LEGO Robotics Team heading to world championshipSix students from AACS’ robotics team "Brick Warriors" successfully defended their title at December's FIRST LEGO League state championship. Over the past months, the team built and programmed an autonomous robot, demonstrated gracious professionalism by helping other teams, and designed an innovative solution to fit this year's theme, World Class Learning. Recognized as a "powerhouse" by other schools now, the team earned the highest score out of the 50 teams competing, and their robot was the only one that completed the hardest task, which was appropriately named "Out-of-the-box thinking". The team also helped mentor other teams inside FIRST LEGO League and held a series of robot workshops at a tutoring program in Detroit. For their science project, the team created a new tool for learning world language vocabulary. They wrote a PHP-based website (qrtranslate.org) that generates QR codes and translates them to text and audio in 23 different languages. Their tool has been used over ten thousand times in 170 countries. As state champions, the Ann Arbor Christian School team will represent Michigan at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, held in St. Louis, MO in April 2015. The school wishes to particularly thank Coach Peter Chen who had mentored and guided the students over three outstanding seasons. Click here to read the MLive article about the team.
A new school logo unveiledThe history of the AACS logo: Unveiled at the November 18th Association meeting, the new school logo represents one of the first steps of the upcoming five-year strategic plan and is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work, excitement, and prayer. Designed as part of our new marketing and fundraising initiative, the new logo is a piece of the strategic plan as we strive to make God’s story of AACS much more widely known throughout greater Ann Arbor and boldly stamps us as a steadfast light for Jesus Christ in a city that desperately needs Him. Symbolizing our unswerving commitment to Christ and high quality education in an attractive yet enduring design, it captures our desire with the strategic plan: To remain rooted to our mission and core values while, in faith, always heeding God’s challenge for us to grow, stretch, and improve our school. New logo - Elements and their symbolism:
- Cross and highlighted C: The school's steadfast commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and historic Christian truths, especially in the city of Ann Arbor. Ephesians 6:16 also mentions the concept of the "shield of faith."
- Crest shape: A familiar and classic motif that conveys "school", "education", and "high academic quality", but in a design that is fresher and more engaging than a traditional shield with bright, tasteful colors already currently being used.
- AACS: A deliberate insertion of our school initials to help increase name recognition.
- Combined, we believe the new logo captures key aspects of our school in a highly attractive and enduring design that will be a steadfast symbol of our school's commitment to high-quality education centered on Jesus Christ and that will draw others to our school by giving a very strong first impression about AACS. It is also very interesting to note that the new logo bears some striking and unexpected similarities to the first logo, a fact we discovered after the new logo's creation. We discovered the original logo after the new logo was designed!
Haiti Craft Fair on Dec 5Invite your friends and neighbors to come shop at our craft fair to support our friends at God’s Littlest Angels in Haiti. These student-generated crafts and baked goods will make perfect Christmas gifts. The Haiti Craft Fair is at the school, from 1-4pm on Friday, December 5. Please join us!
Special Association MeetingThe Board of Directors and the Head of School invite all Association members to join us as we review the latest draft of a five-year strategic plan on Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm. We encourage all Association members to attend, to listen, to ask questions, to engage in the dialogue, and to pray. Please read the draft of the strategic plan beforehand. Instructions for downloading the draft were in the Board letter sent to members a few weeks ago.
AACS In the NewsMake sure you check out this MLive article on AACS alum Joel Anderson. He was the captain and leading goal scorer for Dexter High School Soccer this year, and his leadership not only inspired his team but inspired his coach to call him, "another coach on the field." Joel is the youngest of four siblings, all of whom attended AACS.
Pancake Breakfast This SaturdayPlease join us from 8:30-10:30am on Saturday, Nov. 8th, for great fellowship and delicious food -- and don't forget to invite other families and even neighbors! This year, we are having two different magic shows (9:00am and 10:00am). Tickets are $2 each per show, and you can purchase tickets at the event. This is one of the school's biggest fundraisers; please come and support AACS! The average cost of breakfast in a restaurant ranges from $8-$10 per person, including drink and tip; why not donate that money to AACS in exchange for a great breakfast and a good time with family and friends?! We hope to see you this Saturday!
Community Rummage Sale at AACSThe first-ever, all-school RUMMAGE SALE at Ann Arbor Christian School is Sat. Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. School members and community friends are all welcomed! Great items, great prices and just minutes from where you are! Our preschool- through-8th-grade school is at 5500 Whitmore Lake Road in Ann Arbor, off US-23 just south of North Territorial Road. Enter the gym doors at the rear of the building and be ready to find some awesome bargains!
800 Pies!While we sold 794 apple pies in total, we will be making a few extra for last-minute orders. As you can see from the boxes piling up, this recording-breaking year will need some record-breaking help. If you are able to assist with pie making, please contact the office. This year, art teacher Arienne Zimmerman will also have students make a hand-written thank-you note in each box.
Thank You & Encouragement from the Head of SchoolDear AACS community, I would like to take a moment to thank the school community for two very successful events in the first month of school. Two weeks ago, we had an excellent turnout for our marriage and parenting conference (102 attendees on Friday and 78 on Saturday), which attracted 44 adult visitors from outside AACS and more than 100 children attended the provided childcare during each seminar. The seminars themselves were extraordinary and well-praised by attendees as uplifting, convicting, and transformative, and new families were exposed to our school. This week, we surpassed our 700 apple pies goal with 785 pies! The looks on the faces of students and parents were they heard this news this morning have been priceless. In short, both of these events have been examples (remember last year's Multiplication Project?) of how, with our loving God's help, we can achieve great things when we rally together as a school community. May the success of these two events be a source of pride for our school and another testimony of God's faithfulness to His school. Now, let's pray and rally together to reach the 145 students goal! With gratitude, Wayne Sit, Head of School