BCS Beat: Issue 9.2

Upcoming Events

Tonight, August 17: Summer Connect Night at 6:00 pm
August 22: Preschool Story Time (Invite any friends with preschoolers to attend!)
August 29: First day of school for 17/18 school year!
August 31: Back to School Night at 6:30 pm
October 7: Homecoming

Event Details

TONIGHT: Summer Connect Night

Tight-knit, family-like community is a hallmark of Berks Christian School. We are thrilled to announce our first Summer Connect Night, happening this evening. We'll provide the hot dogs. You provide sides and snacks to add to your family's meal. Feel free to bring friends or neighbors too! We do need a count, though, so email rklase@berkschristian.org to let her know how many people you'll be bringing. Summer Connect Night will run from 6:00 until 7:30 on August 17th. We'll see you there!

Athletics

CIPPE Forms Due

The athletic department must have a 2017-2018 CIPPE Athletic Form on file before you student can participate in athletics. If a student does not have a current CIPPE on file, they may not participate in athletics. Sections 1-6 must be completed; while sections 1-5 may be done by a parent, section 6 must be completed by a doctor. If your CIPPE is incomplete, please schedule an appointment with your doctor right away. All CIPPES are overdue at this point, if not yet submitted. 

Athletic Practice and Game Schedule

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website

Volunteer Needed for Concessions Manager

We are looking for a parent who is willing to make sure the concessions stand for during our athletic contests is always stocked and ready to go! If you are willing to volunteer for just during volleyball season (September-October) or the entire school year please let Miss Klase know by emailing for rklase@berkschristian.org. You would work with Mr. Godsey and Miss Klase to help raise funds for BCS Athletics through your service as the BCS Concessions Manager.

News and Updates

Coming this fall... #BCSSERVE

As promised in Mr Warner's State of the School address last spring, we are launching BCS SERVE this year which will be our year-long, all ages missions team. The aim of BCS SERVE will be to provide ongoing and consistent opportunities for our families to serve in the community. BCS SERVE will organize service projects locally and through travel, with opportunities appropriate for many different age groups. Our capstone service project will be our annual Serve-a-Thon in the spring. We are excited to see the extended impact we can make when we work together.

As we kick off the first year of this new initiative, we are planning to buy our yearly serving t-shirts in the fall, rather than waiting until the spring Serve-a-Thon. As we did for last year's Serve-a-Thon t-shirt, we will be hosting a contest to choose the t-shirt color: green, yellow, or black. Voting will start tonight at our Summer Connect Night!

Additionally, we need t-shirt sizes for your child. If your child's shirt size has changed since last year's spring Serve-a-Thon, or if you are a new family, please email Beth Bromwell (bbromwell@berkschristian.org) with the sizes of t-shirts for your children. If we hear nothing from you, we will reorder the size your child wore in the spring. Orders will be placed September 1st, so submit your size changes by August 30th.

Spirit Wear and School Uniforms

We are accepting another order for spirit wear and school uniforms, due on September 1st. A copy of the order form was attached to your Beat email or you can request one from Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org). If you ordered in the first round, you will be directly contacted when your order arrives.

New Chromebook Policy and Procedure

All of our 9th-12th grade students will be provided with a Chromebook from BCS for the entirety of the school year. Each student will have their device with them throughout the school day, and will be able to take their Chromebook home each night as well.

A number of Chromebooks will still be available for middle school and elementary students to check out during specific classes or study halls, just like last year.

More information (and paperwork!) coming at Back to School Night on 8/31.

Consider attending this great free event

The Compassion Experience features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Visit the experience at Lancaster Bible College, August 25-28. More details here.

Jump In and Join Us

Employment Opportunity

Custodian (part-time)

Berks Christian is seeking a part-time custodian.  Hours are afternoons and evenings, about twenty hours per week. Please contact our Head of School, Mr. Phil Warner (pwarner@berkschristian.org, or 610-582-1000) for more details or to apply. 

Support BCS with purchases you already make

Box Tops
Box tops earn several hundred dollars per year!! Those little 10-cent squares really add up. Remember to clip your boxtops and send them in to school.

Giant A+ Rewards
Register your membership card at GiantFoodStores.com/aplus any time after September 11. You must re-register your card each school year.

Red Robin's Burgers for Better Schools
1% of your check is designated to BCS when you sign up at redrobin.com/betterschools.

Amazon Smile
Shop often at amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of the original amazon site and you’ll be supporting BCS with every purchase!
Head to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2005505 to get started.

Shoparoo
Download the shoparoo app on your smart phone, scan your receipt and earn points for BCS! It's that easy! Go to www.shoparoo.com to learn more.

Redner’s Save-a-Tape
Shop at Redners? Be sure to scan our Redner’s Points Card when you check out, then just submit your receipts to BCS.

Help our teachers prepare for the year

If you'd like to help our elementary teachers prepare their curriculum for the start of the school year, join a team of teachers and parent volunteers who will help with "Collate Day" on August 22nd. Come at 9:00 am to help out! Please let Mrs Halter know if you're attending (mhalter@berkschristian.org).

Around Campus

Parent Volunteers Needed for Lunch and Recess

Our elementary lunch periods depend on parent volunteers. Teachers get a break over lunchtime, sometimes their only break of the day! To supervise lunch periods, we rely on parents who wipe down the tables before lunch begins, serve food, help students clean up, and then supervise the afternoon recess.

If you have free time in your week, will you consider being a Lunch/Recess Parent this year? Timing is approximately 11:00 until 12:30. Current clearances are required, and we are happy to help you acquire them. If you have a child younger than school age, you are welcome to bring him or her along. Commitment can be once a week, or more often! We need two parents per day, so pick a friend and sign up together!

Substitute Teachers Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please send your resume and written Christian testimony to Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Welcome New Staff!

Mr Trevor Smith will take over secondary history this year and we are thrilled to have him. Mr Smith comes from Cairn University with teaching experience from Allentown to Florida. Mrs Andrea Parker will join us to teach Spanish. Her experience includes local teaching as well as work in Chile. We are delighted to welcome Mrs Parker to our team.

BCS Beat: Issue 9.1

Upcoming Events

August 10: Fall Athletics Meeting at 7:00 pm
August 17: Summer Connect Night at 6:00 pm
August 29: First day of school for 17/18 school year!
August 31: Back to School Night at 6:30 pm
October 7: Homecoming

Event Details

Need Service Hours?

Summer work is in full swing at BCS and we can use extra hands. If you still need to make up missed service hours from last year or if you want to get a head start on your hours for this year, an opportunity is coming up on August 2nd. Projects will include organizing, painting, and rearranging. Come ready to work hard! Please let Miss Klase know if you plan to attend. Email rklase@berkschristian.org.

Summer Connect Night

Tight-knit, family-like community is a hallmark of Berks Christian School. We are thrilled to announce our first Summer Connect Night, coming up in mid-August, just twelve days before school begins. We'll provide the hot dogs. You provide sides and snacks to add to your family's meal. Feel free to bring friends or neighbors too! We do need a count, though, so email rklase@berkschristian.org to let her know how many people you'll be bringing. Summer Connect Night will run from 6:00 until 7:30 on August 17th. We'll see you there!

Athletics

Fall Athletics Meeting

All parents and athletes involved in fall sports are required to attend the Fall Athletic Meeting on August 10th at 7:00 pm. If you are the parent of a fall athlete and you cannot attend for extenuating circumstances, you must notify the Kody Godsey, Athletic Director, at kgodsey@berkschristian.org.

CIPPE Forms Due

The athletic department must have a 2017-2018 CIPPE Athletic Form on file before you student can participate in athletics. If a student does not have a current CIPPE on file, they may not participate in athletics. Sections 1-6 must be completed; while sections 1-5 may be done by a parent, section 6 must be completed by a doctor. If your CIPPE is incomplete, please schedule an appointment with your doctor right away. All CIPPES are due by August 10th. 

Preseason Schedule

A preseason schedule will be sent to athletes via email in the coming weeks. All game schedules are available on the CCAC website

News and Updates

Coming this fall... #BCSSERVE

As promised in Mr Warner's State of the School address last spring, we are launching BCS SERVE this year which will be our year-long, all ages missions team. The aim of BCS SERVE will be to provide ongoing and consistent opportunities for our families to serve in the community. BCS SERVE will organize service projects locally and through travel, with opportunities appropriate for many different age groups. Our capstone service project will be our annual Serve-a-Thon in the spring. We are excited to see the extended impact we can make when we work together.

As we kick off the first year of this new initiative, we are planning to buy our yearly serving t-shirts in the fall, rather than waiting until the spring Serve-a-Thon. As we did for last year's Serve-a-Thon t-shirt, we will be hosting a contest to choose the t-shirt color. Watch for the color choices in the next Beat! Voting will start on August 17th at our Summer Connect Night.

Hallways of Hope Scholarship

It's our third year offering the unique Hallways of Hope Scholarship Program and we're excited about making it possible for some new families to join our BCS community who would be otherwise unable to do so. The scholarship is for newly­ enrolling families with significant financial need who are suggested by a current member of the BCS community. You'll receive a flyer about this special program today or tomorrow, via your student.

Refer a Friend

Don't forget about our referral discounts! Do you have a friend who's still on the fence about their family's schooling decision for next year? Please invite him or her to contact the school office for an educational consultation. If you refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else you know, and they enroll, you will get a discount on your tuition, and so will the new family. Refer-a-Friend post cards will be sent home this week. Give one to someone you know!

Spirit Wear and School Uniforms

Don't forget that spirit wear and school uniform orders are due on August 8th. A copy of the order form was attached to your Beat email or you can request one from Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org).

Jump In and Join Us

Employment Opportunities

Van Driver (part-time)

Berks Christian is seeking a part-time van driver for morning and afternoon pickups on our extension routes.  Commitment is 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM and 2:45 to 3:45 PM. Please contact our Head of School, Mr. Phil Warner (pwarner@berkschristian.org, or 610-582-1000) for more details or to apply.

Custodian (part-time)

Berks Christian is seeking a part-time custodian.  Hours are afternoons and evenings, about twenty hours per week. Please contact our Head of School, Mr. Phil Warner (pwarner@berkschristian.org, or 610-582-1000) for more details or to apply. 

Support BCS with purchases you already make

Box Tops
Box tops earn several hundred dollars per year!! Those little 10-cent squares really add up. Remember to clip your boxtops and send them in to school.

Giant A+ Rewards
Register your membership card at GiantFoodStores.com/aplus. BCS School Code will be announced after August 15. You must re-register your card each school year.

Red Robin's Burgers for Better Schools
1% of your check is designated to BCS when you sign up at redrobin.com/betterschools.

Amazon Smile
Shop often at amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of the original amazon site and you’ll be supporting BCS with every purchase!
Head to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2005505 to get started.

Shoparoo
Download the shoparoo app on your smart phone, scan your receipt and earn points for BCS! It's that easy! Go to www.shoparoo.com to learn more.

Redner’s Save-a-Tape
Shop at Redners? Be sure to scan our Redner’s Points Card when you check out, then just submit your receipts to BCS.

Around Campus

Parents Volunteers Needed for Lunch and Recess

Our elementary lunch periods depend on parent volunteers. Teachers get a break over lunchtime, sometimes their only break of the day! To supervise lunch periods, we rely on parents who wipe down the tables before lunch begins, serve food, help students clean up, and then supervise the afternoon recess.

If you have free time in your week, will you consider being a Lunch/Recess Parent this year? Timing is approximately 11:00 until 12:30. Current clearances are required, and we are happy to help you acquire them. If you have a child younger than school age, you are welcome to bring him or her along. Commitment can be once a week, or more often! We need two parents per day, so pick a friend and sign up together!

Substitute Teachers Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list for the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please send your resume and written Christian testimony to Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Welcome New Staff!

Mrs Scioli comes to us from Coatesville Area School District. She will be teaching our secondary science classes this year and we are thrilled to welcome her. Mrs Crawford joins us from Philadelphia and will be teaching middle and high school English. She will be a big asset to our team.

BCS Beat: Issue 8.39

Upcoming Events

June 2: Last Day of School (Full day of school)
      All-School Chapel at 2:10, parents welcome (please let the office know if you're coming)
June 2: Senior Commencement, 7:00 pm
August 29: First day of school for 17/18 school year!
August 31: Back to School Night

Athletics

Middle School Soccer Needs You!

Our middle school soccer program is extremely close to being able to field a team! With a few more recruits we can welcome soccer back onto our athletic program. If you can play, contact Mr Godsey right away at kgodsey@berkschristian.org.

Seeking Middle School Volleyball Coach

Berks Christian School is looking for a Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach starting for the 2017 season. Coaching experience is preferred. Interested applicants should send their resume and a written Christian testimony to Kody Godsey (kgodsey@berkschristian.org). Also, current PA child abuse, criminal background, and checks are required. Practices begin on August 14th.

Track Awards Announced

Middle School
Coach's Award - Leah M.
Hustle Award - Brayden H.
Most Improved - Nicole H.

High School
Coach's Award - Esther W.
Hustle Award - Tate M.
Most Improved Award - Isaiah E.

Congrats to Student Athlete, Matt!

Our sophomore, Matt, who has been playing baseball with Daniel Boone, was mentioned in an article about Boone's district win this week. Check out the article here! Matt also plays tonight at 4:30 at the Fightin Phils stadium in Reading.

A Great Opportunity to Support BCS Athletic Boosters

Each Tuesday and Saturday through mid-June we need help running concessions for Exeter Youth Soccer League. All proceeds will benefit the BCS Athletic Boosters. If you can help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45a8aa23a2fa7-athletic.

Event Details

Encore Presentation

The encore presentation of our virtual Parenting Teens Summit begins TODAY. To get practical tips and biblical wisdom about how to disciple your teens from thinkers like Tim Keller, Ravi Zacharias, Kara Powell, and more, reserve your free spot now!

News and Updates

Wanna Make Sure You Receive a Report Card?

If any of the following are true of your student, the final report card will be withheld:
1. You have unpaid tuition
2. Your student has unpaid fees
3. Any library books are not returned
4. Service hours not completed (9th-12th)

Camp Manatawny: Summer Camp Deal

Camp Manatawny in Douglassville has graciously offered a deal for BCS students who have never attended summer camp with them before. You can attend a week of camp for $199. We have limited coupons so please email Rebekah Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org) if you would like one of the coupons.

Hallways of Hope Scholarship

It's our third year offering the unique Hallways of Hope Scholarship Program and we're excited about making it possible for some new families to join our BCS community who would be otherwise unable to do so. The scholarship is for newly­ enrolling families with significant financial need who are suggested by a current member of the BCS community. You'll receive a flyer about this special program today or tomorrow, via your student.

Refer a Friend

Don't forget about our referral discounts! Do you have a friend who's still on the fence about their family's schooling decision for next year? Please invite him or her to contact the school office for an educational consultation. If you refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else you know, and they enroll, you will get a discount on your tuition, and so will the new family. Refer-a-Friend post cards will be sent home this week. Give one to someone you know!

Summer Tutoring Available

Jump In and Join Us

Bus Driver Needed

We are looking for someone who would be willing to become a certified bus driver for next school year. A training class at the BCIU is July 24 and 25,  8:00 am - 4:15 pm. If you are interested please email Rebekah Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org). Bus drivers are asked to drive for one field trip per month and one sporting event per week (this is approximate depending on the time of year). Bus drivers are paid a stipend per event that they drive.

Around Campus

Congratulations to our Smallest Graduates!

Kindergarten and Preschool graduations this past week showed off our youngest scholars. We are so proud of these little graduates!

Congrats, Ashlee!

Ashlee, a junior who is studying photography at Berks Career and Technical Institute, was recently chosen as Student of the Month for her program. What an honor! Congratulations, Ashlee!

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 6/2
Elementary: Grilled cheese panini, tomato soup, goldfish crackers, cucumber salad, applesauce
HS Hot Meal: Baked chicken, fresh veggies, mangoes
HS Cold Meal: Italian panini, fresh veggies, mangoes
HS Pizza Meal: NY Pepperoni pizza, fresh veggies, mangoes