Lower School Newsletter

Monday, November 20, 2017

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 23 - No school

Friday, November 24 - No school

Monday, November 27 - No school

Friday, December 1 - Picture Retake Day

From the Principal's Desk....

Dear Lower School Families,

I would like to take this time to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving as well as say what a joy it has been to serve you and our students each day! The support and love that you have shown our school is very encouraging. The best part of my day is seeing our children happy and enjoying what they are learning. God has great plans for us and I am excited to be a part of those plans. I am grateful to our Lord for all that he as provided to our school. May His love, joy, and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Chapel Invitation-Thanksgiving Special

Parents, I would like you to join us for our Thanksgiving Message on Tuesday, November 21st from 8:15-9 during Lower School Chapel. I will be delivering the message along with some of our classrooms presenting songs and readings. What a wonderful time to join your child at our weekly chapel. Hope to see you there!

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

Question for this week: Why is it important to have a grateful heart and mind?

This week’s Bible verse is… Psalm 9:1 "I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all of the marvelous things you have done.

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Shirvinski

Wreath Orders

Thank you to those families who ordered Christmas wreaths to benefit CATS (Community and Teachers Serving). We raised over $1600 for CATS to use to provide great activities for our teachers and our students. If you would like to know more about getting involved with CATS, please contact Molly Miner at molgailminer@hotmail.com. Check out their facebook page as well!

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you for investing in the joy and spiritual lives of children around the world! We received 158 boxes in our office to donate to Operation Christmas Child. Did you see our facebook video of the chain of students passing boxes to load up the vans? The students had a great time! Some of our 5th graders submitted applications and were chosen to help Mr. Shirvinski, Ms. Cornetto, and Mrs. Tress take the boxes to a local collection center.

If you are a family who paid online and will receive an email with the destination of your box, will you forward that email to Mrs. VanHart? It would be fun to make a bulletin board marking where our boxes went!

Picture Retake Day

Friday, December 1 is Picture Retake Day. This is for families who bought pictures in October but don't like them. Please write a note to their teacher so they know to send them to the office in the morning. Students may wear dress up clothes for the day or change clothes afterwards. Order forms are in the Lower School office.

Parent Meeting

Thank you to the faculty and families that attended the WSCA Parent Meeting. There was a great deal of excitement and optimism as we “set our minds” in hopeful expectation for what the Lord has done and continues to do at WSCA as we pursue quality Christian education for our children.

Please take the time to watch the “God is on the Move” video (https://youtu.be/szdo9g0JvCs) highlighting our most recent CSAGH Upper School Spiritual Emphasis Retreat Days and also the 8th Grade Leadership Retreat. In addition, please also review the PowerPoint deck on our website at http://westshorechristian.org/images/uploads/Documents/WSCA_ParentMtg__11.17.pdf from the meeting. You will see the progress we are making to expand the quality of education and the financial stability of the school. It is evident that God is certainly on the move at WSCA.

PreK Hearts!

Our PreK classes collected 60 boxes of stuffing so that New Hope Ministries could provide good Thanksgiving meals to local families. We are thankful that Mrs. Scalf and Mrs. Traub teach our students to be thankful!
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Giant A+ Rewards

Starting in the month of October, 2017, West Shore Christian Academy – ID#: 20565 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant! Last year WSCA raised over $3000.00 though this program but there is limitless potential to what we can earn for our school and all we need to do is register more Giant bonus cards to WSCA!!


You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

This does not personally affect your own bonus/gas point etc.

To participate:

  • Visit www.giantfoodstores.com and select Savings & Rewards.
  • Follow the prompts to create your online account if you do not already have one. You’ll need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number and the School ID #

To earn points:

  • Use your registered BONUSCARD® each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn CASH for our school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt.
  • At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.
  • Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program.

CATS Prayer Team Update

We have changed the day that we gather as parents in prayer for our school to Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 to 2:45 in the Lower School Conference Room. We pray for staff members, teachers, and students by name and any special requests for that week. If you aren't available on Tuesday afternoons you can get the prayer requests via email each week to commit to pray at home. For more information contact Gretchen Carvella at CatsPrayerTeam@westshorechristian.org . Thanks for lifting our WSCA community before the Lord in prayer!

Here's a link to a prayer calendar which all of us can use to pray each day for our children, our children's friends, their teachers, and all who are in the WSCA family. Just follow the date, no matter which day of the week it falls on each month -

http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/September-Prayer-Calendar1.pdf (Copyright Bob Hostetler (www.bobhostetler.com). Used with the permission of the author. Also available as an iPhone/iPad app in the iTunes app store.)

Microwave Needed

The Lower School is in need of a small microwave for the Science Lab on the 3rd floor. If you have an extra one that you could donate, please email lvanhart@westshorechristian.org. Thanks.

WSCA Lower School Yearbook Orders

Go to treering.com/validate to purchase your student’s yearbook. Your Lower School passcode is 101495056158615. There is an option to personalize two pages with your student’s favorite photos at NO additional cost. If you start designing the two pages and then decide against completing them, it will automatically revert to a standard yearbook.

Please note, if you have students in both Upper and Lower Schools, you will need a different passcode for the Upper School yearbook. If you have any questions email Yearbook@westshorechristian.org or call 717-737-3550 x134. See the attached PDF (at the bottom of the newsletter) for additional information on how to purchase, customize pages and download app if desired.