Santa at the Holbrook

The Holbrook in Acworth was the title sponsor of our recent Acworth Charm Tour fundraiser, and instrumental in the success we had. Please consider supporting them and thanking them for their generosity.

Students will be bringing home information about the upcoming Christmas Event the Holbrook is hosting:

Sunday, December 15 the Holbrook will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2:30pm – 4:30pm and Brunch at Zinnia Cafe & Market from Noon – 3pm.

Please RSVP for Brunch by email or calling: 678-424-3053.

Ways You Can Give

As we approach the end of the year and the beginning of the Christmas season, please remember us whether it’s by directly giving, planning your tax season, or during your Christmas Shopping.

Three easy ways to donate:

1. Use Amazon Smile while shopping

2. Donate on Facebook during Giving Tuesday

3. Pledge then donate in March to the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship

As you all know, Brookwood Christian depends on the generosity of donors, parents, grandparents, foundations, and community friends to support annual operating expenses, financial aid, and future growth. Tuition & the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10) support approximately 80% of the annual operating budget. Your generous donations helped us raise over $100,000 last year, and we are heading toward another successful year, thanks to all of you!

#GivingTuesday 2019

Acworth, GA (November December 2, 2019) – December 3, 2019 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses, and individuals—to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year, December 3, 2019, to kick off the holiday giving season and to inspire people to give. Millions of people around the world have participated in the movement.

This year, Facebook will be matching up to $7 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits. Whether you have $10, $100, or $1000 to give, it all adds up for us! Especially when being matched! This is also a great way to maximize an end of year tax deduction. In our first #GivingTuesday we raised $1,870. During our second one, last year, we raised $2,765 and exceeded our $2,500 goal! … Our goal this year is $3,000.

In the spirit of giving, we will rekindle our #GivingTowelTuesday campaign to donate towels to Lake City & Acworth Animal Hospitals (one of our biggest supporters) to use for their Road Trip Home Animal Rescue support. On the last Tuesday of the month we will collect gently used towels and blankets to donate to help them help the rescue.

“After an overwhelming show of support from our community during our 2018/2019, raising $122,340.65, we feel compelled to continue our Giving Towel Tuesday program.” Said Kim Wigington, Principal, “One of our biggest sponsors & supporters, a local veterinary service, is constantly needing towels for one of the charities they support, Road Trip Home Animal Rescue. We knew our families would support this and they did not disappoint. We collected over 175 towels and blankets during our first year and almost double that last year!

Those who are interested in joining Brookwood Christian’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit 
https://www.facebook.com/donate/473334129957473/

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About Brookwood Christian

Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs: individual or multiple learning disorders such dyslexia, reading & language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, and other specific learning disabilities. Most of our operating budget comes from tuition payments augmented by the Georgia SB-10 scholarship program. Eighty percent of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Recognition such as this helps with our fundraising which helps keep our operating costs and tuition low.

About #GivingTuesday

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. “It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director and founder of #GivingTuesday. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org

or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTuesday

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

Acworth Charm Home Tour

Our 5th Annual Acworth Charm Historic Home tour is this Saturday. The weather is going to be wonderful and perfect for a home tour.

This is a joint fundraiser for Brookwood and The Acworth Cultural Arts Center, which has been very supportive of the school and our other fundraisers.

Get your tickets now! Only $40 until 6pm Friday, $45 day of the tour.

See 9 beautiful homes, an Old Jail, and a 150 year old Church.

>Text “CHARM” to 404-491-7724 OR

>Visit: https://acworthhistorictours.wordpress.com/ OR

>Stop by the Old Jail, Acworth Cultural Arts Center at 4361 Senator Russell Avenue between 9:30am and 4pm through Friday.

Brookwood families can text “CHARM” to pay and we can send tickets home with your student.

Henry’s Helps!

Join us for dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill on Tuesday, October 29, as we wrap up Dyslexia Awareness Month. Just leave your itemized receipt in the #HenrysHelps jar before you leave.

Henry’s will donate 15% of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to Brookwood Christian from the collected itemized receipts! Dine in or take out! Make your reservations now if you are going to dine in!

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead #1in5








Emergency Alert TEST

Today at 5PM we will test our Parent Alert
EMERGENCY ALERT system.

We hope we never have to use this other than an annual test. We will NEVER do a test during school hours. If an Emergency Alert is sent during school hours, it will say “EMERGENCY” and it will be an actual emergency, and you will receive information and instructions.

Today’s TEST ALERT will read:

“This is a TEST of our EMERGENCY ALERT. No action is necessary. Thank you.”

If you do not receive today’s alert, please check your settings in ParentWeb. You may have to reset your selection.

Please be advised of the following from our alert system:

Selecting the Emergency option will override Family Individual Preferences.

Parents who have replied “STOP” to a text sent by the school have blocked messages with their cell provider and will not receive texts.

Please note that regular Parent Alerts are sent with reminders, school closings, inclement weather, and traffic advisories that may be time sensitive and get buried in email. We all check our texts faster than email 🙂


Parent Meeting

We will have our Fall Parent Meeting this Friday, August 15 at 9 AM.

After you drop of your student(s), just park and stay for the meeting in the auditorium of the 200 building.

We will have coffee & tea while giving you an overview of school information and the upcoming year as well as answer any questions you may have regarding this school year, FACTS, volunteering, etc. This is optional but highly recommended for new parents, if possible.

We will also do a drawing for a door prize! 🙂

See you then!

Click for Facebook Event

Important FACTS Updates

Brookwood Christian is in the process of implementing several services to make things easier for our families, students, staff, and to consilidate & minimize redundancy in the office.

Features to look for:
-Premier Billing (FACTS Tuition & SIS merge)
-Grant & Aid Applications
-Online Application and/or Reenrollment
-Giving

PREMIER BILLING

As many of you know, in Fall of 2017 we began utilizing FACTS Tuition to reduce the amount of time spent in the office dealing with bookkeeping and deposits. Within 3 months, the only regret we had was not doing it sooner!

During the Spring of 2018, McGraw-Hill announced that Engrade would no longer be an option for Student Information Systems (SIS) and Report Cards, so the logical step was RenWeb, a “sister company” of FACTS, both of whom have been leaders of these services for private schools across the U.S.

During the Fall of 2018, FACTS & RenWeb formally merged into one company and as we learned this summer at the FACTS conference, many changes are coming that will make things easier for both our families and staff.

The biggest one, which we are in process of implementing, is having FACTS Tuition and FACTS SIS system integrated into ONE easier to use system, Premier Billing. Below are some of the benefits for our families:

Simplified Enrollment

  • FACTS offers a faster, easier way for parents to enroll using Premier Billing. Parents simply select a payment plan as part of their enrollment/re-enrollment process.
  • Re-enrolling parents can pay registration fees using the stored bank account information in FACTS and view their enrollment fee payment in their FACTS financial activity.

Easy Login

  • Parents can view academic information and pay tuition and fees from any device with one username and password.
  • Premier Billing allows parents to access correspondence and account details, add funds to their prepay accounts, and make payments on tuition and bills from a single login.

Information Security

  • Your family data is kept under digital lock and key with the highest security standards in the industry.

GRANT & AID

This service will streamline applying for scholarships and aid (excluding the Georgia Special Needs (SB10) Scholarship). With a true, independently determined need of our families, this can not only make it possible to find other sources of funding, but also give a clear picture of need for other funding and grant writing.

  • Easy online application guides families through the entire process.
  • With one application and a single application fee, families can apply for aid at multiple FACTS schools.
  • All required verification documents are easily uploaded.
  • Families are alerted of their award status via email and can accept or decline online.
  • FACTS offers in-house customer service center staffed with best-in-class live agents and web chat.
  • Accessible through all modern internet browsers with a responsive design that gives families access through their preferred device, from desktop to tablet to phone.
  • FACTS provide the highest security standards in the industry when it comes to the collection and storage of financial and demographic data.

ONLINE APPLICATION & ENROLLMENT

Using a cost-effective school enrollment solution allows us to go paperless and view applications and enrollment packets as they are completed – saving time, resources, and making school budget projections more accurate. Benefits for families include:

  • Easy applications. School admissions solutions shouldn’t be complicated. Responsive application design and pre-populated demographic fields make admissions and enrollment a breeze.
  • Quick and simple. Families can sign up for payment plans during enrollment or re-enrollment.
  • No paper needed. No more leaving work early to turn in school paperwork. Parents can make their application fee payment on the go and send/receive referral forms online.
  • Access from anywhere. Parents can complete application and enrollment packets with any device – from laptop to smartphone.

FACTS GIVING

This service will make it easier for people to donate. Whether it’s our families, our alumni, or the broader community, this gives us the flexibility to create various appeals and events, and offers donors the ability to give via online gifts, text, pledges, event registrations, and more.

  • Donors can easily donate from any device via credit card, debit card, or ACH.
  • Text-to-give capability makes giving easy and convenient for our donors and for fundraising events.
  • Progress tracker updates, so donors can see their immediate impact on a project’s goals.
  • Donors can choose to cover transaction fees.
  • Supports one-time gifts, recurring donations, and pledges.
  • Email and text receipts make it easy to track individual giving and organize information for tax purposes.
  • No worries about payment or demographic information thanks to FACTS’ industry-leading security standards.

All four of these services are currently in
the implementation process. We will let you know once they are available for your use.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this process, we are confident that once implemented this will make things so much easier for all of us. If you have ANY questions, Ms. Tammy will be available during Sneak-a-Peak, Wednesday, August 7th from 1-3pm.

FACTS SIS Set Up Information

Please note that ONCE YOU START setup, you will have SIX HOURS TO COMPLETE SETUP!

Follow this link: https://bcs-ga.client.renweb.com/pwr/

Then click on: Create New ParentsWeb Account

  • Follow the instructions using the email address that received setup email or it will not recognize you as affiliated with the school. It may take 10-15 minutes to get the reply email with the link for password selection. If you did not receive a setup email please contact the office.
  • Please note that your password must be 6-8 characters using at least one letter and one number and NO special characters. If you go over, it will not let you know, and you will have to contact FACTS to reset, so be careful!

  • Once you have completely registered, you should be able to login. On the menu bar at left you should see a link for “Web Forms”. When you click on that it will take you to a list containing “Family Demographic Form” which will display 6 forms that need completing at your earliest convenience.
  • Some information may already be complete, but please review for typos and transmission errors. We realize that some of this is the same information on your registration paperwork, but there is no other way to get it uploaded in a timely manner. Once this is completed, you will not have to do this again, other than address/phone#/email/etc changes as they occur. Items in brackets are optional [optional]
  • For each form, once you are finished, click “Save” at the bottom, then “Return to main form” up top to get to the next form.
  • Do not use “quotes” for any field. Doing so will invalidate that field and we will not see the information.
  • Please note that we will not allow your child to leave campus with anyone that is not
    • CUSTODIAL PARENT,
    • EMERGENCY CONTACT, or on the
    • APPROVED TRANSPORTATION LIST!


FORMS:

Student Demographic Form:

  • Correct legal First, Middle, Last, plus Nickname, birthday, gender, ethnicity
  • Mailing address where student resides
  • Main Parent Contact as Home or Cell (depending),
  • email is for student school email, if applicable, otherwise leave blank
  • [Religious Affiliation]

Student Medical Form:

  • Physician & insurance Info – Please make sure Permission to treat is on correct preference and Insurance information is correct.
  • Please complete the medication list, using notes to tell us administration times at school, along with medical conditions & allergies.
  • Include anything you would want emergency responders to be aware of.
  • Be sure to check “yes” for permission to treat if you wish to have emergency responders/hospital treat you child in the event of an emergency. The default for this is “no” and without permission they will not be able to until you are able to be contacted to give permission.

Custodial Parent Form:

  • Name, phone number(s), email(s), and address(es) [birthday] [religious]
  • For each parent, the bottom there are buttons to select if and where you want alerts. Set those to your desired settings.
  • If a parent on birth certificate is not allowed custody of child, we need a copy of court order in office file and we will also set an alert in SIS.

Emergency Contacts:

  • You can list up to 20 people who we should contact in an emergency
  • DO NOT LIST ANYONE YOU DO NOT WANT TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD IN AN EMERGENCY,
  • Please list in order of how you want us to contact (hopefully we’ll never need these)

Approved Transportation Form:

  • Please list those ALLOWED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL.  
  • Any regular pick ups please put in notes, i.e. ‘Suzy rides home with her Aunt Mary every Friday’ in Aunt Contact

Grandparents

  • [Any grandparent info you wish]
  • you can click Add Grandparent out in main menu.

 

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