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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.

Published Authors

TCS 4th grade Compass students are being challenged by responding to questions that make them think about how they perceive the world, themselves and others. These young scholars are learning to think critically and creatively as they express themselves through writing. They have also been participating in literary circles where they verbally share their writings and give each other feedback. Once everyone has had an opportunity to edit their work, the students will choose a few of their favorites to illustrate, and have them compiled into a published class book!

Great Gift Ideas from Compass

Looking for the perfect gift that is not only fun, but will challenge your child? We’re here to help!  Mrs. Gibbs, TCS Compass 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.  

CloudsClouds 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 EditionTake 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.  

Exploring the Nervous System

7th grade science students have been learning about the nervous system and the neurons that communicate information to the brain, which include sensory neurons, interneurons, and motor neurons. The students created a two-point discrimination test, similar to what neurologists use, to measure and graph the sensory information on their classmates.  A two-point discrimination test reveals the patient’s ability to discern that two nearby objects touching the skin are truly two distinct points, not one.  This test reflects how finely innervated an area of skin is on a specific part of the body. Using this test, the students were able to ascertain that their fingertips are more heavily innervated than their forehead.

Transitioning From Middle School to High School

by TJ Ross, TCS Director of Middle School

The transition from The Christ School (TCS) to high school can seem far away as a 5th, 6th, or even 7th grade parent.  Whether your little entrepreneur is selling their goods at the 5th grade store or your child is learning high-level math in middle school, preparing them for the next chapter in their educational journey starts sooner than you think.  

How is TCS preparing your child for high school?
The Christ School’s portrait of a graduate states that our students are prepared to perform with distinction at the next academic level, committed to being others-oriented, and secure in his or her identity as a child of God.  The track record for TCS’s ability to positively shape the minds of children is evident.  For example, of the 17 valedictorians at Boone High School in the class of 2018, seven were graduates of The Christ School.  Additionally, since TCS began offering Florida’s end of course exam for Algebra 1, our students have consistently exceeded the standards set out by the Florida Department of Education.  TCS partners with families by walking them through the high school transition process during their child’s 8th grade year.  This process includes guiding students in creating a résumé, relaying information related to each family’s choice high school, and helping with high school course selections.

How does TCS shape the hearts of children?
During your child’s middle school years at TCS, they are exposed to an array of identity forming experiences. Our service trips, in state and out of the country, and Biblical worldview curriculum help students identify who they are as image bearers. Combine these identity forming experiences with sports offerings led by Christian coaches, opportunities to express oneself artistically in musical theater, choir, and art, a robust curriculum that builds year-over-year, and passionate Christ-loving teachers, and you have a beautiful recipe for success in high school and life.

How can you prepare your child for high school?
As your child journeys through middle school, a shift of responsibilities should occur.  The process of relinquishing control while monitoring your child’s progress is key when fostering their independence. Some children embrace responsibilities and take ownership, others may need more encouragement and support. However, slip ups happen for all children. Anticipating these mistakes, letting them happen when appropriate, which is often the hardest part, and helping your child glean insight from them is crucial to their development. Before you know it, the habits, behaviors, and principles you’ve modeled and outlined during the middle school years will be reflected in your child.

When the time comes to choose a high school that fits your child and family best, whether public or private, The Christ School is here to support and assist you along the way.  We have built close relationships with many of the local schools throughout the Greater Orlando area and are glad to be a resource for you and your family.

Lions’ Sports News November 20

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 our winter athletes and celebrate. Spirit Day will be followed by an FCA Huddle for middle school students. Let’s Roar, Lions!

Middle School
Our First Game of the Winter Season begins with our boys’ soccer team!  Please join us Friday, November 22, at 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep!

Soccer
First Season Game – Friday, November 22, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep
Tuesday, December 3, 4:00 pm at Lake Highland
Next Practice at MLK Park – Friday, December 9, 4:30-6:00 pm
Monday, December 13, 4:30-6:00 pm at Ward Park

Basketball
Pre-Season Game – Monday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 4, at 5:00 pm at Orlando Junior Academy
First Season Games:
Boys – Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am and 11:am at The First Academy
Girls – Saturday, December 7, 10;00 am and 11:00am 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
Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 4, at 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.

Mapping the American Revolution

8th grade American History students have been discussing the American Revolution. This week, they participated in a “gallery walk” in which they traveled around the classroom, read information and noted key facts posted about the different battles that took place. The students are using their notes and knowledge to create their own google map of the battles they are exploring. Each battle location on their map will include graphics and a detailed paragraph that describes not only the events that took place, but an explanation of the importance of each of these battles.

The Life Lessons of Mr. Rogers

Get your cardigans ready! During the month of November, our 6th grade students are learning about the life and lessons of Mr. Rogers. Through reading, writing, presentations, and acts of kindness, students are exploring the gentleness and wisdom of this legendary public television figure. This interdisciplinary thematic unit reaches across language arts, Bible, and science classes with interconnected, thoughtful lessons. Some highlights will include the investigation of truisms, distinguishing reality from make-believe, interpretation of symbols, and the biblical connotation of the word neighbor. They will wrap up the themed lessons with a kindness challenge during “Red Sweater Week” and look forward to a class field trip to see the feature film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”  Students and teachers alike are “growing on the inside” as they explore and revisit the compassion and understanding of Mr. Rogers. We pray that the goodness of these lessons will weave into the fabric of our 6th grade students and throughout our middle school.

Durable Learning Through Themed Lessons

Our 5th grade classrooms have been transformed into surgical rooms. “Drs. Forbes and DiBiase” have been creating memorable learning experiences through themed lessons this week. All of their activities are helping to reinforce their study of the human body.  Science lessons have included researching diseases and infections, sorting organs into their proper body systems, and investigating patient profiles; identifying which organs have been impacted and predicting the recommendations a doctor may give. Today they collaborated with 7th grade science students to build a model of a lung!  Math lessons have included working with hospital scenarios to calculate mean, median, mode and range, and referencing a hospital supply list to fulfill orders to review the addition and multiplication of decimals. In Language Arts, the students are exploring character traits, commas, and context clues. To deepen their lesson, TCS parents and friends in the medical field visited the classrooms to share their expertise. It’s great to be a TCS Lion!

Lions’ Sports News November 13

Middle School
Soccer
First Game: Friday, November 22, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep
The next practice is at MLK Park on Friday, November 15, 4:30-6:00 pm and Monday, November 18, 6:15-7:30 pm.

Basketball
Boys Basketball Practice: November 20, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Pre-Season Game: Monday, November 18, 4:00 pm at Orlando Christian Prep
Girls Basketball Practice: November 14 and 19, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The next meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 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 of Soccer Shots for TK – 2nd grade students. 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.

Community Helpers

TCS first grade students have been learning about community helpers. They have explored the different roles people have in our community and how they help others. To enhance their lesson, TCS parents have visited the classrooms to share their roles in our community. Dr. Richard Carter explained his role as a pharmacist, Judge Chiu shared about his experiences as a member of the judiciary, Dr. Leigh Harris shared information about being a physical therapist, and our own Mr. Noto shared about being a principal. This week and next, a police officer, nurse anesthetist, firefighter, commissioner, area president of a home construction company, and a construction worker will be sharing how they help make our community better.

Lions’ Sports News November 6

TCS winter sports are off and running. Our middle school teams are working hard and will begin their competition season right before and after Thanksgiving. Our games will be listed here in the newsletter. Join us for a game and support your Lions!
Our middle school athletes’ first games are:
Boys’ soccer: Friday, November 22, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep.
Boys’ basketball: Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am at The First Academy.
Girls’ basketball: Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am at Foundation Academy.

Middle School
Soccer
Next Boys Practice at MLK Park is on Monday, November 11, 6:15-7:30 pm and
Friday, November 15, 4:30-6:00 pm

Basketball
Boys Basketball Practice – November 11 and 13, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls Basketball Practice – November 7 and 12, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
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 for grades TK – 2 registration will close November 8.
5 week sessions: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Session held in the TCS Gym from 3:30 to 4:05 pm
Register online.
A Basketball Clinic Registration fee $85 will be charged to your FACTS account.
TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account if you have not yet participated in a TCS sport this year.

Deeper Discussions

Several middle school students wanted to deepen their critical thinking skills, so they formed a critical thinking group, led by Mr. Davis and Mr. Nelson. The group meets every Friday during lunch to discuss Biblical themes and current world issues. Each week, they discuss different topics, often pulling out the Bible to get a Biblical perspective on the topic at hand. At the conclusion of the meeting, they determine the topic for the next week so they can research and gain perspective for the next discussion. New members are welcome!  If your middle school child is interested in joining the group, ask them to contact Mr. Davis or Mr. Nelson.

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