We hope that each and every one of you enjoy your spring break. We know that many will not be doing this the way they planned, and that we are all getting creative with how we use this time. Know that we miss all of our students and families, and we will certainly be ready to go back to real school in the fall more than ever!
We’ll see everyone online again Monday, April 13. Stay safe, stay healthy, and make your own fun and memories, different yes, but still enjoyable!
Please share pictures on our Facebook page of what you are doing this spring break or tag our Instagram account, We want to see what everyone is doing! ❤️ #BCSSpringBreak2020
As the result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the understandable mandates regarding social gatherings, we have had to postpone 2 fundraisers, and may possibly have to postpone a 3rd. These fundraisers are crucial in helping fund scholarships and our reading programs.
Dyslexia and other reading issues affect 1 in 5 people in the United States. Sixty-five percent of Georgia 4th graders are not reading at the proficient level and 4th grade is considered the “watershed year”, meaning a child not reading proficiently has a 78% chance of NOT catching up. Two-thirds of those not reading proficiently by the end of 4th grade end up in poverty. We aim to prevent that for our students.
Most of our students attend private school out of need only, they are not being served in public school, it is not a luxury, and many struggle with our tuition, though it is among the lowest in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area. Many of our students do not start with us until about 3rd grade, when parents start realizing their child is not progressing with reading. Our curriculum, combined with very small class sizes, gives these students an environment in which they can learn. You can read many of their stories HERE.
Our Ride 2 Read as well as our Spring Tea and Auction were postponed, and possibly our Dyslexia Rocks Concert, depending on upcoming developments. Combined, these fundraisers would have generated over $30,000 toward scholarship funds for our students. While we still plan to have these fundraisers, the timing & participation level are so uncertain at this time.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed Friday has measures to help non-profit organizations such as ours. This will apply only to charitable contributions made in 2020. You can read the full bill HERE.
The CARES Act temporarily creates something nonprofits have long sought: a “universal charitable deduction,” also known as an above-the-line” deduction for donations. That means taxpayers can easily claim the deduction on their tax forms without having to go through the extra step of itemizing.
If you, or someone you know can help, please support our school and our students, who need these services.
Here is how you can give:
You can text SCHOLARSHIP to 404-491-7724 or click HERE.
You can also donate on FACEBOOK. Just click the DONATE button.
You can also donate to the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship, which not only gives us the much needed funds, but you get a dollar for dollar TAX CREDIT on your Georgia Income Taxes. You can read more about that HERE, and pledge and donate HERE.
Businesses (Both S and C-corps) can participate too, depending on their Georgia Tax Liability, so share with any friends or family who are business owners. More details HERE.
You can read more about other Giving methods HERE.
We depend on and appreciate the generosity of donors, parents, grandparents, foundations, and community friends to support annual operating expenses, financial aid, and future growth. It really takes a village! <3
Brookwood Christian School respects your privacy and will never release your contact, check, or credit card information.
Brookwood Christian School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. TAX ID [EIN]: 20-8499098.
“Brookwood Christian school is absolutely amazing. This is my daughters 3rd year. She came from Public 2 years ago as a 6th grader when she was 12. Even with her IEP, she was still really struggling in public school. Not that there was anything wrong with the school she attended before but they just simply didn’t know how to teach her.
“She was diagnosed with a language barrier when she was in 3rd grade. School made her anxious and she was spending hours at night on homework. She had trouble concentrating, she was drowning in the work overload and getting discouraged with poor grades. We were recommended Brookwood by someone when I was looking into homeschooling and I’m so thankful to have found them. She still gets to go to school and have her friends.
“I’m not sure where we would be without this school. The teachers are great and they really make learning fun. She has learned and retained more since being at Brookwood than all the years she was in public school. They offer a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. It feels more like a big family.
“My daughter loves the small classroom sizes and hands on learning. She always looks forward to the farmers market in downtown Acworth or walking to the lake. For the first time she really enjoys going to school and to me that is priceless. My whole family is so very grateful that a school like Brookwood exists for those that learn and process information in different ways. This school is such a blessing!!”
~Ashley Malone, Kaylee’s Mom
Thank you so much for your kind words! And we are delighted to help students like Kaylee achieve their full reading potential. 🙂
Here is an interesting meteorology activity by the National Hurricane Center, for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders.
“These webinars will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm.
“Registration links available about a week before the webinar is conducted (on the second page of this notice). We can only accommodate 500 participants for each webinar, so please only register for one of the two identical webinars provided for your region. Future info on the #HurricanesAtHome webinars will be available on NHC’s social media accounts:
During this challenging time of COVID-19 school closing, we have moved to a distance learning model that, thanks to both our families’ patience and support and our teachers hard work, seems to be working very well.
We are sharing various things to support and enhance these efforts on our school’s Facebook Page (like & follow it if you haven’t already). To make finding the activities easier, we have tagged them with the hashtags:
#DistanceLearning for those activities that are instructional as well as having other educational merit, and
#VirtualFieldTrips which are activities and websites that can be used as lessons as well as just fun! These can be great activities even after the non COVID-19 closings.
To make finding these easier, if you click on the hashtag, it will automatically filter those posts so you don’t have to scroll through the entire page.
Late yesterday afternoon the City of Acworth made a Declaration of Emergency regarding the current COVID-19 crisis. This order is effective from 12:00PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through 12:00PM, Monday, April 6, 2020. To briefly summarize sections that affect the school the most:
No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.
Restrooms, playgrounds, pavilions, baseball and football fields, batting cages and other amenities in parks will remain closed. All individuals in public places must allow for proper social distancing and maintain and restrict in person contact as much as possible and maintain a distance of 6 (six) feet between individuals.
All persons shall shelter in place (stay at home) as much as possible. People should only leave their homes to go to work, to obtain food, medical treatment, medication, or for an emergency.
Later in the same evening the Cobb County Chairman issued a similar Declaration of Emergency beginning March 25, 2020 at 12:00PM and continuing until April 15, 2020 at 12:00PM which includes the above and also adds:
public gatherings — whether inside or outdoors — of more than 10 people are prohibited anywhere in the county.
The county has closed all parks and recreation buildings until further notice.
All businesses except “Essential Businesses” (as referenced in the Declaration), can operate no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 p.m.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), at the time of this post, there are 1,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia, 90 cases in Cobb County and we have had no notification from DPH of any cases affiliated with the school.
In accordance with Governor Kemp’s suggestion yesterday and guidance from the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Brookwood Christian School will move to Distance Learning effective Monday, March 16. We will remain closed for the week and update you on a week by week basis.
While our campus will be closed, the education of your child will continue. All staff will work remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they are at home. Teachers will be available from 9 – 3 (just like a regular school day) with a break from 11:30 – 12:20 for lunch and students to take a break.
The decision to close schools was not easy. After the private schools in Cherokee & Bartow closed, and the closing of Kinkaid, we knew this would be inevitable, we just did not want to create a situation where families had a student at home and siblings at school. After reviewing the closures of the public schools yesterday, we knew the time had come to transition students to our distance learning model and close campus.
We know that you may have questions regarding how the school closure will impact you, and we will work to provide you the answers.
We will continue to keep you updated on the next steps during the school closure process as we turn to our distance learning resources. We are in the process of getting materials together and you will start receiving information from teachers if you haven’t already. We will also keep important information on our website.
We know this is a very difficult time for our school families and the community. We will work together to get through this.
Look for more information throughout the day including phone numbers and contact information.