BCS Beat: Issue 12.06.18


Upcoming Events

December 14: Christmas Concert at WCS, Compassion Dress Down Day (please bring at least $2)
December 19-21: Midterms for secondary students (please don’t schedule appointments)
December 22: High School Winter Banquet
December 20: Preschool Christmas Program
December 22 - January 6: Christmas Vacation


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.

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Did you forget to place your order for your child's artwork?

Or maybe you want to order additional items?

We are opening online orders for Kid Kreations again, until December 14th!

Go to kidskreations.us to place your order. Type your child's name in the search box at the top right of the screen. Choose the artwork you want to order and the item. You can also upload new artwork directly on their site. Just click on the green 'upload artwork' button at the top of the page. Make sure to choose BCS when uploading your own artwork. All orders will be directly shipped to your home. Order by December 14th to get them in time for Christmas! If you previously ordered it will be sent home this week! 

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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.

$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.

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

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Parents of BCS students received a letter this past week from the school board about donating toward a Christmas gift for our faculty. If you feel led to contribute, please send your gift to the school office (indicate "Teacher Christmas Gift" on the gift) or you may choose to give in the offering taken at the Christmas Concert.


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It’s that special time of year: Christmas trees, carols, and cookies can mean only one thing: it’s time for midterms! There are lots of great resources on the internet, so get started with this list, and then try a search for some more detailed help.

1. Most important tip: Don’t cram. It doesn’t work. No really, it doesn’t. Your brain wasn’t designed that way. Break up your studying into small, manageable chunks over many days. 
Hint: you should get started now.
Bonus: give yourself mini-breaks of 5-10 minutes in between chunks of work.

2. Never just read. Reading your notes and textbook are time consuming, and research shows us that it doesn’t do a lot of good to increase your skill.

3. Don’t be deceived by recognition. Many of us study by looking at the review sheet and say to ourselves, “I know that.” That’s what we call recognition. It won’t help you on a test. Instead, aim for recall – being able to talk about it or explaining it without any words on the page prompting you. To get to recall, you need numerous, spread out sessions of re-learning (aka studying well.)

4. So how can you deepen your memory to get to that all-important recall? Engage as many of your senses as you can. Read the information, say the information, listen to the information, even take a walk while talking about the information. Engage as many mental processes as you can. Draw a picture of it, write it as a poem, or try write a song.

5. The best study tool? Teach the information to someone else.

6. The best memory tool? Find a way to connect the information to something you care about or something personal, even if it is a silly connection. Your brain will automatically want to remember it. 

And now, four more practical tips:

7. Set up a desk at home. Research shows that if you study in an environment closer to the test conditions, you’ll do better on your test. So try the kitchen table or a desk instead of your bed or a couch.

8. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep, Sleep. Sleep deprivation is a sure way to lower your grade. When you’ve put in the smart preparation of breaking up your studies, call it a night and get some shuteye.  

9. Related: leave your phone in the kitchen. Get better sleep by not looking at screens the hour before you go to bed. Also related: leave your phone in the kitchen, so your phone doesn’t keep you up until 1 AM.

10. Get some exercise and eat healthy food. Yes, these two things make a huge difference. You can do this, my dear students. Finish the semester well. In all things, to the glory of God.


Winter Weather


Early Dismissals
If, during the school day, weather concerns cause our transporting districts to pick up their students early:
1. BCS typically continues its normal school day to its completion since there will usually be at least one district that does not close early.
2. You as a parent, regardless of your local district, may pick up your child early to avoid oncoming messy weather. Just report to the office and have your child sign out. Also call your district to let them know, especially if there are not many on that bus on a normal run.
3. The school office will often dismiss student drivers before roads get bad, even before their assigned transporting districts show up to BCS. These drivers may also take approved riders with them, if prior parental permission has been given from both sets of parents involved.
4. All that leave early are responsible for any work they miss.

When BCS calls a two hour delay, we will send a parent alert, just as we would if school were cancelled for the day. When your district calls two hour delay but BCS is starting on time, you follow your district's schedule. If your student rides the bus it will come two hours after the normal time (but your child's attendance record will not be affected by this). If you'd like to bring your student to school at the normal BCS start time, that is an option too, but not required. You can find out if your district has a delay by checking here. (Consider adding this link as a bookmark so you can find it again!) Also remember that if there is a delay, there will be no hot lunch orders taken.

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As bitter weather starts to be more regular, please be aware that elementary students will be going outside for recess on some days. Please send warm coats, hats, and gloves along with elementary children for recess. Also, please remember that only solid color (no design, image, or pattern) sweaters and sweatshirts may be worn in school during the school day. Coats and other outerwear are only to be worn when the child is outside.

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2 Opportunities to serve a detention:

After School on Wednesday's 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Before School on Thursday's 6:55 am – 7:55 am

If you would like a Thursday AM detention you must let the the office know immediately. Otherwise, you will be scheduled for Wednesday.

Parents are responsible to arrange transportation home for any student who serves an after school detention.

Not showing up for Detention:

1 Detention Skip: Given a Warning
2 Detention Skips: ISS (in school suspension)
3 Detentions Skips: OSS (out of school suspension)

If a student is absent or at a school function the day of their assigned detention they will automatically be reassigned the following week.


Today marks the first official games of the 18-19 basketball season! For away games, always double check the athletic schedule for departure and return times. For home games, get here! We want our gym packed with cheering fans, so check out the schedule below for info on upcoming games, concessions sign-ups, and info on varsity season passes. See you Monday, 12/10 for our first home games of the year!"


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

Monday, December 10

GIRLS MS 3:45 PM HOME vs. York County Day
BOYS MS 4:45 PM HOME vs. York County Day

JV BOYS 6:00 PM HOME vs. Lititz Christian
VARSITY 7:30 PM HOME vs. Lititz Christian

Thursday, December 13

GIRLS MS 3:30 PM AWAY vs. Lancaster County Christian @ Leola campus
BOY MS 4:30 PM AWAY vs. Lancaster County Christian @ Leola campus
BOYS B MS 5:30 PM AWAY vs. Lancaster County Christian @ Leola campus

VARSITY 4:00 PM HOME vs. Linville Hill Christian
JV BOYS 5:30 PM HOME vs. Linville Hill Christian

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

Season passes are available for all regular season varsity basketball games. Click the button below to order yours!

Season passes are available for all regular season varsity basketball games.
Click the button below to order yours!


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!


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Monday, December 10
Elementary: Hamburger on bun, lettuce & tomato, baked beans, french fries, mandarin oranges
HS Hot: Open faced hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, fruit salad
HS Cold: French toast slice w/sausage, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, fruit salad
Pizza: Mickey’s cheese pizza, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, fruit salad

Tuesday, December 11
Lunch box meal, carrot & celery sticks, apple snack pack
HS Hot: Spicy or regular chicken tender wrap, pasta salad, fresh broccoli, w/dip, apple crisp
HS Cold: Pizza sticks w/sauce, pasta salad, fresh broccoli, w/dip, apple crisp
Pizza: BBQ Chicken flatbread, pasta salad, fresh broccoli, w/dip, apple crisp

Wednesday, December 12
Chicken & waffles, California blend veggies, peaches
HS Hot: Nest nachos, lettuce & tomato, refried beans, corn, mangos
HS Cold: Egg, cheese & sausage sandwich, lettuce & tomato, refried beans, corn, mangos
Pizza: Buffalo Chicken pizza, lettuce & tomato, refried beans, corn, mangos

Thursday, December 13
Elementary: Sloppy Joe’s, cole slaw, sweet potato waffle fries
HS Hot: Steak sandwich, curly fries, green beans, pineapple
HS Cold: Hot roast beef & cheddar, curly fries, green beans, pineapple
Pizza: NY Style pepperoni or 4 meat pizza, curly fries, green beans, pineapple

Friday, December 14
Elementary: Pizza, spinach salad, green beans, pineapple
HS Hot: Bruschetta pasta rosa, salad greens, steamed cauliflower, peaches
HS Cold: Buffalo chicken sticks w/roll, salad greens, steamed cauliflower, peaches
Pizza: Stuffed crust pizza, salad greens, steamed cauliflower, peaches

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Lunch /Recess


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? Timing is approximately 11:00 until 12:30. 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 two parents per day, so pick a friend and sign up together! Contact Miss Klase, rklase@berkschristian.org for more details and to sign up.

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The PTO has adopted a mission statement to help us best serve BCS!
“The PTO is dedicated to serving the Berks Christian School faculty and staff by promoting communication, modeling gratefulness, and strengthening relationships between home and school.”

Thank you to those who have participated in the Usborne and Cards for a Cause fundraisers. Remember you still have until December 7th to place orders. Any questions may be directed to Julie Kemp at juliem.kemp@gmail.com.

Our next PTO meeting is Thursday, January 17th 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.

Stay tuned for more information about our indoor yard sale fundraiser coming up in February!