September greetings from Jeanne!

September 6, 2017

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The words of 2 Corinthians 2:15 have been on my mind recently.  “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”  I pray that together we can develop a school environment and culture that is filled with “the pleasing aroma of Christ”. 

Since I last wrote, classes have started and we began again the intentional work of building community among us.  In our Anabaptist way of following Jesus, community becomes the center of our lives.  I noticed students eager to attend Open House to reconnect with their friends.  That evening, I saw parents reaching out to greet and welcome the parents of new students.  As classes began, I saw student “buddies” assigned to new students carefully making sure that everyone knew where to go and how to do things. 

Communities do not happen simply by bringing together a diverse group of people.  Last week, CCS built community through School Day Out.  The elementary school went to Kidron Park, the middle school went to Camp Luz and the high school went to Sky View Ranch for a day of team-building activities and getting to know each other across grade levels.  We give thanks for good planning by student leaders, for students who want to build community, for the support of faculty members to create an atmosphere where that can happen, and for safety. 

We also give thanks for the Accreditation that CCS received for the next five years.  Central is accredited by both the Mennonite Education Agency and also by AdvancED, which is “a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Preschool-Grade 12 schools and school systems”.  I find it very encouraging that the AdvancED team, who represent a secular organization, highlighted in their accreditation report the “aroma of Christ” they observed among us.

“The team witnessed caring and mutual respect exuded throughout the school.  Reciprocal respect and caring are critical elements in total fulfillment of students’ educational journeys.  Modeling Christ-like behavior was also seen throughout the school as the Team heard instances in which both staff and students served others…Teachers who are flexible and able to be available to assist students with their educational difficulties are a blessing to both students and their families.  Servant leadership abounds throughout this school providing an environment that was truly a joy for team members to experience…A real sense of community and helpfulness were displayed. Serving others, while using Christ as the ultimate example, was seen throughout the school.”  (AdvancED Accreditation Report)

 

Thank you for continuing to pray:

  • that the light of Jesus will shine through the host families of international students.
  • for good learning for seniors and faculty on their service trip this week to Pittsburgh.
  • for students struggling to find their place among peers.
  • for the Board and Corporation members as they meet on September 17 at 5:00 pm. 
  • for teachers and staff to find wisdom and courage to meet colleagues and students where they are and to open the way to further growth.

 

Regards,

Jeanne