Last month our teachers attended the ACSI Professional Development Forum in Atlanta. The theme for the forum was “Innovate.” I know that our teachers came away excited about new ideas to use in the classroom, but we all were challenged spiritually as well. One of the topics in one of our sessions was “Clear Focus.” After hearing the message on “Clear Focus,” I know our hearts were challenged to focus more on Christ and who he has placed in front of us here at Curtis Baptist School, which is our students. As we enter the Thanksgiving season, please know that we all here are thankful for every student and family that God has sent our way.
- Mr. Scott Phillips, Head of School
Daycare & Preschool News
The Thanksgiving "season" has started. Similar to the season of fall, this "season" in daycare and preschool has brought about many exciting changes. We have been humbled to embrace new families with the opening of our new two-year-old classroom. Teachers and students have been "falling" into their Christ-centered curriculum and the beginnings of their phonetic and math basics. Truly, we could not do this without all of you as our Curtis family. The support and encouragement we receive from you is priceless. Our gratitude goes out to each and every one of you for entrusting your children to us daily. During this "Thanksgiving" season we not only desire to give thanks to you but to our God who holds everything together. Thanksgiving celebrations in classes will be held this month. Please check in your child's classroom for any sign-ups and exact dates.
- Mrs. Avia Stocker, Daycare & Preschool Director
Elementary School News
The month of October was full of fun. From our first Pajama D.E.A.R. Day, to dressing up pumpkins (or gourds) as our favorite book character and celebrating Unity Day, we have been busy on the Elementary side. We dedicated classroom and Unity Day (October 23) activities to bring awareness to bullying and how we can make good choices and choose to "be a friend, not a bully". Our students really enjoyed and fully engaged in the activities.
Elementary students are continuing to learn about the Fruit of the Spirit throughout the classroom and Chapel; it's wonderful to see them grow in the Spirit and share their love for God with each other.
Coming up in November is our Elementary Veteran's Day Program. Families are welcome to join us in this celebration in the Sanctuary on Monday, November 11, at 8:15 am. We look forward to seeing you.
I am proud to serve the CBS Family each and every day.
- Mrs. Lisa Ingle, Elementary School Principal
Middle & High School News
As we enter this Thanksgiving season, the Curtis family has much to be grateful for. As you can gather from the information in the newsletter, the Lord continues to bless us with opportunities to learn, grow, and serve. Two examples of learning, growing, and serving are our latest Student of the Month Award recipients: Lily Crane (Middle School) and Anna Davis (High School). Congratulations to these young ladies for being nominated for the award by their teachers.
May you and your family enjoy this Thanksgiving seasons as you take time to count your blessings.
- Mr. Larry Ford, Middle and High School Principal
All of our students in 9th - 11th grades will be taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) on November 15. Developed by the Department of Defense, this test will give our students insights into their academic strengths with direction on career possibilities.
Our Volleyball and Cross Country seasons wrapped up at the end of October. Middle School volleyball played in the local middle school tournament and made it to the quarter finals. Varsity Volleyball qualified for the SCISA state tournament and played Friday games in Myrtle Beach before being eliminated. Angel Tilton, 9th Grade, and Celia Ulrich, 10th Grade, were named to the All Region Team and Coach Ingle was named 2019 Coach of the Year. Congratulations to our entire team!!!
Varsity Cross Country ran in the SCISA State Meet in Columbia, SC on Saturday, November 2. Congratulations to Asher Lowe, 11th Grade, on placing 9th with a time of 18:15; William Young also raced with a finishing time of 22:01.
Skeet Shooting continues with events coming up in November and December.
Introducing our 2019-2020 National Beta Club Officers:
President: Makayla Kirkpatrick
Vice-President: Cavan Durshimer
Secretary: Mallory Moore
Treasurer: Jamaal Miller
Historian: Tyles Smiley
The following new members were inducted on Tuesday, October 29:
Operation Christmas Child
We are excited to partner once again with Samaritan’s Purse this year to participate in Operation Christmas Child! This ministry is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus with children all over the world in a very simple way. We will have shoeboxes available that we ask you to pick up and fill with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Every gift-filled shoe box is an opportunity for a child to hear the gospel, possibly for the first time. Each child who receives a shoe box will be given a children’s Bible in their language and invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program where children will learn to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others. Empty shoe boxes can be picked up in the daycare hall or any of the school offices and ministry center. We will be holding a combined chapel for the school on Tuesday, November 19, for students to bring in shoeboxes and pray over them before they are sent off. All shoeboxes must be turned in by Monday, November 25, no later than 12 pm to ensure that they are sent off to the sorting facility in time. Please email Meagan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if any additional information is needed.
The SCRIP fundraising program offers gift cards from hundreds of national and local retailers. When you place an order for a card(s) (at face value) with CBS, the school gets a percentage of the sale. You can place your order with the school by Tuesday while dropping off or pickup up your students, then pick up your cards on Friday of the same week. Visit the SCRIP website (www.scripzone.com) to see all the participating retailers.
Ordering is simple: drop off your order and payment to the school or place your order and pay online by going to the SCRIP website and selecting CBS. Online orders provide the convenience of 24/7 availability and with easy payment options. You will create a new user account and link your account to CBS (706722cbs). Click “join group” and Curtis Baptist School should be displayed.
Christmas is right around the corner and Scrip has something for everyone - the food lover, the pet lover, the game fanatic, the handyman, the reader, the shopaholic, the sweet tooth, the traveler and more. For more information, call the school at 706-828-6624 and speak to Sherry West (ext. 3) or Tina Hadden (ext. 2).
Mark Your Calendar
Picture Retakes - November 7 @ 8 am
Veteran’s Day Elementary Program - November 11 @ 8:15 am
Parent-Teacher Fellowship Meeting - November 12 @ 6:00 pm
Staff Appreciation Luncheon - November 15
ASVAB for 9th – 11th Grades - November 15
Operation Christmas Child Collection Dates - November 18 - 25
Operation Christmas Child Combined Chapel - November 19
First Grade Thanksgiving Feast - November 22
High School Thanksgiving Feast and Senior Class Fundraiser - November 22
Thanksgiving Break (No School or Extended Care) - November 25 - 29
Daycare Closed for Thanksgiving - November 28 - 29
K4 and K5 Christmas Program - December 11 @ 8:30 am
Elementary Christmas Program - December 19 @ 6:00 pm