NEWPORT -- Two Korean students are attending United Christian Academy during their school break in Korea. They arrived Dec. 20 and will remain with the school until Feb. 21 when they will return to Korean to resume their school term. Chae Eun Woo -- her American picked name is Wendy -- is a sixth-grade student who is staying with host parents Dennis and Norma Gregory-Sample and enjoying her new American host sister Morgan. Jong-Ho Lee -- he wants to be called Secret, so Secret it is -- is also a sixth-grade student and is fitting right in with the Hosford clan: Gary, Sheryl, Kristin, Megan, Calvin and Cole.

UCA continues to raise funds for the Kenya Children's Fund. The school's goal is to sponsor 12 children. At the present time, they have raised enough money to sponsor seven students. Fund-raising efforts will continue through the end of January. To make a contribution, make out a check to United Christian Academy and earmark it "Kenya Children's Fund." All contributions are tax-deductible.

Two more Chinese students are scheduled to join the UCA student body starting with the second semester of this school year: a ninth-grade girl and 10th-grade boy.

On Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 a.m., the Upper School will have a special chapel service featuring a Gospel Team from Word of Life in Schroon Lake, N.Y. Special choir directors Joann Lawson and Carolyn Hillriegel will be taking the Concert Choir and Rezound Handbell Choir to the Newport Health Care Nursing home residents on Jan. 18.

The Little Caesar's pizza fundraiser is underway. Order forms and money are due back by Jan. 22 and pizza kits will be delivered Feb. 1. All are encouraged to participate in this popular fundraiser. The goal is to sell at least 150 kits. Profits from this fundraiser allow the Parents' Association to support the students and teachers in multiple ways, such as: sponsoring events like Mall Madness or the Vermont Symphony Orchestra performances, to providing students with playground balls and Christmas gifts for faculty. Contact the school for more information, 334-3112.

The next Box Tops collection will be Feb. 19. This year the school has already collected about $220.

Mark Your Calendar: Feb. 2, Lenten Pancake Supper; Feb. 8, Ski Day; Feb. 14, St. Valentine's Day; Feb. 15, Junior High History Night; Feb. 25 to March 1, Winter Vacation; March 4, school resumes; March 8, Ski Day; March 15, Mystery Dinner & Talent Show; March 18, St. Patrick's Day Celebration; March 21, Literature Night; March 22, Ski Day; March 27, third quarter ends; March 29, Good Friday Vacation; April 1, Easter Monday Vacation.

Basketball Schedule (all home games will be played at Newport Elementary School, unless stated otherwise): Jan. 15, UCA at Concord, girls 5:30/boys 7; Jan. 19, UCA at Mid Vt. Christian, girls 1/boys 2:30.

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