Friday Announcements, Easter Edition!

We hope you all have wonderful Easter Break! Please be aware of the following dates:
  • Fri, Mar 30 – Fri, Apr 6 – Easter Break
  • Wed, Apr 4 – PTO Fundraiser at Sonic from 5-9pm! Students are encouraged to make posters to promote NCS, as the PTO will receive 10% of ALL orders from the night.
  • Tues, Apr 10 – PTO fundraiser at Casa Fuentes from 4pm-close. Be sure to sign your name and order amount at the register!
  • Wed, Apr 25 – Fri, Apr 27 – Standardized Testing for grades 2-8. All students will be dismissed at 11:30. There will be no preschool late stay, K5 enrichment, or after-school care available these days.
  • Thurs, Apr 26– Sat, Apr 29 – Spring production:The Importance of Being Earnest. Tickets are on sale in the school office!
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
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Third Grade Performed “In the First Light” During Our All School Easter Chapel

The Importance of Being Earnest

New Covenant School is proud to present “The Importance of Being Earnest” for our annual theater production!

In the play John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the nonexistent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.

With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts. The play in ends in a surprising yet satisfying way that ties up many loose ends!

New Covenant is excited to perform this fantastic play FIVE times, with opening night on April 26th at 7:00 pm. Additionally there will performances on April 27th (1:30 and 7:00 pm) and April 28th (11:00 am and 5:00 pm). Get your tickets TODAY in the school office or call 864.224.5675 for more information!

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This Week at NCS!

Dear NCS Family – we have a lot going on this week! Here is the run down…

  • Tonight! PTO Fundraiser at Firehouse from 5-8pm
  • Tomorrow is T-shirt Tuesday – wear any NCS t-shirt with jeans
  • Drama Department Breakfast Fundraiser – Thursday from 7:30-8:15am in C-108 **Reservations required
  • Join us Thursday at 9am in the Sanctuary for a special Easter All School Chapel – students are encouraged to wear their Sunday best. Please send a change of clothes/shoes for PE/recess.

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Faculty Update: Mrs. Lisa Farmer, K5

New Covenant School is excited to announce that we have hired Mrs. Lisa Farmer as our Half Day Kindergarten teacher for the 2018-2019 school year!

Mrs. Farmer has been teaching for 28 years. She taught Reading Recovery and Reading Comprehension groups most of those years in Kindergarten through 5th Grade classrooms.  She taught 4th grade for 6 years, Gifted & Talented for 3 years, and 4K for 3 years, all in Anderson School District Five.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy and Associate Fellow in Orton Gillingham. She graduated from Clemson with a Masters Degree in Reading and an advanced degree as Reading Specialist.IMG_1398

Lisa has been married to her high school sweetheart Tim for 27 years. They have two boys, Grant age 20 and Drew age 17. Grant is a junior at College of Charleston studying Meteorology and Drew is a junior at TL Hanna.

Mrs. Farmer has two dogs, a Yorkie named Maddie and a Griffon named Duke.  She enjoys taking walks with Tim and Duke, riding her bike and reading. She also enjoys her flowers, a day on the boat with her family, and Clemson football games.

She challenges herself to read her Bible through each year and her favorite verse is Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  She’s excited to meet the smiling faces coming her way for Kindergarten and we are excited and blessed to have her join our staff! Please join us in welcoming her! 

Friday Announcements, 3/16/18

Happy Friday!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards – Each student received a hard copy, but they are also available to view in Gradelink.
  • PTO Restaurant Fundraiser Night – Thursday, Mar 22 from 5-8pm at Fuddruckers! You must present the attached flyer when you order and Fuddruckers will donate 10% of all sales to NCS-PTO.
  • NCS Drama Fundraiser – The drama department will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser for students and their families on Thursday, Mar 29 from 7:30-8:15am  in C-108. They will be serving muffins, donuts, coffee and juice for $3/person. Please complete the order form and return by Friday, Mar 23.
Announcements/Reminders
  • Hot Lunch – Orders are due by Tuesday, Mar 20. Please order and pay here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZUxjhFlcf1hp4Msd2
  • Save the Date: PTO Restaurant Night Monday, Mar 26 at Firehouse
  • T-Shirt Tuesday Mar 27
  • Easter All School Chapel – Thursday, Mar 29 at 9am in the Sanctuary. Students are encouraged to wear their Sunday best!
  • Easter Break Mar 30 – Apr 6
  • Re-Enrollment – Please go to www.enrollwithsmart.com and re-enroll your student(s) for 2018-19. If paid by April 1st, the re-enrollment fee will be applied to your tuition. After April 1st, it becomes an additional fee.
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Students serving the community as part of our Day of Service campaign.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Announcements, 3/9/18

Happy Friday!

Daylight Saving Time Begins on Sunday, March 11 – Remember to set your clocks AHEAD!

Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
  • PTO restaurant fundraiser night – Monday, March 12 at Chipotle from 5-9p! You wil need to present the flyer when you order (paper or electronically).
Announcements/Reminders
  • Re-Enrollment – Just a reminder that if you re-enroll before April 1st, the fee is applied toward your tuition. After April 1st, it becomes an additional fee.
  • Hot Lunch – Please order and pay for April and May hot lunch here: https://goo.gl/forms/r2E4Zbn9I2QlbYBH3. Orders are due by Tuesday, March 20. Please be mindful of field trips, special class events, etc when ordering.
  • Cavalier Chronicle – Our March edition is hot off the press and available to read here: https://newcovschool.net/blog/cavalier-chronicle/
  • More NCS News – https://newcovschool.net/blog/
    • Chess Team Competes at State Tournament
    • Senior Spotlight – Grayson Hardy
    • Cavalier Boys overcome obstacles to win State
  • Easter All School Chapel – Thursday, March 29. Students are encouraged to wear their Sunday best!
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New Covenant Chess Team Competes at State Tournament!

In the fall of 2017 New Covenant re-launched its chess program with experienced coach and New Covenant parent, Mr. Daryl Dowty. The chess club meets once a week on Tuesdays after school and learns everything from the basics of chess to complicated strategies. Out of the chess club more serious players form the New Covenant Chess Team.

The NC Chess Team recently had the privilege to compete at the South Carolina Scholastic Championship in Columbia. The tournament was held at the South Carolina State Museum.  There different grade sections that the players could compete in. They were K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12. More experienced players were allowed to play up for better competition.

The two students who represented New Covenant were 2nd grader Ayden Howard and 4th grader Daryl Dowty (Coach Dowty’s son).  Both Ayden and Daryl won 3 games out of 5 in their respective sections. Daryl still had a chance for a 7th place trophy going into the final round but did not win that game. There were a total of 249 players from all parts of the state.

Coach Dowty was very impressed with the performance of Ayden Howard who was competing in his first tournament. He lost his first game in 6 quick moves but he stayed positive and had a good attitude. Ayden bounced back for his remaining four games, winning three of them.

Overall Coach Dowty was pleased with how the boys competed. He is excited for future tournaments and his hope is that more students will join the club because if there were just three more players in each section the New Covenant Chess Team could compete for a team trophy!

For more information on this tournament, please visit their website at www.scchess.org.

Congratulations to Ayden, Daryl, and Coach Dowty on a great chess tournament!

 

Senior Spotlight, Grayson Hardy

IMG_0462I have been a student at New Covenant School since K-4. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to grow up in a school that puts God first in everything they do. Perhaps the most important aspect of my education from New Covenant was learning how to think for myself and not just take someone’s word for something. This is a very important skill to have as I move on to college next year where not everyone will have the same beliefs as me.

The past three years I have been able to play on the school basketball team. Being on this team has taught me things that could never be learned in a classroom. It has taught me several skills such as the ability to follow and trust somebody else’s leading but it has also taught me how to be a good leader. Also, being able to say that I won back to back state championships in high school is a pretty cool accomplishment.

After I graduate, I plan on attending Clemson University and studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The education that I have received at New Covenant will not only help me excel in the classroom but also in almost any other activity that I might choose to do. I am confident that as I prepare to move on from high school, I have received the best possible education as well as a strong rooting in my faith.    

 

Cavalier Chronicle, March 2018

Greetings!
Please follow the link below to view the March edition of our newsletter, The Cavalier Chronicle:
In this issue you will find information including:
  • Basketball State Champs!
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • Spring Drama Production
The Cavalier Chronicle is a great way to find out what is going on with New Covenant School and to let others know.  If you would like for us to add anyone to our distribution list (grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, Pastors, etc…) please email us at school@ncchurch.net.
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Cavalier Boys Overcome Obstacles to Win State!

The ‘pop’ was audible. The reaction was instant. The knowledge was dreadful. New Covenant Cavaliers Varsity Boys coach Patrick Miller had just ruptured his Achilles tendon in a mid-season December practice. “Unfortunately I did the same thing to my other Achilles about 8 years ago, so immediately I knew what had happened,” commented Coach Miller recently. What had also immediately happened was that the Cavalier boys team was dealing with its first major obstacle of the season, and arguably the biggest obstacle it has faced since its inception three years ago. “The injury was hard to deal with. My lack of mobility. The pain and discomfort,” said Coach Miller. He continued, “What was really scary was that I developed blood clots that could have been life threatening.” The result was that Coach Miller had to take a leave of absence from the team for about two weeks.

“When Coach was out, we were really struggling to find who we were as a team,” said Senior Captain Stuart Marshburn. “We had to play some really tough games without him.”

However, overcoming obstacles became the theme of the season for the Cavalier boys, so it was no surprise to anyone that when they were down 14-2 early against Foothills Christian School in the South Carolina Association of Christian School (SCACS) 1A State Championship game they did not panic. They did what their coach had taught them to do. They fought and clawed their way back into the game and ultimately came out on top to secure their second straight SCACS 1A State Championship.

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The Cavaliers celebrate their second straight State Championship!

Here is what Senior Grayson Hardy had to say. “One of the games we played without Coach was actually against Foothills and in that game we got down 12-0. We fought back, but ultimately lost. We learned a lot about ourselves, so with Coach there, we knew we could do it.”

To even have a chance against Foothills, New Covenant first had to defeat the overall number 1 seed in the State Tournament, Carolina Christian School, in a semifinal match up. Stuart Marshburn led the Cavaliers with 32 points and Freshman Miles Miller came off the bench to score 17 points.  Grayson Hardy and Senior Whitner Cann were outstanding in their defending of Carolina’s top two scorers. That victory set up a rematch of last year’s State Championship game.

The offensive game plan for Foothills, which ultimately proved effective, was different from any other game this season. The plan for the final game was to attack the rim through the low post with players such as Senior James Curnow and Junior Houston Funk, or off of the dribble drive by Marshburn and others. The hope was to get some easy points at the rim or to get Foothills in foul trouble. By the third quarter Foothills had two starters in foul trouble thus momentum and pressure had shifted from the Cavs being down early and climbing back, to Foothills pressing knowing their lead and ability to hold it was crumbling. Thus  when two Foothills players fouled out in the 4th quarter the game began to completely move in New Covenant’s favor. The team sensed victory and was able to seize it. Leading the way were James Curnow with 10 points and Stuart Marshburn with 12 points. They both did the hard work of pounding the ball into the lane and finishing at the hole for three quarters. After a shaky start defensively, Whitner Cann and Sophomore Gabe Miller really harassed and shut down Foothills two main scorers in the second half. Junior Alyosha Truman (9 points), Gabe Miller (7 points) and Houston Funk (4 points) made huge plays offensively and defensively in the final 3 minutes to swing the game in New Covenant’s favor for the first time where it remained until the buzzer.

In a season filled with obstacles, the result was another State Championship for the Cavalier boys. “Last year, going undefeated and winning our first State Championship was special. This year with our struggles at times made winning state very satisfying. And of course going back to back is really sweet,” remarked Coach Miller.

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Coach Miller pictured with his five seniors.

Congratulations to the New Covenant School boys basketball team for winning their second straight State Championship!