Fall at BRCS

Even though the weather has suggested otherwise, fall is here!  It is probably due to my New Hampshire roots, but I have always loved fall.  I welcome the cooler weather, the changing leaves and all things apple and pumpkin.  

October is also one of my favorite months here at BRCS.  We’re six weeks into the school year, we’ve adjusted to all of the new routines, and relationships between students and staff are flourishing.  

  • Middle and high school students are meeting regularly in their “spur groups” (our name for small mentoring groups), exploring the scriptures and praying together. 
  • Sixth graders are experiencing servant leadership first-hand through weekly service time in their Leader Lab class.  They are reading with preschoolers and kindergarteners, working on science projects with first graders, and assisting Mrs. Harris in the kitchen and Mrs. Knott in the office.  
  • Classrooms at both campuses are filled with student projects – from travel brochures to insect collections to beautifully curated art displays in both offices.  
  • Two of our new high school electives are producing creative results:  the new Bear Den Times is the product of our Sports Journalism elective, and the young men in Survival Sewing class are diligently designing and sewing their button-down shirts!  
  • Students have enjoyed off-campus field trips to Brethren Woods, the pumpkin patch, Blue Ridge Community College and Harpers Ferry, to name just a few!  Upcoming trips include visits to the Black Friar’s Theatre in Staunton, the Bridgewater Fire Station, and Jamestown/Williamsburg.  
  • Preparations for Grandparents Day on October 18 are well underway, including special in-class activities and student performances.  We certainly hope that the grandparents in your child’s life will be able to join us! Extra invitations are attached to this week’s Forum.  Be sure to have grandparents RSVP to bbates@brcschool.org so we can prepare well for that special day.
  • Soccer, volleyball and cross country teams are competing in their final games of their very successful seasons.  VACA tournament play begins in a couple of weeks. This week, we honored seniors who are completing their final fall seasons as BRCS athletes.  The Blue Crew faithfully cheers for the home team!
  • We’re already planning for our kick-off event for Samaritan’s Purse annual Operation Christmas Child in a couple of weeks, as well as for the 8th grade trip to Baltimore at the beginning of December to volunteer at the Shoebox Processing Center.  Now is the time to begin shopping for items to fill shoeboxes. It’s an activity in which all family members can participate.


Enjoy the beautiful, truly fall-ish weekend!


Grace and Peace,


Karen K. Shomo

Head of School