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. 

Middle School Girls Basketball Coach

Responsibilities will include:
– Managing practices, games, and equipment.
– Instructing the team in rules, strategies, and appropriate conduct.
– Encouraging students athletically, academically, and spiritually in their lives on and off the court.
– Developing age appropriate training sessions that will help foster maximum effort from each student-athlete.

Length of season: November 8th to mid – February, Two or Three sessions per week. School holidays are off.

Coaching Stipend: Yes

Contact: Todd McMillan — tmcmillan@nschristian.org

*North Shore Christian School is located at 26 Urban Street in Lynn, MA.

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!

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-sel-essential-for-students-weissberg-durlak-domitrovich-gullotta

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!

Letter From HOS to begin Black History Month

Dear Families,

February 1 marks the beginning of a special month. Black History month is a very important month. It provides an opportunity for our country to reflect upon the past contributions of many, many outstanding Black individuals.  Men and women who blazed uncharted territory in the hopes of creating a pathway for others to follow…a path that would be smoother, and perhaps contain less obstacles, and this fight continues on today.  You can read more about Black History Month by clicking on the link.

Recently, Ms. MacDavitt, our Dean of Students and Middle School Team Leader on our Beverly Campus, asked her students to write an essay responding to one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quotes.  I was very impressed when I read a few of the students’ responses, so much so I have included excerpts from Daniel Gardner’s essay (grade 6).  This is exactly the type of deep thinking we want our students at NSCS to engage in.  We want our students to be aware of their history…a history that includes many diverse people, and how God might be calling them to respond in the present. Daniel based his essay on the MLK quotefollowing quote by Dr. King, Jr.; Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.  Dr. King, Jr. had a faith steeped in the tenets of the Christian faith, and while Dr. King, Jr. exposed light on the travesties of what was happening in our country in regards to racial inequality, it was King’s faith that also was exposed, reminding us time and time again, that we fight battles without a guarantee of the outcome or where it will take us, but by faith we respond.  Here are some of Daniel’s reflections;

“We also need to trust in God during this time of hardship and struggle (COVID).  We may not know when we get not to wear masks or go into public indoor spaces or feel like it was like before (COVID), but we can however, hold it in God’s hands…we may be discouraged or uneasy at times…but, He is our everlasting Lord and Savior who is always on the throne, who we can give our worries to and lean on…This (quote) reminds me that through all circumstances, big or small, we can say with confidence that our Lord and Savior will be there every step of the way.  Who gives us faith in our hearts so that we can take the first step.  Though the staircase may be foggy, I am thankful that we have a God who we can always, always put our trust in.”

Hearing a student express these sentiments is heartwarming, and encouraging.  To think that we have students who recognize that life will hold hard battles, but by faith we are called to participate nonetheless. We have indeed been called to commit to fighting battles for the good of others, and for the hope of a better world.  We can fight the battles that come our way by taking the first step, without seeing the whole staircase, because we have the help of a good and faithful God.  May this generation of children be the ones to fight bold battles in the name of God.

Blessings,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

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Adapting Music Education to a Pandemic

By Darby Martin, Music Teacher on Lynn & Beverly Campuses

No singing, no sharing instruments, no cross-classroom movement, no touching, stay six feet apart, masks on. Seems like a recipe for a very boring and unproductive music class…but not necessarily! Music educators all over the world have been thinking of new and exciting ideas to keep music class fun, but also safe amidst a pandemic. This year at NSCS, I’ve tried my best to incorporate some of those lessons. Here are a few that I’ve tried this year that the students have loved!

Instead of singing this trimester, we are learning American Sign Language signs to the worship song “What a Beautiful Name” by Bethel Music. Students in grades K-5 on Lynn campus and K-4 on Beverly campus will be learning the signs and I will be recording some of them performing. This is a safe way to have students participate in music making without singing. Last trimester before Christmas break, the students had the option of participating in a virtual choir experience for the virtual Christmas concert. Several Concert picstudents submitted a video of themselves singing “Silent Night”, and I edited together the different videos to make a choir. It was amazing and enriched the students experience. Students in middle school learned various Christmas tunes on Tone Chimes and performed those in the concert as well. Though perhaps not apparent at first glance, there are so many options for students to learn music without singing and maintaining social distancing!

In February and March, 1st – 4th graders will be learning about instruments of the orchestra in various capacities. 1st and 2nd graders will be studying Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals as well as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. In these units students will analyze how each instrument represents a different animal or concept, based on the timbre of the instrument (or group of instruments). For example, the Wolf is played by “three mean French horns”. 3rd – 5th grade on Lynn campus and 3rd and 4th grade on Beverly campus will be studying instruments of the orchestra through interactive videos, research and even seeing some live orchestra instruments (they will not be shared, however).

Also, in February and March, 7th and 8th graders will be studying film music as well as music by Black composers to celebrate Black History Month. In addition, middle schoolers will be learning Bucket Drumming (drumming on buckets with drumsticks) and recording a mini performance later this spring.

Pre-K and Kindergarten students have been and will be working on movement-based learning, performing movements to classical music, and practicing dynamics (soft and loud) and tempo (fast and slow).

These are just a few of the musical activities the students at NSCS have been working on this year and will continue to explore and discover the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. I am so excited to share more videos and pictures of their hard work and determination in the future. Each day the children are proving that even during a pandemic, music class is fun!

 

 

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