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Early Childhood

Letter from the Principal

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Kindergarten Parent Letter

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School Supplies

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Printable Calendar

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Lions Den After School Care

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K4-2nd Lions Den Application

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Carpool Procedures

Over 800 students bless us daily in our Early Childhood and Elementary School programs. We seek to provide a safe and secure environment for them at all times, including arrival and dismissal times. In addition to safety and security for our students, we attempt to be good citizens on surrounding public roads and good neighbors to the medical facilities on Bissell Road. Your cooperation in following these procedures will help in achieving these goals.
 

Morning Carpool
● Before 7:40 am, students must be dropped off at the gym lobby entrance. If you drop off your child for early care in the gym on the side carpool area, please note that ​this is ​not​ a park and walk zone.​ If your child needs assistance getting into the gym, please park in one of the parking spaces close to the gym or down by the playground and walk them into the gym. Please do not pull to the side and park in the gym drop off line, by doing so you are blocking traffic and creating a traffic jam that is backing up past the front parking lot​. The line should flow smoothly and is designed to be a quick drop off line.​ If your child is not ready to exit the car when you reach the drop off zone or if they will require assistance, we kindly ask that you park and assist your child as needed. Blocking the carpool drop off line causes other drivers to go around parked cars and this puts students, parents, and others at risk for a dangerous accident.

● Reminder: The Lion Lobby (front of school) is not a holding/drop off area before 7:40.


● After 7:40, cars entering from Acton Road must drop off students in front of the school and cars entering from Altadena Road must drop off students at the gym lobby entrance​. Cars entering from Altadena Road may ​not​ blend into the front (Acton Road) carpool line for drop-off. Students may ​not​ use other church entrances.


● From 7:45 until 8:00, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up​. Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Parents who wish to walk their children into the building should use ​Parking Lot A (in the front) ​and cross at the cross walk in front of the Children’s Auditorium, where the crossing guard is directing traffic. Students may not be dropped off in any parking lot. ​For safety reasons, do not cross in the carpool at the front of school by the flagpole.


● Do not park on the perimeter road to exit a car during carpool. This is not safe.


● Cars in the drop-off line should drive down to the last drop-off station before
stopping. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time.


● Students must ​exit the car on the ​school side onl​y​. Students should be ​ready to exit
when the car approaches the drop-off line.


● If you use the front carpool line, please do not block the entrance of Parking Lot A.


● Please refrain from cell phone use in the carpool line.


● If you are using SIDE CARPOOL (Altadena Road entrance), please remember to deliver students in the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom. When exiting the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom, please make a right turn (heading back towards Altadena Road). Side carpool traffic needs to flow in ONE direction. Please DO NOT attempt to make a left turn. Please do not ask the teacher on duty to move cones to allow you to enter or exit the side carpool line.


● If you arrive to school after 8:00 AM carpool is finished and there are no adults remaining outside on duty, you MUST park and walk your child(ren) into the building for check-in. Students are not allowed to walk in after 8:00 unattended.


Late Start Thursday Morning Carpool​:
● Before 8:10 am, students must be dropped off at the gym lobby entrance.​ If you drop off your child for early care in the gym on the side carpool area, please note that this is ​not​ a park and walk zone.​ If your child needs assistance getting into the gym, please park in one of the parking spaces close to the gym or down by the playground and walk them into the gym. Please do not pull to the side and park in the gym drop off line, by doing so you are blocking traffic and creating a traffic jam that is backing up past the front parking lot​. The line should flow smoothly and is designed to be a quick drop off line.​ If your child is not ready to exit the car when you reach the drop off zone or if they will require assistance, we kindly ask that you park and assist your child as needed. Blocking the carpool drop off line causes other drivers to go around parked cars and this puts students, parents, and others at risk for a dangerous accident.


● After 8:10 am, cars entering from Acton Road must drop off students in front of the school and cars entering from Altadena Road must drop off students at the gym lobby entrance​. Cars entering from Altadena Road may ​not​ blend into the front (Acton Road) carpool line for drop-off. Students may ​not​ use other church entrances.


● From 8:10 until 8:45, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up​. Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Parents who wish to walk their children into the building should use ​Parking Lot A (in the front) ​and cross at the cross walk in front of the Children’s Auditorium, where the crossing guard is directing traffic. Students may not be dropped off in any parking lot. ​For safety reasons, do not cross in the carpool at the front of school by the flagpole.


● Do not park on the perimeter road to exit a car during carpool. This is not safe.


● Cars in the drop-off line should drive down to the last drop-off station beforestopping. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time.


● Students must ​exit the car on the ​school side onl​y​. Students should be ​ready to exit
when the car approaches the drop-off line.


● If you use the front carpool line, please do not block the entrance of Parking Lot A.


● Please refrain from cell phone use in the carpool line.


● If you are using SIDE CARPOOL (Altadena Road entrance), please remember to
deliver students in the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom. When exiting the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom, please make a right turn (heading back towards Altadena Road). Side carpool traffic needs to flow in ONE direction. Please DO NOT attempt to make a left turn. Please do not ask the teacher on duty to move cones to allow you to enter or exit the side carpool line.


● If you arrive to school after 8:45 AM carpool is finished and there are no adults remaining outside on duty, you MUST park and walk your child(ren) into the building for check-in. Students are not allowed to walk in after 8:45 unattended.


Carpool Procedures for Pick-ups


12:45 and 2:20 Carpools


● Carpool number/s should be displayed on the rearview mirror when cars are in the carpool line.


● Students must be picked up in front of the school. Parents are encouraged to enter the
campus from Acton Road. However, if parents choose to enter the campus from Altadena Road, they may not blend into the carpool line for pick-up. They must join the carpool line at the end by driving past the gym and down the hill to the Acton Road entrance.


● We have implemented a new traffic flow for 2:20 carpool. As you come up onto the campus, 2:20 drivers should proceed up the hill and turn into Parking Lot A. You will notice that we have two carpool lines for 2:20 carpool. Line One will line up first and fill up to the sign as to not block the entrance into Parking Lot A, then we will start Line Two, and they will line up closest to the curbside.


3:00 Carpool
● The large-sized carpool number card(s) should be displayed on the rearview mirror
when cars are in the carpool line. ​Please note that pocket-sized carpool cards may not be used in the carpool line​. If you do not have your large card for the carpool line, you will need to park and come into the Lion Lobby to check-out your child(ren).


● At 3:00, students should consistently be picked up at either the front entrance or the gym entrance. ​The pick-up location should be confirmed with your child and teacher on the first day of school and should be consistent.​ ​From 2:45 until 3:10, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up.​ Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Cars arriving before 2:20 to pick up students from 3:00 carpool should wait in the carpool line on the Barn Road until the police officer on duty signals. When cars advance, they should pull down to the last loading station. This allows many students to be loaded at the same time.


● Please DO NOT block the entrance to Parking Lot A.


● Parents who pick up in 3:00 side carpool are asked to exit on Altadena Road. Please do not circle around and mix into the front carpool line to exit on Acton Road. This slows down the front carpool line.


● Students who have after-school activities at Briarwood must go to the school lunchroom to check out with the teacher on duty. Ballet students should follow the guidelines provided by the Briarwood Ballet School after checking out with the teacher on duty. Other activity leaders (e.g., scout leaders, coaches, music teachers) must come to the lunchroom to check out the students. ​No students are allowed to leave without the responsible adult checking them out. No students are allowed to roam the building unsupervised.


● Parents who need to pick up their child in the building must go through the Lion Lobby to obtain a pass before going to the lunchroom to retrieve student(s) (See lunchroom pickup information). At 3:00 a teacher will be on duty in the lunchroom for checkout.


● Students with unusual riding arrangements (e.g., going home with a friend) must bring a written note stating the specific arrangement and the responsible adult and carpool number. We must have this information in writing and signed by a parent.


● If an emergency circumstance arises during the school day that requires notification of a student about a change, parents may call or email the School Office ​by 2:00 for 2:20 dismissal and by 2:40 for 3:00 dismissal.


● A student will not be called from the office for checkout between 2:45 and 3:00 unless the teacher and the office have been notified in advance.


● Students in first and second grades should be picked up at 2:20 unless they have a sibling or carpool member in the 3:00 dismissal. If parents need to pick up later than 2:20 and the student is not in a carpool with an older student, the student must be registered for After School Care.


● When carpool ends, students in grades 3-6 who have not been picked up will be escorted to After School Study Hall. Generally, carpool lines finish about 20 minutes after they begin. Parents who miss the 11:45 and 2:20 carpool lines must park and walk into the building to pick up kindergarten, first, and second grade students. Parents of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students who miss the 3:00 carpool line may check out their child from the receptionist in the Lion Lobby. After 3:30, students will be charged for After School Study Hall.


Please be patient the first few weeks of school as we get back into the routine of carpool line and new parents and students learn the procedures. You may experience longer and perhaps slower lines the first few weeks of school. This usually resolves within a couple of weeks once everyone settles into the routine and procedures of carpool. Please take time to read the carpool procedures to make sure you have an understanding of how the carpool lines will work. Thank you for your patience and assistance.


Also, we have developed instructional carpool videos. Please click on the link to find a video for each carpool line. ​https://vimeo.com/album/5339410


**PLEASE NOTE​: Due to 2019-2020 program changes there is NO LONGER an 11:45 am carpool. Our earliest dismissal time is now at 12:45. The 11:45 video tutorial will show what to do for the 12:45 carpool line. The carpool runs the same, there is just a time change!
*Please be sure to share the carpool procedures and video link with others who may be dropping off or picking up your child. This includes grandparents, other relatives, babysitters, etc. It is important for everyone to know the procedures for each carpool line.

Delayed Carpool Service

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Dress Code

2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

Please note that for the 2019-2020 school year, we will have daily dress code checks. All students are expected to be in dress code each day unless special permission has been given from school administration. Any student not in dress code will be issued a dress code violation form and may be asked to call home for a change of clothes. Please keep this dress code in mind as you are doing back-to-school shopping.

GIRLS
2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

Girls may wear dresses, skirts, or school-approved pants. Jeans are permitted only when the Principal gives specific permission. Skirts or dresses may not be worn with the hemline or any slit in the dress/skirt more than two inches, whether sitting or standing, above the top of the kneecap. Skirts must be fitted at the natural waistline. Tightly-fitted or form-fitting skirts and split skirts are not approved.

Pants must be relaxed fit. No form fitting pants. Pants must be regular length, or cropped no shorter than mid-calf, not gathered, and fitted at the natural waistline. Cargo pants, zip-off pants, jean, or short capri styles are not approved. Tightly fitted or knit fabrics are not approved.  Leggings may be worn with a dress or a skirt that has a hemline that is no more than two inches above the top of the knee cap.  Denim or “Jeggings” of any color are not approved. Yoga pants are not allowed. Camo print pants or shirts are not allowed.
Girls may wear “flowy-style” (Palazzo) pants with an appropriate school approved shirt or      sweater that falls below the hips and covers the student’s bottom.
 
All tops should be modest and have a non-revealing neckline. Tops must be tucked in or of an appropriate length to overlap the skirt/pants at all times. Writing on tops is limited to appropriate pocket-sized personal monograms, school name, or manufacturers’ logos, including the school-approved Briarwood T-shirt with pocket-sized logo. No pictures or graphics that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission. Undergarments including sport straps and camisole straps should not be visible. Open back, low neck, tank, or thin-strapped shirts may not be worn. Any top that leaves any part of the midriff bare is not allowed.

Walking shorts and skorts may be worn during the first and last nine weeks of school. The basic guidelines for shorts are relaxed fitted at the natural waistline, and no shorter than 4” above mid-knee. No denim, cargo, jean-cut, athletic, or short-Capri styles should be worn. Skorts must be no shorter than 4” above mid-knee. Tightly-fitted or knit short and skorts are not approved.

Shoes that are appropriate for school activities should be worn. Consider heel height, practicality, and safety. Rubber/plastic flip-flops and beach or pool shoes are not approved.

Sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom only over school-approved clothing. Guidelines are solid color with pocket-sized logos or Briarwood school logos. Oversized and sloppy styles should not be worn. 

Jackets, coats, and fleeces, which exhibit good taste, should be worn for outerwear.

Girls should not wear makeup. Jewelry should be worn in good taste and should not be distracting. Hats, caps, and kerchiefs should not be worn at school. Extremes in styles that call undue attention are not appropriate. Examples, which will not be allowed, are the piercing of visible body parts other than ears or a visible tattoo.
Please note that Principals have the final discretion on any questionable attire.

BOYS
2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

1.    Boys may wear pants and traditional jeans. Pants and jeans must have a waistband and belt loops and must be worn at the waist with a belt.  (Belts are not required for first grade boys.) Plants must be relaxed fit, khaki style and fabric plain or pleated front.   Pants should be the appropriate length when worn correctly.  Pants that are torn and/or faded from excessive wear are not approved. Cargo pants are not approved; pants with flat pockets may be worn.  
 
2.    Walking shorts may be worn during the first and last nine weeks of school. Basic guidelines for shorts are relaxed fit, waistband with belt loops and worn at the waist with a belt (belt not required for 1st grade), plain or pleated front, front zip fly, slash side pockets, optional cuffs, and length no shorter than 4” above mid-knee and no longer than the knee. (No denim, cargo, jean-cut, camo print, or athletic styles are allowed.)

Boys may wear shirts with or without collars. Writing on shirts is limited to appropriate pocket-sized monograms, school name, or manufacturers’ logos, including the school-approved Briarwood T-shirt with pocket-sized logo. No pictures or graphics on shirts that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission may be worn.  Shirts must be tucked into pants. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned (top button excluded). Oversized and sloppy styles are not allowed. No camo print may be worn. 

Socks must be worn.  Any type of shoe is allowed except sandals.  Lace-up shoes must be tied.

Sweaters and sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom only over collared shirts. Guidelines are solid color with pocket-sized logos or Briarwood School logos. Over-sized and sloppy styles are not allowed.

Jackets, coats, and fleeces, should be worn for outerwear. No pictures or graphics that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission may be worn.  

Watches may be worn. Jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are not allowed. (We will allow students to wear one appropriate motivational or inspirational type band that reflect Briarwood Christian School ‘s philosophy and mission.)

Hair should be neatly cut and worn in a masculine style, not obscuring the eyebrows or hanging below the collar. It should be worn above the middle of the ear. Extremes in hairstyles that call undue attention to the haircut are not appropriate, including mohawk, shaving above the ears or dyeing of hair. 

Extremes styles that call undue attention are not appropriate. Examples, which will not be allowed, are the piercing of visible body parts or a visible tattoo. Hats, caps, and kerchiefs should not be worn in the building.


Please note that Principals have the final discretion on any questionable attire. 
 

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Headphone Information

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Electronic Device Policy

July 2019

Dear Parents of BCS Lower School Students,

We want to remind you of our cell phone and electronic device policy found in our Lower School Handbook. This policy states:

Cell phones and other electronic communication devices must be powered off and stored in the student’s book bag during school hours. The use of these devices is prohibited during school hours, which include dismissal and carpool, after school care and study hall, and BCS shuttle transport.

We want to clarify that this policy states and includes the statement “other electronic communication devices”. Here are some examples of personal ELECTRONIC DEVICES that
are NOT allowed to be used or “powered on” during school hours: Gaming devices, iPods, iPads, tablets, Smart watches (i.e.: Apple’s iWatch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear 2, Gizmos, VTech Watches and all other Smart watch brands with Internet access), MP3 players, Game Boys, Nooks, Kindles, cameras, recorders or other electronic devices. This includes any device that allows for email, messaging, photography, videoing or texting. (This does not include devices such as cell phones that are used to monitor severe health issues. Medical devices of this nature must be approved by school administrators on a case by case basis.)

Please note that students may not wear any type of “Smart Watch” even if the cell phone or other device that “powers” the watch is turned off. In the past, we have let these “slide” and
allowed students to wear them since they were assumed to be “disabled”, but we are no longer able to monitor these devices and will not allow students to wear them to school. (This policy change was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.) 

While we discourage students from bringing any type of cell phone or device to school even in a “powered off” state in their book bag, we understand that there may be a situation that makes it necessary for your child to have a phone or electronic device with them for use after they are off campus. Again, remember that ALL devices must be powered off and kept in book bags during school hours.

Any student who does not follow these guidelines will have the device taken up and sent to the office. School Administration will determine a plan of action for the violation of school
policy. A parent must pick up the device from an administrator. Devices will not be returned to students. Please know that this policy is in place to protect our students and provide the very best learning environment for them

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Tasha Holliday and Mrs. Jennifer Bandy

Thursdays Late Start

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Junior High

Elementary School

Letter from the Principal

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School Supplies

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Printable Calendar

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Lions Den Fees

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3rd-6th Lions Den Guidelines

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Carpool Procedures

Over 800 students bless us daily in our Early Childhood and Elementary School programs. We seek to provide a safe and secure environment for them at all times, including arrival and dismissal times. In addition to safety and security for our students, we attempt to be good citizens on surrounding public roads and good neighbors to the medical facilities on Bissell Road. Your cooperation in following these procedures will help in achieving these goals.
 

Morning Carpool
● Before 7:40 am, students must be dropped off at the gym lobby entrance. If you drop off your child for early care in the gym on the side carpool area, please note that ​this is ​not​ a park and walk zone.​ If your child needs assistance getting into the gym, please park in one of the parking spaces close to the gym or down by the playground and walk them into the gym. Please do not pull to the side and park in the gym drop off line, by doing so you are blocking traffic and creating a traffic jam that is backing up past the front parking lot​. The line should flow smoothly and is designed to be a quick drop off line.​ If your child is not ready to exit the car when you reach the drop off zone or if they will require assistance, we kindly ask that you park and assist your child as needed. Blocking the carpool drop off line causes other drivers to go around parked cars and this puts students, parents, and others at risk for a dangerous accident.

● Reminder: The Lion Lobby (front of school) is not a holding/drop off area before 7:40.


● After 7:40, cars entering from Acton Road must drop off students in front of the school and cars entering from Altadena Road must drop off students at the gym lobby entrance​. Cars entering from Altadena Road may ​not​ blend into the front (Acton Road) carpool line for drop-off. Students may ​not​ use other church entrances.


● From 7:45 until 8:00, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up​. Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Parents who wish to walk their children into the building should use ​Parking Lot A (in the front) ​and cross at the cross walk in front of the Children’s Auditorium, where the crossing guard is directing traffic. Students may not be dropped off in any parking lot. ​For safety reasons, do not cross in the carpool at the front of school by the flagpole.


● Do not park on the perimeter road to exit a car during carpool. This is not safe.


● Cars in the drop-off line should drive down to the last drop-off station before
stopping. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time.


● Students must ​exit the car on the ​school side onl​y​. Students should be ​ready to exit
when the car approaches the drop-off line.


● If you use the front carpool line, please do not block the entrance of Parking Lot A.


● Please refrain from cell phone use in the carpool line.


● If you are using SIDE CARPOOL (Altadena Road entrance), please remember to deliver students in the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom. When exiting the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom, please make a right turn (heading back towards Altadena Road). Side carpool traffic needs to flow in ONE direction. Please DO NOT attempt to make a left turn. Please do not ask the teacher on duty to move cones to allow you to enter or exit the side carpool line.


● If you arrive to school after 8:00 AM carpool is finished and there are no adults remaining outside on duty, you MUST park and walk your child(ren) into the building for check-in. Students are not allowed to walk in after 8:00 unattended.


Late Start Thursday Morning Carpool​:
● Before 8:10 am, students must be dropped off at the gym lobby entrance.​ If you drop off your child for early care in the gym on the side carpool area, please note that this is ​not​ a park and walk zone.​ If your child needs assistance getting into the gym, please park in one of the parking spaces close to the gym or down by the playground and walk them into the gym. Please do not pull to the side and park in the gym drop off line, by doing so you are blocking traffic and creating a traffic jam that is backing up past the front parking lot​. The line should flow smoothly and is designed to be a quick drop off line.​ If your child is not ready to exit the car when you reach the drop off zone or if they will require assistance, we kindly ask that you park and assist your child as needed. Blocking the carpool drop off line causes other drivers to go around parked cars and this puts students, parents, and others at risk for a dangerous accident.


● After 8:10 am, cars entering from Acton Road must drop off students in front of the school and cars entering from Altadena Road must drop off students at the gym lobby entrance​. Cars entering from Altadena Road may ​not​ blend into the front (Acton Road) carpool line for drop-off. Students may ​not​ use other church entrances.


● From 8:10 until 8:45, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up​. Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Parents who wish to walk their children into the building should use ​Parking Lot A (in the front) ​and cross at the cross walk in front of the Children’s Auditorium, where the crossing guard is directing traffic. Students may not be dropped off in any parking lot. ​For safety reasons, do not cross in the carpool at the front of school by the flagpole.


● Do not park on the perimeter road to exit a car during carpool. This is not safe.


● Cars in the drop-off line should drive down to the last drop-off station beforestopping. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time.


● Students must ​exit the car on the ​school side onl​y​. Students should be ​ready to exit
when the car approaches the drop-off line.


● If you use the front carpool line, please do not block the entrance of Parking Lot A.


● Please refrain from cell phone use in the carpool line.


● If you are using SIDE CARPOOL (Altadena Road entrance), please remember to
deliver students in the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom. When exiting the drop off area by the gym/lunchroom, please make a right turn (heading back towards Altadena Road). Side carpool traffic needs to flow in ONE direction. Please DO NOT attempt to make a left turn. Please do not ask the teacher on duty to move cones to allow you to enter or exit the side carpool line.


● If you arrive to school after 8:45 AM carpool is finished and there are no adults remaining outside on duty, you MUST park and walk your child(ren) into the building for check-in. Students are not allowed to walk in after 8:45 unattended.


Carpool Procedures for Pick-ups


12:45 and 2:20 Carpools


● Carpool number/s should be displayed on the rearview mirror when cars are in the carpool line.


● Students must be picked up in front of the school. Parents are encouraged to enter the
campus from Acton Road. However, if parents choose to enter the campus from Altadena Road, they may not blend into the carpool line for pick-up. They must join the carpool line at the end by driving past the gym and down the hill to the Acton Road entrance.


● We have implemented a new traffic flow for 2:20 carpool. As you come up onto the campus, 2:20 drivers should proceed up the hill and turn into Parking Lot A. You will notice that we have two carpool lines for 2:20 carpool. Line One will line up first and fill up to the sign as to not block the entrance into Parking Lot A, then we will start Line Two, and they will line up closest to the curbside.


3:00 Carpool
● The large-sized carpool number card(s) should be displayed on the rearview mirror
when cars are in the carpool line. ​Please note that pocket-sized carpool cards may not be used in the carpool line​. If you do not have your large card for the carpool line, you will need to park and come into the Lion Lobby to check-out your child(ren).


● At 3:00, students should consistently be picked up at either the front entrance or the gym entrance. ​The pick-up location should be confirmed with your child and teacher on the first day of school and should be consistent.​ ​From 2:45 until 3:10, cars on Bissell Road should turn right at Briarwood Trace (toward The Barn) and proceed to the circle before lining up.​ Cars must not block the entrances to Kirklin Clinic or Children’s South and must not be backed up on Acton Road.


● Cars arriving before 2:20 to pick up students from 3:00 carpool should wait in the carpool line on the Barn Road until the police officer on duty signals. When cars advance, they should pull down to the last loading station. This allows many students to be loaded at the same time.


● Please DO NOT block the entrance to Parking Lot A.


● Parents who pick up in 3:00 side carpool are asked to exit on Altadena Road. Please do not circle around and mix into the front carpool line to exit on Acton Road. This slows down the front carpool line.


● Students who have after-school activities at Briarwood must go to the school lunchroom to check out with the teacher on duty. Ballet students should follow the guidelines provided by the Briarwood Ballet School after checking out with the teacher on duty. Other activity leaders (e.g., scout leaders, coaches, music teachers) must come to the lunchroom to check out the students. ​No students are allowed to leave without the responsible adult checking them out. No students are allowed to roam the building unsupervised.


● Parents who need to pick up their child in the building must go through the Lion Lobby to obtain a pass before going to the lunchroom to retrieve student(s) (See lunchroom pickup information). At 3:00 a teacher will be on duty in the lunchroom for checkout.


● Students with unusual riding arrangements (e.g., going home with a friend) must bring a written note stating the specific arrangement and the responsible adult and carpool number. We must have this information in writing and signed by a parent.


● If an emergency circumstance arises during the school day that requires notification of a student about a change, parents may call or email the School Office ​by 2:00 for 2:20 dismissal and by 2:40 for 3:00 dismissal.


● A student will not be called from the office for checkout between 2:45 and 3:00 unless the teacher and the office have been notified in advance.


● Students in first and second grades should be picked up at 2:20 unless they have a sibling or carpool member in the 3:00 dismissal. If parents need to pick up later than 2:20 and the student is not in a carpool with an older student, the student must be registered for After School Care.


● When carpool ends, students in grades 3-6 who have not been picked up will be escorted to After School Study Hall. Generally, carpool lines finish about 20 minutes after they begin. Parents who miss the 11:45 and 2:20 carpool lines must park and walk into the building to pick up kindergarten, first, and second grade students. Parents of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students who miss the 3:00 carpool line may check out their child from the receptionist in the Lion Lobby. After 3:30, students will be charged for After School Study Hall.


Please be patient the first few weeks of school as we get back into the routine of carpool line and new parents and students learn the procedures. You may experience longer and perhaps slower lines the first few weeks of school. This usually resolves within a couple of weeks once everyone settles into the routine and procedures of carpool. Please take time to read the carpool procedures to make sure you have an understanding of how the carpool lines will work. Thank you for your patience and assistance.


Also, we have developed instructional carpool videos. Please click on the link to find a video for each carpool line. ​https://vimeo.com/album/5339410


**PLEASE NOTE​: Due to 2019-2020 program changes there is NO LONGER an 11:45 am carpool. Our earliest dismissal time is now at 12:45. The 11:45 video tutorial will show what to do for the 12:45 carpool line. The carpool runs the same, there is just a time change!
*Please be sure to share the carpool procedures and video link with others who may be dropping off or picking up your child. This includes grandparents, other relatives, babysitters, etc. It is important for everyone to know the procedures for each carpool line.

Thursday Late Start

First page of the PDF file: LSLateStartReminderandInfo

Phys. Ed. Uniform Order Form

First page of the PDF file: 5thand6thGradePEUniformOrderForm

Electronics Policy

July 2019

Dear Parents of BCS Lower School Students,

We want to remind you of our cell phone and electronic device policy found in our Lower
School Handbook. This policy states:

Cell phones and other electronic communication devices must be powered off and stored in
the student’s book bag during school hours. The use of these devices is prohibited during
school hours, which include dismissal and carpool, after school care and study hall, and
BCS shuttle transport.

We want to clarify that this policy states and includes the statement “other electronic
communication devices”. Here are some examples of personal ELECTRONIC DEVICES that
are NOT allowed to be used or “powered on” during school hours: Gaming devices, iPods,
iPads, tablets, Smart watches (i.e.: Apple’s iWatch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear 2, Gizmos, VTech Watches and all other Smart watch brands with Internet access), MP3 players, Game Boys, Nooks, Kindles, cameras, recorders or other electronic devices. This includes any device that allows for email, messaging, photography, videoing or texting. (This does not include devices such as cell phones that are used to monitor severe health issues. Medical devices of this nature must be approved by school administrators on a case by case basis.)

Please note that students may not wear any type of “Smart Watch” even if the cell phone or
other device that “powers” the watch is turned off. In the past, we have let these “slide” and
allowed students to wear them since they were assumed to be “disabled”, but we are no longer
able to monitor these devices and will not allow students to wear them to school. (This policy change was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.) 

While we discourage students from bringing any type of cell phone or device to school even in a
“powered off” state in their book bag, we understand that there may be a situation that makes it
necessary for your child to have a phone or electronic device with them for use after they are off
campus. Again, remember that ALL devices must be powered off and kept in book bags during
school hours.

Any student who does not follow these guidelines will have the device taken up and sent to
the office. School Administration will determine a plan of action for the violation of school
policy. A parent must pick up the device from an administrator. Devices will not be
returned to students. Please know that this policy is in place to protect our students and provide the very best learning environment for them

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Tasha Holliday and Mrs. Jennifer Bandy

Dress Code

2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

Please note that for the 2019-2020 school year, we will have daily dress code checks. All students are expected to be in dress code each day unless special permission has been given from school administration. Any student not in dress code will be issued a dress code violation form and may be asked to call home for a change of clothes. Please keep this dress code in mind as you are doing back-to-school shopping.

GIRLS
2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

Girls may wear dresses, skirts, or school-approved pants. Jeans are permitted only when the Principal gives specific permission. Skirts or dresses may not be worn with the hemline or any slit in the dress/skirt more than two inches, whether sitting or standing, above the top of the kneecap. Skirts must be fitted at the natural waistline. Tightly-fitted or form-fitting skirts and split skirts are not approved.

Pants must be relaxed fit. No form fitting pants. Pants must be regular length, or cropped no shorter than mid-calf, not gathered, and fitted at the natural waistline. Cargo pants, zip-off pants, jean, or short capri styles are not approved. Tightly fitted or knit fabrics are not approved.  Leggings may be worn with a dress or a skirt that has a hemline that is no more than two inches above the top of the knee cap.  Denim or “Jeggings” of any color are not approved. Yoga pants are not allowed. Camo print pants or shirts are not allowed.
Girls may wear “flowy-style” (Palazzo) pants with an appropriate school approved shirt or      sweater that falls below the hips and covers the student’s bottom.
 
All tops should be modest and have a non-revealing neckline. Tops must be tucked in or of an appropriate length to overlap the skirt/pants at all times. Writing on tops is limited to appropriate pocket-sized personal monograms, school name, or manufacturers’ logos, including the school-approved Briarwood T-shirt with pocket-sized logo. No pictures or graphics that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission. Undergarments including sport straps and camisole straps should not be visible. Open back, low neck, tank, or thin-strapped shirts may not be worn. Any top that leaves any part of the midriff bare is not allowed.

Walking shorts and skorts may be worn during the first and last nine weeks of school. The basic guidelines for shorts are relaxed fitted at the natural waistline, and no shorter than 4” above mid-knee. No denim, cargo, jean-cut, athletic, or short-Capri styles should be worn. Skorts must be no shorter than 4” above mid-knee. Tightly-fitted or knit short and skorts are not approved.

Shoes that are appropriate for school activities should be worn. Consider heel height, practicality, and safety. Rubber/plastic flip-flops and beach or pool shoes are not approved.

Sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom only over school-approved clothing. Guidelines are solid color with pocket-sized logos or Briarwood school logos. Oversized and sloppy styles should not be worn. 

Jackets, coats, and fleeces, which exhibit good taste, should be worn for outerwear.

Girls should not wear makeup. Jewelry should be worn in good taste and should not be distracting. Hats, caps, and kerchiefs should not be worn at school. Extremes in styles that call undue attention are not appropriate. Examples, which will not be allowed, are the piercing of visible body parts other than ears or a visible tattoo.
Please note that Principals have the final discretion on any questionable attire.

BOYS
2019-2020 Dress Code for Grades 1-6

1.    Boys may wear pants and traditional jeans. Pants and jeans must have a waistband and belt loops and must be worn at the waist with a belt.  (Belts are not required for first grade boys.) Plants must be relaxed fit, khaki style and fabric plain or pleated front.   Pants should be the appropriate length when worn correctly.  Pants that are torn and/or faded from excessive wear are not approved. Cargo pants are not approved; pants with flat pockets may be worn.  
 
2.    Walking shorts may be worn during the first and last nine weeks of school. Basic guidelines for shorts are relaxed fit, waistband with belt loops and worn at the waist with a belt (belt not required for 1st grade), plain or pleated front, front zip fly, slash side pockets, optional cuffs, and length no shorter than 4” above mid-knee and no longer than the knee. (No denim, cargo, jean-cut, camo print, or athletic styles are allowed.)

Boys may wear shirts with or without collars. Writing on shirts is limited to appropriate pocket-sized monograms, school name, or manufacturers’ logos, including the school-approved Briarwood T-shirt with pocket-sized logo. No pictures or graphics on shirts that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission may be worn.  Shirts must be tucked into pants. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned (top button excluded). Oversized and sloppy styles are not allowed. No camo print may be worn. 

Socks must be worn.  Any type of shoe is allowed except sandals.  Lace-up shoes must be tied.

Sweaters and sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom only over collared shirts. Guidelines are solid color with pocket-sized logos or Briarwood School logos. Over-sized and sloppy styles are not allowed.

Jackets, coats, and fleeces, should be worn for outerwear. No pictures or graphics that would not reflect Briarwood Christian School’s philosophy and mission may be worn.  

Watches may be worn. Jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are not allowed. (We will allow students to wear one appropriate motivational or inspirational type band that reflect Briarwood Christian School ‘s philosophy and mission.)

Hair should be neatly cut and worn in a masculine style, not obscuring the eyebrows or hanging below the collar. It should be worn above the middle of the ear. Extremes in hairstyles that call undue attention to the haircut are not appropriate, including mohawk, shaving above the ears or dyeing of hair. 

Extremes styles that call undue attention are not appropriate. Examples, which will not be allowed, are the piercing of visible body parts or a visible tattoo. Hats, caps, and kerchiefs should not be worn in the building.


Please note that Principals have the final discretion on any questionable attire. 
 

Headphones

First page of the PDF file: HeadphoneinformationPDF

Foundations & Frameworks

High School

Letter From the Principal

July 2019 


Dear Briarwood Upper School Parents, 
One of the most exciting days of the year is just over a month away. To walk through the Briarwood doors, greeted by friends, with the anticipation of making new ones and to consider all that a new school year holds surely is a much anticipated and very exciting day! I am sure your children, very much like me, can’t wait to get started with the new year...if it would just come sooner! Before we get started, let me share about our theme for this new school year and then some important information necessary to begin the year well. 


The theme this year will be taken from the Scripture verse found in Micah 6:8 which says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV) How beautiful would our lives and our community be should we embody this passage as the means whereby we view our neighbor, how we present ourselves before our holy and righteous God, and how we practically seek to daily live out our lives with each other. Such a community would not only be honoring to the Lord but would be a sweet place where we can share our lives, our stories and where we can grow together as a community of grace - to the glory and praise of our God! 

Below are some key topics to highlight prior to embarking on this new 2019-2020 journey. Please carefully review this packet of information and the key points below. 

The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019 and it will be a full day. All students will begin their first day back to school by reporting to their 1st period class by the 8:00am bell. In the Junior High, we will have a special schedule (see information under retreats). The HS will have a morning student assembly 2nd period where we will start the year with a time of praise and worship and opening God’s word to get the year started off right! In addition, we will review general guidelines the following day that will assist all students in the transition back to BCS, their new grade level, and aid in positive high school community living. 

To kick off our partnership for the 2019-2020 school year; I would highly encourage every parent to join us for the beginning of the year celebration known as BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT. Please mark your calendars for August 15 at 6:30 pm! We will run concurrent Junior High and High School class preview sessions following our combined meeting that will require us to use both floor and balcony seating...but like a big happy Thanksgiving Feast, we can make this happen just like we did last year! 


You don’t want to miss this opportunity! While this is not mandatory, there are few opportunities throughout the year where, as a school community of parents, teachers and administrators, we can gather together and talk about how to best meet your child’s needs, and where you can hear the heart of your child’s teachers and what they will expect from their students, your children.

On this particular evening: 
● We will begin by meeting in the auditorium to share information for your child's upcoming experience as we partner together to educate and train your children for Christ; 
● You will have a chance to meet all the new and returning faculty and staff members; 
● You will also have an opportunity to meet PTF members, hear about and sign up for 
ways to serve at BCS-- we want and need your help; 
● You will hear from individual teachers as you rotate throughout your child’s classes. 


Supply Lists: Please find enclosed in this back to school emailing the JH and HS supply lists. These supply lists can also be found in FACTS (RenWeb) under Resources. Hopefully, you all will be able to take advantage of Alabama Tax Free Weekend. The dates are Fri., July 19th - Sun., July 21st. 


Schedules: We will send notification of the release of high school student schedules on August 1st. At that time we will have a google form for you to submit any changes you would like to request for your student in writing. Our counselors will work through those requests and contact you with any problems or questions. Should the request require a meeting, counselors will schedule this time accordingly. The google form for schedule requests will be closed on August 8th. Following that date, there will be an opportunity for students to drop or add courses the first three days of school, August 13th - August 15th. It is important to note that course preference will be given by class seniority, beginning with the 12th grade. Also, certain classes may fill up. We would encourage you to take advantage of the early schedule change option, should it be necessary. 


JH/HS Schedules and locker assignments will be on FACTS (RenWeb) August 1. Also, locker numbers will appear on your child’s schedule when schedules are released. JH students will need to go to the front office to get their locker card that contains info regarding their locker combination. Junior High students are welcome to visit the school the first week in August between 8:00am - 4:00pm to locate classrooms and organize lockers. Please email Mrs. Anna Margaret Ezell, our Junior High counselor, for any questions or concerns regarding your child’s schedule. 


For HS students, it is important to note that we have removed all locks from the locker spaces. Students were not using the lockers and instead simply carrying their entire backpacks full of books from class to class and putting their bags on the floor by the lockers. It is our hope that the locker / storage space will be used much more. While security cameras are present in the locker spaces, we will be added additional cameras for full coverage of that space. In the event a student would still like to have a lock installed, they can do so by going to Mr. Gray, Dean of Students, and he will work to ensure a lock is placed back on your child’s locker. 


Summer Reading / High School Book Clubs: If your child has not yet purchased their summer reading book, I would strongly encourage you to make this a priority. Junior High students have requirements to complete prior to the first day of school. High School students are expected to read and be prepared to be actively engaged in their book club discussions scheduled throughout the first couple weeks of school. NOTE: The Briarwood Presbyterian Church Bookstore has the summer reading books in stock for purchase. 


Athletics Information: The Briarwood website is the best source of information for athletic schedules, scores, sports information, standings, and coaching contact information. We are excited to see the new look for the school website coming soon! We also encourage everyone to follow Briarwood athletics on twitter, instagram, and facebook for day to day highlights and activities. 
RETREATS: 7th and 8th Grade School Spirit/Orientation Day: Whether returning or new to the Junior High, we look to kick off our new year with excitement and high energy by fun student activities and an orientation on an abbreviated schedule. All classes will meet and provide students an opportunity to meet their teacher and get acclimated to their new schedule. This should be a GREAT first day! 


Freshmen: A couple of years ago we added a freshman day retreat and found it to be a huge success for 9th grade's acclimation and assimilation to high school life! We will continue this new tradition by offering this day retreat on August 16th as we enjoy a day at the Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake! Freshman will compete, worship, and play together on this fun-filled day as we welcome them to the high school. 


Seniors: The long standing tradition of a senior retreat will take place August 9th-11th. While communicated a month ago, please remember to save the date as we want all seniors to be present! Spiritual focus, team building, leadership, GAP groups, and class fellowship will all be emphasized on this retreat. 
This year’s Senior Retreat will take place in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in beautiful Tennessee. We will be staying at the Ocoee Retreat Center located just off of Lake Ocoee. (This is not the exact location of last’s year senior retreat.) We will have the opportunity to raft the fun and challenging Ocoee River and engage in a variety of other activities that will bring the class together and get us moving in the right direction as you walk into your senior year here at Briarwood. (More information to follow on these important retreats.) 

Spirit Day: On opening day, Tuesday, August 13th, we invite all students to take part in our upper school spirit day where faculty and students are encouraged to show their Lion’s Pride and sport our blue and gold school colors. GO LIONS! Modest (no holes) blue jeans are permissible on this day. 


Again, we look forward to meeting and serving you and your family. I hope to see you at the Back to School Night and look forward to having your children in our Upper School! Thank you for the incredible honor and opportunity to educate, love, and care for your children. We are humbled at this remarkable responsibility. Have a wonderful remainder of the summer! 

For God’s glory alone, 
Shawn M. Brower, EdD Upper School Principal Briarwood Christian School 
 

High School Master Calendar

First page of the PDF file: BCSHSMasterCalendar2019-20201

2019-2020 Course Selection Guide

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020-Course-Selection-Guide-Revised-2-12-19-PDF

Briarwood Student Missions Letter

First page of the PDF file: BSMSummerLetter2019

Upper School Dress Code

First page of the PDF file: DressCodeforSchoolMailout

High School Supply List

First page of the PDF file: HighSchoolSupplyList2019-2020

Parent Notes at a Glance

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020ParentsNotesAtAGlance

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