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Exciting Educational Delivery Options for Academic Year 2020/21!

July 28, 2020
Dear North Shore Christian School Families and Friends,
We are excited to announce that NSCS will be providing two Educational Delivery Options this fall!  Please click here to view and learn more about these options as well as other educational supports we have set in place to partner with parents in their child’s educational journey!
NSCS needs your help in spreading the word that we will be providing these options of learning in 2020/21.  As a way to say thank you to our families for referring friends, this year we are offering tuition credits to any family who refers a friend who ends up enrolling and attending for the school year, whether full-time or part-time, On-Campus or At-Home Learning!  You may click here to view the Referral Program form.

MARCH 23, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

As many of you already know Governor Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory to begin Tuesday, March 24th until Tuesday, April 7th, and as the Coronavirus continues to make its presence among us known in new and more significant ways, we will continue to trust God with all things. Trusting God doesn’t mean we ignore what is happening around us, but it does mean that we deliberately choose to put our hope in a living God whose promises are amen and amen in Christ Jesus.

As NSCS looks at current trending in our nation, it is realistic to say that it is highly unlikely that we will be resuming school on April 8th as previously stated. I will communicate in greater detail any further prolonged school closures as soon as a concrete decision has been made. Additionally, our Deans will also clearly communicate to our parents what the implications of a further prolonged school closure will entail in way of at-home school. We recognize the challenge that at-home schooling may cause for some of our families, especially those parents/guardians who are also trying to balance working remotely from home, as well as overseeing their child/ren’s school work. I want to reiterate again that all of our teachers are here to support you and your particular needs to the very best of their ability. Please keep the lines of communication open between you and your child/ren’s teachers – we are all on the same team!

Please continue to send pictures and videos of your children so that we can post them in the newsletters and on our Facebook. Seeing the children’s faces in the newsletters has brought me such joy! While we are apart physically, you and your children are never far from my thoughts.

To the right is a picture from this morning. I had the pleasure of sitting in our Lynn Campus’s Teachers Meeting via Zoom. As is the case for each meeting, our teachers end their time in prayer. We prayed for the school, one another, our communities, our country, and the world. We prayed that God would use all things, including the Coronavirus, for His glory!

Continue to trust God, be good to each other – love big, forgive often, and encourage always.

Love,
Pam Heintz, Head of School

March 20, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Parents,

We have made it through Week #1 of At-Home School. It is hard to believe that just one week ago we were at school, and life for the most part seemed normal. My how life has changed, and continues to change. It seems that changes are happening by the minute!

I have to admit that this morning I woke up feeling a bit…sad. I hate to admit that, because I am by nature a very upbeat, positive, and high-energy individual. But I am also human, and you know what? You are all human too! Because we are human, our minds may respond to this pandemic in unanticipated ways, maybe even ways that go against our usual natures and personalities. That’s OK. We need to all give ourselves that license to be sad, mad, depressed, confused, and even scared. These emotions are normal and human emotions, and we cannot stuff them deep down and act as though they do not exist. If we do, we may create even greater problems. We need to allow ourselves the freedom to feel.

Like I said I am a high-energy person. I thrive on collaboration and human interaction. Sitting still and being home is hard for personality types like me! But this morning I felt like God was asking me to just sit, and wait, and rest. So, I got my coffee, and asked Alexa to play some praise and worship music, and I just sat. As I did my soul became renewed and encouraged. I began to commune with God and I asked him to replace my fear and anxiety with hope and peace. I asked Him to take the cloud of sadness that seems to be lingering overhead, and toss it far away from me. I asked God to fill me with himself. Soon, tears of joy filled my eyes and my spirit was lifted in spite of what is still happening around me. At one point, there was a bird outside my kitchen window who seemed to be singing along with the worship music. This bird was a loud! I wondered if this bird was worshiping God too!

This little bird, so unaware of the pandemic and all the implications it carries, was just doing what it was designed to do. This got me thinking; we as God’s precious creation have been designed to trust him and to praise him. I read Psalm 148 and was reminded of the reality in which we are called to live as God’s people. His entire creation, which includes birds and people, has been called to praise him! If you have the time to check this chapter out. You will be encouraged! In spite of this pandemic, we are still called to praise and worship God, and as we do we will rise high above this current situation as we are filled with peace and hope.

Please know that our students and families are being prayed for daily. In yesterday’s Beverly Campus Teachers Meeting on Zoom we spent some time praying for one another and our school. One of our Board Members, Sharon Carlson, was in our meeting. Our Board is thinking about you all too!

With Every Blessing,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.

Psalm 148:7-12

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

MARCH 18, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

We are halfway through our first week of at-home learning. This week has been met with many adjustments as we all figure out how to “do school” and settle into a new normal. 

During these unusual weeks, and especially while we are apart, it is important that we all remember we are on the same team, and desiring the same outcomes. Among those outcomes is that our students will continue their learning, albeit in a different setting. We do recognize that for some parents/guardians this has required more hands-on participation. We appreciate your partnership in this area. The goal for all of us, NSCS school faculty & staff, and parents/guardians & students is that we all remain flexible and forgiving with one another as we continue to navigate the situation and make preparations and plans accordingly. It is my hope that God will be glorified in the process, and by the ways in which we have all supported and responded to one another in love and with patience.

As our Board and Administrative Team continue to watch the trending of schools and other public institutions we will provide our families with updates regarding any additional prolonged school closure that may be warranted. The decision has been made, however, to forgo our scheduled Spring Break (week of April 20th) and school will be in session that week, barring the Governor permits such gatherings. We fully recognize that this may interrupt some plans that families may have already set in place, and so we will offer excused absences on these cases. This week should not be viewed as “optional”, but we do want to be mindful that some families may have plans that cannot be altered.

As we continue to make decisions that are in the very best interest of our students and families, we ask for your patience and understanding. Tremendous care and consideration has been put into each and every decision that has been made thus far. As always, we will continue to closely monitor updates from our local, state and federal officials as we seek to remain in full compliance with guidelines and advisories and will most certainly keep you updated with new information as it becomes available and affects NSCS.

Today I was speaking with a teacher, and during our conversation we both agreed that more than ever before our school needs to pull together in new and exciting ways as we seek to uplift, encourage, and mutually bless one another. It is my prayer that God would be glorified as we interact with one another in gracious and supportive ways, recognizing that together we are writing the script in live time, as to how to best respond to COVID-19.

It will be in our responding to this pandemic, and how we interact with others, that God will be most glorified. May we remain a school community that loves big, forgives often, and encourages always.

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update

The North Shore Christian School made the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020 to move to a home-based learning model until Tuesday, March 31 on our three campuses (Lynn, Beverly, and Hamilton).  However, in response to Governor Baker’s mandate on Sunday, NSCS will be closed for on-site learning until April 7th as we support initiatives to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

We hope that during this unprecedented time in history, God will allow his people to be used to bring a sense of hope and peace to those that we come in contact with.  This is a tremendous opportunity for God’s people to rally together for the common good as we seek out intentional ways to uplift and encourage one another.  It is the sincerest prayer of NSCS that God would ultimately be glorified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May our song be like that of the Author of Psalm 91, as we trust God to be our source of refuge during this pandemic, and as we trust Him with all things.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[
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I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’”

 Psalm 91:1 & 2

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response – March 13, 2020

The North Shore Christian School made the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020 to move to a home-based learning model until Tuesday, March 31. NSCS’s three campuses (Lynn, Beverly, and Hamilton) will be closed for on-site schooling until Tuesday, March 31st.  On March 25th NSCS will reassess the posted resume date and adjust accordingly.

This decision was not made lightly.  Our school Board and Administration took the recommendation of both The Department of Health and The Department of Education under consideration as we sought to make the most prudent and educated decision for the students and families we serve, as well as our faculty and staff.

We hope that during this unprecedented time in history, God will allow his people to be used to bring a sense of hope and peace to those that we come in contact with.  This is a tremendous opportunity for God’s people to rally together for the common good as we seek out intentional ways to uplift and encourage one another.  It is the sincerest prayer of NSCS that God would ultimately be glorified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May our song be like that of the Author of Psalm 91, as we trust God to be our source of refuge during this pandemic, and as we trust Him with all things.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.’”

Psalm 91:1 & 2

Exciting News for 2019-2020

The North Shore Christian School Board is pleased to announce more good news about NSCS’s continued growth.

Beginning in September 2019, our Hamilton Campus Early Childhood Program will be offering a full day program, in addition to its current morning-only option.  Additionally, the Beverly campus will be adding a combined 7th/8th grade class in response to the strong desire of our Beverly parents and students to continue to receive a NSCS education through the middle school years. With this addition, NSCS will ensure that our entire student body is able to access a North Shore Christian School education from Preschool – 8th grade, whether in Lynn or Beverly.

Join us in celebrating all that God is doing to bless the School and for the commitment of our board, faculty, staff, and families to provide a Christ centered education to our students.

A note from the music room…

It has been a productive and fun autumn in the music room! At the beginning of the year I sat down with Mrs. Lowe to discuss classroom goals. One thing I wanted to improve on or expound upon was our students’ music listening skills. I believe that it is important to be able to understand and explain what we hear in music in accurate and intelligent terms. Every month, each class listens to one well-known and well-loved example of “Classical” music. I use the word “Classical” in the broad sense, because our listening examples have been taken from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras.

I was surprised by how much the students have enjoyed this new practice. It was a delight to watch the Kindergarten class discover the main subject of Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and to have the first grade class count every repeated theme in Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” One sixth grade listening lesson was particularly memorable. We listened to Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” The students were surprised that they already knew the song—they had heard it in movies, commercials, and television shows. The students described the organ piece as “terrifying” and “eerie” and associated it with Halloween programs and commercials. We read a little about the composer and when we discovered that Johann Sebastian Bach was primarily a church musician, one student suggested that “Toccata and Fugue” could actually be a musical representation of God’s power and wrath. Wow!

In the next few weeks, we will be listening to and creating some beautiful Christmas music and I encourage you to do the same! Music is a precious gift—take the time to enjoy it!

 

In Christ,

Mrs. Dickson

I Hear and I Forget. I See and I Remember. I Do and I Understand.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. I thought of this ancient quote about experiential learning as students in grades 7 and 8 recently participated in a Classroom Constitutional Convention. Hearing, seeing, and doing were all part of the learning experience over the course of about a week and a half. For our Constitutional Convention, each student was given an identity of a historical delegate to the 1787 Convention in Philadelphia. Students researched the life of the delegate and studied the viewpoints of the delegate and how the delegate would have probably voted on the major issues regarding the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. After a few days of preparation, the classroom became the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. We even closed the door and shut the blinds. Students assembled to express the late 18th-century political views in the new United States of America. Would representation in the legislative branch be based upon population, or wealth, or by some other means? For the executive branch would we have a king or a council of executives? Would the word “President” even come up at this meeting? Would a Judicial Branch be necessary? Over the course of the week, students spoke on these and other vital historical issues. Students began to realize that these issues are still relevant today. Arguments and counter-arguments were heard, motions were passed or denied, and votes were counted. Finally, a Constitution was scribed by our Secretary and President of the Convention, and delegates, if agreeing with the Constitution in its present form, signed his or her student name and delegate name. Students heard, listened, saw, and participated in a political process. The hope is that experiential learning “sticks” and breeds more interest among students in civics and the social studies.

Mr. Todd McMillan is the  Middle School Social Studies and Bible teacher.