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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the Track Training Area was a fun and successful event! As the guests arrived, we had our track coaching staff and some of our male and female track and field student-athletes demonstrated how we plan to utilize the area. There were sprinters coming out of the starting blocks, hurdlers hurdling, jumpers jumping, and warm-up drills being executed. Those in attendance were board members, Head of School Connie Jo Shelton, development team members, school administrators, donors, parents, and family members. Several spoke and shared their gratitude for all that helped to make this vision a reality. NCS Chief Development Officer Jeff Fincher said, "We are really excited to provide this much-needed training space for our men's and women's track teams. And we are exceedingly grateful to our donors who brought this one-of-a-kind facility to fruition. Those supporters are proof that it is our people who truly make this a unique and special place." Food was prepared by Debbie Seigenthaler and there was a time for great fellowship after the ribbon was cut. It was a great evening for NCS Athletics!
When record-breaking rain flooded Humphreys County, leaving thousands of families without even the most basic needs, the giving spirit of the Eagles was overwhelming. Nashville Christian families were eager to show their support, so faculty and staff prepared to accept donations during drop off and pick up. The halls of NCS were overflowing with dry goods, cleaning supplies, paper products, clothing, diapers and so much more!
The family of one of our football players was devasted by the flooding with the loss of two family members and multiple homes. Our 5th and 6th grade football team huddled up to raise funds to support that family, and together they gave more than $4,500!
We were able to take multiple truckloads of supplies to various locations throughout the Waverly and Dickson areas. Special thanks to Coach Brothers and Mrs. Brasel for leading the effort to collect these supplies and deliver them where they were needed, and to the Kubiak family for helping us transport the supplies.
Thanks to everyone in the Nashville Christian community for your support of the recovery effort for those affected by the flooding in Humphreys County. We are NC!
The Fall Book Fair was another great success and the Elementary Eagles had a blast dressing up all week. They kicked off book fair week with slippers and sweats.
Next was “Blast From the Past” day. Students came dressed in a variety of attire. We had everyone from Pocahontas to Princess Diana. Nancy Kerrigan could be seen skating through our halls and a few former presidents attended.
Wednesday was Decades Day to celebrate book week. Elementary eagles dressed like the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s depending on their grade. Everyone looked cool, groovy, far out, and totally tubular!
One of our favorites each year is Book Character Day. Students came dressed as their favorite book characters, and they were so creative! Some of them dressed up together or had props.
Showing our eagle pride is always a great way to celebrate the final day of Book Week. Thanks to everyone who participated! Go Eagles!
NCS will be hosting our 11th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out on February 4th during our basketball game against Goodpasture. Funds raised during this event go to help someone in the NCS family who is battling breast cancer. This year, we have two NCS alumni as our beneficiaries, and we thought you might like to know a little more about these courageous women you will be helping. Here are their powerful stories:
Lindsay Loring King (class of '95)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and went through chemotherapy. By the middle of 2015, I was in remission. There was no cancer showing anywhere in my body. I continued to go to my oncologist every 30- 60 days, and everything was great!
In October of 2017, I went to my oncologist for my routine appointment, and an ultrasound was done, which showed that the cancer had returned. It was in the same side and had also spread to lymph nodes. My oncologist was blown away because of the fact that I have no family history, my age is fairly young, and I had a double mastectomy and the strongest chemotherapy that I could have had in 2014-2015. I began treatment in 2018, and in February of 2019, a pet scan was done to see if anything had spread, and to determine if I would be a candidate for surgery. The pet scan showed that the tumors were all the same size, maybe a little smaller. My oncologist then submitted my case to the "tumor board,” a team of surgeons. They said that I was not a candidate at that time because of the size of the tumors. I started on new medications and then in 3-4 months they wanted to do another pet scan.
On June 13, 2019, I had another pet scan, and that was the time I got the news that no one wants to ever hear. My cancer had spread to both lungs. My cancer is not operable. I have stage 4, terminal metastatic breast cancer that is in my breast, lymph nodes and both lungs.
I will continue treatments for the rest of my life. I have four children, and that is why I fight every day.
Mallie Wilson (class of '11)
I graduated from NCS in 2011. I now work with a therapeutic foster care agency as a case manager, and I love it!
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer July 3, 2019 and immediately started treatment. I have been going through chemo since then and now have my surgery scheduled for February 5th (lucky timing, right? lol). I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
I can remember cheering at these games when I was a student at NCS, but I never imagined I would be so personally impacted by breast cancer myself. I am so grateful to this school and all the things they do to help the community. Thank you so so much again for thinking of me! Y’all have no idea how much this helps!
We will have several opportunities for you to give a donation the night of the Pink Out. We will have a soup supper beginning at 5:00pm and continuing throughout the games until we run out. We only ask that if you choose to eat, please leave a donation in the bucket. We will also play the Heads or Tails game for an awesome prize during halftime of the girls game. Tokens will be sold for $10 for your chance to play. Last year the prize was a 32” TV! If you can't make it to the game, please consider making a donation to help these young women by clicking here.
If you would like to add a friend or family member’s name to the game program please email Ashley Page their information. We will have a section for survivors and those who have lost their courageous fight. Please also let me know if you are a survivor or know of a survivor that will be coming to the game. We would like to make sure to honor everyone!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Ashley Page at email@example.com or 356-5600 ext. 114. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for continued support!
It was definitely “A Night to Shine” at this year’s NCS Auction Fundraiser. Once again we sold out the event, and through the generosity of all who attended, we raised over $103,000! $51,000 of that total was raised in the last few minutes during the paddle raise. Those funds will specifically go towards a new bus, which will benefit all of our students with safe transportation to field trips, sporting events, and service opportunities.
Then entertainment for the night was extra special this year with performances by our students. A group of cast members from Annie performed two of their numbers from the show, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Little Girls.” High school cast members of Shape of the Grave performed a powerful scene from their show about “Bloody Sunday” in Ireland 1972. The NCS Entertainers sang “Never Enough” from the popular movie The Greatest Showman. Our NCS Rock Band livened things up with “Natural Woman” and a “We Will Rock You/Beat It” compilation. Attendees got to know the fine arts faculty members through their performances as well. Kayce Green and Kevin Durham got the laughs with their rendition of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” and then summoned the tears with their performance of “Our Children.” Art teachers Donna Torrez and Emily Johnson painted live pieces alongside several students during the event, and all of their artwork was auctioned off at the end of the live auction. The finale was a great way to end with all the performers singing “Children Will Listen.”
NCS parent Katie Reasor said, “My favorite thing about the auction this year was the entertainment! I was so touched by the enthusiasm and the talent of all of the performers. There was such a variety - traditional choral music, pop pieces and even some drama! It was fun to see Kayce Green and Kevin Durham perform together, as well. It’s quite clear that they enjoy what they do! I think their enthusiasm for the arts is so apparent and has truly impacted and motivated their students.”
This year’s auction was my favorite one that I have ever been to! Seeing all of the different forms of artistic expression - theater, singing, painting - from all ages of students was amazing. I hope it’s replicated every year,” added Shelley McClary.
The first NCS Sporting Clay Tournament at the Nashville Gun Club was a huge success! This event was a fundraiser for a new track and field training area on campus. This project design includes seven lanes at 50 meters long and an area for shot, discus, high jump, long jump and pole vault. Thanks to the support of all who participated in and sponsored the tournament, we raised more than $8,000!
There were 75 shooters who competed, with the winning team being Brassfield & Gorrie (Dan Martin, Clay Bright, Clay Bright IV, and Mark Martin). The winning score was 214! Our top individual shooter was Chad Williams who shot 49 out of 50 targets!
After a great morning of shooting, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Martin’s Bar-B-Que. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Enterprise Solutions and the Nashville Gun Club. Their facility and staff were excellent. Other sponsors who supported this event were:
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, BSN, Fox Channel 17, Friedman’s Army Supply, Gateway Tires, J. Alexander’s, Jessup Eye Care, Legend’s Bank, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Maryland Farms Family Dentistry, Nashville Tent, Publix, PWC, Royal Range, SIG.org, Siteworks LLC, Sonic, Southbound Outfitters, Sports Clips, Sportsman Bar & Grill, Stonetree Mulch, Temple Hills Golf Club, William Yon Agency, and Zaxby’s.
And of course, we couldn’t do it without our volunteers. Thanks to Kim Bowker, Leah Bowker, Tony Marlin, Olivia Marlin, Bubba Norris , Brie Pritchard, and Michael Travis for all of their hard work to make this day happen. We hope you will make plans to join us next year!
This past season we have had tremendous growth in the size of our high school track and field program. We have gone from having only five male members last season to having 20 male members and 12 female members participating this season. We experienced tremendous growth and success with our student-athletes during the regular season that led us to the Region Championship, which is our opportunity to qualify for the State Track Meet.
The week of the region, our girls team finished 5th out of 16 teams and accumulated 14 Region medals qualifying four girls for the state meet. Our boys team finished 7th out of 16 teams and accumulated 16 region medals qualifying two for the state meet. In the state meet we had four athletes medal, sophomore Harris Adams and junior Brittany Lawless-Sherrill in the Shot Put, junior Dakota Owens in the 100m Dash and freshman Olivia Marlin in the 400m. All of this was accomplished without a track or appropriate training facilities on the NCS campus.
Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler has presented a plan for a new track training area and has begun raising funds for the project. The plans include seven lanes at 50 meters long and areas for shot, discus, high jump, long jump and pole vault. We feel that there is a genuine excitement for the track and field team at NCS, and we know that with the completion of this track training project, Nashville Christian can be an up-and-coming power in track and field!
Thanks to an anonymous $2 million donation to kick off our upcoming capital campaign, Nashville Christian School is breaking ground on some new classrooms! This space will include two regular classrooms, additional storage, an open-concept flex room, and a state-of-the-art science lab which will open up the current middle school science lab for our elementary students.
On May 24, 2019, we held a special Groundbreaking Ceremony and invited our current families to come out and celebrate with us. If you missed it, you can watch the Facebook live video we shared below!
Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming capital campaign and more great additions planned for Nashville Christian School!
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the can drive for The Ark in Pegram, TN. You gave a grand total of 2695 pounds of food which is the largest private can drive donation they have ever received! Thank you for your generosity to our surrounding communities!
We had a successful two weeks of fundraising for the American Heart Association with Jump Rope for Heart! We demolished our original goal of $2,000. Our final count is over $8,000!!! I am so proud of each of our elementary Eagle students for exceeding our goal!
Jordan Thompson was our top fundraiser for the entire elementary school! She raised $1,000 for the American Heart Association. She received a special prize of a jar full of candy and got to pick the PE activity for her class! Great Job Jordan!
Each grade level class had competitions to see who could raise the most and have the most students register. Our Kindergarten Eagles alone raised over $2,000!!! Super proud of them! Thank you so much to everyone who donated to a great cause!
On Friday, February 2nd, NCS hosted our 9th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out! Each year, 10% of the proceeds from the night goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the rest helps with the medical expenses of someone in the NCS family currently fighting breast cancer. This year’s beneficiary was Elaine Hyde. Elaine works for Tucker Photography, and was taking pictures throughout the night’s events.
We had several different ways people could give. Participants could purchase a “NCS Hoops 4 Hope” t-shirt, enjoy some dinner at the Soup Supper, buy a $5 ticket to compete in the halftime “GOTCHA” game, or pay $10 for a ticket to play in the “Heads or Tails” game. This year’s winner of the “Heads or Tails” game was 3rd grader Maddie Friedberg. Maddie was so excited she jumped for joy and received hugs of congratulations from friends to go with her brand new 32” TV!
Several breast cancer survivors were present at the game. All survivors received a Pink Out t-shirt and a small gift and were honored at center court between games. The honoree, Elaine Hyde, was so moved when we were able to present her with a check for $2,400 to help with her medical expenses!
"I feel very unworthy but oh so blessed by the friendships that I have acquired from a business connection - does not feel like business, feels like serving family and simply being a part of something greater than myself or a job. I go over to the school and I am accepted with love and respect in spite of my scarves, hats or boy hair. In fact, it was at your school the night of Coming Home that Ashley Page helped me step outside my fears and work without my hair, but my new hair growth, which was much thinner than at Pink Out. She was incredibly encouraging and made me believe it was ok to be me and not hide inside my ball cap. I am a person who is usually in the background. When Ashley told me about Pink Out, I knew I wanted to photograph it and meet those that were participating. Having a personal understanding of their journey, it was important for me to be there as the photographer. Then about a week later, she refined the invitation to be the recipient, and I turned her down. She gently pressed, and I gave it some thought and prayers for several days. Anyway, you know how that played out. The monies raised floored me. I still don't know what to say. This I can assure all those involved, every cent will be applied to my cancer debt. Thank you simply is not good enough. I don't know what words are,” said Elaine.
Thank you to everyone who gave and supported the Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out!
The process of planning this event for the kids was something we were really working hard to achieve and looking forward to doing. We started off thinking of ways to gather and fundraise for all of the items to take to the kids, and this is when we got the idea to involve the whole student body. However, we also wanted to give the students some incentive for helping out with this project. We asked each of the math teachers individually if they would consider giving the students two points on their midterm if they were to donate, and it was a success. Immediately after making this announcement, the items started flowing in, and soon after it was time to pack up and take off.
It was 7 AM, but I have never seen everyone so energetic. We were so excited to walk through the doors of JE Moss and see those children. I knew immediately that this was going to be a great experience. We all split up into different classrooms, there were four in total, and got started with our day. On top of the gifts, we provided them with a variety of foods. The classroom Jolie and I were in happened to be most excited about the donuts. The kids were so grateful for every little thing, and the look of pure excitement on their faces was one I will never forget. However, just when they thought it was over, we brought out the presents. Immediately, the kids were screaming and jumping up and down with joy, and you couldn't help but smile. They all got seated and opened their presents only to scream even louder.
This experience was so humbling and inspirational all around. I can't even begin to express how grateful I am for being given the opportunity to be a part of this.
This year, the Fine Arts Department added an additional show to their schedule with a special presentation of Steel Magnolias. Faculty and staff were invited to audition for the show and the final cast included Nicole Arnold as Clairee, Julie Shaver as Truvy, Kathy Gupton played M’Lynn, and Kayce Green doubled us as director of the show and Ouiser. The role of Shelby was played by senior Makenna Paszek and Annelle was played by junior Tollie Boone.
Their performances did exactly what they were meant to do, drawing “laughter through tears” from mesmerized audiences. We interviewed the cast members about the experience:
What made you decide to audition for this show?
Makenna: I decided to audition for the show because my mom had said she really loved the movie and thought I would make a great Shelby. I hadn’t heard of it before auditions, but decided to watch the movie and fell in love with the story.
Tollie: The movie is one of my all time favorites that I love watching with my mom. Also I wish to continue in acting as a career and I had never done a straight show before and so I thought this would be the best show to learn another way to act.
Nicole: My decision to audition for the show was based on the enjoyment I get from being on stage and the insights that putting myself back in "acting shoes" gives me when I direct students. Reminding yourself of all the apprehensions and challenges that your students face helps you to relate to them more when mentoring and instructing.
Kathy: Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite movies. My friends and I quote lines from it all the time. When I saw that NCS was planning to do a high school/faculty production of it, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
Julie: Actually, Kathy Gupton signed me up for the audition and printed out a monologue for me to use! ☺
Kayce: I wanted to just direct but in the audition Nicole and Trisha made me read for Oiuser.
What was the best thing about the experience?
Makenna: Throughout auditions, rehearsal, and the show, I grew in my relationships with the other cast members. Having a small cast means a lot of bonding. It was really great to see the faculty members outside of their jobs. We all became super close during the time spent on this show. They all made it a wonderful last show for me.
Tollie: Getting to know the teachers involved during and after the show and being able to go to them if I need anything.
Nicole: The best thing about the experience was the camaraderie developed between the cast and the support that we were able to give one another.
Kathy: Getting to know the other cast members better and being able to work with them on the stage was the best experience. I literally laughed my way through every play practice. I also enjoyed watching myself grow and improve from beginning to end.
Julie: It sounds cliché, I know, but the best thing was definitely the camaraderie among the cast and crew. What an amazing group of people!!
Kayce: The best thing was the therapy it provided when it comes to how and when to grieve. I think that was the biggest part that everyone that was in the show and in the audience related to. Everyone has had to grieve, and we are never done grieving the loss of a loved one. The more opportunities we have to experience such a strong emotion together, the more people realize how much we all have in common.
What was the biggest challenge?
Makenna: The biggest challenged I faced was being pushed as an actress. I have never done a show as serious as this one was and I had to overcome some obstacles. I had to really get in the mindset that diabetes is something that seriously affects some people in the world and it wasn’t something I could take lightly. This show was a very emotional one for sure.
Tollie: Having to act like I was pregnant was probably the hardest thing for me. It was so uncomfortable sitting and even standing. I had to learn how to walk with the belly and it was just an overall strange experience.
Nicole: The biggest challenge was balancing time and schedules while being a mom, teaching, directing the elementary show and working on our JTF performance.
Kathy: Learning all the lines and cues and ways to deliver the lines was a challenge. Trying not to laugh when Makenna and I were doing the scene where we argue after she tells me she is pregnant may have been the biggest challenge. There was a time during the last week of practices where we could not look at each other and say our lines at the same time without laughing. Thankfully Mrs. Arnold gave us some exercises to do to get through the giggles. While not necessarily a challenge, effectively portraying M’Lynn’s grief in the last scene was something that I worked the hardest on.
Julie: Definitely learning my lines: I didn’t realize how many lines Truvy had in the play! Oh! And all the late nights at practice. I am usually in bed by 8:30!
Kayce: The challenge for me was seeing this from both perspectives. Being on the stage as a director, while acting was totally challenging. Two hats, one very specific and one very broad, figuring out the story and telling it and also, designing it so others can tell it was very hard. It was like plotting the map and then manning a portion of the ship was very difficult.
Anything else you want to say about your experience or that you want people to know?
Tollie: Another thing I loved about this show was being able to perform it for my bible teacher Coach McPherson and his wife and seeing their faces all smiling while watching the show. Being able to put a smile on their face was very heartwarming.
Nicole: I want people to know that we have very talented faculty and students and we need to get more people on campus to experience the impact of quality live theater.
Kathy: I think that everyone can identify with each of the characters in some way or another. I see people that I know in each of the characters and the other actors did a phenomenal job of bringing them to life. I hope that the play and characters touched everyone in some way that was helpful for them. The theater department does an amazing job. There were nights that they did not leave until after midnight to get the stage and costumes completed. It is hard to fully cover everything that they did to prepare for the play. A huge shout out to Kayce’s amazing direction and set design skills and Mrs. Arnold’s spot-on costume design!
Julie: It was truly an amazing first acting experience. I really appreciate my castmates and especially Kayce’s expertise and advice!
Kayce: I would like to say thank you to my husband and my daughter. They are my world. Thank you to: Kathy Gupton, whose calm, reflective, and quietly strong M’Lynn broke my heart in auditions. Julie Shaver’s clear, unapologetic Truvy, who steers us all along, Tollie Boone for her artist’s heart, Makenna Pazeck for her brilliant, fiery stubborn portrayal of Shelby, and Nicole Arnold, whose Clairee is beautifully timed, and is certainly the yin to my Ouiser yang. And to God, for the incredible way he steers my life every day. He is in and behind every story that we tell. Everything leads back to Him.
It was another great year at the NCS Auction Fundraiser! The theme was “Festival of Trees,” and with the twinkle lights and carollers, everyone got into the giving spirit. Three of the live auction items this year were fully-decorated, themed Christmas trees donated by elementary families. The middle school contributed four themed gift baskets, including a Nashville themed basket with a football signed by the Tennessee Titans own Marcus Mariota. High schoolers donated gift cards for the auction’s “grab and go” Christmas tree where donors could pay full price and walk away with the gift card without haggling.
After a delicious dinner donated by Martin’s Bar-B-Que, it was time to begin the bidding on our live auction items. First up was the “Best of Live” drawing. Tickets for “Best of Live” could be purchased for $60, and the winner received any live auction item of their choice. This year’s winner was Tim Jarrell, and he selected a helmet signed by the entire 2017 football team. Some of the other items auctioned off during the live auction were beach vacations, a trip to Disney, a special Luke Bryan concert package, and box seating at a Predators game.
The silent auction was also a huge success with a variety of great selections including jewelry, spa packages, a chance to be principal for a day, and a guitar signed by Loretta Lynn.
The auction ended with a special “Paddle Raise” with all donations going towards increased security measures at the school. Our goal was $20,000 and in less than five minutes, 41 members of the NCS community raised their paddles and together they gave $22,000! Overall, funds raised at the annual auction were $67,000!
We want to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors ($2500+): Hopkins-Page (alumni Kevin Hopkins and current and alumni grandparent Terry Page), Martins Bar-B-Que (current parents Patrick and Martha Martin), and Enterprise Solutions (alumni and alumni parent Mike Campbell)
Frankincense Sponsors ($1500+): Dr. Sharon Roth with Roth Wellness & Chiropractic and Laurie Metcalfe (current NCS grandparent) with Lagniappe Custom Jewelry
Myrrh Sponsor ($800+): Legends Bank
We would also like to thank the Auction Committee and all of our volunteers for your time and service. We could not have done it without you! We are NC
In an attempt to motivate our students in kindergarten through fifth grade, I (Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal) offered the students a reward they would surely remember. We set the goal for our Entertainment Book and Smart Card fundraiser at 500 items. The deal was if the students sold 500 items then I would sleep on the roof of the NCS Lower School Building. Boy were the students motivated! They surpassed the goal and raised over $4,000 dollars for the additions to the playground. UH OH! It was time for me to follow through with my end of the bargain.
Weeks went by. Nights were too hot, too rainy, or too fall breaky. Finally, the perfect night arrived after fall break. The warmest night that week was 47 degrees but I knew I was running out of time before the temperature dropped too much.
On the chilly evening of Thursday, October 19th, after eating with my family at Chili's, my family and I went to prepare the site. My husband raised the ladder. The tent went up. All of the blankets, pillows, fuzzy boots, snowsuit, and obviously a craft project (I had to make the most of my time on the roof) went up to the roof, and then l finally climbed the ladder.
Visitors and callers with great concern checked on me as I enjoyed the view from my tent of the football stadium and the kitchen exhaust. With lots of camping experience, I was able to power through the night. I learned that the Eagle Campus is very quiet on a Thursday night, until...the Dumpster Man comes to empty the nearby dumpster at 2:30am. What a fright!
After sleeping in on Friday morning, I awoke atop the Lower School and was ready to clear the playground balls from the roof and greet the students. Mrs. Shelton brought a much needed warm-up via Starbucks at 7:00am. The students were astonished as they arrived to school as it was unexpected to see their principal on the roof, with a cup of coffee, in her robe waving. After the bell rang, all of the elementary students assembled outside for the announcements. First graders lead the Elementary Eagles in the pledges and prayer (and everyone had a good chuckle about Mrs. Brasel participating from the roof). After a brief discussion of whether or not they believed I actually slept on the roof, the tent came down, the blankets, boots, and snow suit came down, and finally I came down the ladder.
It was a fun experience, and I would do it all over again for the kids! Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser and for your commitment to Nashville Christian School.
This fall’s Wild West Book Fair was another great success! The kids had a great time dressing up all week. From Team Day where they wore gear supporting their favorite teams, to Crazy Sock Day, and of course Western Wednesday. Coming to school as a book character was one of their favorites. The elementary teachers even got together and dressed as the crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt. Here is what NCS librarian Julie Shaver had to say about Book Week:
“Last spring I thanked you for making the book fair our most successful to date; however, that has changed. Thanks to you, we set a new record by selling over $6500 at the Wild West Book Fair!!! As a result, our library is able to get more than $3500 worth of books!! I am truly overwhelmed by your support and generosity! I would also like to send a special thank you to my volunteers for all of your hard work; I absolutely could not do this without you! Blessings and happy reading!”
"Back in November's silent auction, Caleigh Posavac's parents bid on "Principal for the Day" and landed her a special day in the elementary offices. Principal Posavac observed classes, praised students by handing out Eagle Wings, helped prepare the hot cocoa party for second grade, and wrote notes of encouragement.
Thank you, Principal Posavac for making your day a great one! It was wonderful to see you in this role and the smiles you brought out in the Elementary Eagles. I hope you had a memorable day. Be on the lookout for future "Principal of the Day" opportunities.
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
On January 24th, NCS hosted the 8th Annual Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out during our basketball game against East Robertson. The gym was full with friends and family showing support for those who have been affected by breast cancer. This year we raised $4000 to help the McNally family with medical expenses! Sara McNally is the mother of 2nd grader Joseph McNally and is currently battling breast cancer. She and her family were there to receive the check while everyone got to their feet to cheer her on. We also honored all the breast cancer survivors in attendance by having them come to center court for flowers and a gift. Many of the survivors in attendance were previous recipients of the Pink Out donations.
Some of the funds were raised through “Just Cure It” t-shirt sales, and all of the survivors in attendance were given a t-shirt. Before the game, everyone enjoyed the Soup Supper fundraiser which also brought in lots of donations.
Tickets for the Heads or Tails game were sold for the chance to win a flat screen TV. Everyone who purchased a ticket came down on the floor to participate between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games. Each contestant chose either “heads” or “tails” by placing a hand on their head or their backside. Then a coin was flipped, and all those who chose correctly were still in the game. In the end, breast cancer survivor Gayle Hoots won the TV! She is the grandmother of current senior, Ben Feldman. See the final coin flip below.
We want to think the sponsors of this great night for their incredible support - Enterprise Electric, Flower Mart, and Nashville Ready Mix. Thanks to all who came out to support this event and helped bless the McNally family in their battle against breast cancer with your generous giving. You are what makes Nashville Christian School such a special place!
This year’s Auction Fundraiser had a travel theme and emphasized that when you start at Nashville Christian, you can go anywhere! The tables were decorated with beautiful paper flowers made from vintage maps created by NCS parent Shannon Thompson. All of the amazing auction items were grouped into different destinations. For example, Destination Dine Out featured restaurant gift cards, Destination Road Trip had some great hotel and cabin getaways, and Destination Music City had tickets, a banjo, and even a “swag bag” from the CMA’s!
Everyone enjoyed browsing the auction items and placing their silent bids before enjoying a delicious meal donated by NCS parents Patrick and Martha Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que.
A panel of supporters then shared about the opportunities at Nashville Christian, what makes it so special, and why they give back to the school. The panel included current NCS Senior, Blake McKinney, Cassi Wright (Class of 2011), Dan Smith (Class of 1983) and current NCS parents, Ryan & Shelley McClary (Colt, Hunt, Matt and Kate). Each shared how NCS has impacted them, with alumni Cassi Wright and Dan Smith exemplifying how a degree from NCS means there is no limit to what you can do.
Once the live auction started, the paddles went up, and we raised just over $41,000! Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Annual Fund, the Junior/Senior Banquet and the Eagles Parent Association.
We want to give special thanks to our sponsors:
Admirals Club Sponsors ($2500+): Mike Campbell, Enterprise Electric; Patrick and Martha Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que; Terry Page, CPA, Terry Page & Associates, LLC
First Class Sponsors ($800+): J. Cliff Walker, Financial Advisor, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Parker School Uniforms; Bella Ryan; Legends Bank
Coach Sponsors (400+): Linda Johnston, Dennis & Tami Wilson, Chris & Katie Ryckman, Steve & Darlete Bishop, Chris Hoover, Mike & Robin Lee, Tom Burroughs, Scott & Kathy Gupton, Brian & Melissa Bishop, BSAA, Donnie & Evelyn Keeton
Special thanks also to the auction committee, Kelly Farmer, J& J Printers, Mike Rhode, Nashville Tent & Awning, and all of our parent, faculty and student volunteers who served that night. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
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 https://www.nashvillechristian.org/support-ncs/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.
Once again Nashville Christian supporters surpassed our fundraising goals, contributing almost $58,000 at this year’s Annual Auction. This set a new record and is almost $10,000 more than last year! The auction had a fiesta theme this year and a mariachi band played as patrons browsed auction items and enjoyed a Mexican-themed meal prepared by NCS dad Luis Madrid and his restaurant Tequilas.
A panel of supporters shared about what makes Nashville Christian so special and why they give back to the school. The panel included Elementary Principal, Lauren Brasel, Head Football Coach Jeff Brothers, student athlete Daniel Bituli and Maggie Martin, mother of student Mickey Martin who was tragically killed in an auto accident at the beginning of the school year.
This year’s auction sold out once again, and the most popular live auction items were a football signed by our 2015 State Championship Football Team and Coaches (donors Coach Brothers, NCS football team and Nashville Sporting Goods), the Fort Morgan beach house (donors Greg and Angel Allen), the Isle of Palms beach house (donors Doug and Heather Nigbor), the Kentucky waterfront cabin (donors Ryan and Teresa Bult), and the Duck Tails Hunting Lodge, which sold twice (donor, Mike Campbell)!
Of the funds raised this year, 20% will go toward the junior/senior banquet, 20% toward the annual fund and the remainder will go to the EPA (Eagles Parent Association). The EPA is currently considering how to use the funds for campus improvements.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Ghost Pepper Sponsors ($2500+): Terry Page & Associates, Enterprise Electric, Party Patrol
Habanero Sponsors ($1000-$2499): Trace Bikes, Legends Bank, Steve and Christy Irwin
Jalapeno Sponsors ($750-$999): Cliff Walker with Morgan Stanley, and Parker Uniforms
Special thanks also to the auction committee, to Kelly Farmer of Party Patrol who created their vision for the event, and to the more than 30 students who served that night.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!