SPECIAL EVENTS

Our school has a rich tradition of events and activities which support the education and care of the whole child spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. We believe these whole-school events help our students think and learn outside the box which stimulates creative and higher level thinking and problem-solving. This “map” of our school year will walk us through the school year, September to June, outlining and explaining these events.

September

“See You At The Pole” takes place the 4th Wednesday of September. SCS joins students throughout the country who all meet at their respective school flag poles at the same time to pray to our Lord. This event was started by high school students who wanted to gather for prayer on their school campus. Now, “See You At The Pole” has spread throughout our nation. This event teaches our students the importance and power of prayer, especially within the Body of Christ, that is, with other Christians, knowing that thousands of students are all gathering to pray on this special morning. Usually takes 30 minutes at most.

October
  1. “Red Ribbon Week” is a national event that usually takes place in the third week of October. During this week, students are taught about drug prevention. Here at SCS, children tie red ribbons around the campus to remind us to stay clean and healthy and to stay away from harmful drugs. Classes will take some time to talk about strategies to say no to drugs throughout our lives, especially in our older classes. Guest speakers may come in to facilitate discussions. Students are given bookmarks, ribbons, bracelets, etc. that remind us stay clean and healthy.

  2. “Storybook Character Day” is a fun day of building literacy here at SCS. It takes place in the last week of October each year. Students are encouraged to pick a character from a favorite book they have read and dress up as that character. Students (and teachers!) bring their book and present it to the rest of the school saying why they chose that book and that character and telling a little bit about the book. Most fiction or non-fiction books are fine to use except any books about pop stars, superheroes or Hollywood (we feel they get enough exposure to those through the media) nor any books about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies or any other scary “Halloween” monster-type characters. Again, we feel there is enough exposure to those things in the world and our goal is for students to talk and hear more about interesting literary characters. Presentations take about 90 minutes or so. SCS students will also spend extra time reading in their classrooms on this day.

  3. End of Quarter Pancake Breakfasts: SCS hosts three of these free pancake breakfasts each year, always on the last day of the first, second and third quarter. This first one happens either late October or early November. Free pancakes and juice are served starting at 7:30am and ending at 8:05am in the cafeteria and students may take their plates to their classrooms to eat with their classmates. These breakfasts are a celebration of all the hard work accomplished in that quarter. They foster community and relationships school-wide and in their classrooms.

  4. Operation Christmas Child – Our traditional fall service project through Samaritan’s Purse. Families pack shoeboxes with school supplies, small toys, etc. which get sent to needy children all over the world.

November
  1. Parent/Teacher Conferences: sometime in the first two weeks of November, parents and teachers schedule a time to sit down and discuss the progress of their children. First quarter report cards are handed to parents at this conference. Conferences are slated for 15-20 minutes each.

  2. Living History Day – a student favorite! Our entire school teaches American History one year and World History the next year and back and forth so that every student learns lots of both World History and American History while they are here. In an American History year, Living History Day looks like this: each classroom chooses an event or facet of American History to highlight in their classroom. Some of the events we have covered in the past include Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, the thirteen colonies, the Civil War, the Underground Railway, the World Wars, the Oregon Trail, American inventions, etc. Each classroom becomes a living history museum created by students and teachers. The museum may have decorations, costumes, food, music, hands-on activities and a lesson about the event they are highlighting. On Living History Day, all students are placed into multi-age groups which travel around to each classroom exploring and learning about American History. In World History years, each classroom usually picks a country, continent or world history event to highlight in much the same way. Some of the places, cultures and events we have covered are Africa, Medieval England and Spain, Israel, the Vikings, Ireland, Mexico, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, etc. The whole event usually takes about 3 hours and starts around 8:15 am.

  3. CYT Theater Day at the Kroc Center: Whole school attends a play in Coeur d’Alene put on by the Christian Youth Theater. This event happens anytime between November and May depending on which play we choose to see.

December

Christmas Program, Dinner and Silent Auction: This is a big night in our school year! We start by serving dinner and opening the Silent Auction for bidding. Items have been donated for this auction and volunteers run it. Each class puts together a themed basket for the auction as well. After dinner, the auction is closed and the Christmas Program begins. Each classroom presents their own skit, songs,
dance, etc. that go with that theme. Every class performs and then the whole school sings a final song to end the program.

January

End of quarter Pancake Breakfast. See October for details. ACSI Events start with a District and Regional Spelling Bee held sometime between January and early February.

February

ACSI Events: Our school participates in four main ACSI events each school year: Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, Creative Writing and Math Olympics.

  1. Spelling Bees begin in the 1st-8th grade classrooms and finalists compete in a school-wide Bee. The winners of the school Bee go on to compete in the District and Regional Bee in Libby, MT at Kootenai Valley Christian School.

  2. Speech Meet begins with a K-8th grade school-wide speech meet and 1st-8th grade finalists go on to the Regional Speech Meet which is hosted on our campus. Speech Meet is not a competition. Every student gets evaluated and can earn a blue ribbon if they score high enough.

  3. Creative Writing is for 4th-8th graders using a classroom creative writing assignment due in December. Final edits and due date is in February. Top scoring writing selections get mailed in for judging and awards. Writing selections earning a “Superior” ribbon will be published in the annual ACSI Creative Writing Anthology and a copy will be available to all published authors.

  4. 100th Day of School: Usually lands late February to early March. Mostly for preschool thru 2nd grade. Students meet in the gym for 100th day celebration activity stations created and run by teachers. Usually takes an hour or so.

March
  1. ACSI Math Olympics: Grades 3-8 students are chosen in the classroom for a Regional competition. Students who participate in Math Olympics take a series of quizzes to see who wins in each grade level division.

  2. Dr. Seuss Day –All students are invited to a “Green Eggs and Ham” snack time in the cafeteria. Older students read Dr. Seuss books to younger students. Usually takes about an hour.

April

S.A.T testing for grades K-8. Teachers ask a volunteer to take one of their grade levels so that only one grade level is in each testing room. Testing takes at least 5 school days, but can take up to 10 if needed.

May
  1. National Day of Prayer: The Principal and volunteers set up and run prayer stations outdoors and all classes travel from station to station learning about prayer and praying together. Usually takes about 1 1⁄2 hours.

  2. Lost in the 50’s Day: to go along with our community’s weekend of 1950’s-themed fun, our students may dress up in 50’s clothing and a volunteer sets up various game stations for the students to enjoy. Traditionally, we serve root beer floats. Usually takes 2 hours or so.

  3. Extreme Science Day or Science Fair (alternating year by year):
    a. Extreme Science Day is where each classroom sets up a science lab or science teaching station which goes along with the theme the staff has chosen beforehand. In the past, some themes have been biology, aerospace, concoctions and contraptions, etc. Students are assigned to multi-age groups and travel from classroom to classroom experiencing each lab or learning station. Whole event takes about 3 hours.
    b. Science Fair is held at the Spring Open House. All student science projects will be judged and on display.

  4. Open House with all rooms open for our families and possible new families.

June
  1. Pre-K Graduation: whole school attends this morning graduation ceremony. Usually about 30-45 minutes.

  2. Bike Day: All students may bring their bikes and helmets and we set up a bike track on the parking lot. An officer will come and talk about bike safety and then students can ride their bikes for about 45 minutes. Whole event takes about 1 hour per classroom. The 7th/8th grade students have the option to ride the Long Bridge bike trail instead.

  3. Move-Up Day: Students visit the next grade up for information about next year’s class projects, field trips, etc. Usually takes about one hour. Noon dismissal for all.

  4. Eighth Grade Graduation: usually in the evening, all teachers attend.

  5. Last Day of School:
    a. Awards Ceremony first thing in the morning with each teacher presenting awards to their students. School recognizes volunteers. 
    b. Field Day – volunteers organize outdoor games.
    c. BBQ Potluck lunch – all students and families enjoy lunch together before the noon dismissal.

Final Report Cards and Standardized Testing Results are mailed home by the end of June.
 

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