EPSB planning department has provided a map indicating safe pick up and drop off areas for the safety of all our students. Map
LEARNING through academics - Each student is encouraged to realize his or her full academic potential as an individual uniquely created by God.
LIVING in Christ - Students will experience the invitation to accept Christ as Saviour and to live for Him in the choices they make, their view of life and the values they demonstrate.
LEADING by serving others - Students are challenged to become leaders and good citizens at school and in the community by being involved in various service projects.
LOVING with strength of character - Students receive character education: honesty, kindness, loyalty, perseverance, integrity, tolerance, respect, equality, stewardship and community awareness.
Wow! Did September go by as fast for you as it did for me?
Thank you MCS Families for making sure the transition from summer to school year was smooth. You getting your kids up every school day, ready to come and learn makes our jobs so much easier.
I think David says it very well in Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the Lord had made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I have now had a full 5 months at MCS (counting last spring) and with that I have been able to ask questions and make observations. One observation that I would like to highlight this month is something I see every morning and afternoon.
Morning drop off and afternoon pick up.
First, I would like to acknowledge the patience demonstrated by our neighbors every morning. As they try to get on with their day, they have to navigate increased traffic flow that sometimes makes their own morning commute hectic before it even begins. If you could be mindful of the driveways directly across the street from the playground and avoid blocking them as you stop to drop off your children, I am certain our neighbors would appreciate that.
If dropping your children off on either side of the front street continues to be necessity, I would like you to consider this question:
Moving into the building, I would like to highlight, briefly, some of the work that the teachers have engaged in this year. Teachers from Kindergarten through to Grade 9 are working on aligning how they teach writing. The goal is to have instructional strategies and vocabulary that is aligned as your child moves from one grade to the next. The anguage and strategies teachers use will not be identical between grades, as higher grades will need to be more complex, but teachers will use consistent language and nstructional strategies that build upon each other as students progress through the grade levels.
In addition to writing instruction, teacher are working to evelop shared background knowledge around reading, specifically the Five Pillars of Reading:
1. Phonemic Awareness (the sounds in spoken words)
2. Phonological awareness (the sounds in written words),
3. Fluency (the ability to read text quickly, accurately and with expression),
4. Vocabulary (the meaning of words), and
5. Reading Comprehension (the meaning of a written passage of text).
During the last week of September every student at MCS was given 3 reading screeners, which are quick and easy assessments that give us information about these pillars: Phonological Awareness, Fluency, and Reading Comprehension. These assessments will give us a benchmark or starting point to give our teachers feedback on how students are progressing on these three areas of reading. These screeners will be administered again in January and May.
These pieces are just two of the actions your child’s teachers are engaged in this year to make sure all students at Meadowlark Christian School are successful.
A couple of important dates worth noting this month:
1. October 20, 2017 - Interim Reports released
2. October 24 & 25 - Parent teacher interviews (3:45-7:45)