MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I am so very thankful for our RCS Community. As we have moved forward into the unknown territory of off-site learning at the EC, families have been patient, grace-filled and understanding. Thank you! Navigating the online space of Microsoft Teams as our primary source of communication and collecting assignments requires patience and optimism. You have modelled both for your children and we are most appreciative.
Our off-site learning practice week is over, we celebrated that Jesus is alive and continue to pray and hope that the global pandemic is overcome. It has been a busy couple of weeks in a strangely ‘un-busy’ way! This week, families will continue to navigate off-site learning including Choice Boards that have a little bit more meat in the ‘To Do’ sections; supporting students in scheduled Zoom meetings; and turning in assignments through Microsoft Teams. Any concerns that you might have can be directed toward classroom teachers who will help or find the right person to connect with families for everyone’s success.
As I know you have already been doing, let’s continue to commit that as we encounter frustrations to be generous in extending grace and bringing peace to one another. This means offering grace when technology doesn’t work perfectly with your devices. It means offering grace with our expectations for our children and bringing peace to assure them that we will get through this together. Let’s choose to seek out and bring grace and peace in all situations with one another as we make the most out of this extraordinary experience.
In 1 Peter 2:13-17, scripture addresses New Testament Christians in exile, giving clear instructions to, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be the emperor as supreme…for this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” As we live out life in self isolation, we need to continue to teach and educate like 1 Peter continues on in 2:17 and puts flesh to our current adventure asking us to:
Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor
As we move forward, you will have a choice. I know for myself the novelty of self-isolation can wear thin and we will face a roller coaster of emotions throughout the week. What we choose to love and what we choose to fear matters. As we grocery shop, as we distance ourselves and as we have conversations with family, we need to honour, love, and fear the correct things in action and word. May we all exercise our freedoms by serving God, loving others and not breaking the rules laid out by the government to continue to have fun and stay safe.
Mr. Jason Paul