Calvin Chronicle Volume 21, Number 31 COVID-19, Version #6 May 7, 2020

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The purpose of John Calvin School is to assist and support parents in the education of their covenant children to the glory of God.  In accomplishing this mission, the vision of John Calvin School is to provide excellent Christ-centered education in service to God and our neighbour.

Good Thursday morning school community as we bring to a close the first full week of home-based instruction and learning for the month of May.  May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work of the students, parents, and teachers as we carry on with student learning at home, preparing to move into week number eight.  It will be a bit chilly for an outdoor day at home tomorrow but enjoy it nonetheless; this event in lieu of the Open House and the Hike for Hospice.

In the United States, the first week of May is designated National Teachers’ Appreciation Week (Canada’s is in October).  Although we are not Americans (I guess, technically, we are North Americans), I still felt it a good excuse to use this event from our neighbours to the south to show our appreciation for the school-teachers and the parent-teachers.  Great job with home-based education all teachers, and thank you for all your hard work in teaching the students/children.   What a blessing it is when parents and teachers work together to teach His covenant children more about His Word and His world.  Keep up the great work you are doing, today and every day!

I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 78 when reflecting on working together to instruct His children.  “O my people hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.  He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. (Psalm 78:1-7, NIV)

  Parents, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child(ren)’s teacher.  If you have any questions of a general nature about home-based learning, please don’t hesitate to contact the principal.  Please continue to pray for the staff as they continue to pray for you.  May our Heavenly Father continue to provide us with everything we need during the COVID-19 pandemic as we continue to put our hope and trust in Him. 

May the Lord continue to provide for those in our community who need Him in a special way; be it those who are sick, who are impacted by COVID-19, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the recent death of a loved one.  Once again we think of the family of Mr. Herman Poort.  We thank the Lord that the government of Ontario has opened up a number of businesses so that people can get back to work or get to work.  May our Heavenly Father continue to surround us all with His love and care.

Kindergarten registration:  Kindergarten and Grade 1 registration forms were sent out earlier this week.  Please return them to the school as soon as possible, either by email or snail mail.    


*It’s that time of year again, so please continue to be wary of ticks and mosquitoes.

*The Dental Screening program that normally takes place sometime in the month of May has been cancelled.

*Victoria Day on May 18

*The Spring Membership Meeting is scheduled for May 20.  You should be receiving the meeting packages this weekend via church social.

*The Teachers College is postponing the graduation ceremonies originally scheduled for May 22 until sometime in the fall. 

Have a wonderful weekend and an enjoyable Mother’s Day, and have a blessed day of worship from home.  We’ll touch base again in a week’s time, D.V.

G. Hofsink

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