As you know, an accreditation team visited us on Monday and Tuesday of this week. During their visit they viewed our policies, observed all classrooms, interviewed many staff, teachers, parents and children. Their work is completed, and they have recommended Epiphany for continued accreditation. The summary report is copied below. The entire report will soon be available for viewing.
On a personal note, I was very proud to hear the team’s comments on how well our parents, teachers, and students get along, enjoying one another's company.
In His Service,
Tim Miesner, Principal
The Validation Team's Overall Impression of the School
Epiphany Lutheran School models, shares and witnesses Christ's love to its students, staff and community. The church and school share a common mission to engage, enrich and encourage His family. The staff of Epiphany Lutheran School collaborates to intentionally meet the academic and spiritual needs of its community.
By now we’ve all seen the news story about parents who influenced the college acceptance process on behalf of their kids. We’ve been shocked by these parents who did so much to help their children get something they didn’t deserve. They we just trying to “help” their kids, right? How much help will this be for those children in the long term? And anyway, isn’t that what we all do for our children?
Time for reflection -- do you give your child more help then he really should have at his age? Is your help with homework really just giving answers? When he doesn’t empty the dishwasher as expected, do you just step in and do it for him? When he doesn’t go to bed on time and is tired the next day, do you bail him out by packing his lunch that morning for him? When he forgets his snack, do you jump in the car and drive to school to bring it for him?
Fortunately for most of us the answer to these questions is all a resounding “no”. Recently, when one our dads was contacted about his child not having a snack, he replied, “Then she will be hungry”. This father is very caring, but he sees the big picture, not just the moment. If we all took that approach, our children would be far more independent and well adjusted. They would learn responsibility and that actions have consequences.
Fortunately, most of our families handle things exactly this way. I experience the joy of seeing this played out in action almost every day. In fact, I would say the times in which parents bail their children out inappropriately is a relatively small portion of the whole. Still, each of us does need to look in the mirror and say, “when do I do this”? The brutal, honest, truth goes a long way towards improvement.
Blessings on your parenting,
Tim Miesner, Principal