Summer 2023 Edition


Kevin Vos


Letter From The Principal

I sent my oldest off to college this past August. As expected, I had a mix of emotions, and moments of panic, leading up to the big day when we would drive her to campus, move her in, and drive away with an empty backseat. I questioned if I had done enough as a parent to prepare her for the next level of learning and life. I’ll repeat that process again after my youngest daughter completes her senior year of high school next year and heads off into the next phase of life.

In typical parent fashion, I have hopes and dreams for my daughters. Likewise, they have plans for themselves. I wonder, though, what steps God will establish for them. 

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

As I reflect on this past year’s theme from Proverbs, it’s easy to fall into a sense of fatalism that we are simply pawns in God’s grand scheme. Yet the author of Proverbs recognizes our ability to plan and envision and act while reminding us that God will ultimately direct us according to his will. While that may seem unsettling, it also provides a sense of comfort, knowing that God is not just a “big picture God,” but that he is also in the details, guiding us in the way he wants us to go. It might be difficult. It might be painful. It might be disorienting, but we have to trust that God has a purpose in how he directs us.

As we raise our children and, as educators, teach our students, we find reassurance in knowing that, even if their plans and actions diverge from what we would prefer, God is ultimately watching over them and establishing their steps. We, in turn, are part of helping to establish sure footholds for them in this world. 

I don’t know what lies in store for my daughters or myself for that matter. I don’t know what the future holds for BCS as we search for a new administrator, contemplate plans for expansion, and stand firm in our mission and vision in an ever changing world. It’s an exciting but uncertain time. Yet there is always one constant: God’s faithfulness.

I trust that the plans we make will be in alignment with God’s will and that he will establish our steps and lead us down the path that he wants us to walk, providing clarity and direction. I trust that he will direct my daughters as they venture off on their own. I trust that he will guide us as teachers as we wake up each school day and support our learners. And I pray that he will point to the destination for you and your children as you step through each day and beyond.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9


Class of 2023!

The Class of 2023 walked the stage on June 2, 2023, joining over 700 alumni of Brookfield Christian (and Milwaukee Christian) School.

Mrs. Lynn Veldhouse spoke to the class about how will God direct their way through the good times and the not so good ones, as they head off to high school and beyond. The class chose "Graves Into Gardens" by Brandon Lake and Elevation Worship as their class song.

They will be attending nine different area high schools, where they will continue to learn, to lead, and to serve faithfully in God's world. We can't wait to see where God leads each of these students as they go forward in faith.


Brookfield East High School


Lake Country Lutheran High School


Pewaukee High School


Divine Savior Holy Angels




Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School


Chesterton Academy


Wisconsin Lutheran High School


Lake Country Lutheran High School


Wisconsin Lutheran High School


Lake Country Lutheran High School


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Lake Country Lutheran High School


Freedom Project Academy


Lake Country Lutheran High School


Pewaukee High School


Divine Savior Holy Angels


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Brookfield East High School


Hamilton High School


Brookfield East High School

Pictured (L-R): Josie (6th), Luke (6th), Faith (7th), Nolan (7th), Hannah (8th), and Christaan (8th).

2023 Timothy Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Timothy Award winners, recognized for demonstrating their Christian commitment, a responsible and positive attitude, and exhibiting a high degree of effort and participation while attending Brookfield Christian School. These students were nominated by their peers and selected by the middle school teaching team for exhibiting the qualities found in 1 Timothy 4:12.

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12

BCS Auction 2023

We had an incredible evening at the Harley Davidson Museum as we gathered for the 2023 BCS Fellowship Dinner and Auction. It was a joy to witness everyone engaging together to build community, celebrate our school, and support Christian education!

Together, our generous community raised $229,606. The Fund-A-Need portion totaled a record-breaking $115,750!  This amount was over double the goal of $50,000 to seed the Special Needs Fund in order to open our arms as wide as possible to offer Christian education to a broader demographic of learners.  

  • The most popular package was Reserved Premium Parking with 72 bids
  • We sold 414 raffle tickets, raising $7,135
  • 764 total silent auction bids were placed
  • 108 people participated in Heads or Tails

We are looking forward to next year’s event. Stay tuned for more details to come. Be sure to follow the Auction on Instagram and Facebook!

BCS Athletics

Jon Mulder, Athletic Director

Katie Van Arendonk, Track Coach

It was a great year for BCS Eagles Athletics! Many coaches and volunteers pitched in to help coach our student athletes and host athletic events. Several teams received new uniforms due to the continued growth of our programs.

This year Eagles Volleyball had 50 girls in 5th-8th grade participate. We had three head coaches and many assistants that helped out. At the end of the season, the 6th grade team took second in the LACC conference tournament and 8th grade took first in their conference tourney.

This fall BCS Cross Country had 20 participants. Some highlights from the season:

Molly Wolff took 1st in the WCHSA Invite

Nolan Henderson and Molly Wolff finished top 10 at the Griffen Invite

Colin Vander Vliet finished 3rd at the Brookfield Academy Meet

Eagles Basketball had 70 participants between boys and girls in 5th-8th grade. We had 6 head coaches and many assistants.

6th Grade Girls took first place in conference tournament and the 5th grade girls took second

5/6 Boys took first place in conference tournament

7/8 Boys took first place in conference tournament as well as first place at CSI Tournament

The BCS Track & Field team boasted an impressive 68 student athletes on the roster for the 2023 season. Five parent volunteers collaborated to coach the team. Our 5th-8th grade students competed in five track meets in April and May. Throughout the entire season, these athletes braved the unpredictable Wisconsin weather! They showed up to race, throw, and jump in rain, wind, near freezing cold temperatures, and even some unseasonably hot and humid weather. Their parents came out to cheer and support them in all of these conditions too! Well done, BCS Eagles, on another great season. 



Rachael Behling (‘15) (pictured left) graduated from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, with a double major in Spanish and International Relations.

Emory Bigler (‘19) graduated from Pewaukee High School. She will play soccer and study Speech and Language Pathology at UW-River Falls. Sam Braatz (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School. He will continue his studies at Concordia University of Wisconsin. Cross Brian (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran. He is headed to Concordia University of Wisconsin to study Chemistry. Malcolm Brian (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran. He will study Business Management and Psychology at Concordia University of Wisconsin.

Sam Dobson (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School. He will be studying Music and Pre-Med at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Will Duimstra (‘19) graduated from Arrowhead High School. He's headed to Iowa State University to study Business and German. Noah Dreier (‘19) graduated from Brookfield Central High School. He will play baseball and study Business at St. Xavier University. Sarah Duff (‘19) graduated from Brookfield Central High School. She will graduate from Waukesha Area Technical College in the Spring of 2024 with a Computer Associates in Marketing.

Hailey Foster (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School. She will run track and study Physical Therapy and Sports Psychology at Concordia University Wisconsin. Hailey Grace Fox (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School. She will be studying Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology at Calvin University. Jonathan Hanson (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School. He will attend Marquette University to pursue a degree in Finance. Luke Heinkel (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School. He will be playing baseball and studying at Concordia University of Wisconsin. Jake Herman (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School. He's headed to Cedarville University to study Engineering.

Max Kellogg (‘19) graduated from Brookfield Central High School. He will attend the University of Iowa to study Business. Holly Kludt (‘19) graduated from Brookfield Academy. She will be attending Texas Christian University to study Engineering. Reese Koning (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School. She will be studying Business and Equine Studies at UW-River Falls. Aliana Laszcano (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School and heads to the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall to study Nursing and Spanish. Julia Lemmenes (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School. She will be studying Business and Psychology at Cedarville University. Gabe Mews (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School and plans to study Business and Real Estate at Waukesha Area Technical College. Ben Mourand (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School and will be studying Business/Financial Accounting at Cedarville University.

Rachel Reinecke (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East and will be studying Business - Marketing and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. Marissa Schwenner (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School this spring. She plans to pursue a Business degree at Grand Canyon University. Nick Stamps (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East and will be entering the workforce. Molly Thombs (‘19) graduated from Pewaukee High School. She will be pursing a degree in Nursing and Spanish at Belmont University.

Delaney Vander Berg (‘19) graduated from Lake Country Lutheran High School this spring and will be working to become a Master Esthetician at Waukesha Area Technical College. Reagan Vander Heide (‘19) graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School. She will be attending Sacred Heart University where she we will be playing rugby and pursuing a degree in Neuroscience. Megan Veenendaal (‘19) graduated from Brookfield East High School and will be attending UW-Oshkosh this fall, pursuing a degree in Nursing. Joshua Ziebell (‘19) graduated from Hamilton High School and will be entering the workforce.

Gabe Mews, Sam Dobson, Luke Heinkel

BCS Class of 2019

Ben Mourand, Sam Braatz, Malcolm Brian, Cross Brian, Jonathan Hanson, Delaney VanderBerg, Julia Lemmenes, Marissa Schwenner, Hailey Foster

BCS Class of 2019

Aliana Lazcano and Noah Dreier

BCS Class of 2019

Joshua Ziebell and Reese Koning

BCS Class of 2019

Sam Dobson and Max Kellogg

BCS Class of 2019

Noah Dreier, Aliana Lazcano,

Rachel Reinecke, Sam Dobson

BCS Class of 2019


Jed and Brynn (Horne) Hadley ('01) welcomed their second child, Thomas Joseph (TJ), on March 7, 2022. Pictured top left.

Maggie (Walter) Mettleman ('08) and husband Will welcomed their first child, Walter Wolfgang, on February 12, 2023.

Alissa Bremer ('08) wed David Torres on October 8, 2022. Numerous BCS alumni were part of the wedding party and celebration, including: proud parents Doug and Tammy (Virojana) Bremer ('84) and sisters Katie ('11) and Natalie ('20), Aunt Susan (Virojana) Hanson ('87), Uncle Troy Virojana ('89), and cousins Tyler ('11), Jacob ('14) and Hailey Hanson (21), Sophia ('20) and Abbie Virojana, and bridesmaid Emily Jeninga ('08). Alissa is working as a preschool teacher. She and David currently reside in Germantown.

Justin ('09) and Allie (Young) Donnelly ('09) welcomed their first child, Beau Sullivan, on March 30, 2023. Pictured bottom left.

(L-R): Natalie Bremer, Doug Bremer, Alissa Torres, David Torres, Tammy Bremer, Katie Bremer.

(L-R): Mondesi Kirkland, Emily Jeninga, Alissa Torres, Katie Bremer, Natalie Bremer, Alyssa Sabo

Do You Have GOOD NEWS? We'd Love To Connect!

Have news or photos you'd like to share? Please email [email protected]. If you have contact info updates, or have an email address you'd like to add to our mailing list, update your information on our website: https://www.brookfieldchristian.org/alumni. We'd love to hear from you!

Retirements & Anniversaries

After 20 years at BCS of faithful service in our early education classes, we say goodbye to Mrs. Chung as she retires. We are grateful for the impact she made on so many MCS and BCS alumni, and we wish her many blessings as she enjoys retirement!

This year the following faculty members celebrated anniversaries at BCS:

  • Kris Brightman: 5 years
  • Sarah Culhane: 5 years
  • Karaline Huenink: 5 years
  • Mike Vander Vliet: 20 years
  • Tammy Bremer: 25 years
  • Jane Foerster: 30 years

We are so thankful for their service! To learn more about all of our awesome teachers and staff, visit our website.

BCS To Celebrate 60 Years

We have several events planned throughout the 2023-2024 school year to celebrate 60 years of providing Christian education in the Metro Milwaukee area. We will be sending emails with more info as details become available, so make sure your alumni contact info is up to date!

Opening Day Chapel - August 29, 2023 at 8:45am

We'll kick off our 60th year on August 29, 2023 at 8:45am. Coffee and refreshments will be served beginning at 8:15am. in the gym lobby.

3 v 3 Alumni Basketball Tourney - November 24, 2023 from 8:00am-12:00pm

Join us Thanksgiving Weekend for a 3 v 3 basketball tournament on Friday, November 24, 2023 from approximately 8:00am-12:00pm. Lunch will be included.

Fun Run/Food Truck Event - May 4, 2024 from 8:00am-12:00pm

Bring the family for a fun run/walk followed by food trucks and fellowship afterward on May 4, 2024 8:00am-12:00pm.

Anniversary Open House - May 4, 2024 from 3:00pm-6:00pm

We will host an open house on May 4, 2024 from 3:00pm-6:00pm to celebrate all God has done for Brookfield Christian School over the last 60 years and fellowship with alumni and friends from over the years.

We're collecting special memories, reflections on Christian education, stories, and more for our upcoming celebrations. Please email yours to [email protected], or mail them to our school office. We’re also looking for memorabilia to display. If you’d be willing to donate old spirit wear items (MCS gear, anyone?!), photos, news clippings, or other items from your family’s time at MCS/BCS, we would like to add them to our archive. If you’d like to loan us something, we can arrange that, as well. We’d LOVE to get as many photos from the last 60 years as we can. Questions? Need more info? Contact Jill Baker, [email protected].

Where Do You Wear Your Spiritwear?

Show us your BCS (or MCS?) spiritwear! Send your photos to [email protected] and we'll post them on our social media accounts. At the end of the summer we'll draw a prize winner for a gift card and some BCS swag!

We're Growing!

Our enrollment has surpassed 300 students and we are stretching the limits of our functional capacity and physical facilities. To that end, we have engaged with Eppstein Uhen Architects and VJS Construction Services to provide a design and cost estimate for a potential expansion. The board will discuss next steps once we have preliminary cost projections.

Save the Date

First Day of School (Grades 1-8) - August 29, 2023

Meet & Greet (Grades 3K, 4K, K) - August 29, 2023

23rd Annual Golf Outing - September 16, 2023

Grandparents Day - October 6, 2023

Apple Pie Day - October 27, 2023

3 v 3 Alumni Basketball Tourney - November 24, 2023

60th Anniversary Fun Run and Open House - May 4, 2024

Find the full BCS Calendar of Events of our website.

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