BCS Beat: Issue 9.17

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Upcoming Events

December 15: Compassion Dress Down Day
December 16: High School Winter Banquet
December 21: Preschool Christmas Program
December 20 - 22: Midterms

Event Details

Tomorrow's Christmas Concert at West-Mont

Tomorrow night is West-Mont's Christmas Concert. High school choir and all band students will perform. Transportation will be provided to and from West-Mont for the concert. Dress code is the same as for this Tuesday's concert here at BCS.

Athletics

Congrats on Basketball Victory

Congratulations to the Varsity Guys Basketball Team on winning the Cougar Classic this past weekend! We are also very proud of seniors, Tate & Jarred, on being selected for the All-Tournament Team. Tenth grader, Alicia, was also selected for the All-Tournament Team.

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, 12/14:
Middle school girls home game, 4:00
Middle school boys home game, 5:00
Varsity girls home game, 6:00
Varsity guys home game, 7:30
Friday, 12/15:
Varsity guys practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Monday, 12/18:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:00
Middle school boys practice, 3:00 - 4:00
JV guys home game, 4:30
Varsity girls home game, 6:00
Varsity guys home game, 7:30
Tuesday, 12/19:
Middle school girls home game, 4:00
Middle school boys home game, 5:00
Varsity girls home game, 6:00
Varsity guys home game, 7:30
Wednesday, 12/20:
Varsity girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Varsity guys practice, 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday, 12/21:
Middle school girls practice, 3:00 - 4:15
Middle school boys practice, 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity girls practice, 5:30 - 7:00
Varsity guys practice, 7:00 - 9:00

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.

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

Winter Weather Procedures

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Early Dismissals
Berks Christian School will never independently call an Early Dismissal. If, during the school day, weather concerns cause our transporting districts to pick up their students early:
1. BCS typically continues its normal school day to its completion since there will usually be at least one district that does not close early.
2. You as a parent, regardless of your local district, may pick up your child early to avoid oncoming messy weather. Just report to the office and have your child sign out. Also call your district to let them know, especially if there are not many on that bus on a normal run.
3. The school office will often dismiss student drivers before roads get bad, even before their assigned transporting districts show up to BCS. These drivers may also take approved riders with them, if prior parental permission has been given from both sets of parents involved.
4. All that leave early are responsible for any work they miss.

Delays
When BCS calls a two hour delay, we will send a parent alert, just as we would if school were cancelled for the day. When your district calls two hour delay but BCS is starting on time, you follow your district's schedule. If your student rides the bus it will come two hours after the normal time (but your child's attendance record will not be affected by this). If you'd like to bring your student to school at the normal BCS start time, that is an option too, but not required. You can find out if your district has a delay by checking here. (Consider adding this link as a bookmark so you can find it again!) Also remember that if there is a delay, there will be no hot lunch orders taken.

Midterms: Just Around the Corner

It’s that special time of year: Christmas trees, carols, and cookies can mean only one thing: it’s time for midterms! There are lots of great resources on the internet, so get started with this list, and then try a search for some more detailed help.

1. Most important tip: Don’t cram. It doesn’t work. No really, it doesn’t. Your brain wasn’t designed that way. Break up your studying into small, manageable chunks over many days. 
Hint: you should get started now.
Bonus: give yourself mini-breaks of 5-10 minutes in between chunks of work.

2. Never just read. Reading your notes and textbook are time consuming, and research shows us that it doesn’t do a lot of good to increase your skill.

3. Don’t be deceived by recognition. Many of us study by looking at the review sheet and say to ourselves, “I know that.” That’s what we call recognition. It won’t help you on a test. Instead, aim for recall – being able to talk about it or explaining it without any words on the page prompting you. To get to recall, you need numerous, spread out sessions of re-learning (aka studying well.)

4. So how can you deepen your memory to get to that all-important recall? Engage as many of your senses as you can. Read the information, say the information, listen to the information, even take a walk while talking about the information. Engage as many mental processes as you can. Draw a picture of it, write it as a poem, or try write a song.

5. The best study tool? Teach the information to someone else.

6. The best memory tool? Find a way to connect the information to something you care about or something personal, even if it is a silly connection. Your brain will automatically want to remember it. 

And now, four more practical tips:

7. Set up a desk at home. Research shows that if you study in an environment closer to the test conditions, you’ll do better on your test. So try the kitchen table or a desk instead of your bed or a couch.

8. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep, Sleep. Sleep deprivation is a sure way to lower your grade. When you’ve put in the smart preparation of breaking up your studies, call it a night and get some shuteye.  

9. Related: leave your phone in the kitchen. Get better sleep by not looking at screens the hour before you go to bed. Also related: leave your phone in the kitchen, so your phone doesn’t keep you up until 1 AM.

10. Get some exercise and eat healthy food. Yes, these two things make a huge difference. You can do this, my dear students. Finish the semester well. In all things, to the glory of God.

Jump in and Join Us

Senior Class Candy-Grams

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Our annual Senior Class Candy Grams are now available! Students, parents, or other family members can send a candy gram to students. Cost is $1 for 2 peppermint candy canes and $2 for 2 flavored candy canes. Orders forms are due TOMORROW. All candy grams will be delivered next week. For additional order forms please print one (they were attached to your Beat email this week) or get them from outside Miss Klase's office.

Shop Online and Support BCS!

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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

Menu for this week

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Friday, December 15
Elementary: Pancakes w sausage, hash browns, raisins
HS Hot: Asian chicken bowl w 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, December 18
Elementary: Cheeseburger, tater tots, seasoned cauliflower, peaches
HS Hot: Hot and spicy chicken patty, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli w dip, peaches
HS Cold: Chicken and waffles, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli w dip, peaches
HS Pizza: Four cheese pizza, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli w dip, peaches

Tuesday, December 19
Elementary: Taco salad over rice, carrots / celery w dip, apple snack pack, cookie
HS Hot: Philly mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread, pears
HS Cold: Chicken wings and roll, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread, pears
HS Pizza: French bread pizza, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread, pears

Wednesday, December 20
Elementary: Chicken tender wrap, salsa w chips, black beans / corn, mango slices
HS Hot: Hamburger w cheese and toppings, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Cold: Chicken patty sandwich, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes

Thursday, December 21 | Special Christmas Meals! |
Elementary: Roast turkey w gravy and roll, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, fruit cocktail, holiday dessert
HS Hot: Roast turkey w gravy and roll, filling, sweet potatoes, green beans, fruit cocktail, holiday dessert