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Pancake Breakfast

Our annual pancake breakfast at WCS helps support our neighbours around the world. This year, breakfast money is designated for Edu-Deo Ministries. Here is the logo for Edu-Deo. Look carefully and you will see a book, a butterfly, and the fish symbol through the centre of the design. This logo represents the transformative power of Christian education. Edu-Deo Ministries (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools) is a Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview. Education is one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty. Edu-Deo Ministries promotes sustainable schools by partnering long-term with existing school associations and mission organizations. Their goal is to take the effective tool of education and combine it with the transforming message of the Gospel. Woodstock Christian School, on Wednesday, get comfy, get ready for pancakes, and help us support Edu-Deo! For more information see https://edudeo.com/

 

 

C. Verbeek
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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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Beauty in our surroundings

I love beautiful things. An unusual line of poetry, the brilliant colours of the sunset on my way home from school or the palest pinks of the sunrise that turn into bold ambers. The most beautiful of all are voices of children and their joyful radiance in song. As you look out of your window wherever that may be, look for the beauty and the colours of joy!

Elizabeth Martin, Music                 

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Grow in Faith

Growing in Faith   

One of our guiding documents at Woodstock Christian School is the  Student Character Profile. This document was developed a few years ago with considerable input from the teaching staff and information from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, as well as partner schools in the OACS family. Our desire was to articulate more full the words in our tagline - FAITH, LEARNING, COMMUNITY.  Currently, as we are engaged in developing a strategic plan for Woodstock Christian School, we are reviewing some of our essential documents. Here is the first part of the Student Character Profile. In future weeks, look for the rest of the document - the “grow in learning” and “grow in community” components. As we partner with you in your child’s education, join us in praying for and cultivating these key characteristics and skills.

-Carol Verbeek, Principal

      WCS strives to prepare students who:

Grow in

faith

• live their lives in thankfulness to God, praising and serving him

• possess a deep understanding of God’s grace and a sense of humility about self

• can articulate that God created them uniquely as his image-bearers, that God loves them, and has called them serve in this world

• think critically, test the spirits of this age, and show thoughtful discernment

• share their conviction that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and that God the Father is the creator and keeper of all

• have a sense of wonder for the fallen but beautiful creation

• show basic Biblical literacy, cultivate a Christian worldview that combines intellectual understanding of God’s call on their life with the awareness of the need for action through the prompting of the Holy Spirit

 

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The Impact of our Words

The impact of our words…

It is recruitment time at Woodstock Christian School! This is a time in our year where we seek to draw in new families for next year, whether with children starting Kindergarten or seeking alternative solutions to their current school situation. So how do we get our name and message out into our community? Well there are your typical marketing strategies such as newspaper ads, Facebook posts, billboards, pamphlets, bulletin announcement and such.  But, did you know that a great deal of research finds that word of mouth is more effective than other types of marketing. Compared to traditional advertising, media options, or promotional events, word of mouth is more useful in creating new recruitment.

So how can you use your words to impact Woodstock Christian School? Share your stories with others. Tell your friends, neighbours, coworkers or families in your church. Invite others to come and take the tour. Invite a family to our Kindergarten Information Evening on Feb 1. Sharing your stories and love for the school is the best (and most cost effective!) way of advertising our school. To take it one step further; what about offering to join them as they tour or attend the information evening? Sometimes having the comfort of one familiar face can make all the difference. 

So let’s get talking and sharing our love for WCS!  Let’s also pray for potential new families and that God would fill our classrooms and hallways!         

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FOG DAY

FOG DAY  Due to fog & black ice, morning buses will not run. School is open. Please bring children to school when it is safe. PM bus will run. Wednesday January 10.

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FOG DAY Due to fog & black ice, morning buses will not run. School is open. Please bring children to school when it is safe. PM buses will run as usual.

 

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It's A New Year

It's A New Year
 
It's a brand new year! Wishing you God's blessings, strength and grace as you journey through this year. Whether you are about to walk through the greatest year of your life, or the most challenging, God's word and promises hold true. Read these words from Romans 12 from 'the Message'. This is what Faith in Action looks like:
Take your everyday, ordinary life your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you….Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him…. keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; … Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply.
Faith in Action: Be a hero for God this year.
 
C. Verbeek
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SNOW DAY

SNOW DAY. BUSES CANCELLED JAN 8. Due to road conditions & forecast for more snow, buses are cancelled for today. WCS is closed.

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Joy

JOY
 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
During the Christmas season one of our favourite songs to sing in SK is "Joy to the World". We all know the words well, "Joy to the World the Lord has come…" But what exactly is the joy of Christmas all about? Many people confuse joy and happiness. Happiness is based on your circumstances, but joy is a deeper emotion that lasts through good and bad times.
Sometimes joy can feel like an explosion of hope and excitement and at other times it is a strong sense of peace and a feeling that all is as it should be. During advent, we remember with joy the gift of Jesus, we enjoy His blessings now and we delight in the promise of His coming again.
Galatians 5:22-25 tells us that joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. This means that God is the source of joy, but the Holy Spirit helps us to see it, practice it and give it away. The Spirit draws our attention to beautiful things and helps us remember God's faithfulness in the stories of the Bible and in our lives.
In our Social Justice Leadership Team, we have had discussions on how we as Christians at WCS can promote joy and peace. We decided that we must always be praying for opportunities to "have our eyes opened" to those in need in our families, school, greater community and beyond.
The Spirit also helps us see people who are in need of God's joy, so that we can share it with them. When we are filled with joy, we know how to give it away. Christmas is a perfect time to remind others of good times and stories of God's faithfulness. We can show them examples of God's goodness and beauty all around us. We can share God's promises from the Bible and we can also bring joy to others doing simple acts of kindness and service. What a JOY to share God's good gifts! We pray that all of the WCS community will experience this joy this Christmas and into 2018!
(pieces taken from http://kidscorner.reframemedia.com/media/pdf/KC-Advent-Calendar-2017-1_%284%29.pdf)
 
Linda Westerveld and Jesse Duizer ( Social Justice LT)
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