BCS Beat: Issue 11.29.18

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Upcoming Events

November 29: PTO meeting in BCS library @ 6:30 tonight!
December 10
: Christmas Concert Dress rehearsals
December 11: Christmas Concert at BCS, K-5 & all choir students
December 14: Christmas Concert at WCS, Compassion Dress Down Day (please bring at least $2)
December 19-21: Midterms for secondary students
December 22: - High School Winter Banquet
December 20: Preschool Christmas Program
December 22 - January 6: Christmas Vacation

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Photos from the 2017 Christmas Concert.

As you put your holiday schedule together, you should first remember that there are two Christmas concerts this year: one at BCS and one at West-Mont, our partner school in the fine arts.

BCS Concert: Tuesday, December 11 - All elementary students, along with secondary band and choir students

WCA Concert: Friday, December 14 - Secondary band and choir students (transportation will be provided to and from West-Mont for the concert; please look for the permission slip). Dress code is the same for both concerts.

Details for the Tuesday, December 11 concert at BCS

Instructions for Elementary:
Please wear dressy Christmas clothes and arrive by 6:30 pm. Students in grades K through 3, report to your classroom. Students in grades 4 and 5, report to the library. After their performance, elementary students will sit with parents for the remainder of the concert.

Instructions for Middle and High School Performers:
Middle School and High School Choirs: Report at 6:30 pm to the cafeteria
Middle School and High School Bands: Report at 6:15 pm to the sanctuary
Middle School / High School Gentlemen dress code (band and choir): Black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, long-sleeve white dress shirt, tie (solid color or small print)
Middle School / High School Ladies dress code (band and choir): Solid white dress blouse (no sweaters or anything low cut), solid black skirt (knee length or longer, full length is preferred), black dress shoes, neutral colored nylons

Please note: MS / HS Choir and Band are performance-based classes and performances should be considered akin to a final exam. For this reason, attendance at the concerts is mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in a significant drop in the grade. Any planned absences must be in writing and submitted to the BCS office before the concerts.

Dress Code for both concerts

Elementary students please wear dressy Christmas clothes.

Middle School / High School Gentlemen dress code (band and choir): Black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, long-sleeve white dress shirt, tie (solid color or small print)
Middle School / High School Ladies dress code (band and choir): Solid white dress blouse (no sweaters or anything low cut), solid black skirt (knee length or longer, full length is preferred), black dress shoes, neutral colored nylons

Please note: MS / HS Choir and Band are performance-based classes and performances should be considered akin to a final exam. For this reason, attendance at the concerts is mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in a significant drop in the grade. Any planned absences must be in writing and submitted to the BCS office before the concerts.

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Our annual Senior Class Candy Grams are now available! Students, parents, or other family members can send a candy gram to students.

COST:
$1 - 2 peppermint canes | $2 - 2 flavored canes

Orders forms are being sent home and are due Monday, December 17th. All candy grams will be delivered before Christmas break. More order forms are available outside Miss. Klase’s office.

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Place your yearbook order now for the discounted cost of $35 by December 21! Order forms are being send home and are also available below. After the 21st the cost goes up to $40.

COST:
$35 by December 21st | $40 after December 21st


STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT

Since you believe in Christian education and its ability to positively impact families and communities, then please consider that without the sacrifice of our faculty and staff, Berks Christian School would not exist.

Our Faculty and Staff have answered the calling of God in their lives to sacrifice both financially and personally to love, educate, and mentor our children. There is really no truly sufficient way to thank them for this sacrifice, but we do what we can! It has been a long-standing tradition of the Berks Christian School Board of Trustees to personally contribute to a monetary Christmas Gift for the Faculty and Staff, and for parents to contribute as well. We believe this gift shows our respect and esteem for them – it tells them that we see their sacrifice and appreciate them. Will you consider contributing toward this collection this year and blessing our teachers with an extra gift this Christmas season?

Your contributions can be sent to the BCS office (make checks payable to “Berks Christian School”) and marked Teacher Christmas Gift. Or, you can plan to give during the offering taken at the Christmas Concert on the evening of December 11th. All money collected at this offering will go toward the Christmas gifts for our teachers.  Please plan on contributing by December 19th, to allow time to distribute the gifts before Christmas break.

We pray that Christ would remain the center of our focus as we celebrate the season with friends and family this year. Thank you for being an extra blessing to our teachers. Have a joyful Christmas!

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jv & VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES

Monday, December 3

VARSITY 4:30 PM HOME vs. Harrisburg Christian School

Thursday, December 6

MS Girls 3:30 PM AWAY vs. Dayspring Christian Academy
MS Boys A 4:30 PM AWAY vs. Dayspring Christian Academy
MS Boys B 5:30 PM AWAY vs. Dayspring Christian Academy

Friday, December 7

VARSITY Tournament 6:00 PM AWAY vs. Biglerville @ Hanover High School

Saturday, December 8

VARSITY Tournament 1:00 PM AWAY vs. Hanover @ Hanover High School

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

PARENT PARTICIPATION IN SELLING CONCESSIONS

We are excited for BCS Basketball Concessions! This is a great way for Athletic Boosters to make money throughout basketball season.

Each family is required to sign up for 2 games by Friday, December 8th.

Should you choose to not sign up you will be charged $20 per game as we will need to pay a staff member. For each time slot we are looking for two adults and one student, if possible, but definitely the two adults. You will be responsible for set up, serving during the game, and clean up.

We also ask that each time you serve that you bring something to sell (pizza, soup, sloppy joe, walking taco, etc.). Please put what you are bringing in the comment section so that we can include it on the price list.

9th-12th graders this is a great way to get service hours and support the basketball teams!

Grandparents day

What a great joy to have grandparents share a day with us! We were delighted with our annual Grandparents Day event this year. Thanks to all the grandparents who made it a priority to be here with us that day.

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Read the latest collection of articles by are fabulous students.

The Story of a Christian Doctor

Will Night Shift Make You Obese?

by Marcos.A

North & South: Interviewing
My Mom

by Lindsay.R

LUNCH MENU FOR THE WEEK OF 12/3/18

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Monday, December 3
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
PIZZA: Mickey’s cheese pizza, guacamole & salsa, w/ chips, mangos

Tuesday, December 4
Elementary:
Mickey’s Pizza, Jicama fries, side salad, peaches
HS Hot: Salisburg Steak w/ Roll, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears
HS COLD: Popcorn Chicken w/ Pierogies, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears
PIZZA: BBQ Chicken flatbread, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, pears

Wednesday, December 5
Elementary:
All-American Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese, Steamed peas, spiced cinnamon apples
HS Hot: Breakfast Bar, donut, hash brown, melon cup
HS COLD: Steak sandwich, donut, hash brown, melon cup
PIZZA: Buffalo Chicken pizza, donut, hash brown, melon cup

Thursday, December 6
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
PIZZA: NY Style pepperoni or 4 meat pizza, Steamed broccoli, apple sauce

Friday, December 7
Elementary: 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
PIZZA: Stuffed crust pizza, Fiesta beans, mandarin oranges

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Our next PTO meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 in the library. Hope to see many of you there! If you’d like to be added to the email list to receive the agenda and meeting minutes, please email Cristina Urban at cristina.urban.ot@gmail.com.

Also, we have moved forward with our first fundraiser which will be an Usborne Facebook party, in which anyone interested can purchase high quality children’s books (great idea for the upcoming holiday!) and/or purchase a box of greeting high quality greeting cards. The BCS PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds. Be on the lookout for a flyer coming home with your student(s) soon. Feel free to join the Facebook group and spread the word so we can make this fundraiser as successful as possible. Any questions may be directed to Julie Kemp at juliem.kemp@gmail.com.