Educational Resources

Our purpose is to partner with Christian families in the nurture and education of their children. We are thankful to have an excellent faculty and staff who have repeatedly demonstrated diligence in teaching, content mastery and theological insight. Our administrators and teachers are committed to maintaining a high level of instruction and leadership through extensive professional development and continuing education. Kirk Day School hopes to serve as an educational resource to support our families as they address the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their children.

 
 

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Having “The Talk”

May 13, 2019 - Possibly the most challenging conversation to have with your child is on topic of sex and sexuality. It is a loaded conversation and can make us feel uncomfortable. In this podcast, Mollie Pfuetze shares about how to have “the talk” with your children. Mollie is a Covenant Seminary graduate and the School Counselor at Westminster Christian Academy.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Mollie Pfuetze, Westminster Christian Academy School Counselor


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Privacy

April 23, 2019 - Privacy has changed dramatically in the technology driven world we live in. Media outlets are constantly reporting stories of companies being hacked and private information being stolen. So, in this digital age, how do we protect our children’s privacy as well as our family’s privacy? What kinds of questions and conversations do we need to have with our children to help them understand what privacy is and why privacy is important?

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Maria Massey, School Counselor


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Spring Has Sprung

April 4, 2019 - Mr. Clement and Mrs. Massey discuss behavior trends seen in school during the end of the school year in spring. They offer tips on how to embrace this exciting time while also maintaining structure for kids. They discuss the importance and challenge of staying present during a season of anticipation and reflection.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Maria Massey, School Counselor


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Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Jeff Ehrhardt

March 22, 2019 - Mr. Clement interviews KDS graduate Jeff Ehrhardt from the Class of 2000.  Mr. Ehrhardt shares his memories, stories about KDS teachers, where God led him after graduation, and how the foundations he received at KDS still impact him as a businessman and husband today.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mr. Jeff Ehrhardt, KDS Alumni Class of 2000


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Master Educator - Mr. Richard Anderson

March 15, 2019 - Mr. Clement interviews Mr. Richard Anderson, a KDS grandparent and long-time educator and high school principal at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin, TN. In this episode, Mr. Anderson reflects on his 46 years in education and comments on the changes and stabilizers that makes Christian Education so special to families.  He offers advice to families and teachers, and tells stories that have had lasting impact on school communities.  Listen as he shares the knowledge, experiences, and wisdom, the Lord has given him over the years.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mr. Richard Anderson, Grace Christian Academy Principal


S.P.O.R.T. Student Discipleship Initiative

March 5, 2019 - Mr. Clement interviews Mrs. Catherine Stufflebam, Kirk Day School PE Teacher and alumna.  They discuss the new student discipleship initiative S.P.O.R.T., while also exploring the importance of a solid relationship between the home and school.  Mrs. Stufflebam shares in detail about her experiences as a teacher and the methods she uses to develop relationships with students. There are 5 characteristics of being a good S.P.O.R.T. (Servant, Participant, Open-hearted, Respectful, Thoughtful.) 

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Catherine Stufflebam, Department Chair & PE Teacher


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Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Julie Schaffner

February 26, 2019 - Veteran KDS teacher Mrs. Julie Schaffner shares her story, her journey to faith, her philosophy of education, and what she loves about KDS. Julie has been a professional educator for over 27 years and on the faculty of Kirk Day School since 1996. She has served on numerous Curriculum Review Committees and Accreditation Committees. For the past 15 years, she has served as Department Chair for Middle Elementary and on the Education Committee of the KDS School Board. Enjoy listening to Mrs. Schaffner share her wisdom!

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Julie Schaffner, Department Chair & 3rd Grade Teacher


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The Invisible Man

February 11, 2019 - It is a challenge to discipline the dreaded, “he called me this” or “she said that.” We have come to refer to this scenario as “the invisible man,” which are offensive, hurtful or inappropriate comments made by children, when parents or teachers are not present to hear them. These remarks have a profound impact upon our students’ moods, self-esteem and peer relationships. Such comments are often one of the most challenging things for adults to discipline and prevent. It can be a difficult task for our students to learn how much weight their words truly carry.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Maria Massey, School Counselor


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The Impact of Media - Part 2

February 1, 2019 - The Kirk of the Hills Senior Pastor, Ben Porter, and Covenant Seminary’s Director of Communications, Kent Needler share the stories, books, movies, and shows which inspire them today, draw them closer to Christ, and impact their parenting.  Both Pastor Porter and Mr. Needler are current KDS parents and graduates of Covenant Theological Seminary.


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The Impact of Media - Part 1

January 28, 2019 - Today media consists of much more than TV and magazines as we are flooded with images and messages from our secular culture. With so many options for entertainment, how do we balance using these to “unplug” and rest versus using these as platforms to numb and escape? We talk about some of the shows and entertainment that we have found life giving and some that we’ve had to turn off due to their content. How do we model for our kids how to discern what is ok to watch and listen to?  

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Maria Massey, School Counselor


Gender Issues

January 19, 2019 - Today our children are faced with so many issues.  Media exposes them to so much, and our children are being forced to ask more mature questions at younger and younger ages.  The question of, “Am I gay?” or perhaps, “Am I truly a boy or girl?” are being asked more often within the current culture. Dr. Dan Doriani, a theologian and teacher of ethics at Covenant Seminary offers wisdom, statistics, guidance, and Scripture on how our students are to wrestle with these topics, and how we as parents are to lead them through the confusion present in our culture. 

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Dr. Dan Doriani, Covenant Seminary


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Bullying

January 11, 2019 - Bullying. It has become a buzzword in our culture. It is a topic that has become common in our schools. National campaigns have been created to bring awareness and resources to this topic. But, what is the definition of bullying and how does is differ from teasing? This podcast explores the challenging topic of bullying. We share personal experiences and discuss ways for parents to respond if their child is experiencing bullying at school.

Mr. Taylor Clement, Head of School
Mrs. Maria Massey, School Counselor