Ladies Tea & Silent Auction tickets on sale this week!

Watch out for tickets to go on sale this week for our 5th Annual Ladies Tea & Silent Auction!

This will be the first year we do not have it at the Beach House, but rather our brand new Auditorium, and we are excited!

We have listed a VERY short list of a few of the great items we have this year, and will have more coming soon. Click HERE for details and continuous updates.

We hope you’ll join us!

SB 48 Passed the House!

Senate Bill 48, a mandate that elementary schools screen for dyslexia, has just passed the House unanimously. It also passed the Senate unanimously in February. The mandate would be contingent upon state funding. The bill also seeks to train teachers. Thanks to advocates such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter. We would like to thank Ed Setzler, the representative for the school’s district, and a committee member, who supported the legislation, as well as Lindsey Tippens, the senator for the school’s district, who also supported it!

The bill originally would have required all kindergartners be screened beginning the 20-21 school year. However the House pushed that back to begin in the 2024 school year, to allow time for the state to research methods. The state school superintendent will have to pick at least three school districts for a pilot program starting in the fall of 2020.

This will also allow the Professional Standards Commission to establish a special credential for teachers who’ve been trained to recognize dyslexia and to address it. They would also establish standards for teacher preparation programs offering dyslexia training.

More HERE.

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead

Brookwood Christian Earns GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results

Acworth, Georgia (March 26, 2019) – Brookwood Christian today earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar,, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Brookwood Christian is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Kim Wigington, Headmaster, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to earn a Platinum Seal, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media. We’re thrilled that our Platinum Seal of Transparency and the associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives to a broader audience.”

To reach the Platinum level, Brookwood Christian added extensive information to its GuideStar, Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Brookwood Christian has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

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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. Seventy-nine 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 GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar, database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar, encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 10 million people who visit GuideStar, to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar, data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar, participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar, database.

GuideStar, is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar, data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. GuideStar, Nonprofit Profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. The Seal levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to its profile.

In addition, users see GuideStar, data on more than 200 philanthropic websites and 5 applications like AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. Foundation Center and GuideStar, joined forces to become Candid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Find out more at candid.org and on Twitter @CandidDotOrg.

Media Contacts:

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

 

 

Henry’s Helps 3/26/2019

Join us for dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill as we wrap up celebrating National Reading Month AND our 2nd Annual #Ride2Read. 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

Georgia Legislature “Crossover Day” Summary

Thursday, March 7, was the deadline to move bills from the Senate to the House and vice versa. However, legislation that failed to “cross over” may still pass by riding on other education-related bills before the session ends on April 2. Here is a wrap up of what may affect our families.

  • Look up HERE for Senate Bill that has has crossed to the House
  • Look up HERE for House Bill that has has crossed to the Senate
  • Also contact committee members linked under each bill.

 


Ride 2 Read less than 2 weeks away!

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019
WHERE: Brookwood Christian School, 4728 Wood Street, Acworth GA 30101
TIME: Breakfast/Registration: 9AM ~ Kickstands Up: 10AM

DETAILS:
$30/bike + $20/passenger ~ Led by CHEF HENRY!
This is an escorted ride, approximately 2 hours, and a support trailer will be following the ride.
DETAILS:
Includes
: Breakfast Catered by
Henry’s Louisiana Grill & Henry’s Uptown, Live music by David Arnold, t-shirt for first 100 people, and more! Enjoy Breakfast only for $13 and support the riders!

Ride Tickets:  Single Bike   Bike + Passenger                      Breakfast Only

Special Message from Henry’s!

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Chef Henry Chandler is proud to support Brookwood Christian School and has happily supplied breakfast to fuel up participants for the Ride 2 Read ride on March 23rd. We’d love to see you back at the restaurant afterwards if you’d like to stop in for lunch! In expectation of your support, Chef will open Uptown for lunch and bar service directly after the ride. See you there, and thank you for supporting Brookwood and Henry’s!
 
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Mrs. Georgia US Continental reads to our students on Dr. Seuss Day



Friday, March 1, 2019, we had Mrs. Georgia US Continental, Merideth Pope, reading to our lower grade students!

They all had a great time and we totally appreciate her taking the time to do this, and would love to have her back. 😊

#NationalReadingMonth
#DrSeuss


Valentine’s Fundraiser Success!

Our students want to thank everyone for participating in their Valentine’s Tea Fundraiser.

Thanks to your participation, support, and the art auction, they raised $1108.88.

This fundraiser will cover the cost of the basketball goal installation they were hoping for. 😊

Again, thank you for your support and help.

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SB48 passed the Senate Unanimously

Today at the Georgia Capitol, the Senate passed SB48, which will mandate screening for all Georgia students Pre-K – 2nd grade! Thanks to all the hard work by groups such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter.

This will help dyslexic students get identified sooner so that intervention can begin sooner, which will increase the chance of a child achieving full reading potential sooner. Screening such as this (had it existed) may have identified many of our students, allowing them to obtain appropriate instruction sooner.

The bill now crosses over to the House, where it has to go through two committees and then be voted on by the full House.

Let your Representatives know you support this bill  (look up HERE), and also contact committee members.

Here’s the House Education Committee List of Representatives:
Jasperse, Rick, Chairman
Cheokas, Mike, Vice Chairman
Benton, Tommy, Secretary
Belton, Dave, Member
Cantrell, Wes, Member 
Carter, Doreen
, Member
Dickerson, Pam, Member
England, Terry, Member

Evans, Becky, Member
Glanton, Mike, Member
Hill, Dewayne, Member
Howard, Henry “Wayne”, Member
Jones, Jan, Member
Jones, Todd, Member
LaRiccia, Dominic, Member
Lopez Romero, Brenda, Member
Nguyen, Bee, Member
Nix, Randy, Member
Paris, Miriam, Member
Setzler, Ed, Member
Stovall, Valencia, Member
Tanner, Kevin, Member
Wilson, Matthew, Member

 

Guest Columnist: Jan Murphy

Augusta, GA (February 16, 2019) – One of our parents, Jan Murphy, was featured as a guest columnist in the Augusta Chronicle with her column titled “This scholarship helped my family, and here’s how to improve it”.

In her column, she outlines her struggle with finding a school that would educate her daughters, and how that struggle led her to Brookwood Christian and Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship (SB10).

“I remember those hard days: standing at the bus stop with my daughters, telling them that all we had to do was make it through one more year. If you don’t fit into the box, you fall through the cracks. And my daughters were quickly slipping through the cracks.

“We started exploring private school options, but tuition was beyond our means. That’s when we learned about the Special Needs Scholarship Program, which enables children with special needs who have attended public school for at least one year to transfer to another school (private, traditional public, or charter) that better fits their needs.

“Thankfully, my children qualified, enabling them to attend Brookwood Christian School in Acworth, a school with the type of student-to-teacher ratio that my girls need to truly excel. I’ll never forget the day one of my daughters came to me and said, “I don’t think I ever want to leave this school. Everyone here has a disability – and it’s no big deal.””

Jan then goes on give details of the history of the scholarship as well as her ideas for improvement. Thanks for telling your story, shining a light on the scholarship, and for speaking so well of us. 🙂

Read more about the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship HERE.

Full Article:  “This scholarship helped my family, and here’s how to improve it”, Augusta Chronicle, (02/16/2019)