Mr. Gesin has asked me to share this with the school family. He has asked that you show your appreciation with emails or text. HE DOES NOT WANT ANY FANFARE. I am asking that you please honor his request on this!!!!!!
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Thank you Mr. Gesin for your years of service! God brought you to us and we have been so blessed. You are a master teacher and we can only say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time you were here investing in the lives of students and staff. You have left a huge impact on our lives.
We love and appreciate you!!!!!!
Parade Scheduled for Faith Christian School Principal
Faith Christian School invites the community to take part in a parade to honor Mrs. Linda Foster who will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. Foster has been on staff at FCS since the fall of 1991 and has served as principal since 2006. The drive-thru event will take place on Wednesday, May 19, from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., at Faith Assembly Church of Grand Detour, 3886 Wisconsin Street, Dixon. Parade participants are welcome to decorate their vehicles to show their love and appreciation to Mrs. Foster for her years of faithful service to the school and its students. There will be signs marking the route to the church.
For more information on the event, please contact the school office at 815.652.4806
or visit their website at www.fcsfalcons.com.
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:14, NLT
On Thursday, April 22, Mrs. Schultz and her First Grade class took part in an Earth Day project. She shared with the class that the world is God’s amazing creation; and as good stewards, they should take care of all that He has created. She presented them with an Earth Day Choice Board for homework. Students were able to choose two activities that they wanted to do. Some of the options were to go on a walk and pick up trash along the way, go on a bug hunt and take a picture of three different kinds of bugs, or take a picture of the recycling bin they use at home. Students commented on the homework project—
“It was so amazing!”
“Can we do this every night for homework?”
“I loved going outside with my family and spending time with them.”
Many thanks to Mrs. Schultz for bringing awareness to her students about the beauty of God’s world and the joy of taking care of it.
Dear Elementary Families,
There a few calendar updates that I want to share with you today. Please take a moment to review the following information.
- April 26-30—Terra Nova testing
- Friday, May 14—School will be in session. (Calendar Change)
- Friday, May 21—Last Day for students (Calendar Change) and the end of 4th Students will not return for any activities the following week (This does not include 8th grade and 12th grade graduations.). Fourth Quarter Star Celebration will be held on 5/21. Students will also bring home supplies and belongings on this day. Please send a large, study bag with your child to help transport belongings home. The bag can be sent the last week of school.
- Please be mindful of your speed when driving through the school’s neighborhood, as well as, the school’s parking lot. We always want to promote and encourage a Safe, nurturing environment.
- When dropping off and/or picking up students, please DO NOT pull around cars that are parked in the car line unless directed by school personnel. Please make sure that your drop-off/pick-up providers are aware of this policy.
- At Drop-off, if your student arrives after 8:05 (and a staff member is not present outside), please walk your child to the door.
If you have a question or need clarification on any of the information, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6, NLT
Dear FCS families,
We hope that this letter finds you well and that you had a blessed Christmas Day with your family. As we prepare for the start of second semester, there are a few adjustments to the school calendar that we would like to share with you. In an effort to curb potential exposures and consequent exclusions from school due to Christmas and New Year’s festivities, we are postponing the start of the second semester until Monday, January 11. This will allow 10 days to pass (from New Year’s Day) and hopefully give us a better footing to begin the new semester. We do encourage you to try and limit non-household contacts for the 10 days, giving everyone a chance to start school symptom-free.
To help offset the five additional days of Christmas break, we are amending the 2020-2021 school calendar. The following Wednesdays will now be IN-SCHOOL days: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19. We apologize for any inconvenience that these changes may present; however, we feel that it is important to do whatever is possible to give us the best chance to be in-person, five days/week with limited student and staff exclusions from school.
Also, we would like to make you aware of updates to the “Faith Christian School COVID Flow Chart.” The information on this chart was updated to reflect guidance given to us by the Ogle County Health Department. The changes come in the area of close contacts…reducing the number of isolation days. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Flow Chart and information found on the document.
We continue to follow IDPH guidelines regarding face masks, social distancing, sanitizing and hand washing. We remind students to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop symptoms. We strongly encourage sick persons to contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, please keep your child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Faith Christian School, and your local health department.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we move forward into the second semester. We will continue to monitor health department guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes in policies and procedures. We are committed at FCS to provide our students and staff with a safe, nurturing environment…a place where they can grow and learn, becoming who God created them to be!
Happy New Year and blessings to you all,
Pastor Jon Marx
We have been enjoying celebrating Christmas with your children. Our two Dress-up Days—Christmas Spirit Day and Who-Bilation Celebration, were a huge success!! It was fun to see so many come to school decked out in great costumes and creative attire!! It really is a privilege and blessing to be able to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and the joy of the Christmas season together! We have one more Dress-up Day. It is this Thursday, and it is our annual Pajama Day. (Please remember, that all pajamas must meet dress code guidelines.) Also, students can bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Regular shoes will need to be worn to school.
We are currently in need of a couple of lunch recess volunteers. The time would be 10:45-12:00. Days needed are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you are available to help, please let Mrs. O know.
During winter, we will go outside for recess (unless it is too cold). Please send appropriate snow/winter clothing (i.e. snowsuit/snow pants, snow boots, hat, gloves, coat) with your child on those days. If you have an extra set of boots, gloves, etc., your child may leave those in his/her locker throughout the winter season.
Classroom Christmas parties will be held this Thursday, December 17, in the afternoon. During the party, students will take part in their classroom’s Christmas Gift Exchange.
The Elementary staff and I wish you all the merriest of Christmases. We pray that the joy of the Savior fills your home and you experience His goodness and love!
Upcoming Calendar Items
- Thursday, December 17—Annual Pajama Day, Classroom parties in the afternoon with Gift Exchange, End of 2nd Quarter
- Friday, December 18-Sunday, January 3—Christmas Break…No School
- Monday, January 4—School resumes
An Unusual Can Food Drive
Submitted by Mr. Gesin
Instead of collecting cans this year for the CAN FOOD DRIVE. We are asking families to donate to the Dixon food pantry. The Dixon Food Pantry told me that cash donations would be more beneficial for them. The pantry can use the cash to buy canned food from their outlets at a much better price per can than what we pay at the store.
As in the past, there is no requirement for our students to get involved in this activity. We have had great response to the can food drives in past years. We thank you for that.
There are two ways to donate:
1) Send the money directly to the food pantry instead of bringing it to school.
The address is:
Dixon Food Pantry
2001 West 4th Street
2) Drop the money off at the food pantry. They are open mornings starting at 9:30.
Thank you for your participation!
What a blessing to have a week of beautiful fall weather in November. It has been great that almost every day the students have been able to get outside and get some fresh air.
All grades will continue to go outside as many days as possible so we ask that you remind your students to wear the proper clothing.
We appreciate your understanding in the adjustments we have made to the calendar this year.
We were already scheduled to have Friday, November 20th off
Calendar Change: NO SCHOOL: Monday, November 23 and Tuesday November 24
NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 20 – NOVEMBER 27
As we look toward the next few weeks, we wanted to share with you the reasoning behind the calendar change for the week of Thanksgiving. We met with Pastor Jon and discussed how best to proceed. Since we have next Friday, November 20, off, we felt that it would be in the best interest of both students and staff to take Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, off with the hopes of limiting exposure for those two days. We see the toll that COVID is taking on school districts around us…many closing classrooms because of close contacts to positive COVID cases, others being forced to close in-person learning because there aren’t enough subs to staff classrooms. It has been our goal since the beginning of the year for students to be in school every day. And yes, while we are adding two days off, we are hopeful that this calendar change will help us to be better prepared to finish the semester with in-person learning.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We know that this season isn’t easy for you either. Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly but put much thought and prayer into how best to use the time that God has given us. We are thankful that we have the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child!
Daily assignments and classwork are being posted on the website. Students should check their email, online learning, and Seesaw accounts each day.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Virtual Grandparents’ Day
Each class has been preparing Grandparents’ Day projects to share with grandparents. Most projects will be posted on the classrooms’ Seesaw blogs. A link and password to the blog will be sent home with your child that can be shared with grandparents. Please note—As a safety feature, grandparents will need to use the password to view the blog. Parents, if you have the Seesaw Family app, you do not have to enter the password to view the blog. Another blog safety feature is that each teacher has to approve a post before it can be added to the blog to be seen by others.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Car Line
Please remember that we ask that you do not pull around vehicles that are parked in the car line unless directed by a staff member. In an effort to keep the car line moving, if your child needs help getting out of the car at drop-off or if they need a few minutes more to finish prepping to go home, we ask that you park in the middle section of the parking lot. A staff member will help get your child to you.
In the event of inclement weather that necessitates the cancellation of school, notification will be sent via text alert and Facebook. Also, Elementary will send an announcement through Seesaw. If you have not signed up for Text Alerts, you can contact the school office for more information. We do go outside during the winter months. Students should come with the proper snow gear—winter coat, winter boots, hat, gloves, etc.
Upcoming Calendar Items
- Friday, October 30—No School
- Sunday, November 1—Daylight Savings Time ends…we get an extra hour!!!! 🙂
- Friday, November 20—No School
- Tuesday, November 24—Thanksgiving Parties
- November 25-29—Thanksgiving Break
- Thursday, December 17—Christmas Parties
- Friday, December 18—No School (Please note—All remaining half-days on the 2020-2021 School Calendar will be FULL days OFF from school.)
Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!!