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Preventing Summer Brain Drain

By Amanda Gordon, Curriculum Specialist

Summer is here!  Summer vacation is a time families look forward to every year. Unwinding, playing, late bedtimes and outdoor activities are all part of the fun! But, how can parents keep children from losing some of the knowledge they gained over the school year? How can you help avoid the “Summer Brain Drain?” While summer workbooks can keep your child’s mind sharp, they often come with moans and groans. Here are some engaging activities that will inspire fun and creative learning and result in smiles and knowledge acquisition:

  • Going on a road trip? Pull out a road atlas and encourage your children to follow along on the roads you are driving.  Have them calculate the miles between your starting point and your destination. Can they pin the state capitals, discover which cities are the largest, and where the state line starts? This is also a wonderful time to learn the meaning of each road symbol.
  • Staying in the city? Orlando is filled with many educational twists and turns! Visit the Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Science Center, or one of our many art museums. Explore the exhibits and have your child write down fun facts. When you return home, ask them to create a journal entry using their newly learned facts.
  • Heading to an indoor sports park? Counting each jump on the trampoline is a fun game. Who can jump the longest?  Calculate how far (in feet, inches, yards) you will fly on the zipline.
  • Running to the grocery store? Give your child a set amount of money to spend on a meal for the family. Make sure your child plans for an entree and enough side items to make a complete meal for everyone- all while staying within the budget!
  • Read everywhere! Road signs, maps or directions, and informational flyers about the places you visit are easy resources. As a fun family game, take turns finding words that start with each letter of the alphabet or that can be combined to create new words. When your child discovers a new word, have them look it up in the dictionary and create a word bank of new words they learned over the summer. Another good journaling opportunity! Visiting some place new? Read a book about the new location before your trip. Explore the history of the area, famous people who lived in the area and fun “don’t miss” activities for your family to enjoy.
  • Take reading outside – at the park, by a lake, or at the beach! Go into nature and find a cool, calm place to enjoy some peace and quiet while diving into that new book your family has saved for summer reading. Parents are encouraged to be good role models by reading alongside or out loud to their children.
  • Write about it! Children love to write postcards to friends and family detailing their summer fun. Remember to include family and friends outside the country, too. The post office is a wonderful summer field trip especially when sending mail, domestically or internationally. Is your child missing their school friends?  Have them write letters to friends describing their summer activities. Do you have a budding author? Encourage him/her to write a book, illustrate it and read it to siblings, grandparents and friends.
  • Kitchen activities can be a fun way to learn math skills and increase vocabulary! Research recipes that are interesting, different and easy for children to follow. Invite some friends and family over for your child to share their culinary skills. Double the recipe to add another level of math using measuring cups and spoons to calculate the ingredients.

These are just a sampling of activities children will enjoy that will help slow the “brain drain.” Most of all, we pray you will have a fun and safe summer and enjoy every new adventure your family embarks upon!  Happy summer from The Christ School!

A Great Week for 8th Grade!

TCS 8th grade social studies students enjoyed several valuable experiences last week. Thanks to Judge Greg Tynan, they participated in a mock trial at the Orange County Courthouse. Each student had a role, such as judge, attorney, witness and clerk. There were two juries who heard the same case. Yet, after deliberating in an actual jury room, the juries returned two different verdicts. Following the trial, the students visited the courtroom on the 23rd floor of the courthouse, where major cases are tried.  Later in the week, after months of collaboration and research, ten student teams presented arguments on controversial topics, including sanctuary cities, drilling off the Florida coast and using drones in warfare. A panel of 6 adults posed questions for the teams and offered feedback. The week culminated with the students surveying 166 people in downtown Orlando. The 8th grade students discovered that 15% of those surveyed knew that there are 27 amendments in the Constitution. Less than 50% knew that Congress has the power to declare war. If you can name Mike Pence as Vice-President, then you are with the 65 percent who answered that question correctly.

Accomplished Alumnae Athletes

TCS Alumnae athletes had an amazing 2019 girls lacrosse season at Boone High School.  At the recent awards banquet, Kiyah Costin, Ansley Dalton, Savannah Partlow, Sierra Tagman, Anabel Zimmerman and Kayla Costin were recognized for their leadership on and off the field.

Kiyah received First Team All Metro – Defense and Varsity Athletic awards and was recognized by her peers for her commitment to academics and athletics. Ansley received the Varsity Athletic award and was recognized by her coach as a top midfielder and good person all around. Savannah received MVP Midfielder, Honorable Mention All Metro – Midfield and Varsity Athletic awards and was recognized by her peers for her tenacity and kindness. Sierra received Honorable Mention All Metro- Midfield and Varsity Athletic awards and was recognized by her peers for her speed, scoring and linguistic aptitude. Anabel received the Varsity Athletic award and was recognized by her coach for being a newcomer with immediate impact, leading the midfielders in goals and points. Despite injury, Anabel supported the team through the entire season. Lastly, Kayla received the Golden Mic award for being the home game team announcer and away game stats keeper.

Lions’ Sports News May 8

We recently celebrated our middle school athletes at Chapel on Thursday, April 25, by giving all of our athletes “Stars” to recognize them. Mr. Dale Velente, from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, shared his testimony on being commissioned for Christ with the middle school students. Our Chapel concluded with a video showcasing our TCS Stars.

Lower School
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd / 4th grade girls volleyball begin their tournament on Wednesday, May 15, at Orangewood Christian School.

 

Lions’ Sports News May 1

Middle School
The Volleyball Clinic for 5th, 6th and 7th grade girls will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm  in the gym.

Lower School 
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

Our 3rd/4th grade girls’ volleyball team has two matches at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Monday, May 6, at Lake Mary Prep. Let’s ROAR, Lions!   

The 3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will practice on Tuesday, May 7, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

Lions’ Sports News April 24

Middle School
TCS will offer a middle school volleyball clinic for 5th, 6th and 7th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter. The four day clinic will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 29, 30, May 1 and 2 from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account.  If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais.  Please register online by Wednesday, April 24.

Lower School
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

TK – Kindergarten Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesday, April 30, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd / 4th grade girls’ volleyball has two matches at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Monday, April 29, at Lake Mary Prep.

3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will practice on Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

 

News to Note:

We have our last FCA / Spirit Day on Friday, April 26 at 2:15 pm!

Our middle school sports recognition Chapel will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 8:15 am in the Reformation Chapel.

STEAM Solutions

TCS students have been enjoying cross-curricular lessons from the story The Little Red Hen. In Compass, teacher Mrs. Gibbs asked her students to use their creativity to change or build upon the story in any way they wished and use a shadowbox stage to act out/narrate the story. This presented a new challenge – how will they keep the light for the shadowbox in place to make the characters stand out? Mrs. Gibbs turned to our STEAM students for help! Given this challenge, middle school STEAM students engineered a variety of flashlight holders for the Compass students. After presenting them to Mrs. Gibbs, they listened to her feedback and made necessary adjustments. Their ideas were all very different and ranged from simple to complex, but all solved the problem. Mrs. Gibbs says, “I was so proud of our students’ creative thinking. When students learn to become creative thinkers, they learn to move beyond real or perceived barriers. Problem-solving/inventive thinking skills give students strategies to go beyond these limits to develop novel or unconventional solutions.”

Lions’ Sports News April 17

We have our last FCA / Spirit Day on Friday, April 26, at 2:15 pm in the gym.

Middle School
TCS offers a middle school volleyball clinic for 5th, 6th and 7th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter. The four-day clinic takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 29, 30, May 1 and 2, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account. If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport, a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais. Please register online by Wednesday, April 24.

TCS middle school parents – join us on Thursday, April 25 at 8:15 am, in the Reformation Chapel for the Middle School Sports Recognition Chapel. Ms. Joslyn Massey, former Purdue and UCF basketball player, will serve as our speaker. We will recognize our middle school athletes for a great year of athletic performances at The Christ School.

Lower School
TCS 3rd / 4th grade girls’ volleyball will begin their season at The Christ School gym with two matches on Wednesday, April 24. The girls will play Orangewood Christian School at 4:00 pm and Lake Mary Preparatory School at 5:00 pm. Come out to our gym and cheer on our girls!

1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

TK – Kindergarten soccer shots will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd / 4th grade volleyball will practice on Tuesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will practice on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

Ancient History Brought to Life

TCS sixth grade World History students have been studying ancient Greece. They explored the Mycenaean period and the use of chariots for Olympic races and ceremonial celebrations. They were given a STEAM challenge to engineer a model of a chariot using a limited supply of materials. The chariots needed to have functioning wheels and the ability to be pulled in a race.  The students rose to the challenge and created chariots of various styles, which they raced in their classroom! After the project was completed, they reflected on what went right, what challenges they faced, and what they would change if they were to do this challenge again. This engaging cross-curricular activity encompassed history, engineering, creativity, and collaboration.

STEAM Sequencers

Lower school STEAM classes have begun doing an activity that extends from the kindergarten classroom’s upcoming performance of the classic story, The Little Red Hen. The story provides some interesting STEAM integration opportunities! The Little Red Hen’s world includes the barn, the duck pond, the pig’s mud puddle, the doghouse, the garden, the mill, and the kitchen.  In this first STEAM extension of the story, students created a LEGO model of the Little Red Hen’s world, which focuses on visualization and map reading skills. In the second extension, students will be learning sequencing and computational thinking by following the steps the Little Red Hen goes through from planting the wheat seeds to baking and eating the bread! This is a precursor to coding, and Mrs. Liu will use The Little Red Hen framework to introduce coding to all of our Lower School students.

Traveling the Silk Road

TCS 4th and 5th grade Enrichment students have been exploring ancient China and the Silk Road. To experience this historical trade route and the difficulties travelers faced along the way, the students played a simulation game in which they were travelers on the Silk Road. The object of the game was to travel from Venice to China and back again and earn the most gold coins. The students earned gold coins by buying and selling valuable items including silk, porcelain, jade, rugs, and tin. They had to strategize a plan to ensure they had enough money for food and camels to cross the desert, and students even had the opportunity to purchase a “paiza,” or golden passport, as protection from the Mongol warriors.

Lions’ Sports News April 10

Middle School
TCS offers a middle school volleyball clinic for 5th, 6th and 7th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head volleyball coach Lindsey Carter. The four-day clinic takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 29, 30, May 1 and 2, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account. If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport, a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais. Please register online by Wednesday, April 24.

Lower School
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, April 11, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

TK – Kindergarten Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd / 4th grade volleyball will practice on Monday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in the gym.

3rd, 4th & 5th grade cross country clinic will practice on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

Getting Ready for the CTP

Each year, The Christ School administers standardized testing in the Spring to all students in grades 1-8. We use the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP Online), a test used by many other private schools. Testing for some grade levels begins the week of April 8. Grade levels will be testing only in the morning on specific days. Classwork assignments and homework will be reduced during the testing days to alleviate any undue stress. Your child’s teachers will communicate specific information for the days your child is testing. Please help your child understand that they have been learning throughout the year and there is nothing more they need to do to prepare for this test. A general testing schedule is listed below:
CTP Online Assessment per Grade Level
2nd, 6th: April 9, 10, 11
7th, 8th: April 9, 10, 11, 12
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th: April 15, 16, 17

 

How does TCS use standardized testing results?
The CTP is just one way that we measure student progress and the effectiveness of our curriculum resources. Standardized testing results provide us with distinct snapshots representing a child’s educational growth, and we use both the individual and group data to reflect and plan our day-to-day instruction and curriculum development. The CTP Online subject area tests align with our objectives (what we expect our students to know and be able to do) and yield useful results. Children and parents are encouraged not to stress unnecessarily over the results of the testing.

The skill areas assessed for each grade level are listed below:
1st Grade: Auditory Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Word Analysis and Math Skills
2nd Grade: Auditory Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Word Analysis, Writing Mechanics and Math Skills
3rd Grade: Auditory Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics and Concepts, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Math Skills
4th-8th Grades: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Writing Mechanics and Concepts, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Math Skills

How can you help prepare your child?
Parents play an important role in helping children do well by making sure their child gets a good night’s sleep and has a nutritious breakfast. Here are some additional tips to help your children do their best:

  • Be sure students are on time each day. The classrooms are open at 7:50 a.m. and students are encouraged to use the window of time prior to chapel to settle in for the day. Children who rush in to class at the last minute often feel less confident in successfully completing the tasks for the day.
  • Assure your child that he or she is very capable and well prepared; encourage them to give their best effort.
  • Students may need to remain quiet while others finish. Help your child select a good book to read when they are finished testing.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS: Remind your child to charge their Chromebook each night. They will be using their Chromebooks for testing and need a full battery charge. Students should bring their charger in case they need to use it during testing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure the integrity of the testing environment, parents and/or students will not be admitted into the classrooms once testing has begun. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time. Any student who arrives after testing has begun will need to sit in the office and wait until a break in the testing session to join their class. The opportunity for make-up of missed tests is very limited. Our priority will be to provide make-up sessions for students who missed school due to a medical emergency or illness. All make-up tests will need to be completed during our testing window (April 8-18).

When will you receive your child’s CTP scores?
A copy of your child’s test scores will be sent home with the final report card the first week of June. In addition, we offer one-to-one parent meetings during the summer months to go over the individual student report. A sign up form will be sent out in June.

If you have any questions regarding the CTP, please contact Mrs. Amber Lail, Director of Academics and Student Programs.

Exploring Florida History and Government

TCS 5th grade students experienced first-hand the lessons they have been learning in Social Studies on a 2-day excursion to Tallahassee. There, they explored Florida history and government as they visited Mission San Luis, a replica of the Apalachee Indian and Spanish community in 1703, the old Capitol building, where they participated in a scavenger hunt to explore Florida history, the new Capitol building, where they toured the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers, and the Tallahassee Museum, where they explored a 1900s Florida Cracker farm. Several 5th grade students had the privilege of meeting and hearing from Mary Lynn Magar, a member of the Florida House of Representatives and Speaker Pro Tempore, and some students had the opportunity to meet a high school Senate Page. The students enjoyed a life science experience as they took a boat ride on Wakulla Springs, and saw many manatees, alligators, and turtles, and birds. It was a wonderful learning adventure!

Lions’ Sports News April 3

The Christ School track and field team completed their season on Monday at the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Championship Meet. TCS had 25 students representing our school with many students accomplishing their personal records at the final meet. Anna Wells Burden led the way by finishing in first place in the girls 400 Meters!

Lower School
TCS offers a Cross Country Clinic to our 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head cross country coach Terra Townsend, who will introduce running and breathing techniques through fun games and activities. The five-week clinic will begin on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and the remaining sessions will be on Thursdays: April 18, 25, May 2 and 9.  The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account.  If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais.  Please register online by Monday, April 3.

1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm in the gym.

TK – Kindergarten Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

3rd / 4th grade volleyball will practice on Monday, April 8, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in the gym.

St. Patrick’s Day Science

Kindergarten students enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day themed science experiments. They made predictions about what would happen to an Irish Spring soap bar when they put it in the microwave, observed the bar afterward and discussed how a chemical change had occurred. They had a Skittles taste test and tried to guess what color Skittle they were tasting. They made a rainbow ring and saw how the colors combined to make new colors in varying shades, and poured Lucky Charms cereal onto a table and used straws to try and blow only the marshmallows off the table onto a plate. The students had a fun and memorable time exploring Science! Enjoy photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Making a Difference through Politics

TCS 8th grade Biblical Worldview students are finishing a unit on politics.They have learned what the Bible says about politics, the Christian’s responsibility as citizens, and looked at examples of Christians in the past who have shaped history by their political involvement. They discovered that they can make a difference in politics even before they can vote. The students each chose an issue they were passionate about and sent hand-written letters to local elected officials about bills that are currently under consideration. They learned that the most important role in America is that of a citizen, so they were excited to use their voice by writing to their elected officials.

Lions’ Sports News March 27

TCS offers an open gym for all 5th – 8th grade students interested in playing pick-up basketball. Coach Oz will lead a few warm-up drills and then teams will be chosen. Join us on Wednesdays after school from 3:45 to 4:30 pm on the following dates: March 27, April 3, 10 and 17. There is a fee of $50 that will be charged to your FACTS account. If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport, a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais. Please register online. 

Middle School
Track practice will be held at Boone High School on Thursday, March 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The championship track meet is Monday, April 1, at Trinity Prep, starting at 4:00 pm.

Lower School
1st and 2nd grade soccer shots will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the Green Space.

TK – Kindergarten soccer shots will be held on Tuesday, April 2, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the Green Space.

3rd / 4th grade volleyball will have their first practice on Monday, April 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

TCS offers a Cross Country Clinic to our 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head cross country coach Terra Townsend, who will introduce running and breathing techniques through fun games and activities. The five-week clinic will begin on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and the remaining sessions will be on Thursdays: April 18, 25, May 2 and 9. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account.  If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport, please complete and return a TCS Waiver to Mr. Vais.  Please register online by Monday, April 3.

Lions’ Sports News March 13

TCS offers an open gym for all middle school and 5th grade students to play basketball. Coach Oz will lead a few warm up drills and then teams will be chosen to play pick up games in the gym on Wednesdays after school from 3:45 to 4:30 pm on the following dates: March 27, April 3, 10 and 17. There is a fee of $50 that will be charged to your FACTS account. If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport, a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais. Please register online by Monday, March 25.

Middle School
Track practice will be held at Delaney Park on Thursday, March 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The next track meet is Monday, March 25, at The First Academy starting at 4:00 pm

Lower School
1st and 2nd grade soccer shots will be held Thursday, March 14, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm in the gym.

TK – Kindergarten soccer shots will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the Green Space.

TCS offers a Cross Country Clinic to our 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students this spring. The clinic will be led by our head cross country coach Terra Townsend, who will introduce running and breathing techniques through fun games and activities. The five-week clinic will begin on Wednesday, April 10, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and the remaining sessions will be on Thursdays: April 18 and 25, May 2 and 9. The registration fee for the clinic is $75, and will be charged to your FACTS account. If your child has not already participated in a TCS sport a TCS waiver will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Vais. Please register online by Monday, April 3.

Lower School Parent Meetings

All parents of students in Kindergarten – 4th grades are encouraged to attend an informative session on academic expectations as your child prepares to enter the next grade level. Our teachers will focus on benchmark learning skills critical for success next year, as well as provide highlights of field trips and special events.

Two sessions for each grade level have been scheduled – morning and afternoon. Please select the session that best fits your schedule. Remember, these are rising grade level meetings, so look for the grade your child will be in next year.

Complimentary childcare is available through REACH morning care from 7:30 to 7:50 am, or REACH aftercare from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. Please contact Mrs. Lail with any questions.

 

Morning sessions: 7:30-8:15 am          

Afternoon sessions: 3:30-4:15 pm

Friday, March 29
Rising Third Grade (Current 2nd grade)
Location: Room 316

 Monday, April 1
Rising Fourth Grade (Current 3rd grade)
Location: Room 313

 Wednesday, April 3
Rising Fifth Grade (Current 4th grade)
Location: Room 312

 

Lions’ Sports Update March 6

Middle School
Track practice is Thursday, March 7, at Boone High School, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm.  The next track meet is Tuesday, March 12, at Lake Highland Prep, starting at 4:00 pm.

Lower School
TCS lower school spring volleyball will begin when we return from Spring Break. We are blessed to have Coaches Richard Hale and Elizabeth Grady lead our teams. Practices will be held on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and games will be held on Wednesdays.  If your child is interested, please register online.  A fee of $120 will be charged to your FACTS account on April 1.

There are still openings for our Soccer Shots program. The 8-week clinic will take place on the green space immediately following school until 4:05 pm.

  • TK and K students will have sessions on Tuesdays:  March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.
  • 1st and 2nd grade students will have sessions on Thursdays:  March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2.

There is a one-time TCS fee of $35 if this is your child’s first time playing a TCS sport. The fee will not be charged if your child has already played this school year.  If your child is interested you can register on the Soccer Shots website.

Public Speaking Skills

Sixth grade students in our Public Speaking class recently completed 3-minute person-in-a-bag speeches. The students researched renowned and diverse leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Benazir Bhutto and Madeleine Albright. Students selected items to place in their bag that would prompt their memory when sharing with their class. The items took pressure off of the speaker because the audience’s attention was diverted to the visual. Students also served as evaluators of their peers using a praiser-pointer format, which required listening skills and critical thinking. Evaluators first shared a specific praise, then offered two specific areas for improvement, and ended with one more specific praise.

Effective Debate Tactics

Last week, our 7th grade students took a field trip to SeaWorld. From research notes they collected on that visit, the students engaged in a debate to help prepare them for the WrAP assessment. “The students incorporated all of the elements of argumentation effectively in their debates, such as supporting claims and rebutting counterclaims with logical reasoning and evidence,” says their Language Arts Teacher Tracy Sheldon. “Afterward, they reflected on the persuasive appeals (logos, pathos, and ethos) and other critical elements that enabled the winning team to perform so well. They discovered that it is crucial to include these elements to effectively communicate and defend positions.”

Lions’ Sports News February 27

All TCS students and their families are invited to watch the UCF women’s basketball game this Saturday, March 2, as they celebrate Senior Night. UCF will play Tulane at 2:00 pm.  UCF is offering free tickets to any TCS student and their families.  In order to receive your ticket, you must email Mr. Jim Vais no later than Friday, March 1, at noon.

TCS lower school spring volleyball will begin when we return from Spring Break. We are blessed to have Coaches Richard Hale and Elizabeth Grady lead our teams. If your child is interested, please register online.  A fee of $120 will be charged to your FACTS account on April 1.

Middle School

Track practice is Thursday, February 28, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm.

Lower School

The spring season for our Soccer Shots program will begin in March. The 8-week clinic will take place on the green space immediately following school until 4:05 pm.

  • TK and K students will have sessions on Tuesdays:  March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.
  • 1st and 2nd grade students will have sessions on Thursdays:  March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2.

There is a one-time TCS fee of $35 if this is your child’s first time playing a TCS sport. The fee will not be charged if your child has already played this school year. Space is limited to first come, first served. If your child is interested you can register on the Soccer Shots website.

3D Printing Possibilities

We are celebrating Discover Engineering Week in STEAM! Today, Andy Stetzinger from Deltamaker (the maker of our 3D printer) came to our campus for a 3D printing teach-in with our students. He discussed how 3D printing incorporates STEAM subjects including robotics, engineering, math, and art. His presentations inspired the students’ creativity as he explained the many things a 3D printer can do, and showed them some great examples of creations made on the printer. Mr. Stetzinger explained that 3D printing is not just used to create toys, but it can be used to print things such as houses, cars, prosthetics, and even a small aircraft! He told the students about how the Space Station has two 3D printers on board, which are used to make parts they need. His presentation opened their minds to possible careers in STEAM and the endless possibilities of the creations we can make on our 3D printer!

Welcome Blaire Wonderly

The Christ School welcomes Blaire Wonderly as our first grade assistant.  Blaire joined TCS earlier this month and has quickly become a beloved member of our TCS family.

“I was born and raised in Orlando with my two older siblings and we grew up loving all the sunshine, citrus, and beaches. One thing I love to do is travel, but I’m such a Florida girl that I am always happy to return to my home base,” says Blaire.

“Many of my family friends attended TCS in the past and I had always heard them say how great this school is,” says Blaire. “When I started thinking about going into education, TCS came to mind and it became my dream to work here. Then one day God opened a door and I ran right through it! I love coming to work every day and seeing the many ways in which the students grow. They amaze me with their thoughtful creativity and desire to learn new things.”

“My favorite thing about TCS is the Christ-centered atmosphere. It is such a blessing to work in a school where Jesus is really the center of what we do. Whether it is daily chapel, Bible lessons, or just being able to remind the students of God’s love for them, it is such an enriching environment. The staff is incredible at TCS! I have never met such an amazing team and I am honored to be a part of it,” she says.

Blaire shares her favorite Bible verse: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. –  John 15:5

Lions’ Sports News February 20

Get ready to ROAR as we celebrate Spirit Day tomorrow, Thursday, February 21! Join us in the gym at 2:15 pm as we celebrate our middle school track and field team and our lower school basketball teams. Wear your green and gold and show your TCS spirit!

Middle School
The next Track practice will be held on Wednesday, February 20, in the gym from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and Thursday, February 21, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at Boone High School.  The first track and field meet will be 4:00 pm on Monday, February 25, at Lake Highland Prep.

Lower School
The Soccer Shots spring season will begin in March. An 8-week clinic will take place on the green space immediately following school until 4:05 pm.

  • TK and K students will have sessions every Tuesday:  March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • 1st and 2nd grade students will have sessions every Thursday:  March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2

Space is limited to first come, first served. If your child is interested you can register on the Soccer Shots website.  There is a one time TCS fee of $35 if this is your child’s first time playing a TCS sport. The fee will not be charged if your child has already participated in a sport at TCS this school year. For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.

The TK – 2nd grade basketball clinic will be held on Thursday, February 21, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm in the gym.

The 3rd – 5th grade girls’ basketball clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

 

Disney Dreamers & Doers

Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has collaborated with local school districts to identify and recognize young people who have demonstrated excellence in their schools and communities. It is time once again to open the application process for the Disney Dreamers and Doers Program.

TCS is pleased to continue recognizing students for the many ways they are engaged in taking positive action to improve their communities, homes, and schools. Students may self-nominate, or may be nominated by a teacher, administrator or peer. In 400 words or less, the submission should answer the following question: What is a positive action you (or a student) have taken to improve the community, home, or school, and what inspired this action?

Although academic achievement and volunuteerism are important, this program is intended to reward unique accomplishments of positive action, compassion, empathy and creativity. Examples of positive actions are included on the chart in the nomination form.

To be considered for selection as The Christ School’s Dreamer and Doer, entries must be submitted to Mrs. Lail in the Academic Office by Thursday, March 7, 2019.

We look forward to hearing about the many students who are having a positive impact on our school and community!

Lions’ Sports News February 13

Middle School
The next Track practice will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at Boone High School.

Lower School
The Soccer Shots spring season will begin in March. An 8-week clinic will take place on the green space immediately following school until 4:05 pm.

  • TK and K students will have sessions every Tuesday:  March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • 1st and 2nd grade students will have sessions every Thursday:  March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2

Space is limited to first come, first served. If your child is interested you can register on the Soccer Shots website.  There is a one time TCS fee of $35 if this is your child’s first time playing a TCS sport. The fee will not be charged if your child has already participated in a sport at TCS this school year. For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.

The TK – 2nd grade basketball clinic will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm in the gym.

The 3rd – 5th grade girls’ basketball clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

Lions’ Sports News February 6

Middle School

Registration is still open for our middle school track and field team. Coach Paul Katuaskas will lead the team this year and he encourages anyone who is interested to join the team; no prior experience is required. 5th grade students can also participate. Students can choose to participate in the following events: long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, 100 meters, 1600 meters, 4×100 relay, 400 meters, 800 meters, 200 meters, 4×400 meter relay, and the 4×800 meter relay. All athletes must have the following paperwork complete before the first practice: FHSAA physical form, FHSAA consent form and TCS waiver. A $120 fee will be charged in FACTS.  The next practice is Thursday, February 7, from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at the Boone High School track. The remaining practices will be from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at the Boone High School track on the following dates: February 11, 14, 21, 28, March 4, 7, 11 and 28. The track and field meets will be on February 25, March 5, 12, 25 and April 1.

Lower School
The TK – 2nd grade basketball clinic will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm in the gym.

The 3rd – 5th grade girls’ basketball clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

The next Spirit Day is Thursday, February 21.  Our FCA student leaders will be recognizing our middle school track and field team, TK-2nd grade basketball & our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls’ basketball teams.

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