What I Hope All New Families Know About WCCS
In this week's blog, we have invited Ruth Lykins, a "new" WCCS parent from the 2017-2018 school year, to share some of her reflections on what she hopes all of our new families know about WCCS going in to the first day of school.
In anticipation of the beginning of a new school year, I’m reflecting back on the 2017-2018 school year. My three sons began the year in 1st, 4th, and 6th grades at Covenant Christian Academy in Cumming, GA. Covenant was the only school they had ever known aside from preschool, and they loved it. In September, we learned that my husband received a job transfer to Charlotte. The children were apprehensive when we told them the news, in fact, my 4th grader burst into tears. Change is hard, especially when life is good! In addition to a wonderful school, we had a great neighborhood, a thriving church, and competitive soccer teams. The boys had friends they’d known since birth, so the thought of starting over in a new place was overwhelming!
"...the thought of starting over in a new place was overwhelming!"
As we began planning for our move, we immediately began looking for Christian schools in the suburban Charlotte area. We were drawn to WCCS from the beginning. We really wanted the boys to be in a covenant school, where their peers would be coming from other like minded families and where the faculty and staff would partner with us in raising our children to know and love the Lord. It was clear WCCS was going to be the perfect fit for our family.
We decided the easiest way to help them transition would be to have them start at WCCS after Christmas break. As much as I knew they would be taken care of, it was hard leaving them that first day! I prayed a lot for them during that time, that the Lord would bring them new friends and help them to feel at home in their new surroundings. In no time at all, they adjusted to WCCS.
"I prayed a lot for them during that time..."
As some of our WCCS families might be new to our school, I thought it might be fun to give some insight and tips for new families adjusting to WCCS. Hopefully, this will put you (and your student!) at ease about starting new at WCCS.
The faculty and staff are so welcoming and kind. We were able to meet their teachers when we toured and then again when we came in for our family interview. Their teachers were so sweet and very approachable with any questions or concerns we had. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher via email and be assured you’ll get a quick response. In the front office at the Lower School, Amy Scott is an excellent resource for any general questions or concerns you may have. She is so sweet and gentle with the children! We really appreciated it when she took care of our very disappointed 1st grader when he misspelled his word during the Spelling Bee. At the Upper School, Katie Tassy is a great resource for any questions or concerns you may have.
The other students were really good about including the boys in their circles and even inviting them for after school play dates. Our 6th grader was assigned a “buddy” who helped him learn the ropes of middle school. We have found the families at WCCS to be very friendly! There is an online directory you can access for contact info.
After school activities are a great way to engage with families outside of school. Our middle son was on the Art Team, which meets monthly after school. Our oldest son was on the crew for the annual school play, Fiddler on the Roof. This helped him make several new friends as they invested lots of time into the production.
Lastly, and most importantly, I encourage you to pray with and for your children about the year ahead. Pray for your child’s teacher and friends. Encourage your children to be the kind of friend they want to have. Pray that your child will grow in wisdom and knowledge. And, lastly, remind your child how blessed he/she is to be a part of the WCCS family.
Blessings from my family to yours!