Newton Christian School

Training to a Higher Standard

The Best Thing This Week


The best thing this week was Team Chapel.  Several times each year, our chapel teams meet to build community and to work on service projects. Each multi-grade team is led by an eighth grade student council member.  This week, we worked on making Christmas cards to take to area senior living centers next week.  We will share Christmas carols, cards and games.  We prayed together as teams to ask God's blessing as we seek to bless others.  






Today we enjoyed a presentation from our First Lego League Team.  They are preparing for the regional competition tomorrow in Ottumwa.  The team presented their topic and solution and then gave a demonstration of their robot.  The students have to program specific tasks for the robot to perform and need to develop teamwork, provide research and be innovative.  We are thankful for our coaches and pray for the team as they compete tomorrow.







The best thing this week was the opportunity our second graders had to bless the Newton Police Department.  After reading a story about a police dog in Language Arts, we invited Officer Walker and the NPD K9, Smokey, to visit.  We were able to provide a basket of treats and toys for Smokey and wrote notes of appreciation for each officer.  It was a fun activity and allowed us to give back to those who so faithfully serve our community.











This week was full of special activities so it is difficult to choose the best thing.  We enjoyed Reading Emphasis Week with daily fun including a book fair, buddy reading, special guests and a dress up day.  At Newton Christian School, we emphasize reading across the curriculum and highlight the enjoyment of reading in all grades.











The BEST THING this week is our annual benefit dinner! The tables are set and the food is ready to share.  We look forward to this evening with an opportunity to hear the testimony of our guest, Matt Stutzman, "The Armless Archer."  We will also enjoy a delicious meal and join to worship together in song.  Our sincere prayer is that God will use this event to bring honor to His Name and to provide funding for Newton Christian School operating expenses.










Have you ever heard 238 middle school students sing? That was the best thing this week! Our students joined with other area Christian school middle school students for a Fall Festival of music.  Parents and friends enjoyed the mass band and choir concert at Pella Christian High School. A special thanks to Ms. Brown and Mrs. Ansley for preparing our students for the concert.









The best thing this week was that our students enjoyed a performance of Oklahoma presented by Pella Christian High School. We enjoyed the fun we had with friends and appreciated all the hard work the PCHS students and staff put forth to create such an enjoyable afternoon.



This week we had the privilege of enjoying a performance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer performed by the Windy City Players.  Our students enjoyed the story, pace, characters and audience participation.  At the end during question and answer time, one student asked, "When can we see more performances?"  They were enthralled with the action, suspense and humor.





The best thing this week was that our 5th/6th grade class got to experience a STEM project day. Due to mud and rain, their field trip for Monday was cancelled, but that didn't leave Mrs. Peterson without something great for them to learn.  They spent the day designing and developing projects that used skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.  They rotated teams to build towers and roller coasters, to learn teamwork and to use creative problem solving to achieve goals. In addition to having a lot of fun, they quickly got over the disappointment of a cancelled field trip and learned a ton.  Thanks Mrs. Peterson for a great day!








The best thing this week was the posting of art pieces on  Each student is featured in the art gallery and parents and friends can make comments and join the student's fan club. Please use the artsonia site to order gifts that feature student art. 20% of the cost of items goes back to our school to purchase art supplies. This summer we received $100 credit to use because of artwork sold.  It is great to see students reflect God's creativity by using their artistic gifts.











The best thing this week was the privilege of observing our chapel teams.  Our new student council members did a great job of leading interviews with area pastors and then came together for their meeting yesterday to dialog about the experience.  I loved hearing their insights and assessment of how it felt to lead, what our pastors shared and what the students believe can be next steps.  It does my heart good to see students develop leadership potential and for all of our kids to get to know our area pastors as real people.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mary Patterson, Principal