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Lions’ Sports News February 19

Spirit Day! 

Our spring sports season has begun and it is time to introduce our spring athletes and celebrate with Spirit Day! Wear your TCS colors and please join us for Spirit Day on Friday, February 21, at 2:15 pm in the gym. Spirit Day will be followed by an FCA Huddle for middle school students. Let’s Roar Lions!

Middle School
Track and Field
Next practices at Boone HS:
Thursday, February 20, 4:45-6:00 pm.
First Track Meet:
Monday, February 24, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep

Volleyball
The middle school volleyball clinic is open for registration.
The clinic will be held on April 27, 28, 29 from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym.
Try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 30, 3:45-5:00 pm

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade co-ed teams
Next practice: Wednesday, February 19, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Next Games: Saturday, February 22 at Lake Nona Middle School
3rd grade- 9:00 am
5th/4th grade Gold -10:30 am
5th/4th grade Green -10:30 am

3rd and 4th grade Volleyball
Registration for 3rd and 4th grade spring volleyball is open. The registration deadline is Monday, March 23. Volleyball season will begin with practice on April 1 and end the week of May 11. Practice will be held once a week at TCS from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The practice day is still to be determined. There will be four weeks of games ending with an end of season tournament. Game locations will be determined by the league and are not yet available. Games will be played on Mondays at 4:00 pm. We are looking for coaches! Please prayerfully consider helping out as a coach. Let Gina Wiborg, Director of Athletics, know if you are interested. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

3rd, 4th and 5th grade Cross Country Clinic
Registration is open for the cross country clinic for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The registration deadline is Friday, March 27. The clinic will be held on April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm at TCS.  Our fabulous cross country coach, Terra Townsend, will be leading the clinic. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30.
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd Basketball Clinic
Next class of the five week session will be held on Thursday, February 20, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.

Lions’ Sports News February 12

Middle School
Track and Field
Next practices at Boone HS:
Wednesday, February 12, 4:45-6:00 pm.
First Track Meet:
Monday, February 24, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep

Volleyball
The middle school volleyball clinic is open for registration.
The clinic will be held on April 27, 28, and 29 from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym. Middle school volleyball try-outs will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade co-ed teams
The next practice will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Next Games:
Saturday, February 15 at TCS
3rd grade- 9:00 am
5th/4th Gold grade-11:30 am
5th/4th Green grade-10:30 am

3rd and 4th grade Volleyball
Registration for 3rd and 4th grade spring volleyball is open. The registration deadline is Monday, March 23. Volleyball season will begin with practice on April 1 and end the week of May 11. Practice will be held once a week at TCS from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The practice day is still to be determined. There will be four weeks of games ending with an end of season tournament. Game locations will be determined by the league and are not yet available. Games will be played on Mondays at 4:00 pm. We are looking for coaches! Please prayerfully consider helping out as a coach. Let Gina Wiborg, Director of Athletics, know if you are interested.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30.
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd Basketball Clinic
The next class of the five week session will be held on Thursday, February 13, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.

 

Lions’ Sports News February 5

Middle School
Track and Field
Next practices at Boone HS:
Wednesday, February 5, 4:45-6:00 pm
Monday, February 10, 4:45-6:00 pm

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade co-ed teams- The next practice is on Wednesday, February 12, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Games will begin Saturday, February 8, and will be held in the gym.
3rd grade- 9:30 am
5th/4th Gold grade-10:30 am
5th/4th Green grade-10:30 am

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Basketball Clinic
The next class of the five week session will be held on Thursday, February 6, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.

 

Robotics Engineering

Middle school Coding and Robotics students are learning about robotics engineering and how robots are designed to accomplish specific tasks. They were challenged to choose a task for a robot to perform in extremely cold conditions and design and create a prototype, concentrating on the task the robot was supposed to accomplish. The tasks included taking photos and temperatures of locations in Antarctica, taking temperature measurements in the refrigerators and freezers in commercial kitchens or going into oil tanks to check for leaks. After they created their prototype designs, the students presented them to their classmates.

Civic Engagement

TCS 7th grade student, Miller Phillips, acted on his interest in learning more about serving his community through civic engagement by volunteering as a page in the Florida House of Representatives. He was selected to join 19 fellow pages from around the state to take part in a variety of educational activities, including in-depth tours of historic landmarks, drafting a bill and presenting it in a mock committee meeting, observing a live legislative committee meeting, and serving as a page on the House floor during session. Miller enjoyed meeting with several House members and government leaders. Additionally, Miller was able to take part in advocacy efforts on behalf of children’s issues. Miller said, “This experience helped put what I am learning in civics class into real life.”  We give a Lion’s Roar to Miller for his initiative and hard work!

    

Spring Bible Studies

Our Spring Bible Studies are off to a great start!  All students in grades 4 through 8 are welcome to join in our Bible studies, which meet from 7:15 to 7:45 am every Tuesday through March 10. Here is more information on our groups, leaders and topics:

Spring Bible Studies
Tuesdays, 7:15 – 7:45 am
February 4 – March 10

4th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Marie DiBiase and Vicki Taulbee
Content: Radiant – Who I am in Christ
Location: Room 312

4th/5th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Aaron Farrant and Michael Noto
Content: Becoming a Godly Man
Location: Room 315

5th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Lee Combs and Jennie Farrant
Content: Friendship
Location: Room 313

6th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jenny Forbes
Content: Just Us Girls
Location: Room 311

6th Grade Boys:
Leader: Coach Oz Martin
Content: Let God Lead your Path
Location: Room 245

7th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Thea Nelson and Alissa Plaisance
Content: Lies Girls Believe
Location: Room 144

7th/8th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Justin Nelson and Mark Davis
Content: The Measure of a Young Man
Location: Room 246

8th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jasmine Simmons
Content: You’re God’s Girl!
Location: Room 217

3D Printing in STEAM

TCS TK-2nd grade students have been learning about how 3D printing works. They discovered that the printing filament is melted and laid down in layers, forming the objects made by the printer. To demonstrate how this works, the students rolled out thin ropes of play-dough to simulate filament, and then they laid down the play-dough strips the same way a 3D printer would to make a cup or bowl using this method. The students then designed a toothpaste tube squeezer to print using the 3D printer. To show them how the printer would do this, they took ropes of play-dough and formed the shapes that will be crafted in the 3D printed object.

Enrollment Anniversary

Saturday, February 15, is The Christ School’s Enrollment Anniversary date. Your child(ren) will automatically be enrolled for the 2020-21 school year. No deposit or re-enrollment paperwork is required! If you do not plan for your child(ren) to attend The Christ School in 2020-21, parents must notify Joanne Fleming, Director of Admission, in writing no later than February 15. Enrollment contracts for the 2020-21 school year will activate on February 16, 2020, and 100% of the tuition for the upcoming school year will be due based on your payment plan.
If you will be applying for financial assistance, please note that you must complete a new FACTS Grant & Aid application each year. The deadline for submitting your application for next school year is January 31. Assistance offers will be distributed before February 15. For questions, contact Bill Herlong, Director of Business Operations.

Persuasive Writing

In the fall, the 5th grade students worked on developing strong persuasive letters and arguments. The teachers shared the letters with Dr. Farrant and one of them, written by Charlotte, was particularly impressive and caught his eye. Her letter was about dress code and Dr. Farrant invited Charlotte to meet and discuss this further. While there were some proposed changes that were not able to be implemented, Dr. Farrant did see merit in one of her suggestions. Today, the lower school enjoyed a special casual day thanks to Charlotte’s persuasive techniques.

8th Grade Capstone Mission Trip

TCS 8th grade students and chaperones are in the Dominican Republic on their mission trip this week, the capstone experience in their TCS journey. In addition to meeting children and families in the village of Cielo, they have split into groups to work on houses for families in need. They have been mixing and pouring concrete, sanding, priming, and painting walls, and more. TCS dad, Ben Staat, writes, “Today we poured concrete headers on Wendy’s house. She and her family live in a shack with no bathroom. This new house is a really big deal for her family. She and her husband have two young girls and it felt really good to help them.” This trip has been an amazing opportunity for our students to experience another country and serve others from a completely different walk of life. It is sure to be a rewarding, memorable week, and we are excited to hear their stories when they get back! Enjoy photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lions’ Sports News January 29

Middle School
Basketball
This past Saturday was an exciting day for our girls’ basketball team – tournament day! The girls played incredibly well and we are excited to share that they brought home the second place trophy! Way to Roar Lions! Congratulations to both our middle school teams and their coaches for representing TCS with the heart of a LION out on the courts.

Track and Field
The first practice will be an orientation on Monday, February 3, 3:30-4:30 pm in the gym. A Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, February 3 at 4:15 pm in the gym. The first practice at Boone HS will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 4:45-6:00 pm.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Practices will be held on Wednesdays starting January 29, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30.
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Basketball Clinic
The first class of the five-week session will begin on Thursday, January 30, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym. Remaining clinic dates are February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Spring Bible Studies Begin Next Week

The Christ School is excited to begin the spring session of our Tuesday morning Bible studies for students in grades 4 through 8! Bible studies will be held from 7:15 to 7:45 am every Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning this Tuesday, February 4, and continuing through March 10. Watch for an email from your child’s Bible study leader to sign up. Here is more information on our groups, leaders, locations and topics.

Spring Bible Studies
Tuesdays, 7:15 – 7:45 am
February 4 – March 10

4th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Marie DiBiase and Vicki Taulbee
Content: Radiant – Who I am in Christ
Location: Room 312

4th/5th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Aaron Farrant and Michael Noto
Content: Becoming a Godly Man
Location: Room 315

5th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Lee Combs and Jennie Farrant
Content: Friendship
Location: Room 313

6th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jenny Forbes
Content: Just Us Girls
Location: Room 311

6th Grade Boys:
TBA

7th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Thea Nelson and Alissa Plaisance
Content: Lies Girls Believe
Location: Room 144

7th/8th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Justin Nelson and Mark Davis
Content: The Measure of a Young Man
Location: Room 246

8th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jasmine Simmons
Content: You’re God’s Girl!
Location: Room 217

Lions’ Sports News January 22

Middle School
Basketball
Our basketball teams are headed into tournament play this weekend.
Here are the game times.
Boys:
Thursday, January 23, 5:00 pm at Trinity Prep
Advancing game – Saturday, January 25, 12:30 pm at The First Academy
Girls:
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am at Foundation Academy.
Advancing game 11:15 am at Foundation Academy
Let’s Roar Lions!

Track and Field
Registration is open for the spring season of middle school Track and Field. The deadline to register is this Friday, January 24. Meets will be held on Mondays at 4:00 pm beginning on February 24, and ending with the Championship Meet on March 30.
Practice days will be Mondays/Wednesdays and a few Tuesdays/Thursdays beginning on February 5, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at Boone High School. The first practice will be an orientation on February 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. A parent meeting will be held on Monday, February 3, at 4:15 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31.
Practices will be on Wednesdays starting January 29, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Basketball Clinic
The first class of the five week session will begin on Thursday, January 30, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.
Remaining clinic dates are February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

 

Exploring Idioms

Third grade students have been “on the ball” as they learn about figurative language and the use of idioms. Through interactive activities and reading stories that incorporate idioms within the text, the students have enjoyed discovering how idioms can enhance ideas. To “wrap their heads around” this subject, the students will participate in an idiom parade through the lower school hallways on Thursday, January 30, dressed as an idiom!  They will “keep their idioms under their hats” and the classes watching the parade will “keep their eyes peeled” and try to guess which idiom each student is representing. What idioms will they choose? “Your guess is as good as mine!”

You Can Do What You Set Your Mind To

The 8th grade Bible students have embarked on a journey through the book Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. The book was written by two teenage Christian brothers who found that when they put their mind to something big, they could do more than they had imagined. The message promotes a growth mindset and challenges teenagers to rise above what society expects of them. The book includes stories of teenagers who have accomplished great things to God’s glory. Our students have had great conversations in class, and are encouraged to aspire to do hard things in high school and beyond.

Chapel Elective Develops Leaders

Where can you develop leadership, organization and public speaking skills, learn more about Biblical lessons, discover the many aspects of production, and have fun? The Christ School’s middle school chapel elective class! Seventh grade student, Jennifer, reflects on her experience in the class: “This is an awesome elective where you can learn how much planning goes into an event and develop great skills that you will use your whole life. Before being in this elective, I didn’t know how much work went into planning chapel every day and let me say, it’s a lot! We have so much work to do each week to make sure chapel on Thursdays runs smoothly. We make a slideshow, find a speaker, find songs for middle school to sing, and ask people to do prayers, pledges, and the passage every week!  Last semester, I had so much fun with our teacher, Mrs. Townsend, and my classmates. This semester, Mrs. Hoyer is taking the lead. I am excited to have a new experience with another teacher and have more people join our team. I love this class because it teaches great leadership skills by giving students the responsibility to work with a deadline and solve problems quickly. Last semester, my classmates and I had to deal with situations where we had to solve the problem fast and neatly. I am so thankful for Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Hoyer for teaching me how to be a leader, and I am so thankful for such a wonderful elective.”

 

Project-Based Skill Development – Exploring Habitats

TCS 2nd grade students have been learning about habitats. To help develop research, organization and presentation skills, they are working on a habitat mobile project, which will include information about the environment, plants and animals found in the student’s chosen habitat. The students were encouraged to choose a habitat that they are not familiar with so they can expand their knowledge. Once their project is complete, the students will present their mobile and habitat research findings to their class.

Lions’ Sports News January 15

Middle School
Soccer
A BIG thank you to our middle school boys’ soccer team, players and coaches.
Thank you for blazing the trail and enjoying the journey!

Basketball
Next Game Times:
Boys – Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, January 18, 10:00 am and 11:00 am at Foundation Academy
Boys’ Basketball Practice – January 22, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice – January 16 and 21, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Track and Field
Registration is open for the spring season of middle school Track and Field. The deadline to register is Friday, January 24. Meets will be held on Mondays at 4:00 pm beginning on February 24, and ending with the Championship Meet on March 30.
Practice days will be Mondays/Wednesdays and a few Tuesdays/Thursdays beginning on February 5, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at Boone High School. The first practice will be an orientation on February 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. A parent meeting will be held on Monday, February 3, at 4:15 pm in the gym.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The next meeting, will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 11:59 am, during paws and lunch in room B12. Please bring a non microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30.
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Basketball Clinic
The clinic is full and we are ready to go. Our first class of the five week session will begin on Thursday, January 30, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym. Remaining clinic dates are February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Middle School Trips

At the end of this month, TCS middle school students are going on their class trips! Each trip is an extension of their academic and service-centered middle school experience. Sixth grade students will travel to Fruitland Park, FL, to participate in activities that promote unity and team-building as a foundation for serving others. Seventh grade students will travel to Quincy, FL. There, they will share Christ through service to people in that community. This challenging and rewarding trip provides a great foundation for the eighth grade trip. Eighth grade students will travel to the Dominican Republic. During this capstone trip, they will encounter and explore a foreign country, serve others from a completely different walk of life, and exemplify Christ through service alongside their friends, teachers, and parents. We pray that our students will learn and grow from these meaningful and valuable experiences!

Why play Hockey in COMPASS/Social Bridges?

The development of our students’ social intelligence is an important part of their education at TCS. One way to do this is to give them purposeful time to practice the skills of good sportsmanship, working cooperatively, respecting personal space, and emotional regulation. When teachers give them competitive challenges in the confines of the classroom, they can discuss a skill then immediately practice it.  In Compass/Social Bridges, 4th grade students have been practicing by playing a game of table hockey where some students were referees, some were goalies, and some were moving players. Giving the students purposeful activities that can cause the bigger feelings of excitement, nervousness, and maybe even frustration allows them to practice bringing those bigger feelings back down to “just right.”

Lions’ Sports News January 8

Middle School
Soccer
We are heading into the last few matches of the season! Let’s Roar Lions!
Next Game Times:
Friday, January 10, 4:00 pm at Lake Mary Prep
Monday, January 13, 3:30 pm at Foundation Academy  

Basketball
Next Game Times:
Boys – Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, January 11, 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at Foundation Academy
Boys’ Basketball Practice – January 13 and 15, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice – January 14 and 16, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Track and Field
Middle School sign ups are open for our Spring Track and Field season.
Track meets will be held on Mondays at 4:00 pm starting February 24.
The season ends with the Championship Meet on March 30.
Practice days will be Mondays and Wednesdays starting February 5, 4:45-6:00 pm at Boone High School.
The first practice will be an orientation on February 3, 3:30-4:30 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.  

TK-2nd grade Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30.
TCS Hold Harmless Form required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS Account.

Basketball Clinic
The clinic is full and we are ready to go.
The first class of the five week session will begin on Thursday, January 30, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.
Remaining clinic dates are February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

A Note for Students – Starting Fresh in the New Year

By Amanda Gordon, Curriculum Specialist

After a couple of weeks off during the holidays, it is always good to welcome the new year by starting off on the right foot. Below are some simple tips to help you get back into the swing of things at home and school.

Take Time to Reflect:  Think back to how your first semester went and what things you would like to do better in the second semester. Would you like to be more organized or feel more prepared for upcoming tests? Would you like to take more time for yourself or be more involved in activities? By reflecting on the past semester, you can make a plan for yourself and set goals on how to improve upon your practices in the new semester.

Make a Schedule: Getting back into a routine after the holidays can be difficult, especially after being “out of practice” for a few weeks over the break. A good way to get back into that routine is to create a schedule for yourself that includes all after school activities, homework assignments, projects, and upcoming tests. By posting the schedule somewhere clearly in your home, you can easily reference it every morning prior to heading out the door. That way, in the evening, you already know what you need to accomplish before bedtime.

Organize School Supplies:  Now is the time to take stock on what school supplies you still have and which ones need to be replaced. Go into the second semester strong with a fresh supply of pencils, paper, glue sticks, etc. to ensure you are prepared with the correct materials for all of your classes. This will help you feel well organized and not leave you scrambling for that lone pencil with no eraser you were using prior to break.

Structure your Study Time:  “The most successful students are those who take charge of their own learning and follow a simple but disciplined strategy (Make It Stick, Brown et al. 201).”  There are many ways to structure your study time to fit what works best for you, but it is important to have at least one strategy in place to help keep you accountable for the material you need to learn. Give yourself time to quiz yourself over the content covered in class and reward yourself once you’ve completed a certain amount of study time. This will help keep your mind fresh and motivate you to stay on task to finish your studies in a timely manner.

Lions’ Sports News December 18

Middle School
Soccer
Next Game Times
Tuesday, January 7, 4:00 pm at The First Academy
Friday, January 10, 4:00 pm at Lake Mary Prep
Practice – Monday, January 6, 4:30-6:00 pm at Ward Park

Basketball
Next Game Times
Boys – Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, January 11, 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at Foundation Academy
Boys’ Basketball Practice – January 6 and 8, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice – January 7 and 9, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Track and Field
Middle School Spring Track and Field registration is open.
Track meets will be held on Mondays at 4:00 pm starting February 24, ending with the Championship Meet on March 30.
Practice is still to be determined. Monday and Wednesdays are our target days based on facility confirmation. The first practice will be an orientation on February 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28
1st and 2nd grade will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30
TCS Hold, Harmless Form required.
Please note a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS

Basketball Clinic
The basketball clinic will begin shortly after our return from Christmas Break.
The clinic is full and we are ready to go.
Our first class of the five-week session will begin on Thursday, January 30, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm in the gym. Remaining clinic dates are February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Holidays Around the World

First grade students got their tickets and boarded their class airplanes to learn about holidays around the world. As they landed in each country, they explored the landmarks, money, animals, food and Christmas traditions. The students visited England, Australia, Mexico, Israel, Sweden, Greece and Germany. They headed to the beach in Australia where Christmas falls in the summertime. In Mexico, they learned that poinsettias are the Christmas flower. They also learned that Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah. Our world travelers are ready to celebrate Christmas in America!

Religious Practices of Ancient Egypt

Sixth grade students have been studying ancient Egypt. As they learned about the daily life of the ancient Egyptians, the students discovered that religion was the focal point of their lives. To conclude this unit of study, the students researched the religious burial rites of the ancient Egyptians and worked in groups to make Lego creations of pyramids, canopic jars, funary boats, burial chambers and sarcophagi. Using their research and photos of their creations, each group created a slide presentation which they used to teach their classmates about their projects. Some students were inspired to create additional Egyptian models at home!

Lions’ Sports News December 11

Spirit Day!
Our winter sports season has begun and it is time to introduce our winter athletes and celebrate with the second Spirit Day of the year. Wear your TCS colors along with your festive Christmas accessories!  Please join us for Spirit Day this Friday, December 13, 2:15 pm in the gym. Spirit Day will be followed by an FCA Huddle for middle school. Let’s Roar Lions!

Middle School
Soccer
Next Game Times:
Tuesday, December 17, 3:30 pm at Foundation Academy
Practice:
Monday, December 13, 4:30-6:00 pm at Ward Park
MLK Park – Friday, December 16, 4:30-6:00 pm

Basketball
Next Game Times:
Boys – Saturday, December 14, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, December 14, 9:00 am and 11:00 am at Foundation Academy

Boys’ Basketball Practice: December 16 and 18, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice: December 12 and 17, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Track and Field
Registration is open for Middle School Spring Track and Field. Track season will run from January to March.
The first practice will be an orientation on February 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session of Soccer Shots.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30.
TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Exploring Christmas in Spain and Latin America

Esta semana y la semana que viene, los estudiantes de la escuela elemental van a diseñar tarjetas de navidad con un mensaje especial para sus padres. También, van a aprender a cantar villancicos tradicionales como Mi Burrito Sabanero y explorar cómo se celebra la navidad en España y la América Latina.

This week and next, lower school Spanish students are creating Christmas cards with a special holiday message in Spanish for their parents.  They are also learning to sing traditional Christmas carols like Mi Burrito Sabanero and exploring how Christmas is celebrated in Spain and Latin America.

Physics in Action

TCS 8th grade students attended Physics Day at Busch Gardens to experience physics in action. In addition to being able to encounter many properties of physics on the rides, the students visited interactive physics stations located around the park where they learned about non-newtonian fluids and the use of magnets in the braking systems of the roller coasters. The students viewed a live physics interactive show presented by a college professor, and TCS student, Cameron Reynolds was chosen to participate!  It was a great experience for the students that allowed them to answer the age-old question of, “when am I ever going to use this?”

Great Christmas Gift Ideas from The Christ School’s Compass Teacher

Looking for the perfect gift that is not only fun, but will challenge your child? We’re here to help!  Mrs. Gibbs, our Compass (critical thinking) teacher, has put together a list of great gift ideas to help make learning fun and exciting!

Shaky Manor – The Tilted Treasure Hunt (this is a 4 player game where each person holds a “Manor” so you could buy 2 if you have a big family). In this game, race to position your Meeple Player and 2 Treasure Chests into the room indicated on the Challenge Card by shaking and tilting your box.  From Blue Orange Games.

Double Ditto – The Game of Quick Thinking and Clever answers. You can play for a few minutes or for hours! (3 players to 10+ players!) It says ages 10 and up but you can probably play with some children who are a little younger. You can find this at InspirationPlay.com

Djubi Sling Ball Junior – Hook it, Launch It, Catch It!  This is an outdoor game and comes with two launchers and two sling balls. Ages 5 and up. From Blue Orange Games (There are also other similar versions for different ages).  2 players.

Clouds – Clouds is a matching game that’s perfect to entertain the wildest of imaginations and comes in a cute and easy to “take along” container.  From Blue Orange Games. Ages 4 and up. 1+ players.

Wits and Wagers, Family Edition – Take a guess and score points by choosing whose guess is closest. How many sesame seeds are on a Whopper bun?  With easy rules and exciting game play, Wits & Wagers Family will get the whole family/party cheering and laughing together.  Ages 6 and Up, 3+ players, and can be played as individuals or as teams.

Lions’ Sports News December 4

Spirit Day! 

Please join us on Friday, December 13, at 2:15 pm in the gym for Spirit Day! Our winter sports season has begun and we are excited to introduce and celebrate our winter athletes. Spirit Day will be followed by an FCA Huddle for middle school students. Let’s Roar, Lions! Let’s Roar Lions!

Middle School
Soccer
Next Game Times:
Tuesday, December 10, 3:30 pm at Orangewood Christian
Wednesday, December 11, 3:30 pm at Windermere Prep
Tuesday, December 3, 4:00 pm at Lake Highland
The next practice will be held at MLK Park on Friday, December 9, 4:30-6:00 pm and Monday, December 13, 4:30-6:00 pm at Ward Park

Basketball
First Games of the Season
Boys – Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am and 11:am at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, December 7, 10;00 am and 11:00 am at Foundation Academy
Boys’ Basketball Practice – December 9 and 11, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice – December 10, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Next meeting, Wednesday, December 11, 11:59 am during paws and lunch in room B12. Please bring a non-microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade
Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30.
A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

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