What's Happening Newsletter

What's Happening December 13, 2019

Rave Reviews for Hotel Bethlehem!

On Wednesday night our 1st - 4th grade students performed the musical "Hotel Bethlehem." We would like to take a moment during this very busy time of the year to thank our dedicated teachers who put in a lot of extra time and shared their talents over the last several months preparing for this Christmas Show. A BIG thank-you goes out to Mrs. Turnbull, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Sevy, Mrs. McFarland and Mr. Saraga. We would also like to thank the many parent volunteers who helped make this show a success!

We continue to celebrate the Season of Advent as we look forward to the TK/Kinder program "M is for Manger" this Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 PM and our Preschool program "A Christmas Hope" on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 AM.
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What's Happening November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

This week students had an opportunity to reflect on what they are thankful for and celebrate the students who received the "Thankfulness Award." Our 1st and 5th grade buddies participated in the annual "Buddy Feast" while our Kindergartners created "Thankful Turkeys."

Please note our Thanksgiving Holidays Hours:

Monday 11/25- Office Closed
Tuesday 11/26- Office Open 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Wednesday 11/27- Office Open 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Thursday 11/28- Campus Closed
Friday 11/29- Campus Closed

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! We will see you back to school on December 2nd.
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What's Happening November 15, 2019

Chargers Sports

CLS Boys Soccer had a great season this year. We finished the season in second place at 5-2 record with both losses coming in overtime. The boys got the opportunity to play in the finals in front of a huge crowd. All 5 of our 8th graders played a significant role in this fantastic season, and they will be missed next year.

CLS Girls Volleyball did an outstanding job this season. It was great to see how each player grew as an athlete and how each girl contributed to the success of the team. We look forward to another round of Chargers Sports starting up next month.

Tryouts for Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer are scheduled for December 3. Email with more details to follow. We are looking for help with our Boys Basketball team. If you or someone you know would like to help coach, please email the school office.

Go Chargers!
Tony Scotto, CLS Athletic Director
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What's Happening November 8, 2019

A Family Within a Family
by Sarah Turnbull

It is the first Monday of the month and a rush of children, kindergarten through eighth grade, begin to form lines on the black top behind teachers holding up shields with simple logos and Bible figure names. The lines follow each teacher into her respective classroom where older and younger students cluster on the rug or an area near the white board. During the next 45 minutes each teacher or House Host leads their House through an ice breaker activity and a lesson that focuses on the school-wide character trait of the month. Older students help the younger to play the games or answer questions. There are moments of laughter and silliness and moments of deeper reflection. The House meeting concludes with a prayer. As the older students shepherd the younger ones back to their classrooms, an eighth grader kneels down and ties the shoelaces of a first grader before waving goodbye to his new little buddy. The busy beehive sound of House meetings is slowly replaced by the quiet of a resumed school day.

At the start of the 2019/2020 school year, Christ Lutheran began a new school-wide program called Houses of Heroes. As a staff, we have been feeling a pull to be more deliberate in how we address, model, and encourage a school-wide culture of kindness and connection based upon biblical character traits.

What is the House system? British schools have been implementing this team building program for many years, long before it was popularized in the Harry Potter series. Originally it was designed to help students at boarding schools develop better relationships with the other residents in their dorm. Many schools nationwide have created variations of the House idea to suit their school culture and demographics to build a stronger sense of camaraderie and identity.

How does it work for CLS? All students, kindergarten through eighth grade are randomly divided into nine houses named after biblical figures. Each House is led by a House Host or teacher and has 20-25 students. The Houses meet together monthly for 45 minutes to participate in team building activities and a character lesson that are based upon a biblical trait. In addition to the monthly meetings, all students are able to earn a Zap Slip from any staff member at any time during the school day. The Zap Slip recognizes any positive attitude or act of service and leadership that a student is caught demonstrating. Those slips are delivered to the student’s House. At the end of the month at the all school chapel, the House with the most Zap Slips wins the House Cup (trophy) for the month. The House competition starts anew each month. The school year will end with House celebrations.
How does this affect the school culture? Our desire is to help all students feel included in something bigger than themselves or their grade level group. Houses provide an opportunity for children to develop relationships with other children outside of their immediate grade that they might not have otherwise. These relationships help foster compassion and service toward others and reduce bullying
and exclusion. The older students have opportunities to lead the younger students through activities, develop leadership skills, and recognize their responsibility as mentors to the younger students. Houses also help students transition to the next grade as they have become familiar with other teachers, classrooms, and age groups. Students are recognized for demonstrating Christ-like attributes in a way that focuses on the benefit to their whole House.

Just as all Christians are part of the body of Christ with different strengths used to build up the whole church, our heart desire is to construct a more concrete way for students to understand and live out the imperative in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to “encourage one another and build each other up.”
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What's Happening November 1, 2019

Cyber Safety Cop Seminar
Nov 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM

Back by popular demand! You won't want to miss the return of the Cyber Safety Cop!

What apps are on your child’s phone? What social media are they using? What age should a child have a smartphone? Digital technology is an excellent tool to make and enhance social relationships, however, it can also expose our children to risk.

This class will discuss:

• The current impact of bullying in schools
• Current apps kids are using and what you need to know about them
• Risks associated with popular social media sites
• “Sexting” and online predators
• How to set expectations and consequences
• How to monitor online activity and find secret Instagram accounts
• How to talk to your child about pornography
• Parental controls and privacy settings


Childcare available for $5 per child. RSVP here.
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What's Happening October 25, 2019

Country Fair- November 1st

A few reminders from the Country Fair Committee-

Pre-School, TK and Kindergarten need a parent or other chaperone to escort your child at the event. This age group will be released to the fair at 9:00 a.m.

All other children will be released to the Fair at 9:30 a.m. If your child would like to participate in the karaoke please make sure to turn in the form with your song choices. We will call all participants up to the stage between 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

If you have candy to donate to Treats 4 Troops drop it off in the school office.

If you can help during the event and/or with set-up or clean-up, please see the volunteer list in your packet of information regarding volunteer needs. Please use this link to sign-up online.

If you have a pop up tent or an ice chest that we can borrow please drop off on October 31st on the blacktop and make sure to label all items.

Looking forward to another great County Fair!
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What's Happening October 18, 2019

Trunk or Treat- Oct 25th 7-8:30 PM

Please join us for the 10th Annual Trunk or Treat next Friday, October 25th from 7:00- 8:30 PM. Invite your friends as this event is open to the public.

We still need trunks! If you would like to pass out candy from your decorated trunk please sign-up here and add your name to the list.

No scary trunks or costumes please! If you have any questions please contact the office.
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What's Happening October 11, 2019

Digital Citizenship Week October 14-18

Today’s youth are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create and learn in ways never before imagined! This power brings awesome learning opportunities, and yet it can cause potential pitfalls, too. Schools are dealing with the associated ramifications, such as cyberbullying, digital cheating and safety/security concerns. These issues require students to learn – and teachers to teach – digital citizenship skills.

This week all of our students in grades 1 – 8 will participate in an interactive, age appropriate Digital Citizenship lesson with the help of www.commonsense.org. This organization partners with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to teach kids to think critically, behave safely and participate appropriately in our digital world. The topic structure includes Media Balance, Digital Footprint & Identity, Privacy & Security, Relationships & Communications, and Cyberbullying.

I will be implementing these lessons periodically throughout the school year, beginning this week. Please look for a packet to come home that your child completed, along with a Family Tips page.

I believe that we all, as children of God, have the responsibility to show faith-filled Digital Citizenship.

In Christ,
Susan Woeste
Computer Teacher
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What's Happening October 4, 2019

Cyber Safety Cop Assemblies and Parent Seminar

Today, students attended Cyber Safety Cop assemblies. We had three separate student assemblies to deliver the appropriate content to each age group ranging from keeping younger students safe from harmful images they may come across to sharing the dangers of what older students might post themselves. You can continue the conversation at home using the "talking points" provided by the speaker.

Next month we welcome back The Cyber Safety Cop for the "Parenting in the Digital World" FREE parenting seminar on November 7th from 6:30-8:30 PM. This seminar is open to the public, please invite friends who may be interested. For parents only. Childcare available.
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What's Happening September 27, 2019

Student Council 2019-2020

After a successful week of campaigning with creative posters and thoughtful speeches, the voters had the last word as they elected their new student council leaders for the 2019-2020 school-year. Congratulations go out to:

Peter, President
Lexie, Vice President
Shyla, Secretary
Peter, Room Rep
Keira, Room Rep
Peter, Room Rep
Jonah, Room Rep
Camden, Room Rep
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