January 11, 2017
TCS Dads Event Tonight at Vanbarry's

All TCS Dads are invited for the first Dads' get together of 2017! Please join us tonight at 5:30 pm at Vanbarry's on South Orange Avenue. Contact TCS Dad, Jamey Winrow with questions.
PTF Council Meeting Tomorrow
All parents are welcome to attend our Parent Teacher Fellowship meeting tomorrow morning, Thursday, January 12at 8:15 am in Room 217. Parents will have the opportunity to hear from school leaders as well as the volunteer chairs of our upcoming events. Please contact PTF President, Tami Vais, for more details. 
Cold Weather Dress  

In the event of cold weather, we ask you to please refer to our Cold Weather Dress Policy. If the weather is forecasted to be 49 degrees Fahrenheit or below at 8:00 a.m., students may wear heavy coats as outerwear and are encouraged to wear uniform pants with their uniforms. Girls are permitted to wear white or navy blue leggings under TCS uniform bottoms on a forecasted cold weather day.
Lower and Middle School Awards 

Our Lower School 1st Semester Awards ceremony (2nd - 5th grades) will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at 8:15 am in the Sanctuary, in place of morning chapel. TK - 1st grade students will hold Chapel devotions in their classrooms. Our Middle School 1st Semester Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 19, at 8:15 am in the Sanctuary. Students in grades TK - 5 will hold chapel devotions in their classrooms. Parents are encouraged to attend the awards ceremonies. 
A Parents' Guide for Surviving Homework

In the early years of school, children are often excited about having "homework." However, all too soon, it becomes a chore. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing as much support for parents as possible when it comes to homework. We have developed a guide for parents that we hope will provide information about the purpose, benefits and expectations for assigned homework at The Christ School. Your teacher is your most valuable resource when it comes to understanding the specific directions and expectations for homework. This guide serves as a resource tool for parents to help our children experience success with homework. 
Praising God in our Prayers

In chapel on Monday morning, Rich Magee, TCS Technology Specialist, helped our students understand how prayer includes not just asking God for help and thanking Him for His provisions but also adoration and confession. During chapel, every student and teacher took a few minutes to write words of praise to God or to draw a picture praising Him on a post-it note. As students and faculty left chapel, they placed their notes onto boards at the front of the Sanctuary. Later that day, Mr. Magee created a word cloud from the many hundreds of words of adoration. A word cloud is created from a list of related words; the frequency of the word in the list dictates the size of that word in the word cloud artwork. Our most frequently used word was "Loving" (55 times). Our adoration word cloud has been shown in chapel each day this week.
The Power of Positive Speaking
All parents are invited to The Power of Positive Speaking, an informational workshop that will help parents discover the truly, transformative power of the spoken word, and their super power! The program will take place on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in room 330 of Edington Ministry Center. Discover the power we hold with the words of our mouth and the energy of our attention to intentionally lead and guide our children. Please RSVP.  For questions, contact Alissa Plaisance
You Are Our Best Ambassadors!  
Help us share the news of The Christ School by telling your friends and colleagues about our February admission events. Our Kindergarten Chat will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at 9:00 am. This informative program about kindergarten readiness is a favorite of preschool parents. Our Prospective Parent Open House will take place on Wednesday, February 8, at 9:00 am. Attendees will learn about TCS, tour the school and visit classrooms. Please contact Joanne Fleming to RSVP. 
The Mane Event Team Needs Your Help!

Our annual evening of fun, fellowship, and fundraising - the Mane Event Green & Gold Masquerade Ball - is coming up on March 11 and we need your help! This wonderful community event is a great success every year thanks to the generosity of our families, friends, and local businesses. The Mane Event Team is currently seeking out auction items for our silent and live auctions. We are looking for restaurant and boutique gift certificates, sporting event tickets, unique children's items, jewelry, and vacation homes. Please consider how you can contribute to this year's Mane Event and contact event chairs, Jenna Dunaway or Jennifer Deese, with any questions. 
Bible Buddies

Fourth and eighth grade students meet once a week as Bible Buddies. Each week, the group participates in a lesson, prays together and learns about each other. Sometimes the eighth grade students teach and sometimes groups work on teacher directed activities. Last week, the students shared three favorite activities from Christmas break, their favorite gift and two acts of service completed during the holidays. The smiles, laughter, fellowship, and prayer time are a blessing to the students and teachers.

7th grade life science students are learning about viruses; tiny non living particles that harm their host. Each virus has a different shape and can only infect a specific host. The students enjoyed making up silly virus names and symptoms in class. Each student invented a new virus of their own and crafted their virus out of styrofoam balls, string and toothpicks. After constructing their viruses, they infected Mr. Coryell's office!
Snow Much Fun!

The little lions of TK have been enjoying a unit titled "Watching the Weather." One of their activities was making several types of "snow" in the classroom. Working with combinations of baking soda and hair conditioner, corn starch, peppermint extract and shaving cream, corn starch, glitter and vegetable oil and even toilet paper and ivory soap, they were able to create and compare their own pretend snow. It was a messy, but super fun activity for a not-so-cold January day!
Lions' Sports Update
Registration is open for middle school track. For more information, please click here. Forms are due to The Christ School office January 20The first practice will be here in the gym on Monday, January 23, 3:45 - 4:45 pmRegistration is open for lower school golf, soccer shots, and winter tennis. Click for Lions' Sports News.
The Christ School prayer team is happy to lift our families up in prayer.  If you would like to have them pray for you or someone in your family, please submit your prayer request.

Thank you to our Mane Event Emerald and Platinum Sponsors: 
Mark Your Calendars
Lions' Den Hours
8:15 - 9:30 am
Wednesday, January 11
TCS Dad's Night
Location TBD
Thursday, January 12
PTF Council Meeting
8:15 am
Room 217
Thursday, January 12
Lower School Service Club
3:15 - 4:00 pm
Warehouse, TCS 3rd Floor
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
No School

Wednesday, January 18
Lower School Semester Awards
8:15 am
Thursday, January 19
Middle School Semester Awards
8:15 am
Wednesday, January 25
Parent Information Event:
The Power of Positive Speaking
6:30 pm
Edington Ministry Center Room 330
Wednesday, February 1
Kindergarten Chat
9:00 am
Library and Media Center
Wednesday, February 8
Prospective Parent Open House
9:00 am
King Parlor
Friday, February 17
Grandparents Day
9:30 am
Monday, February 20
Presidents Day
No School
Saturday, March 11
The Mane Event
7:00 pm
Country Club of Orlando