Principal’s Message December 2017

The Christmas season is upon us, with all of it’s glitter, tinsel and bows. Our calendars become jammed with concert dates, office gatherings and family get togethers. All of the celebration is wonderful, even more so, when put in the context of Jesus’ birth.

“When they saw the star they rejoiced!” Matthew 2:10

I know that most of you are aware of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive that we engaged in towards the end of November. I am pleased to share with you that MCS collected of 380 shoeboxes to be distributed by Samaritan’s Purse Canada this holiday season. Well done MCS, what a great example of Leading by serving others!

Staying with the theme of celebration and calendars, make sure that you set aside December 14 for Meadowlark Christian’s annual Christmas Concert. As in previous years, the concert will be held at West Meadows Baptist Church. The event itself starts at 7pm, but doors will open at 6:45 pm.

In the midst of all the celebration, we need to pause and take a moment to say thank you to our Grade 1/2 teacher, Mrs. Depeel. She recently was offered and accepted a Curriculum Coordinator position at Athlone School for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Depeel’s last day at MCS was on Friday, December 9. We pray that you find every success in your new position Mrs. Depeel.

As we say goodbye to one, we say hello to another. Miss Arpita Jacob will filling the vacancy left by Mrs. Depeel, for the remainder of the school year at MCS. Miss Jacob comes to MCS with experience in programming from multiple levels in children’s ministry at her church, supply teaching at various schools in EPSB and working with students with Autism at the Center for Autism. Please help ease the transition for her through your prayers and encouragement. If you have any questions, or comments, please contact either myself or Miss Jacob through the school office.

In October, part of my message was about pedestrian safety, specifically students crossing the street in the middle of the block. I would like to thank all of the parents who have been taking an extra moment every morning during the drop off before school to ensure their children are crossing the street in front of the school safely. I have noticed some parents:

  • stopping closer to the corners rather than the middle of the block,
  • driving north, in front of the school, rather than south so children can be dropped off on the school side of the street.

These little things go a long way to making sure all of the the MCS family gets into the building safely, not just to the front street.

The Parent Council has also worked to create some awareness pedestrian safety. They have created a list of “Safe Habits” and have asked me to share it with all of you.

Thank you for a great first part of the school year. Everyday, you take on, what is arguably the most difficult job in the world, raising children. Your daily efforts do not go unnoticed.

All of us here at Meadowlark Christian School wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

Scott Markine
Meadowlark Christian School