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I recently read an article by Dan Seaborn in West Michigan Christian News that I thought was interesting and thus I would like to share it! It offers a great tip for communicating between parents and children.

Family Progress: Try Ceiling Words

"I'm convinced that the phases of child development are what turn parents into broken records. As kids grow up and mature, time passes in phases. Kids are newborns, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults.
With each chunk of time that comes and goes, parents often find themselves emphasizing different concepts and principles with each phase. Sometimes it can take months and years for these ideas to catch on, and in the process parents get stuck using the same old phase-phrases:"
To a toddler: "Toys are for sharing."
To a six-year-old: "Are you telling the truth?"
To a preteen: "You can do it; you don't need me."
To a high schooler: "Adjust your attitude."

Click the link below to read the whole article.
http://www.westmichiganchristian.com/local/494-family-progress-try-ceili...

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AnchorPoint is super EXCITED to report that Kids Rock Summer Camp is coming to AnchorPoint this 2016 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 kwhite@anchorpointchristian.org

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!

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Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that January is here again! That means it's time to start planning for next school year. In an effort to help you plan for your child's future as it pertains to education, we will be holding an Early Childhood Open House for preschoolers and kindergartners on Thursday, January 28, between 6:30-7:30 PM. You and your child are invited to come and
• Meet our INSPIRING teachers!
• Learn about our INNOVATIVE curriculum!
• Tour our CREATIVE classrooms!
• Ask about our AFFORDABLE daycare!
AnchorPoint Christian School welcomes Preschool 3s through Grade 6 students. Our affordable EARLY CHILDHOOD program enables you to provide your child(ren) with an education that has a strong academic and biblical foundation. Our students love learning to look at God's world with a Godly vision!
Bring your preschooler and/or kindergartner with you on January 28, between 6:30-7:30 PM or CALL 616-608-4006 for an other-time family tour. WELCOME ABOARD!

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Students continue to amaze me with how much they are learning in Technology. It takes me back to my days in Elementary school when the big technology excitement was when the school got a Commodore PET and we all took turns taking it home on the weekend with a suitcase full of games on cassettes that you could play! Who's with me? Some of you must remember these; I'm not that old, but it's been some time now. Anyhow, here's what students at AnchorPoint are learning today.

Team 3 students are using a program called GIMP which is similar to Photoshop. Students are learning how to make alpha images and to paste into background scenes. They will finish by placing pictures of themselves onto pictures of places they would like to visit.

Team 2 students are using Block CAD to create virtual Lego constructs. The second part of the project has the students building with real Lego blocks and replicating them using the Block CAD digital program.

Team 1 students are reading, making and using graphs to expand upon their mathematical thinking. They also love using Hot Wheels racing for free choice time.

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Along with chilly days, snowmen and snow angels, and perhaps a few school cancellations, comes the dreaded flu season.
Yes, the flu season is upon us!
According to the Kent County Health Department, in recent years, influenza activity has increased during the month of December and has reached it's peak level during the last week of the year. As you look forward to the holidays and time away from the classroom, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure that students and staff don't spend their winter break sick in bed.
Below are five prevention measures that we all can teach our children and practice ourselves in order to avoid the flu:
1. Wash your hands! Good hand washing is the first line of defense against spreading germs. Kids are inquisitive by nature. They love to explore and touch things, making them more vulnerable to picking up germs. Let’s face it, kids are not the best hand washers, so we must teach them how to wash their hands thoroughly and constantly remind them to do so.
2. Teach children to never pick up used tissues.
3. Tell children to never share cups and eating utensils.
4. Demonstrate to children how to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. Instruct children to cough and sneeze into upper sleeve if a tissue is unavailable.
5. Explain to children that they should always avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching contaminated surfaces.
While all of these measures will reduce the chance of getting the flu, there are no absolute guarantees. If your child does become ill with the flu, you can help us minimize the spread by keeping your child home until he/she has been symptom-free for a full day.

Here’s to a healthy and happy winter season!

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You don't have to be an AnchorPoint student to help raise funds! Here are a few easy ways YOU can contribute:
•Shop at AmazonSmile.com when ordering online and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to AnchorPoint Christian School. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3585528 and support us every time you shop!
• Feed our PaperGator in the parking lot! Recycle your newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, phone books, hard and soft cover books, and school/office paper. AnchorPoint receives revenue from PaperGator based on the volume of paper we provide.
• Bring or mail to us your education labels from food products: Box Tops / Campbell / Aunt Millie / Tyson! The collection box is on the Ambassadors Information Table in the front entry.
• Become a "yes Rewards Program" member with Spartan Stores! Link your account to AnchorPoint. During special weeks of the year, AnchorPoint automatically receives a percentage of our members' purchases. Visit myyesrewards.com to know more.
• Burgers for Better Schoools - Join the Red Robin Royalty program, select AnchorPoint Christian as your school of choice, and when you eat, Red Robin will donate 1% of your check to AnchorPoint.
• Dining to Donate - These fundraising events are a great way to visit with old friends, meet new ones, and of course, eat a great meal and support AnchorPoint all at the same time! Each participating restaurant offers a certain percentage to AnchorPoint of sales generated for the day/night. Our November Dining to Donate event will be held at the Beltline Bar, Famous Mexican Cafe (16 - 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 5-9 PM.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Mrs. DeBoer reports:
Team 3 is using an online CAD program called 3DTin. This program allows studentst to create 3D models similar to those used in 3D printing. Students are beginning to use cubes and beginning to create pixel art and then extruding to create 3D.

Team 2 is using programs that help us explore the aerodynamics of flight. This past week they created virtual paper airplanes online and then folded their own paper to replicate the design. Of course we had fun testing how well the models could fly!

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2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
orange food coloring - or red and yellow food coloring
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 teaspoons of cream of tartar

Mix flour, salt, and water and mix until blended.

Add pumpkin pie spice.

Add food coloring until you achieve your desired color.

Add vegetable oil and cream of tartar and mix until completely blended.

Cook on low heat until it becomes bumpy - be careful not to overcook it!

Pour out play dough onto a piece of wax paper and knead it.

Store your play dough in air-tight containers such as zipper bags or snap-lid containers.

From The Parenting Channel on YouTube

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The Technology Lab is an exciting place to be this year! Our new computers are lightning fast and we have lots of storage. These new machines have been a true blessing. During September, Teams 1, 2, and 3 reviewed Internet Safety and how to protect personal information online. In addition, Team 2 learned how to format the new features in Office 2013. Both Team 2 and 3 learned to use a site called bubble.us where students are able to create online thinking maps.

October is Engineering Month in the Tech Lab. Team 1 students will be using virtual block builders similar to Lego. Team 2 will be using online C.A.D. programs to design homes and Team 3 children will be designing virtual and model bridges. Engineering is a growing field and the skills students learn will be useful for building and expanding mathematical problem solving skills.

Looking forward to another great year! -- Mrs. DeBoer, Technology teacher

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Welcome to a new year at AnchorPoint! Each school year begins with seemingly everything new- a new start, a new grade, new friends, and new families. The enthusiasm in the building is energizing and inspiring. Your school team has been hard at work and is ready, willing and dedicated to create a passion for Christ and a love of learning while including a quality education with high expectations in our safe and fun environment. Thank you for partnering with us this year as we look to God for His guidance and grace.

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