BCS Beat: Issue 9.26

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Upcoming Events

Tomorrow, March 2: Half Day (11:30 dismissal)
March 6: Due date for your first 30 Serve-a-Thon letters!
March 22-24: Seussical the Musical performances (tickets on sale now!)
March 29 - April 4: Easter Break

Event Details

Tickets On Sale Now!

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Seussical the Musical tickets are on sale now! Order forms are being sent home this week and a digital copy of the order form was attached to your Beat email this week. Make sure to order tickets soon! Seats are assigned so you'll want to reserve seats early.

Spring Preschool Open House Dates

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Please share with your friends and neighbors about our BCS Preschool! Our best preschool referrals are from word-of-mouth, so we rely on you (whether or not you have a preschool-aged student) to help us promote the BCS Preschool. We have attached a flyer to your Beat email this week. If you know of a library, kids' center, or church lobby where you'd be permitted to post it, please print one out (or ask the office for a copy) and spread the word by posting a flyer!

March 13th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 10th, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
May 10th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Athletics

District Place for Varsity Guys Team

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Congrats to our Varsity Guys team on an amazing season. Last night's game finished them fourth in the district, a huge honor.

Middle School Teams Announce Awards

This year's awards for middle school basketball are as follows:

Middle School Boys
MVP: Josiah
Hustle Award: Brock
Coach's Award: Seth, Ethan

Middle School Girls
MVP: Bryanna
Coach's Award Jeyliah
Offensive Award: Saniya
Defensive Award: Shaylee
Most Improved: Amara

Athletic 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.

Friday, March 2
Varsity boys practice: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

Monday, March 5
Varsity boys practice, 3:00 - 5:00

Tuesday, March 6
Varsity boys practice, 3:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, March 7
Varsity boys practice, 3:00 - 5:00

Thursday, March 8
Varsity boys practice, 3:00 - 5:00

Friday, March 9
Varsity State Tournament Game, time and location to be announced

Track Season start date moved back to March 12th

Because of the success of our Varsity Boys basketball team, the start of track season will be moved back to March 12th. This will allow Coach Klase to finish with the basketball team before track begins.

Tickets now available for State Basketball Tournament

The Varsity Boys Basketball team will make their first appearance in the PIAA 1A State Tournament on Friday, March 9th at a site and time TBD. Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 and $3. The school receives a percentage of pre-sale tickets. If you are interested, please send a note to the office for Kody Godsey and the amount of tickets you would like.

CIPPE Forms due March 2nd

If a student does not have a current CIPPE on file, they may not participate in athletics. Sections 1-6 must be filled out. While sections 1-5 may be done by a parent, section 6 must be done by a doctor. If players have played a sport at Berks this year, you only have to have Section 7 filled out and returned. There is no doctor's signature needed. All CIPPES are due by tomorrow, March 2nd.

News and Updates

Re-Enrollment: 30 Days Until First Deadline

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It's re-enrollment season at BCS! Please take some time to review your packet and re-enroll as soon as you can. The deadline for the most affordable rate is March 31st!

Serve-a-Thon: Reminders for this week

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You have just five days to return your first batch of letters! Remember that if you're aiming to earn discounted re-enrollment, you must return at least 30 letters by March 6th. (We can accept letters toward your family total up until May 1st.) We also need to receive the yellow Parent Agreement Form, and the green student permission form (you can put all of your kids' names on one permission form) by March 6th.

Additionally, if you would like to take advantage of the Spanish version of our sponsorship letters this year, please contact Mrs Bromwell or the school office.

A change to our technology policy for MS students

In order to help our Middle School students grow in becoming digital citizens and grow in maturity in their digital interactions, we have changed the email policy for them.

Effective this week, MS students no longer have the ability to send email messages through our system to anyone except our staff. This will help them stay more focused during study hall times and avoid the temptation of excessive emailing with friends. If you have any questions about this policy change, feel free to contact Mr Warner.

Middle School Tutoring Available

Our 10th grade Student Council Representative continues to offer tutoring for middle school students each Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. If you would like your middle school student to attend tutoring, please email each Monday to attendance@berkschristian.org.

Jump In and Join Us

Families Needed to Host Students

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We would love for you to prayerfully consider whether or not you could help in one of these ways (or might know someone who could).

1) There is an immediate need for a host family for one of our exchange students from March 1 until the end of this school year (June 7). Host families are given a stipend of $650 per month to cover general costs of housing a student. The main requirements for hosting are being a Christian family, providing a bedroom with bed/desk/closet/dresser, and making sure the student gets 3 meals a day. For more details about this immediate need, please email cwarner@berkschristian.org

2) We are also looking for host families who might be interested in hosting a student for the 18/19 school year as we prepare for next year. The same requirements listed above would apply. During this time of year, applications for next school year are beginning to come in, so although we do not yet know the final count of homes that are needed, we're trying to be proactive in lining up the needed host families ahead of time!

3) Lastly, from time to time it is helpful to have families willing to serve as "back-up" host families (for example if a host family has a multi-day trip planned or an emergency takes place within the family). We are working on compiling a list of families interested in serving in this way.

If you have any questions about hosting or would like more information, please feel free to ask! Please pass this info along to anyone else you know who might be able to serve in any of these ways. Thanks so much for your consideration.

Haven't Tried AmazonSmile Yet?

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We need you to give it a spin! For every amazon user who buys something via amazonsmile for the first time between March 12 and March 31, Berks Christian School will receive triple the usual donation amount. That's 1.5% of your total purchase instead of the usual .5%. If you're making purchases for your home, as gifts, or even for your workplace, please consider using smile.amazon.com instead of the original site. There's nothing different in how you order items or check out. You'll just choose Berks Christian School to receive a portion of your purchase.

Urgent Need for a Violinist

We are in need of a violinist for our upcoming play, Seussical the Musical. If you know someone who can play and would enjoy the experience of joining the pit orchestra for this show, please direct them to contact Mrs Warner at cwarner@berkschristian.org.

For Prayer This Week...

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This week, pray for our school board. Specifically, pray the following:

 - Pray for our board members: Chad Zerbe, Corrie Mast, Cheryl Follweiler, Debbie Morris, Kristin Lutz, Andrew Eichelberger, Greg Moll, Bill Foss, and Paige Brookins.

 - Pray for discernment with decision making during our upcoming School Board retreat this week, Saturday March 3.

 - Pray for wisdom in keeping us focused on our mission and knowing how to best use the resources we have.

Part-Time Job Opening Available

Mrs Mountz is counting down the days until her baby arrives. A competent replacement is being sought for her maternity leave from approximately April 5th through the end of the school year. The position is from 7:30 am until 12:00 noon every school day. Responsibilities include answering phones, daily attendance and lunch order, and welcoming guests. Pay is $9 an hour. Applicants must have PA child abuse clearance, criminal background check, and FBI fingerprint or being willing to get them. If you or someone you know would be interested in this position, please contact Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org) with a resume and Christian testimony.

Around Campus

Preschoolers Prioritize Teeth!

February was dental hygiene month in preschool and our preschool students learned from a pro at the end of the month about how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. Thanks, Dr Dina Karalis, for sending hygeinsts to share with our students!

Menu for the week

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Friday, March 2
Half-day of school; no lunch offered

Monday, March 5
Elementary: Meatball sub, fresh broccoli w dip, diced pears
HS Hot: French toast sticks w ham, hash browns, donut holes, pineapple
HS Cold: Chicken and waffles, hash browns, donut holes, pineapple
HS Pizza: Four cheese pizza, hash browns, donut holes, pineapple

Tuesday, March 6
Elementary: Mini corn dogs, carrots, jicama fries w dip, apple, whole grain cookie
HS Hot: Hot dog w chili and cheese, waffle fries, baked beans, fruit crisp
HS Cold: Chicken wings w roll, waffle fries, baked beans, fruit crisp
HS Pizza: French bread pizza, waffle fries, baked beans, fruit crisp

Wednesday, March 7
Elementary: Shepherd's pie w roll, sweet corn and peas, watermelon
HS Hot: Calzone w sauce, roasted butternut squash, romaine mix, strawberries
HS Cold: Chicken parm sandwich, roasted butternut squash, romaine mix, strawberries
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, roasted butternut squash, romaine mix, strawberries

Thursday, March 8
Pizza Fundraiser Lunch - Please submit order form in advance to buy this meal