Robotics in the Real World with Primetest Automation
On Friday, May 18, the SRCS Robotics Team had the privilege of touring Primetest Automation. What drives Primetest Automation is solving a manufacturing challenge with the most efficient and effective automation. Primetest provides the service of testing systems as well. This was a great opportunity to see Robotics on a bigger scale. SRCS students received hands-on experience and got to see firsthand how Robotics can be a career. Thank you Primetest Automation and Mr. Benvenuto for an unforgettable experience.
The Day History Came Alive for 5th Grade
On Tuesday, May 1st, the fifth grade students had the incredible honor of having Mrs. Stanislawa Jackowska visit as a very special guest speaker for Social Studies. Mrs. “Stenia” (as we were invited to call her) is the grandmother of fifth grader, Natalia Van Vladricken. Mrs. Stenia was born in Tykocin, Poland and she and her family survived the Holocaust in WWII. The students had been studying the war and this was the most amazing opportunity to hear a firsthand account of experiences during this time. Mrs. Stenia shared in Polish, with Natalia and her mother translating, that her parents were taken in the second invasion of their city by the German army on May 27, 1944. Her father was placed in Gross-Raven concentration camp, and her mother in Ravensbruck. She was three and a half at the time, and was saved when her mother pushed her through a fence to a neighbor. She was taken to live with a relative. Each day for over a year she and her cousin, whose parents had also been taken, would walk over a mile to the main road and spend the whole day waiting for the return of their parents. Miraculously, her parents did return; however, when she saw them, they were so changed in appearance by the torture and starvation that the children thought they were spirits and they ran away in fear. They returned to their home which had almost nothing left in it to try and live through the ongoing deprivations. Even after the war ended and Germany was removed from their country, they remained under the rule of Russia and things stayed harsh and challenging.
All of us in attendance were deeply impacted by the story we heard. Our students wrote letters to Mrs. Stenia expressing their gratitude and the lessons they learned. Here are a just a few quotes from those precious letters: “Your story was amazing in a million ways….Your story was unbelievable. You are so strong and beautiful inside and out. I feel so blessed I got the chance to hear your story…You are the bravest person I have ever met. God was with your family the whole time in that war and I look up to you for living up to the risks of the war…God chose you to be one of the ones that were saved for a reason…It makes me disappointed that our world once did this. God is so gracious and kind to still love us after what people did…It makes me feel more confident about what I can do…(your story) encourages (us) to not let anything like this happen ever again… You are an unbelievable person that survived the impossible…This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Thank you to Miss Ferrin for inviting Mrs. Stenia to speak and for capturing her story.
Operation Christmas Child
We were once again blessed to participate in the Operation Christmas Child ministry this year. Over 900 boxes were packed by our Spanish River Christian School families! At our annual Operation Christmas Child chapel, we heard from Donna Pierce. Mrs. Pierce is an OCC volunteer and has been coming to our school for several years. She shared several stories from around the world about how one simple shoe box can have a profound impact and can lead to a child experiencing the love of Christ. She also brought a special guest, Will, to the stage. Will is originally from Latvia. While living in an orphanage as a child, he was the recipient of a shoe box. Donna interviewed Will, who shared his story with us. The entire presentation put into perspective how blessed we are in America and how important it is to give to those in need.
After the chapel, 21 middle school student leaders, several parent volunteers, and Mr. Petrovich had the privilege of packing the 900 shoe boxes into a truck, driving down to the Operation Christmas Child distribution center in Hollywood, FL, and serving for the afternoon. At the distribution center, they unloaded the boxes and then packed them into bigger boxes to be shipped. Time was also spent packing over a hundred more shoe boxes that will be sent out to children across the world. Our student leaders worked hard and served joyfully. It was a valuable experience for all involved.
SRCS boys flag football wins Gold Coast League Championship title.
SRCS Alumni Chris Bivona, Dustin Grizzle, and Priscilla Pero Bergstrom (Class of 1999), along with Colleen Sulewski Sloan and Michele Tamaccio Schenden (Class of 2002), and Dominica Cirisano (Class of 2003) are proud to have their children attending SRCS. Colleen said, “I had the privilege of attending SRCS from pre-K through 8th grade. Not only did SRCS make a positive impact on me academically, but it also nurtured and strengthened my Christian walk. Now that I am a mother, when it came time to decide on what school to send my child to, I had no hesitation in choosing SRCS. At SRCS, I am confident in knowing that my daughter will be surrounded by caring men and women of faith who will challenge her academically and most importantly, remind her that Jesus loves her.”