BCS Beat: Issue 8.2

Upcoming Events

August 11th: Ready, Set, Go! PreK and Kindergarten Parent Info Session
August 24th: First Day of School (half-day; 11:30 dismissal)
August 25th: Back to School Night (6:30 pm)

Event Details

Ready, Set, Go!

It's crunch time for back to school decisions. Do you have a friend who's still on the fence? Please invite him or her to our Ready, Set, Go event this Thursday evening. We'll be highlighting the importance of early childhood education and discussing how to set your child up for success in school from a young age.

Back to School Night: August 25th

School starts on August 24th, but be sure to keep the evening of August 25th open on your calendar for our annual Back to School Night. This special event for families starts at 6:30 and will start with a presentation from our Administrator after which you'll have a chance to meet teachers, check out classrooms, and hear about the exciting year ahead.

News and Updates

Farewell to Donna Hussmann

After over 30 years of committed work to Berks Christian School and Exeter Bible Church, Donna Hussmann, our bookkeeper, decided this summer to take a job elsewhere. We will miss her at BCS, but we are excited with her about the new position. If you need assistance with billing or have other financial questions, please call the school office and speak with administration.

Uniforms and Spirit Wear

If you ordered spirit wear or polo shirts via our summer order, keep watching your email for news that they've arrived. We have requested delivery by August 22nd, so we're hoping you'll have them in time for the first day of school. When they arrive, items can be picked up at the school office.

Pay Online

As we work to streamline communication with you, our families, we are moving to online payment systems. Using Renweb, you'll be able to pay field trips costs, After School Zone bills, lunch fees, library fines, and more. Be on the lookout for more details, and expect to hear more about this exciting advancement at Back to School Night.

Jump In and Join Us!

We Need You!

If you have available afternoons, we need your help! Each day at lunchtime we use the help of parent volunteers to serve lunch and to supervise elementary recess. We are in need of additional parents this year, and we would love to add you to our list. If you have a child younger than school-age who is at home with you during the day, you are welcome to bring the child along. Volunteers must submit current Child Abuse and Criminal Background clearances to the school office. Because we have a few different lunch periods, we are offering a few options for volunteers:
1. 10:55am-12:40pm (Set-up, both lunches, recess, clean-up)
2. 10:55-12:05pm (Set-up, K-2 lunch, recess)
3. 11:35-12:40pm (Recess, 3-5 lunch, clean-up)

If you are able to help with this important volunteer work, please contact Rebekah Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org. For more ways to volunteer, please check out the Volunteering page on our website.

Spreading a New Layer...

... of mulch! Our playground is due for an upgrade and we have a new shipment of mulch coming in this weekend. We need some extra hands to make this job go quickly and smoothly. Please consider stopping by the school this Saturday, August 13th, to help us spread mulch. If you have a shovel, rake, or wheelbarrow that you can share, please bring it along! Contact Mr Warner by emailing pwarner@berkschristian.org if you have questions or are able to come along and help.

Immediate Opening!

We currently have an opening in our After School Zone program Monday-Friday. We are looking for an adult who preferably has previous experience with children. You will be required to have the following clearances:

1. PA Child Abuse Clearance
2. PA Criminal Background Clearance
3. FBI Fingerprinting

Here are some details:
- The position would be from 2:45pm-until the last student leaves. The latest time for students to be picked up is 5:30pm.
- Pay will be $9.00 per hour.
- Ideally available Monday-Friday. If only available certain days that can be discussed.
- Each day you will help with homework, give a snack, and have activities prepared to do with the students.

If you are interested, please contact Rebekah Klase by calling the school office or emailing rklase@berkschristian.org.

Help our Teachers Prep for the Year?

Interested in lending a helping hand to our elementary teachers? Tomorrow, August 10th, at 10:00 our teachers will be assembling curriculum and would love some extra hands. If you're available, please call the office to let us know you're coming.

Around Campus...

Volleyball Practices Begin!

Varsity and Middle School volleyball will begin practices on August 15th. PIAA CIPPEE forms are due to the school office by this Friday, August 12th. Please contact our Athletic Director, Kody Godsey, with any questions.