Sage Dining Services’ website describes the company as “more than just a food service company.” This past week my students were able to see the truth behind that statement. Chef Tim can always be seen walking around the cafeteria, checking various food stations, stacking cups, wiping spills, and most importantly greeting the students and faculty as they enter the cafeteria. He has taken the time to understand our school community, our tastes, and our preferences.
Chef Tim was gracious enough to take a break from his busy schedule and give the High School IMPACT students a tour of the kitchen. A major goal of the High School IMPACT program is to provide hands-on vocational training. During our tour, Chef Tim stressed the importance that every staff member, every job responsibility relates to helping Sage achieve its mission of being “more than just a food service company.” My students were able to see each job in action from the Steward accepting a milk delivery, the Prep Cook preparing sesame chicken, and to my personal favorite - another cook prepping the dessert! We were even able to try our hand at decorating the chocolate pudding with a swirl of whipped cream.
I am very thankful for Chef Tim and Sage Dining Services for going above and beyond each and everyday.
You're Invited to Attend the First Of Its Kind Parent Forum!
For Parents, By Parents
Tuesday, March 28th, 6:30pm in the Silverdale Room
Our topics of discussion will include:
How well do you know social media?
Knowing what your children are doing on social media & building trust within the family
Space is limited to the first 20 families, so sign up today! We ask that only parents attend due to the content of the discussion.
Get Your J103 Coupon Books!
Student Quotes Following Hidden Figures Movie Screening
Below are some of the responses Mrs. Hansard received from our upper school students following their screening of the new movie Hidden Figures, seen by the entire upper school during Black History Month:
"I loved the movie. Thank you so much. The one thing that impacted me the most was to never judge people."
"Thank you - the movie was great. In the movie I learned that there is only one race - the human race. I also learned about segregation."
"I loved the movie. It taught me that we should treat everyone with respect."
"Thank you for taking us to the movie we really enjoyed it. I learned that everybody is created equally. What stood out to me was that the main character had to walk half a mile to go to the (colored) bathroom. That should never have happened because God created us all equally."
"Thank you. The movie was great. The movie made me realize how bad segregation is."
"Thank you so much. Hidden Figures was one of the best movies I’ve ever watched. It really stood out to me how bad and segregational is. It really taught me a lesson."
"This meant a lot to me and how I see the world."
"Thank you so much for the movie. I liked how Mr. Harrison broke down the “colored” sign at the bathroom. Mr. Harrison just wanted the work to be done. It didn’t matter what race (the main character was), he wanted the work to be done."
"Thank you so much for the movie. I know it impacted everyone’s life. It really showed me that there wasn’t equality. It shows me how bad the nation was back then. I’m glad that it isn’t like that anymore."
"Thank you for letting us watch the awesome, amazing movie. I loved the movie and it is definitely going to be one of my top ten favorite movies."
"I liked how the movie showed accurately how black people were affected during the time of the Civil Rights movement. A lot of people here don't understand that it was a day to day struggle. I was glad we all got to see that together."
"I liked it because it was impactful to see examples of perseverance even though many people might have said it was a lost cause."
"It is a piece of history that I had no clue about, but it s really interesting to be able to recap on a groundbreaking experience between Blacks and Whites and segregation. It's crazy that all of those people in the background didn't receive the credit they should of received until now."
"This movie was very inspirational and impacting. I learned that no matter who you are, what gender, or race, you can impact the world."
AP Psychology's Annual "Baby Project"
Mrs. Pierce's High School AP Psychology Class has been participating in a "Baby Project" and classroom observations in the Preschool and Elementary as part of their Development Psychology unit in AP Psychology. Students are responsible for looking after "babies" for two weeks and then creating a scrapbook (either digital or hard copy) detailing what their "babies" are capable of doing based upon their developmental stages according to Piaget and Erikson. They were also assigned to Preschool classrooms where they observed children ages infant-PreK 5 and Elementary classrooms where they observed in K-5th grades plus related arts classes. We took time in our classroom after each observation to compare notes on what the students were capable of doing at different ages. This is a cool example of what types of unique learning opportunities are possible in a PreK-12 school.
Parent Meeting Resources
If you misssed last Monday's Parent Meeting in the sanctuary with guest speaker Heath Eslinger, you can find resources from that meeting on our Parent Portal now, under the Parent Meeting Resources listed in the navigation. Click Heath's title slide above to go directly to audio and video recordings of the night, along with his presentation from the evening in both PowerPoint and Google Slides formats.
Donate to the annual Siskin Children's Institute Easter Egg Hunt
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Check our website often for job postings for the upcoming school year! Currently, the Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School are all hiring!
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of a delay of school for any reason, there will be NO Early Birds services provided. Please make arrangements to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the designated start time, as indicated on your phone message, email, and social media outlets. The safety of students, parents, faculty, and staff is our top priority. For questions, contact Kelly Walden, Early Birds & Night Owls Director.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION: If you have questions contact Angie Howard at extension 2225 or by email or Pam Riley at extension 2226 or by email. Don’t miss a beat in the world of tuition and finance – check the Financial page on the Parent Portal for current information.
ACADEMY MASTER CALENDARS: Check Academy dates for vacation, holidays, etc – the school’s master calendar for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 are available on our website.
March 10th: Spirit Day
March 13th-7th: Staff Appreciation Week
March 13th: Class Pictures
March 15th: Middle School Honor Inductions
March 17th: Half Day - Report Cards
March 20th-24th: Spring Break
March 28th: Social Media & The Digital Age Parent Forum (see above)
April 4th: Math Olympics
April 7th-8th: High School Drama: The Sound of Music at The Colonnade
Preschool Open Enrollment: March 14th at 7:00 am - Feel free to spread the word to friends and neighbors. Limited spaces still available. Call (423) 499-3822 for more information.
Half Day Dismissal at 12:15 pm - March 17th: There will be NO Night Owls and NO afternoon carline. Parents should enter through the playground to dismiss children from the classrooms.
Spring Break: March 20th -24th - No childcare available.
Spring Semester Field Trips: Please see your child's teacher for details. All students MUST have at least one adult chaperone to transport and accompany them off campus. Cash payments only for Field Trips.
BOOST Session 4: It’s time for Session 4 of the Elementary BOOST After School Enrichment Program. We will start the new session on March 28. Registration forms will be sent home Friday and will be due back no later than the end of the school day (12:00 noon) on Friday, March 17. Late forms will not be accepted. Please contact Robin Williams with questions.
HELP! Coach Neighbors is looking for volunteers to help with the Spring Coke Sale. If you are interested, please email him.
Spring Sports Pictures: Save the date! Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 after school from 3-4pm in the upper gym.
Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts: Clinic: Monday, April 3 3:30-5:30 (mandatory parent meeting 5:30 P.M.) Tuesday, April 4 3:30-5:30. Thursday, April 6 3:30-5:30. Tryouts: Friday, April 7 3:30. ••All dates are mandatory.•• For more information, see Coach Kim Bates or contact her by email.