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(noun) the restoration of friendly relations
The words, truth and reconciliation, have risen to new prominence in our culture in recent times, but these are ancient words with deep connection to our Christian faith and identity as God’s people. As with all of life, Jesus is at the centre of all things. In His declaration, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), Jesus put Himself at the centre of way-making, truth, and all flourishing. In his New Testament letters, Paul reminds us that Jesus is also at the centre of reconciliation. We are reconciled to God through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:18) and “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:19,20). Truth and reconciliation are in our DNA, as children of God.
Unfortunately, brokenness is in our DNA as well. Our understanding of self, and relationships with God, Creation, and one another are impacted by sin – our own, and those of our ancestors. We are a people in deep need of Jesus’ truth and reconciliation work – first and foremost. Without the healing work of God, we are truly lost. Thanks be to God for his grace and provision for the salvation of our souls!
Interestingly, in His eternal wisdom, God has also given us the “ministry [work] of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). The restoration of friendly relations in our world is the God-appointed work of His people. It is our divine calling.
Speaking truth and engaging in the ministry of reconciliation is messy, courageous work. It requires deep listening to others’ varied experiences of us and our institutions. It requires the acknowledgement of the harm we have done or allowed to happen. And it requires risking our “reputation” by associating with those who are different from us. But this is the Jesus-way! Jesus routinely risked his reputation in the eyes of others to be associated with those He sought to love. And those who truly sought to follow Jesus risked their reputation in the eyes of others by their association with Him. Christ’s love compels us to take this risk (2 Cor 5:14).
Next week, we will take time to consider the relationship of nations. In particular, the relationship between Canada and the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people who lived on this land for thousands of years. This will take courage and grace. We will begin with truth. Some of these are simple truths about the traditional territories and languages of our Indigenous people. Some are challenging truths about the separation of Indigenous children from their families, and harmful attempts to displace Indigenous language and culture through residential schools. On Wednesday, we will encourage students and staff to wear orange and consider their part in reconciliation – “the restoration of friendly relations” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who occupy this part of God’s creation today. And, on Friday, we will take time to appreciate the rich, local diversity of Indigenous culture through hands-on activities curated and led by elders and Indigenous leaders in our community.
We encourage parents and caregivers in our community to take some time to review a slideshow* of our age-specific resources and lesson plans for next week linked below, and to engage your child(ren) around the topic of truth and reconciliation. Thursday’s non-instructional day may provide space for you and your family to dig deeper into some of the resources linked in our lesson plan slides. If you have questions related to next week’s lesson plans, reach out to classroom teachers or one of our school leaders. If you are interested in taking part in our Wednesday assemblies or Friday’s outdoor Indigenous Cultural Day, please RSVP at the office by phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to fulfilling our mission to educate and equip discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom together in this important cultural context.
*Please note that links found in these lesson plans and resources do not necessarily reflect the views of Cedars Christian School or endorsement of organizations associated with these links. These resources are shared and used to stimulate meaningful reflection and the work of truth and reconciliation amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Don’t forget that all donations for our Terry Fox Run need to be in by this Friday, September 24, at the latest.
The school Photo Day is scheduled for this coming Monday, September 27. We will be doing individual photos on Monday, and class photos with our re-takes on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The following is information from Mountain West:
👉 Click Here to view “How to Prepare for Photo Day” (please scroll to the bottom).
👉Click Here to visit “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) about Photo Day.
Thanks in advance,
Mountain West Studios Ltd.
The senior drama class is in need of a wooden door (solid not hollow, and even better if the door comes with the knob and latch!) to be donated (and resized) for a role in the sound effects for our upcoming drama. The condition of the exterior does not need to be in perfect shape. Please contact Kyla B. (email@example.com) who would be happy to pick it up.
The October hot lunch form can now be downloaded from our Forms Page. This is a fillable PDF form – please follow all instructions included at the bottom of the form.
Forms are due back on Monday, September 27, 2021. High School students return forms to the Main Office. Elementary student return forms to teachers.
Historically, Cedars has provided space for Public Health recommended Grade 6 and 9 immunizations. Our practice is to distribute information packages to all families with students in Grade 6 and 9, collect consent forms at our main office, and pass them along to Public Health nurses. Cedars does not collect or maintain immunization records of K-12 students. Grade 6 immunizations will take place on October 4, 2021. A date for Grade 9 immunizations has not been determined.
On immunization days, only those with signed parental consent are called to the immunization clinic. From time to time, Public Health nurses follow up with parents who do not return consent forms. At Cedars, respect is demonstrated to those who choose to have their child(ren) vaccinated and to those who do not.
With the advent of COVID-19 vaccinations, several parents have expressed concerns about pop-up and/or planned vaccination clinics on-site. At this time, schools are not required to provide space for vaccination clinics, and Cedars Christian School has chosen not to be a site for COVID-19 vaccinations.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Principal, Shane Nelson.
Cedars is thrilled to be able to host an Indigenous Cultural Day on Friday, October 1, 2021. Our outdoor event will have Indigenous guests sharing their knowledge and culture with our K-12 students. The elementary event will take place from 8:45 – 11:50am and the high school event will take place from 12:45 – 3:00pm.
We need volunteers to help out at the stations assisting students and sanitizing between class rotations. If you are able to help in the morning, afternoon, or both, please let Mrs. Andrea Posada or Mrs. Jamie Erbacher know.
The Kindergarten class is seeking volunteers to help with their morning routine 8:25 – 9:00am. Volunteers would support the teacher by helping with handwashing, putting on indoor shoes, and helping students with their name printing pages and letter practice. We are ideally looking for people who can commit to a weekly time slot, i.e. every Monday morning. Interested volunteers can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to see the restart of BC School Sports this Fall! Our high school volleyball season is underway, and for the first time since March 2020, our community is invited to attend and cheer on our teams in gymnasiums around Prince George. A big thank you to Steve Wilson, our Athletic Director, and staff / community coaches for the time and energy they are investing to make this possible!
Although there is no proof of vaccination requirement for attending youth sporting events in public and independent schools in the Northern Health region at this time, we ask all of our community spectators to respect the health and safety protocols in place at these venues, including: wearing a mask while indoors, practicing hand hygiene upon entry, and signing in at the front doors for contract tracing purposes. As guests in others’ spaces, we call upon our community to demonstrate respect to game and tournament organizers. Let us be a blessing and not a burden.
And finally, let’s remember to “cheer for, not against” and support the development of these young people who are courageously battling it out on the courts in front of peers and adults they respect. As our school theme reminds us, let us be known “By Our Love“, not our poor sportsmanship. Go Eagles!
Scorekeepers are needed for the Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament. $10.00/match. Contact Steve Wilson (email@example.com)
Senior Girls Volleyball at Shas Ti Kelly Road this weekend. They play Friday 3:30pm and 5:50pm Saturday 8:00am and 11:30am
Junior Boys Volleyball at Duchess Park this weekend. They play Friday 3:30pm, 5:50pm and 7:10 pm
Senior Boys Volleyball at Vernon Christian School this weekend.
Cross-Country at Cottonwood Island Park on Saturday 11:00am
See our Athletics Calendar for practice dates and times and tournament dates.