Nov. 8, 2020
Weekly Warrior
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"To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1 (GNT)
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Week at a Glance
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Elementary School News
Middle/High School News
Warrior Sports
BCS and You
Prayer Warriors
Admin Announcements
Elementary School News
Sheila Kerby, Principal
Election 2020
It was a hard-fought race with tough choices all around, but with all of the ballots counted, the winner has been declared.....Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!!
Mrs. Marhofer's fifth grade class conducted a mock candy election to learn about our nation's election process. They registered to vote, created ballots, and cast their votes for their favorite candy at the "voting booth!"
If only all candidates could be so sweet...
Club Invention
Club Invention began this past Thursday. It is an after-school enrichment program that partners with schools to reinforce the traditional school year with inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, and math. The module for the next eight weeks is "SOS: Endangered Earth" where the children are investigating and discovering threats to animal habitats and design safe spaces for wildlife for all types of animals from black bears to birds.
The Apex pep rally was a great way to kick off our Apex fun run. This is a two- week interactive leadership program that promotes leadership habits and good character combined with a fitness-focused event to help Bracken raise money. Our students will be transformed into MIGHTY leaders with daily lessons based on leadership and character building. All funds raised for elementary will support: playground fund, curriculum, leveled books, classroom books, classroom needs, and science equipment and material.
For the purpose of full disclosure, please note that Bracken will receive 51 percent of all donations while APEX Leadership Company will receive 49 percent. From the 49 percent allocated to APEX, students and staff will receive prizes and cash. For example, teachers will receive 10 percent of the amount their students raise to spend on their class.
Pick Up Reminders:
·     We are experiencing traffic problems in the afternoon when parents using the drive-through pick up for Pre-K- 1st grades continue to wait there for their older children. Once you have picked up your Pre-K, Kinder, or 1st grader, please pull out of the drive-through lane and into a parking space or to the front of the school. If a line has already formed for 2nd-5th grade pick-up, we still need parents to move out to the front of the school into a parking space to make room for others trying to pick up at the drive-through.
·     Choir dismissal on Tuesday is at 4:15. Please do not arrive too early as it will back up traffic down the hill and out Old Boerne Rd. If you arrive early, please pull into a parking space.
Upcoming events:
Please see Week at a Glance for all events this week.
  • Junior cheer practice will take place this week Mon-Thur from 3:00-3:30 in the courtyard. Students will be brought back to the elementary building to be picked up by parents.
  • Nov. 18: Half day of school for students for teacher training. (Details are forthcoming.)
  • Nov.19: 8:30 - Fire Drill; Camo/Bling Day; Club Invention
  • N0v. 21-29: School closed for Thanksgiving break. Classes resume Nov.30
Middle School/High School News
Tashi Land, Principal
Parents,
We are only 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving break and I am reminded of Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I remember as a teenager and into my early college years wondering what God’s will was for my life and coming across this verse. I pray that as you shepherd your children daily in their walk with The Lord that you will remind them of these three things - Rejoice always, Pray Continually, and Give thanks in all circumstances. If we, as a Bracken family, can do these three things well, we will be able to make Bracken a light on a hill for the Bulverde community as well as a safe haven of hope for those in desperate need of God’s love and forgiveness.

Some reminders for this week:
  • Anython Fundraiser. This is a very easy fundraiser in which to participate. You just need to text people the link. That’s it. In a survey, the students requested the money raised go to fixing up the campus (bathrooms, courtyards, etc.). As an added incentive, any participating student who raises $250 will have their name put in a drawing for five free dress passes. There will be three winners. In addition, any class that raises at least $3000 will have all students in that class added to the drawing. We have until Thursday to participate, so please encourage your students to text their friends and family members.
  • Honor roll and principal honor roll certificates will be handed out during the first period on Monday, Nov 9, during first period. If your students qualify, they can bring their certificates home tomorrow.
  • As the weather gets colder, please remember that your students need to have Bracken outerwear (hoodies, fleeces, etc.). Blankets and non-Bracken outerwear are not authorized per the dress code. The dress code can be found in the handbook on the website.
  • In the mornings before school (and any other time while your student is on campus) students need to be in classrooms or in the courtyard. Please remind your student that once they are on campus they should not be waiting in their cars. (This includes before school, during lunch, and after school.) Thanks!
  • Please remind your high school students that if they are tardy to class, this will potentially eliminate their ability to exempt their midterms.
  • Thank you to parents who have brought us (or sent via Amazon) disposable masks - what a blessing!!
  • This Tuesday, Nov 10, the high school volleyball team is having a playoff game in the Bracken gym. We want to encourage everyone to come and NAVY OUT! Any student that comes in Bracken navy spirit wear will receive a free dress pass. Come support your Lady Warriors!
Upcoming events: See Week at a Glance for all events this week.
Nov 16 at 6:30 pm - Costa Rica mission trip (June 2021) and Europe 2022 high school student trip (spring 2022) parent meetings in room 708.
Warrior Sports
The Warrior varsity cross country team placed 7th out of 12 teams at the TAPPS 2A state finals. Mari Cobb, sophomore, placed 22nd and Bella Isgro, freshman, placed 32nd out of 85 competitors.
Great effort by this young team. They will be a force to be reckoned with next year!
Our Warrior football team is now 3-1 in district play with their last district game coming up on Friday at Bracken where they will take on the Summit Christian Eagles at 7:30. Come out and support your Warriors as they close out district play with lots of halftime entertainment by the Lady Warrior junior cheerleaders and the punt and pass competition!! Bracken Backers will have all the football game snacks and meals that make Friday Night Lights complete!
This Tuesday at 6:30 wear your Bracken navy for a NAVY OUT the gym event! Our Lady Warrior volleyball team continues their road-to-state journey with a match up against the Shiner St.Paul Cardinals for the area championship!
BCS and You
There are many ways you can support YOUR Bracken Christian School. Choose to volunteer, donate classroom items, participate in fundraising campaigns, and make monetary donations. See below for many opportunities to help your Warriors thrive!
The Giving Tree
BCS classrooms have needs that you can help meet. Weekly featured items are below. Please contact teachers for any questions you may have.

Featured STREAM needs:
2nd Grade (Turturro/Miller) - Back-of-chair organizers
Featured MS/HS needs:
Document cameras for each secondary classroom
Thank you for the card table for Mrs. Slye's 3rd grade and the back-of-chair organizers for Mrs. Turturro's 2nd grade!
Revenue Sharing Fundraising
Help Bracken with no extra cost to you.
Raise money for BCS with gift cards through Scrip. When you buy a gift card from Scrip, you give a gift to Bracken. Over 700 merchants.
See Heather Rutherford in the elementary office or go to ShopWithScrip.com and click "Join a Program." Enter code 6BL5A91B6151.
SO EASY! Use your own Amazon account to login in to smile.amazon.com, make Bracken Christian School your charity, and start shopping. Same products, prices, and features as Amazon.com. With every purchase of eligible AmazonSmile products, 0.5% of the price can go to Bracken! It adds up! Note: AmazonSmile does not work on the iOS Amazon app.
No clipping. No sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the Box Tops app HERE, shop, then scan your receipts. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.
Prayer Warriors
Please be in prayer for our school and these specific requests:

Pray for Mrs. Wilcox’s daughter-in-law who is enduring a long recovery after brain surgery to remove a tumor.

Pray for Liam Kitchen to make a complete recovery and be protected from further infections.

Pray for Mrs. Kerby's grandson, Ezequiel, who will have surgery Nov.16th.

Pray for continued health for all students and staff. 

Pray for an increase in spiritual depth on campus, for students and staff to be overwhelmed by God’s amazing love for them.

Pray for the Lord to move in power and reveal Himself to each of our students, and that our students would know Him and receive His love.

If you have a prayer request that you would like to share in the newsletter, please contact one of the principals or Amy Day to have it included here.

Administration Announcements
The Bracken Uniform Plus store will be open M-F from 8:00-8:30 am. For your convenience, appointments can also be made by contacting Amy Day at 830-980-3267 or amy.day@brackenchristian.com.
In it Together
Below is a list of Bracken's efforts to keep our campus COVID free. Staff and faculty are working diligently to keep our school safe and open!
  • Digital face scanners are being used in the MS/HS to catch potential symptoms.
  • Temperatures are checked with a non-contact forehead thermometer for elementary students and any visitors entering the campus.
  • Faculty and staff wear face coverings.
  • Sanitizing with Vital Oxide via an electrostatic sprayer twice a week.
  • Frequent hand washing is practiced and sanitation stations are numerous.
  • UV lights have been installed in the air conditioning units to reduce pathogens.
Administration:

Head of School:
Jeff Coleman

Marketing and Communications Director:
Amy Day

HS/MS Principal:
Tashi Land

Elementary School Principal:
Sheila Kerby

STREAM Director:
Jamie King

Athletic Director:
Terri Sanders

Admissions Director:
Mallory Smith

SHIELD Coordinator:
Kim Miglicco