Calvin Chronicle Volume 22, Number 31 May 7, 2021

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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.

This week, I would like to share with you a message that was shared with the Cornerstone congregation in Hamilton by Pastor Darren Feenstra.  I took the liberty of adapting it to our school community.               

                As we go through another lockdown, there is a danger that we increasingly become distant from one another.  Yet we are a family, a school family, brought together by nothing less than the blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and knit together by no one less than the Holy Spirit, God of very God, who lives in us.  As the redeemed family, we simply must focus on one another.  Pastor Darren has been leading the young people in our church in a series of devotions on the “one another” texts found in Scripture.  There are many of them (59 in total) but here is a sampling:

  • “Be at peace with one another.”  (Mark 9:50)
  • “Love one another”  (John 13:34; 15:12,17; Romans 13:8; I Thess. 4:9; 1 John 3:11,23; 4:7,11,12
  • “Honour one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10)
  • “Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16)
  • “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you” (Romans 15:7)
  • “Carry one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2)
  • “Forgive one another” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Ephesians 4:32)
  • “Bear with one another” (Colossians 3:13)
  • “Build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • “Encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25)
  • “Do not slander one another” (James 4:11)
  • “Confess your sins to one another” (James 5:16)
  • “Pray for one another” (James 5:16)
  • “Live in harmony with one another” (1 Peter 3:8)
  • “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9)

It’s amazing how the Scriptures teach us time and again that our perspective is to be outward-focussed.  We can easily get caught up in our own world, in our own lives, and spend very little time thinking about others (praying for them, encouraging them, loving them, serving them, caring for them).  But living for “one another” is not something optional but is a repeated command in Scripture.  Take some time this week to read through and reflect on the one-another texts quoted above.  Our school family needs one another!

Greetings John Calvin School community on this cool, wet Friday morning as we wrap-up week three of remote learning, and bring to a close the first week of instruction in May.  It is our hope and prayer that, the Lord willing, we will be able to resume in-school teaching and learning later this month, perhaps after the Victoria Day long weekend.  May our good and gracious God continue to provide parents, students, and staff with energy, strength, determination and motivation to carry out their respective tasks as we prepare to enter into week four of remote learningMay the one another texts mentioned above be a source of encouragement and support as we continue to make our way through the challenges brought about by the virus and the province-wide restrictions.

In the United States, the first week of May is designated National Teachers’ Appreciation Week (Canada’s is in October).  I wrote something in last year’s Chronicle about this and thought it would be good to do a repeat in showing our appreciation for the school-teachers and the parent-teachers.  Please continue with the great job you are doing withremote learning 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 and support one another in teaching His covenant children more about His Word and His world. 

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who need the comfort, encouragement and guidance of our Heavenly Father in a special way;be it those who are sick or in hospital perhaps because of the virus, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the death of a loved one.    In this regard, we think of the D. Boersema family (Mrs. S. Boersema and Mrs. B. Vanderee) as they grieve thesudden passing of Mr. Case Lindhout, an uncle with whom they were very close.  May our God of all comfort surround them with his love and care.

A few matters for your attention:

*This week, the Learning Resource students joined the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who have already been attending school on alternate mornings.  Just a reminder that, if any of the students have been exposed to individuals with COVID-19, they will not be able to participate in the in-school instruction until their isolation period is over.  Also, while in school, the students need to continue to follow the same protocols that were in place prior to the break and the subsequent switch to remote learning.

*Due to the uncertainty of when we will be returning to in-school learning, the Kindergarten Day planned for May 26 has been postponed to either the second or third week of June, D.V.  Stay tuned for the posting of the chosen date.  Earlier this week, information for prospective Kindergarten families was sent to them, including the registration form and kindergarten readiness form.  

*Hike for Hospice:  We are still planning to participate in this annual event; however, we have changed the date to Friday, May 28, and it will be a virtual event.  What this means is that families will be able to hike as a family in their neighbourhood or on a local hiking trail for a minimum of one hour.  As for the fundraising, it will be done online.  Steps for the online fundraising page are outlined on one of the forms that is included with today’s pick-up package.  Each child should have his/her own fundraising page, just like in previous years when each child had his/her own pledge form.  The pledge forms that you are picking up from school are for use in the event that people who would like to donate aren’t comfortable with donating online.  In the pick-up package, there are also several flyers that children can drop-off at their neighbours informing them of the fundraiser.  If you think you will need more flyers please go ahead and make your own copies.  Parents who are unable to make it to school on Friday can pick up the forms from the office next week.  Thank you for your attention in this matter and have fun hiking on the 28th.  We pray for nice weather. 

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

                Have a wonderful weekend, an enjoyable Mother’s Day, and a blessed day of worship.  We’ll be in touch again in a week’s time, the Lord willing.

                                                                                                                G. Hofsink

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