BCS Beat: Issue 09.06.18


Upcoming Events

September 6: Welcome to Preschool Night @ 6 PM tonight!
September 10: 1st Day of Preschool
September 21: Dress Down Compassion Day, bring at least $2
September 28: 1/2 Day of school, dismissal @ 11:30 AM
October 2: Picture Day
October 13: Homecoming



As announced at Back to School Night, a parent has put together a  “BCS Teacher Wish List” so that the school community can bless our hardworking teachers!  The teachers sent in their wish list items and they were added to a Wish List on Amazon.  Purchasing the item is simple:

1.     Click this link to see the Wish List: http://a.co/ax7F0jQ

2.     Choose and item (or two!) and put them in your cart.

3.     Check out as normal and your item will be shipped directly to the school – easy peasy!

Some of the items on the list are just ideas – things you can keep in mind as you are out and about, or maybe even donate if you have a lightly used item sitting around at home.

Let’s show the teachers how much we appreciate them by supporting them in this way!


open positions here @ BCS

Varsity Guys Basketball Coach
Berks Christian School is looking for a Varsity Guys 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.

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.

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.




A big thank you to all those of you who returned this already!

The BCS School Board is in the process of renewing our Strategic Plan. This is an important process that ensures the future of BCS remains strong. A key element of strategic planning is compiling feedback from our most important stakeholders, you the parents!

A paper copy of our returning parent survey was in your back to school packet. For those of you that already returned it, thank you! If you have not yet returned it, we ask that you would either return the paper form by next Tuesday, or use this link to fill out our survey electronically. 

Thank you for taking a few moments to contribute to the future planning of Berks Christian.



Please return your handbook and chromebook agreement forms into the office.  Contact the office if you need those forms again.




High School students will have the opportunity to join the High School Leadership Conference in Washington DC this fall. Applications are due back to the office by September 28th and the earlier the application is received, the better the likelihood of being accepted.

The Redemption Everyday Conference is a premiere high school student leadership event with a balance of inspiring worship, deep content rooted in a biblical worldview, and summer-camp fun which stimulates growth and overall culture change throughout the school year. Session topics will include biblical foundation, ethnic unity, technology, and sexuality. BCS students who have gone on this trip in past years have found it pivotal to their experience as high school leaders.



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This week we have, 1st grade's wonderful description of kindness.




If you haven't ordered uniforms yet, you have until September 7th to get your orders in. Print the order form here and send it in to the school office by September 7th.




1st Grade
Lucas.K, Zeke.F, Ariela.R, Kailyn.E, Melanie.M, Gavin.F
2nd Grade
Lily.C, Maggie.C, Esiah.C, Juliana.C, Katie.G, Clark.L, Jacob.M, Joshua.S, Jackson.S, Leah.V, Isaac.W, Ava.W
3rd Grade
Nevaeh.B, Adie.F, Isaac.F, Anita.G, Ben.K, Ben.M, Noah.M, Tobi.P, Anthony.P, Urijah.S
4th Grade
Kiernan.B, Matthew.B, Isaias.C, Aleena.C, Eli.F, Ava.L, Elier.M, Tolu.P, Jonah.R, Max.U, Ruby.B
5th Grade
Leah.B, Gracie.C, Dominic.C, Rosalee.G, Jacob.G, Jose.Rivera, AJ.T






Athletic Practice and Game Schedule

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

Middle school & VARSITY Volleyball Game'S

Monday, September 10

VARSITY 6:00 PM @Lebanon Catholic High School
Girls Varsity vs. Lebanon Catholic

Thursday, September 13

Girls Varsity vs. New Covenant Christian

Friday, September 14

MS 4:00 PM @ BCS
Girls MS vs. Conestoga Christian School

VARSITY 5:00 PM @ Lancaster BIC
Girls Varsity vs. Veritas Academy

Saturday, September 15

MS 12:00 PM @ Salem Christian
Girls MS vs. Salem Christian

VARSITY 1:00 PM @ Salem Christian
Girls Varsity vs. Salem Christian

If you'd like to sign to help serve concessions throughout the season, please sign up here.

order your season Pass today!

We are excited to offer several season pass options for the Fall 2019 varsity volleyball season. Regular
admission for single games this year will be $5 for adult and $2 for students.
Families will not get a literal pass: instead, we keep a list of season pass holders at the admission table. Season passes include entrance for all varsity volleyball home games.
Cost breakdown is as follows: 
$10 for a single Student Pass
$60 for a "Couple" Pass, which admits you and any guest
$100 for a Family Pass, which admits anyone in the family

Contact Mr. Smither, Athletic Director for more info or to request an order form.

Check out the attached document, to buy your season passes!



We are in need of your child's t-shirt size for our BCS SERVE shirts. We are ordering the shirts next week. If you are a returning family and your child's t-shirt size has changed since last year, please email Mrs. Bromwell at bbromwell@berkschristian.org. If I do not hear from you, I will assume they want the same size as last year. If you are a new family, please email me your child's size. These shirts will be worn throughout the year as classes serve in the community through our BCS SERVE initiative. On May 7th, they will be worn for our final school wide serving project of the year, at our Serve a Thon. Please provide the sizes to Mrs. Bromwell by Tuesday, September 11th. 


Save the date for this year's Homecoming!

It will be held here at BCS on Saturday, October 13th.

Please invite your family and friends for a fun-filled day!

Games and activities for kids will start at 10 am. The 5th annual quarter auction will follow at 11:30 am. The varsity and middle school girls volleyball teams will play following the auction. The day will be capped off with the alumni volleyball game. Be sure to buy your bidding paddle before October 5th to get the special (form attached to this email). You can also choose your bidding number if you buy before the 5th!  

We are currently in the process of collecting donations for the auction from all different types of businesses. If you have a donation (gift cards, etc.) or know of a business that would like to donate, please contact Beth Bromwell at bbromwell@berkschristian.org.

Each class will be preparing a class basket for homecoming. There is a small white envelope in your packet you received at back to school night with your child's name on it. Please send in $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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At the time of this writing, we are in need of one host family for this school year for an incoming 8th grade boy from China. Since he will be arriving Friday August 24, time is of the essence! If you have interest in hosting but need a bit more time to prepare, arrangements can be made for a temporary home for him until you would be ready. Below are a few details about hosting. If you are interested, have questions, or would like more information, please contact Carrie Warner, cwarner@berkschristian.org or 610-513-1258.

  • Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to minister to students by allowing them to experience God's love in the setting of a Christian home

  • Basic requirements for hosting include: a private room with bed/closet/dresser/desk, 3 meals daily (lunch can be packed or purchased at school), and transportation to/from school (many host families utilize busing) and as needed for other activities

  • Host families are given a stipend of $700 per month to cover costs of food, transportation, etc.

Again, please contact Carrie Warner with any questions. Recommendations for host families would also be welcomed!




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
Parents need to go to giantfoodstores.com. First click on savings, then click on rewards/programs, then click on A-Plus. Berks Christian School ID is 25957. You must re-register your card each year.

Send in your receipts, listing your gallons purchased, to the school office.

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.


Recess Lunch Parents Needed


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


Around Campus



In an effort to promote safety, accountability, and a streamlined process, every family MUST use the orange car number card and line up BEHIND the buses.  Do not pass the buses.

If you would like more than one copy of your yellow number card, contact the school office to request one.


lunch Menu for the week of 9.10.18

Monday, September 10
Elementary: Meatball sub, steamed broccoli, pineapple
HS Hot: Chicken fajita wrap, guacamole & salsa w/ chips, mangos
HS Cold: Calzone w/ sauce, guacamole & salsa w/ chips, mangos
HS Pizza: Mickey's cheese pizza, guacamole & salsa w/ chips, mangos

Tuesday, September 11
Elementary: Mickey's pizza, jicama fries, side salad, peaches
HS Hot: Salisbury steak w/ roll, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears
HS Cold: Popcorn chicken w/ pierogies, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears
HS Pizza: BBQ chicken flatbread, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears

Wednesday, September 12
Elementary: All-American cheeseburger, mac & cheese, steamed peas, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Hot: Breakfast bar, steamed peas, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Cold: Steak sandwich, steamed peas, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, steamed peas, cinnamon spiced apples

Thursday, September 13
Elementary: Baked chicken nuggets w/ roll, carrot sticks, fiesta beans, melon cup
HS Hot: Stuffed shells w/ garlic bread, steamed broccoli, apple sauce
HS Cold: Pretzel dog, steamed broccoli, apple sauce
HS Pizza: NY style pepperoni or 4 meat pizza, steamed broccoli, apple sauce

Friday, September 14
: Pancakes w/ sausage, hash browns, raisins
HS Hot: Mini corn dogs w/ mac & cheese, fiesta beans, mandarin oranges
HS Cold: Chicken patty sandwich, fiesta beans, mandarin oranges
HS Pizza: Stuffed crust pizza, fiesta beans, mandarin oranges