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26 Questions to Help You Evaluate a School For Your Child

January 07, 2021
By Jennifer Polston

Did you know that by the time your child graduates, he or she will have spent over 15,000 hours at school between kindergarten and 12th grade? The time required to receive a quality education represents a major part of your child’s life and upbringing. Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent!

We've created a free guide to immediately help prospective families:

  • Learn some key questions to ask while evaluating your child's school options

  • Determine if a school is the "right fit" for your child

  • Help you prioritize what's most important to your family as you look to partner with a school

  • Have confidence in making one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent -- where to send your child to school

Once you have downloaded our free guide, you'll later be receiving an email with information on how we, at Westminster Catawba Christian School, would answer the 26 questions! 

Access Our Free Guide

Engage With Us!

October 15, 2020
By Jennifer Polston, Communications Coordinator

Engage with Us

Here at WCCS, we have greatly missed the opportunity to engage with our parents and community in fellowship since the onset of the pandemic. Normally, by this time of year, we have had a number of back-to-school events, Grandparents Day, special class chapels, and parties that allow for parents to get to know one another and be involved here at the school. We miss you! While we are still not able to gather in person with one another in large numbers, it has forced us to think "outside the box" for other ways that we can connect and engage with one another. We hope you will take a look at the opportunities below and connect with us! We are looking forward to some exciting events ahead in the coming weeks!

Parent Coffee Connection

Our PATS (Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff) have created the Coffee Connection as an opportunity for parents to meet other parents! This is a series of small group coffee mixers at both the Upper and Lower School during the last 2 weeks in October that will meet outside and maintain social distancing and mask wearing to keep folks as safe as possible. The only agenda is creating and enjoying community, and of course, a cup of Grace! Check out the dates below and sign up today as spots are limited!

Parent Coffee Connection

Lower School Times & Locations:

Mon., Oct. 26 - K5 & 1st Grade

Thurs. Oct. 29 - 2nd-5th Grade

Fri., Oct. 30 - 2nd-5th Grade

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Lower School Courtyard

Upper School Times & Locations:

Wed., Oct. 28 - 9th-12th Grade

Thurs., Oct. 29 - 9th - 12th Grade

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Outside Basketball Court Beside Concession Stand

WCCS Presents BLITZ Week!

Join us for BLITZ WEEK on Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30! This is a special week we have designated on our social media channels for you to engage with us and show your love and support of our school! There will be nightly Facebook live interviews at 7pm featuring some of our students, parents, alumni, and faculty and staff as well as opportunities for you as parents to share your support of our school within your own social media community and friends!

BLITZ Week

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

What Can YOU Do During Blitz Week?

  1. Tune in to Facebook Live every night at 7:00 p.m. to hear live interviews with some of our beloved parents, students, faculty, and alumni! Share with your friends!

  2. Repost and share graphics each morning from our Instagram and Facebook page with your followers about the difference WCCS has made in your student's life! Include a short caption to make it personal, tag us on Facebook @westminstercatawbachristianschool, on Instagram @wccsnews, and use the #welovewccs and #WCCSBlitzWeek hashtags!

  3. Wear your WCCS spirit wear everywhere you go! You are representing our school, and people will ask you about it!

30 Minute Lunch & Learn Webinars with College & Career Counselor, Mrs. Ashley Sapp

You don't want to miss this great 30 minute webinar series starting Wednesdays on November 4! Mrs. Ashley Sapp will be sharing practical tips and advice to help prepare your student for life after graduation. Be sure to register today by scanning the QR code below with your camera app or clicking on the link below!

Lunch & Learn Webinar

Click Here

 

Project: REBOOT

The focus of this year's Annual Generosity Campaign is on updating campus technology to better serve our students. Our Project: REBOOT Campaign will provide updated hardware and software on both campuses, as well as create enhanced learning opportunities with the classrooms. Together we can make a difference, change lives, and be a critical part of something much bigger. Will you consider being part of our Project: REBOOT Team? You'll be receiving more information in your mailboxes in the beginning of November! Want to go ahead and give? Click here!

Project REBOOT

 

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Celebrating One Month of TOGETHER 2020-2021! #YAYSCHOOL!

September 17, 2020
By Jennifer Polston

Blog Collage

As we put months of planning into the reopening of our school this year, we knew it would look incredibly different than any other Back-to-School season we had ever experienced. WCCS administrators, faculty, and staff put in weeks of hard work to ensure a happy, healthy, and safe environment for our families to return to in-person, 5 day a week instruction. They have also put in countless hours to ensure an equivalent and seamless learning experience for our temporary remote learners.

We realize that the start of 2020-2021 has not been without its challenges for our families, students, and teachers. Adjusting to mask wearing, temperature checks, extra cleaning and sanitization measures, new technology, and remote learning (for some students) has placed an extra load on both families and teachers this year. It has been HARD, but we are so glad we are back TOGETHER! There have been some really encouraging stories coming out of this first month of back to school. We thought we would share a few of the highlights and comments that we have heard so far, as well as give you a peek into some of our classrooms!

Some Words & Stories From Our Families

 

The Actions of Teachers, Administrators & Staff in Re-Opening Efforts:

  • Kindergarten
    One of our new K5 teachers, Miss
    Green with some of her students!

    “My son is in Kindergarten and this is our first experience with WCCS. Just a quick note to say my husband and I have been unbelievably impressed with the school’s organization, communication, thoughtfulness, straightforwardness, and I could go on and on, with regards to all matters. We are very happy we made the decision to join the school’s community, to say it mildly.”

"Frankly, we are amazed [...] The communication to parents has been stellar."

  • Chapman class
    The ability to see how the mouth
    forms words while learning to read
    is so important! Check out this
    creative way Mrs. Chapman is using
    a barrier to allow her students to
    continue seeing her face.

    “Frankly, we are amazed. We still don’t feel safe eating at a restaurant, but I feel completely safe sending my child to school every day. WCCS didn’t just have a COVID plan, they used the plan when the first case was announced and the communication to parents has been stellar.”

"The response and rational decision-making from the administration has given me such confidence."

  • Don
    We are SO grateful for our 
    day porters on both of our
    campuses!

    "The thing that has been most helpful is the continued communications received from the administration. Those updates are important. When I have shown concerns, the approach to my questions have been gracious and non-judgemental. The response and rational decision-making from the administration has given me such confidence."

  • “I feel as if WCCS is taking every precaution necessary to keep my kids safe while at school. I am very thankful my kids are IN school and being taught by professionals while keeping them as safe as possible."

"We LOVE that they value in-person teaching and connection with the kids."

  • Car line
    Temperature checks in the 
    car line!

    “It was obvious how much planning and preparation went into WCCS opening this year. The first day went very smoothly with temperature checking, teachers wearing masks, and the campus was very clean and organized. Administration kept parents informed during the summer and over the course of the first several weeks with continued communication and updates. We LOVE that they value in-person teaching and connection with the kids and feel like they have handled re-opening very well.”

  • “WCCS handled the re-opening in such a safe and caring way. The staff was available to answer any questions or address any concerns we had.  Our son felt very safe going into the school and following the set policies and procedures which were put in place and enforced.”

Continuing to Provide an Excellent Academic Learning Experience

  • Meeker
    One of our temporary remote learning
    students staying caught up at home!

    “Remote learning has been a challenge for our family for sure, and has really given us an even GREATER appreciation for what our wonderful teachers do every day! They truly are our unsung heroes!  Our child is really looking forward to the day when he can return to school.  He misses his friends, teachers and the staff at WCCS so much.  Praying hard for everyone at WCCS to stay healthy and well!!” 

  • “We met with our principal via ZOOM while on vacation and afterward, our son said that she was the most caring Principal he has ever met! Talk about first impressions!”

  • “My child's teachers have also gone above and beyond. Each of them reached out to give me an update and feedback on my son. Since he’s a new student, this small outreach made such an impact.”

"[The teachers] are our unsung heroes!"

  • “My student's teacher is an answered prayer in so many ways. My daughter loves her as a teacher and as a person. My daughter wasn’t sure she wanted to tell people at WCCS (students and teachers) that she was adopted. She got in the car on DAY 1 grinning from ear-to-ear saying, 'My teacher told me she is adopted!' Then she said ‘She’s so nice, I told her my whole adoption story.’ I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor.”

  • “My daughter has struggled with language and writing, and that subject is usually a point of frustration for her. I was both excited and worried that she would have it for 2 hours each day, but our ELA teacher has blown her away. She loves everything about her class so much.”

Focusing on the Spiritual Development of Each Student

  • Our faculty and staff or intentional in praying
    for students and their families throughout
    the year.

    “Our son now leads our family in prayer, every evening, at dinner. It’s amazing to see how comfortable our son has become praying and referencing the Lord in his everyday life. He has also started showing a much deeper level of compassion. Recently, his sister failed her permit test for her driver’s license. He made her a snack, gave her a pep talk and a huge hug, letter her know it was OK and God had a plan. It was a proud parent moment.”

"How it fills my heart as a parent to know that my children are entering a place where prayer is present, and they are in great care!"

  • Baby with Raab
    Mrs. Raab caring for one of
    our youngest students.

    “WCCS is doing an amazing job with all the precautions AND with giving our precious children just what they need to thrive and grow!”

  • “There is no greater joy than to see a child walk with the Lord. How it fills my heart as a parent to know that my children are entering a place where prayer is present, and they are in great care!”

  • "My child is here because I need her to be in a small environment and to be given extra support. She is becoming more of her own self-advocate, even during this hard year. I have appreciated the support and guidance of the teachers and principal. The teachers are ROCKSTARS!"

Maintaining a Sense of Community & Connection with Parents

  • “Our child’s teacher has done an outstanding job of keeping parents involved in what’s going on in the classroom. She invited all the parents to join a class Facebook page and has gone above and beyond to keep the parents involved. She posts live videos of the kids playing on the playground, pictures of kids participating in activities in the classroom, and so much more each day. It is evident how much she loves the kids and wants the parents to feel connected even though we cannot enter the building right now.”

"The teachers are so caring and love my child. They aren’t just there to support the academics, but are there spiritually and emotionally.”

  • “Typically, we have open house where the students meet their teacher and see the classroom. However, due to COVID, we were not able to do that. I think it was really nice for the teachers to record a welcome video before school started to show the students their classroom and what to expect.”

  • “The teachers respond so quickly to emails and are always available to help my daughter when needed. The teachers are so caring and love my child. They aren’t just there to support the academics, but are there spiritually and emotionally.”

 

Blessings From This Challenging Season

  • “This pandemic has brought out a lot of good for our family, despite the challenges that have emerged. It has shown us the value of slowing down and focusing on what is truly important. We have seen ways to stretch our patience, understanding, and respect for others during this season and come together as a community to face the challenges of the pandemic.”

  • “WCCS has been a blessing and an answered prayer for us. For us, the 5 day a week schedule with after school care has meant less stress and a calmer home environment. Our child was nervous leaving her friends at her old school, but the transition has been life-giving for us all!”

  • “The Lord is giving us time to reflect on our lives….He’s making us see that God and family must always come first.”

Words & Stories From Our Faculty & Staff

 

Learning How to Adjust to School During COVID:

  • Upper School Students
    Some of our Upper School students
    proving mask-wearing can be fashionable!

    “Bleach spray, masks, social distancing. The joys and laughter of finding out how to follow these guidelines in daily life!”

  • “Something I have enjoyed seeing is watching the Seniors model and enforce the mask-wearing and social distancing rules for younger peers. They are doing a GREAT job with setting the standard of caring for each other.”

  • “This year has been quite different from any other year of my teaching for sure. There were many new responsibilities to remember, and the responsibility of keeping everyone safe felt weighty—it still does, but I think we have all gotten used to it more now!”

  • “ZOOM and Google Classroom feel much easier now with so much practice! I have also started using a site called Loom for making instructional videos. It’s great!”

Academic Highlights & Favorite Moments So Far

  • Tower Residents
    Tower residents waving hello
    to students in the car line!

    "The Westminster Tower residents coming out to wave at the lower school car line each day!"

  • “Teaching specialization to Seniors in economics through widget simulation has been a highlight of this first month back in the classroom!”

"My favorite moment as Head of School was my first “lap” around the lower school on the second day [...] Hands went up around the room, but one young lady jumped to her feet and came running over. It was a great blessing!”

  • Scott and student
    Mr. Dillon enjoying saying
    hello to students on our first
    day!

    “My favorite moment as Head of School was my first “lap” around the lower school on the second day. It happened to be a day that Mrs. Polston was taking pics of kiddos in masks. She asked if I’d like to be in a pic and then asked the class who wanted to be in the picture with me. Hands went up around the room, but one young lady jumped to her feet and came running over. It was a great blessing!”

  • “Transitioning to middle school can feel overwhelming to any student, but especially daunting when you are completely new to the school and do not know anyone. One such student left a card with a personal note on my desk, letting me know how welcomed they feel at WCCS, and how much fun they were having in my classes. This was especially noteworthy because this student struggles with language arts and usually dreads going to English class, but was looking forward to my classes every day.”

 

Keeping Remote Learners, Parents, and Classmates Connected

  • Theatre Class
    Teacher, Hali Christopher, keeps her remote
    learners "present" and engaged during
    theatre class!

    “I record my lectures on my phone and have students take pictures of my graphs in class. For US History, I have recorded all my lecture notes and have flipped the way I did things in the past. This means that now we are doing the “fun” things in class and doing the notes at home.”

"The students loved being able to see their friend online and start a relationship!”

  • “As the College & Career Counselor, I was unsure about the virtual parent nights, but I had the best attendance I’ve ever had to the meeting. I’ve also been able to connect virtually with families who live further away, and it allows me to partner with them easily as we navigate the college/career process.”

  • “I am the Learning Liason for one of the remote learners. I check in with her once a week via email, and we have met after school to discuss her needs as a remote learner and future plans (since she is a Senior). I’ve enjoyed connecting with this student in this way!”

  • “We keep communication with our online learners prevalent. This week, my class had the chance to do a ZOOM call with our online learner, and it was really exciting! The students loved being able to see their friend online and start a relationship!”

 

Blessings From This Challenging Yet Rewarding Season

  • Emily Smith
    We are so grateful for the ability to interact 
    with our students in person!

    “God is showing me how to rely upon His peace.”

  • “I can see our middle school faculty drawing closer together as a staff. I mentioned in my back to school night spiel that weathering fourth quarter last year really felt in many ways like a family standing together during a storm. I feel that we’ve become closer in individual relationships and also as a whole group.”

  • “If there is one takeaway from experiencing a pandemic, it is to never take for granted the ability to freely interact with groups of people. Face-to-face instruction is wonderful, and I am grateful every day that I am able to teach in person these precious students.”

  • “The Lord has used this time to force me to evaluate the essentials in my life. Busyness can easily overwhelm teachers and parents, but a pandemic forces downtime and family time.”

Please join us in thanking our incredible teachers and staff for their ability to continue providing an excellent learning experience both in the classroom and for our remote learners. They have gone above and beyond in their ability to be flexible, creative, and dedicated to the success of each student – despite the added challenges!

Above all, in the midst of this celebrating, we recognize and offer up our praise to our SAVIOR who has been and will continue to be our ultimate guide and protector during this school year and beyond as we seek to continue the positive momentum we have had so far. We are already amazed at everything the Lord is doing among our students and families this year! Please join us in continuing to pray daily for the health, safety, and spiritual well-being of our students, teachers, and staff. We are so grateful that you have entrusted us with your child’s education and have chosen to be a part of the WCCS family! Thank you for your continued partnership. We appreciate YOU!

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