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Dear Cedars Community:
Thank you for all your prayers, cards, emails and gifts. Julia and I and our daughters have been blessed beyond belief by the outpouring of love from family, friends and the larger Cedars community. God’s people respond in beautiful ways in difficult times and we are immeasurably grateful.
On Tuesday, March 13, I completed my tenth and final dose of Radiation as part of my treatment for esophageal cancer. The following weekend Spring Break began and Julia and I spent a week in Vancouver. We were blessed to be able to stay downtown at a friend’s condominium and had a wonderful week. Some friends and family visited, we biked, walked and shopped, attended an amazing play and just hung out, and the week was a gift from God, a blessing from friends and an uplifting sanctuary of peace.
On Wednesday, March 28, I began my first cycle of Chemotherapy. It began with the nurses being unable to find a vein that would accommodate the IV and so I was sent to the IV therapy nurses who installed a port in a major vein in my right bicep. The port line goes up that vein to a point near my heart. (This thing will stay in until the 17th when I will have a port installed which is a permanent under the skin central IV line into a main vein) Once the port was installed and I had taken the prescribed anti-nausea drugs, I got the Oxaliplatin chemo drug over two hours. Later that evening I took the first dose of Capecitabine that comes in seven large pills (the size of a small house) that I dissolve in water, add some water flavoring, and gulp down. Each day I consume the pill water in the morning with food and then have another dose with food in the evening. Three times I day I take anti-nausea drugs. All told, I will take the chemo pills for two weeks. Once the pills are done I have one week of rest with no treatment, before I begin the 21 day cycle all over again.
The days following the IV chemo were okay. I felt very tired, had two naps a day, and some nausea for about five days. But the next few days, Tuesday – Thursday and since then I have had some energy and have felt pretty good. Once I have been through three or four cycles – 12 to 16 weeks – I will get a CT scan and other tests and they will assess how the treatment is working. If everything is working, well this pattern will continue as long as the Chemo is having the desired effect and my body is able to handle the treatment.
Thankfully, the earlier radiation has shrunk the esophageal lesion and I can now eat almost everything again. So, I am able to eat well, albeit with a reduced appetite after months of eating less – all of which is good. The doctors don’t want me to lose any more weight as chemo is very hard on the body and keeping my weight consistent is better.
All in all I am doing very well. When I occasionally bemoan the fact that I have to swallow my foul concoction, feel nauseous, or am feeling significantly tired, I remind myself not to be such a weenie! Many people have it far worse and I am blessed to have a disability pension which relieves financial pressures, my wife still appears to like me, my kids sometimes text me, my friends keep buying me lunches, and books and other friends and family keep visiting – life is grand.
God is good, all the time.
At our Town Hall meeting in March, the Board made a short presentation of the draft of our new, proposed Society Constitution and Bylaws. The new Societies Act requires the adoption of new constitution and bylaws by the end of November 2018. The constitution and bylaws will be presented again at the June 5th AGM (7pm in the high school foyer), and voted on for adoption. It is very important that society members review these documents and identify any questions or concerns that you may have. Although questions and concerns can be raised at the meeting, members are encouraged to forward any questions or concerns to the Board for consideration ahead of this meeting by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board presentation notes and relevant documents are linked below for your reference.
Board Presentation of Constitution and Bylaws for Adoption
Current Constitution and Bylaws of the Association for Christian Education of Prince George
Proposed Constitution– draft January 11, 2017
Proposed Bylaws — December 2017 draft
In terms of the future for me and for the leadership of Cedars here is a bit of an update. Julia will be taking a leave of absence in order to be home with me and/or to allow us to do some travelling. This also means that I will not be returning to a position at Cedars. As a result the Cedars Board has asked Mr. Shane Nelson to continue as Interim Principal next year and he has graciously agreed. He will take on the role of Interim Principal, and next year the Board will undertake a Principal search to which Shane would be welcome to apply. The Board and I are thrilled that Shane is willing to continue in this role; we acknowledge that it is not a role to which he aspired and we are very grateful that such a capable leader and man of God will be at the helm of Cedars next year. Please keep Shane, the Board, Admin team and staff in your prayers as they continue to make plans to continue to educate and equip your discerning disciples for work in our great God’s incredible kingdom.
As the weather gets warmer and the snow melts off the outdoor play area and field, more of our students will be navigating the crosswalks on the road near the basketball hoops. It is a good time to remind all drivers to abide by the 20 km/hr speed limit and be aware of the two crosswalk areas on your way in and out of the parking lot. This is especially important during the morning and after school drop-0ff and pick-up times, when there is considerably more traffic. Let’s slow down and keep our children safe!
- We would love to have some volunteers help us to set up for our Pro D lunch on Friday, April 20, starting at 8:00am. If you could help for awhile, please contact Janice Giesbrecht at email@example.com
- Next Wednesday, April 25, the high school will be having another Community Service Day. We need some parent drivers to get students to their various venues between 9:00am and 12:00pm that day. If you can volunteer for this, please contact Dave Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Cedars, volunteering is about more than completing your 25 hours. It is about community-building. Before Spring Break, we sent out a volunteer survey to our community and over 45 people responded. If you have not completed the survey, now is a good time to do so! Carla Ceaser, one of our Cedars parents, has stepped up to take on the (volunteer) role of Volunteer Coordinator this year. We are excited to hear about her passion for the position, and the potential that it has to welcome new families into our community and keep us connected to the work of Cedars. Although we often post volunteer opportunities in the Shake, we recognize that some of us need an invitation to get involved. We are thankful for Carla’s willingness to extend these invitations to our community in a more personal manner!
Mrs. Tuininga and Mrs. Hoekstra are still looking for many, many small tins, like the sorts of tins pictured to the left. The Grade 7 class is joining with the Physics 12 class to do a science project and they need tins to house… science-y things. 😉 Please contact either Mrs. Hoekstra (email@example.com) or Mrs. Tuininga (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have some tins you can donate, or drop them off at the Main Office.
Before Spring Break, we had a great discussion around four questions related to the mission, vision and values of Cedars Christian School. The responses from this Town Hall discussion will be used to inform the development of our Board’s next Five-Year Strategic Plan. If you were unable to attend this meeting, or would like to articulate some of your responses in writing, please take some time to record your thoughts by clicking on the link below. Please continue to pray for the Board and leadership team as they discern God’s will and vision for Cedars Christian School in the coming weeks and months.
Each year, we run a number of emergency drills to prepare our staff and students for fires, earthquakes, and intruder alerts. Although it is most important for our staff and students to be aware of our procedures for these emergencies, it is good for our parent/guardians to also be informed. Yesterday, we practiced a Code Yellow – Lockdown Drill. Please take some time to review our school procedures around Code Yellow and Code Red Lockdown responses in the document below. Please direct any questions you may have about these procedures to Interim Principal, Shane Nelson.
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