Our annual pancake breakfast at WCS helps support our neighbours around the world. This year, breakfast money is designated for Edu-Deo Ministries. Here is the logo for Edu-Deo. Look carefully and you will see a book, a butterfly, and the fish symbol through the centre of the design. This logo represents the transformative power of Christian education. Edu-Deo Ministries (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) is a Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview. Education is one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty. Edu-Deo Ministries promotes sustainable schools by partnering long-term with existing school associations and mission organizations. Their goal is to take the effective tool of education and combine it with the transforming message of the Gospel. Woodstock Christian School, on Wednesday, get comfy, get ready for pancakes, and help us support Edu-Deo! For more information see https://edudeo.com/
Talking to Yourself
How inspiring listening to Olympian marathon runner Krista DuChene talk last Thursday about her blessings and trials. She shared stories of both exciting highs and disappointing lows in her bid to win a spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Every success was given back to God; challenges and failures were opportunities to lean on God. Through it all, Mrs. DuChene intentionally told herself positive messages including:
I will choose joy.
I will be thankful.
God’s plan is better than mine.
This made me reflect on the messages we play in our minds all day long. Sometimes these are negative messages which fuel feelings of helplessness, anger, resentment, and despair. I sometimes hear students verbalize their internal dialogue. Just in the past week, I have heard students say things like:
I don’t have friends.
I can’t do this.
I’m not good at math.
When I hear these types of messages, I encourage students to add a small but powerful three letter word to the end of their sentences…YET. “Yet” has the potential to change a fixed mindset into a hope-filled growth mindset. Students with a growth mindset expect their abilities will improve with practice.
As teachers, we are intentional about helping students persevere through difficulties and embrace challenges. God has not promised us that we will never experience hard times, but he has promised to be faithful and to never leave us. By telling ourselves truths like Mrs. DuChene does, we too can reprogram our minds and become resilient, hopeful, lifelong learners who give God all the glory.
Tracy Bulthuis, Learning Support Teacher
SNOW DAY. BUSES CANCELLED FEBRUARY 9. Due to weather advisory for heavy snow, buses are cancelled for today. WCS is closed.
Olympics: Running the Race
I love beautiful things. An unusual line of poetry, the brilliant colours of the sunset on my way home from school or the palest pinks of the sunrise that turn into bold ambers. The most beautiful of all are voices of children and their joyful radiance in song. As you look out of your window wherever that may be, look for the beauty and the colours of joy!
Elizabeth Martin, Music
Growing in Faith
One of our guiding documents at Woodstock Christian School is the Student Character Profile. This document was developed a few years ago with considerable input from the teaching staff and information from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, as well as partner schools in the OACS family. Our desire was to articulate more full the words in our tagline - FAITH, LEARNING, COMMUNITY. Currently, as we are engaged in developing a strategic plan for Woodstock Christian School, we are reviewing some of our essential documents. Here is the first part of the Student Character Profile. In future weeks, look for the rest of the document - the “grow in learning” and “grow in community” components. As we partner with you in your child’s education, join us in praying for and cultivating these key characteristics and skills.
-Carol Verbeek, Principal
WCS strives to prepare students who:
• live their lives in thankfulness to God, praising and serving him
• possess a deep understanding of God’s grace and a sense of humility about self
• can articulate that God created them uniquely as his image-bearers, that God loves them, and has called them serve in this world
• think critically, test the spirits of this age, and show thoughtful discernment
• share their conviction that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and that God the Father is the creator and keeper of all
• have a sense of wonder for the fallen but beautiful creation
• show basic Biblical literacy, cultivate a Christian worldview that combines intellectual understanding of God’s call on their life with the awareness of the need for action through the prompting of the Holy Spirit
The impact of our words…
It is recruitment time at Woodstock Christian School! This is a time in our year where we seek to draw in new families for next year, whether with children starting Kindergarten or seeking alternative solutions to their current school situation. So how do we get our name and message out into our community? Well there are your typical marketing strategies such as newspaper ads, Facebook posts, billboards, pamphlets, bulletin announcement and such. But, did you know that a great deal of research finds that word of mouth is more effective than other types of marketing. Compared to traditional advertising, media options, or promotional events, word of mouth is more useful in creating new recruitment.
So how can you use your words to impact Woodstock Christian School? Share your stories with others. Tell your friends, neighbours, coworkers or families in your church. Invite others to come and take the tour. Invite a family to our Kindergarten Information Evening on Feb 1. Sharing your stories and love for the school is the best (and most cost effective!) way of advertising our school. To take it one step further; what about offering to join them as they tour or attend the information evening? Sometimes having the comfort of one familiar face can make all the difference.
So let’s get talking and sharing our love for WCS! Let’s also pray for potential new families and that God would fill our classrooms and hallways!
FOG DAY Due to fog & black ice, morning buses will not run. School is open. Please bring children to school when it is safe. PM bus will run. Wednesday January 10.
FOG DAY Due to fog & black ice, morning buses will not run. School is open. Please bring children to school when it is safe. PM buses will run as usual.
SNOW DAY. BUSES CANCELLED JAN 8. Due to road conditions & forecast for more snow, buses are cancelled for today. WCS is closed.