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Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2

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School-wide Announcements
**Important info on new academic programs, tuition, and re-enrollment**


Join us on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6pm in the Warrior Gym for the first-ever "State of the School" to discover more about where Bracken Christian School stands today and our plans for the future. Each family that has at least one guardian present will receive $25 off of one student's enrollment or re-enrollment fee.
Elementary School News
Sheila Kerby, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,  
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and was able to spend time with family and friends. I know the students were excited to get back to school to see their friends and teachers.
On the agenda this week:
  • Our Tuesday elementary chapel will host Coach Stredic as our guest speaker.
  • Elementary Pajama Day is on Friday. PJs must consist of long pants and appropriate top. No shorts, sleeveless tops, house shoes/slippers or head wear. BCS spirit wear is also allowed.
  • On Saturday, three of our students will compete in the District Spelling Bee.
Spelling Bee
Three of our Elementary students will represent Bracken in the District Spelling Bee taking place Saturday, Jan.18. McKenna Sedlacek will represent the third grade, Zachary Montgomery will represent the fourth grade, and Maddi Cameron will represent the fifth grade. We wish them the best.
Math Olympics
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students who qualified for Math Olympics participated in the ACSI District Math Olympics in December. Of those qualifiers, the 12 students listed below will advance to the ACSI Area Math Olympics to be held on Feb. 14. They will be presented with their ribbons from the District competition at Elementary Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Congratulations!

Computation  
Kolby Petty
Ella Merz
Hunt Harris
Brady Ramsey
Lindsey Warren
Dakota Griffin
Maddi Cameron

Reasoning
McKenna Sedlacek
Chandler Richey
Joseph Howlett
Addy Farrell
Jacob Hill
REMINDERS:
  • If your child is going to be out, please call the School Office or email tammy.grothues@brackenchristian.com before 9:00 am. It is very important that the office knows of student absences. Absences will be communicated to the classroom teacher, but you are welcome to email the teacher, as well.
  • Please check your child's uniform before leaving for school including socks, shoes, hair accessories, and outerwear. We observe many students not following the uniform policy. The school uniform policy can be found in the Parent and Student Handbook on the Family Portal, on the Bracken website, or here.
Middle School/High School News
Tashi Land, Principal
Dear Parents,
Please see the "Week at a Glance" section for events this week. Additionally, please note that there is no school on Monday, Jan. 20 , in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and there will be an Open House for prospective new students on Monday, Jan 27., from 5:30-7:30. Spread the word and invite families you know who may be looking for a Christian education for their children.
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!
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.

Featrued Elementary needs:
Pre-K: Treasure box items. ( Happy Meal toys, party favor toys etc.)
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 : Carmex tubs and crutches (various sizes)

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)
A huge THANK YOU for the donation of a wall-mounted TV for the elementary hallway. If you haven't had a chance, come by and see the announcements running continuously.
And thank you for the donation of paper bedding for the elementary science room pets!
Prayer Warriors
 Please be in prayer for:
  • BCS Search Committee and BoD as they evaluate candidates and make final decisions about the new Head of School
  • Health and safety for our athletes
  • 2020-2021 re-enrollment
  • Our leadership
  • 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
2020-2021 Academic Program Options
We are excited to announce that, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Bracken will be offering 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.
In addition to new programs, we are now offering a 5% family tuition discount to active military, first responders, and families with three or more enrolled children.
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.

Jan 14:      
  • Automatic re-enrollment for current students. No action required by families. $350 fee will be charged to your account on Jan 24. This is required to secure a student’s spot for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have multiple children and would like to space the re-enrollment fees out, please contact Amy Day at amy.day@brackenchristian.com to make arrangements.
  • Applications for siblings of current families will be accepted.

Jan 24: 
  • Re-enrollment fees will be charged to your account

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!

A meet-and-greet will be held on January 23 from 2:30-6:30pm in the BCS library.

PTO officers:
President: Christa East
Vice President: Tonya 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 Warrior Athletic Department is looking for a middle school girls head softball coach and an assistant high school girls softball coach . If interested, please contact Terri Sanders at terri.sanders@brackenchristian.com.

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:
Jerry Beene

Financial/Business Director:
Jerry Beene

Advancement Director:
Amy Day

HS/MS Principal:
Tashi Land

Elementary School Principal:
Sheila Kerby

Athletic Director:
Terri Sanders

SHIELD Coordinator:
Kim Miglicco