BCS Beat: Issue 9.19.19


Upcoming Events

September 20: No School, K-12, Teacher in Service
September 24: Moms in Prayer: 8-8:30 am (In the music room)
September 27: Middle School Retreat
September 28: BCS Volleyball Invitational
October 1: Picture Day
October 5: Homecoming
October 7: No School, PreK -12th
October 14: No School, K-12, Teacher in Service
October 18: Compassion Dress Down Day (Bring at least $2)
October 22: End of 1st Quarter
October 23: No School: Teacher in Service
October 28-30: Health Screenings



Next Friday, September 27th our 6th-8th grade students get to go on our annual Middle School Retreat to Camp Manatawny! This year our speaker is Pastor Earl Wise. Please pray for good weather and a time of growth for each student. Electronic permission slips were emailed this week and need to be filled out by Wednesday, September 25th.



PreK-12th grade students will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, October 1.

Students should make a special effort to be at school this day since there is no picture make-up day for absent students. Students are expected to dress up for Picture Day.

Your student brought home an order form for Picture Day. Make sure you complete this and send it with your child ON PICTURE DAY. We do not collect these ahead of time. The photographer will take it from your student on Picture Day.

For Girls:
A blouse and skirt or a dress is preferred for the ladies (dresses and skirts must reach the knee and dresses must have sleeves). Leggings are not pants and may not be worn unless under a dress or skirt that reaches the knee.

For Boys:
Gentlemen should wear dress pants with a polo, dress shirt and tie, or sweater. No jeans, sweatpants, shorts, or sweatshirts will be permitted.

For All:
The modesty guidelines in the student handbook should also be followed and students who disregard the guidelines may be asked to change for the duration of the day. If you have questions about the dress code for Picture Day, please contact the office.



Stacey Kline and Amanda Bates- Reading Rocks- 2 (4th graders) and 2 (5th graders)

- $35 Gift Certificate to Painting with a Twist
- Gift Bag for Bell Tower Salon and Spa, including at $25 Gift Card


Homecoming is almost upon us and we are so excited for another great event! We need your help to make this day successful. Please sign up for an item (or two) to contribute. See sign up button below for more details.

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.

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  1. Invite your friends and family to Homecoming on Saturday, October 5th.

  2. Give them the flyer (click button below for the flyer) and tell them to bring it to the auction at Homecoming.

  3. They will turn this flyer in and get a FREE bidding paddle for the auction (normally $10)


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.

Money due by Tuesday, September 24th.

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Calling all moms, grandmoms and spiritual moms of BCS students. You are welcome to join us as we pray together weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8-8:30 am in the music room, with praises, confessions, thanksgivings and requests. Come once or come every week!

October meetings:

Tuesday, October 1: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, October 8: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, October 15: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, October 22: 8-8:30 am
Tuesday, October 29: 8-8:30 am




“Thank You Jesus.” This simple phrase has been somewhat life-changing for me. I know I’ve heard it said before that giving thanks is a powerful way to change your mindset. And on some level, I even knew this to be true. But as in so many things, I am quick to forget.

Recently the reminder I needed came in the form of some advice spoken during an interview I heard. The question was, “What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, when you need to re-center yourself?” The answer? “Say, thank You Jesus.” It might be followed up immediately with “Help me Jesus”, but the point was that there is something about choosing to thank God right where you are that changes things. And being a person who’s always looking for new ideas and new things to try, I tried it. I specifically remember the moment - I was making my son’s bed in the midst of what my husband and I affectionately (or sometimes not so affectionately) call “the bedtime marathon”, and I had that all-too-familiar feeling like we were never going to get all of the kids to bed. Needless to say the exhaustion and discouragement felt strong. Suddenly I remembered the advice and just prayed “Thank You Jesus.” I thanked God for our beds, and in that moment the heaviness lifted. It was almost surprising what a difference it made, and how quickly it happened.

While I am certainly not expecting this phrase to become a magic button I can press to make everything better, I do hope I can remember for a longer time moving forward that thankfulness matters. That gratitude is powerful. It changes me, and I think it might even change the people around me. I wonder how the world might be changed if more of us started saying “Thank You Jesus.”

Pray with me…

Thank You Jesus…
… for each individual and family represented at Berks Christian School.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Thank You Jesus…
… for each individual and family who helps to support Berks Christian School from afar.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. Psalm 95:2

Thank You Jesus…
… for providing daily for our needs.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: UPDATE: No takers yet since last week, are you able to serve?

We are still in great need for Recess Parents: still need 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 1 Friday. Being a recess parent is a great way to connect with our students and build relationships with our school community. These volunteers are critical to keeping our students safe and cared for during lunch and recess. Thank you to our 7 parents who have already stepped up, 3 more to go! (We’ll take grandparent recess parents too!)

Thank you to our volunteers!

We’ve had a few people come and help out with a few projects around the building. Are you handy with tools and willing to donate a few hours? We’ve always got a few projects to work on!

Thank you to grandparent Eugene Denlinger who helped install some new swings in our playground and repair some of our desks.

Thank you to alumnus Kris Stutzman who helped with our mulching project and fixing a lot of our lab stools and chairs.

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Friday, September 20

VARSITY 5:00 PM HOME vs. Lititz Christian School

Monday, September 23

MS 4:00 PM HOME vs. Linville Hill Christian School

Tuesday, September 24

VARSITY 5:00 PM AWAY vs. High Point Baptist Academy

Thursday, September 26

MS 4:00 PM AWAY vs. Linden Hall School
VARSITY 6:00 PM HOME vs. Linden Hall School

Saturday, September 28

VARSITY 8:30 AM HOME TOURNAMENT vs. Coventry Christian School, Dayspring Christian Academy, Lancaster Mennonite


Friday, September 20

MS 4:00 PM HOME (Pineland Park) vs. Lititz Christian School

Tuesday, September 24

MS 4:00 PM AWAY vs. Coventry Christian School

Thursday, September 26

MS 4:00 PM HOME (Pineland Park) vs. Litiz Area Mennonite School

All game and practice schedules are available on the CCAC website.
Please use this as your guide each week.


hS Boys Summer League Basketball Uniform Return

9th-12th grade boys who still haven’t returned summer league uniforms to Mr. Smither: please do so ASAP!

Coaches Needed!

  • MS Boys Basketball Head Coach

  • MS Boys Basketball Asst / B Team Coach

  • MS Girls Basketball Asst Coach

BCS is looking for the three coaching positions above for the 19-20 basketball season. Coaching experience is preferred. Interested applicants should send their resume and a written Christian testimony to Athletic Director, Ben Smither at bsmither@berkschristian.org. Also, current PA child abuse, criminal background, and fingerprinting checks are required. Preseason practices begin on November 18th.

No HS Girls Basketball This Season

Unfortunately, sign-ups only yielded one 9th-12th girl interested in playing basketball this year. We’ll try again next season!

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.

Read the latest collection of articles by our fabulous students.

Read the latest collection of articles by our fabulous students.

This week: Our 9/19 articles cover some summer and fall pop culture. Read on for an overview of the summer blockbuster movie season, plus two articles focused on how the gaming community is responding to the release of unfinished and buggy products.



Each summer, we challenge our elementary students to read toward a goal - either a total number of books or pages - appropriate to their grade level. Many students take up this challenge heartily and we are always delighted to honor those who reached their goal. The prize for those who reached their grade-level goal is a picnic lunch at a local park, and playtime on the playground. Congratulations, elementary summer readers!

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LUNCH MENU 9/23/19

Monday, September 23
Elementary: Meatball Sub, Steamed Broccoli, Pineapple
HS A Meal: Meatball Sub, Steamed Broccoli, Pineapple
HS B Meal: Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, Steamed Broccoli, Pineapple

Tuesday, September 24
Elementary: Mickey’s Pizza, Jicama Fries, Side Salad, Peaches
HS A Meal: All-American Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese, Steamed Peas, Spiced Cinnamon Apples
HS B Meal: Dutch Waffle w/ Sausage Patty, Steamed Peas, Spiced Cinnamon Apples

Wednesday, September 25
Elementary: All-American Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese, Steamed Peas, Spiced Cinnamon Apples
HS A Meal: Pizza Bar, Jicama Fries, Side Salad, Peaches
HS B Meal: BBQ Rib Sandwich, Jicama Fries, Side Salad, Peaches

Thursday, September 26
Elementary: Baked Chicken Nuggets w/Roll, Carrot Sticks, Fiesta Beans, Melon Cup
HS A Meal: Baked Chicken Nuggets w/ Roll, Carrot Sticks, Fiesta Beans, Cantaloupe
HS B Meal: Grilled Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Fiesta Beans, Cantaloupe

Friday, September 27
Elementary: Pancakes w/Sausage, Hash Browns, Raisins
HS A Meal: Pancakes w/Sausage, Hash Browns, Raisins
HS B Meal: Chicken Parm. Sandwich, Hash Browns, Raisins