Greetings school community as we bring to a close week five of student learning at home. With one more week remaining in April, we bring to an end 80% of the school year; and what a school year it has been, especially the months of March and April. We pray for the Lord’s continued blessing and guidance as we carry on with home-based learning, at least until the end of May by the sounds of things.
In speaking with the staff and a number of parents, there are four key words that summarize student learning, parent teaching, and teacher from home planning and instruction: routine- many parents have said that once they established a routine for teaching and learning at home, things have gone more smoothly; flexibility– the staff has commented on the importance of flexibility when it comes to work completion and teaching expectations of the parents, e.g. if you don’t get to something or a concept is particularly difficult, leave it and move on rather than get stressed about it; consistency– important for both parents and teachers in carrying out the expectations for home-based learning;and encouragement– provide that daily for one another as we go about our respective tasks. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless the work of parents and teachers as, together, we instruct His covenant children in the fear of His Name. May the words of Hymn 65 in our Book of Praise be a source of support and encouragement during these challenging times.
Keep up the great work parents, students, and staff! And please, if you have any questions, 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 grant us health, strength, patience and wisdom for our respective tasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of our pastors at Cornerstone has been reflecting on the breathtaking character of our God. Recently, he wrote about His attribute of immutability. Yes, it’s a rather big word but, like God’s other attributes (among them His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence), it ought to fill us with awe and joy. God’s immutability means that God does not change. It’s easy to react negatively to this at first. A picture forms in our minds of a ruler sitting on His throne in stony silence, emotionless and motionless. But this isn’t at all what we’re talking about. Rather God’s immutability means He never changes “in His being, in His perfections, in His purpose, and in His promises”.(Berkhof) He is the eternal “I AM.” He is always loving, always holy, always just, always good, and always perfect. He is always true to His word and His plans. When He says something, He will do it. He is not fickle or unpredictable. We read about this perfection of God all over Scripture. If you have time at some point today, reflect on these passages:
• Exodus 3:14: “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
• Psalm 102: 25-27: “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
• James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
The truth that our God is immutable brings calm amidst the storm of life. We live in a world that is constant changing, especially as of late. It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen next. And not only is the world constantly changing, so are our lives. We don’t know what the next weeks or months or years will bring. Things probably will not stay the same. But there’s one thing we can know for sure: our God will never change. He’s the same loving Father into whose arms we fell long ago. He will always listen when we call to him in the name of Jesus. His plan to lead us Home will never change. And our Saviour, Jesus, will never change (Heb 13:8). He is the same Jesus we fell in love with on the pages of Scripture: the one who seeks out His falling sheep, the one who runs after the lost, the one who calls us by name, the one who laid down His life that we might live.
In this time of change, run to your God who never changes. He is your Rock in this sea of trouble, He is your Fortress amidst many enemies, He is your Shelter from the storm. Let go of all else and cling to Him and to His Son, Jesus. He will never fail you. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When your life is bound to His by faith, you are safe in a world of change. No situation can pry you from his grip. He will hold you fast, regardless of what your future brings.
We congratulate our Grade 7B teacher, Tim Breukelman and his wife Tiffany with the birth of their fourth child and third daughter, Elyse Lily. She is a little sister for Jasmine in Grade KA. We also congratulate Dan and Kim VanPykeren with the birth of their fourth child and third daughter, Rylee Faith. She is a little sister for Mason in Grade KB. All is well with the moms and babies, and the rest of the family members too. (“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 our Heavenly Father provide the Breukelmans and VanPykerens with all they need as they raise their children in the fear of His Name.
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. Once again we think of the family of Mr. Herman Poort and Mrs. VanAndel (mother-in-law to our Grade 6A teacher). May our good and gracious God continue to surround us all with His love and care.
*The Spring Membership Meeting, originally scheduled for April 29, has been postponed to May 20.
*The Open House scheduled for May 8 has been cancelled while the Hike for Hospice has been postponed, likely to October.
*The Gauss Math Contest scheduled for May 13 has been cancelled.
Have a good weekend everyone and a blessed Sunday as you, once again, worship from home. Until next week Friday, D.V.
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