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 form, FHSAA 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).
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.
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! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 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. 9 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.
Looking for ways for your child to serve in the community AND reach their goal for volunteer hours? Throughout the year, our middle school boys and girls will have the opportunity to serve lunch during the school day at two locations in our community. TCS middle school boys will serve lunch with their Houses at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando’s Gathering of Men, and TCS middle school girls have the opportunity to sign up to serve lunch at the Christian Service Center’s Daily Bread. Students will be accompanied by staff and are responsible for any missed class work. In addition, all middle school students are invited to sign up for after-school service opportunities at either Wesley Child Development Center (across the street) or at Magnolia Preschool here on campus, where they will serve the children and teachers through various activities. Students volunteering at the preschools will be accompanied by TCS staff to the serve locations and should be picked up at TCS at 4:35 pm. Please look over the schedule and sign up today! Contact Angela V Harrison, TCS Development Specialist, with questions.
Our new before school Bible studies start next week! We are excited to launch this eight week Bible study for students in fourth through eighth grade. The groups will be divided by gender and grade and this will be a time for our staff to invest spiritually into your children. The groups are voluntary and will meet on Tuesday mornings from 7:15 to 7:45 starting on September 25 and ending on November 13. Here is more information on our groups, leaders, locations and topics! If you are interested in participating, please email your group leader.
Fall Bible Studies
Tuesdays 7:15-7:45 am
September 25 – November 13
4th Grade Girls Leader(s): Caroline Knuth / Ashley DeLuca Location: Knuth (316) Content: We Saved You A Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by: Lisa-Jo Baker
5th Grade Girls Leader(s): Amber Lail / Elizabeth Grady Location: DiBiase (312) Content: Unseen: The Armor of God for Kids
Middle School boys’ and girls’ soccer tryouts will take place on 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.
ACYS Flag Football sign-ups for 3rd – 8th grades, please register online by creating a login at www.acys.org.
For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.
Middle School Cross Country has their next meet on Monday, September 17, starting at 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).
Volleyball Gold Team has two matches at 9:00 and 10:00 am on Saturday, September 15, at Trinity Prep. (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792).
Volleyball Green Team has two matches at 9:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, at Foundation Academy (15304 Tilden Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787).
Lower School 4th and 5th grade volleyball practice will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. The 4th and 5th grade teams have a match at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 15, at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, Fl. 32807).
ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice will be held on Thursday, September 13, 5:45 pm at The Factory (2105 Lee Road, Orlando, FL. 32810). They have a game at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 15, at Martin Luther King Park on Field #1B. (1050 West Moore Blvd Winter Park, Florida 32789).
TK & K Soccer Shots practice will be held on Tuesday, September 18, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots practice will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
Sixth grade Earth Science students were given a STEAM challenge – design bridges! They worked in teams to design and build bridges strong enough to span a 50 cm “canyon” and strong enough to hold a 50-gram rock. The students could choose a limited number of materials from the “store,” which included straws, Popsicle sticks, clothespins, binder clips, string, tape and cups. “The students were very engaged in this challenge,” said their teacher, Mrs. Kleinsteuber. “I heard great ideas as the students brainstormed their plans and later tested and modified their designs. All of the bridges were successful, and the children were excited to create them and put them to the test!”
Lower school STEAM students are expanding their minds through puzzles and brain teasers. TK – first grade students have been learning how shapes can fit together and how different shapes can be put together in different ways to form pictures. They worked with Tangram puzzles on the STEAM Lab Viewboard, which has been mounted on sliding rails so the screen can be adjusted to different heights. Second through fifth grade students have been solving brain teasers. Using “How Many Squares” and “How Many Triangles” brainteasers, Mrs. Liu helped students discover that often there is more to a picture than what they first see, and when they take their time to look, they will be able to see things in different ways. This exercise helps them to think about alternatives and helps develop creativity and flexibility in thinking. Here is a brain teaser for you! How many squares do you see? Scroll down to find the answer.
The Christ School is delighted to welcome Ozel “Oz” Martin, our PE teacher and Middle School Boys’ Basketball Coach. Oz is easy to recognize; just look for the guy with the bright smile and joyful personality.
“My parents were my role models of how to live and work hard through God’s word,” says Oz. “I started working with children and coaching at the local YMCA in 1995. There, I began a youth sports program called Legacy Youth Sports to mentor youth in Central Florida. The program still exists and serves many children in our community.”
“I never thought I would be a teacher or even a coach,” says Oz. “Even though I saw my dad do that very job my entire life as a principal and a coach of the kids in our neighborhood.”
“What I am most excited about my work at The Christ School is to be able to help each student make positive choices in their everyday life, school, home and community,” he says. “I am happy to be working at TCS. Everyone here has been so helpful as I start my first school year,” says Oz. “The kind words, help, and prayers; what an amazing staff!”
Oz was born in Flint, Michigan, moved to Tallahassee, in 1983, and to Orlando in 1989. In 1991, he started a delivery service and sold his company in 2006. He still worked there for two years until he chose to put all of his energy into Legacy Youth Sports. “In my free time, I enjoy playing golf. I also enjoy working with young people and serving as a mentor,” he says.
“One of my favorite sayings is: ‘you can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you,'” he says.
Oz shares his favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
ACYS Flag Football registrations for 3rd – 8th grades is also open. Please register online by creating a login at www.acys.org.
For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.
Middle School Cross Country has their next meet on Wednesday, September 12, at 4:30 pm at Trinity Prep. (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792)
Volleyball Gold Team has two matches at 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, at Trinity Prep. (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792)
Volleyball Green Team has two matches at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Saturday, September 8, at Windermere Prep.(6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, FL 34786)
Lower School Our 4th and 5th grade volleyball teams begin practice on Thursday, September 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the gym. They have their first match at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, at Faith Christian Academy (2008 North Goldenrod, Orlando, FL 32807).
ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice is Thursday, September 6, from 5:45 to 7:15 pm at Trotters Park ( 2789 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810). They have their first game at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 8, at Martin Luther King Park on Field #1B (1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789).
TK & K Soccer Shots practice is Tuesday, September 11, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
1st and 2nd grade Ssoccer Shots practice is Thursday, September 6, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
We had a Diaper Dilemma in 5th grade! Our budding 5th grade scientists are learning about the steps to the scientific method and were recently tasked with the job to investigate and report on the most absorbent diaper. Over a span of a week, the children collaborated with their classmates as they researched and tested each of the three brands of diapers chosen. After they gathered their data, the results were in…there was a tie for first place between Up and Up and Pampers! Both classes wrapped up the activity by discussing what variables are and identifying those used in our activity and determining ways to ensure that data remains valid and reliable in future class experiments.
Ever feel anxious? Me, too. I keep Philippians 4:6-7 close to my heart, especially on challenging days. Many of our children experience times where they worry or are anxious. These times can be short-lived like when they are preparing to take a test or can be seen in some children for longer periods of time, such as if a child gets overwhelmed in social situations. Here is a great list of age-specific books that can help ease fears or worries. Reading them with your child also makes for a great bonding time. The Student Support Center has several great resources if you are interested in learning more strategies to help with anxiety or worry.
Many of our families know Lea Augustin from her cheerful morning greeting at our front desk last year or a friendly smile as a REACH leader. This past summer, Lea stepped up to another important role here at TCS, as our bookkeeper.
“I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at UCF,” says Lea. “I am a full-time student and work full-time work here at TCS. Although I am quite busy, I love my job here and being busy is worth it!”
Lea was born in Miami and raised in Fort Lauderdale. She moved to Orlando to attend UCF. When looking for a job to support her through school, Lea says, “I saw the position for REACH Aftercare Teacher and immediately applied. I have always had a strong passion for working with children and knew even though it wasn’t relative to my major, it was still something I wanted to pursue. After applying and getting the position, I worked with REACH for approximately 9 months. I began to fall in love with the atmosphere and everyone who was a part of the TCS family. I started helping out in any extra way that I possibly could just to maximize my time here. Little did I know, shortly after, TCS would become home for me as I became the bookkeeper, which aligns perfectly with my major. Since then, TCS has become a second family to me and I am so thankful for the opportunity to build my knowledge in my desired profession while working alongside such loving people. Although I spend a lot of time in the office, I love being able to walk around the school and see all my ‘not so little’ friends and hear the excitement that fills the halls.”
When not working or studying, Lea loves to travel and see various landscapes, experience different cultures, and meet new people.
Lea shares her favorite Bible verse: Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Congratulations to our cross country team who had their first meet of the season this past Monday. Enjoy photos of the meet on our Facebook page. ACYS Flag Football sign-ups for 3rd – 8th grades have begun. Please register online at www.acys.org. For questions, contact Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct.
Middle School Cross Country has their second meet of the year on Tuesday, September 4, at Trinity Prep. The meet will begin at 4:30 pm.
Volleyball Gold Team has practice Wednesday, September 5, in our gym from 3:35 to 5:15 pm. They have two matches at 9:00 and 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, at Trinity Prep.
Volleyball Green Team has practice Thursday, August 30, in our gym from 3:35 to 5:00 pm. They have two matches at 9:00 and 11:00 am on Saturday, September 8, at Windermere Prep.
Lower School 4th and 5th grade volleyball will practice on Thursday, August 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in our gym.
ACYS 3rd grade soccer practice is Thursday, August 30, from 5:45 to 7:15 pm at The Factory (2105 Lee Road).
TK & K soccer shots begins on Tuesday, September 4, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots begins on Thursday, September 6, from 3:30 to 4:05 pm on the green space.
As our TCS kindergarten expands to three classrooms this year, we are delighted to welcome kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Grady. This is Elizabeth’s 4th year of teaching. Prior to coming to TCS, Elizabeth taught 4th grade. “I taught at the same school I attended from preschool to 8th grade,” she says.”
Elizabeth says, “My husband, Stephen, and I just moved to Orlando from Boca Raton. We live in College Park with our two boxers. Stephen and I have been married for 2 1/2 years. He was in the military for 8 years and is transitioning to a new job with PCL Construction. I love traveling, boating, taking our dogs to the park, baking, and reading. Stephen and I both went to Auburn University and are huge football fans; we try to make it back for at least one game every season. We have 9 nieces and nephews who all live in the Orlando area, and we love getting to spend time with them!”
“I decided in 1st grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” says Elizabeth. “I had the most incredible teacher that year, and I wanted to be just like her! I still keep in touch with her and love getting to share my teaching experiences with her. She retired right after my first year of teaching and gave me a lot of her classroom decorations, so it’s fun to have those hanging in my classroom now.”
“I am excited about teaching kindergarten this year,” she says. “I love how new and exciting everything is for the students. They come in every day with big smiles on their faces ready to learn. It has been so much fun getting to experience all of their school ‘firsts’ with them. I also get LOTS of hugs throughout the day.”
Elizabeth continues, “I am really looking forward to seeing the progress they make with reading and writing. They have told me many times how excited they are to learn how to read, so I can’t wait to help them progress! I’ve also heard great things about the theater program we are going to do with our students this year – Three Piggy Opera – so I am excited to experience that as well!”
“I am delighted to be part of The Christ School team. I love how welcoming The Christ School family has been,” says Elizabeth. “It’s great to see how everyone really looks out for each other and is always ready to step in anytime someone needs help. I also love being able to have Insomnia Cookies delivered anytime,” she smiles. “In addition to teaching, I will get to be a coach this year!” says Elizabeth. “I played volleyball for 10 years and am looking forward to coaching The Christ School’s 4th grade team.”
Elizabeth shares her favorite Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Middle School STEAM students are exercising their engineering skills by creating useful items with cardboard. They began the lesson by watching the story of Caine’s Arcade, where a 9 year old boy builds an entire arcade out of cardboard. They also watched a short video in which cardboard was used in India to make backpacks for students that folded out into desks that were used at schools that didn’t have desks. They discussed some of the problems facing our world today and brainstormed ideas on how to help ease some of these problems by using discarded cardboard to make items that people need. The students are making items including a house, a tent, a shelf, a chair, shoes, a lunchbox, a candy dispenser and even a grass board (a snowboard that you use on grass), as they discover the Engineering Design Process/Cycle by using it in their design and building process. They are also demonstrating their creativity and ingenuity as well as their desire to be good stewards of the earth through this cardboard construction project.
As a substitute teacher at TCS last year, Brad Haywood enjoyed getting to know all of our students and was able to take part in many of the learning activities at our school. This year, Brad is thrilled to serve on our 4th grade team teaching math, social studies and Bible. “I love all the subjects I teach,” says Brad, “but without a doubt, I am most excited about teaching Biblical Worldview. I love Biblical history as well as viewing what’s going on in the world through a Christian lens. The students will tell you I get pretty fired up in Biblical Worldview. I also will take any opportunity I can to serve as chapel speaker.”
Brad grew up in a rural town in southern Illinois. “After high school, I played football at the University of Illinois on a full football scholarship,” he says. “In my sophomore year at U of I, we were Big Ten Champions, and I played in the Sugar Bowl. After college, I enlisted in the Army. I was a Combat Engineer and Jumpmaster with the 82nd Airborne Division; I deployed to Iraq twice in this role. Later, I deployed to the southern Philippines twice and returned to Iraq for a third time as a Psychological Operations Sergeant. I went to Officer Candidate School and finished my military career as a Personnel Officer. In addition to five deployments, I did tours in both Germany and Korea.”
Brad continues, “This summer, I completed a 7-week PADI Divemaster program with The Dive Station here in Orlando. I can now lead certified divers as well as assist Instructors as they certify divers. I enjoy diving in the different springs throughout Central Florida as well as catching lobsters off of the Atlantic coast by Ft. Lauderdale. I love traveling (have traveled to 38 different countries) as well as whitewater rafting and exploring different waterfalls.”
Although Brad did not aspire to become a teacher early in his career, he is happy to have discovered his passion for teaching at this point in his life. “After the military, I was not sure what I wanted to do,” says Brad. “During my last three years in the Army I was a Personnel Officer; therefore, I thought it would be a natural transition into the HR field. However, that is not where my passion was. I truly felt God was calling me into not only education but Christian education. I took a leap of faith by resigning a good position to go back to graduate school to earn my Master’s in Education. While in school, a parochial school was looking for a 5th and 6th grade Math teacher, so I became a full-time student and teacher at the same time! The doors truly started opening when I sought after God’s purpose for my life.”
“I am excited about this year with my students,” says Brad. “I really enjoy Florida history, and a lot of our field trips are focused on Social Studies. I am looking forward to bringing the history of Florida to life for them at St. Augustine as well as at Fort Christmas. On a day-to-day basis, I look forward to building relationships and mentoring students during such an important time in their lives.”
“I am happy to be at The Christ School. I love the focus on Jesus. We make Him a priority every day, which means we truly are aligned with our mission to provide a Christ-centered educational experience,” Brad continues.
“My wife Asha and I have two sons who are students at TCS. Daniel is in 1st grade and Elijah is in TK. My hope is that my children see the entire world through a Christian lens. I do not want them to be just ‘lukewarm Christians.’ We look forward to building relationships with other families in The Christ School community” he says.
Some skills really set the stage for student success. Executive functions (EF) are skills students needed for planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time. They sound like a big deal…because they are! For some students, these skills come naturally and seem easy. For others, they seem impossible. These children may have challenges with:
Comprehending how much time a project will take to complete
Telling stories (verbally or in writing), struggling to communicate details in an organized, sequential manner
Memorizing and retrieving information from memory
Initiating activities or tasks, or generating ideas independently
Retaining information while doing something with it.
There are many ways to help children with weaknesses in these areas. This year, students in grades 3-8 have a planner. Using a planner consistently is a great way to write out deadlines for weekly homework, daily reading, and bigger projects that need deadlines chunked into smaller bites. Understood.org is an excellent resource with strategies and tools to help you maneuver through these challenges. Check it out!
As you have seen and heard, TCS students are experiencing more exciting programs and activities than ever. All students will benefit from new classes like our STEAM class. Some students will be taking part in different aspects of our Student Support Center or the Math Acceleration Program. Whether your child is involved in one of these or not, they will likely notice more movement of students around campus than in previous years. This is a great thing to notice! Students are getting what they need, based on how God uniquely and wonderfully made them. If children are curious about why classmates may be coming or going, I encourage you to normalize the idea that TCS is a school that desires all students to succeed- and that looks different for everyone. What does that mean for you as parents? It is so important that you partner with us in helping your children understand that every child has different abilities, and every child has challenges. Some challenges may be more visible than others. We need to model to our children the grace that God gives to us. Join me in praying for The Christ School community this year as we continue to provide an excellent Christ-centered education to all students who walk through our doors.
The Christ School welcomes 4th grade teacher, Lee Combs. “I am thrilled to be at TCS!” says Lee. “I have one daughter, Bailey, who is in 8th grade here at TCS. Our mini-poodle, Cali, rounds out our immediate family unit, however, we have many relatives whothat live in the area. We relocated to Orlando from Kentucky about 5 1/2 years ago to be closer to extended family. While most of my time is spent chauffeuring my daughter around to various activities, I do enjoy painting and creating unique gift items, when time permits.”
Lee knew from a very young age that God’s plan for her was teaching. “From playing school as a toddler to tutoring in middle and high school, to being a camp counselor through high school and college, I have always sought out positions that allowed me the opportunity to work with children. I am entering my 20th year as a teacher and still know this is exactly where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing,” she says.
Lee is delighted to be teaching 4th grade this year. “My favorite thing about teaching fourth grade is the students and their ability to make connections and absorb information,” she says. “I am constantly amazed at how they approach problems and work in different ways to solve them. Right now, I am excited to get to know my students, their interests and how they best learn. I believe relationships are part of the foundation of a solid education. Children (and families) need to feel safe and secure within the educational setting to be truly successful. Academically, I cannot wait to collaborate with Mrs. Liu in the STEAM lab and watch my students explore and get excited about science.”
“Since I arrived here, I have noticed that everything at TCS is done with a gracious heart, a willingness to help and a desire to serve children and their families. My daughter and I have been touched by the warmth and helpfulness provided by the staff, families and students of this amazing school!” she says.
Lee shares her favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
In an effort to better coordinate middle school specific communications, we have created a middle school website. The purpose of this website is to provide parents with “one stop shopping” for teacher information, middle school topics and middle school events. It is not intended to be a narrative, a photo display or to replace RenWeb. The site will contain bulleted points regarding dates to remember and reminders. It will also include a brief FAQs section on middle school related topics and a page for each teacher to provide easy access on matters like field trip information, how to use Zinc, and class information (i.e. syllabus, learner contract).
You will receive an email on Monday, August 20, with the link to the website. To simplify use, you will receive an email directing you to the link when the website has been updated.
The website is a work in progress. If you have any questions or ideas regarding the Middle School Update contact, contact Mary Crimmins.
The Christ School is excited to welcome our new STEAM teacher, Christina Liu! Christina hails from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, earning both a Bachelors and Masters Degree (Microbiology, MBA). “Go Blue,” Christina smiles. She and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, CJ and Anna, who attend Apopka High School. CJ is a junior and Anna, a freshman this year. A puppy named Gizmo and a hedgehog named Priscilla round out their family. “My family and I served on mission trips in Jamaica for 5 summers in a row,” she says. I look back at these trips as some of the most special times with my family.”
When not teaching, Christina plays the violin in the Central Florida Community Arts Symphony Orchestra and in the Worship Band at her church. “One of my favorite sports is figure skating,” says Christina. “As you learn to jump in figure skating, you begin to identify the jumps on TV during skating competitions.” Christina continues, “Before we had children, my husband and I did a lot of SCUBA diving. Last summer, we were able to refresh our SCUBA skills and have our girls certified as Jr. Open Water Divers! We look forward to going on dive trips together with our girls.”
“Prior to coming to The Christ School, I taught Think Tank for 5 years,” she says. “Think Tank is an award-winning STEAM-infused critical thinking class that I helped to build at Lake Mary Prep. I’m so thrilled to be at TCS! I love teaching in a faith-based community and look forward to doing some awesome things with my students in our new STEAM Lab. This year, I am really excited about making cool things with my students on the Deltamaker 3D Printer! I love to see the wonder and excitement on my students’ faces as they create and explore.”
Christina says, “My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, which I learned from a song from VBS. If you ask, I’ll sing it to you!”
The first day of school is almost here and we are excited to begin the new school year! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 8. All students are required to wear their dress uniform that day. Chapel will begin at approximately 9:00 am to allow students and teachers time to get settled in their classrooms.
Every parent at The Christ School is a member of our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). Whether you choose to volunteer to chair an event, send in treats or supplies, or help sort uniforms in the Lions Den – your participation and support makes a difference! Please plan to join us for our PTF Kick-Off Dinner on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:00 pm in Lee Fellowship Hall. Learn about all of the great things happening at TCS this year and how to get involved. More details about this event are coming soon! Contact PTF President, Maria Hale, for more information about our PTF.
Is your child interested in participating in athletics at TCSthis year? Stop by the TCS Athletics table, located in The Christ School lobby, on Monday, August 6, during our Meet the Teacher event. Jim Vais, Director of Athletics and Student Conduct, and Gina Wiborg, Coach and P.E. Teacher, will be available to answer any questions you may have about The Christ School’s athletic program. Our Sports Year Overview Information Sheet provides more information on our athletic program and includes online registration links for each of our sports offerings. For questions, contact Jim Vais.
Join us this Monday, August 6, for Family Chapel and Meet the Teacher. The event begins at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary for our back-to-school Chapel service followed by classroom visits where students will meet their teachers! The Lions’ Den will open at 6:30 pm for families to stock up on used uniforms and TCS spirit wear. The Lions’ Den is located on the first floor of The Christ School at the end of the kindergarten wing.
The Christ School Congratulates 2014 Alumni
who are Graduating as 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians
The Christ School (TCS), an independent, Christ-centered, K – 8 school located in downtown Orlando, congratulates its 2014 alumni who are graduating as 2018 Boone High School Valedictorians: Cara Eakins, Kara Gentry, Sydney Haselden, Reid Marlett, Trip McCree, Cooper McKillop, and Emma Schrago. Out of the 17 Boone High School 2018 Valedictorians, 7 are TCS alumni.
“The Christ School is delighted to recognize these seven TCS alumni for their academic achievements,” says Dr. Aaron Farrant, Head of School at The Christ School. “These students worked hard to build upon the foundation of academic excellence they received at TCS. I am excited to see them shine as they continue their educational journey.”
“It is no accident that 7 of the 17 Valedictorians at my high school this year are TCS graduates,” says Reid Marlett, TCS class of 2014 and Boone High School Valedictorian, 2018. “Looking back, I am amazed at how well I was academically equipped for high school. Most notable was how TCS developed my public speaking and critical thinking skills with projects like giving a long speech to classmates or discussing and analyzing our Christian faith from a logical perspective. In addition to being prepared to face the challenging academics of high school, TCS taught me that I am surrounded by a community who loves me with Christ’s love and wants me to succeed.”
The Christ School strives to establish a strong foundation in each student through an academically challenging, Christ-centered curriculum infused with service learning, leadership, and public speaking opportunities. These seven alumni exemplify The Christ School’s portrait of a graduate. They are prepared to perform with distinction at the next academic level, are equipped to be life-long learners, are committed to being others-oriented, are confident and articulate in communication, and are devoted to glorifying God.
The Christ School partners with families to provide an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K – 8 experience. TCS students and graduates confidently pursue excellence in scholarship, service and leadership. The Christ School, established in 1996, is an independent school, located in downtown Orlando on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The Christ School is accredited by the Christian Schools of Florida, Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC).