Christian Education Week
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty - and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works - and I will proclaim your great deeds. Psalm 145:3-6
Each year Christian Schools International designates a week in April to be Christian Education Week. Our schools are established to glorify God, to recognize the lordship of Christ over every square of creation, and to nurture and equip students to become the next generation of those who answer the call to advance the kingdom of God across the globe. We have reason to remember and to celebrate God's blessings. Christian Education Week is an opportunity to be reminded of what God is doing and to consider the difference that our school is making in the community, in families, and in the lives of God's children. Our students are learning to be God worshippers, justice seekers, servant workers, beauty creators, creation keepers and to be equipped for a life of praise and service in their communities. You are invited to join us this week at WCS in a celebration of God's gift of Christian schools.
Next week marks an exciting week of celebration here at Woodstock Christian. We are joining together in a variety of activities to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and Woodstock Christian School itself with Christian Education Week. We are grateful to live in a glorious and free country that embraces religious freedom.
The events begin on Monday, April 24th at 9 am. We invite volunteers who worked directly with our students (classroom volunteers, coaches, etc.) to the Volunteer Tea. It will be wonderful for the staff and students to show their appreciation at that time. We are extremely grateful for the many ways countless volunteers help to run and assist at Woodstock Christian School. This event is hosted by the students so they can showcase their thanks to the volunteers they recognize from classroom interactions.
Tuesday is Bus Driver Appreciation Day! Please remember to thank our bus drivers! Small tokens or notes of appreciation are a blessing to the work they do.
Student artwork will flood the hallways to lead us on an Art Walk! Join Welcome Wednesday visitors or feel free to look at the walls in the afternoon when you attend the Picnic Lunch. It will take place during 2nd recess (1:30 pm, Wednesday). There will be no food for purchase this day, please pack what you want to eat!
On Thursday, we end our celebrations with Grand Friends Day. The schedule has changed! The students will present in the morning this year BEFORE lunch. As a result, registration time is scheduled for 9 am! Please invite your Grand Friends to come to WCS that day! The morning will be filled with a variety of music led by Elizabeth Martin. Classroom visits and lunch will follow. Invitations are available from the office if you would like to hand one out.
Looking forward to all the fun!
Advancement & Communications
A Celebration of learning!
Share the music day
May 1, 2017
Woodstock Christian School Auditorium
8:45 - 9:15am
* grade 1 – Sound Stories
* grade 2 – Silly Songs with Some Puppets
* grade 3 – We've Got Rhythm
9:30 – 10:00
* grade 4 – Recorder Rocks!
* grade 5 – KWS visit showcase
* grade 6 – Instrument duets
10:15 – 10:45 grade 7 & 8
* Sr. Choir – From Latin to Sol-Fa-La
* Concert Band – concert repertoire
A Celebratory Cupcake will be enjoyed by all after the program!
Words from the Cross
Jesus was God. God the Son died on the cross for our sins. But Jesus was also perfectly human. Because Jesus, as a human being, suffered hunger, thirst, solitude and many other hardships, he is able to understand and sustain us. (Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15,16). Just before giving up his spirit, Jesus cried out, "It is finished." (John 19:30) Three of the Gospels mention that Jesus cried out just before dying, but only John reports what Jesus said. His cry was not a cry of death but a cry of victory. He had just won the greatest victory ever. By his life of perfect obedience to God and his death on the cross, he had just opened the doors of Heaven to men. He broke down the wall that separated men from God and that deprived them of his good presence.
At the moment of rendering his spirit, Jesus opened his mouth again and cried out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46) These last words of Jesus corresponded to the prayer that the Jewish mothers taught their children to say before going to sleep. This prayer is an expression of total trust in God. It comes from a psalm in which King David put his future into the hands of the Lord God (Psalm 31:16). By dying, Jesus threw himself into the arms of the Father, because he knew that God had prepared wonderful things for him. Actually, Jesus knew that after he suffered, the Father would raise him from the dead and would lift him up above all else. When Jesus mentioned his sufferings to come to his disciples, he always mentioned the glory that would follow them. (Matthew 16:21; 17:9; 17:22,23). (source: bible.org)
As we remember and celebrate Jesus' journey to the cross, his death and resurrection, may we also put ourselves in the arms of our God and Father. He holds the victory. Give Him praise and glory.
God is Greater!
This past Saturday, WCS hosted its annual Springfest. The bare concrete auditorium transformed into a busy, bustling building of activity! Breakfast, bouncy castles, bunnies, books, buyers, bidders, boerenkole, Bazaar bottles, BLESSINGS! Just a fun alliteration of words to describe the atmosphere!
We find alliteration in our school theme as well - GOD IS GREATER! This was a great reminder throughout the planning stages of Springfest. Yes, there were times of fear, worry, and doubt - would it all come together? But God was there - reminding us He held WCS in His hands and we can trust Him.
Trust we did and the blessings were abundant! From donations of pies, Tim Horton's cookies, and animals to trampolines, plasma cars, pool parties, and handcrafted coffee tables (just to name a few!) As we shut the lights off Saturday afternoon, we said it again - God is Greater! He is greater than our fears and worries. The day was amazing - so many people came! We are so thankful to the small army of volunteers that served, supervised, swept, and smiled and made this day a success! Together, we were able to bring (an unofficial total of) $22,000 to the bank.
Thank you to our WCS community for your help and donations. Join us as we thank and praise God for His blessings!
Sincerely, Pauline Markus and Heather De Boer
"Love is untidy." These were the words I heard in Church yesterday as that was yesterday's message during the Lenten sermon series entitled "You Are Loved". "God turns the world upside down" are the words I heard in staff devotions two week's ago, a message echoed with the following video that was watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTQT99k8LUg. And a few weeks back, I read a devotion that God calls us to love others even if they irritate us, if they get on our nerves, if our personalities clash, even if our intentions get misunderstood. There is nothing easy about that. It can get rather messy sometimes.
"There is no 'Christ' without the cross" are the words I heard today during the morning's staff devotions. God sent his Son into the world to be sacrificed because of His great love for us. Jesus was taunted, he was mocked, he was nailed to a cross, his blood was shed, and he died. There is nothing tidy about that, and yet that was God's plan. At WCS we serve the same God as the God who promised a Saviour during the time the world turned upside down in the Garden of Eden; we serve a God who sacrificed his Son on the cross so the messiness of sin would be paid.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter let us remember the words of John 3:16-17 that God's Son is the answer to a world that is messy.
Last Monday was the first day of spring! Did you celebrate? Does this mean the end of snow days? Students are enjoying being unencumbered by boots, snow pants and bulky winter coats as they climb, run, chase, and skip outdoors. Spring at WCS means, among other events, Springfest (aka the Bazaar). If you have not attended, pack up the family on Saturday morning, come have breakfast served by the teachers (the purple shirt crew), play in the games area, purchase baked goods, plants, and other tasty or lovely items. For lunch, enjoy your choice of ethnic foods from the menu provided. And then there's the auction and the drama and banter of that portion of the day.
Springfest has a long history for Woodstock Christian School. I attended as a child. Yes, I did. And yes, I was once a child. What do I remember most? The treats. The candy. The crowds. Probably most astounding was the fact that my father would give each of the siblings a twenty dollar bill and tell us to spend it all. (Remember this was several decades ago and twenty was a really big deal!) I remember the fancy cakes in the decorating contest and who could forget the famous 'grab barrel'? Come to Springfest. It's not just about raising funds. It's about connecting with people. It's about conversation, making memories, and having fun. It's about community. See you there!
C. Verbeek, Principal
God’s Greatness revealed through Speech and Poetry
If I were to ask a student how God’s greatness is revealed to them through speech and/or poetry, I would receive a wide eyed look of fear and witness a physical body slumping. That student would immediately be thinking “No way! It can’t be that time of year.” The dreaded speech writing and poetry memorization of second term!
The gift of language and communication is a tool we use as believers to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Mark 16:15 “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’.” The gift of language and communication is a tool we use to create and sustain community and fellowship with believers. Phil 1:5,6 “because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ.” The gift of language and communication allows us to praise and worship God. Rom 15:6 “so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Writing and memorizing a speech is a long and arduous task! Students are asked to think of an interesting subject and write about it. Students take God’s gifts of experiences, reflection and knowledge to develop a story that is worthy of sharing. Students employ God’s gifts of memorization and courage to present their speeches to familiar and unfamiliar audiences. What may begin as a laborious task, ends with an experience of acquiring a deeper experience of what is in, and of, God’s vast creation. As believers, we learn more about different aspects of God’s character, imagination and creativity. In this knowledge, we are blessed with a deeper understanding of God’s greatness.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for man. For the Lord will reward you. Christ is the real Master you serve.” My name is Marisa de Vries. I’m a grade eight student at Woodstock Christian School, and have been attending WCS since Senior Kindergarten. I really like this bible verse from Colossians because I know that I am doing my best to serve God.
This school holds countless memories for me. I have formed relationships with teachers who care, amazing friends and classmates, and I enjoy the privilege of a Christian community and education every day. I am taught by Christian teachers who teach me about God and share their journey with Christ. I’m surrounded by a community that serves God. I have classmates that are on a journey with Christ just like me. I have peers who support me and peers who I can support.
I like to learn about God through all of the subjects I learn at school, and use the talents God has given me to honor Him through sports events, choirs, and electives. Every day, as classmates, we are challenged by our teachers to encourage, build others up, be kind, and set a good example to our community. Most importantly we are all called to serve and live for God to the best of our abilities.
At our school we have leadership teams, these are ways that the students can serve God by helping our teachers and community. Students have the opportunity to deliver lunches to classrooms on pizza and sub days, or help the primary teachers get their students ready to go outside, we can also help Mrs. Koopman in the office and so much more.
Our school also reaches out to the surrounding community. The grade eight class takes a monthly visit to Caressant Care to play games with the seniors there, and visit them. We also plant trees with an environment program. This gives us an opportunity to be stewards of God’s creation.
Woodstock Christian School is a great school. I have loved the opportunity to attend to a Christian School. This school has been a stepping stone in my journey with Christ. Every teacher and every classmate has helped me take the next step of faith.
-Marisa deVries, Grade 8, WCS
Poetry and Why We Need It
There are innumerable ways to define poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously said that poetry is "the best words in the best order." Poetry is often identified visually by the blank space left on the page when the poem is printed in lines, but not necessarily. Poetry can have rhythm and rhyme, or not. It can be properly punctuated, or not. It can be fun or serious and is to be enjoyed in a different manner than other writing.
From an article about why we need poetry in schools…
Poetry helps us know each other and build community. When read aloud, poetry is rhythm and music and sounds and beats. Young students feel the rhythms, get curious about what the sounds mean, and perhaps want to create their own. It's the most kinesthetic of all literature. It's physical and full-bodied and activates your heart and soul. Poetry opens venues for speaking and listening, also important areas of language learning. Poetry builds resilience in kids and adults; it fosters social and emotional learning. A well-crafted phrase or two in a poem can help us see an experience in an entirely new way. Find the poems that wake you up, find the poems that make you feel joy or sadness or delight. Find those poems that communicate with the deepest parts of your being and welcome them in.
(Sources: edutopia.org, webexhibits.org, poetrysoup.com)
Sea-Wash (by Carl Sandburg)
THE SEA-WASH never ends.
The sea-wash repeats, repeats.
Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows?
Only the old strong songs?
Is that all?
The sea-wash repeats, repeats.
A Limerick (Anonymous)
There once was a young lady named bright
Whose speed was much faster than light
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.
The skiing elective for Wednesday, March 1 has been cancelled as the ski hill will be closed. Students are to bring whatever items they need for their alternate activity.