Archive for March, 2017

The BCS Buddy Bench

Posted on: March 27th, 2017

Earlier this year, our first graders were having a discussion about living out our Christian faith, and a “Buddy Bench” was an idea that they really got passionate about. The idea is that students who don’t have anyone to play with, who are having a bad day or maybe who aren’t getting along with their normal friends can go sit on the Buddy Bench. Other kids on the playground would keep an eye on the bench, and would hopefully go over to invite kids sitting there to play.  A school family generously donated a bench to be used, and it’s ready to go on the playground!

The first graders prepared a script and then went to the other elementary classes to explain the concept and get others on board with the Buddy Bench.  (Our K-5th grade students have recess together.) They even visited the Middle School classes to talk about it!  If you’d like to learn more about Buddy Benches, check out this site. This slide show is a great resource that goes over some of the expectations for the kids sitting on the bench.  We’re excited to see how kids respond to the BCS Buddy Bench!


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Open Doors

Posted on: March 25th, 2017

Except on rare occasions like when I’m on the phone or having a meeting, my door is usually open.  Part of it is due to the fact that I’m a busybody who likes to move around and get up and down and out of the office and feel connected to the students and the activity of the school day.  Another reason is that I want to be approachable and have people feel welcome to pop in and talk with me.  And then there’s the recognition that God uses open doors (or opens closed doors) to accomplish his plan.

As a school, we strive to carry out our mission every day, but we also believe in strategically planning for the future to ensure the vision of BCS continues for years to come.  Dreams are realized, decisions are made, and plans are put into place.  At the end of the day, though, it takes people to make it happen.

There are some occasions where I wonder, based on the demands and skill requirements of the project, how those plans will be brought to fruition.  Yet I continue to be amazed at how God provides the right people at the right time.  And they often walk through my open door.

For instance, a few years ago we made the decision to use a new student information system.  A couple months after the decision was made, a parent volunteer walked through my door and shared that her expertise was in the area of software training and deployment.  She offered her skills to help us transfer our data, learn the system, and train our faculty and staff on how to use the system.  Thanks to her, we had a smooth, successful transition.  She continues to serve as a resource for us, tirelessly researching answers to questions and keeping us informed of the best way to use our system.

Similarly, two years ago, after we went through the reaccreditation process and evaluated ourselves as a school, we determined that we wanted to improve our professional collaboration as a faculty.  The next fall, a member of the broader school community walked into my office and told me that she had experience in leading staff development and asked if she could be of service to us.  Her work has enhanced teacher collaboration and collegial conversations at BCS.

Other times, I am made aware of possible opportunities for our students but need funding and/or a parent volunteer to make it happen.  One of the most requested programs I am asked about is Lego robotics.  Last spring, I had an acquaintance inform me that he could help us launch a team at BCS if I could find someone to head it.  I thanked him for the offer but placed the idea on the back burner due to the busyness of the year and not knowing what it would take to find a volunteer leader.  I totally forgot about it until a week or two ago when, after a committee meeting, a parent came up to me and asked about the possibility of starting a Lego club at BCS.  I told him I could get the funding, but I needed a coach for the club.  He responded, “Well, I’m saying that I would be that person.”

These are just a few examples of the many ways that God has blessed BCS and me, personally, and there are many more stories like them.  We dream big at BCS, seeking God’s will for our school.  Moving forward in faith, sometimes the path is abundantly clear and other times it truly seems like a leap of faith.  Yet God always provides, using open doors to reveal his perfect plan and impeccable timing.

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