BCS Beat: Issue 8.7

Upcoming Events

This Saturday, September 17: Volleyball Tournament (8:00 am until 3:00 pm)
September 29-30: High School Retreat
October 4th: School Picture Day
October 8th: Homecoming
November 2: Middle School Leadership Conference
November 20-22: High School Leadership Conference

Athletic Schedule

The Middle School has the following home games this month.
Monday, September 19th at 4 pm
Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm
Friday, September 30th at 4pm

Congratulations to the Middle School team on another awesome win on Tuesday afternoon!

The Varsity has the following home games this month.
Saturday, September 17th starting at 8am (BCS Invitational)
Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, September 27th at 4pm

Event Details

Can you open your home?

From January 6th through March 15th, five students from Asia will be attending Berks Christian School for a short-term cross-cultural experience. Five host families are needed for this program. Hosting a teenager from across the globe is an excellent experience for your family and also provides you the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with a student who may not know anything about Jesus. It's a short-term commitment, and a perfect way to try out the hosting experience, if you've considered hosting a student for a whole year but aren't sure what to expect. Our school also reaps big benefits from having these students in our community for a few months. If you can open your home to a student this winter, please contact Rebekah Klase by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org.

Homecoming: Fall's Biggest Bash!

Ready for sweaters and pumpkin spice and plaid scarves? Kick off fall with Homecoming on October 8th. This annual school-wide event has something for everyone. We also need lots of volunteer helpers! Contact Beth Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org to find out how you can help.

9:30 am - Quarter Auction
12:30 pm - Middle School Volleyball Game
1:30 pm - Varsity Volleyball Game
3:00 pm - Alumni Volleyball Game
9:30 am until 3:00 pm - Games and activities for kids, and lots of food for sale

A flyer was sent home last week which included your order form for the Bidding Paddle you'll need to reserve in order to participate in the Quarter Auction.

High School Retreat

Annual High School Retreat is coming up September 29-30. This is a mandatory school event for all 9th - 12th graders. A flyer will be coming home soon, so watch for info.
Plan to bring:
Packed lunch for Thursday
Bedding, pillow, toiletries
Bible and pen
Warm casual clothes
Sneakers and shorts for gym time
A snack and drink to share
Any props needed for the talent show
Money for the coffee shop (optional)
An open heart and mind

Attention HS Students: ACSI Conference November 20-22

You have an opportunity to join thousands of other students from Christian Schools at this year's ACSI Redemption Everyday Conference. The Redemption Everyday Conference is an annual leadership event for Christian high school students about God's story of creation, our fall into sin, and God's redemption and restoration for all of life. From the framework that is built on this story, we will focus on the purpose of our salvation within our culture. During the re:Purpose conference, keynote speakers will explore typical responses toward the quickly changing culture, and present a biblical alternative. We will dive deeper into the purpose of justice, family, work, beauty, wisdom, and church to see how our salvation is intended for the life of the world in each of these spheres. Students walk away from the conference energized and united, poised to make a difference in their world, community, church, school, and home. 

More details on how to sign up will be announced in chapel and included in next week's Beat.

News and Updates

Renweb PayNow

PayNow went live Monday September 12! This allows you to order and pay for lunch online, as well as pay incidental fees directly and securely through Renweb.

To order and pay for lunch
1.  Log into parents web.
2.  Click Lunch
3.  Click "create web order"
4.  Select the lunch options for that student.  You can order ahead as many days in advance as you would like.
5.  Scroll to the bottom and click "order items" to proceed to the billing screen.
6.  You will receive an email receipt.

To pay for incidental billing
1.  You will receive an email when a new charge is put on your account.
2.  Log into parents web.
3.  Click Family Information
4.  Click Family Billing
5.  Click "pay now" to enter the billing screen.
6.  Fill in the appropriate payment amounts.
7.  Click "Pay now" to enter the payment information.
8.  Once complete, you will receive an email receipt.

We are pleased to offer this convenience to our families this year.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Basketball Season Approaching

The basketball season is starting before we know it. Sign-ups will begin next week and run September 19-30. Parents and students in grades 5 - 12 will receive an email with a link as well as a paper copy of sign-up instructions.

Jump in and Join Us

Buy Your Auction Paddle Now!

Reserve a spot in our Quarter Auction by ordering your Bidding Paddle now. A flyer with an order form went home last week, but you can contact the office if you need a new one. You won't want to miss the chance to bid on Disney tickets, unique "Teacher Experiences," class baskets, and gift cards from local shops and venues. Always wanted to bake with Mrs Conrad? Attend a concert with Mr Warner? Opportunities like these will be up for auction on October 8th. Watch for a full list of auction items coming soon! Auction paddles are $10; reserve yours this week!

Around Campus

Featured Library Book

In The Reason for God, a learned pastor responds to questions regarding Christianity posed by the secular community. It's a contemporary apologetic, an argument for faith in a world that sees no need for a Savior. Available now in the BCS library. Check it out!

New Library Resource

As of this fall, Berks Christian School has access to the award-winning Britannica School and ImageQuest. Teachers, librarians and students have found these PreK-12 tools to be a safe, time-saving and easy-to- use resources. As part of these subscriptions, students have unlimited access to Britannica School and ImageQuest at no additional charge to you. Now your children can use the same resource at home and at school, providing students consistent help for homework and research assignments. To access these products, simply visit www.school.eb.com or www.quest.eb.com. Username for both sites is paideia. Password for both sites is python.

First Week of Preschool

Our preschool students are off to a great start this year! Mrs Halter and Miss Weidner welcome nineteen preschoolers this year and there are still a few spots available. Know a family with a preschooler? Suggest Berks Christian Preschool and invite them to join this delightful bunch of little students.