So We May Understand

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Luke 24:36-45

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Recently, I read through the above passage several times over the course of the Easter weekend. The phrase ‘…he opened their minds so they could understand…’ stood out to me as needing some prayerful meditation. The risen Christ opened their minds to reveal the scriptures, to remind them of the things he had already told them. He illuminated their understanding and allowed them to see God’s plan far beyond their own circumstances. Oftentimes we focus on our circumstances, the troubles and trials that consume our attention, our communities, our world. In the passage above, I am reminded that it is Christ’s story and plan that matters most. As a Christian school, along with all of our brother and sister Christian schools, we seek to provide our students with the opportunity of learning in a Christ-centered context, with growing in the knowledge of their own gifts, and stepping into the calling God has for each of us. It is easy to be distracted by circumstances on this side of heaven. As the calendar season of Easter comes to a close it is our hope that the risen Christ will continue to open our minds so that we can understand his plans and his directions as we seek to educate, care and guide the next generation; by the grace of God.
Peace to each of you.
David Ward, Superintendent

Parent Volunteers Needed

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The high school is in need of parent volunteers for traffic duty in the morning from 8:30am-8:50am and after school from 3:10pm-3:30pm (Tuesdays 2:55pm-3:15pm). If you are interested and available to assist with managing student traffic at our crosswalk, please contact Leanne at larevski@johnknoxbc.org. Thank you!

Nominate a Grade 12 Student for a Scholarship

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A group of parents have created a new scholarship to remember our dear elementary teacher, Sonya Park. Instead of having Grade 12 students fill out an application or submit an essay to apply for the scholarship, we are asking for members of our JKCS community to nominate a Grade 12 student! Please read the criteria below, and if you know of a grade 12 student who you would like to nominate fill in the nomination form below by May 6. Thank you!

Sonya Park Beacon of Light Scholarship: Sonya Park is remembered by her friends and students as being a beacon of kindness and unending service to the marginalized. Therefore, this scholarship will not be based on academic excellence, but awarded to those who have also taken up the mantle of unconditional kindness and service to others. An essay is not required to apply for this award. Students will be nominated by peers, teachers and JKCS community members. Award: Two awards of $1,000 each.

To nominate a Grade 12 student, please fill in the nomination form found here: https://forms.gle/7b9pTx8Mtgukz6Zt6
Once all of the nominations have been received, the Scholarship Committee will read through the nominations and together choose the two students who will receive the awards. All JKCS scholarships will be awarded at the convocation ceremony in June.
If you have any questions about scholarships at John Knox please connect with Arusha in the Development Office at avegt@johnknoxbc.org. Thank you!

Invitation to Parents: Fundraiser for Ukraine

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Dear parents,
Secondary students have initiated a fundraiser for Ukraine and we need your help! Christian Studies classes are learning how to make pierogies and will package them for sale. We need parents to come in to make a large number of additional pierogies.
Here are the tasks:
Pierogi making: Join us in the Secondary Foods Lab for a pierogi-making session! You’ll learn how to make pierogies and then get to work making as many as you can. We will also spend some time together in prayer for Ukraine. We’re cooking Friday April 29 in two sessions, 9am-noon, and noon-3pm.
To sign up for this task, please follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0849a5a729a5f49-pierogis
Questions? Connect with staff members Mavis Anthony, Jeyne Lund or Arusha Vegt, or student Yubin K. Thank you!

Senior Girls High School Volleyball Coach Needed

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JKCS Athletics is looking for a coach in our community to lead and build a group of 15-17 year old girls who are keen and eager to continue to learn the game of volleyball in a competitive setting. The ideal coach is someone who will help develop their volleyball skills, game sense, and build character so our girls become great young women in our society. The season runs from September to November with 2 to 3 practices per week and games and tournaments sprinkled in between. There is a small honorarium that is given at the completion of the season. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please email Mr. Loro at cloro@johnknoxbc.org.

Elementary: Grandparents’ and Grand-Friends’ Day

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Next week parents will receive a special email about Grandparents’ and Grand-Friends’ Day. This email will include links to video greetings from each class. When you receive it, please take a moment with your child(ren) to find their class greeting and email it to a grandparent or special senior friend from church! Let them know that we hope to invite them to visit our school in person next year.
Arusha Vegt, Development Director

Elementary: Urban Salmon

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On April 20th, Mr. Lessa from SFU’s “Take a Stand for Conservation” program joined the grade five classes to teach us about urban salmon. We learned about the importance of protecting the health of our local salmon-spawning streams that run through Metro Vancouver, often mere steps from our roads and front doors! Afterward, we watched the educational documentary, “STAND,” which takes students on a journey through the waters of British Columbia’s west coast into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet—the Great Bear Rainforest.

This program was developed to share and treasure the natural beauty of British Columbia with our youth, including our urban-nature areas and our unique coastal wilderness, home to rich First Nations cultures, diverse and productive oceans, and an expansive intact temperate rainforest. Thank you, Mr. Lessa, for sharing your passion, knowledge, and incredible videos and photography!

Jeanine Wasik, Grade 5 Teacher

Grade 4-7 Relay Race (19,200 m)

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Two teams consisting of 16 students in each, mixed of Grade 4 to 7, ran to their fullest in relay race competition at Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford, against other Christian Schools on April 13. Definitely an exciting and meaningful experience!

Secondary: Scholarship Available

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Grade 12 students have been given the opportunity to apply for a number of JKCS scholarships celebrating leadership, Christian service, and excellence in a variety of fields. There are thousands of dollars in scholarships available, so encourage Grade 12 students to apply! The deadline for all applications is May 6. Thank you to all of our generous scholarship donors.
Arusha Vegt, Development Director

Preparing for Easter

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Matthew 26:40-46
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.

Over the lenten season a group of four friends have been connecting around scriptures related to Easter. The passage above impacted us in many ways and created a lot of dialogue. One of our friends is a spiritual director who supports pastors in the lower mainland and internationally. We were invited to imagine ourselves in the scene with Jesus in the garden, to see the disciples sleeping and Jesus’ sorrow. I was reminded both of the humanness of Jesus as well as his divine nature – both are present in the incarnation – Immanuel; God with us. The Easter narrative shows us a chosen path as Jesus walks towards death; yet the story also shows the triumphant and ultimate resurrection. In our current world people are experiencing profound pain and suffering, including the people of God in many different countries. None of it is lost on Jesus. He knows our trials and successes. These musings reminded me of the need to be open when talking with our children about troubles in the world and in our own lives. Yet, these are not discussions of despair. They are sober discussions with the understanding, as Peterson commented, “…each step we walk, each breath we breathe, we know we are preserved by God, we know we are accompanied by God, we know we are ruled by God; and therefore no matter what doubts we endure or what accidents we experience, the Lord will guard us from every evil, he guards our very life,” (43, 2000). As you think about the cross and empty tomb, may your family conversations and experiences be full of the light of Christ and the hope of the resurrection – no matter what comes your way.
David Ward, Superintendent

Nominations Wanted!

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A group of parents have created a new scholarship to remember our dear elementary teacher, Sonya Park. Instead of having Grade 12 students fill out an application or submit an essay to apply for the scholarship, we are asking for members of our JKCS community to nominate a Grade 12 student! Please read the criteria below, and if you know of a grade 12 student who you would like to nominate fill in the nomination form below by May 6. Thank you!

Sonya Park Beacon of Light Scholarship: Sonya Park is remembered by her friends and students as being a beacon of kindness and unending service to the marginalized. Therefore, this scholarship will not be based on academic excellence, but awarded to those who have also taken up the mantle of unconditional kindness and service to others. An essay is not required to apply for this award. Students will be nominated by peers, teachers and JKCS community members. Award: Two awards of $1,000 each.

To nominate a Grade 12 student, please fill in the nomination form found here: https://forms.gle/7b9pTx8Mtgukz6Zt6
Once all of the nominations have been received, the Scholarship Committee will read through the nominations and together choose the two students who will receive the awards. All JKCS scholarships will be awarded at the convocation ceremony in June.
If you have any questions about scholarships at John Knox please connect with Arusha in the Development Office at avegt@johnknoxbc.org. Thank you!

Employment Wanted

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A parent in our JKCS community, Jane Scott, is looking for part-time cleaning jobs in the local Vancouver area. Jane lives in New Westminster and she is available to work during school hours. You may contact her at 604-345-1768.

Elementary: Canine Control

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To those who combine pick-up and drop-off with walking their dog, please remember that some students have extreme fear of our four-legged friends. Please remember to keep dogs close and tight on their leash, and away from students exhibiting signs of concern. Thank-you!

Secondary: Volunteer Help Needed!

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Traffic safety is a top priority at the beginning and end of the school day. We are grateful for the parents and staff who brave the weather and traffic to help students safely cross the street at the intersection of 12th Street and 3rd Avenue. Our traffic safety team needs a few more members in order to free up staff to be available to manage school needs that invariably arise at the beginning and end of the school day. If you are interested in joining the secondary traffic team please connect with VP Leanne Arevski at larevski@johnknoxbc.org. Thank you!!

Secondary: Science Up-Close

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Consumer or Creator?

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I have been in the JKCS community for seven years now, both as a parent and as a staff member. Over the years, I have been impressed by the love of Jesus flowing in our community. Teachers spent extra time to build enriched curriculums for the students. Mr. Brock asked students to build small scale PNE rides for his physics class; Mrs. Arevski introduced the hydrogen fuel cell for her science subject. Teachers wanted students to be able to replicate the existing technologies, so that they could come up with their own ideas.
Technology has made dramatic changes in our lives. Phones can not only make calls, but also take pictures and translate different languages. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is used to recognize objects in pictures. Soon, we will see autopilot cars on the street. Technology makes our life easier. It is easy to enjoy the technologies created by others. So, can we create something that others can benefit from?
Creating is not easy. We always have some ideas in mind, but it is hard to turn them into reality. This was my experience until I worked for Hans, a Dutch inventor. I worked with Hans after studying Environmental Engineering at BCIT. We worked together to design plasma units to reduce the odor in the emissions from manufacturers. We built our test unit with whatever materials we could find. We used a kiln to make our own catalyst from honeycombs and chemicals. We did what we could to make things happen. One of the important things that I learned from Hans is taking action. When you have a thought, don’t stop with it only being an idea but create a plan and work through it step by step and make things happen.
Creating is one of God’s characteristics. We all know the creation story. God created a good environment for humans to live even before He created Adam, the first human being. We are the image of God. Creating should be in our blood.
Nowadays it is very easy to make your ideas into reality. A 3D printer is a good tool for creation. I enjoyed using a 3D printer to print the items for what I had in mind, such as customized washers and cable guides, to solve the problems around us. In the makerspace at our school, we have 3D printers for students to use. If you have some ideas, please join us to turn your ideas into realities. We can not only be consumers, but also creators.
Luke Qi, Network Administrator

Rental Housing Wanted

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A new JKCS family of 6 is moving to the Lower Mainland and will begin school here in the fall. They are looking for temporary rental housing as they work on purchasing a home. If you have any leads or ideas (anything from a summer housesitting to a one-year lease), please contact Arusha Vegt in the development office at avegt@johnknoxbc.org. Many thanks as we work to help this new JKCS family settle into our community!

Arusha Vegt, Director of Development

Elementary: Grandparents’ and Grand-Friends’ Day 2022

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The end of April is a time for the JKCS elementary campus to celebrate some very important people in our students’ lives: their grandparents and grand-friends. In the past, this has meant that students invited their grandparents and grand-friends to our school for a special time of musical presentations from each grade, prayer, treats and coffee served by parents and Grade 6 students, and a chance to tour classrooms. It is one of the most fun days of the whole school year!
Over the past two years we have paused welcoming grandparents into our school building due to the pandemic. Although things are looking more positive this spring we still want to be cautious with our precious senior family members and friends.
This year, we will send a video greeting to grandparents from each class. Filming will take place next week and will include a classroom tour, teacher and class greeting, and a short presentation.
Once the videos are complete near the end of April we will send a link home to parents asking you to forward it to seniors close to your children, whether it be grandparents or a senior friend from church.
We miss seeing our school grandparents at school! We hope these short video greetings will give them a fun glimpse into their grandchildren’s classroom.
Arusha Vegt, Director of Development

Elementary: SOIlympics

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Our theme was rest and peace listening to piano gyms, colouring pages of scripture, quiet reading, building structures, learning to silence and rest in God’s great gift of peace. A peaceful restoration session to recharge.
Peace I leave with you ~ John 14:27