BCS Beat: Issue 8.6

Upcoming Events

Tonight, September 8th: Preschool Welcome Back Night
September 12th: First day of Preschool!
October 8th: Homecoming

Athletic Schedule

The Middle School has the following home games this month. 
Tuesday, September 13th at 4 pm
Monday, September 19th at 4 pm
Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm
Friday, September 30th at 4pm

The Varsity has the following home games this month.
Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm
Saturday, September 17th starting at 8am (BCS Invitational)
Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm
Tuesday, September 27th at 4pm

This year at Varsity games only there will be admission for the games. Admission will cost $4 for Adults and $2 for Students. Families can buy a family pass that will cover the entire family for 5 homes games (BCS Invitational and Homecoming not included) for $15. Any questions or concerns please contact our Athletic Director, Kody Godsey at kgodsey@berkschristian.org

Event Details

Can you open your home?

From January 6th through March 15th, five students from Asia will be attending Berks Christian School for a short-term cross-cultural experience. Five host families are needed for this program. Hosting a teenager from across the globe is an excellent experience for your family and also provides you the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with a student who may not know anything about Jesus. It's a short-term commitment, and a perfect way to try out the hosting experience, if you've considered hosting a student for a whole year but aren't sure what to expect. Our school also reaps big benefits from having these students in our community for a few months. If you can open your home to a student this winter, please contact Rebekah Klase by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org.

Homecoming: Fall's Biggest Bash!

Ready for sweaters and pumpkin spice and plaid scarves? Kick off fall with Homecoming on October 8th. This annual school-wide event has something for everyone. We also need lots of volunteer helpers! Contact Beth Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org to find out how you can help.

9:30 am - Quarter Auction
12:30 pm - Middle School Volleyball Game
1:30 pm - Varsity Volleyball Game
3:00 pm - Alumni Volleyball Game
9:30 am until 3:00 pm - Games and activities for kids, and lots of food for sale

Keep an eye out this afternoon (Friday) for a flyer coming home with more details. This will also include your order form for the Bidding Paddle you'll need to reserve in order to participate in the Quarter Auction.

High School Retreat

Annual High School Retreat is coming up September 29-30. This is a mandatory school event for all 9th - 12th graders. A flyer will be coming home soon, so watch for info.
Plan to bring:
Packed lunch for Thursday
Bedding, pillow, toiletries
Bible and pen
Warm casual clothes
Sneakers and shorts for gym time
A snack and drink to share
Any props needed for the talent show
Money for the coffee shop (optional)
An open heart and mind

News and Updates

Congratulations, Middle School Girls

Photo courtesy of Ginnie Lodge, Conestoga Christian School

Photo courtesy of Ginnie Lodge, Conestoga Christian School

Our middle school girls volleyball team took home a victory this past Tuesday at Conestoga Christian School. Under coach Corrie Mast, a BCS alumna who played volleyball herself, the girls played an excellent game and we're proud of this kickoff to the volleyball season.

Renweb PayNow

PayNow is going live Monday September 12!

Berks Christian School will begin offering online billing beginning September 12, 2016.  This will allow you to order and pay for lunch online, as well as pay incidental fees directly and securely through Renweb.

To order and pay for lunch
1.  Log into parents web.
2.  Click Lunch
3.  Click "create web order"
4.  Select the lunch options for that student.  You can order ahead as many days in advance as you would like.
5.  Scroll to the bottom and click "order items" to proceed to the billing screen.
6.  You will receive an email receipt.

To pay for incidental billing
1.  You will receive an email when a new charge is put on your account.
2.  Log into parents web.
3.  Click Family Information
4.  Click Family Billing
5.  Click "pay now" to enter the billing screen.
6.  Fill in the appropriate payment amounts.
7.  Click "Pay now" to enter the payment information.
8.  Once complete, you will receive an email receipt.

We are pleased to offer this convenience to our families this year.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Jump In & 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.

Class Baskets

Homecoming is in one month and we are excited about the second year of our new class baskets. Each class prepares a themed basket for the Quarter Auction. Baskets are put up for a live bidding, starting at an opening bid based on their value. Classes will receive points for completing the basket, as well as if it gets sold for more than its value. Also, the students can get additional points by selling paddles ahead of time by telling their friends and family to purchase them. Each class will be meeting with their homeroom teacher to discuss ideas for their school basket. If you'd like to help out with organizing or purchasing items for the basket of your child's class, please contact Beth Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org.

Coming Soon... Kids' Kreations!

A brand-new fundraiser coming in just a few weeks will give you the chance to order products with your students' hand-designed art. Tote bags, phone covers, mousepads, blankets, aprons, jewelry, and much more will be available, all featuring a unique piece of artwork that your student will complete here at school. Prices are reasonable and a portion of each purchase comes directly to BCS as a donation. Stock up for Christmas and birthday gifts! Look for more info coming soon.

Around Campus

Featured Library Book

Just added to our library over the summer is the Tillerman Cycle, a series by Cynthia Voigt. This set of young adult novels tell the story of the Tillerman family, a four-some of abandoned children who must fend for themselves in the American 1980's. The cycle is not written in chronological order, but why not start with the first book. Homecoming is available in the BCS library now. Check it out!

Summer Readers are Honored


Congratulations to the elementary students who made time in their sunny summer for a good book... or twenty! These students completed the summer reading goal for their grade level and are to be commended for their outstanding work. Great job, readers!

ROARS Groups off to a roaring start

Our middle school and high school students spend time each week in their ROARS groups, mentor groups led by a faculty member. Typically, these groups meet after chapel and have a chance to open up with one another, discuss questions regarding the topic presented in chapel, or just enjoy an activity together. This week, some ROARS groups did a Yarn Web activity in which each person shared something about him or herself, then tossed the ball of yarn to another group member. The web grew and grew as students shared about their lives and got to know each other better.