England, Haiti, South Korea, India, Germany, Holland, Lithuania...and the list goes on. Last Thursday we celebrated the many cultures represented by our students. It was great fun to see, touch, taste, and learn a little more about some of the countries around the world that our families have originated from. This diversity in cultures and backgrounds strengthens our school as it helps our students become more inclusive, accepting, and loving towards others. This diversity helps us learn about other countries, appreciate the differences in others, and recognize how God is working through His people here and around the world.
I am thankful that our school not only embraces diversity in cultures but also welcomes diversity in our learners. We have students with a variety of learning profiles with distinct strengths and needs. We believe that God created each student in His image exactly how He intended them to be. God does not make mistakes! God needs his children to have a variety of gifts as he has unique plans for each one in His kingdom. This diversity in our students strengthens our student body. As teachers, it is our job to partner with parents to help each student accept and embrace how God how created them and others. We strive to meet the needs of our learners and pray that they will all grow and flourish.
Yes, we are a school that is strengthened by a diverse population. We are also a community that is bound together by our love for God. Our God is a great God. Our God loves everyone and calls us to do the same. Our God is above all, through all, and in all!
There is a beautiful picture book in my collection called The Matchbox Diary.
A little girl visits her great grandfather and happens across an old wooden cigar box that holds several smaller matchboxes. Inside each matchbox is an unlikely object with no meaning to the little girl, until her great grandfather shares its story. Together the little girl and the old man recount his emigration from Italy, his first tough years in America, and his yearning to record his life in some fashion because he could not read and write. I highly recommend this book, not just for the story, but also for the fabulous illustrations. An amazing book!
As we celebrate our heritage this week and appreciate each others’ stories and backgrounds, may we also celebrate how God has created differences. Ask questions this week. Tell your stories and discover also what God has done and how He is working in the lives of people past and present.
FOG DAY. WCS BUSES CANCELLED FOR MORNING ONLY DUE TO FOG & BLACK ICE. BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. LDCSS BUS WILL LEAVE AT 830AM OR WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. BUSES WILL RUN AT END-OF-DAY. SEE PARENT HANDBOOK FOR FOG DAY PROCEDURES.
TUESDAY JANUARY 17: WOODSTOCK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO ICY CONDITIONS. THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED.
Let's talk about practice. That word can bring on a stomach ache in students and parents alike. However, many different things in our lives need practice, not just musical instruments! I recently read a book by Philip Johnston called "Not Until You've Done Your Practice!" Johnston writes, "In almost every piece you play there will be some parts that you find easy and some that you find hard. Despite this, most students have a strange tendency to practise all of the piece equally, devoting as much time and effort to the easy bits as they do to the hard bits. When you are practising, work on the hard bits." Johnston continues to give several examples of why we should practice the "hard bits" first. A correlation can be drawn between practising a piece of music and practising kindness, or gentleness or joy or.... (you fill in the blank). Next time you are up against one the “hard bits" of the Christian life, get to practising. The reward will be very great.
Elizabeth Martin, Music Teacher
IT'S A SNOW DAY. BUSES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO ANTICIPATED SNOW AND HIGH WINDS. THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED.
Blessings for the New Year
It's a brand new year. A new month. A new week. A new day!
This year, 2017 A.D., which refers to anno Domini (Latin), or the year of the Lord, will have
which is 8760 hours
which is 525,600 minutes
which is 31 and a half million seconds…
and you only get to live each of them once.
At the start of a new year, people often make promises to themselves to change things in their lives. Sometimes those promises work out, but often they don't. What we could focus on in 2017 is the question: How is God calling us to live this year?
Our lives will be full of blessings in the New Year as we trust God, share His love with those around us, and walk into each new day with great confidence of God's faithfulness. Our lives will also be filled with challenges which will cause us to rely on His strength and goodness and grace, because He is a God who keeps His promises.
Lamentations 3:23 reads: "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin new and fresh each morning." Our heavenly Father wants to do new things in the lives of His children. He desires to teach us new truths about Himself, provide new opportunities for ministering to others, take us to higher levels of worship and deeper levels of trust.
So, as you go about your lives, work in your classrooms at Woodstock Christian School, play in the playground, or participate in intramurals, basketball, music class, and so many other opportunities ... As you ride the bus, eat your lunch, read stories and write paragraphs and poems, during all the minutes and hours and days that you spend with us at WCS, and in your lives away from here, may you know that God is in all things in 2017, over all things in 2017, and through all things in 2017. Go through this year with Him.