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February 2018

Talking to Yourself

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 

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SNOW DAY. BUSES CANCELLED FEBRUARY 9. Due to weather advisory for heavy snow, buses are cancelled for today. WCS is closed.

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Olympics: Running the Race

Olympics: Running the Race

 

 

 
Our key Bible chapters for our school theme this year, Faith in Action: Heroes for God, are Hebrews chapters 11 & 12. Chapter 11 lists out the heroes and how they are commended for their faith, while chapter 12 provides encouragements and warnings, reminding us that we are part of God's story, part of the time-line from the creation of the world to the time when Jesus comes again; part of that "great cloud of witnesses" who can tell of the wonders God has done and is doing. Verses one and two read: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV). The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we are in training, we may endure pain and obstacles, but to be encouraged, as those are all part of the training and learning process.
I can't help but think of Hebrews 2 as the Winter Olympics approach. I love the Olympic games (despite the politics) and am amazed each time by the athletes' perseverance, determination, and skill. This week, we are blessed to have Krista DuChene, an Olympic marathon runner, come to Woodstock Christian School to speak to our students about her experiences as a Christian, a Christian athlete, and as an Olympian. Check out Krista's story: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/krista-duchene/ or  http://www.runottawa.ca/running-talk-canadian-marathoner-krista-duchene-2.
Another ordinary hero - doing extraordinary things. Krista is using the gifts with which God has gifted her, sharing her faith, sharing her story. Krista will be with us on Thursday, February 8th at 10am (JK-3) and 1030am (4-8).
C. Verbeek, Principal
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