Educating and equipping discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom
Over the past couple of months, K-12 teachers have been engaged in an internal review of our Bible curriculum. This week, from Wednesday to Friday, we have an external review team from the Society of Christian Schools in BC (SCSBC) here to visit classrooms, review course documentation, speak with teachers, and provide commendations and recommendations for our Bible program. They will be speaking with our senior students to receive their feedback on our Bible/Christian Perspective learning experiences. The team is also open to receive direct feedback from parents regarding our K-12 Bible curriculum and program. If you wish to speak with a member of this team, please reach out to Darren Spyksma, one of the co-leaders of this team, for a face-to-face conversation, phone call, or email correspondence. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will share a summary of our Bible Review with you later this Spring.
We are pleased to announce that we have hired Mrs. Jessica Rand to teach Elementary French for the 2019/20 School Year. Jessica has one child in our Kindergarten this year, and she comes to us with previous French teaching experience. Miss Sarah Allan will continue to teach high school French, but hiring Jessica for the elementary side provides more freedom for Sarah to take on high school teaching responsibilities. So blessed to have two experienced teachers working together on our French program! And, thanks be to God for His continued provision of quality, Christian teachers for our school!
Earlier this month, the Board approved the 2019/20 Tuition Schedule. The schedule below reflects a moderate increase over 2018/19, an effort to keep maximum tuition rates below $10K for another year, and a commitment to reduce the tuition jump from grade 7 to high school. The Board has also decided that there will be no capital (building) fee required of families in the 2019/20 school year. That said, a capital campaign launch is coming soon, and the Board would encourage each family to consider what they might give, above and beyond tuition, when we, Lord willing, break ground this Spring. Stay tuned!
Please note that at times dates are changed, so always use the online calendar (not the PDF) for final planning and double-checking. 🙂
Our Sr. Boys Basketball team is heading to Dawson Creek for Zones this weekend. They are placed 2nd in the zone and have a good shot at going to Provincials! Go, Eagles!
Cedars is hosting a Li’l Eaglet Boys Basketball Tournament here at the school on March 8 and 9. Grade 7 boys on the Cedars Blue and Cedars White teams will be playing in that tournament, along with Lac de Bois 1 and 2, Immaculate Conception, Peden Hill, Blackburn, and Westside Academy. The tournament is hosted by the PE 12 class and all proceeds will go to the Honduras Missions Team. Come out and cheer them on!
Grade 8 basketball practices start up on March 4. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesday, games will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Watch the athletics calendar for times.
All parents are invited to attend a workshop in the Cedars’ foyer on Tuesday, March 5th from 7:00-8:30pm – led by Mr. Jake Wiens, author and retired Cedars teacher. Jake will reference his book, Life’s Ultimate Questions: Exploring the Stories that Shape our Everyday, and address the reality of “NOT – Will our children have faith? BUT – Which faith will our children embrace?”.
Our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser was a huge success! As a school, we far surpassed our goal of $3500 and raised $5700! A huge thank you to all who supported this event. The top fundraising class was Mrs. Erbacher’s grade 3 class with $1700. The runner up was Mr. Ludditt’s grade 5/6 class with $1300, and third place was Mrs.Ray/Mrs. Schmalz’s Kindergarten class with $725. Mrs. Erbacher’s class will enjoy a pizza lunch in the staff room next week! Way to go!
On Tuesday, Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Giesbrecht met with current grade 9-11 students to review the new BC Graduation Program, and collect some preliminary information to inform the development of our 2019/20 high school timetable.
Next year, the implementation of the new, modernized BC curriculum will be completed from K-12. We encourage each parent to take some time to review the new graduation requirements outlined below.
Graduation Requirements (Dogwood Diploma)
Language Arts 10 (4 credits)
Mathematics 10 (4 credits)
Science 10 (4 credits)
Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
Career Life Explorations (4 credits)
Language Arts 11 (4 credits)
English Studies 12 (4 credits)
Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
Career Life Connections + Capstone (4 credits)
Arts Education OR Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) 10 or 11 or 12 (4 credits)
In addition, students are required to complete 28 credits of grade 10-12 electives – three courses of which must be at the grade 12 level. At Cedars, Christian Perspectives 11 and 12 are required to be part of these 28 elective credits, and Career Life Connections (+ Capstone) are completed as part of Christian Perspectives 12.
Total: 80 credits required for graduation
A final requirement for graduation is the completion of three Graduation Program Assessments: Numeracy 10, Literacy 10, and Literacy 12. These assessments are not tied to a specific course, are marked on a 1-4 scale, and may be rewritten to improve score.
A detailed listing of courses that qualify for graduation credit can be found on pages 18 and 19 of the document linked below. Students have been given a paper copy of this to bring home for discussion.
A draft of our 2019/20 high school timetable will be available prior to Spring Break. Below, you will find links to the preliminary survey of Grade 10 and 11/12 course offerings. If you have any questions regarding graduation requirements or the course selection process, please contact Janice Giesbrecht, our Academic Advisor.
Thanks be to God for continuing to provide for all of our staffing needs!
We are excited to announce the hiring of Andrea Orantes Duran as Assistant Principal for the 2019/20 School Year! Andrea is a graduate of Nanaimo Christian School and Vancouver Island University. Following her practicum, she spent five years in a BC Offshore School in Columbia where she taught in both elementary and high school classrooms. Most recently, she has served as Principal for the BC Graduation program at this school. Following her wedding in July, she and her husband Jose Daniel Posada will be moving to Prince George to start new adventures of life and work. We are pleased to have Andrea join our leadership team, and look forward to introducing her to our community in September!
We would also like to announce that Mrs. Jamie Erbacher has accepted our offer to teach Primary PE next year in addition to her Teacher-Librarian role. A big thank you to Lorne Braam, who has done an awesome job filling this role over the past year on a Letter of Permission from the Ministry of Education!
This week’s updates from the Building Committee and Leadership Team:
- This week was full of logistics. Lots of details and discussions with the city and the engineers. Good participation with all those involved.
- Thanks to all those who are sending through questions and/or offering help. We appreciate the community support. And we rely on your prayers for wisdom and favour.
- Pre-approvals for loans have been acquired from all four institutions we approached. Pray for the Finance Committee and Board decision regarding this key financing partnership.
- Note: Our next town hall meeting will take place on Feb 25th at 7pm. More details about the agenda for this meeting will be coming next week.
If you have any questions, please contact Kenton Friesen at email@example.com .
The Building Committee