BCS Beat: Issue 8.8

Upcoming Events

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

Athletics

Volleyball

Our Middle School Girls Volleyball Team is undefeated so far this season! Keep cheering them on! They play at 4:00 tonight at Fairview Christian School, and they have the following home games left this season:

Friday, September 30th at 4pm
Tuesday, October 4th at 4pm
Saturday, October 8th at 12:30 pm (Homecoming)
Tuesday, October 11th at 4pm

Our Varsity team hosted an exciting tournament over the weekend and two of our high schoolers were named to the All-Tournament Team! Congrats to Kara Love and Ashlee Shumaker for this accomplishment!

Varsity Girls Volleyball has the following home games left this season:

Tuesday, September 27th at 4pm
Friday, October 7th at 4pm
Saturday, October 8th at 1:30pm (Homecoming)
Friday, October 14th at 4pm

Basketball

The basketball season is just around the corner. The team met together for their first Open Gym last night and are excited for a great season with Coach Godsey and Coach Klase. Sign-ups run until September 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.

Additionally, we have the following positions open on our athletic coaching team:

Varsity Girls Basketball: Head Coach and Assistant Coach
Middle School Girls Basketball: Head Coach
Middle School Boys Basketball: Head Coach and Assistant Coach
If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Athletic Director, Kody Godsey by emailing kgodsey@berkschristian.org.

Event Details

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 Leadership Conference

Calling all HS students to join thousands of other students from Christian Schools November 20-22 in Washington D.C.!

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. Learn more about the conference here. Applications were given to all HS students today, space is limited to 8 students so apply early! Applications are due Wednesday October 5th. Cost for trip is $250 which includes conference fees, hotel room, meals, and travel.

Middle School Leadership Conference

Coming November 2 in Philadelphia: The One-Day Middle School Leadership Conference

A generation of young people relying on their identity in Christ are rising up against injustices, using their gifts to influence their peers, and impacting the world with the good news of Jesus. It begins now. It is time to live and love loudly. 

Based on Jesus' example and rooted in the book of 1 John, students will examine what sort of influence a follower of Jesus can have in a society that seems to be running in the opposite direction. Through challenges and encouragement, hope will expand, and students will begin to explore ways a generation of young people can impact individuals, society and the world with the love of Christ. 

There is nothing like the OneDay experience to empower students at your school to impact lives now, while establishing long-term paths for influence and impact.

High School Retreat: Next Week!

Our Annual High School Retreat is coming up Thursday and Friday, September 29-30. This is a mandatory school event for all 9th - 12th graders. 

Reminder of things 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

Come Together Event for Families

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12. As a centerpiece of our efforts to partner and equip parents, we are hosting AXIS for a full day-family event entitled Come Together. This is an opportunity middle school and high school parents will not want to miss. Registration for this event is required - be looking for the link to sign up in next week's Beat. We will be opening this event to the community, but prioritizing BCS families first. Plan to sign up next week!

Come Together is comprised of six thirty-five minute sessions, and a lunch session, all designed to resource families and encourage them to tackle cultural issues through a biblical worldview. Axis presents content in a way that is relevant and thought-provoking by traveling in teams of four and using an array of media to show the timeless truths of Christianity in an ever changing world. By navigating where our habits come from, how we derive ideas, and the effects of our community, families are encouraged to look at what is driving their life and how they can leave a legacy of hope to the next generation.

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 such as field trips and fines:
1.  Families who have an outstanding balance will receive an email weekly on Wednesdays.
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.

As a reminder, we do not make it possible to pay for any fundraising through Renweb. This includes fundraiser pizza lunches, Compassion dress-down day, or anything related to Homecoming. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

NEW Policy: Locker Locks

Starting today, students who do not have a school-issued lock on their hall locker - and locked onto the handle - will be held responsible with a fine after three offenses. Random checks of hallway lockers will be done and any student without the assigned lock fastened onto the locker will be tallied. If the lock is found in the locker, it will be locked on. If the lock is not inside the locker, two strikes will be tallied.

Jump In and Join Us!

Open Your Home for Ten Weeks?

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 and host families will earn a stipend.

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.

Buy Your Auction Paddle Now!

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Reserve a spot in our Quarter Auction by ordering your Bidding Paddle now. A flyer with an order form went home two weeks ago, but you can contact the office if you need a new one. Just a few of the exciting items up for auction:
- Disney tickets
- Unique "Teacher Experiences" including a Christmastime day in Philadelphia with Miss Klase, Mini Golf and Ice Cream with Miss Kline, and Baking with Mrs Conrad
- Class baskets
- Tons of gift cards from local shops and venues
Watch for a full list of auction items coming soon!

Auction paddles are $10; reserve yours this week!

Class Basket Contribution

Did you hear from your student's homeroom teacher about a Class Basket? Don't forget to make your contribution toward this important fundraiser and help your child's class win the big prize! Classes can receive points for completing the basket, for the sale of the basket, and by selling paddles ahead of time to friends and family. If you'd like to help out with organizing or purchasing items for the basket of your child's class, please contact Beth Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Featured Library Book: Ask Me Series

New to the library this year is a collection of children's nonfiction books called the Ask Me series. Books about animals, plants, ecosystems, and history provide kid-friendly answers to questions like "Is a butterfly a fly?" and "Whose name means trumpet nose?" Looking for a fun book with real facts? Check out the Ask Me series!