Mission and Philosophy of Christ Lutheran Day School


Christ Lutheran Day School is a ministry of the congregation directed toward the congregation and the community. We exist to fulfill our Lord Jesus Christ’s command to go, baptize, teach and make disciples. To do this, we will provide the following….. 
 

  • A safe, nurturing environment where children can joyfully experience their first major away-from-home educational instruction. This will be accomplished in a setting in which each child feels emotionally safe, secure, accepted for himself/herself and loved unconditionally, and in compliance with the standards set forth by the State of Texas.
  • A place where children can learn what it means to be a Christian and how to live as a Christian, with the help of daily Chapel services that instill basic Christian principles. We will encourage understanding, acceptance of other’s feelings, unselfishness, patience, kindness, forgiveness, and grace.
  • A setting in which each child may learn and grow as a whole person – physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually – in accordance with each child’s developmental age, individual abilities and potential.
  • A partnership with parents and families to provide a safe, nurturing and quality education. We will collaborate with parents to ensure the best environment and experience for all our children.

“Christ Lutheran Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.”

Christ Lutheran Day School Staff 2016-2017


Dana Ferraro
DIRECTOR
(17 years)
Susan Morgan

Assistant Director
& Pre-K Teacher
(7 years)

Ainslee Ford

Office administrator
(In Her 1st Year)

Gloria Meyer

chapel pianist
(12 years)

Clarice Ford

music & motor skills teacher
(22 years)

Donah Crowley

Toddlers & 2's Teacher
(24 years)

Janet Hans

M-Th 2's Assistant Teacher
(24 years)

Lisa Nash

Toddlers & 3's Assistant Teacher/Teachers' Aide
(8 years)

Arianna Lopez

2's & 3's Teacher's Aide
(In Her 1st Year)

Amanda Godfrey

3's Teacher
(In Her 1st Year)

Danielle Flores

2's & 3's Teacher
(2 Years)

Leslie Viera

3's Teacher
(2 years)

Julie Sauter

3's Assistant
(In Her 1st Year)

Deanne Yordy

Extended Pre-K Teacher
(11 years)

Missy Harris

Pre-K Teacher
(5 years)

Jennifer Odom

Pre-K Teachers' Aide
(in her 1st year)

Colleen Miller

Pre-K Teacher's Aide
(2 Years)

Meagan Cawlfield

Pre-K Teachers' Aide
(In Her 1st Year)

Gretchen Spalten

W Pre-K Teachers' Aide
(11 years)

Sandy Guzman

Th Pre-K Spanish Teacher
(5 years)

NAEYC Accreditation


In 1996, Christ Lutheran Day School has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)-The nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Christ Lutheran Day School went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. CLDS received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

We are very proud to have earned and continue to earn the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards. NAEYC accreditation lets our families know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classroom, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy. 

NAEYC Accreditation

Program of Activities


Daily Worship in Chapel.

Hands-on experiences through the following centers: 

Block Center

This center enhances math concepts, reasoning, cause/effect, socialization and language skills.

Dramatic Play Center

Children act out or practice what they see in life. This center encourages socialization, positive emotional growth, creativity, speech and language development.

Creative Art Center

This center stresses creative expression, self-concept, and fine motor skills (necessary for printing). Process is more important than product.

Manipulative Center

This center stresses fine motor skills and encourages children to think, reason, and question with activities which include labeling, classifying and sorting, sequencing and patterning, etc.

Writing Center

This center develops fine motor skills and encourages important literacy skills, such as concepts of print, functions of print, and phonological awareness.

Discovery Center

This center encourages exploration through the use of the five senses, experimentation, documentation, and follow-through.

Sensory Center

This center is designed to give children additional tactile experiences. Rice, water, sand, oatmeal, etc. with measuring spoons, cups, etc. provide endless opportunities for science and math concepts.

Library/Cozy Corner

This should be a quiet comfortable area which encourages introspection, appreciation for books, listening skills (tapes), self-expression (flannel board puppets), and language development.

Daily time for Outside Play (weather permitting).
Daily classes in Music & Motor Skills.
Weekly classes in Spanish for Pre-K. 

Christ Lutheran day School has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)