BCS Beat: Issue 09.27.18


Upcoming Events

September 28: Class bonding, AM, off campus grades 6-12
September 28: 1/2 Day Of School (dismissal @ 11:30)
September 29: Volleyball Tournament
October 2:
Picture Day (order form sent home this week)
October 5: Middle School Retreat
October 13: Homecoming
October 17: PSAT
October 22-24: Health screenings
October 25-26: Parent Teacher Conferences K-5 (details to come later)


Tomorrow 9.28

September 28th is a half-day of school. Students are dismissed at 11:30am. If your child rides a bus, they will arrive home earlier than usual. If you pick up your child, please arrive for the pickup line at 11:30am.



Picture Day is next week! K-12th grade students will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, October 2. Preschoolers will be photographed on Monday, October 1.

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.

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. 

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.



Our annual Middle School Retreat is on Friday, October 5th. Permissions are going home today and are due back next Wednesday. We are excited to have two alumni speaking into the lives of our middle school students. Students may dress down and should bring Bible, pen, packed lunch (no microwaves available), and a snack to share!


SATURDAY, October 13

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. We will be selling food from 10:00 AM to 5 PM, so we will have a few breakfast options and then go right into lunch options. We also need help supervising the children's activities. We need 2-3 parents to help during the auction and then we need 1 parent in each of the 3 activity rooms from 10-11:30 am. See sign up for more details. 

Games and activities for kids will start at 10:00am, followed by the 5th annual Quarter Auction at 11:30am. The varsity and middle school girls volleyball teams will play following the auction, with the day capped off by the alumni volleyball game. Be sure to buy your bidding paddle before October 5th to get the special deal (see next section or 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.

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Interested in bidding on some of the items in our Quarter Auction? Return your order form to the school office (with payment) to reserve a bidding paddle in advance or feel free to buy one at the door. Paddles are $10 or 3 for $25. After October 5th, paddles are $12 each.


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.

In the packet you received at Back to School Night, you’ll find a small white envelope with your child's name on it. 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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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.


Put your child’s name on the inside of their sweatshirt, polo, gym shirt or spirit wear. Lots of uniforms are appearing around the school and ending up on the floor or lost and found.






Our Varsity Volleyball team will host their annual Volleyball Invitational. We would love to have fans support us throughout the day.
It goes from 8am to around 3pm!


Middle school & VARSITY Volleyball Games

Thursday, September 27

MS 4:00 PM Away @ vs. Lititz Area Mennonite School

Saturday, September 29 - Tournament

VARSITY 8:00 AM HOME vs. Coventry Christian, Fairview Christian, Salem Christian

Monday, October 1

MS 4:00 PM HOME vs. Lititz Christian
VARSITY 6:00 PM AWAY vs. Mount Calvary Christian

Tuesday, October 2

VARSITY 6:00 PM HOME vs. Veritas Academy

Friday, October 5

VARSITY 5:00 AM HOME vs. Linville Hill Christian

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

Volleyball Game Spectators

Students staying after school for a volleyball game must go to the cafeteria to do homework until the game starts. Before the game begins students should pay their $2 admission fee and sit on the bleachers to cheer. Parents please plan on picking up your student approximately one hour after the game's start time.

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


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!


varsity basketball OPEN GYMS

Our senior guys will be leading our (non-mandatory) open gyms while we continue the search for a head coach. Stay tuned for official signups for the 18-19 season coming soon.

  • Tue, 10/2: 4:00-5:15 PM


Open Positions AT BCS

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.


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

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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!


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What a wonderful morning we had for this annual time of prayer. Around flagpoles across the country, students and school faculty gathered to pray for schools, for our nation, and for those recently affected by national weather tragedies. Thank you for joining us in this nation-wide initiative to show our commitment to prayer.


3rd grade class

3rd grade class

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!

Lunch Menu for the week of 10.1.18

Monday, October 1
Elementary: Mac & Cheese w/ roll, stewed tomatoes, green beans, pears
HS Hot: Grilled cheese, tomato soup w/ croutons, cole slaw, melon cup
HS Cold: Chicken wings w/ roll, tomato soup w/ croutons, cole slaw, melon cup
HS Pizza: Mickey's cheese pizza, tomato soup w/ croutons, cole slaw, melon cup

Tuesday, October 2
Elementary: Popcorn chicken, carrot & celery sticks, sugar snap peas, apple sauce
HS Hot: Chicken & waffles, carrot & celery sticks, sugar snap peas, apple sauce
HS Cold: Sloppy joe, carrot & celery sticks, sugar snap peas, apple sauce
HS Pizza: BBQ chicken flatbread, carrot & celery sticks, sugar snap peas, apple sauce

Wednesday, October 3
Elementary: Cheese ravioli w/ garlic bread, fiesta beans, corn churro, peaches
HS Hot: Burrito taco bar, fiesta beans, corn churro, peaches
HS Cold: Fish sandwich, fiesta beans, corn churro, peaches
HS Pizza: Buffalo chicken pizza, fiesta beans, corn churro, peaches

Thursday, October 4
Elementary: Crunchy Tacos w/ rice, salad greens, broccoli, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Hot: Pasta w/ meat sauce, salad greens, broccoli, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Cold: Grilled cheese, salad greens, broccoli, cinnamon spiced apples
HS Pizza: NY style pepperoni or 4 meat pizza, salad greens, broccoli, cinnamon spiced apples

Friday, October 5
: Cheese pizza quesadilla, corn & peas, peaches
HS Hot: Hot ham & cheese on pretzel roll, tomato salad, curly fries, baked snack bag
HS Cold: Chicken parm sandwich, tomato salad, curly fries, baked snack bag
HS Pizza: Stuffed crust pizza, tomato salad, curly fries, baked snack bag


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Father’s House Ministry
Invites you to come join us!

Community Fall Fest 2018

When: October 6th
Where: Essick Park (700 block of Church St.)
Time: 12 PM - 3 PM

  • Free Food & Refreshments

  • Family Games

  • Face Painting

  • Live Entertainment

And so much more! Come and join the fun!