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Ponderings From Our Principal

Part of our school’s program is to offer a co-curricular program that represents a variety of areas. Frequently we are blessed by our senior students as they are part of our leadership teams. The Battle of the Books team has gathered, and Mrs. Kraulis is excited to lead them.

Another part of our co-curricular program is our sports teams. In the last week, our athletes have performed very well. I feel like a proud papa this week. We were impressed with the way in which our students recently competed against other schools in hockey and basketball. Check out this week’s video to meet three of our athletes. Each one shares a highlight from the competition they attended.

I spent much time playing sports when I was younger. Since serious aging set in, my activities have been limited to board games and the intense pursuit of cheering. I had the privilege of cheering on the hockey team last week and was thoroughly impressed with the team’s focused goal of playing well and using their God-given talents to the best of their abilities.

Life lessons such as hard work, desire, service, goal-setting, and team play were evident. I am thankful to our coaches and staff members who invest their time and effort to help our students develop.

Thank the Lord with me for these great student experiences!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

I have the privilege of a “front-row” seat to the many blessings of being a principal at John Knox Christian School. This past week was no different.

On Tuesday, we hosted 15 South Korean Christian education researchers. They were interested in learning about our school as they continually look for ways in which to offer a great Christian education in South Korea.

Part of their experience with us was a time of prayer for a blessing on their visit. Our prayer team led our school in the prayer as they laid hands on our visitors. The e-mail found below speaks for itself. (Note that I have changed the names and some of the original words for privacy purposes.) Watch this week’s video to hear three of our Prayer Team members talking about their feelings about the experience.

Dear George,

Thank you again for having Korean educators. I am planning to write longer email next week about how much I learned and was touched by JKCS visit. But I didn't want to wait to share one thing till then for I thought that you will want to share this with your students.

I just talked with Dr. Smith, one of the professors on the team. She had pain on her waist/back because of her work overload before Canadian visit and of the long-haul flight. Because of the pain she had hard time throughout this visit period. But, she reported to me over the phone, her pain was gone just after students prayed for the team in the chapel. I could feel her voice was much better than yesterday.

Could you let the students know that their prayers are powerful and can heal people like Dr. Smith? I will gather more joyful stories and will be back to you next week.


We not only need to let our students know, we also need to let you know. Be blessed and encouraged that the Lord has chosen to heal as a result of the prayers of our students!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Really? Is it really 2018? Not long ago, I can remember being downtown Toronto wondering if all the computer systems were going to be affected as the calendar year switched from 1999 to 2000. I find that as the years pass there is a direct correlation between the speed with which my hair greys and my perception of how quickly time moves along.

You will find that the theme of this parent update is “new.” A new school year, new students, new families, new staff members, new weather patterns, and new events. Check out this week’s video to hear me welcome you back and give you some idea of how our inclement weather procedures and our student pick up routines work.

So how was your time away? I am always thankful when I hear that everyone has returned to us safe. Our families travel a variety of distances to attend to celebrations with family and friends. I also hope and pray that through the Christmas and New Year’s seasons each of you may have encountered Jesus and had your faith strengthened.

Jesus long ago gathered with his disciples in Galilee and gave them the great commission. He told them to go and make disciples. He also assured them that He will go with them. “And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). He says that to you and me today as well.

Go with God through 2018. Know that He will give you what you need as He carries you through all that awaits you in this new year. Blessed New Year to you all!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

I can hardly wait! Our annual Christmas program is coming to ClearView Church on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. I have had the pleasure of watching one of our administrative assistants, Mrs. Mrkobrada, put the finishing touches on all the plans. On Monday and Tuesday, we will practice the contributions from each class.

If you have never been to the JKCS Celebration of Christmas and you will be attending this year; you are in for a treat. You will be inspired by our students as they help you focus on the birth of Jesus Christ. We will celebrate and also provide each family with the opportunity to contribute one last time to the Bursary Fund for tuition help, should you decide that blessing a family or two in that manner is part of your Christmas plans.

So how are you? How do you feel about the Christmas season? What does the month of December mean for you? Reflective, overjoyed, melancholy, and contemplative may be some of the emotions that come to your mind. If you haven’t experienced those as yet, some of those emotions may come to you in the near future.

My hope and prayer for you is that you have some time set aside to reflect deeply about the Child, about the Son, about the Government Carrier, about the Counselor, about the God, and about the Prince of Peace.

May you be filled with so much joy that it causes you to sing: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing” (Psalter Hymnal, #337).

Take a look at our video this week in which you see a number of our staff members who are standing in the lobby singing, “Joy to the World.” The Lord be with you and yours as we take a break!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

Have you ever thought about what your life is about?
Why do you get up in the morning?
What drives you to be the best you can be each day?
How does your relationship with Jesus Christ affect your actions and words in a given day?

We posed these questions to our students recently. It is our attempt to have our students think deeply about their lives so they can love the Lord above all and their neighbour as themselves. Here are the three instructions we gave to our students:

  1. Your mission statement should touch upon what you want to focus on and who you want to become as a person (character). Think about specific actions, behaviors, habits, and qualities that would have a significant positive impact in your life.
  2. Create a mission statement that will guide you in your day-to-day actions and decisions. Make it a part of your everyday life.
  3. Make it emotional. Including an emotional payoff in your mission statement infuses it with passion and will make it even more compelling, inspiring, and energizing.

Check out this week’s video to hear some of our students unpack their mission statements. Discover how their personal mission statements will guide their lives. Who knows, it may encourage you to think about your own life and your mission statement. I pray that you will be inspired.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma

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