One of the greatest joys for us at NCCS is to have our alumni return to our campus! We are excited about two upcoming opportunities for our alumni to visit on Friday, December 16:
3rd Annual College Alumni Brunch Friday, December 16 at 10:30am This annual event is a great way to celebrate the season with brunch, coffee, and time with friends. Since NCCS finals for that day will end during the brunch, alumni will have a chance to visit with friends and former teachers.
3rd Annual Jim Knight Basketball Classic & Alumni Night There will be an alumni reception during halftime of the girls' game, and a basketball alumni recognition at halftime of the boys' game.
Schedule of Events: 6:00pm - Varsity Girls’ game 6:30pm - Alumni Reception in Lower School cafeteria 7:30pm - Varsity Boys’ game 8:00pm: NCCS Boys and Girls Basketball Alumni Recognition during halftime (recognizing all former NCCS basketball players in attendance at center court)
Please rsvp for both events to Tara Dorsey. If you are a basketball alumnus, please be sure to let Tara know so that she can prepare for the halftime recognition.
Class of 2017 College Acceptances
Congratulations to the following NCCS seniors who have received acceptances to the following colleges and universities as of early December:
Chris Allen - Georgia College, Western Carolina University Eden Allen - Kennesaw State University Westin Amadee - Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, The University of Alabama T.J. Anderson - Auburn University, University of South Carolina Caitlin Barra - Louisiana State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Georgia Sarah Bowling - Georgia College, Kennesaw State University, Lee University, Samford University Lauren Brown - Georgia College, Kennesaw State University, Lee University, The University of Alabama, University of North Georgia Will Carver - United States Marines Trey Collins - Auburn University Amber Conti - College of Coastal Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Mississippi State University Lee Cunningham - Trevecca Nazarene University Kali Dangar - Georgia College, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, University of Georgia Gracie Dean - Georgia College, Kennesaw State University Molly Dennis - Birmingham-Southern College, Georgia College, Lee University, University of North Georgia Katherine Epp - Auburn University Sunny Franklin - Middle Georgia State University Austin Geter - Kennesaw State University Olivia Grey - Georgia Southern University Emma Gwaltney - Kennesaw State University Lindsay Haley - Auburn University Jacob Hamby - The University of Alabama, University of Mississippi Austin Hatch - Auburn University, University of Alabama - Huntsville Maddie Hayes - Kennesaw State University Shirly Lin - Savannah College of Art and Design Reily Martin - University of North Georgia Callan McAnnally - Berry College, Kennesaw State University Will McKenzie - Lipscomb University Stefan Moore - Georgia Southern University Nicole Noonan - Auburn University, The University of Alabama, University of Georgia Reese Parke - Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Carson-Newman University, Catawba College, East Tennessee State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of Kentucky, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Murray State University, Purdue University, Samford University, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, University of Tennessee Natalie Pereira - Kennesaw State University Ethan Punch - Auburn University Halle Rainwater - Lee University, Piedmont College, Reinhardt University, Stetson University, Toccoa Falls College Jacob Schibi - Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mississippi State University Sarah Sprouse - Georgia College, Kennesaw State University Chase Truran - Belmont University Matthew Turner - Kennesaw State University Sarah Tysinger - Auburn University, Kennesaw State University Mark Watson - University of Georgia Sarah Wiggins - Auburn University Rachel Wilczynski - Kennesaw State University, Western Carolina University
Middle and Upper School Exam Schedules
The Upper School Exam Schedule for Fall 2016 may be found HERE.
The Middle School Exam Schedule for Fall 2016 may be found HERE.
Time is Running Out - Apply for GEEC Today!
Redirect your Georgia State Income Tax to North Cobb Christian School! The Georgia Education Expense Credit (GEEC) is an incredible and proven opportunity that allows Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their state income tax to provide scholarships for eligible students to attend North Cobb Christian School.
Each calendar year Georgia taxpayers can redirect a portion of their state tax dollars to GEEC and receive a TAX CREDIT on their Georgia income tax return. As long as the $58 million cap has not been met, a married couple can re-direct $2,500 and individuals can redirect $1,000 for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Each owner/partner of LLCs, Partnerships, and S-Corps can redirect up to $10,000 to GEEC for a tax credit.
C-Corporations can receive a tax credit up to 75% of their Georgia tax liability for contributions made to GEEC.
NCCS is accepting tax credit applications NOW for 2017! With the growing popularity of the program and the addition of pass-through entities being able to contribute, the $58 million dollar cap will be reached and even EXCEEDED on January 3, 2017. NOW is the time to get your forms completed and turned in. You won’t have to pay anything until the first quarter of 2017.
To participate, you MUST turn in your application to the Development Office BEFORE December 15th– so don’t delay!Even if you participated in the program last year and want to participate again this year, you still MUST complete the 2017 application which can be accessed HERE.
Special Note to New GA Taxpayers: If the donor has not filed a tax return with the state of Georgia before, they will need to contact us at 1-877-423-6711 and select option #2, then option #3. When speaking with a representative, they should request to be registered as a new GA taxpayer for themselves and their spouse if applicable.
Come out to support our Varsity boys’ basketball team as they host the LakePoint Classic at the new state-of-the-art arena at Lake Point in Emerson on Saturday, December 10. The Showcase will feature boys' and girls' high school teams from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The basketball action will take place as follows, with our varsity boys' team playing in the final game of the day at 7:30pm.
1:00 - Lovett vs Winder-Barrow 2:30 - Hillgrove vs Warner Robins 4:00 - Cartersville vs. Meadowcreek 6:00 - Chattanooga (TN) McCallie vs Charlotte (NC) Providence Day 7:30 - North Cobb Christian School vs Sandy Creek
Tickets are available at the door for $7 per adult and $5 per student. Floor seating is available for $10 per game.
Eighth Grade Visits Operation Christmas Child
Our eighth graders visited the Operation Christmas Child warehouse last week where they took part in packing some of the millions of boxes that will be sent across the globe to children in need. Upon arrival, students participated in training and began working alongside volunteers from Florida, Virginia, and Georgia. Some students worked in an assembly line where they took part in inspecting, taping, packing, and lifting close to 10,000 boxes (by 11:15am!) Other students packed bars of soap and pencils that would be included in the boxes. The “heavy lifters” were able to close up the filled boxes and prepare them for shipping. A Florida volunteer commented on how well our students picked up on the process and how well they worked together. This outreach project gave our students a glimpse of what a huge blessing Samaritan’s Purse is to the world. Along with the work that they did, our students also delivered their own packed shoeboxes that they donated to this special cause. What a privilege to be able to take part in such an awesome ministry!
National Honor Society Supports MUST Ministries
Members of the NCCS Upper School National Honor Society worked this past week at MUST Ministries to help sort food products. This is a new event for NHS this year and it was the third time they have served at the warehouse. NCCS Senior Kali Dangar writes, “It is a blessing to have the opportunity to work with an organization that meets the needs of so many in our own community. We had a wonderful time sorting through canned and boxed goods and placing them in their labeled bin categories. We worked together for 3 hours and developed a very efficient system which enabled us to put a serious dent in the pile of food! Events like this not only help us serve the community, but also help us learn to work as a team to get the job done as efficiently as possible. In past MUST Ministry events, National Honor Society members were tasked with sorting job interview appropriate clothing for people who needed to apply for jobs. We look forward to serving at MUST Ministries again in January.”
Fifth Grade Egyptian Studies
Written By Special 5th Grade Guest Writer Caroline Epp
Mrs. Capes 5th grade history classes have been studying ancient Egypt. We’ve made some projects that I wanted to tell you about. These projects were really creative. For example, the Rosetta Stone, Great Pyramids, paddle dolls and Nile crocodiles all showed up in the classroom! Some people even made pyramid or obelisk-shaped cakes! Lots of ancient artifacts were also made from King Tut’s death mask to Pharaoh’s crook and flail. So there’s your sneak peek into Mrs. Capes’ 5th grade history class!
Lower School Christmas Activities & Program
The Lower School Christmas Performance will be on December 20, 2016, at 9:00am in the NCCS gymnasium. There will be cookie decorating in all classrooms following the Christmas program.
All Lower School students should wear nice Christmas clothes. (Think something you may wear to a nice church service. Example: girls - dress or skirt/dress pants & sweater/nice top; boys - dress pants, button down/sweater).
Additionally, there will be individual grade activities on Friday, December 16.
K3 & K4 - Sharing the Christmas Spirit - Children will learn about the spirit of giving as they make gifts and cards for the Benton House Assisted Living home. Students can wear jeans and Christmas sweatshirts.
K5 - Whoville Christmas - K5 students will tie up their unit on rhyming words and growing our hearts with good deeds by having a “Whoville Christmas.” Students will play math and literacy games, make crafts, and have a feast to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! Students can dress like a “Who” from the story "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."
1st grade - Polar Express - First grade will climb aboard the Polar Express as it travels to the North Pole for the presentation of first gift of Christmas. The message of the movie, “Believe” is tied into how Jesus is the true reason for Christmas and He is the greatest gift given to us. First Grade may wear their pajamas to school for this day.
2nd grade - Cozy Christmas - Second grade will have a very special visitor, Father Christmas, read a story about the true meaning of Christmas! Students will also recognize the connection between the candy cane and Jesus Christ! Second grade students may wear their favorite Christmas pajamas!
3rd grade - Gingerbread - 3rd grade is working on a Gingerbread Book Report that they will be sharing on this day. They will be reading “Gingerbread Baby” and making Gingerbread houses that they are going to give away to bless others. The goal is for students to understand that Christmas is a season of giving. 3rd grade students may wear a Christmas shirt or colors.
4th grade - Pirate Day- Fourth graders will come to school dressed in pirate attire to participate in a math treasure hunt which is a series of review activities in math from first semester covering place value to multiplication. Biblical-themed clues lead students from one math activity to another before finding the “treasure”. Everyone celebrates completing the treasure hunt at the Pirate Party!
Congratulations to NCCS senior Halle Rainwater and sophomore Caitlin Frazee for being selected to the All-Area volleyball team at the season end. We are so proud of these student-athletes for their hard work and accomplishments!
Georgia Power Visits 7th Grade
Thanks to Georgia Power for visiting the 7th graders this week to discuss energy efficiency, innovations and inventions (our students couldn't believe what the telephone used to look like!). After discussing renewable and nonrenewable energy, students made circuits to show the flow of electricity. Such a great way to learn through the partnership of a local company!
Fruit of Spirit Awards for Lower School
Lower School wrapped up their "Fruit Focus" this week by honoring one student from each class, K4 - 4th grade. Students were recognized for demonstrating the quality of SELF CONTROL as they demonstrated being able think before they act. Students learned that when they show others Jesus’ love, they use self-control in their thoughts, actions, and words. (First - Fourth grade students voted on a fellow classmate they observed demonstrating this Fruit of the Spirit consistently.) Congratulations to Misa Rodrigues, Kaitlin Villar, Hudson Smith, Marin Latino, Aiden Phillips, Anna Kate Holbrook, Sam Swanson, Duncan Carr, Chris O'Meara, Jade Ferguson, Jeremiah Turnbough, Michael Perry, Abigail Malak, Hailey Gross, Emma Hawkins
This group enjoyed a special breakfast together with Mrs. Titus on Thursday morning.
As the year draws to a close, the Business Office would like to let you know the following information regarding year-end donations: • The easiest way to make your donations is through the school website – Click HERE to GIVE NOW.
• Checks, credit card and cash donations may be made in the Business Office through Tuesday, December 20. Donations may be mailed during the Christmas break; however, in order to receive a tax deduction for 2016, the check and postmark must be dated no later than 12/31/16.
Have you ever considered a stock donation? A stock donation is a unique way to financially support the NCCS mission. Giving stock instead of cash as a donation can greatly benefit both the donor and NCCS. If the stock has increased in value from the time of purchase, the owner can avoid paying the capital gains tax by donating the security to a charitable organization such as NCCS and that organization has no tax implications.
For more information regarding the contribution of stock to NCCS, please contact Kristin Cook in the Business Office.
- Celebrating Our Students - NCCS Freshman Achieves Equestrian Honor
Congratulations to NCCS freshman Caitlyn Bennett who was presented along with her 2011 BLM Mustang Gelding with the USDF National All Breeds Award Championship Medal for Training Level Dressage (Open and Junior/Young Rider) for the Mustang Breed. Caitlyn adopted Hocus Pocus in 2012 as a yearling through Mustang Heritage Foundation's Extreme Mustang Makeover program. They competed for two years in Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association schooling shows, and this year, they competed in USDF Rated Dressage Competitions at Training Level. They also dipped their toes (and hooves!) into First Level at this year’s USDF Regional Championships in Conyers, GA. Congratulations, Caitlyn.
- In Chapel Next Week -
Lower School Chapel - Tuesday 8:30am Lower School chapel will be combined and will meet in the Fine Arts Building at 8:30am as Impact Dance presents a celebration of the Nativity. Mrs. Martin’s 4th grade class and Mrs. Morning’s K3 class will lead the pledges. Middle School Chapel - Thursday - 9:40am-10:25am Middle School will have a combined chapel as they hear from NCCS football coach and middle school history teacher, Mark Hollars. Upper School Chapel There will be no Upper School chapel due to exams.
Parents and guests are always welcome to attend our chapels at NCCS!
ACT Testing on Campus
NCCS will be hosting the ACT on Saturday, December 10, from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Please note parts of the campus will be closed to activity on this day to ensure a quiet and secure testing site.
Sports Week in Review
Be sure to check out the Athletics News page on our website for a summary of athletics events from this past week! Click HERE to view the Athletics News page.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
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