It’s finally here!! Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama . . . all are wonderful Spring Break destinations. For others it is home to rest. For me it is Washington, DC for reserve duty. Wherever you go or don’t go, I hope you enjoy your break and return refreshed and ready for the last 6 weeks of school.

As we wind down the year, allow me to provide a little encouragement. Yesterday I interviewed a prospective teacher. I asked a question about his Philosophy of Christian Education. He answered by saying that the goal was to make good citizens. He continued to state that the Greek philosopher, Plato, saw responsible citizenship as the goal of education. As a Christian educator, his goal was to encourage responsible Kingdom citizenship. Brilliant answer!! This teaching goes beyond academic subject matter, it goes to the very core of a person’s soul. We not only teach content, but model behavior by our words and responses.

By this time of the school year, students, parents, teachers, and administration are getting tired. Sometimes when we get tired we respond to individuals and situations in not so patient and kind ways.

I do not agree with all points of C.S. Lewis’ theology, however, in Mere Christianity he makes a simple, yet profound statement:

“If Christianity is true then it ought to follow a) that any Christian will be nicer than the same person would be if he were not a Christian. b) That any man who becomes a Christian will be nicer than he was before.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 179)

The Bible tells us:

  • Psalms 19:14“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
  • Proverbs 15:1“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 18:21“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
  • Proverbs 15:1“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Ephesians 4:29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
  • James 1:26“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

Click Here to go to some short videos by Paul Tripp on the importance of our words.

As we finish strong, lets not allow differences, frustrations, and disagreements to damage our Christian witness.

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Our goal this year is $125,000. To date, we have received right at $124,000 (this includes pledges and donations from the fun run). If you haven’t contributed to this important campaign, I challenge you to help us reach our goal. Thank you for your support for the Cougar Fun Run and the Annual Campaign. Please contact Rachel Cornell at rachel.cornell@ccsky.org if you would like to donate.

RE-ENROLLMENT AND NEW ENROLLMENT

We have experienced a strong re-enrollment (over 90%) and we have numerous applications for next year. We are already 20 students ahead of where we were this time last year. Additionally we are only 20 new students away from making budget for the 2017-2018 school year. We have a waiting list started for one of our elementary grades and only 13 seats available PK3 – 2nd Grade. We have tours and shadows almost daily. Please pray that the Lord continues to bless CCS with Christian families who desire a Christ-centered, college-prep education.

20/20 VISION

You can access the CCS Strategic plan online at www.ccsky.org. You can also access it on the CCS App (search for Calvary Christian School in the App Store). Additionally, if you would like a hardcopy of the plan, you can pick one up in the school office.

Thank you again for your continued support of CCS. We covet your prayers for our students, families, faculty and staff. I hope you have a safe and relaxing Spring Break. See you on TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017!!