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Back To School Parent Communication

August 28, 2020

Dear Families,

We are excited to be standing on the threshold of another school year!  As we scrub our campuses, mark the floors for appropriate social distancing, and streamline our At-Home Learning efforts, all of us here at NSCS can emphatically say, “We can’t wait for school!”

School provides a healthy rhythm in the week for both children and parents.  It sets the tone for what needs to be accomplished in a day.  Patterns, routines, and expectations are among the healthiest things we can provide our children.  It builds confidence and sets the mind at ease to know that life is somewhat normal and predictable.  And so, whether your child will be joining us from their living room, or from the classroom, we believe that God has called each family who has enrolled their child at North Shore Christian School, and we celebrate every family, be it our returning families or new ones.  All are welcome!

As we prepare to open our school doors, please take time to read through this letter that contains important information, as well as the additional information that can be found by accessing the link below. This link contains  information that you will need for the start of the school year, such as Dress Code Policies, Drop-off/pick-up Procedures, PE T-shirt form and Supply  lists. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yobhch7tt0HAKMnKdzVTMPTvwzdnUk88?usp=sharing

If you have not completed the required Risk Waiver form you may access it by using the following link. https://forms.gle/iwWWukXuX9hY7rEs6

NSCS builds its annual plans, programming, and budget primarily around our enrollment numbers.  We are a tuition-driven school.  That means your commitment is vital to the excellent work that takes place here.  With that said, we did relax our deposit policy for a brief period of time this summer while many families sought to figure out their school plans for the fall.  Our policy clearly indicates that deposits are non-refundable and that enrollment contracts are in full force for the entire school year after July 1st.  Due to the uncertainties of COVID, we extended this deadline to September 1st, so that families who had re-enrolled or recently enrolled could have additional time to solidify their plans for the fall.

What does all this mean?  Come September 1, 2020 your deposit will be non-refundable and you will be obliged to pay the remainder of your child’s tuition for the Academic Year 2020/21*.  We know that COVID-19 makes it extremely difficult to make plans with any measure of guarantee.  With that said, NSCS has committed to the education of your child this year, be it in the classroom or at home, and we have made staffing decisions based upon your child’s enrollment and we are excited to set this partnership in motion during the first week of school beginning on September 21, 2020.  Should you need support around enrollment please reach out to Christine Saia at csaia@nschristian.org.

As way of reminder regarding the use of masks while at school, all students in grades 1 though 8 will be required to wear a mask.  Students in grades Preschool through Kindergarten may wear a mask if you so choose.  We will fully support your decision either way.  All of our faculty and staff will be required to wear masks, as will any adult who enters our buildings.

Students wearing masks must wear either a 3-ply disposable masks, or a fabric mask that is at least two layers.  Reusable masks must be washed daily.  There will be ample mask breaks, and as we safely social distances outside and engage in learning there will be even greater opportunity for mask breaks.

Our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will be selling both child and adult-sized masks with the school logo on them, and we are excited to make these available for purchase in the coming weeks.  Be on the lookout for more information!

Additionally, Mrs. Lowe, our Lead Principal, will be working with our teachers to provide a time prior to the first day of school, for you and your child to visit and see some of the creative ways we are preparing for a school year that includes the reality of COVID.  Our teachers have gotten pretty creative!  I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the ways in which they have sought to keep the classrooms kid friendly, while respecting the Virus. Be on lookout!

Finally, for some of our families the attached Student Supply List may be a new concept.  This year we have made the decision that all students, grades Preschool through 8 will bring in their own student supplies, so that we can limit cross contamination by not having general student supplies in the classroom.  NSCS will be supplying the pencil boxes for each grade, so that school supplies can be easily labeled, stored, and washed and our middle school students can easily tote their supplies from classroom to classroom.  A portion of your child’s Annual Student Fee this year will be used to help alleviate the expense of additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

As we each wind down our summer, might I just say what a joy it has been to be back on our three campuses.  Our faculty and staff are eager…very eager to see your children.  As we have been praying for all our families and our efforts here at school, please continue to pray along with us that God will bless the work of our hands as we continue preparing to receive your children for an exciting year of learning and growing together!

With Love and Thanksgiving,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

 

* Should an extended school closure be mandated due to COVID-19, and NSCS is required to move toward an At-Home Learning model temporarily, special accommodations in regards to the enrollment agreement will be given to those families enrolled in our Early Childhood Education program.

Parent Communication and Reopen School Plans

August 18, 2020

Dear Families,

Freshly sharpened pencils, clean pages in a notebook, and rhythm restored to the week by children doing homework at the kitchen table.  These are all sure signs that school is about to start.  Albeit a different start to the school year this particular year, we here at North Shore Christian School are nonetheless experiencing the familiar sense of giddy excitement as we think about the hallways and classrooms filled again, at a 6-foot distance of course!  Alas, school is upon us!

But, NSCS is more than a school.  From its inception almost 70 years ago, a faithful handful of people began to conceptualize a Christian school that supported children in the formative years of their growth and development.  NSCS was never designed to be just a place of academic pursuit, as it recognizes the full-child needs of physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual.  A collection of interdependent and interrelated matter and substance all brought together to create a fearfully and wonderfully made child of God, with whom NSCS has the privilege of partnering with parents to participate in their development.   And this privilege is not one we take lightly!

NSCS was created to be a place for children to safely explore God’s creation.  Months before COVID made its debut, our administration was already asking the question, “How can we better meet the social & emotional and spiritual needs of students, in particularly our middle school students?”  We began to sketch out our ideas around providing greater emphasis on Christian Formation, as well as ensuring that our students have outlets that support their social and emotional well-being, especially now during a pandemic, racial tensions, and political discourse.  How good God was to go before us in this effort and allow NSCS to already have begun the preparations last year.  I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Michelle Gandra (Lynn Campus) and Ms. Liz MacDavitt (Beverly Campus) have been appointed Deans of Students!  Their main focus will be on Christian formation, as they provide many unique opportunities for our students to engage in healthy and age-appropriate dialogue with one another.  As we consider the day and age in which we live, I am comforted to know that NSCS is able to partner with families and support the overall well-being of children.  More details will be forthcoming to our middle school families around some plans our Deans are already making for the start of school.

Additionally, for those families whose child is participating in our At-Home Learning, please be on the lookout for an opportunity to join a Zoom Meeting with Mrs. Jenna Josephson, our At-Home Learning Coordinator.

As we look to open our campuses safely to receive students, NSCS has been very busy securing our PPE and getting our buildings in compliance.  Here is a link to our Reopen School Plans https://drive.google.com/file/d/19D0ZzEfsuNzHv5MORczUgAzcGCmoSB1U/view?usp=sharing.  I could not be more appreciative of our Reopen School Task Force members.  They have worked diligently toward our ability to offer both On-Campus and At-Home Learning options to our families.  As you read through the plans, I would ask that you view this plan as a living document.  With that said, I can assure you that things will change.  These changes will be reflective of our School’s response to updated guidance and recommendations from various sources such as; DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and the DPH (Department of Public Health).  Please also review and sign the Risk Waiver, that you will find here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DQSE8LxqXaf6NiTF63196SN5pnjjt4ZxFFwj_1apsBQ/edit?usp=sharing

In the days ahead you will also be receiving information on our Contact Tracing app., which will become an integral part of our daily school routine for our students, visitors, faculty & staff, and parents should you have reason to be on campus.

Below is a schedule of our new start dates.  You will notice that we have pushed these dates out to accommodate the additional COVID training, and on-line preparations that our faculty & staff will require. We will be extending the school year by a week, ending on June 23, 2021. We appreciate your understanding and your flexibility.

As we wind down our summer days, and begin to look toward a new school year, I urge you all to make praying for NSCS a part of your regular routine.  We can make our plans, which we have done so, but it is only God who will bless, and secure our plans.  As a learning community I desire for us to be a people who looks to God as the ultimate source of all things, and as we trust Him with our school and students, I ask too that He would give each one of us a sensitivity and compassion toward one another.  Over ten years ago when I was invited to serve at NSCS it was in fact these qualities that attracted me most.  There is a tenderness and transparency at our school, and I praise God for the opportunity to be journeying along with you all, and our students, at this unique time.  My prayer is that God would be glorified in and through our efforts.

With Love and Appreciation,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

Staggered Start Dates

Early Childhood-2nd grades – Sept. 21 & 22 (All Campuses)

3 & 4 grades – Sept 23 (Beverly)

3-5 grades – Sept 23 (Lynn)

5-8 grades – Sept 24 (Beverly)

6-8 grades – Sept 24 (Lynn)

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.
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Reopening School Doors

Dear NSCS Families,

I trust that you have all stayed healthy and safe during the first part of summer break. It has on many levels been a different kind of summer with the many restrictions we have had to work around.  If you are anything like me you are feeling like you have had enough COVID-19 focus.  It dominates almost every conversation and dictates almost every decision, and at times there seems to be no end in sight.  It can in deed be wearisome.  

In spite of the Coronavirus, the Senior Administrative Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) at NSCS, along with our Reopen School Doors Task Force, have been busy preparing for the fall, and the reopening of school, and in doing so, I was reminded of a verse from Isaiah 40:31.  I am certain that it is a familiar verse for many, in fact, I’d bet many of you have it memorized.  It reads, …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint (New International Version).  According to other Bible translations, the word hope can be interchanged in this verse with the word wait.  Consider the translation from the English Standard Version (ESV).  Ok, so why does it matter if one translation uses the word hope and another uses the word wait?  We can conclude that earlier translations of the Bible used these two words interchangeably or, that these two words were so closely interdependent on one anther that they were viewed as having a connected activity.  In other words – waiting in Isaiah 40:31 wasn’t merely a mindless activity, sort of how you might feel waiting in the Dunkin’ Donut drive-thru lane.  This sort of waiting was a hope-filled waiting, one that was infused by a realistic sense of anticipation that carried an inward sensation that something was pending, and that one needed to begin preparations.

To put Isaiah 40 into historical context, for several decades the Israelites were under Babylonian captivity and rulership.  Life was hard.  The Israelites were restricted in their daily living and were hard pressed on all sides.  Life wasn’t normal, nor did there appear to be an end in sight.  Remind you of anything?  Then one day it is told to the Israelites that their waiting was over and it was now time to get moving…literally!  To put this announcement into perspective, it would be a 700-mile journey from Babylon to Jerusalem…remember there were no cars, and so this walk would be the equivalent to walking from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia, with your kids in toe!   A whole lot of preparations had to happen to make this trip a reality!  

The same is true for NSCS!  We recognize that while we might feel that we are being held captive to the Coronavirus as we wait for restrictions to ease, we also know that a day is coming when restrictions will ease and life will return to near-normal.   As difficult as it may be to imagine that this time is coming, we must begin to prepare for this day, and we must do so with a good measure of hope.  

After careful evaluation of the information we have to date from both the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) NSCS has made the decision to begin preparations to reopen our school doors to receive students on-campus this September.  This decision was made with a sincere sense of hope and with a level of great anticipation that the same faithful God who led the Israelites out of captivity many, many years ago, will prove faithful to His people today.

Our Reopen School Doors Task Force has been meeting over the summer, with another meeting scheduled for the end of the month.  I could not be more appreciative of our volunteers.  It is an assembly of highly gifted and dedicated individuals who are invested in helping our school’s S.A.L.T. (Senior Administrative Leadership Team) make the most informed decisions that are in the very best interest of our students, families, and teachers, as we seek to reopen our school doors to educate our students on-campus, and in-person during the Academic Year 2020-21.

Our Task Force hopes to have a Town Hall Meeting of sorts later this month, at which time you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our Task Force members, as well as share your concerns or desires for the start of the new school year.  Please be on the lookout for a date of this Zoom Town Meeting.  Additionally, please also be on the lookout for Parent and Student surveys that our Reopen School Doors Task Force has created to better understand and gage our continuants feelings around reopening school in the fall.  Your feedback is hugely important in this process.  

 

Please use the link below to learn more about our reopening of school doors for the Academic Year 2020-21. https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ytFbhA_IOB9zT2f-TcOePn87yYsycSq/view?usp=sharing. This model was communicated with our families on June 8th.  Also included in this attachment is our Hybrid Model, which was also communicated to our families at the same time.  A hybrid model will be considered as a viable option should the CDC and DESE deem it necessary to begin the school year in this manner, or initiate this model at any point during the school year should it be deemed necessary to do so for a variety of COVID-19 related reasons.  

Please take note of the two sections, one entitled, Additional Health & Safety Precautions, and the other one entitled, Additional Information, on the Reopening attachment.  As is the case with all information that we will share throughout the summer, it is subject to change as we receive additional guidance from the State.  We anticipate adding to these two lists of important information as we continue to shape our reopening of school. 

I hope that you will be encouraged as you read through both the Press Release from DESE, https://mailchi.mp/doe.mass.edu/press-release-dese-releases-initial-back-to-school-guidance, and the Near-Normal Model for the fall, as they paint a very realistic, and doable model for safely reopening our school doors in September.  We of course recognize that there are a fair amount of hurdles to jump, and that we as a community, are all at varying degrees of comfort-levels as we live in a world of COVID-19, and so all the more I urge you to send your comments along to me directly, and I will be sure to share them with our Task Force.  I also want to encourage all of us to be patient with one another as we navigate a time in history that has no script.  While we cannot control the fluid nature of this Virus, we can control how we respond and interact with one another, and it is my sincerest desire that we would do so with a measure of grace and understanding, remembering that ultimately we all have one shared goal in mind, and that goal is to educate our students in the safest manner possible.

As always. I cannot express to you enough my deepest gratitude and appreciation for being an amazing community of parents and caregivers.  Your devotion to and care of our learning environment is a source of deep blessing.

With Love and on Behalf of the Reopen School Doors Task Force,

Pam Heintz, Head of School 

Reopen School Doors Task Force Committee Members Renee Southard, Director of Development; Patti Cook, Business ManagerChristine; Saia, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach; Kathy Ely, NSCS Chaplain & Teacher; Jenna Joseph, NSCS Teacher; Nicole and Elias Pearson, Parents; Melissa Reaume, Parent; Chapin Jacob, Parent;  Navid Mahooti, Parent/MD; Sandi Hickey, Parent/RN, MSN, ANP-BC; Chuck Downing, School Counselor 

 

Statement of Solidarity

Dear NSCS Community,

Like many individuals around the country, the past couple of weeks have been filled with significant emotions.  Coronavirus is one thing, but intentional racism and hatred is another.   These sorts of activities conjure up an altogether different emotion.  The events that took place around police activity in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests, riots, and hate crimes since Floyd’s death on May 25th, have been difficult to watch.  How sad our Heavenly Father must be.  He created all men and women as His special image-bearers who are highly valued among all of His creation.  God created each individual unique, and each person possesses specific characteristics, talents, and ideas.  In His infinite creativity, God also has allowed each of us to interact in a world that is filled with diverse people, and like all of His creation, we are to celebrate this fact, embracing it as God’s good and perfect plan for His creation.

Almost 70 years ago NSCS was established by an assembly of diverse persons who envisioned an evangelical Christian school on the North Shore that would open its doors to children of all colors and races, and in doing so the staff would value each child seeing them as perfect and holy representations of God’s creation.

We acknowledge that NSCS has been silent up until this point on  this matter.  We also recognize that silence speaks volumes in a time like today, and for that we apologize – we want our voice heard and we desire to listen, to understand, and to do better as we strive in our participation with others to be instruments of peace.  More than ever before in our school’s history, we have before us an opportunity to demonstrate the original attitude in which our school was established many decades ago.  To remain silent around these sorts injustices will mean to miss the opportunity to demonstrate our outrage, and our desire to see hatred and racism eradicated from our society and vocabulary.  As believers in Christ, the time is now to take a stand and allow Christ’s example to permeate our thinking and doing.  What is Christ’s example?  Christ showed no favoritism.  There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

True justice is taking on the mindset of making someone’s problems our own problems and doing something about it.  Racial injustice in our country will never go away on its own.  It will require the involvement and collaboration of all of us working together.  We will need to listen to each other, observe, and learn how inequity is not only wrong, but it is outside of God’s plan for humanity and has limited the ability of many black individuals to rise above the many obstacles that have been laid in their path for centuries.

The North Shore Christian School will not condone racism and blatant injustice, and we, like many others in our county, desire to have our voices heard as we seek to demonstrate our solidarity and support of the black community.  As a participant of a committee of educators from Lynn called, The Lynn Education District Partnership, NSCS has also supported the published statement produced by the LEDP.  You may view this statement by clicking here.

Below is a list of truths from God’s precious Word that bears reminding now, more so than ever before in our country’s history.  These non-negotiables are what have made NSCS distinctive among schools all these years, and they will be the truths that continue to guide us for decades to come.  These truths are available to all our learning community:

– The Bible says in James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Therefore, NSCS commits to listening more to our students, faculty, and community.

– In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus tells us a parable of how we should leave the 99 sheep to find the 1 lost sheep. We should then rejoice when the one lost sheep is found. With this, NSCS commits to loving and supporting those in our community that are struggling due to racial injustice, cultural insensitivity, or other issues.

– NSCS commits to loving each individual as an individual part of our body; our family.

– As stated above, NSCS will not condone racism, prejudice, and injustice in any form.

– NSCS encourages our constituents to participate in being problem-solvers in their respective communities, and as the Lord leads them to do so.

– Finally, in Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus instructs us of two greatest commandments: Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. With this NSCS commits to loving God first and loving each other with humility and grace.

Our Administration and Board, along with our school family, thanks you in advance for your support as we seek to leave a footprint in our country that leads down a path of fairness and justice for all people and for future generations.  Please feel free to reach out to one of us at any time with any questions or concerns. We stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ with the NSCS community.

Sincerely,

      Jerome Thomas  Miriam Thomas

On Behalf of the Administrative Team, Board of Directors, and our School Families

Pam Heintz, Head of School and Jerome and Miriam Thomas, Parents of NSCS Students

Pam Heintz – pheintz@nschristian.org

Miriam and Jerome Thomas – miriammarie1979@gmail.com

How is North Shore Christian School Educating Students During This Crisis?

On Friday March 13, 2020 the teachers at North Shore Christian School sent their students home with textbooks in hand, equipping them with the materials needed to be taught remotely for two weeks. Little did they know that our exodus from our school buildings would last much longer than 2 weeks.

Our desire throughout this prolonged closure is to continue to provide our students with the best form of the distinctive NSCS education that we can. We do this by teaching our students, Preschool to grade 8, in creative and effective ways, using a variety of platforms.  

Since Monday, March 16,  NSCS teachers have been conducting live meetings with Zoom Math classindividual students, small groups, entire classes, and combinations of grade levels, primarily using the Zoom platform.  Additionally, teachers are providing instruction using platforms such as SeeSaw, FlipGrid, SrWooly, PhET Colorado & Inq-ITS (KnowAtom), Lexia, ReadWorks, Reading A to Z, Sadlier Connect, and much more!  There are so many options that have become available to us. Each of our teachers have chosen the platform that is most useful in allowing them to continue engaging with students while completing the NSCS curriculum.

NSCS is continuing to educate the whole child by offering academics as well as the arts and physical education. Our specialist teachers are connecting with students by posting videos and enrichment activities in our weekly newsletter. Individual music lessons and play practice take place over Zoom on a weekly basis. In fact, the theatre group is preparing to perform their show, with actors performing in their own homes, by creating a video performance that can be shared with family and friends.

percussion class       

Our primary teachers are involving our students in extracurriculars as well. They are providing fun activities to keep students connected using social media to host middle school socials, movie nights and game gatherings! We also have an opportunity for all of our families to gather and worship together at our All-Campus Chapel, every Friday, over Zoom. This is a first for us at NSCS, as we have never before been able to gather all of our campuses to worship as one.

Zoom Pictionary      Chapel 

Sweetening the pot even more, several teachers from both campuses have visited student homes. Practicing social distancing, teachers have stopped by students’ homes to drop off supplies, deliver Birthday greetings or just to say hello. 

In addition to our teachers remaining involved, our Deans on both campuses have been meeting regularly with one another and with their faculty to support, encourage, and lead them through these weeks of At-Home school. Likewise, our Administration has continued to remain connected over phone calls and Zoom meetings, both schoolwide and on our individual campuses. Board members have been known to make an occasional appearance, as well.  

While this At-Home schooling experience is difficult on families and schools alike, we are confident that the time and effort NSCS teachers and administration have put into its students during this prolonged closure is making a significant difference in our students’ education.

Social Distancing Mobile

NSCS Social Distancing Teacher Visits

In this time of zoom classes and school from home, the teachers at North Shore Christian School have been getting creative by surprising their students with socially distanced visits! Kathy Williams, the 1st and 2nd grade teacher at the Beverly campus, decorated her car, calling it her “Social Distancing Teacher Drive-By Mobile”. She visited all 15 of her students with her daughter Ariana at the wheel. Corrine Previte, a teacher at our Lynn campus, made quite an impression with her 5th graders as she stood outside each house holding signs that read “I miss you” and “You’re a Champ!” (a phrase she uses often with her students).  Jenna Josephson, from our Lynn campus, wanted to wish her 4th grader, Isaiah Balaba, a memorable Happy 10th Birthday, so she organized a car parade with Isaiah’s classmates!

           

The Early Childhood teachers from North Shore Christian School’s Beverly and Hamilton campuses surprised their youngest students as well. Betsay Van Cleef, Kristy Camp, Sharon Kim and Lilly Heintz all made separate visits to their students at home. Mrs. Kim travelled from house to house with her own children and her guitar, encouraging her Pre-K students to sing along. Ms. Heintz visited her preschoolers with her dog Ishmael in the car because the letter of the week is “I”!

   

These teacher trips are no small feat! With each of these teachers stopping in 6 to 7 towns to make sure all of their students receive a personal visit, these drive-bys are well worth the effort as they bring on big smiles, lots of laughter, singing voices, barking dogs, cheers and even tears. These visits brought true joy during this time of isolation!

   

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