BCS Beat: Issue 8.23

Capstone Spring Event: Family Connect Night!

Mark Family Connect Night on your calendar now! It starts at 6:00 pm on February 23rd.
It's our key spring event for a few reasons:
1. We'll all share a potluck meal together as a school family
2. It's the kickoff of our spring fundraiser, Serve-a-Thon
3. Mr Warner shares his annual State of the School address
4. Attending is the first step toward earning a re-enrollment discount for the 17/18 school year!

Upcoming Events

February 7: Senior Night at Home Basketball Games (see details below)
February 16: Ready, Set, Go! (6:30 pm)
February 23: Family Connect Night for ALL BCS Families

Athletics

Upcoming Games and Practices

Tonight, Friday, February 3rd
Middle School Girls: Practice 3:00 - 4:15
Middle School Boys: Practice 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity Girls: Practice 5:30 - 7:30
Varsity Boys: Away Game at Harrisburg Christian at 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th
Varsity Boys: Practice 9:00 am - 12 noon

Monday, February 6th
Middle School Girls: Home Game vs Conestoga at 4:00
Middle School Boys: Home Game vs Conestoga at 5:00
Varsity Girls: No Practice
Varsity Boys: Practice 7:00 - 9:00

Tuesday, February 7th: SENIOR NIGHT
Varsity Girls: Home Game vs Conestoga at 6:00 pm
Varsity Boys: Home Game vs Conestoga at 7:30 pm

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Choose Your T-Shirt Color!

For the first time this year, you have a say in choosing our Serve-a-Thon t-shirt color! Choose from black, green, or purple. Pictures of all three shirts are posted outside the office. For $.25, you can vote for your favorite. The winning color will be our t-shirt design for this year. Vote as many times as you like. Parents and teachers are welcome to vote as well. As of this publication, green is slightly in the lead!

Parent Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteer Forms were sent home this week. Be sure to choose how you'd like to help and return this form to the school office as soon as possible.

Family Connect Night

Don't forget to Save the Date for February 23rd, Family Connect Night. You'll be receiving an invitation in the next week or so. Most important things to remember:
1. Every BCS family should plan to attend this key event
2. Please plan to bring a main dish AND either a side dish (last names N-Z) or a dessert (last names A-M)
3. Please bring your address book and stamps for the time we'll take together preparing our Serve-a-Thon sponsorship letters

Event Details

Spirit Week Continues!

There are two more days to show your spirit!
Monday, February 6th: Comfy Day (no leggings permitted)
Tuesday, February 7th: BCS Day (wear maroon and gold, or dress like a lion!)

Remember to come out for any of the basketball games during Spirit Week and your class will earn points. Each day, your class will also be "graded" on how many of you participate. The class with the most points will win a dress-down day and ice cream party!

Parenting Teens Summit

One of our favorite partners, AXIS, is hosting an incredible online event for the next two weeks - the PARENTING TEENS SUMMIT. This event, a $997 value, is being offered completely free. The information being presented in this online conference will be worth your time. Join them for just one session, or for all of them, and I am confident your students and family will benefit. Check out the details and full line up at the website: PARENTING TEENS SUMMIT

From AXIS: Join Us for This Online Conference!  Faithful Christian Authors & Thought Leaders Will Provide Practical Talks to help you Parent Your Teens. Know Their Culture, Develop Their Hearts, and Connect the Generations to Build Lifelong Faith!

Here’s A Sneak Peek At What You'll Discover When You Claim Your Free Ticket To The Parenting Teens Summit TODAY…

We've hand-picked a table of Godly experts who care about your teens! Their expertise and wisdom will provide practical ways for you to disciple your teen into lifelong faith. 
Spend 30-minutes each with Ravi Zacharias, Tim Keller, Gary Chapman and more as they teach their best stuff directly to you via this online summit!

Ready, Set, Go!

Do you know a family who has a preschool or kindergarten aged child? Invite them to our Ready, Set, Go! event coming up in February! Learn why childhood education is important and how you can set your child up for success in school. One more event is planned, on February 16th at 6:30 pm. A giveaway of one $50 Gift Card will be available to prospective families and to current BCS families who bring a prospective family along. Childcare is provided! Please RSVP by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org or by calling the school office.

News and Updates

Chick-fil-A Spirit Week: Last Chance!

Don't forget that this week is our Spirit Week at Chick-fil-A! You have one more chance (anytime today) to dine at Chick-fil-A, present the above flyer, and have 15% of your order be donated directly to BCS! Flyers were sent home last week, but if you arrive at Chick-fil-A without a flyer, just mention the Spirit Week when you check out and make sure the cashier applies your order to the fundraiser. It's not too late to cap off your week with a trip to Chick-fil-A and benefit BCS with your purchase!

Note about Library Fines

The BCS Library will not be collecting overdue fees for any items checked out before January 2017. If you did receive an automatic overdue fee notice from Renweb, that charge will be removed later this week. If you still see that showing up in your account by Monday, February 6th, please email Ben Smither (bsmither@berkschristian.org).

Now that we have everything ready to go for 2nd semester, here's how the new system works:

Library Overdue Policy
 - Students have a three week loan period, with the option to renew for another three weeks
 - If an item is not returned on time, an automatic email reminder will be sent daily until the item is returned
 - A $.05 fee per item per day will be charged, with a maximum fine of $1.00 per item

Congrats to Band Students!

Congratulations to Johnny (grade 8) and Joshua (grade 7) for being selected to be a part of the PMEA District 10 Intermediate Band Fest on Friday, March 31. Both boys have been playing their instruments (clarinet and trumpet, respectively) for many years and this is a huge accomplishment!

Incidental Billing: New Procedures

Below is an updated Incidental Fee Schedule for Berks Christian school. Our goal is to keep as many elements of our school program included in our tuition cost. However, there are a few situations where additional fees do apply and cannot be included. 

One new fee to bring to your attention is post-event supervision for grades 6-12. Effective immediately, students in grades 6-12 will be charged for post-event supervision beginning at 3:00 pm each day, unless the student is staying for an authorized school event. Families will also incur the fee for any time 30 minutes past any official school event concludes. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

2016-2017 Incidental Fee Schedule

BCS charges families for incidental fees through the RenWeb Paynow (UPPM 8.12) and lunch ordering system. The details of charges and accounts can be found in RenWeb under family information-family billing. 

After School Care (PreK-8) $5.35/hour
(For further details, please see UPPM 8.10 “After School Zone” This fee is a pro-rated charge by the half hour.)

Post-Event supervision  (6-12) $5.35/hour
Students will be charged for after-school supervision beginning at 3:00 pm each day unless the student is staying for an authorized school event.  Families will also be charged for time 30 minutes past any official school event concludes. This fee is a pro-rated charge by the half hour.

Before School Care (PreK only) $9/hour

Library/Locker/Technology Fines $.25 and up

Physical Education T-shirts $6.00

Uniform Shirts $15 (short-sleeve), $20 (long-sleeve)

Hot Lunch $4.50 (May be ordered through RenWeb or in homeroom daily)

Jump In and Join Us

Communication Reminder

If there are changes to your schedule, specifically regarding a change in pickup arrangement, please make an effort to contact the office before 12:00 noon. It is a challenge for office staff to find and notify students of end-of-day changes in the second half of the day, and many teachers do not have time to check their emails after lunch, so your messages may not be reaching them before dismissal. Thanks for your help!

A Request from ACSI

The following is a message from Association of Christian Schools International:

We are urging everyone to take a minute and encourage their Senators to confirm Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary:

https://www.votervoice.net/ACSI/campaigns/49604/respond.

It will only take about three minutes and will make a big difference!

President Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be his Secretary of Education. There is no question that DeVos is "an inspired choice" for Education Secretary — but for that very reason she faces a blizzard of opposition. Senators need to hear from voters at home, especially those who, like you, are education leaders. They also need to hear from your school community, people of goodwill, who are consumers of faith-based education.

It is important for the Christian school community to have an Education Secretary who will be receptive to our concerns. DeVos has roots in the Christian school community having graduated from a Christian high school and college. She spent a career pursuing parental choice in education so that all children will have education options no longer determined by zip code. Her work has been a boon to education as a whole and her unique perspective at the Education Department will be a breath of fresh air.

I invite you to help make an impact in the debate over the DeVos nomination. Time is of the essence, so I ask you to take action immediately. It's easy to weigh in and your voice is needed. As of February 1st, the nomination had only 50 votes and will require the Vice President to break the tie.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 2/3
Elementary: Pizza slice, salad greens w dressing, steamed broccoli, pineapple
High School: Beef Lo Mein Asian bowl, steamed oriental veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie

Monday, 2/6
Elementary: Mac and cheese w roll, stewed tomatoes, green beans, pears
High School: Hot and spicy chicken patty, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli w dip, peaches

Tuesday, 2/7
Elementary: BBQ chicken nuggets, buttered pasta, sugar snap peas, applesauce
High School: BBQ ribs w mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, cornbread

Wednesday, 2/8
Elementary: Cheese ravioli w sauce, steamed zucchini, salad w dressing, melon cubes
High School: Cheeseburger, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes

Thursday, 2/9
Elementary: Fundraiser Lunch - Watch for Order Form
High School: Fundraiser Lunch - Watch for Order Form

Congratulations!

We are proud to congratulate seniors Trent Morris and Matt Follweiler on being our first BCS students to complete dual credit courses through our college partnership program.

Trent Morris reflected on the experience of taking a college-level course. "Altogether, the pace was very quick, as the course was compressed into a single quarter rather than a semester. However, I also learned quite a lot about Psychology that I didn't know before. Even though I don't have any plans to go further into the field, I still think it was a good experience. It was quite stressful at times, but in the end, I was satisfied with doing a good job."

Offering dual credit courses is one of the benefits of our recent accreditation.  We are thankful for the addition of this rigorous element to our high school academic program and look forward to many more successful completions of these courses by future students.

Featured Library Book: The Little House

Have you ever wondered what your house is thinking? This imaginative story tells the tale of a house from her point of view. She watches time passing, people coming and going, and the world changing around her. See the joys and sadnesses of one Little House and imagine the tale your own home might tell! This book, and others by Virginia Lee Burton, are available now in the Children's Fiction section of the BCS Library.

Spirit Week Highlights

Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

Items coming Home Today

 - Order Form for Valentine's Day flowers
 - Serve-a-Thon Intro Page and Parent Volunteer Form