Lower School Newsletter

Monday, May 14, 2018

Upcoming Events

The end of the school year is full of events! Please watch this calendar each week!

Tuesday, May 15 - Upper School Concert and Arts Festival, 6:30pm

Tuesday, May 15 - Deadline for Lower School yearbook purchase

Wednesday, May 16 - Dress Down Day (Thanks Mr. Hollander!)

Friday, May 18 - K-5 Field Day, 8:15-11:30am - Wear tie-dye, shorts, and sneakers.

Wednesday, May 23 - Dress Down Day (Thanks Mr. Hollander!)

Thursday, May 24 - Lower School Awards Assembly, 8:15am

Thursday, May 24 - Kindergarten Graduation, 6:30pm

Thursday, May 24 - Last day for Kindergarten and PreK-3

Friday, May 25 - Bobcats Blast Off in the morning, 1st-5th grade, Kindergarten invited, details on flyer coming home.

Friday, May 25 - Last student day for PreK-4 and 1st-5th grade, regular times, busses as scheduled

UPCOMING CHAPEL EVENTS - Parents are always invited!

Tuesday, May 15, 2:00pm - Our end of the year chapel celebration in the Grove as we reflect on the great things God has done!

Tuesday, May 22 - No chapel

Thursday, May 24, 8:15am - Lower School Awards Assembly. We will be handing out awards like All-Year Bible Memory, Outstanding Christian Citizen, and 5th grade Graduation. Mrs. VanHart will email you next week if your child is receiving an award. We would love for you to join us!

From the Principal's desk

Dear Lower School Families,

Can everyone say two more weeks? Wow! Our time this school year is quickly coming to an end. In preparing the last question and verse for the year, I was looking for something that would summarize how much work the end of a school year brings and what does God say about it. We are all working hard to finish end of the year activities and obligations, doing are best to try and meet everyone’s needs. God sees our hard work and the reason why we are working-to further His kingdom and prepare our students for a tough world outside of school. As I searched, Matthew 11:28 came to my mind as a verse to reflect upon and give us a sense of peace and how much God appreciates all that we do-“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Isn’t it a good feeling to know that God is there for us through it all, helps us in what we need to do, and gives us rest and peace in knowing we are honoring Him.

We have many more activities planned in the next two weeks-End of Year Chapel Celebration, LS Awards Assembly, Kindergarten graduation, and BobCATS Summer Blast-Off. I’m looking forward to all the fun we have planned.

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Shirvinski

The Transformed Heart- What Does It Mean to Love God and One Another?

Question for this week: What does God say about working hard and finishing strong?

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Video shoot on tuesday - no dress down

There will be a publicity video shoot at WSCA on Tuesday, May 14. We ask that students dress in their nicest uniform so they look nice and tidy for the video. We have postponed the dress down days for the next two Tuesdays (declared by Principal Mr. Mathias Hollander) to be on the next two Wednesdays instead. Please make sure your students look sharp in their uniforms on Tuesday!

Enrollment Update

Please know that our classes are filling up! If you are wavering on enrollment, want to enroll a sibling, or have friends that you know are interested in WSCA, please contact Mary Beth Gilge at mbgilge@westshorechristian.org right away. We want to plan for class sizes and hiring of teachers for 2018-2019.

Field Day

For Field Day on May 18, Ms. Cornetto and her helpers will be leading us in class games during the morning. Students should wear their tie-dye t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers for the whole day. Don't forget to apply sunscreen, bring a hat, and bring a water bottle.

bobcats blast-off

Our CATS team is hosting the Bobcats Blast-Off on Friday, May 25 for K-5th graders. A flyer is coming home with your students with information for the day. We will need food and money donations to provide lunch for the students. Please sign up at https://www.timetosignup.com/wscarooms/sheet/1264431.

Senators Announce "Excellence in Education Award"

The Harrisburg Senators are recognizing teachers and school personnel who have shown outstanding effort in the bettering of our youth in our community. If you would like to nominate a WSCA employee for the award, please see the instructions and nomination form attached to this newsletter as a PDF. Thanks for taking a few minutes to honor our teachers and staff!

Thank You for Supporting the Scholastic Book Fair!

Thank you to all our wonderful students, parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and volunteers that helped make our Scholastic Book Fair a big success! We raised over $1400.00! The profit from your purchases gives Mrs. Burd "Scholastic dollars" to spend on new books for the WSCA library. Profits from the book fair will also add to the Lower School Resource Room. Our teachers also thank you for building their classroom libraries through our "Classroom Wish List" program. The website is still open for online purchases through May 15: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/westshorechristianacademy.

Tuition Discount

We are again offering a 2% discount to anyone who wants to pay 2018/2019 tuition in full before July 15th 2018. To qualify for this discount you need to be paying full tuition for next school year. Accounts benefitting from financial aid discounts are not eligible. If you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, please contact Amy-Jo Walborn at ajwalborn@harrisburgchristian.com or 717-545-3728.

Library Books and Volunteers

Our library will close for the year on May 17 so Mrs. Burd can take inventory. All library books are due during library classes, May 14-17. If books are lost, it's $5 for a paperback, $10 for hardcover, and full price if the book was purchased this school year.

Mrs. Burd is in need of volunteers to assist with the 1st grade class. If you can help, please email her at eburd@westshorechristian.org.

Tuesday, May 15, 1:20-2:00pm, 1st grade

Dress Code Reminders

As the year winds down, please note that doesn't mean that our dress code winds down. Students are expected to follow our WSCA dress code. We have plenty of free clothes in our Uniform Room. Come shopping, or ask Mrs. VanHart to pack you a bag to take home.

A few things that need reminders:

-If a student is wearing a polo with a logo, the logo should be the same color, blending in, as the polo.

-Girls' dresses, jumpers, and skirts need to be to the knee, even while wearing leggings. Sometimes it is hard to find small waists and long lengths - we suggest tightening the waistband or buying a larger size in a 'slim.'

-Boys and girls may wear uniform-style shorts, but they must be to the top of the knee.

-On Fridays, students may wear WSCA printed shirts and jeans. Knit pants are never acceptable as jeans or uniform pants.

Extended Yearbook Deadline

There is still one last chance to purchase a WSCA 2017-2018 Lower School yearbook! You can order it for $15.00 at www.treering.com until May 15, 2018. It will be mailed to your house sometime in May or June. The code for the Lower School yearbook is: 101495056158615.

Our Yearbook Planted Trees!

TreeRing Yearbook partners with Trees for the Future, and because of our Lower School yearbook purchases this year, has planted 83 trees in our honor. "This grove of trees is being planted by local families in countries devastated by deforestation and global climate change. These fast-growing, permanent trees protect fragile ecosystems and assure that families can continue to live in harmony with the natural resources of their lands. Each year these trees will replace many tons of pollution from the atmosphere with life giving oxygen. Thank you for joining our commitment to the environment and helping to ensure a healthy planet for our children's future." Check out their ministry at http://trees.org/.

Summer Library Programs

We encourage our students to get involved in local summer library programs to keep the reading bug alive! Cheryl Tumas from Simpson Library will be visiting our students to promote "Libraries Rock!" Check out your local library's website or visit them to find out more information on their requirements and the great prizes they typically offer!

Save the Date - September 18 - Internet Safety

Mark your calendars now! CATS is sponsoring a Parent Talk on Internet Safety and Pornography on September 18 at 6:30pm. This will be taught by Pastor Susan Vigliano and Dr. Kevin Barnes and is for ALL of our WSCA parents. If you have little kids, you cannot be ready to early. If you have older kids, it's never too late to learn more. We will have a coffee/dessert time for the first 30 minutes for parents to connect. No students please. Questions? Email Rebecca Kipe at Rebecca_kipe@yahoo.com.

Dates for Next Fall

Tues., Aug. 14 - PreK and K Parent Orientation, 6:30pm

Thurs., Aug. 16 - Back to School Picnic, 4:30-6:30pm

Thurs., Aug. 16 - 1st-5th grade New Parent Orientation, 6:30pm

Mon., Aug. 20 - Lower School Open House to pack your desk, see your friends, hand in paperwork, etc., 9:00am-12:00pm

Tues., Aug. 21 - First day of school

Thurs., Aug. 23 - 1st-5th Back to School Night for parents to hear about the classroom, 6:30pm

Substitute Nurse and Substitute Teachers

We are looking for a substitute nurse, who can help out once in a while when Mrs. Krouch and Mrs. Hoover cannot come to WSCA. We are also looking for additional substitute teachers, PreK-12th grade. Please fill out an application on our website and help us spread the word!