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Lions’ Sports News March 13

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

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

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

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

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

Lower School Rising Grade Level Parent Meetings

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

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

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

 

Morning sessions: 7:30-8:15 am          

Afternoon sessions: 3:30-4:15 pm

                       

Tuesday, March 26
Rising First Grade (Current Kindergarten)
Location: Room 137

Wednesday, March 27
Rising Second Grade (Current 1st grade)
Location: Room 212

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

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

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

 

Lions’ Sports Update March 6

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

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

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

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

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

Public Speaking Skills

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

Effective Debate Tactics

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

Lions’ Sports News February 27

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

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

Middle School

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

Lower School

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

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

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

3D Printing Possibilities

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

Welcome Blaire Wonderly

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

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

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

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

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

Lions’ Sports News February 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disney Dreamers & Doers

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

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

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

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

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

Lions’ Sports News February 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lions’ Sports News February 6

Middle School

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

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

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

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

Lions’ Sports News January 30

 

Middle School

Registration is still open for our middle school track and field team. Coach Paul Katuaskas will lead the team this year and he encourages anyone who is interested to join the team; no prior experience is required. 5th grade students can also participate. Students can choose to participate in the following events: long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, 100 meters, 1600 meters, 4×100 relay, 400 meters, 800 meters, 200 meters, 4×400 meter relay, and the 4×800 meter relay. All athletes must have the following paperwork complete before the first practice: FHSAA physical form, FHSAA consent form and TCS waiver. A $120 fee will be charged in FACTS. The first practice is Monday, February 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on the gym. The remaining practices will be from 4:45 to 6:00 pm at Boone High School Track on the following dates: February 7, 11, 14, 21, 28, March 4, 7, 11 and 28. The track and field meets will be held on February 25, March 5, 12, 25 and April 1.

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, February 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

 

Courage and Persecution

The 8th grade Bible students have been learning about the persecution of Christians around the world. In class, they had the privilege of hearing from a missionary to India who had recently experienced persecution because of his faith. Matthew Johnson (pseudonym) and his family started a church in a large city in southern India four years ago. While their church is flourishing, they have experienced resistance and hardship including Matthew being separated from his family, deported to Singapore for 6 weeks and told to cease all ministry activity. The students had thoughtful questions for Mr. Johnson, and were surprised to learn about the persecution Indian Christians face when they decide to follow Jesus, such as physical violence and being disowned by their families. This unit has given the students a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Christian in other parts of the world and has helped them develop a new appreciation of the religious freedoms we often take for granted in the United States.

TCS Spring Bible Studies

The Christ School is excited to begin a new session of our Tuesday morning Bible studies for students in grades 4 through 8! The Bible studies are voluntary and will meet from 7:15 to 7:45 am every Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning on February 5 and continuing through March 12. Watch for an email from your child’s Bible study leader to sign up.

Here is more information on our groups, leaders, locations and topics!

Spring Bible Studies
Tuesdays 7:15-7:45 am
February 5 – March 12

4th & 5th Grade Boys
Leaders: Aaron Farrant and Jim Vais
Location: Mr. Haywood’s classroom (room 315)
Content: Heroes of the Bible

4th Grade Girls
Leaders: Elizabeth Grady and Ashley DeLuca
Location: Art room
Content: Armor of God

5th Grade Girls
Leader: Marie DiBiase
Location: Mrs. DiBiase’s classroom (room 312)
Content: Becoming Young Women of God

6th Grade Boys
Leaders: Steve Eastwood, TCS dad and Director of Student Ministry, FPCO and Tyler Wilson, Middle School Coordinator, FPCO
Location: Computer Lab (room 221)
Content: TBA

6th Grade Girls
Leader: Gina Wiborg
Location: Mr. Davis’ classroom (room 246)
Content: We Saved You a Seat

7th Grade Girls
Leader: Thea Nelson
Location: Mrs. Nelson’s classroom (room 144)
Content: The Story of Esther

7th and 8th Grade Boys
Leaders: TJ Ross and Justin Nelson
Location: Mr. Ross’ classroom (room 236)
Content: Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men

8th Grade Girls
Leader: Jasmine Simmons
Location: Ms. Simmons’ classroom (room 135)
Content: Just Us Girls

 

TCS Enrollment Anniversary

Friday, February 15, is The Christ School’s Enrollment Anniversary date. Your child(ren) will automatically be enrolled for the 2019-20 school year and no deposit is required. If you do not plan for your child(ren) to attend The Christ School in 2019-20, parents must notify the school in writing no later than February 15. It is very important for families to understand the terms of the continuous enrollment contract and that if a family makes a decision not to return to TCS after February 15, 100% of the tuition for the upcoming school year must be paid.

If you will be applying for financial assistance, please note that you must complete a new FACTS Grant & Aid application each year. The deadline for submitting your application for the next school year is the same date as the school’s enrollment anniversary date – February 15. Assistance offers will be distributed by the end of March. FACTS Grant & Aid applicants who cannot accept their offer of assistance will have the option to be released from the terms of their Enrollment Contract after the anniversary date. For questions, contact Bill Herlong, Director of Operations.

Prone to Distraction

By Mary Boza Crimmins, Middle School Social Studies Teacher

My husband calls me “sidetrack Sally” because I’m prone to distraction. I admit I get lost in thought and often have multiple projects going at once. However, I’m also experienced enough to know which jobs require uninterrupted focus: lesson plans, research, personal devotions. Students I work with daily don’t have the same discipline and habits as me. 

Regardless of age, distractions hijack our thinking. For tweens and teens, the distractibility factor is even more intense. In part due to what education podcaster, Jennifer Gonzalez, calls the “trend toward hyperbole”. Gonzalez describes the “horror-movie screams” when her students spotted a spider. After 25 years of teaching students who are mostly native-Floridians, I laugh at how awe-inspiring rain is to them. You’d think they have never seen an afternoon shower. These episodes of over-the-top responses to everyday occurrences are common. Teachers know to handle these situations light-heartedly. Nevertheless, this tendency toward hyperbole is just one-way middle school students are distracted.

Multitasking is another focus thief. In Brain Chains,  a compilation of neuroscience research by Theo Compernolle, switching attention, AKA multitasking, is proven to come at a high cost. Consequently, the ding of an email, the swish of a new post, the pop-up from an incoming text message may seemingly last a few seconds, but has been scientifically shown to interrupt concentration for at least 2 minutes. Multiple interruptions lead to more drastic drops in concentration, quality and productivity. To demonstrate the perils of multitasking, I’ve conducted an activity shared in Brain Chains with around 100 students. Even after the students experience the activity, 97% take more time in the second round which requires multitasking. In the Organized Mind, another book sharing recent brain research, Daniel Levitin emphasizes how the reflecting brain cannot multitask. Reflection – deliberate, slow, thinking about learning and what to do with what is learned – is the goal of education.  

Developing the habit of focus is essential during adolescence because the brain is undergoing more changes than any other life phase, with the exception of the first two years. As David Walsh, an expert in adolescent development, emphasizes in Why Do They Act That Way?, tweens must “learn how to manage their impulses” and develop the habit of focus. Walsh stresses that even though the adolescent’s “brain isn’t fully under his control, it’s his responsibility to get in under control.”

So here’s eight reminders for parents regarding helping your child focus:

  1. Engage your child in conversations during which distractions are eliminated, including your phone.
  2. When your child speaks in hyperbole (My teacher always…, Mr. Brown never…, Everyone…), listen, but avoid the desire to fix the “problem”.
  3. Require that all digital device notifications, including those on FitBits or Apple Watches, are turned off.  Yes, everyone will survive if they are not instantly updated on Snapchat.
  4. Model and insist on digital device etiquette, including forbidding the wearing of earbuds when another person is present.  
  5. Provide a homework location in a common area such as the kitchen. Ensure that the area is free of distractions, including pets.
  6. Only permit the necessary digital devices during homework time. Digital devices are often NOT necessary for studying, so if no digital device is required, consider removing it from the room.
  7. Read, support and adhere to the digital device policy for your child’s school. Keep in mind, when one phone “accidentally” goes off in a classroom, it is a disruption to the learning for the entire class.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise.

Lions’ Sports News January 23

Congratulations to The Christ School middle school soccer team who took 2nd place in the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Tournament!

Middle School

Our 8th grade boys’ basketball team will begin play in the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday, January 2, vs Trinity Prep. The game will be played at 6:00 pm at The First Academy.

Registration is still open for our middle school track and field team. Coach Paul Katuaskas will lead the team this year and he encourages anyone who is interested to join the team; no prior experience is required. 5th grade students can also participate. Students can choose to participate in the following events: long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, 100 meters, 1600 meters, 4×100 relay, 400 meters, 800 meters, 200 meters, 4×400 meter relay, and the 4×800 meter relay. All athletes must have the following paperwork complete before the first practice: FHSAA physical form, FHSAA consent form and TCS waiver. A $120 fee will be charged in FACTS.  The first practice is Monday, February 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on the green space. The remaining practices will be from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm at Boone High School Track on the following dates: February 7, 11, 14, 21, 28, March 4, 7, 11 and 28. The track and field meets will be on February 25, March 5, 12, 25 and April 1.

Lower School
The TK – 2nd grade basketball clinic will be held on Thursday, 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 29, 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 Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym, starting January 28. 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.

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.

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