Newton Christian School

Training to a Higher Standard

The Best Thing This Week


Our 7th/8th graders had a fantastic three day trip to Kansas City.  This biennial trip in memory of Efrain Worthington has a threefold purpose: to experience what a big city can offer, to enjoy a culmination of successful study and years at NCS, and to participate in an activity together that will give time for positive reinforcement of social, moral and spiritual values. We visited the Worlds of Fun amusement park, a Kansas City Royals baseball game, the Money Museum, the World War I Memorial and Museum, Country Club Plaza, Science City and completed a service project with Light of Kansas City. We enjoyed some great eating, fellowship and lots of laughter.  We thank God for our chaperones, safe travel and for the Worthington family.














The best thing this week was the opportunity to take field trips!  Our first graders participated in Ag Day at Newton Senior High School. They got to pet farm animals, learn about farming and see farm equipment up close.  Our third and fourth graders traveled to Wagaman Mill for Pioneer Field Day with Jasper County Conservation. Students enjoyed an interactive day of experiencing milling and pioneer life.







This week, our 7th and 8th graders started their second round of exploratory classes.  During fourth quarter, they spend eight weeks exploring two different areas of learning.  Hopefully, they can use these opportunities to learn more about how God has gifted them and to inspire them to continue their learning in the future.  The first four weeks they chose between cooking, woodworking and stained-glass.  The second four weeks are devoted to photography, cosmetology, jewelry making or agriculture.  We are grateful for the dedicated volunteers who guide the classes and donate their time.









We invited our grandparents to school this week to hear our spring musical program.  The band played and all K-8 students participated in the musical, The Mount Zion Marathon. We enjoyed an open house at the school and ice cream sundaes.  We are so appreciative to all the grandparents who were able to attend and for their continual support.








The best thing this week was the 5th-8th grade District Track Meet.  Our students competed with area Christian Schools at Lacey Sports Complex in Oskaloosa.  The students enjoyed using their God-given gifts to have a great time together as a team and with students from sister schools. God provided beautiful weather and an enjoyable day!  Thanks to our coaches and teachers for preparing them so well.












The highlight of the week was the great time with had with our dads at chapel on Friday.  We had a great turn out of dads to share time eating donuts, making a project and reflecting on our Heavenly Father's ability to protect and provide for us. Thanks for coming and making it the best thing this week!








The best thing this week is the fun we had playing April Fools' Day jokes. Someone thought it would entertaining to swap desks and tables between the kindergarten and 7th/8th grade classroms. The students thought it was great and didn't want to switch back!







Thanks to our hog roast and auction committees and all the parents who worked so hard to make last Friday's fundraising event a success.  We appreciate the many businesses and individuals who donated items and we are grateful for those who came out to support the school.  We can't do it without you all and we offer our gratitude to the Lord for you and your part in our school family.











The best thing this week was the great time we had welcoming ten kindergarten prospective students for a morning of kindergarten round-up. The children had a great time learning, playing, making crafts, eating snacks, and making new friends.  We are praying for you already and welcome you with open arms! If you are interested having your child join us for kindergarten fall 2019 or know of someone who is, please contact the school at (641)792-1924.










The best thing this week was watching our after school robotics club working together to create solutions and solve problems using technology. Thanks to coaches Brandon and Jeff, the students are learning some fun uses for computer programming and building teamwork along the way.






The runner up for the best thing this week was the District Fine Arts Festival. Congratulations to our middle school students for their hard work and for dedicating themselves to share their gifts and abilities.  However, the very best thing this week was moms' chapel.  Thanks to all the moms who joined us for muffins. It was a special time for students to show honor and gratitude to their moms. We couldn't survive without you, mom! Thanks for all you do!








This week we celebrated Family Reading Night with The Amazing Race! In each classroom, we had reading activities, displays and food from one of the seven continents.  Students had to find the answers to clues and were entered in a drawing for fun prizes.  Parents learned ways to support reading at home. Thanks for joining in on the fun!






The best thing this week was the celebration of our secret friends' day. Students select the name of another student in the school and hide three surprises for their friend throughout the day.  Imagine the delight when you discover a fun gift in your locker or desk. It's a beautiful way to develop love and care across grade levels and to build community. "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God." I John 4:7











What a great success!  Our student council planned and hosted the first annual Newton Christian School talent show.  The students shared their God-given gifts and the welcoming audience cheered them on.  They brought down a packed house and helped raise funds for our 7th/8th grade class trip.  It was the best thing!











The best thing this week was getting to go to school after many snow days!  Our 5th-8th grade students were privileged to hear Dan Kingery share in chapel about how to resolve conflict in God-honoring ways.  He gave us lots to consider and apply to our lives.  Dan will present a free seminar on Resolving Conflict for school families and the general public on Monday, February 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the school.  Please invite your friends to attend!








The best thing this week was the opportunity our middle school students had to have P.E. class at the bowling alley.  Thank you to Cardinal Lanes for giving them the afternoon to practice their skills and enjoy the game.










This week we had the privilege of an all school assembly called "Simply Electrifying" from the Science Center of Iowa.  We learned so much through the demonstrations, student participation and "shocking" experiences.  Thank you Science Center for this great program and MidAmerican Energy who provided the program through their generous support!









The Best Thing This Week was the opportunity our middle school P.E. students had to have class at Cornfed CrossFit.  The students learned new workout routines and gained insight into physical fitness.  Thanks to Cornfed CrossFit for the opportunity and to Mrs. Lauterbach and Mr. Murphy for setting up the field trip.














We are so grateful for our supportive parents! As we come to the end of 2018, we pause to reflect on their sacrifice, volunteering, prayers and encouragement that provide a solid foundation for our teachers, staff and students.  Thank you for partnering with us and for entrusting your precious children to us. We thank the Lord for you and pray God's richest blessing over you in the new year!



The Christmas concert was amazing!  Thanks to Ms. Brown and Mrs. Ansley, our music teachers, for helping prepare our students for such a fantastic program.  We enjoyed hearing familiar carols, watching the cheerful faces and remembering the true meaning of Christmas, Christ's birth.  Click HERE to listen to the kindergarten through fourth graders sing.





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