria and in the evening there were fireworks by the pond near the resident houses.

Click here to see photos taken at Ben Lippen's Chinese New Year celebration earlier this week.

Financial Assistance for College?

Do you need financial assistance to attend college in Fall 2012? Would you like your name to be entered into a drawing to win an iPad2?

If so, join us for FAFSA Day at Columbia International University on February 18! College Goal South Carolina is an opportunity for students and parents to receive free assistance completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the first step to receiving Federal aid, and it is a requirement for most college students who plan to pay for college with the help of scholarships, grants, student loans and work study.

Come to Columbia International University between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 to receive help from financial aid experts. This service is available to all students regardless if they are coming to CIU. Click here for more information. Questions? Email Sandra Rhyne, CIU's Director of Student Financial Services.

Student Leadership University

SLU_facebook_adAttention all eighth-twelfth grade students!  Student Leadership University is coming to Columbia International University March 30-31.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be empowered and motivated to become a better Christian and leader!

The conference fee includes a personal leadership guide, all sessions, and lunch on Saturday. And guess what? Ben Lippen students can register at a discounted rate of $119 when you include “BLS” as your group name AND register with code: COLREG (all caps). To register, your student must login and create an account at From there you will be promted to enter your group name and code. A $40 deposit is required by March 1 and balance must be paid by March 16  Click here to sign up and to learn more about SLU 101. Questions?  Email Shelley Brannan.

American Math Competition Announcement

The mathematics department will offer the AMC-10 and AMC-12 immediately after school on Tuesday, February 7 from 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the high school library. There is no cost to take the test for Ben Lippen students, but space is limited. Please sign up with a high school math teacher as soon as possible. Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

Volunteers are needed for the Flood the Five Conference at Faith Presbyterian Church. This is a great opportunity for students needing to fulfill community volunteer hours. Volunteers are asked for a four hour commitment to help prepare, serve and clean during the meals at the conference.

Times available are:
Friday, March 2: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering for one or both of these times (additional hours may be available) should email Catherine Hoecke at Include your name, grade, phone number, and date you want to volunteer.

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Penny War

Penny WarProceeds from last fall's Spirit Week Penny War in the middle school were officially presented during chapel this week to members of the High School Nicaragua and Panana teams. These teams will be leaving on Saturday for their Winterim missons trips. Middle school students contributed enough pennies and other coins to give each team $339 for their team and ministry needs.

Middle School Schedule

Middle School students will have normal classes during the week of High School Winterims (January 30-February 2).

No School on Friday, February 3, for our mid-winter break.

Problem Solving Machines

Eighth grade science students were assigned the task to think of a problem and then create an idea for a machine that would solve that problem.

Caleb Burnett (bottom left) is holding an idea for a hands-free toothbrush, created by Lauren Bailey. Tuller Gibbs (bottom right) is holding an idea for a no-heat hair straightener, created by Rachel Bradley.
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Student Leadership University

See "High School News" for an exciting leadership opportunity for eighth grade students.


Elementary Marshmallow Roast

All elementary families are invited to roast marshmallows and make s'mores at the CIU Pointe (behind the Pine View Apartments) TOMORROW, Friday, January 27 before the varsity boys' basketball game against Hammond.  Join your friends and make some new ones from 5:30-7 p.m.!

PLEASE NOTE: If it rains or we have high winds on Friday, the roast will be rescheduled. An email will be sent to all families on Friday if the Marshmallow Roast is going to be canceled.

Third Grade Chapel

3rd grade chapelThe third graders did a great job with their "South Carolina" chapel last week. Click here for pictures from this performance.

Milk Jugs Needed

Our first grade classes will be building their igloo soon and are in need of milk jugs.  If you have any gallon-sized milk jugs with lids that you are willing to save, please bring them in well-rinsed.  Thanks!

Monticello Road News

ID Concepts: ID Concepts will be coming January 31 to make ID photos. Contact the school office for more information.

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Pre-K students enjoyed making and eating Rice Krispie "Sushi." Click here to see more pictures.

ID Concepts:
Please mark your calendars for January 31. ID concepts will be coming to the school to make ID cards for students. Contact the school office for more information.

Moms in Touch: Moms in Touch will meet every Friday from 8:15-9:15 a.m. in the conference room by the SAR school office.  Additionally, Moms in Touch will meet the first Monday evening of each month from 7-8 p.m.

Third-Fifth Grade Mother/Son Luncheon:
The reservation form for this event was sent home this week. We are looking forward to a great time on Friday, February 10 at 12 noon! If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 807-4400.


Middle School Girls Play With Heart

MS GirlsThe Ben Lippen Middle School girls' basketball team comes out each week to play the game with heart and excitement. The team is comprised of thirteen girls from sixth to eighth grade. For the majority of the girls, this is the first time they have played on the Ben Lippen team.

It has been exciting for their fans to see the great improvement from the first game to now. "I'm proud of the girls for their hard work this season. As such a young team it hasn't been an easy season, but I've seen tremendous improvement. The fact that they continue to persevere day after day encourages me, not only as it relates to basketball, but also in realizing that these young women are learning valuable lessons from which they will benefit for a lifetime," says Coach Abbey Le Roy. We can only imagine how profitable this building year will be for the future with this young group of girls.

Thanks to the friends, parents and enthusiastic Middle School Cheerleaders for their support this season!

Two More Wins for Middle School Boys

ms boys bballThe Middle School boys’ basketball team went 2-1 on the week, running their season record to 9-4, with victories over Augusta Christian and Hammond, before dropping a home contest against Heathwood Hall.

Last Friday night, the team defeated Augusta Christian 48-21. Eleven Falcon scorers were led by Mark Shoemaker and Garrison Moore, with nine points each. Shoemaker dished four assists while Moore collected six rebounds. Matthew Shoup tallied eight points in the third quarter alone to go along with his four rebounds and three steals. Bryce Schmoyer and Cullen Carlin added six and four points, respectively.

On Saturday, the Falcons defeated Hammond 36-31 in a back-and-forth game in which the Falcons trailed by one at the end of the first, by two at the half, led by one at the end of three quarters, and then stood tied with Hammond at 28-28 with 2:30 left in the game. From there, Ben Lippen went on an 8-3 run to seal the game. The Falcons played a stingy second half defense, holding the Skyhawks to only twelve second half points, an effort that was highlighted when Seth Hester ended a Hammond two-on-one fast break, that would have led to a sure Skyhawk layup, when he hustled back to set up in front of the Hammond ball handler, drawing a charge. Eight Falcon scorers were led by Mark Shoemaker with 12 points while Bryce Schmoyer and Andrew Berry tallied six points each, with Schmoyer collecting six rebounds.

On Tuesday the team lost a tough home game to Heathwood Hall, 59-47. Although the Falcons more than doubled their scoring output from their last contest with the Highlanders, the Falcons could not slow the Heathwood offensive attack. Mark Shoemaker’s 18 points, a team season high, went for naught as the Falcon defense struggled inside, giving up uncontested layups when Heathwood’s guards beat attempted Falcon traps in the mid-court. The Highlanders continually sent more players to the offensive glass than the Falcons had in position to stop them, leading to offensive rebounds and easy put-back baskets for Heathwood. Bryce Schmoyer and Robert Satcher each contributed seven points for the Falcons.

The team’s final contest of the regular season is a Friday night rematch at Hammond at 5:30 p.m.

Interested in Trying Out for a Spring Sport?

Sign up sheets for golf and tennis are now posted in the gym.

If you are interested in trying out for a spring sport, please sign up on the lists in the gym as soon as possible.  In order to try out, you must sign up (even if you are involved with winter sports!).

Click here for a detailed tryout schedule.

Reminder: Anyone trying out for a spring sport must have three items completed and on file with the athletic department before tryouts begin:
Note: If an athlete has participated in a fall or winter sport, then the physical and two SCISA forms should be on file with the athletic department.  Forms need only be signed one time per school year by parents, and current physicals are good for the entire 2011-2012 school year.

Please contact Christy Lambert in the athletic department at 807-4197 with questions.

Strength and Speed Workouts

Strength and speed workouts for sixth-eleventh grade boys are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the gym.

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