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.
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.
A letter from Amanda Robert, RN, to the Central community
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.
Positive Office Referral Form (incorporating core values)
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.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: "It's not about you."
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
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.
John 1:1, Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 5:24, Psalm 107:20
New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel by I. Howard Marshall
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEDTalk: "The Danger of a Single Story"
-- 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?
December 16, 2018
We want to talk with our kids and students about diversity and inclusion, about perspectives and having an others-centered orientation, but we often don't know where to start. Part 1 of our two-part series on The Counter-Narrative features Central's librarian, Nancy Gruneisen, who quite vulnerably opens up about her own journey toward cultural responsiveness and understanding. From personal experiences within her own family to her work within Central's library, Mrs. Gruneisen gives practical suggestions about choosing books that represent a broader view of humanity.
The Brown Shelf
We Need Diverse Books
Navigating these websites requires thoughtful discernment. Some books on these sites may may not suit your family or your beliefs. As a reminder, Nancy Gruneisen and Central Christian School recommends you check a book out of the library and read it prior to sharing it with your child.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin
Refugee by Alan Gratz
The Skin You Live In by David Lee Csicsko
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper