Lower School Lowdown

Principal's Newsletter - February 2017

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Honoring Mrs. Darlynn Mitchell

It is with bittersweet emotions that we share the news that Mrs. Darlynn Mitchell will be retiring at the end of this school year. She has invested in Northlake as a key employee for over 31 years. Both of her children, Jenni (Class of 1997) and Justin (Class of 2001) were "Lifers" having attended Northlake from Kindergarten through 12th grade.


Mrs. Darlynn will finish this 2016-2017 school year with us in the front office until May. Mrs. Lynn Graham, our current Director of Admissions, will be joining us in the Lower School beginning in June as the Lower School Administrative Assistant.


We thank Mrs. Darlynn for serving so many departments over her 31 year career at Northlake which has included but is not limited to the original lunch service program, Director of After Care, and Lower School Administrative Assistant for the past 23 years working under 5 Principals, which is no easy task!


Her future plans include traveling with her husband, Mark, who is also retired, as well as loving on her two grand-babies, Ryan and Harrison.

Highlights Magazine

Dear Lower School Parents:


As you well know, our school Mission statement is as follows:


Our Mission

Northlake Christian School is a private, non-denominational, non-profit Christian school that exists to assist the Christian community in providing a Christ-centered environment in which faith can be integrated with learning to offer a high quality education to students from preschool through twelfth grade. The School will provide children with a loving, encouraging and challenging environment where they can come to know the character and person of the Lord Jesus Christ and can grow to achieve their fullest potential with an emphasis on affirming their knowledge of the Word of God, their growth in spiritual maturity, and their preparation for good works in the will and to the glory of God.


In an effort to partner with our parents, who select Northlake Christian School for the very reasons that are outlined in our school Mission statement, as well as to ensure a quality, Christ-like education, and always working on behalf of you – our extended family, we felt compelled to keep you well-informed about an alarming discovery that we have made regarding Highlights.


When calling Highlights to confirm this information, I was directed to their website. Click HERE to view information directly from the Highlights.


I'd like to add that I have also researched a Christian alternative for you. Check out Clubhouse Magazine by Focus on the Family, which offers an online component or a magazine subscription that you can have delivered just like Highlights.


Below, please find a letter from Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Association that was emailed to our office.


For Him and You,

Ms. Arnold, M.Ed.

Lower School Principal

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Highlights, the nationally recognized magazine for kids, has decided to include same-sex families in their magazines. Babies and preschoolers will soon be introduced to homosexuality in the Highlights line of magazines. Sadly, children's publications are no longer off limits, even those designed specifically for toddlers and elementary age children.


Highlights had stated previously that they believe parents should decide when to bring up the topic of homosexuality. But after backlash from the LGBT community, Highlights committed to including same-sex families in future publications.


Highlights' Christine Cully said, "When we do show families in the magazines, we make it a point to include diversity. We strive to be diverse in every way…In the future, we will depict same-sex families in our magazines in a manner consistent to the way all diverse families are depicted."


Many parents and grandparents buy subscriptions to these magazines as gifts, especially at this time of year. They should be warned of the upcoming change of content in these kid's magazines. It is not Highlights' job to introduce so-called "social issues" to children. That is a parent's role.


TAKE ACTION

1. Sign our petition to Highlights, urging them to reverse their decision to promote homosexuality and same-sex families in the magazines.

2. Call Highlights at 1-888-372-6433 to make a live comment or cancel your child's subscription to Highlights magazine.


Tim Wildmon, President

American Family Association

What Do You LOVE about NCS?

February means Happy Valentines Day!


I recently had the opportunity to spend a little time during lunch with some of our NCS Lower School students. Every child who was asked this question, "What do you love about NCS?", had the same initial response - We GET TO learn about Jesus. I had to repeat the question to get additional responses. This is what some of them had to say:


We love each other and are all friends.

Jude Jernigan - Kindergarten


Free dress days!

Mariela Maceira - Kindergarten


My teacher!

Skylar Suffield - Kindergarten

{Mrs. Lilly said to be sure that this one made the list.}


All of the teachers and our principal are nice.

Denym Kimble - 1st Grade


Everyone loves each other at this school.

Tea Chetta - 1st Grade


We get to learn new stuff.

Caleb Wiggins - 1st Grade


We have the good-est friends.

Evan Welch - 1st Grade


Getting to sit or lay on the floor to read.

John Robert Neely - 1st Grade


Lunch!

Levi Hastings - 1st Grade


We have the best teachers in the world.

Max Gray - 2nd Grade


We get to begin each day with prayer.

Diego Miller - 2nd Grade


Special occasions like Christmas Chapel, Grandparents' Day and Variety Show.

Miley Barone - 3rd Grade


Summer camp and sports camps are fun!

Ansley Watts - 3rd Grade


Learning our memory verses will help us to help others to accept Jesus later.

Ava Dale - 3rd Grade


Worship in chapel.

Cana Womack - 3rd Grade


Having good friends.

Ariana Chetta - 3rd Grade


Having fun while learning.

Rosie Nicaud - 3rd Grade


Wearing Wolverine wear on Fridays.

Kate Fontenoy - 4th Grade


Our teachers teach us in a way we need to learn.

Adyson Christner - 4th Grade


Mrs. Potter's Lunch Bunch groups.

Ashlyn Wilson - 4th Grade


NCS is like a big family.

Jennifer Jones - 4th Grade


iPads!!!

Lily Capshaw - 4th Grade


The after school clubs and activities.

Ruby Farnet - 4th Grade


Playing together at recess. God gave us 7 girls in the whole fourth grade.

Rebekah Alker - 4th grade


Please know that you and your child(ren) are always in my thoughts and prayers each day because “I love you”.


In His love and mine,

Ms. Arnold

Handbook Highlight

From time-to-time, it is important to revisit handbook policies. The following excerpt can be found on p. 33 of our Lower School Handbook.


Telephones

Cell phones at the Lower School level are prohibited on campus at any time including After School Care, extracurricular activities, or on the bus. Students abusing this policy will have the cell phones taken and they will only be returned to the parents. Students may use the office telephone only with permission of a teacher or when cleared by the office secretary. If you feel that your child needs his/ her cell phone at school for family reasons, your child is more than welcome to drop it off and pick it up from Mrs. Darlynn's office for storage each day.


NOTE: Because it is our school policy for Lower School students, grades K-4, not to have cell phones at school, all monitoring of social media, texting, photos, apps, etc. is the responsibility of the parents and not the school. If there is an issue among/ between students using cell phones, it will be the responsibility of the parents to contact one another to settle the issues outside of school as cell phones are not allowed on campus or during the time of day in which the school is responsible for the students at these grade levels.

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February Calendar

JANUARY:

January 30 - February 3, K-12 Digital Citizenship Week


FEBRUARY:

February 3, Q3 Midterm Ends; emailed on Feb. 7

February 3, 3rd Grade Field Trip to Infinity Space Center

February 8, Early Dismissal Day; Smoothies

February 9-11, Jungle Book

February 10, Pizza Day

February 13, After School Clubs begin (end April 13)

February 14, 2nd Grade Field Trip to Insta-Gator

February 14, Open House

February 17, ACSI Speech Meet @ Slidell

February 18, MS Winter Sports Banquet - 3/4th cheerleaders

February 20-24, Little Free Library Book Drive

February 21, Variety Show Auditions

February 24, Kindergarten Come & Play Day

February 27- March 3, Winter Break

Looking Ahead to March and April...

Northlake Christian School

Our Mission: Northlake Christian School is a private, non-denominational, non-profit Christian school that exists to assist the Christian community in providing a Christ-centered environment in which faith can be integrated with learning to offer a high quality education for students from preschool through twelfth grade. The School will provide children with a loving, encouraging and challenging environment where they can come to know the character and person of the Lord Jesus Christ and grow to achieve their fullest potential, with an emphasis on affirming their knowledge of the Word of God , their growth in spiritual maturity, and their preparation for good works in the will and to the glory of God.