Stay up to date with the latest news at Cadillac Heritage Christian School! The online version is a more abbreviated version of the available PDF download.
Volume 50, Issue 23
February 27, 2014
Please pray EVERY DAY for Cadillac Heritage Christian School
Hoops & Loops
Friday, March 14, 2014
Temple Hill Baptist Church
- We will be needing people to transport students to THBC on the day of the event.
- We will be needing help with registration.
- We will be needing people for clean up: vacuum carpet/sweep the gym floor/check bathrooms/take out trash.
If you would be available to drive or help with the other duties, please call the office at 775-4272 and let us know.
All 5-12 graders start at 12:45 p.m. and Y5-4 grade walkers start at 2:00 p.m.
CHCS Talent Show
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Covenant Life Church
7700 W. Blue Road
Lake City, MI
This event is for individual or small group performances and is open to all CHCS students.
A note was sent home earlier this week. The deadline for students to turn in a sign-up form to Mrs. Vrieze is Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
For more information please call Mrs. Vrieze at 775-4012.
All School Family Parent Meeting
Thursday, March 6, 2014
There is new and exciting information to share! Please make sure that at least one parent is in attendance. This is a parent oriented meeting, so please make childcare arrangements.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
We will be hosting our annual Open House to introduce prospective families to Cadillac Heritage Christian School.
We would like to ask that 4 dozen homemade cookies be provided forthis event.
We will also need 1 gallon of juice.
Please call the school office at 775-4272 to let us know if you can provide these items and keep in mind to turn in your receipts for PSO credit.
Mom to Mom Sale
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fox Hill Event Center
7640 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac
$1 admission, 12 and under are free.
For contract information see our website at www.cadillacheritagechristian.com or call the school office at 775-4272.
What: A Night of Worship
Where: Cherry Grove Event Center, 5676 E. M-55, Cadillac, MI 49601
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
This is an event to raise funds for the Living Tree Outreach Center. Local worship teams will be performing live Christian music, admission is a free will offering and 50% of all proceeds will go to the Living Tree Outreach Center.
What: CTC Summer Camp
Where: Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center, 9901 E. 13th Street, Cadillac
Date: June 16-19, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
There are 17 CTC Summer camps now open for enrollment for students who are entering into the 7th-9th grade next year. There is a $10 registration fee. Bussing is provided. For a list of programs and more information, see their facebook page or call 876-2200. Also, there are brochures in the
Spring Soccer 2014
for all girls grades 6-11
The season begins with indoor practices held at the Temple Hill Baptist Church gym from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mon./Tues./Thurs./Fri. starting March 17.
Outdoor practices start Monday, April 7, and will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Mon./Tues./Thurs./Fri. unless a game is scheduled for that night.
Homeschool athletes are welcome.
Please contact Mrs. Koster to sign up for spring soccer at 231-920-5704.
Teams: Elem. Girls BB, Varsity BB
Date: Monday, March 3
Games: Home, 5:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.
Opponents: St. Mary, Big Rapids / Immanuel Christian, Roscommon
Team: Elem. Girls BB
Date: Monday, March 10
Game: Away 5:00 p.m.
Opponent: St. Mary, Big Rapids
Departure Time: 3:30 p.m.
Return Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $3 + fast food $
Elementary Girls BB Tournament
9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15
Renaissance Public School Academy
The Curious Brain
By: Bonnie Bruce
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
The brain thrives on: good nutrition, loving touch, movement, language, direct experience through unstructured exploration, community and recognition of unique time tables.
We have a tendency to provide children with so much structure that we are teaching them “what” to think rather than “how” to think – a skill that comes through self-directed play and plenty of unstructured time.
Over the last 20 years, looking at children ages 3 to 12 years there has been a drop of 12 hours a week of free time for unstructured activities and structured sports going up by 50%. Some parents feel that they need to have their child’s life mapped out by the time they are 8 years old. They see unstructured play as a waste of time or they are concerned that their child will become bored and boredom equals behavior problems.
Electronic media, screen time or monitor time can do more harm than good when it comes to developing the creative brain. Dr. Linn from Harvard Medical School notes that although this type of media might be entertaining, it can be “antithetical to play.” Play is about discovering what the world is all about and not becoming a passive
spectator limited by rules that other people have engineered. There is speed, noise, action and distraction and Dr. Linn feels that children need time, space, and silence.
Studies indicate that being actively involved in the environment and socializing in the environment will stimulate growing brains in an appropriate way. An activity which engages interest or imagination and sparks the desire to seek out an answer, ponder a question or create a response, helps to enrich the brain’s growing power.
Children who are hurried from one activity to another may get a lot of sensory input but will be shortchanged on the time-consuming process of forming association networks to understand and organize experiences meaningfully.
WHAT CAN I DO AS A PARENT TO STRENGTHEN THE CURIOUS BRAIN?
- Try to provide uninterrupted playtime every day, and help your child find easy access to open-ended materials.
- Try to buy as few single-purpose, media-linked, and electronic toys as possible.
- When buying a toy, ask the following: What is the potential of this toy for fostering imaginative play and creative problem solving? A good toy is 90% child and 10% toy.
- Try to give your child as many concrete experiences with everyday activities as you can.
- Think about things around the house that can expand opportunities for creative play.
- Keep your child’s screen time to a minimum so that it does not interfere with active play. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one to two hours of quality screen time for older children and no screen time for children under the age of two.
- Encourage more human time through talking, eating meals together, and playing together.
- Limit extra-curricular activities especially before the age of eight years of age.
- Push down academics does not make brighter children. Many of our school environments are not developmentally friendly. The emphasis should be on turning curious children into lifelong learners.
- Support developmentally appropriate early childhood programs that promote social-emotional development. Young children are learning how to function in a group setting, how to listen and take directions, and how to regulate their emotions.