October 26-30, 2020

October 26-30, 2020

Dear Parents,            

As I paused during the ZCS teacher training on Wednesday and reflected on our school year, I am filled with gratitude  to God for his faithfulness and provision to allow us to be face-to-face for these past 8 weeks!  I am also so grateful to God for  your students, who encourage each other, laugh together, and continue learning together.  Thank you for your intentional work on home days to provide your children with a fruitful academic experience and many conversations for spiritual growth, in which you support them in many ways. It was so good to “see” you all during conferences!! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me any time throughout  if you would like to arrange another time to meet. I pray you have a wonderful  time of refreshment and renewal during this long weekend. 

Blessings,

Julie

Here is our week ahead:

Our first marking period is wrapping up on October 30.  Teachers will be working on report cards during the first week of November and physical copies of the report cards will be sent home the following week.  We are thrilled to be able to report students’ learning having been face-to-face this marking period.

I will be working individually with students to assess student reading this week and next week. Students are becoming more strategic readers and are taking more ownership for their reading across the grade levels.  Continue to read for pleasure with your children at home.

Star of the week:  Grant is our star of the week this week. Next week, Reagan will be our star!

Book It continues:  Students can earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when they complete the Pizza form.  Students simply color in 1 slice of pizza for every 15 minutes of reading.  When the form is completed, send it to school and I’ll give students their coupon for their pizza!

Upcoming Dates:

October 30: End of First Marking Period

November 6: No School (Grandparents Day is cancelled this year.)

Reminders:

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

Praying for you as you continue to work closely with your children in their education. Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Julie

 

October 19-20, 2020 (Our Short Week!)

October 19-20, 2020

Dear Parents,            

This week will be a short week with school on Monday and wrapping up the week for students on Tuesday with our home-day of learning.  I hope you enjoy the long weekend.  Teachers will have training on Wednesday.  Then,  since the CEA teacher convention will be virtual this year, teachers are encouraged to participate remotely and enjoy a long weekend too.  I pray that you also may refresh and recharge this week.  I look forward to seeing students after the long weekend.  I praise God that we have enjoyed 8 weeks of learning together so far!  Thank you for your support and encouragement this year!  

Here is our peek into our week ahead:

Parent Teacher Conferences: It was a pleasure to meet with some of you last week and I look forward to meeting with you virtually after school on Monday as well.  After school on Monday,  I will send home a packet of papers that we will use for our virtual meeting. Please have those in front of you when we meet in our zoom class. The Zoom link is included in the “new week” email.  I have a full schedule on Monday and will do my best to stay on time. Please be patient while in the Zoom “waiting room”.  I look forward to meeting together!

Fall Break/Teacher Inservice: There is no school on Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 21-23. Teachers will be meeting for professional development on Oct. 21.  CEA (Christian Education Association- Teacher’s Convention) will be held on Oct. 22-23.

Book It continues:  Students can earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when they complete the Pizza form.  Students simply color in 1 slice of pizza for every 15 minutes of reading.  When the form is completed, send it to school and I’ll give students their coupon for their pizza!

Upcoming Dates:

October 21-23: No School *Teacher Professional Development and CEA Conference*

October 30: End of First Marking Period

November 6: No School (Grandparents Day is cancelled this year.)

Reminders:

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

Praying for you as you continue to work closely with your children in their education. Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Julie

October 12-16, 2020

Dear Parents, 

What a beautiful weekend! I hope you enjoyed the sights, smells, pumpkins, cider, and all things fall this weekend!  The colors are breathtaking and during fall I’m always reminded of God’s faithfulness as “Summer and winter and springtime and harvest”, God is always faithful! Join me in thanking God for the many ways he shows his faithfulness in our lives!

I pray you have a good, solid routine of learning at home this week. Last week Friday, Tim McAboy reminded us that we have been in-person at school for 7 weeks!  Praise God!  We continue to pray that we can keep working in this healthy, strong learning environment  together!  Have  a great week!

Blessed by your kids- and you,

Julie

Here is our peek into our week ahead:

Parent Teacher Conferences: Thank you for signing up for a time to meet together to discuss the joys and celebrations of learning as well as a growth opportunities for your children!  I look forward to meeting with you virtually. If your conference is scheduled for Thursday, I will send home a packet of papers that we will use for out virtual meeting. Please have those in front of you when we meet in our zoom class. I will be sending you the Zoom link prior to our conference time.  I look forward to meeting together!

Fall Break/Teacher Inservice: There is no school on Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 21-23. Teachers will be meeting for professional development on Oct. 21.  CEA (Christian Education Association- Teacher’s Convention) will be held on Oct. 22-23.

This week, Zulea is our Star of the Week!  We will share some pictures she has for us so we can learn more about Amara!! Please remember that we will not be sharing food treats this year, but students may bring in another small, non-food item to share if they’d like to.   Next week, we will take a week off because of our short week.

Book It continues:  Students can earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when they complete the Pizza form.  Students simply color in 1 slice of pizza for every 15 minutes of reading.  When the form is completed, send it to school and I’ll give students their coupon for their pizza!

Upcoming Dates:

October 15 & 19: Y5-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences *Evening, School in Session*

October 21-23: No School *Teacher Professional Development and CEA Conference*

October 30: End of First Marking Period

November 6: No School (Grandparents Day is cancelled this year.)

Reminders:

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

Praying for you as you continue to work closely with your children in their education. Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Julie

October 5-9, 2020

October 5-9, 2020

Dear Parents,

I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and His continued encouragement as we begin new protocols this week in class wearing masks. I am so confident that your children will continue to show their resiliency as we begin a new week. They will take their cues and lead from you. Thank you for your support with the ZCS procedures to stay safe and healthy. “I pray that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13

Parent Teacher Conferences: You should have received an email from me in which I’ve shared details to login and sign-up for a 15 minute conference time slot with me.  If you have trouble with the login info, please contact the office. I will also be sending a pre-conference form home to share any questions or concerns with me prior to conferences. I look forward to meeting with you via Zoom this fall!

Fall Break/Teacher Inservice: There is no school on Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 21-23. Teachers will be meeting for professional development on Oct. 21.  CEA (Christian Education Association- Teacher’s Convention) will be held on Oct. 22-23.

This week, Eliana is our Star of the Week!  We will share some pictures she has for us so we can learn more about Amara!! Please remember that we will not be sharing food treats this year, but students may bring in another small, non-food item to share if they’d like to.   Next week, Zulea will be our next “Star” (Oct. 5-9)!!

Book It BEGINS!  Students can earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when they complete the Pizza form.  Students simply color in 1 slice of pizza for every 15 minutes of reading.  When the form is completed, send it to school and I’ll give students their coupon for their pizza!

Upcoming Dates:

October 8: Prospective Family Open House- See the BlueNote for the info to earn a $200 tuition voucher!

October 15 & 19: Y5-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences *Evening, School in Session*

October 21-23: No School *Teacher Professional Development and CEA Conference*

October 30: End of First Marking Period

November 6: No School (Grandparents Day is cancelled this year.)

Reminders:

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

Praying for you as you continue to work closely with your children in their education. Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Julie

September 28-October 2, 2020

September 28-October 2, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

It seems as if we will be transitioning into a more fall-like pattern this week.  What a beautiful September we have had!  I am so thankful we have had the opportunity to be outside regularly for learning, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine!  We will continue to do that as much as possible as we move into fall. Thank you for your continued prayers for our students, for our families, and for the ZCS community.

Here is the week overview below.  Also, the Week-at-a-Glance has been updated.  Could you do me and Kelli a favor please, and take this 2 question, quick SURVEY related to the WAAG? (If you are not able to open it, please let me know.) Thanks!

Picture Day is on Monday!  
Our class pictures will take place on Monday morning, Sept. 28 at 11:15 (Yeah, before PE!).  Please remember to have your children bring their pre-printed photo envelope to school on Monday! (even if you are not ordering…)
I’ve included the schedule for you here in case you have children in other classes too. See the link HERE. Thanks!!

This week, Amara is our Star of the Week!  We will share some pictures she has for us so we can learn more about Amara!! Please remember that we will not be sharing food treats this year, but students may bring in another small, non-food item to share if they’d like to.   Next week, Eliana will be our next “Star” (Oct. 5-9)!!

Book It Begins this week and will continue monthly through March!  Students can earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when they complete the Pizza form.  Students simply color in 1 slice of pizza for every 15 minutes of reading.  When the form is completed, bring it to school and I’ll send home their coupon for the pizza! Forms will be sent home this week!

 

Upcoming Dates:

October 8: Prospective Family Open House

October 15 & 19: Y5-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences *Evening, School in Session*

October 21-23: No School *Teacher Professional Development and CEA Conference*

October 30: End of First Marking Period

November 6: No School (Grandparents Day is cancelled this year.)

Reminders:

Gift & Magazine Sale: Our annual gift and magazine sale has begun!  All orders need to be placed online by Thursday, October 1 at www.shopfund.com. Email jschafer@zcs.org if you have any questions.

Attendance: Whenever your student is going to be absent or late to school, please notify the school office. To notify the office, you may email attendance@zcs.org or leave a message on the attendance line 616-741-0051. When reporting your absence, please list your student’s name, grade, the reason for absence, and teacher.

Praying for you as you continue to work closely with your children in their education. Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Julie