O Give Thanks?
A WORD FROM
Usually at this time of year, we are eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving. For some, this is one of their most favorite holidays of the year. Perhaps it is because there is always great food, or because so many family members gather together. For others it may be the football. For still others, it signals the start of the Christmas shopping season. This is how we may view Thanksgiving most years, but what about this year?
Are you ready to give thanks for what has happened during 2020? That might be a stretch for some. Especially if you have lost a loved one, gotten sick, suffered the loss of a job, or have seen your standard of living compromised. We have all lost the ability to gather with others and go places in a normal manner. It’s often hard to be thankful for restrictions that are imposed in our life without our consent.
It is common place for families to share the things they are thankful for as they sit around the table at Thanksgiving. It would still be a good thing for all of us to continue this tradition, and to share things we are thankful for with the rest of our loved ones later this month. Even in spite of all that hasn’t gone well in 2020, there are good things that have happened. We just might need to look a little harder and delve a little deeper to find them.
It is good to share the things we are thankful with our friends and family, so they are encouraged, and to acknowledge it for ourselves. But, we also do it for the reasons spoken of in Psalm 107:1. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. We give thanks not only because God is good to us, but because He IS good. He is innately good. God is good, because God is love. His love is shown to us in the good things in our life every day. His love endures forever—even in 2020, and it will continue beyond!
In addition to all the challenges of 2020, we have still been blessed because we have a good God, who loves us with an everlasting love! Now, that is something to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving Mt. Calvary families!
Dr. Steve Christopher
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My first award is for Academic Advancement and I am proud to present it to Connor Kumagai. Connor has shown steady consistency in his schoolwork from the very beginning of the year. He is very serious about his education and brings his best to each assignment. Congratulations, Connor!
My next award is for Christian Values and it is presented to Jacob Salama. Jacob regularly demonstrates a Christ-like attitude during our online classes and practices a personal relationship with Jesus with regular church attendance. In our discussions during our religion class, he is truly reflecting an understanding of how the Holy Spirit creates faith in us and helps us to live a Christian life. Congratulations to Jacob.
Demi Wang has been selected as Student of the Month for October in 6th Grade. Demi is very punctual when attending classes. Her work is well done and submitted on time. She shows a willingness to join in class discussion, or to offer an answer when prompted by the teacher. She is improving in the area of offering an answer when not prompted by the teacher. Demi has started the year well, and should build on the strong start into a successful year. Congratulations.
The second award goes to a student who has worked exceptionally hard in school during the first quarter. Reading has been a challenge from the start for him, but with the help of his family, he diligently worked on sounds and blended sounds. He practiced these skills by reading many books and his confidence soared. He is now participating more in class and wanting to read aloud more often. He has made great progress! The Academic Advancement Award goes to Haydon Sperry.
STUDENT OF MONTH
The first award goes to a student who shows Jesus in her words and actions. She is kind and friendly to everyone, and respectful of her teachers. She has a good attitude every day at school. This challenging time didn’t stop this first grader and her family from faithfully worshipping the Lord every week. She was so excited to share with her teacher that she had begun special instruction at her church for her First Communion. The Christian Values Award goes to Vivienne Flores.
Sara Salama has earned Student of the Month for November in 7th grade. Sara has consistently displayed the qualities of a caring student. Sara has met the challenges of online learning with a positive attitude and superior effort. Sara consistently takes advantage of the homework help sessions to ask questions to ensure her understanding of the material. She has continued to develop the characteristic of an independent learner. Continuing her outstanding work, Sara will have a great year. Congratulations.
Kaitlyn Siqueiros has earned October’s Student of the Month in eighth grade. She is a student who CAREs even from home. Kate is consistently on time, if not early, to her Meets classes. She also submits her homework on time and in a satisfactory manner following all of the “new” directions that go along with distance learning. She actively participates in class discussion and is responsible in her studies coming on to Homework Help when she needs it. She communicates regularly with her teachers whether on camera or in messages. Kaitlyn has embraced distance learning which makes her a role model for her peers. I know that she will continue to excel at home and in the classroom as well when in person learning occurs. Congratulations, Kate!
Jacob Fletcher- Academic Advancement
Jacob does a great job working hard in class. He is always working neatly, coloring nicely and taking the time to print his letters and words correctly. He asks questions when necessary and even asks for extra work to practice what he is learning. He is an excellent student.
Kaley Fang is 5th grade's student of the month. Kaley is a kind, conscientious, and hard-working student who puts forth great effort in all her work. She always has a positive attitude and treats others with kindness and compassion. Although English is Kaley's second language, she works diligently every day to improve her proficiency level and consistently stays at the top of her class. Congratulations, job well done.
Joseph Chih and Elissa Tawil are October Students of the Month in 2nd Grade.
Both Joseph and Elissa are receiving Responsible Citizens for the month of October. They take pride in turning in all their assignments in a neat and timely manner. They accept responsibility by completing their weekly AR assignments without being reminded. They both use good manners by raising they hands and quietly waiting to be called on. They also participate in class discussions. Great job Joseph and Elissa!
Sophia Alvarado-Oda has earned Student of the Month in fourth grade for October. Sophia has been doing great this school year despite the challenging circumstances. She is a student who shows all the true aspects of a student who CAREs. She shows love and respect for her teacher as well as her fellow students. She gives everything her full effort. She actively participates in class discussions. Sophia’s positive attitude shows through her willingness to participate and diligence in her work. She is self-disciplined and completes all her work on time. I believe that she is going to continue to do great with this school year no matter what challenges come her way. Congratulations, Sophia!
Ella Sandoval – Effective Communicator
Ella is gaining confidence and being a great communicator. She lets me know when she needs help or can’t see something online. She asks for help when she needs it and has patience with her classmates. She speaks to her classmates with respect and is doing a great job getting to know them.
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