Logos Christian Academy Update
“A Classical and Christ-Centered Education”
Week of March 29, 2021
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” II Chronicles 15:7 NIV
Thoughts from the Headmaster
As a staff, we appreciate the opportunity of working in partnership with our parent community to educate your children and to support them in their growth and learning. We look forward to meeting with you this coming Thursday for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please arrive at your scheduled time – reminders should be coming home today. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 that day and there will be no childcare on campus during the conferences. Your child’s 3rd quarter report card will be given to you at that time.
2nd Graders presented on the Armor of God in chapel last week!
We have been working with our students on resilience and having a growth mindset – the belief that abilities can be developed through commitment and hard work. This ties in well with our focus that we should be doing all to the glory of God. Students are learning that what we do affects the growth of our brain. For example, struggling with certain skills helps our brains change and grow. If we stick to only what comes naturally or easily, our brains won’t grow. To promote successful brain growth, we have to defy our natural inclination to back away from things that strike us as too difficult and rather, increase the time we spend developing skills that may not come naturally. We need to provide our brains with the opportunity to develop new skills through different mediums (eg. Listening, building, speaking, creating, writing, moving, etc.) We can also develop our brains in numerous realms – social/emotional, cognitive, physical, creative arts, musically…
In our society as a whole, I think we see a tendency for children to complain about learning being too hard or too much work and developing a “I can’t do it” attitude (which often translates as “I don’t want to do it”). At Logos we are helping our students to understand that school is their “job” right now and preparation for life. When struggle and challenges come, we need to persevere and say, “I don’t know it YET”, but I’ll get there. Sometimes that requires a change of attitude and sometimes it requires asking for support or help.
Below are some helpful questions you can discuss with your child regarding this concept:
- What things am I really good at doing?
- What things do I want to be really good at doing?
- Who do I know that is really good at something social or emotional (might phrase as “helping or being kind to others”)?
- Who do I know that is really good at something cognitive (might phrase as “in school” or “thinking”)?
- Who do I know that is really good at something physical or kinesthetic (might phrase as “at a sport” or “doing something with their hands”… could include musical, cooking, etc.)
- What has/have that person/these people done to become really good at that skill?
- What can I do to become better at things I want to be really good at doing?
When discussing grades with your child after Thursday’s conference, be sure to emphasize areas where you have seen them grow due to their hard work and effort.
Speech Meet Coming…. Monday & Tuesday
We invite you to join us for our annual Speech Meet next Monday and Tuesday, March 29 & 30th. Approximate times for each class are listed below. Please ensure that your child is ready for their presentation – guidelines of what judges will be looking for were sent home early on. If you choose to join us, please do not bring younger children and arrive a few minutes early so we can provide a distraction free environment for our speakers. Times for the grade level presentations are approximate and will take place in the Chapel:
- Monday, March 29th: K @ 8:30, 1st @ 9:15, 2nd @ 10:00
- Tuesday, March 30th: 3rd/4th @ 8:30, 5th/6th @ 9:35, 7th/8th at 10:30
After School Sign Language Class Starts on Tuesday
Thank you to those who signed up for the new After School Sign Language Class, which starts this coming Tuesday, March 30th. Students should report to Mrs. Mora’s classroom (Room #6) by 3:00 pm. Students should be picked up at the classroom at 3:45. Class will be held on March 30, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25 (note alternating Tuesdays). Thank you to Mrs. April Hammond for providing this wonderful opportunity!
Parent-Teacher Conferences This Thursday
We look forward to seeing you for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, April 1st at your scheduled time. Please note that this is a minimum day for students with dismissal at 11:30 am. There is no childcare coverage during conferences.
Spring Break…April 5-9
Please note that Spring Break is just around the corner! We will be on break from April 5th-9th. When we return there will only be 8 weeks left of the school year! Who is counting?!
Spring Pictures Coming April 15th
Spring Pictures information is coming home today! If you wish to have your child’s spring photo taken, you will need to pre-order online prior to April 13th – see the flyer for more information. If you are doing spring photos, your child may wear “picture clothes” to school that morning and bring their uniform to change into. All students will be photographed in uniform (boys with ties) for a whole school photo that day, as well.
IOWA Standardized Testing – Change of Dates to April 19-23
Parents of 2nd-8th graders please note that IOWA Standardized testing will take place the week of April 19-23rd . It is very important that you child be in attendance that week. We will be sending home more information soon.
Let’s Taco-Bout a Great Future!
We are in countdown mode to our awesome Auction Dinner! We are excited to share that Oasis Community Church has graciously offered their facility as our venue so we don’t have to hold it outside! Invitations will be sent out this next week for this fun fiesta that helps keep our school running! If you can help in any way, by volunteering or providing items for auction fund raising, please contact Mrs. Sowersby in the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a sign-up list of specific needs on Sign Up Genius. Go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AA4AD2BA7FBC43-tacobout
Last Call for Yearbooks!
We have about 10 copies left of the Yearbook – please visit ybpay.lifetouch.com Yearbook ID code: 12750421 or pick up an order form in the school office. Cost $30. Deadline to order is this week!
Spirit Wear Available – Look for Order Forms!
We are providing a special opportunity to order Spirit Wear! Watch for order forms going home today with more information and be sure to get your order in by the deadline so your child can sport their school spirit for our last school spirit day before the end of the year!
UPLIFT Parent Meeting – April 1st
Looking for a way to help out the school and get to know other parents? Join us for our next UPLIFT Parent meeting coming April 1st at 6:30 pm in the school library! We will be working on plans for decorations for the Auction Dinner, gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week, and begin discussion for our end of the year Field Day for the students. Your involvement is appreciated!
Volunteers Needed, Please!
We are in desperate need for volunteers at the following times: Monday or Thursday from 11:50-12:30 Lunch Duty (with a teacher) or Friday after school at the parking lot gate (2:50-3:15). If you have any time in your schedule to help us out, we would greatly appreciate it! Please contact Mrs. Sowersby in the school office at email@example.com or 775-428-1825
- March 29 & 30 – Speech Meet
- April 1st – Parent/Teacher Conferences in afternoon; student dismissal at 11:30 am
- April 1st – UPLIFT Meeting at 6:30 pm
- April 2nd – Chapel @ 8:15
- April 5-9 – Easter Break – No School
- April 15 – Spring Photos
- April 16 – Chapel @ 8:15 am – 7th/8th Presenting
- April 19-23 – Iowa Testing for Grades 2-8
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