Superintendent's Messages

 
 
 
Early Summer Message from the Superintendent
June 19, 2018
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Dear BC Family,

I hope you are all enjoying this early summer weather as much as I am. I have truly become accustomed to the beach lifestyle this past year, even though I have not yet learned how to surf. As we end one year, and plan for the next, I wanted to take a few moments to share some important updates with you. 

Our 8th grade promotion and high school graduation were both well received from all whom attended. I am so proud of the wonderful young men and women who celebrated their accomplishments on these wonderful occasions. 
Our teachers and staff have been hard at work to make next year a great one! We had Block Schedule and Ed Tech training last week, and I can tell you that our teachers are excited about the new teaching and learning opportunities provided by the synergy of these two new approaches. 

Our team is completing the Self-Study for our ACSI/WASC joint accreditation process that occurs once every six years. This is a tremendous amount of work, but it focuses our self-reflection, and it serves to make us an even better school in all areas. Our Accreditation Team visit will be during the 3rd week of October, but there will be no interruption of classes or services during that time.

Ms. Flippin is back at school! She is doing great and is experiencing a full recovery from surgery. She begins scheduling of next year’s classes this week, so stay tuned for updates on that.

Our Junior High School enrollment has been dropping for a number of years, so we will be eliminating our 6th grade this coming school year. Since we just graduated 56 seniors, our overall enrollment will be a bit lower next year. This has precipitated some faculty and staff changes to come in line with our student population, while properly stewarding our finances. We will miss our departing staff, yet we will carry on the high quality of service and programming you have come to expect from BC. I want to thank Mrs. Staller, who led our Activities for many years here with quality and excellence. One of our teachers will be taking on this role, so stay tuned for an announcement on that soon.

We have hired three new Math and Science teachers for next year. I will introduce them formally before the start of the year, but be assured that each of them is of the highest quality, and they will significantly strengthen our math and science programming. They are already beginning to prepare their lesson plans for the start of school on August 13th.

Some of you may have heard of Measure Q, which is a bond measure that provides for school building improvements for the Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD). The BC school board and I have been in ongoing conversations with HBCSD regarding Measure Q as it relates to the Gisler Facility upon which we reside. I will keep you updated on this issue, but please know that BC will remain on the Gisler Facility next year. It is likely that we will move to a new facility in the next few years, but exact dates are not yet determined. I want to thank the HBCSD for working with us to achieve a win-win for their school system and ours.

I encourage all members of the BC community to email me directly at jmoran@bchs.net with any questions or concerns you may have about our great school. I will continue to communicate with you over the summer, but I will be out of the office intermittently until August. However, we will have staff working in the office from 9AM-3PM every day throughout the summer to meet any need you may have.

I thank God for the miraculous year we have just concluded, and I hope you join me in my excitement about the great year ahead. In the meantime, I wish you and your families, a safe, happy and blessed summer!
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
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God bless you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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Superintendent's Message
May 25, 2018
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Graduation Info
 

We look forward to a special commencement ceremony for our seniors this year, which will be held at Mariners Church HB at the corner of Warner and Beach on June 9th at 2pm.  We will NOT have unlimited seating, so each graduate has been granted a limited number of tickets for friends and family. 
We know that alumni and others ordinarily come to the commencements even if not invited, but folks won’t be able to enter the venue without a ticket this year due to the limited size of the hall. I wanted you to know this in advance, so there are no disappointments on June 9th. Thanks everyone.
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Debate Team
 

I am thrilled to announce that BC has been accepted into the coveted Logos Forensic Association (LFA)!  This is the top Christian Debate League in California. Brethren Christian will compete against the 16 other member schools in the LFA next year. We are now all set to build a debate team in anticipation of the fall season. Please encourage your children to join our new debate team. It goes a long way to build:

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning/Logic
  • Research skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Confidence

It also helps when applying to top colleges and universities. This is another step forward in making BC a top preparatory school. Kudos to Mrs. Marcia Maresh for making this happen. Please contact her at mmaresh@bchs.net with any questions or if your children want to join the team.
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ACSI Art Festival Results
 

CONGRATULATIONS to our talented art students!!!
ACSI District Art Festival 2018 
  • Yihan Wang placed 2nd in 12th grade division with his self-portraits acrylic painting, "Me, Myself and I"
  • Nina Nguyen placed second in 11th grade with her oil pastel floral drawing "Summer"
  • Bethany Diment's acylic pour painting "The Journey to the Cemetary" inspired by the Phantom of the Opera placed 3rd in 8th grade division.
  • Ryan Harper's mixed media piece "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" Took the Theme Award for 11th grade division. The festival theme was Beautiful Things
BC students were awarded 20 Superior Blue Ribbons of the 22 artworks submitted. Thank you Ms. Rushing for delivering the best in fine arts education here at BC!!! Enjoy a selection of the pieces below:
Ryan Harper
Yihan Wang
Bethany Diment
Nina Nguyen

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Special Announcement From The Superintendent 
May 21, 2018
 

I am pleased to report a new $700,000 donation!
This raises our one-year total fundraising to $1.3 Million. Let us praise God, and thank our generous donors, for this miraculous provision.

This is an anonymous, unrestricted gift to go where it is most needed. We will prudently use these funds to further strengthen our teaching, programming and services. This will go a long way to build excellence in our A5 = Academics, Athletics, Arts, Activities & AMSE (Applied Math Science & Engineering). Our board of Trustees and I are committed to stewarding these funds wisely to achieve maximum results for your children.

I am sure you will be pleased with all we have in store for next year, which includes:

• 1:1 computers
• Block scheduling
• 8-man football
• Athletic league realignment (to achieve competitive equity)
• A debate team
• More mission trips
• Stronger Math & Science Programming

This new infusion of funds will go a long way to implement these programs and others. Please join the board, our staff and me in rejoicing over the continual blessings the Lord Jesus is bestowing upon our beloved Brethren Christian. I am humbled and honored to serve all of you in this great school ministry.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Philippians 4:4

Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times. I will say it again: Keep on rejoicing!
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
May 7, 2018
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Ms. Flippin

Ms. Flippin has just begun a medical leave that will last for 4-6 weeks. She will have surgery, and is expected to have a full recovery. During her absence, please direct any academic requests to Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Martes or me. Please join me in praying for Ms. Flippin’s complete and rapid recovery.
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Open House

Our Open House was fantastic! Over 200 people attended, and there were many new families visiting for the first time. Many thanks to all of the volunteers, students, teachers and staff, who made this event a tremendous success. Congratulations to the winners of the half-off tuition drawing as well. This was a great night to celebrate the great year we have had at BC, while forecasting the new initiatives for next year: Football, 1:1 Computers, Debate Team, Block Scheduling, new missions opportunities and much more.
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Math Olympics

Congratulations to all our JH Mathletes for representing their class at the 2018 ACSI Math Olympics! The following students won honors at the event:

6th grade
Reasoning: 3rd place - Bob Nehrig 

7th grade
Computation: 3rd place - Emily Le (photo)

Reasoning: 2nd place - Noah Monteiro
3rd place - Joyce Hong

8th grade
Computation: 1st place - Jeilyn Rhee
3rd place - Velmar Amador-Lankster
Reasoning: 3rd place - Ethan Fast

Their ribbons will be presented at our Award Ceremony later this month.
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Haiti Missions Trip

Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster is the mother of Velmar, who is in our 8th grade. She conducts an annual missions trip to an orphanage in Haiti called Foyer Renovation D’Haiti. She will be leading a group of women there again on May 12th to share the gospel and to provide education. They will be providing Professional Development in Language and Literacy to teachers. They will also play, tell stories, sing, read the Word, pray with the students; and they will worship God with everyone they meet along the way. Dr. Amador-Lankster’s dream is to serve and to provide her testimony of the work our Lord Jesus has done in her life. Her wish is to touch the lives of others in a way that gives Glory to Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Velmar and I will make a brief presentation in Chapel this Wednesday at 9:35AM, and we will give all students (and parents, who wish to attend) an opportunity to financially support this important mission to Haiti. As a missions school, BC is blessed to support missions locally and around the world.

I invite the entire BC community to join us this Wednesday. Thank you!
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Cappies Nominations

Congratulations to our BC drama department. We received five Cappies nominations, while competing against over 30 larger Orange County schools. The nominated BC students are:
 
Female Vocalist in a Musical: Charis Sanders (for Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast)
Male Vocalist in a Musical: Freddy William (for Beast in  Disney's Beauty and the Beast)
Supporting Actress in a Play: Joelle Roque (for Jessie Mae in The Trip to Bountiful)
Hair and Make-up in a Musical: Savannah Westbrook, Joelle Roque, and Grace Burns
(for Disney's Beauty and the Beast)
Special Effects and/or Technology in a Musical: Ethan Montgomery and Luke Montgomery
(for Disney's Beauty and the Beast)

There are only a maximum of five nominees for each category, so it is quite an accomplishment for our Warriors to be nominated amongst so many other schools!
The county-wide winners will be announced at the Cappies Gala event on May 20, at the Grove in Anaheim.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Philippians 4:6-7

Never worry about anything. Instead, in every situation let your petitions be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving. Then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in union with the Messiah Jesus.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
May 1, 2018
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Beauty And The Beast

This musical was nothing short of spectacular! I congratulate Mrs. Stella Griffin and her support team for producing such a high quality show. Kudos also to Mr. Len Montgomery and the band members, who made the musical magic happen. Thanks to Ms. Marian Mine for training the singers, and to Patrick Quinn for the choreography and acting lessons. Thanks also to the financial supporters and volunteers, who made this show possible. What a special way for Mrs. Griffin to complete her tremendous career at Brethren Christian. Please join me in wishing her love, blessings and gratitude for all she has done for our school and the countless students she has touched.
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Open House

Please join us for our Annual Open House this Friday evening, May 4th. Come out and watch us showcase our wonderful teachers, students and programs. Our current parents, who attend that evening, may enter into a free drawing to receive 50% off tuition for next year for one of their children! Please invite as many new families as well, who may also enter into a drawing for 50% off of their first year tuition. There will be a Q&A session for new families at 6:00PM, then at 6:30PM the campus will open for current and new families to visit classrooms and talk to our teachers. The free drawing will happen at about 8:00PM in the Mall.
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Car Accident

Charis Sanders, Jessica Holloway, Jojo Roque and Sofia Miceli were involved in a minor car accident after the Musical Saturday evening.  Charis received treatment at the hospital for a concussion and a laceration, she is now resting at home, and she is expected to make a full recovery. Jessica and Sofia are bruised but OK, and Jojo was unharmed. Please keep them all in prayer for a complete recovery from the physical and emotional effects of the accident. Let us all thank God that this was not more serious.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Hebrews 11:6 ISV

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
April 21, 2018
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Beauty And The Beast

IT’S SHOW TIME! You won’t want to miss our production of Beauty and the Beast continuing tonight and going through next weekend. I congratulate Mrs. Griffin and all of her helpers for making this musical happen. Thanks also to the financial supporters of this production, without whom it would not be possible. Now let’s come out and support our students in this special event! Enjoy!
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Color Run & Chili Cook-Off

I wish to thank the planning committee for these events: Carole Suzuki, Joe Miceli, Janice Royal, Andrea Potter, and Rick Peterson. The event was a time of fun and fellowship for our community and raised money to move our mission forward. Kudos to everyone who developed and supported this wonderful event!
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Boston Trip

Congratulations to Mr. Len Montgomery and our Band students for a fantastic trip to Boston over the Easter break. It was so fun for me to visit my hometown with our students. Their spirit, character and excellence were evident. We can all take pride in our school, our band and our students for representing BC with excellence. A special thanks also to our parent chaperones!
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Open House

Mark your calendars to join us for our Annual Open House on May 4th. Come out and watch us showcase our wonderful teachers, students and programs. Our parents attending the evening will enter into a free drawing to receive 50% off tuition for next year for one of their children. Please invite as many new families as well, who will enter into a drawing for 50% off of their first year tuition.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
April 12, 2018
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2nd Annual Color Run & Chili Cook-Off

I encourage you to join us at these events this Saturday. It is a great way to support our school while having fun and fellowship. I want to thank the PFC, who have put in months of planning to make this event a great success.
The race starts at 1:30PM here at the school. Please park in the student parking lot. The chili cook-off setup will take place at 1:00PM, the Tasting Contest will start at 3PM, and the Chili Cook-Off award will be announced at 5:30PM.
Make sure to arrive early to check-in and to visit the photo booth, face painting, cotton candy, Italian ice truck, hear the DJ and more! You can register for the color run or the chili cook-off at www.bchs.net/colorrun/. The PFC still needs some volunteers, too, so you can go to the PFC Sign-Up Genius page to get on the volunteer schedule. For more information, please contact Shawn Thomas at sthomas@bchs.net.
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Block Schedule and Terra Nova Testing Next Week

BC parents and students, please note that next week we will be on Block Schedule, and from April 17th - 20th we will be doing Terra Nova Testing. These tests will be each morning starting at 8:00AM, Tuesday-Friday with classes following. On Monday, April 16th, students will be released at 12:25PM. The bus will leave at 12:45PM.

Please remember to have your students arrive on time, bring a few # 2 pencils, get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast. Seniors only report for senior meeting on Tuesday morning. After that they have a late start, they do not report until their first class the rest of the week.
Click here for the full schedule of Terra Nova Testing.
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Congratulations Girls Varsity Cross Country Team!

Congratulations, to our Varsity Girls Cross Country team. They have been selected as the 2018 CIF Southern Section Team Academic Champion. The team’s grade point average of 4.0 was the highest in the enrollment category of 1499 and below.

The Varsity Girls Cross Country team will be honored at the Academic Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The team will be awarded a championship banner during a ceremony at 6:45PM prior to the baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Baltimore Orioles.

If you would like to attend the Angels game, tickets can be purchased in the activities office for $8 per ticket.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


1 Corinthians 9:24
You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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An Easter Message from Dr. John Moran
March 30, 2018
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Our Christian faith is built on the resurrection of Christ Jesus, which we celebrate this Easter Sunday. The tomb was neither the end for Jesus of Nazareth, nor is it the end for us who believe in Him. The believer can rest assured that our salvation is secure in the finished work of the cross and in the power of His resurrection. It is this same power that moves in us today through the Holy Spirit, who magnifies the Father and the Son. This power of the Trinity was fully expressed on the first Easter, and it is available to all of us now, who follow Jesus in Spirit and in Truth. Let us take solace in these biblical truths this Easter and every day of the year.

Have a blessed, joyful and safe Easter break, and we will see you all back at school on Tuesday, April 10th.
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Beauty and the Beast

Join us for our Spring Musical production of Beauty and the Beast. Showtimes will be Friday and Saturday, April 20, and 21, and again on April 27 and 28. Visit our website for more tickets informationTo reserve tickets call 714-962-6617 and dial 2.
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Color Run & Chili Cook-Off

Don’t forget to attend this fund-raising event on April 14th at 1:30PM here at school. You can register for the color run, the chili cook-off, or become a sponsor at www.bchs.net/colorrun/. Also, the PFC needs volunteers, and you can sign-up to help at the event on our Sign-Up Genius page. Please contact Shawn Thomas for more details at sthomas@bchs.net.
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Roof Repair

Our entire roof was successfully repaired this past Monday! Our improved financial position, along with financial help from the Parent Fellowship Council, has made this possible.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Matthew 28:6
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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1:1 Computer Program


We are taking a quantum leap forward by changing BC to a high-tech learning environment with our new 1:1 Computer Program for next year. We are partnering with Beyond Technology Education (BTE), with whom I have partnered for ten years, to deliver exceptional Ed-tech in schools.  BTE assists in networking, hardware/software, tablets, trouble shooting and, most importantly, teacher training. BTE has already administered an Ed-tech assessment with all of our teachers, so they can tailor their training to our needs. BTE also provides specialized technology curricula for our computer courses, which will be a significant improvement over what we offer currently. Mr. Namahoe will focus his full time on administering our network, so we will be hiring a new teacher to teach these new computer courses.
 
Each student will have a Chromebook (leased as part of the technology fee), and each teacher will have a Surface Book Pro computer. The teacher and students will work synchronously with compatible technologies. BTE will provide ongoing training for our teachers, so they can maximize learning outcomes for every student. Teachers will learn how to change analog lessons into high tech lessons, yet each teacher will be able to learn at their own pace and integrate the technology gradually into their own classrooms.
The Internet and learning applications will provide dynamic learning tools for innovative classroom instruction. E-books will gradually replace textbooks as the teachers transition to an e-learning environment. Don’t worry, teachers will still be able to use books and other classroom materials as they deem appropriate.
 
We initially planned on charging a $595 tech fee for each student to cover the costs of this program, but we are lowering it to $395 per year for each of the next 4 years. BTE has worked with us to maximize efficiencies and lowering costs without hindering the high quality service we need. The tech fee will be charged closer to the beginning of school.  Stay tuned for details on the program over the coming months.
 
I want to thank Ms. Flippin, Ms. Martes, Ms. Simonds, Ms. Maresh and Mr. Namahoe for their months of work on our Ed-tech team to plan this 1:1 launch - their leadership has been outstanding. Our teachers and staff, in conjunction with BTE, are committed to delivering the highest quality, technology driven education for every student. I am confident that you will be pleased with the results.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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A Message from Dr. John Moran
March 20, 2018
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New Business Manager


Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Kimberly McGovern as our new Business Manager. She comes to us with substantial experience in school finance and HR. She is already working to improve our systems and processes to provide exceptional service to all of our parents. You may contact her at kmcgovern@bchs.net. Let’s give her a warm Warrior Welcome…thank you!
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Color Run & Chili Cook-Off

Here are 2 ways to get involved and to help BC move forward in its Quest for Excellence. The events are scheduled for April 14th at 1:30PM here at the school. Please contact Shawn Thomas for details at sthomas@bchs.net or go to the Color Run & Chili Cook-Off event page to sign-up. The PFC will greatly appreciate your support.
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Prayer Vigil

We invite the entire Brethren Christian community to join our student led prayer on holy Thursday evening (March 29th) during the BC Worship Night in the mall. A section of that time will be dedicated to pray for those affected by the Parkland shooting and all other shootings in American schools. Please join us in prayer.
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Big Thing in the Spring

The Junior HS ASB is hosting this event on April 13th. This JH dance will be a fun and well-supervised event. It is a healthy and fun opportunity for our JH students to socialize. Students should contact the JH ASB for details and tickets.
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Roof Update

The roof is now scheduled for March 26th.  We will let you know if it gets completed on that day.
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ACSI Musicale

The high school choir participated in the annual ACSI Musicale, a two-day choir festival, where they were adjudicated and rehearsed by guest conductor, Dr. Shawna Stewart from Biola University, and were adjudicated on other solo and ensemble pieces. Brethren Christian had four entries in the command performance: Brethren Christian Choir sang "Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia" (HS Choir), Chamber Choir sang "Hosanna In Excelsis," and soloists, David Salas and Charis Sanders sang their songs respectively. The choir was inspired by Dr. Stewart and other ACSI schools that participated and enjoyed making new friendships. Congratulations to the Brethren Christian high school choir students!
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Irvine Jazz Festival Recap

Our jazz band students all did a fantastic job at the Irvine Jazz Festival on Saturday. JH took 2nd out of three bands in the division. HS took 2nd out of three bands in their division, and the combos all played well, with our top combo taking 4th out of the 10 combos in the division and earning straight "superior" ratings.
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CASMEC Recap

Last month the BC choir and band rehearsed and performed at the California All-State Music Educator's Conference (CASMEC), with fellow musicians who auditioned from all across California. Brethren Christian is very proud of these students who represented our school at this high-caliber event which took place in San Jose. Visit the BC Fine Arts on the Move page to read quotes from our student performers about their experiences. 
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Security

We had a successful lockdown drill last week, and we will do other types of shooter on campus drills on a more regular basis. We are looking into security cameras for the entire campus, and we are doing a number of other things to improve the safety of everyone on campus. Our current security guard can no longer continue the job due to changes in his personal schedule, so I am now looking for a new armed security guard. If anyone in our community is qualified and interested, or if you know anyone who is, please contact me directly at Jmoran@Bchs.net. Thank you.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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March 13, 2018
A Message from Dr. John Moran
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Lock Down Drill


We will conduct a Lock Down Drill on campus this Wednesday at 1:30 PM. Please note that this is only a drill. In the case of a real emergency, we will notify parents ASAP.
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"Parkland" Walk Out

Some of our students wish to join other students around the country, who are honoring the memory of the 17 people killed at the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In support of our students, we are adjusting our school schedule for tomorrow, so no students miss class time or feel they would be punished for participating in this National Walkout. Students will be instructed on the walkout process and revised schedule during first period. I will personally accompany the students on the 17-minute walk out to ensure their safety. Students who do not wish to participate in the walk out will be supervised by teachers and staff in the BC mall. Wednesday’s schedule is as follows:

PER 1 8-9:10 (70 min)
PASSING 9:10-9:15
PER 2 9:15-9:50 (35 min)
WALK OUT 9:50-10:30 (40 min)
PER 2 CONTINUED 10:35-11:10 (35 min)
CHAPEL 11:15-12:00 (45 min)
SMALL GROUPS 12:05-12:35 (30 min)
LUNCH 12:35-1:15 (40 min)
PER 3 1:20-2:35 (75 min)
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Roof Update

Our roof repair is being rescheduled again due to the rain. Thank you for your patience.
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Flower Beds

Please let me know if you would like to fill 3 flower beds near our parking lot. You can email me at jmoran@bchs.net. Thanks!
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Volunteer Opportunity

Ms. Nancy Patrick will be leading a team of volunteers to continue our campus beautification process on March 19-22 between the hours of 8AM-2:30PM. Please come in comfortable clothing any time on those days and times. Please RSVP to npatrick@bchs.net, so she can best plan the time and process.  Thank you!!!
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
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March 5, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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International Students Director



Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Mimie Chow as our International Students Director. Mimie received her degree in Business Management from City College of San Francisco in 1986. Prior to working in education, Mimie worked in the banking and travel industries. She has over 15 years of experience in education and international student programming at a private Christian school in West Covina. She looks forward to growing our international outreach, supporting our international students and enhancing the integration of domestic and international students in all aspects of school life.

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Junior High Basketball

CONGRATULATIONS to our JH Basketball team, who finished second in the CALOC D3 league championship last Friday! I am so proud of Coach Tyler Ubl, who is a BC alumnus and of all the players, who fought so hard all season to attain this exceptional goal. Go Warriors!!!

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Junior High Volleyball

CONGRATULATIONS also go to our JH Volleyball team, who finished as the CALOC Division 3 JH Girls Volleyball Runner-up last Saturday! I am so proud of Coach Sierra Starke, and all of her team, who persevered to accomplish this exceptional goal. Go Warriors!!!

Spring Sports

High School Spring Sports are up and running: Softball, Baseball, Boys Volleyball, Golf and Track. JH teams have finished their winter season with two of our teams going to the CALOC D3 Championships last weekend, the JH Boys Basketball and JH Girls Volleyball teams, as mentioned above. Middle School Spring Sports - Boys Volleyball and Girls Softball will begin soon.
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Island Restaurant Fundraiser

Please join us at Islands Restaurant at 18621 Brookhurst Street tomorrow night, March 6th from 4PM onwards. The proceeds will raise money for the PFC and all of their activities that benefit the school.  Many parents have asked me how they can volunteer for the school, and joining the PFC board is a great place to start. Please contact the PFC President, Mike Donahoe at mdonahoe@bchs.net. Thank you!

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Canvas

Our Canvas platform is now completely updated, and all parents should be able to login to the system.I encourage you to check it regularly to monitor your children’s progress. If you are still experiencing issues, please contact jsimonds@bchs.net. Thank you.

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Roof

Our roof repair has been rescheduled several times due to rain (ironic, but necessary). It is now scheduled for MARCH 12th; so let’s hope it does not rain that day. I want to thank the PFC and our generous donors for making these repairs possible.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
February 20, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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$100,000 Donation!

We received another $100,000 donation last week from a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous! Combining this with the revenue from the Chinese camps and the increased revenue from converting to Tuition Assistance, enables us to return our teachers and administrators to full salary beginning on March 1st! We thank God for His faithfulness to our ministry, and we are so grateful for the continued giving from our BC Family!!! Please thank a teacher today for their willingness to sacrifice financially for BC these last few months.

Future fundraising will now go to moving BC boldly into the future with new programs, facilities and technologies. Let us also take a moment to thank the Lord Almighty for the miraculous turnaround at our school this year. “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26.
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Fees

We have listed the average cost of fees per grade on our website at www.bchs.net/tuition/. The complete list of fees may be obtained by requesting them from sthomas@bchs.net

We are planning our 1:1 computer roll out, which will inform us as to the final amount of the technology fee for next year, which will be $600 or less. Stay tuned for details on this program and the related fees.
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Strategic Planning

We are now training the focus group facilitators and then we will schedule an evening for all focus groups to meet at the school to give their input on our strategic future. Please stay tuned for that date.
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Chinese Camps

We are hosting our last camp of Chinese Students this week. There have been many positives arising from these camps – most importantly that several of the students have accepted Jesus Christ! We have also planted seeds of faith with over 200 students who have attended. There are some challenges to hosting so many visitors as well, so we will review if we will have more camps next year. I want to thank: the host families, our ambassador students, Mrs. Stone, and all of our teachers for making this a great success financially, academically, culturally and spiritually.

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Honduras Mission Trip

The dates have been changed from the April vacation to June 20-27th.  Please consider having your child join us on this life-changing trip. You can find out more information at www.montanadeluz.org.

Students under 14 may come if a parent accompanies them. Please contact me at jmoran@bhcs.net or Mrs. Wadsworth at kwadsworth@bchs.net with any questions you may have. Vamos a Honduras!  (Let’s go to Honduras!)
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The Global Ambassador Program in Germany

BC has partnered with the Semita School (which rents a site on our campus) to offer a unique leadership and travel opportunity for our students!

The Global Ambassador Program is a full immersion and leadership opportunity in Germany for American high school students. This program in western Germany offers students an engaging, fun, and intellectually stimulating environment while exploring historical and contemporary sites. The participating students in this program are from Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Please contact johnahn@semitaschool.org for more information.
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Debate

Mrs. Maresh is forming a BC Debate Team that will compete with other schools beginning next school year! This is a fantastic way to build logic, public speaking and critical thinking skills. It is also a great way to enhance college applications. Please contact mmaresh@bchs.net for more details.
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Special Chapel Tomorrow

I will be leading a chapel this Wednesday to discuss the Parkland school shooting and the larger issues it represents. I invite parents to attend. The goal is to hear the students’ perspectives and to discuss our response as Christians and responsible citizens. I have attached a statement from the ACSI leadership on this topic, which I thought was solid and thought provoking.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
  
 
February 9, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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New Football Coach

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Leon Green has become our Football Head Coach! He is a BC alumnus and a former football coach and teacher at Brethren. He will hold a meeting for all players and their parents in the very near future. Please contact our Athletic Director, Mrs. Stacey Whitmire, for more details. Please join me in giving our new coach a very warm welcome, and let’s praise the Lord for the return of football to BC!

Go Warriors!

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Block Scheduling

I am pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to block scheduling next school year. This differs from the straight scheduling we have now that delivers all subjects every day in 50 minute periods. Block scheduling delivers courses on alternate days in 85-minute periods.

 

Some benefits of block scheduling include:

  • Depth over breadth -  Instead of covering more material, teachers can uncover material more.
  • Longer class periods are ideal for:
    • labs
    • small or large group discussions
    • cooperative learning activities
    • debates
    • simulations
    • guest speakers
    • trips to the school library or computer lab
    • instructional videos and applications 
    • role plays
  • More time for teacher training on a weekly basis

Please follow this link to view the block schedule we will implement next school year: https://www.bchs.net/blockschedule18-19/

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Preview Night Feb 15th

Please invite a friend (or two) to our next Preview Night on Thursday, February 15th. Let folks know how much you love BC, and ask them to come by that night to see the great things happening here. They can register to attend Preview Night at www.bchs.net/preview/Thank you! Please contact Mr. Thomas for details at sthomas@bchs.net.

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Re-enrollment Discount

February 15th is the last day to save over $200 on your re-enrollment fee. Please contact me directly at jmoran@bchs.net if you have any questions about the school, our plans for next year, tuition or any other topic. Next year is shaping up to be the best year ever at BC!

  • 1:1 computers
  • An Applied Math, Science and Engineering Program
  • Improved teaching practices
  • More competitive sports program
  • Expanded extra-curricular activities
  • And many other initiatives

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ACT and AP Testing Prep

Spring ACT and AP tests are around the corner! Learn about two upcoming events that can help your high school students get the scores they want – as well as other helpful college information. Contact Ms. Flippin for more information.

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Spiritual Emphasis Week

Salt and Light (our chapel leadership group of students and teachers) planned and delivered a powerful week of chapels that culminated today with two student testimonies that touched all of our hearts.

The chapel ended with a call to students to accept Jesus, re-commit to Jesus and for any other needs they may have had. Many students answered these calls and prayed with staff and other students.

I thank the Lord for the continual move of His Holy Spirit to draw His children to Himself through this school ministry. Please pray for all of the students, who came forward today. May God bless Brethren Christian School!

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Psalm 3:3-4

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
February 5, 2018 
A Special Request From The Superintendent
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Dear BC Family,

 

We are continually grateful to the Lord, and to all of you, for the turnaround at BC this year. Some of the changes have been challenging, but they were necessary to place the school on a solid financial footing. I am glad to announce that we have made it possible for every family to remain at BC regardless of their financial situation and based on their individual need.

One of the major changes we made this year is a significant pay reduction to our teachers and staff. They originally sustained a 20% pay reduction, but that was reduced to a 15% reduction after we received another large donation. The Bible states that the workman is worth his wage (Matthew 10:10b), and I am sure you’ll agree that our teachers and staff are worth their full pay. In order to restore their salary now, we need a $300,000 infusion to our budget.

We have avoided the closures that have affected over 45% of ACSI schools, but our teachers and staff have borne a large part of the financial burden. Make no mistake that our school will survive, but our goal is to thrive, expand and grow into a school of excellence in all areas. Our competitive advantage is through our people, so I ask our community to dig deep again to support these people that make an enormous difference in the lives of your children. Next year is shaping up to be a strong financial year for us, but we need your financial support to restore salaries this year.

Thank you again for all you do to make BC a tremendous school ministry. Let’s continue to partner, so we can move from a ministry to a Movement that will make an ever-expanding impact on the world for Christ!

May God bless you, and may God continue to bless Brethren Christian!

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Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 
hi


 
A Message from Dr. John Moran
February 2, 2018
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College Planning Night


We are inviting all BC sophomores and juniors, and their families, to join us on the evening of February 5th at 7pm in the BC Library to review some very helpful topics and strategies for college planning. We will be joined by Janice Royal and David Coen who are college planning consultants, as well as Ms. Flippin, who can help our students plan and fulfill their collegiate goals. Please RSVP with Dorothy MacDonald if you plan to join us.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Psalm 37:5-6
Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
  
 
February 1, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Preview Night Feb 15th



Please invite a friend (or two) to our next preview night on Thursday, February 15th. Let folks know how much you love BC, and ask them to come by that night to see the great things happening here. They can register to attend Preview Night at www.bchs.net/preview/Thank you! Please contact Mr. Thomas for details at sthomas@bchs.net.

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New Roof

Our roof will be repaired on February 12th. Please do not park in the spaces closest to the school in the Northeast parking lot (the one near our office and fields) that day. Thank you to the PFC and our generous donors for making this possible.

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Admissions Director

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Shawn Thomas on his promotion from Social Media Coordinator to Admissions Director. He has done an exceptional job at upgrading our website, improving our social media presence and getting the word out about the great things happening at BC. He will continue to do those things, while taking a more direct role in recruiting and admitting more students to the school. Mr. Thomas is experienced, capable and winsome. We have great hopes that he will help BC grow now and in the future.

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Facilities Director

Please join me in welcoming our new Facilities Director, Mr. Ron Van Duseldorp. He will lead our efforts to maintain and improve our facilities. Let’s give him a warm Warriors welcome.

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Choir Retreat

The high school choir had a wonderful weekend in Yucaipa, at Oak Glen Christian Center, where they worked on music and had opportunities to get to know one another better. Mr. Paul Smith, who is a Brethren alumnus (class of 1970), as well as a recently retired professor from John Brown University of 30 years, was their guest clinician, who challenged them both musically and spiritually. Ms. Carleda Hutton, Choir Director of Brethren from 1954-2007, also joined them for the weekend to watch her former student do some amazing work with current Brethren students. On the last night, the group had time to share their testimonies and pray for one another. Excellent music is what we strive for, but it would not mean anything if it didn't lead us to know our Creator deeper and reach out to our brothers and sisters in meaningful ways.

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ACSI Honor Band

Brethren Christian will be represented by 24 of our top instrumental music students this weekend at the ACSI JH and HS Southern California Regional Honor Bands. The honor bands are conducted by Faith Valdez, professional tuba player and music educator, and Bob Feller, Director of Instrumental Music at Biola University. The students will participate in two days of intense rehearsals, culminating in a free concert open to the public, Friday at 7:00pm, at Arbor Road Church (5336 E. Arbor Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808).  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Montgomery and these exceptional students for earning this honor:

Brandon Bautista – french horn
Mike Contreras – percussion
Paige Coultrup – clarinet
Giang Dang – euphonium
Claire Daniels – flute
Effie Hill – bassoon
Eunice Hong – flute
April Huan – percussion
Alona Kellick – clarinet
Madison Kobel – baritone saxophone
Ethan Montgomery – clarinet
Luke Montgomery – trombone
Colby Peterson – trumpet
Amanda Ramsey – clarinet
Hannah Ramsey – alto saxophone
Derek Reiser – alto saxophone
Shirlyn Rhee – flute
Vanessa Royal – alto saxophone
David Salas – percussion
Jessica Tu – flute
James Wang – tuba
Dakota Whitmire – trombone
Kate Johnson – trumpet
Luke Johnson – contra alto clarinet


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Drop-off/Pick-up

This is a reminder that you may only drop off and pick up students in the back of the school. We have had some near misses in the front of the school recently, so please help us keep everyone safe by using the back parking lot for dropping off and picking up students. Thank you.

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Chinese Camp

We have an opportunity for our students to visit a Chinese school during Easter week. The cost is $250 per student plus airfare. Please contact me directly if you have an interest in this.

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
January 24, 2018 
Message from Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Parents,

 

I wanted to let you know about a new State Law, AB 500, which has gone into effect this month.

The law provides that every school in California must post their policies on Staff/Student interactions on their website. ACSI (The Association of Christian Schools International) legal counsel has advised us to review and update our policies on such interactions to align with the intent of the new law, which is to minimize the chance of inappropriate activity between staff and students.

Although our staff will not be able to maintain students as contacts on personal social media sites or to post photos of students on those sites, we may continue to interact with students and post photos on all of our official: BCHS websites, BCHS Facebook pages, and any other official BCHS social media sites. As always, we will endeavor not to post photos of those students, whose parents have asked that their children’s photos not be posted at all.

Student Safety is our top priority at BC, and these steps improve the safety of each of our students, while complying with state law. These policies do not in any way intend to diminish the warm, friendly and caring environment of our school community. While we have not had a single complaint from parents or students about inappropriate Staff/Student interactions, it is prudent to have policies in place to further improve the safety of our students wherever possible.

As you will see in the policies posted on our website there may be exceptions that can be approved by the Superintendent in special cases required to assist a student and his/her family. Please note that these policies are similar with every other school in California and are common practice throughout the country.

Please review these policies, and let your children know why we are implementing them. I will speak with the students about these policies in chapel next week, since we do not have a chapel this week due to final exams.

Thank you so much for your understanding, and know that we will continue to take every step possible to maximize the safety of your children, while maintaining the kind and friendly atmosphere that makes BC such a great place for children and their families.

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Many blessings,
 
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 
hi

 

  
 
January 23, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Re-enrollment

Many parents are re-enrolling their children online…thank you!
• Remember that you will save $210 on your re-enrollment fee if you re-enroll by February 15th.
• Please remember that you must re-enroll each student separately if you have more than one child returning next year.

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Homestay Families

Please contact Mrs. Stone at mstone@bchs.net if you would like to be a homestay family for our international students on short-term camps or for our permanent I-20 students. You will be compensated for doing this, and you will be a real blessing in the lives of these students..

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Finals

Finals continue tomorrow and complete on Thursday, so please note the following:

• School ends at 11:30 tomorrow and Thursday.

• The bus leaves at 11:45 tomorrow and Thursday (there is no late bus either day).

• No lunch or snacks will be provided either day.

• No school on Friday.

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Chinese Camps

Our first camp of 60 students from China went really well, and we have 3 more camps coming up. The next camp starts next Monday and lasts for one week. We have changed the format so that our Ambassador students will have a greatly reduced role. Kudos to all of our Ambassadors for doing an amazing job of hosting our Chinese student-visitors.

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Spirit Week

We celebrate King Warrior week all next week! The King will be crowned at our basketball game on Saturday, February 3rd during the halftime show at Ocean View High School. Please see our website and Mrs. Staller’s communiqués for details on Spirit Week.
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


James 1:5 (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
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Go Warriors!
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
Re-enrollment Information
January 12, 2018
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Dear Returning BC Family,

 

It is time to re-enroll your child(ren) for the 2018/19 School Year.

 

This has been a year of many changes at the school, which have solidified our financial position as a school and have secured our long-term future. We have appreciated all the positive feedback from you on our improved: facilities, faculty, academics, chapels, discipleship, openness, service and overall culture.

 

Next year is shaping up to be an even better year with:

 

· 1:1 computers (with most curriculum being online)

· Block Scheduling (allowing deeper study in each subject area)

· The International Space Station (ISS) Program (building and launching experiments to the ISS)

· A robotics program

· A debate team

· A new sports league in which we can be more competitive

· An 8-man football program

· Continued facility improvements

· More international missions opportunities

· A “strings” program added to our band offerings

 

We have incrementally increased our tuition and fees to support our quest for excellence as a school, and those new rates are outlined on our website on the Admissions policy page.

 

We have streamlined the re-enrollment process this year by placing all of the forms online. You will see our new tuition and fees on our website as well. Please note that you may apply for Tuition Assistance for next year via the FAST program link found on our website as soon as you receive your 2017 tax information.

 

Please follow the 3 simple steps below to re-enroll:

 

Step 1: Go to our website via this link www.bchs.net/reenrollment/.

Step 2: Complete the Domestic Re-enrollment Forms by entering your information, and hitting “Continue” when prompted.

Step 3: Follow instructions for payment, and your done.

 

NOTE: Re-enroll early to receive lower re-enrollment fees.

Pay full tuition to receive tuition discounts.

These discounts and related dates are listed on the rate sheet on the website.

 

Thank you and God bless you for your support of Excellence in Christian Education at Brethren Christian School!


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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools  

hi
 
January 12, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 

I wanted to share the PowerPoint presentation I presented last night at the Town Hall meeting. Feel free to contact me with any question you may have. BC is on its way towards building a bright future in every area of our school.

 

Many blessings, and Happy Martin Luther King Day!


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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
January 8, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 
We have already transitioned many of our families from discounts to Tuition Assistance in a way that enables them to remain at BC. 
 
If you have any concerns about your tuition, please contact the business officeor me directly, so we can resolve your personal situation.
 
We are committed to help each family pay only what they can afford. This approach is enabling every family to remain at BC, while strengthening our financial position as a school.
 
I apologize that we made this change mid-year, but it was necessary as part of an overall financial approach to strengthen our school finances now and for the future.  
 
Feel free to join the many families, who have already met with me about this. I feel confident in stating that they have all left my office with a good financial solution.
 
Many blessings, and thanks for your support of BC!

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
  
 
January 5, 2018 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Greetings to all of you in the BC Family!

We are thanking God for all He has done this past year to improve the state of our school. He has enabled us to overcome many challenges, and we are now positioned for growth and development in all areas. I want to personally thank every member of our community for your prayers, support, commitment, giving and volunteering. It has ALL contributed to the great turnaround of this 70-year ministry. I am grateful and humbled to serve you all, and I am excited about what the Lord will do through and in us in 2018. Praise the Lord!!!!

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Town Hall Meeting

Please join the school board and me at 7PM in the Mall on Thursday, January 11th. I will review our accomplishments, where we stand now, and our vision for the future. I will also talk about our 5-year Strategic Planning process. There will be time for Q&A as well. Hope to see you all there.

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PFC Dine Out

Tired of cooking after the holidays? PFC has got you covered! Their monthly dine-out program gives you the perfect excuse to eat out or order take out – all while benefiting our great school! It’s a win-win! Our next Dine Out is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th at First Class Pizza in Fountain Valley off of Brookhurst between Ellis and Garfield – conveniently down the street from school! Plan on attending the Town Hall Meeting that evening and grab a bite to eat before hand--what could be easier? 15% of the money earned will be returned to BCHS. Make sure you tell the cashier that you are supporting Brethren Christian School for their PFC Dine Out program when ordering, or ordering over the phone for take-out, and we will get the bonus!

Another chance to dine out this month will be on Wednesday, January 31st at Chipotle in Fountain Valley – also off of Brookhurst and Garfield. Chipotle offers a whopping 50% back to the school! Please mark your calendars to attend both of these events – an easy way to bring money into the school.

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Chinese Student Camps

We will have several groups of students from China visiting our campus in January and February (not during finals week). Our first group will be here during the third week of this month, and the other groups in February. They will be following our Ambassador students throughout the day and auditing our classes. This is a great revenue generator for our school, and a nice cultural experienced.

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Re-enrollment and New Tuition/Fees

We will be posting our 2018/19 rates for next year on our website within a week. Please keep your eyes open for a re-enrollment letter from me next week providing specific instructions. Thank you.

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Tuition Assistance

We are working diligently with all parents, who have applied for Tuition assistance to ensure they can continue to afford a BC education. If you complete the FAST form now, please just enter your 2016 tax information, even though it asks for 2017 information. You will enter your 2017 tax information later if you apply for Tuition Assistance for the 2018/19 school year. Thank you very much.

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Campus Beautification

 

Please join Mrs. Nancy Patrick from Monday Jan 8th to Thursday Jan 12th from 8am-2:30 to clean, sort, lift, move and paint. Come part or all of the time - any time you can help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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Roof Repairs

We will be repairing the roof this month, which will completely eliminate the leaks. This is due to the generous giving of our parents and PFC!

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Space Program

We would like to launch our International Space Station (ISS) program this summer, so please let me know if you or a friend would like to coordinate the program. We need a retired engineer or scientist to lead this effort. Please contact me for details.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
December 15, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Merry Christmas To Our Entire BC Family

Let us rejoice in the birth of our Savior Jesus during this season, and let us thank him for all He is doing in our midst. Despite trials, the Lord is seeing us through and building our character in the process. 
Please have a safe and happy time with your families this Christmas!

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Tuition Assistance Program

We are working with every family to provide the financial assistance they need to remain at the school. Please go into this Christmas season knowing that you will be able to keep your children at BC. 
Please come see me if you any questions about Tuition Assistance. Those parents, who have met with me in the last 2 weeks have learned that we are still working with them to keep their children in the school they love. We are now providing financial assistance in the way that all other private schools do (needs based), which helps both families and the financial health of the school at the same time. In other words, families that can afford to pay more do so, and families that cannot afford to pay more do not. 
I hope this clears up some questions you may have about our new approach to financial support.

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A Generous Community

I want to thank everyone who gave such generous gifts to all of the teachers and staff. It means so much to us. May God bless you for your kindness.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen"

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
December 11, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Town Hall Meeting

Save the Date: January 11th, 2018 at 7PM in our Mall

Please join us in January for a Town Hall Meeting with the Superintendent and Board of BC. This is a perfect time for reviewing the wonderful things the Lord has done for us during this transitional year. I will also lay out our 5-year strategic planning process that will begin in February.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Christmas Festival

You won’t want to miss our BC Festival of Christmas on Wednesday, December 13th in the BC Mall.
The Junior High Bands and Choir will perform from 6-7PM.
Art Walk and refreshments from 7-7:30PM.
The Senior High Bands and Choir will perform from 7:30-8:30PM.
It will be very crowded, so please come early to get a seat. See you all there!

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Tuition Discounts

We have removed Tuition Discounts effective February 1st of 2018. We are instead utilizing Tuition Assistance to help families afford a BC education based on individual financial need. This will enable families to remain at BC, while improving our long-term financial sustainability as a school. Tuition Assistance is the approach that virtually all other Christian schools utilize.

There is some confusion regarding Tuition Certainty, which allowed parents to pay last year’s tuition rate this year. The certainty program was a discount program that is no longer being continued.

Families who paid in full for the year may also have received a letter as well, because there is a new annual rate for them if they were receiving any type of discount. The new balance on the letter is an Annual amount – not monthly – as stated on the letter.

Please contact Mrs. Kim Ostermann at kostermann@bchs.net or call her at 714-962-6617, x. 15 if you have any questions about your letter. 

Please complete a FAST application on our website if you wish to be considered for Tuition Assistance. Be assured that we will work with every family to help them afford the tuition costs at the school.

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Calendaring Note

Our last day of school before the Christmas break is this Friday, December 15th, and we resume school on Wednesday, January 3rd.   I pray a joyous and safe Christmas time for every BC Family.

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Holiday Shopping while Supporting BC!

If you have any last minute shopping to do, remember that every time you shop through the Amazon Smile program it helps support BC! Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/95-3956057 and Amazon will donate to Brethren Christian School.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Luke 2:10-11

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
December 8, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Large Donation

I am thrilled to announce that the school has received a $200,000 donation today from a parent, who wishes to remain anonymous. 
This is a tremendous blessing from the Lord – To God be the Glory! (Jude 1:25)
We will use these funds to reduce some of the recent pay cuts, and we will use the balance to address our most urgent facilities needs.
Generous parents and others have donated close to $500,000 in the last seven months. This should give us all great hope in the future of this school. The Lord is certainly restoring this wonderful ministry. Hallelujah!

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Adopt An Employee

The PFC and Prayer Warriors have developed a financial support program to help each of our employees this Christmas. There are still a few employees, who need adoption, so please visit our front office to pick up a Christmas Tree with their name on it. It will go a long way to show how much you love them…thanks!

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Campus Clean Up

The Amazing Ms. Nancy Patrick is at it again! She is looking for volunteers to help with some important clean up activities on January 8th -11th . Please email Ms. Patrick at Npatrick@bchs.net to register your interest in helping out. Many folks have been asking me how they can help the school, and this is a great way to do so.

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Christmas Festival

You won’t want to miss our BC Festival of Christmas on Wednesday, December 13th in the BC Mall.
The Junior High Bands and Choir will perform from 6-7PM.
The Senior High Bands and Choir will perform from 7:30-8:30PM.
It will be very crowded, so please come early to get a seat. See you all there!

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Homestay Opportunities

We will be hosting several, short-term, winter camps at BC for International students from China in January and February. Please contact Ms. Margaret Stone at mstone@bchs.net if you are interested in being a homestay family for these students. You will be financially compensated for hosting these students.

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Coffee Shop

Our Honeycomb Coffee Shop in the Mall, which is student-run, is looking for a couple of more coffee machines. Please contact Mrs. Heffernan at dheffernan@bchs.net if you would like to donate. Thanks so much!

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Matthew 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness, and all these things will be added to unto you.”

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
December 1, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear Brethren Christian Family

After sending our original message, we've had a number of requests from families asking that we provide a link to our donation page, and further instructions for making donations to our school. You can go online and make a donation directly to BC by going to www.bchs.net/donate/. You can also pay by check and make it payable to Brethren Christian School, and mail it to:
 
Brethren Christian School
21141 Strathmoor Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
 
Although we have taken steps to stabilize this year’s budget, we still need your financial help to fix our roof and to expand our air systems. These are commitments we made to the Huntington Beach City School District seven years ago but have yet to meet. To follow through on these commitments, and to make the facility more comfortable for your students, we are asking for an additional $200,000 in charitable giving this school year -- $50,000 of which we need to raise by December 31 -- to address these important building needs. We would also like to restore some of the payroll deductions to our teachers and staff this year if at all possible. Whatever you donate by December 31st will be tax deductible for 2017, so I am asking everyone to prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift.
 
I count it an honor to partner with you in this exceptional school ministry. God has faithfully provided for Brethren Christian for 70 years, and I believe with His leading and your partnership that our best days are yet to come! Gauging from the feedback we are receiving from students and parents, it is clear that God is at work. As I’m reminded in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing!”  It hasn’t been easy, but I remain tremendously hopeful in Christ. With your prayers, volunteering and sacrificial financial support, you are helping revive, restore and re-launch Brethren Christian into a bold new future!
 
May God bless you and your family richly this Christmas Season,
 
Dr. John G. Moran
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 
 
P.S. I pray you will know the hope of Jesus Christ in a new and refreshing way this Christmas Season as, together, we partner in turning around Brethren Christian for the future. Please join me in prayerfully considering a year-end gift towards our $50,000 goal. And remember, all gifts postmarked by December 31 will be tax-deductible in 2017.

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
 
November 17, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Thanksgiving

We have so much to be grateful for during this holiday season. I am grateful to be a part of the wonderful legacy of BC and to serve this faithful community. I am also grateful for all of the financial giving and volunteer efforts on the part of so many people. All of that goes a long way to strengthen our school now and in the future.

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BC Playhouse Production

Please come out to see our students perform in The Trip to Bountiful this weekend on Friday and Saturday night at 7PM in our theater.

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No Class Next Week

There are no classes next week, but our staff will be in training on Monday. I wish our entire school community a blessed and grateful Thanksgiving holiday,

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK


Psalm 136:3

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever.

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
November 9, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 
 
I want to thank everyone, who attended our 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Fundraiser this past Saturday night. Many people expressed their delight with the evening and with the quality of the speakers and musical performers.
 
Thanks to everyone, who prepared the event – especially Mrs. Stone, who organized the entire gala. A special thank you goes to the Sahlin Family for providing the LED screen and the tables/settings. Many thanks also to the Stong Family for paying for the food and the speakers’ travel expenses. And, lets not forget all of our wonderful students, who served the food, spoke, played in the band and sung in the choir!
 
We raised $111,000 that evening!  All of that goes directly to supporting the school, so thank you for your generous support! Our goal was $500,000, so please consider giving now even if you could not make the event. You can make a donation to BC online at www.bchs.net/donate/. Every dollar will go to support the serving of young people and their families for the cause of Christ.
 
May God bless you, and may God bless Brethren Christian!

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The Trip To Bountiful
 
 

You won’t want to miss the BC Playhouse production of The Trip to Bountiful playing this weekend and next here at our school.

Show times: November 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7PM.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Please come out and support our exceptional theater arts program!

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Scheduling Reminders
 
 

• We will be on block schedule next week.

• There will be no school during Thanksgiving week, but the staff and teachers will be on campus Monday and Tuesday that week for professional development activities.

• We will have a late start the first day back after Thanksgiving, Mon. Nov 27th: 1st period will begin at 8:50AM.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
Matthew 8:8
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 3, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Friday Forum
 
 

Dear BC Family,

We will hold a half day of school tomorrow to conduct "Friday Forum (4Him)" It is a wonderful part of the Brethren tradition, where students and faculty join together for a half day worship service. We are focusing on being real with God, ourselves and others throughout the year, and this half day is dedicated to advancing that goal. We will be worshipping together, listening to an alumn speak about what it looks like to trust God with our future, and spending time to reflect in our small groups. We ask that you prayerfully look forward to this Friday as we continue to see God moving in our student body.

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 31, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 
 

I have GREAT news to share with you about our fundraising efforts. Nine families have joined the Warriors Club by donating $1000 or more, and eight other families have joined the Superintendent's Circle for a donation $5000 or more. We now have close to $49,000 donated before the gala even begins!

Parents have paid for the dinner, table set-up and lighting, so all donations will go directly to improving our school. This amounts to cash of over $20,000 dollars to support the event. Another parent has installed 9 lights in our parking lot this month, which is well over a 50K gift to the school. We have people doing free construction inside of the building estimating $20,000 dollars in building improvements (mostly bathrooms and interior walls). This does not even include all of the work done by countless volunteers this summer, which would be hard to estimate in real dollars, but trust me that it would be an enormous figure. 

Let's not forget the family that donated $100,000 to the school last June, which paid for our materials during last summer's facility overhaul, and which continues to help the school in numerous ways. We also cleared over $20K in the Fireworks booths, and raised various other monies in a variety of smaller events.

This means that the total cash donations to the school in the last 6 months stands at $189K! When you add in-kind donations of at least 70K, we stand at $259K. This gives us tremendous momentum going into the gala this Saturday to raise a few hundred thousand more to support this wonderful school ministry. Remember that you can still give even if you are not attending the event by going online to our donation page at www.bchs.net/donate/.

Let's thank God for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He will do!

Many blessings to you all!

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
Matthew 8:8
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
October 26, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 
 

Our November 4th Gala is fast approaching, so I wanted to talk to you frankly about our strengths and challenges as a school community.

At 70 years old, we are one of the first Christian Schools in the country, which is a great honor. We reached a peak of nearly 1000 students in the late 90’s. We have earned and retained our sterling reputation for excellence in discipleship, academics, athletics and the arts. Our accomplishments in music, drama, college placement, missions, community service and many other areas are among the best in Orange County. Many of our staff members have been loyal employees for 30 to 40 years or more, which shows their commitment to good Ole Brethren. We enrolled 91 new students this year, which is the largest number in recent history. We had approximately one thousand people attend our Homecoming last Friday night, where many parents complimented the positive changes we are making at BC.

You may or may not know that we only have 273 students this year, which is the result of a ten-year enrollment decline. When enrollment goes down, so do the funds needed to run the school. The board made a change in the head of school position at the end of last school year to turn this situation around, which reflects the seriousness of the challenges we face. Although we have strong projections for enrollment growth next year, our low enrollment this year has left a financial gap that must be filled by your generous donations. We reorganized our staff, revised our financial practices, and cut our budget to reduce our cash shortfall. However, more financial help is needed, so we do not have to further tighten our budget, which would directly affect our teachers and staff.

Although we will ask for donations every year, this year is particularly important to get us past our short-term financial hurdles. We are indeed turning BC around, and quickly, but we need your sacrificial giving to keep that turnaround going strong.

All can give some, and some can give much. I challenge every family at BC to do the very best they can to help the school they love. Thank you in advance for helping us turn the page at BC to a bold and financially secure new chapter in the story of our school! 

May God bless you All,

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 
 

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
October 23, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Half Day on Tuesday, October 24
 
 
We will have a half day of school tomorrow based on temperatures forecasted near 100 degrees. We do not have A/C in all areas of the school, so we wish to release students before the temperatures get too high.
 
School will begin at 8AM and end at noon, so please arrange to pick up you students then. If that is not possible, then they can meet in the library, and we will guide them to our air conditioned rooms until you pick them up, but no later than 5:30PM.
 
If they are staying, then please pack a lunch for them, since we will not be having ChoiceLunch delivered tomorrow. If you have already ordered Choicelunch for tomorrow, please go online now and cancel it for credit.
 
We encourage students to go to senior night tomorrow at Liberty Christian to support our Lady Warriors Volleyball Teams! 
 
We apologize for this inconvenience, but the health and safety of our students is our prime concern.
 
Thank you,
 
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Bus Schedule on Tuesday, October 24
 
 

All after-school activities and athletic practices will be cancelled. The first bus will come at 12:15PM, and there will be no late bus. 

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Thank you,
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 
 

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 17, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Gala Update
 
 

This 70th Anniversary Fundraising event is just 2 weeks from this Saturday, so please RSVP now to mstone@bchs.net to reserve a seat. One hundred folks have already reserved their seats, and we can only seat 300, so please make sure you RSVP ASAP. We want to see you all there, and we need your help to reach our financial goal.  Thanks everyone!

 
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Homecoming
 
 

Our Spirit Week is going great! The staff and students are having fun dressing up in different costumes.

Please remember that booths open this Friday evening at 6 pm.  Some of the fun includes bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, pumpkin decorating, popcorn and the Cultured Coffee Cafe will be open for your enjoyment.   There will also be a small car show and art show in the mall. 

The main stage events in the mall starting with cheer dance routine, Comedy Sportz,  8o'clock Jazz, Choir, Band Night featuring students from Grace Brethren and Los Altos Brethren joining our Warrior Band, Queen Coronation and topping the evening with Alumni joining the Warrior Band as we play some traditional fight songs and end with Hail Christian Warriors.   

Saturday evening finishes the spirited week with the High School Homecoming "Glo- Dance" at the Coleman Warehouse.    

ASB hopes to see you all at the BC Phone Homecoming 2017..... Warriors, it's time to come home.


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PFC
 
 

Calling all parents to join us at the next PFC Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 3PM in the Teachers’ Lounge. We need all of your input and support…thanks!

 
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BC Band 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Used Book Sale

 
Orientation
 

Saturday, October 28, 7:30-10:30 a. m.

Brethren Christian's Band will be having their 5th annual Pancake Breakfast & Used Book Sale on Saturday, October 28th from 7:30 to 10:30 am.

                Live music! Pancake Eating Contest! A fun, relaxing morning with Fresh Pancakes and Sausage!

Tickets are $6, available from the Activities office or from any band student.

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Report Cards
 
 

The first quarter of the school year ends on October 27th, and report cards will be available on Aeries by November 2nd. We will not be mailing quarterly report cards home this year, so please do check your children’s progress online. 

Please visit our website at www.bchs.net , hit the “Parents” button at the top right, and then go to the green bar on the right to access Aeries and Canvas. Please email rnamahoe@bchs.net

if you have any problems accessing these applications.

If you have NOT yet gone on to Aeries to create an account, please contact dmacdonald@bchs.net to receive the access code to create your account.

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Late Start Oct. 23rd
 
 

We will start school at 8:45 on this day, so please mark your calendars. We will end at the regular time.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 
 

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 13, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Gala Update
 
 

This 70th Anniversary event is just 3 weeks from this Saturday, so please RSVP now to mstone@bchs.net to reserve a seat.

I am seeking 20 people to join the Warriors Club by donating $1000 or more before the gala, and I am seeking another 8 people to join the Superintendent’s Circle for a donation of $5,000 or more. BC has lost enrollment every year for the last 10 years, but we now have a solid plan to turn it around by improving every aspect of what we provide to students. We project a much higher enrollment next year, but the downturn has left a financial deficit this year that must be made up by the generous donations of our families and alumni. I am pushing hard to raise more than we ever have before, because we urgently need your help to rebound this fantastic school ministry. The board members are all giving generously to lead the way. I am personally taking a large reduction in my salary to contribute to the cause. Please prepare your hearts to give generously and sacrificially, and may the Lord bless you as you give.

 
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Homecoming
 
 

Our ASB is super excited to be hosting the BC PHONE HOMECOMING 2017 here on the Brethren Campus on October 20!

Homecoming week kicks off Friday the 13th as the class councils will be decorating the school with the many posters celebrating our homecoming court and fall festival.  Spirit Jugs are in the Activities Office and students are dropping in their spare change to earn spirit points for the Spirit Trophy awarded at the PEP RALLY 10/20 at noon. Spirit Week theme days are: Movie Monday, Tired (PJ) Tuesday, Cosmic Spacey Wednesday, Throwback Thursday to the 80's and Friday is Warrior Pride Day.  

The evening of the 20th will start with the Class Council and group booths opening at 6 pm.  Some of the fun includes bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, pumpkin decorating, popcorn and the Cultured Coffee Cafe will be open for your enjoyment.   There will also be a small car show and art show in the mall.   The national anthem will be sung by our choir at 6:20 in preparation of the main stage events in the mall starting with cheer dance routine, Comedy Sportz,  8o'clock Jazz, Choir, Band Night featuring students from Grace Brethren and Los Altos Brethren joining our Warrior Band, Queen Coronation and topping the evening with Alumni joining the Warrior Band as we play some traditional fight songs and end with Hail Christian Warriors.   Saturday evening  finishes the spirited week with the High School Homecoming "Glo-Dance" at the Coleman Warehouse.    

ASB hopes to see you all at the BC Phone Homecoming 2017..... Warriors, it's time to come home.


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Concert Next Tuesday
 
 

Concordia Wind Orchestra High School Invitational Concert –Tuesday, October 17, 7pm

Concordia University, Irvine, in the CU Center, 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA 92612

The Brethren Christian High School Wind Symphony, conducted by Len Montgomery and Matt Thacker, is the only high school ensemble performing on this concert, alongside two college bands: Fullerton College Concert Band and the Concordia Wind Orchestra.  (Our group is the first “repeat performer” in this high school invitational concert series.) The BCHS Wind Symphony will perform Toccata by Frank Erickson, Let the Amen Sound by Travis Cross, and King Cotton by John Philip Sousa. The concert will conclude with Concordia Wind Orchestra's performance of Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach, featured faculty organist Tom Mueller.

Free admission, free parking.

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PFC
 
 

We have a tremendous group of PFC leaders, who are movers and shakers. The problem is that we don’t have many parents joining our monthly PFC meetings. Every parent is a member of the PFC, and we really need your support to make it all that it can be. Please consider joining us at our next meeting – we generally meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3PM in the Teacher’s Lounge, but please stay tuned for updates on time and place.

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BC Band 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Used Book Sale

 
Orientation
 

Saturday, October 28, 7:30-10:30 a. m.

Brethren Christian's Band will be having their 5th annual Pancake Breakfast & Used Book Sale on Saturday, October 28th from 7:30 to 10:30 am.

                Live music! Pancake Eating Contest! A fun, relaxing morning with Fresh Pancakes and Sausage!

Tickets are $6, available from the Activities office or from any band student.

100% of the profits go to the band program!  Help the HS Wind Symphony get to Boston this spring! Help the JH Wind Ensemble fund their Disneyland performance!

Do you eat like a Warrior? Pancake Eating Contest tickets are $8 for students and $10 for friends & family. (The cost of these tickets also includes the "regular" breakfast if a contestant is still hungry.  Pancake Eating Contest Tickets are available in the Activities Office or by contacting Cindy Biddle)  

Book donations can be dropped off BEFORE school on Monday, Oct 23 - Friday, Oct 27 in the drop off area in the back parking lot. (Please no magazines or encyclopedias.) 

To make this event successful, please volunteer and donate supplies! Non-perishable food items (tablecloths, syrup etc) can be dropped off the mornings we are collecting books. For perishable items (oranges, orange juice, frozen sausage), please drop off before or after school on Friday, October 27. 

The Lions Club of Huntington Beach has graciously volunteered to do all the cooking! To show our appreciation, we will also be collecting used eyeglasses for their charity work. Eyeglasses can be dropped off with books, taken to the BC Front Office, or turned in at the event.

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Aeries/Canvas
 
 

All parents should be using Aeries and Canvas now to view your children's progress and to communicate with teachers. Please visit our website at www.bchs.net, hit the “Parents” button at the top right, and then go to the green bar on the right to access Aeries and Canvas. Please call the front desk if you have any problems.

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Late Start Oct. 23rd
 
 

We will start school at 8:45AM on this day, so please mark your calendars. We will end at the regular time.!

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
Psalm 62:1

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
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Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
October 5, 2017 
Message from 
Dr. John Moran
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Face Time with the Superintendent
 
 
Please join me at 8AM tomorrow morning for coffee and conversation in the mall.
I look forward to seeing you!
 
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Friday 4 Him
 
 
This worship and evangelistic event is scheduled for November 3rd from 8-11:30AM. School will be dismissed at 11:30. There will only be one bus that day at 11:45AM.  Please mark your calendars.
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Monday, October 9th
 
 
Just a reminder that we have a regular start time this coming Monday, but the day will end at 12:25PM. We have an afternoon of professional development after that. Details for PSAT testing and block schedule for next week can be found on our announcements page.
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Staff Directory
 
 
Please know that you may contact any of our staff by visiting the Staff directory
on our Website at bchs.net/staff/.
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Superintendent's Circle
 
Orientation
 
Two families have joined this circle of giving by donating $5K or more in advance of the November 4 Gala. I am praying for 8 more families to join me now, so we prime the "giving pump" at the gala with at least $50K.  Please contact me at jmoran@bchs.net.  Thanks and God bless you as you give!
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
Matthew 17:20

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

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Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools
 

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
 
September 28, 2017 
message from 
Dr. John Moran
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New Board Members
 
Orientation
 
Mr. Kirk Chittick, the Chairman of our School Board, is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members:
 
Mrs. Kristi Sahlin
 
 
She and her husband of 20 years, Dale, currently have two children who attend Brethren; a 7th grade student (Kinsley) and a 10th grade student (Brady). Together they are small business owners in the Orange County area. The Sahlin Family resides in Newport Beach and attends Mariners Church in Irvine. Kristi is a dedicated volunteer at Brethren and at Mariners Church.
 
Mr. Lee Wilhite
 
 
Lee Wilhite serves as Biola University’s Vice President of University Communications and Marketing. In his role, he has chief responsibility for the university’s brand, creative, advertising, market research, public and media relations and university events. Prior to joining Biola he served as Executive Vice President and owner at Masterworks, the nation’s largest marketing agency exclusively serving Christian nonprofit ministries. Lee is a firm believer in Christian education having graduated from Northwest Christian University and now serving at Biola University. He and his wife, Leeta, are Brethren parents of three children who have graduated or are currently enrolled – Olivia, Annelise and Cameron. The Wilhites attend Compass Bible Church in Huntington Beach where Lee also serves in a leadership role.
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Volunteer Party
 
 
The volunteer party at the home of Steve and Robyn Stong has been rescheduled to this SUNDAY afternoon at 3PM. Please RSVP to Ms. Nancy Patrick at npatrick@bchs.net. Hope to see you there!
 
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Gala Clarification
 
 
I wanted to let you know that the Gala is an adult event, and the dress code is business casual. The only students at the event will be those serving and performing. Please remember that this is a free event, so please RSVP ASAP at mstone@bchs.net.
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Detention
 
 
We will be holding after school detentions for late infractions.
This is a correction to the handbook, which states that in-school detentions would apply.
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Car Show
 
 
We will be having a Classic Car Show at the Homecoming on October 20th, so please let us know if you have a classic car that you would like to enter into the show!  Please contact estaller@bchs.net if this means you.
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Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 

 

 
 
September 27, 2017, message from
Dr. John Moran
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Dear BC Family,
 
We are excited about our upcoming 70th Anniversary Gala on November 4th at 5:00PM in the BC Mall, and we hope to see you all there! 
The purpose of the event is to:
 
 
•  Celebrate our history 
•  Envision our future 
•  To raise funds to support excellence in the school 
 
You may not realize that tuition covers less than 80% of what it costs to educate each student at BC. We do this to enable as many families as possible to benefit from a BC education, but it does leave a financial gap that we need to fill with non-tuition revenue.
 
All private schools depend upon the generous donations of their constituents as part of their long-term financial sustainability plan, and BC is no different. 
 
Our goal for the evening is $500K, which will go a long way to achieve our goal of excellence in discipleship, academics, athletics and the arts. We would love to see:
 
•  2 gifts of $50K
•  4 gifts of $25K 
•  50 gifts of $5000, and 
•  50 gifts of $1000
  
Please pray as to what amount the Lord would put on your heart to give – any amount is appreciated.
 
We have created the “Superintendent’s Circle” for all donors of $5K or more. The school will recognize these folks as special supporters, and they will be invited to special events with the board and the superintendent. I am seeking at least ten families to enter the Circle before the Gala for a total of $50K to build momentum going into the event. Please contact me directly if the Lord leads you in this direction at jmoran@bchs.net.
 
The President of ACSI, Dr. Dan Egler, will be our keynote speaker. He is flying in from Colorado to support the resurgence of this historic ACSI school. He is an anointed man of God, and you won’t want to miss his message. There will be other impactful speakers, and Ms. Carleda Hutton will be leading an Alumni Choir to celebrate our 70 years of ministry!
 
Please RSVP with Margaret Stone at mstone@bchs.net to reserve a seat now - especially since seating is limited. A gracious donor has paid the expenses of the gala, so admission and dinner is free, so every dollar you give will go directly to building excellence at BC! Remember that your donations are tax deductible.
 
We ask for your time, talent and treasure to help BC transition from a ministry to a movement that will impact even more families for time and eternity. November 4th will be a great opportunity to partner with us in that effort. We all need to financially support this school that we love.
 
May God bless you and may God bless Brethren Christian!

 
Dr. John G. Moran, EdD
Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
BBQ
Matthew 6:33

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you."

 

 

 
hi
 

 

 
 
September 21, 2017
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Mr. Kirk Chittick, Chairman of our School Board, wishes me to share with you that Mr. John Veale has resigned from the School Board today. 

 

We thank him for his service on the board this last year during a critical transition period for BC. Please join us in thanking him for all he has done and continues to do for Brethren.

 

The board meets this Saturday, and will discuss the addition of one more board member at this time. Please know that we are moving forward on all fronts to strengthen every aspect of this great ministry.

Many Blessings,

 

Dr. John G. Moran, EdD

Superintendent of Brethren Christian Schools

 

 

 
hi
 
 
 
September 20, 2017
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NEW BOARD MEMBERS
 
Orientation
 

Mr. Kirk Chittick, Chairman of our School Board, announces the addition of two new board members: Mr. Steve Stong and Attorney Howard Yamaguchi. Both of these gentlemen have been on our board before, and we are blessed to have them return. I am on the board as a non-voting member, which separates governance and operations of the school. This board expansion was the result of months of careful deliberation and prayer. The board plans further expansion later this school year, and they have identified other solid candidates, who can also move our school forward. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Stong and Attorney Yamaguchi back to the board!

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VOLUNTEERS PARTY
 
 

I invite everyone, who volunteered this summer to join Nancy Patrick and me for a party to celebrate YOU on Saturday, September 30th from 4-6pm at the home of Steve and Robyn Stong.
We could not have transformed our campus without them this summer!
Address:
3401 Venture Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA
Please RSVP to npatrick@bchs.net
Many of our students have a Band/Choir event conflict, so we will host another celebration for them.  Students that are available are certainly welcome on the 30th.

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DROP OFF AND PICK UP
 
 

Please remember to drop off and pick up your children at the back of the school near the Mall entrance. Only staff and visitors may use the front parking lots. Please drive slowly and safely on campus at all times for the safety of everyone on campus.

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CANVAS
 

 

Here is the link for parents to sign up on Canvas.   Be sure to go to our web URL before trying to log in.  Please don’t skip this very important step. Then visit the site below to complete the process…thank you.
https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10913-414473163

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LATE START ON MONDAY
 
 

We have a late start on Monday at 8:40AM for teacher training. Thank you.

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ALUMNI
 

 

We had a great turnout at our Alumni gathering this past Sunday. It was great to meet and interact with so many alums from all generations. What a great legacy we have at ‘good old Brethren.’

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SCHOOL PHOTOS
 
 
ALL school/staff picture day is 9/21/17 (the make up day is 9/29).
All student id photos will be taken during bible class in the mall on September 21st.  Senior Make-up portraits will also take place on the 21st. On Sept. 29th we will take make-up pictures for those students who miss taking their id picture on Thursday. These photos will take place in the morning (periods 1-4) in the drama room. This is the senior picture for the yearbook, so the ladies will dress semi-formal to formal, and the gentlemen will be in a jacket and tie.
PLEASE remind you children to wash their face, brush their teeth, comb their freshly cut hair and SMILE that day.  I always recommend a solid colored shirt, collars for boys, for best photos.  NO GRAPHIC LOGO T-SHIRTS (leads to awkward cropped phrases).
Thank You!
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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

BBQ

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those whose listen.

 

 

 

 
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September 13, 2017
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CHAPEL
 
 

We have begun a new approach in some of our chapels. We will have short talks on a specific Biblical topics and then students will meet in assigned groups with a staff member, who will facilitate focused discussion around the topic of that day. Our goal is to involve students in the spiritual formation process through this give and take method. It is our hope that these group settings will allow students to be real with God, themselves and others. Please pray for good and godly results.

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CANVAS
 
 

This is the learning management system we are using in conjunction with Aeries. All students will have access to Canvas by the end of this week. Parents will receive an instruction sheet within the next few days outlining the steps to access and set up your Canvas account. For your convenience we've created a dedicated link at www.bchs.net/canvas/. There is a mobile app capability that you may use on your phones or other hand held devices.

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ALUMNI THIS SUNDAY
 
 

Esteemed alumni, John Howard and Ed Cashman, have asked me to meet with all alumni this Sunday at 3PM at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos. Alumni parents are invited to join us. I will share some of my vision about our future, and I will be taking questions. I would love to see all alumni join us this Sunday!

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BACKPACKS
 

 

We are creating a new culture of cleanliness at the school, so we have asked all students to keep their backpacks and other belongings with them or in their lockers at all times. Some students are still leaving their bags on the floor in the hallways, which creates a cluttered look to the campus. We will begin bringing the bags to the office, and students will need to pay $5 in cash to recover their bags. I ask that you reinforce this new approach with your students, so we can all be proud of how our campus looks - thanks so much.

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SCHOOL PHOTOS
 
 
ALL school/staff picture day is 9/21/17 (the make up day is 9/29).
All student id photos will be taken during bible class in the mall on September 21st.  Senior Make-up portraits on the 29th will take place in the morning (periods 1-4) in the drama room.  This is the senior picture for the yearbook, so the ladies will dress semi-formal to formal, and the gentlemen will be in a jacket and tie.
PLEASE remind you children to wash their face, brush their teeth, comb their freshly cut hair and SMILE that day.  I always recommend a solid colored shirt, collars for boys, for best photos.  NO GRAPHIC LOGO T-SHIRTS (leads to awkward cropped phrases).
Thank You!
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SCHEDULING NOTE
 


This Friday (tomorrow) and next week we go back to regular school day schedule.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK

BBQ

Galatians 2:16b

And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.

 

 

 

 
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Superintendent's Message
September 8, 2017
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NEXT WEEK
 
 
Reminder that next week is BLOCK week, which means Monday is a short day. Students are out at 12:25. The bus leaves at 12:45 and the Late bus leaves at 3 pm. The bus will leave at the normal times for the rest of the week.
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SCHOOL PHOTOS
 
 
ALL school/staff picture day is 9/21/17 (the make up day is 9/29).
All student id photos will be taken during bible class in the mall on September 21st.  Senior Make-up portraits on the 29th will take place in the morning (periods 1-4) in the drama room.  This is the senior picture for the yearbook, so the ladies will dress semi-formal to formal, and the gentlemen will be in a jacket and tie.
PLEASE remind you children to wash their face, brush their teeth, comb their freshly cut hair and SMILE that day.  I always recommend a solid colored shirt, collars for boys, for best photos.  NO GRAPHIC LOGO T-SHIRTS (leads to awkward cropped phrases).
Thank You!
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GALA
 
 
You will all be able to attend our November 4th Extravaganza for FREE due to the generosity of some wonderful BC community members, who have funded all of the expenses for the evening. This not only means that the food is free, but it also means that every dollar raised will go directly to improving the quality of your child’s experience at BC. I ask that you begin to pray now as to how much the Lord would want you to donate that evening.  I appeal to all of you to join in our culture of giving at BC – It is the Warrior Way.
Go Warriors!
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THANK YOU
 
 
Thank you all for coming out to our Back to School Night this week. It was great to have such a fun social event for the entire school. I also want to thank the many folks, who worked hard to make it a wonderful evening – not the least of which were the teachers and administrators, who made it an informative evening for all the parents. We appreciate all of the positive feedback we had on the “New Day” at Brethren Christian.
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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH
 

 

Mr. Shawn Thomas, our Social Media Director, has worked diligently with our web hosting company to develop a dynamic new website for BC! It is fashioned to respond to input from staff and parents. We hope you will find it fresh, informative and user-friendly. The new site will be launched on September 8th, so please keep a look out, and let us know what you think.

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Superintendent's Message
September 5, 2017
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Coffee Shop

 

 

Please let your children know if you do not want them to purchase coffee, tea, or snacks. at our coffee shop during break-time. While the students love this service, we understand that parents may wish their children to have some restrictions on what they eat and drink.

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Back to school Night

 

BBQ

 

Please join us for this important and informative event on Sept. 6th. Our BBQ will start at 5:30PM in the Mall cafeteria area, and the whole family is invited! This free event is hosted by our PFC and you are welcome to bring children of all ages with you who will be generally supervised in our Mall area. Your whole family is encouraged to come and enjoy some great food and get to know the BC community. Then at 6:30PM our Back to School Night event will begin. You will not want to miss the exciting new things happening at the school!

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PFC

 

Orientation

 

PFC meetings will meet every second Wednesday of the month, 3PM on the BC campus (room TBD). We have a fantastic PFC committee led by President Mike Donahoe. And yes, Mr. Donahoe is also our volunteer Safety Officer. If you see him, please thank him for protecting our most precious commodity – your children.

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Face Time with the Superintendent

 

 

As a reminder, the PFC will be hosting our first Face Time with the Superintendent this Friday from 8-9AM, and will continue every first Friday of the month. Come on by to share tea, coffee, donuts and ideas with me. Hope to see you there!

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New Website

 

 

Mr. Shawn Thomas, our Social Media Director, has worked diligently with our web hosting company to develop a dynamic new website for BC! It is fashioned to respond to input from staff and parents. We hope you will find it fresh, informative and user-friendly. The new site will be launched on September 8th, so please keep a look out, and let us know what you think.

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Next Year Calendar

 

 

We will start school on Monday, August 13th next year (2018). This is 2 weeks earlier than usual, so students can finish the first semester and take final exams before the Christmas break. We will take a 3 week break at Christmas next year, and we will still be able to end the year early (exact end date TBD).

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New Email Addresses

 

 

We have changed our email addresses to jdoe@brethrenchristian.org for marketing purposes. Our jdoe@bchs.net still works, so either will be fine.

 

 

 
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Superintendent's Message
September 8, 2017
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NEXT WEEK
 
 
Reminder that next week is BLOCK week, which means Monday is a short day. Students are out at 12:25. The bus leaves at 12:45 and the Late bus leaves at 3 pm. The bus will leave at the normal times for the rest of the week.

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SCHOOL PHOTOS
 
 
ALL school/staff picture day is 9/21/17 (the make up day is 9/29).
All student id photos will be taken during bible class in the mall on September 21st.  Senior Make-up portraits on the 29th will take place in the morning (periods 1-4) in the drama room.  This is the senior picture for the yearbook, so the ladies will dress semi-formal to formal, and the gentlemen will be in a jacket and tie. 
PLEASE remind you children to wash their face, brush their teeth, comb their freshly cut hair and SMILE that day.  I always recommend a solid colored shirt, collars for boys, for best photos.  NO GRAPHIC LOGO T-SHIRTS (leads to awkward cropped phrases).  
Thank You!

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Gala

 
You will all be able to attend our November 4th Extravaganza for FREE due to the generosity of some wonderful BC community members, who have funded all of the expenses for the evening. This not only means that the food is free, but it also means that every dollar raised will go directly to improving the quality of your child’s experience at BC. I ask that you begin to pray now as to how much the Lord would want you to donate that evening.  I appeal to all of you to join in our culture of giving at BC – It is the Warrior Way.  
Go Warriors!

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Thank You
 
 
Thank you all for coming out to our Back to School Night this week. It was great to have such a fun social event for the entire school. I also want to thank the many folks, who worked hard to make it a wonderful evening – not the least of which were the teachers and administrators, who made it an informative evening for all the parents. We appreciate all of the positive feedback we had on the “New Day” at Brethren Christian.

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New Website

 

 

Mr. Shawn Thomas, our Social Media Director, has worked diligently with our web hosting company to develop a dynamic new website for BC! It is fashioned to respond to input from staff and parents. We hope you will find it fresh, informative and user-friendly. The new site will be launched on September 8th, so please keep a look out, and let us know what you think.

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Superintendent's Message
August 30, 2017
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Back to school Night

BBQ

Please join us for this important and informative event at 6:30PM on Sept 6th. You will not want to miss the exciting new things happening at the school!  We will be offering free burgers and dogs starting at 5PM that evening, so please join us for food and fun!

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Face Time with the Superintendent

The PFC will be hosting this time with me from 8-9AM every first Friday of the month. Our first Face Time with the Superintendent sessions will be Friday, September 8th. Come on by to share tea, coffee, donuts and ideas with me. Hope to see you there!

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PFC Meetings

PFC meetings will meet every second Wednesday of the month, 3PM on the BC campus (room TBD). We have a fantastic PFC committee led by President Mike Donahoe. And yes, Mr. Donahoe is also our volunteer Safety Officer. If you see him, please thank him for protecting our most precious commodity – your children.

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Gala

Please plan to attend our 70th Anniversary banquet to celebrate our past and look towards our future! We will provide dinner here in our Mall for this event on November 4th. Please keep your eyes open for an invitation soon.

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Homecoming

We are planning a special Homecoming celebration this year, so please plan to attend on October 20th. Details to follow.

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Coffee Shop

Mr. Ryan Van Deussen will be selling coffee and treats during morning break time at our new Warrior Depot! This will begin next week, and it will be on a cash basis. Enjoy!

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New Website

Mr. Shawn Thomas, our Social Media Director, has worked diligently with our web hosting company to develop a dynamic new website for BC! It is fashioned to respond to input from staff and parents. We hope you will find it fresh, informative and user-friendly. The new site will be launched on September 8th, so please keep a look out, and let us know what you think.

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Hurricane Harvey

Please pray for all those affected by this enormous storm. I ask that each member of our community consider a donation to an agency helping with the rescue work. I recommend Samaratin’s purse, since they are a wonderful Christian relief organization https://www.samaritanspurse.org.

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Freshman Retreat

Retreat
Our 9th graders have left for the Freshman retreat with Mrs. Martes, Mr. Montgomery and Mrs. Heffernan. Please pray for them all as they get closer to God and each other at this foundational event in their high school journey.

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Scripture for the week

BBQ

Acts 2:38-39a

 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children…

 

 
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Superintendent's Message
August 22, 2017

 

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Lunch Program Reminder

 

 

I encourage all families to register for “Choice Lunch” this week.  This is our new lunch program, and we believe your children are going to enjoy the tasty food and healthy variety. You will order online via compute or smart phone app for your convenience. You will order the food for the day, week or month, and pay Choice Lunch directly via credit card. The food is delivered hot or cold each day, and served in our remodeled cafeteria. Please read their welcome letter attached here for directions.

 

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BBQ Reminder

 

BBQ

 

Our BBQ has been rescheduled from this Thursday to Wednesday, September 6th from 5-6:30PM. This welcome back / meet-and-greet BBQ will be followed by our back to School night events on campus that same evening. Hope to see you there!

 

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College Application Process

 

Orientation

 

The College Application Process Meeting for seniors and their parents is Wednesday Aug 30, at 7 PM in the Library. Important information provided. Look for the Flyer in the mail. RSVP to Dorothy MacDonald at (714) 962-6617, or email at dmacdonald@bchs.net.

 

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Scripture of the Week

BBQ

Joshua 1:5-7

 

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous... 

 

 
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Superintendent's Message
August 18, 2017
 
New Lunch Program
 
We are thrilled to announce a new lunch program at BC! After careful consideration, we have chosen “Choice Lunch.” They have a wide variety of healthy and delicious foods from which to choose. They also have a smart phone app for your convenience. You will order the food online for the day, week or month, and pay them directly via credit card. The food is delivered hot or cold each day, and served in our remodeled cafeteria. Enjoy! Please read their welcome letter for specific instructions.
 
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Orientation
Orientation
We have designed a dynamic orientation process for all employees. This will begin Monday morning and conclude at lunchtime on Thursday the 24th with a lunch provided to staff by the PFC. Many thanks to the PFC for taking such good care of our BC Team! The office will be open every day, but I wanted you to know that much of the team will be in training sessions.
 
 
All School BBQ
BBQ
Please join us in the Mall for a BC Community BBQ at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6th. Come on out and see the great renovations on campus, and meet new friends and teachers. Hope to see you there!
 
 
Make-up Book Sale
BBQ
The date for this event is Friday, August 25th from 9AM to12 PM in the Mall. You must start in the front office. If you miss this make up book sale, then you will need to purchase books after 3PM on the first day of school, which is August 28th.
 
 
Back to School Night
BBQ
Please join us for this important and informative event at 6:30PM on Sept 6th. You will not want to miss the exciting new things happening at the school!
 
 
Freshman Retreat
Retreat
This is a tremendous spiritual and team-building event for all of our incoming 9th graders. Please be at the school by 7:30AM on August 30th to be in time to board the bus. You may contact Mrs. Jann Martes, Associate Dean of Students, for more details.
 
 
Superintendent's Message
Message
I have begun to post my messages to the BC community on our website, and you will receive the link by email each time a new message is posted. We had some technical difficulties with email this summer, so please check the last few messages from me on the website, which you may not have received.
 
 
Scripture for the week - Joshua 24:15
BBQ
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
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Superintendent’s Message
August 15, 2017

Hello Warrior Family,

 

I think folks will be pleasantly surprised with the many physical plant improvements we have made this summer.

 

We have come a long way, but we could really use some more volunteer help this week and next anytime between the hours of 9AM to 5PM. Please just show up with work clothes and a willingness to serve. I want to thank all of our volunteers without whom we could not have made such great progress on the campus.

 

Some of the improvements include:

  • Removal of the gym floor
  • Clean up and reduction of the cage areas in the mall
  • Renovation of the Café
  • Painting of many classrooms and hallways
  • Removal of all blackboards and installation of new white boards
  • New look to the mall hallway and new landscaping of “Jurassic Park” (the indoor tree gardens)
  • Major improvements to the Science classroom and lab areas
  • Rodent extermination
  • Repair and renovation of both Boys bathrooms in the mall (the girls rooms needed no repairs).
  • Carpet cleaning and some replacement. More carpets will be replaced throughout the year.
  • Front office improvements

These are just a few of the improvements and renovations this summer, but there are many more. All of this has been led by the hard work of Nancy Patrick, Bob Everett and Ryan Van Dussen. None of this would have been possible without the financial donations of a BC family and the incredible work of our student, parent and employee volunteers.

 

Let’s make a final push these last 2 weeks and cross the finish line together before school starts on the 28th.

 

We have staff orientation next week from Monday through Thursday, culminating with an All-School BBQ in the mall at 5:30PM on Thursday the 24th. Hope to see you all there! You may receive more frequent updates from me this week and next, so please stay tuned.

 

Many blessings to all,

Dr. John Moran

 

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20

Superintendent’s Message
April 2017
 

Dear Brethren Christian Community,

 

I am honored to become a Warrior and to join the 70-year history, culture and tradition of serving youth and families for Christ! You can be proud of that history, and you should be gratified about the countless young people BC has blessed for time and eternity.

 

We now have the privilege and responsibility to chart a bold new course for the future. We have some challenges, but I believe God is bigger than any obstacle facing us (Romans 8:31). We need to come together as a community to “pray as if everything depended upon God and to work as if everything depended upon us” (Augustine).

 

I believe the nature, character and works of God are most excellent, so as a Christian school, we should reflect His excellence in every thing we do. I believe the formula to achieve that is A3 = Academics, Arts & Athletics. We must strive for optimal excellence in each of these critical areas, while steeping all of them in a biblical worldview for the glory of Christ.

 

To advance our bright future, we’ll need to utilize those skills we teach our students: critical and creative thinking, innovation, flexibility, problem solving and forward thinking. Let’s get those creative juices flowing in an organized and communal way to come up with the best short, mid and long-term strategies to advance our core mission.  

 

Over the next few weeks, I will be working closely with the Board and the entire BC team to fully understand the issues and to take actions to address our most immediate needs. I look forward to meeting all of you at a town hall meeting in the very near future, but please call, email or visit me with any questions or comments you may have in the meantime.

 

I am energized by the journey ahead of us, and I trust the Lord to guide and bless us on this journey (Proverbs 16:3). I want to thank the Board and the Search Committee for working diligently on your behalf.  I also want to thank all the prayer warriors for standing in the gap for BC. Most of all, I wish to thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve BC on its path to a bright and vibrant future!

 

Your fellow servant in Christ,

 

Dr. John Moran

Superintendent

 

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you.  Plans for a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Superintendent's Message
August 26, 2017

 

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New Teachers and Employees at BC

 

 

The Lord has sent us some tremendous people to be co-laborers in our ministry.  Please join me in giving a warm Warrior welcome to our newest teachers and employees.

 

Mrs. Danielle Contreras

Middle School English Teacher

 

She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in Education.  She taught in Texas before she and her husband moved to Spain in the year 2000. They were missionaries there for 14 years, where she taught English to all ages, including college students preparing for their future jobs abroad. She is a mom of three teen boys and had the privilege to homeschool them through their 9th grade year. They are so thankful that their two older boys are beginning at Liberty University and Vanguard on academic scholarships this year. Their youngest son will be a junior at BCHS this year. She has been teaching English for many years and she loves languages. She is a writer at heart and looks forward to encouraging young minds to love reading and writing as well.  A favorite saying of hers is “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C. S. Lewis 

 

Mr. Zachary Luginbill

High School Bible Teacher with Chapel Responsibilities

 

He earned a degree in Cross-Cultural Ministries from Huntington University with a minor in Bible.  Having grown up with parents who were educators and a grandfather, who was a pastor, both influences helped guide him to follow God’s calling to ministry and teaching.  After an internship in Cape Town, South Africa, working with a local church, he was a youth leader and worship pastor in Ohio and Florida.  Responding to a desire for more international ministry experience, he went to Seoul, South Korea where he was a chaplain at a Christian school for 5 years.  In addition to teaching Bible, he coached varsity soccer and led students on a yearly mission trip to the Philippines.  He and his wife just moved to Southern California in 2016. He is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Brethren Christian School community and is excited for what God has planned for him and his students this year.

 

Ms. Danielle (Henry) Heffernan

Middle & High School Bible Teacher with Chapel Responsibilities

 

She is so excited to have the opportunity to teach your students about our amazing God! She is a third generation alumna from BC. She went on from Brethren to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Theology at California Baptist University, and she is currently working on a Master’s degree at Talbot Seminary in Theology. She loves studying God’s Word and teaching other people along the way. She has worked in youth ministry the past five years and has a passion to disciple this next generation in the ways of the Lord. She has a strong heart for missions in our local communities and overseas. Her desire for every person she interacts with is to know Jesus and the power of his death and resurrection. She is grateful to have an opportunity to teach and serve the students of Brethren Christian this year.

 

Mr. Gary Buckles

Physical Education & Health

He has lived in Huntington Beach his entire life: graduated from Huntington Beach High School (1983), attended Golden West Junior College (1983-85), and attended Cal State University of Fullerton (1985-87).  After leaving school, he played eight and a half years of professional baseball (California Angels, Detroit Tigers minor leagues, St. Louis Cardinals minor leagues and MLB) and continued on with coaching professional baseball as a pitching coach (St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins).  He graduated from CSUF in 1997 with a BA in Kinesiology.  The Lord saved him in the year 2000, and since then he has been an active disciple of Christ - teaching Adult Sunday School for the past seven years, leading Bible studies.  He has also continued to instruct baseball with the many MLB prospects.  He has been married to his wife for 27 years, and they have four beautiful daughters between the ages of 12-23. He is anticipating what the Lord will do this year in the lives of the students that are placed in his charge.


 

Mrs. Faith Graham

HS Math and Science Teacher

 

After earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cal State/Long Beach, she served 17 years as an engineer for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA. During her latter years at Raytheon, she felt called to minister to young people through STEM, so she went back to school and earned a Master's degree in Mathematics Education at Western Governors University along with her California Teaching Credential.  She is passionate about passing on the problem solving skills (and the required perseverance) she learned as an engineer with her students. She and her husband, Leonard, reside in Long Beach, with their two children. Faith comes with a desire to teach and invest in the lives of students.

 

Mrs. Judyth Yonkers

Middle School Math & Science Teacher

 

She has lived in Costa Mesa since she was 4 years old.  She attended private school from K-8, and graduated from Mater Dei High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Diego State University with a major in Liberal Studies, and continued her fifth year to acquire her California Life Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  She also has a Computer Based Education Certificate from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. She came to a saving relationship in Jesus Christ at 22, as the Bible became alive as the Truth for her life. Her teaching career began at age 23 with five years of teaching math and science in Christian high schools.  She then taught 5th and 6th grade math, computers, and science for three years at Lake Country Christian School, and spent each summer teaching Algebra at Fort Worth District High School.  She taught 6-8th grade math and science classes until the close of Shoreline Christian School this past summer. She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 33 years; they are blessed 2 children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. They are members of Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa.  She feels blessed by God's faithfulness to her family and His mercy and goodness that have allowed her to join us at Brethren Christian!  She prays to be a blessing to the students at BC in this new opportunity!

 

Ryan Van Deussen

Maintenance

 

He applied to be a Bible teacher earlier this summer, but his background in facilities, landscaping and carpet cleaning led to an offer as a maintenance man. He has already done yeoman’s work this summer by greatly advancing our campus renovations. Ryan is committed to the personhood of Christ, and is a dedicated husband and father of three small children. He graduated from the Calvary Chapel Bible College; spending two semesters in Costa Mesa under Chuck Smith, and two semesters at the campus in Jerusalem. He also completed the two-year School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He taught at the Calvary Chapel Bible College, and did so for 7 semesters. Ryan received his call to ministry at the age of 12, and preached his first sermon at the age of 16. He has held various positions as youth pastor, and associate in various ministries since that time. Currently he is the president of a global ministry known as Ambassadors and Embassies, whose primary goal is to exhort the body of Christ to love the Lord their God with all their heart soul and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves. 

 

Mr. Mike Donohoe

Security Guard

 

He is already the President of our Parent Fellowship Council (PFC), and now he has volunteered to be our Security Officer. Mike is a retired policeman with advanced training in security. He will be uniformed and armed. The safety of your students is our top priority, and Mike's service will go far to advance that goal.

 

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Revised Parent-Student Handbook




With the new school year comes our revised Parent-Student Handbook for 2017-2018. Please take some time, along with your family, to look through this helpful guide and familiarize yourselves with the Brethren Christian School culture.

  

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2017-2018 Bus Schedule



The 2017-2018 Bus Schedule for Brethren Christian School has been released, both for morning and afternoon/evening.

 

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College Application Process

 

Orientation

 

The College Application Process Meeting for seniors and their parents is Wednesday Aug 30, at 7 PM in the Library. Important information provided. Look for the Flyer in the mail. RSVP to Dorothy MacDonald at (714) 962-6617, or email at dmacdonald@bchs.net.

 

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Lunch Program Reminder

 
 

I encourage all families to register for “Choice Lunch” this week.  This is our new lunch program, and we believe your children are going to enjoy the tasty food and healthy variety. You will order online via computer or smart phone app for your convenience. You will order the food for the day, week or month, and pay Choice Lunch directly via credit card. The food is delivered hot or cold each day, and served in our remodeled cafeteria. Please read their welcome letter attached here for directions.

 

 
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Superintendent’s Message
August 2017
 

Book Sales - Will be held on August 7th, 8th and 9th in the Mall from 3-5PM. We will begin to pass out numbers for your place in line one hour before book sales begin (2PM). 

Please note the following:

  • Tuition and bus contracts must be turned into the business office before getting in line, preferably by this Friday, August 4th.
  • All book sale fees must be paid in full at time of purchase (by cash, check, money order, cashier check, or credit card [3% fee]). Returned checks will incur a $40 fee.
  • Registration fees, July Tuition, and all other required fees must be paid.

Before and After School We have had many safety issues with unsupervised students on campus outside of school hours, so we are making an important change beginning on August 28th to ensure student safety:

 

Before School starts each day, students may arrive at 7AM and will remain under general supervision of school staff in the Mall and main hall area until the start of school at 8AM.

 

After School – ALL students remaining on campus between 3PM and 5:30PM must be in one of the following:

  1. A school-sponsored activity led by school employee or volunteer (e.g., sports, band, drama, tutoring, etc.)
  2. Our After School session located in the Media Center (Library) at the rate of $6 per hour. Any part of an hour will be billed at $6/hour. Parents must pick up their children at 5:30 or before. Late fees of $1 per minute will apply after 5:30 and will be added to the monthly billing statement. Parents will pick up students at the front office if after 5:30.

 

August Web Changes We have been making incremental changes to the website and updating information recently. You will see more changes in the coming weeks, and a major re-launch of the site by late August. We believe you will like the changes, which will make it more appealing, user-friendly and useful to both current and prospective families.

 

Athletics Update - We are looking forward to all God has planned for us this year in our Athletic Program.  The Cheer Team is excited about new opportunities to serve the school in lieu of cheering for Football. The Boys & Girls Cross Country team will compete in the first race of the season on September 2nd.  The Girls Volleyball team will start their season with a non-league game on August 22nd.   Sport schedules will be on the BC Website soon.  GO WARRIORS!

 

God bless you all,

Dr. John Moran

 

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established  -Proverbs 24:3

 

 

 
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Dear Returning BC Family,

 

It is time to re-enroll your child(ren) for the 2018/19 School Year.

 

This has been a year of many changes at the school, which have solidified our financial position as a school and have secured our long-term future. We have appreciated all the positive feedback from you on our improved: facilities, faculty, academics, chapels, discipleship, openness, service and overall culture.

 

Next year is shaping up to be an even better year with:

 

· 1:1 computers (with most curriculum being online)

· Block Scheduling (allowing deeper study in each subject area)

· The International Space Station (ISS) Program (building and launching experiments to the ISS)

· A robotics program

· A debate team

· A new sports league in which we can be more competitive

· An 8-man football program

· Continued facility improvements

· More international missions opportunities

· A “strings” program added to our band offerings

 

We have incrementally increased our tuition and fees to support our quest for excellence as a school, and those new rates are outlined on our website on the Admissions policy page.

 

We have streamlined the re-enrollment process this year by placing all of the forms online. You will see our new tuition and fees on our website as well. Please note that you may apply for Tuition Assistance for next year via the FAST program link found on our website as soon as you receive your 2017 tax information.

 

Please follow the 3 simple steps below to re-enroll:

 

Step 1: Go to our website via this link _____________.

Step 2: Complete the Domestic Re-enrollment Forms by entering your information, and hitting “Continue” when prompted.

Step 3: Follow instructions for payment, and your done.

 

NOTE: Re-enroll early to receive lower re-enrollment fees.

Pay full tuition to receive tuition discounts.

These discounts and related dates are listed on the rate sheet on the website.

 

Thank you and God bless you for your support of Excellence in Christian Education at Brethren Christian School!