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IMPORTANT WSCS INFORMATION

March 11, 2019
By Dr. Bryan Wolfe

Dear Winston-Salem Christian School (WSCS) Family:
 
I deeply regret to inform you that we find ourselves in an extremely difficult and challenging situation, and am asking for your fervent prayers. After providing Wake Forest University and Winston Salem First with all the requested information needed to move forward with a one-year lease extension at the current property, we have received from both parties a new set of requirements that must be met before they are willing to move forward with the proposed extension. Our Board is working diligently to address these issues with the help of legal counsel, and while we are somewhat hopeful that these issues can still be resolved, we wanted to impress upon you the urgency of the situation and to ask for your prayers, enrollment, and financial support. 

We will be releasing the following statement to the press:

"Due to expectations placed upon Winston-Salem Christian School (WSCS) by Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem First, in order for WSCS to move forward for the 2019-2020 academic school year, the School's Board has clearly and unequivocally stated that 250 students (i.e., 200 K-12 and 50 ELC students, we currently have 160 in the K-12 and 40 in the ELC.) must be enrolled and $400,000 (we currently have $100,000)  in raised capital must be in hand by April 1, 2019 for WSCS to be viable. If these benchmarks are not met by the April 1st deadline, we will have no choice but to close our School’s doors on May 31st."

I trust that God can “do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” and am praying that we far exceed these numbers. However, we need your help to spread the word about our cause and to help us raise the needed funds by this deadline.

I fully believe in the education and ministry of Winston Salem Christian School to a diverse population that reflects our unique and diverse city, and look forward to seeing our immediate school community and the greater Triad community respond with bold action.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bryan Wolfe
Winston Salem Christian School
Head of School

#WSCSNext40 Update 2 - WSCS is opening for 2019-2020!

February 06, 2019
By Dr. Bryan Wolfe

Dear families,

It has been a busy, but very productive week for Winston Salem Christian School as we look forward to our #WSCSNext40. I wanted to provide you with some updates to keep families informed during this process. I want to communicate first and foremost that we are moving forward to open our doors ELC through 12th grade. Here are updates on the process: 

Location:

I met with senior administration at Wake Forest University on Monday, and they were receptive and gracious during our conversation. We all left the meeting optimistic for WSCS to remain in our current location until July of 2020, providing the needed time for transition. There are some details we are finalizing, and plan to make an official announcement in the next 2 weeks. I also met with New Jerusalem Cathedral and they shared their willingness to partner with us on the Patterson Avenue Property. We are looking at the opportunity to purchase the property and make the necessary improvements to move ELC through 12th grade to this property for the fall of 2020. These are two great answers to prayer, and we will work to finalize and communicate details in the 2 week window. 

Enrollment: 

Our early enrollment windowed closed on Saturday, and I am excited to say we have far surpassed our numbers from early enrollment last year. We have continued with our admissions and enrollment process, and we continue to see students inquire and move through the admissions process. As you communicate in the community, please communicate we are opening for the 2019-2020 school year, and we are excited about how God is orchestrating so many details for the coming years. We will expand the early registration time until February 28th to accommodate families that were waiting to hear about our location details and future plans. We are excited about the opportunities available to us, and grateful at the ability to see God’s hand direct our future. 

Finances:

When details are complete about the ability to remain here until July of 2020 and transition to a new property, we will enter a phase of fundraising for a capital campaign that will enable our Early Learning Center through 12th grade to relocate. It is our goal to raise 2 million dollars in the community to purchase the Patterson property, upfit the interior, and provide new playground and outdoor spaces. We will be providing naming opportunities for corporate or individual gifts. These opportunities will be available by the end of the week

Prayer:
  1. Please pray for the details of our location transition

  2. Thank God for the elevated status of Winston Salem Christian School

  3. Pray for families to continue the admissions and enrollment process

  4. Pray for donors and sponsors as we engage a capital campaign for our new facility opportunities 

Looking forward to the next 40 years of Christian education,

Dr. Bryan Wolfe
Winston Salem Christian School
Head of School


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#WSCSNext40 Update 1

January 30, 2019
By Dr. Bryan Wolfe

It is an exciting time at Winston Salem Christian School, and I will be utilizing the subject line above to communicate about significant developments as we move forward to our next 40 years of Christian education. I thank you for your tremendous support of WSCS and I am already amazed at the things God has done in a short time. 

Location:

I have a meeting with New Jerusalem Cathedral’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Kevin Williams, on Friday to discuss the property on Patterson Avenue. Please pray for wisdom as we look at this possible location moving forward. If you would like to see the building, come out and support the Lions tomorrow night for our homecoming basketball games. The address is 3665 N. Patterson Avenue. Middle School games begin at 4:00, and the Men’s Varsity game is at 6:45 PM. (Our homecoming Court will be crowned prior to this game). 

I have a meeting on Monday at 4:00PM with Wake Forest Executive Vice President Hof Milan. I will be requesting a grace period to allow us to remain at our current location while we pursue moving the ELC through 12th grade to a new campus. Please pray for Wake’s graciousness and generosity during this meeting. They have the opportunity to significantly help our transition by providing a 12-24 month extension. 

Enrollment: 

We continue to enroll students, and host perspective students for next year! We are continuing our Walk in Wednesday admission events for families to learn about WSCS. Wednesday, February 6th is our next Walk in event for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are on schedule with last year’s enrollment numbers, and we still have one more day for families to re-enroll at the early registration price!

Finances: 

We have raised approximately $25,000 to match our first $25,000 gift. A second $25,000 gift has been offered for matching as well. We have seen an outpouring of ideas and generosity in these first days. Please follow our social media so that we can highlight companies and thank them publicly for their support of Winston Salem Christian School. Today, Hanesbrand donated #SaveWSCS T-shirts! We are requesting a $5 donation for these shirts to help toward the matching grants. Our operational budget is over $100,000 to the black (positive). This surplus of $100,000 sustains us through the month of July when we do not receive a tuition payment from families. Thank you for your continued support. 

Looking forward to the next 40 years of Christian education,

Dr. Bryan Wolfe
Winston Salem Christian School
Head of School

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Greetings from Dr. Wolfe

December 04, 2018
By Dr. Bryan Wolfe

I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, but the feel of gratitude still lingers with the majority of the population. We just came out of a yearly reminder of our blessings, and reasons to be thankful, and we turn our eyes and hearts toward Christmas. 

While Christmas has become overly commercialized, it still represents a series of four weeks that people actually point their attention to the person of Jesus. (Whether intentionally or not) Just this past weekend I was in a busy restaurant and heard over the speakers, “joy to the world, the Lord has come.” 

This four weeks creates a great opportunity to talk about King Jesus arriving as a baby, I pray we are all emboldened during this time to share about the purpose of this baby that came to earth. Please consider introducing a friend to Jesus and Winston Salem Christian School at one of the following opportunities! 

December 6th- Lower School Christmas program
December 14th- ELC Christmas Chapel and cookie decorating
December 15th- Upper School “1940’s Radio Show”
December 17th- Morning Christmas Worship and devotions with hot chocolate and donuts!

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