2014-15 | 3rd Quarter
Counter Cultural Parenting and Teaching
Consider these cultural mindsets for a moment. Speed: fast is good; slow is bad. Convenience: easy is good; hard is bad. Entertainment: exciting is good; boring is bad. Nurture: safe/comfortable is good; risk/uncomfortable is bad. Entitlement: hand outs are good; labor is bad.
(Taken from Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders)
Now consider the life God calls us to. Never before has it been so good to be "bad".
The Excellent Way
"And I will show you a still more excellent way." (1 Corinthians 12:31 ESV)
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13 ESV)
As one student recently said, "Imagine if everyone at ACS lived like that?"
Planning for Excellence
Excellence in the classroom isn't a random act, but the result of an elaborate planning process. Teachers spend hours creating student learning objectives by which they develop teaching strategies and assessments. The time and energy required to plan instruction is critical to providing excellence. In fact, most teachers spend a significant amount of time during the summer months preparing for an excellent school year. Vital to planning is having knowledge of the student enrollment for the following year. Enrollment dictates the number of courses, and sections of each, that are offered and effects how teachers plan. Therefore, every family can help ACS plan for excellence by re-enrolling this February!
Another reason to re-enroll early is the fiscal responsibility relative to stewardship that ACS holds. The budget is directly affected by student enrollment. Therefore, when families wait until the end of the school year - or even worse, August - to re-enroll it has a negative impact on planning, teacher retention, and hiring.
Please stop by our Finance Office and see one of our team members to re-enroll. Office hours are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, with extended hours to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26.
If your reason for not re-enrolling is financial, but your intention is for your child to return to ACS this fall, please contact me so that we can plan accordingly.
Spring Lake Camp in Lonsdale, AR is the destination and job site for Mission Impossible 2015. Numerous projects are planned, and the preparation on the site for our work has already begun. There are ONLY hours left to reserve your spot on the team! Applications and deposit are due February 12th.