Highlights from April and May
Another Year in the Books
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."
As hard as it is to believe, this season of schooling for our children has ended. May your summer season be refreshing, rewarding, and full of wonderful moments with your family.
The Reality Store
Eighth graders got a dose of reality when our local 4-H brought their Reality Store to CKS. Based on the salaries of careers that the students chose, they were given a monthly budget. With that budget, they had to go from station to station, paying bills for cars, homes, childcare, and other necessities of life. It was a fun and eye-opening experience! Thank you to 4-H and the many parents and school volunteers who made this event a success!
A couple of weeks after the event, the eighth graders made presentations to the younger students in their House. They shared about the careers they researched and learned about on Career Day as well as their Reality Store experience. We hope this gets the sixth and seventh graders excited about their eighth grade year.
Xavier House Wins Big!
Running for Office
I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy...
Check out this exciting program! Dr. Daphne Hosinski shared this with me and it sounds like a wonderful endeavor.
Attention Parents of Girls 3rd – 9th grades
Several professionals and parents in Lexington recognized the need
for more support for girls during their developmental years. We formed The
Joy Project to provide a safe place where girls can create joy through
honest relationships with each other and adult female mentors who have
life experience to offer. We want to provide a wholesome setting where
your child can feel comfortable sharing her triumphs and struggles. Our
goal is to empower girls to learn and explore challenges while building their
inner beauty and strengths.
Girls meet for two hours of fun, including a motivational speaker, games,
crafts, and good old fashioned play. Currently targeting girls 3rd - 9th grades,
we hope to expand the age range for future events. We will meet once every
2-3 months for 2 hours each session. The fee for each session is only $15 and scholarships are available.
So how do I sign my daughter up? Simply go to our website
www.thejoyprojectky.com and preregister your daughter. Bring your
daughter on Sunday, June 12th to Transylvania University’s soccer field,
dressed in clothes to play. Drop off is at 2:00 pm and pick up is at 4:00 pm
Dr. Pete Hester, Board Chair of The Joy Project
You have probably heard the news story about children at Lansdowne Elementary being inappropriately approached by an adult via the app Oovoo. This link will take you to the article about the event, as well as a presentation with some good, common-sense reminders about how to best keep your children safe online. http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article73659007.html
With 92% of kids online daily, and 24% online "constantly," internet safety is a serious matter. (And what do you say we try to get that 92% and that 24% down considerably?)
Buddy Bench Project: Save your lids!
Many schools across the country are installing "Buddy Benches" on their playgrounds. Children are taught that if they need someone to play with, just take a seat on the buddy bench, and someone will run over to invite you to play. This link takes you to a sweet video in which children explain how the buddy bench works at their school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btjJY_93pws
Since we believe in teaching children the lessons in empathy and compassion that the Buddy Bench promotes, we are very excited about getting one of our own for the playground. However, we plan to not get just any bench for this endeavor...We are going to get a bench made from recycled plastic lids! Please start saving your lids! You will be amazed at how many plastic lids your family goes through in a week--peanut butter jar lids, laundry detergent lids, soda, water bottles, and on and on! We will begin collecting in August, so if you could stash your summer lids, we would appreciate it! Who knows? Maybe we'll get two benches! This is a link to Green Tree Plastics, the company we plan to work with to turn those lids into benches.
Special thanks to our Environmental Committee for supporting this endeavor!
Thank you for a wonderful year!
CKS families, faculty, and staff, I cannot thank you enough for all of your kind support throughout my first year. I have been grateful for every day that I have had the privilege of working with these children. God bless you all. Have a wonderful vacation!