“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
 
– Isaiah 40:28-31

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In a recent interview, best-selling author, Brene Brown, names how many of us are feeling about the COVID-19 pandemic when she says: “we are weary in our bones”. As human beings, we have been created with a capacity for dealing with crises. Our fight, flight, and freeze responses serve us well in survival; however, adrenaline alone cannot support us through the uncertain timeline and long-term consequences of this present crisis. We need the strength of an “everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of earth”; the strength of the One who does “not grow tired or weary”; the renewed strength of those who put their “hope in the Lord”.

We are all eagerly awaiting provincial and global announcements regarding the return to “normal” life. Some of this news may be heartening (opening of businesses, return to in-class instruction), some of this news may be disheartening (ongoing restrictions, longer-than-anticipated timelines). Regardless, let us be mindful that it is only by putting our hope in the Lord that we will “soar on wings like eagles…run and not grow weary…walk and not be faint”.

Alongside our trust in the Lord for now and what may come, we seek to serve one another in love – being His hands and feet for those in our community. Our in-school support for essential service worker children and vulnerable learners continues to grow. We are currently providing care and/or educational support for close to 20 PreK-7 children and 8 high school students in different spaces across our main building. We are pleased to be able to serve families within and outside our Cedars community in this way. Planning is also underway for a June Service Day for our high school students and/or families, with a variety of outdoor opportunities to bless our community.

With at-home learning and in-school support programs in full swing, our leadership team has begun to refocus on year-end celebrations and 2020/21 school year planning. We are exploring PreK-7 celebrations in the last week of June that respect physical distancing regulations; and have selected dates for Grade 12 virtual and “live” graduation events in early June and late August. Stay tuned for dates and details.

We continue to receive new applications for the Fall and are following up with new student registrations. Our enrolment projections for 2020/21 continue to look strong, even in the face of this present crisis! Class compositions (elementary) and high school schedules are set, and we are finalizing our 2020/21 budget in preparation for our Society AGM at 7pm on Wednesday, June 17th. Details for this virtual meeting and remote participation instructions will be shared later in May. Next week, we will be surveying all new and current families around tuition to make final adjustments to our budget.

Please pray for wisdom for our leadership team as we interview teacher candidates for open Primary teaching positions, support families impacted by this crisis, and adapt our educational program to meet student needs in an ever-evolving landscape of provincial regulations. May the Lord give all of us strength in these times.

Shalom.

Shane Nelson
Principal

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