Volume 22, Number 30 April 30, 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.

“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  I Thessalonians 5:8-11 (NIV)

                As you near the end of a long race, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop.  This is when friends and fans are most valuable.  Their encouragement helps you push through the pain to the finish line.  In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another.  A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way.  Look around you.  Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer supportive words or actions.

Greetings everyone as we bring to a close week two of remote learning, and bring to an end the month of April.  This means that there is only 20% of the school year remaining.  We pray for the Lord’s continued blessing and guidance as we carry on with remote learning and teaching, at least until the Victoria Day weekend by the sounds of things.  Motivation is probably our biggest challenge so let’s continue to support one another as best we can; send an encouraging email, phone call, text message to a staff member, parent, family member, friend, child/student.  May these words of I Thessalonians 5 provide for us motivation, encouragement, and support to keep on going.   May our good and gracious God grant us health, strength and wisdom for our respective tasks as we continue to navigate our way through round three. 

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, who are impacted by the virus, who are dealing with difficult family situations, or those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  

                It was good to meet as membership this past Wednesday evening, even if it were by livestream.  We are thankful that the budget could be passed and words of appreciation could be spoken for seven staff members- teachers, support staff, and bus driver- who achieved milestones in their careers.  May the Lord continue to bless them in their work, retirement, or new vocation.  We hope and pray that we will be able to meet in person at our next membership meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 1.

A few matters for your attention:

*Next week, the Learning Resource students will be joining those Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who have already been receiving support.  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 follow the same protocols that were in place prior to the break and the subsequent switch to remote learning.

*Grades K-8 parents have an opportunity to drop-off and pick-up materials next week Friday, May 7.  Details are as follows:

  • Parents will be able to carry out the exchange between 9:00 and 3:00.  Please note that we are not giving designated church times.  This gives a little more flexibility to parents.
  • Parents may go directly to their child(ren)’s classroom(s).  Grades K, 1 and 4 parents please use the west doors (opposite the church) and Grades 2 and 3 parents please use the doors by the stairs.  Grades 5&6 and Learning Resource parents may use the main entrance, while the Grades 7&8 parent are able to use the north doors by the Grades 7&8 classrooms.
  • Parents, please make sure your child’s name is on the submitted materials.
  • Parents must wear a mask and sign in upon entering the school.  You only need to sign in once.

*Week #5 is completed for the student teachers,  Miss Jongbloed, Miss Tenhage and Mr. VanGameren, and that means the end of their practicum session at JCS.  Indeed, it was an unusual practicum but we hope and pray that it was still a great learning experience for them.  We wish them the Lord’s blessing as they now head off to their first teaching assignment (Miss Jongbloed and Miss Tenhage) or back to the college for one more year of training (Mr. VanGameren).

*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.  More information for prospective Kindergarten families will be sent to them next week, including registration forms and kindergarten readiness forms.  

*Hike for Hospice:  We are still planning to participate in this annual event.  We will be making a decision on Friday, May 7 as to what the hike will look like.  Stay tuned.

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

*As mentioned previously, financial support is once again available for families.  The OCCB (Ontario Covid-19 Child Benefit) began on April 26.  For more information, click on the following link:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-ontario-covid-19-child-benefit

                This time around, an expanded COVID-19 Child Support program is providing:

                                $400 for each child/youth up to Grade 12, and;

                                $500 for each child/youth up to age 21 with special needs.

If you have previously applied for the COVID-19 Child Support, the $400/$500 will be sent to you directly; there will be no need to re-apply.

                Enjoy your weekend everyone and have a blessed day of worship.  The Lord willing, we’ll touch base again in a week’s time.

                                                                G. Hofsink

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