Calvin Chronicle Volume 22, Number 36 June 11, 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.

Psalm 100

A psalm for giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Good Friday morning John Calvin School community on what’s shaping up to be another beautiful day as we bring week #8 of remote learning 3.0 to a close and, at the same time, bring to an end formal instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.  Thank you very much parents and students for all your hard work during what will altogether be 13 weeks of remote learning (5 in January/February and then another 8 from mid-April to June) during the calendar year.  Yes, at times, the work was challenging or may have been overwhelming, but the staff of JCS really appreciated how, once again, parents rose up and took on the challenge of instructing their children, and the children carried out their learning at home.  Your dedication, patience, and stick-with-it-ness helped accomplish the work that was assigned by the staff on a weekly basis. 

Students still have today and tomorrow to complete and submit any unfinished work.  The staff will be busy with writing report cards and completing various year-end activities over the next couple of weeks.  May our Heavenly Father guide and keep us in his care and bless the ongoing communication between parents and teachers for the remainder of the school year.  All the best and God bless as we work together in bringing another school year to a close.  May the LORD bless us and keep us; may he make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us; may the LORD turn his face toward us and give us peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Here is what the schedule looks like for the next couple of weeks:

  • The virtual year end assembly is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 17.  We are planning a 30-minute assembly via the Smithville Canadian Reformed Church livestream.  The assembly will take place from 10:00 – 10:30.
  • Parents and students are invited to come to school on Friday, June 18 to pick up report cards and any student stuff that is still at school.  At the same time, parents and students can drop-off chrome books and textbooks, and the students will also have an opportunity to say good-bye to their teachers.  Mission money jars will again be at the entrance doors for those who didn’t have an opportunity to contribute on drop-off day this past Thursday.  Thank you in advance for your support towards this worthy cause.  The schedule is as follows:
    • 8:30 – 10:00         Smithville
    • 10:15 – 11:45      Grassie
    • 12:00 – 1:00         Niagara South
    • 1:15 – 2:15           Springcreek
    • 2:30 – 3:30           Lincoln
  • The 2021-2022 class lists will be emailed to the parents on Friday afternoon, June 18, after the pick-up and drop-off schedule is completed.
  • The staff will be in school from June 21-23. 

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, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the death of a loved one.   In particular, we think of the Breukelman family who earlier this week laid to rest Mrs. Marilyn Breukelman. 

Staffing update:  We are still in need of a Grade 6B teacher and a part-time (67%) EA position.

A few matters for your attention:

*We wish the Grade 8 students, their chaperons, and their teachers a fun and enjoyable year-end event next week.  Looking at their itinerary, they have an activity-packed week to look forward to.

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

*A final reminder that the school is still collecting can tabs for wheelchairs.

*News and Views materials are due on Monday, June 14 with distribution scheduled for Sunday, June 20.

*Miss Broersma has put together a Kindergarten welcome package in lieu of Kindergarten Day.  They have been or will be sent home to parents with children already in school, and parents whose oldest child will be going to kindergarten can pick up the package at the school on Friday, June 18. 

*Hike for Hospice:   We thank and praise the Lord that we have exceeded our goal of $10 000.00.  To date, just under $11 000.00 has been collected.  We will provide a final number in next week’s Chronicle as there are still a few outstanding pledges that need to be brought to the school.  Thank you again to all the families who participated in the hike to raise money for McNally House.  FYI, t-shirts will be available when we return to school in September.    

*Library Books:  If you still have library books at home, please return them on the pick-up and drop-off day next week Friday.  We would like our year-end inventory to be complete.  The librarians thank you for your cooperation. 

*Lost and Found:  All lost and found items have been placed on tables so when you are next in school, please take a moment and have a look for lost items on the tables in the foyer.  All remaining items will be taken to the GBF or Value Village at the end of the school year.

*Graduation:  A parent committee is currently working out the logistics for Grade 8 graduation.  A final decision with respect to the how and when of graduation will be made at next week Tuesday’s board meeting. 

*FYI, included with today’s Chronicle is the latest edition of The Link newsletter published by the LCRSS (League of Canadian Reformed School Societies).  The feature article is the third in a series on the Four Markers of Reformed Education, The Covenant is Visible in a Reformed School.

Have a good weekend everyone and a blessed Sunday.  We’ll touch base again for a final time this school year next week Friday, D.V.

                                                                                G. Hofsink

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