Lower School Weekly Announcements

January 11-15

Cursive Handwriting

Did you know that children today have been labeled with the new term “digital native”? This term is defined as a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology and therefore familiar with computers and the Internet from an early age.


With the inception of our 1:1 iPads at Northlake Christian Lower School, we fully understand that it is critical for us as educators to find the balance between the importance of utilizing technology coupled with traditional instruction, particularly handwriting and even more specifically cursive handwriting.


Below, please find an excellent article on this topic knowing that you have our commitment to offer the very best to our students.


-Ms. Arnold

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Don't discount value of cursive writing


Did you know that students today still spend as much as 58 percent of their instructional day on handwritten work? This runs the gamut from note-taking to science labs, and journaling. Numerous studies have shown that children with good handwriting are better, more creative writers, they feel more confident and proud of their work, and legible written work receives higher grades.


Last month, when the world’s biggest technology company introduced the “Apple Pencil,” it was clear even high-tech experts see the benefits of handwriting.

I know, you’re thinking — OK, handwriting is important, but why cursive?


First, cursive is the fastest and most efficient form of handwriting. Research has shown that cursive is faster than printing, because it’s a more fluid, efficient movement. Today’s education standards call for more critical thinking and expression, especially written expression. Our students need to keep up, and cursive allows students to complete assignments and tests more quickly.


Also, the act of writing in cursive leads to strong physical and emotional benefits and stimulates the brain like nothing else, even in today’s digital age. The act of writing in cursive uses both the right and left hemispheres of the brain simultaneously which helps build pathways in the brain while improving mental effectiveness. Studies also show that learning to write in cursive can boost brain development in the areas of thinking, language and working memory.


Some argue that cursive is no longer relevant because it isn’t included in the Common Core State Standards, but an increasing number of states, and individual school districts and teachers are adding it back into the curriculum.


Our job as educators and parents is to prepare children for life after schooling ends. They will need handwriting in the “real world,” too. A recent online job search revealed that positions in security systems, health care and engineering, as well as education, public utilities, and even the legal field, require legible handwriting in their job descriptions.


Remember when I said that students with legible handwritten work score better in the classroom? Well, if bosses, colleagues and friends can’t read a note, that note is useless.


With all this said, does cursive need to be fancy with slants, loops and curls? Absolutely not. The emphasis should be on legibility and efficiency when teaching and writing cursive. It’s the content that counts, and communicating it well is critical. In fact, most of us develop a “hybrid” printing and cursive style, as we develop our own personal handwriting.


Success is measured by thought formation, and the speed and efficiency in which it is communicated. Our students deserve to have the proper tools to achieve this success, and this includes cursive.


Dr. Suzanne Baruch Asherson is an occupational therapist with extensive experience working at the Beverly Hills Unified School District in California and is a national presenter for Handwriting Without Tears, an early childhood education company.

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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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3rd & 4th Grade Basketball (Boys & Girls)

This is just a reminder that the 3rd/4th grade basketball skills camp will held from January 9-30th in the slim gym:

BOYS - 9:00-10:30

mmccune@northlakechristian.org

GIRLS - 10:30-12:00

lwatts@northlakechristian.org

It is FREE of charge. If you have not yet sign up, you may do so at the door when you arrive. However, if you wish to do it ahead of time, feel free to click on the links below:

BOYS – HERE

GIRLS - HERE

Thank you,

Coach McCune and Coach Watts

Looking Ahead...

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 28, All A Honor Roll Breakfast

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