Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Psalm 106:1a
Dear H.C.A. Family and Friends,
As you think about the approach of Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, what comes into your mind? Is it football, turkey, and the beginning of the Christmas countdown? How about your children, what do they think of when they hear Thanksgiving? Is it parades, turkey, football and a couple of days off of school? As a nation, we have sadly drifted far from the intent of this national holiday to a day of celebrating “whatever” you may be thankful for blanketed with “turkey day” parades and football games. As Christians we fall short of celebrating the true meaning and we are failing to pass on the true legacy of the Thanksgiving celebration to those entrusted to us, our children.
It was 1621 in Massachusetts. It had been a hard winter and almost half of the settlers in the Plymouth Colony had died due to starvation, illness or disease. When fall came, crops planted months before, produced a bountiful harvest. It was with gratitude to God that Governor William Bradford called for a special Harvest Feast to give thanks. Thanks was given, not to the Indians as is the scenario told in many secular textbooks, but thanks was given to God the Creator for His provisions in all things. (Colson, A.)
The historic progression of the Thanksgiving celebration continued to focus on giving thanks to God the Creator. In 1777, the first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed by The Continental Congress. Washington, Adam and Monroe all proclaimed national celebration days of Thanksgiving and by the 1850’s most states and territories celebrated Thanksgiving, but a President had to proclaim a day of Thanksgiving each year. In 1941, Congress established the fourth Thursday of November a day of Thanksgiving. (Plimoth Plantation)
Unfortunately, by the early 1900’s a shift was beginning to take place. The emphasis on gratitude to the Creator for His provision and goodness was being replaced with an emphasis on Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. (Plimoth Plantation) Thanksgiving to God was slowly erased and today, in public school classrooms across our nation, students are taught that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to thank the Indians for their help. All reference to the Christian faith is deleted.
Why do your children think we celebrate Thanksgiving? Do not assume they know the correct answer. Parents and Grandparents, I challenge you to talk with your children and ask them why. Then have a discussion about the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the importance of the day. The Plimoth Plantation website, sited as a reference, is an excellent source of information to share with your children. Begin the conversation and share the truth with them. We must not allow the world to wipe away the religious heritage that belongs to our children. Parents you are responsible for passing the legacy on to them. The world will not do it for you.
May you and your family have a blessed and bountiful Thanksgving.
In His Precious Name,
Linda C. Lewis
Head of School
- Colson, C. (2009, November) True Thanksgiving. Breakpoint Website. Retrieved October 27, 2016, from http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry13/13895
- Plimoth Plantation. Thanksgiving History. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-refernce- library
- Thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us personally and as a school family.
- Praise for a successful Spiritual Emphasis month
- Prayers for the olukanni family during this time of sorrow
- Pray for travel safety as many will be traveling this thanksgivivng weekend
December 1 – PTF’s christmas program
December 6 – K-2 Christmas Program – 7pm
December 9 – Mid quarter reports (alerts only)
December 23 – 11:30 dismissal (all ps – 8th grade) – no pm ext. care
December 24 – January 2 – no school christmas break –classes resume january 3
Student of the Month
K – blascyk allen 5th– marianna santo
1st – jordan woznyi 6th – raya donnelly
2nd – gregory boulware 7A – kayla erickson
3rd – sylvia dexter 8a – gianna medina
4th– dior young 8b – ezekiel rosado
Report Card Conferences
We are currently setting up conference schedules for report cards on November 10th and 11th. Conferences will be held on Thursday evening, November 10th from 5:45-8:00 PM. There will be no conferences on the evening of November11th. You will receive a notice to confirm your scheduled conference time. Please make sure you sign and return the conference form right away, or respond to the email sent to you.
president – Olivia watson
vice president – courtney quinn
secretary – hannah bowers
chaplain – justin grasso
activities coordinator – julia addesso
treasurer – ernesto altomari
representative – marcus allen
representative –gianna medina
representative –jasmine hathaway
representative – tyler mcclain
representative –Becca Daka
representative – raya donnelly
representative – joseph grasso
representative – timothy thorpe
The new Family Directory will be sent home this week with the youngest student in each family. Please check the information and let us know if there are any corrections which need to be made. Remember, all information in the directory is confidential and for your personal use only. It is not to be used for business purposes or shared with those outside the school.
November extended care
There will be no afternoon extended care on November 23rd. Mark your calendars and plan accordingly.
Please label you child’s coats, sweaters, vests and other items. Children have a tendency to misplace and lose their coats, jackets and other personal items. Unless their names are on the items we cannot return them. Help us, help you, by labeling all your child’s belongings.
Veterans Day Chapel
Once again H.C.A. will have a special chapel planned to honor our veterans and those currently serving. The chapel will be Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM. Following chapel veterans are invited to a continental breakfast at 8:00 AM in the school gym. Each student may bring a family member who has served as a veteran for our country. Veterans may visit the classrooms until 10:30AM to share about their time spent serving our country. Veterans are urged to wear their uniforms, hats, medals, etc. to show the students. We are looking forward to having Dr. Scott return for this special day.
School Policy Reminders!
Your child is important to us. We take our role seriously in meeting your child’s spiritual and academic needs; it is also our responsibility to keep our students safe when they are in school. Will your help us?
“No one is permitted to move about the building without a visitor’s pass” (page 14, Parent/Student Handbook). If you have a legitimate reason (scheduled meeting, helping in the lunchroom, etc.) for being in the building, please sign in and obtain visitor’s pass. Please respect this policy and do not attempt to circumvent procedures. Parents arriving late in the morning with students are not permitted to walk their children to the class. This will be done by a staff member. Preschool parents are permitted, during inclement weather, to wait in the gym located on the first floor until it is time for class.
If your child is participating in an after school activity, they will be dismissed, by way of the ramp door. Please wait for them at the top of the ramp. Extended Care Staff are responsible for watching children registered for Extended Care only. Unless your child is registered, they are not permitted to stay after school unless special arrangements have been made through the school office.
These policies are in effect for the safety and well being of all children. I appreciate your support and thank you for your cooperation,
Keeping an Eye on Our Alumni
Congratulations to Christian Brown, a 2013 graduated from H.C.A. Chris is being honored by CORA at a banquet on November 22, 2016 at the Union League as Classroom Champion of the year. Having maintained a 4.0 average throughout his high school career, Chris has overcome challenges and obstacles throughout his life. Christian, legally blind, lost his father at the young age of eight; despite these adversities he is being recognized for his optimism, courage, leadership and compassion.
We are so proud of Christian and wish him great success upon his graduation from Father Judge High School in June. Congratulations Christian.
Congratulations to George McDermott upon the completion of 13 weeks of U.S. Marine training at Paris Island, South Carolina. His graduation will take place this month. George graduated from H.C.A. in June 2012. Declan Sharkey, in second grade, is proud of his big brother. We are too. May God protect him as he graduates and begins active duty in the U. S. Marine Corp. You are in our prayers George.
Please share with us any news or accomplishments of our alumni. Our graduates will always be part of the H.C.A. family and keeping abreast of them and their accomplishments is important to us. Drop us a line or give us a call to share information.
Let us give with a Cheerful Heart
Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. – II Corinthians 9:7
We have so much to be thankful for, individually, and as a nation. During the month of November you are encourage to show your appreciation for the bounty and grace that has been bestowed upon you. I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in helping to support two very important causes this month.
We will be collecting monetary donations for relief work in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew, the largest storm to hit Haiti in 52 years brought torrential rain and widespread flooding. Houses, bridges and farmlands are destroyed. All chapel offerings during the month of November will be sent to World Vision in support of the relief work they are doing in this country. Will you help those less fortunate to begin rebuilding their homes and their lives?
Also this month H.C.A. is sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items and place them on the table outside the school office. Food items will be sent to The King’s Kitchen located inside the Holmesburg United Methodist Church and The Feast of Justice a ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Items may be brought in through November 18th.
Parents, help your children understand the importance of giving to others. Help them pick out a food item to bring in for a hungry family. Explain the importance of tithing their allowance, and giving a portion to the people of Haiti. Let them see you giving to others; use this month to help our children realize that we have so much and others have so little.
PTF HOT LUNCH
Hot Lunch for the month of November will be meatball sandwiches on Wednesday, November 16th.
H.C.A. held their annual Grandparent’s Day on October 7, 2016. The day began with a Chapel Service. Following Chapel, students and grandparents enjoyed time together in the classrooms. The success of the day was evident by the smiles on the faces of both our students and their grandparents. A special thank you to the PTF, Mrs. Kelly, Student Council, and other volunteers who prepared and served a delicious meal to our guests.
Once again, we look forward to our Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 23rd for students in K-8th grade, full day and school day preschool. As in past years, we have again invited the firemen to join us. Please return the volunteer letter that was sent home. Your help is needed to make the day a success. Remember to sign in and pick up a visitor’s pass in the office.