Good Friday morning everyone as we enjoy another spring day, and as we bring the first week of instruction after the March Break to a close. What a different one it has been though with our first week of student learning at home just about completed. Thank you very much parents, students and staff for all that you have done in making this work to the best of your ability. As teachers, we recognize the huge transition that has been asked of you, as parents, with student learning at home. We continue to humbly ask for your patience with us as educators, as this is unchartered waters for the staff as well. This is the first time any of the staff has used distance education for instruction or various forms of online learning. This is a big learning curve for staff as well. We continue to welcome your feedback to help us know when the work is overwhelming or not enough or just right (many of you have been doing that already which is much appreciated) so that we can adjust our expectations and assignments as needed. Thanks again for your understanding. Also, for you as parents, please remember that you do not have to complete everything in one day. If it doesn’t get done today, work on it again tomorrow. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact the teacher. Please just do the best that you can. This is new for all of us and we are in this together. Please pray for us as we pray for you. We put our hope and trust in our Heavenly Father and pray that He will continue to guide our endeavours.
We are currently living in a time when there are many unknowns and people can become anxious and fearful, or enter into panic mode. In a pastoral posting earlier this week, Rev. Louwerse from Cornerstone Canadian Reformed church shared with his congregation this meditation on the words of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 6. There, He tells us: do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Indeed we as His most precious children have no need to be anxious. And yet who among us does not have some anxiety as we worry about what is coming! What will become of our jobs and businesses? Will we be able to pay the bills and be able to keep it together while we are at home? These are real concerns we deal with in this time.
May we trust that our heavenly Father will provide for us each day. Our Lord Jesus says it again, in verse 31 and following: therefore do not be anxious, saying what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear? The Gentiles seek after all these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them! What He calls us to do each day is to seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added to us! May we indeed put our trust, our faith in Him; completely relying on Him to provide, also in this time, for everything we need for our bodies and souls.
And so our Father calls us to ask Him for our daily bread. Let us seek Him in prayer for our daily needs! And He will provide, perhaps not as we expect. As we pray, pray also for those who are in governing positions as they seek to keep open certain businesses and stores so that we can buy what we need. And may He give us contentment in this time, being thankful for the blessings we receive each day!
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 the corona virus, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the recent death of a loved one. In particular, we think of the family of Mr. Herman Poort and Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Marilyn Breukelman (brother and sister-in-law to Miss Breukelman). Last week, the grandmother of Joshua (7A), Camrynne (5B), Matthew (1A), and Maelle (KA) VanDam passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeremy and Danyse and their family and other relatives and friends of Mrs. Wilma VanDam. May our God of all Comfort continue to surround them with His love and grace.
As school community, we were planning a Spring Food Drive in support of West Lincoln Community Care. If you are able, instead of bringing non-perishable food items to the school, perhaps you can bring them directly to West Lincoln Community Care. The needs of the community have grown with the outbreak of COVID-19.
A couple of ideas/suggestions:
Memory Work: Rather than learning multiple memory works, take turns learning one child’s memory work per week. If children have learned it previously, a little review doesn’t hurt. Besides they can help with the tune and the practice.
Bible History: It can be very challenging to teach multiple Bible stories per day. Instead, to make it less overwhelming, teach one Bible story per day to all children and make it a part of your devotions to start the day. A good place to start could be the events leading up to the death and resurrection of our Saviour, including the Passion Week. Good Friday and Easter are in two weeks. Some teachers may have included information/lessons about that in their package so you would have some material for that topic.
Grade 1 submission: It has been a March break/back to school, we will remember forever. We hope things are going well at home for all of you, and that you are able to follow the plans laid out for you. If you feel you are not able to get it all done in a day, that’s ok. Continue on with it the next day. It was good to hear back from so many parents that things are going well, and your child is able to complete the work laid out for them. Thanks for the pics and videos you have been sending; we love them. Keep sending them! We miss our kids a lot and would love to be back at school with them. We would ask you to keep the completed work at home for now. You have all you need for the coming week and we wish you the Lord’s blessing as you continue the teaching at home. Feel free to contact us with any questions/concerns you may have. We are more than willing to assist in any way we can. Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words; we really appreciate them. Holding you all in prayer. JvB/JVE
Grade 3 submission: Thank you parents for your encouraging words. It is beautiful to see the work you and your children are doing. Continue on with practising the memory work, text, spelling words and times table of 4 throughout each day as it has been assigned for two weeks. May the Lord continue to give you strength as you take on a different path because of the corona virus. You are in our thoughts and prayers. JB/MP
Grade 8B submission: I have posted a Google classroom for Math. Students and parents are invited to the classroom.
*Parents whose first child is entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 are reminded of the welcome/information evening scheduled for the evening of April 2nd. This event is postponed until further notice.
*The ASC (Assisting the Special Child) committee has scheduled its annual spring meeting for Thursday, April 30th at Grace Christian School in Millgrove beginning at 8:00 p.m. The topic for the evening is Disability Education for All Church Members: Everybody Fits and the speaker is Mrs. Andrea Foster. If the event is postponed/cancelled you will be informed.
God bless, and may we continue to put our trust in Him and in Him alone. To God be the glory!
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