BCS Beat: Issue 9.40

The school office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 -3. Have a safe and fun summer!

The school office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 -3. Have a safe and fun summer!

Upcoming Events

July 24: Preschool Open House
July 28: Summer Work Day
August 11: Summer Work Day
August 27: Back to School Night
August 28: First day of school for 18/19 school year! (1/2 day 11:30 dismissal)

Event Details



Please spread the word to your friends and family by using our flyer about our next Preschool Open House on July 24th,  5:30 - 7:30 pm. We have classes for 3 year olds and 4-5 year olds.

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.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Monday august 27tH


School starts on August 28th, but be sure to keep the evening of August 27th open on your calendar for our annual Back to School Night. This special event for families starts at 6:30 and will start with a presentation from our Head of School after which you'll have a chance to meet teachers, check out classrooms, and hear about the exciting year ahead.




We are pleased to announce that Ben Smither has been named our new Athletic Director. As an alum and avid sports fan we know that he will continue to work hard to move our athletic department forward.




Fall Athletics Meeting

All parents and athletes involved in fall sports are required to attend the Fall Athletic Meeting on August 9th at 7:00 pm. If you are the parent of a fall athlete and you cannot attend for extenuating circumstances, you must notify the Ben Smither, Athletic Director.

CIPPE Forms Due

The athletic department must have a 2018-2019 CIPPE Athletic Form on file before you student can participate in athletics. If a student does not have a current CIPPE on file, they may not participate in athletics. Sections 1-6 must be completed; while sections 1-5 may be done by a parent, section 6 must be completed by a doctor. If your CIPPE is incomplete, please schedule an appointment with your doctor right away. All CIPPES are due by August 9th. 

Preseason Schedule

A preseason schedule will be sent to athletes via email in the coming weeks. All game schedules are available on the CCAC website


News and UpdateS

Need Service Hours?

Summer work is in full swing at BCS and we can use extra hands. We would love to have some parents come out and help with these projects. Or if you are a 9th-12th grade student that still needs to make up missed service hours from last year or if you want to get a head start on your hours for this year we have work for you.  Upcoming service dates are July 28 and August 11.

If interested contact Phil Warner: pwarner@berkschristian.org.




Every year, we ask families to complete the back-to-school forms which where mailed out to you.  These forms are ACT 372 bus form from your district (if you reside in the Reading school district you don't need this form), all health and dental forms required for the grade your child is entering.

Please contact the office if you need any of these forms. Families must complete all back-to-school forms and return to the office ASAP.



Physical Education Teacher

Berks Christian School is seeking a part time physical education teacher to teach classes for the 2018-2019 school year. A degree in health & physical education is preferred. Applicants will be asked to provide written Christian testimony as part of the application. Please contact our Head of School, Mr. Phil Warner by replying to this posting or at 610-582-1000 for more details. Please attach a resume.

Special Education Teacher

Berks Christian School is seeking a full time Special Education teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. A degree or minor in special education is mandatory and experience in the field is preferred. ACSI certification is also preferred, but this certification can be acquired during the first two years of employment. The teacher will oversee the special education department and run the resource room for Kindergarten - 12th grade. We are looking for a highly motivated and creative person that is ready to learn, adaptive to change, and demonstrates a strong christian testimony. The job will include evaluating incoming IEP’s, identifying services needed for new students entering the program, creating plans for the students, and providing academic interventions as needed. If you are interested in this position, please attach your resume and written Christian testimony and respond to this posting to our Head of School, Philip Warner: pwarner@berkschristian.org.

Substitute  Teachers

Berks Christian School is seeking substitute teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.
The job requires-
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting
If you are interested in being added to our sub list, please send your resume and written Christian testimony to Rebekah Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Varsity Basketball Coach

Berks Christian School is looking for a Varsity Basketball Coach starting for the 2018 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 August 13th.

Middle School Volleyball Coach

Berks Christian School is looking for a Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach starting for the 2018 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 August 13th.

Van Driver

Berks Christian School is seeking a part-time van driver for morning and afternoon pickups on our extension routes for the 2018-2019 school year.  Commitment is 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM and 2:45-3:45 PM. Pay is $9 an hour. If you are interested please email Rebekah Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.


Jump In and Join Us


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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) We are looking for host families who might be interested in hosting a student for the 18/19 school year as we prepare for next year. Host families are given a monthly stipend 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. 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!

2) 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 contact Carrie Warner at cwarner@berkschristian.org. 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.


Bus Driver Needed


BCS is looking to add another bus driver to our list for the 2018-2019 school year. You do need a CDL license which BCS pays for. The training is July 23rd and 24th8:00am-4:30pm. During the school year the driver needs to have some flexibility in their schedule to drive for the occasional field trip during the day and our athletic away games that range from mid-afternoon through the evening. If you are interested in getting more information please email Rebekah Klase rklase@berkschristian.org.


Support BCS with purchases you already make


Box Tops
Box tops earn several hundred dollars per year!! Those little 10-cent squares really add up. Remember to clip your boxtops and send them in to school.

Giant A+ Rewards
Register your membership card at GiantFoodStores.com/aplus. BCS School Code will be announced after August 15. You must re-register your card each school year.

Red Robin's Burgers for Better Schools
1% of your check is designated to BCS when you sign up at redrobin.com/betterschools.

Amazon Smile
Shop often at amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of the original amazon site and you’ll be supporting BCS with every purchase!
Head to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2005505 to get started.

Download the shoparoo app on your smart phone, scan your receipt and earn points for BCS! It's that easy! Go to www.shoparoo.com to learn more.

Redner’s Save-a-Tape
Shop at Redners? Be sure to scan our Redner’s Points Card when you check out, then just submit your receipts to BCS.


Around Campus

Welcome New Staff!

We are so thankful that the Lord has brought three new staff members to BCS for this school year!



Mrs. Elyana Shirk will be our English Language Arts teacher. She comes with a background of teaching at both the preschool and secondary level. We are excited about her love for literature and writing.




Mr. Adam Sauer will be our Social Studies teacher. He is new to the teaching field as he has been working at The Vanguard Group since graduating from college. We are exciting to have him share his love of history with the students.



Miss Emily Cirullo will be our Middle School Core Content Teacher which will also include computer classes so that Mr. Smither can devote more of his time to being the Athletic Director. Emily comes to us having taught a variety of classes at her former school. We are excited to have her energy and flexibility to teach multiple grades.



Lunch & Recess Parents Needed for 2018-2019


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.

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.




This week we are launching a new parent feedback form.  This form will be linked in every issue of the beat, is on the parent/student website, and linked in renweb.  We always want to hear from our parents: suggestions for improvement, requesting information, looking for help, solving a problem, or sharing positive feedback.  While you can always simply email or pick up the phone, our hope is that this form is a simple tool and constant reminder that we want to hear from you!