Dear Parents and Caregivers,
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” – Psalm 103:8
Last Friday, our staff gathered with our Northern Christian School colleagues to reflect on the overarching narrative of scripture and contrast it with the various “stories” in our culture. At the center of the Biblical story is our Lord – who is routinely described as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love”. In the course of life (pre- or post-COVID), keynote speaker Rod Wilson reminded us that it is easy to forget God, define goodness on our own terms, and pursue independence.
In a world of entitlement, culture messages “you deserve it”; the Lord calls us to gratitude and saying “thank you”. In a world of victimization, culture messages “it’s not your fault”; the Lord calls us to remorse, repentance, and saying “I’m sorry”. And, in a world of individualism, culture messages “your story matters most”; the Lord calls us to care and compassionate inquiry, saying “tell me more”. Our Lord calls us to a better story.
This season provides a unique opportunity for families to consider our calling and practice gratitude, restoration, and care. I would encourage you to take time within your family to name those things and people you are thankful for. I would especially encourage you to say “thank you” to the teachers and support staff that are working hard to support at-home learning for your children. I encourage you to show grace to one another, to be slow to anger, and abound in love. If your family is anything like mine, living in close quarters for long periods of time is challenging! Say sorry, offer forgiveness, and seek restoration with the help of our Lord. And finally, care for others. Ask questions and really listen. Let us truly be God’s image-bearers in our various spheres of influence. May the world know whose we are by our love.
On behalf of our staff, I want to thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Your feedback on this at-home learning journey has been very valuable to our leadership and staff. This week, our educational support services coordinators will be specifically soliciting feedback around some of our diverse and/or vulnerable learners. However, if you wish to provide general feedback to our leadership or educational support team this week, please follow the link below to a Google Form survey for Week 4. We have also updated our FAQ page with new information regarding assessments and Spring events.
Although we are scanning the horizon for dates and discussing possible return to in-class instruction scenarios, there is no clear messaging from the Ministry of Education on this front to share at this time. We continue to pray and prepare for the time when we can continue living out His story on campus.