Lower School Weekly Announcements

January 4-8

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Motor Lab - A note from Mrs. Potter, NCS Occupational Therapist

For in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28

Motor Lab is a movement based class that we offer to Kindergarten through 2nd grades. It is based upon the program “Ready Bodies, Learning Minds” by physical therapist Athena Oden.

This program is designed to build the foundational motor and sensory skills necessary for higher level activities such as academic classwork.

A quote from Mrs. Oden shows one of the reasons why she developed the program.

“Our young children are now straining under the academic load intended for a more mature child. The philosophy of ‘if they don’t get it, teach it earlier’ has only been harmful. At the same time, fear for safety, the necessity of working mothers, and technological recreation has eliminated the freedom of unrestricted play. How can our children learn to perform difficult academic tasks with bodies that have had little practice?”

Why is the concept of “moving to learn” so important?

Infants and children do not move as much as they did in the past. Routines have changed. Babies go from the crib to car seat, bouncy seat, grocery cart, etc. Children spend more time inside and with technology than outside in free play. In the classroom, you might think our goal is to have all the students sitting nicely in their seats. Actually our goal is for the students to learn in the most effective way and to work up to their potential. We need to set the stage for that level of learning.

“The most advanced level of movement is the ability to stay totally still.” Sally Goddard Blyth 1999.

Think about walking across a balance beam. It is actually easier and requires less control to walk quickly. If you slow down and use controlled movements, it is more difficult.

In Motor Lab, we are aiming to address a variety of areas including: gross motor, balance, fine motor, sensory-motor, visual perceptual and coordination skills. Students have fun while learning to use control in their movements.

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State of the School Address - January 7

Mr. Fontenot, Head of School, and the Northlake Christian School Board of Directors will be hosting our annual State of the School Address to be held on Thursday, January 7 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the gym. Please make every effort to be in attendance to hear of the upcoming vision and the strategic plan for our school.

On Friday, January 15, we will be offering a free dress day to students whose parents are in attendance. Please look for the sign-in sheets in the foyer of the wooden gym as you enter.

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NCS Annual Fund

Dear Northlake families,

You should have received a mail-out recently asking you to contribute to Northlake Christian School's Annual Fund. I hope you had a chance to read over the material and gain a full understanding of what the annual fund entails. We recognize and appreciate the financial sacrifice families make to send their children to NCS, but please realize that tuition alone does not cover all of our needs, especially substantial improvements such as our new Middle School and the technology infrastructure needed to support our school-wide 1-1 iPad program. Please take a moment to watch THIS VIDEO created by our students which highlights these strategic initiatives. Our vision for Northlake has never wavered and that is "to integrate faith and learning to provide the best education and experience for your child so they can impact the world for Christ." You are helping us achieve that vision when you give or pledge to give to our annual fund. For more information about how the annual fund benefits your student, CLICK HERE.

Your support and prayers along with the faculty and staff are the heart of the ministry of NCS. Paul urges us in Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Please continue to pray for God to use Northlake mightily.

In closing, I ask you to prayerfully consider what you can give and where you can serve. You can go to the school website under "Giving" to donate online or you can mail in the envelope from the annual fund brochure. There is no gift too big or too small to make an eternal difference in the lives of the children that NCS serves. Thank you always for your support, and let us continue to give God the glory for all He has done and will continue to do at Northlake Christian School.

For His Glory,

Monty Fontenot
Head of School

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Lower School Athletics

As the preparations for the Lower School boys’ and girls’ winter athletic teams begins, we would like for you to take a few minutes to consider having your child participate in these upcoming athletic opportunities being offered at Northlake Christian School. The girls will not be cheering for this basketball inter-mural league, so please consider allowing them participate in these actives as players.

Looking Ahead...


January 4, School resumes

January 5, Report cards issued in Tuesday folders

January 7, State of the School Address

January 8, Pizza Day

January 8, ALL A Honor Roll Pancake Breakfast

January 11, Reregistration begins; ends February 15

January 13, 11:30 Dismissal and Smoothies

January 14, Open House, 9:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.

January 15, Kindergarten Field Trip to Children’s Discovery Center

January 18, MLK Day – NO SCHOOL

January 19, 100th Day of School Celebration

January 21, Kindergarten Open House; 7:00 P.M.

January 22, ACSI Spelling Bee @ Opelousas

January 22, Kindergarten Come & Play Day

January 26-27, NCS Speech Meet

January 29, 3rd Grade Field Trip to Coca Cola Plant