Box Tops For Education

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Editor’s Note: The funds raised by this program will go towards helping contribute to the general school fund. You can find Box Tops on the boxes of many participating cereal, snack, and other grocery supply brands.

Be sure to use this collection sheet:

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year, we are participating in Box Tops for Education™. Help our school earn cash by clipping Box Tops from products and sending them to school – each one is worth 10 ¢. SCS is here to make our school’s Box Tops for Education program a huge success in 2015.

Winter Break Clipping

Remember to clip and collect Box Tops over winter break so you can turn them in when we return to school in January! You can  find Box Tops on many of the products you will be using for dinners and parties. For a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com.

Submission Deadline

Please turn in all Box Tops by February 16, 2015.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Wang at happytravelinc@yahoo.com. Thanks for your support. Have a great break!

Sincerely,

Jane Wang

Box Tops Coordinator

Southlands Christian School

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Changing Lives

Merry Christmas Southlands family,

We are excited to show you the first video in our new series centered on excellence at our schools. Throughout the next year, we will be releasing several mini-documentary pieces focusing on what makes Southlands unique; showing how we train the leaders, scientists, and artists of tomorrow.

As a team, we have been exploring what makes SCS stand out in the LA basin, and one factor we keep on returning to is excellence. We find excellence in our students’ test scores, which blow past National and State averages. This translates to our 80-87% acceptance rate at UC schools, and it doesn’t stop there! As a school, we have been seeking excellence in athletics and in the arts. The emphasis in the athletics program has been building programs led by Godly coaches who are winners by nature and want to disciple the next generation through athletics.  We have witnessed many students excel in their respective sports, but more importantly we’ve seen their character as student athletes be solidified. Last year, we hosted our first Art Gala and saw our students thriving in song, dance, and art. Not to be forgotten, this would be impossible without our outstanding, passionate teachers and staff.

Today, we’re releasing the first video in this series called “Changing Lives.” Mrs. Audrey Stith and her 3rd grade class have been working through our new moral development program, and they share the personal impact it has had. We are seeing elementary discipline going down from 3-4 times a day to 1-2 cases per week. The results of this program are very evident, but don’t take my word for it; Mrs. Stith and the third graders say it better than we ever could.

Please share this video with your family and friends to let them know why you choose Southlands. Over this holiday season, if you haven’t already, make sure to follow us on Facebook. Also, look for our sneak peeks on instagram and tweet us, we’ll tweet back.

Merry Christmas,

The Southlands Media Team

Chick-Fil-A and Southlands FUNdraiser

We had a blast partnering with Chick-Fil-A at City of Industry for our FUNdraiser yesterday. It began with a special visit from the Chick-Fil-A cow to both our campuses! She tells us that she really enjoyed hanging out with our students!

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Later in the evening, we enjoyed a highly successful family time at Chick-Fil-A. The turn out was tremendous, and we think it’s safe to say that we packed the place out. Thanks to all who made donations and contributed towards making last night’s event an uproarious success and contributing to our goal and mission, to raise up young people who will impact the world for the glory of God!

P.S. We’d love to see any photos you may have taken from last night! Send us a message over on Facebook or mention us on  Twitter and Instagram! Our handle is @southlands

OneHope and the Southlands Connection

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As many of you may already know, Southlands Christian Schools entered into a unique and exciting partnership with OneHope this year to bring their interactive game Incredible Islands to our campus. They recently sat down with our Director of  Elementary Chapels, Mrs. Holly Duncan to discuss how our collaboration has been going. Here’s an excerpt:

“Initially I was concerned that I’d have to do a lot of tech stuff, plus I have a lot going on and I’m involved in so many things that I couldn’t take on something super labor-intensive,” Holly said. “But once I got started I found I had nothing to worry about.”

Because Holly is teaching on one theme—the blood of Jesus—in chapel this year, she found that, although she could occasionally use a story from the platform, there wasn’t a fit for every single week. Seeing how it worked, though, Holly had an idea to use Incredible Islands to support the curriculum they were using in Bible class at the school. So far, it has proven ideal for the elementary Bible teachers because they can easily coordinate the stories, verses and Quests to reinforce what they’re teaching in classroom. They’re also using Incredible Islands to support the school’s focus on a character trait each week.

To read the rest, including comments from our Elementary School Principal, Sue Yoon, and second grade teacher Marla Holbrook, be sure to check out the full post. Thanks, OneHope and Incredible Islands!

2. Advent

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Hello Southlands community! Sorry you haven’t heard from us in awhile; it’s been an exciting, busy time at school and we are truly excited for where we’re headed as a Family!

We wanted to share some thoughts that we’ve had about the upcoming season. As many of you may know, today marks not only the beginning of December, but also marks the second day in the season of Advent.

Taken from the Latin word “adventus,” the word advent means “the arrival of someone or something.” In a Christian context, Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth and the beginning of the salvation story, which we commemorate on Christmas Day. In technical terms, it is the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays. This year, Advent started yesterday (November 30th), and runs until Christmas eve. To help you to reflect on Christ and this season, we came up with a few ideas that you can use during this season.

1. Find an Advent reading plan

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Most of us use smartphones, tablets, and laptops these days, so now would be a good time to check out the YouVersion Bible app. This is a great resource that you can take anywhere, and gives you a chance to literally carry God’s Word with you. In it, you can not only read the entire Bible, but you can browse reading plans to help guide your time of study. There are many Advent readers to choose from, and we particularly enjoy John Piper’s “Good News of Great Joy” Advent reading plan.

To find the right app for your use case, follow the link: https://www.youversion.com/apps

2. Find at least one person to encourage each day leading up to Christmas

One of the happiest times of the year is the lead-up to Christmas. How can one not feel joy while seeing the lights and taking in all the joyful holiday music?

However, Christmas, and the holidays as a whole, could also be the most discouraging or loneliest of times for some.

Wherever you may be this season, why not make it a point to encourage those around you? It can be as easy as complimenting your friend for a job well done on their paper, or thanking your parents/guardians for the delicious meal they prepared for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to be a positive influence to those around us! In addition, we wanted to let you know that this month, Southlands will be hosting a few events to help aid in the celebration of Christmas and the coming of our Lord. Below, you can find a list of for your reference. We can’t wait to see you at one of our campuses this December!

December 2nd:

TK-3rd Grade Christmas Play

December 9th:

High School Christmas Concert

December 12th:

4th-High School Christmas Concert

Spiritual Explosion

The most anticipated secondary school trip is fast approaching! We are headed to the mountains for 3 days full of activities, games, and fellowship. Are you ready to go camping? Review the materials list from your Spiritual Explosion packet and make sure you have everything you need.

“We Are the Free” Photo by Jack Xu, 12th grade

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