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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.

 

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!

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.

Welcoming Smile

Aline Gressel, our morning receptionist always greets everyone with a bright smile. “I am very excited and grateful to be at TCS,” says Aline. “My favorite thing about being at TCS is working around people that are always friendly and happy. Everyone is so helpful and kind. I love my role here because I have the pleasure of greeting students every morning as they come into the school. I love seeing how happy they are to be at school!

Aline was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the United States for college. “My husband, Justin, and I have been married for almost twenty years and we have two boys that we adore; Alan, a TCS alumnus who is in 9th grade, and Eric, a TCS Lion in 6th grade. As a family we love going to amusement parks and to the beach on weekends. We love living in Orlando because of all of the fun things there are to do.”

“TCS has had a huge impact on our son Alan’s success transitioning into high school,” says Aline. “Academically, he is very well prepared. The spiritual foundation he was given at TCS has helped him overcome obstacles and different situations in positive ways.  My hope for our son Eric is that he will be challenged academically, strengthened spiritually and that he will make great friendships during his middle school years here at TCS.”

Aline shares her favorite Bible verse:
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

 

Lions’ Sports News October 10

Congratulations to Connor Umpierre, Cole Gullikson and Layla Webb for participating in the Trinity Prep Invitational HS Varsity/Junior Varsity Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, October 3. These three athletes represented TCS in a meet that included over 300 runners from 19 schools.  All three of them finished with their personal best times for a 5K!

Middle School
8th grade boys’ basketball will begin conditioning on Wednesday, October 17, from 3:35 to 5:00 pm in the gym.

Middle school girls’ soccer will practice on Wednesday, October 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Trotter’s Park on Field #2.

Lower School
ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 5:45 pm at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802).  They have a game on Saturday, October 13, at 12:30 pm at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, FL 32789).

TK & K Soccer Shots practice will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

5th grade volleyball will practice on Tuesday, October 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.

K-2nd grade flag football clinic will have their next session on Wednesday, October 17, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

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.

Leaning Into Poverty

TCS 8th grade students have been learning about the issue of poverty in Bible class. As Christians, God has called us to serve the poor, but how is that done in a way that will truly alleviate poverty and not just treat the symptoms? In this unit, Mr. Davis and the 8th grade students have been doing the hard work of answering that question. This lesson included a look at homelessness and what is being done locally in Orlando. The students also learned about poverty on a global scale through the award winning film, PovertyCure. This lesson took into account what Jesus said about serving the poor, the root causes of poverty, the effects of international aid, the roles of the church and government, and how business can transform communities from impoverished to thriving. The students enjoyed having Dr. David Swanson, Senior Pastor at FPCO, as a guest speaker in their classroom to discuss homelessness in Orlando and the end of the year service trip to the Dominican Republic. The students had a lot of questions and heard insights that come from first-hand experience of his leadership in this area. Overall, this was a fruitful time learning more about God’s word and how that leads us to love him and love others.

Community Helpers

TCS 1st grade students have been learning about communities and community helpers. They learned about goods, services, producers and sellers. As a group, they created their own community model and determined what types of businesses, residences, and services their community would need. The students constructed each of the buildings out of boxes and added roads and landscapes as the final touches to their project. It was fun to listen to them collaborate as they discovered they needed a fire station, a vet, schools, and even a Publix! Each student also chose a community helper to research, and created a poster about their helper. They concluded their lesson by dressing up like their community helper and presenting their poster to their parents. Enjoy photos on our Facebook page.

Lions’ Sports Update October 3

Congratulations to our middle school girls’ volleyball Green Team who completed their season on Tuesday night at the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference tournament.  Coach Mark Marshall led the team to a number three ranking out of nine teams.  Way to go Lions!

Middle School
Volleyball Gold Team will play in the semi finals of the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday, October 4. The match begins at 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep.  (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).  If they win, they will play in the championship match immediately following their match on Thursday.

Middle school boys’ basketball tryouts will take place in the gym this Friday, October 5, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.  Students must be registered to participate. The following paperwork must be completed and turned in to the school office before attending tryouts:   FHSAA physical formFHSAA consent form and TCS waiver.

ACYS Flag Football is accepting registrations for 3rd – 8th grades. Please register online by creating a login at www.acys.org.  A TCS waiver must be completed to participate.

Lower School
4th and 5th grade volleyball practice will be held on Thursday, October 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym.  The 4th grade team has two matches at 10:00 am &11:00 am and the 5th grade team has two matches at 9:00 am & 10:00 am on Saturday, October 6, at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, FL, 32807).

ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice will be held on Thursday, October 4, 5:45 pm at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL, 32802).  They have a game at 11:30 am on Saturday, October 6, at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, Florida 32789).

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

TK & K Soccer Shots practice will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 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 10, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

 

Rube Goldberg Machines

TCS 8th-grade physical science students were asked to create a “Rube Goldberg” machine to complete a simple task through a complex series of steps of 6-8 steps. Each step had to involve a transfer of energy that powered the next step. Last week, they demonstrated their machines to their classmates. The machines flipped coins, popped balloons, played music on a computer, rang bells, fed a dog, placed trash into a bag, created chemical reactions, and more! Here is a video of a machine in action! Enjoy more videos of their machines on our Facebook page.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! We celebrate the accomplishments of our students with dyslexia every day. They are hard working, intelligent children who we are honored to teach! Throughout the month of October I will share information about Dyslexia that I hope all families will find useful. These strategies actually benefit all children. Many people with dyslexia struggle with remembering. That is why one of the early signs of Dyslexia in a young student is the tendency to sound out a word and know it when reading a passage, but the child has to sound it out all over again when the same word is encountered a few lines later in the story. The word did not get stored in the child’s memory. Learning to read and spell, as well as many other school tasks, require memory. That is why a child with Dyslexia needs the same material presented multiple times. In the Student Support Center, we strive to make those repetitions fun as well as memorable, using many kinesthetic methods. Gel boards, “swatting” letter tiles, textured letters and trampoline drills all play a role in helping the child store information in his or her long term memory. When practicing at home, try to incorporate some hands-on methods. You and your child will both benefit from the fun learning experience.

Enriching Our Students

With the enhancement of The Christ School’s Enrichment program, we are pleased to welcome Enrichment teacher, Dr. Leah Lerma. “I love having the opportunity to develop a curriculum that is tailored toward this special group of students and their unique learning needs,” says Leah. “The enrichment classes at TCS incorporate project-based learning to explore a variety of topics. The projects and daily activities encourage critical thinking, team work, and presentation skills. The students have spent the first quarter learning about pollinators. This week, we are excited to have a beekeeper come to our classroom so the students can learn first-hand from a professional in the field.”

Leah, who was born in Ft. Lauderdale, earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Linguistics from the University of Florida.  She earned her doctorate degree in Education from UCF. “After I graduated with my Master’s degree, I moved to Orlando and worked with Orange County Public Schools as a 7th grade language arts teacher for five years. I then served as an elementary and middle school teacher with Florida Virtual School. Currently, I am also an adjunct instructor with the College of Education at Grand Canyon University.”

“I’ve always had a passion for helping others,” says Leah. “My involvement in student government in high school ignited my passion for volunteering and serving the community, so choosing a career in education came easy to me. I love watching the progress my students make, and it always excites me to think about how I can develop a lesson that my students will be enthusiastic about. While I was teaching at Avalon Middle School, I was given the opportunity to design and implement a school-wide reading program. Having this opportunity inspired my passion for curriculum development, and that is when I began working on my doctorate degree. Designing curriculum and making the learning experience exciting and meaningful for the students is very rewarding.”

Leah and her husband, Nelson, have two children. “Our daughter, Mia, is in Kindergarten at TCS, and our son, Bennett, is a little lion in training at The Weekday School. We also have a yorkie named Bailey who is turning 12 this month,” she says.

“TCS is such a special place to be,” says Leah. “I feel blessed to be surrounded by staff members who truly care and students who are eager to learn. It’s a privilege to teach at the same school my children attend, and running into them throughout the day definitely puts a smile on our faces!  I am very happy that our daughter is part of a community that encourages kindness. I love that TCS teaches the students to love one another and to serve the community. This lays such wonderful foundation in strengthening their relationship with Christ.”

Leah shares her favorite Bible verse: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. –  Thessalonians 5:16-18

Novel Ideas

Students displayed their creativity in Mrs. Sheldon’s 6th – 8th grade Language Arts classes. With an objective of personally connecting with the author’s ideas and purpose in their independent reading, the students chose a project to reflect their understanding of a novel in an authentic design or written piece of their own. Projects included models, dioramas, calendars, letters to the author, children’s books, and sketches. “I am always amazed at the students’ designs and creativity when project day arrives,” says Mrs. Sheldon. “Even the written pieces are authentic and provide profound explanations of the novels in ways I never noticed before. When the students can teach the teachers and go beyond the text, you know the project was worth the time and effort.”

This week I am sharing some “local learning” opportunities for parents and teachers of children that are gifted, dyslexic, or both! They are happening on the same weekend, so if you have a “twice exceptional” child you can choose which is most relevant to your needs. State conferences like these are a wonderful way to hear from experts in the field, network with families like yours and see the latest research and resources which may be highly meaningful to your child. The Florida Association for the Gifted is holding their annual conference on October 5 & 6, close to I-Drive. This organization is a fantastic resource if you are looking for support regarding your gifted learner. Also, the Florida International Dyslexia Association Conference will be held on October 6 at the Florida Mall Hotel. The conference theme is Dispelling Myths and Supplying Solutions. I will be in attendance and am excited to bring back new strategies and information to share with our families.

Lions’ Sports News September 26

Congratulations to the TCS boys cross country team who came in 3rd place out of nine other schools in the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference cross country championships on Monday, September 24.

Middle School
Volleyball Gold Team has two matches at 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturday, September 29, at Trinity Prep (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).

Volleyball Green Team has two matches at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, at Foundation Academy (15304 Tilden Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787).

Middle school girls’ basketball tryouts will take place in the gym this Friday, September 28, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. Students must be registered to participate.

Middle school boys’ basketball tryouts will take place in the gym on Friday, October 5, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.  Students must be registered to participate.

The following paperwork must be completed and turned in to the school office before attending tryouts: FHSAA physical formFHSAA consent form and TCS waiver.

ACYS Flag Football is accepting registrations for 3rd – 8th grades. Please register online by creating a login at www.acys.org.  A TCS waiver must be completed to participate.

Lower School
4th and 5th grade volleyball practice will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. The 4th grade team has a match at 11:00 am and the 5th grade team has a match at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 29, at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, FL 32807).

ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice will be held at 5:45 pm on Thursday, September 27, at Blue Jacket Park (2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802).  They have a game at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 29, at Martin Luther King Park (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, FL 32789).

1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots practice will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
TK & K Soccer Shots practice will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 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 3, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on the green space.

Welcome to The Christ School Family!

Mary Ann Berlin, Student Support Teacher, greets everyone she sees with a warm and welcoming smile. Her friendly nature, along with her passion for teaching, makes her a wonderful addition to our TCS family!

Mary Ann grew up in Venice, Florida, and attended The University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education. “I have been a special education teacher for over 30 years, leaving the classroom for several years to spend time with our two children,” she says. “Throughout the years, I have been an ESE Resource Teacher, a teacher for self-contained classes of special needs students, a Crisis Intervention Teacher, and a Staffing Coordinator for special education programs and students. In addition, I have enjoyed teaching 7th Grade Religion, tutoring, coordinating parent-teacher workshops, and working on school accreditation teams.”

“I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” says Mary Ann. “My mother was the administrative assistant to the principal of our Catholic school for many years, so, a strong, faith-filled school community has always been a major part of my life. Working with children with various learning styles filled my heart during my internships and college practicums. Being able to help students reach their own potential and be joyful for their achievements is an amazing experience and one I knew I wanted to continue in my adult life.”

“Being asked to join the Student Support Center and The Christ School family is an exciting opportunity!” she says. “I have been enjoying developing this supportive and enriching program for our students with our wonderful team in the Student Support Center. I would love each student and family of our Student Support Center to know and believe that we can be proud of our differences and celebrate our uniqueness. I am blessed to live this message and share it, as I watch our children grow and become more confident while meeting their individual needs. It is a joy for me to work with our students each day and to be a part of such a kind, supportive, enthusiastic, and positive school family.”

Mary Ann and her husband, Bob, have two grown children, Jonathan, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Alicia, a nurse. “Most recently, we have been blessed with our first beautiful grandson, Jacob, who is an absolute joy and is already loved immensely by his family!” she says “When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outings to the beach, baking, and shopping.”

“One of my favorite bible verses is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” says Mary Ann. “This verse in on the wall in our classroom and is the focal point, as soon as you enter the room. It has been a constant reminder for me in my personal life, for all of my life. I believe it is so necessary for our students to remember as well. Each one of us is a masterpiece created by God and unique in our own way.”

Carpool Reminders

In order for you to have a more enjoyable experience in carpool please note these important reminders:

  • Every car must have a TCS ID tag to enter campus. TCS can make more tags for you.
  • There are no TCS staff in the Angel Wing area before 7:45 am. Please do not drop off children before 7:45 am. The school doors open at 7:50 am.
  • Morning carpool begins at 7:50 am and ends at 8:10 am. We encourage you to come earlier within that window rather than later.
  • Carpool gates close at 8:10 am sharp every morning. It is very important for us to start our day on time.
  • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:15 pm. Campus opens to TCS traffic at 3:10 pm.
  • Afternoon carpool for TK-5th grades is 3:15-3:35 pm.
  • Afternoon carpool for 6-8th grades is 3:35 -3:50 pm. Please wait until 3:35 pm to arrive to pick up middle school students, as they are still in class until that time.
  • Please do not stop your car on Jackson in an active traffic lane and wait for 3:10 pm, you will block traffic.
  • Please do not enter the Methodist Church lot to park or drive through.
  • Stopping in the active traffic lanes around campus to drop off or pick up children is not authorized by TCS and presents a danger to your children and the general public.
  • If you are not going to walk your children to the door, please watch and make sure they have entered the building before you leave.
  • Please follow security guard directions.
  • Know that security guards and TCS staff cannot always see into your car through the windshield due to glare and may not see your face or wave.

Lions’ Sports News September 19

Middle School boys’ and girls’ soccer tryouts will take place this Friday, September 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at “The Factory” ( 2105 Lee Road Orlando, Florida 32810, located behind the ACYS main office). Students must be registered to participate.  The following paperwork must be completed and turned in to the school office before attending tryouts: FHSAA physical formFHSAA consent form and TCS waiver.

The flag football clinic for TK to 2nd grade students is open for online registration. The deadline to register is this Friday, September 21. Once registration is full, your child will put on a standby list. The 5 week clinic will take place on the green space from 3:15 to 4:15 pm on the following dates: September 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24.

For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.

Middle School
Cross Country has their next meet on Monday, September 24, at Trinity Prep starting at 4:30 pm (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).

Volleyball Gold Team has two matches at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Saturday, September 22, at Trinity Prep (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).
Volleyball Green Team has two matches at 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, at Foundation Academy ( 15304 Tilden Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787).

Middle School girls’ basketball tryouts will take place on Friday, September 28, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm in the gym. Students must be registered to participate.  Middle School boys’ basketball tryouts will take place on Friday, October 5, from 3:45 to  5:00 pm in the gym. Students must be registered to participate.  The following paperwork must be completed and turned in to the school office before attending tryouts: FHSAA physical formFHSAA consent form and TCS waiver.

Lower School
4th and 5th grade volleyball practice is on Thursday, September 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. The 4th grade team has a match at 9:00 am and the 5th grade team has a match at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 22, at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, FL 32807).

ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice is 5:45 pm Thursday, September 20, at The Factory (2105 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810).  They have a game at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 22, at Martin Luther King Park on Field #1B. (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, FL 32789).

TK & K Soccer Shots practice is on Tuesday, September 25, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots practice is on Thursday, September 20, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.

A Heart for Teaching

With the opening of our Student Support Center, our TCS family keeps growing!  We are pleased to welcome Jennie Farrant to TCS.  Jennie serves as an Intensive Reading teacher.  “I have been in education for over ten years in a variety of capacities,” she says. “I started my teaching career as a first grade teacher before deciding to focus on serving students with learning differences. From there, I have worked as a tutor, a teacher at a school for dyslexic learners, an assistive technology trainer for college students, and a co-teacher. I feel like I have done it all!”

“I guess you could say teaching is in my blood,” says Jennie. “Both of my parents are retired teachers, and I can still remember going to my dad’s classroom when I was little. I would rearrange the desks and pass out books and pretend I was the teacher. I can still recall how much joy it brought me!”

“After college, I planned to go into the field of Educational Psychology and work as a school psychologist or counselor, Jennie continues. “However, I quickly realized I wanted a career where I could work with students daily and build deeper relationships with them. While working with preschool students with special needs, I realized I had a heart for the students and was inspired to pursue a teaching certificate in Interrelated Special Education from UGA. Reading and language arts are my loves, so I later returned to school to get my masters degree in Reading Education. Down the road, I got a job teaching at a school specifically for dyslexic learners and began training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham. This really ignited my passion for working with students who struggle with reading and has equipped me to support them.”

Jennie says, “At The Christ School, I love having the opportunity to work with students in small groups and really focus on their needs and how I can best teach them. There is no greater fulfillment as a teacher than in seeing my students learn and grow and hearing words like, ‘I used to hate reading, but now I love it!’ That warms my heart and is why I do what I do! I also love seeing my students grow in confidence. I want them to know that God has made them so uniquely and perfectly and to be confident in that.”

“I have so enjoyed working at TCS,” says Jennie. “I have an amazing team in the Student Support Center, and it brings me such joy to work alongside them each day.  It already feels like a little family!”

“One of the other things I love about teaching at TCS is the opportunity to be in the same building as my family each day,” she says. “I know our two boys are being loved on and taught with excellence each and every day. My greatest hope for them is to grow in their love for God so they can then love others. We have a sign in our house that says, ‘Love God. Love People. The End.’ That about sums it up!”

Jennie was born and raised in the metro Atlanta area. “I have loved being a Floridian for the last year and a half,” she says. “I am all about the warm weather! My parents and three siblings still live in the Atlanta area. We are able to visit each other often since it is not too far away. A fun fact is that I have a twin sister! We are fraternal twins and could not be more different. She is very outdoorsy and loves horses, while you are more likely to find me curled up with a book or shopping.”

“My husband, Aaron, and I have been married for sixteen years,” says Jennie. “We have two boys, Eli (TCS 4th grade Lion ) and Austin (TCS 1st grade Lion), who bring immeasurable joy to our lives! We love playing games as a family.”

Jennie shares her favorite Bible verse:
“My favorite passage of Scripture is Philippians 4:4-9. I have it written on an index card so I can read it regularly. I especially love verses 6-7 because they remind me to turn my worries over to God and His peace that passes ALL understanding will guard my heart and mind.” she says.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

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