ON THE SCHOOL SCENE…
It’s not fun getting caught in a storm. They can be frightening and confusing. They can even be life-threatening. Whatever storms we may have encountered in our life, we attempt to “weather” them and move on. It’s always great to see the sun break through following a storm!
Let’s consider the following type of “weather system storms” and how they give us insight to the “emotional system storms” of day-to-day family life.
Do you ever experience…
Blizzards or Ice Storms where your encounter with someone leaves you “out in the cold?”
Tornadoes or Wind Storms where you get “blown away” by a concern or topic, which causes some imbalance in your life, resulting in being swirled around or tossed about?
Lightning or Thunder Storms where an issue can “pound on you” and frighten you through sudden unexpected strikes, seemingly out of nowhere?
Wild Fire Storms where a sudden surge of emotion can come upon you, turn up the heat in your life, and leaving you scorched in the aftermath?
Interesting to see how our interpersonal relationships can so easily parallel these weather systems!
The disciples of Jesus were once caught in a weather system while in a boat crossing over to the other side of a lake. As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep in the boat. While he was sleeping, a storm squall came down upon the lake. The boat starting to take on water, so the disciples woke up Jesus in great fear for their life. In response to their concerns, our Lord simply rebuked the wind and rain and raging waters—the storm subsided and all was calm.
Jesus responds to the disciples concern with a question, “Where is your faith?” This one, who commanded even the winds and the water to be calm, amazed His disciples. It a perfect time and place the power of Jesus was on display, and to delivered His followers from the storm. We have such a timely and practical Savior.
This same Jesus is in command of our lives, and is present in our families today as we sail through the storms of life. He asks us to have continuing faith in Him when we face various storms, be they in the physical world or in our various relationships. Jesus gives us the gift of faith so that we can stand up to the many storms that come our way.
With Jesus in our boat of life—we can handle any storm!
Dr. Steve Christopher
A WORD FROM
The Storms of Life
MON. FEB 19 - Campus Closed
WED. FEB 14 - Ash Wednesday
THU. FEB 8 - Open House 5-7pm
FRI. FEB 9 - Early Dismissal @ 11:30
Get your tickets today!
parent night out!
It's going to be a night of dancing,
gaming and winners!
MON. FEB 12 - No School K-8th
FRI. FEB 23 - Diamonds & Denim Gala
FEB 26- MAR 2 - Eagle Week
THU. FEB 15 - Spirit Day
". . . Why is this happening to me ?"
A Word From Pastor John
The rain came down in torrents. The night before, I had placed our heavily laden garbage containers in the street, ready for their Tuesday morning pickup. The rains were so heavy that the waters rushing down the street pushed all three garbage containers down the street about ten feet. I've never seen something like that happen before. This morning we learned that a mudslide in Montecito killed at least 13 people; more are missing.
I can't imagine what it would be like to endure a deadly mudslide. Imagine feeling safe and snug inside the house, when suddenly a torrent of mud and water covers everything and the home you knew and loved is gone, and you wonder whether your loved ones are OK. And these mudslides always seem to occur in the dead of night when people are most vulnerable.
Tragedies such as this always makes one wonder about the presence of God. No scholar, nor theologian, nor pastor, nor philosopher has ever been able to answer the question of why an all powerful God who is loving and merciful should allow such horrid things to happen. Some philosophers have argued that God could not be all powerful, otherwise He would not allow such awful things to happen. Other religions have argued that God could not be all good, as if He has a mean streak which occasionally comes to the fore. But if one assumes that God is both almighty and His nature consists of nothing but goodness, then the puzzle remains.
The best Biblical example for this comes in the story of Job, a man who suffered the loss of wealth, family, and personal health. Even though he remained faithful to the Lord,
Job never really received an answer to the question he asked God: why is this happening to me? God's only answer is: who are you, Job, to question me? Not a very satisfying answer to be sure. Readers of the book of Job are privileged to know that Job's suffering is the result of a cosmic challenge by the devil to test Job's faith. Was his faith genuine, or did Job follow the Lord simply because the Lord had so richly blessed Job in the past?
Job questions God, gets angry at God, pities himself in his relationship with God, but Job never rejects the Lord. Job's final answer is "the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Christians believe that suffering is the inevitable consequence of sin. The world is fallen, and the result is sickness, misfortune, and, in the end, death. So, rather than blame God, or in any way take away from God's goodness and power, the Christian blames sin and the forces of evil.
I think the most comforting thought for those who follow Jesus Christ is that whatever tragedies might befall us as a result of this fallen world, the Lord remains true to His word and promises. He will never forsake us, never abandon us, always walk with us even, finally, "through the valley of the shadow of death." And when we get to the other side of that valley, no tragedy will ever befall us again for we will live forever in that place where there is no more sickness or mourning or death.
- Pastor John
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FEB 14 - Valentine’s Day Class Parties (Wear RED and PINK)
FEB 8 - Open House 5-7pm
Dates to Remember
FEB 16 - Chinese Lunar New Year
MAR 1 - Spring Portraits—DAY 2
FEB 23 - Diamonds & Denim Gala
FEB 19 - SCHOOL CLOSED (Presidents’ Day)
The month of LOVE is upon us and we are bursting at the seams to show how much we love our GOD! This month, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with class parties on the 14th. Sign-up sheets will be posted soon! We love our preschool so much, and want everyone to know it! We would like to invite you to join us on Thursday February 8th for our OPEN HOUSE from 5-7pm. Please come by and see all of the hard work our children and teachers have put into their classrooms! We also encourage you to explore our school as a whole on this evening. This event is the perfect time for our families to see all the great opportunities that Mt. Calvary Elementary School has to offer! We look forward to seeing you all there! I pray that we all have a Blessed month with our loved ones.
What is Love?, Presidents, Around the World, Dr. Seuss
Jesus Feeds the 5,000, The Lost Son, Jesus Blesses the Children, Jesus Forgives Zacchaeus, etc.
Gray, Red+White= Pink, Red+Blue=Purple
Heart, Star, Circle, Rectangle
One to One Correspondence, Geoboards, Estimating, Clocks, Writing Numbers, etc
Letters for the Month
Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww
Outing of the Month
This month we are learning all about dentists! Have you taken your child to the dentist yet? I encourage you to talk to your child about dental health and even take them to see one!
App of the Month
“ABC Letter Tracing”
This months app helps your child learn to write and recognize their ABC’s. It involves great fine motor development and will further support Pre-Kindergarten skills. Download it today and let the learning begin!
Book of the Month
“I Love You as Big as the World”
by David Van Buren
“I Am Abraham Lincoln”
by Brad Meltzer
“The Colors of Us”
by Karen Lotz
Various Dr. Seuss Books
Song of the Month
“Song of Love” by Hillsong Kids Jr
CD: Crazy Noise! (2012)
Music and movement time helps support a productive release of energy. Let’s get singing and dancing!
Welcome to February!
FEB 28 - Spring Portraits—DAY 1
FEB 12 - Lincoln’s Birthday Preschool Open)
of the month
Kacie Lovell has earned January’s Student of the Month in eighth grade. January is a turning point in eighth grade and for some students it can be a difficult month. Major projects are beginning to be due, more essays are being assigned, and knowing that graduation is only a half a year away can make it difficult to stay focused. This has not been the case for Kacie. She has continued to be a student that CAREs. She shows her Christian values daily as she interacts with her peers. Her Christ-like behavior is shown not only in the classroom but also on the playground and athletic court as well. Kacie also shows academic advancement continually. She works hard each day completing her assignments on time and planning her time wisely to finish the long term projects effectively. She also is a responsible citizen. Kacie shows self-discipline and cooperatively works well with her peers. It is with these qualities that Kacie will continue to do well, not only for the rest of this year, but in high school as well. Congratulations!
7th Grade, Mr. Cox
Ethan Chang is student of the month in fifth grade. He is one of those students who could receive this award every month. Ethan reflects a Christ like attitude in his daily living and in the classroom always has kind words. His soft spoken manner makes him a wonderful classmate. Ethan is prompt about turning in all his work and asks questions when he's unsure. His repeated achievement of Principal's Honor reinforce his commitment to his academics. He is a responsible citizen and accepts responsibility in class while demonstrating self-control in his words and actions. Ethan reads, writes, and speaks clearly and effectively and is clearly working on becoming and effective communicator. He is a wonderful student in our classroom and I'm sure he will be a success in the future because of the habits he's developing now. Congratulations Ethan.
4th Grade, Mrs. Paxton
8th Grade, Mrs. Cox
This may come as a surprise to you most to you, because this months puppy raiser is not in the fifth grade. He often comes to my room after school and after initially being a bit frightened by Juana, he has become quite the trainer.
Evan enjoys working with our pup and although he used to get in her kennel when she got too playful, he now takes control and gives her commands showing her he's boss. She is always excited to see him and he appears excited to see him. This month’s Puptastic Award recipient is Evan Runyan.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Robert Del Castillo | Academic Advan.
Connor Kumagai | Academic Advan.
Alyssa Lee has earned Student of the Month recognition for January. Alyssa demonstrates her Christian values by the way she treats her classmates, her other peers, and her teachers. Her positive and fun spirit adds much to the classroom environment.
Academically, Alyssa is showing great success with the middle school curriculum, as she has earned Honor Roll recognition for the first two academic quarters. She has also looked to develop skills in other areas as she has participated in volleyball, and accepted a new challenge by joining the basketball team for the first time.
She is very responsible and can be counted on to complete any task she is given or assigned with care and diligence.
Alyssa has had a great school year thus far, and will continue to have success in the future. Congratulations!
Dana Zins is the fourth grade Student of the Month for January. Dana is a bright, well-rounded and kind young lady. She has a great work ethic. She has earned Principal’s Honor Roll for both the first and second quarter this year. Dana is actively engaged in her learning by participating in class discussions and meticulously analyzing her work. Dana is a great helper in the classroom, too. She is always willing to aid another student with his or her work when they are having difficulties. She shows patience and compassion when she is working with them. Dana follows the rules inside the classroom and out on the playground. She continuously sets a Christian example of kindness. It has been my privilege to have her as a student in my class. Congratulations, Dana!
2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Daniel Fung | Responsible Citizen
Isabella Mariano | Responsible Citizen
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Hunter Ruiz | Responsible Citizen
Jonathan Mahfouz | Responsible Citizen
5th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
3rd Grade, Mrs. Thomason
Sophia Pedroza | Christian Values
Oscar Solis | Responsible Citizen
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