2023 Summer Update #3 (07/21/23)



JULY 21, 2023



Welcome, friends!  We pray the Lord will bless these last weeks of summer to refresh and rejuvenate our Bradford community, that the year ahead will be successful in every way, by His grace.

We hope these Summer Updates have been a useful tool for you.  Everything you need as you prepare for the new school year is linked (in red) below.  Always feel free to send any questions you have to Laura Johnston at office@bradfordacademy.org.


These checklists are simply tools to help you know you’re ready for the first day of school!  You do not need to turn them in.


ARCHER NIGHT (K – 4th):  Sign up here.

(Archer Night for 5th – 12th does not require appointments.  Please scroll to the bottom of the bulletin for times and details.)

  • August 7th, 5:30 – 7pm
  • We are offering 3 time slots for families to visit.  First come first serve.  Please sign up at the link above.

Bradford Athletic Spirit Store:  Check it out here!

All kinds of gear for parents, students, grandparents can be found in this store!  These items are great for house competitions, sports practices, spectators at athletic events, wearing around the community.  Pro Tip:  order items in your house color.  The items do not replace the Bradford student uniform and are not approved for the classroom.


Please subscribe to our calendar!  

Please note these additions to the calendar:

  • August 8th:  First day of school for 7th – 12th grades
  • August 9th:  First day of school for K – 6th grades
  • Week of May 6th:  Potential dates for standardized testing (1st-7th)

IMPORTANT DATES:  Scroll down to last page of bulletin for more details.

  • Sat, 7/29:  School clean up day
  • Week of July 31st:  Fall sports begin
  • Thurs, 8/3:  Archer Night at Upper School
  • Mon, 8/7:  Archer Night at Lower School (K – 4th)
  • Tues, 8/8:  First day of school:  7th – 12th grades
  • Wed, 8/9:  First day of school:  K – 6th grades
  • Thurs, 8/10:  Archer Night for TK
  • Tues, 8/15:  First day of school:  TK


All Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th grade students are required by NC state law to receive immunizations and provide updated reports to the school by the first day of school.  Please review the information here to make sure you get all that is needed.  Medical and religious exemptions are permitted.  

23/24 SUPPLY LIST:  Kindergarten through 12th grades



Now is the time to place your orders!  Since embroidery is a slower process,  I would recommend separating items with logos into a different order than items without logos to ensure you will receive some items on time.

Access Uniform Guides, etc. on our website under the Parent tab here.


Moms’ Helper and Bradford Plus are services provided to parents for both planned and unplanned circumstances.  Sometimes meetings run long, traffic backs up, emergencies arise…whatever the situation, you can be confident your child will be safe and supervised.  

  • Moms’ Helper provides care for Transitional Kindergarten students from 12:00 – 2:45.
  • Bradford Plus provides care for all students from 2:45 – 5:45.  
  • Please review the Policies and Procedures here.  
  • REGISTRATION FORM:  We ask that all parents complete this form for each student, even if you do not plan to use afterschool care.  Sometimes unexpected circumstances arise and we want to be prepared to provide the best care for your child.



Please read the “ARCHER ATHLETICS” email carefully for lots of information and details.


Dr. Smith and Mrs. Mitchell put together summer fun checklists to inspire students and families to “unplug” and try a variety of activities.  There are some fantastic ideas!  How many can you do?



JUL 29:  Work day, 8am – noon, Pizza lunch served – All families welcome to help us clean classrooms, spread mulch, prep playground, clean up cross country trails, etc.

AUG 3:  Upper School Archer Night

  • (Previously known as Open House)
  • At Downtown Campus (DTC)
  • Students:  wear Bradford polo with logo
  • 6:30:  5th-6th graders and new students
  • 7:00:  Meet with Dr. Smith and Mr. Johnston
  • 7:30:  
    • 5th – 6th graders and new students visit classrooms and meet teachers
    • 7th – 12th grader (returning students) – Meet with Dr. Smith and Mr. Johnston
  • 8:00:  7th – 12th graders (returning students) visit classrooms

AUG 7:  Lower School Archer Night

  • (Previously known as Open House)
  • At Main Campus (MC)
  • Students:  wear Bradford polo with logo
  • Appointments will be offered for 5:30, 6:00, 6:30pm – Sign up form at top of bulletin.
  • All will meet with Mr. Johnston, then meet the teachers and visit classrooms

AUG 8:  7th – 12th Grade FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

  • Wear dress uniform
  • 7:30 earliest drop off time

AUG 9:  

  • 5th – 6th grade FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL at Upper School 
    • Wear dress uniform
    • 7:30 earliest drop off time
    • Dismissal at 3:00 pm
  • Lower School FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
    • Wear dress uniform
    • 7:40 earliest drop off time
    • 9:00 – Kindergarten
    • Parents of kindergarten students  will drop off in the car line, then may park and come enjoy donuts and coffee.

AUG 10:  Transitional Kindergarten Archer Night

  • (Previously known as Orientation)
  • 6:00 pm
  • Main Campus

AUG 15:  Transitional Kindergarten FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 

  • 7:40 earliest drop off time