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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.

Get to Know Shelby Shannon

TCS families may know Shelby Shannon as a cheerful substitute teacher who assisted in our classrooms last year. This year, she has moved into a bigger role: Assistant to the Academic Office. “In my new role, I assist the academic directors and curriculum specialist with many administrative tasks, as well as help the teachers with anything they need,” she says. “They are all very busy in their roles and I am happy to be able to take on a lot of the day-to-day tasks that help to make the school day run smoothly.”

“I enjoy working at TCS,” she says. “It is fun to get to know the children. They are so joyful and I enjoy seeing their smiles throughout the day.”

Shelby grew up in Orlando with her two younger sisters. “A fun fact about me is that my family owns a restaurant here in town called Shannon’s Café,” she says. “My fiance, Nathan Dunlap, graduated from TCS in 2008. We met at our church where his mom runs the children’s ministries. His son, who is 4, will be a TCS Lion next year! We love to go to Disney together.  I also love fishing and going to the beach,” she says.

Shelby shares her favorite Bible verse: The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:14

Musical Memories!

Miss Thomas and her 4th grade students have been listening to worship songs during their snack time, and decided to dive deeper into a particular favorite. “I try to integrate God into everything we do,” she says. “I share worship songs from a variety of cultures and genres. We listen to worship songs in different languages (with subtitles), contemporary, gospel, Christian Hip-Hop, you name it! It’s my special time with them every day! When I heard Build My Life at church a month ago, I couldn’t wait to share it with them. I found a tutorial on how to do a blended sign language version of it, and we learned it together. Lately, we’ve been talking about the deeper meaning of the song and what a huge commitment it is to sing to the Lord that we will build our lives upon HIS love!’ This song is so special.” Miss Thomas and her students performed the sign language lyrics in Chapel on Monday. Please enjoy the video of their performance on our Facebook page!

Coaching vs. Fixing

by Carol Miller, LCSW, Director, Social Bridges

Parents often ask what is the most beneficial way to teach your child the social skills they need to get along in life.  In one word – Coaching.

A sports coach:

  • teaches the rules of the game, gives players specific feedback on what they are doing to be successful (e.g. “Good shot”, “Good block”)
  • shows (models) what to do to be a better player. (“This is how you can hold the bat”, “This is how you can pass”)
  • Teaches the skills that are needed so that the player can use their skills to play their best game (versus playing the game for them)

How do players get better? By practicing with the support of their coach.

Similarly, parents can serve as social coaches for their child by:

Stating the social rules or expectations for social situations (playdates, birthday parties, family gatherings, sportsmanship or game play or team sports, participation in activities, school field trips)

Teaching –  your child social skills and tools according to your family values and beliefs

Modeling – Being the example by showing your child how to interact

Noticing – Providing feedback of how others are perceiving them

Coaching – Reminding your child of what they know (social tools) to effectively problem solve to make good choices for themselves. Just like it is helpful for a sports coach to keep his or her cool to be effective, it is important for a parent to remain or regain calm to coach in a neutral manner.

Supporting your child, while allowing your child to practice regulating their emotions, problem solving and following their plan leads to greater social success.

Conversely, in an effort to help their child “get it right” some parents choose to “fix” social missteps for their child. Fixing means telling the child what they “should do”. This may include “hovering” to make sure it is done “correctly” (helicopter parent) or “paving the way” (snow plow parent), doing for the child so that the child does not experience anxiety, frustration, disappointment etc. These prevent a child from learning how to regulate their emotions, handle disappointment/failure and build resiliency.

Examples include a Parent saying:

  • You should tell her to stop treating you that way
  • I don’t understand why you are so upset – just play with someone else.
  • I will talk to his mom and straighten this out.
  • You need to talk to the teacher about this tomorrow.

While this may be done with the best of intentions, fixing can communicate that the parent does not feel that the child can handle the situation. Fixing often leads to dependency and feelings of low self-esteem.

Conversely, Coaching entails asking your child a series of questions so that the child can decide how they want to handle a situation.

Examples include:

  • Is it a big deal or a little deal?
  • How do you feel about the situation?
  • Do you want to talk about it?
  • Do you want some help deciding what to do?
  • What have you tried?
  • How do you want to handle it?

While learning how to make good decisions for themselves, children will make mistakes (and hopefully learn from them) along the way.  Experiencing missteps in a safe place with a supportive parent, helps your child to grow in their social -emotional development to be socially competent (I know what to do and I know how to do it), fostering independence and self- esteem.

 

Lions’ Sports News October 30

Middle School
Soccer
Next Boys’ Practice at MLK Park – Friday, November 1, 4:30-6:00 pm,
Monday, November 4, 6:15-7:30 pm

Basketball
Boys’ Basketball Practice – November 4 and 6, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls’ Basketball Practice – November 5 and 7, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Volleyball
Congratulations to our 4th/5th grade volleyball team (White). These ladies brought home the 2nd place trophy!  Way to Roar Lions!

Soccer Shots
Last class of the Fall Session – Thursday, October 31, 3:30-4:05 pm on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
Last class of Session, Wednesday, November 6, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

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.

 

TCS Alumnus Speaks In Middle School Chapel October 31

TCS welcomes Michael Saxton, former TCS Lion, as our middle school chapel speaker on Thursday, October 31. “I am very excited to share a message that God has put on my heart. I hope the students enjoy it,” he says. Michael attended The Christ School from 1st – 6th grade in 2001-2007. Michael shares that TCS was a huge part of his future success as he grew in his love for Basketball and God during his time here. Michael’s faith has been a foundation for him throughout high school and college, where he was Chaplain of Lake Highland Prep, and a member of the 2012 State Runner-Up Basketball team. Michael went on to play college basketball where he was a team member of the Division 1 Florida State Men’s Basketball team from 2014-2016. While at FSU, Michael led worship at FCA and was actively involved in the Church. Michael is married to wife Alyssa, who is attending Medical School at the University of Florida. They currently live in Gainesville.

Lower School Spotlight – STEAM Inspiration and Creativity

TCS lower school STEAM classes are building putt putt golf games using cardboard and recycled materials. The students created obstacles and decorated a putt putt golf hole based on a theme selected and voted on by their class. Middle school STEAM students also created putt putt games that were on display at the cornhole tournament this past Friday. These projects served as an inspiration for our lower school students who are currently working on this project. The students are learning that making a detailed plan helps tremendously, especially when working in a large group. This project has been an important opportunity for students to collaborate as a team and to employ their problem-solving skills in a fun and creative way.

Middle School Advisory

This is a time in which teachers and students meet and connect with one another. Each Wednesday, the groups meet during chapel time for devotions and prayer and to bond with one another. Students and teachers alike look forward to this important time together. Their focus this year is “Purpose.” What is my purpose? What can I learn from this experience? What can I learn from someone else’s stories? Who am I? And, who am I in Christ? Ultimately, we are created uniquely and perfectly by God, there are no mistakes and we were designed with intentional “purpose.”

Each week, scripture and relevant stories are shared to recharge the students’ passions and renew their hope in the promises of God. The stories and prayers that are shared enrich their walk with Christ. Advisory provides a safe space to ask even the hardest of life’s questions.

 

Researching Ancient Civilizations

Sixth grade world history students have been exploring the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia. Through articles, videos and activities, they investigated the ancient inventions of irrigation and the wheel and the foundations of the first writing system – cuneiform. Through their research, they discovered that scribes in ancient Mesopotamia were few and they were highly-skilled writers who documented history for the first time. After students completed their research, they translated phrases into cuneiform and recorded them onto handmade clay tablets.

A Cheerful Greeting!

We are happy to welcome Susan Bender to The Christ School team! Susan joins us this year as our afternoon front desk receptionist. Susan is the mom of TCS 1st grade Lion, Liam, and 23 year old Joshua. She has been married for 10 years to Garreth, who works for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “Liam describes me well when he tells everyone that ‘my mom lives on coffee and chocolate,’” Susan smiles. “I love to go to Anna Maria Island to have some beach time with my family. We also enjoy camping,” she says.

“When I learned about the receptionist position, I knew right away that I wanted to fill the role,” says Susan. “Everyone here is so friendly and happy.”

“I really enjoy working at the front desk,” Susan continues. “The kids are happy to be here. Being able to see the everyday happenings at the school is so much fun.  I loved The Christ School before but seeing how things go on a day to day basis makes me love TCS even more! The best part of my job is getting to see my son throughout the day. He blows me kisses and gives me air hugs from the hallway. It is something I will cherish forever.”

“I am happy that Liam is at TCS.  I want him to make life-long friendships here, and for TCS to help him mature spiritually, physically and academically,” says Susan.

Susan shares her favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “This verse reminds me of my dad,” She says.

Lions’ Sports News October 23

Middle School
Soccer
Next Boys’ Practice: Monday, October 28, 6:15 – 7:30 pm at MLK Park.

Basketball
Boys’ Basketball Conditioning: October 28 and 30, 3:45 – 5:00 pm in the gym.
First practice for Girls’ Basketball: Tuesday, October 29, 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Volleyball
Our 4th/5th grade volleyball White team has made it to the play-offs! Way to Roar Lions! The play-off game will be held on Saturday, October 26, at 9:00 am at Faith Christian. Thank you to both our Green and White volleyball teams and their coaches for a great TCS fall season!

Flag Football
Thank you to all our TCS flag football teams for a great season “Under the Lights.”

Soccer Shots
Next class is Thursday, October 24, 3:30 – 4:05 pm on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
Next class, Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

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.

Energy and Motion

Third grade students are exploring energy and motion. To help them visualize these concepts, they analyzed images of golfing, roller coasters, and weightlifting and discussed which image represented the use of the greatest amount of energy. Following the visual analysis, they conducted an experiment in which they released marbles down an inclined plane and measured the distance the marbles traveled. Afterward, they considered ways to make the marble travel further – would increasing the slope of the inclined plane or using a heavier marble work? The experiments continued!

Middle School Spotlight – Egg Drop Challenge

Our middle school Houses have been given a STEAM challenge for their next competition! They are working in groups to design protective containers that can hold an egg and allow it to survive a drop out of a second or third floor window. To add to the challenge, they are only allowed to use select materials in their design. Whose container will win the challenge? We will find out at the Egg Drop on October 31!

Lions’ Sports News October 16

Spirit Day
Our first Spirit Day of the school year is this Friday, October 18, 2:15-2:45 pm in the gym. Spirit Day will be followed by our first FCA Huddle from 2:45  to 3:20 pm in the gym. Wear your green and gold and bring your school spirit TCS! Check your class newsletter for Spirit Day details.

Middle School
Soccer
Boys Practice – Monday, October 21, 6:15-7:30 pm at MLK Park

Basketball
Basketball Conditioning – Mondays and Wednesdays starting October 21, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
Volleyball
4th and 5th grade volleyball next matches.
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am at Faith Christian.

Flag Football
Next games Under the Lights, Friday, October 18, 7:00 pm (3/4 grade) and 8:00 pm (5/6 grade) at Showalter Field.

Soccer Shots
The will be no soccer shots on Thursday, October 10.
Next class is Thursday, October 17, 3:30-4:05 pm on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
The next class, Wednesday, October 23, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

Basketball
TCS 4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs.
Play begins February 8 – March 28
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
TCS Hold Harmless Form required.
A $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Lions’ Sports News October 9

Spirit Day
Our first Spirit Day of the school year is just around the corner!
Join us on Friday, October 18, from 2:15 to 2:45 pm in the gym. Spirit Day will be followed by our first Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle from 2:45 to 3:20 pm in the gym. Wear your colors and bring your TCS school spirit! Check your class newsletter for more details.

Middle School
Volleyball
Congratulations to our Gold and Silver volleyball teams and their coaches for a great season. Both teams made it to the second round but fell to the number one seed. Way to Roar Lions!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The next meeting is Wednesday, October 16, at 11:59 am during paws and lunch in room B12. Please bring a non microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Volleyball
4th and 5th grade volleyball next matches:
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am at Faith Christian.

Flag Football
The next games Under the Lights, Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm (3/4 grade) and 8:00 pm (5/6 grade) at Showalter Field.

Soccer Shots
The will be no soccer shots on Thursday, October 10. The next class is Thursday, October 17, 3:30-4:05 pm on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
The next class is Wednesday, October 16, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls and boys basketball registration is open.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs.
Play begins February 8  and continues through March 28.
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  
TCS Hold Harmless Form required. 
Please note a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Positive Role Model

Ashley Muniz, kindergarten assistant, has been thriving in her new role at TCS. Our parents may remember Ashley in her role as a REACH mentor. “I have a degree in Criminal Justice, but knew I wanted to work with children. Working with REACH was so much fun. I enjoyed meeting the students, interacting, helping and playing games with them while being a positive role model,” says Ashley.

“I love my new role as kindergarten assistant,” Ashley continues. “I have opportunities to help both the students and teachers. I love sharing the knowledge I learned from my teachers with the students. I am very thankful for my teachers, and for the ones here at TCS.”

“I love how TCS is a family. Everyone looks out for others, and the students brighten up each day!  I love seeing how happy they are as they learn. I learn new things from them, too.”

Ashley grew up in the Bronx in New York. “I am of Hispanic heritage; my parents are from Puerto Rico and moved to New York when they were young,” she says. “Growing up, whenever I visited Florida, I would wish that I could live here, and I finally moved here this past January. A few fun facts about me are that I started baton twirling and cheerleading for a marching band at the age of 4, and continued until I was 18. I met a lot of talented people and participated in many parades. I also played softball as a 2nd baseman in high school. During my senior year, we won all the games in our division! I’m also a huge Yankees fan.”

Ashley shares her favorite Bible verse: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

 

Exploring the Impact of Choices

Seventh grade Language Arts students explored two poems that focus on the topic of choice, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Choices” by Nikki Giovanni, and analyzed the two narrators’ reflections about choices. They considered what the authors can teach us about choices and how they might apply this new knowledge to their own lives, especially as 7th grade students who are not far removed from new choices made in middle school and to the bigger choices soon to be made as they transition into high school. Throughout the year, the students will journey through fiction and nonfiction to analyze how choices impact them in their daily lives and how they can prepare for the future.

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