THE OFFICIAL E-NEWSLETTER OF THE CHRIST SCHOOL 
JASON W. POWELL, Ed.D. HEAD OF SCHOOL

May 17, 2017
8th Grade Farewell Chapel

One of the precious traditions we have at The Christ School is the 8th Grade Farewell Chapel. Tomorrow morning's middle school chapelThursdayMay 18, at 8:15 am in the Reformation Chapel, will be dedicated to our soon-to-be alumni. During this chapel, a slideshow will be presented highlighting unique aspects of the students. To further personalize the sendoff, our middle school teachers will offer heartfelt individual blessings. The chapel concludes with the entire class being circled in prayer. All parents of 8th grade students are invited to this special worship and celebration.
Farewell Chapel Honoring Jason Powell

The Christ School community is invited to attend a special farewell chapel for our Head of School, Dr. Jason Powell, this Friday, May 19. The chapel will be held from 8:15 to 8:45 am in the FPCO Sanctuary. Come and hear reflections on his time at TCS, and help us wish Dr. Powell and his family well on their new adventure in Tennessee! 
Lions' Day 

It's almost time for our Lions' Day end-of-year celebration! This Friday, May 19, our Lions will enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor games, gym relays, yearbook signing, and class parties! Students should follow regular Friday dress guidelines. Please remember to pack a lunch. Pizza Hut and Emma Bean are available for purchase. A fun treat will be provided! Please sign up to volunteer or contact event chairs, Heidi Arias or Kris Richarde, for more information. 
Attention All TCS Families, Alumni & Founders

The Christ School community is invited to worship at the 11:00 am Sunday service of First Presbyterian Church Orlando (FPCO) on May 21 as the FPCO congregation recognizes and prays for our transitioning Head of School, Dr. Jason Powell. TCS families are asked to sit together in the front left quadrant of the sanctuary (garden side) to show our support. Please plan to arrive in the sanctuary by 10:45 am
8th Grade Legacy Walk 

We are excited to celebrate our soon-to-be TCS graduates at the 8th Grade Legacy Walk on Wednesday, May 24, from 11:20 to 11:50 am. Our 8th grade students will walk through the halls of TCS in their high school t-shirts as the rest of our students cheer for them! It is sure to be a fun and heartwarming event for all of our students. Parents of our 8th grade students are welcome to come and take photos.  
Heart of a Lion 

TCS kindergarten student Whitney Gaston demonstrated that she is indeed LION Strong! After learning in chapel that other children didn't have many of the things she has, Whitney decided that she needed to make a difference. Whitney and her mom, Meri, organized a book drive to benefit children at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. They reached out to many of their friends in the community, including The Christ School Lower School Service Club, to help. Through their efforts, Whitney was able to donate over 1300 children's books to the organization. Whitney is proof that even the littlest lion can make a big impact! Way to ROAR, Whitney!  
The Lions Den Update

Our Used Uniform Closet and Spirit Store (the Lions Den) is now accepting uniform donations! Please bring in any uniforms that no longer fit your child(ren) and we will add them to our store. We are happy to accept discontinued items as well, so it's time to clean out the drawers and get ready for summertime clothes! Items may be dropped off at the first floor reception desk. Watch for an email this summer with a Lions Den sale date so that you can get your lion set up for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for all of your support this year! Please note: the Lions Den will be closed on Monday, May 22
#TCSKindness 

Our lions are already taking our kindness initiative to heart! We are enjoying the photos of kind acts by our students on social media tagged with #TCSKindness. We ask that our lions continue this initiative throughout the summer as we remember to think of others and do kind things. Whether it is to help a friend or neighbor, pick up trash on the beach, or volunteer to help someone in need, we know our LION Strong TCS students will find many ways to show kindness to others! Remember, when your TCS lion does a kind act, we invite you to take a photo or write something about their kind deed and post on social media. Be sure to tag it with #TCSKindness. Click here for details.  
Powerful Performances

8th grade Language Arts students performed Shakespearean monologues from the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Their teacher, Mrs. Tracy Sheldon said, "It was so cool to see our TCS "soon-to-be graduates" evoke so much passion as they presented to their peers. Who knew some of these students had so much pizzazz? The costumes were adorable and the performances even more stunning! What a great way to end the year!"
Lions' Sports Update
Congratulations to our 5th grade and 3rd/4th grade girls volleyball teams and their coaches for a LION Strong season!
Congratulations to our spring soccer teams and coaches for a wonderful LION season! Way to Roar Lions!

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.
Mark Your Calendars
Lions' Den 
Closed for the season!
May 18
Middle School Exams
Thursday, May 18
8th Grade Farewell Chapel
8:15 am
Reformation Chapel
Friday, May 19
Farewell Chapel for Jason Powell
8:15 am
Sanctuary
Friday, May 19
Lions' Day
End of Year Celebration
May 22 - 24
Middle School Exams

Tuesday, May 23
Middle School End of Year Awards
8:15 am
Sanctuary
Tuesday, May 23
National Junior Honor Society
Induction Ceremony
Immediately following the MS Awards Ceremony (approximately 9:15 am) 
Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 24
8th Grade Legacy Walk
11:20 am
Wednesday, May 24
8th Grade Celebration Luncheon

Thursday, May 25
TCS Graduation
2:00 pm 
Sanctuary
Thursday, May 25
TCS Graduation Reception
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Lee Fellowship Hall
Friday, May 26
Kindergarten Moving On Ceremony
8:30 am
Sanctuary
Friday, May 26
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal
Lower School: 12:20 pm
Middle School: 12:35 pm
Friday, May 26
TCS offices close for the 
Memorial Day Holiday
1:00 pm