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The Life Lessons of Mr. Rogers

Get your cardigans ready! During the month of November, our 6th grade students are learning about the life and lessons of Mr. Rogers. Through reading, writing, presentations, and acts of kindness, students are exploring the gentleness and wisdom of this legendary public television figure. This interdisciplinary thematic unit reaches across language arts, Bible, and science classes with interconnected, thoughtful lessons. Some highlights will include the investigation of truisms, distinguishing reality from make-believe, interpretation of symbols, and the biblical connotation of the word neighbor. They will wrap up the themed lessons with a kindness challenge during “Red Sweater Week” and look forward to a class field trip to see the feature film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”  Students and teachers alike are “growing on the inside” as they explore and revisit the compassion and understanding of Mr. Rogers. We pray that the goodness of these lessons will weave into the fabric of our 6th grade students and throughout our middle school.

Durable Learning Through Themed Lessons

Our 5th grade classrooms have been transformed into surgical rooms. “Drs. Forbes and DiBiase” have been creating memorable learning experiences through themed lessons this week. All of their activities are helping to reinforce their study of the human body.  Science lessons have included researching diseases and infections, sorting organs into their proper body systems, and investigating patient profiles; identifying which organs have been impacted and predicting the recommendations a doctor may give. Today they collaborated with 7th grade science students to build a model of a lung!  Math lessons have included working with hospital scenarios to calculate mean, median, mode and range, and referencing a hospital supply list to fulfill orders to review the addition and multiplication of decimals. In Language Arts, the students are exploring character traits, commas, and context clues. To deepen their lesson, TCS parents and friends in the medical field visited the classrooms to share their expertise. It’s great to be a TCS Lion!

Lions’ Sports News November 13

Middle School
Soccer
First Game: Friday, November 22, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep
The next practice is at MLK Park on Friday, November 15, 4:30-6:00 pm and Monday, November 18, 6:15-7:30 pm.

Basketball
Boys Basketball Practice: November 20, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Pre-Season Game: Monday, November 18, 4:00 pm at Orlando Christian Prep
Girls Basketball Practice: November 14 and 19, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The next meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 11:59 am during paws and lunch in room B12.  Please bring a non-microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Basketball
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session of Soccer Shots for TK – 2nd grade students. TK-K Soccer Shots will be held on Tuesdays, March 3 – April 28. 1st and 2nd grade Soccer Shots will be held on Thursdays, March 5 – April 30. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required. Please note: a one-time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Community Helpers

TCS first grade students have been learning about community helpers. They have explored the different roles people have in our community and how they help others. To enhance their lesson, TCS parents have visited the classrooms to share their roles in our community. Dr. Richard Carter explained his role as a pharmacist, Judge Chiu shared about his experiences as a member of the judiciary, Dr. Leigh Harris shared information about being a physical therapist, and our own Mr. Noto shared about being a principal. This week and next, a police officer, nurse anesthetist, firefighter, commissioner, area president of a home construction company, and a construction worker will be sharing how they help make our community better.

Lions’ Sports News November 6

TCS winter sports are off and running. Our middle school teams are working hard and will begin their competition season right before and after Thanksgiving. Our games will be listed here in the newsletter. Join us for a game and support your Lions!
Our middle school athletes’ first games are:
Boys’ soccer: Friday, November 22, 4:00 pm at Trinity Prep.
Boys’ basketball: Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am at The First Academy.
Girls’ basketball: Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am at Foundation Academy.

Middle School
Soccer
Next Boys Practice at MLK Park is on Monday, November 11, 6:15-7:30 pm and
Friday, November 15, 4:30-6:00 pm

Basketball
Boys Basketball Practice – November 11 and 13, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls Basketball Practice – November 7 and 12, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.

Lower School
3rd-5th grade Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

TK-2nd grade Soccer Shots
Registration is open for the spring session.
TK-K will be held on Tuesdays – March 3 – April 28
1st and 2nd grade will be held on Thursdays – March 5 – April 30
TCS Hold Harmless Form required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Basketball Clinic for grades TK – 2 registration will close November 8.
5 week sessions: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Session held in the TCS Gym from 3:30 to 4:05 pm
Register online.
A Basketball Clinic Registration fee $85 will be charged to your FACTS account.
TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note a one time $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account if you have not yet participated in a TCS sport this year.

Deeper Discussions

Several middle school students wanted to deepen their critical thinking skills, so they formed a critical thinking group, led by Mr. Davis and Mr. Nelson. The group meets every Friday during lunch to discuss Biblical themes and current world issues. Each week, they discuss different topics, often pulling out the Bible to get a Biblical perspective on the topic at hand. At the conclusion of the meeting, they determine the topic for the next week so they can research and gain perspective for the next discussion. New members are welcome!  If your middle school child is interested in joining the group, ask them to contact Mr. Davis or Mr. Nelson.

Get to Know Shelby Shannon

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

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

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

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

Musical Memories!

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

Lions’ Sports News October 30

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

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

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

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

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

Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

 

TCS Alumnus Speaks In Middle School Chapel October 31

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

Lower School Spotlight – STEAM Inspiration and Creativity

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

Middle School Advisory

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

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

 

Researching Ancient Civilizations

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

A Cheerful Greeting!

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

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

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

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

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

Lions’ Sports News October 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basketball
4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open and will end on January 31. Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs. Play begins February 8 and continues through March 28. The games will be played at Ace School located Downtown. Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed. Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports. A TCS Hold Harmless Form is required.
Please note: a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Energy and Motion

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

Middle School Spotlight – Egg Drop Challenge

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

Lions’ Sports News October 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basketball
TCS 4th and 5th grade girls’ and boys’ and 3rd grade co-ed basketball registration is open.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs.
Play begins February 8 – March 28
Games will be played at Ace School located Downtown.
Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed.
Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports
TCS Hold Harmless Form required.
A $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Lions’ Sports News October 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls and boys basketball registration is open.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs.
Play begins February 8  and continues through March 28.
Games will be played at Ace School located Downtown.
Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed.
Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports  
TCS Hold Harmless Form required. 
Please note a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS account.

Positive Role Model

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

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

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

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

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

 

Exploring the Impact of Choices

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

Lions’ Sports News October 2


Middle School
Volleyball
Congratulations to our Gold and Silver volleyball teams. They have moved on to the next round.  Next matches are:
Silver Team
Saturday – October 5, 9:30 am at Windermere Prep
Gold Team
Saturday – October 5, 9:00 am at Trinity Prep
Let’s Roar Lions!!

Cross Country
God provided a wonderful breeze and… The boys placed 4th…. only lost out 3rd by 2 pts.  Garland Ingram took 3rd place with Eli Carnes coming in 16th as our second runner.

The girls shaved off a lot of time and had PR’s for nearly everyone on the team!  Ashley Hale came in 15th as our top runner and the team landed in 4th place!

Way to Roar Lions!!   

Flag Football
Congrats to our team we landed in the 3rd place spot. Awesome job Lions!

THANK YOU to all our athletes, coaches and families for an awesome fall season of TCS sports.

Soccer
Boys Soccer Tryouts – Friday, October 4, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls Soccer Tryouts – Tuesday, October 8, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
All students must be registered to tryout. Please be prepared with proper shoes and clothing.
Click here for the Girls’ registration form.
Click here for the boys’ registration form.

Basketball
Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts – Monday, October 7, 3:45-5:00pm in the gym.
All students must be registered to tryout.
Please be prepared with proper shoes and clothing.
Click here for the Girls’ registration form.
Click here for the boys’ registration form.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Next meeting, Wednesday, October 9, 11:59 am during paws and lunch in room B12.  Please bring a non microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Volleyball
4th and 5th grade volleyball next matches.
Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am at Faith Christian.

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

Soccer Shots
 The next class is on Thursday, October 3, 3:30-4:05 pm on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
The next class is on Wednesday, October 9, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

Basketball
3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls and boys basketball registration is open.
Registration includes uniform, 6 games plus playoffs.
Play begins February 8 – March 28
Games will be played at Ace School located Downtown.
Practice location and times will be determined as teams are formed.
Registration is online at Legacy Youth Sports
TCS Hold Harmless Form required. 
Please note a one $35 Athletic fee will be charged to your FACTS.

 

Learning Through Teaching

Seventh grade science students have been studying viruses.  As part of their lesson, they were presented with a challenge: to work in groups to construct a working model of a virus that will help teach younger students. Through the process of creating their model, the older students learned that by taking a complex idea and putting it into a simpler form for younger students to understand, they were able to better understand it themselves.  Once the models were complete, they had a wonderful time sharing them with our kindergarten students!

All About Apples

First grade students have been learning about tall tales and Johnny Appleseed. The students engaged in reading, writing, and math centers based on apples. On September 26th, Johnny’s birthday, they had a surprise visit from the legend himself!  Mr. Appleseed delivered apples to the students who taste-tested and graphed their favorite apple, weighed the apples, made apple pie in a cup and used their senses to describe apples. It was an exciting week full of apple fun.

Welcome Rachel Parks

The Christ School extends a warm welcome to Rachel Parks, 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and 6th grade Math teacher.  “I am a mother of three (Nathan, Hannah and Samuel, a 7th grade TCS Lion), a dog-lover (our dog is named Lucy), an avid reader, and entertaining enthusiast,” she says. “I am at home anywhere as long as I have a book!  I love to make my home welcoming to others whether for small gatherings or larger events. The holidays are my favorite, but my door is always open to family and friends, new and old. I also love live music and watching performances of just about any kind.”

“This is my 14th year of teaching,” says Rachel. “I have always been drawn to teaching, in one capacity or another. My first job was as a summer camp counselor at the YMCA. Since then, I have always found myself in teaching, counseling, and mentoring positions.”

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is the privilege of being a part of a student’s life over the course of a school year, and often beyond,” she continues. “I love to see my former students and am amazed at all of their accomplishments. It is a wonderful honor to have played a small role in the development of another human being.”

“I am enjoying being a teacher at TCS,” she says. “The Christ School family has embraced me as well as my son Sam who is a new student this year. We both feel so welcomed and encouraged each day! Our school is a very special place and we are so happy to be here.”

“My favorite part of being a middle school teacher is teaching different groups of students throughout the day. It is so interesting how the dynamics change with each group. I don’t have a favorite subject, as each has interesting aspects about it, but I do enjoy sharing my love of reading with students.”

“One of the things I am very much looking forward to teaching this year is a unit on the wisdom of Mr. Rogers with our 6th grade students,” she says. “There are many lessons that we can learn from Mr. Rogers, and I hope to connect these to the real-life issues facing our students today.”

Rachel shares her favorite Bible verse:  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23

Fall Bible Studies Begin Tuesday, October 8

The Christ School will begin a new session of our Tuesday morning Bible studies for students in grades 4 through 8 this Tuesday, October 8.  The Bible studies are voluntary and will meet from 7:15 to 7:45 am every Tuesday for 7 weeks, concluding on November 19. Breakfast will be provided! 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.

Fall Bible Studies
Tuesdays 7:15-7:45 am
October 8 – November 19

4th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Marie DiBiase and Vicki Taulbee
Content: Radiant by Priscilla Shirer
Location: Room 312

4th/5th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Aaron Farrant and Michael Noto
Content: Nehemiah the Builder
Location: Room 315

5th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Lee Combs and Jennie Farrant
Content: Excerpts from We Saved You a Seat: Lasting Friendships
Location: Room 313

6th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jenny Forbes
Content: Just Us Girls
Location: Room 311

6th Grade Boys:
Leader: Tyler Wilson
Content: Parables
Student Ministry Lounge, 3rd Floor, TCS

7th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Thea Nelson and Alissa Plaisance
Content: Promises from Psalm 139
Location: Room 144

7th/8th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Justin Nelson and Mark Davis
Content: The Measure of a Young Man
Location: Room 246

8th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jasmine Simmons
Content: You’re God’s Girl!
Location: Room 217

Lions’ Sports News September 25

Middle School
Volleyball
Our ladies are finishing their last matches of the season and heading into tournament play.
Silver Team:
Saturday, September 28: 9:30 am at Windermere Prep
Tuesday, October 1: First round of the tournament starting 4:30 pm at Orangewood Christian
Saturday, October 5: Final round of the tournament starting 9:30 am at Windermere Prep
Gold Team:
Saturday, September 28: 10:00 am at Trinity Prep
Monday, September 30: First round of the tournament starting 4:30 pm at The Christ School
Saturday, October 5: Final round of tournament starting 9:00 am at Lake Mary Prep

Cross Country
Championship Meet, Tuesday, October 1, at Trinity Prep
Girls start at 4:30 pm, Boys start at 5:00 pm.
Let’s Roar Lions! 

Flag Football
Our Lions are heading into tournament play!
Tournament – Thursday, September 26, 5:00 pm at Trinity Prep.

Soccer
Boys Soccer tryouts – Friday, October 4, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
Girls Soccer tryouts – Tuesday, October 8, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
All students must be registered to try out.
Click here for the Girls’ Registration Form.
Click here for the Boys’ Registration Form.
Please be prepared with proper shoes and clothing.

Basketball
Boys and Girls Basketball tryouts – Monday, October 7, 3:45-5:00 pm in the gym.
All students must be registered to try out.
Click here for the Girls’ Registration Form.
Click here for the Boys’ Registration Form.
Please be prepared with proper shoes and clothing.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Next meeting: Wednesday, October 2, 11:59 am during paws and lunch in room B12.
Please bring a non-microwavable lunch and your fresh ideas.

Lower School
Volleyball
4th and 5th grade volleyball next matches:
Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am at Faith Christian.

Flag Football
Next games Under the Lights: Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm (3/4 grade) and 8:00 pm (5/6 grade) at Showalter Field.

Soccer Shots
Next class is Thursday, September 26, 3:30-4:05 on the green space.

Flag Football Clinic
Next class is Wednesday, October 2, 3:30-4:10 pm on the green space.

Exploring Charlotte’s Web

Third grade students are participating in a novel study of Charlotte’s Web. To introduce the novel, their teachers surprised the students by transforming their classrooms into barns! The novel study will include reading, classroom discussions, interactive activities, exploring new vocabulary, and completing projects based on the text. At the end of the novel study, students will recreate their favorite scene from the book by making a diorama to present to the class. This is a wonderful novel study in which students learn all about the importance of friendship and love.

Fall 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 7 weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 8, and continuing through November 19. Breakfast will be provided! 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:

Fall Bible Studies
Tuesdays 7:15-7:45 am
October 8 – November 19

4th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Marie DiBiase and Vicki Taulbee
Content: TBD
Location: Room 312

4th/5th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Aaron Farrant and Michael Noto
Content: Nehemiah the Builder
Location: Room 315

5th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Lee Combs and Jennie Farrant
Content: Excerpts from We Saved You a Seat: Lasting Friendships
Location: Room 313

6th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jenny Forbes
Content: Just Us Girls
Location: Room 311

6th Grade Boys:
Leader: Tyler Wilson
Content: Parables
Student Ministry Lounge, 3rd Floor, TCS

7th Grade Girls:
Leaders: Thea Nelson and Alissa Plaisance
Content: Promises from Psalm 139
Location: Room 144

7th/8th Grade Boys:
Leaders: Justin Nelson and Mark Davis
Content: TBD
Location: Room 246

8th Grade Girls:
Leader: Jasmine Simmons
Content: You’re God’s Girl!
Location: Room 217

A Mind for Math

The Christ School welcomes Denise Mathis as our 7th and 8th grade math teacher. “I have always enjoyed math,” says Denise. “I believe that God has given me the ability to break a problem down into steps in order to model how to solve it. I love teaching math because it has a type of process and order to it. In Genesis, at the beginning of creation, we see that God did everything in an orderly manner. As a result, I see God in math because it is done in an orderly manner.”

“I am always looking for new material to bring math to life for my students,” says Denise. “Currently, I found ‘Facing Math,’ which allows students to review concepts while creating a piece of art based upon their answers. These are the pictures that are currently hanging outside my room. I hope you will stop by and see them!”

In addition to teaching, Denise leads a middle school advisory group at TCS. “It is great to get to know the girls in my group on a personal level. We share and grow closer,” she says.

“So far I have really enjoyed teaching at The Christ School,” says Denise. “I love how supportive everyone is here. Everyone truly cares.”

Denise and her husband Don have been married for 32 years. “I married the love of my life who I met my senior year of high school,” she says. “I always look forward to “date nights” with my husband. We love to find good seafood restaurants and then have dessert afterward.”

“I have two boys (young men) who are everything to me. My oldest is a mechanical engineer and works for FedEx. My youngest is finishing up his triple minor: youth ministry, theater, and electronic media from Evangel University.”

Denise continues, “My boys fell in love with the sport of bowling when they were in high school. As a result, I still love to watch them bowl and watch bowling on TV with my family (since I know so much more about it and have a higher degree of respect for it). My oldest is currently a certified Bronze Level Coach for bowling.”

Denise shares her favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a purpose.

“I raised my own children based upon this verse and believe it is true for every student. As a parent and an educator, it is important to come alongside each child to help them discover God’s purpose/plan in their life,” she says.

 

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