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Reading and Achieving

s- dr. seuss 2020When 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 and dressed as The Cat, Thing One and Thing Two to act 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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Keeping the Merry in Christmas

s-the grinch 2019What an extraordinary morning for not only the elementary student body but the entire school! The Grinch came for a visit! What began as a fun library day became a schoolwide entertaining drama as the Grinch brought on the Christmas excitement through his humor and perfected acting talents!

Students enjoyed the interaction and laughter brought by the Grinch - that green, hairy creature from Whoville. Dr. Seuss' adapted story captivated the audience for a fun-filled reminder that Christmas is a joyous time of celebration for all to celebrate. 

As would be expected, the elementary students wanted their pictures with the Grinch, but to see the middle and high schoolers ask for their pictures with the fun-loving guy meant this was a memorable day for all!

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Preparing for Our Futures

s-k5 gradWhile the high school graduates marched in to "Pomp and Circumstance" wearing their traditional royal blue caps and gowns, the Kindergarten Class marched down the aisle and to the stage wearing backpacks and sweet smiles for a performance like none other at FCS: "Here I Am, Lord. Send Me." The little ones portrayed what it will be like as seniors, talking with one another and meeting to discuss their senior mission trip in the Dominican Republic. Their foreshadowed story written by Mrs. Doris Carter, their teacher, predicted what the class would be doing in just 12 years - planning for one of the most impacting memories of their FCS years--their senior mission trip. The conversations and role play all pointed to a class who was growing to see God providing all they needed and to prepare them for ministry. 

In addition to the play, the class interjected short briefings of their math and reading knowledge, but most of all, their memorization of songs and Bible verses. For everything they had learned, the energetic group sang a song--some even in Spanish to underscore the theme of the program. 

While the audience watched a video of kindergarten memories, the children dressed in their blue caps and gowns. Then  they marched to receive their diplomas and together sang the school's verse from Isaiah 40:31.

A reception wrapped up the kindergarten graduation and celebration. 

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Racing to the Finish

s-field day 2A one-time-of-year event, the elementary students geared up for their morning relays and team competition. Shortly after a group assembly for chapel time, Phyllis Frye, elementary principal, and Shawn Greene, parent volunteer, led the morning Field Day activities.  From passing a baton, to balancing bean bags on their heads while running, to hopping with a balloon between their legs, the relays were continual. While most teams earned their points by achieving first place in relays, others won points by listening well and following the instructions of their leaders. Attached at the arms and back-to-back, students took relays with a teammate, often one dragging the other to reach the finish line. Balance became an essential as the teams kept an egg on a spoon while attempting to run or spin around a swimming noodle then running to tag a teammate. The excitement proved to be a tiring morning topped off with pizza for lunch and the expected musical pies for the soon-to-be sixth graders. What fun entertainment the class brought to the Field Day closing! After the class had a winner who had not been "pied," Mrs. Carol Ann Cox, their teacher, took the liberty to pie the remaining student. But the class couldn't settle with such a finish until they chose one to pie their teacher. Then, the game was complete with loud chants and excitement from all the elementary students. 

Looking back on the success of the day, Mrs. Frye's work and preparation made the Field Day possible. She said, "I wanted a way for the kids to relax at the end of the year after all the tests."

At the end of the day, the blue team came out on top for the upper elementary while the green team reigned for the lower elementary classes. All had a great day outside the classroom just before completing their 2019 school year!

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CAREing for Our Children

s-care '19What a privilege to partner with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office in teaching our Second Grade Class! For 12 weeks, Deputy Sherry White visited once a week to teach the children about safety and choosing trustworthy adults. The program empowered the children to take care of themselves, it gave them an understanding of feeling safe and ensured them that there are trusted adults to whom they can go for help. 

The class graduated with a ceremony of songs, the reciting of Bible verses and the reading of their essays about what they enjoyed and learned. Deputy White once again encouraged the children and brought along her friend Carey, the program mascot. The ceremony concluded in prayer and the students' singing "Angels Among Us" as the students took the hands of their trusted adults.   

Although Sheriff Seabolt was unable to attend, he wrote to those in attendance, "I hope you enjoy this opportunity to share in the accomplishment of our students, and we look forward to working with you, as partners, in this very important program."

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DAREing to do What Is Right

s-dare '19Our Fifth Grade Class graduated from DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) with a ceremony of songs performed by the class, the reading of the two winning essays and a challenge to make wise choices from Chaplain Brian Faircloth. The students were equipped to make the best choices and given a support group of which they can always rely. 

During the reading of the two winning essays, students Michael Cox and Kenlyn Scott told how they enjoyed Officer Batchelor and what they learned during their 12-week DARE program. Scott said, "There are a lot of things I did not know until I started DARE, but I am glad I know them now. I plan to make good choices and to help other peole make good choices, too. If someone does drugs, I will tell them some facts that might help them, and I will remember these facts to help me stay away from bad things." 

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Pray In Ernest

s - 5th PIESeeing is believing, and in this case, rewarding! The Fifth Graders took on the challenge to pray in earnest as they all presented their greatest prayer needs to the class and prayed fervently together for the Lord to meet the needs according to His will. In only a few days, what did they learn? Prayer is rewarding; God works through the prayers of His people. What better way to grow their faith than watching the Lord work mightily on their behalf? Mrs. Carol Ann Cox, fifth grade teacher, said, "As our three-week emphasis went on, we were able to see God abundantly bless and miraculously supply needs right before our eyes. Of course, there were some 'no' and 'wait' answers, but we learned again that we can always trust the Lord, for He knows best."

In addition to the challenge and to have a little fun, the class brought in their own pies and had a pie eating contest. Mrs. Cox said, "Faces got messy, and tummies got full, but I pray that memories from this time will always remind us to PRAY IN EARNEST because God does answer prayer!" 

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