As we begin a new school year, there is change for each one of us. Change brings about a certain level of discomfort, but discomfort often brings about growth.
We live in a time and place that values, almost worships, comfort and safety. While comfort and safety are both wonderful things, no one would ever learn to ride a bike or how to swim, if they placed too much value in safety or comfort. We have to step out of our comfort zone to grow.
As parents we often view our role as providing our children with complete safety if not complete comfort. But the United States would never have become a new nation, if the founding fathers had embraced that same attitude to the extent we do today. They certainly put themselves and their families in danger when they declared independence. They could have suffered physical harm and even death as a result of taking that action.
So when do we play it safe, and when do we step out and take a risk? That's a difficult question. One has to weigh the benefits and the risks to make a good decision. It's even more difficult when it comes to our children. We can't look into the future and see which risks taken now will benefit them in the future. We know some will, but we don't know which ones. That's one reason I never want to judge another person's parenting. Each of us is going to do the best we can with our own children.
Please be safe most of the time, but occasionally take a calculated risk...and let your kids do so too.
Blessings on your parenting,
As we approach the beginning of school, I want to let you know about some upcoming events. As I write, teachers are busily preparing in their classrooms. Next week they will attend meetings and prepare lesson plans.
On Friday, August 12 we will have Meet the Teacher. Each teacher will email his or her class asking parents to set up a time slot. During that time the teacher will listen to you tell anything about your child and your family.
On Sunday, August 14 we will have an opening worship and brief orientation. We will use the following schedule:
· 3:45 PM to 4:15 PM visit any classroom for a brief introduction
· 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM visit any other classroom for a brief introduction
· 5 PM to 5:30 PM opening worship in the worship center
· 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM visit another classroom
· 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM one more opportunity to visit a classroom
Of course you can select as many or as few of the above time slots as you wish. When I say classroom I mean any grade or class including PE, music, Spanish, or art. With four time slots you should be able to easily visit any class you wish.
On Friday during Tell the Teacher More and on Sunday evening we will have PE uniforms available for purchase for fifth through eighth graders. The Parent Teacher league will be available to sign you up for volunteer activities.
On Wednesday, August 17 our first day of school begins at 8 AM with chapel at 8:15 AM. This first day is a short one going only until 11:30 AM. There will be after school care available for those who desire to stay.
I look forward to seeing you soon,