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Celebration and Silent Auction

 Celebration Party and Silent Auction

Saturday,  November 11, 2017

Reserve your spot now! 

 

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Be sure to click and make your bid!

 

Come celebrate God’s awesome provision with us at a casual block party BBQ!

 


 

5:30 – 8:00 (Doors open and silent auction tables open at 5pm)

5:30 pm First dinner seating

6:00 pm Celebration Ceremony – New building ribbon cutting, prayer of dedication, Vision Award

6:30 pm Second dinner seating

7:00 pm Silent auction closes

7:15 pm Dessert table opens


Menu

  • Freshly popped popcorn
  • Your choice of brisket or pulled pork sandwich- Gehman’s BBQ
  • Mac and cheese
  • Assorted Drinks
  • Assorted Desserts

Bring your friends! Bring the whole family – there’s fun for everyone!

 

Silent auction – all your favorites plus plenty of new and exciting items to bid on.

Balloon game – buy a balloon and choose wisely – you could be a winner!

Cupcake Wars – be a taste-tester and help decide who wins!

Plus a selfie station, balloon artist, face painting, and tours of the new building!


Reserve your spot now! 

Adults $20

Students (age 4-18) $10

Children 3 and under are free!

RSVP here as soon as possible – limited reservations are available! Call the school office with any questions or email tberes@salemchristian.org.

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Arising Trends In Education

Lately, I have been interested in what trends are happening in America.  Of course, I am mainly interested in how these trends affect education.  I have been reading blogs, theological posits, and scholarly journals about changes in our culture and future developments. For example, the trend in media is to make everything individual profile adaptable.  Anyone with Netflix or Hulu will see this.  Technology is moving to hands-free automaticity in order to remove the human error factor.   Look at Google’s, Fords, Tesla, Waymo, Lyft, Uber and other self driving car programs. As a school leader and someone who desires our students to be able to flourish in an everchanging society, I feel the pressure to position the school in a place to provide the teaching and learning needed to address these challenges.

Consumer Students → Innovative Students

I recently read a blog and article about how to turn this generation from consumers to creators.  How do we make creators out of students who are known for expecting everything to individually adapt to them?  As the role of a teacher changes, so too must that of a student.  In the education realm there is a push to transform students from consumers to creators. Much of this movement is driven by technology, which has opened up a new world of possibilities for students who otherwise had to wait until after graduation before they could think of making significant contributions to the real world.

As we investigate how to be more effective, we are seeing more curriculum strategies that lean on real-world application over closed-circuit projects. Students are being asked to interact with their communities and take on the responsibilities of entrepreneurs, rather than just playing the role. These immersive techniques, coupled with follow-up presentations in which students become teachers, open up a much deeper level of understanding. Some educational leaders have gone so far as to invite students to co-develop their own curricula.  Obviously, these are more geared for upper grade school students.  However, what does this mean to Salem Christian School?  How can our students best compete against these students for the college acceptances?

This trend isn’t just about entrepreneurship. Students-as-producers can be found in everything from media production to game design and programming. In fact, we are adding a Computer Aided Design class next year.  We look forward to more hands-on activities, facilities, and equipment (think  3D printers) that provide excellent, engaging opportunities to teach digital literacy, citizenship, and creator’s rights.

The Value of an Authentic Christian Education

There has been a push toward an increase in real-world learning experiences.  This most certainly will continue into the years to come.  More and more schools are recognizing the value of closing the book (literally) in favor of practical learning.  In fact, Salem Christian School has created math lab in the high school to provide this framework.  Granted, we are not ready to divorce ourselves of traditional books and formats that continue to work just for the new shiny bobbles tempting us.  But, the question we hope to answer is, “What is the best way to provide such experiences for students?”

We endeavor to use research, common sense, and experience to determine what is best for teaching and learning at Salem Christian School.  Authentic learning can take many forms. Vocational training and apprenticeships give students the freedom to discover and foster their passions. In addition to allowing students to test-drive careers, these real-world experiences also help schools establish relationships within their communities. These partnerships can lead to further collaboration down the road, with business leaders coming to talk in schools or providing on-site demonstrations for students interested in pursuing their fields. Although we are not a vocational school, we’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a few of these opportunities within the Junior Seminar and Senior Seminar courses.  However, we are not a vocational school and have not fully engaged in this type of active learning.

Discussions about the value of simulations, activity based methods, and portfolio-based assessments have also been part of the discussions.  Simulations, like the “farming in the gilded age” activity featured on Teaching Channel, promote critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving. Portfolios and project based instruction divert focus from pure memorization toward authentic demonstration of learning. They allow students to take ownership of their studies as they find unique and creative ways to display the knowledge they’ve acquired on a particular topic.

Whether students are immersed in business, engineering, design, event planning, or finances, authentic learning experiences help prepare them for higher-ed and work-world success.

Emerging Roles for Teachers

After decades of relatively unchanged form and function, the job description of an American teacher has undergone some significant transformations in a short period of time. The traditional “stand-and-deliver” method of instruction is being pushed out by the “guide-on-the-side” approach, just as the “cemetery” classroom is being replaced with creative, comfortable learning spaces.

Today’s teachers are trending in the direction of mentors and coaches for their students, overseeing activities and providing assistance when needed, but not the helicopter oversight that was once an expectation. Teachers are lecturing less and consulting more, encouraging students to discover and explore their passions in a more flexible manner.

Even grading looks much different than it did 10 years ago. Although, SCS doesn’t anticipate this change, some schools are eliminating exams from their curricula altogether. However we are expecting educators to pay increased attention to each student’s strengths and weaknesses and evaluate their levels of knowledge throughout the course. This is particularly noticeable in the elmenetary school with our implementation of Daily Five, AIMSWeb, and Dibels.  We have continued to document the rise of standards-based grading, and those who have adopted it tend to swear by it. However, we are increasingly looking at mastery.  This is especially true in the primary grades. How well do our students answer the essential questions of our curriculum? And, how do we communicate this best to students, parents, colleges, and colleagues?

Of course, we can’t discuss the changing role of the teacher without mentioning professional development. Salem Christian School is on the trajectory to lead in the area of professional development, unlike other schools.  The slowly changing public school culture has created a bit of a disconnect between instructional training and the skills/traits necessary to be a successful educator. There are waves of initiatives meant to address the lowering or raising of test score.  SCS is free of this unfocused approach to teaching and learning.  Education sees that effective data strategies are few and far between, and administrators are still far more likely to err on the side of status quo than risk being the first to take action on a new initiative or technology. Salem Christian School embraces the idea of teacher efficacy and advancing teaching and learning.  SCS recognizes the need for ongoing and updated professional development that remains a critical talking point, not just for teachers, but for those tasked with leading them as well.

SCS still values candidates’ educational backgrounds far more than their technical knowledge. We want people who understand the fundamentals of teaching and learning.  We want people who are innovative and energetic in the classroom.  Our students need people who are constantly trying to improve.  A strong educational background provides the best platform for future growth.

Essentially, we want our students to be challenged and prepared like the best of the peers in other schools.  Salem Christian School wants to provide authentic learning experiences, recognize the changing role of teachers, and address the shift from students as consumers to creators.  These are just three of the subjects we expect you to be confronted with in the near future.  It’s important to note that none of these are “classroom initiatives,” or programmatic changes that shift a school from its traditional mooring.   No matter the person’s role in the education of a child, they will want to stay informed about these developments so the school will be well positioned to adapt with the changing tides and confront the shifting sands of the future.

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Weekly Update To Keep You Informed

November 9, 2017
General Announcements
11/10 (Orders due by 11/8 at noon)
Pizza, Salad, Chips, Fruit, Cupcake, Drink ($3.50)
Pizza, Salad, Chips, Fruit, Cupcake, Drink (MEGA) ($4.50)
11/14 (Orders due by 11/10 at noon)
Chick-fil-A Nuggets or Chick-fil-A Sandwich, ($3.50)
You can order and pay for the entire semester through your Renweb portal. Be sure to log in through the parents portal to make your choices and pay for them.
National Anthem at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Game
We will be singing the national anthem before the Lehigh Valley Phantoms game on Saturday January 13 th .
We will meet at the stadium at 5pm and the game starts at 7pm. Students who are singing will have their ticket cost covered by Salem. Any additional tickets are $17 each. Ticket sales must be finalized by December 8 th . Please return your slip no later than Friday, December 8, 2017 to either Mrs. Koehler or Mrs. Laubscher. Checks can be made out to Salem Christian School.
Reminder
No School Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Salem Christian School will be hosting the ACSI District Spelling Bee.
The online signup link is on the homepage of the school’s website.
Please  sign-up  for a parent teacher conference for your child. There is a slot available for each teacher during each time-period. The time slots available are 15 minute slots on Monday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Just scroll down to see all of the available times.
If you have multiple children, then you will need to sign-up for each teacher individually. If you would like to meet with more than one teacher at a given time, then you will need to schedule each teacher with adjacent time slots in order to allow for adequate time and write a note in the comment space available.
Please make note, this is a first-come, first-served process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Box Tops
Thank you to all who participated in the Box Tops Collection.   A total of $254 worth of Box Tops were submitted from our school. This is money the PTF will be able to use for special activities and events for you, your teachers, and your family. Here are the final results for the Box Tops Contest. The top two classes will receive donut treats. We will coordinate a date and time with the homeroom teachers. In second place with 314 Box Tops…….2 nd Grade!  And the class that took the lead with an amazing 1044 Box Tops……9th Grade! Congratulations!
Please keep saving your Box Tops. They can be placed in your classroom collection box at any time to be counted toward the next contest which will be held in the spring.
I t’s not too late to reserve your spot!!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Come celebrate God’s awesome provision with us at a casual
block party BBQ!
Menu
  • Freshly popped popcorn
  • Your choice of brisket or pulled pork sandwich- Gehman’s BBQ
  • Mac and cheese
  • Assorted Drinks
  • Assorted Desserts
Bring your friends! Bring the whole family – there’s fun for everyone!
Silent Auction  – all your favorites plus plenty of new and exciting items to bid on.
Balloon Game  – buy a balloon and choose wisely – you could be a winner!
Cupcake Wars  – be a taste-tester and help decide who wins!
Plus a selfie station, balloon artist, face painting, and tours of the new building!
Adults $20
Students (age 4-18) $10
Children 3 and under are free!
RSVP here as soon as possible – limited reservations are available! Call the school office with any questions or email tberes@salemchristian.org.
Save The Date for the Christmas Store
Save the date for the elementary Christmas store. There will be 2 options to volunteer. You can either be helping the kids shop or wrapping gifts. Contact Mrs. Rice at  Lori8bell@yahoo.com  or 610–657–7569 with any questions and more information will be going out closer to the date.
Inclement Weather and School Closing Information
Periodically Salem Christian School will need to be closed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons. We do our best to ensure everyone is informed of these events. You can find out about these events from:
  • A text that is sent out. (Be sure you update your information in RenWeb.)
  • An automated phone call is sent
  • WFMZ is notified (you can sign-up for text alerts from them for your local busing school district too.)
  • A posting on Social Media
  • A posting on the school website
  • A push notification from the school app
If the busing school district is not busing and Salem Christian School is open, it is considered an excused absence for the students in that public school district.
Delays are usually two hours. If there is a delay, no one will be at the school to receive the students until 9:40 on these delays. We need to provide an opportunity to clear the sidewalks, driveways, and prepare for everyone to arrive safely.
Building Update
The elementary classroom floors for two of the new rooms is complete. We are waiting for inspection in order to proceed. It is going to be a nice space when it is finished.
In case you missed it, the old high school rooms are being transformed into two much larger, more usable classrooms for the elementary school. We are looking forward to getting the rough framework and electric inspected soon, then the finishing will start. Once this phase is completed then the other elementary classrooms can be renovated and enlarged.
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