Educating and equipping discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom
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Thanks for getting those re-registration packages in quickly! One thing that has come up is that some folks need an extra volunteer form to fill in for another parent, etc. You can find the form in two places on our website – the volunteer page or on our forms page under the volunteer section.
We’ve also had parents come in to give us copies of their vehicle insurance – we love you keeners! But we won’t ask for insurance proof until next Sept., since the insurance might expire before now and then anyway, and we are not utilizing parent drivers this year.
Re-registration packages are due on Thursday, February 4 – that’s the day just before our February Pro-D!
You can find the hot lunch forms for February on our Forms Page on the website.
** Sincere apologies – especially for our high school students – for missing January’s hot lunch form posting and notices! – Mrs. Hein
Just a reminder to parents/caregivers to “Give Space” and follow physical distancing before and after school on our property. Masks are not required outdoors where physical distancing is possible; however, we ask everyone to demonstrate respect in your movements and conversations with others on our campus.
We know the new year just began, but we’re already thinking about next September! Thus, re-registration season begins. There are some very important changes to our process this year – here is everything you need to know.
ALL the Forms
To make life in September easier on everyone, we are now bundling the information we usually ask parents for in the fall into our re-registration package. Thus, each student’s package will include a Technology Use Consent form, an Information Release Consent form, and a Volunteer Application and Information form (more on the volunteer form below).
Keep in mind that you will be filling out this year what will be applicable for the next school year on these forms. Your child’s next-year grade level is listed at the top of each page of the package to remind you.
For insurance purposes, we now require all volunteers to fill in an application that includes one or two character references along with the usual Criminal Record Check. We also require a volunteer to have taken a Child Abuse and Neglect Orientation – information as to how to do that will be included on the form.
Volunteer drivers will also need to fill in the Volunteer Driving part of this form and submit a Driver’s Abstract each year.
Student Information Verification
We have converted our student contact information into a new and improved structure in our student information system (PowerSchool). Therefore, we ask that you very carefully check over each child’s information this year to be sure we have everything in the right places and in your preferred contact order! 🙂 You can also indicate which phone number is your preferred number for us to call in an emergency situation.
When and How
We will be sending re-registration packages home next Monday, January 18, 2021. All of your children’s forms will be in one sealed envelope and will come home with the youngest child in each family.
Forms must be returned by Thursday, February 4, 2021. Forms that go home with elementary students can be returned to their classroom teacher. Forms that go home with high school students can be returned at the Main Office.
If you need help…
Instructions are included on the forms, but if you need help, do feel free to call your friendly office staff and we will be happy to assist! (250-564-0707)
Thank you to all who already purchased tickets from Theatre Northwest for our upcoming live evenings of comedies. Due to extended provincial health recommendations, we are no longer able to hold the event with a live audience. Theatre Northwest will be refunding ticket purchases.
The good news is that we still have a way to present our evening: We will videotape the productions! You’ll be missing the crowd laughter, but you can supply your own. Playscripts has allowed the fees we paid to perform the play to be applied towards a 5-day window in which we can share the video link with you to watch in the comfort of your own home!
The cost for us to put on this production is approximately $2500.00. We will have a link available where you can donate to help offset the costs of creating this production, which we won’t have any ticket revenue to cover.
So please make plans to watch “Not Exactly Shakespeare” and pass to word to friends of family. We hope to have the link “live” for when next week’s Shake goes to press. ONLY FIVE DAYS. TRULY. So don’t miss out on seeing what our amazing drama kids can do in a professional theatre! Family entertainment!
We’re marking the New Year with an exciting milestone: Donations since August 2020, plus our two fundraisers (Purdys and Boterkoek), bring our total contributions to $175,000 – $25,000 shy of our $200,000 annual target. With nine months left in the current campaign, we’re confident we’ll reach our goal, as we continue fundraising through the school year. We thank God for continuing to provide what we need for His work through our community, who have given, supported, and journeyed with us every step of the way. Despite living through a year unlike any in our lifetime, we are happy to report that 2020 was one of Cedars’ better years in terms of financial support.
If you wish to make a donation towards the building expansion project, there are three ways you can do that:
- Donate online through the Cedars webpage (Donate Now)
- Write a cheque payable to “Cedars Christian School” and either mail it or drop it off at the Business Office
- Set up a monthly pledge. You can arrange this through our Business Office by email or by phone – 250-564-0707.
Thank you for your support of Cedars Christian School and for helping to ensure the future of “educating and equipping discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom” in this place.
Please avoid pausing in front of the puddle at the bottom of the staff parking lot when dropping children off in the morning. Whenever conditions are icy or “puddly”, please stop just ahead of the puddle. We have posted a sign in front of the playground fence.
Students should use the paved pathway via the playground entrance on Preston Road at all times and not walk through the staff parking lot. That pathway will be kept clear and sanded for students.
Also, download our Winter Slip-and-Fall Tips (pdf) to go over with your kids.
It has been good to reconnect and witness the reunion of staff and students on our campus over the past couple of days. However, for some, the prospect of returning to school has been challenging. Concerns around positive COVID-19 cases and possible exposures loom large for some families. Letters like the one I sent at the end of December can feed our fears and contribute to a sense of instability.
As stated by one of our Christian school colleagues, “we are humbled by the trust that is put in us when caregivers send their kids to [our] school, and we [are doing] everything we can to maintain a safe learning environment where students can flourish, away from the shadow of fear.” When we are faced with realities that we cannot control, it is human to experience fear. In response to our fear, we all have different responses. Some freeze, some fight, some flee.
It is in these times that our core value of “community of grace“ resonates most. To those who are troubled and gripped by anxiety, we show the grace of presence…and where that is not possible, prayer. To those wrestling with questions and struggling against things they can’t make sense of, we show the grace of listening…even if we don’t have answers. And, to those who long to just run away and escape, we show the grace of invitation.
We know this grace most profoundly, of course, in the person of Jesus – who took on flesh and dwelt among us, intercedes on our behalf, hears our cries, and invites us to follow Him. It is our sincere prayer that you continue to experience this grace in your interactions with our staff and leadership team, and that we continue to demonstrate grace to one another as we journey together through this new year.
Grace and peace.
Once again, Cedars is running the New Student Referral Incentive Program for the 2021/2022 school year. Refer a new family and receive a $500 tuition credit per enrolled child, up to $1,500 maximum per family. Refer another family and another and another. (Credit maximum equal to your 21/22 tuition amount; acceptance based on available space only.)
For all the details on this program or to refer a family, please see our Referral Page.
Here is the schedule for our after school basketball program. The program starts next Monday, January 11, 2021.
Grades 6 and 7 Girls: Mondays 3:15-4:45 and Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 @ Cedars
Grades 6 and 7 Boys: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:45 @ Cedars
Grades 8 and 9 Girls: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:30 @ Cedars
Grades 8 and 9 Boys: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 @ Cedars
Grades 10-12 Girls: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45-8:15 @ Cedars
Grades 10-12 Boys: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 @ CNC
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Steve Wilson (email@example.com)
This schedule has also been posted to our Athletics Page for future reference.