BCS Beat: Issue 9.14

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Upcoming Events

Tomorrow, November 17: Compassion Dress-Down Day (please bring at least $2)
November 19 - 21: High School Leadership Conference
November 22: Grandparents Day
November 23 - 24: No School
December 12: Christmas Concert
December 16: High School Winter Banquet
December 20 - 22: Midterms
February 9, 2018: Night to Shine event

Event Details

Grandparents Day

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We are very excited for Grandparents Day on Wednesday, November 22nd! This is a day just for grandparents so we ask that parents not come in place of a grandparent. If a grandparent cannot attend you are welcome to have Miss Klase send an invitation to a special older friend for your student.

We could really use some help setting up and cleaning up the refreshments! We also still are in need of baked goods and fruit to be sent in for the grandparents and students to enjoy! Please sign up here.

Athletics

Athletic Practice Schedule

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website. It is always kept up-to-date, so please use it as your guide to our official sports schedule.

Friday, 11/17 [First Official Day of Practices!]
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00
Saturday, 11/18:
Varsity / JV guys practice, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, 11/20:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00
Tuesday, 11/21:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00
Friday, 11/24:
Varsity / JV guys practice, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, 11/25:
Varsity / JV guys practice, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Monday, 11/27:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00
Tuesday, 11/28:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity / JV guys home scrimmage game, 6:00 pm
Varsity girls practice, 7:45 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, 11/29:
Varsity girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Varsity / JV guys practice, 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday, 11/30:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00

Volunteer Coach Needed

We are looking for a volunteer Middle School Boys Basketball Assistant Coach. Prior coaching experience is preferred, but not required.

News and Updates

Poinsettias for Sale

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Poinsettias are for sale to benefit the Senior Class. Order forms were sent home this past week. Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to order their Christmas poinsettias from BCS to support the senior class! Lots of colors are available. Remember that the class who sells the most plants will win an ice cream party! Make sure you order by November 21st. 

December Uniform Order

Need some more polo shirts or a BCS hoodie to get you through the winter? Several items have been updated with our new athletic logo. We will be placing an order with our clothing supplier in December. Order forms will be sent home tomorrow and will be due back on November 30th. Don't miss this last chance of 2017 to order your BCS uniforms and spirit wear!

Christmas Concert 2017

It's time to think about Christmas already! As you put your holiday schedule together, you should first remember that there are two Christmas concerts this year: one at BCS and one at West-Mont, our partner school in the fine arts.

BCS Concert: Tuesday, December 12 - All elementary students, along with secondary band and choir students

WCA Concert: Friday, December 15 - Secondary band and choir students (transportation will be provided to and from West-Mont for the concert; please look for the permission slip). Dress code is the same for both concerts.

Details for the Tuesday, December 12 concert at BCS

Instructions for Elementary:
Please wear dressy Christmas clothes and arrive by 6:30 pm. Students in grades K through 3, report to your classroom. Students in grades 4 and 5, report to the library. After their performance, elementary students will sit with parents for the remainder of the concert.

Instructions for Middle and High School Performers:
Middle School and High School Choirs: Report at 6:30 pm to the cafeteria
Middle School and High School Bands: Report at 6:15 pm to the sanctuary
Middle School / High School Gentlemen dress code (band and choir): Black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, long-sleeve white dress shirt, tie (solid color or small print)
Middle School / High School Ladies dress code (band and choir): Solid white dress blouse (no sweaters or anything low cut), solid black skirt (knee length or longer, full length is preferred), black dress shoes, neutral colored nylons

Please note: MS / HS Choir and Band are performance-based classes and performances should be considered akin to a final exam. For this reason, attendance at the concerts is mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in a significant drop in the grade. Any planned absences must be in writing and submitted to the BCS office before the concerts.

Part-Time Job Opportunity

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We are seeking a part-time van driver for morning pickups and afternoon dropoffs on our extension routes.  Commitment is 6:45 - 7:45 am and 2:45 - 3:45 pm. Pay is $9 an hour. If you are interested, please email Rebekah Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org).

Cheap Local Activity

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Looking for a Friday night activity? Slug Fest in Exeter, which is now co-owned by a BCS alum, is offering dodgeball and unlimited rounds for just $10 every Friday night from 7:00 - 9:00.

Around Campus

Welcome, Mr Lapp!

As of this week, our new English teacher, Mr Joshua Lapp, began at Berks Christian School. Mr Lapp comes to us from Millersville University with lots of experience working with students through coaching, church involvement, and camp leadership. We welcome Mr Lapp heartily to our teaching team!

Congrats, Ashlee!

Congratulations to senior student Ashlee on being inducted to the National Technical Honor Society at BCTC this week!

Menu for this week

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Friday, November 17
Elementary: Cheesy meatloaf burger, california blend veggies, mandarin oranges, cookie
HS Hot: Cheese quesadilla w sauce, hummus w fresh veggies, mangoes
HS Cold: Fish sandwich, hummus w fresh veggies, mangoes
HS Pizza: Four meat pizza, hummus w fresh veggies, mangoes

Monday, November 20
Elementary: Turkey hoagie, baked snack bag, cole slaw, mandarin oranges, cookie
HS Cold: Turkey hoagie, baked snack bag, cole slaw, mandarin oranges, cookie

Tuesday, November 14
Elementary: Pasta w meat sauce, steamed broccoli, salad w dressing, fresh fruit
HS Hot: Pasta w meat sauce, steamed broccoli, salad w dressing, fresh fruit

Wednesday, November 22
No hot lunch available

Thursday, November 23
No school

BCS Beat: Issue 9.13

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Upcoming Events

Tonight, November 9: Winter Athletic Meeting at 7:00 pm
November 17: Compassion Dress-Down Day
November 19 - 21: High School Leadership Conference
November 22: Grandparents Day
November 23 - 24: No School
February 9, 2018: Night to Shine event

Event Details

Grandparents Day

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We are very excited for Grandparents Day on Wednesday, November 22nd! This is a day just for grandparents so we ask that parents not come in place of a grandparent. If a grandparent cannot attend you are welcome to have Miss Klase send an invitation to a special older friend for your student. If parents would like to be involved that day we could really use some help setting up and cleaning up the refreshments, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45a8aa23a2fa7-2017. We also still are in need of baked goods and fruit to be sent in for the grandparents and students to enjoy!

Athletics

Winter Sports: Seasonal Athletic Meeting

Parents and students playing winter sports are required to attend the Athletic Meeting TONIGHT at 7:00 pm. The meeting will begin with a presentation from the Athletic Director, and will be followed up by individual team meetings led by each coach.

CIPPE Forms and recertification forms are also due at this evening's meeting.

Volleyball Season: Awards

Middle School
Offensive player: Nicole
Defensive player: Saniya
Most Improved: Liz
Coach's: Kendra

Varsity
Defensive Player: Ashlee
Offensive Player: Lylia
Most Improved: Maryed
Coach's: Kristin
Mighty In Spirit: Ally

Athletic Practice Schedule

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website. It is always kept up-to-date, so please use it as your guide to our official sports schedule.

Friday, 11/10:
Varsity girls basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00
Monday, 11/13:
Varsity girls basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Middle school boys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 7:00 - 9:00
Tuesday, 11/14:
Varsity girls basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00
Thursday, 11/16:
Varsity girls basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00
Friday, 11/17 [First Official Day of Practices!]
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity / JV guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00
Saturday, 11/18:
Varsity / JV guys practice, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

News and Updates

Poinsettias for Sale

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Poinsettias are for sale to benefit the Senior Class. Order forms were sent home this past week. Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to order their Christmas poinsettias from BCS to support the senior class! Lots of colors are available. Remember that the class who sells the most plants will win an ice cream party! Make sure you order by November 21st. 

Around Campus

Middle School Retreat

On Friday, October 27th the Middle School Students were blessed with beautiful day for their annual retreat. The day started by BCS Serve going to Monocacy Elementary School to work with Kindergarten and 1st grade students. The remainder of the day was spent at Camp Manatawny. Students learned from Elijah Platchek, Dean of Student Life at West-Mont Christian Academy, as he spoke from Ephesians 2.

Menu for this week

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Friday, November 10
Elementary: Cheese pizza slice, salad w dressing, steamed broccoli, pineapple
HS Hot: BBQ rib sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, banana
HS Cold: Fish sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, banana
HS Pizza: Four meat pizza, baked beans, cole slaw, banana

Monday, November 13
Elementary: Mac and cheese w roll, stewed tomatoes, green beans, pears
HS Hot: Meatball sandwich, steamed cauliflower, carrot sticks w dip, peaches
HS Cold: Chicken and waffles, steamed cauliflower, carrot sticks w dip, peaches
HS Pizza: Four cheese pizza, steamed cauliflower, carrot sticks w dip, peaches

Tuesday, November 14
Elementary: Popcorn chicken, buttered pasta, sugar snap peas, applesauce
HS Hot: Pierogies w sausage, steamed snap peas, mandarin oranges
HS Cold: Chicken wings w roll, steamed snap peas, mandarin oranges
HS Pizza: French bread pizza, steamed snap peas, mandarin oranges

Wednesday, November 15: SPECIAL THANKSGIVING MEALS
Elementary: Roast turkey w gravy and dinner roll, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, apple crisp
HS Hot Main Meal: Roast turkey w gravy and dinner roll, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, apple crisp
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, apple crisp

Thursday, November 16
Pizza Fundraiser: Watch for Order Form

BCS Beat: Issue 9.12

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Upcoming Events

November 6 - 7: Parent/Teacher Conferences (no classes for students)
November 9: Winter Athletic Meeting at 7:00 pm
November 19 - 21: High School Leadership Conference
November 22: Grandparents Day
November 23 - 24: No School
February 9, 2018: Night to Shine event

Event Details

Parent Teacher Conferences

This coming Monday and Tuesday are Parent Teacher Conferences. If you're not on the schedule and you'd still like a conference, please contact Mrs Judd (bjudd@berkschristian.org) as soon as possible.

Grandparents Day

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We are still in need of breakfast items for our annual Grandparents Day breakfast on November 22nd. If you can help, please sign up here.

Coming in 2018: Night to Shine

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Berks Christian School and Exeter Bible Fellowship Church are proud to announce that we have been chosen to be one of the 500 locations for Tim Tebow's Night to Shine. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Mark your calendars for Friday, February 9, 2018 because we will need many volunteers! Find out more about the event here.

Athletics

New Athletic Logo!

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Welcome our new athletic lion to the BCS family. The logo was designed by Heather Rodriguez, a BCS alum.

Winter Sports: Seasonal Athletic Meeting

Parents and students playing winter sports are required to attend the Athletic Meeting on November 9th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will begin with a presentation from the Athletic Director, and will be followed up by individual team meetings led by each coach.

CIPPE Forms and recertification forms are also due at the November 9th meeting.

Athletic Practice and Game Schedule

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website. It is always kept up-to-date, so please use it as your guide to our official sports schedule.

Thursday, 11/2:
Middle school boys basketball open gym, 3:30 - 5:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00
Thursday, 11/9:
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Middle school boys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 6:30
Friday, 11/10:
Varsity girls basketball open gym, 3:00 - 5:00
Varsity guys basketball open gym, 5:00 - 7:00

News and Updates

Reminder: Kids Kreations Orders Due

Packets were sent home this week! Are you planning to order any Kids Kreations items? Make sure you submit your paper order by tomorrow or place your order online by Monday.

Needed at BCS: You!

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Partnership with families is one of our hallmarks at BCS and we love when parents join us in volunteer roles. This year we are looking a little bit more broadly as we consider how you (parents, grandparents, and friends of BCS) can partner with us. Picture yourself in the following roles. Then contact the office to let us know which one might fit you!

After School Guidance
Many of our students, in all grades, could benefit from extra help in working through homework or help with new academic content. You don't need to be an expert in algebra or grammar. Just a caring adult who wants to give some time to mentoring and guiding a student.

Handyman Tasks
Love tools? We need a handyman or two to volunteer a few hours a month to install bulletin boards, fix desks, or accomplish other odd tasks. Work can be done on weekends or after school times.

Facilitate a Flex Course
Flex courses can be anything from baking to chess to classic novel read-alouds to sewing to creative writing. You don't need background in education, just a love of a particular topic and a willingness to instill that love in students. Each flex course meets once per week for a quarter, from 2:15 - 2:45.

Poinsettias for Sale

Poinsettias are for sale to benefit the Senior Class. Order forms are going home tomorrow. Make sure you order by November 21st. 

Around Campus

Fire Safety Presentation

This past week, professionals from the Exeter Township Fire Department came to BCS to give our elementary students a lesson about fire safety and show off their fire truck and equipment.

BCS Beat Book Blurb

Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner by Lillian Hoban

This fun holiday-themed children’s book conveys the struggles of not only balancing tasks but also staying focused on said tasks. Follow Tilly the Mole as she continues to remember that she forgot yet another chore which needs to be done. That very same evening, people will arrive at her house for Thanksgiving dinner...that is, if she remembers to send out the invitations.

A more satirical (and much more entertaining) evaluation of this book can be found in this week’s BCS Logic!

Congrats to a Student

Isaiah, our student who attends morning school at Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, is November's Student of the Month.

Menu for this week

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Friday, November 3
Elementary: Pancakes w sausage, hash browns, raisins
HS Hot: Asian bowl w chicken and ramen noodles, steamed veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie
HS Cold: Fish sandwich, steamed veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie
HS Pizza: Four meat pizza, steamed veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie

Monday, November 6
No School

Tuesday, November 7
No School

Wednesday, November 8
Elementary: Chicken tender wrap, salsa w dipping chips, black beans / corn, mango slices
HS Hot: Cheeseburger w toppings, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Cold: Chicken parm sandwich, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes

Thursday, November 9
Elementary: BBQ ribs on bun, sweet potato tots, peas, banana
HS Hot: Three-bean chili w twisted breadstick, steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail
HS Cold: Cheesesteak calzonettes, steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail
HS Pizza: Cheese pizza,  steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail