You may have heard that a group of tigers is called a streak. Tigers are generally solitary animals but when grouped together, like we are at SJCS, we can do amazing things when we put our minds to it!
We began our year of physical education talking about our theme "Made to Thrive" and I shared the scripture from Psalm 139:14 with our students,
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." (NIV)
We have many opportunities in our classes to glorify God as we move and create in our play and our exercise.
This year, as we emphasize our personal physical fitness we have focused in the area of cardiovascular endurance. This has been a new challenge for our students this year as we are all working toward a goal of running a marathon by the end of the school year to join the "Marathon Club." Our students are learning to challenge themselves, to push through the hard days of exercise, and to rejoice and be glad in the bodies we have been given by our Great Creator, God. All for His glory!
I'm proud to share with you that 33 of our students have reached their goal of a full marathon (26.2 miles) at the end 3rd quarter! We have several students who will reach their marathon goal within the next month. Overall, our students have run over 2,500 miles in the 2020-21 school year! Please celebrate their accomplishments with us.
Congratulations to our 5th grade class! They have the highest percent of students reaching their marathon goal for the year (33%) in our Elementary grades.
Congratulations to our 6th grade class as well. They have the highest percentage of students reaching marathon status in Middle School with 44% of the class reaching their goal.
Eleven of our Middle School students continued their running as members of our SJCS Cross Country team. Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to have an official meet (race) with other schools as we had hoped, however we did have our own team race at Montgomery Hill Park on March 23rd. We are proud of our team and the hard work they put in training after school two days a week and once on weekends during January, February, and March. Thank you for supporting our Tigers and for getting your orange crush on for our race that day!
At San Jose Christian School, we celebrate God's creation and seek to develop Engaged Citizens who follow Christ by seeking to create peace and rectify injustice. This is one of our Throughlines of Authentic Christian Education at SJCS which is embedded into our curriculum.
What it means to develop Engaged Citizens:
- Love justice and mercy while seeking peace
- Honor diversity, respect others, and recognize their right to hold different ideas and beliefs
- Demonstrate godly leadership qualities
- Live as active and responsible citizens
- Identify and rectify injustices in order to restore dignity
- Act fairly, heal brokenness, and bring joy
- Keep informed and understand what's happening in the world and other cultures
As followers of Christ, we are called to love all of those around us. Jesus Christ said it best in Mark 12:30-31,
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mr. Hucks, Head of School said in his Community Update over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, "The Christian community should always set the example because we have the best example to follow, Christ."
Below is a snapshot of a few of the activities and lessons on campus at SJCS to honor Black History Month and celebrate God's people. We encourage you to speak with your students about the various lessons they learned and how they can be Engaged Citizens as a result.
Our youngest Tiger cubs in preschool learned about various people such as George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson and Mae Jemison. They read the book "It's OK to be Different" which celebrates multiculturism and promotes character growth. They also participated in fun activites such as:
Show the children two different eggs and discussed what they see and how God made everyone different on the outside. Once everyone had a chance to talk about it, teachers would crack it open to demonstrate how we're all similar on the inside.
- Many Colors of M&M's
This activity took place during circle time where every child received a pack of M&Ms. Similar to the Egg Diversity, the students were able to see the differences externally, but the similarities on the inside. This activity was also great because it fostered sorting and counting these tasty treats.
1st Grade | Ms Lyons
First graders watched/listened to "Sweet Dreams Sarah" on Vooks.
This is a beautiful story about a woman, named Sarah E. Goode, going from slavery to freedom, and fulfilling her life goals (married, children, having a job she loved). Her story was very inspirational as she was one of the first African-American women to receive a patent. The 1st grade class was inspired to take some time after hearing her story to invent things they thought the world could use as well.
3rd Grade | MS Basl
Our 3rd graders have learned about and discussed several accomplished African American's over the past few weeks such as Jackie Robinson, Etta James, Sidney Poitier, and Harriet Tubman. Daily lessons would include a discussion and an informational (like the one above for Sidney Poitier). The students are excited each day to learn about these historical icons who have impacted and contributed to our country. I emphasize the importance of God's biblical truth and how we are called, as God's children, to treat one another with love, grace, mercy, and respect.
3rd Grade | Ms Veurink
Students in Ms. Veurink's 3rd grade class read Teammates: How Two Men Changed the Face of Baseball. This is the story of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black baseball player and the friendship between Jackie Robinson and his teammate Pee Wee Reese. Students learned about the difficulties Jackie faced with bravery and integrity. Students also learned how Pee Wee Reese stood up for his teammate. Students made connections to self and to current world events through the reading of this book. One assignment was to write a letter to Pee Wee Reese as Jackie Robinson (pictured above is one sample letter).
4th Grade | Ms Negrette
Each morning our 4th graders do a "random photo of the day" for our morning meeting on slideshow. Through the month of February, we have been focusing on a different Black person each day: learning about them, reading a quote, and sharing in discussion. The kids LOVE it!
8th Grade | Mr Hennes
As we begin our unit on the Civil War, we are taking the time to understand what the culture was like in both the North and the South, and how the issue of slavery was dividing the nation. We confronted the painful reality that many who endorsed slavery were also Bible-reading Christians. We discussed the evils of the Trans-Atlantic Chattel Slavery system and how it differed from slaves and bondservants during Bible times. We are continuing our discussion this week by analyzing some of the lasting effects of slavery on a people group, and on our nation. We will also look at some of the organizations and individuals that rose up to confront this evil, and consider how we can continue to stand for justice for the oppressed in our current context.
San Jose Christian School, Delta Air Lines and KABOOM! Work to End Playspace Inequity with a New Playground in Campbell, CA.
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San Jose Christian School, Delta Air Lines and KABOOM! Work to End Playspace Inequity with a New Playground in Campbell, CA
The new playspace brings joy to hundreds of kids after months of playground closures
(Campbell, CA – December 14, 2020) – Kids at San Jose Christian School (SJCS) in Campbell are celebrating today because they have a great new place to play. For months, representatives from San Jose Christian School, Delta and KABOOM! (the nonprofit organization focused on ending playspace inequity) have been working together to increase access to playspaces for local kids with the creation of a new, kid-designed playground that was installed on December 8, 2020. The playground will give kids an incredible place to play close to where they live and learn, an opportunity that is often hard to achieve.
Since 1959, San Jose Christian School has been partnering with Christian families to provide students with a strong foundation for life. SJCS started the school year with distance learning but remained hopeful Santa Clara County would accept their waiver application to have on-campus instruction. The County approved their waiver application and SJCS has been operating under this waiver since September 28th and continues to have on-campus instruction. Individual learning cohorts will begin using the playspace as an early Christmas present before the Christmas break.
Mr. Buddy Hucks, Head of School at San Jose Christian School said, “Considering the year we have had, San Jose Christian School is feeling blessed to have on-campus instruction and have a new playground. It is fantastic to hear the children learn and play on campus. The students love being on campus and have adjusted very well to the protocols put in place to be open. They are certainly excited to play on and explore the new playground.”.
Mr. Hucks added, “We are so grateful for this opportunity to create memories for our students that will last a lifetime. The playground we replaced was more than 20 years old. It was well used and created lasting memories for many generations. It is very exciting to think of the memories and friendships that will be created on this new playground provided by Delta Air Lines and KABOOM!.”
In October, kids from the SJCS community participated in a virtual Design Day where they creatively thought of ideas to create their dream playground. The new playground, which was designed with inspiration from their drawings, will provide hundreds of kids and their families with an incredible playspace that can spark hope and enable kids to reach their full potential.
While San Jose Christian School is currently operating with a closed campus due to the COVID-19 crisis, their team is looking forward to opening the playspace to their surrounding neighbors to enjoy when it is safe to do so.
KABOOM! knows that playspaces are essential to resilience, health and childhood. The communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 are more likely to be communities of color that also often lack access to parks and playspaces due to historic disinvestment. The partners have teamed up to help end playspace inequity, creating a new place for kids to play that reflects the neighborhood’s unique needs and aspirations, and gives every kid the opportunity to experience the joys of childhood.
“We know disasters and crises often exacerbate the inequities that communities are already experiencing, and in many communities, kids won’t have a playground to go back to once the COVID-19 crisis is over,” says James Siegal, CEO of KABOOM!. “We must stop the playspace inequities from becoming even deeper after we get through this pandemic, giving every kid the chance to play and just enjoy being a kid.”
Through its partnership with Delta, KABOOM! is committed to ending playspace inequity for kids, for communities, for good.
To ensure that playgrounds are able to open safely in every community, KABOOM! has issued important playground guidance that all communities, playground owner/operators and caregivers can follow. The guidance can be viewed or downloaded at kaboom.org/reopen.
About San Jose Christian School
Since 1959, San Jose Christian School has been partnering with Christian families to provide students with a strong foundation for life. We prepare students for academic success in high school and beyond, and we care deeply about each child’s physical, social, and spiritual development. At San Jose Christian School, we teach students to develop a Biblical worldview where they are discerners and world-changers. We believe in teaching the Whole Child, recognizing that God created us all with different abilities and gifts. We hold every student to his or her level of Educational Excellence within a safe and loving environment.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta’s mission to connect the world starts with its commitment to being a strong partner to the communities where our employees live, work and serve. Giving back has been core to Delta and its culture for the past 90 years, demonstrated by its commitment to invest in charitable organizations each year. Delta, The Delta Air Lines Foundation and its employees contribute thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to a host of causes across the globe.
Delta has also been named an honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service for the past three years in a row. In 2019, for a third straight year, Delta landed on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the only airline to do so. Delta has also been named Best Workplaces for Diversity, Women and Millennials by Fortune and Great Places to Work.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta has served as many as 200 million people a year, taking customers across an industry-leading global network of up to 300 destinations in over 50 countries. More about Delta can be found on Delta News Hub as well as delta.com, via @DeltaNewsHub on Twitter and Facebook.com/delta.
KABOOM! is the national non-profit that works to achieve playspace equity. Kids who don’t have access to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social and emotional health. And all too often, it more deeply affects communities of color. So we amplify the power of communities to build inspiring playspaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. KABOOM! has teamed up with partners to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces, engage more than 1.5 million community members and bring joy to more than 11 million kids. To learn about our goal to end playspace inequity for good, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom.
San Jose Christian School: Christopher Pinkham | 408-371-7741 | email@example.com
Delta Air Lines: Delta Media | 404-715-2554 | firstname.lastname@example.org
KABOOM!: Tamara Grider | 202-464-6411 | email@example.com
Although as a community we have been addressing digital citizenship and the importance of tech boundaries with our students for many years, these weeks of Shelter in Place have shown us that we must stay the course.
In this blog, Mrs. Hendricks, Director of Educational Technology, reminds us of tools, resources, and boundaries which will help us develop healthy tech habits for our students and in our homes.
Why must we teach digital citizenship and tech boundaries?
For some great insights, you can read this blog called Teaching Kids to Cross the Street. It was written several years ago, but the words in it still ring true as our culture relies so heavily on technology.
“We need to teach our kids to be good digital citizens. Even more importantly, we need to teach our kids to be great digital leaders."
Creating a Partnership
SAN JOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Will…
- Teach, not Ban - Technology is part of our world. SJCS works to prepare our students to be responsible citizens and effective communicators in their technology use.
- Enforce boundaries at school - Technology is a tool, not a master. When your student is at school, teachers hold loving limits for tech use.
From Love & Logic, “Adults set firm limits in loving ways without anger, lecture, threats or repeated warnings. We set limits using enforceable statements, regard mistakes as learning opportunities, and resist the temptation to nag.”
- Abide by the SJCS Tech Agreement
- Set boundaries for your student at home - Device Contract & Family Media Agreement & Circle with Disney
- Keep devices out of the bedroom at night. Over and over, studies have proven how crucial sleep is to our overall health
- Set a positive example.
- Educate yourself & talk with your student(s) - Common Sense Media Parent Resources & Reviews can help.
- Share with other parents.
- Allow for flexibility - we are not in normal times, so it is okay to be flexible with the amount of screen time. For reference, take a look at this 2 minute video from AAP or their online family media tool.
- Respect the boundaries your parents put in place.
- Choose honesty. Your tech habits matter. Discipline yourself to be honest with yourself and your parents about your tech habits and choices.
- Talk to your parents and teachers about how the pandemic is affecting you. Discuss how you can work together to address what is going on.
- Turn on Night Shift - it is much easier on your eyes!