December 16: Dress Down Day to support Compassion International (no shorts, hats, or leggings / bring at least $2.00)
December 17: High School Christmas Banquet
December 19-21: Midterms for Middle and High School
December 20: Preschool Christmas Program, 7:00 pm
December 22 - January 4: Christmas Break
January 5: First day back to school
Congratulations to the Lions for a big win at the Cougar Classic!
Congratulations to our Varsity Guys Basketball team on winning the Cougar Classic Tournament last weekend! Coach Godsey & Coach Klase led the team to victories over Christian School of York and Salem Christian School. We are also proud of Junior captains, Tate & Daylon, for being selected for the All-Tournament Team. Tate scored 42 points and Daylon scored 25 points during the two games.
Basketball Practice and Game Schedule for this week
Monday, December 19th
Middle School Girls: Home Game against Veritas at 4:00 pm
Middle School Boys: Home Game against Veritas at 5:00 pm
Varsity Girls Practice: 6:00 - 7:30
Varsity Boys Practice: 7:00 - 9:00
Tuesday, December 20th
Middle School Girls Practice: 3:00 - 4:15
Middle School Boys Practice: 4:15 - 5:30
Varsity Girls: Home Game against Lititz Christian at 6:00 pm
Varsity Boys: Home Game against Lititz Christian at 7:30 pm
Thursday. December 22nd
Varsity Boys Practice: 6:00 - 8:00
Friday, December 23rd
Varsity Boys: 6:00 - 8:00
Mr Warner's Common Sense Reminders for Midterms
It’s that special time of year: Christmas trees, carols, and cookies can mean only one thing: it’s time for midterms! There are lots of great resources on the internet, so get started with this list, and then try a search for some more detailed help.
1. Most important tip: Don’t cram. It doesn’t work. No really, it doesn’t. Your brain wasn’t designed that way. Break up your studying into small, manageable chunks over many days.
Hint: you should get started now.
Bonus: give yourself mini-breaks of 5-10 minutes in between chunks of work.
2. Never just read. Reading your notes and textbook are time consuming, and research shows us that it doesn’t do a lot of good to increase your skill.
3. Don’t be deceived by recognition. Many of us study by looking at the review sheet and say to ourselves, “I know that.” That’s what we call recognition. It won’t help you on a test. Instead, aim for recall – being able to talk about it or explaining it without any words on the page prompting you. To get to recall, you need numerous, spread out sessions of re-learning (aka studying well.)
4. So how can you deepen your memory to get to that all-important recall? Engage as many of your senses as you can. Read the information, say the information, listen to the information, even take a walk while talking about the information. Engage as many mental processes as you can. Draw a picture of it, write it as a poem, or try write a song.
5. The best study tool? Teach the information to someone else.
6. The best memory tool? Find a way to connect the information to something you care about or something personal, even if it is a silly connection. Your brain will automatically want to remember it.
And now, four more practical tips:
7. Set up a desk at home. Research shows that if you study in an environment closer to the test conditions, you’ll do better on your test. So try the kitchen table or a desk instead of your bed or a couch.
8. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep, Sleep. Sleep deprivation is a sure way to lower your grade. When you’ve put in the smart preparation of breaking up your studies, call it a night and get some shuteye.
9. Related: leave your phone in the kitchen. Get better sleep by not looking at screens the hour before you go to bed. Also related: leave your phone in the kitchen, so your phone doesn’t keep you up until 1 AM.
10. Get some exercise and eat healthy food. Yes, these two things make a huge difference. You can do this, my dear students. Finish the semester well. In all things, to the glory of God.
News and Updates
Reminder: No Students may carry any medication
It's come to our attention that a number of students are carrying their own medication at school. We thought a quick reminder might help. Any medication that your child may need to access during a school day can be kept in the office and your student may receive appropriate dosages as needed. A Student Medication Form is required along with the medicine, and it must be in its original container. If your child has been carrying any medication in his/her backpack (other than an epi-pen or inhaler), please make sure it is submitted to the office with appropriate paperwork and stored there instead.
Cold Weather Clothes
As bitter weather starts to be more regular, please be aware that elementary students will be going outside for recess on some days. Please send warm coats, hats, and gloves along with elementary children for recess. Also, please remember that only solid color (no design, image, or pattern) sweaters and sweatshirts may be worn in school during the school day. Coats and other outerwear are only to be worn when the child is outside.
Jump In and Join Us
This Friday: Christmas Lunch
Our junior class will be hosting a Christmas lunch this Friday. Students who have pre-ordered (orders were due today) will enjoy a Christmas feast. Parents who are available at lunchtime and would like to join their child for lunch are welcomed to do so! Lunches will not be available to parents, but we love parent visitors to spend time with their students at lunchtime. Please let the office know if you're planning to come.
Parents, Attend our Christmas Chapel!
On the last day before our Christmas break, December 21st, we will hold an all-school chapel at 2:00. Parents are welcome to join us for this special event. If you plan to come and will be taking your child(ren) home with you afterwards, please notify the office and your child's homeroom teacher.
Lunch Menu for the Week
Elementary: Fundraiser Christmas Lunch (for pre-ordered only)
High School: Fundraiser Christmas Lunch (for pre-ordered only)
Elementary: Cheeseburger on bun, tater tots, seasoned cauliflower, peaches
High School: French toast stix w ham slice, hash browns, cauliflower, pineapple
Elementary: Yogurt cup, string cheese, soft pretzel, carrots and celery w dip, apple snack pack
High School: Hot dog w chili and cheese, curly fries, baked beans, fruit crisp
Elementary: Roast turkey w gravy, mashed potatoes, filling, corn, sweet potatoes, fruit salad
High School: Roast turkey w gravy, mashed potatoes, filling, corn, sweet potatoes, fruit salad
Elementary: No School
High School: No School
Beautiful Christmas Concert Honors our Newborn King
Our auditorium was packed for our annual Christmas Concert this Tuesday night. What a joyful celebration of praising our Savior and celebrating His coming at Christmastime. Special thanks to parents of our student musicians and to our music directors who prepared such a special event. (And extra special thanks to Susan Dobson who provided these amazing photos.)
Christmas Door Decorating
As a special Christmas activity, our student council designed a door decorating contest to be done cooperatively school-wide. Student Council President, Nicole, suggested the idea and made it happen. Elementary grades were paired with older grades and the classroom doors of both grades were decorated according to an assigned theme. Our students really showed their creativity!