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For the past couple of months, the NCS National Honor Society has asked our school community to donate items to Becca's Closet. Becca's Closet began in South Florida when a young woman named Rebecca Kirtman launched a dress drive to provide prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could not afford them. That first year, Becca collected and donated over 250 dresses and helped hundreds of girls attend prom. Rebecca was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003, but her mission continues, with multiple chapters being formed across the United States. The National Honor Society at NCS decided to join the cause and the Nashville Christian community came through! Yesterday, the NHS officers were thrilled to take all the donated items to a local chapter of Becca's closet. We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who gave! For more information about Becca's Closet, go to www.beccascloset.org.
Instead of running a fundraiser this nine weeks, the middle school house of Honor wanted to run a social campaign to help the organization "R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word." This organization works to help eliminate the R-word "retard(ed)" from being used in inappropriate ways. This social campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.
Use of this word is often an issue in middle schools. The house of Honor wanted to educate NCS middle school students and ask them to commit to not use the R-word and be more aware of their language in general. They also bought wristbands in support of the campaign and handed them out to middle school students who agreed to commit to not using the word any longer.
Way to go house of Honor! You truly exemplify our mission of being "a Christian, authentic, dynamic school equipping students to be global leaders." You have shown strong leadership and have taken a great step towards changing your world!
Every year, high school students from Nashville Christian School are given the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to New York City through the Center for Student Missions. This past June, a group of 22 students and teachers spent eight days embedded in the culture and diversity that New York City offers. It was truly a life-changing opportunity, and during the trip a very authentic, gut-wrenching experience took place.
The group was serving in East New York at a community farm. As they were eating lunch, a discussion came up about how much we take for granted in America. One of our seniors, Mente Rudolph, began to share his experiences in Ethiopia. Mente is at Nashville Christian School because he was adopted from Ethiopia by a local family. He shared that he and his family received one meal a day in Ethiopia and that they were extremely grateful. All of the students were impacted by what Mente shared and began to brainstorm about ways to help. Student Government Vice President Tanner Goodman and National Honor Society Treasurer Sydney Cantrell challenged the group to think outside of the box.
In the end, the chaperones and other mission team members made a decision to challenge the entire NCS student body to help feed children in Ethiopia. This project is designed to take the small change that we consider trivial, and use it to feed hundreds of children in Ethiopia. We collect change and small bills each Friday to contribute to this cause. It takes $250 to feed 100 children, and so far we have collected $2,103.87! Ordinary Hero sent this special thank you video which we hope brings home the impact of your donations.
We are asking each student to give one dollar every Friday through the rest of the school year. You can send in small change or donations with your student, give donations to Leslie Dahl at the front desk, or catch one of us in the traffic line. If you would like to know more about Ordinary Hero, click here.
November is typically thought of as a month dedicated to giving thanks, but NCS students took that a step further and made November a month of giving back.
After a beautiful Praise and Thanksgiving service together, all NCS families K-12 shared a meal together. As usual with Thanksgiving, there were lots of leftovers. The National Honor Society arranged to have “to go” boxes ready, and students and staff immediately set about packing up the leftovers into individual meals. Coach McPherson then drove some of our high school students through the streets of downtown Nashville, looking to give those meals away to the homeless. We estimate that over 400 lives were touched by smiles, hot food, biblical messages and sweet tea that day.
The Nashville Christian Service Club also encouraged everyone to give back by organizing a schoolwide can drive in November. Elementary students lined the halls with their food donations, middle school students held a house competition to see which house could bring in the most donations, and high school students stacked up some of their cans in the shape of a Christmas tree. When it was all said and done, we took 2,695 pounds of food to The Ark in Pegram, TN where it will be distributed to those in need. This was the largest private donation they have ever received!
Service is a staple at Nashville Christian School and a great catalyst for equipping our students to become global leaders! Go Eagles!
On Saturday, November 12th, the NCS Men of Faith put their hands to work on a couple of needs around the NCS campus. The men were able to give the Main Gym some much-needed attention by cleaning the basketball goals, floors, and bleacher area. Though middle Tennessee experienced the first hard freeze of the season, the men braved the cold, cleaning up the sidelines of the football field and putting up the sideline mats. Thinking about getting involved? A December service opportunity is currently in the works! If you are interested in serving with the NCS Men of Faith, come to their next meeting on December 6th at 6:00pm in room HS-16 or contact Brad DiPasquale at email@example.com for more information. Thanks to all the men who have come out to serve!
The newly-formed Junior Eagle Council decided to spread some cheer by inviting other elementary students to join them in painting 615 Rocks and planting them around the Bellevue community. 615 Rocks! is an initiative to build community by planting these creative rocks for people to find and then share on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page. Nashville Christian School President Mrs. Shelton spotted one in a tree near her parking space. If you have an Eagle eye and you spot one of our rocks, you can help spread the fun by posting a picture of it on the 615 Rocks! Facebook page here.
The Eagle Parent Association, often referred to as the EPA, is the Nashville Christian version of a PTO. All of our NCS parents are automatically members of the EPA. We are honored to announce that since the EPA's inception in December of 2015 our organization has been blessed to contribute $70,000 back to Nashville Christian School. We raise money through a variety of fundraisers that include athletic concessions, the school Spirit Store and Trailer (during the football games), Athletic Club memberships and Trading Threads Consignment Sale to name a few. We also receive a portion of the Auction proceeds.
Some of the items purchased with the funds are:
- State Championship rings, shakers for the game, and pregame breakfast for fans, refinishing gym floors, new bleachers, weight room improvements, wall pads, uniforms, basketballs and other athletic needs
- New curtains for performances in the MPR, a new sewing machine and surger for drama department, musical instruments for the music department, and other fine arts needs
- Robots for the MS and HS robotics program, Reader Leader Program, school supplies, updated teacher workroom, alternative classroom seating for both elementary and high school, and other academic needs
- Back to School Bash and Splash, Father/Daughter Dance, sponsoring Spiritual Emphasis Week, supplementing school mission trips, Mickey Martin Memorial
And those are just a few of the many ways the EPA has helped our school and our students grow spiritually, academically, physically, and socially!
The EPA sponsors many events through the year that benefit our school either through funds raised or by promoting our NCS community. There are several events taking place this semester, so please mark your calendar and plan on volunteering and participating!
- Father Daughter Dance, February 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)
- Trading Threads Consignment Sale, March 24th and 25th
- Spring Fling, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm (Community-wide event)
If you have ever participated in any of our events or bought food at an athletic event, we want to say THANK YOU for your participation and contributions! To sign up for volunteer opportunities, fill out our online volunteer form, or email Katie Ryckman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the EPA events, please contact any one of the EPA Board Members below.
Mike Campbell - email@example.com
Mike Lee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Kinslow - email@example.com
Karen Marlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stoney Greenlee - email@example.com
Matt Oberbreckling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Simpson - email@example.com
Katie Rickman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Robbins - email@example.com
Nashville Christian has a unique sense of community, and there is a deep level of commitment shown to our school by our parents, students, alumni and faculty. An integral part of that supportive community is the Eagles Parent Association (EPA). Every NCS parent is automatically a member of the EPA, whose commitment is to: strengthen the partnership between parents and the school to enhance student experience, raise funds for the benefit of school programs, and build community through events and volunteer opportunities.
The EPA raises funds through the Annual Auction Dinner, City Saver Sale, Trading Threads Consignment Sale, Eagles Athletic Club Memberships, selling advertising in the Athletic Program and on banners, Quarterback Club Memberships, Box Tops for Education, the Eagle Spirit Store, and all concessions at athletic events. Teachers, administrators, athletic teams, or other school groups and clubs can submit a request for funding their needs that go above and beyond regular school expenses. The EPA Board then thoughtfully considers these requests and works hard to spread the funding evenly amongst academic, athletic, fine arts and spiritual life needs to benefit all NCS students. Over the last two years, the Eagles Parent Association (EPA) has funded a long list of items and events for Nashville Christian School, almost too numerous to count!
Just a few of the needs they have helped fund in the past two years are PE supplies, playground equipment, a Reader Leader program, and alternative seating for multiple classrooms. The EPA purchased much-needed curtains for the many fine arts productions in our multipurpose room, and helped fund theater trips for NCS thespians. Our athletic department has received multiple athletic uniforms, equipment, transportation, and facilities upgrades. They also award two $1000 scholarships to graduating scholar athletes.
But the love and support has not been limited to our students. The EPA also provides birthday cakes for our teachers, a special lunch at Christmas, and they recently matched funds to remodel the high school teachers’ lounge. Last April they sponsored a parent seminar on “Being a Purposeful Parent,” and they have plans for future seminars on a variety of topics for parents.
The EPA has supported the spiritual growth of our students, families, and even alumni by purchasing a RightNow Media subscription. This “Netflix of video Bible studies” makes thousands of videos from all of the top Christian leaders and Bible teachers available to the NCS family for free! The EPA has also helped fund student mission trips to Mexico and New York City.
Beyond just providing funds, the EPA volunteers countless hours each year to execute fundraising events as well as managing all concessions for athletic events. They are also responsible for purchases and sales through the bookstore and trailer. These parent volunteers are essential to helping build the NCS community through events like the Back to School Splash, Back to School Bash, Breakfast with Santa, Father/Daughter Dance, and Spring Fling.
We’d like to say thank you to all who have given so much of their time and support through the EPA. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer or would like to know more about how you can get involved with the EPA, go to http://www.nashvillechristian.org/give/epa.cfm. And don’t forget the upcoming 2016 “Start Here, Go Anywhere” dinner and auction on November 12th! Tickets will go on sale after fall break.