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March 2018

As final preparations are coming together for one of the longest running fundraisers that Woodstock Christian School hosts (has been running for over 50 years!!), we are in awe of the small army that is coming together to celebrate this community and raise funds for a cause that we are passionate about – being a light in the community and providing quality Christian education for our children. Whether it is the teachers offering their Saturday to cook pancakes, farmers donating extra to provide a building, parents coming together volunteering with the Kidzone or Kitchen, alumni donating items for the silent auction, and vendors coming to display their goods, we are in awe. We are proud to be a part of this body. It reminds us of 1 Corinthians 12:12 – “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

It is our hope that you will come and experience this event, whether by coming as a family and experiencing all there is to be had, or by giving of your talents in whatever way you can; we are excited to have you. Our experience whenever we have given of our time and efforts to a great cause, we have ended up receiving immeasurably more than given.

Blessed to be a part of this community,

Pauline Markus and Heather DeBoer Springfest Committee Co-Chairs

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Setting Goals

Setting Goals
 
As we enter into term three at Woodstock Christian School, the grade 8 students have all set SMART Goals to help monitor their growth in learning. In the week before March Break, the class discussed and collaborated to develop a ‘Goal Bank’. These were a few ideas which acted as a springboard for students to use as a starting point in setting their own personal goals for this term. The word SMART is actually an acronym that we use to help work through the process of goal setting. The acronym stands for the following:
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Action-Oriented
R - Realistic
T - Timely
It is important when setting a goal that students have an opportunity to reflect on the process of meeting their goal throughout the term. In our classroom, we have regular conferences with peers as well as with the classroom teacher to monitor progress on goals that have been set and to hold each other accountable to the goals as well.
This term we have actually created a class-wide goal as well, which I am really excited about. We discussed in class that it is easy to move into coasting mode during term three, especially in Grade 8, when graduation is just around to corner. As a class we all agreed that the class-wide goal for term three is going to be: “We can maintain a strong learning environment.” We will have this goal posted in our classroom and it will act as a constant reminder that we are going to strive to finish this school year well.
The purpose of goal-setting in grade 8, is to begin to help students understand that when they set a goal, it can be accomplished and we can celebrate the success of achieving our goals. As I write this I am reminded again of our school theme from Hebrews 12:1, 2; “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.”
We are all running a race that is marked out for us and this takes perseverance, setting goals helps us persevere when it gets hard. When we have goals that are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely they help us live our lives with purpose.  
Mr. T. Schaafsma, Grade 8 Teacher
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Masterpiece

Each WCS student from Grades Four through Eight is given an agenda at the beginning of the school year. Sometimes it is so tattered and worn within months that we fail to see the Bible verses and messages of hope on the actual pages. At the beginning of January I found it very fitting that the first reminder for the new year is this question: “Do you ever think of yourself as a masterpiece?”  The adjoining message goes on to say that “You are not a product of chance. In fact, just the opposite is true.  You were created by a loving God who knows you and loves you and has a plan for your life!”  (p.60) Sometimes words have more effect on us than at other times. We and our children also hear the many alternate views which our society throws at us all of the time. That is why when a book or movie comes out that mirrors our view of how special each person is, it is a cause for celebration. It is a cause for celebration when 94% of google users who cared to be put in a review for the movie say that it is great and/or excellent! The movie, based on the book Wonder, tells us of an inspiring story of a boy named August Pullman, who has facial deformities and is now attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance are so refreshing and life changing. I encourage you to read the book and/or see the movie! God gives us gifts of love in many places. And we can learn from them!

-Mrs. Dieleman, WCS Librarian

 

 

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