April 25, 2017

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

I was praying with someone this past week who was interceding for someone else asking that God would “provide a way forward” for that person in the midst of a complicated situation. I have been mulling over that phrase ever since. We all need a way forward. As we look back on the majority of the current school year, we can stand amazed at how quickly it has all gone, we can look back with regret or even shame at some aspects of our recent past, or perhaps we are cherishing the beautiful memories recently made. Perhaps we all experience a combination of these sentiments. In each situation, I suspect we could share a common prayer: “Lord, show us a way forward”:
For students collaborating with others to get to the end of a major project, Lord, show us a way forward.
For students struggling through personal challenges, Lord, show us a way forward.
For the play cast sweating through final rehearsals wondering if it will all come together in time, Lord, show us a way forward.
For grade 12 students solidifying their plans for next year, Lord, show us a way forward.
For teachers climbing a mountain of curriculum work while working through the marking and planning for tomorrow, Lord, show us a way forward.
For the board as they work through a day of strategic planning this Saturday, Lord, show us a way forward.
For parents working through finances and filling out bursary forms, Lord, show us a way forward.
For the principal wondering where and how to lead so the school will flourish, Lord, show us a way forward.
It is a blessing to know that the Lord holds our future in his hands. Proverbs 23 reminds us: “Always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23: 17, 18). May we all be zealous in seeking God’s leading as we work toward the end of a year of learning and beyond.
This Thursday is Grandparents and Friends Day. I hope that all students have notified and encouraged their grandparents and other friends by now. We look forward to enjoying this day with all of our guests.
The play cast for Don’t Drink the Water is doing their full-length rehearsals as they prepare to share this fun-filled drama with audiences on May 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. I hope you are all a part of one of those audiences.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) our school hosts the SOSSA (Southern Ontario) senior badminton finals. We have more students playing at this level than ever before. We are proud of them, and we look forward to seeing them compete tomorrow.
This weekend our school also hosts the Ontario Christian Schools badminton tournament. Nineteen teams will descend on Brock University on Friday and Saturday where our school will host play and also defend their title as the best team in the province. If you want to see some enjoyable competition, check it out.
Our track and soccer teams are ready for competition. Soccer league games begin this week! We look forward to enjoying the spring weather as we watch our athletes compete.

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

The Niagara Community Foundation is administering the Meridian’s commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship. It is a $10,000 scholarship available to an Ontario Resident entering a post-secondary institution. The deadline for the application is May 15, 2017. Full details and application are available at http://www.meridiancu.ca/scholarship

ATTENTION ALL OUAC APPLICANTS: This is the last call for checking your grades online. I have corrected the PLF4M problem. Please check your academic data to ensure:
*All courses listed are courses you are/have taking/taken
*You have at least six “4U” courses
* all final grades for semester 1 courses are listed and all midterm grades for semester 2 are listed correctly
Attention Grade 12 Students:
Please complete the online Exit Survey in MyBlueprint by May 5th to be considered for graduation awards and scholarships.
Please sign up in the guidance office for your portfolio interview starting next week!
You can register for the U.S. College Expo Events in Toronto
http://uscollegeexpo.com/us-college-expo-canada  There is a Public Expos on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
at the National Gallery of Canada from 6pm - 9pm.

There are three job opportunities for a student after graduation or an adult in our community looking for work:
Accounts Receivable at Rosa Flora - entry level position contact information available in the guidance office.
Brick Laying Tradesperson - entry level position – contact Terry Bezuyen at
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Bert Vis Flooring - Contact Wolter Vis @ 905.957.7779

Students’ Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brendan M., VP

30 Hour Famine - the 30 Hour Famine will begin on Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. and carry over till Friday, April 28 at 9 p.m.  All students participating are asked to fast for the full 30 hours and submit either online or in cash $30 in sponsors. Students who participate in the 30 Hour Famine may dress out of uniform on Friday and those who do not participate, you may donate $5 to dress out of uniform on Friday. Our school goal is $2017! Let’s work together to end hunger!

Next Year’s Student Council - If you are interested in getting more involved in our school or expanding your leadership abilities, Student’s Council is the place for you! Nominations and elections for next year’s Student Council will begin next week Tuesday after our meeting at lunch and an application will be available so that it allows all students who wish to be on student council to run for office.

Coming Up:
A Day Without Shoes: May 12
Cash for Change: CURE Foundation May 16

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