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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/
Make disciples, develop scholars, and build community, all for the glory of God!
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)
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!”
These little scholars are gearing up to be super stars here at SLOCS! Thanks Mrs. Wehe for a great lesson!
The morning dew still clung to the tall green grass as the 3rd and 4th grade class quietly follow Mrs. Lewis onto the field. A subtle reminder of God’s provision during this long dry spell. Their curious eyes watch Mrs. Lewis lay out two beautifully hand stitched blankets emblazoned with bright designs from Africa. They wonder what that funny black case their teacher was carrying could be.
“Mrs. Lewis, is that a guitar?” One student finally musters the courage to ask.
“Find a seat, try to squish in if you need to” Mrs. Lewis replies.
The squirly students began whispering among themselves. As Mrs. Lewis slowly strummed the guitar, she began with the reminder of the verse they were studying
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
The 3rd and 4th grade students are beginning a journey into the life and missionary work of Paul.
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel He promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 1:1-6
The students eagerly raise their hands to engage in discussion about the verse in James.
They agree that God wants them to spread the gospel. He wants them to keep going when things get hard. He wants us to stretch and grow, and He promises to reward us in the life after this.
Mrs. Lewis explains to her students, that as we begin this new year, two thousand and fifteen years after our Savior literally walked this earth, we will keep our focus on Him and remind ourselves of the GOOD NEWS that his sacrifice brought us. We will begin this year in WORSHIP.
“Lord I lift your name on high
Lord I love to sing your praises!
I’m so glad your in my life
I’m so glad you came to save us!
You came from Heaven to Earth
To show the way
From Earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift your name on high!”
Like this beautiful group of students, eager to spread the good news of Jesus, let us pause as we begin this new year and remember to worship and lift HIS Name on HIGH!
In an effort to connect with our community at large, we are hosting a FREE outdoor movie night!
Please invite your friends and family for a fun, family friendly event! We will be showing Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson this Saturday January 10th @ dusk. Please bring your own chairs/blankets and snacks! We’ll provide the movie! 🙂
If you have any questions please call Irish at 303.984.2317
Last week our students saw a film during chapel about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Our school has decided to participate in this amazing program this year. Here is what you need to know.
Starting Monday, November 3rd, we will begin collecting items that we will package together in shoeboxes as a school.
These are the kinds of items we are looking for:
Toys: Dolls, deflated soccer balls with pumps, cars, puzzles, jump ropes, etc.
School Supplies: Pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: Toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, etc.
Accessories: Socks, hats, t-shirts, flip flops, hair bands, sunglasses, etc.
These items need to be appropriate for children ages 5-9.
Please do not include any used or damaged items, any war-related items, balloons, seeds, chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medicines or vitamins, or any breakable items. Also, please be considerate if shopping at the dollar store. We do not want items that will break easily or wear out quickly.
We also will need $7 per box to cover shipping cost so please consider money donations as well.
Lastly, if you would like to donate plastic shoe boxes, this would be helpful in making sure the items remain intact during shipping. Please no plastic boxes from the dollar store, as we have had experiences with them breaking easily.
So there you have it! 🙂 Please start collecting these items with your children. Encourage them to earn and use their own money to help buy supplies. Begin asking neighbors, family and friends to help us out!
We will be collecting these items over the month of November, and we will assemble them as a school on November 21st before our all school Thanksgiving Pie Feast.
We are very excited about this opportunity as it fulfills our mission of #buildingcommunity and #makingdisciples as we educate our students! Please be praying this month for the success of this program, and that it would be a great learning experience for your children, blessing both our school and the children who will be receiving these items.
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.
“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?
How has knowing Spanish been useful to you?
Tell us about the curriculum you are using.
What do you hope the students will take away from your class?
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. 2. Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since last decade. (Code.org)
3. 9 out of 10 schools do not offer computer programming or coding classes. (Code.org)
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.
Yesterday I had the honor of taking my 3rd and 4th graders to Cal Poly to live out the gospel, and I was blown away by our experience.
At first, we were all pretty jittery – some of the students were nervous while others wanted to talk to everyone they saw. We decided a good start would be prayer, so we prayed for our nerves, for our conversations, and for the students.
And then it was time…
As I watched my first two students step up to interact with their first Cal Poly students, I was overwhelmed with God’s presence. The rest of us stayed back to pray for those two 3rd graders who were sent. Listening to the prayers of the students who stayed behind was powerful. The Holy Spirit was present and He was proud and excited for His obedient children. Our prayers had been answered; we impacted a student’s life.
The two students ran back with smiles on their faces saying “that was fun!” They had told a grown man about Jesus! We lifted this new encounter in prayer. We were all moved.
After a thrilling first event, it was time to refocus on the Holy Spirit. Who was next?
Besides three girls from our class, the rest of our team was back praying, and we were praying hard. As the teacher, I was watching my students like a hawk. I wanted to make sure they were okay and my biggest struggle was trusting that God would do that work for me! I could tell the two Cal Poly girls were giving them a challenge and luckily, these 3rd and 4th graders know how to pray for and seek out the Holy Spirit.
The girls proceeded to share this verse with the two Cal Poly students and although it didn’t change the Cal Poly girls’ minds, our SLOCS students knew this encounter was arranged by God. These 3rd and 4th graders were seeking out the Holy Spirit and He responded. He gave them more than a good time; He showed them exactly what He wanted them to say.
To top our day off, three of our boys had a very encouraging encounter with a Christian just before we headed back to school. They were able to exchange verses they had hidden in their hearts and pray together.
The most surprising part of the event was how many non-believers we encountered; for awhile we wondered if we would ever come across a follower of Christ! Overall, we had a challenging and uplifting yet difficult day. We were faced with the reality that many don’t believe, challenged through facing our fears, and uplifted when God brought us believers to encourage us – just like our studies in Acts!
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!