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Dear Parents and Caregivers,
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7
In a recent word of encouragement from a colleague, I was reminded of the classic family game, “Perfection”. If you haven’t played this game, it centers around a pile of little yellow shapes that you have to position into a spring-loaded platform before time runs out. If you don’t get all the pieces in the right holes in time, a spring releases below the board and the pieces explode off the platform and onto the floor. The buzz of the timer (intentionally calibrated to induce stress) is a constant reminder that time is running out and that all the pieces need to be in place soon!
This is a pretty good picture of how we have felt, at times, over the past 12 weeks. The pieces have tumbled out of their previously “set” places, and we have scrambled to put them back in time before the next “disrupt”.
But, in all of this, we rejoice in answered prayers regarding the return of students and staff to the school, the delivery of steel for our new building, and the grace-filled gentleness demonstrated to us by our parent community. Not everything has been “perfect”, but we have truly known the “peace of God, which transcends all understanding” in this season. We hope and pray that you have and will experience the same as we continue to bring our concerns to the Lord.
It has been great to see many of our families on campus, face-to-face this week. Thank you for following our on-campus protocols – “Giving Space, and Cleaning with Care”. We have set up a picnic table and canopy area in the staff parking lot for student and staff use after 9:30am. If you wish to visit with other parents and watch some of the construction activity after drop-off, we welcome you to use this area until 9:30am. Visiting in the gravel parking lot works too.
If you haven’t signed up for the in-class instruction/support option yet, but wish to do so – please correspond with me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We need some time to communicate with teachers, and arrange spaces so that your child(ren) feel welcome upon their arrival.
If you have had your child(ren) here this week, I would love to hear about your experience of “Stage 3” on our campus. Please email your feedback directly to me. We continue to meet daily with our staff to tweak our protocols and make your child(ren)’s experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.
We are looking forward to the celebrations we have planned to close out the year. Keep an eye on your class emails and school calendar for dates, times and details.
We will not be taking a day off for Elementary Report Card Writing Day on Monday, June 8, 2020. We will hold our “regular” half-day school day for elementary with in-class instruction during the morning.
The last day of school for both elementary and high school students will be Friday, June 19, 2020. (The last in-class instruction day for high school will be June 18, 2020, with at-home instruction on the 19th.)
Thank you for the patience you have demonstrated as you’ve awaited information on Kindergarten orientation. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have our regular Kindergarten orientation this year. A lot of the information presented at the orientation is around what to expect i.e. timetables, supplies, and readiness. Since we don’t yet know what school will look like in September, we need to postpone sending out this information.
However, we will prepare a package for each child to work on over the summer which will be available soon. An email will be sent out to notify you when they are available. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Ray or Mr. Gagnon at the school 250-564–0707 or email email@example.com.
It’s that time of the year again! If you have library books that you are finished with, please return them to the Cedars Library. There will be a book returns bin set up in the high school entrance. Alternatively, you can also drop the books in the mail slot at the school beside the library windows.
All library books at home should be returned to the school by June 15, 2020.
Society and non-society members are invited to attend our virtual Spring Society Meeting on June 17, 2020. We will be sharing a Zoom meeting link in next week’s Shake. The online waiting room will open at 6:30pm and the business meeting will begin at 7:00pm. In addition to short addresses from our Board Chair and Principal, we will be providing an update on the building and approving the 2020/21 school year budget. A full agenda for the meeting can be found here.
All active Society members will be emailed information regarding signed declarations and virtual voting protocols for this meeting. Please take some time to read this information carefully to ensure you are prepared for participating in the business aspects of this meeting. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact the business office at 250-564-0707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are opening our New Student Referral Program again between June 1 and August 28, 2020. A referring family ca be awarded a $500 tuition credit for each new student that is referred to, enrolls in, and attends Cedars Christian School in the 2020/21school year, to a maximum of $1500.00 per family.
Plus, the family who has been referred to Cedars will also be awarded a $500 tuition credit for each student that is newly enrolled in and attends Cedars Christian School for the 2020/21 school year, to a maximum of $1500.00 per family.
Check out all the details on our Referral Page and use the form there to refer your friends!
We are planning to set up outdoor work and visiting areas in our staff parking lot for the month of June for K-12 student and staff use. If you have an outdoor gazebo-style canopy that would cover a picnic table, and would be willing to lend or donate it to the school, please contact the main office. These canopies would provide rain protection and sun shading for users in this outdoor space.
Reminder! If you are wanting to select some books from our library collection, please email Mrs. Erbacher at email@example.com with your book order by Friday at 10:00am. You can access the library catalogue here.
The books will be ready for pickup on Friday, May 29th from 1-3pm at the high school entrance. If you have any questions or would like to request an alternate pickup time, please email Mrs. Erbacher.
If you need a refresher on how to access the library catalogue, please watch the video tutorial. Happy reading!
Over the next several weeks, we want to take some time to celebrate our Graduating Class of 2020. In light of some of the current gathering restrictions, we are considering a variety of alternatives to recognize this significant rite of passage for our graduates. This Shake feature is one of the ways we seek to bless them in this season. We encourage you to take some time to read their grad profiles and pray for them!
Started at Cedars: Grade 8
Highlights: Volleyball and basketball trips, times on the Cedars bus, French class, and lunch time bball and hangout with classmates.
Remembered For: His perpetual smile and for receiving the largest number of “student nominated award” votes in Cedars’ history!
Future Plans: Attend UNBC to study business, with future plans to become a lawyer.
Prayer Request: For focus and motivation to follow the Lord’s plan for his life.
Started at Cedars: Grade 1
Highlights: Making paper mache penguins and hatching chicks in Grade 1, Hubble Farm field trip in Grade 2, Mr. Beeksma in Grade 4; and the Grade 11 and 12 class trips.
Remembered For: Cheerful greetings in the foyer and untimely “skip the dishes” orders sheepishly retrieved from the main office.
Future Plans: Really pleased to be finished high school! Planning to attend CNC to study mechanics in the Fall.
Prayer Request: For guidance and direction in post-secondary life.
Started at Cedars: Kindergarten
Highlights: Class trips, volunteering at youth groups and churches; and working outdoors.
Remembered For: His hair flipping, chained wallet, and subtle “smirks” in the background.
Future Plans: To pursue a red seal trade in Automotive Mechanics, build custom vehicles, and open up his own business.
Prayer Request: For God to continue to provide what he needs for pursuing dreams and the Lord’s will for his life.
Started at Cedars: Grade 8
Highlights: Making new friends and playing basketball.
Remembered For: His determination to improve his skills in basketball, and his endless, nonsensical banter with Dany.
Future Plans: To get a part-time job, go to college to upgrade math skills, and pursue a post-secondary business degree.
Prayer Request: For guidance and direction in these uncertain times.
Started at Cedars: Preschool
Highlights: Playing volleyball, the Grad Trip, Service Days at the SPCA, volunteering at the New Life Center, and working with his senior year teachers.
Remembered For: His gentle manner, preference for hanging out with the girls, and being selected as the 2020 Class Valedictorian. Congrats, Josh!
Future Plans: Attending UNBC to study biochemistry, find work and live in PG.
Prayer Request: For vocational/occupational direction following post-secondary schooling.
Victoria Van Delft
Started at Cedars: Preschool
Highlights: The Grade 11 YWAM experience, the Grad Trip, and discovering a love of history in Socials 11.
Remembered For: Her cheerful presence and infectious laughter, sharing her gift of voice, retrieving tissues from the main office on a daily basis.
Future Plans: Move to Langley and attend Trinity Western University to study nursing.
Prayer Request: That post-secondary schools will reopen for in-class instruction and campus life.
Started at Cedars: Grade 5
Highlights: Playing volleyball, PE 12, and any class with Mr. Rempel or Mr. Crosina. 🙂
Remembered For: His sick limbo moves, 3-ft sub sandwiches, and knowing a lot about a lot.
Future Plans: Enjoying time with friends while working and saving money for school
Prayer Request: For peace of mind and direction for the future.
Started at Cedars: Grade 10
Highlights: Honduras Missions Trip in 2019, acting in the senior drama productions, and all of her classes – she loves learning!
Remembered For: Being our 2020 UNBC scholar, her funny faces and dramatic stage performances!
Future Plans: Work this summer and attend UNBC to study Chemistry.
Prayer Request: Lots of ideas about what she could do, but praying for the Lord’s guidance.
Started at Cedars: Grade 4
Highlights: Playing volleyball, making great friends, the Grad Trip, and all the teachers!
Remembered For: Her quick smile, cosy blankets in the grade 12 corner, and her cheery retrieval of late slips at the main office. 🙂
Future Plans: Attend UNBC in the Fall to study psychology, with hopes to become an educational or clinical psychologist. She is also interested in attending a YWAM DTS in Europe.
Prayer Request: Clarity on post-secondary direction and financial support.
Started at Cedars: Grade 10
Highlights: The grade 11 YWAM trip, playing basketball, Math classes, and time with coaches and teachers.
Remembered For: Playing basketball in the gym…all the time!
Future Plans: Attending UNBC to pursue a degree in science, with long-term goal of becoming a paediatrician or family physician.
Prayer Request: That the Lord continues to reveal His plans and purposes for him; guides and directs; and helps him to stay true to His calling.
If you need before school care (8-8:30am) or are an essential service worker needing child care beyond in-class instructional hours, please contact our child care coordinator, Tanya Simmonds, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child(ren) are currently enrolled in ESW child care service, Tanya will be touching base with you next week to review changes in drop-off/pick-up protocols.