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All of the Cedars Christian School weekly news is published here. Filter your news using the links below.

General News (for everyone Pre-K - 12)

Elementary News (more specific to Pre-K - 7)

High School News (more specific to 8 - 12)

View from the Fishbowl – Volunteering

[The giving of our time and resources] is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for the full coming of God’s kingdom.”
– Henri Nouwen (2010)

Over the past year, I have been struck anew by the way God provides for the needs of this place through moving the hearts of His people. The Lord faithfully draws new families and students, and provides this school with quality, Christian staff to work with them. He nudges community members and partners beyond our walls to give time, physical assets, and financial resources to meet our needs and expand the ministry of Cedars Christian School in Prince George – and around the world!

Last weekend, we were amazed once again, by the outpouring of volunteerism around the clearing of land at the back of our property! Adults and children volunteering labor to process trees, machine operators volunteering time and gear to move earth, business owners and parents providing food and beverages, and much more! And yesterday, when our community received difficult news regarding the death of a parent – within hours, members of this community stepped up to volunteer meals and gifts to comfort and create grieving space for the family.

As we serve alongside one another, it brings joy to our hearts and gives us a taste of the “full coming of God’s kingdom” here, in this place.

It is a beautiful thing to see and experience.

If you remember back to your new family interview, you may recall the conversation about our annual “25 volunteer hours” requirement for each family. The rationale for this policy is typically framed in two ways: our need for volunteer help, and our desire to have families stay connected. Most of our families fulfill their 25 hour commitment…and some even donate hours to others!

In a recent review of our volunteer hours policy, our leadership team discussed the $250 fee we collect from families who do not complete their volunteer hours before the end of the year. To be honest, this extrinsic motivator does encourage some to be the good human beings we all want to be…but it is more punitive than we would like it to be. So, beginning this year, we will no longer be charging families who do not complete their 25 hours of volunteer time.

That said, we still need your help, still desire the connection that volunteering promotes, and still believe it to be something that brings joy to both the giver and those who benefit from the gift! So continue to volunteer, and continue logging your hours so we can celebrate this important value in our community!

FYI…the “fishbowl” is an affectionate reference to the window-clad office of our Principal 🙂

Traffic Rules During Construction

The loop was open again today! Yay! But there will be other times when we have to close it while going through the preparation and building process. Please ensure to adhere to the following rules to keep everyone safe.

  1. Traffic must still flow in one direction only, counter-clockwise through the loop, as shown by the green arrowed line below.
  2. Observe all “No Parking” signs. There is an extra area marked for no parking during these times along the back fence near the entrance/exit- see the orange area in the image below. This is to create two lanes where it is normally only one.
  3. You may stop and drop students off in front of the elementary fence, marked in bright green below. If the elementary gate is closed, students may use the footpath (as indicated) next to the fence by the staff parking lot.
  4. Do not pull over to the gravel in front of the playground to drop students off (red x’s below).
  5. Do not pass a car who is stopped to drop students off. Please be patient and wait behind paused cars.

Building Traffic Flow

Thanks for your help in keeping all of the students safe!

Building Update – April 17

This week’s updates from the Building Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, and Leadership Team:

  • We purchased bleachers! Through Building Committee connections, we were able to purchase quality, used bleacher seating for 600+ at a fraction of the cost of comparable new ones. Thanks be to God for directing our paths on this purchase. If you are able to help out on Friday – we may be receiving shipment on site and need to unload the pieces into another storage container. Email Dave Rowland (dave.rowland@cedars.bc.ca) if you are able to help. Looking for 8-10 people.
  • At town hall meeting on April 15 at 7pm, we discussed the trucking and stockpiling of gravel on our newly cleared area. Speak with Kenton if you have any leads on trucking services.
  • Pre-design drawings are progressing and we are getting closer to sharing some initial floor plans with various stakeholders. Stay tuned.
  • This week, we captured video footage for two promotional videos that we hope to release later this month along with our viewbook and web page. Branding of our “Growing Together” Building Expansion Project is coming together nicely.
  • We are looking for a group of community “storytellers” to help with our capital campaign. If you are interested or know anyone that would be a good fit for this kind of role, email Dave Rowland.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenton Friesen at kenton.friesen@gmail.com .

Gravel Parking Lot Closure and Saturday Help Still Needed

As mentioned earlier this week, we are activating our first tangible steps toward our building expansion!
This week, we leveled some snow and soil on the forested section and removed the fence between the field and the forested section of our property to allow movement of machinery and the falling of trees. On Friday, pending permitting, machines will be at work knocking down and processing trees to make space for the relocation of our playing field. As many of you know, the proposed building envelope will be constructed on the existing field. The clearing of land to the east of the building site is the first step toward freeing up this space for foundation development.
Please note that the gravel parking lot will be closed following our morning drop off on Friday to create safe space for tree removal.
In the first of several community work bees related to our building expansion, we have a number of immediate needs for this Saturday, April 13th.
We still need your help!
Please take some time to consider what you may be able to do and/or provide. All volunteers are to contact Dave Rowland at by email at dave.rowland@cedars.bc.ca to sign up.
Saturday – 9am-12:30pm
  • 4 chainsaw gurus. Must be competent on the saw and have own saw and all safety gear. For de-limbing and bucking felled and skidded trees.
  • 4 labourers. Must have work gloves and steel toes. High-vis vests provided. For stacking firewood and piling branches.
  • First Aid Attendant – Level 1 with travel endorsement
  • 12 hard hats
Saturday – 12-3:30pm
  • Similar personnel as mentioned for early shift. And…
  • 1 lead hand to direct flow of volunteers. Foremanning experience needed.
  • 1 large commercial wood chipper / truck / operator

Note:  We may have a small amount of firewood (mixed species) available near the end of the day. Anyone wanting firewood can come by to check it out and fill up their own trailer and/or truck.

Thanks to generous offers from our community, the following needs have been met!
  • Coffee for workers provided by parents at 10:30am
  • Catered lunch by Play Grounds Cafe
  • High school student(s) to watch younger children on the playground
  • Four chainsaw gurus
  • Parent help for Ian to take down chain link fence

We would also like to recognize the following people and companies for partnering with us in this endeavor:

  • Andrew Forbes (use of lowbed trailer for machine transport)
  • Bob Redden, EDI (advice and work on environmental assessments and land development)

Building Update – April 10

This week’s updates from the Building Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, and Leadership Team:

  • We purchased bleachers! Through Building Committee connections, we were able to purchase quality, used bleacher seating for 600+ at a fraction of the cost of comparable new ones. Thanks be to God for directing our paths on this purchase.
  • At our next town hall meeting  on April 15 at 7pm we will be looking at latest pre-design drawings from JCI, and are also interested in meeting with any truckers or those with trucking connections to establish a team.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenton Friesen at kenton.friesen@gmail.com .

2019/20 High School Course Selection – Forms Due Friday!

On Monday, we met with current grade 8-11 students to discuss the second (and likely final) draft of our High School schedule. Students were given course selection forms to take home and complete with parents. Please return these selection forms to the school with your signature by Friday, April 12th. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our Academic Advisor, Janice Giesbrecht, at janiceg@cedars.bc.ca or drop by her office this week. Digital versions of the selection forms can
be accessed below:

Gr. 9 Course Selection
Gr.10 Course Selection
Gr.11 Course Selection
Gr.12 Course Selection

Cedars Christian School
701 North Nechako Road,
Prince George, BC, V2K 1A2
Main Office: 250-564-0707
Preschool: 250-961-7495
Main Email: office@cedars.bc.ca
Business Email: businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca