September 12, 2017

From the Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. T. Harris

Happy September everyone. This is the first edition of the school’s Forecast. Our school teams are called the Storm; the Forecast is named in connection with Storm imagery. Needless to say, the short version of our Forecast will always indicate that a storm is brewing. The Forecast is no longer distributed in paper form, so I hope you have opportunity to read it when it lands in your electronic in-box. It will land there every other school Tuesday. It is intended primarily for parents, but we love when students read it too. Hopefully it will give parents and students some basis for talking about and praying for the school.
It is great to be back into school routines. There are of course many for whom high school here is anything but routine. It is our prayer that they are enjoying the establishment of these routines. We encourage our students and parents to pray daily that our students will thrive in their education at our school.
I love watching things take shape as the new school year starts. Here are some things that I have particularly enjoyed during the first week of school:
• We haven’t used air conditioning in the office once this fall. Such beautiful back-to-school weather!
• A fantastic showing of new parents at both our MacBook/Edsby orientation evening and the Grade 9 Blast breakfast. We love to see your involvement in the life of the school.
• A great chapel this morning to kick off our theme for the year, which is “Standing Strong.” I love being in the midst of students as they sing praises to their creator and then listen respectfully as our spiritual life theme is introduced.
• The terrific spirit among our grade 9 students. It is fun to get to know them.
• A group of new international students who want to engage with their school mates.
• Great to see Mrs. Greenham back and enjoying her grade 9 Math class.
• Love to see the clubs and teams get going again. The involvement of students in our school is always exceptional.
• Wonderful to see ten more students in grade 9 than we initially expected when we were establishing our budget for the year.
• Also wonderful to have more students joining the grade 10-12 ranks than we have usually seen. We love getting to know them and hope and pray that they are getting to know us quickly.
• Great to be part of a conversation among teachers about what our school seeks to accomplish in the lives of students. This year we are focusing on how we set out to accomplish the goal of building a Christian world and life view in our students.
• Exciting to see the staff volunteering and the steam gathering for the Grade 12 retreat, which happens this week.
Parents, we are grateful for the trust you place in us as you send your children to our school. We love getting to know them. Please pray that the Lord will allow us to be a blessing to them in the months ahead.

Standing Strong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. G. Park

This morning we launched our Spiritual Life theme for the year, which is ‘STANDING STRONG.’ As we look into this theme throughout the year, we design to put emphasis upon the fact that as Christians, with Christ alive within us - we are standing strong. Not by our own might or strength, but by the Spirit of God.
Often we feel tempted to measure our Christian walk and experience in light of both our accomplishments for Jesus, and more often than not, our failings. If so, we may soon consider Christianity as a list of imperatives to which we must ‘measure up.’ You know the list. ‘Read the Bible more, get more engaged in devotions, pray longer, get involved in ministry’, … and so on.
Don’t get me wrong. All these are wonderful and are integral to walking with Jesus and having his love and grace manifested in our everyday lives.  But sometimes, we tend to lean a little heavily on the imperatives, and start to misread our shortcomings or successes as the indicators of our spirituality.
The Bible tells us that it is what Jesus accomplished at the cross, and that it is Christ in us that defines who we are.
“It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”  1 Peter 2:9
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10
And there are so many other wonderful truths of who we are, as believers of Jesus Christ.
I know that in Ephesians 6:10, Paul advises us to be strong. As I read this, I see that by being clothed in Christ (his righteousness), by wearing the armour of God and not my own armour, I will stand strong. I can stand strong.  I am standing strong.

That is the idea we will be examining in Chapels throughout the year. By looking at what Jesus has already accomplished in our lives, and by what is promised in his word – we can lay down the pursuit and instead receive the blessings of what has already been accomplished.

You are welcome to join us at our Chapels.  They are every Wednesday morning from 9 am – 10 am.

Mr G. B. Park
Spiritual Life Director

Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Linda Booy-Korvemaker, O.C.T.

Welcome to a new school year – Mr. Wonder and I are looking forward to working with parents, teachers and students in Student Services once again this year. Mr. Wonder completed his Guidance Specialist this summer – congratulations Mr. Wonder!

• Students have until this Friday to complete course changes for semester 1. It is advised that course changes for semester 2 also happen asap to ensure students have an overall plan for the year. All changes happen through Student Services. Consent forms must be signed and given to me by Friday, September 15.
• Parents and Students in grades 11 & 12 are invited to join the Post-Secondary Planning group on Edsby where we hope to keep you up-to-date on important opportunities and details.
• The Ontario Universities Fair: September 22-24 at the Metro Convention Centre 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily. Parents are encouraged to go with their son or daughter to this event – I will be taking students to the University Information Program at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby (see below). Your free passport is available at http://www.ouf.ca
• The Study and Go Abroad Fair is October 1st in Toronto – for more information come to Student Services or go to http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/student-expo/
• The Loran Scholars Foundation – scholarships valued at $100,000 – for more information talk to Mrs. Korvemaker asap if you want the school to sponsor you or go to http://www.loranscholar.ca for the direct pool.
• The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program – scholarships valued up to $10,000 with 85 scholarships across Canada. For more information go to http://www.horatioalger.ca/en/scholarships
• Class Afloat – study abroad program for high school, university or a GAP year – check it out at http://www.classafloat.com
• Upcoming and Important dates for students to engage via our school – advance sign up required:
o Monday, September 28: University Information Program 1- 3 p.m. (away)
o Tuesday, October 10: Christian College & University Fair in the gym (morning only)
o Monday, October 16 or 23: College Information Program 9:30 – 12 noon (away)


Students’ Council

• Welcome to a new school year!  I would like to introduce your Student Council team for 2017-2018:  Spencer Damm, Micaela Felvus, Patrick Ghaly, Eden Griffin, Esther Kok, Josh Moraal, Mark Sharobim, and Jordan VanHerwynen. We will be on a retreat September 19 & 20 to plan a year of fun, fellowship and ….  Stay tuned and get ready for a GREAT year!
• Welcome Week is scheduled for September 25-29 – lunch hour activities …..TBA!


South Africa Dinner

Mark your calendars…Friday, October 13 is the date for the South Africa Team 2018 dinner this year. A team of 14 students will be returning to Theocentric Christian College for a 7th time!  We are also partnering with Hands at Work where another team of 12 students will be going. God has blessed this venture to the point of where we are now able to take more than double the amount of students from our inaugural trip back in 2006.
Dinner starts at 6 pm and tickets are $10 a piece. You can buy your tickets from a South Africa tripper or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the office at (905) 957-3255. 
Food. Prizes. Donations. Entertainment. Auction. Silent Auction.
Learn about our Trip…Support our Trip

Top Marks Uniform

Top Marks will be here on Thursday, September 21 from 5 - 7 p.m.  for customer service.  You will be able to try garments on, place orders and bring in items for return or exchange (to avoid shipping back to Montreal).  Mark it on your calendar.  There will be a few more of these during first semester.

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