Lower School Newsletter

September 25, 2017

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 27 - See You at the Pole, 7:15 AM

Saturday, September 30 - Last day for discounted yearbook order

Friday, October 6 - No school, teacher in-service day

Monday, October 9 - No school, Columbus day

Thursday, October 12 - Race for Education

Friday, October 20 - PreK-5th Grandfriends Day

From the Principal's Desk: Reading: It Matters!

This week you can model reading to your child by…Give books as Gifts-Show your child that books are important to you by giving them as gifts. Encourage your child to give his or her friend a book as a gift. Look for another tip next week.

The Transformed Heart- What Does it Mean to Love God and One Another? Question for this week: How can I walk in love?

This week’s Bible verse is… 2 John 1:6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Shirvinski

See You at the Pole

Lower School students and families are welcome to join our entire school at the flag pole on Main Street for a time of prayer. See You at the Pole is an annual gathering of thousands of Christian students at flagpoles in front their schools for prayer, scripture reading and worship. Visit the official website at www.syatp.com.

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Homecoming Dress Up Week

To celebrate WSCA's Homecoming, the Lower School is dressing up! We enjoyed Book Character Day today. It's a hot week - it's okay if your dressing up includes "top of the knee" casual or athletic shorts!

Tuesday - "Comfy Cozy Day" - Pajamas, sweats, slippers...just don't fall asleep in class!

Wednesday - "Sports Day" - Love to play, love to watch, love to cheer on...show us!

Thursday - "Place That I Love Day" - The baseball field, the beach, Italy, hiking in the woods, Grandma's house...where do you love to go, or wish you could go?

Friday - "Formal Day or School Spirit Day" - Let's pretend to be the teenagers going to Homecoming and get dressed up! Or you can wear Friday's WSCA School Spirit and jeans.

Participation in theme days is optional, or wear your school uniform. Jeans and "top of the knee" shorts/dresses/shorts are welcome if your are participating. Direct questions to Mrs. VanHart.

Race for Education

Race for Education is less than THREE weeks away and we have already achieved over 20% of our $45,000 goal! On Thursday, October 12th, WSCA students will take time out of the day to run laps on a 1/4 mile marked course to raise money for the school. WSCA has made it easier than ever to register and encourage friends and families to support our students by offering an online giving option at www.raceforeducation17.kintera.org

Registered students that submitted 1 name/address label or email will be receiving a WSCA Race for Ed t-shirt to wear that day. All students will receive a goody bag as well as information from our race sponsors. The cafeteria will be closed, so please bring a complete pack lunch.

Friends and family are welcome to come and cheer on the students while they run. It's a great WSCA social time! Bring your chairs and cameras! There will be a stand serving snacks from 11:00-3:00. We are also in need of volunteers and concession stand donations. Please contact Rebecca Kipe at: rferaceday@westshorechristian.org if you are to help and watch for link where you can sign up to help.

While you are here for the race, help WSCA earn extra money by test driving a brand new car around the parking lot! Thanks to "Lincoln's Drive for the Kids," WSCA will receive $20 for every test drive and an additional $10 with a second test-drive in any different 2017 Lincoln vehicle. If your teen is 18 years or older, they qualify as a test driver. Don't forget your driver's license! We are thankful for this great program that has raised money for WSCA through the years! The program runs from 10:00-4:00.

Race times are:

10:05-10:30 - All PreK classes in the gymnasium

12:00-12:30 - 6th-8th grade

1:00-1:30 - K-5th grade

2:15-2:45 - 9-12th grade

Grandfriends' Day

We're excited about hosting Grandfriends on Friday, October 20 to see our classrooms, share in a time of worshipful singing, and experience our vibrant WSCA community! Please start inviting your Grandfriends! We will be sending flyers home soon for you to invite Grandfriends. Parents are invited to join us for the worship service, but asked to go to the classrooms only if there are no Grandfriends attending.

Thursday, October 19 - PreK-3 AM session with Grandfriends from 8:30-9:30 am

Friday, October 20

8:30-9:30 am - PreK-4 AM session with Grandfriends in classroom

9:00-9:30 am - Grandfriends arrive at school

9:30-11:45 am - Lower School worship service (all invited), then Grandfriends visit classrooms. A slide show of pictures of students and grandfriends will be presented. Parents can send pictures to gfriends@westshorechristian.org.

11:45-12:30 - Lunch with Grandfriends: Eat a pack or bought lunch in the cafeteria OR sign out your grandchild to take them out to lunch and return them to school by 1:00.

1:30-2:30 - PreK-4 PM session with Grandfriends in classroom

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Hurricane Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated to our hurricane collection! As a school, we raised $1321.45, with the LS and the US collecting almost even amounts! We will send the money to the Association of Christian Schools International, who will assist Christian schools in Florida and Texas in repairing their schools. ACSI is the accrediting agency for Christian schools like ours.

WSCA Lower School Yearbook Orders

Our WSCA yearbooks are always fun to make, enjoy, and keep as a memory! Purchasing your Lower School yearbook by September 30 gives you a 15% discount on the yearbook, to pay $12.75 instead of $15.00. Students will also receive a 50 cent Grab and Go card for the cafeteria!

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.

2017-2018 Ski Roundtop Club Card

Attention All Skiers and Snowboarders! We are offering the Roundtop Resort Night Club Card for all students, parents, and alumni. This card can be purchased online at www.skiroundtop.com click passes/cards and then click night club card. You will then select purchase online. Our user name is 4716 and password is wsca. Registration is now open and early bird discounts will apply until November 7th at midnight. Then the rates for the club card will increase. You can purchase the following items through our group: Night Club Card, NCC Night Season Pass, 4 Visit Cards, or Season Passes. The details about all of those option can be located online. Please feel free to email Jen Cornetto with any questions at jcornetto@westshorechristian.org. Hope to see you on the mountain!

CATS Parents Prayer Team

Join with other parents in prayer for our school on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-2:45 in the LS 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 Wednesday afternoons you can get the prayer requests via email each week to commit to pray at home. For more info, contact Gretchen Carvella at catsprayerteam@westshorechristian.org.