Calvin Chronicle Volume 21, Number 35 COVID-19, Version #10 June 5, 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 Friday morning John Calvin School community on what’s shaping up to be another beautiful day as we bring the first full week of June (and Week #11 of home-based learning) to a close and, at the same time, bring to an end formal instruction for this COVID-19 school year.  Thank you very much parents and students for all your hard work during what will altogether be 12 weeks of student learning from home.  Yes, at times, the work was challenging or may have been overwhelming; but we, the staff at JCS, really appreciated how you rose up and took on the challenge of instructing your children or carried out your learning at home.  Your dedication, patience, and stick-with-it-ness helped accomplish the work that was assigned by the staff. 

Even though formal instruction is completed, there is still a week for unfinished assignments and projects to be submitted.  During the weeks of June 8-12 and 15-19, the staff will be busy with report cards and various year-end activities either from home or at school.  May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work that is being done by home and school, and the communication between parents and teachers for the last two weeks of the 2019-2020 school year.  

We are planning our virtual Year End Assembly for next week Friday, June 12.  Stay tuned for time and more details, including viewing platform, early next week. 

As we bring formal instruction to an end for the COVID-19 2019-2020 school year, I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and perseverance over the eleven weeks of home-based learning.  Above all, I would like to thank our Heavenly Father for providing everyone with all they needed for their respective tasks during this time.  May we continue to be encouraged by the words of Hymn 85 from our Book of Praise.

Now thank we all our God                               O may this bounteous God

With hearts, and hands, and voices,                Through all our life be near us,

Who wondrous things has done,                       With ever joyful hearts

In whom his world rejoices;                             And blessed peace to cheer us;

Who from our mothers’ arms                           And keep us in his grace,

Has blessed us on our way                               And guide us when perplexed,

With countless gifts of love,                              And free us from all ills

And still is ours today.                                     Of this world in the next.

All praise and thanks to God

The Father now be given,

The Son, and him who reigns

With them in highest heaven,

The one eternal God,

Whom earth and heaven adore;

For thus it was, is now,

And shall be evermore.

  May our Heavenly Father continue to provide us with everything we need during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we head into the summer holidays.  May we continue to put our hope and trust in him. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.  

We congratulate Pete and Cherie Buikema with the birth of their daughter, Naomi Cherie.  All is well with mother and baby, and the rest of the family too.  She is a little sister to Anjelica (Grade 8A) and Isaac (Grade 6B), as well to Landon, Calvin, and Warren.  (“Our children all are gifts of God, our sons and daughters his reward—each one a blessing from the LORD, as heritage on us bestowed.  Psalm 127:3, BoP).  May the Lord provide the Buikemas with all that they need as they continue to raise their children in the fear of His Name.  We also congratulate Mrs. Cathy VanAndel with the birth of another grandchild, a grand-daughter born to her son Barry and his wife Hailey.   

May the Lord continue to provide for those in our community who need Him in a special way; be it those who are sick (in particular we think of those who dealing with cancer), 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.   .      

Kindergarten registration:  There are still a few outstanding forms so please send them in as soon as possible.   We are planning Kindergarten Day for Wednesday, August 26.

FYI, included with today’s Chronicle is the latest edition of The Link newsletter published by the LCRSS (League of Canadian Reformed School Societies).


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

*Unfortunately, the state of emergency for Ontario has been extended to June 30.  I guess we will have to wait and see what restrictions will be lifted to determine what we can and cannot do for the summer and into September.

*News and Views materials are due on Monday, June 8 with distribution scheduled for Sunday, June 14.  There will be no Chronicle next week because of the June issue of the News and Views.

*The 2020-2021 class lists will be emailed to the parents on Friday, June 19.

*Library Books and Lost and Found:  If you have any school library books at home, please return them on June 19 when you return textbooks, workbooks, and chrome books.   When you are in the school on the Friday, please check the tables under the overhang by the main entrance for lost and found items.  All remaining items will be taken to the GBF or Value Village.

*The last day of school is June 19.  That is also the designated drop-off and pick-up. Our plan is to stick with the schedule that was posted in last week’s parent memo.  We will provide you with more details about what that will look like at the end of next week. 

*Graduation is planned for Friday, August 21.  Our desire is to host a Graduation Activity as ‘normal’ as possible at that time; however, we are also making plans to host a grad activity if restrictions remain in place.  For the time being, set aside that date and we will keep you posted as to our plans as the summer unfolds.

Enjoy your weekend everyone and have a blessed and restful Sunday.  We’ll touch base again for a final time this school year in a fortnight, D.V.. 

G. Hofsink

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