Dear Parents and Students:
I look around and see people being tossed by the waves that are upon this stormy sea. The ones I most notice I also recognize. They are my brothers and sisters. They are people who have given their hearts, lives and fortunes to our King Jesus, but there are others too.
What makes this scene hard to comprehend is that those nearest me are GOD’s own people, yet they are in the tempest as well. I hurt for them, for I remember, in fact I am still wet and soar. Their pain makes my own heart ache from both my own memories and from the weight of the iron bonds of friendship. Some of them are close enough to reach out to, but others are too far away. I can only pray for them, as I and my fellow oarsmen must strain against the swells to reach those in the water nearest me. So we pray as we work, and we sing. It feels like we are praying for everyone.
Right now our boat is not thrown so violently. The waters around us are calm enough to offer some aid, but we cannot take in these friends. We do not have the strength or room to deliver them. We want to, but we cannot. So, we make our way from one huddled group to the next offering whatever aid and encouragement we can give. Although the boat remains calmer than the seas around it, we are all soaked to the skin.
There is One who can rescue forever, them and us, and He is coming! His return is near, but we cannot make Him out yet. So we urge them to, “Hold fast! Stay together!” He will not delay so we shout, “He knows your location and that you are in need!”
For those others we shout to them,” Pick up your eyes and believe that you are seen. You are loved with a love that is even more fierce than the waves of this ocean.” Those who will lift their gaze and reach out, we tow over to one of those rings of floating people who wait for rescue.
Oh that there were more rafts, canoes, yachts, or barges and workers to man them. For people are going under. I can’t see them all, but I can hear them crying and know that they are slipping under the waves.
“Great and long-awaited Savior, come quickly! Forgive us! Guide us to those who will be helped. Uphold those whose strength is almost gone. Keep Your people together, and send us more boats and boatmen! Let hope buoy our own spirits, and allow more of the castaways to receive the help You have promised. We watch for you like we look for the dawn!
VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION
Our class will be having a short Valentine’s Day celebration on Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00-3:00. Students may choose to participate in exchanging Valentines. If your child desires to bring personal valentines to school, please be sure they bring one for each student. A class list is going home today. They may also want to give one to our wonderful office staff! Please bring your valentine’s on the day of our celebration, not any earlier. Thank you!
STATE OF THE SCHOOL ADDRESS
Superintendent Debbie Siebert will hold the third annual State of the School Address on January 30th at 7:00 pm in the Peoples Church Music Suite, Building 9. As a school community it is beneficial for everyone involved to have a clear understanding of how well we are meeting the mission of Fresno Christian Schools.
Congratulations to our FCS 2011-2012 Spelling Bee Team which competed in the Non-Public School Spelling Bee on Saturday: Anjeli Macaranas, Daniel Williams, Seth Freitas, Regan Ott, Mary Hyatt and Jenna Bynum. Anjeli Macaranas placed 1st for 4th grade, Daniel Williams placed 3rd for 4th grade and Seth Freitas placed 1st for 5th grade. Seth Freitas will go on to compete at the Fresno County Spell-Off on March 29. Congratulations to all!
PEACH BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
The students did an outstanding job at the Oral Interpretation Speech Meet!! Congratulations to the following students who will represent our school along at the Peach Blossom Festival soon in spring:
WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER
The World’s Finest Chocolate Candy Bar Fundraiser is coming to an end! Please turn in your money for all boxes checked out by Tuesday, January 31st. *Reminder: No returns will be accepted. Please turn in the money in an envelope with the student’s name on it in order to receive a Weeple. Thanks for supporting our school and making our fundraiser successful!
SECOND GRADE TRANSITION DAY
Friday, February 17 the second graders from Northeast Campus will visit our campus to preview the “World of Third Grade” on Peoples Campus. They will join the 3rd graders for lunch, a campus tour and interactive class activity. Let’s make sure to give them a BIG welcome!
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, we will take our test on the trailblazers, pioneers, rebels and soldiers who helped make California into the Bear Flag Republic and then into a part of the United States. Please remind your boy or girl to review the study guide and to own this story.
This quarter our students will be required to choose a Mystery book from the library to complete their next book projects. Each child will create a Cereal Box. The guidelines and rubrics went home a couple of weeks ago and projects will be due on Friday, March 2.
We are preparing for our Ch. 5 Test on Division. Please be reviewing the math workbook and practice sheets your son or daughter brings home to ensure their mastery of the steps involved.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE VERSE and SPELLING WORDS
My commandment is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Reference: John 15:12-13
Character Trait: Love
Lesson 20 -Plurals
January 30- FCS State of the School Address 7-9 pm
February 6-10- Parent Teacher Conferences Early Dismissal
February 13- No School- Lincoln’s Birthday
February 15- Half Day/Staff In-Service 12:00 Dismissal
February 17- 2nd Grade Transition Day
February 20- No School- Washington’s Birthday
****SPIRIT WEAR –EVERY FRIDAY–SHOW YOUR FCS SPIRIT!