You’re a parent of an ACA student. You care about your kids and that they experience and learn. You trust your ACA staff to teach them well and to guide them in growing up and getting along. You’re glad the school can teach not only academic and character lessons, but also encourage each student’s spiritual life. We as staff want those things, too.
We’ve just come through a season of fundraisers, and you’ve done well! Some came to the Brazil Dessert Night. The perogy supper was well-attended and raised roughly $5000. The Living Books sale gave the school some free books. Thanks!
It was great to get to know more of you through the Parent/Teacher
interviews. Each conversation was different, based on if I was responding more as the principal, as a teacher, or as a Christian brother. In interviews where the student was present, it was a good reminder to not focus too much on difficulties, but to be an encourager and praise the good.
Since our last parent meeting, some of us have also discussed the topic of Bible versions/translations. I learned that it was something that has been brought up every so often, and it was a big step a while back to formally allow versions other than the KJV for personal comparison. I had originally brought this up because I want students to understand God’s word better, but I recognize the topic uncovers deeper issues of truth, accuracy, motive, and submission to authority—God’s and the Church’s. I have great respect and agreement with the desire to stay true to what God has revealed, even as the world’s culture changes around us. In all our deliberations and discernment about God’s will in this matter, I want to affirm the importance of unity and love, and of knowing God better (Theme verses for the year: Jeremiah 9:23-24)
We’ve got such a great country school that the mice and skunks heard about it and came to check us out. I am grateful to the parents on the Maintenance Team, the Board, and others who have come to dispose of the mice in the Kindergarten vents and the skunk on the playground. After hearing the reports of the skunk catchers and after checking with Public Health, I am confident there’s no risk of rabies to our students; the skunk did not exhibit rabies-specific symptoms, and the virus is transferred only into a bite/cut by liquid saliva, which will have dried by the time we arrived at school the next day.
We’re looking forward to the various Christmas traditions of ACA: raising money (for Penners in Thailand) and food for charity (Christmas Cheer Board), the “Secret Angels” game for the Junior and Senior Highs (anonymous gifts and pranks), and of course the concert December 14 at 7:30. You’re invited!
All of these things are inspired by the unique event we call the
Incarnation—the ridiculous self-humbling of the Creator to join in the suffering of his creation to ultimately redeem it.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to
shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the
power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet
not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but
not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the
body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our body.
In our Opening Exercises we’ve been learning about the changes in the
Church that happened about 500 years ago. Individuals read the Scripture,
then spoke up to challenge traditions: Luther was one, Zwingli another,
and a group of his students another (Grebel, Blauroch, Manz, et al).
Later there were many others, including Sattler, Hofman, and Simons. All
these contributed concepts about how the Church could be more faithful to
Our guest speaker for chapel Oct 27 was Elton Baer, a former Hutterite,
who has taught Church History. He helped us understand the contributions
of Peter Waldo, the Waldensians, and John Hus, as well as Luther, Zwingli,
and the Anabaptists. I appreciated his stories (like how Luther in
disguise went down to the market to hear how the common people spoke so he
could translate the New Testament from Latin to German) and his
application (if we are faithful to the Lord we should also expect
Later I emphasized the importance of loving our enemies (a teaching of
Jesus that Menno Simons repeated), and of enduring suffering for the sake
of the gospel (a teaching of Paul that Menno Simons also repeated). It
has been a good season of thinking about such things and how we can live
them out. This is especially timely as we relate to our nation’s
It has also been good in the last month to hear from parents about the
challenges they and their children face, and to work together for success
in school and in life. Perplexing as problems can be, we are not in
despair because the Lord is faithful and helps us find the way. We look
forward to continuing conversations, including the ones we’ll have Nov 17
at Parent Teacher interviews.
Looking ahead into November it is a season of fundraising: the Fall
Market, preparing perogies for sale and for the supper, and the dessert
night for our Brazil ministry team. Your efforts as parents are much
The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
is a treasure we carry in our mortal bodies–our “earthen vessels”–so
that the glory may go to God, and not to us.
The leaves are changing colour and we’re also changing! While the leaves are starting to die, we are living, learning, and growing; the leaves are shriveling but we’re expanding. At the same time, some of the excitement of starting school has worn off; there are minor illnesses and annoyances. We’re settling into routines, planning field trips, and figuring out expectations of each other as staff and students.
I’ve been very encouraged by how our staff focuses on the Lord and expresses care to one another. We do that in our staff meetings every morning; a different staff member will take a turn talking about the meaning of a passage of scripture and then praying for the needs that have been shared. We believe God is big enough and has enough resources for all our needs to be met–and then some! In Christ, we have been given authority, sonship/daughtership, peace, and the power of the Holy Spirit to testify and to live a holy life. So our focus is on the Lord and encouraging one another.
We wrapped up September with a Spiritual Emphasis week (you may have seen a Prayer Journal come home), and that included some special teaching on our theme verses in Opening Exercises: Principal Myla (“Mrs. K”) presented three memorable characters for us, (each one trusting in either wisdom, strength, or riches), I expanded on a different part of the passage, and we sang our theme song. Our Chapel on Friday included student testimonies of what God had showed them that week.
Your Parent Board is working hard to organize money matters, maintenance, and methods of doing things. We love how every one of you participates in some way; in this way we are strengthened as a school community.
The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of the Church is coming up in October—500 years! All of us in this tradition can appreciate the significance of those changes in the Church initiated by Martin Luther. Those of us in the Anabaptist/Mennonite stream of that tradition may remember these events differently than Roman Catholics or Lutherans do, but it’s important to affirm that there is only one church. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism…” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Or as someone else pointed out: Jesus only has one Bride! Each denomination has its errors and its helpful emphases; as we submit ourselves to the One Lord, we will find the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Our October 27 Chapel will also be our first Theme Day, with an opportunity to dress in Medieval or Reformation costumes. We’ll remember what went on in that era, and why. That way we can be wiser about living as the Church today.
Do you know someone who would be interested in substitute work
at the school?
We are looking for substitute EAs and substitute teachers. Our substitutes are called in advance and sometimes the morning that they are needed.
Our preference for substitute teachers is that they have a teaching degree, but people with experience working with children and teens are welcome to apply as well.
All applicants should be willing to get a current criminal record check.