BCS Beat: Issue 9.5.19


Upcoming Events

September 13: Compassion Dress Down Day (Bring at least $2)
September 20: No School: Teacher In-Service
September 27: Middle School Retreat
October 1: Picture Day
October 5: Homecoming
October 28-30: Health Screenings

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berks Christian School sponsors several children through Compassion International. The primary way we raise funds to support these children is through our monthly Dress Down Days. Students are permitted to "dress down" (out of uniform, but following core dress code guidelines) if they also bring at least $2 to help support our Compassion children. Our first Compassion Dress Down Day is Friday, September 13th.


Your child will be bringing home an envelope from Zerbe Studios with information about school pictures, scheduled for Tuesday, October 1. Please note that students may wear their uniforms or dress up. Girls that choose to dress up may wear modest dress slacks. They may also wear dresses or skirts that are not tight and no higher than the top of the knee cap in length. Also, slits in skirts should be no higher than the top of the knee cap. Blouses should not be tight, sleeveless, low cut, or see through. Boys should not wear jewelry or shirts without collars (no T-shirts). Thanks for your cooperation.

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Order your Quarter Auction Paddle

$10 each | After 9/27 $12 each

Special: 3 Paddles for $25!
After 9/27 paddles will be 3 for $30.

Paddles can also be purchased at the event.


Fast becoming a favorite tradition, each class will prepare a themed basket for the Auction Fundraiser. The baskets will be sold in traditional auction style (rather than in the quarter auction style), with a set starting price depending on their value.

Students are encouraged to sell auction paddles to family and friends who will attend the auction and hopefully bid on their basket.

Please send $10 cash in the envelope (to the school office) for each of your children. This money will go towards purchasing items for your child's class basket. If you are interested in helping your child's teacher with the baskets, please contact them directly.

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Our elementary lunch periods depend on parent volunteers. Teachers get a break over lunchtime, sometimes their only break of the day! To supervise lunch periods, we rely on parents who wipe down the tables before lunch begins, serve food, help students clean up, and then supervise the afternoon recess.

NEED:  1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 2 Friday

If you have free time in your week, will you consider being a Lunch/Recess Parent this year? Current clearances are required, and we are happy to help you acquire them. If you have a child younger than school age, you are welcome to bring him or her along. Commitment can be once a week, or more often! We need at least two parents per day, so pick a friend and sign up together! If you are interested, please email Rebekah Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org




“To be blessed means to let God retell your story.” This is a quote I heard recently from Glenn Packiam, a pastor and author. As he shared his thoughts about being blessed, I was challenged to consider that we often have misconceptions about what it means and what it looks like to be blessed. We tend to think of being blessed as being strong or prosperous or successful. But the truth is, most of the pictures we have in our minds of being blessed are myths. In reality, it is often when we become open about our brokenness that we experience a deeper and more authentic blessing.

In light of this understanding of being blessed, I have to ask myself, what are we really asking when we pray for God to “bless” Berks Christian School? Are we asking for God to make us appear blessed in our own eyes? Or are we asking God to retell our story? To use our brokenness and our frailty and redeem them for His good purposes?

Pray with me…
… for the whole BCS community as we continue to make the transition into school routines
The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

… that this year’s theme of “Rooted” would have a positive impact on the students
Continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6b-7

… over all of the preparations for our upcoming big fall event, Homecoming (October 5)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Coordinator


Moms in Prayer will be meeting again this year, open to all moms, grandmoms or spiritual moms of BCS students. The first meeting will take place Tuesday, September 10th from 8-8:30 am in the music room. Please contact Carrie Warner (cwarner@berkschristian.org) with any questions. Hope to see you there!

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Parents & Students: Come out to our games and cheer on our MS Boys Soccer, MS & Varsity volleyball teams. Full details for the season and all upcoming games and practices can be found on our Athletic Schedule.

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Signups* for varsity girls basketball will run Fri, 9/6 through Fri, 9/13. I (and some of you) were really disappointed when we didn't have the numbers for a team last year, and I would love to bring the program back this season.

Please talk to your parents / friends and sign up: if we get 7 girls, then I'll continue working on our schedule and coaching hires.

*The rest of the winter sports sign-ups will still occur in early October.

HS Boys Basketball Off season Schedule

Coach Mark and Coach Jarred will continue to run two weekly opportunities to play basketball through the off season:

  • Sunday night pick-up games

  • Tuesday night open gyms

Both happen from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and are open to any BCS 9th-12th grade boy who wants to come play. Please double check the athletic schedule to make sure the event is happening that week.
Students may not stay after school on Tuesdays.

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Monday, September 9
Elementary: Hoagie Bar, Lettuce & Tomato, Baked Beans, French Fries, Baked Snack Bag, Oranges
HS A Meal: Baked Chicken Tenders w/ Roll, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Broccoli, Frozen Treat
HS B Meal: Calzone, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Broccoli, Frozen Treat

Tuesday, September 10
Elementary: Pasta w/ Meat Sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Salad Greens, Fruit
HS A Meal: Stuffed Crust Pizza, Salad Greens, Roasted Squash, Strawberries
HS B Meal: Sloppy Joe, Salad Greens, Roasted Squash, Strawberries

Wednesday, September 11
Elementary: Salisbury Steak w/Roll, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Baked Apple Crisp
HS A Meal: French Toast w/ Ham, Hash Browns, Veggie Dippers, Grapes
HS B Meal: Pizza Burger, Hash Browns, Veggie Dippers, Grapes

Thursday, September 12
Elementary: Mini Corn Dogs, Fiesta Beans, Pasta Salad, Mandarin Oranges
HS A Meal: Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup w/ Crackers, Steamed Zucchini, Fruit Salad
HS B Meal: Pretzel Dog, Tomato Soup w/ Crackers, Steamed Zucchini, Fruit Salad

Friday, September 13
: Hot Ham & Cheese On Pretzel Roll, Sweet Potato Tots, Melon Cup
HS A Meal: Burger Bar, Lettuce & Tomato Slices, Baked Beans, Cookie, Peaches
HS B Meal: Baked Chicken Sandwich, Lettuce & Tomato Slices, Baked Beans, Cookie, Peaches