Why are there so many Homecoming emails?

Simple. Homecoming is more than a football game at our Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools. It’s a family-wide, week-long celebration from October 1-6th.

“I think homecoming has an extra special meaning because when you are a part of a school that is a family, you get excited when people come home,” St. Joseph Schools Assistant-Principal and BCACS alumna Katie Reed said. “It warms my heart to see old friends, former students, supportive parents, and teachers and staff that have had a huge impact on my life.”

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Homecoming Festivities for the whole BCACS Family

“What I love most about homecoming is the tradition,” Ms. Reed said. “There is often an unspoken admiration for the rich history of classes competing for the Spirit cup, bonfires, powderpuff, the parade and the significance of seeing the football team and school community taking a knee at the grotto. As an administrator, I try to share the excitement and traditions of homecoming with our elementary and middle school students. I hope they understand that this school is a home for them now and it will be after they graduate.”

Friday Night Picnic & Bonfire
The senior class is hosting our annual picnic and bonfire at Walsh Field starting at 5:30 p.m. The traditional Powder Puff football between the senior girls and junior girls will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the tug of war class competition and the announcement of the 2018 Homecoming court. After which, we will light the bonfire.

Saturday’s Tiger Tailgate
The BCACS Foundation is hosting the Tiger Tailgate, starting at 11 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to St. Philip Church and Schools. If inclement weather, join us in the Parish Center.

The Foundation will provide sloppy joes and water. They ask all families to bring a dish to pass. Last names “A-R”, please bring snacks/salads/chips. Last names “S-Z”, please bring a dessert.

Saturday’s Homecoming Parade
The annual Homecoming Parade will step off from the Tiger Room parking lot promptly at 12:45 p.m. The route will head west down Van Buren Street and conclude at C.W. Post Field.

You are welcome to join the parade! We encourage you to wear your spirit wear and bring signs. We especially encourage our students to make and carry their own Tiger Pride signs. If you plan to walk in the parade, please arrive at the Tiger room parking lot by 12:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Homecoming Football Game
The Fighting Tigers will take on the Bellevue Broncos at 1:30 p.m. The BCACS Marching Band will be there, as well as the St. Philip Cheer Squad and our Tiny Tiger cheerleaders. We will crown our 2018 Homecoming Queen and King at half-time.

St. Philip Catholic Central High School Homecoming Events

“Homecoming is a fun and exciting time of the school year,” St. Philip Principal Vicky Groat said. “Students create lasting memories for years to come and become a part of the traditions of the homecoming celebrations. It’s a fun week for the students with a competitive fire between classes. All displaying wonderful school spirit. As an alumna, it is great to see so many people come back for this one weekend and share great memories of the past.”

Each class competes for the Spirit Cup through a series of contests and participation in dress-up days.

Sunday: Decorating class hallways in “Musicals” theme
Monday: Hallway Day & Lip Sync Battle
Tuesday: Pajama Day & Minute to Win It
Wednesday: Preppy Day & Macho Volleyball
Thursday: Marvel Character Day & Family Feud
Friday: Spirit Day & Bonfire
Saturday: Parade, Homecoming Game, & Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday night in the St. Philip gym from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. for all high school students of St. Philip and Calhoun Christian School.

St. Joseph Catholic School Homecoming Events

“Homecoming is full of excitement and fun for our middle school, elementary school, and preschool students,” St. Joseph Schools Principal Sara Myers said. “It helps to build the family connection we have between our schools, all the way from our Tiniest Tigers in preschool to our Tiger friends in the high school.”

Elementary & Preschool
Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Holiday Day
Wednesday: Favorite Color Day
Thursday: Clash Day
Friday: Red and White Spirit Day

All our elementary students are invited to Tiny Tiger Cheer practice on October 2nd and 4th so that they can cheer with the St. Philip’s Cheer Squad during the first half of Saturday’s football game.

There will be an elementary school float at Saturday’s parade, including banners, Tiny Tiger cheerleaders, and band and choir members. All students are encouraged to join.

Middle School
Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Holiday Day
Wednesday: All One Color Day (6th – Black, 7th – Green, 8th – Blue)
Thursday: Red and White Spirit Day and ½-day for middle school
Friday: No School for middle school only

The middle school will have a pep assembly after Mass on Thursday.

Homecoming Events for Alumni

“Homecoming is always a great opportunity for our alumni to come back to St. Philip to reconnect with old friends, staff and coaches as well as see what has changed with our schools, Battle Creek parishes and Battle Creek Community as a whole,” BCACS Foundation Director Louanne McIntyre said. “It’s always great to meet alumni and hear the stories of their time in our Catholic schools.”

We warmly welcome our alumni to every Homecoming events, especially the Friday and Saturday festivities. We also welcome our BCACS community to honor our alumni at their special Homecoming events.

Hall of Fame Presentation
Saturday, October 6th at 1:15 p.m., before kickoff, the 2018 recipients of the Hall of Fame award will be announced at C. W. Post Field.

Alumni Mass & Distinguished Alumni Presentation
Saturday, October 6th at 4:30 p.m. there will be an Alumni Mass with the Distinguished Alumni presentation at the end of Mass at St. Philip Catholic Church

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Questions? Call Cathy Erskine at 269.963.1131