Get Involved

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When I meet with a new family, I always tell them – “You are a part of the Wayne Christian Family and that means that you are welcome to be as involved in the education of your children as you would like to be.” Parents, I want you to know that you are valued and that you are welcome at Wayne Christian School.  In fact, we could not do what we do without your help each day.

We are partners in the education of your children. I believe that one way we can partner together is through our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) on October 29. For students this is a half day, but for parents, and teachers, this is a great way to connect and discuss the progress of your child.

Our kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will soon post a sign-up sheet for parents to sign up for their PTF. I want to encourage all of our families to pick a time and meet with your child’s teacher. A lot of times, we wait for things to not be right before we meet, but I believe that we should also take time to meet to celebrate things that are going well.

I hope that you’ll make plans to be here for Parent Teacher Fellowship on October 29.

Here are some other ways that you can be involved in the coming weeks:

  • Boosterthon Fun Run – October 17 at 8:30 – we need parents to help setting up the run, marking laps, cheering on the kids, and passing out water.
  • Popcorn Friday – October 26 at 7:30 – we need parents to help set-up and distribute popcorn to students.

Let me know if you’re available to help with our Boosterthon Fun Run or our Popcorn Friday.

 

Mr. Miranda, Elementary Dean of Students

lmiranda@waynechristian.org

919-735-5605 ext. 100

Halfway There!

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Wayne Christian School is full of awesome students that have amazing friends and family.  As you have probably seen, we started our Boosterthon Fund Raiser this week.  Monday, we held two pep rallies to get the kids excited about our Fun Run and Color Run.  The elementary kids are watching character building videos each day and unlocking mystery puzzles.  This year’s focus is S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), led by our teachers, also known as “Mind Sparkers.”

We are off to a great start!  As of Friday morning, we have raised $19,384.25 in total pledges, which means we are over halfway to our goal of $35,000 and to dye Mr. Brenner’s hair red!   Mr. Miranda and Mrs. Anderson have been busy passing out a lot of fun prizes for the students.  Friends and family from sixteen different states are helping us raise money—we are so thankful for our grandparents, friends, family, and alumni who are supporting us during the Boosterthon.

WEEKEND CHALLENGES!

– If an elementary student receives a total of $2 per lap in new pledges (or $60 in flat donations) over the weekend, they’ll receive a special prize!

–  The 7th-12th grade homeroom with the highest number of pledges will receive a Chick-fil-a breakfast one day next week.

– The elementary classroom with the highest number of pledges will have a popcorn and a movie afternoon.

Don’t forget to log in those pledges at funrun.com!

Meet the Graham Family

Meet the Graham family. Dalton is a sophomore and Addison is in the 4th grade at WCS.  From mom, Brandy:

This picture of this beautiful soul is one of the many reasons my kids go to Wayne Christian. He has struggled with school from day one, and my child was not happy. He has been through testing for many years to find out how we could help and what modifications he needed. Well, all that was in place and nothing was enough. Home life was miserable because he was constantly struggling with everyone’s expectations. A breaking point happened the middle of 7th grade. The Lord opened doors quickly and has blessed our family beyond measures! We still struggle with issues at times but Dalton knows that he is loved and not just another body taking up space at school. The staff truly care about him as a student and person!

The best is yet to come!

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We have an incredible amount of activity at school this week.  It gets me fired up to see so many students, teachers, coaches and parents working together!  We just finished up Spiritual Renewal Week with four great speakers, including Pastor Bill Rose, Pastor Jonathan Smith, Michael Hamm and apologist, Tyson James.

Tuesday, we had three volleyball matches, a soccer game and youth sports practicing after school.  In addition, we had several students compete in the Spelling Bee at the Fair.  We had two first place finishes (Leah Mills, 10th grade, & Samantha Macklin, 8th grade), a second place finish (Emanual Newsome, 11th grade), and a couple of third place finishes (Jason Mirus 5th grade & Natalie Rheingruber, 9th grade).  Not to mention that senior Grace Bailey was named Miss Congeniality at the Queen of the Fair competition.  That doesn’t even include all the other events in which we are competing!

We’re even going to crank it up a notch.  On Wednesday, Reggie Dabbs spoke to our 4th-12th graders.  Friday is Grandparent’s Day AND we are kicking off the Annual Fund Campaign with the Boosterthon.  This year, our annual fund goal is to raise $100,000.  We are working hard to raise $35,000 of it through the Boosterthon Fun Run and Color Run.  It’s going to take a total team effort to reach our goal, which is why our second goal is to have 100% of our families participate.  If we reach the $35,000 milestone with the Boosterthon fundraiser, my hair will be dyed WCS Red.

We plan to use the money raised through the annual fund to upgrade the infrastructure of our school to accommodate more and better technology for our students and teachers.  This will include items such as new laptops for faculty, more tablets for students as young as K4, increased bandwidth, fiber-optic cabling, switches, routers and more access points to increase WiFi capabilities.  We also plan to add playground equipment across the entire campus, improve the sound system in the gym, begin to replace old desks in the elementary classrooms, and add equipment for the fine arts department.

It’s an exciting time to be a member of the WCS family.  The best is yet to come!  We can reach these goals and accomplish a great deal if we work together.  We can also have a lot of fun!

Planning for Their Futures

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Each year, approximately 99% of WCS students will attend college after graduation. Many students will begin at a four-year college and others will begin at the community college.  During their time in the upper high school grades, students have several opportunities to explore the college options open to them.

On Monday morning, September 24th, Wayne Christian juniors and seniors anxiously awaited the arrival of the charter bus taking them to the College Fair at North Raleigh Christian Academy.  Thirty-nine students and several parents attended.  The fair featured thirty-eight colleges and universities. Students were tasked with the assignment of speaking with at least five of the representatives.

After returning home, students wrote papers detailing what they experienced as they visited with the college representatives.  They were to find the enrollment figures for the schools, what were the top five programs at the school, and other relevant information. In late November, seniors will also attend ‘Discover Wayne’ at Wayne Community College, where they will see first hand what the local college has to offer.

Boosterthon

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Our annual Boosterthon fundraising event kicks off on Monday, October 8. Pledging will open for the Wayne Christian School Fun Run on the same day!

We have set a goal of raising $35,000 for this year’s Boostethon.  If 100% of families get pledges from 5 sponsors, we will easily surpass our goal of $35,000.  (Sidenote: Mr. Brenner has promised to dye his hair WCS Red if we reach this goal!)

The easiest way to help us reach our goals is through our easy SHARE feature on funrun.com.

  • Make a Student Star video to share with Facebook Friends
  • Copy and paste the email template and then send to family, friends, and local businesses
  • Go to funrun.com from your mobile device, click share, and send texts to friends and family

Remember, every pledge counts.

We will host our Fun Run on Wednesday, October 17. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us as we celebrate the end of the Boosterthon.

A Time of Worship

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September 27, 2018

I had the privilege of worshiping with our elementary students this morning during Chapel.  What a blessing it was to listen to them praise the true and living God.  They were singing “In the Eye of the Storm,” the same song that they sang in the video that went viral right before Hurricane Florence.  (If you haven’t seen the video, you should take a look.  Over 3 million people viewed it on Facebook and it was picked up by media outlets around the country.)

While sitting there, I was reminded of why I love our school so much.  Mr. Miranda talked about the morning they sang the song in the hallway.  He said, “We prayed like we always do every morning, then we sang the song.”  It hit me right then … he said “we prayed like we do EVERY morning.”

What a privilege to pray together every morning!

It was fun to watch the video go viral a few weeks ago.  It was heartwarming to listen to people tell me about how they cried when they first watched it.  It was humbling to read the comments (almost 3000) from people across the globe.

God took something small, something ordinary, something we do every day–and blessed millions.  Amazing!

I think I got a glimpse of how the little boy felt in Matthew 14.  The little boy offered his lunch to Jesus, and Jesus fed 5,000 with it.  This month, our kids offered prayer and praise, and Jesus used it to feed millions!

Grandparent’s Day

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We are officially through six weeks of school this year and October is already here. I always enjoy this time of year – football, the county fair, and pumpkins – and Grandparents Day. I would love for all grandparents to join us on Friday, October 5 for Grandparents Day. Our students in kindergarten through fourth grade have been working hard, even with a hurricane delay, to prepare for this special day. Grandparents will be treated to a special program, followed by refreshments and a visit to their grandchild’s classroom.

Grandparents Day is one of my favorite days of the school year. I enjoy getting to meet all the grandparents and see their joy at watching their grandchild in the program. It’s always fun seeing the children lead, and sometimes pull, their grandparents into the classroom to show them their seat, their pencil box, and introduce them to their best friend.

I am looking forward to next Friday, and I look forward to seeing all of our grandparents!

See you soon,

Mr. Luis Miranda, Elementary Principal

Meet Ms. Lofton

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Jessica Lofton, technology and computer teacher, is in her second year teaching at WCS. She previously spent 12 years in the public school systems in Wayne and Johnston Counties. Ms. Lofton holds numerous degrees: Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Cameron University, a BS in Computer Information Systems from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a BS in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She also recently wrote a grant for the Amazon Future Engineer Program to bring additional computer programming courses to WCS for our high school students. She attends First Baptist Church and cites John 3:16 as her favorite verse.