Feb. 8, 2020
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And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
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Elementary School News
Sheila Kerby, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We were blessed by the Elementary Chapel on Tuesday where second grade gave a performance from the book, “The Three Trees.”
The message was so clear for all boys and girls to understand. There was humor, singing, and dancing but the message was when we feel down because we don’t get what we want , we need to sit tight because God is thinking of something better to give us. The third tree wanted to be tall and reach to heaven, however, God’s plan was for the tree to be the cross to which He was nailed. While the second tree longed to be a big ship that carried kings, he became a small boat who carried the King of heaven and earth across the stormy waters. The first tree desired all the riches and greatest treasures, but she became the manger that held baby Jesus. 
Tuesday continued to be an exciting day! I hope you were able to attend the pep rally where our junior cheerleaders performed with the varsity and junior varsity squads as they honored seniors and the spring sports team. They worked hard for a week practicing a fun and exciting cheer and dance.
YEEHAW!!
Friday was Western Day, and our Bracken cowgirls and cowboys came ready to rope some steer and drive some cattle.....or perhaps audition for Walker, Texas Ranger! Regardless, they were the cutest lil' cowpokes y'all ever did see!
REMINDERS
-- Pre-K will be accepting donations all week benefiting Provisions Outreach. (See below.)
-- Donate baby wipes for the National Junior Honor Society Diaper Drive. (See below.)
-- If your child is going to be out, please call the school office or email tammy.grothues@brackenchristian.com  before 9:00 am. Absences will be communicated to the classroom teacher, but you are welcome to email the teacher, as well.
Pre-K is collecting donations for Provisions Outreach. Donations will be accepted at Chapel, Feb 11, or in the hallway outside of the elementary office during the week of Feb. 10-13.
Items needed:
Canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned beans (any), canned tomato products (any), toilet paper, toothpaste, and shampoo.
Middle School/High School News
Tashi Land, Principal
Dear Parents,
What an amazing week we had! God gave us the opportunity to bless others through our third service day of the year. This time the students served 21 different non-profit private and public entities such as churches, food pantries, children's centers, hospice/assisted living centers, local parks, rehabilitation ranches, a pregnancy center, and more.
I am so proud of their servant hearts as they worked tirelessly and selflessly to serve others in need. You have so many reasons to be proud of your children as they impact their community for Christ. Below is just a sampling of the feedback we received from those organizations we served.
The Spring Branch/Bulverde
Pregnancy Care Center:
"The students were a tremendous help today! They were very polite, attentive and stayed on task, regardless of what I asked of them. Love having Bracken students out to help."
Riverside Community Church:
"Your kids literally said they would do anything that needed to be done - big or small. Zero grousing for picking up trash in the cold; load a dumpster; fold hundreds of t-shirts; refilling Kleenex boxes.....your kids were showing such servants' hearts today."
The last pep rally of the year was on Tuesday where we honored seniors and wished our spring sports athletes a successful season. Thank you, cheerleaders, for inspiring such great school spirit!
Please don't forget to read about the upcoming events this week and beyond in the "Week at a Glance" at the top.
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NJHS Diaper Drive
Items can be donated through February and dropped off at the main office, elementary office, or Mrs. Cobb's classroom.
Let’s beat last year's collection of 10,000 wipes and 5,000 diapers!
Elementary: Wipes
6th grade: Newborn size.
7th grade-Size 1, 8th grade: Size 2, 9th grade: Size 3, 10th grade: Size 4, 11th grade: Size 6, 12th grade: Size 6. 
All diapers and wipes will be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch.

Beware...Nurse Robin is out for blood!
give blood
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Feb 12 12:30-5pm
Call to schedule: 830-438-3211
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!
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Staff Appreciation
February 27
Contact PTO President Christa East at 210.483.3308 for more information.
Boots & Ballgowns
Donations are now being accepted for our premier philanthropic event, Boots & Ballgowns.  
Please contact Kendall Clinton to discuss your donation. bootsandballgowns19@gmail.com or 281-979-0480
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 Tammy G. 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, shop, then scan your receipts. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.
The Giving Tree
BCS classrooms have several needs that you can help meet. ALL classroom needs can be found on an online sign-up form where you can note the items you will donate. Weekly featured items are below.

CLICK HERE for a complete list and to select items to donate.

Featured Elementary needs:
K5: Paper towels
1st grade: Highlighters
3rd grade: Dry erase markers/erasers
Science: If you are upgrading your tablets or phones this season, consider donating your old device. There are many activities, computer programming, virtual reality, and robotics programs we can add to daily lessons.

Featured Clinic Needs : Crutches (various sizes) and protein snacks

Featured MS/HS Needs:
Acrylic and oil-based paints, drawing pencils, paint brushes, canvases (Art)
Concordia References Books (Bible)
Teacherdiscovery.com gift cards (Social Studies and Foreign Languages)
Donations for script purchases and set/prop purchases (Drama)
Prayer Warriors
 Please be in prayer for:
  • The new Head of School and his family as they transition to Texas.
  • Our Board of Directors
  • Health and safety for our athletes
  • 2020-2021 enrollment
  • Successful implementation of new academic programs

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
Bracken has a new logo! Click here to read more about how this new symbol of Bracken embodies our goal to encourage our students’ faith and equip them to be steadfast warriors for Christ. 
Programs and Tuition for 2020-21
Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Bracken will offer three distinctly different educational programs designed to allow parents flexibility while achieving an excellent education within the context of a biblical worldview. Below you will find the description and tuition rates for each program.

We are also offering a 5% family tuition discount to active military, first responders, and families with three or more enrolled children.

And last but not least, we will be offering $100 referral rewards! See below for details.
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Traditional 5-Day Program, K4 - 12th
The BCS Traditional 5-day program offers professional instruction on campus five days a week. Students are challenged to put their faith in to action by participating in ministries such as Students And Leaders Together (S.A.L.T. Program) and involvement in service projects.
 BCS Traditional 5-Day Tuition:
  • K4-5th - $8,940 per year, $745 per month for 12 months
  • 6th-8th - $9,240 per year, $770 per month for 12 months
  • 9th-12th - $9,696 per year, $808 per month for 12 months
  • K4 3 Day (T,W,TH) - $5,940 per year, $495 per month for 12 months
  • $150 application fee per family
  • $400 enrollment fee per student
BCS Hybrid Program, K5 - 8th
The new BCS Hybrid program offers a schedule that allows families flexibility by providing professional instruction on campus two to three days a week and study at home under the tutelage of parents on the remaining days.  It allows students to take ownership of their education and develop skills in problem solving and time management at an early age. Academic accountability will be monitored by on-campus degreed teachers. BCS Hybrid strives to curate elements from a variety of research-based, educational models that are successful in keeping the gospel of Jesus Christ at the center of all that is taught. Supplemental labs, arts and athletics are available as electives at the published rate. 
BCS Hybrid Tuition:
  • K5-5th - $4,440yr, $370 per month for 12 months
  • 6th-8th - $4,800yr, $400 per month for 12 months
  • Textbooks are not included in Hybrid tuition
  • Friday electives - $450 per class per semester
  • $150 application fee per family
  • $400 enrollment fee per student
BCS Flex Program, 9th -12th
BCS Flex offers instruction from our professional teachers in the traditional 5-day program or our Hybrid program through an a la carte system. We view the Flex program as an opportunity for Bracken and homeschooling parents to partner in the education of their children. Core classes, advanced classes, dual credit classes, electives, and athletics are offered through BCS Flex. Students taking at least four classes each semester are eligible to participate in TAPPS activities which offers fine arts, academic, and athletic competitions. 
BCS Flex Tuition:
  • $2,400 per year per course, $200 per month for 12 months
  • $150 application fee
  • $400 enrollment fee
BCS SHIELD
The BCS SHIELD program supplements all of our academic programs described above. Working through the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD), BCS SHIELD is for students with average to above-average intelligence who struggle with skills such as math facts, spelling, difficulty organizing personal space and time, or spend an unreasonable amount of time on homework. The goal of the program is to equip students with learning differences to succeed academically and in life as independent learners. 
BCS SHIELD Tuition:
  • $5,300 per year, $530 per month for 10 months
  • $60 material fee
Re-enrollment Information
We continue to seek God in moving Bracken to a financially sustainable position and to provide excellence for our students and families. We pray that you will continue to partner with us in the education of your children.

Feb 3:      
  • Open enrollment begins for new families

April 1:
  • Re-enrollment fee becomes non-refundable. If you have paid the re-enrollment fee and choose by Mar 31 not to return, your re-enrollment fee will be refunded and you will complete the withdrawal process as described below.

* Should you decide not to return for the 2020-2021 school year, contact Mallory Smith at mallory.smith@brackenchristian.com to begin the withdrawal process for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The withdrawal process will include completing a withdrawal form and having an exit meeting with the Head of School in May.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Join the newly-formed PTO!

PTO officers:
President: Christa East
Vice President: Tanya Brand
Secretary: Aarin Farrell
Treasurer: Jennifer McGarity
2019-2020 Bracken Business Network
Please consider supporting our Bracken family business owners when in need of services such as day care, plumbing, dentistry, and more! You can link to the directory for the full list and contact information here: Bracken Business Network.
Employment Opportunity
BCS is currently seeking a dedicated individual to join our after school program staff! This is a part-time job on Monday-Friday from 3:15-6:30 p.m. Contact Ms. Sheila Kerby, Elementary School Principal, for more details at 830-438-3211 or click here to email.
Administration:

Head of School:
Jeff Coleman

Financial/Business Director:
Jerry Beene

Marketing and Communications Director:
Amy Day

Academic Director/Consultant:
Jill White

HS/MS Principal:
Tashi Land

Elementary School Principal:
Sheila Kerby

Athletic Director:
Terri Sanders

Admissions Director:
Mallory Smith

SHIELD Coordinator:
Kim Miglicco

Hybrid Coordinator:
Jamie King