Family of Christ Christian School

KNIGHTS NEWSLETTER

 

 

Volume 16, Issue 2

 

 

September 2019 

IMPORTANT DATES

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Labor Day
No School

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Hurricane Day
No School

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Drama Club Begins
3:00-4:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Sixth & Seventh Grade
911 Memorial Luncheon

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Progress Reports Go Home

MON.-FRI., SEPTEMBER  16-20
Student Council Campaigning

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
PTL Family Meeting
8:30 am, Sanctuary

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  23
Student Council Speeches

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Student Council Election Day

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Student Picture Days
Yearbook Photos
NAVY Uniform Shirts





SCHOOL LUNCHES

*Lunches for Tuesday, September 3rd have been cancelled.  Accounts will not be charged.

School lunches are underway! The October menu will come home in family folders two weeks before they are due. Please remember that lunches are pre-ordered one week before they are delivered so lunch forms need to be turned in on time.
 
If your child forgets their lunch, they will be provided with an emergency lunch.  This will include:  uncrustable, chips and a drink.  Your tuition express account will be charged $4.25 for the lunch. 
 
Lunches are not billed until the end of the month so the students can try the lunch items and decide if they like them.  Little taste buds sometimes think they will like something and then don't.  If that is the case, email Ms. Patti at Pharmon@familyofchristtampa.com or call her at 558-9343 Ext. 118 and she will take it off your child's order.  In addition, if you would like to add an item to your child's menu, you can do that too.
 
Middle school students are permitted to use the microwave in the Narthex to re-heat (not cook) their lunches.  This should take between 30 seconds and one minute to prevent a long line.

 
  
WATER BOTTLES
Don't forget to send your child with a water bottle every day to school.
  
If your child forgets their water bottle, they may use the water fountains or purchase a water bottle for 50 cents from the school office.
  
Please put 50 cents in your child's pencil case for this emergency.
  
Exact change only please.
  
  

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

We collect Box Tops all year long.  A labeled sandwich bag will be sent home in family folders for your convenience several times a year. We raised over $1100 last year thanks to Box Tops so keep on clipping!  Next year Box Tops money will be collected by parents scanning their receipts.  More information will come home in family folders

  
EARLY SIGN OUT

 

Please refrain from signing out your children after 2 pm unless you have an appointment. The end of the day is as important as the beginning of the day, so children should stay in class.

MEDICATIONS
                           
ALL MEDICATIONS brought to school must be in their original containers and labeled with the student's name in permanent marker. In addition, for medicine to be dispensed a Medicine Authorization Form must be completed in the school office.

 

 Authorization For Medication

 

NO MEDICATIONS should be left in student backpacks. This poses a danger to other children.

 

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BIRTHDAY MARQUIS SIGN

If you would like your child's name on the sign at the front entrance for their birthday, please fill out the Birthday Marquis form. The cost is $10.  Forms are available at the school office.



  
VOLUNTEER HOURS
There are many opportunities to complete your volunteer hours:
*Field Trips/Classroom Time
(Contact your classroom/homeroom teacher)
*Night of Knights
(Contact Christin Behrens @ nok@familyofchristtampa.com)
PTL Events
*Setting up for events
*Chick-Fi-A Spirit Night
*Cleaning up after events

Visit the PTL Facebook Page

Office Work
*Picture Day
*Clothes Closet
*Box Top Organization
*Grounds Work
*Pencil Sharpening for SAT Testing
(Contact Ms. Patti @ Pharmon@familyofchristtampa.com
  
  
20 volunteer hours must be completed by the last day of school (Thursday, May 21st).
  
MAKING MAGIC/AR GOALS
Students will receive a "Making Magic" slip when noticed by a teacher or staff member doing something good for another student.  Those slips will be collected at the office and names will be drawn each week at chapel.  Students whose names are drawn may visit the elementary or middle school treasure boxes for prizes.
  
Students who meet or exceed their AR Goal will have their name put in a drawing for a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card. 
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YOUR PTL BOARD
 President:
      Joyce Hepscher
Vice-President:
Meghan Greene
Secretary:
Amy Williams
Treasurer:
Karen Saa
Night Of Knights Chair:
Christin Behrens
Book Fair Coordinator:
Sheri Maxim

PTL Meeting: Tuesday, September 17th at 8:30 am.

Look for PTL on Facebook and PTL newsletters on the 15th of the month.

PTL By Laws and Meeting Minutes are available in the volunteer log at the school office.

DRAMA CLUB
Drama club for kindergarten thru fifth grade begins on Thursday, September 5th.  There is still time to register.  Forms are available at the school office.  The cost is $100 for a eight-week session.  The club meets from 
3-4:15 pm on Thursdays in the Sanctuary.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Ferguson (813-495-5621) with any questions.

FIELD TRIPS

Sixth and seventh grade classes will be going to Mission BBQ for a luncheon and commemorative ceremony honoring September 11th first responders.

If your child ordered a school lunch on that day it will be cancelled and your account will not be charged.

CANDIDS



ZERO THE HERO VISITS KINDERGARTEN


FIRST AND FOURTH GRADE BUDDIES

BIRTHDAY MARQUIS
Thank you Vicki Shuster for creating all the marquis slides .



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                Sophia P. and her Dad
CANDIDS
KINDERGARTEN AND THIRD GRADE BUDDIES



FIFTH GRADERS IN SCIENCE CLASS


SPANISH NOTEBOOKS


TWISTEE TREAT FUNDRAISER

WEATHER REMINDER

We wanted to make our families aware that if there are any school closings due to weather, Family of Christ Christian School and after care follow the Hillsborough County School cancellation schedule.

   FAMILY FOLDERS
Every Thursday your Family Folder from the school office will come home.  Please feel free to decorate the cover  with pictures and artwork and make it your own.  All school paperwork will be included in this folder to prevent a trickle of papers throughout the week.  Please return the folder and its contents back to school on Friday or the following Monday so it may be sent home the following week  on Thursday reloaded with materials. 
  
In addition, if you own a small business or would like to distribute flyers for an event please stop by the office to get it included in family folders.
  
   
YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Students will have their yearbook picture taken on Thursday, September 26th.  We ask that all students wear their  NAVY 

uniform shirts  for these photos.   If your student doesn't have a navy shirt we will put one on them the morning of the photo.

 
 

  
 
 RECYCLE BIN
FOC continues  to be environmentally conscious by recycling cardboard/paper.
  
What do we recycle?
*Clean Newspaper  *Phone Books  *Soft Books  *Cereal Boxes  *Construction Paper  *Office Paper  *Magazines  *Mixed Paper
  
The bin is located at the back of the  parking lot, near the soccer field.
 

If you recycle, please break down your boxes before putting them in the  bin. 




 THANK YOU SAFETY PATROL
                                  

Please  be aware of the Safety Patrol students when you are pulling up to car line in your car.  Cars should keep a safe distance from the students and obey their commands when they put out their hands for you to stop or proceed in line.
  
Take a moment to thank the fifth graders who are aiding our students with arrival and dismissal.  Our safety patrol perform a very important job at the school.

  

 

MORNING DROP OFF

Elementary parents please be mindful that middle school starts at 8:10 am.  Middle School students are being dropped off in car line between 8 and 8:10 am and may be late for class if the car ahead of them lingers in car line.  Please drop your child off closer to 8:15 am so our middle school students make it to class on time.
 
PLEASE MIND YOUR MANNERS AT DISMISSAL
For the safety of all, please be cautious when pulling out onto Bruce B. Downs. Larger vehicles, please be considerate of smaller vehicles.  Please be mindful of the line of sequence and  wait for your turn to merge into traffic.

As always, cars may turn right and do a u-turn at the light.
 
 
Parenting & ADHD
Thank you Dr. Rebecca "Becky" Guagliardo, PsyD.  and Lisa Nail, MA, for the  presentation last month.   

The school would love continue to provide workshops for parents on various topics.  If there is a topic you would like to see addressed, please reply to this email with your topic idea.
 


INTERNET SAFETY

Family of Christ Christian School has put an internet filter in place for every computer on our network.  The "Student" log-in ID is set at an age-appropriate school setting and has the highest blocked categories of content.
 
In computer class,  internet safety is discussed throughout the 
school year.  There is an activity called "Cyber 5" that 
students in Kindergarten through fifth grade watch.  The link is:  

Afterwards, there is a discussion on ways to stay safe on the internet and how to behave on the internet.  As Christian students, the Fruits of the Spirit  qualities are stressed as well as their internet manners. They should behave just like being face-to-face with someone in a conversation.

For middle school students, we discuss technology skills every student should have and this includes Netiquette (Internet Etiquette) and Internet Safety and Security.

 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Thank you families for making our book fair such a great success!  Everyone enjoyed coming in the morning and looking at the books.


A special shout out to Sheri  Maxim for chairing this event and all of our volunteers. Thank you.


  
CHURCH SERVICES

Please join us for weekly church services.  

Saturday at 6:00 pm-Traditional Service

Sunday at 9:00 am-Traditional Services & 
Sunday School Classes

Sunday at 11:00 am-Contemporary Service
with Praise Band & Sunday School Classes


Join Us For "Kidz Praise"
Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-7:50 pm
Building One, (Activity Room)

Wednesday evening worship time for kids begins at 6:30 pm with a pizza dinner and a fun-filled evening of activities and worship for kids in the activity room located in building 1.  Hillsong Kids: "Big-Can you believe it?" will be our fall nine-week series.  There will be songs, Bible lessons, games and crafts each week.  We can't wait to see you there!  Be sure to invite a friend!


"IGNITE"
Who:  Middle & High School Youth (6-12 grade)
When:  Wednesday's from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where:  Main Church Building

Wednesday evening worship and activity time for youth begins at 6:30 pm with a pizza dinner and then activities for youth which include; devotional and small group time, worship/team building activities and mission projects.  Some exciting trips are being planned for the coming year.  Youth group is led by Mike Pultorak: focyouthprograms@gmail.com and Pastor Dave Haara (813-892-3003).  Parent volunteers are encouraged and appreciated.  

Church office contact:  lferguson@familyofchristtampa.com
CAR TAGS
 
We have extra car tags available  in the school office.  If you have a grandparent picking up at dismissal or need another for the family car, respond to this email and we will send home another.

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MEET NEW CAMPUS MEMBERS

 
Meet Lance Kohler. Lance is a church member and takes care of the church/school's audiovisual needs.  Thanks to Lance we have been able to purchase an impressive new projector.  Thanks Mr. Lance!

Meet Angel Arocho.  Angel is our maintenance man and has worked hard all summer getting the campus ready for the students to return.  Angel is our bus driver and transports students on field trips, to sports and to our aftercare program.


                                             
Meet Cathy Walton.  Cathy is our business manager and is new to the office.  She brings with her a wealth of business experience.  Feel free to stop by and say hi!




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SPORTS CORNER

Volleyball is underway at Family of Christ.  Our JV and Varsity teams have been practicing and using their skills and good sportsmanship at games.  The season is off to a great start.


Cross Country has begun.  Our runners are taking to the trails working on their endurance and speed. 


Good news! Family of Christ Christian School, with the help of PTL, has purchased a subscription to BrainPOP, an award-winning provider of cross-curricular digital content including animated movies, learning games, quizzes, and other activities. Your child can even create his or her own movies and coding projects with our easy-to-use tools. Best of all, your family can access these resources from home!

SUMMER READING PICTURE WINNER 

                                  
The winner is Neal W. from third grade!
He wins a free Knights sweatshirt!
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS

We have fire and tornado drills throughout the year.  Each month we have a fire drill.  Tornado drills take place twice a year.  Students are prepared by their teachers before these drills occur with age appropriate language.  Please speak with your child about the importance of these drills.


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SEVENTH GRADE IN SCIENCE CLASS


SIXTH GRADE ARCHEOLOGISTS  'EXCAVATING' CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IN SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS
TWISTEE TREAT FUNDRAISER