We are living in the age of technology and communication which has presented us with both wonderful opportunities and a real lack of privacy and oversite. As children get older they want to be on sites like Instagram, Snapchat and others. The Terms of Service agreements for these sites restrict the use of the applications to individuals over 13. Even after the age of 13 parents are legally responsible for any and all actions a minor student does on-line. In addition because these apps are cloud based, none of the information ever goes away. A hastily written text and/or picture could haunt a child for years to come. Take a minute and actually read the Terms of Service Agreement, we all tend to just click through. Most troubling is the fact that when you use these applications, the apps reserve the right to use, modify, edit, and sell any and all content
As summer approaches it’s a great time to have a discussion about peer pressure and how to keep Christian values while online. Monitor your child’s devices as closely as you would any person they have contact with. Students here at AnchorPoint Christian have been taught to not use their real names on-line, to think before they post, and to talk with parents and respected adults about anything they see online that is troubling. Working as a team, both in and out of school, we can provide our children positive Christian experiences!
It's very exciting to see the enrollment applications coming in daily at AnchorPoint Christian! No, it's not too early to ensure a spot for your child! AnchorPoint welcomes Preschool 3s through Grade 6 students. AnchorPoint offers an education that has a strong academic and biblical foundation. Our students love learning to look at God's world with a Godly vision. If you'd like to learn more about this great educational opportunity at AnchorPoint Christian, please contact us TODAY- 616-608-4006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AnchorPoint is super EXCITED to report that Kids Rock Summer Camp is coming again to AnchorPoint this 2017 summer!
Kids Rock is a teacher-led summer camp founded on basic Christian beliefs. It is a unique summer camp that offers sports, fine arts, weekly theme activities, and elective classes. The camp runs for nine weeks, and is open daily from 7:45am-5:30pm with early drop off and late pick ups available. You are encouraged to sign-up for a day, a week, or for the whole summer!
Available age groups at AnchorPoint:
Kids Rock I: Age 6-Grade 3
Kids Rock II: Grades 4-7
Camp Leaders: Grades 9-10
Here’s what a few people have said about Kids Rock Camp:
We are so blessed to have Kids Rock Camp in the summer for our kids! We love that our kids have the opportunity to participate in daily devotions, games/sports, and electives that interest them. The kids always love the staff and look forward to the friendships that they make over the summer. We don't know what we would do without camp!
Kids Rock Day Camp was an amazing experience for our son. He had attended traditional day care center programs during prior summers, but felt as though he was getting too old for that setting. Kids Rock was the perfect solution! The activities and weekly themes are diverse and the elective choices are interesting. He was so happy there and developed his teamwork skills tremendously. We look forward to returning next summer!
Kids Rock Summer Camp was a huge blessing to our family. Great care and fun times!
Kids Rock has been a HUGE blessing for our family this summer. Our girls had a great time - learned lots of fun things, had lots of fun. It was a blessing for me to be able to go to work and know that my girls were being very well cared for and having an amazing time!!!!
Our 3 grandchildren each had a week at Kid's Rock in Grand Rapids. They came home each day full of excitement and couldn't wait until the next day. The counselors were wonderful!
To read more TESTIMONIALS, to look at the SCHEDULE, to find out about RATES, to see PHOTOS and much MORE, visit the Kids Rock Camp website at www.kidsrocksummercamp.com. You may also contact the AnchorPoint Christian School office at 616-608-4006 or email@example.com.
Kids Rock Summer Camp is "Committed to giving campers the best summer of their lives."
All children in the City of Wyoming and surrounding areas are invited to attend! You do not need to be an AnchorPoint student to sign up!
Our whole school has been learning the Apostle's Creed. Learning has been happening via memorization, song, hand motions and even with the use of Legos! Check out this video of the Apostle's Creed depicted with Team 2's Lego creations!
MANY THANKS to the Calvin (College) Academy for Lifelong Learning!
CALL awards $200 grants to its members who volunteer in their communities and identify needs where they serve. An AnchorPoint volunteer applied for a $200 CALL grant to purchase reading books and matching audio CDs to stock our Team 2 Listening Center. The entertaining stories are of various types of literature at different reading levels, to help students grow as successful, enthusiastic readers.
Using the Center’s headphones in a “literature circle”, up to six students can sit quietly, following along in their books as a fluent narrator on CD reads that same book. Audio books deepen the reading process by exposing listeners to different reading styles. And students love it!
We are blessed by CALL’s partnering with us to provide joy in learning!
During the month of December AnchorPoint students at all grade levels experimented with computer programming or writing in "Code". A wonderful site they used was hourofcode.com - a great learning site for those cold days when they stayed inside at recess. We ended the year with our Makerspace Day which the students loved! See previous post for pics and more info.
Students will begin a Computer Assisted Design unit in January. Older students will be using Google Sketch-Up, TinkerCad and 3D Tim to create 3D objects. We are going to be getting our 3D printer going as well so look forward to seeing some models come home! Younger students will be using Brick building and Lego Designer to create objects in 3D. We will also use Roblox Studio to create 3D worlds similar to Minecraft.
Students willalso be reviewing internet safely rules. For example, a good rule of thumb when using email is to expect it will be read by a much larger audience than you may have intended. Once something is sent it remains on the Internet Service Providers computer.
Stay tuned for further technology updates!
On Friday, December 16, 2016 the AnchorPoint gym was turned into a MakerSpace! Makerspaces are creative DIY (do it yourself) spaces where students gather to create, invent, and learn using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). AnchorPoint students and students from other area schools came, explored, and learned using our 3D printer, software, electronics, crafts, hardware supplies, tools, and so much more!
Our 4s Preschool class participated in Election Day! These future voters learned about what voting is, what a candidate is, and about ballots. Ms. Becky read some books to the students and then they voted for either Duck or Clifford for president! Voters received a red, white, and blue popsicle when finished : )
WOW! We are back to school and we have been busy! We are looking forward to another great year here at AnchorPoint Christian School. We have a few important events coming up soon:
Back to School Bonanza
Come to the gym with the entire family on Thursday, September 29, to celebrate the beginning of the school year with the AnchorPoint Christian School community! Preschool through Grade 6 families are invited to enjoy eating and talking together during supper at 6:00 PM.
Supper will be followed by a "What You Need to Know" time for all parents/guardians. Our experienced teachers will tell how AnchorPoint's curriculum gives students the very best Christ-centered education. They will explain their classroom policies and share plans for the school year. This adult-only classroom time helps set expectations, encourages relationships, and invites participation. Childcare will be provided in the Daycare room.
Right after their own classroom visit(s), parents/guardians pick up their child(ren). Even if you can’t come for the supper, be sure to attend “What You Need to Know”.
Grandparents and Grandfriends Day
This event has moved to the Fall this year! Grandparents and other older adults can be very important people in children's lives. Students feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they know that people in their extended family and community are interested in their education. So, we're having a celebration - Grandparents & Grandfriends Day - to recognize the importance of relationships across generations. Join us on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 for this wonderful event!
If you'd like to learn more about AnchorPoint Christian School located in Wyoming, Michigan, please call us at 616-608-4006, visit our website at www.anchorpointchristian.org or check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/anchorpointchristian.
We have had a wonderful year embracing evolving technologies. AnchorPoint students were given the opportunity to see a 3-D printer in operation, explore virtual reality and make coloring book pages come alive in Augment Reality. Team 3 students set up a real snack stand with punch and cookies to keep track of sales on a spreadsheet. Team 2 took a virtual camping trip and planned the expenses involved. We will finish out the school year with some stop motion animation movies on the Kindles for Team 3 and using Kindles with the computer in Team 1. Team 2 will learn how to save and collect safe websites.
Thank you to all of the AnchorPoint families and supporters! It's an honor to be able to teach students how to use technology as a tool in a Christian setting. Learning how to use technology in positive ways and limiting the amount of screen time is so important. It has been an honor to share these important times with your child.
--Mrs. DeBoer, Technology Teacher
AnchorPoint Christian School
601 36th Street SW
Wyoming MI 49509
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