Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pot's Ponderings - January 22

A quick glance at the Constitution that governs the operation of Beacon Christian School, it is clear that this school is based on the following ideas:

o       Parents are given the God-given responsibility to nurture and educate their children.
o       All children have been created as image bearers of God.
o       Children need ordering, correction, and instruction.
o       Jesus is Lord of all things.

We are thankful for the many families that choose Christian education. We take that commitment seriously, and we pray that our efforts at school have a profound effect on your child’s future.

As teachers engage all of you this week in parent-teacher conferences, we also pray that our efforts help you in your role as parents. It is no small task to be a parent, and we are glad that you chose our school as a partner in the raising of your children. We seek what is best for your children, and the conferences and reports that we provide are an effort to establish and maintain a partnership between home and school. May you be blessed by this partnership.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Beauty Creating Part 2

What does Beauty Creating mean? What does it mean to our students? What does it mean to you?
This morning, we delved deeper into these questions.

Our chapel was framed with the idea that talents are beauty creating 
when they are done for the glory of God.

Some of our students shared how they create beauty with their gifts. 

Grade 6 shares beauty through the study of the novel "Underground to Canada".

We shared the beauty of language through simple song.

Some Gr. 7 students shared beauty through art. 

Grade 8 shares beauty through movement to the song "Deep Cries Out"

We reflected on God's amazing beauty found in His creation. 
Our students "wowed" out loud throughout this video. 

"How could we say there is no God, when all around creation calls?"

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pot's Ponderings - January 15, 2013

We have much to be thankful for at Beacon Christian School. It is only our second week at school but this place is hopping! 

Some say that the holiday season is a busy time, but at Beacon Christian School, January ‘tis the season. 

Here is a quick rundown:
  • Korean guests arrived on January 10!
  • Gala dinner is planned for January 26.
  • Basketball teams are gearing up for tournaments.
  • Hockey team has their first tournament next week.
  • Mad Science club begins.
  • Parent-teacher-student conferences next week.
  • Many classes preparing speeches for annual speech contest.
  • Science fair planning and research underway for students in grades 4-8.
  • Enrichment program starts a new session.
  • Two new families enrolled with others considering a mid-year transfer.
  • Two words: tax receipts.
  • Theme for the month is Beauty Creating.
  • Kindergarten teacher is going to Belize!
  • Grade six teacher is expecting first child!
  • Welcome Mr. Lee!
  • Ready, Set, Read! program is underway.
  • Planning underway for February 11 Open House.
  • Inventioneering!
  • etc., etc...

‘Tis the season to be jolly.
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Rain Rain Go Away

Rain, rain, go away isn't always the song that our students sing.

Many students look forward to an indoor recess to do some activities they might not normally do at recess.

The indoor recess announcement is often met with cheers!

Fun things like dolls, beyblades, lego, 

chess, marbleworks, board games, colouring and books are popular.

There's also Kinnex, play writing and performing, reading and extra gym and computer time.

We're also blessed with some large common spaces that are turned into play areas during indoor recess

for skipping rope  

and playing chess.

We thank God for watering the earth

and giving us dry, warm places to play!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Beauty Creating

This morning at our weekly chapel, the throughline Beauty Creating was introduced. We were reminded that we can see God's beauty in all areas: math, art, language, nature, science, gym. 

Everywhere we look, we can see God's beauty. 
We can also create beauty with the gifts God has given us.

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all!

We were then given the task to create one beautiful mural together as a school body.

 Each class was given one piece of the mural of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Each student from JK-Grade 8 will each colour a part of the mural. 


When it is complete, it will be pieced together to create a beautiful replication.

Each little flower that opens
Each little bird that sings
He made their glowing colours
He made their tiny wings

There is beauty in art and there is beauty in working together as community of students from JK-8.
Follow us this month as we learn more about Beauty Creating.

The purple headed mountain
The river running by
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky

He gave us eyes to see them and lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty who has
made all things well

Where will you see God's beauty today?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Pot's Ponderings - January 8, 2013

Have you made any resolutions for 2013?  Resolutions abound for many of us each January – even if we do not express them out loud. A new year allows us an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate, and resolve how to live in the coming year. You could call them the New Years’ 3 R’s.  Every January many of us resolve to eat less, exercise at least three times per week, pay down debt, spend less, read more books, be more faithful in family devotions, plan that awesome family vacation, play more, spend more time with family, worry less, lose ten pounds, read the Bible daily, spend less time on Facebook, volunteer in the community, pray more, get organized, learn something new, take more walks, be more thankful, laugh more, be more compassionate, eat more vegetables, etc., etc. It is interesting that most resolutions involve doing some things less and other things more. Resolutions, in and of themselves, can be very helpful - as they can focus our actions towards positive choices. But many find following through with resolutions for twelve months difficult, if not impossible.

As many of you, I have often been disappointed in the results of my noble resolutions. We can become discouraged when we do not live up to our own lofty goals or plans for the coming year. Sometimes circumstances outside of our control can make our plans out of reach or impossible or even irrelevant.

The famous comedy writer, Woody Allen, is credited with saying, “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” I appreciate that type of humour and humility – not to mention the theology behind it.

As individuals, family members, and even as a school community, may we “seek first His kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). May we commit all of our plans to the Lord and His kingdom, be open to His leading, and we will be surprised where He takes us if we faithfully follow.