“Physical support for our schools requires more than money; it also demands personal involvement and a great deal of time. Men and women who have a love for their school will spend countless hours working on the school’s behalf. Much of this work is done quietly and often goes without notice. Rarely do the men who donate their time and materials towards the establishment and maintenance of the school buildings and grounds speak of their efforts. Nor do the women who volunteer in many capacities seek praise for their work. They give of themselves and their abilities out of a deep love and appreciation for the gift that they have been given.”
You’ll find a link here and below to the rest of this well-written Standard Bearer article by Mrs. Shari Bosveld from 2008 about the precious gift and weighty responsiblity we have in our schools. Her words are an encouragement and good reminder as we find ourselves a few weeks into the school year. Students, teachers, parents are all getting back into the swing of things and hopefully are establishing good routines. School can also make our daily lives busy as students may need an hour or two for homework, parents will be running children to and from practices, and teachers will be putting in hours after school preparing lessons. Boards, committees, and mother’s circle work can become more involved with the school up and running. As we find our lives becoming busier with this work, may we remember these words from Proverbs 11:25 “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” May God continue to bless the work done on behalf of our schools and above all remember to pray; pray for our students, teachers, boards, schools, and all involved in covenant education.
“Thankful for our Christian schools”. As parents post pictures of their children heading off for the first day of school on various social media sites, they often add this previous phrase. Parent do this because they understand the value of the Christian school. They have confidence in the teachers who adhere to the doctrines they love and profess and who now help teach them to their children. This was not always the case. In some communities years ago, public schools or single room school houses were filled with teachers who went to the same churches as the parents and students. There was no need many felt for a separate school. But in the early 1900’s with the make-up of the schools changing, some began to see the need for separate Christian schools run by parents. Rev. H. Hoeksema was one of those men. In 1916 while preaching at Holland Fourteenth St. church, he delivered a sermon encouraging parents to use the Christian. The PDF of that sermon, printed in Volume 3 of the Standard Bearer in 1927 follows. You will find other material regarding Christian Education on this site under the resources tab.
As we approach the beginning of another school year in a few weeks, some timely reminders and encouragement would serve parents, teachers, and students well. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll post some articles about going back to school to stir up the mind and heart so that we may continue to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” II Peter 3:18.
The first article is from Prof. Dykstra published in the fall of 1999.
Have you ever wondered how a multi-grade classroom operates and what it looks like? Wait no longer. With his gifted ability to put pen to paper, Mr. Fred Hanko, principal and 6th-8th teacher at Covenant Christian School in Lynden, Washington, does a marvelous job of showing what happens in a multi-grade setting in the Winter 2016 edition of “Northwood Lights”. He shows just how there are many benefits to the small schools and students that thrive in multi-grade settings. Enjoy.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, Author: Richard Paul Evans. Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink, 2011; 326 pages. For advanced readers. Fiction-Magical Realism.
This book was the 2016 Vinny Award Winner, an award given by the 7th & 8th grade students of Faith Christian School to the winner of our Book March Madness contest.
Do you have a reluctant reader? If there is one book I can choose to offer to one of my reluctant readers, this is the one. I have gone through several copies of these books because they are so heavily read by our students. Former students who have been out of my classroom for four or five years come back and ask for the next book in the series when it comes out. Younger students ask their brothers or sisters in my classroom to take the books home so they can read them. None of the books in this series collect any dust over the summer on my shelves in the classroom. They have been read over summer vacation and have been taken on trips by a number of my current and former students.
Richard Paul Evans has always written for the adult crowd with best sellers like The Christmas Box. I initially thought his foray into children’s literature was a bit strange, but once I read the book, I was hooked! In fact, I have seen groups in the education industry who do not normally endorse books give many positive reviews to Michael Vey.
All of the Michael Vey books are set in the present day world. What makes Michael and some of his friends special is that they have electrical powers. As babies, they were exposed to certain machines that gave them these special electrical powers. Michael didn’t fully understand how to use these powers until he was in high school which is where the book starts out. Some of his other electrical friends have been found by the evil Dr. Hatch who is using the kid’s powers for his own purposes while giving them a lavish lifestyle that keeps them happy. After Michael is captured by Dr. Hatch, Michael has a choice, join his evil group or fight him. There are a variety of likable characters in the book and as the series progresses some are lost and new ones are gained.
Currently, there are six books in the series with the seventh, coming out in September of 2017, supposedly the final book. Hopefully, the love of the book expressed through the actions of my students is enough to get you to read the book without giving away any more of the story. I’m glad this book was our first Vinny Award Winner, I can’t wait for book seven, and looking over my current stash of Michael Vey books, I’m going to need to replace a couple more before next year.