The first field trip of the school year is always an exciting time, and Foundations Christian School is no different. Tomorrow, September 26, 2014, our kids will be embarking on a day-long field trip to Animal Adventure Park. If they've never been there, they will enjoy every minute of the fun.
Animal Adventure Park is in Harpursville, NY, and it's an interactive animal park where kids can learn all about the animals they see. They'll get the opportunity to feed some of them too, which is an awesome experience. Animal Adventure Park has zebras, turtles, llamas, a mountain lion, and so many more beautiful animals. What a great way to appreciate how different and complex all of God's creatures are!
If your child is a student planning on going on the field trip, we want to remind you to please make sure he or she is dressed for the cooler weather in the morning. Layers are perfect because it is supposed to be a really nice day tomorrow. You can feel free to keep their backpacks at home, too, but please send their lunches, complete with napkins and plastic forks, spoons, etc.
This might be our first field trip, but it won't be our last. We're having a great time enjoying the 2014-2015 school year, and we're just getting started!
If you would like more information about Foundations Christian School for your kids, we would love to talk to you! You're welcome to take a tour of our new location, right here at Big Flats Wesleyan Church in Big Flats, NY, and our administrators are more than willing to answer any of your questions. If you're tired of the public school scene, and you think a Christian education would be right for your kids, please contact us today!
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No matter how much you prepare for Back to School season, once the school year really starts rolling, it can be hard to leave your summer routine behind. Even so, there is a way to ensure you keep your sanity as a Mom or Dad while providing your kids with everything they need to make this school year a great one. Here at Foundations Christian School, our goal is to help you train up your children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6), so we'd like to offer you a few tips that can help take the "crazy" out of your mornings.
We get it - mornings are tough. Some families are lucky to get any breakfast at all before flying out the door in the mornings. However, the foods your kids eat will have a direct impact on how well they do in school during the day. That's why it's important to make healthy choices for them. Try making quick breakfast foods ahead of time that they can grab and eat in the car if you're always running short on time. Granola, apples, bananas and hard-boiled eggs are easy to fix ahead of time, and simple to grab when you're on the go.
Prepare the Night Before
You can make your mornings a little easier when you make preparations for everything the night before. Have your kids pack their backpacks as soon as their homework is done, and if they're taking their lunch to school, it's good to make their lunches at night too. Are clothing choices a pain in the morning? You can simplify that process by having them pick out their clothes and get everything ready at night. Or, if you're really ambitious, take some extra time on the weekends and get their outfits ready for the entire week.
Make Homework a Priority
The fact is that sometimes your kids are going to have homework. However, if you don't make it a priority, they won't either. Of course, they will need some training to ensure that homework becomes a priority for them too. To get them in the habit of getting all of their work done, some parents will make any screen time - television, electronics, etc. - contingent on whether or not it's done. Once you use those things as rewards (limited, of course), you'll usually see an eager child who is willing to comply.
Foundations Christian School is growing even more since we made the move to Big Flats, NY this year. We'd love for you to be a part of that growth. For more information on the school, or to talk with our Administrators about enrolling your children, please contact us!
Here at Foundations Christian School in Big Flats, we frequently get asked what people can do to help us. We love the caring hearts of the people at Big Flats Wesleyan Church, Grace Church of the Nazarene, and in the surrounding churches. There is plenty you can do to lend a hand as we continue on throughout the school year.
Prayer is the first thing on our list because it really is the most important thing you can do to help us. This year has already been a blessing to us because of our new location, as well as for many other reasons. However, we know that whenever God does something awesome, the enemy is right there, ready to attack. We need some prayer warriors who are willing to stand up to the enemy on our behalf, and who will call on God for our school on a daily basis.
Each year our students get a nice long list of things they will need to bring in to start the new year. However, it isn't long before those items need to be replenished, or we find that we need additional things for them to use. We're also usually very appreciative of things like napkins, paper towels, tissues and plastic spoons. If you want to help us with some of these items, that would be wonderful!
We have been blessed to be a blessing for anyone who has volunteered with us here at the school. You never know what we might need help with. Sometimes we need substitute teachers, or teacher's aids. Maybe you have a gift you'd like to share with our students, or a special talent that one of our teachers could use during a lesson. Contact us and tell us how you would like to help.
Spread the Word
Now that school is in session, it won't be long before you'll start to see posts on Facebook from exasperated parents. They'll be complaining about their children's schools, and you're bound to hear some anger expressed toward Common Core requirements. Don't be afraid to spread the word about us! Many people don't realize that their kids have an alternative option for school that's not as expensive as other private or Christian schools in the area. They will be happy you told them about us, and our enrollment will grow!
If you're reading this, and you would like more information about Foundations Christian School, we would love to talk with you about what God is doing for our students here in Big Flats. Please contact us today!
Tomorrow is the big day! We're getting ready to welcome new and old students back to Foundations Christian School! Are you ready?
We're having an informational orientation meeting tonight for every parent at Big Flats Wesleyan Church (the new home of Foundations Christian School) in Big Flats, NY. The meeting takes place at 6:30, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to get some information about the school, as well as get any of your questions answered. You can also take a peek inside of your children's classrooms and talk with their teachers.
Last year was our first year at FCS, and we're excited to jump right into number two! We've had many changes during the past year, and we're excited to share them with you.
If you'd like more information about a Christian education at Foundations Christian School for your children, please contact us today!
If you're looking for a SWEET way to tell your Dad how much you love him this Father's Day, here at Foundations Christian School, we have an awesome suggestion for you!
We're having an amazing night of frozen yogurt and raising money for our school this Father's Day, June 15th. Come on out to Sweet Frog and support the area's newest Christian school.
If you've never been to Sweet Frog, this is the perfect opportunity for you to give it a try. We promise, you've never tasted anything like it. You'll not only have your choice of a variety of frozen yogurt flavors, but you'll also be able to pick and choose your toppings...and you've never seen so many!
If you're busy with Dad on Father's Day and you don't think you can make it, no problem! Sweet Frog is also hosting this fundraiser for us on Friday, June20th too. Stop in and enjoy a sweet treat on a hot summer day.
We're so excited to be wrapping up the school year, here at Foundations Christian School. If you'd like some information on enrolling your child for next year, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact us today!
It's really unbelievable that the school year has gone by so fast. For many of us parents (me included!), it seems like only yesterday when we dropped our little ones off for their very first day of school. They've grown so much, and they've learned so much new information during the past school year. It's hard to believe it's really time for preschool graduation.
Why Do We Have Preschool Graduation?
Preschool graduation is a really fun event for kids, and it's exciting for parents as well. Back when many of us were in school, we didn't have a little graduation ceremony to celebrate our movement from preschool into kindergarten. We had to wait until the big "to-do" happened our senior year of high school. So, why do we do it?
I think one of the reasons we have preschool graduation is to give the kids a sense of accomplishment. It really is a sense of accomplishment for them to enter school in September with a severe paste-eating problem, only to emerge in the spring with the ability to count to 100. Preschool graduations also give our teachers the chance to stand in the spotlight for a few minutes because they're the reason those little tykes are where they are now, and they really should be commended for a job well done.
If a preschooler you love is involved in our preschool graduation this spring, we'd like to invite you to join us for some great food, and a graduation ceremony this Friday, May 30th, at 5:00 at the Grace Church of the Nazarene in Horseheads, NY. We're excited to celebrate our preschoolers, and we hope you'll come!
If you would like more information about Foundations Christian School, we would love to talk with you! Please contact us today!
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It probably seems like only yesterday when you were bringing your newborn baby home from the hospital. You enjoyed those first few months with your little one, and you couldn't fathom the thought that he or she would ever be going off to school. It seemed like you had all the time in the world until that fateful day would come.
However, as it always does, time marches on. Now, you're realizing that you need to start making some decisions about your child's preschool. You might be feeling nervous, and unsure about where you should begin to look for a good preschool. We'd like to offer you a few tips that can help you make the right decision.
Look for Personalized Attention
When kids are young, they need to have a little more personalized attention. It's important to find a preschool that will be able to meet your child's needs. Will the teacher be able to offer a little bit of extra help if it's needed? Will your child feel encouraged to ask for help? These are important questions you should ask.
Look for Consistent Rules
If there's one thing that three and four-year-olds need, it's consistency. When you're interviewing preschools, be sure to ask the teacher's views on consistency in the classroom, especially when it comes to rules. You should expect the same amount of consistency as you provide at home. Kids need to know what the rules are, and they need to be expected to follow them.
Look for a Level of Comfort
This goes for both you and your child. A good preschool will allow you and your child to pay a visit to the school before you enroll your child. How does he or she respond to the other children? Does your child seem to enjoy the environment? Do you feel comfortable with the setup, and with the thought of leaving your child there for a few hours each day? If you and your child are both comfortable, you'll both have a great experience.
Here at Foundations Christian School, we know how important it is to choose a great preschool. That's why we strive to make ours the best one in Horseheads! When your preschooler attends our preschool, your strong family values will be reinforced, as well as your reliance upon God and building a relationship with Him.
If you would like more information about Foundations Christian School, we'd love to talk with you. Please contact us today!
As I write this blog post, I am almost at the end of a three-day substitute teaching journey. I was a little worried coming into this job, and for a lot of reasons.
1. I did a short stint of majoring in education while I was in college. It only took me about five times of sitting on observing a kindergarten class to realize that I had chosen the wrong major.
2. I've never substitute taught before.
3. I was a little worried about how I would manage so many kids of varying ages, and varying grades, who were all doing different levels of work at the same time.
This week hasn't been too bad, and I can say that because as I write this, it's a Friday afternoon, and the week is almost over. I've learned a great deal of information while I've been here this week.
1. First of all, these kids are AMAZING. I can't tell you enough how impressed I am with them. Each one of them has his or her own level of initiative, and they know exactly what they need to do. They take charge of their studies, and they work really, REALLY hard.
2. Miss Linda is AMAZING. The fact that she does this job day in and day out, and she greets me with a smile when I normally come to pick my own kids up in the afternoons, is simply remarkable. It's easy to see that she has her own special way with each kid, and they have truly to rely on her, trust her, and love her.
3. Teaching is hard. It has to be one of the hardest jobs of all, and we should be thankful to teachers for all that they pour into our kids on a daily basis.
4. God MUST be the center of everything. Before my substitute teaching journey began, I spent a day at the school shadowing Miss Linda so that I could see exactly what she did, day in and day out. I was amazed at her strength, and the way she handled everything that was going on in the room. She knew exactly how to keep each child on task. However, because I was unfamiliar with the program at the school, I knew I had to rely on God to get me through each minute. He truly has, and I am very thankful.
If you're interested in knowing more about Foundations Christian School, we would love to talk with you. Contact us today!
Many parents have spent the 2013-2014 school year cringing over everything from Common Core standards to reports of bullying their kids have experienced in school. If you're reading this post, you may be able to relate, and it's possible that you have started to think about a different form of education for your children.
Homeschooling and private Christian schools are becoming more and more popular with parents because of their desires to remove their children from public schools. There are many benefits of each, of course. As a parent, it's up to you to make the decision that's best for your children, and for your family. Let's take a look at a few of those benefits.
Homeschooling has many obvious benefits that many families have enjoyed for years. Parents enjoying having more control over their child's curriculum. They get to decide (within the state's standards) what information is learned by their children, and when they learn it. Parents also have the opportunity to show their kids how much fun learning can be. A simple trip to the grocery store suddenly turns into a math lesson, or a family vacation to Gettysburg doubles as a history field trip. Kids benefit from homeschooling because they are given the individual attention they need (and crave) allowing them to work on areas where they seem to struggle the most in ways that just aren't possible in a public school setting.
Private Christian School
Private Christian schools are another excellent education alternative for families. When both parents work, homeschooling presents many challenges, especially for younger children. A private Christian school also offers children the chance to grow and mature socially, even though many areas offer similar programs for families of homeschooled children. Christian schools provide teaching that upholds the Christian values that are important to parents, and positive "peer pressure" aids in the adoption of these values at home. Many Christian schools are also small enough that students can enjoy one on one communication with their teachers on a regular basis, giving them the extra help they need, and allowing them to excel at their own paces.
Here at Foundations Christian School, we offer an excellent education alternative for children, and in the last few months, our numbers have grown even more. Whether you have been thinking about transitioning your children out of public school, or you've tried homeschooling in the past, you might have some questions about how a quality Christian education can work for your children, and benefit your family.
If that sounds like you, we would love to talk with you. Please contact us today for more information!
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