March 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

This is our last week of the third quarter. Our fourth and final quarter always goes quickly with Easter Break, Jog-A-Thon, Serve-A-Thon, Open House, and end-of year activities. It has been a great year, so far, and we anticipate an awesome fourth quarter. Third quarter report cards apply to grades K-8. Grades are finalized a week from Wednesday, with report cards proofed and completed by Friday, March 31. With March 31 being the Jog-A-Thon, report cards will go home with elementary students the following Monday, April 3. Middle school report cards will be mailed home Friday, March 31.

Tune in to Good Day Sacramento tomorrow morning to catch our 3rd grade students on TV. Cambi Brown and the Good Day team will be on campus at 8:00 a.m. to film a few segments of Cardinal County. They have been so good to cover the activity over the past several years and Mrs. Geer and Mrs. Taylor are excited to welcome them again this year. For those new to WCS, our 3rd graders have developed a business or role within “Cardinal County,” a functioning refrigerator box community. Students learn economics in a tangible and exciting way.

If you have been following any of our “senior spotlight” segments on Vimeo, you know that I often speak with our seniors about their senior projects. One exciting senior project put together by Mary Saunders and Brooke Pannell comes to fruition this Friday, March 24. Mary and Brooke have been working with ATT to bring the “It Can Wait” campaign to WCHS. On Friday, our high school students will rotate through a mini-assembly featuring educational instruction, videos, and materials related to distracted driving (mainly texting and driving). The coolest part will be a simulator, illustrating the dangers of texting and driving. Students will rotate through the experience by grade level and it should be an awesome educational activity.

Next week is going to be action-packed for our K-8 students and families. We have the aforementioned Jog-A-Thon/Serve-A-Thon coming up on Friday, March 31. The night before, Thursday, March 30, is also Open House for ES and MS. We are doing something new this year to allow 5th grade parents to get a peak at the MS campus prior to visiting the 5th grade classrooms on the ES campus. MS Open House will start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a short meeting in The Union (A5) at 5:30 p.m. for 5th grade parents and prospective MS parents. Middle School Open House will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Elementary Open House from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These are drop-in events with all classrooms open and projects/activities on display. Current Middle School parents can head directly to classrooms starting at 5:30 p.m.

While there always seem to be opportunities around WCS to contribute and to serve the community, we are joining several local schools in supporting Sammie’s Bunny Drive. The drive provides new stuffed animals for hospitalized children and was started in honor of Sammie Hartsfield, a local girl who courageously fought Osteosarcoma for three years. She found great joy in her furry friends during her battle and over 10,000 stuffed animals have been donated on her behalf over the past 8 years. Stuffed animals can be brought in to either the ES or MS/HS offices by Friday, April 7.

Music has always helped me connect to God. Songs influence our thoughts, affections, and mood in a powerful way. Believing that, I try to send a link to a meaningful song in each of my daily reminders to the high school teachers. Last week was a hymn kind of week. I came across Joey + Rory through a Spotify search and really enjoyed their Hymns album. When I sent the Youtube link of one of their songs to our teachers, I noticed other videos that referred to Joey’s battle with cancer. Investigating a little, I learned more about their incredible story of faith, family, and music. Music and story, two effective ways to help us gain perspective and affirm our values. Check out some of their story here. Have a great week!

God Bless,

Justin Smith
Administrator, WCS


Woodland Christian School 1787 Matmor Rd Woodland CA 95776