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Ponderings From Our Principal

Our graduate profile identifies what we as a school would like to see in our students by the time they graduate from our school. There are five areas to which we pay attention: Christian worldview, excellent academics, fruit of the spirit character traits, leadership and service, and 21st century learning skills.

This week has been a significant week in the pursuit of our goal to challenge our students to become servant leaders. Our grade 8 students went to Ontario Pioneer Camp and they were challenged to set goals and think about being leaders in our school.

While that grade 8 experience was happening, our grade 6 and 7 students experienced a program here in our school called “Light Up Your World.” It is also designed to have our students think about who they have created to be and how they are going to let their light shine here on earth. Check out this week’s video to receive a first-hand glimpse of a portion of the Grade 6 and 7 student experience.

"...Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant…” (Matthew 20:26) gives our students a great understanding of what it means to be a servant leader. If you are a parent of a students in grades 6-8, please talk to them about their experiences this past week, how the Lord is calling them into leadership, and what that leadership looks like in their lives.

We look forward to catching a glimpse of how the Lord will use our senior students this year in the life of our school. Thank you for being an encouraging cheerleader!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma
Principal

I am writing this message on a day in which our morning breakfast socials will begin. The first two events this past Wednesday and Thursday were for new families. Our hope is that people will socialize as we enjoy a morning gathering.

We then have an all-school barbecue this coming Friday from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. in which all families come and, in a very relaxed manner, socialize with each other. In the middle of October, we will share a breakfast time with specific grade levels.

Why do we put so much effort into setting up these events? For many years, eating has been a way of showing hospitality. The prodigal son returned home and his father’s response was to host a feast. When people come to my house to visit me, food and drink are always involved. In the Bible, the “breaking of the bread” signifies the remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In my church, we remember together in community.

As we begin this school year, my hope and prayer is that each family will fully embrace the concept of community. Get to know JKCS parents, students, and staff. This process may be difficult for some, but I can assure you that you will engage well should you immerse yourself.

Check out this week’s video to catch a glimpse of one of the new family breakfasts. Set aside Friday night to participate in the barbecue. You won’t be sorry.

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma
Principal

Our students and teachers have spent the first two days reviewing many routines. It is important that our students understand the ways in which we ensure efficiencies and profound learning here at John Knox.

Part of that “routine orientation” includes the rationale and process for our school chapels. Each Monday during period one, our students and teachers from grades 1-8 gather together in cross-grades groupings called “Tribes.”

We study the Bible together, talk together, develop relationships, celebrate birthdays, and sing our national anthem. It is a special time. I have heard many stories of students enjoying their time in chapel as they receive an opportunity to develop a relationship with an older student in such a community setting.

The video link this week shows you what our chapel time looks like. Watch it to listen to some of our students respond to the question, “What we do in our chapel times?” You will be impressed with their uncoached responses.

As we grow and develop together in chapel, please pray for our students and staff to work hard at their tasks of understanding the world from a Christian perspective, engaging in a strong academic program, developing students leaders, instilling positive character traits and a servant heart, and promoting 21st century learning skills.

Welcome to a new year! May God be praised through our efforts this school year!

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma
Principal

Principal’s Ponderings

Welcome back to school! Yes, I have been dreaming about school! Yes, I woke up early because I am excited about the new school year!

I have much to tell you. So much that I won’t be able to tell you all the exciting things planned for this year. Let me, however, give you a glimpse. The rest you will need to hear about at our opening assembly on Tuesday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. in our gymnasium.

This school year, we will focus on what it means to be young and be a Jesus follower. Our theme is based on 1 Timothy 4:12 which states: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” We will also use another verse found in Galatians 5:22-23 which identifies the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Watch for more great plans to be unveiled as the year progresses.

In addition, the building and property are looking great! Douglas Wegg and our very competent Building Committee have put a tremendous amount of effort into the property improvements. Check out this week’s video for a glimpse of the new playground and a friendly welcome from me.

Looking forward to seeing you soon! May the Lord bless our efforts this year as we seek to “Ignite Wonder for God, Neighbour, and Creation!”

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma
Principal

We have reached the end of another school year. The grade 8 graduation ceremony was Friday night, the excellent yearbooks have been handed out, and most of the energetic year-end parties are being planned.

It is been a good year. There have been times when things have gone really well and times when days have had their challenges. I am so thankful to God that He allows us to live in the shadow of the cross so that grace abounds in my life and the lives of all who enter this place.

We began the year with a goal to further explore Proverbs 3:5-6 in which was a command to trust in the Lord with all your heart. We wanted to speak into the lives of our students so that they are to seek Him for all decisions in life. We also wanted to make sure that our students know that He will make their paths straight. My hope and prayer is that our students have those truths emblazoned on their hearts.

May the Lord bless and keep you. For those of you returning to John Knox, have a safe and relaxing summer. For those of you not returning, may the Lord go with you as you begin a new chapter in your lives at a different school.

Watch this week’s video for a student-made glimpse of other students sharing their stories. I leave you with this blessing from Number 6:24-26:

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you
And give you peace.”

In Christ,

Mr. G. Petrusma
Principal

noperfumeWe recently put in place an asthma policy at school that mandates a scent-free environment on school premises. Perfumes, colognes, or other strong scents are triggers for some of our staff and students (for asthma and other medical challenges) and this policy will help make this a healthier environment in which to work and study.

Parents and students, from now on, please refrain from entering the school with perfumes, colognes or other strongly scented products. Thank you in advance for your compliance; it means a great deal to those that suffer through these sometimes disabling symptoms.

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