Greetings to all of our Presentation Families,
Our hearts are filled with so many emotions this week. We started the week full of hope and excitement for our students to be back in school remotely on Monday. Students and their teachers were so excited to see each other and hear about their Christmas break. It was fun to listen in on some of those conversations. To hear the excitement and joy in our students voices as they connect with each other is priceless.
This week we were so excited for our new middle school math teacher, Mrs. Simpson, to start teaching math, and we are so thankful for Dr. C! He helped our students navigate the online math program until we could find a math teacher. Mrs. Simpson has jumped right in and is so excited to work with our middle school students. We will no longer be using the online math program.
The event that occurred mid-week was very unsettling for all. Our staff met on Thursday and expressed their hopes and dreams for our students in 2021. Here are just a few: peace; to proceed forward with ease; to teach our students how peace begins with them; to teach them to take things one day at a time; to teach our kids to spread joy and God’s light; to learn about self-control; to learn to see the good in each day, and much more. The most important hope & dream for all of them at this time is to see your children face to face here at school.
We are so thankful to walk this journey with your children with all of you and God by our side. As parents we may want to shelter our children from the events this past week. It’s scary, it’s crazy, there is so much unknown. But there is also light...God’s light. There is good...God’s love. There are moments of silence...God’s peace.
Here are three verses I reflected on today:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” - Romans 12:12
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13
Please take time to discuss the events of this past week with your child(ren), but don’t dwell on it. Limit news and social media exposures. Break down this information to their level. Let them share how they are feeling. Our children will learn from our words and actions during this time. They are watching, listening, and learning from us how to persevere through these uncharted waters. Remind them God is present. He is our rock and strength. How can we spread His love and grace to fill our world with joy?
This weekend try to get outside, do a random act of kindness, go on a “see good things/see joy” scavenger hunt and pray together as a family. Giving thanks for the many blessings God has given us.
Spread God’s love and joy!
Blessings to you and your family,
Sue Lovegreen, principal