The long happy days of summer are upon us, and I trust you are enjoying some relaxing time with your loved ones. Here at school, we are busily preparing for the upcoming school year. It is with eager anticipation that we work to prepare for the arrival of our wonderful students. The quiet hallways of our school will soon resound with the beautiful voices and laughter of our students as; once again, the doors re-open to welcome them all to an amazing school year at ZCA!
Once again, we are excited to welcome many new friends to our Zion family for the 2018-2019 year. I trust they will experience the love of God and His family as they join with us.
After many long and wonderful years together, five of our elementary faculty either retired or felt God’s calling to a different field and will not be returning this year. While we will miss them, God has gifted us with some wonderful new additions to our elementary faculty! Jennifer Thomas and Rebekah Samuel are new K4 teachers in our Preschool department. Both of these ladies are well-seasoned teachers who bring years of experience and love to our young students. Colleen Reese and Amanda Roth will be teaching 3rd grade. They, too, are bringing years of teaching experience, as well as their devotion to our Lord, to the 3rd grade students. Finally, in 5th grade, we welcome Annette Burchett and Andy Coates to our faculty! Both Andy and Annette hold Master’s degrees and have years of teaching experience. I stand amazed at the goodness of our Lord in sending us these new faculty members.
I wanted to give you some important dates to keep in mind as you plan for this upcoming year. We will begin our new school year with a New Family Orientation Session at 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 30th in the Zion Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Following the meeting, students and parents will be released to go with their teacher to visit the classroom. At 5:00 p.m. all our students (new and returning) will meet in their classrooms for class orientation. Immediately following that session you will be dismissed to enjoy our Back to School Bash! Our first day of school will be Wednesday, August 1 with an early dismissal time. (PreK – 1st grade – 10:45, 2nd – 3rd grades – 11:00, and 4th and 5th grades – 11:15.) Extended Care will begin Thursday, August 2.
Supply lists for all grade levels are on our school website www.zioneagles.org under the Academics tab. Just click on Preschool or Elementary and the Supply List options for your grade level are there.
This year our school will open to receive students at 7:00 a.m. Students arriving between 7:00 – 7:20 will go to the elementary library for early care. Students arriving between 7:20 – 7:45 will go directly to their classrooms. The school day begins at 7:45, with the exception of Mondays, which begin at 8:45. Dismissal times are as follows: PreK, K, and 1stgrades – 2:15 p.m., 2nd &3rd grades -2:30 p.m., and 4th and 5th grades - 2:45 p.m. Extended Care begins at 3:00 and is open until 5:15 p.m.
It is an exciting time to be at ZCA and we look forward to sharing this year together! Please phone our office at 931-381-3228 with any questions you may have.(Offices will be closed the week of July 4th.)
God bless you all and…until the school bell rings…..
For His Children,
Dr. J. Robin Nichols