Author: TCS

Connecting Amid Social Distancing

1 John 3:18

Let us not love with words or with speech but with actions and in truth.

It is so easy to say “I love you” but in today’s social distancing environment, how do we show that love? The heart of Christianity is fellowship, a sense of mutual connection. But just when our neighbors, friends and family need our help or a kind action, the new mandate of social distancing is challenging how we show that love and offer support.

To help navigate this new landscape, here are some easy ways your children and family can support your community and foster relationships, yet stay safe and healthy. 

  1. Beautify your neighborhood by allowing your children to decorate your sidewalks with chalk art. This is a sure way to spread words of encouragement and bring smiles to neighbors out walking, running or riding bikes.
  2. Spring Cleaning – With so much “home time” many of us are cleaning closets and pantries. Donate your extra clothing to a shelter or homeless ministry. Share your BOGO items with a local food bank.
  3. Set a time (or two) each day to call or FaceTime friends and family. Do you have distant cousins or friends who you think of yet never have the time to connect with? Do you have elderly neighbors who may feel isolated and lonely? The friendly voice of a child will be sure to brighten their day. 
  4. All hospitals, nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities are in “lock out” meaning they are not allowing visitors. This can be scary for the families but even more so for the patients and elderly. Spend time each day to write/draw encouraging cards to the residents and mail the cards to a near-by facility or hospital. 
  5. Send a pizza: Teachers, first-responders, even a neighbor or friend, could really use a simple gesture like a hot pizza delivery to brighten their day. 
  6. Is there a time of day you have noticed more neighborhood traffic? Walkers, runners or dog walking? Put on a porch concert or “carolling” favorite children’s hymns from the sidewalks of homes while keeping a safe distance. Music is medicine for the soul!
  7. Small group devotions: Gather your child’s friends (and your adult friends) for a daily devotion via FaceTime or other social networking platform. A quick 5 or 10 minute check in with words of encouragement can help smooth the bumps we are all experiencing from being in close quarters. Check out The Christ School’s daily morning devotion with a focus for children.
  8. Schedule time each day to reflect on your blessings. Teach your children to be thankful, even in challenging times. Write letters/cards of thanks to loved ones, friends, teachers, pastors, your mail delivery team, first responders. A note of appreciation can go a long way in support of those who are working hard on the frontlines.
  9. Focus on kindness – refrain from complaining. This is our moment to be the voice of faith, hope, and love – especially on social media. Post a verse, a devotion or funny mime. 
  10.  Enjoy your home and stay put!  Through these, and other activities, we will be reminded how immensely blessed we are. Pray with your family and offer prayers of thanksgiving for janitors, doctors, nurses, chaplains, first responders, drivers, and laborers all of whom are working outside of their homes so we can stay in ours.

Our Lord never leaves us. He is the same today, tomorrow and forever. May we be known by our love in these unique times.

Lions’ Sports News March 11

Middle School
Track and Field
Next Track Meet: Monday, March 23 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep
Next practice at Boone High School: Wednesday, March 25 4:30-6:00 pm

Volleyball
The middle school volleyball clinic is open for registration. 
The clinic will be held on April 27, 28, 29 – 3:45-5:00 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
Next practice, Wednesday, March 25, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Last Games of the Season, Saturday, March 28, 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 a 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
Next class:
1st and 2nd grade – Thursday – March 12, 3:30-4:05 pm
TK and K – Tuesday – March 24, 3:30-4:05 pm

Intensive Reading/The Bridge

Individualizing instruction for all learners is part of the core mission of The Christ School. One way we deliver our mission is by creating specialized learning environments and offering support for students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences. The instructional approach we have initiated through our small groups within the Student Support Center’s intensive reading program has been a blessing to many new and long-time TCS families. 

There are many myths and misconceptions regarding dyslexia. For instance, despite what you may have heard, dyslexia is not a vision problem or just about reversing those “pesky b’s and d’s.” It is also a myth that dyslexia is rare or uncommon. In fact, the International Dyslexia Foundation states between 15-20% of the population have a language-based learning disability with dyslexia being the most common. Dyslexia and intelligence are also NOT connected. Many individuals who have dyslexia are very bright and creative and have accomplished amazing things. 

Dyslexia is defined as a specific learning difference that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. (International Dyslexia Association, 2002). This definition is only part of how The Christ School describes dyslexia. We see the God-given gifts and talents in these children and seek to develop these traits. There are many success stories to draw from when thinking of adults with dyslexia. Charles Schwab, Richard Branson, and Tim Tebow are three of many that attribute their dyslexia to their creative problem solving and successful careers. 

We are honored to serve TCS families who desire our explicit, multisensory, prescriptive and diagnostic (Orton-Gillingham) approach to learning. In the fall of 2020, we will offer a new model of delivery to serve students with dyslexia called, The Bridge.  The Bridge will offer specialized second, third, and fourth grade classes designed to meet the needs of the dyslexic learner. This model will allow TCS to better serve our families and community. 

To learn more about The Bridge, click here.

“In our family’s journey to discover our daughter has dyslexia, we never really found anyone who we felt truly understood her – until we found TCS. The  Christ School’s approach has obviously made an impact on her ability to academically thrive and succeed, but TCS has also made a point to feed the emotional self-worth component that had previously been destroyed with feelings of inadequacy and failure in prior school settings. Our daughter is now beginning, for the first time ever, to see her own potential! And, she’s actually excited about the learning!  It is such a blessing to have real, true experts guide us as we desperately seek answers on how to help our daughter. In every step, from parent-teacher meetings to the small group instruction, there is immense love and concern in the whole process. I can’t say enough how grateful I am that we are one of the families TCS supports!” – Donna Hansen

Adventure is Calling!

Do you have an interest in becoming certified in scuba diving? How about a hiking and camping trip along the Appalachian Trail or exploring the New Mexico mountains on horseback?  Would you like to learn fantastic leadership skills that could lead to a national distinction that very few people achieve? If so, then we invite you to learn more about Boy Scout Troop 24 right here at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando! Troop 24 is the longest, continuously chartered Boy Scout Troop in Central Florida with a rich tradition of leadership, learning new skills and FUN! Pack 24 is available for boys from first to fourth grades. No previous Cub Scout or Boy Scout experience is necessary. We are actively recruiting new members and encourage you to attend our next Recruitment Night on Monday, April 6, at 7pm. If you are unable to attend on April 6, but have questions about scouting, please contact Julie Mitchell, Recruitment Chair, at JulieMitchell@TheCollegeMap.com who would be happy to schedule a time for you to visit the Troop. Please contact Cub Master Jayson Lopez at jayson.lopez@hotmail.com for more information on Pack 24.

Little Lion Productions presents…

TCS Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten Lions have been exploring musical theater performance and are taking center stage in their own productions. Last week, our TK students performed “The Little Engine that Could Sing.” Tomorrow, kindergarten students will perform “The Three Piggy Opera.” These musical presentations were created by educators and adapted specifically for young children. The performance opportunities provide a multi-sensory experience for our students as they explore music, movement, drama, and art. Our teachers have enjoyed watching their confidence grow as they learn their lines and step into the spotlight!

Taking Learning Out of this World

The 6th grade students visited Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a precursor to their Science studies on the solar system and the universe. While there, the students visited the incredible Atlantis exhibit, experienced a simulated Saturn V rocket launch, relived the final moments of the Apollo 11 moon landing, saw the launch pads up close and learned about the future of space flight and exploration. It was an incredible day filled with eye-opening historical events that have shaped who we are as a country. In the weeks to come, students will be applying their KSC experiences to learning more about space exploration and understanding what our great universe has to hold.

Lions’ Sports News March 4

Middle School
Track and Field
Next Track Meet:
Monday, March 9, 4:00 pm at The First Academy
Next practice at Boone High School:
Thursday, March 12, 4:30-6:00 pm

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

Lower School
Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade co-ed teams
Next practice will be Wednesday, March 11, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Next games are on Saturday, March 7 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
First class:
1st and 2nd grade – Thursday, March 5, 3:30-4:05 pm
Next class:
TK and Tuesday, March 10, 3:30-4:05 pm

Social and Emotional IQ – Social Bridges at The Christ School

Matching, Calming Tools, Red/Green Light Cues, Strong Assertive Voice…..What are these terms and what do they have to do with TCS?

At The Christ School, we are intentional about teaching Social/Emotional IQ. Social IQ is the ability to successfully build relationships and navigate social environments. This ability develops from experiences with people and learning from success and failures in social settings. Emotional IQ is the ability to monitor and regulate one’s own emotions and other people’s emotions. Emotional IQ also involves the ability to differentiate between different emotions, be able to identify the feelings correctly, and to use this information to regulate behavior. At TCS, we place a large emphasis on helping students learn academic content, and at the same time, we know the ability to regulate their emotions and the quality of their relationships have an incredible impact on their lives. Knowing this, we have adopted a research-based program called Social Bridges to purposefully give students the experiences needed to build these skills. 

Mrs. Gibbs serves as the lower school Social Bridges Coach. Terra Townsend and Mark Davis serve as the middle school Social Bridge Coaches and incorporate this training into their Bible classes.  There are a lot of concepts taught throughout this program. Here are a few of the concepts your child has been learning. 

  • Matching: Matching social expectations/norms – knowing and following social rules (e.g. matching by talking about the same topic or engaging in the activity in a similar/expected manner) Activity: Flea, Fly, Mosquito! The coach leads and the students echo and match words, pace, pitch, and gestures. Then, a student takes the leadership role and chooses the pace and even changes the gestures. The purpose of this activity is to help students learn to read the social cues of other people during a conversation and also to help them understand the signals they are sending. 
  • Emotional Regulation: Identifying and expressing feelings appropriately and using calming tools to prevent and regulate stress (e.g. Push, Pull, Dangle or Positive Self Talk). The lower school has learned to use the terms “Tremor” and “Earthquake” to monitor when they are becoming frustrated and take corrective actions before they reach an “Earthquake” and respond inappropriately. Activity: Feelings Detective. Students identify a feeling/emotion. Then they all take turns expressing what makes them feel that way. “I feel HOPEFUL when _____.”  The purpose of these activities is to learn what causes their emotions and the emotions of others to change and practice techniques to better control these emotions. 
  • Being Assertive: Expressing wants and needs respectfully and understanding the  Passive-Assertive-Aggressive Continuum. Passive means not sharing your thoughts or opinions or not fully sharing what you truly believe. Assertive means expressing thoughts and feelings in an appropriate way that is clear, direct, and respectful. Aggressive means expressing thoughts or opinions in an inappropriate way that is physically or emotionally harmful to others. Activity: Bug and a Wish. Students learn to recognize when they feel annoyed, irritated, upset, or frustrated by something someone is doing and practicing saying (using eye contact, a strong voice/words), “It bugs me when you ____, I wish you would _____.”  When students practice expressing what bothers them and what they desire to want to occur, it helps the students who are naturally passive to feel more confident expressing themselves and it creates opportunities for students who tend to be aggressive to learn how to properly express their thoughts and feelings. 
  • Communication: Reading and responding to social cues that give off green light signals and red light signals (nonverbal facial expression, body language, tone of voice that indicate if the person/group is engaging or not) and conversation skills – starting, joining in and maintaining conversation. Activity: Give chances to role play and WATCH (body language) and LISTEN (tone/volume) for green light cues (person wants to engage/play/talk) or red light cues (person is not ready to engage/play/talk). The students practice the life skill of “moving on” when you get a red light signal. It is always difficult to receive a “red light” cue when you try to engage another person, but when students are able to practice and learn a framework for these times they gain the ability to move on with grace and confidence.  

These are a few of the activities TCS uses to help our students learn how to treat others with respect and to properly regulate their emotions. This proactive approach to developing Social and Emotional IQ helps establish the culture of TCS and prepares our students to thrive in a variety of environments. 

 

The Master’s Minds Advance to States!

Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade Odyssey of the Mind team “The Master’s Mind” for earning 4th place at the regional tournament this past Saturday advancing them to the state tournament!  Seven TCS 4th and 5th grade students participated in this international, creative problem-solving competition using critical-thinking, imagination and collaboration to solve both long-term and spontaneous problems. Led by TCS dad and Director of Lower School, Michael Noto, and TCS mom Kathleen Rinka, the team has worked diligently over the past three months to solve the long-term mystery of “The Ghost Ship: Mary Celeste.”  As the team presented their mystery solution, they were calm, composed and confident (which, spoiler alert, definitely involved gold, betrayal and a kraken). We are excited to see them shine at the state tournament. Join us as we cheer on our Odyssey of the Mind team “The Master’s Mind” on April 11 at the Orange County Convention Center.  Way to ROAR Lions!

Exploring the Electoral College

Seventh grade Civics students have been studying the Electoral College. They first learned about how the system works, analyzing maps and charts to help deepen their understanding. Next, they read opposing articles on the system with one article supporting the system and another arguing to replace it with a national popular vote. Finally, the students were assigned a side to argue and were tasked with finding further textual evidence to support their side. Last week, they participated in a debate where they had to back up their opinions with textual evidence and ask questions of one another. “The students gained so much from the activity,” says their teacher, Mrs. Hoyer. “They learned the value of empathy by perhaps having to defend an opinion different from their own, they learned how to back up and strengthen arguments with facts, and they did a phenomenal job of having a thoughtful and respectful discussion. Ask a 7th grade student how the Electoral College works and the controversy surrounding it because they are now experts!”

The Important Life Skill of Financial Literacy

The importance of financial literacy in today’s world is critical for success. Financial literacy is an academic discipline that goes beyond the classroom. As part of our commitment to whole development and real-life preparation of students, The Christ School has made a commitment to teaching wise money management by providing a personal finance class for all 6th grade students. The class focuses on the basics of managing money, such as saving for future purchases, creating a budget, planning for the future and charitable giving. Utilizing fundamental biblical principles regarding stewardship, The Christ School utilizes the Foundations in Personal Finance Curriculum, which is the middle school edition of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. As part of that instruction, students learn how debt can add stress and problems to everyday life, the concepts of entrepreneurship, the basics of investing, the power of compound interest, and are introduced to global economics and consumerism. 

A Scottish Proverb we share with our students at the beginning of the class is “a fool may earn money, but it takes a wise man to keep it.”  To help the meaning of this proverb sink in, the students are tasked with creating and implementing an envelope system. This system helps the students better understand where their money is going and holds them accountable. By creating “give”, “save”, and “spend” envelopes, they are challenged to devise their own budget and manage their money accordingly. A further challenge is also set in place to see how much they can save throughout the course or save for a specific item that they would like to purchase. The students are amazed at how disciplined and conscious decision making over time can yield large savings. A surprising turn of events often comes at the end of the course when students who were saving for something specific decide to continue saving rather than purchasing that desired item. They instead set their sights on bigger aspirations and enjoy seeing their “save” envelope grow. Many have even taken it one step further and have started their own savings accounts to see the interest rates add to their savings.

Whether our students are discerning between needs and wants, learning the impact wise financial choices make over time, or understanding how money moves around the world, our Personal Finance class equips them to handle the world ahead by providing a firm foundation for their future financial decisions.

“I never really thought about having a plan for my money until I took the Personal Finance class. Now I am thinking about my plan for the future and how I’m going to earn money for college and during college. This class was fun! I learned how to think about money and be more responsible with it.” Mia, grade 6 

 

Lions’ Sports News February 26

Middle School
Track and Field
Our Lions are off and running! Next Track Meet:
Monday, March 2, 4:00 pm at Lake Highland Prep
Next practices at Boone High School:
Thursday, March 3, 4:30-6:00 pm

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 26, 3:30-4:15 pm in the gym.
Next Games: Saturday, February 29 at Lake Nona Middle School
3rd grade- 9:00 am
5th/4th grade Gold -10:30 am
5th/4th grade Green -11:30 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. Last week to sign-up before classes start next week.
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.

TK-2nd Basketball Clinic
The last class of the five-week session is Thursday, February 27, 3:30-4:05 pm in the gym.

5 Dangers of Social Media to Discuss with Your Child

The Christ School recently hosted an educational event for our parents that began with a screening of the movie, Connect – Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World, followed by an informative discussion and Q&A with Jim West, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who works primarily with children, adolescents and young adults. A lot of great information was shared at this informative event. Here are some tips to assist parents in helping their child(ren) navigate social media.

5 Dangers of Social Media to Discuss with Your Child
By Jim West  MA, LMHC, NCC President, Author, Counselor, Coach, Mentor
jim@totallifecounseling.com

STRANGER DANGER

  • Children find it hard to determine strangers in person, and it’s more difficult to tell online. Emphasize to your children not to associate with strangers on apps they use and discuss that people on social media aren’t truly always who they say they are.
  • Parents need to be up to date with the apps their children are using and with what each app does.
  • Monitor your children’s usage of the internet to make sure they’re associating with true real-life friends.

OVER REVEALING INFORMATION

  • How much children reveal about themselves online is a topic to be addressed. Make sure your child isn’t sharing things such: location, address, email, etc. on apps in which individuals are able to track their movements.
  • Examine the dangers of disclosing too much information on the internet, discussing that it gives materials to strangers with dangerous intentions.
  • Allow your child to be a part of the social media platforms at the acceptable age the apps require.

BACKGROUND OF POSTING PHOTOS

  • Children need to know what they post may have risks. Photos aren’t an exception. It is crucial children aren’t sending photos except if they’re 100% sure it’s the friend they’re communicating with.
  • Photos contain EXIF data- details about the camera where you took the photo, so the receiver can see where the photo was taken. If you have a younger child discuss the concept that photos have location information, which a stranger could use to find them.
  • If the parents have younger children it’s preferred to regulate the use of photos on social media or set parental controls on the social media platforms they’re using.

POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Children must fully grasp that what is posted on social media could have long-term effects and what they say or post may be a joke, but in the future can be seen by colleges and employers.

CYBERBULLYING

  • Make a list of rules for using social media and discuss with your children and put them next to the computer. Include a list of questions such as: “Would this hurt their feelings? How would I feel if I received this message? Is this threatening in any way?”
  • Talk to your children about bullying and apply this concept of not following friends who gossip or tease others.

Physical Properties of Matter

Fourth grade students have been learning about the Physical Properties of Matter. To review what they had studied, they played a game of “What’s in the Box?” Their teacher, Miss Thomas, placed an object in a box that had holes in its sides so a participant could reach in and touch the object. Dr. Farrant joined in the lesson to model how to fully describe an object’s physical properties. The room was filled with excitement and giggles as he reached in the box, described the properties of the object, and tried to guess what it was! The students then took turns describing and guessing objects by using their sense of touch. This activity was a fun and memorable way to reinforce their lessons.

 

National Junior Honor Society

Did you know that TCS has an active chapter of National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)? NJHS is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who maintain a 3.75 cumulative GPA in the current school year. NJHS elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their academic accomplishments but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. As such, NJHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement. NJHS students and their peers volunteer in their communities at the highest rates and make connecting with and serving within the community a priority. The Christ School chapter has currently contributed this year:

  • 300 hours of school/community service
  • $500+ in charitable donations to The School of Nazaret in the Dominican Republic
  • 27 Thanksgiving baskets of food to local causes

And the school year is not over yet!

TCS National Junior Honor Society members have been presented with an opportunity to apply for the 2019-20 Outstanding Achievement Award which recognizes them for exemplary leadership and rewards them with $500 in a 529 college savings plan!

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.

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