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Parents of preschool children, join us for our Kindergarten Chat!

Thursday, February 21, 2019
9:00 am – presentation
10:30 – 11:00 am – tour our classrooms and meet our teachers

Learn about kindergarten readiness from an experienced kindergarten teacher. Then, tour our classrooms, ask questions, and explore kindergarten at TCS.  The Christ School’s Kindergarten Chat is a favorite event of preschool parents!

RSVP to Joanne Fleming at jfleming@thechristschool.org

Lions’ Sports Update January 16

Congratulations to The Christ School 5th grade flag football team who won the ACYS flag football championship on Saturday, January 12.

The Christ School middle school girls’ soccer team won their semifinal match on Tuesday. They play for the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference championship at 4:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday, January 17. The game will be played at Orangewood Christian School.  Come and cheer for our Lions!

Middle School
Our 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play on Thursday, January 17, at 4:30 pm on our home court vs. Foundation Academy.

Our 8th grade boys’ basketball team will play two games at The First Academy on Saturday, January 19, at 9:00 am vs TFA and at 10:00 am vs. Orangewood Christian School.

Our Middle school girls’ soccer team will play for the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Championship at 4:00 pm at Orangewood Christian School on Thursday, January 17.

TCS Middle school track and field will begin practice on Monday, February 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. Coach Paul Katuaskas will be leading the team this year and he encourages anyone who is interested to join the team; no prior experience is required. All athletes must have the following paperwork complete before the first practice: FHSAA physical form, FHSAA consent form and TCS waiver. A $120 fee will be charged in FACTS. Please register online.

Lower School
The TK – 2nd grade basketball clinic will be held on Thursday, January 31, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm in the gym.

The 3rd – 5th grade girls’ basketball clinic will be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

The Christ School is offering a boys’ basketball team for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students through the Legacy Youth Winter Basketball League. Practice will be on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym, starting January 30. Games will be played on Saturday mornings at South Creek Middle School in February and March. The season will end on March 16. Register here.  The cost to join the league is $125, payable to Legacy Youth.  A $35 TCS fee will be added in FACTS if this is your child’s first time participating in athletics this school year.  A TCS waiver needs to be completed before January 28.

Lions’ Sports News January 9

The Christ School is offering a girls’ basketball clinic for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade TCS students. This is a great opportunity to play basketball, work on skills, fundamentals and learn from a professional. Joslyn Massey, former Division 1 basketball player and current trainer and coach, will be leading this 7-week clinic that will take place on Tuesdays (January 15 – February 26) in our gym from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Register here. A fee of $75 will be charged to your FACTS account.

The Christ School is offering a boys’ basketball team for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in the Legacy Youth Winter Basketball League. Practice will be on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym, starting January 30. Games will be played on Saturday mornings at South Creek Middle School in February and March. The season will end on March 16. Register here.  The cost to join the league is $125, payable to Legacy Youth.  A $35 TCS fee will be added in FACTS if this is your child’s first time participating in athletics this school year.  A TCS waiver needs to be completed before January 28.

We also offer a 5 week basketball clinic for all TK, K, 1st and 2nd grade students. This clinic will take place from 3:15 to 4:00 pm on Thursdays (January 31 – February 28) in the gym.  Coach Oz and Coach Wiborg will be leading the clinic and teaching basic fundamentals as well as playing modified games. The students will be called to walk up at 3:10 pm and will be escorted to gym the by one of the coaches.  You can pick your child up in the gym at 4:00 pm or they can be walked over to REACH by one of our coaches. There is a $75 fee that will be charged to your FACTS account.  Space is limited. Register here.

Middle school
Our 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play Thursday, January 10, at 4:30 pm on our home court vs. Windermere Prep.

Our 8th grade boys’ basketball team will play two games at The First Academy on Saturday, January 12, at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  The will also play at 5:00 pm on Monday, January 14, at Forest Academy (Forest Lake Education Center  1275 Learning Loop Longwood FL 32779).

Our Middle school girls’ soccer team will play on Thursday, January 10, at 4:00 pm at Lake Highland.

Our 6th grade flag football team will play two games, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, on Friday, January 11 at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 7th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 11, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 8th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 11, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Middle school track and field will begin practice on Monday, February 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. Coach Paul Katuaskas will lead the team this year and he encourages anyone who is interested to join the team; no prior experience is required. All athletes must have the following paperwork complete before the first practice: FHSAA physical form, FHSAA consent form and TCS waiver. A $120 fee will be charged to your FACTS account. Please register here.

 

Lower School
Our 3rd grade flag football team will play on Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 am and 11:00 am at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 4th grade flag football team will play on Saturday, January 12, at 12:00 pm at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 5th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 11, at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

 

Making Connections in Compass

One of the most valuable life skills we need is making connections with each other. The more “techie” we become, the more important it is for students to learn the art of building connections. The activities presented in our current unit of study in Compass, Dramatic Play, rely directly on connecting with classmates. Challenges will require teamwork and apply both verbal and physical communication.  Students will build their creative thinking skills by being performers and analyzing and interpreting performances.  These activities will cause the imagination to stretch, their minds to open, and will require the willingness to give sincere effort while also supporting all performers’ work.  Be on the lookout for Class Dojo shorts showing some of our dramatic play challenges!

Lions’ Sports News December 19

The Christ School is offering a girls’ basketball clinic for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade TCS students. This is a great opportunity to play basketball, work on skills, fundamentals and learn from a professional. Joslyn Massey, former Division 1 basketball player, and current trainer and coach, will be leading this 7-week clinic that will take place on Tuesdays (January 15 – February 26) in our gym from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Register here.  A fee of $75 will be charged to your FACTS account.

Middle school
Our 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play on Wednesday, January 9, at 4:00 pm, at Trinity Prep (5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792).  They will also play Thursday, January 10,  at 4:30 pm on our home court vs. Windermere Prep.

Our 8th grade boys’ basketball team will play two games at The First Academy on Saturday, January 12, at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  The will also play on Monday, January 14, at 5:00 pm at Forest Academy (Forest Lake Education Center, 1275 Learning Loop Longwood FL 32779).

Our Middle school girls’ soccer team will play on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 pm at The First Academy. They will also play on Thursday, January 10, at 4:00 pm at Lake Highland.

Our 6th grade flag football team will play two games, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, on Friday, January 4, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 7th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 4, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 8th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 4, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lower School
Our 3rd grade flag football team will play on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 4th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 4, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 5th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 4, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

 

A special note from the Student Support Center (SSC) teachers: As we enter the Christmas vacation and New Year, we want to express our appreciation for you – the families of our students involved in the SSC. Working in small groups with students allows for a special bond to develop and for a trust element that opens students to be willing to work hard on the areas of school that give them the most challenge. That trust is taken very seriously by your child’s teachers and tutors. Seeing the growth and improvement each child experiences as a result of the efforts put in by the members of our team is another blessing. Your children are loved on and prayed over by their teachers! We hope you can take a moment from your busy schedules to sit back and reflect on how your child has grown and improved this year.

Lions’ Sports News December 12

Get ready to ROAR at our second Spirit Day of the year, this Friday, December 14!  Join us in the gym at 2:15 pm as we celebrate our winter athletes in a program planned by our TCS Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) student leaders. Wear your green and gold and show your TCS spirit! Following the Spirit Day event, Gloria Solis, FCA Representative, will present a message to our middle school students about leadership. Please adhere to the Spirit Day Christmas season dress code.

The 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play on Friday, December 14, at 4:30 pm vs. The First Academy at our home gym.  Please come out cheer on our Lions!

Middle school

The boys 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play on Friday, December 14, at 4:30 pm vs. The First Academy at our home gym, and on Saturday, December 15, at Windermere Prep, starting at 12:00 pm.

The 8th grade boys’ basketball team will play two games on Saturday, December 15, at 9:00 and 12:00 pm at The First Academy.

The Middle school girls’ soccer team will practice on Friday, December 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at MLK Park.

The 6th grade flag football team will play on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 7th grade flag football team will play on Friday, December 14, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 8th grade flag football team will play on Friday, December 14, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lower School

The 3rd grade flag football team will play on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 4th grade flag football team will play on Friday, December 14, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 5th grade flag football team will play on Friday, January 4, at 8:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

 

An Attitude of Gratitude

With the Christmas season upon us, it is natural for children to imagine what gifts they might receive.  At a time when so many ads are targeted towards children for toys, games, and “things,” how do we teach children to be grateful for what they have? For more than just things? An attitude of gratitude can be helpful to a child’s well-being throughout their life. Understanding thankfulness, and truly being able to recognize their many blessings, helps establish a foundation for a joyful disposition.  

Christi Schwalk, first grade teacher, and Susan Dodgion, transitional kindergarten teacher at The Christ School (TCS), share their ideas on ways to help establish an “attitude of gratitude.”

Christi Schwalk says parents should “Model, model, model gratitude! Children are always watching their parents (and other adults) and learn from our actions. Make a point to tell your family why you are thankful for them. Purposefully speak about who you are thankful for in your life – Sunday school teachers, classroom teachers, mail carriers, sanitation workers – anyone who makes your life better. Then, teach your children ways to express that thankfulness. Can you leave a note? Give a cold water bottle on a hot day to someone who works outside? These are easy ways for children to show gratitude.”

Christi suggests that parents use the phrase “enough” with their child.  For example, “you have enough stuffed animals,” or “you have enough candy, you don’t need more.” “It sounds simple, but using that word early makes an impact later when you talk about how others do not have enough. We use the rule: “get one, give one” at our house. Get a Barbie doll for your birthday, give one that you are not using to someone who may not have one.” These conversations open the door (and a child’s heart) to a spirit of generosity and compassion.

“Serve together as a family and, serve often. Helping others in the community shifts the focus from what you get to what you can do. In the book of James, God calls us to take our faith and do something with it (James 2:14-26).

Our family plays High, Low, Change, Thankful at dinner. What was a high for your day?  A low? What would you change about the day?  Who or what are you thankful for today? We often talk about how we can express that thanks.

Point out that God blesses everyone in different ways for His purposes. There will always be people who have more than you and people who have less. Our job is to use our gifts, no matter how big or small, to help others.”

Susan Dodgion agrees with Christi. “Model thankfulness in your home. Adults can thank each other for dinner, for doing chores and everyday things we do for each other. Children don’t always understand what they have. Be sure to draw attention to them. Not so much things, but family, teachers, the love that surrounds them, pets, or the great school they attend.” Susan continues, “Remember to thank God for things all day long. For example, “Thank you, God, for this day.” “Thank you, God, for my comfortable bed. Every moment is a teachable moment.”

Being thankful and showing gratitude with happiness is a trait children will learn and reflect in their own thoughts and actions. Recognizing the many ways God has blessed each of us goes a long way for our happiness and that of our children!

Merry Christmas!   

There are just a couple of weeks until our Christmas break and family celebrations! This is a great opportunity to enjoy family time together and connect with your children. Volunteering together can be a wonderful bonding activity. If you have ever attended the Orlando Citrus Parade and wondered, “How do they build those floats?” I have an idea for you. Why not volunteer with your family to build one! The Orlando Citrus Parade is looking for families (ages 10 and up) to help attach 100,000 pieces of citrus to this year’s floats! They will be building the floats December 26-28 at the Orange County Convention Center. No experience is necessary! Not the right fit? Here are other ways you can volunteer!

Lions’ Sports News December 5

The Christ School girls’ middle school soccer team will play Lake Highland Prep at 4:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday, December 6. The game will be played on the Lake Highland Prep grass field located at 500 Brookhaven Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. Both teams are undefeated so this is sure to be an exciting game! Come and cheer for our Lions!

Middle school

The middle school girls’ soccer team will play Lake Highland Prep at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 6, on the grass field at Lake Highland Prep (500 Brookhaven Drive, Orlando, FL 32803).

The 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 6, at The First Academy (2667 Bruton Blvd. Orlando, Fl. 32805).

The 8th grade boys’ basketball team plays Lake Highland Prep at 1:00 pm and Windermere Prep at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 8, at The First Academy (2667 Bruton Blvd. Orlando, FL 32805).

The 6th grade flag football team will play at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 7th grade flag football team will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 8th grade flag football team will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lower School

The 3rd grade flag football team will play at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, at Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 4th grade flag football team will play at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

The 5th grade flag football team will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Advertising Awareness

Mrs. Sheldon’s 7th-grade students are learning how advertising affects their lives and the choices they make. After learning about the techniques used by advertisers, such as bandwagon, avant-garde, and testimonials, students analyzed online and print ads to determine what techniques were used and their effectiveness. The students are beginning to realize that they are infiltrated by ads every day, which sometimes determines their purchasing choices, no matter if they need the product or not. They are also learning that they have a powerful influence on what their parents buy, so parents beware! It has been a valuable, eye-opening unit so far!

Lions’ Sports News November 28

The Christ School 6th and 8th grade boys’ basketball teams have games at our home gym on Thursday, November 29. The 8th grade team will play at 4:30 pm and the 6th grade team will play at 5:30 pm. Please come out and cheer for our LIONS!

Middle school
Our 6th grade boys’ basketball team will play their first game on Thursday, November 29, on our home court, starting at 5:30 pm vs. Trinity Prep.

Our 8th grade boys’ basketball team will play on Thursday, November 29, on our home court, starting at 4:30 pm vs. Cornerstone Charter Academy.

Our Middle school girls’ soccer will practice on Friday, November 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Blue Jacket Park.

Our 6th grade flag football team will play their first game at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 30, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 7th grade flag football team will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 30, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 8th grade flag football team will play at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 30, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lower School
Our 3rd grade flag football team will play at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 4th grade flag football team will play at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 7, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Our 5th grade flag football team will play at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 30, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Growing up, I was fortunate to live close to a fabulous Children’s Art Museum which encouraged lots of hands-on creation activities and classes. Visiting this artsy wonderland was kinesthetic heaven for me. Yesterday I was in our STEAM lab looking at the colorful bins of random supplies and it triggered memories of my time at the museum. I love to watch the children tinkering and creating in there! It made me think about the benefits of children creating things versus consuming. Children get lots of opportunities to consume with media and toys but how often do we just gather a bunch of “loose parts” and say CREATE?! Here is an article that lists some ideas and reasons why loose parts are the best parts to spark creativity and curiosity in children!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Do you need a few last minute ideas for Thanksgiving? Here’s some advice from Mrs. Schwalk’s first grade students: “If I was in Charge of Thanksgiving…

I would get all the ingredients from Publix. It would cost maybe $132 dollars-that’s how much it costs my mom.  Then, I would start cooking! I would take off the bag from the turkey, then I would put it in a giant bowl and put the stuffing in it and bake it for 10-13 minutes.  I would take it out and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then, I would make the blueberry pie-my favorite. I would serve all of this with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans.  I might also use corn too! – Quinn

I would go to Publix and go to the meat aisle-aisle 8.  I would get a turkey for $12. Then, I would go back home and make the turkey by putting it in the oven for 20 minutes.  I would cut it and put it on everyone’s plate. I would put plates on the table and give everyone a plate. We would say the prayer and eat it.  I would just have turkey with jelly for dessert. – Kinley

I would make my sister drive me to the market.  I would make her help me find the turkey and pay for it with my $50 dollar bill.  After we got home, I would put the turkey in a medium hot oven for 30 minutes. Then, I would cut it and eat it.  I would also make green beans, strawberries, cheese and ice cream, cupcakes and cake for dessert. – Ali

If we had chicken in the fridge, we would just have that.  I would heat it up in the oven for probably 100 seconds. I would put some salt and a little pepper on it.  After that, I would make my special recipe of potatoes. I would cut the potatoes and put oil on them. I would also put some seasoning on the potatoes.  I would also make cut up tomatoes with vinegar and pepper and mix it up. We would also have salad. We would eat that for Thanksgiving! -Emily

I would get a bunch of pumpkin pies and apple pies and a great big turkey from Publix.  I have $20 to pay for this-actually I have way more money than this. I would use the oven at 100 degrees and cook it for 10 minutes.  I would serve it on a plate and have a pie cutter for the pie. I might also bring blueberry cobbler and some of my dad’s pork. – Walter

I would go in the woods with a gun and shoot a turkey.  Then, I would take it home and put it in the oven. The oven would be a little hot and I would leave it in for 5 minutes.  After that, I would eat it. I would eat it with corn, mashed potatoes, broccoli and Pepsi. – Daniel

I would go buy cooking gloves then I would try to see if there was some turkeys at the store.  If I had enough money, like $5, I would buy it. Then, I would take the turkey home and I would open it because it’s usually in a bag.  I would look in a cookbook to see how to make it. I would put it in the oven for a couple of hours. Then, I would put it on little trays and put them on tables.  I would make carrots, rice and a turkey cake for dessert. – Ava

I would go to Publix and buy a turkey if they had one.  It would cost $10. I would bring it home and cook it. I would cook it in the oven for 20 minutes.  The oven would be really hot. When it’s done, I would take it out and let it cool down for 6 minutes.  I would get mint jelly to go with it and some rolls. I would have a cake for dessert.- Mariana

I would bake cupcakes, cookies and turkey.  For the turkey, I would put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  The oven would be 200 degrees. There would also be mac and cheese and that’s all. – Kaiden

I would go to Publix and I would buy a turkey for $55 dollars.  I would get some BBQ sauce for $5. I need one more thing-Coke. Then, I will go home and cook the turkey in the smoker for probably 25 minutes.  Then, I would put fake grass around it and I’ll put the BBQ sauce in a bowl and invite my friends over. Then, we’ll feast, and feast, and feast! – Dylan

I would get a turkey from the store.  It would cost $11. I would cook it at home on the stove.  The stove would be 10 degrees and I would cook it for 10 minutes.  After I took it out, I would cut it for everyone. I would have salad and some desserts like maybe cake.  – Maddie

I would go to Publix and get the things I needed.  Then, at home, I would make dinner. I would make turkey by putting it in the oven for 10 minutes.  I would make broccoli to go with it. I would make pumpkin pie by getting a pie at the store and heat it up. I would take the all of it out of the oven and serve it to my family. – Molly

I would go to Trader’s Joes and buy some turkey for hopefully just $20 because that’s all I have.  Then, I would buy some marinade. I would take it home and cook it on my dad’s Green Egg. I would put marinade on it and cook it for 2 days at 2000 degrees.  Then, let it cool for 20 hours. I would need to put more herbs on it. I would cut it and sit it on a plate until the rest of my family comes. While I am waiting, I would cook the dessert-pecan pie. -Isaac

I would go hunting for a turkey.  Then, I’ll have to put it in the oven for 20 minutes.  The oven would be 20 degrees. I would make the turkey sweeter and spicy with seasoning.  I would serve it with brownies, cranberry sauce and strawberries.” – Brooks

Lions’ Sports News November 14

The boys’ middle school basketball team will play their first game of the year against Forest Lake Academy on Thursday, November 15, at 4:30 pm on our home court. Come out and cheer for our Lions!

Congratulations to our girls’ middle school soccer team who won their first two games of the year by defeating Lake Forrest Academy 5 – 0 last Thursday and defeating Trinity Prep 2 – 0 on Tuesday.

Middle school
The boys’ middle school basketball team will play their first game of the year against Forest Lake Academy on Thursday, November 15, at 4:30 pm on our home court.

The girls’ soccer team will play on Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 pm at The First Academy.

6th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, November 27, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Delaney Park.

7th grade flag football will play on Friday, November 16, at 8:00 pm at at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

8th grade flag football will play on Friday, November 16, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lower School
3rd grade flag football will play on Tuesday, November 27, at 6:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

4th grade flag football will play on Tuesday, November 27, at 7:00 pm at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

5th grade flag football will play on Friday, November 16, at 6:00 pm at at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

Lions’ Sports News November 7

Let’s Go LIONS! The first TCS girls’ soccer game of the season is Thursday, November 8, at 4:00 pm, at Lake Forest Academy (500 Education Loop Apopka FL 32703).

Middle School
8th grade boys’ basketball conditioning will be held on Monday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 14 from 3:35 to 5:00 pm in the gym.  They will play their first game of the season at 4:30 pm on Thursday, November 15, at TCS.

6th grade boys’ basketball conditioning will be held on Monday, November 12, from 3:35  to 4:45 pm in the gym.

Middle school girls’ soccer will have a game on Thursday, November 8, at 4:00 pm at Lake Forest Academy (500 Education Loop Apopka FL 32703). They will practice on Friday, November 9, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Blue Jacket Park Park ( Baldwin Park 2501 General Reese Ave Orlando, FL 32814).

6th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, November 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Delaney Park.

7th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, November 13, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.

8th grade flag football will have practice on Friday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 13  from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.

 

Lower School
ACYS 3rd grade flag football will play at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13, at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

ACYS 4th grade flag football will play at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13 at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

ACYS 5th grade flag football will play at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13 at Hungerford Field, 100 East Kennedy Blvd, 32751.

 

 

Does the thought of doing math homework make you and your child stressed? If so, this week’s article is for you! When children are feeling anxious or lack confidence, it can be even harder for them to learn a new concept. Math time can be stressful if it is not your child’s favorite subject (yet)- but there are ways to ease the stress!

It can help to connect new math concepts with ones that your child already understands. When you bring in math concepts they already get, it can reduce or even remove roadblocks in their working memory. Plus research shows that when kids feel successful, they’re more likely to take risks and try something more challenging. Here is a great idea for getting “warmed up” to do homework.

 

Selecting the Right School for Your Family

by Joanne Fleming, Director of Admission

Selecting a school for your child may be one of the most significant investments you make. Just like families, schools have personalities, visions, passions, missions, that must be a good match for your family in order for the partnership to work. In my conversations with families, many questions arise as the family seeks to learn about our school and I seek to introduce them to our offerings. The following, big picture questions typically arise as parents decide on their school choice.

What is the difference between an independent school, parochial school and public school?
The biggest difference is the organizational management and funding. Independent schools are mission-based, typically non-profit in design, have tuition-based funding and a Board of Trustees that focuses solely on the school’s long-term vision and financial health. Independent schools have the freedom to assess students requesting admission into the school based on the school’s mission and academic platform. Enrollment is a privilege, not a right. Parochial schools are ministries of a church. They offer curriculum that compliments their denomination’s beliefs, typically receive funding via a budget allocation from the church and/or facility usage, in addition to tuition. They are managed by a Board of Elders, or the like, who are responsible for all of the church’s ministries. A public school receives tax-based funding and must admit all students who are zoned for the school. Charter schools, also under the public school umbrella, have a few more freedoms yet are ultimately accountable to the local public school board.

Do you have any openings?
In keeping with a private school’s academic focus, classes average in size. Private schools use waiting pools in grade levels that have reached their maximum capacity. Students in the waiting pool have been assessed and deemed mission appropriate. The waiting pool allows schools to manage offers of enrollment based on class dynamic, gender distribution, learning styles and personalities to build a class of students who will compliment each other to create an engaged learning community. Public schools must enroll all students within their zoning area.

How do I apply for financial assistance?
Each private school has a program that is designed for their admission/enrollment process. If financial assistance is a need for your family, be sure to discuss the financial requirements up front. No matter the program, having a need-blind enrollment process is a top priority. A school’s first concern should be to determine if they can serve your child within their academic platform. Through a need-blind system, financial assistance is processed only after an enrollment offer has been extended. Most school’s financial assistance is privately funded through the school’s budgeting process and is need-based. Allocations match the family’s need to the school’s ability to serve.

Tips for Interviewing a School

  1.  Schedule a tour when students are on campus. This will give you a feel for the school’s energy and personality.
  2.  Prior to the tour, review the school’s website, bring a list of questions to ask and take notes during the tour. Remember, this school must be a good fit for your family. Make sure the mission and vision of the school match your family. Ask the same or similar questions of each school you visit for quality compariables.
  3.  Ask to see the curriculum materials used in the classroom. What is the school’s academic philosophy?
  4.  Ask to speak with at least one grade-level teacher and students, if possible.
  5.  Ask to speak with a current family in the grade level to which you are applying. School culture is essential for you to understand – does it blend with your family?

Questions to Consider When Interviewing a School

  1.  Are differentiated teaching tools available in the classrooms and used by the faculty?
  2.  How much screen time will students experience per week and what technology resources does the school offer? (I would be looking for minimal screen time in the lower grades with more hands-on learning. Still looking for hands-on/project based learning all the way through high school however, the percentage changes.)
  3.  Is the school accredited? If yes, by whom?
  4.  What are the class sizes?
  5.  Are faculty credentialed and teaching within their certification area?
  6.  What are the professional development expectations of the faculty?
  7.  Does the school have a student support center? What services are offered?
  8.  Are after school enrichment programs offered?
  9.  Does the school offer an extended day program?
  10.  What is the school’s safety protocol?
  11.  Does the school have a STEAM lab? If not, how do they intentionally introduce STEAM-based learning?
  12.  Is project-based learning a priority? Ask for examples …
  13.  Does the school offer multi-age/multi-grade learning programs? Ask for examples …
  14.  Is recess offered and if so, how often and for how long?
  15.  What “special area” classes are offered?
  16.  Does the school offer a lunch program?
  17.  Are athletics offered and at what grades?
  18.  What is the school-wide discipline plan? What tools are used for classroom management? (Is the school looking for children to exhibit positive  behavior or, is the school watching for children to make mistakes?)
  19.  How will the school communicate with you? How many times per week and in what methods? How do you communicate with the teacher? How do you communicate with the school?
  20.  What is the school’s admission/assessment/enrollment process?

Remember, each school, just like your family, is unique. Select a school that compliments your desires for your child, will help advance your child’s passions, will partner with your family as bumps occur and celebrate when challenges are overcome. A strong family/school relationship is key for a student’s success. Choose wisely…

Lions Sports News October 31

The Christ School’s 3rd grade soccer team will play their final games of season this Saturday, November 3, at 9:00 and 11:00 am at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd. Winter Park, Florida 32789.  Come out and cheer on our Lions!

Middle School
8th grade boys’ basketball conditioning will be held on Monday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 7, from 3:35 to 5:00 pm in the gym.
6th grade boys’ basketball conditioning will be held on Monday, November 5, and Thursday, November 8, from 3:35 to 4:45 pm in the gym.

Middle school girls’ soccer will practice on Friday, November 2, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Blue Jacket Park Park ( Baldwin Park 2501 General Reese Ave Orlando, FL 32814), and on Wednesday, November 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Trotters Park (Field #2). The first game of the season will be on Thursday, November 8, at 4:00 pm at Lake Forest Academy (500 Education Loop Apopka FL 32703).

6th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, November 6 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Delaney Park.
7th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, October 6, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.
8th grade flag football will have practice on Friday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 6, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.

Lower School
ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice is on Thursday, November 1, 5:45 pm at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, Fl. 32802).  They have a game on Saturday, November 3, at 9:00 am and at 11:00 am at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd. Winter Park, Florida 32789).

1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will have their final session on Thursday, November 1, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

8th Grade Mission Trip

Thank you for your support of our 8th grade students as they prepare for their February 2019 mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Their excitement is building as they look forward to being the hands and feet of Christ to the families of Cielo. If you would like to help defray the cost of their trip, here are a few ways to help:

  1. TCS 8th Grade Snow Cone Booth at Fall Fiesta in the Park Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 4, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Lake Eola. Come by to say hello and get a cool treat.
  2. TCS Snow Cone Booth at Edgewood Food Trucks, Friday, November 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
  3. Buy a Beefy King lunch at TCS each Friday in November and December. A portion of the proceeds will support their trip.
  4. Hire an 8th grade student to help with household tasks like pet sitting, babysitting, yard work, watering plants, collecting your mail, etc. Contact Dana Loncar to schedule a helper today!

First Grade Fun

TCS first grade students get an extra smile and warm welcome to school each day from Betty Perez, our first grade assistant. “Working at TCS is fun!” says Betty. “My role as a teacher’s assistant is full of variety.  I enjoy being a resource and help in every way I can. My favorite thing about working at The Christ School is being able to see first-hand how the teachers take their time to nurture, teach valuable lessons and focus on God as the center of everything.  I love seeing the children enjoying their lessons and how they actively participate.”

Betty was born in the city of Mayaguez, located on the West Coast in Puerto Rico.  “I moved to Rochester, New York, when I was 16 years old,” says Betty.  “In Rochester, I met my husband, who was my high school sweetheart. Together, we have two wonderful children, who are both grown.  My first born, Michelle, is married and lives in California.  My son, Sean, is in college. When I’m not working, I like to go camping, boating and spend time with family.”

Betty shares her favorite Bible verse:
Certainly, you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13
“This verse reminds me that God has been always present in my life,” says Betty.

Lions’ Sports News October 24

The Christ School’s 4th grade and 5th grade volleyball teams have completed their season. Our girls were matched up against some great competitors and they did an amazing job competing and representing our school with a positive attitude.

Middle School
8th grade boys’ basketball will have conditioning on Monday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 31, from 3:35 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Middle school girls’ soccer will practice on Wednesday, October 31, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Trotters Park (Field #2) and Friday, November 2, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at MLK Park 1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789.

6th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, October 30, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Delaney Park.

7th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, October 30, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.

8th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, October 30, and Friday, November 1, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Delaney Park.

Lower School
5th grade flag football will have practice on Tuesday, October 30, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Delaney Park.

ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice will be held at 5:45 pm on Thursday, October 25, at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, Fl. 32802).  They have a game at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 27, at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, Florida 32789).

1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will have their final session on Thursday, November 1, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

TK & K Soccer Shots have finished their 8 week fall session.

K-2nd grade flag football clinic have finished their season.

 

Do you love books? Me too! I love the feel of a brand new, and also a very old book. In honor of our focus on Dyslexia this month, I bring you a list of books written for children with Dyslexic characters. I think all children should read fun and interesting books like these so they can develop empathy and better understand how others think. If you have a child with Dyslexia or related learning difference, I feel it is imperative that they read and see positive examples of characters like themselves in books. Reading these books together can lead to good discussion and parents can use the examples in the books to focus on a child’s strengths. As parents, you may be looking for resources that help you on the parenting journey. Here is a list of some great reads for parents.

Learning through Service

TCS 8th grade students are raising money for their mission trip to the Dominican Republic in February. There, they will experience the culture of a foreign country as they exemplify Christ through service. If you are looking for help with various tasks around your home or business, please consider one of our “8th Grade Helpers” to assist you. Tasks may include: babysitting, dog walking, yard work, car washing, light office work, or anything you could use an extra set of hands to complete. Please contact TCS 8th grade mom, Dana Loncar and she will find a student to help you. All donations received for the work completed by the student will go towards their personal costs for the mission trip. Additionally, our 8th grade students are will be selling Sno-Cones at Lake Eola’s Fall Fiesta in the Park on November 3 and 4. On Thursday, November 8, come out to Gelato Fiasco in SODO for a sweet treat! 100% of sales will be donated to The Christ School’s 8th grade class. Thank you for supporting our TCS Lions!

My Child is Struggling to Read… Now What?

 

by Jennie Farrant, Reading Teacher

Reading is a complex process that takes years to develop. As soon as children are born and introduced to the sounds of oral language, they begin developing literacy skills. However, it is years later before they begin to blend sounds together to form words. Since reading is not a skill children learn overnight, it can be difficult as a parent to recognize when your child is no longer learning to read but struggling to read.

These three steps will help you determine if the challenges your child is encountering in reading are a natural part of the learning process or may indicate the presence of a learning difference.

 

1. Look for signs.

When people think of dyslexia, letter reversals are likely what comes to mind first. Parents of young writers may notice reversals in their children’s work and say, “My child reverses letters. Does that mean she is dyslexic?” The answer is no. On the contrary, it is developmentally appropriate for young writers to have reversals until around seven years of age.

That may leave you wondering, “So what are the signs of dyslexia?” Signs of dyslexia vary by age and can become evident as early as preschool. Preschool age children may struggle to learn common nursery rhymes, identify the name of letters, recognize their names in print, and recognize whether or not words rhyme. Children in kindergarten and first grade may have difficulty associating letters and sounds, recognizing that sentences and words can be broken into parts, and sounding out simple words. For children in second grade and above, the act of reading may be very laborious and lack automaticity or fluency. Students may also guess at unfamiliar words since they lack the skills needed to decode them. These are just a few signs that children with dyslexia may display. For a comprehensive list, visit The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.

Low self-esteem and confidence may also indicate reading difficulties, even in younger students. As students enter school for the first time, they are generally excited to unlock the mystery of reading. However, if learning to read proves to be more challenging than anticipated, children may try to avoid reading or comment on its difficulty.

It is also important to consider whether your child has a family history of reading or spelling difficulties since dyslexia is often hereditary.

2. Talk to your child’s teacher about your concerns.

If you feel your child does display some of these signs, the next step is to speak with your child’s teacher about your concerns. In addition to possessing professional expertise, your child’s teacher spends several hours a day with your child and, academically, knows him or her better than anyone else!

Make sure to let the teacher know you are concerned about your child’s progress in reading and schedule a time to meet. This is not a conversation to have in the hallway during morning drop-off. Your child’s teacher will need time to gather work samples or classroom observations to support what she is seeing in the classroom and may want to invite other specialists from the school to join the conversation.

We are fortunate at The Christ School to have a community of educators who have been trained to recognize the signs of dyslexia and implement gold standard reading and spelling instruction. All of our teachers in TK-3rd grade have participated in 30 hours of Orton-Gillingham training through a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. In addition, we have a Student Support Center that provides small-group intensive reading support to equip dyslexic learners with the skills they need to develop into proficient and confident readers.

3. Have your child evaluated by an expert.

If the teacher also has concerns about your child’s progress in reading, the next step is to schedule an evaluation by an educational psychologist. Check to see if your school has a specialist who can assist you in this process. At The Christ School, we have a Student Support Specialist who is well-connected in the Orlando area and can recommend psychologists who are experienced working with children who have specific needs.

Getting a psychological evaluation is often the most difficult, and the scariest, step for parents. However, it is one of the most integral. While it may be evident that a child is struggling to learn to read, the question is still…
Why? A psychoeducational evaluation provides that glimpse into what is going on inside a child’s brain. Without an evaluation, we can still utilize various strategies and best teaching practices to meet a child’s needs, but we can only speculate about the source of the difficulties. A psychological evaluation provides a roadmap by helping us understand exactly why a child is struggling so we can tailor instruction and offer accommodations to meet those needs.

In addition, the importance of early intervention cannot be overemphasized, and children are now being identified as dyslexic as early as five years of age. Research shows that as children are identified earlier, they are more likely to need fewer hours of intervention, maintain a high self-esteem, acquire content knowledge and vocabulary, and develop a love for reading.

If you would like more information on dyslexia, diagnosing dyslexia or the programs at The Christ School, please contact Alissa Plaisance, TCS Student Support Specialist.  

 

 

Lions’ Sports News October 17

Get ready to ROAR at our first Spirit Day of the year, this Friday, October 19!  Join us in the gym at 2:15 pm as we celebrate our fall athletes in a program planned by our TCS Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) student leaders. Wear your green and gold and show your TCS spirit! Following the Spirit Day event, David Baginski, FCA Representative, will present a message to our middle school students about leadership.

The Christ School 5th grade volleyball team will play in the first round of their tournament on Saturday, October 20, at 11:00 am at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, FL 32807). Come out and cheer on our LIONS!

Middle School

8th grade boys’ basketball conditioning will be held on Monday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 24, from 3:35 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Middle school girls’ soccer will practice on Friday, October 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at MLK Park, 1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789.

 

Lower School

ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice is at 5:45 pm on Thursday, October 18, at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802).  They have a game at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 20, at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, Florida 32789).

5th grade volleyball will practice on Thursday, October 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

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

TK & K Soccer Shots practice will be held on Tuesday, October 23, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

K-2nd grade flag football clinic will have their next session on Wednesday, October 24, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

 

Cheerful Welcome

Always cheerful and ready to lend a hand, TCS afternoon receptionist, Vicki Taulbee, is a wonderful addition to The Christ School team. “As one of the receptionists, my role is to help provide a welcoming, positive and friendly atmosphere for all who come through the doors. It is part of how we are all called to reflect Christ in our workplace,” she says.

“I was born in Canada to Jamaican parents but have lived in Florida since I was 8 years old,” says Vicki. “My husband, Jeff, is a rare Orlando native. We have 3 children. Our daughter Natalie is a 3rd grade TCS lion, our son Will is a 5th grade TCS lion, and our son, Owen, is in 6th grade and is home schooled. Our house is divided; I’m a Seminole and all the guys are Gators. Natalie likes to stay neutral,” Vicki smiles.

“I love having the opportunity to be here on campus with my kids. I don’t get to see everything that goes on in their day but it’s great to be here!” she says. “My favorite thing about The Christ School is knowing that my kids are being well cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.  When parents entrust the formal education of their children to an organization outside the home, there can be a lot of uncertainly and reservation.  The Christ School teachers and staff have provided a leaning environment that encourages maturity, growth and excellence from the students and support for us as parents. In addition to all of that, the Student Support Center is truly a gem for our family!  It’s the reason we are here at TCS. To me, the SSC does an excellent job of looking at each of their students as individuals with strengths to be celebrated and encouraged. It has truly been a gift!  Both of our children have transitioned very well to TCS and it’s largely because of the incredibly warm welcome we’ve received and the unending, diligent pursuit of the staff to provide the help and support my children need.”

“As my children receive their education at TCS, I am hopeful for their continued academic and spiritual growth, confidence, and a greater love for serving others,” says Vicki.

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

Did you know ADHD and Dyslexia often go hand-in-hand? Because they frequently overlap, it can cause some confusion about the nature of these two conditions. ADHD is one of the most common developmental problems seen in students. It is characterized by inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is estimated that 30% of those with Dyslexia have coexisting ADHD. However, they do not cause each other. Both ADHD and dyslexia have several symptoms in common, such as information-processing speed challenges, working memory deficits, naming speed, and motor skills deficits. It is easy for a parent or a professional to mistake dyslexic symptoms for ADHD. However, ADHD symptoms are usually apparent from the first days of school, in contrast,  Dyslexia is often not fully recognized until later, when the shift is made from learning to read to reading to learn. “With ADHD there are more behavioral kinds of problems,” says special education expert Nancy Mather, PhD, associate professor in the department of special education, rehabilitation, and school psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “Dyslexia is limited to reading and writing.” Another similarity is that children with these disorders often have normal to high intelligence and high creativity, but are frustrated academically. There are solutions and strategies to both Dyslexia and ADHD. Families can begin with getting a comprehensive evaluation and then meet with myself and the teacher. Together we can set a plan for success with the meaningful supports and accommodations that will help the student build confidence and create a positive school experience!

Amazing Experience

The Christ School’s middle school class trips are an important extension of their academic experience. This February, our 8th grade students will travel to the Dominican Republic to explore this foreign country, serve others from a completely different walk of life, and exemplify Christ through their service, alongside friends, family, and teachers. Please help our 8th grade students raise funds to help defer the cost of their trip.

Mark your calendars:

Friday, October 19:  A group of TCS 8th grade students will be selling Sno-Cones at Edgewood Eats Food Truck Rally at Bagshaw Park in Edgewood

Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4: TCS 8th grade students will be selling Sno-Cones at one of Lake Eola’s largest events of the year!

Thursday, November 8: Come out to Gelato Fiasco in SODO for a sweet treat! 100% of sales will be donated to The Christ School’s 8th grade class! More details to come!

Remember – if you need help with babysitting, pet sitting, yard work, cleaning out/organizing, Christmas gift wrapping, or other helpful work, a group of 8th grade students are ready and eager to help you. All services provided for a donation to the 8th grade trip! Contact TCS 8th grade mom, Dana Loncar, if you would like help from one or more of our students!

There are many common misconceptions about Dyslexia. Most people still think it is just a “reversal thing” where children mix up b’s and d’s. Many think tutoring will be a quick fix. Thankfully, there has been a lot of research by scientists studying Dyslexia and we know so much more than we did just a few years ago. Thanks to extraordinary progress in brain imaging, scientists better understand how the brain works and how brains differ in dyslexic readers. It is important to remember that Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder. There are structural differences in the brains of people with and without reading disabilities. The research is fascinating. Within the Student Support Center, we strive to make sure that our students have a positive school experience and become self-advocates so they can explain to teachers what they need to be successful. This week’s article shares a little more about common misconceptions and shares what research says about children with Dyslexia.

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