Summer is here, and it is the perfect time for S’More reading! This summer we are inviting all students to participate in the “Read S’More Books” Summer Reading program! Students should be reading each and every day over the summer break to ensure that they continue to grow. Our fun reading program will help your child stay sharp over the summer and return to school in September ready to learn! Each student should complete the S’Mores reading log to track their books and number of minutes spent reading. During the first week of school students should return their logs to earn prizes! Students who complete the book summary sheets will earn additional prizes. The top readers from each class will participate in a special party! Happy reading! Don’t forget to Read S’More Books!
S’Mores Reading Log: SummerReadingProgram
Congratulations to Baymonte Alumni on graduating with special honors from local high schools earlier this month. Josh Wright, McClain Kressman, Jessica Wright and Yustina Hryciw graduated from Scotts Valley High School receiving full IB diplomas. Jonathan Siemsen graduated from Monte Vista Christian High School with several prestigious awards including Valedictorian, Scholar Athlete of the Year and the “Love for God” Character Award. Congratulations to all 2019 high school graduates!
Did you know a coffee bean is actually a FRUIT from a cherry tree? Well, Baymonte Christian School’s ArKIDtecture students do now! Last week’s field trip which included time at Verve Coffee was a blast.
Led by teacher Lauri McNeil, the first stop was at the FUSE Architecture design office where architects talked about the process of design and their approach to projects. The students were very curious, asking great questions and enjoyed seeing all the hand concept sketches, computer renderings and especially the ping pong/surfboard recreation room!
Next, Mike, CEO of Verve Coffee Roasters took the group on a tour of the roastery building. They learned about the cool award-winning building architecture and how they used recycled wood, rusted steel and “insulating pool noodles” in their coffee house design. They also learned about the complex science of roasting coffee.
They ended the afternoon at the beach where they built shelters using natural materials from the beach site. We had some clever structures emerge, and the kids had a great day in the sun and water enjoying each other’s company!
For the past 25 years I have been part of the Baymonte community; I started as a Baymonte parent. My husband and I wanted our children in a school that reinforced our values. After we enrolled our children at Baymonte I got more involved working in the After School Program. I had been an elementary teacher before taking a break to have our three children. Mr. Patterson hired me as a kindergarten aide and after several years, I moved into a teacher role. I love teaching kindergarten! Some of my favorite events in our kindergarten school year are the Mother’s Day Tea and Donuts with Dad. The partnership between parents and teachers is vital in the growth of a child.
In a few weeks I will go to eighth grade graduation and see many of the kids I taught in kindergarten. I am grateful for the small part I have played in the lives of these children. It’s fun to see former students around town, even though many are post-college now. Working with five year olds keeps me feeling young! I hope you have a wonderful summer and if you see me at the beach or at Costco, be sure to say hi!
Baymonte Celebrates the Arts by Elizabeth Barrett, BCS music director
Black pants, white collars, black paper, metal steps, a handful of earth…have what in common? They are invisible; they bring something else to the surface while they disappear, holding their breath.
Mrs. McNeill and I chose quiet backgrounds, strong frameworks to carry the beauty we see God has given to our students. Color curved and curled on coal-black cardstock. Sound pigments of imagination sat in uniform, stood on metal stairs.
God chose to bless Mrs. McNeill and I with humble servants: strong-armed, selfless people who make themselves invisible to bless their students, their children. Thank you for all you did last Thursday and all you do daily to celebrate the art God has planted here in our soil.
May God continue to bless us with faith to see his selfless Son, the One who made Himself invisible to bring beauty from ashes, the One “…who for the JOY set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Soli Deo Gloria!