LCS-img_067Linden Christian School is a dynamic independent school inspired by faith, motivated by excellence and anchored by meaningful relationships. Our exceptional teaching staff boasts a rich variety of talents, skills and interests. With their guidance, Linden students grow to be insightful thinkers and discerning decision makers. We give them the tools, knowledge and opportunities to succeed; we expose them to extracurricular options so that they can develop new skills; we provide expert instruction and a lively, caring community.

We also seek to impart the values that will serve as a foundation for a purposeful, meaningful life – helping students grow to be devoted followers of Christ and compassionate community members.

Linden can help you achieve all that you want for the education of your children.

  • We deliver the provincial curriculum and so much more as students are motivated to explore and excel in the classroom. We are a young school, but our graduates are already doing exceptional things in their careers.
  • Our walls are full of banners and pennants that represent the success we’ve enjoyed in athletics. Through sports, we build character and community. We also build champions.
  • We help our students discover and nurture their artistic talents. LCS choirs and bands are recognized for an exceptionally high performance standard. Our music students compete successfully and perform frequently as their skills grow.
  • Our students look beyond themselves. Through chapel and community service, our students embrace biblical truth and seek to make this a better world. Whether the Linden family is collecting for a shoe box, gathering warm clothing for those less fortunate, or providing clean water overseas we seek to show the love of God and serve Christ.
  • We have a remarkable facility, a strong church relationship, an increasingly dynamic alumni body.

We’re thankful for all that God has provided, and seek to partner with parents in providing the best education possible for our students. To learn more, contact the Registrar.


Administration

As Principal and CEO of Linden Christian School, I am blessed to work with dynamic faculty and staff committed to providing students with a well-rounded, Christ-centered education. When I walk the halls of our facility and meet students, I see undeniable evidence that we are achieving academic excellence, celebrating creativity, and fulfilling our mission of equipping students to love and serve God.

IMG_2855 webWith the support of an active and engaged parent community, we strive for excellence in everything we do at LCS. Our students consistently score well above the median on provincial exams. Our sports teams win championships and promote leadership. Our artists create beauty.

Central to our calling is a commitment to develop students with a strong Christian worldview. We long to shape students’ lives so that they graduate from LCS strong in their faith, eager to make a difference for Christ, and prepared to serve.

LCS, one of the largest Christian schools in western Canada, has developed into a city-wide ministry representative of 100 churches. We are grateful to be a part of this community, and are thankful for the enthusiastic support and leadership of Grant Memorial Church. ~ Robert Charach, Principal and CEO of Linden Christian School

 

Linden Christian School Administrators, from left: Robert Charach, Principal and CEO; Lorraine Kehler, Vice Principal – Early Years; Jeff Thiessen, Vice Principal – Middle Years; Derek Kroeker, Vice Principal – Senior Years


Mission, Vision, Values

Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught (Colossians 2:7).

 

Linden Christian School provides a God-honouring educational experience for nearly 900 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. LCS strives for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. LCS faculty and staff comprise over 100 dedicated men and women who serve God as passionate Christian educators inspired and guided by the LCS mission, values and vision statement.

Mission
With a commitment to excellence, Linden Christian School provides a Christ-centred education that equips students to love and serve God.

Vision
Linden Christian School is a biblically-based learning community where all students grow to be devoted followers of Christ, insightful thinkers, discerning decision-makers, and compassionate community members.

Core Values

At Linden Christian School we value:

  • a Christ-centered education based on a biblical world view;
  • a commitment to excellence and the development of Godly character;
  • a safe, caring, learning environment that focuses on the whole person;
  • equipping students to serve in the local and global community.

 


History

Linden Christian School was founded in 1987 as a ministry of Grant Memorial Baptist Church. It started with 33 students and three teachers, one of which was the founding principal Phyllis Cook.

By 1992 enrollment had reached 250 students and Grades 7 and 8 were added to the school. LCS welcomed its first high school class in 1994. Grade 10 was added in 1997, Grade 11 in 1998 and Grade 12 in 1999. The first high school graduation was celebrated in 2000.

September 2010 saw the opening of the Transitional Learning Classroom (TLC), at a downtown location. The TLC provides a unique learning setting for children who are newcomers to Canada. Students in Grades 1 through 5 learn the English language and Canadian culture within the Manitoba curriculum.

With a growing student population came the need for additional space. Over the years, Linden Christian School has undergone many expansions to add classrooms, a gym, and new band, choir and art facilities. Students at LCS also enjoy enhanced library and study space and a new, state of the art audio visual room.

What has remained unchanged over the years is the commitment of all staff to provide an excellent Christ-centered education that equips students to love and serve God. LCS now has over 900 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The same emphasis on spiritual growth and relationship – with God, people and community – that Linden was founded on continues to provide for the development of the whole child.

 

Governance

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Linden Christian School (LCS) is an incorporated non-profit charitable organization that operates independently as an affiliated ministry of Grant Memorial Baptist Church (GMBC).

The Linden Christian School Board is affirmed annually by the GMBC Board of Deacons. The LCS School Board is responsible for approving the plans, budgets and policies of the school and ensuring their effective implementation by the school administration.

The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the school and is responsible for the formation and implementation of the school’s administrative policy as well as the implementation of all of the educational programs, staffing and the day to day operations of the school. The Principal and CEO reports directly to the Linden Christian School Board. He is also part of the Joint Leadership Team that manages all components of the organization that includes Linden Christian School, Grant Memorial Baptist Church and the Lindenholm Seniors Complex. These senior officers prepare the annual plans, budgets and policies guided by the mandate approved by the GMBC Board of Deacons and within the governance policies set by the Linden Christian School Board.

 

GMBC Board of Deacons

  • J. P. Cossette
  • Stefan Dirks
  • Ted Hull
  • Jeff Job (Secretary)
  • Mark Kelm
  • Thomas Knight
  • Rod Neustaedter (Chair)
  • Danny Serhal
  • Dino Silvestri (Vice-Chair)

LCS Board

  • Leanne Allison
  • Jason Daase
  • Ron Janzen
  • Lowell Jones, Vice Chair
  • Ron Meisner, Secretary
  • Garry Nickel, Chair
  • Marlin Reimer
  • Ken Rempel
  • John Schaffner
  • Danny Serhal, Deacon Board Liason


Before and After School Care

Linden Christian School offers a Before and After School Care (BASC) program to accommodate the working hours of parents. The BASC program features:
BASC

  • A friendly and comfortable atmosphere for students
  • A variety of learning centres
  • A quiet study and homework area
  • Gym time
  • Outside play (weather permitting)

Our BASC program is staffed by people who enjoy working with children and who value making the children’s time in the program comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. All staff members at Linden Christian School have been trained in Plan to Protect and have been cleared on the Child Abuse Registry and/or a Criminal Records Check.

BASC Program

The BASC Program operates from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. and from 3:20 to 5:30 p.m. Current fees (for 1 minute to 60 minutes attendance):

  • Morning: Flat rate of $3
  • Afternoon Hourly rate: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. = $3
  • Afternoon Hourly rate: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. = $3
  • Late surcharge (for pick-up after 5:30 p.m.) is $7 per 10 minutes late, per student

Closures
The BASC program is not available during school holidays (Christmas, Spring Break and Summer vacation). The BASC program is also unavailable on statutory holidays and in service days when the school is closed.

Before and After School Care Handbook, 2016-2017

Contact BASC Program Supervisor.

 


School of Fine Arts

“Praise his name with dancing; play drums and harps in praise of him” (Psalm 149:3).

 

The School of Fine Arts (SOFA) offers expert instruction by gifted, Christian educators. Our goal is to provide excellent and personalized IMG_3556 webeducation, allowing students to grow their unique gifts. Our teachers are experienced and caring Christian instructors who provide a safe and stimulating environment for their students. SOFA instruction is available to all Winnipeggers, not just current LCS students. SOFA’s mandate is to provide:

  • Training in a variety of art forms reflecting high standards of artistic excellence
  • A Christian perspective on the role and functional usage of the art form in the life of the student
  • Opportunities for the student to use his or her skills in local ministry

 

 

IMG_5989webClick below to read detailed Biographies and Credentials for each SOFA Instructor, download requests to register and group registration packages:

SOFA Instructor Bios

SOFA Private Music Lessons Registration Request Form 2017-2018

Art Class Fall 2017 Registration Package

Intro to Musical Theatre Fall 2017 Registration Package

Register! Contact the School of Fine Arts.

Solfeggietto, May, 2017

 

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
Courses Offered: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Voice & Piano Combo, Flute, Recorder, Theory, Violin, Cello, Viola,

IMG_0231webUnder the guidance of qualified Christian instructors, students receive private lessons that allow them to develop their musical skills, and to use those skills in a variety of ministry settings. Lessons are customized to meet each student’s individual needs.

Private music lessons are typically held once a week and are offered throughout the school day, before school, after school, and in the evening. Lessons are usually 30 minutes, but longer lessons can be arranged to meet grade or level requirements.

  • Students may prepare for Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada exams
  • Students may participate in the Winnipeg Music Festival Competition
  • Students are encouraged and motivated by the many performance and ministry opportunities we provide: retirement home visits, the LCS Christmas Tea, the annual Musicathon, LCS chapels, and recitals in December and June

SOFA students at Linden Christian School have the opportunity to take private music lessons in the disciplines of piano, flute, violin, voice, voice & piano combo, guitar, cello, theory, harmony, history and pedagogy. SOFA also offers group lessons (Art and Introduction to Musical Theatre). Register for private lessons at any time throughout the year by contacting our Administrator of the School of Fine Arts Rita Zurzolo at sofa@lindenchristian.org.

 

GROUP LESSONS

GROUP ART CLASSES / MONDAYS / INSTRUCTOR LISA SCHROEDER / $375.00 / GRADES 5-8 / Begins September 18, 2017 / 22 weeks / 3:45pm – 5:00pm

SOFA art classes provide a space where students can learn new techniques and build upon existing formal art skills. Students will be challenged with projects that require them to draw from life, visually communicate narrative, practice colour theory, and study an artist’s work from art history. Parents can expect finished mixed media work, pastel drawings and water colours, hand built clay projects and a personal sketchbook to return home.

Instructor Lisa Schroder is a visual artist. Lisa works in a variety of methods including sculpture, drawing,printmaking and paper making, to create delicate and thoughtful work.

 

GROUP ART CLASSES / WEDNESDAYS / INSTRUCTOR LISA SCHROEDER / $399.00 / GRADES 1-4 / Begins September 20, 2017 / 24 weeks / 3:45pm – 5:00pm

SOFA art classes provide a space where students can learn new techniques and build upon existing formal art skills. Students will be challenged with projects that require them to draw from life, visually communicate narrative, practice colour theory, and study an artist’s work from art history. Parents can expect finished mixed media work, pastel drawings and water colours, hand built clay projects and a personal sketchbook to return home.

Instructor Lisa Schroder is a visual artist. Lisa works in a variety of methods including sculpture, drawing,printmaking and paper making, to create delicate and thoughtful work.

 

INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATRE / THURSDAYS / INSTRUCTOR MARGOT SIM / $185.00 / GRADES 2-4 / Begins September 21, 2017 / 10 weeks / 3:45pm – 4:45pm

This is a beginner’s course in communicating on stage through songs, poems, dialogue, gesture and staging. Fun and creativity with movement and music: warm-ups for the voice and body, Improv games, and Theatre games will be enjoyed. Young students will build confidence as performers through team-work. The class will present a short, mini-musical at the end of the course. Margot Sim is the voice teacher at LCS SOFA. She has worked as a professional singer-actor and adjudicates Speech Arts and Musical Theatre in festivals across Canada. Margot believes in a high-energy learning environment and in finding the “fun” in fundamentals.

 

 

 NEW PRIVATE CLASS FOR FALL 

PRIVATE VOICE & PIANO COMBO LESSONS / INSTRUCTOR MARGOT SIM / DIPLOMAS IN VOICE (AMM,LMM,ARCT), ORGAN (ARCT), PIANO (ARCT) AND RECORDER (AMM)
Combining voice lessons with piano lessons allows students interested in singing to keep up with their piano skills or add beginner piano to their weekly voice lessons. Each 45 minute lesson will provide an opportunity to: learn the mechanics of singing (technique) through warm-ups and games, learn songs of different styles (including Musical Theatre songs with staging), and learn (or refresh) piano skills through warm-ups and piano pieces. Having a piano or keyboard at home is mandatory. A commitment to weekly practise of both voice and piano will be expected (although not both every day). Piano is a huge asset for singers of all levels. It encourages independent singing away from recordings (‘creating’ rather than ‘imitating’) as the singer learns how to track melodies. As piano skills improve, the singer will be encouraged to ‘self-accompany’ easier repertoire with piano chords. For pianists at a more advanced level (RCM Grade 6 and up), a one hour lesson slot is recommended for Voice/Piano combo lessons.

 

SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS SPRING RECITALS

Saturday, June 3 Room 270 / Choir Room
Jason Wiebe 10:00 am
Karla Fillion 11:30 am
Carolyn Scholz 12:30 pm
Gary Brenner 1:00 pm
Monday, June 5 Room 270 / Choir Room
Julianna Enns 5:30 pm
Carolyn McLean 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 6 Room 270 / Choir Room
Nita Van Rooyen and Christelle Gregorchuck 5:30 pm
Margot Sim 7:00 pm

 

 

MUSICATHON 2017
IMG_1056 webThis year our School of Fine Arts will be hosting their MUSICATHON on Monday, May 15. Students will perform in the Auditorium throughout the day. This annual event raises funds to pay teacher wages at the Refuge of Hope School in the Dominican Replublic. SOFA students will be receiving pledge forms via email on April 21, to be handed in by May 9. Hard copies of pledge forms will also be available from music teachers.  In appreciation for their participation in the Musicathon and for collecting pledges, students will receive a free pizza lunch.Questions about the annual Musicathon may be directed to SOFA Administrator Mrs. Rita Zurzolo at sofa@lindenchristian.org.To learn more about the important ministry and work of Ambassadors for Christ Canada visit www.afccanada.net.  

 

 


Employment

LCS-img_77Linden Christian School encourages its teachers, administrators, and support staff to nurture their careers in an environment that demands excellence and inspires professionals to reach farther than they ever have before.

Ours is a culture that promotes teamwork, nourishes the Christian spirit, and encourages the sharing of ideas. When there are positions available, we welcome applications from skilled people who share our values and our love of education.

 

JOB POSTING / DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL CARE AND CAMPUS LIFE / LINDEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

The Director of Spiritual Care & Campus Life is responsible for developing meaningful relationships with students that help them move into a personal relationship with Jesus and grow to be devoted followers of Christ. This will be accomplished through counseling, discipleship, Biblical teaching, and providing opportunities for service and growth. The Director of Spiritual Care & Campus Life will support the mission and vision of Linden Christian School to equip students to love and serve God in a biblically based learning community.

Interested candidates should review the job description and Statement of Faith / Community Lifestyle Commitment below. Applicants are asked to forward a covering letter, a complete resume, a personal statement of faith and a minimum of three references, one beingfrom the applicant’s pastor or church leader. Please submit your resume to the attention of Robert Charach, Principal and CEO vai email to his executive assistant, amospanchuk@lindenchristian.org or by dropping it off at the school’s Administration Office.

Director of Spirtual Care and Campus Life

Closing Date: June 15, 2017

 

JOB POSTING / DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES / GRANT MEMORIAL BAPTIST

The Director of Youth Ministries is responsible for the direction, oversight, spiritual care and discipleship of students connected to the Grant Memorial Baptist Church student ministries from grades 6-12 and embraces an approach to ministry that partners with parents and families for effective discipleship. The role includes strategic planning and ministry implementation to reach students who are not yet followers of Christ and discipleship of existing believers. The director works as a member of the senior staff to achieve the vision of the church. The position requires supervising paid staff and volunteers. This is a full time position of 37.5 hours weekly, with general office hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Alternative working hours will be required periodically to meet the requirements of this position. For this position Sunday is considered a regular work day.

Interested applicants should send the following attachments to humanresources@grantmemorial.mb.ca or by mail post to: Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 1B8, Attn: Human Resources.

1. Resume
2. Cover letter
3. One pastoral reference
4. Please use ‘GMBC Director of Youth’ in the subject line of the email.

The applicants following the above requirements will be considered for this position.

Read the following document for complete job requirements, responsibilities and qualifications:

Director of Youth Ministries Job Description

Closing date: When position filled.

 

JOB POSTING /  COORDINATOR OF PASTORAL CARE / GRANT MEMORIAL BAPTIST

Grant Memorial Baptist Church exists to help people find and follow Jesus. The primary responsibility of the Coordinator of Pastoral Care is to provide pastoral care and counselling, leadership of Stephen Ministry, and funeral/wedding officiating roles. The position requires pastoral training, and a commitment to following Christ with devotion and zeal. The outcomes are achieved by acknowledging the mandate from the Bible to equip others to do the work of the ministry. This includes training, personal example and the development and empowerment of leaders and ministry personnel. The role of Coordinator of Pastoral Care encourages and contributes to the outcome of care in the Grant Memorial community. This position reports to the Executive Pastor.

This job offers 18.75 hour/week, .50 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) General office hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday, alternative working hours will be required periodically to meet the requirements of the position. This position requires flexibility in time commitments. Wednesday and Thursday are considered the usual office hours.

Interested applicants should send the following attachments to humanresources@grantmemorial.mb.ca or by mail post to: Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 1B8, Attn: Human Resources.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. One pastoral reference
  4. Please use ‘GMBC Coordinator of Pastoral Care’ in the subject line of the email.

The applicants following the above requirements will be considered for this position.

Coordinator of Pastoral Care Job Description

Closing Date: When position filled.

 

JOB POSTING /  SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST / GRANT MEMORIAL BAPTIST

In cooperation with the Communications Manager, the Social Media Specialist will provide relevant content daily on social media while tracking metrics and monitoring relevant conversations. He or she will develop a culture that encourages sharing on social media amongst staff, key volunteers and church members. The specialist should have command of best practices and trends in social media, enjoy being creative and understand how to build a digital audience. Office hours for this .80 FTE position are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, with some alternate hours on evenings and weekends.

The Social Media Specialist will work as a member of the Creative Communications Team to promote Grant Memorial Church through its various social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Version, Vimeo, YouTube, Google+ and emerging channels).

Interested applicants should send the following attachments to humanresources@grantmemorial.mb.ca or by mail post to: Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 1B8, Attn: Human Resources.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. One pastoral reference
  4. Please use ‘GMBC Social Media Specialist’ in the subject line of the email.

The applicants following the above requirements will be considered for this position.

Read the following document for job description details:

Social Media Specialist Job description

Closing date: When position filled.

 

JOB POSTING /  PIANO TEACHER / SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS

The School of Fine Arts (SOFA) is looking for a piano teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. The successful candidate must have a University degree majoring in music OR ARCT. Applicants with a minimum of three years experience teaching children will be considered for this position.

Applicants interested in this opportunity should submit a resume, references and a statement of faith to sofa@lindenchristian.org, Attention: Mrs. Rita Zurzolo (Administrator of the School of Fine Arts).

Closing date: When position filled.