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State Representative Jerry Parisella visits NSCS

Beverly, MA (March 7, 2021) – North Shore Christian School students in Beverly enjoyed a visit from State Representative Jerry Parisella on Tuesday, March 7th. The State Representative engaged the 6th-8th grade students in a discussion regarding their study of US Government and Civics. Mr. Parisella was able to share first-hand experiences about his time as a state legislator, what he does on a daily basis, and what he enjoys most about his work. He offered words of advice for students to participate in government by using their voice to make change and to speak up about issues that matter most to them. This visit enriched our most recent study of branches of government and separation of powers.

Mr. Parisella regularly visits North Shore Christian School. We are so appreciative of his time and insights as they always provide a unique perspective for our teachers and students. Thank you, Mr. Parisella!

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. 

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

 

 

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?

Faith Rewarded

Written by Martin Trice in 2011, while he was Head of School at NSCS

When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, after an 86 year journey, the documentary created to celebrate that moment was called Faith Rewarded.  I understand that feeling of accomplishment when I received one of the most precious gifts I have even blogbeen given.  It was from my sons on the occasion of my birthday.  It wasn’t a wide screen TV or a piece of jewelry or even a new bowtie.  No. What my sons gave me were words of appreciation.

In simple cards were written the words every father longs to read but doesn’t dare to hope for, for fear that they will never be received.  In my oldest son’s card he wrote, “Dad, you are my hero.  The older I get, the more I realize that you are the man I hope someday to be.”   He went on to tell me his reasons why he felt compelled to write such a statement.  Choking back my emotions, my response in a return thank you card was, “Son, my prayer for you is not for wealth and fame, but that someday, you will receive a card like this from your son.  Thank you.  Love, Dad.”

I wish I could say that my wife and I are the kind of iconic parents where every thought and every decision were prayerfully wrought and strategically timed for the greatest impact.  Unlike television shows that are now relegated to the Classic TV channel, lessons in our family took much longer than 30 minutes to learn and were much messier.  As Ian and Andrew moved closer to adolescence, my not- so- recessive rebel gene began to materialize in their personalities.  For me it was the Vietnam war era counterculture movement.  For my boys it took shape in the form of skateboarding.   Their hair grew, their jeans got skinny, studded belts made an appearance and the music grew angry.   The proverbial apple doesn’t fall far they say.

The skateboarding world has a strange mix of the wholesome Tony Hawk types with hard core, tattooed punk rockers.  Care to guess which held the most attraction to my boys?  Beverly and I often felt that as they entered their teens, they stepped out onto a tightrope.  Just when it seemed they were making progress, suddenly they were tip toeing on dental floss – their arms and legs swaying wildly from one side to the other to prevent a fall into the world’s abyss. These were scary years.

So how did this amazing thing happen?  How does it come about that your 21 and 23 year old children come to recognize and embrace your faith and your values when, for a while, the outcome looked bleak?  Like an episode of Seinfeld, I am tempted to simply say the boys were into punk rock and yada yada yada they are now graduating from Christian colleges and warming a father’s heart.  But it’s in the yada, yada where prayer, wisdom and faithfulness is found.

Beverly and I are not child psychologists, bestselling authors on child rearing or experts on a speaking circuit following some master plan that we had developed while the boys were in utero.   We made our share of mistakes and errors in judgment.  What I can say is that we were purposeful in the raising of our sons.  We knew that someday the Lord would hold us accountable for our children and we were not going to sit back and watch life simply unfold.  We recognized that the world was going to work against us as Christian parents so we were determined to do everything in our power to tip the scales in favor of growing our boys into men of God.

In order for this to happen, we needed as much help as we could possibly find.  We both knew that in addition to their parents and our church, Christian schools and the influence of Christian teachers were going to be an important part of their lives.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”   We were willing to sacrifice, time, money and even homeownership to make this happen.  While we knew there were no guarantees, (Ecclesiastes does not promise that the cord cannot be broken, just that it is not easily broken), we wanted to provide our boys an environment where the ways of this world would be consistently exposed for what they really are.

Now that our boys are standing on the other side of the chasm, there is no question that in spite of all of the hardships, we would do it all over again.  All the while they were balancing on that wire, God repeatedly used Christian men and women to say the right thing at just the right moment to keep them moving forward.   My wife and I remain in the Christian school ministry not because we understanding its value theoretically, but we know it personally.  We both feel a deep responsibility to pay it forward to a new generation of children.  It is my prayer that North Shore Christian School is and will remain that third cord that helps grow men and women of God.

basketball on the bench

Athletics in Lynn – Going Strong All Year.

By Todd McMillian, Middle School Social Studies

“What Team? North Shore! What Team? North Shore!! What Team? North Shore!!!” These words became the NSCS Girls Basketball team chant. It revved them up during a game and brought them closer as a team.

basketball on the benchThe girls basketball team, led by coaches Ari Ramsarran and Lily Rivera had a new starting lineup this year due to last year’s 8th grade graduates moving on to high school. The girls enjoyed friendships and experiences on and off the court, and improved week by week as the season progressed from its start in mid November through its end in late February. 7thgirls basketball grade team members included Cynthia Muriithi, Jade McMillan, Anastasia Mason, and Eliana Grullon. 6th grade members included Violet Saia, Danielle Nalesnik, Tiffany Dorsey and Akeelah Osun. 5th grade members included Kaylee Ashley and Shannon Ashley. We look forward to seeing what this team can achieve next year with a full slate of returning players.

The boys basketball team, led by coaches Alan Nahigian and Evan Betti, have laid down a solid foundation for the years ahead. The boys really enjoyed being a part of the program, worked hard in practices, and competed well in every game. The team will graduate 8th grade team members Matti W’Gebriel, McLaren Cook, and Sebastiano Di Modica. 7th grade boys basketballteam members include Isaac Portugal, Reid Smith, and Matthew Stuart. 6th grade members included Jayden Kelly and Daniel Brown. 5th grade members included Noah Thomas, Ian Bogertman, Josh DeSouza, Brendan Sharwood, and Alex Zemlyansky. Walter Ainsworth served tirelessly as the boys team manager, helping out with any needs during practices and by manning the stat book during games.

In other athletics news, NSCS is starting a co-ed Spring Track and Field Team! The program will be led by Miss Corinne Previte. Miss Previte is USATF Level 1 and 2 certified in sprints and jumps. She currently coaches at Gordon College along with teaching 5th grade at NSCS. Track and Field team members will experience different events that include distance, sprints, jumps, throws, relays and more! More details coming soon!

 

History Fair

An Evening of Remaking History

By Liz MacDavitt, 3rd/4th grade teacher

On February 10, 2020 NSCS Beverly celebrated our students’ hard work at the History Fair. It was quite the celebration of what students have been learning this year, with projects representing “The History of Me” (K), “Famous Americans” (1/2), “Fifty Nifty States Parade of Floats” (3/4), “The Civil War” (5/6), and “Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution” (7). Students in all grades worked so hard to produce high quality projects and focused their in-class efforts on strong presentation skills. Parents, extended relatives, and friends enjoyed visiting each class’s displays and revelled in hearing from excited students. The following day, each class visited other classrooms to view each project. This year’s History Fair was a great success!

In 3rd & 4th grade, projects like the “Fifty Nifty States Parade of Floats” allow students to dig deeper into topics studied in class. Students have the freedom to learn more about people, places, and events in history while representing their newfound knowledge in creative and artistic ways. For this project, each student selected one of the 50 states and built a state float to represent important places, natural resources, landmarks, scenic attractions, agriculture, and historical events found in that state. These creative floats were accompanied by a one page essay on their state’s statehood process, or a well-known historical person/event in their state. To add to the fun of this project, students were awarded bonus points for dressing as a famous historical figure or sharing a popular food from their state. All of this hard work and creativity was celebrated the night of the History Fair! Their floats were amazing, eye-catching, unique, colorful, and accurate representations of 25 different states that make up this great country. I was so impressed!

Although projects like this are time consuming and may cause us as teachers to press pause on regularly planned lessons, they are important. Aside from teaching students more about history and their selected topic, this project taught students a great deal about time management as they followed a timeline of due dates, self-starting as they completed the majority of their research outside of the classroom, and that creative, artistic inspirations definitely have a place in the classroom. Some of the steps of this project were new and challenging to some students, but the end results were projects that had been completed carefully and with excellence. As a teacher, I love projects that allow students to display their learning in a variety of creative mediums, and it seems that so many students learn and remember more content when they are given the freedom to create and use their own talents and interests to enhance their schoolwork. This will forever be one of my favorite projects because I can see how seriously students take their research and how much they learn from it as a result. There are older students in this school who had done this project with me in 3rd & 4th grade who still talk about their state float and what they learned! This is a testament to their hard work and to the value of a well-done History Project at NSCS. 

For now, we’re back to regularly planned lessons, which are equally important, but do stay tuned for more creative and exciting projects before this year ends! 

 

kids on tech

Tech Wise

By Pam Heintz, Head of School

Whether it’s a buzz, beep, chime, or ding one thing is for sure – our minds have been programmed to respond to the subtle attention-grabbing noises (or vibrations) that our smart phones make.  We can hardly stop the almost involuntary response that over takes our body as we seemingly unconsciously reach for our device. What exactly are we checking for anyway? For adults, it is most likely one of two things – work or our children.  

But, what about our children…what has them so enamored that they can hardly pull themselves away from their technology?   I read an article recently which shared some sobering statistics. The article, which was put out by Focus on the Family (click on the link to learn more https://pluggedin.focusonthefamily.com/tech-guide/) indicated that children ages 8-12 are on technology about 6 hours/day.  This amount increases to about 9 hours/day for children ages 13-18. I encourage everyone to read this article, it was eye-opening, to say the least.  

While the article shared several good ways that adults can monitor their children’s screen time, as well as some available filters that are on the market that they can incorporate to help limit their child’s ability to view or participate on inappropriate sites, it doesn’t completely solve the problem of children and technology.  Our kids will eventually reach an age (and that age is getting younger and younger) when they simple are a bit more tech savvy than mom and dad. In other words, the filters we may be using to protect our children may easily be bypassed by our children. So, what exactly do we do to help protect our children from overdosing on technology, or worst, becoming what some have coined as a tech addict?   Researchers have argued that the part of the brain that is stimulated and effected by certain substances that can lead to an addiction, is also the same part of the brain that is stimulated when we our engrossed in our technology.   To learn more about this phenomena check out this article, https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/articles/fcd/teen-technology-addiction.  

Over usage of the screen is epidemic and experts are urging parents to take the reins and help limit the amount of time children spend in front of a screen.  According to research shared by CBS (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parents-need-to-drastically-cut-kids-screen-time-devices-american-heart-association/), “Kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. The new warning from the AHA (American Heart Association) recommends parents limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 2 to 5, the recommended limit is one hour per day.”  

What can we do as adults to combat over usage of technology in our children?  Below are a few simple suggestions. Try adding a new suggestion each week until your child is spending a more appropriate (and healthy) amount of time in front of the screen.

  • For every 30 minutes of screen time, have your child read for at least 10 minutes.
  • If your family is not already in the habit, build in family dinners.  Pick a consistent time each night that dinner will be served…try preparing dinner with your child!  
  • Commit, along with your child, to leaving cell phones, laptops, iPads, and/or tablets on the kitchen counter each night before bedtime.
  • In the mornings instead of your child reaching for their technology first thing, how about leaving a Bible verse or inspirational saying next to their bed so when they wake up it’s the first thing they see as a opposed to the screen.

For more great tips to help your children combat the screen, check out this article https://www.verywellfamily.com/tips-for-limiting-electronics-and-screen-time-for-kids-1094870.