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!

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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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Brookwood Receives Reader’s Choice Award

Acworth, Georgia (June 7, 2019) – Today Around Acworth Magazine announce it’s Reader’s Choice Awards, and Brookwood Chrisitan received the award for Best Private School. This is the 2nd time Brookwood has received the award, the last time was in April 2017.

“We are very honored to receive this award”, said Kim Wigington, founder and Headmaster at Brookwood, “This time last year we were undergoing construction for our new high school building and were wondering if it would be completed by the first day of school. Open the new building this fall offered much needed relief and we are quickly filling the extra space to serve more students. This recognition highlights the hard work of all our staff.”

Brookwood Christian School (BCS) is a small private school with a focus on Dyslexia and other language processing disorders. BCS uses specialized curriculum such as Wilson Reading System® and Fast ForWord® Reading to help students overcome reading difficulties.  What makes BCS truly unique is our multi age groups which allow students with similar learning styles, needs, and abilities to work at their own level. Students usually gain between 1.5 to 2.5 years in reading scores every year. Read more about our results here.

Founder and director, Kim Wigington has received awards such as 2014 ABA Business Person of the Year and 2016 Cobb Chamber of Commerce Acworth Citizen of the Year.  In 2018 Wigington received the Leadership in Literacy Award from the Georgia branch of the International Dyslexia Association. In addition to the 2017 and 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, BCS also earned the 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit award from Great Nonprofits, the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency for the second time in March 2019, and then in May Brookwood was awarded a 2019 Top 25 Small Business of the Year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Media Contacts

Tammy Urban | 678-401-5855| first.last@brookwoodchristian.com

Around Acworth Magazine|readerschoice@aroundaboutmagazines.com

THANK YOU!

We absolutely have the best families and community.

On May 13, we posted an end of year fundraising appeal because we had so much generosity this year that we were so close to the $100,000 mark (which we did not anticipate) that we thought we’d try to actually break that mark!

Well, it happened, and on May 22 we posted how we had not only met the $100,000 mark, we made it to $102,450.65. We were beyond ecstatic, as that is the most we have raised in a year, ever.

Then we posted about the Apogee cap not being met, and combined with a few other donations, we are currently at $108,011.65, and for the first time ever, school fundraising broke the 25% mark, at $27,802.53!

Where it all came from.

Your gifts make a huge difference in the academic experiences of our students and help us further our dyslexia reading programs. Tuition only supports 80% percent of the annual operating budget, and contributions from all members of The Brookwood Christian Community: parents, grandparents, alumni, past families, faculty & staff, foundations, community partners, and friends; bridge the gap to help us deliver the unique learning experiences our students deserve.

Again, thanks to ALL of you!

A farewell to Ms. Terri…

Ms. Terri,

A teacher like you can never really retire.

There is no point to count the years. They are not important. Important are the things you did, things we shall never forget. For many years you’ve devoted yourself to educating children, now you can look back with pride at all you’ve accomplished.

Astronauts, physicists, programmers, musicians, technologists, doctors, engineers, lawyers and all the other professions that make the world go around have one thing in common – a good teacher who gave light to their dreams.

As you step into the future and look back over the past all the lives you’ve touched, all the children you’ve changed they will remain a part of you for the rest of your life. So congratulations on a great career and a life well spent, not only inspiring and encouraging your students, but your colleagues as well.

Any teacher would be honored to have not only a great career with a life well spent, but to also be remembered as such an inspiration to not only to her students, but her colleagues as well.

Farewell, to one such teacher. Enjoy your upcoming endeavors!

Love Always,

The Students, Faculty, and Families of Brookwood Christian

Congratulations!

We DID IT!

We are beyond overwhelmed with the support from our families and community! We had an amazing year, we asked to help push us over the $100,000 mark, and you delivered!

Thanks so much to all of you, we have raised $102,450.65 this year! By far our best fundraising year to date.

Your gifts make a huge difference in the academic experiences of each student and help us further our dyslexia reading programs. Tuition only supports 80% percent of the annual operating budget, and contributions from all members of The Brookwood Christian Community: parents, grandparents, alumni, past families, faculty & staff, foundations, community partners, and friends; bridge the gap to help us deliver the unique learning experiences our students deserve.

This shows the sources of our fundraising, and we could not have done this without the help of all of our families, donors, sponsors, and community partners.

Again, we thank each and every one of you for your help.

2019 Spring Testing Results

We were fortunate enough to receive another grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) for the 2018-2019 school year. DGLF generously helps out schools and non-profits that target literacy, especially, below grade level readers, readers with learning disabilities, and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Our goal is to achieve an increase in reading level of at least half a year, ideally a full year. It is not uncommon for many of our students to have seen no success with reading for 2-3 years before enrolling, so exactly when we see, and how much, improvement will vary from student to student.

We are proud to say that for yet another year, our graduates have all exceeded functional literacy levels, with each showing significant improvement on their initial scores.

Overall Reading Test ~ Average gain: 1.3 grade levels

  • 78% of students met the minimum 0.5 goal
  • 50% of students saw at least a 1 year gain
  • 16% of students saw at least a 2 year gain
  • Highest overall gain: 5.7 years
  • 97% of students met the minimum goal on at least one subtest!
  • 90% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests
  • 41% gained at least 1 year on 2 or more subtests
  • Almost half of our students are very close to grade level, or higher

As usual, the biggest gains were seen on the Passage Comprehension section, which we consider the most important test!

Average gain: 2.2 grade levels

  • 75% of students met the minimum goal
  • 60% saw at least a 1 year gain
  • 25% saw more than a 2 year gain
  • 22% saw more than a 3 year gain

Overall Math Test ~ Average gain: 1 grade level

  • 25% of students saw at least a 1 year gain in math
  • 10% saw at least a 2 year gain!
  • ⅔ of students increased by greater than 1 year on at least one subtest
  • ⅓ of students increased by more than 2 years on at least one subtest

Congratulations everyone on a job well done!