BCS Beat: Issue 8.35

Upcoming Events

May 9: Elementary Musical, 7:00 pm (students report at 6:30)
May 12: Spring Concert, 7:00 pm (see details below)
May 23: Celebrate BCS Night, 6:00 pm (make sure to RSVP!)
May 24: Last day for Kindergarten
May 25: Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 pm
May 26: Preschool Graduation Ceremony, 9:30 am
May 29: No School
May 30: BCS Night at the Fightin's
June 1: Field Day (Full day of school)
June 2: Last Day of School (Full day of school)
June 2: Senior Commencement, 7:00 pm
August 29th: First day of school for 17/18 school year! (Full school calendar coming soon)

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Sponsorship Summary

We got very close to our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far, 2,813 letters have been collected and mailed. The three families who sent out the most sponsorship letters will be recognized at Celebrate BCS Night.


Track Schedule

Friday, 5/5: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Monday, 5/8: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Tuesday, 5/9: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Thursday, 5/11: CCAC Track Meet, Middle School and Varsity, Depart at 6:15 am
 * Parent Volunteers are needed for this CCAC Track Meet *
Friday, 5/12: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Saturday, 5/13: ACSI Invitational Track Meet, Middle School and Varsity, Depart at 6:15 am

7th-12th Grade Girls Volleyball Open Gym

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Miss Klase will be hosting a volleyball open gym tomorrow, Friday, May 5th, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Even if you haven't played volleyball but are interested for next year feel free to come. Please email Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org) if you plan to come. If you are not on the track team you may stay after school to work on homework until the open gym starts.

Event Details

Art and Chemistry Event

This semester, BCS chemistry students teamed up with professional artists in a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary project. As a culmination of this partnership, out students will be hosting an Art and Chemistry Event on Sunday, May 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Goggleworks Ceramics Lab. Family and friends are invited to see a display of a variety of art works and hear BCS chemistry students explain some of the chemistry involved in making them. Refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate BCS Night: Coming Soon!

All families & staff are invited to join us for our 8th Annual Celebrate BCS on Tuesday, May 23rd. This is a time to enjoy a dinner together as a school family and then celebrate the achievements of our students from the entire year. If you want to come only for the awards ceremony, that will begin at 7:15pm.

The dinner will begin at 6pm. Please RSVP (by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org) by Thursday, May 18th with how many members of your family will be attending. We ask that each family bring a main dish to share. Also bring a side dish (if your last name starts with A-M) or a dessert (if your last name starts with N-Z).

One note for families of Kindergartners and Seniors: the awards given that night will also be repeated at their graduation ceremonies.

Reminders for Spring Concert on May 12th

The Spring Concert is quickly approaching!
Important information for all students in grades 4-8, Band, and HS choir:

Dress Code
Grades 4 - 5: Dressy springtime outfits
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

Report times/places
Band: 6pm, sanctuary
MS and HS Choir: 6:30, cafeteria
Grades 4 and 5: 6:30, music room

BCS Night at the Fightin's

News and Updates

BCS Middle Schoolers on the News!

Our sixth through eighth graders took a field trip last week to the Reading Public Museum. The trip was a gift from the museum, in memory of local photographer David Zerbe who was a friend of both Berks Christian School and the Reading Public Museum. Our students made the news with their visit! Check out the article on the WFMZ website here.

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Hallways of Hope Scholarship

It's our third 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.

Refer a Friend

Don't forget about our referral discounts! Do you have a friend who's still on the fence about their family's schooling decision for next year? 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!

Apprenticeship Opportunity

A BCS parent with connections to GlaxoSmithKline would like to share some amazing apprenticeship opportunities with the BCS family. For students interested in pairing college education with hands-on work, these apprenticeships are invaluable! GSK will even pay for the education of the apprentice. Applications are accepted through May 26th. Check out this website for more details.

Jump In and Join Us

Food Drive

Several of our students have organized a food drive to benefit Hope Rescue Mission. The students say, "Our group wants to help homeless men who are in need of food. Food is a blessing from God that we can take for granted. We are choosing to work with Hope Rescue Mission because they truly are a God centered organization, with a God centered vision! We are called by Jesus to serve others. We should love, care, help, give, and serve others just as Jesus Christ did for all of us."

Bins to drop off food donations will be located in the main lobby as well as in the gymnasium from April 28th through May 18th. All donations will be donated to Hope Rescue Mission. Ideas of food items to donate: Canned food items, canned fruit, canned chicken, canned vegetables, soups, pastas, rice, apple sauce, chicken, beef, and vegetable broths. Money donations will be accepted as well. Every little bit helps!

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 5/5
Elementary: Turkey taco w rice and toppings, refried beans, mango slices, churro
HS Hot Meal: Walking taco w toppings, cole slaw, churro
HS Cold Meal: Chicken wings w roll, cole slaw, churro
HS Pizza Meal: NY Pepperoni pizza, cole slaw, churro

Monday, 5/8
Elementary: Cheeseburger, baked beans, peach slices, whole grain cookie
HS Hot Meal: Burrito bowl w chicken and toppings, salsa, pickled jalapeño relish, watermelon
HS Cold Meal: Pub burger w cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeño relish, watermelon
HS Pizza Meal: Stuffed crust pizza, salsa, pickled jalapeño relish, watermelon

Tuesday, 5/9
Elementary: Grilled cheese panini w tomato soup, cole slaw, goldfish crackers, fruit salad
HS Hot Meal: Grilled cheese panini w tomato soup, cole slaw, applesauce, fresh fruit
HS Cold Meal: Chicken filet sandwich, cole slaw, applesauce, fresh fruit
HS Pizza Meal: French bread pizza, cole slaw, applesauce, fresh fruit

Wednesday, 5/10
Elementary: Baked chicken stix w roll, sweet potato fries, frozen fruit
HS Hot Meal: Hot roast beef and cheddar, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes
HS Cold Meal: Tuna salad wrap, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes
HS Pizza Meal: Buffalo chicken pizza, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes

Thursday, 5/11
Fundraiser Pizza Lunch: Watch for Order Form

Congratulations, Drew!

Drew, one of our junior students, recently won a scholarship by applying and being selected.  It means he is able to attend a camp this summer at Lehigh Valley College for free to get hands-on learning in materials science.