|"We Had a Ball!"|
On Saturday, February 1st, Holy Comforter Episcopal School hosted the annual Gala and Auction, a sold out event which was held at the FSU University Center Club. The Mardi Gras themed, "Let's Have a Ball Gala" welcomed over 250 guests to a ballroom showcasing ornate masks, beads, twinkling lights and beautiful greenery as guests strolled through Bourbon Street, the Garden District and more.
Holy Comforter Episcopal School hosted the 1st STEM Saturday on January 25th with overwhelming success! The event welcomed 87 students from 29 local schools to an exciting morning of hands on, interactive science experiences taught by Holy Comforter STEM teachers.
|STEM Saturday - January 25th|
We are thrilled to announce a new event for Holy Comforter – STEM Saturday, a FREE event for students in grades K-8 to participate in a fun day of hands on interactive science experiences hosted by Holy Comforter STEM teachers. On Saturday, January 25 from 9am to 12 noon, elementary students and their parents can participate in up to 3 different sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes each and middle school students can participate in up to 2 different sessions lasting approximately 90 minutes each. Each session will focus on one core science concept that will include both technology and engineering and every session will provide a take away for the student to repeat the activity at home. In addition to these exciting sessions, we will also have a flight similator from Coaxis International, compliments of HCES parent Christophe Reglat, and the Sea Mobile Marine Life Educational Program and Traveling Aquarium from Gulf Specimen Marine Lab on campus performing on-going demonstrations.
|Guardian Ad Litem|
The students, faculty and staff of Holy Comforter Episcopal School opened their hearts this holiday season. The school sponsored children through the Guardian Ad Litem program in which to provide a Christmas full of gifts. Each class sponsored a child and students, with their families, brought in gender specific clothes, toys and other necessities. The Guardian Ad Litem children ranged in age from a few months old to teenage years.
|Middle School Omega Information|
It's 3:15pm, do you know where your child is going?
A friendly reminder to parents that middle school students must do one of three things by 3:15pm:
Students may stay after school to attend sporting events if they are accompanid by a parent or guardian. Due to security, we cannot allow students to wander around campus unsupervised.
- Be picked up by a parent or guardian
- Report to Omega
- Report to after school sports in a location the coach has designated. If a student cannot be picked up when the sport is complete, he/she must report to Omega until picked up.
|Holy Comforter Episcopal School’s iEducate(TM) Program named an Apple Distinguished Program|
Holy Comforter Episcopal School’s iEducateTMProgram has once again been named an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013 to 2015. The iEducateTM program is recognized by Apple as an exemplary learning environment and center of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. We are one of the few schools in all of Florida to receive this special recognition.
|Lecture Series featuring Dr. Michael Thompson|
Holy Comforter Episcopal School hosted the 2nd installment of the Lecture Series on Monday, October 28th. The school’s Student Center boasted over 250 guests, as members of the community gathered to hear New York Times Best Selling Author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. as he presented “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life” based on research from one of his top selling books.
|Cross Country State Championship Meet|
Both boys and girls Cross Country teams competed in the middle school cross country championships in Lakeland, FL this past Saturday (Nov. 2). The Crusaders were one out of five schools to have both the boys and girls team place in the top 10. The boys team placed 10th and the girls team placed 7th. The Crusaders worked very hard this season and it definitely showed.
|Fall Festival 2013|
Hundreds of families enjoyed the spirit of fall at the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19th. HCES students, parents and friends filled the school courtyard which was decorated in a western theme and adorned with beautiful fall flowers, family decorated pumpkins, and scarecrows made by our STEM students.
|Counselor's Corner - Grand News Edition|
Contributed by Lisa Butera, Middle School Guidance Counselor
Looking for ways to connect with your grandchild? Technology might be what you’re looking for! There’s no doubt that young people love technology – cell phones, computers, iPads, iPods, and the list goes on. So try connecting with them by entering their world a bit, while keeping a little “old school” charm in the mix.
|Building Resiliency in Our Children|
Contributed by Beth McCann, 3rd - 5th Grade Counselor
Resiliency is one of the best skills we can teach our children. It can be tremendously difficult to watch our children endure disappointment, but viewing it as a chance for them to learn how to handle a setback can turn a bad situation into a great teaching moment. Here are some tips to help you and your child weather those times when things don’t go as planned. Click "read more" to view the entire article.
Contributed by Fran Lewis
Guidance Counselor, PK3-2
What is the best way to praise our children? We want to encourage and motivate them but we also want to avoid creating “praise junkies”. Some scholars differentiate between “evaluative praise” and “descriptive praise”.
|Why should I pay for my child's education?|
Contributed by Nena Martinez, Admissions Director
I’m often asked, …”If I’m zoned for a good public school, why should I pay for my child’s education?” There are a variety of reasons why Holy Comforter parents might choose an independent education for their children, even in tough economic times.
|Is Keyboarding A Dead Skill? |
Is Keyboarding A Dead Skill?
By: Holli Scharinger
To teach, or not to teach, that is the question. This is a question many education experts are asking when it comes to teaching keyboarding in the classroom. Is keyboarding a dead skill? To be quite honest, as someone who follows educational technology trends, with the development of web-based communication tools, apps, etc., it seems like keyboarding is becoming somewhat obsolete. However, it’s not dead yet.
Indeed, voice commands can activate software programs, generate a text, produce a word processing document, and even browse the Internet. But, how do you talk quietly to your computer during a classroom lecture, so that you have notes to study from? Here are some reasons that I am “pro-keyboarding”: Click "read more" to continue reading the article.