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March 2020 Newsletter
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March 2020 Newsletter

From Mr. Phillips, Head of School

We have had a great school year so far this year, and we want to thank you again for partnering with us in the education and spiritual development of your child.

We may be in the middle of March, but we are already deep in preparation for the 2020-21 school year.

We are transitioning any curriculum that is currently secular to a Christian curriculum. We have attended a few biblical worldview conferences this year hosted by BJU Press, and we are very impressed with the work the BJU Press puts into their material. Our K5 and 1st Grade curriculum will change from Abeka to BJU Press. The content is going to cover the same topics; a different company will provide it. Our other classes that will change to the BJU Press curriculum will be Middle School math, and science classes, High School math, Social Sciences, and English will all change to BJU Press. We feel this is necessary not only because we are a Christian school, but this curriculum offers the tools that better help integrate each subject biblically.

In addition to these changes, we will have a few new teachers next year. Mrs. Bodie (K5), Mrs. Haywood (1st Grade), Miss O’Rourke (Middle School Math), and Mrs. Denney (Middle School LP) have decided to enter retirement. They will be greatly missed at Curtis Baptist School, but we are confident that God is going to send teachers to fill their positions that will continue to love our students and offer a strong education. We wish these teachers nothing but the best and are thankful for their cumulative decades of teaching at Curtis.

Some of the changes for next year are as follows:

  • Miss Lydia Ulrich will be moving from 6th Grade to teach K5 next year.
  • Miss Katie Piggott will be our new 1st Grade teacher. She is originally from Augusta and has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Augusta University and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. She has spent the last several years as a missionary elementary teacher in Peru.
  • Miss Anna Schaeffer will be our new 6th Grade teacher and will be an excellent fit for our school. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Theology. She has also authored two teen fiction novels.
  • Mrs. Esther Wilson will be our new middle-school math teacher. She and her family will be moving from Jacksonville, Florida. She has a degree from Tennessee Temple University and has taught Middle School Math for eight years. She has taught from the new curriculum (BJU Press) that we will be using next year.

We are currently interviewing candidates for other open position(s).

- Mr. Scott Phillips, Head of School

Daycare & Preschool News

We are "Marching" right through the school year and further into 2020. Dr. Suess week will be the first week of March - March 2 - 6. The dress-up details for each day of the week are listed below. February was a busy month with re-enrollment. Thank you for completing the re-enrollment process. If you still have not completed your child's re-enrollment for August 2020-2021, please complete it as soon as possible so that your child has a spot secured for next school year. We will be opening up enrollment to our wait list/public on March 2.

Our classes have been busy with new fun activities, such as spin art, movement, Bible stories, and Dr. Seuss celebrations. CBS's Silent Auction is on Saturday, March 28. Each of our classes will be donating an item to the event, so check with your child's teacher to see how you can partner with the class for their item. We are thankful for all the donations our classes have received so far. Early bidding for daycare items will be starting Monday, March 23, and running through the week up until March 27 in the daycare hallways. Please let us know if you have any questions about the Silent Auction. Tickets for the Silent Auction can be purchased from Tina Hadden in the elementary office.

We are looking forward to sunshine in the upcoming months of Spring! Keep an eye out for Elementary Summer Camp details coming in April after Master's week. Have a great month ahead!

Dr. Seuss Week Dress Up Details (March 2 - 6)
Mixed Up Monday - Mismatched clothes
Top Hat Tuesday - Wear a fun hat
Whoville Hair Wednesday - Show off your silly hair
Thing Thursday - Wear red and blue or a shirt with numbers
The Places You’ll Go Friday - Dress as who you want to be when you grow up
 
- Mrs. Avia Stocker, Daycare & Preschool Director

Elementary School News

Our Read-a-thon was a great success. It was fun to see the students get excited about reading.  Remember to keep collecting your Read-a-thon pledges (due Friday, March 27). Coming up on Friday, March 6, we will have our 3rd Quarter D.E.A.R day. Yes, you can wear your pajamas! At the end of the month students will participate in Terra Nova Standardized Testing. During this time it is important that students get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast so their minds are sharp.  Our Parent Teacher Conference Day is set for March 23. Please make arrangements with your student's teacher if you would like to meet with them. Thank you for your continued support of our Curtis Family.

I am blessed and honored to serve you.

- Mrs. Lisa Ingle, Elementary School Principal

Middle & High School News

In just a few days, we will enter the final grading period of the 2019-2020 school year. These last months of school are filled with activities and opportunities of all types for our Middle and High School students.

During the month of March our 6th Graders will travel to Tybee Island and the 7th Grade class will take a trip to Charleston. Our High School Seniors will enjoy participating in the activities and day trips planned for them later this month while the Students in Grades 6 through 11 take the Terra Nova test the week of March 30 - April 3.

- Mr. Larry Ford, Middle and High School Principal

Guidance News

Our High School Beta Club will be sponsoring the Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from March 9 - April 6. Our goal for this year is $2020! Be saving up your pennies!!!! More information will be coming soon. 

- Miss Jessica Reed, Guidance Counselor

2020-21 Enrollment

If you have not already done so, it is not too late to reenroll your student for the 2020-21 School Year. Access Renweb through the school website and complete their online packet in order to submit the packet and registration fee.  

Let your friends and family know that we are now accepting new students for the coming year. They can set up a tour or register to come to our Third Thursday Open House on Thursday, March 19, from 9 - 11 AM. You can email admissions@curtisbaptist.org with any questions about the enrollment process for new students.

 Silent Auction

Our Curtis Commons area, for the most part, is complete. It looks fantastic, and the students are enjoying the new activities. We could not have made the improvements needed without donations from our Silent Auction last year.

The focus of this year's Silent Auction is to raise funds to purchase a bus(es) for the school. We want to replace our current buses which are used for field trips and athletic practices and events; we would like to begin offering bus transportation. Donations have already been received for this exciting project and we anticipate making great progress in finalizing the plans based on donations received through this year's Silent Auction.

Tickets for the Silent Auction are on sale in the Elementary Office and donations of items are being accepted as well.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • Crusader Club Meeting - March 2 @ 6:00 pm
  • Sixth Grade Tybee Island Field Trip - March 4 - 6
  • Silent Auction Meeting - March 8 @ 4:00 pm
  • Middle and High School Honors Chapel - March 12 @ 11 am 
  • End of 3rd Quarter - March 13 (11:30 am dismissal)
  • Student Council Spring Convention in Myrtle Beach - March 15 - 17
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 23 @ 3:30 - 6:00 pm (by appointment)
  • Seventh Grade Charleston Field Trip - March 25 - 27
  • 10th Annual Silent Auction - March 28
  • Terra Nova Testing - March 30 - April 3
  • Spring Break - April 6 - April 13
  • Good Friday, Daycare Closed - April 10
  • States Fair, World’s Fair and Market Place - April 17
  • Read-a-thon Prizes awarded in Chapel (Elementary) - April 21
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC - April 26 - May 1
  • Sports Banquet - May 9
  • High School Awards - May 14
  • CBS Class of 2020 Graduation - May 16

(Left: 2019 Charleston, SC, field trip; Right: 2019 Tybee Island, GA, field trip)
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