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Graduation

Graduation

Written by on June 12, 2017

BACS held its school closing and graduation ceremony last Friday. We are sad to see the graduating eighth graders go, as they were a group who served as positive leaders in many ways, but are excited for them as they begin their next journey. Our students have worked hard this year at every grade level and […]

Field Day

Field Day

Written by on June 6, 2017

Friday was Field Day at BACS. Field Day is a chance for us to step out of our classrooms for a couple of hours and play together as a school. The students are placed into eighteen teams, each made up of members who range from kindergarteners to eighth graders. The teams travel through nine stations […]

Field Trips

Written by on May 30, 2017

The month of May is filled with activity at BACS. It is a natural time for many class trips. Taking students out of the classroom and into a different learning environment is a wonderful asset to our program. Just a few of the trips we take throughout the year include the third grade studying insects […]

Working with ANC

Written by on May 16, 2017

Last Friday a group of French students from the high school came and worked with our third graders. Thursday afternoon two staff members from ANC came to share their experience with the Google education suite with some of our teachers. This is just the two most recent benefits we have received from our working relationship […]

First Grade Play + Seeking Student Support Teacher

Written by on May 2, 2017

The First Grade Play is this week.  What a wonderful project to have every year.  These plays, which date back to performances in Mrs. Cranch’s backyard, are an opportunity for some of our youngest students to shine in ways they haven’t before.  Thinking back to where the first graders were just months ago when they […]

Work Day

Written by on April 25, 2017

More than fifty workers, ranging from students to grandparents, descended on our campus on Saturday morning for our annual work day. It was remarkable how much they were able to get done. Crews spread wood chips, mulched, cleaned, painted, cleared gutters, and tackled several construction jobs. BACS is indebted to all of these volunteers for […]

School Worship at the Cathedral

Written by on April 18, 2017

The Bryn Athyn Church School began our Easter vacation on Thursday after walking to the Cathedral for a worship service. This service is not something we had done before and was a great addition to our year. While we highly value our chapels together in Heilman Hall, it was special to worship as a school […]

Faculty In-service

Written by on April 4, 2017

On Friday BACS held our annual faculty in-service meetings. Solomon Keal began the day leading the faculty in a presentation about the Lord as a shepherd in preparation for next year’s school theme. This led to a collaborative discussion about ways in which we could take ideas about following the Lord and about mirroring His […]

8th Grade Boys Teacher

8th Grade Boys Teacher

Written by on March 21, 2017

I am excited to announce that Tony Griffin will be joining our faculty next year as the 8th grade boys’ teacher. Tony is a graduate from BACS, the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools, and the Bryn Athyn College. After completing college, Tony was a fulltime high school teacher at ANC where he also […]

The Eighth Grade Play

The Eighth Grade Play

Written by on March 16, 2017

BACS is back from a well-deserved spring break. In the week before we left we were treated to three performances of the play Aladdin by the 8th grade. These shows, all of which were highly entertaining, were the culmination of months of preparation by the 8th graders, their teachers and their parents. While watching their […]

Hero Day

Hero Day

Written by on February 28, 2017

Last Thursday was Hero Day in the third grade. This was a culminating activity for the class’s unit on historic heroes and leaders. Each student spent weeks researching their hero, becoming third grade experts on him or her. When the guests arrived on Thursday they were able to travel around the classrooms visiting each student’s […]

Robin Morey Retires After 27 Years

Robin Morey Retires After 27 Years

Written by on February 15, 2017

We are sad to announce that this will be Robin Morey’s final year at the Bryn Athyn Church School. Robin began teaching first grade here in 1990. In her 27 years at BACS she has guided over 350 young students through their foundations of math, their entrances to reading and their discovery of the world […]

General Church Education Meeting

Written by on February 14, 2017

This week Kirsten Cronlund, Eric Carswell and I were away from the school for much of Thursday and Friday so that we could attend a series of meetings at the General Church Education offices. These meetings led by Peter Buss Jr. and the GCEd staff were attended by leaders of our sister General Church schools […]

Fifth Grade Puppet Play

Fifth Grade Puppet Play

Written by on February 7, 2017

On Thursday the fifth grade put on their annual Explorer Puppet Play.  The preparation for this show started months ago when the students researched the lives of Ferdinand Magellan and James Cook.  After learning about the explorers and their famous voyage, the students wrote the scripts, made their puppets and painted the scenery.  Of course […]

Presenters Visit BACS

Written by on January 31, 2017

Two presenters visited BACS this week. On Tuesday afternoon Katie Kucz joined us from the Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Office. She shared with us, and some guests from ANC, the results from the Pennsylvania Youth Survey. This survey collects data from students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 on their drug and alcohol […]

Our Halls

Our Halls

Written by on January 25, 2017

Walking through our hallways gives you a wonderful view of what our students are studying at any given time.  Currently you can see projects about birds, magnets, Berber rugs, nomads and the Inuit people. There are also maps of imaginary lands, polar regions and taste receptors, as well as New Church biographies, models of ancient […]

This Week at BACS

This Week at BACS

Written by on January 17, 2017

The Bryn Athyn Church School was not in session on Monday, January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.  Last Friday every class gave meaning to this holiday by observing Dr. King in some way.  Each grade’s focus was different as the teachers covered the life of Dr. King, the civil rights movement and […]

8th Grade Boys Teacher

Written by on January 17, 2017

BACS is accepting applications for teaching the 8th grade boys next school year. Interested parties should visit www.ncpeoplevision.org for more information.

Christmas Break

Christmas Break

Written by on December 23, 2016

Last Friday was our 37th annual Christmas program. Our students once again entertained and impressed us all with their wonderful performances. Thanks to all who were able to attend. It was truly a full house and your presence is an important reminder to the school of just how large a supporting community we have. The […]

What Christmas is All About

Written by on December 13, 2016

If someone asked you to show them what Christmas was all about, how would you respond?  I would suggest that, given the opportunity, you might want to lead them into the front hallway of the Bryn Athyn Church School.  Before them they would see a lovely wooden diorama.  Each morning the primary teachers lift off […]

Departing Staff Member

Departing Staff Member

Written by on December 6, 2016

Sadly, BACS has accepted the news from Phil Feerrar that he plans for this to be his final year teaching 8th grade. Dr. Feerrar has been an incredible asset to BACS in the three years he has been here. His charisma and enthusiasm make him a widely popular teacher with both the students and the […]

Report Cards

Written by on November 29, 2016

First term report cards were sent home last week. Written reports from the teacher have looked very different in American history in the years since they were first introduced in the late 19th century. There is also a variety in the reports that BACS sends out each marking period. The primary unit report is more […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Written by on November 22, 2016

When Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a recurring national holiday, he spoke eloquently about the reason for it. To his reckoning the nation had benefitted from growth and prosperity but had forgotten the role that God had played in their good fortune. He worried that the country was falling into the temptation of attributing their […]

Community Service at BACS

Community Service at BACS

Written by on November 17, 2016

The 7th and 8th graders end each week with an hour long elective class. We have recently switched to the second block of offerings and students are now taking classes which include: art and drawing, technical theater, ultimate frisbee, yoga, architectural design, and community service. This week the community service class raked leaves for society […]

The Book Fair

Written by on November 17, 2016

Last week was our annual Scholastic Book Fair. This event is a hugely successful fundraiser for the school. This year we earned over $8,500. A portion of this money is used to supply books to the classrooms and to give a free book each student who meets the summer reading challenge. The remaining money is […]

Milestones at BACS

Milestones at BACS

Written by on November 17, 2016

One of my hopes for our students is that they will experience the feeling of approaching a situation that looks daunting and then the satisfaction of having completed it. These two weeks our fourth graders got to face one of those opportunities when they successfully ran the mile for the first time. The running of […]

Reading at BACS

Reading at BACS

Written by on October 25, 2016

What single activity helps our students expand their vocabulary, develop their memory, increase their knowledge base, reduce their stress, strengthen their analytic skills, improve their focus and grow their cultural awareness? Reading. From the earliest grades BACS tries to instill a love of books and a habit of regular reading in our students. Starting in […]

Kidstuff Coupon Books

Kidstuff Coupon Books

Written by on October 24, 2016

Our school is selling valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books filled with hundreds of national, regional and local coupons for all ages! The KidStuff Book is conveniently organized, offers incredible savings and is sold exclusively through schools! Our school earns 50% or more profit for every book we sell!  Use just a few coupons and save […]

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Written by on October 18, 2016

The primary grades celebrated the arrival of autumn last Monday when they held their annual Harvest Festival. The festival is an amazing collection of eleven outside craft stations laid out for the students. There are pumpkins to decorate, candles to dip, popcorn to thread, headband to decorate and so much more. As the classes arrive, […]

Eighth Grade Boys Present at Cairnwood Village

Eighth Grade Boys Present at Cairnwood Village

Written by on October 11, 2016

I had the pleasure of accompanying the 8th grade boys when they visited Cairnwood Village on Wednesday morning. Dr. Feerrar brought the boys there to make a presentation to the residents and others as part of the class’s World War One unit. The boys read letters from two members of the Bryn Athyn community written […]

Principal’s Council

Principal’s Council

Written by on October 4, 2016

BACS benefits from a strong working relationship with the parents and guardians of our student body. This relationship can be seen through the regular communication which happens back and forth each day as well as through events such as our parent night meetings and the upcoming conferences. Another key piece to supporting this relationship is […]

The Seventh Grade Carnival

The Seventh Grade Carnival

Written by on September 27, 2016

The seventh grade held their carnival last Friday afternoon. The school community turned out to see what the class had in store and were not disappointed. The students had been working hard preparing games and activities. In many ways putting on the carnival is a rite of passage for the seventh graders. It is the […]

Art Project Sows Positive Seeds with Students

Art Project Sows Positive Seeds with Students

Written by on September 19, 2016

The hallway outside the music room has become quite popular. Along its wall is a 20- foot interactive mural which was collaboratively created by our art classes. It serves as a symbol of this year’s school theme, “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in their field,” both in its […]

10th Year for BA Church Preschool

10th Year for BA Church Preschool

Written by on September 12, 2016

The Bryn Athyn Church Preschool opened its doors on September 6, beginning its 10th year of service. Our three teachers–Brooke Childs, Kelleen Butler and Lori Odhner– along with their assistants, Dianne Gallagher and Joy Cole, and the Director, Joanne Kiel, are providing 36 children with three warm and nurturing programs. It is remarkable to see […]

Activity Already

Written by on September 6, 2016

The classrooms are full of students and full of activity. Students have quickly settled in with their new teachers and are already busy at work on this year’s program. Novels have been started, math problems worked through and spelling words learned. I have even spotted the first crop of projects being hung on the bulletin […]

Preparing for the New School Year

Written by on August 23, 2016

It is beginning to get busy at the Bryn Athyn Church School again. Faculty meetings began this week and on Thursday students in grades K-2 will be coming in for open houses in their new classrooms. This is a chance for the students to meet their new teacher, see friends again, and maybe meet some […]

New Staff Members for Next Year

New Staff Members for Next Year

Written by on June 27, 2016

We are excited to be welcoming four new teachers to our faculty next year.   Megan Asplundh Pendergrass is joining our Student Support Center. Megan is not only a reading specialist but also brings with her years of experience as a classroom teacher, including years at BACS.   Jessica Johns will be teaching our enrichment […]

Summer Reading Program

Written by on June 15, 2016

Would you like to participate in the BACS Summer Reading Program? Get the details.

Blank Walls, Full Minds

Blank Walls, Full Minds

Written by on June 14, 2016

Our hallways are full of blank walls. The bulletin boards have all been emptied. So have the lockers and the desks. The students have filled up grocery bags full of projects and supplies and left us for the summer. Think of all they carried with them as they left. Not just the items that were […]

8th Grade Awards

8th Grade Awards

Written by on June 8, 2016

Each year every graduating eighth grader is recognized for his or her accomplishments. Additionally, three special awards are given to a few eighth graders whose actions and behavior meet our highest standards. This year the recipients of those awards were: Academic Excellence Award – Madison Zagorski, Blake Halterman Charity Award – Nicole McCurdy, Teagan DeWees […]

Restaurant Week Supporting BACS

Restaurant Week Supporting BACS

Written by on June 1, 2016

Choose one or choose them all! A percentage of your check will be donated back to BACS when you choose to dine at one of the following eateries! Don’t forget to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Ask your friends, family, and coworkers to come out and support us! Print this flyer (BACS Restaurant Week Flyer)and don’t forget […]

Centennial Day

Centennial Day

Written by on May 24, 2016

BACS celebrated Bryn Athyn’s 100th anniversary last Thursday in a day we called Centennial Day. We began the morning with a chapel talk by Eric Carswell on the sacrifices of our town’s founders and then watched a documentary by Reed Asplundh on Bryn Athyn’s history. Students spent the remainder of the morning travelling through multiple […]

Centennial Day

Written by on May 17, 2016

BACS will be celebrating Bryn Athyn Borough’s centennial this Thursday. The day will include whole school events and multi-grade level activities. Look for us as we visit Knights Hill and the site of the 1916 elementary school. -Greg Henderson

8th Grade Children’s Stories

8th Grade Children’s Stories

Written by on May 17, 2016

The 8th grade’s children stories are currently on display outside the library. These stories, which are written and illustrated by the 8th graders, are a capstone composition assignment and are something that students traditionally save for years afterwards. There are a wide variety of styles and plots in these stories, each one showing the personality […]

The First Grade Play

Written by on May 10, 2016

Last week was the week of the first grade play. Each year the first graders treat the faculty, student body, and families to a performance of either AA Milne or Beatrix Potter stories, a tradition which dates back to the performances of Peter Rabbit in Mrs. Cranch’s woods. This year we got to see the […]

Work Day

Written by on May 3, 2016

More than fifty workers, ranging from students to grandparents, descended on our campus on Saturday morning for our annual work day. It was remarkable how much they were able to get done. Crews tackled vines, mulched, spread wood chips, cleaned, painted, cleared gutters, as well as working on several construction jobs. BACS is indebted to […]

Position Available

Written by on April 26, 2016

Bryn Athyn Church School is seeking applicants for a part-time (approximately 26 hours per week) teachers’ assistant position in the primary unit for the 2016-17 academic school year. A bachelor’s degree in an educational field is preferred. For more information, see the posting on www.ncpeoplevision.org, or email Greg Henderson greg.henderson@bacs-gc.org . Applications will be accepted […]

Faculty Study on Remains

Written by on April 26, 2016

The BACS students had Friday morning off as we held our annual faculty study. This is a chance for the teachers and staff to step away from the day-to-day routine and study a larger, doctrinally relevant topic. This year Solomon Keal led us through a study of the teachings on remains. The doctrine of remains […]

Working With Montgomery County

Written by on April 19, 2016

The Bryn Athyn Church School benefits in many ways from its relationship with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU). Perhaps the most evident services we receive from the MCIU are the speech therapist, Amy McDonald, and the counselor, Peg McHugh, who work with our students each week. We also benefit from training sessions offered throughout […]

The Fourth Grade Goes on a Pilgrimage

The Fourth Grade Goes on a Pilgrimage

Written by on April 12, 2016

Fourth grade sized knights, jesters, peasants, nobles and other medieval folk could been seen leaving our school grounds Wednesday afternoon as they began their religious pilgrimage to the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. This afternoon trip was the culminating activity for the fourth grade’s medieval unit. In the unit the class studied the people, culture and architecture […]

Professional Development from Colonial Williamsburg

Written by on April 5, 2016

On Friday six of our teachers were invited to attend a program put on by Colonial Williamsburg at Bryn Athyn College.  The staff members from Williamsburg, including the man who portrays Thomas Jefferson, led the participants through a discussion on civil discourse. Activities included using primary sources and current articles to debate tensions our nation […]

Departing Staff Member

Written by on March 22, 2016

It is with bitter-sweetness that we announce that Erika Hyatt will be leaving us at the end of this year. Erika brings dedication, patience, and care for the students to her role as the teachers’ assistant with the second grade. We are sad to see her go but happy for her as she begins a […]

Roller Skating Event

Roller Skating Event

Written by on March 22, 2016

Over one hundred members of the BACS school community spent Thursday night at the Palace Rink for our first roller skating fundraiser. This event raised needed money for our annual fund. But watching skaters, young and old, circling the floor while others tried their luck at the arcade and hit up the bake sale, it […]

Registration Open for Spring Sports, ANC Dance and Nature Class

Written by on March 18, 2016

Spring Sports:  Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse and Girls Softball for 5-8 grades.  See Sports page for more information. ANC Dance class for 7-8 grade girls.  See ACE page for more information. Nature Class “Experiencing Spring” for 3-4 graders.  See ACE page for more information.

Available Positions at BACS for 2016-17

Written by on March 2, 2016

Bryn Athyn Church School is seeking applicants for several positions for the upcoming school year. These positions are listed below and interested applicants are encouraged to see the posting on www.ncpeoplevision.org, or to contact Greg Henderson (greg.henderson@bacs-gc.org 215-94704086×267) for more information about the positions and application timeline.  Applicants are sought for a part-time teaching position […]

Technology Aiding BACS Instruction

Written by on March 2, 2016

In 1801 a geography teacher in Edinburgh revolutionized teaching when he hung a large piece of slate on his classroom wall. In the two hundred and some years which have followed a stream of subsequent changes have taken place, as filmstrips, overheads, whiteboards, computers, tablets, digital projectors, Smartboards, document cameras, student response systems and many […]

Departing Staff Members

Written by on February 23, 2016

Unfortunately three of our staff members, Mary Abele, Jodi Carr and Sue Hyatt have announced that they will be leaving BACS at the end of this school year. While all members of the Student Support Center, these women have performed three different roles for our school, all with dedication and a love for their students. […]

Winter Sports at BACS

Winter Sports at BACS

Written by on February 16, 2016

BACS concluded our winter sport season last week. Each of our three teams, wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball included students experiencing the sport for the first time. It is these opportunities for students to try on a sport, or team sports in general, that make our program such a valuable offering. Through the care […]

Bringing History to Life

Bringing History to Life

Written by on February 9, 2016

Last week Mr. Geoffrey Cooper visited the eighth grade boys to share stories of his experiences in World War II. This visit is one of the many ways in which Dr. Feerrar uses primary sources in his history curriculum. Besides hearing guest speakers on both the world wars, the 8th graders have read letters, journals […]

Class Parents at BACS

Class Parents at BACS

Written by on February 2, 2016

Last Friday was Swedenborg’s Birthday and, as is our tradition, after a special assembly, the students celebrated with a treat topped with a Swedish flag. While it seemed that these holiday goodies appeared in the classrooms as if by magic, they were, in fact, the work of our generous class parents. Each classroom has one […]

BACS and Glencairn

BACS and Glencairn

Written by on January 26, 2016

Last week our first grades visited Glencairn Museum as part of their unit on the Inuit people. This was one of the six visits our classes have made to Glencairn already this year. Last year eight of our grades were able to participate in a total of nineteen tours. These class trips included visits to […]

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day

Written by on January 19, 2016

The Bryn Athyn Church School was closed on Monday as we observed Martin Luther King Day. On Friday all of our classrooms had special lessons, each focusing on a different aspect of Dr. King’s life and works. These included his childhood, his ministry, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, his speeches and his death, as well as […]

Teachers Visiting Fellow Teachers

Written by on January 14, 2016

The teachers at BACS are spending some time this year getting into each other’s classrooms. This is a great opportunity for them to see some other ways of teaching, to experience other areas of our K-8 curriculum and possibly to observe their students in arenas other than their own. It also provides teachers with the […]

Christmas Break

Written by on January 5, 2016

BACS has just come off of Christmas vacation where the students and faculty enjoyed a much earned two-week break. Hopefully the teachers were able to spend this time being parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to their loved ones and the students were hard at work building Christmas memories. Christmas truly is a wonderful time of […]

What Christmas Is All About

Written by on December 15, 2015

If someone asked you to show them what Christmas was all about, how would you respond? I would suggest that, given the opportunity, you might want to lead them into the front hallway of the Bryn Athyn Church School. Before them they would see a lovely wooden diorama. Each morning the primary teachers lift off […]

How Long Is It Until “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?”

How Long Is It Until “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?”

Written by on December 8, 2015

The hallway outside my office is now filled daily with the sounds of music classes practicing for the upcoming Christmas program. The program, which happens next Friday morning, features our students performing in a variety of musical numbers. Each year there are songs which bring smiles and songs which tug our heartstrings. There are performances […]

Thanksgiving at BACS

Thanksgiving at BACS

Written by on December 1, 2015

I got to eat three Thanksgiving dinners this year–the first two were last Tuesday. As administrators, Kirsten Cronlund and I were lucky enough to be invited to join the first grade classes at their traditional Thanksgiving meals. The food, which was cooked by the parents, teachers or students, was delicious but the best part was […]

Primary Religious Pageant

Primary Religious Pageant

Written by on November 16, 2015

The primary unit put on their biennial religious pageant on Friday, each classroom acting out a parable from the New Testament. These included The Sower, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, The Lost Sheep, The Wedding Feast, The Wheat and Tares, The Dragnet and The House on the Rock. The simple style of the scenes allowed […]

Fostering Love of Country at BACS

Fostering Love of Country at BACS

Written by on November 11, 2015

Each day after chapel, before we begin our academic classes, the school faces the flag, recites the Pledge of Allegiance and sings a patriotic song. It is one of the many things we do at BACS to demonstrate our love for our country. Students learn about the United States throughout our K-8 curriculum. The upper […]

Electives

Electives

Written by on November 3, 2015

This Friday was the beginning of our second session of elective classes in the upper unit. The elective program which began last year, runs for an hour each Friday for our 7th and 8th graders. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to try new experiences and to pursue interests that […]

Celebrating Reading

Celebrating Reading

Written by on October 27, 2015

This week Mrs. Neiger and Mrs. Austin hosted their annual reading celebration in the library. This is an opportunity to celebrate the reading that the students do over the summer. Rather than assigning specific books to be read over the summer vacation, BACS, through this library program, encourages students to get into the habit of […]

Religious Assemblies

Religious Assemblies

Written by on October 22, 2015

Last Friday was the first of five special chapel servies this year put on by our religion classes. They each involve the students depicting parts of their religioun curriculum but they have taken many forms over the years. Some have students acting out scenes, some include students reading passages, and some students sing. Last year […]

BACS Picnic

BACS Picnic

Written by on September 29, 2015

Hundreds of students, parents and friends spent a clear, crisp autumn evening on our athletic fields at last Friday’s picnic. There were games of soccer, football, Wiffleball, volleyball and Frisbee. There were kids getting their faces painted and kids doing crafts with Aunt Deev and her volunteers. And all around there were blankets filled with […]

A Successful 7th Grade Carnival

A Successful 7th Grade Carnival

Written by on September 29, 2015

Last Friday was the 27th annual 7th grade carnival. What an important opportunity the teachers and parent volunteers provide for the students. The 7th graders learn so many lessons through the process of planning, executing and cleaning up the event. These lessons include such things as working in groups, problem solving, time management, advertising, public […]

Parent Night

Parent Night

Written by on September 18, 2015

There are several evening meetings in the month of September at BACS. Thursday was the first of three Parent Nights we will have, one for each unit. These meetings are a chance for the parents to visit their children’s classrooms, sit in the desks, leave notes for the students and hear about the upcoming year […]

School Opening

School Opening

Written by on September 18, 2015

On Tuesday, September 1st we reopened our doors and celebrated the beginning of another school year. 260 students, new and returning, arrived on a beautiful, warm day, curious to see what the new year would be like. I had the opportunity to talk to them at our opening ceremony about the factors that determine what […]

BACS Student Honored in Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

BACS Student Honored in Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

Written by on June 24, 2015

Our Pennsylvania representative, Tom Murt, sponsored an anti-bullying poster contest last spring.  In his announcement he is quoted as saying, “Bullying remains one of the most challenging problems we face as parents and teachers.  By encouraging children to create posters that speak out against bullying, we’re helping them to think and act creatively in taking […]

Staffing News for 2015-2016

Staffing News for 2015-2016

Written by on June 17, 2015

Five individuals are stepping into new roles this school year. Aidan Asplundh is taking over our 7th and 8th grade Spanish program.  A recent Bryn Athyn College graduate, Miss Asplundh brings with her both a background in the Spanish language and experience working with school groups as an educational intern at Glencairn museum.    Lynne […]

8th Grade Award Winners

8th Grade Award Winners

Written by on June 1, 2015

Congratulations to the Winners of  This Year’s Eighth Grade Awards   Academic Excellence Award This award goes to the girl and boy who have earned the highest grades during the 8th grade year. The girls’ academic award goes to a student who regularly goes the extra mile in her schoolwork. She is extremely well organized, […]

Appreciation for Our Volunteers

Appreciation for Our Volunteers

Written by on May 13, 2015

This coming Friday, BACS will be having a small gathering to show our appreciation for our volunteers. At nearly every minute of every day, there are volunteers in our building. We have had over 65 volunteers donate time to our school over the course of the year. So far we have received over 3,000 hours […]

BACS Workday a Success

BACS Workday a Success

Written by on April 29, 2015

Saturday April 25th was the spring work day at BACS. Scott Nash led 90 workers through a very productive day. Thanks to crew leaders Rueben Mergen, Chrissy Fink, Lucas Mergen, Glen Henderson and Bob Hern, countless projects were completed. Parents, grandparents, teachers, students, former students, future students and community members worked side by side to get […]

An  8th Grade Play Like No Other

An 8th Grade Play Like No Other

Written by on March 24, 2015

This year’s 8th Grade Play, Beauty and the Beast, was the story of a prince cursed by a beggar and a production cursed by the weather.

Spring Sports:  Girls Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse

Spring Sports: Girls Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse

Written by on March 20, 2015

Spring Sports: Softball and Lacrosse

New Third Grade Teacher

New Third Grade Teacher

Written by on March 4, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Aline Brown will begin teaching third grade next year.  Aline, who has masterfully taught second grade for 14 years, is feeling ready for a new challenge and is looking forward to teaching the third grade curriculum.  Aline’s departure from second grade will leave large shoes to fill at that […]

Faculty Study

Written by on February 18, 2015

This past week the Bryn Athyn Church School had an in-service day so that we could hold our annual Faculty Study. This is a time for our school pastor, Phil Schnarr, to lead us in a religious study. This year’s topic was Purposeful Thinking. We began the morning with a presentation by Rev. Stephen Cole […]

Martin Luther King Day

Written by on January 20, 2015

The Bryn Athyn Church School was not in session on Monday, January 19th in celebration on Martin Luther King Day.  Last Friday every class gave meaning to this holiday by observing Dr. King in some way.  Each grade’s focus was different as the teachers covered the life of Dr. King, the civil rights movement and […]

Our Christmas Program

Our Christmas Program

Written by on December 15, 2014

This Friday is the day of our Christmas program.  The students are excited to perform their songs in a room full of family, friends and community members.  We hope that as many of you as possible can attend this special event.  One aspect that makes the program so special is that it involves each and […]

Seeing Christmas in Our Halls

Seeing Christmas in Our Halls

Written by on December 10, 2014

If someone asked you to show them what Christmas was all about, how would you respond?  I would suggest that, given the opportunity, you might want to lead them into the front hallway of the Bryn Athyn Church School.  In that hallway is a lovely diorama.  It is where each morning the primary teachers reveal […]

Beans for Jeans

Beans for Jeans

Written by on November 24, 2014

A recent article reported that the average American is exposed to 5,000 advertisements each day.  This means that 5,000 times every day we are told that our lives could be a little better than they are now.  It’s no wonder we have such a hard time feeling satisfied with what we have.  When Sarah Jospeha […]

Come to the BACS Book Fair!

Written by on October 29, 2014

November 3rd – November 5th Monday & Tuesday, November 3rd & 4th, 8:00am to 4:00pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm Wednesday, November 5th, 8:00am to 3:30pm.   The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find a variety of […]

Our Halls

Our Halls

Written by on October 29, 2014

Walking through our hallways gives you a wonderful view of what our students are studying at any given time. Currently you can see student-made dioramas, masks and writing all about Native Americans. There are also clay Sumerian seals and replica houses from Mrs. Frisby. There are murals of both the Most Ancient Church and the […]

BACS Picnic: A Success

BACS Picnic: A Success

Written by on September 30, 2014

Students, parents, teachers and other community members enjoyed a beautiful Friday evening at this year’s BACS picnic.  What a sight to see all the face-painted children playing games and doing crafts while the adults visited at picnic blankets around our fields.  We would like to thank the volunteers, especially Rachel Adams, for all the hard […]

Educational Enhancement Fund

Educational Enhancement Fund

Written by on September 29, 2014

We would like to let you know that there is a change this year in the way in which you can give financially to the school.  In an attempt to add more clarity to your giving, this year we are introducing a fund which we are calling the Educational Enhancement Fund.  Money given to this […]

Elective Classess Have Begun!

Elective Classess Have Begun!

Written by on September 3, 2014

Friday, August 29th was Day 1 of our exciting new elective program at BACS.  This program allows each 7th and 8th grade student the opportunity to sign up for six electives throughout the school year.  The offerings cover a wide variety of interests and disciplines.  Friday began the first block of the year and students […]

School Is Open!

School Is Open!

Written by on September 3, 2014

The 2014-15 school year officially opened on Tuesday, August 26th. The faculty and staff were excited to see all 279 of our students bring life and energy back to our building. The day began with an opening worship led by school pastor, Rev Phil Schnarr, introducing this year’s school theme, “Let the words of my […]

School Opening Updates

School Opening Updates

Written by on August 14, 2014

School Opening is on Tuesday, August 26th at 9:00am.  Students arrive between 8:30 and 8:45.  Students should wear formal event wear. Our 14-15 calendar is up. Mr. Greg Henderson, our new principal, has written a warm welcome for our website. Information on School Supplies and 2014-2015 updates to our Handbook and Dress Code are available on […]

Graduation June 6th

Graduation June 6th

Written by on June 2, 2014

Please join us for graduation and end-of-year school closing exercises on Friday, June 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m. in the Society Building.   Students arrive 10:30 – 10:45. Borough crossing guards begin at 10:15; BACS crossing guards start at 10:30. Kindergarten parents: please be sure to have your children arrive promptly. Kindergarten begins the procession. All […]

Share Your Passion with 7th and 8th Grade Students!

Written by on May 23, 2014

The Bryn Athyn Church School is beginning a new program for its upper unit students during the 2014-15 school year, called X-Classes. These classes will offer a variety of electives for students in the 7th and 8th grades, meeting once weekly on Fridays from 11:15am-12:15pm. Some of the classes will be taught by BACS faculty, […]

BACS receives $35,000 Grant for New Program Implementation!

Written by on May 19, 2014

Each Parent Fund gift this past year made a difference!  Bryn Athyn Church School received a $35,000 grant from the Glencairn Foundation to help fund the expansion of our academic program over the next two years.  As part of our strategic efforts to provide Bryn Athyn Church school students with a 21st Century New Church […]

BACS Workday a Big Success

Written by on May 8, 2014

The Spring 2014 BACS Workday was another smashing success, thanks to the many parents, students, community members, and teachers who showed up to lend a hand! The halls were filled with the happy sounds of people laughing together and offering help to one another. The snacks and lunch were delicious, as usual, thanks to the […]

BACS Workday Coming Up May 3rd

Written by on April 10, 2014

This year’s work day is scheduled for May 3rd from 9am to 2pm.  We have all types and skill levels for the projects planned so everyone who wants to help out can easily participate.  Along with community building this event has a direct impact on making the school safer, cleaner, and more beautiful. It makes […]

New BACS Principal starting 7-1-2014

Written by on March 7, 2014

I am very happy to announce that Greg Henderson was affirmed as the next principal of the Bryn Athyn Church School and Preschool at a special meeting of the Bryn Athyn Church Board last night. I look forward to working with him as he prepares for and enters into this important leadership role. Greg was […]

Spring Sports!

Written by on March 7, 2014

Girls and Boys Lacrosse and Girls Softball – See After School page for more information.

BACS Student Featured on WHYY

BACS Student Featured on WHYY

Written by on February 28, 2014

One of BACS’s very own students, Rona McMackin, is featured in a “Why I Like This Book” vignette on WHYY.  She retells the story of Pauline in “My Life as a Chicken” by Ellen A. Kelly.  Watch for it on WHYY or online.

Kindergarten Registration and BACS Re-Enrollment

Kindergarten Registration and BACS Re-Enrollment

Written by on February 27, 2014

Information about Kindergarten Applications for 2014-2015 and Re-Enrollment for current families for 2014-2015.

BACS Schedule Change

Written by on February 19, 2014

Dear BACS Parent, Our students have lost all too many hours of learning due to bad weather conditions this year.  I am still looking for a song that might capture the mix of emotions we have all experienced this winter.  Even after adding two days back to our schedule, we still have 3 day’s worth […]

BACS has power!

Written by on February 8, 2014

Electrical Power has been restored to BACS.  The school wishes to thank all utility workers for the valiant and tireless efforts to restore power to the school and the area.

Make-up day February 14th

Written by on February 7, 2014

Due to the multiple lost days of school so far this year, days must be made up. The first make-up day will be next Friday, February 14.  If your child is out of school on February 14, please call the school office. We wanted to communicate these plans to you promptly and will notify you […]

School Closed Monday, February 3rd

Written by on February 3, 2014

Oh, it doesn’t show signs of stopping… BACS will be closed on Monday, February 3rd due to a Winter Storm Warning.  

Kelleen Butler new After School Program Coordinator

Written by on January 28, 2014

It is with great excitement that I announce Kelleen Butler as our new After School Program Coordinator.  She received very strong recommendations. I am confident she will do excellent work leading our ACE and Extra-PE Programs.  Kelleen was a BACS student, attended ANC, Bryn Athyn College, and student taught at BACS.  She has a very […]

BACS Closed Wednesday, January 22nd due to Snow!

Written by on January 21, 2014

Bryn Athyn Church School will be closed on Wednesday, January 22nd due to snow.  Have fun sledding!

BACS Closed Tuesday, January 21st for Weather

Written by on January 21, 2014

Due to a Winter Storm Warning, Bryn Athyn Church School and Preschool will be closed for Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. Enjoy the snow and the long weekend.

School Closed Tuesday, Dec 10th

School Closed Tuesday, Dec 10th

Written by on December 10, 2013

Due to a Winter Storm Warning, BACS Elementary and Preschools will be closed Tuesday, December 10th.  Enjoy the snow and if you need to travel, travel safely.

2-Hour Delay for Monday, Dec 9th

Written by on December 9, 2013

Due to the weather and road conditions, BACS will have a 2-hour delay and open at 1oam.  Travel safe.

“Thank You” Posters Go Viral

“Thank You” Posters Go Viral

Written by on December 5, 2013

8th grade girls inspire a whole company! Find out how . . .

Winter Sports!

Winter Sports!

Written by on December 4, 2013

Girls and Boys Basketball and Boys Wrestling  – See After School page for more information.

BACS Newsletter 11/07/13

BACS Newsletter 11/07/13

Written by on November 7, 2013

Here is our latest newsletter…. The CommuniK-8tor!

New ACE Program:  Holiday Handbells

New ACE Program: Holiday Handbells

Written by on October 31, 2013

Come learn to play handbells and play for two Christmas services.

A Day in the Life of Some BACS Students

A Day in the Life of Some BACS Students

Written by on October 29, 2013

Enjoy the photos!                                             

BACS Newsletter 10/24/13

BACS Newsletter 10/24/13

Written by on October 25, 2013

The CommuniK-8or!

Book Fair

Book Fair

Written by on October 17, 2013

November 3rd – 6th

BACS Work Day!

BACS Work Day!

Written by on October 7, 2013

The 3rd annual Bryn Athyn Church School Workday was a big success!

BACS Family Picnic!

BACS Family Picnic!

Written by on October 1, 2013

Our second annual Family Picnic happened on Friday, September 27! We met at the BACS athletic fields from 5:00-7:30.  It was a great time to relax with family and friends.  We re-connected with old friends and got to meet some new friends. We brought our picnic basket and chairs, balls, outdoor games and our own […]

Prayer in Morning Worship

Prayer in Morning Worship

Written by on September 30, 2013

In morning worships we are learning much about prayers and praying…

3rd Graders Visit Insectarium

3rd Graders Visit Insectarium

Written by on September 24, 2013

3rd graders spend a morning seeing, touching, and even eating insects at the Insectarium.

Extra PE–Off and running!!!

Extra PE–Off and running!!!

Written by on September 20, 2013

27 boys playing soccer and 38 girls playing field hockey…

Art news!

Art news!

Written by on September 17, 2013

The students in grades 1-8 created lovely projects that represented our school theme: Be still and know that I am God They made things that were decorative, like colorful candle holders as well as things that are useful like the mixed media prayer journals that the 7th and 8th grade girls created. It is a […]

ACE Dance Programs

Written by on September 13, 2013

Ballet, Hip-Hop and Zumba dance ACE programs are availible for registration!  See the after school programs for more information and registration forms.

Parent Welcome Letter – August 2013

Written by on September 6, 2013

 August 29, 2013  Dear Parents, For many years our community has welcomed the students of Bryn Athyn Church School with the “song to the students.”   On Tuesday, that tradition continued with the opening of the 119th School year.  The song’s first verse captures our collective efforts as a tight knit community to create a safe […]

BACS New Sweatshirts!

BACS New Sweatshirts!

Written by on September 2, 2013

Bryn Athyn Church School has it’s own sweatshirt!  They are available for order immediately, and our expectation is that they will arrive by the end of October.  The sweatshirts cost $25 each, and students are allowed to wear them in school. These are the only hoodies that may be worn at school.  The hood must […]

Welcome New Teachers!

Written by on August 26, 2013

BACS welcomes 5 new teachers to BACS: Rev. Eric Carswell is the Pastor of the Bryn Athyn Church and is teaching 7th grade Religion. Mrs. Cheryl Cooper is working in the Student Support Center. Mrs. Mary Beth DeGeorge is our new Resource and Volunteer Coordinator. Mrs. Melinda Friesen is working in the Student Support Center. […]

BACS Class Mothers

Written by on August 26, 2013

Thanks to the hard work of Jahnna Henderson and Heather Klein, BACS has 17 new class moms!  Class moms play an integral part in supporting the classroom teacher and helping connect the class parents. Thanks Class Moms!

BACS launches new website

BACS launches new website

Written by on July 19, 2013

BACS has a new website as of August 2013.  See news items, upcoming events, and more with a new design and updated content.  Enjoy your visit and return soon.  

2013 Commencement Address

Written by on July 17, 2013

The 2013 Commencement address was given by Kris Pitcairn. Read her address.

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