BCS Beat: Issue 8.4

Upcoming Events

TONIGHT, August 25th: Back to School Night (6:30 pm) for K-12 parents
September 2nd: Half-day (11:30 dismissal)
September 5th: No School
September 15th: Cultivating Conversations event (7:00 pm)
October 8th: Homecoming

Event Details

Back to School Night for Parents of K-12 students: TONIGHT

Don't miss this kickoff to the school year TONIGHT! Starting at 6:30, Back to School Night will begin with a presentation from our Head of School, Mr Warner. For the remainder of the evening, parents will have a chance to visit classrooms, meet teachers, and learn about what the school year will hold for your students. Be sure to bring your questions! Back to School Night is a feature event for parents, but there is no need for students to attend. If you need to bring students along, childcare is provided for elementary students.

If you are unable to attend tonight, your packet will be sent home with your student tomorrow. Please make sure to read all items carefully!

Cultivating Conversation

On September 15th, we'll be hosting our second Cultivating Conversation event. This Parent Partnership Series gives parents guidance in engaging in cultural dialogue with their teens. Cultivating Conversation events are free and open to the first 30 parents who sign up. Our event on September 15th will focus on Politics and Citizenship. Contact Mr Warner by emailing pwarner@berkschristian.org if you'd like to be among the first to sign up!

Homecoming Schedule

Our annual Homecoming is just around the corner! Save Saturday, October 8th for BCS Homecoming. We will start the day with our Quarter Auction, an interactive and exciting event packed with unique items up for bid, some for just one quarter! After the auction, stick around for volleyball games and activities for kids.

Lots of volunteers are needed for Homecoming. If you can pitch in and help, contact Beth Bromwell at bbromwell@berkschristian.org. We need team coordinators as well as helpers in all areas. We need you! The day's schedule is listed below.

9:30 am Quarter Auction
9:30 - 3:00 Games for Kids
12:30 pm Middle School Volleyball Game
1:30 pm Varsity Volleyball Game
3:00 Alumni Volleyball Game

News and Updates

Reminder: Last Chance to Order Uniforms!

We've gotten a lot of requests for another chance to order BCS polo shirts, so we're making it happen! If you haven't ordered shirts yet, you have until September 2nd to get your orders in. Print the order form (available here) and send it in to the school office by September 2nd. You'll also be able to place orders tonight.

If you have not acquired any polo shirts yet, please check our Used Uniform Closet at Back to School Night. If you find nothing that will fit, students may wear khaki pants (or skirts for girls) along with any solid-color top until you receive your uniforms.

Referral Program

It's crunch time for back to school decisions. Do you have a friend who's still on the fence? 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 are available in the school office. Give one to someone you know!

Hallways of Hope Scholarship Program

It's our second 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. The scholarship is for newly­ enrolling families who are suggested by a current member of the BCS community. Contact the office for literature you can use to share with friends about this scholarship.  BCS still has Hallway of Hope openings in the following grades: K, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12.  Share the gift of Christian Education today!

Jump in and Join Us!

Still Needed: Lunch/Recess Parent Volunteers!

If your schedule is flexible, make time for us! Volunteer to help out with lunch and recess supervision for our elementary students this year. We are still in need of four or five parents to join this important team. You'll get the chance to meet and hang out with other BCS parents (or consider signing up with a friend!) and to interact with our delightful elementary students. You will need to submit current background clearances. Please contact Rebekah Klase by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org for more info or to volunteer.

Homecoming Donations Needed

It's time to start collecting donations for our Homecoming Auction! If you have a donation that you would like to give for the auction, please contact Beth Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org. If you know of a small business that might be willing to provide a gift card or an item for us to include in our auction, please request a letter from the school office that you can give to a business owner. Sometimes talking to a manager or supervisor might be all you need to do to get a donation, so don't be shy! 

Buy Stuff: Help BCS!

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 into BCS.

Giant A+ Rewards
Register your membership card at GiantFoodStores.com/aplus. BCS's School Code is 25957. Please note you must re-register your card each 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 on amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of the original amazon site and you'll be supporting BCS with every purchase you make! Use this link to get started.

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.

Donation of Rocking Chair Requested

The Music Room could use a rocking chair in good condition. Thank you for your generous donation if you could assist in making our cozy reading corner even cozier. Please contact Mrs Walls by emailing bwalls@berkschristian.org if you have a rocking chair to donate.

Openings Still Available in Preschool

Got a friend with a preschool-age child? Please suggest Berks Christian Preschool! We have openings in all class options for 3 and 4 year olds. Don't forget that if your friend enrolls, you're both eligible for the referral discount!

Around Campus

BCS Summer 2016 Computer Sale

Summer upgrades continue onward at BCS! We are selling some older machines for $50 each, all of which have a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional and come with a mouse and keyboard. We are also selling HP 17” VGA monitors for $25 each. View available computers here!