I will never leave you or forsake you…
Dear Parents and Friends of H.C.A,
Despite the fact that this winter has been relatively snow free and milder than a typical winter, I am ready for spring to officially arrive. I want to move beyond the gray skies of this winter season and into the season of sunshine, warm gentle rain and new growth. The cold winds of this past Sunday reminded me just how cold and brutal the winter season can be.
Just like the winter season, there are times in our lives that seem cold and brutal. For many, in our school family, this winter season of life has been filled with sickness, loneliness, financial woes, relationship problems and even the death of a loved one. The news and internet is filled with stories that are violent, immoral and disturbing. In this out of control world you may think, “When will this all end; why has God forsaken us; why has God forsaken me?” Taking this even further and deeper, have you seriously considered how these events, these winter seasons, affect your children? Too often, we are so self-absorbed in our own problems and the adult perspective on the events; we fail to realize that our children are dealing with the same problems and reality that we are.
When your parent dies, your child loses a grandparent; when your marriage ends in divorce, your child deals with the separation and custody issues too; when you fight with your spouse, your child hears ALL the unkind words and feels the tension; when you watch the news reporting violence and hatred and TV shows that depict circumstances too graphic for little eyes and ears, those impressions become imprinted on their minds and in their hearts. We are reminded in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart…” yet we allow the hearts of our children to be filled with all sorts of inappropriate things. Is it any wonder we are producing a generation of angry and confused children. They do not know how to handle the circumstances they are thrown into; many children are exposed to too much, too soon. Many children feel abandon; they believe no one cares about them and sadly their only reaction is one of anger.
Mom and Dad, you are responsible for your children. Not only are you responsible for their physical well being you must provide for their emotional and spiritual well-being. God has entrusted your child to you to help them navigate the difficult storms in their life and shield them from events and circumstances beyond their comprehension. It isn’t the school’s responsibility or the church – it is YOUR responsibility and the best way to teach children is by example. What kind of example are you; do you guard your heart? Do your children see you praying and seeking God’s will during the winter storms of your life, or do they see you watching shows of violence and compromising values. Do they hear you complaining, blaming others for your circumstances and cursing God or running to HIM for help? Protect your heart and pray your way through adversity. Set a Godly example for your children in all areas of life. Teach them to pray by praying with them as they seek God’s will when they are facing a storm; let them know they are not alone. You are there for them but more importantly, their heavenly Father is with them always.
In Hebrews 13:5, the Lord promises that, He will never leave us or forsake us, and that us, includes our children. Because of that promise “We may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
Our sovereign God is always in control and is always with us, even when we do not feel His presence. Fortunately, feelings do not confirm the validity of God working in our lives. As we help our children move through their problems, remind them of the trials of Joseph – God had a plan. God had a plan for Joshua, Hannah and Daniel. Paul weathered many severe winter storms of persecution (II Cor. 11:23-28), but he knew they would not, indeed could not, separate him for God’s love (Rom. 8:35-37). It is so important that we impart this message to our children. He will be with us always and He will bring our children and us through the winter and to the warmth of a new season; He will take away the anger and replace it with the gentle peace that comes from a new life in Jesus Christ.
In His Precious Name,
Linda C. Lewis
Head of School
Please note that Wednesday, April 5th has been changed to a half day. Extended Care will be provided for students registered. Teachers and staff will be working on the school’s upcoming accreditation.
Update on Reaccreditation
We have been extremely busy the past couple of months working on the reaccreditation process. The teachers have been working on curriculum maps for their individual classrooms and updating their lesson plans to meet the format required for Middle States. We are also in the process of reviewing the information collected from the surveys. Once again, we would like to thank those who participated in taking the survey. The information you provided is valuable as the different committees review what we are doing well and how we as a school can improve.
Praise and Prayer Requests
- Praise God for the new students who have applied to H.C.A. ; may God continue to send us those whom He has selected to be part of the HCA family.
- Praise for the presentation of the 3rd – 5th grade upcoming program as they present the Gospel message through their spring play.
- Pray for all our students – may Christ be real and relevant in their lives. • 5th graders as they go to Camp Sankanac this month
- May God direct our path as we fill our vacancies for the coming year
April 1 – Open House 10AM-11AM
April 3-7- Standardized Testing
April 4 – Report Cards Distributed
April 10-17 – Easter Break
April 21 – Race for Education (Rain date – April 24)
April 25 – Spring Pictures
HBC – FISHER’S FROZEN ENTRÉES
Holmesburg Baptist church has been promoting Fisher’s frozen entrees to our members for several years and now we are offering our holmesburg christian academy families the opportunity to join us in some fabulous eating. There are 3 pot pies, 6 entrees, 1 side dish and 1 dessert to choose from ranging from 13 ounces to 16 ounces depending on the item. The prices range from $3.00 to $5.50. Full descriptions and prices are listed on the order form that will be sent home soon. Orders will be taken until march 31st. Orders must be picked up on saturday, april 8th between 11:00am and 1:00Pm. Our missions board thanks you for your consideration.
RACE FOR EDUCATION
On Friday, April 21, students will take part in our fifteenth annual Race for Education event. Race for Education involves students walking, jogging or running around a quarter mile radius for one hour. The inside obstacle course, for preschool children, will be back again this year. “Kick-off” information will be sent home shortly. The success of Race for Education is based on students bringing in names of people who are potential sponsors for the jog-a-thon. Potential sponsors are family members, relatives (near-by or out of state) and friends. Also, names of acquaintances such as the barber, dentist, doctor or people you work with can be sponsors. If your child participated last year you will receive a typed copy of the addresses you supplied last year. Please review it and add, change or delete as needed. We do all the contacting to secure the sponsors. Twenty-five percent of all funds your child raises goes directly toward your child’s 2017-2018 tuition, so send us those names. Labels are due back by March 8, 2017.
Additional incentives and prizes for staff and students will help ensure the success of this event. In addition, PTF is planning a day of fun for our school family. We are looking forward to a great day of fun; we hope you plan to be part of it.
Volunteers are needed to help with the preparation, record keeping and follow-up. If you are able to donate a few hours of your time, please contact Linda Lewis or Leigh Kelly in the school office.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT FAIR
Plan to visit us on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm for the Middle School project fair; exhibits will be on display for presentations and fun. Winners from each grade will be announced. All middle School students are required to attend. Sixth grade are to wear their historical figure costume. Seventh and eighth grade students are to dress in their uniform. Students should be prepared to answer questions about their project if asked by guests.
H.C.A. Supports our Community
THANK YOU…to everyone who supported the dress down for Jump Rope for Heart Health on 2/10. We raised $783 for the American Heart Association.
Congratulations to H.C.A.’s New NJHS Members
On Wednesday, February 24, 2017 the Holmesburg Christian Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted seven new members. Congratulations to Kayla Erickson, Destiny Gallagher, Gianna Medina, Tamilia Francis, Joseph Grasso, Rebecca Daka and Timothy Thorpe. Students are recognized for their dedication to scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. This was our third class of inductees into the chapter which was granted in the Spring of 2015.
March 18th from 12pm-3pm. PTF is hosting a lularoe Event. Lularoe is a modern line of women’s maxi skirts, pencil skirts, a-line skirts and dresses. They are constantly releasing new styles, fabrics and patterns. Join us for a time of fellowship, refreshments and fun.
MARCH 29TH PTF HOT LUNCH – PIZZA