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Why one a Administrator gives to NSCS (video included)

This Fall North Shore Christian School launched our 70th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign. This Campaign allows our donors the opportunity to give where it is needed most, allowing NSCS to Impart our Legacy to this and future generations of students! A portion of every gift made will go toward facility improvements, financial aid, and the Annual Fund which will enrich the student experience.

Click on the video below to hear a message from one of our longtime donors and friend of NSCS, Renee Southard.

Consider donating to NSCS on the global day of giving on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. Be a part of the global generosity movement on Giving Tuesday. No gift is too small!

Donate to NSCS online by clicking here to access our Imparting the Legacy Giving page  or visit our website at nschristian.org and use the Donate button on our home page.

Middle School Students of North Shore Christian School Honor Veterans in the Community

By Liz MacDavitt, MS Teacher and Dean of Students

One of the most important aspects of a North Shore Christian School education is the opportunity we have to live out our lives in faith in the greater community. This is a focus of our Middle School programming, and we had our first community service event of the school year.

Two years ago, a small group of NSCS students served the community of Beverly by working with veterans to remove flags from headstones in the cemetery behind NSCS Beverly Campus. This was a way to support veterans, and help wrap up Veterans’ Day activities in Beverly. It was a wonderful opportunity to serve, learn from our local veterans, and show that we care about this community! Students were even featured in the local newspaper and highlighted by State Representative Jerry Parisella for their service. This year, we were invited back to help with the same project.

On Saturday, November 13, Beverly Campus students in Grades 5-8 had the opportunity to participate in this event. Middle School Teacher Liz MacDavitt and Head of School Pam Heintz served alongside the group of thirteen students. Some parents of students joined in, too! Students worked for about an hour, removing 500 flags honoring Veterans Day from the cemetery. Students removed the American flags from the wooden sticks, to prepare them for a ceremonial flag burning. The group of students were able to hear stories from a local Vietnam War veteran, Jerry Giulebbe, and they even asked him some thoughtful questions. He was impressed with the students’ work ethic, respect, and desire to serve their community.

This was a simple yet meaningful act of service. Remembering and honoring our nation’s veterans is of utmost importance. Providing students an opportunity to participate in that work is no small thing. While students enjoyed working on this project, there was also a deep sense of gratitude and respect as each flag was removed. Several students could be seen silently observing moments of respect and honor to each headstone and flag. This experience is one that this group of students will not forget.

NSCS’s Imparting the Legacy Campaign

This week North Shore Christian School has launched our 70th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign. Hear all about this exciting news from our Head of School in the video below.

NSCS has been Imparting the Legacy to generations of students and families for 70 years. This has been possible through the generous financial support of the entire NSCS community throughout all of these years.

Our goal through this campaign is to raise $100,000!

This Campaign allows our donors the opportunity to give where it is needed most, allowing NSCS to Preserve and Advance Our Legacy! A portion of every gift made will go toward facility improvements, financial aid, and the Annual Fund which will enrich the student experience.

Every gift of $1,000 received by June 30, 2022 will be acknowledged on our Imparting the Legacy Commemorative Tree. Leaves will be engraved with the donor’s selected name/s or an anonymous leaf will be added if the donor chooses not to include a name.

Donate online by clicking here to access our Imparting the Legacy Giving page  or visit our website at nschristian.org and use the Donate button on our home page.

Pam Heintz of North Shore Christian School Wins Winifred Currie Award in Education

LYNN, MA (October 28, 2021) North Shore Christian School (NSCS), a private Christian school with campuses in Lynn, Beverly, and Hamilton, MA, today announced that Pam Heintz, Head of School at (NSCS), has been awarded the Winifred Currie Award in Education from Gordon College. This award is bestowed annually to a Gordon College alum for outstanding service to the education field, the community, and for serving as a distinguished role model to peers, friends, and students.  

The award was presented by the Gordon College Alumni Association during its annual Homecoming event honoring alumni of Gordon and Barrington Colleges on October 1, 2021. The celebrated alumni have impacted their workplaces, communities, and the lives of those around them. Heintz, who graduated from Gordon College with a BA in Psychology, as well as received her M.Ed. from Lesley University, was this year’s recipient of the award, which was presented by Dr. Janet Arndt, Dean of the School of Education at Gordon College.  

As Head of School, Heintz embodies the Winifred Currie Award as she empowers her staff to fulfill their aspirations as Christian school educators all while advancing the school’s mission. From budgets to building relationships within the community, Heintz’s students are at the center of everything she does. Described at the event, “Heintz aims not only to provide excellent academics but also to play a part in developing compassionate individuals with a biblical worldview.”  

With Pam Heintz at the helm, the students and community of North Shore Christian School are in great hands. This award is a further testament to the high standards the school sets out for not only its students but the educators who are shaping the future,” said Michael Procopio, Chair of the Board of Directors of North Shore Christian School “Congratulations are in order for Pam on this achievement, as well as the whole NSCS community for providing excellent leaders.”  

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North Shore Christian School:  

North Shore Christian School, founded in 1951 in Lynn, Massachusetts, is an interdenominational Christian school offering instruction through an evangelical faith-based, culturally engaged perspective. The school enrolls 250-plus students in Early Childhood through Grade 8 across three campuses: Lynn Campus—Early Childhood through Grade 8; Beverly Campus—Early Childhood through Grade 8: Hamilton Campus—Early Childhood. 

Mission Statement: Rooted in historical evangelical Christian faith, North Shore Christian School, in concert with family and church, seeks to be a community that provides challenging elementary and secondary education. Through academic and biblical instruction, we strive to nurture each student’s learning and thinking and equip them to serve God within their local communities and around the world. (www.nschristian.org) 

For admissions inquiries, please contact Christine Saia, Director of Admissions and Community Engagement, at 781-469-0706 or csaia@nschristian.org. All other inquiries may be directed to Pam Heintz, Head of School, at 978-921-2888 or pheintz@nschristian.org. Please visit our website at www.nschristian.org. 

Social Emotional Learning & NSCS SAFE Groups

Written by Pam Heintz, Head of School

The COVID pandemic has brought to light some interesting things. For example, we have learned that you can never have too much toilet paper in your linen closet, it is difficult to understand someone while they are wearing a mask, and we all measure 6-feet differently.  Regardless of the COVID takeaways we will all be left with when we are on the other side of this pandemic, one thing is for sure, school-aged children have been emotionally affected by COVID.  It has infiltrated their world, and for many of them, they have needed a safe place to process the many implications of this virus, as well as the social and political climate we currently find ourselves in at this juncture in history.  NSCS was able to respond to this need by providing a safe place for our students.

We are thrilled that we were able to accelerate the launch of a new program at NSCS, as we responded to the need to provide Social and Emotional support to our students, and NSCS was able to open our doors in September with 100% in-person learning and our new SAFE Groups!

What is SAFE Group?  SAFE stands for Students and Faculty Engaging.  Twice a week our Middle School faculty team and their students hop off the academic track.  Gathering in small breakaway groups, our faculty provides a safe space and critical time to engage students around social and emotional issues.  Research supports the fact that students must have SEL (Social Emotional Learning) opportunities that are authentic and leave room for students to ask questions and wrestle with important, and often difficult, ideas, concepts, and experiences in a safe space.  Especially now, during a pandemic and post-pandemic, students will need time to process and purposefully engage in community building efforts that support emotional well-being.

Research indicates that providing these intentional times for students will aid in increasing student learning by 11%, and will make for stronger communities.  NSCS is thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this type of critical learning and student engagement.  Our Deans of Students take very seriously their responsibility of providing the structure and oversight to these important groups, as well as being available to students as they provide emotional support.

SAFE Groups seek to foster Five Key Areas of important development for middle school-aged students; Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, & Responsible Decision-making Skills.  In keeping with our school Mission and our Four Pillars of Distinction, our SAFE Groups are facilitated through the lens of a Biblical World View, helping to shape confident, well-rounded, & faith-grounded children!

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Literacy Week Fun with the 3rd & 4th Graders

by Kirstin Lick, 3rd/4th Grade teacher on the Beverly Campus

This past week at NSCS all three campuses intentionally took the time to slow down from the business of school and just read! I am the 3rd and 4th Grade teacher on the Beverly campus and wanted this week not just to be a time to just to read, but also to challenge and allow each student to share and get excited about the next page.

On Tuesday morning when all the students came in they noticed plastic bins with their names printed on them and two books neatly stacked in them. The students were full of questions and eventually it was time to hand out the bookmarks that had eight stars. Each star represents a challenge, our goal as a class was if we could get 56 stars punched by Friday they would get a free snack and an extra recess next week. This was a huge incentive, and the stakes became more exciting as I told them there will be two alarms that will go off randomly throughout the day. It could happen at any time and we HAD to stop whatever we were doing (math, social studies, ELA, Bible…) and READ!

They were told how they had to read, on the floor, under desks, on the stairs, even chewing gum!  The challenges ranged from showing what they were reading through Playdo or forming a mini book group to share what their book was about. All the challenges had to do with what they were reading so they had to pay attention so they could win!

I was so amazed to see all my students, all with different reading levels, rise to the occasion. Students who traditionally weren’t comfortable sharing in class were jumping to share about their book with each other even before the challenge was read aloud. As a teacher, I learned just how easy it can be to get them excited when there is just the right motivation but also allowing them to talk and share what they are reading. This is something that I hope inspires you as parents, if you are struggling to get your child to open up their books at home to come up with fun incentives that will excite and engage them. 

I am proud to say my students did indeed achieve the 56 points and will be enjoying their prize this week; but the bigger prize was they didn’t want it to end. They wanted to keep reading and that is the desire I want for all my students, to love to read and not to stop!

Capitol

Response to Recent Capitol Events

Dear Friends,

It is difficult for me to turn a blind eye toward the events that took place at the Capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday.  Watching the images on the news made me feel like I was watching something happening in another place. This certainly could not be America?

How did we get here? How have we lost our sense of decorum? How have we lost our sense of civility?

Watching the news and seeing the protesting, the confusion, and the chaos, and the utter disregard for order was frightening and disturbing.

I want this generation of children to live in a country that is peaceful.  I want this generation of children to witness the adults around them settling their differences in a respectable manner, that supports civil discourse, and meaningful rhetoric.

How I give thanks to God for NSCS and our devoted teachers who work very hard to engage our students in meaningful ways, as they challenge students to resolve differences with their classmates, share ideas and opinions with others that may be different, and live out their convictions – all in a winsome and civil manner.  Through Socratic dialogue and debates, our students are learning how to use rhetoric, be it in speech or writing, to draw people in, and invite others to participate in acknowledging the similarities we share and the good work that we can accomplish together, rather than arguing the differences and asserting our opinions.  I feel very blessed to be associated with NSCS.

We have an opportunity right now, at this juncture in history, and that opportunity is to be godly witnesses to those around us.  We have the opportunity to behave in a way that is representative of being a follower of Jesus Christ.  We have an opportunity to live out our faith in a manner that will be attractive to others.  As Christians we are called to live our lives differently, and we have been called to pray.Response

Please join me in praying for our Country.  Our leaders.  Our future.  There is an opportunity to shine the light and showcase the love of God.  We need not live in fear.  We need not despair.  Our good and Faithful God is still on the throne, and is still in control.

May your hearts embrace the reality that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He loves us with an everlasting love.

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

 

 

Resuming School on January 4th Parent Communication

December 31, 2020
Dear Families,
I trust that you all enjoyed a very special Christmas as you celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior.  As we are on the cusp of a New Year, I feel hopeful that brighter days are within our reach.  God has been so faithful to our school, and I am confident that He will allow us to pick up where we have left off with our learning, upon our return to school on January 4, 2021.
The North Shore Christian School will be opening on January 4th to receive our students back for in-person learning.  Our medical consultants recently met to discuss how to best ensure that our re-entry is as safe as possible, with the obvious goal being to minimize the risk of COVID-19 brought into our learning community.  This will require all of us working in a coordinated fashion, and with a level of transparency.  The NSCS administration is not about the business of patrolling our families, and we lean on the honor system, whereby we trust one another to be forthcoming with pertinent information, and take the appropriate steps to care for and protect our learning community.
NSCS will be requiring adherence to the following two protocols for re-entry to school on January 4, 2021.  Please note that the Travel Guidelines are only one part of the protocol that NSCS will be instituting.  NSCS will also be utilizing the Quarantine Guidance, as set forth by mass.gov.   Please also read the other requests and restrictions set forth by NSCS.
  • Should you have traveled outside of the state of Massachusetts, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order and follow the required guidelines.
  • Potential Exposure Encounter – NSCS defines potential exposure encounter as, “Anyone who was in a gathering after December 27, 2020 with individuals other than their immediate household and/or “close circle”, whereby masks/face coverings were not consistently worn, nor was social distancing consistently adhered to.”  Please be sure to fully acquaint yourself with the Quarantine Guidance, as set forth by mass.gov (https://www.mass.gov/guidance/information-and-guidance-for-persons-in-quarantine-due-to-covid-19).
  • To clarify, should a family have traveled outside of Massachusetts, and also experienced a potential exposure encounter, NSCS is requiring that families follow the Quarantine Guidance, instead of the Travel protocol.
  • Additionally, if your child, or anyone in their immediate household, has been informed of a positive case of an individual that they were exposed to after December 25th, please follow the appropriate Quarantine Guidance.
  • If you are in doubt as to what to do in way of returning to school next week, you are encouraged to stay home and speak with your PCP.  Your child’s teacher/s will work with you to ensure that your child does not miss school work, should quarantining be required.
  • As always, we also trust our families to keep their child/ren at home if they are experiencing ANY COVID-like symptoms, and to contact their PCP or child’s pediatrician.
  • NSCS will not be allowing volunteers and/or parents onto our Beverly or Lynn Campuses for the first two-weeks.  We hope to lift this restriction on January 19th.
  • Our SALT (Senior Administrative Leadership Team) members will follow a Smart Start re-entry, whereby each member will remain exclusively on one campus for the duration of the first two-weeks, in order to avoid cross-contamination between campuses.  Should you need to get in touch with any of our SALT members, you may find their emails below.  SALT members will resume a regular schedule on January 19, 2021.
*Please note, that teachers will work with any families whose child is unable to return to school on January 4th due to potential exposure, travel, or other COVID related matters.
As has consistently been the case this year, I am exceedingly grateful to each of you, and for the ways in which you have worked with the administration to ensure that our students and staff remain safe.  I have been humbled by the ways in which I have witnessed our learning community come together and support one another through this global pandemic.
These recent months have indeed been among some of the most extraordinarily trying, but God has remained faithful. It is my sincerest prayer that we will welcome the New Year with a sense of hopefulness, and that peace will settle in and take root in our hearts as we trust our good God to lead us confidently into 2021.
With Every Blessing,
Pam Heintz, Head of School
SALT Team Members:
Patti Cook (Business Manager) – Pcook@nschristian.org
Pam Heintz (Head of School) – Pheintz@nschristian.org
Robin Lowe (Lead Principal) – Rlowe@nschristian.org
Renee Southard (Senior Administrator) – Rsouthard@nschristian.org
Christine Saia (Director of Admissions and Community Engagement) – Csaia@nschristian.org
Jill VanderWoude (Advancement Associate) – Jvanderwoude@nschristian.org

Christmas Musings

by Kathy Ely, Assistant Principal and Kindergarten Teacher

I love this time of year for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that I get to teach my Kindergarten students the story of Christmas. I always begin with Zechariah the priest. It is in this context that we first see heaven breaking through to earth in the appearance of the angel Gabriel. He was sent from the throne of God to bring a message of hope and joy to Zechariah. Not only was the content of this message for Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, but it was also for the nation of Israel who had been waiting for the Messiah to come for hundreds of years. The message was that Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth would have their prayers answered and that Elizabeth would give birth to a son. This son would grow up to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. Zechariah’s response was “How can this be, since I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years?” Gabriel instantly rebukes Zechariah for his lack of faith and pronounces judgment on him declaring that he would be mute until the baby is born. 

We next see Gabriel appear to Mary in her house in Nazareth. The same angel appears to her and announces that she will give birth to a Son and He will be the Savior of the world! Mary’s response to this was to basically ask the same question but for a different reason, “How can this be?” I used to wonder why Zechariah incurred judgment and Mary did not. Didn’t they ask the same question? I decided to look at it more closely.

 Zechariah’s posture was “This can’t happen. I am too old and so is my wife. This can’t be true. It’s impossible.” Zechariah wanted to be sure this word was from God. He doubted the angel’s message. He promptly received a rebuke from Gabriel for his unbelief and then a consequence. Mary, on the other hand, didn’t doubt the angel’s word to her, she simply wanted to know how God would do this thing since she was a virgin not if He could do it. Gabriel’s response to her was, “With God, nothing shall be impossible.”

One person approached their situation with faith and one with doubt and unbelief. Even though Zechariah was a priest and ministered before the Lord, he did not believe the Lord. Mary was full of grace. Grace embraces faith because we cannot receive anything from God unless He gives us the grace to do so. It is the Law versus grace.

Where are you today in your relationship with the Lord as the day hastens to celebrate His coming into this world? Do you approach Him with doubt and unbelief or do you walk in the grace that He has lavished on us?  He is still full of grace and truth. Come to Him with a humble heart and receive His grace anew! Perhaps you will see impossible things happen in your life!

 

How are you serving in His name?

by Christine Saia, Director of Admissions and Community Engagement

I remember the day that God called me to serve in His name. I was sitting in church and we were watching a video about an orphanage that needed some financial help.  I watched those kids on the big screen and my heart ached for them.  They were parentless.  It was so hard for me to process.  I had 2 small children of my own at the time ages 2 and 3.  How come my children had both parents and a home to live in?  How was that fair?  I
immediately wanted to sell my home and move to this orphanage and help.  My emotions blog versewere running wild!  In that moment I knew that God wasn’t asking me to move to another country but to serve the children in my community. All children are His.

I knew this unsettled feeling I was having was from God.  I was very uncomfortable.  I knew I couldn’t just sit and not help.  I needed to act immediately even though I had 2 young children at home and I was going to add another!?  Maybe 2?!  It was very scary but yet so exciting! God was going to use me as a foster mother to these children!  Me…a person that never planned on a family. Me… with an unhealthy childhood.  Me…broken.blog verse

It has been 9 years since the day I said yes to serve in His name.  Our family has welcomed over 20 children into our home since then.  Some stayed with us for years and some just for the night.  I have learned a lot through these children.  I have cried so many tears of joy and sadness.  As I write this my eyes fill with tears thinking of the children we said goodbye to.   I smile remembering the laughter these children brought into our home.   Foster parenting is not easy but God is faithful.  That day I said yes, He has been there to walk alongside me getting me through the hard days and nights.  I have been stretched for His glory. Serving in His name looks different for everyone.  This is just my story.  What does yours look like?