2016 Year End Giving


Remember these cute boys in 2014?  They are in sixth grade now.  Their last year at San Luis Obispo Christian School.  Where has the time gone?

As we wrap up 2016, we wanted to reflect on the goodness of God.  We serve an awesome God!  He has been faithful to keep our doors open because of donors like these boys, and donors like you! Thank you.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” I Chronicles 16:34

We hope that you might consider showing your support by considering us as one of your favorite non-profit organization in your year-end giving for 2016!  Please join us by financially partnering with us to support families at our school through the Ebenezer Assistance Program.  You can learn more about this program and how it has impacted families at our school by visiting our sponsorship page here: http://www.slocs.com/sponsorship/


We appreciate your prayerful consideration in giving to our Ebenezer Assistance Program. We would love for you to partner with SLOCS as we….

Make disciples, develop scholars, and build community, all for the glory of God!

Pure intelligence is not a guarantee of success, and that is why we believe that scholars are not those just filled with information, but those who are transformed through information plus experience, topped with wisdom and character, and set on a bedrock of faith. Every subject is interwoven with how it relates to God’s purpose and design, so that our scholars will see life and learning through the lens of their eternal Creator. There is no higher calling for each of us than to use all of the gifts God has given us to serve Him, and that is what we call our students to each day. Individual attention in the classroom is one of the surest ways to give each child the keys he or she needs to succeed academically and for life.

Reading Round Up


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Reading Round Up is a week from this Friday.  This event is our alternative to celebrating Halloween. Students will spend the morning circulating into each classroom for special activities centered around children’s literature. The students are to bring their favorite book and come dressed as their favorite character from the book. This is a special event that the students look forward to every year. As a staff we love it because it promotes literacy and we can use the time to focus on certain aspects of literature, such as learning about different genres, comparing illustrations, character development, and so much more! Plus, the students have so much fun, they hardly realize they are learning!

 

Here are a few pictures from years past (Photo credit: Teana Fredeen)



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Night at the Library: When Books Come to Life


Join us Tuesday May 19th at 6:30 in the SLOCS Library (a.k.a. Sanctuary) as we watch our students bring literature to life! This is an annual event at SLOCS and one that has been a favorite year after year. We have a very entertaining evening planned for you including a special guest appearance by our school librarian, Mrs. Ybarra! Our TK/K class will be presenting “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Our 1st and 2nd graders will be regaling you with fun stories from the “Frog and Toad” book series. Don’t miss a hilarious and touching rendition of “Charlotte’s Web” by our 3rd and 4th grades, and finally, a crowd favorite by our 5th and 6th graders, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” To add to the fun, you can right click the picture below to download your very own official SLOCS Library Card which will give you access to our “Library” after hours. (Don’t worry if you forget yours, we’ll make some exceptions!) Afterward the audience is invited to a “Cast Party’ in the SLOCS courtyard where there will be refreshments and you can collect autographs from our cast members! We hope you will join us! Our students have worked so hard and are excited to fill the sanctuary with a grand audience!

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Mrs. Wehe’s TK/Kinder class was up to some fun adventures today!

Their class has been observing water in different ways this week. Yesterday they watched food coloring spread across a bucket of water as they learned about water molecules.

Today, they took that same colored water and explored water’s weight by measuring it against itself and other objects using a scale. It was a great time of hands on learning!

They used words like heavier, lighter, equal, more, less, the same.

They asked questions like:

“Which one has more?”

“What if I put marbles on this side?”

“Can I make them equal?”

“What will happen if I mix the colors?”

They pitted the blue and green water against themselves for a race to the heaviest, “Look it! This one wins!”

They even discovered that some objects float in the water, and some sink! “I never knew these could float!”

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These little scholars are gearing up to be super stars here at SLOCS! Thanks Mrs. Wehe for a great lesson!

 

Mixing Program: Part Dos


Our Mixing Program is off to a great start!

[To recap from last week: The Mixing Program is offered to 1st- 6th grades on Fridays from 12:45-2:35. It is compromised of three extracurricular classes, much like electives. This trimester we are offering Computer Programming, Spanish and P.E. Each class rotates to each of the mixing classes that has been specially designed for their appropriate grade level.]

Last week on the blog, we featured our Computer Programming Class, and this week we are featuring our Spanish Class!

A little about the curriculum…

Our Spanish class will be using “Pasaporte al Español” by Bob Jones University.

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“Promoting meaningful, long-term use of Spanish through essential skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, your students will build comprehension skills at the earliest levels. Demonstrating actions and conversational language with the “Garcia Family”, along with consistent workbook reading, helps children learn both the joy of language and study habits that will stay with them for future learning. There are 192 lessons in this easy to use program (teachers don’t need to be fluent!) with Choco the Hedgehog serving as a guide and participatory help. Teaching Charts explain geography, songs, Bible verses, etc. while Audio CDs include native speakers with songs; Read-Aloud books are filled with vocabulary and sentence structure (with colorful illustrations!) and the worktexts encourage retention through activity.” 

Now lets talk about our amazing teacher, appropriately named Joy Linn, but known to our student’s as Señora Linn!

Señora Linn is mommy to SLOCS students, Hannah and Daniel Linn, and two future SLOCS students Nathan and Rose Linn.  Señora Linn has SUCH a joyful heart, a passion for Jesus and teaching others about him, and she has a SUPER FUN personality to boot! We asked Señora Linn to answer a few questions about the herself and the curriculum she is using. Let’s hear what she had to say…

When did you first learn Spanish?

I learned Spanish from my high school teacher, Señora Oeste!

How has knowing Spanish been useful to you?

I find Spanish useful in the mundane things of life on a daily basis, feeling empowered to speak with any individual I meet, and understanding the language I hear in so many environments. The language is a great tool to minister to people in our area.  My most grateful experience with Spanish has been the opportunities it creates to know other people, serve them and empower each individual through sharing life with them. 

Tell us about the curriculum you are using.

I love our curriculum! I was determined to find a curriculum that used many learning styles and included songs and games. Then, Mrs Griffith inspired me to find a curriculum that included a Christ centered component. This has it all. Beautiful color worksheets (thank you Mrs Kasparoff), music, DVD lessons, a puppet, social stories, and the basics. It also has three levels worth of material so our children can continue to have fresh tools for learning year to year.

What do you hope the students will take away from your class?

I hope to 

  • Empower students in learning language.
  • Establish confidence in comprehending basic vocabulary.
  • Inspire students for the value of language.
  • Provide basic vocabulary to share love and the gospel in Spanish with Spanish speaking friends.  

 

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with the students at SLOCS. There is no greater joy than offering words that bring life, power, hope, inspiration and vision to young people with such great potential to shape and change our world.

 

Mixing Program: Part One


Our Mixing Program will be starting up tomorrow and we are so excited to introduce some new classes and teachers to you. The Mixing Program is offered to 1st-6th grades on Fridays from 12:45-2:35. It is compromised of three extracurricular classes, much like electives. This trimester we will be offering Computer Programming, Spanish and P.E. Each class will rotate to each of the mixing classes that has been specially designed for their appropriate grade level.

Every Thursday, we will highlight one of our mixing classes on this blog in order to tell you more about what our students are learning and why we are excited, and why we believe it is important.

This week, we are excited to talk to you about our Computer Programming Class!

First off, a special thanks goes out to Eric Smith (Kira and Enzo’s dad) who found a free online computer programming class from Code.org. After thorough review, we are THRILLED to be introducing this curriculum to our school!

A little about the curriculum…

“Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.” (Code.org)

Here are some reasons why we feel this course is important:

1. According to Code.org, Computer Science is the top paying college degree, and computer programming jobs are growing at 2x the national average. more-jobs-than-students2. Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since last decade. (Code.org)

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3. 9 out of 10 schools do not offer computer programming or coding classes. (Code.org)

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4. We hope by giving our students an taste of programming that we might inspire them to pursue future careers in the technological field.

5. We also plan to include a guest speaker from OC International, a mission organization, to talk to our students about technology on the mission field, and especially how coding can play an integral part in the global mission field.

Mr. Ryan Curry, a Senior Software Developer for Tapestry Solutions here in San Luis Obispo , and also the father of Mason, Aubri and Jackson Curry, will be teaching our Computer Programming class. (Shout out to Tapestry for giving Ryan the time off to teach this class!) As a young child Ryan began coding simple webpages and programs. Eventually it became a passion that led him to pursue Computer Programming at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. To this day, Ryan still enjoys programming not only as a job, but as a hobby, programming apps for phones and even making programs that give him advantages on board games! He hopes by teaching this class that he will be able to inspire a new generation of programmers that can use their skills as long term job opportunities, hobbies, or most importantly that they may learn to use these skills to further God’s kingdom.

In order to inspire you even more, please watch this video from Code.org entitled “What Most School’s Don’t Teach”

 

Lit to Life


Lit to Life

Our students are gearing up for our annual “Lit to Life” program! 

Parents, students and teachers are busy sewing and crafting costumes, props are being gathered, and lines are just about memorized! This program has always been a favorite, and we look forward to sharing this night with our community. The students and teachers have an amazing night in store for you! 

We also have some very exciting things to tell you –our parents and community, so please don’t miss this awesome event and be sure to invite your friends and family! The program will begin at 6:30pm, and there will be refreshments provided afterward.  Hope to see you there!