A day of Community Service
April 24, 2021
Inspired and encouraged! Those are two words to describe how I felt on Saturday at our Be the Salt Day. A little after 10 am as people were all gathering and chatting in the parking lot I looked up and 'happened' to see a Bald Eagle flying low in a beautiful blue sky! It was so clear to me it was God's way of saying, "Well done good and faithful servants." When I pointed it out, Judah (from Mr. Jordan's class) said, "And that's our mascot!" From that moment to us all gathering for prayer to walking around and seeing all of our students and families working together to socializing over pizza I was isnpired and encouraged. Inspired by how much good there is in our Upton Lake Community and encouraged by a little bit of normalcy in this covid world we have been stuck in.
I watched little pre-k students painting birdhouses for senior homes, 1/2 graders making 60 cards of love and encouragement, 3/4 graders cleaning every chair in our gym, 5/6 graders gathering over 40 bags of leaves at the cemetary down the street, 7/8 graders organizing and delivering canned goods, 9/10 graders scrubbing every inch of our kitchen and 11/12 graders (I didn't see this only heard) beautifying the front of a Crisis Pregnancy Center building. Kindergarten will be packing bags for essential workers this week. It was a beautiful day from the weather to the people!
Fostering Family Devotions
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Our Covid-19 Response
Upton Lake returned to school on Sept 9, 2020 with full in-person learning. We provide flexible remote learning options to meet the needs of all students who are unable to attend in person, whether for the duration or just temporarily due to illness or exposure. We have a plan for continuation of learning should we have to close our building temporarily at any time.
Our small community is blessed to be able to respond quickly, personally, and wisely. Thank you to the families who are so graciously adapting to the changes required in these times.
Update: 5/25/21 We are carefully watching the state mandates related to schools and monitoring symptoms and exposure as reported by parents. To date, the CDC and NYS have not changed school guidelines and so we continue to follow our Covid Reopening Plan. Parents, please notify the school nurse, Marianne Bridges, as soon as possible if your student develops symptoms or you have a change in exposure.
FAQ's about fall 2020 reopening (stay tuned for 2021 information)
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Starting the Day with a Smile
The Importance of Starting the Day with a Smile
The beginning of a new school year always brings a million decisions for teachers, especially when it's your first year in your own classroom. For years in college I heard about so many different teaching strategies, curriculums, behavior strategies, classroom management strategies, and everything else. It’s a lot to choose from! But one thing I knew early on that I wanted to do was be ready every morning at my classroom door to greet my students. Students should feel cared for and noticed by their teachers and what better way than a quick cheery hello and a fist bump to start the day?
And so as the school year started I made sure that I was ready and waiting at 8:00am when the students came marching in. I have noticed that it gives me an opportunity to hear how they are doing and insight into how they would be for the day. Students tell me about something fun they did the night before, ask me about homework, or they tell me about their siblings or how they didn't sleep well, and even how they had a fight before they came to school. I appreciate seeing their open honest hearts and I know how much they love to let me know what they are thinking and feeling.
I knew why I was doing this morning routine but I did not think the students had noticed it until one morning I was running late and had to make last minute copies. I was getting organized when one of my students came stomping into the room and right up to where I was and exclaimed "Miss Greer! Where were you!?" I said I had been making copies in the copy room. The student did not look impressed by my answer and said "but you didn't say good morning..." Well ever since then I have worked double hard to be ready by 8am.
If 2020 has taught me anything it's that attitude is everything, we have had a lot of changes and there will be more to come. During this time of uncertainty kids need role models and something consistent to hold on to. I was recently talking to a friend of mine whose daughter is in online kindergarten and she remarked how frustrating it was to listen to her daughter's class and hear the teacher make comments like "everyone listen up because i'm having a bad day" or yawning throughout a lesson. How is a child supposed to take learning seriously when they hear things like that? Kids absorb the attitudes they are seeing around them about the situations happening in the world. Wearing a mask, not being able to use regular resources, and social distancing are all difficult to handle every day. But it only takes a second to smile and say a cheery good morning to help set a kid up for a good day. That is my challenge for myself and to anyone else.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Kindergarten Prep at Upton Lake Christian School is a place where children learn through play. We do this through:
- Sensory fun
- Letter recognition and sound
- Numbers, shapes and colors
- Writing and fine motor skills
- Building social skills
- Reading and story telling
- But most importantly, discovering the love of God through Christ!
Dual Enrollment English at Davis College
ULCS is grateful to have successfully implemented a dual enrollment English class from Davis College. Our seniors have the option of completing their high school English while at the same time completing college English 101 and 102. Our high school English teacher, Renee Smith, is the teacher of record and collaborates with the English department at Davis College, using their curriculum.
We spoke with 2 graduates from last year's class: Chloe Yerger and Nadya Kruger. Both appreciated the college level paper writing skills they acquired. The credits also allowed them to skip ahead to classes in their major, reducing workload and giving them an edge.
"It helped me manage the fast-paced nursing program here at SUNY Plattsburgh." ~ Chloe Yerger, '19
"I was able to dive right into main credit courses for my major." ~ Nadya Kruger, '19
Music Concert - Virtual version
The Upton Lake Christian School community was blessed by our annual Spring Art & Music Concert in a virtual format. Our music teacher, Mrs. Koepp, conducted the elementary students in a variety of songs. Our art teacher, Mr. Hawk, filmed and edited their performances and incorporated some of their art projects from the year. Families from near and far were able to join us for an online viewing party.
"One perk of being a small school is that we are not only a school community but a family. This family has never failed to encourage each other in bad times, laugh with each other in the good times, and push each other to become better... Yes, this school has brought me great memories, amazing friends, academic knowledge, life lessons, and much much more, but the most important thing is how it aided me in making my faith my own."
~ Jennifer Puhalski, Salutatorian, ULCS '20