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A Capital Day

s-4th raleigh '19After spending several weeks studying North Carolina, the Fourth Grade Class visited Raleigh, the state capital. They explored the Capitol Building, Legislative Building, The Museum of Science and The Museum of History. The class enjoyed seeing so many things they had talked about, but the science museum sparked the greatest interest. Fourth grade teacher, Katelyn Dresbach said, "I was impressed with how the students noticed the evolutionary worldview and were quick to note that it was contrary to our biblical worldview."

Miss Dresbach takes her class each year so they can see what they have learned. She said, "The students gain a better understanding and a greater appreciation for our state. They impressed their tour guide with their ability to answer so many questions about North Carolina. Overall, the students and the parents had a really fun day!"

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Reading and Achieving

When March rolls around, the elementary students know it is time for the celebration of Dr. Seuss with Read Across America Week. Once again, our librarian, Angie Thomas planned and coordinated a week fillled with fun. From decorating the halls,  dressing up as a favorite book character, reading Dr. Seuss books in the classrooms, having fun snacks and making special Seuss related crafts, the week added an extra measure of excitement before getting out of school for Spring Break. The sixth graders prepared to entertain the classes dressed as The Cat, Thing One and Thing Two and acted out "The Cat in the Hat" while another classmate read the story. Each elementary class enjoyed the small drama, and the fifth graders prepared a book with an act themselves then visited the preschool. On the last day, the classes concluded their celebration with birthday cake.

Having managed the various events to promote Read Across America, Mrs. Thomas said, "The purpose was to encourage the kids to read. The students enjoy the different dressup days. Their favorite is PJ and Favorite Stuffed Animal Day. The students also enjoyed designing their own Seuss characters together."

The classes enjoyed a great week to be soon followed by the Scholastic Book Fair, again encouraging the students to keep on reading. 

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Classes on the Go

The elementary students have gone from one exciting week to another, having recently wrapped up their Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Celebration.  In honor of Asher Scott, baby brother of Jaden, Kenlyn and Brooklyne Scott, the students wore mismatched socks on Down Syndrome Awareness Day. To give another incentive for reading, the students enjoyed the Scholastic Book Fair and funded the purchasing of new books.

Each class continues in their studies of math, science, history, English and Bible. The kindergarteners have discovered that the vowel "a" has another sound; it says its own name. In the meantime, the first grade continues to develop writing skills. They have studied community, state and country and presented their state symbol projects to the fourth graders who are working on their North Carolina projects. The fourth graders will be visiting Raleigh, North Carolina's capitol, before completing their studies of North Carolina's historical figures, climate, economy and symbols. Putting together their North Carolina booklets will be a highlight of their year. In addition, second grade started multiplication for the first time, and they also press on in their CARE course with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. Third grade is covering letter writing and history during the War of 1812. The fifth graders are using their math skills to measure time lapses. They also proceed in their Heritage studies on the founding colonies, the settlements becoming states, and the class is memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. 

Field trips are around the corner, and these studies will come to a halt as the classes are approaching the end of another adventurous year of learning. 

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Inquiring Minds 

Our 100th day has come and gone! We survived and enjoyed the ride! From challenges to victories, we have made real progress and grown to show it.

What is happening in our elementary classes? The kindergarteners have learned their last letter and are moving on to reading, while the first grader are learning the basics of writing, choosing their main ideas and adding details. The second graders have begun their 12-week CARE program with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. Our third graders are busy building a greater understanding of fractions, while our fourth graders enjoyed their government discussion by setting up their own House and Senate for their bill to become a law. The fifth graders completed their latest group projects on Native American tribes, studying their religions, housing, clothing and food.

Our sixth graders have posted random acts of kindness by taking the time to notice and writing others' kindnesses on a post-it note and placing it on their homeroom bulletin board. The class collectively worked together to accomplish this goal to provide many encouraging words or phrases for all who enter their classroom. 

School life buzzes on as we work on the second half of our school year and take advantage of celebrating each day, especially all our holidays or good behavior and good work rewards. 

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Oh, What a Beautiful Evening!

Our elementary boys and girls dressed in their Christmas best and sang beautifully for their "packed-out" concert held at First Christian Church. From the elementary chorus, consisting of third through fifth grades to the second graders on their recorders, the kindergarten and first graders singing together and the sweet little preschoolers, the night was a merry reminder of the Christ of Christmas. Mrs. Elaine Bowman has been coordinating the concerts since the 1980s, and Mrs. Melody Humble came in the last 10 years to aide in additional music instruction of band instruments and the second graders' recorders. 

The elementary students enjoyed singing their carols as well as their fun Christmas songs such as "Winter Fantasy." A select group of elementary students, as the elementary ensemble, sang "Hot Cup of Cocoa" and "Christmas Alleluia" while the kindergarten and first grade group as well as the pre-school children kept the audience smiling with their loud carols and praises, including "All Around the Christmas Tree" and "Tell the Good News."

The second graders divided their time with singing and playing music such as "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "Joy to the World."

In addition to the elementary students' pleasurable time of Christmas cheer was a middle and high school concert for the Faith family to also enjoy the following week. 

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'We Need Directions' 

DAREing to stand alone can be a scary thing at any age. Fifth graders learn to stand up for what is right, whether that be against wrongdoing or for their God as they learn to humbly live His way. What a task not easily or quickly accomplished! Thanks to the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, our students learn drug and alcohol resistance with an instructional course. 

The students learn such facts and information about harmful substances so they can make wise choices on their own. Fifth grader Noah Lester said, "Our officer taught us that there are more than 400,000 deaths from the use of tobacco every year."

Because of the need for good friends to encourage each other in doing right, Officer Jeremiah Batchelor taught the students about peer pressure. Student Azura Yates said, "Peer pressure is when you have bad friends who try to get you to do something that you are not comfortable doing, and it can make you nervous and feel sick."

The students had opportunity to talk about and write about the positive impact of DARE. and the students together sang as well as performed skits to show how they could resist peer pressure.  Officer Batchelor awarded the students a graduation certificate after Sheriff Robert Graves and Chaplain Riley Puckett took a few moments to encourage the students to make commitments to stand for Christ together. 

Testimonies showed the lessons and influence of DARE and the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, to which we are very grateful. The program is one means to guide our students in our Lord's ways of servant-leadership. 

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A Support Team

To know that the Randolph County Sheriff's Office cares so much for our children that they would offer a 12-week course on CARE (Child Abuse Reduction Effort), reassures us that we have community support in training our children. Our students are important to us, so important that we spend our time teaching them the principles of God's Word, trusting they will understand they were created in God's image to fulfill His purpose of His glory. 

As the Second Grade class assembled for their CARE Graduation, parents, friends, teachers and course instructors gathered to show their love and support. The students sang, recited Bible verses and shared their CARE essays by telling the things they had learned to care for themselves as special, one-of-a-kind people created by a God who loves them.

As a veteran second grade teacher, Mrs. Jeanne Barney has observed the program for a long time. She said, "I believe the course helps the children to be more thoughtful and appreciate others. The deputies really care about the children, and the children respond well to them. The course also helps the children become aware that everyone is not good, and they can say no." 

Some of the highlights of the graduation include "The Grandparents' Song" and Tony King's singing "Angels Among Us" as the CARE students took their trusted adults by the hand and brought them to the front of the church. The ceremony captured a special time for all as they saw the loving support of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department for whom we are very grateful. 

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