BCS Beat: Issue 9.15

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Upcoming Events

December 12: Christmas Concert
December 16: High School Winter Banquet
December 21: Preschool Christmas Program
December 20 - 22: Midterms

Event Details

Annual Fund


Each year our operating budget depends on gifts toward the Annual Fund. This year our goal is $15,000. Letters are going out this week to ask friends of BCS to donate. You, as a current parent, will also receive a letter asking you to consider a year-end donation to the Annual Fund. Please consider doing so, or add it to your Christmas list! Maybe someone who would normally buy you an unnecessary gift would be willing to gift an equal amount of money to Berks Christian School this Christmas!


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.

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
Friday, 12/1:
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
Monday, 12/4:
Middle school girls scrimmage, 3:45
Middle school boys scrimmage, 4:45
Varsity girls scrimmage, 6:00
Varsity /JV guys scrimmage, 7:30
Tuesday, 12/5:
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
Wednesday, 12/6:
Varsity girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Varsity / JV guys practice, 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday, 12/7:
Middle school girls away game, 4:00 (2:30 dismissal)
Middle school boys away game, 5:00 (2:30 dismissal)
Varsity / JV guys practice, 3:00 - 5:00
Varsity girls practice, 5:00 - 7:00
Friday, 12/8:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls away game (Cougar Classic at CCS), 4:00
Varsity guys away game (Cougar Classic at CCS), 5:30
Saturday, 12/9:
Round Two of Cougar Classic at CCS (times undetermined)

Student Spectators at Games

We love having students cheer on our basketball teams! Students may only stay after school on game days if the first game starts by 4pm. If the games are later than 4pm students must go home and come back for the games. Students staying after school for a game must go to the cafeteria to do homework until the game starts. Before the game begins students should pay their $2 admission fee and sit on the bleachers to watch and cheer. Parents please plan on picking up your student as soon as the games end.

Parent Participation in Selling Concessions

As we communicated at the Winter Athletics Meeting we are asking that each family serve in our concession stand twice during the basketball season. If you haven't yet signed up, please do so here by Friday, December 1st. It is very important that we have each family take their two turns in order to have all the games covered.

We do have an opt out option at $20 per game but we ask that you only use that if you absolutely cannot help. Any adult from your family can be the one to help out in the stand. When you sign up, we also ask if you can leave a comment with what you will be bringing to sell in the concession stand that night (walking tacos, pizza, sloppy joe, baked good, etc.) because the more options we have to sell the more money that can be raised for our athletic programs.

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

Christmas Concert 2017

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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.

Jump in and Join Us

Host Home Needed

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Berks Christian is seeking a host family for a student who would like to transfer to Berks Christian for the second semester. He is from Brazil and is seeking to come to school in Reading as he is a serious ice skater and would like to be able to live near a place where he can practice his ice skating (Body Zone). If you or someone you know has interest in providing a home for this student from January until the end of the school year, please contact Carrie Warner (carrie.warner@gmail.com, 610-513-1258).

Shop Online and Support BCS!


Doing any of your Christmas shopping on amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com (the website is identical) and make your purchases there instead of the traditional site. You'll choose an organization to benefit from every purchase and BCS will get a portion of every purchase you make!

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).

Around Campus

Grandparents Day

What a great joy to have grandparents share a day with us! We were delighted with our annual Grandparents Day event this year. Thanks to all the grandparents who made it a priority to be here with us that day.

Menu for this week

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Friday, December 1
Elementary: French toast sticks w ham, hash brown starz, grapes
HS Hot: Mini corn dogs, baked beans, sweet potato tots, strawberries
HS Cold: Grilled cheese panini, baked beans, sweet potato tots, strawberries
HS Pizza: NY Pepperoni pizza, baked beans, sweet potato tots, strawberries

Monday, December 4
Elementary: Chicken patty on roll, hummus w carrots and celery sticks, peach slices
HS Hot: Beef burrito w toppings, black beans / corn, jalepeno relish, watermelon, churro
HS Cold: Pub burger w cheese, black beans / corn, jalepeno relish, watermelon, churro
HS Pizza: Stuffed crust pizza, black beans / corn, jalepeno relish, watermelon, churro

Tuesday, December 5
Elementary: Hot dog, curly fries, baked beans, watermelon
HS Hot: Grilled cheese w tomato soup & croutons, cole slaw, applesauce
HS Cold: Chicken filet sandwich, cole slaw, applesauce
HS Pizza: French bread pizza, cole slaw, applesauce

Wednesday, December 6
Elementary: Fish sticks w roll, steamed peas, tomato salad, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Hot: Chicken and cheese pizza w sauce, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes
HS Cold: Hot roast beef and cheddar, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes

Thursday, December 7
Elementary: Mini pierogies, spinach salad, mixed veggies, fruit cocktail, cookie
HS Hot: Hot ham and cheese on pretzel roll, curly fries, snap peas, watermelon
HS Cold: Pretzel dog, curly fries, snap peas, watermelon
HS Pizza: Cheese pizza slice, curly fries, snap peas, watermelon