BCS Beat: Issue 11.06.19

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Upcoming Events

November 7: TONIGHT! Winter Athletic Meeting @ 6:30 pm
November 11-14: Vision and Health Screenings (K-12)
November 12: Moms in Prayer @ 8:00 am (In the music room)
November 21: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 pm (In the library)
November 25: Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
November 27: 1/2 Day of School, Grandparents Day
November 28 & 29: Thanksgiving Break
December 10: Christmas Concert @ BCS (All K-8, Band, and Vocal Ensemble)
December 13: Christmas Concert @ WCA (Band and Vocal Ensemble)
December 15: Love Came Down Concert @ WCA (High School Choir and Vocal Ensemble)
December 18-20: Midterms (please don’t schedule appointments)
December 19: Preschool Christmas program
December 20: Q2 end
December 23-Jan 3: Christmas Vacation

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HEALTH SCREENINGS | NOVEMBER 11-14

All BCS students will be tested by school nurses from the Exeter School District. All students in grades K-12 will have their vision tested. Students in K, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11 will have their hearing tested. Students in grade 6 will also be examined for scoliosis. (This will involve students bending over and being asked to lift their shirt for the nurse so that the spine can be examined. Please alert your 6th grade student of this, if you think it will be concerning to him or her.) If your child fails his/her vision or hearing screening, a letter will be sent home to you indicating the failure. You must then follow up with a physician for further examination.

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Make sure your grandparents save the date! November 27th, a half-day of school, is our annual Grandparents Day.

The day kicks off with a breakfast for students and grandparents to share. The day continues with activities for grandparents to share with their grand kids, and then ends with an all-school chapel event. Parents are welcome to attend the chapel as well. This is a half-day of school, so if grandparents and students want to spend the afternoon together, it's a great opportunity for them to go out for lunch after dismissal.

Grandparents will be receiving invitations in the mail, so if the grandparents in your family have moved, or if you're a new family to BCS this year, please email Miss. Klase rklase@berkschristian.org with the appropriate addresses.

We need lots of volunteers to help provide breakfast, so if you can help, sign up here.

 
 
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SENIOR CLASS POINSETTIA SALE

Poinsettias are for sale to benefit the Senior Class. Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to order their Christmas poinsettias from BCS to support the senior class! 8 colors are available. Make sure you order by November 26th. The poinsettias will be delivered the second week of December.

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Place your yearbook order now for the discounted cost of $40 by November 27! After the 27th the cost goes up to $45.

A fun way to treasure your child’s artwork

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Online orders are due November 17th
Go to store.kidskreations.us and enter your personal art ID.

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40% off school uniforms

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE BIG ON UNIFORMS

 

PTO FALL FUNDRAISER

The PTO is launching our second annual fall fundraiser, Cards for a Cause.

Each sturdy keepsake box contains 30 beautifully embellished greeting cards for $30, with the exception of the NEW holiday card box.  The holiday box contains 50 cards for the same low price of $30!

There are 5 different boxes to choose from;

  • All Occasion 1 and 2 include new home, congratulations, new baby, thank you, etc.

  • Thanks & Blanks includes 19 blank cards and 11 thank you cards

  • Kids Birthday includes 30 cards for boys and girls-a great gift for a teacher!

  • Holiday includes 2 New Year, 4 Valentine’s Day, 2 St. Patrick’s Day, 4 Easter, 2 Mother’s Day, 2 Father’s Day, 2 July 4th, 2 Grandparent’s Day, 2 Halloween, 2 Thanksgiving, 2 Hanukkah, and 24 Christmas/holiday

Orders are due into the school office by November 8th! More information, including the order form, will be coming home with your child tomorrow. Come check out samples of the (All Occasion) cards in the school office.

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Thanks to all who signed up for helping with the Holiday Bazaar in December 21st.

Here is the sign up for donating food and supplies for our Holiday Bazaar in December. Please take a look and choose a few ways you can help. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BAEAC2DAAF94-bcspto

Please share and make your plans to attend with family and friends!

PTO NEXT MEETING

Hope to see many of you at our next PTO meeting on November 21st at 6:30 pm in the library. Email cristina.urban.ot@gmail.com to be added to our contact list.

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Calling all moms, grandmoms and spiritual moms of BCS students. You are welcome to join us as we pray together weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-8:30 am in the music room, with praises, confessions, thanksgivings and requests. Come once or come every week!

Next meeting:
Tuesday, November 12: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, November 19: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, November 26: 8-8:30 am

PRAYER MATTERS BLOG

Shabot

I am not exactly what you would call a Hebrew scholar (in fact, not even close) but I recently encountered a Hebrew word that I have kind of fallen in love with. The word is shabot, and it means "to stop". Shabot is the Hebrew word for Sabbath, and according to Tim Mackie from The Bible Project, this is the word that was used to describe what God did when He finished making the world.** On the 7th day, He rested. Or put in another way, He stopped. He "shabot"ed. And He calls us to do the same.

This concept of rest and Sabbath is one that has been popping up for my husband and me in all kinds of places lately - books we’ve come across, sermons, articles, podcasts, and even secular writings. Somehow it seems like God is trying to relay a message to mankind. It’s like we all know we need to figure out how to do this resting thing better, but to be honest we’re generally pretty terrible at doing it. We are so bent on working that often even the goal of trying to create rest is something we feel we need to achieve, that we need to work harder at it so we can do it better. So we’re literally working in order to stop working.

It can be a little dizzying.

On The Bible Project’s current podcast series 7th Day Rest, they use a humorous but helpful analogy to explain how God’s original plan for sacred work is rather like a kid organizing his Halloween candy. It could be considered work, but really it’s all a gift. It’s more like play. Work was originally given to us by God as a gift. But we have since become so addicted to working that most of us can’t do it without falling into the flawed mindset that our work is something which depends on us. So we are commanded, at least once a week, to just stop. Shabot.

Of course this stopping will look different from one person to the next, but the key seems to be that we stop doing whatever we tend to feel like on a normal basis we "should" do. Stop doing those things about which we mistakenly think, if I stop doing this or that, my world will fall apart. Because it all depends on me.

But actually, it doesn’t. When we trust the process that God has set up for us, it may change us more than we imagine it could. It provides what Emily P. Freeman calls space for our souls to breathe, and it reminds us that the world will indeed keep spinning even when we stop working for a little while.

One last thought - another concept that prevents us from resting well is our struggle to know how to deal with time. As Abraham Joshua Heschel says, “Reality to us is thinghood, consisting of substances that occupy space.” When it comes to time, however, we often think of it as an enemy because no matter what we do, we cannot control it, fit it into a space or change it. So we race and even fight against it. But what if time itself is something God has put in place to again gently remind us, we are not in control? Time will continue moving at exactly the same speed, regardless of what we do or don’t do. And God will continue being God whether we are working or not.

Pray with me…
… for times of quietness and rest, individually and as a community
In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30

… that God will open our eyes to His work as we rest
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

… for wisdom for BCS leaders to grow and help our students grow in becoming people who rest
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator

**For more on shabot, and an in-depth study of the concept of rest and the number 7, check out The Bible Project’s current podcast series, 7th Day Rest.

 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: UPDATE: No takers yet since last week, are you able to serve?

We are still in great need for Recess Parents: still need 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 1 Friday. Being a recess parent is a great way to connect with our students and build relationships with our school community. These volunteers are critical to keeping our students safe and cared for during lunch and recess. Thank you to our 7 parents who have already stepped up, 3 more to go! (We’ll take grandparent recess parents too!)

Thank you to our volunteers!

 
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Key Dates & Information

  • TONIGHT! Thu, 11/7 @ 6:30 pm: mandatory winter sports meeting for all basketball athletes & parents

  • Mon, 11/18: practices begin

Please visit berkschristian.org/athletics for forms needed before 11/18.

Open Gyms

If you signed up for basketball, you’re encouraged to come on out to these non-mandatory opportunities to play together before the season begins! Students may stay after school for all November open gyms.

HS Boys

  • Fri, 11/8: 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 5:30pm-7:30pm

MS Boys

  • Fri, 11/8: 4:15pm-5:30pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 4:15pm-5:30pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 4:15pm-5:30pm

MS Girls

  • Fri, 11/8: 3:00pm-4:15pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 3:00pm-4:15pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 3:00pm-4:15pm

Schedules and forms are available at berkschristian.org/athletics.
Please use this for up-to-date information on games & practices.

 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THOMAS FOR BEING NOMINATED AS STUDENT OF THE QUARTER IN AUTO TECHNOLOGY 1

 

Preschool students enjoying their visit with the Exeter Township Fire Department.


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BCS Beat: Issue 10.31.19

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Upcoming Events

November 1: MS Leadership Conference
November 4 & 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (No School K-8) and HS Retreat
November 7: Winter Athletic Meeting @ 6:30 pm
November 12: Moms in Prayer - 8:00 am (In the music room)
November 11-14: Vision and Health Screenings (K-12)
November 21: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 pm (In the library)
November 25: Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
November 27: 1/2 Day of School, Grandparents Day
November 28 & 29: Thanksgiving Break
December 10: Christmas Concert @ BCS (All K-8, Band, and Vocal Ensemble)
December 13: Christmas Concert @ WCA (Band and Vocal Ensemble)
December 15: Love Came Down Concert @ WCA (High School Choir and Vocal Ensemble)

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GRADES K-6 | NOVEMBER 4 & 5

Every family in grades K-6 and all NEW families in grades 7-12 will be been assigned scheduled times for the parent / teacher conferences on November 4th and 5th.

Please mark your calendar with your assigned appointment right away and reserve in your schedule.
Let the office know ASAP if you unable to make your conference time, otherwise we will look forward to seeing you on your day and time.

 
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HEALTH SCREENINGS | NOVEMBER 11-14

All BCS students will be tested by school nurses from the Exeter School District. All students in grades K-12 will have their vision tested. Students in K, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11 will have their hearing tested. Students in grade 7 will also be examined for scoliosis. (This will involve students bending over and being asked to lift their shirt for the nurse so that the spine can be examined. Please alert your 7th grade student of this, if you think it will be concerning to him or her.) If your child fails his/her vision or hearing screening, a letter will be sent home to you indicating the failure. You must then follow up with a physician for further examination.

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Make sure your grandparents save the date! November 27th, a half-day of school, is our annual Grandparents Day.

The day kicks off with a breakfast for students and grandparents to share. The day continues with activities for grandparents to share with their grand kids, and then ends with an all-school chapel event. Parents are welcome to attend the chapel as well. This is a half-day of school, so if grandparents and students want to spend the afternoon together, it's a great opportunity for them to go out for lunch after dismissal.

Grandparents will be receiving invitations in the mail, so if the grandparents in your family have moved, or if you're a new family to BCS this year, please email Miss. Klase rklase@berkschristian.org with the appropriate addresses.

We need lots of volunteers to help provide breakfast, so if you can help, sign up here.

 
 
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SENIOR CLASS POINSETTIA SALE

Poinsettias are for sale to benefit the Senior Class. Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to order their Christmas poinsettias from BCS to support the senior class! 8 colors are available. Make sure you order by November 26th. The poinsettias will be delivered the second week of December.

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Place your yearbook order now for the discounted cost of $40 by November 27! After the 27th the cost goes up to $45.

A fun way to treasure your child’s artwork

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Student’s (PK-6th) personalized art sticker packets will be sent home TOMORROW! PLUS, anyone can submit their child’s artwork, including 7-12 graders!

Order for yourself or as Christmas gifts! As a bonus, BCS benefits with every purchase. Orders will be due back November 6th (if you're paying with cash/check) or November 17th (if you're placing your order online - go to store.kidskreations.us and enter your personal art ID).

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40% off school uniforms

OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 7 ONLY!

 

PTO FALL FUNDRAISER

The PTO is launching our second annual fall fundraiser, Cards for a Cause.

Each sturdy keepsake box contains 30 beautifully embellished greeting cards for $30, with the exception of the NEW holiday card box.  The holiday box contains 50 cards for the same low price of $30!

There are 5 different boxes to choose from;

  • All Occasion 1 and 2 include new home, congratulations, new baby, thank you, etc.

  • Thanks & Blanks includes 19 blank cards and 11 thank you cards

  • Kids Birthday includes 30 cards for boys and girls-a great gift for a teacher!

  • Holiday includes 2 New Year, 4 Valentine’s Day, 2 St. Patrick’s Day, 4 Easter, 2 Mother’s Day, 2 Father’s Day, 2 July 4th, 2 Grandparent’s Day, 2 Halloween, 2 Thanksgiving, 2 Hanukkah, and 24 Christmas/holiday

Orders are due into the school office by November 8th! More information, including the order form, will be coming home with your child tomorrow. Come check out samples of the (All Occasion) cards in the school office.

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Thanks to all who signed up for helping with the Holiday Bazaar in December 21st.

Here is the sign up for donating food and supplies for our Holiday Bazaar in December. Please take a look and choose a few ways you can help. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BAEAC2DAAF94-bcspto

Please share and make your plans to attend with family and friends!

PTO NEXT MEETING

Hope to see many of you at our next PTO meeting on November 21st at 6:30 pm in the library. Email cristina.urban.ot@gmail.com to be added to our contact list.

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Calling all moms, grandmoms and spiritual moms of BCS students. You are welcome to join us as we pray together weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-8:30 am in the music room, with praises, confessions, thanksgivings and requests. Come once or come every week!

Next meeting:
Tuesday, November 12: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, November 19: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, November 26: 8-8:30 am

PRAYER MATTERS BLOG

I have a confession to make. It’s something that has lived in my thoughts subconsciously but now that I’m aware of it, I am working on changing my mindset. It’s a way of thinking that I suspect permeates a lot of our culture. No matter what season of life we are in, many of us continually live under this pressured way of thinking: “If I can’t do it all, it doesn’t count. It’s all or nothing.”

But is it? Does it really only count if we “do it all”? What if everything counts? Even the little things. Where did we ever get the idea that in order for something to be worth doing, we have to do it in the most extreme way? Or that if we don’t, we may as well consider it (or worse, ourselves) a failure?! If we’re really honest, I wonder how many of us feel this way…
”I will never be able to read that whole book, so why even bother trying?”
“There are too many people in need around me, so I may as well give up meeting any needs at all.”
”I can’t get the space I’m living/working in totally clean and organized, so what good would it do to tackle one small part?”

Incidentally, taking one small step may be the only way real lasting change can happen. I once heard a crazy saying that speaks to the power of small steps. It goes something like this: “There is only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time.” To take that analogy even farther, maybe it’s not even crucial that we eat the whole elephant. Maybe just taking 4 or 5 bites makes a difference.

Let’s give up on the idea that in order for us to make a difference, we have to do it all. Instead, let’s do what we can. Rather than believing it’s “all or nothing”, let’s live as though every little thing counts. Let’s celebrate each small step and trust that God will use it all in the bigger picture of the work of His kingdom.

Pray with me…
… for small steps of growth for our students
”So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything but only God, who makes things grow.”
1 Cor. 3:7

… for the ability for all of us to identify what our next small step may be
This is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best…” Philippians 1:9-10

… for the BCS community to do what we can, whether big things or small
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator

 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: UPDATE: No takers yet since last week, are you able to serve?

We are still in great need for Recess Parents: still need 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 1 Friday. Being a recess parent is a great way to connect with our students and build relationships with our school community. These volunteers are critical to keeping our students safe and cared for during lunch and recess. Thank you to our 7 parents who have already stepped up, 3 more to go! (We’ll take grandparent recess parents too!)

Thank you to our volunteers!

 
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Two playoff games, two exciting (but ultimately heartbreaking) 3-2 losses. Last week’s CCAC league playoff game against Dayspring was the most exciting BCS match that I’ve ever seen. We were in it till the end, losing the final set 15-13. Tuesday’s district game (see pics below) was no different in intensity. By the way, both of these games featured a ball getting stuck in the rafters during the 4th set. Coincidence, sure, but I found it amusing.

Obviously, everyone wishes we could have walked away with a playoff win, but both games were a stunning example of going down swinging. Super proud of this team for a strong playoff appearance. Thanks for those of you that came out to cheer on our volleyball girls this season (including middle school!), and we hope to see you in the stands for basketball as well!
-Mr. Smither

Reminder: end of season party Friday, 11/1 at 6:00pm

DISTRICT GAME HIGHLIGHTS

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BASKETBALL

Key Dates & Information

  • Thu, 11/7 @ 6:30 pm: mandatory winter sports meeting for all basketball athletes & parents

  • Mon, 11/18: practices begin

Please visit berkschristian.org/athletics for forms needed before 11/18.
See Mr. Smither’s upcoming email for more details!

Open Gyms

If you signed up for basketball, you’re encouraged to come on out to these non-mandatory opportunities to play together before the season begins! Students may stay after school for all November open gyms.

HS Boys

  • Thu, 10/31: 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Fri, 11/8: 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 5:30pm-7:30pm

MS Boys

  • Fri, 11/8: 4:15pm-5:30pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 4:15pm-5:30pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 4:15pm-5:30pm

MS Girls

  • Fri, 11/8: 3:00pm-4:15pm

  • Tue, 11/12: 3:00pm-4:15pm

  • Fri, 11/15: 3:00pm-4:15pm

Schedules and forms are available at berkschristian.org/athletics.
Please use this for up-to-date information on games & practices.

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Parents: we’re still looking for one more coaching position for this winter, and time is running out. Please talk to someone you know, or post on facebook, or even consider applying yourself!

  • MS Boys Basketball Asst / B Team Coach

Coaching experience is preferred. Interested applicants should send their resume and a written Christian testimony to Athletic Director, Ben Smither at bsmither@berkschristian.org. Also, current PA child abuse, criminal background, and fingerprinting checks are required. Preseason practices begin on November 18th.

 
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Read the latest collection of articles by our fabulous students.

This week: China's censorship of free speech collides with the NBA & Esports. Plus: a popular video game gets (temporarily) sucked into a black hole and an attempt at a recurring subjective view on what makes a good spooky movie. Tis the season, after all.

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NO MORE


LUNCH ORDERS

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer hot lunches through Exeter School District. Due to a low quantity of orders, we no longer qualify to participate in this program.

Please plan accordingly and have your child bring a packed lunch every day.

BCS Beat: Issue 10.24.19

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Upcoming Events

October 29: Moms in Prayer - 8:00 am (In the music room)
November 1:
MS Leadership Conference
November 4 & 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (No School K-8) and HS Retreat
November 7: Winter Athletic Meeting @ 6:30 pm
November 11-14: Vision and Health Screenings (K-12)
November 21: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 pm (In the library)
November 25: Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
November 27: 1/2 Day of School, Grandparents Day
November 28 & 29: Thanksgiving Break
December 10: Christmas Concert @ BCS (All K-8, Band, and Vocal Ensemble)
December 13: Christmas Concert @ WCA (Band and Vocal Ensemble)
December 15: Love Came Down Concert @ WCA (High School Choir and Vocal Ensemble)

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GRADES K-6 | NOVEMBER 4 & 5

Every family in grades K-6 and all NEW families in grades 7-12 will be been assigned scheduled times for the parent / teacher conferences on November 4th and 5th.

Please mark your calendar with your assigned appointment right away and reserve in your schedule.
Let the office know ASAP if you unable to make your conference time, otherwise we will look forward to seeing you on your day and time.

 
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HEALTH SCREENINGS | NOVEMBER 11-14

All BCS students will be tested by school nurses from the Exeter School District. All students in grades K-12 will have their vision tested. Students in K, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11 will have their hearing tested. Students in grade 7 will also be examined for scoliosis. (This will involve students bending over and being asked to lift their shirt for the nurse so that the spine can be examined. Please alert your 7th grade student of this, if you think it will be concerning to him or her.) If your child fails his/her vision or hearing screening, a letter will be sent home to you indicating the failure. You must then follow up with a physician for further examination.

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Make sure your grandparents save the date! November 27th, a half-day of school, is our annual Grandparents Day.

The day kicks off with a breakfast for students and grandparents to share. The day continues with activities for grandparents to share with their grand kids, and then ends with an all-school chapel event. Parents are welcome to attend the chapel as well. This is a half-day of school, so if grandparents and students want to spend the afternoon together, it's a great opportunity for them to go out for lunch after dismissal.

Grandparents will be receiving invitations in the mail, so if the grandparents in your family have moved, or if you're a new family to BCS this year, please email Miss. Klase rklase@berkschristian.org with the appropriate addresses.

We need lots of volunteers to help provide breakfast, so if you can help, sign up here.

 
 
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A fun way to treasure your child’s artwork

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Student’s (PK-6th) personalized art sticker packets will be sent home TOMORROW! PLUS, anyone can submit their child’s artwork, including 7-12 graders!

Order for yourself or as Christmas gifts! As a bonus, BCS benefits with every purchase. Orders will be due back November 6th (if you're paying with cash/check) or November 17th (if you're placing your order online - go to store.kidskreations.us and enter your personal art ID).

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40% off school uniforms

OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 7 ONLY!

 

PTO FALL FUNDRAISER

The PTO is launching our second annual fall fundraiser, Cards for a Cause.

Each sturdy keepsake box contains 30 beautifully embellished greeting cards for $30, with the exception of the NEW holiday card box.  The holiday box contains 50 cards for the same low price of $30!

There are 5 different boxes to choose from;

  • All Occasion 1 and 2 include new home, congratulations, new baby, thank you, etc.

  • Thanks & Blanks includes 19 blank cards and 11 thank you cards

  • Kids Birthday includes 30 cards for boys and girls-a great gift for a teacher!

  • Holiday includes 2 New Year, 4 Valentine’s Day, 2 St. Patrick’s Day, 4 Easter, 2 Mother’s Day, 2 Father’s Day, 2 July 4th, 2 Grandparent’s Day, 2 Halloween, 2 Thanksgiving, 2 Hanukkah, and 24 Christmas/holiday

Orders are due into the school office by November 8th! More information, including the order form, will be coming home with your child tomorrow. Come check out samples of the (All Occasion) cards in the school office.

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Thanks to all who signed up for helping with the Holiday Bazaar in December 21st.

Here is the sign up for donating food and supplies for our Holiday Bazaar in December. Please take a look and choose a few ways you can help. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BAEAC2DAAF94-bcspto

Please share and make your plans to attend with family and friends!

PTO NEXT MEETING

Hope to see many of you at our next PTO meeting on November 21st at 6:30 pm in the library. Email cristina.urban.ot@gmail.com to be added to our contact list.

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Calling all moms, grandmoms and spiritual moms of BCS students. You are welcome to join us as we pray together weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-8:30 am in the music room, with praises, confessions, thanksgivings and requests. Come once or come every week!

Next meeting:
Tuesday, October 29: 8-8:30 am

PRAYER MATTERS BLOG

For most of my life, I have loved making lists. When I was little, I would make a detailed packing list any time we were getting ready to go on a trip. Then as we traveled, I would watch for out-of-state license plates and list each one I spotted. As I grew older, I practiced making lists of pros and cons when trying to make decisions (including that overwhelming one of which college to attend!) More recently, after reading “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, I felt inspired to track the things I consider gifts in my own life, slowly but surely making a list that eventually did reach 1,000. And to this day, it is not uncommon for me to make an attempt at emptying all the things running through my brain by writing them down. In a list.

There is just something about making a list that feels invigorating. It can provide direction. It can clear the clutter in my mind. It can inspire creativity. A list can help me begin to move when I feel stuck. Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can easily believe it’s impossible to even articulate what is actually bothering me. It feels more like, “everything is a mess!” or “I have no idea where to start to make anything better!” However, when I take time to write down and name what the actual things are that are taking up space in my mind, somehow the fog begins to lift and the way forward becomes clearer.

Decluttering seems to be a hot topic these days. Most of us have more stuff than we know what to do with and the need to pare down and simplify is rampant. Chances are we all have at least one area of our lives in which decluttering is needed. I wonder, though, if the act of decluttering is something we need not just outwardly but inwardly as well. How often do we move through life weighed down with more thoughts and burdens than we know what to do with? And why is it so hard to sort through or let go of them?

These questions don’t have easy answers, and by no means do I want to suggest that making a list will automatically solve all our problems. But I wonder if list making and decluttering are practices that we could incorporate into our lives more regularly and find it would make a difference. The next time we’re feeling overwhelmed, what if we considered writing down the things that are making us feel that way? Or in the beginning of a new season, why not try making a list of what matters most to us as we enter that season? How about making a list of the ways we see God at work daily and watch what impact it has on our perspective? The possibilities are endless.

What might list making and decluttering look like for you today? For your family? For the BCS community? Lists can be found throughout the Bible, and somehow I think God has wired us to operate fairly well using lists in some capacity. May our list making and decluttering ultimately lead us closer to our Maker, the One who “perceives our thoughts from afar” (Psalm 139:2).

Pray with me…
… for students, making their own lists and decluttering in their lives
”Do not be conformed by the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Romans 12:1-2

… for teachers, daily practical and spiritual wisdom for themselves and those they mentor in their own list making and decluttering practices
”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all” James 1:5

… for administration and leadership, to be guided by the Spirit in list making and setting direction for BCS
”Where there is no vision the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

what else might you add to the list?

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator

 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: UPDATE: No takers yet since last week, are you able to serve?

We are still in great need for Recess Parents: still need 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 1 Friday. Being a recess parent is a great way to connect with our students and build relationships with our school community. These volunteers are critical to keeping our students safe and cared for during lunch and recess. Thank you to our 7 parents who have already stepped up, 3 more to go! (We’ll take grandparent recess parents too!)

Thank you to our volunteers!

 
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Our varsity volleyball team finished the regular season ranked #6 in District 3A, so we’ll take on #3 ranked Millersburg @ Mount Calvary on Tue, 10/29. We want students and parents to join us at this one, so stay tuned for more transportation details coming soon! Mark your calendars, folks: last week’s ultimately disappointing league playoff loss (3-2) to Dayspring was some exciting volleyball. One of the sets went to 29, volleys went on forever, and our girls are playing at the top of their game. Come cheer ‘em on!

VARSITY DISTRICT GAME

Tuesday, October 29th vs. Millersburg @ Mount Calvary Christian School

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website.
Please use this as your guide each week.

Winter Sports

Reminder that if your student athlete has not played a sport yet this season, you will need a signed doctor’s physical form (CIPPE Sections 1-6) by the start of practices. All required forms and details can be found at berkschristian.org/athletics.

Key Dates:

  • Thu, 11/7: mandatory winter sports meeting @ 6:30 pm

  • Mon, 11/18: practices begin

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Parents: we desperately need your help spreading the word about these positions. Our 14 MS boys who signed up for basketball need two coaches who can help them develop skills and mentor them on and off the court. Please talk to someone you know, or post on facebook, or even consider applying yourself!

  • MS Boys Basketball Head Coach

  • MS Boys Basketball Asst / B Team Coach

BCS is looking for the 2 coaching positions above for the 19-20 basketball season. Coaching experience is preferred. Interested applicants should send their resume and a written Christian testimony to Athletic Director, Ben Smither at bsmither@berkschristian.org. Also, current PA child abuse, criminal background, and fingerprinting checks are required. Preseason practices begin on November 18th.

HS Boys Basketball Off season Schedule

Coach Mark and Coach Jarred will continue to run two weekly opportunities to play basketball through the off season:

  • Sunday night pick-up games: 6:30 pm - 8:30pm

  • Thursday (this week only) night open gym: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Both are open to any BCS 9th-12th grade boy who wants to come play. Please double check the athletic schedule to make sure the event is happening that week.
Students may not stay after school on Tuesdays.

 
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2nd Grade field trip to Exeter Community Library and Amity Community Park

 
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LUNCH MENU

LUNCH MENU 10/28/19

Monday, October 28
Elementary: Mac & Cheese w/Roll, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans, Pears
HS A Meal: Pasta Bar, Steamed Peas, Spiced Cinnamon Apples
HS B Meal: Hot Dog, Steamed Peas, Spiced Cinnamon Apples

Tuesday, October 29
Elementary: Popcorn Chicken, Buttered Pasta, Sugar Snap Peas, Apple Sauce
HS A Meal: Hot Ham & Cheese On Pretzel Roll, Jicama Fries, Side Salad, Peaches
HS B Meal: Grilled Chicken Filet Sandwich, Jicama Fries, Side Salad, Peaches

Wednesday, October 30
Elementary
: Cheese Ravioli w/Garlic Bread, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Salad
HS A Meal: Salisbury Steak w/ Roll, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Baked Apple Crisp
HS B Meal: Chicken Waffles, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Baked Apple Crisp

Thursday, October 31
Elementary: Batty Chicken Nuggets w/Devilish Dinner Rolls, Spooky Veggies, Frightening Fruits
HS A Meal: Hoagie Bar, Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles, Baked Snack Bag, Peach Slices
HS B Meal: Hamburger, Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles, Baked Snack Bag, Peach Slices