April 24, 2020 - Remote Learning Newsletter #6
Below are resources and information regarding NCCS Emergency Instructional Plan
God is so good! We continue to work in collaboration with students and parents in our effort to provide remote learning for the remainder of this school year. Your partnership blesses our staff! Please continue to pray for us, as we are also praying for you. There is important information and wonderful items to share in this newsletter. Thank you for reading it through to the end, so you stay connected to the NCCS community.
Help keep kids and teens safe online-
As our students continue to use technology in remote learning lessons, it is important to as adults that we are providing superivision and safegards for online activity. We are aware that screen time and internet use are areas where children of all ages need to have clear direction from the adults in their life, at school and home. As your partner in education, we will support this effort by providing you and your child with resources for conversations and actions you can take at home. Please take a few minutes (okay maybe more as it is quite long, so break it down over several readings) to read this relevant article from Focus on the Family, that addresses screen time, internet, gaming, cell phones, filters, and more.
We want to share a few tips and resources for parents to help keep youth safe online:
Talk to your child about online safety. Even if you already have, a reminder won’t hurt.
Monitor what they do online and know their passwords. Maintain an open line of communication.
Consider having a family technology agreement posted in your home. Remind your child of the agreement they signed at school for technology use, it applies at home as well when using school equipment and online resources (ie Google Suite, SeeSaw, etc...). Digial citizenship is a life-long skill set and one that we all can work together to support.
Minimize the amount of publicly available personal information such as phone numbers, email addresses, where they live, birthdates and other identifying information. Help your kids understand what information is okay to share and what should never be shared.
Reach out to your internet provider and ask for the options they provide, or settings available that you can control for your home. Here is an example from xfinity https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/set-online-parental-controls
Look into programs that support healthy online activity with filters. Some options below:
For more information, here are a few more helpful resources:
PLEASE COMPLETE TODAY: NCCS Remote Learning Survey for April 24
Curriculum Pick Up & Drop Off Day - SIGN UP FOR A TIME
Monday, April 27th, 9am-1pm
19575 Sebastian Way
Oregon City, OR
Classes with curriculum to pick up or drop off on April 27:
- Kindergarten: Mother's Day project, math games, phonics mini book
- 2nd: living wax museum folder & writing notebook
- 3rd: paper packet & math tools, and students drop off-bag of fraction bars, bag of legos, & equivalent fraction number line
- 4th: Select families- Oregon Trail fun Friday project
- 5th: Armor of God & iready book (if not already picked up)
- 7th: Science workbook
- 8th: Science workbook
- 9th: Science workbook
- 10th: Science workbook and English (Of Mice and Men)
- High School Art:calligraphy supplies
- Meuser's Math Students: Return work folder/notebook
- Library Book Checkout/Return
Our School Library is OPEN for Checkouts!
Next BOOK CHECK OUT IS MONDAY, APRIL 27! The NCCS Library is open and ready to checkout books for your family. We want to support our students as readers and provide a selection of books for your home.
**Preorder book selections ahead of the date to pick up, not on the same day. See the attachment below for directions on using our school library services.
FINAL DAYS...NCCS Online Book Fair
The Scholastic Online Book Fair is happening NOW! During this time of remote learning, this is a great opportunity to promote reading and bring smiles in our homes. From April 13th to April 26th online purchases can be made and shipped directly to your home. Shipping will be free for any orders over $25. All purchases will benefit our school.
Go to scholastic.com/fair to find our school and begin shopping. Feel free to share this link with grandparents and other relatives/friends who want to support our students and school with new books.
THIS WEEK....Habitat School Garden Plant Sale Begins
Beginning April 27, the starts will be ready to sell at .50 each, and available in our Habitat garden shed. They will be forsale this week until all sold out. Just swing by the school, between 10 and 2pm, pick up what you want to buy and leave the money (exact change) in the marked box. Money raised supports Habitat projects throughout the year. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. B at email@example.com.
2020 Spring Society Meeting and Board Elections
Next week the NCCS Board will be sending out a message providing final details regarding our Spring Society Meeting and Board elections. Due to ongoing social distancing protective measures this meeting will be held in cyberspace. Additional details regarding Board candidates and instructions for online voting will be forthcoming. Thanks for your patience and flexibility as our school navigates these unprecedented times.
NCCS Board of Directors
"Senior Send Off" Celebrates our Graduates!
Our grads will be given a space in the parking lot to set up an area with their family, decorate that space as they like, and await a parade of cars with well-wishers to drive by in celebration of their graduation. We encourage you to make signs, cards, and find any other special ways to love on these great kids. This has been a very different end to their school years at NCCS, so we want to make it memorable and let them know how proud we are of them and love them.
Grad Spotlight: Alexis Donovan
Alexis has attended NCCS since Preschool. During her years at NCCS she has been a part of the following sports: basketball, soccer, track & field, and volleyball. She also was a part of the NCCS band, where she attended honors band and was also a part of the NCCS choir. She had the following positions on the Associated Student Body: Vice President 8th grade, Class Representative 9th and 10th, Vice President 11th grade, President 12th grade. She was also a member of the National Honor Society from 10th-12th grade. Since Alexis was in elementary her favorite subject to study was math. Alexis represented NCCS at the annual ACSI math olympics and speech meet.
Alexis has been involved within her community, she helped with Father’s Heart, Oregon City Chamber, Oregon City Business Alliance, and attended different functions at different assisted living centers. She also attended a national conference in D.C, where she met many national leaders, and attended a gala where the keynote speaker was Vice President Mike Pence. She is very involved in her church from teaching in Sunday School to helping with the behind the scene tech.
Alexis’ favorite verse is Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This is her favorite bible verse because it is a constant reminder to not worry about tomorrow and the next day, but know that God is in control of all our days.
Alexis has started working towards getting her Real Estate Agent License and is on track to get her license over the summer of 2020. In the fall, she will attend Grand Canyon University, where she has been accepted into the Honors College to pursue a Masters in Entrepreneurial Studies/Minor in Communications. While in college, Alexis will be working for a Real Estate Brokerage Firm in Arizona to gain experience. Alexis plans to study abroad through GCU’s Masters program.
Alexis’ favorite memory of NCCS would be those days after school when her friends and her would wait before a game and just sit in the field watching the sunset, laughing and kicking around a soccer ball, enjoying the simple moments of their lives. She also loved sporting events, sitting at the edge of the field surrounded by the student body laughing and cheering on the soccer team, or that feeling during volleyball games when you could hear the blue crew cheering after a made point.
Congratulations Alexis, job well done. You will be missed, but we are so excited about your future!
Grad Spotlight: Braden Hoeckelberg-Young
Braden also was the sound tech for the school play. He's been in National Honor Society since sophomore year. His favorite subjects to study are Physics and English.
His favorite verse is Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." He said "I like this verse for the simple reason that it reminds me that God has my back and he’s got this big ole world under control. We might not know what he's doing, but that just gives us an even bigger reason to trust him."
After high school, Braden will attend Oregon State University to study mechanical engineering. He plans to go into a career based around vehicle performance and offroad capability. When asked about a special memory, he said "It’s hard to pin down a certain memory that is my favorite, but one that is definitely up there is when our class was at the beach for Communitas. We had a frisbee, and we were all just goofing around and having a good time with one another."
Congratulations Braden, we are proud of you! We are excited to see God's plan for you play out.
Remote Learning and Final Grading
Recently, there is a great deal in the news about Governor Brown and ODE positions and decisions to not provide grades (just a pass or incomplete grade) or feedback on a report card, to students for the period of time during school closures. At NCCS, our Remote Learning plan provides for a better educational process and decision regarding grading.
At North Clackamas Christian School, our 7th-12th grade students will receive grades (and GPA) for the classes they are enrolled in. As we believe the level of work that is being accomplished deserves a letter grade associated with it for this term. Our elementary students will have a narrative report card for the final trimester, stating the progress each student made. We understand that remote learning is different and this has been a difficult time for most. So we want to continue to be sensitive to needs of everyone, but keep standards in place for how we are doing school.
The work our students are doing is in line with completing their current grade level and coursework. We are confident the learning opportunities that NCCS students are receiving will position them to be ready for the next grade level. We take our commitment to our partnership with parents, in educating our students, seriously, and expect our students to be able to accomplish great things in the years to come because of the work we are all doing today, together!
Year End Check Out Process
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS...Sending love and blessings on your special day!!! Happy birthday to: Grant (2), Tyler (6), Noah (6), Sebastian (K), Jordan (PreK), Addison (8), Brayden (7)
May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11 Curriculum Pick Up Day, 9am-1 pm
May 11 7 PM NCCS Spring Society Meeting (via Google Meet)
May 29 Last Day of School
May 29 3-4 PM Senior Send Off Drive By at NCCS
May 30 Class of 2020 Graduation
June 2 Student Year End Check Out Day
Mr. H and his band students "Meet" for a lesson this week!
LOOK FOR UPDATED RESOURCES HERE EACH WEEK
Resources to Encourage and Support Christian Parents
- Parents Guide to 8 Free Conversation Starters That Promote Leadership and Life Skills
- 3-weeks of Daily Discipleship on building relationships (Living on the Edge)
- 3 Ways to Help Your Child Adjust (YouVersion)
- 7 Ways to Bless Others in a Worldwide Crisis (Crossway)
- To The Parent Who Feels Like A Failure (Axis)
- The All Axis Pass to Parent Guides, Expert Interviews, Conversation Kits, and More (Axis)
You are Invited to Join in Weekly Chapel
It would be wonderful to have everyone join together, in their own homes, each Wednesday at 8:45 am with prayer and a devotional before class time begins. We have recorded Dr. Newby's message for you to view at your convience each week.
Here is the link to this week's message (April 22), if you missed it, with a continued focus on Isaiah 6:1-8.
#StayHomeSaveLives...Be informed about COVID-19
North Clackamas Christian School
Superintendent/Principal: Sherri James (Ext 101)
Office Manager: McKenzie Falotico (Ext 100)
Business Office Manager: Emily Clark (Ext 202)