Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to a new day. March 20, 2020. It's hard to believe that one week ago today we were all together in school! We miss you all very much, but we are looking forward to walking with you in this time of disruption.

We are thinking through how we can provide a level of continuity to your lives through some sort of modified morning assembly. While we work on our plans for how to best accomplish that, we can start today with the following videos.

Please first watch this short video message from me. It's better than the last one I promise. Not better than Mrs. Swartz's. I mean better than my last one. (Mrs. Swartz is on another level).
(In the version I am seeing the thumbnail isn't working. I'll try to get that straightened out before next time. But the video should work).

Next, we want to invite our students (and families) to sing It is Well along with our Faculty quartet featuring Mr. Maurer, Mrs. Armetta, Mr. Grim, and Miss Munson. We hope this will be a blessing to you. The lyrics are pasted below.
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll.
Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say,
'It is well, it is well with my soul.'

It is well . . .

Tho' Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed His own blood for my soul."

It is well . . .

My sin – O, the bliss of this glorious tho't – 
My sin – not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well . . .

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall re-sound and the Lord shall descend,
'Even so' - it is well with my soul

It is well . . .

Bonus Question: The first three Grammar School students who can tell me why 'Even So' in the fourth verse is in quotation marks, will receive a special shout out in a future video. (You can have your parents email me).

Parents, here is a link to the book that I recommended in my video: The Tech Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology In Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch.

And finally, here is a fun opportunity for a great read-a-loud book during the corona shutdown. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson is a series of fantasy books that our older children (and parents) dearly love. Author Andrew Peterson is doing a nightly read-a-loud of the first volume beginning tonight. Parents will want to decide whether it is appropriate for their younger children, but as a rule of thumb, I would suggest about 2nd grade and up will love it. Upper Grammar School is the sweet spot. Here is a note from the author to parents about its suitability to children. You can click on the image below for information about the the read-a-loud.
Have a great day everyone as you grow in wisdom and courage. And remember, Christ > Coronavirus = Peace

Dr. Sonju
Head of School