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Lower School – Moving Day!

New Elementary School Update – April 2020

FCS Families, While you are busy navigating the online learning process at home, the construction team is hard at work on your new school! They are working diligently to make sure that you have a fresh, beautiful building to call home once we are together again.  We are praying for the construction team’s safety every day and we ask that

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Wise Words from Our Senior – Savannah Webb

For the past few weeks now, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that I’m missing out on something. I suppose I’ve felt cheated out of “the high school experience.” I’ve repeatedly dwelt on everything I won’t get to do—Senior Gala, Disney, Graduation. Even the thought of not finishing the summer countdown on VH’s board crossed my mind. All

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Lower School Building Update

Here’s a quick update on the status of the new Lower School building and site improvements at the Thornton Rolling Road campus. Work on the new building continues at a steady pace and it is exciting to see the building come together so rapidly. Here are a few of the latest highlights. ·The concrete floor has been poured and utilities

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40 Stories for 40 Years – Superintendent, Rick Yost

While he was born at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, Mr. Yost’s family moved to upstate New York when he was seven. Answering God’s call to serve as missionaries in Brazil, his parents made the move to attend seminary. The family crammed all four kids into a small car and loaded a 4’x 6’ Uhaul with only some clothes

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40 Stories for 40 Years – Former FCS Board Member: Robert “Bob” Duffy

We were saddened by the recent passing of longtime FCS board member, Bob Duffy. Bob was a true model of a servant-leader. In his eulogy on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, superintendent Rick Yost, highlighted how Bob’s focus on the eternal impacted so many for the cause of the Gospel. “Bob Duffy had a deeper and more genuine sense of eternity

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40 Stories for 40 Years FCS Alum: Mike Donehey

FCS Alum: Mike Donehey “Mike played sports, participated in the arts, and made life-long friendships during his time at FCS. “Graduating with over 60 friends who’ve you known since you were five was a pretty incredible experience too when I think about it. Not a lot of people can say that. I would say I probably felt more grounded than

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40 Stories for 40 Years – What the Lord Has Entrusted: Why We Give

Kevin Woods, a retired USAF officer and pilot, husband of 27 years, and father of multiple Fredericksburg Christian School graduates, sat down with us to share what FCS means to him and his family. Kevin and his wife, Val, are treasured members of the FCS family. Kevin sits on the board of FCS, and Val worked as a school nurse at

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40 Stories for 40 Years – High School Retreat

40 Stories for 40 Years High School Retreat The annual high school retreat is an FCS tradition that dates back to 1991. Every year, the entire high school student body, along with high school teachers and other staff members, kicks off the school year by piling into buses and heading out for two jam-packed days of fun and fellowship. With

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40 Stories for 40 Years – The FCS Story of HIS Story – Gary and Andy Foss

In 1979, a small group of committed Christian parents had a vision of a non‑denominational Christ‑centered school in the Fredericksburg area. While there was interest in the local community of believers, it was difficult to organize any kind of ongoing structure to move forward. At the same time, a local public school elementary principal–turned Director of Special Education–was becoming increasingly

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High School Retreat – A Student’s View

  Retreat! Author: Savannah Webb One of the most beloved high school traditions is just around the corner: Retreat! In a mere few days, the entire high school will be on buses traveling through the mountains of Western Virginia on their way to Rockbridge. The time spent there will create memories that will last a lifetime, develop new friendships, strengthen

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Homeschool vs Private School: Finding the Best Fit

Choosing homeschool vs. private school for your child involves answering some very honest questions. There’s no one-size-fits-all education option for every child. Every child and every family are unique, and what works beautifully for one may be a challenge for another. To get you started, here are some pros and cons of each option to consider as you choose the

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Developing Emotional Maturity in Your Middle Schooler

Developing emotional maturity in a middle schooler may seem like an oxymoron. To say the middle school years are challenging for parents and children alike is an understatement. But despite how they might act, your child needs you more than ever before at this stage. Middle schoolers need careful nurturing and guidance to thrive during these difficult years. Believe it

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What Christian Kindergarten Does for Your Child’s Social Skills

A Christian kindergarten is a wonderful environment for a child to learn and grow. It’s a magical time in any child’s development, and social skills are a huge part of that. Perhaps more than anything else, kindergarten is about learning to interact with others in a healthy way. Here are a few key social skills that a Christian kindergarten can

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Affording Christian School Tuition for Multiple Children

So you have a growing family, and you’re wracking your brain on how to afford Christian school tuition for all of your children. If a Christ-centered education is important to you, there are many avenues to make it achievable for your whole family. Spend dedicated time discussing your priorities with your significant other, and then invest time in crunching your

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Creating A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Child

Shepherding your child’s heart with a spiritual growth plan is a profoundly high calling. As parents, our primary responsibility to our children is teaching them about the astonishing love of Jesus Christ. But with so many young people turning away from the faith they were raised with, we need to carefully reevaluate the approach we take in helping our children

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5 Benefits of Going to A Christian School

What are the benefits of going to a Christian school? Before making such a significant investment, you may be wondering if it will be worth it for your family in the long term. Here are five benefits of Christian school that you may not have considered. Benefits of Going to A Christian School 1. A Christian school will surround your

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What are The Long-Term Benefits of A Faith Based Education?

If you are considering investing in a faith based education for your child, you may be wondering what the long-term benefits of such an education may be. Private Christian schools can be a significant financial investment, so how can you know your dollars have been well spent? Here are some potential benefits to consider: A faith based education encourages a

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How to Afford Private School on Any Budget

If you’re a parent on a tight budget, you may be wondering how to afford private school for your children. Choosing the ideal education for your children is no easy task. How can you, as a parent, know which scholastic environment will be the most ultimately beneficial to your child? Private Christian schools have so much to offer, but the

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How to Afford College? Thinking Ahead.

Even if your child is only in elementary school, you may already be haunted by the question of how to afford college. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably painfully aware that the costs of a college education have skyrocketed in recent years. So what is the average parent to do? Starting planning now to ease the

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What to Expect From an Early Learning Center

The time has come: you blinked, and now your little one is ready for an early learning center. How did this happen? While you’re busy hyperventilating, let’s try to put your mind at ease by talking about what you and your child can expect from a great pre-k program: Learning through play. Young children primarily learn through play, so don’t

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Why Christian School Values Matter

When choosing the perfect educational environment for your child, you might be asking yourself, “Do Christian school values really matter? Will a Christian school really make a difference in my child’s life? Is it worth the investment?” These are all valid questions. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, settle in, and consider these thoughts:

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Daycare vs. Preschool: Which is Right for My Child?

When trying to decide between daycare vs. preschool for your child, only the best will do. The selection process can seem intimidating, but rest assured, it doesn’t have to be. How can you know what environment is ideal for your unique little one? If you’re debating between daycare and preschool, ask yourself a few simple questions that can help you

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Christian School Curriculum: What’s The Difference?

Is there really any major difference between Christian school curriculum and secular school curriculum? The short answer is yes, there absolutely is. When choosing a Christian school for your child, you are choosing both an excellent education and excellent values. Each lesson is not just about the books, but about where that information fits within the scope of God’s Word.

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Finding A Christian School Payment Plan That Fits Your Budget

Coming up with a Christian school payment plan can seem like a daunting task, but with some careful planning, it doesn’t have to be. You might be surprised to learn how many options for tuition assistance, tax breaks, and scholarships are available to you! Choosing to invest in your child’s future is always a wise idea, and there are many

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A Guide to Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is not just a synonym for preschool or elementary school. Early childhood education involves a collection of theories, principles, and teaching strategies that ensure children are getting the very best academic foundation from the earliest age possible. Here is a quick guide to what to look for in the ideal early childhood education program. 1. Small class

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Why Choose A Christian Elementary School?

Choosing a Christian elementary school for your child can offer you as a parent peace of mind. You have countless options to choose from when it comes to your child’s foundational education, and the task can seem daunting. Why choose a Christian elementary school? Here are some thoughts to ponder: 1. A Christian elementary school shares your values. It is

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From Serving Our Country to Serving the Best BBQ

From police officer to barbecue pitmaster, Sam Cielakie has had an interesting life journey, to say the least. Sam graduated from Fredericksburg Christian School with the class of 1996. He went on to attend Liberty University and enrolled in the police academy there before serving almost 18 years in law enforcement. Throughout his time in service, he received multiple awards,

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6 Tips on How to Grow Your Relationship With Your Grandchildren

Not too long ago, grandparents were like an extension of the nuclear family, regularly participating in daily activities like meals, attending church together, and helping out around the house. Involvement with the grandchildren was seamless, as most grandparents lived close to their children and grandchildren, often in the same house. Times have changed.  Now, it had become so important that

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Age-Appropriate Chores to Fit Any Family

Getting help around the house is somewhat of a chore, in and of itself, as tasks that need to be done won’t always fit your “cleaning crew” and their set of abilities; thus, the need for age-appropriate chores grows alongside your family. Small children generally love helping with anything you’re doing, and older children are more likely to need a

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3 Ways Christian High Schools Provide Advanced Academics

Christian high schools have shown great results in their efforts to produce students that are competitive in the job and college market. In fact, recent studies have reported astoundingly positive results when examining private schools. Roughly 95% of private high school grads go on to four-year postsecondary institutions. Below are four ways that private Christian high schools provide a superior academic

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6 Great Summer Activities You Can Do at Home

With lazy, hazy days ahead, finding summer activities for kids can be a definite challenge. Instead of caving to their plaintive pleas to cruise the Internet and zone out in front of a video game, gather up some great ideas to keep them active, involved, and learning. Here are 6 of our favorite ideas for making this summer vacation about

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Quality Time With Your Grandchildren

We’ve all heard the cliche’ about how we spend time with those we love – quality over quantity. When it comes to spending quality time with your grandchildren, this can take on a whole new meaning.  While we may feel pressure to spoil our grandchildren with lavish gifts, special treats, and other extravagances, this is not necessary to develop a

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FCS Alumna Teacher and The Last Great Race®

March can be a tough time of year for teachers.  The kids are tired.  Teachers are tired.  The routine has become a bit mundane – how about the Last Great Race®? But for FCS teacher alumna, Heidi Montague Sloan, and her 5th grade students, March is something to look forward to. The Last Great Race®! And next school year this event

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Do I Have A Thriving Child in School: Three Things to Look For

The time a student spends at school is an investment. Aside from education, there are a set of skills students gain once they’ve left the classroom. These skills will prepare them to navigate the world.

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Managing Conflict with Teens: Growing Your Relationship

Parenting teenagers is all about balance. With a new level of independence, comes a new level of responsibility. Likewise, there is a need for balance between firm boundaries and age appropriate allowances.

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Day Care vs. Pre-Schools

One of the most frustrating things about shopping for daytime care for young children is sorting through your options. Not all centers are created equal, which makes it difficult to compare them side by side, and there’s a lot more to consider than the price tag

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Why Settle 3,400 Miles Away?

You never know how much influence you may have on a person. Or how many people or cultures that could be impacted by that influence. This is the case with Jesse Zimmerman ’07, who has settled 3,400 miles away from his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA.

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A Life Forever Changed

A J Addison’s (’13) story started out like many others – he was struggling in school and his future wasn’t looking bright. His mother made a decision that will forever change his life.

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Homework Help: Providing the Right Environment for Your Kids To Succeed

As adults, we instinctively seek the perfect surroundings to concentrate and think. Whether it is a private office to do our job or a lovely spot in the garden to read, we know that the ability to focus on our task is critical.

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Teaching Our Children to be Thankful

Thankfulness can sometimes elude us. In a world filled with negative news and frustrating situations, we can become bogged down by it all. Maybe that is why God instructs us to be thankful, because it is often something we consciously have to do.

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Leaders Grooming Leaders

Caleb Eames graduated from FCS in 1995, and nearly 21 years later, he still believes that Fredericksburg Christian School was the most influential step that prepared him for his future. In his experience, FCS prepares leaders, and the course of his future was shaped by this FCS commitment. In his words, “We are living in a time when our nation needs

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College Prep Checklist: Senior Year

College can be scary, exciting, and stressful all at the same time. In Junior year of high school, you took important steps for getting into a great college.

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College Prep Checklist: Junior Year

Paul the Apostle said, “Now is the acceptable time” (2 Cor. 6:2). It often feels like you’ll never get out of high school; like it will never be your time to be independent.

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10 Good Study Habits for College Prep

Preparing a loved one for college can be overwhelming for both the future college student and the parents.

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10 Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing the Right Community Service Project

The challenge in fulfilling the community service requirements for your college application is finding the best fit for your situation, goals, and values.

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7 College Prep Activities Every High Schooler Should Do

Good college prep curriculum will include intellectual, social, and emotional enrichment for your son or daughter—and will set him or her up to be a lifelong learner.

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16 Christian Values to Consider When Choosing a School

Do you want your child to embrace Christian values? Are you wondering how your school choice can help? Maybe you feel like Christian author and parent, Andrea Palpant Dilley, who shares…

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Advanced Academics: Not the Only Key to a Well-Rounded Education

Choosing the right school for your child is a critical decision that will have a lasting impact on your family. While a program that is rooted in Biblical principles will shape the person your child becomes, advanced academics also have a vital role to play.

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Ten Tips for Raising Christian Leaders

Our country needs Christian leaders ready to lead in business, government, entertainment, in the sciences, and in our churches. As a Christian parent, you probably seek to give your child opportunities to learn how to be a helper at home and church, and work to build their confidence and wisdom.

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Alumni Launch Swimming School | High School Curriculum that Builds Leaders

Aliumni success stories like Little Fish Swimming, a growing regional business, are found throughout the lives of FCS Alumni. Little Fish founders didn’t even wait to graduate; they launched during the founder’s junior year in high school.

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Why Choose Christian Preschool for Your Child

When looking for a preschool, you must consider more than just the school’s approach to curriculum and discipline. There are big differences between your average preschool and a high-quality Christian preschool, and other qualities to look for beyond the class size and great facilities.

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Getting Your Preschool Child Kindergarten Ready

There are many ways to help your child be kindergarten ready. They don’t need to be reading by themselves, or capable of sitting for 8 hours, to be ready for the classroom environment! However, there are some key ideas that your little one needs to understand. Working at home or letting them develop skills in a curriculum-based preschool are both

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We Chose FCS Twice

Keith and Keri Izadi and their three children are loving the experience they are having at FCS. The school provides exactly the kind of education they want for their children. In a recent interview, they shared their involvement with the school.

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Three Ways to Start Meaningful Holiday Traditions

It’s no secret why people say, “Christmas is such a busy time of year.” There are even songs written about the rush of activity during the holidays. Finding ways to slow down can allow us to imprint family values and a Christ-centered worldview in the hearts of our families. Here are three ways to start meaningful holiday traditions. Are there beliefs more

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Family Anchors: Thankfulness

Thankfulness is not just something that we do. It is an attitude and comes from the heart. It is an atmosphere that we can establish in our home through our words and actions. Teaching our kids to say a simple “thank you” is the first step in helping them to learn this important life posture. They should not assume they

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A Second Grader Living Out Her Dream

Emma Angstadt is full of dreams. She wants to be a firefighter, a police girl, a broker, or a teaching doctor. But the one she is already living out is the one most would call too impossible to ever reach—a movie actor. In her movie debut, Emma Angstadt, a second grader at Fredericksburg Christian School, found herself two trailers down

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Education and The Arts

We place a high priority on the arts as an integrated part of our approach to learning. There have been many studies performed that demonstrate the benefits for students who participate in any type of arts program, whether it’s music, art, or drama. In a report published by the Centre for Educational Research & Innovation in 2013, entitled Arts for

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A Journey Propelled by Faith

Carmen Moyer graduated from Fredericksburg Christian School in 2008, and went on to Bridgewater College as a Health and Exercise Science major, with a minor in Spanish. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011. Following her undergraduate work, she completed a Master of Science in exercise and sports science at East Carolina University in 2014. For Carmen, FCS

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The FCS Family Shines Through

Mr. and Mrs. Morales credit FCS for helping their daughter to recognize her own uniqueness because FCS encourages students to believe in the God-given gifts and talents they each have and to embrace those differences.

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Meet the Diehl Family

If home is where the heart is, the Diehl family’s heart is at Fredericksburg Christian School.
Doug, Sheila and their five children – have spent the last 15 years making FCS a part of their family.

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