News from the Principal
March / April 2013
It is hard to believe it is time to start planning and registering for our 2013-2014 school term. Soon we will begin registration for our 41st school year. Parents, by March 4, you should have received your registration packet for next school year and for our Summer Adventures program. If you have not received registration information, please call our school office at 851-6292, and we will be happy to mail you a packet. I would like to remind you that all students who are returning to Gloria Dei next school year need to re-register, as this is a yearly process.
Registration for current school students and our congregation members begins on Saturday, March 9. Open registration begins on Monday, March 18. If your child currently attends and you plan for your child to return next year, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to register during the week of March 9 - 15 to reserve placement for your child. For some programs and grade levels space is limited and classes may fill. This year we are offering a registration fee discount for parents taking advantage of this early registration opportunity. If current students register by 6:00 p.m., March 15, the registration fee will be $50.00 per child instead of $85.00.
Our programs have expanded over the past several years so that we are now able to offer school programs for students two-years of age through middle school. Our middle school and toddler programs have been well received and a successful endeavor. We are most appreciative of the support our parents have given as we have implemented these additional school levels.
Each year’s program builds a foundation to enable students to grow with sequential skill development to the next grade level. As a child moves from one grade level to another, the programs expand to offer a broader base of activities and enriching experiences.
Children, who will be two-years-old by December 2013, will be able to enroll for a full-day program beginning with our summer program. At this time, we will not be accepting half-day or hourly students, but only those who need a full-day school and child care schedule.
At the preschool level, we offer half-day school programs with the option of hourly or full-time childcare before and/or after school if needed. Parents have a choice of the two-day, (TTH), three-day, (MWF), or five-day programs. Preschoolers enjoy weekly themed units, art, children’s literature, learning games, music, chapel and library. Preschoolers do need to be potty-trained to attend.
Students moving from preschool to prekindergarten experience pre-reading activities with Handwriting Without Tears, Word - a language development program, Mortimer Moose - an alphabet and beginning phonics program, and Handwriting Without Tears Math. Along with many classroom activities, children enjoy weekly P.E., music, Chapel, and library. Every other week, prekindergarten students learn about nutrition with Chef Combo, visit the computer lab to work with educational software, and participate in a hands-on science experience in their science class. We now offer full-day or half-day prekindergarten programs as options for parents.
Students at the kindergarten level also have the choice of a half-day or full-day program. We are one of the few schools on the Peninsula who offer a half-day program. All kindergarten classes are taught reading with a phonetic program, Beginning to Read, Write and Listen by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. What an exciting time when your kindergartener reads to you for the first time. Students enjoy the weekly resource classes they participated in for prekindergarten with science and computers becoming weekly classes. Students in the full-day classes will also have a weekly Spanish program.
Our first – fifth grade levels are located at our Harris Creek Campus. This campus has all the essentials needed for our students - computer lab, library, art/music room, science room, P.E. area, playground, infirmary, and offices. The grades’ program builds strong academic skills in phonetics and reading comprehension, spelling, math, and writing while offering an enriching resource schedule - weekly art classes, extended computer time, P.E., Spanish, along with weekly Chapel services, daily devotions, library, music, chorus, and science lab.
Our middle school is also located at our Harris Creek Campus. We continue with our strong tradition of academic excellence in a Christian environment with an emphasis on the mental, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of students. Students will change classes for the core subjects of literature, grammar, composition, math, science, and social studies. In addition, a well-rounded program of resources/electives will provide enrichment. Tentative resources, depending on grade level, include health, study skills, conflict resolution, book study, P.E. – basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, rock climbing, skating, bowling, dodge ball, soccer, art – drawing, painting, scrapbooking, public speaking, computers, Lego Robotics, Stop Motion Animation, woodworking, Chapel, library, music – handbells and choral, and MORE. Spanish, Geometry, and Algebra are offered for transfer as high school credits. For after-school athletics, students may join our soccer and/or cross country team.
It is amazing what our students can accomplish with a strong academic curriculum, enriching resource classes, a spiritual foundation which reinforces values and morals, and a nurturing, caring environment.
This is an abbreviated summary of what is offered for our students as they progress from one level to the next. As you prepare to register for next year, if you have questions about our curriculum or would like additional information, please contact me at 757-851-6292 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be glad to talk with you. We are excited and appreciative of the opportunity to work in partnership with you in educating your child.
Linda K. Robinson
January / February 2013
Happy New Year! I hope this finds you well and healthy. Teachers and students, refreshed from Christmas break, returned to school on January 2nd eager to visit with friends and to continue with familiar routines and schedules.
We begin our New Year with the addition of two new staff members. We welcome Mrs. Andrea White and Dr. Phyllis Milton to our Gloria Dei Church and School family.
Mrs. White will be filling the Associate Music Director position formerly held by Mrs. Madott. Among her many responsibilities, she will be teaching the grades music program at Harris Creek, leading the Cherub Choir, assisting Dr. Sunderland with The Master’s Singers and Chorister Choir, and directing music during chapels.
Dr. Milton, also known as Dr. Phyl, will join our team part-time as our Vicar to aide and assist Pastor Bang. Dr. Phyl will be at Gloria Dei School on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She will assist Pastor Bang with chapels and in his absence conduct chapel. She will also be available to work with school families to help with pastoral concerns and needs.
We are excited to have both of these talented and gifted ladies join our staff. As you meet them, please welcome them to Gloria Dei.
Our December, Barnes and Noble Day was a tremendous success. Thank you to all the staff members, students, and parents who participated and made the day so festive. We were able to earn $2,434 for our school. We also collected 45 items (books, DVD’s, etc.) to be donated to CHKD.
As we look ahead to our New Year, we often reflect on the blessings and gifts that we have been given. I want to thank you for the trust you have placed in the faculty and staff of Gloria Dei Lutheran School. Your children are truly a blessing, and we cherish the opportunity you give us to work, in partnership with you, in the teaching, nurturing, and caring of your child. Together we can make a positive impact and difference in the lives of our children.
Linda K. Robinson
The last several weeks have been filled with activities for our students and families. A special thanks to all our parents who have helped - from chaperoning field trips, helping with our Book Fair, providing snacks for the soccer team, assisting with the coaching of sports activities, participating in various fundraising endeavors, aiding with class parties, etc., we appreciate your support and partnership.
We just ended our Classic Cookie sale, and we what an awesome response. Thanks to your support and participation, we were able to earn over $12,000 for our school.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, December 8, our third annual Barnes and Noble Day. From 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, there will be Christmas events and activities for our students. A schedule with more details will be coming home. New for this year, we will be having a Lego contest for first – eighth grades, and to help others, we are sponsoring a donation drive for CHKD. While at Barnes and Noble, if you purchase books, stuffed animals, toys, DVD’s etc., mention Gloria Dei at the register, and we receive a portion of the sale. Then place your items in the collection baskets, and they will be donated to CHKD. This is a great time to work on that Christmas list, enjoy activities with your child, and help our school.
As we move into December, the sounds of Christmas are already echoing through our hallways as students prepare for their Christmas programs. Through songs, carols, and plays/programs, our students are learning the story of Jesus’ birth. They are also sharing this message with family and friends. Please note the Christmas program schedule in our Newsletter, and mark your calendars, so you won’t miss this special time.
Santa is busy getting ready for his workshop which will be held at the Fox Hill Campus. Students in our two-year-old through kindergarten programs will visit with Santa, decorate a Christmas cookie, tour the magical wonderland, and listen as Mrs. Claus reads a Christmas story.
But remember, this is a Christmas surprise, so SHH!!!
Again this year, the middle school students will be sponsoring a Snowflake Shop. On December 14th, kindergarten – fifth grade students will have an opportunity to shop for family and friends. Gifts will range from $1.00 - $5.00. More information will be coming home for this event also. Then we will be together for all school Chapel on Wednesday, December 19, at 9:00, our last school day before Christmas break.
Remember you are always welcome to worship with us at Gloria Dei. We have three services on Christmas Eve – 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 11:00 pm. The 5:00 pm service is especially designed for families with young children. Please join us if you are able.
May your Christmas be filled with peace, joy, and family time together.
Linda K. Robinson
Gloria Dei Science Fair Awards
Students in our 5th and 8th grades have been busy learning the scientific method as they researched, conducted experiments, and documented their process and conclusions. This resulted in spectacular science fair projects which were presented for judging this month. All students are to be commended for their hard work and efforts.
1st Place – Morgan Riggins
2nd Place – Josh Rice
3rd Place – Matthew Jones
Best Display Board – Mikaela Campbell
Best Use of Scientific Investigation – Matthew Jones
1st Place – Libbie Whitehouse
2nd Place – Tie: Josh Glaab and Anna Junkins
3rd Place – Jacob Norman
Most Knowledgeable about Subject – Jacob Norman
Best Display – Colby Allsbrook
Most Creative Backboard – Julia Whelan
Best Written Report – Courtney Francis
Gloria Dei Lutheran School
Honor Roll – First Quarter 2012-2013
Congratulations to the following students who achieved honor roll recognition for the first quarter. To qualify for the honor roll, students must earn A’s and/or B’s in every subject and satisfactory or above in resource classes and work habits. 160 students in our first – eighth grades earned Honor Roll recognition. WOW!!!! Keep up the great work. You are off to a fantastic beginning for the school year
Bella Rose Butler
Sarah Kate Barton
Many of you may be familiar with John Rosemond, a family psychologist, who is the Director of The Center for Affirmative Parenting. This center is a national resource that provides workshops and materials for parents and professionals who work with children and families. In addition to the parenting workshops that John Rosemond provides, he has written many books and columns that offer practical advice for raising children.
I would like to share the following article which has appeared on his website. It offers valuable advice which may be helpful to all who work with children. I encourage parents, teachers, grandparents, and everyone who helps mentor children to visit his website www.rosemond.com for additional parenting guidance.
God Bless, Linda K. Robinson
Living with Children
As this school year began, several teachers asked if I would reprint a column that first appeared about ten years ago. The subject is my five top back-to-school tips for parents.
Before you read, be informed that when I use the term ``best students,'' I am not necessarily referring to those children who make the best grades. Rather, I mean those students who come to school prepared to pay attention, accept assignment and do their best, whatever their best may be. Here, then, are those tips:
1. Make it clear to your child that
disobedience is not an option. Teachers consistently report that the best
students are almost always among the most well behaved. Good behavior begins in
the home, not at school and not even the best teacher can discipline a child
who comes from home not already respectful of adult authority. Make the rules
of proper behavior clear to your child, and when the rules are broken, enforce
with a firm, even hand. New research finds that a child’s level of self-control
is positively associated with school achievement.
2. Assign your child a fair share of
day-to-day housework. Again, teachers tell me that the best students are
usually those who have daily chores at home. It makes sense, doesn't it, that a
child who comes to school already accustomed to accepting adult assignment will
have fewer problems accepting assignment from teachers? The more responsible a
child is within his or her family, the more responsibility the child will
demonstrate at school.
3. Limit electronic entertainment to nonschool days only, and even then allow no more than five
total hours per week. The research is increasingly unequivocal: screen time of
any sort decreases attention span. Learning from a real-life, flesh-and-blood
teacher requires being ready to ask questions, being ready to answer questions,
memorizing, conducting independent inquiry,
transferring what you've learned to paper, listening to the teacher's feedback
concerning your work and correcting your mistakes. As for television alone, a
researcher once found that truly gifted children tended to watch no more than
five hours of television a week. The national average is 25 hours per week per
child, which is simply to say if you want your child to be average, let him watch
a lot of television
4. Be always interested in what and how your
child is doing in school, but take care not to get involved in doing his work
for him. There is a difference between interest and involvement. The interested
parent says to the child, in effect, ``I am concerned about your education, but
it is ultimately your responsibility.'' The involved parent says, ``Your education is my responsibility.'' Unfortunately, too
many well-intentioned parents have unwittingly accepted/appropriated responsibility
for their children's school work. The result of this parental benevolence is a
child who has difficulty taking the proverbial bull by the horns. New research
supports this low-involvement parenting model.
5. If and when your child's teacher reports a problem, give the teacher - not your child! - the benefit of the doubt. As a rule, teachers are more committed to bettering the welfare of children than any other class of professional. When a teacher says your child has a problem, academic or behavioral, it is with your child's best interest in mind. Curb the tendency to become defensive and listen with an open mind and an open heart. You may learn something that will help you become a better parent.
John Rosemond (Reprinted with permission)
Ways You Can Help!!!!!!
This school year, we have several easy ways you can help support Gloria Dei. Whether it’s saving receipts, labels, boxtops, or shopping at the stores listed below, or joining us for School Spirit Nights, we appreciate your participation.
· Farm Fresh - 1 2 3 4 the Community Program – When you shop at Farm Fresh, send your cash register receipts to school. Farm Fresh will contribute a portion of the sales to our school for the purchase of books, audiovisual equipment, computer programs, etc. This also includes receipts for gas purchases. You can send in the entire receipt or cut the bottom section.
· General Mills Box Tops for Education – Buy General Mills products, cut out the “Box Tops for Education” coupons, and send them into school. We receive 10˘ for each label.
The Funding Factory – Gloria Dei participates in the
Funding Factory Cartridge and Cell Phone Recycling Programs. These programs are
Office Depot – Gloria Dei receives credit for
· Chili’s Night – The first Wednesday of each month is Gloria Dei night at Chili’s. Dine at the Chili’s on Mercury Blvd. and Gloria Dei will receive 10% of the sales. When you order and then when you pay the server remind him/her that you are from Gloria Dei.
· Chick-fil-A Night – The second Wednesday of each month is Gloria Dei Night at the Chick-fil-A on Coliseum Drive which is located in the shopping center where Sports Authority is located. Gloria Dei will receive a percentage of the sales for the evening from Gloria Dei patrons. Be sure that you place your receipt in the receipt box on the counter. If you use drive through, please remember to tell the cashier when you pay and pick up your order that your receipt goes toward the School Spirit Night.
· Capri Restaurant Night – The third Wednesday of each month is Gloria Dei night at Capri Restaurant, Willow Oaks Shopping Center. When you pay at the register, you need to mention that you are from Gloria Dei.
· Fourth Wednesday of the month: to be announced
October 22 – November 12 Classic Cookie Sales
December 8, Saturday Barnes and Noble Day 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
June 1, Saturday School Carnival 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Save the designated labels and receipts and mark your calendars for our special events. If you are able to participate, we appreciate your help. Thanks for your cooperation and support! We are looking forward to an exciting school year.
Linda K. Robinson, Principal
July / August 2012
One of the exceptional highlights of our spring was our School Carnival. Considering that the night before a tornado swept through Hampton, we were blessed with beautiful weather and wonderful attendance for the day. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and had fun while raising money for our school. I would like to extend a special thank you to the many staff members, parents, grandparents, and students who helped with the event. Your help and assistance with planning, donation of items for the silent auction, donation of baked goods, set-up, running of games/activities, and clean-up were instrumental in the success. We couldn’t have done it without the positive responses to our needs. We have already set our date for next year’s carnival, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1, 2013. If you have any input you would like to provide for our planning for next year, please email me at email@example.com.
Gloria Dei Carnival Supporters: THANKS!!!!!!
Abuelo’s AMC Theatres Bensi
Bert’s Florist – Charlotte Whitehouse Capri Pizza Chick-fil-A
Chili’s Center 4 Massage – Ruth Grimes Hampton Coliseum
DeStress Express – Ruth Grimes Hampton Arts Comm. – Ross Mugler Omni Hotel
Hooters – Mrs. Connor King St. NFL/Riverdale Trophies Marriott at City Center
McDonald’s Garden Center Palace Jewelers Peninsula Pilots
Pepsi Beverage Company Sculpt Yours Sysco Foods
Sentara Center for Health & Fitness State Farm Ins. – Jim Fullen Victoria Day Spa
Victorian Station – Karen Jackson Douglas J. Walter, Attorney at Law Watson Petroleum
You’re Someone Special Knit Wit
On June 14, we celebrated the graduation of our fifth graders from elementary school. I am pleased to announce that six of our fifth graders earned the Presidential Academic Excellence Award this year. This is a national achievement awarded at three points in a student’s academic career – at the end of elementary, middle, and high school. To qualify at the elementary level, students must maintain an A average for 4th and 5th grades and at the 4th grade level score at least an 85% or above on a national achievement test in reading or math. Congratulations!!!!!!
Our Presidential Scholars for this year are:
Katelynn Berland Madeleine Etheridge Haley Kramer
Natalie Pfahl Teddy Sadowski Anni Wang
Although it is summer, we are busy gearing up for next year. Parents who have registered for the 2012-2013 school year will receive a packet of information the first week of August. Information in reference to Open Houses, car pool, bus, and child care will be included as well as the school calendar. If you have not had a chance to register and plan to join us in the fall, please call or stop by the Fox Hill Campus, and we will begin the registration process.
School will begin on Tuesday, September 4. Before Open Houses, teachers will contact parents to introduce themselves and to extend an invitation to our Open Houses. Open House gives children and parents the opportunity to meet teachers and to learn the goals and objectives for the school year. Open House can alleviate a lot of first day jitters for parents and students. Listed below are the times and dates.
* Toddler: Two-Year- Old Program – Tuesday, August 28 - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. or
* Preschool - 5-day (M-F), 3-day (M,W,F) and 2-day (T&Th) classes – Tuesday, August 28
* Prekindergarten - Thursday, August 30 - 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. or
* Kindergarten – Wednesday, August 29- 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades – Tuesday, August 28
(Parents and students may attend any time between 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.)
*First, Second, and Fourth Grades - Wednesday, August 29
(Parents and students may attend any time between 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.)
* Third and Fifth Grades – Thursday, August 30
(Parents and students may attend any time between )
There will be two Open House events for first – eighth grades. The first Open House will be held according to the above schedule. Parents and students may visit the classroom. First through eighth grade students may arrive anytime between 7:00 and 7:45p.m. for an informal Open House. Students will have a chance to meet their teachers, visit the resource classes, visit with classmates, and unpack bookbags and school supplies. Parents will receive class schedules and other pertinent information for the school year. There will be another open house meeting for parents only in which teachers will review the curriculum, explain goals and objectives for the year, and answer questions.
Eighth Grade: Monday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m.
Seventh Grade: Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Sixth Grade: Monday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Fifth Grade: Tuesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Fourth Grade: Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m.
Third Grade: Thursday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Second Grade: Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m.
First Grade: Monday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Please mark your calendars so that you can attend your child’s Open House. We value the support and trust which you place in Gloria Dei Lutheran School. We, as a dedicated faculty and staff, continually strive to provide quality learning experiences in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment for your child. This coming year is our 40th Anniversary!!!!! We look forward to another year as we partner with you in the education and care of your most precious gift – your child.
God Bless, Linda K. Robinson