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18 | Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus with Amanda Robert, Director of Health & Wellness and Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor

18 | Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus with Amanda Robert, Director of Health & Wellness and Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor

March 11, 2020

Our school nurse and school counselor are back as we navigate how to talk with our children about coronavirus. By educating yourself, going to the experts, coming together as a family, and praying against fear, Mrs. Robert and Mrs. Hubbard empower you, as parents, to have conversations you may have never had to have before.

RESOURCES:
Be sure you are getting your information from a reputable source: 
Centers for Disease Control
St. Louis County Health Department
World Health Organization
St. Louis County COVID-19 hotline: 314-615-2660

17 | Early Childhood at Central with 3K Teachers, Stephanie Mahley & Janet Heinemann

17 | Early Childhood at Central with 3K Teachers, Stephanie Mahley & Janet Heinemann

January 18, 2020

"There are layers and layers to the partnership we have with parents." - Mrs. Heinemann

In Episode 17, we're sitting down with our two lead 3K teachers, Stephanie Mahley and Janet Heinemann, to learn all about the first year at Central Christian School. In addition to best practices that should be evident at all strong preschools, we're talking about what makes Central unique. Mrs. Mahley and Mrs. Heinemann address the benefits of being an early childhood program that's part of a larger school; ongoing, daily touchpoints between teachers and parents; relationships between our oldest and youngest students; and an intentional school-wide mission and purpose that's felt in 3K.

16 - Health & Wholeness, Part 2 with Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor

16 - Health & Wholeness, Part 2 with Valerie Hubbard, School Counselor

December 19, 2019
"Parents and I are able to collaborate so that I become a bridge between school and home. And so when their babies are with me, parents can trust their voices are heard even in that space." - Valerie Hubbard, PLPC
 
In Episode 16, we continue to show our commitment to educating the "whole child" as we consider students' physical, social-emotional, and spiritual well-being. Here in Part 2 of "Health and Wholeness," you'll learn about Mrs. Hubbard's transition from working as a family therapist to starting a counseling ministry at a church to serving as the School Counselor at Central Christian School. Mrs. Hubbard's passion is for the entire family, and she thrives when she's in partnership with parents while intervening with students.
15 - Health & Wholeness, Part 1 with Amanda Robert, School Nurse

15 - Health & Wholeness, Part 1 with Amanda Robert, School Nurse

December 16, 2019

In an effort to educate the "whole child" as many schools do, we are grateful for the opportunity to consider students' physical, social-emotional, and spiritual well-being through the efforts of two amazing staff members: Amanda Robert, RN, our Director of Health & Wellness and also Valerie Hubbard, PLPC, our School Counselor. Together, they empower our faculty members to care for our children's needs while giving students a challenging education and meaningful community. This two-part series will give you a window into how we seek to care for all of God's image-bearers.

In Part 1, you'll hear about Nurse Robert's journey from the Pediatric ICU of Children's Hospital to Central Christian School, her passion for good communication, and ways parents can partner with her for the good of your children and the school at-large. 

RESOURCES:
A letter from Amanda Robert, RN, to the Central community

14 | Art, Theology, and Redemption with Sunny DeLay, Art Teacher

14 | Art, Theology, and Redemption with Sunny DeLay, Art Teacher

November 18, 2019

"I feel like Central Christian School in St. Louis is a place where you can really engage with your students and have a real relationship. There's time, and there's space for that."

In this episode, host Christan Perona sits down with Central's art teacher, Sunny DeLay, to learn: her journey as an artist, where she finds inspiration, her view on Christian education, and how she's inspiring students!

RESOURCES:
Reductive Drawing Samples (6th Grade)
Creation | Genesis 1:1-5
Artist Kevin Cole
Kevin Cole Inspired Art Samples (1st Grade)
Central Christian School Website | Fine Arts
Instagram | Central Christian School Art 

13 | Core Values and Culture Making with Paya Sample, Principal

13 | Core Values and Culture Making with Paya Sample, Principal

October 21, 2019

In Episode 13, we’re discussing culture making. Principal Mrs. Sample shares the importance of fostering healthy culture for students, teachers, and parents, and she describes ways Central Christian School is creating a culture where children love coming to school, feel safe enough to take risks, and ultimately, go deeper in their learning. Love God, Love Others has been our motto for several years, but this year Mrs. Sample has unpacked it in a way that’s tangible. From establishing core values in how we engage with our classmates and teachers to implementing positive office referrals, students at Central are learning to thrive — and lead — within a larger Christian community.

RESOURCES:
Mark 12:30-31
Positive Office Referral Form (incorporating core values)

12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

12 | CCS for the City with Noah Brink, Interim Head

September 8, 2019

"If from an early stage we can shape our students so that not only have they learned to accept the diversity of God's Kingdom but they crave it, that's what I want to see." - Noah Brink, Interim Head of School.

In Episode 12, we welcome back Interim Head, Noah Brink to kick off the 2019-20 podcast season and discuss the concept of "CCS for the City". Why is important for an elementary school to be "for the city"? Noah and host, Christan Perona, dialogue about our role in strengthening God's Kingdom and how Central Christian School is uniquely positioned to do so.

RESOURCES:
Jeremiah 29:7
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: "It's not about you."
Psalm 8

11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School with Christan Perona, Director of Admissions & Communications

11 - 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A School with Christan Perona, Director of Admissions & Communications

January 9, 2019

Choosing a school for your child can be daunting, yet all the emotional energy and planning are worth it. As you explore different schools for your child -- whether they're in preschool now or you're looking at high schools -- be sure to ask these 5 questions:
1. What is your school's or school district's mission?
2. What is the solidity of your academic program?
3. How does your school nurture students?
4. What do graduates of your school look like?
5. Can I see myself here?
Join us as the host of EmpowerCentral, our own Director of Admissions & Communications, unpacks these questions and gives you suggestions on how to get the answers you're looking for.

And for some ongoing perspective: Isaiah 49:15, 16

10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode with Pastor Vince Hall, 5th/6th Bible Teacher

10 - The Incarnation | A Christmas Episode with Pastor Vince Hall, 5th/6th Bible Teacher

December 24, 2018

Word + Became + Flesh. What's the significance of God entering into history, entering into His own creation? What does pride have to do with Christmas? Listen in as Pastor Vince Hall, Central's Summit (5th/6th) Bible teacher, shares about the reality of "God with us" and explains how the incarnation shatters our theology of good works. The same God who breathed life into the void of pre-creation breathes life into your chaos and brokenness today.

RESOURCES:

John 1:14
Luke 2:7
Hebrews 2:17
John 1:1, Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 5:24, Psalm 107:20
New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel by I. Howard Marshall

9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

9 - The Counter-Narrative | Part 2: Starting Conversations (Principal, Paya Sample)

December 19, 2018

How do we begin conversations with our children and students to explore the counter-narrative? How do we find places for the voices that are often not listened to? In Part 2 of The Counter-Narrative, Central Christian School's principal, Paya Sample, defines "counter-narrative" and explains the importance of it. By giving practical examples, she inspires listeners to consider a different path as you motivate children to think critically and empathetically while engaging with history and different people groups.

Dialogue further with Mrs. Sample by contacting her at info@centralschoolstl.org.

RESOURCES:
TEDTalk: "The Danger of a Single Story"
Project 562

Conversation Starters:
-- I wonder how we can find out more information about...
-- Who's voice is missing from the story or movie? Why do you think that voice is missing?
-- Do you think this is always the case?
-- What do you think it would be like to be on the other side of this story?