Prayer at the Pole: A Reflection

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See You at the Pole

During the See You at the Pole intermediate prayer event over lunch today, I was able to witness the glorious and wonderful power of prayer through the Holy Spirit.

As an observer, I joined a ring of Gr. 4-6 boys that were in joyful fellowship, engaged in praying to our Heavenly Father. Each boy engaged in prayer taking one turn at a time and going around the circle, respectfully and reverently listening to one another and truly praying and speaking to our God.

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The Opportunity and Necessity of Collaboration

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In 2016 the Ministry of Education (MoE) embarked on the journey of implementing a redesigned curriculum. Eight years into the process the ministry is still developing and refining its provincial mandates in support of improving learning outcomes for all students in BC.

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A Year of Daily Investments

Tim Chan Times News

Every morning, my father sends me a text. Oftentimes it is a piece of humorous advice like, “You never appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.” Another one is, “You know you’ve reached middle age when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.” Now, you might be thinking: That’s great Mr. Rodgers. Haha. But why are you telling me this? What does this have to do with the end of the year? And to that I reply: everything!

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Knox Walk 2022

Fera Gunawan Times News

The grand total for the Knox Walk is: $103,019.35!
Thanks to God for His provision for John Knox Christian School. It was thrilling to reach our goal of $100,000, especially because that meant we would be shaving Mr. Rodgers’ and Mr. Wasik’s heads! Students enjoyed watching their principal’s heads get shaved in chapel this week. A huge thank you to both of these brave staff members for putting their hair on the line for our school!
Thank you to all the students who worked hard to get sponsors for their walkathon, all of our generous donors, encouraging parents, volunteers, and supportive staff members. It is a blessing to use these funds to improve both JKCS campuses and offer a donation to Journey Home.

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Employment with Cornerstone Transportation Services

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Cornerstone Transportation Services is looking for Class 2 drivers to come join us to provide bus service for JKCS! It’s a great part-time job; Monday to Friday, before and after school. If you are interested but do not have a Class 2 license we can assist you in getting one.
We would like to hire two drivers who are committed Christians and who love kids! For more information please contact Dave Champ at 778-987-3263.

Grade 5 to New West Museum

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This week, the grade five classes enjoyed a field trip to the New Westminster Archive Museum and Archives at Anvil Centre. We learned about the local First Nations communities, sampled traditional foods such as nettle tea, cranberries, and smoked salmon, and explored historical artifacts like hammer stones and cedar baskets. We also walked along the Fraser River and enjoyed the playground and the sunshine. We spotted mason bee hotels and identified Poplar Island which was allocated as a quarantine site for Indigenous victims of smallpox in 1889. We discussed how education is an important step toward reconciliation and we thanked the Lord for this opportunity to learn and grow.

Jeanine Wasik, Teacher

Knox Walk 2022

Fera Gunawan Times News, Upcoming Events

The Knox Walk is just a week away!
First up, let’s pray for a beautiful sunny day so that we can enjoy our 5km walk to Queen’s Park. A few reminders as we head into the home stretch:
Fundraising pages: If you have not yet set up your child(ren)’s fundraising page(s), you can do so at knox-walk-2022.raisely.com. Each JKCS student is asked to raise $175 for the Knox Walk! This long weekend could be a good opportunity to make and sell crafts or cookies, connect with church friends, and email your aunt across the country!
Wear RED: Students, parent walkers, and staff should all wear a red tshirt for the Knox Walk. A PE shirt is a great choice, but any red shirt will do. PE tshirts in child and adult sizes are available at the elementary office for just $10 each. All walkers should dress for whatever weather is expected that day: wear a raincoat if it’s raining, wear sunscreen and a hat if it’s sunny. We will be walking rain or shine!

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Congratulations to Jeyne Lund!

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The Christian Educators of BC (CEBC), has chosen Jeyne Lund, secondary campus Missions and Outreach Coordinator and Academic Counsellor, as the recipient of their International Service and Learning Grant. This grant is awarded to CEBC members who are traveling overseas to volunteer in cross-cultural teaching and learning. This summer Jeyne will be traveling to Costa Rica to provide Bible and leadership training to young adult Bible college students. Congratulations, Jeyne! You are a blessing to JKCS and the world beyond.

Elementary: Share Your Music Days

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Students in kindergarten to grade 3 (primary) will have an opportunity to perform for their classmates during music classes June 6-10. Many students are practicing at home for a recital this time of year and we would love to hear what they are learning! Students are welcome to share something they practice at home or during lessons: singing, dance, poetry, piano, violin, etc. Perhaps your child knows a song from Sunday School that they could sing for us.
This is casual and we look forward to a huge variety of music talents and all levels. Share Your Music Day is a safe and encouraging environment to share something for others even if it’s for the very first time! The goal is to have students perform live but there may be exceptions if parents would like to send a video of their child’s part in a dance recital, for example, or if their musical instrument is too large to bring to school. This is totally optional and there is no pressure for students to perform.
Please email Mrs. Visser if you have any questions and be sure to include your child’s name and class: rvisser@johnknoxbc.org

Rescue Heroes @ Elementary

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The JKCS Rescue Crew was called into action Thursday as a brave EA got locked in the staff bathroom! Three cheers for our own heroes Norlito and Joseph!

Secondary: Poetry Contest Winners

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Congratulations to Emilia J. in grade 7 and Filbert W. in grade 11 for winning this year’s poetry contest with their poems “Poem” and “The Meaning of Happiness”, respectively.

Secondary’s Science Fair: Wednesday June 15

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With COVID restrictions easing, it is with great pleasure that we are able to host a Science Fair organized by our grade 8 students and their teachers. We invite you to come and explore the projects created by our students on Wednesday, June 15th. Our Science Fair will be held in the gym and possibly spilling out into the courtyard (weather permitting) from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Along with learning about a topic of choice, this science fair allows students the chance to build skills related to cooperation, communication, and presentation. We appreciate your support and encouragement for our grade 8 students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Secondary: JKCS Hawks+Finish Strong Basketball Summer Camp

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JKCS Hawks Athletics and Finish Strong Basketball is back for another summer with the Finish Strong Basketball Camp series. This summer we’re offering 3 basketball camps over 2 weeks. July 11-15 have boys ages 12-15 from 9-11am and the girls ages 12-15 from 11:30am-1:30pm. We are also offering a co-ed camp for those ages 9-11 on July 18-22 from 9-11am.
Register at athletics.johnknoxbc.org under “Registration”.
Email Mr. Loro (cloro@johnknoxbc.org) if you have any questions.

Educating for Faithful Presence

Fera Gunawan Times News

At the beginning of our weekly admin team meetings, we have been taking time to reflect on what defines us. What defines us as a school: in our offices, in our classrooms, during social events, service events and times of prayer? In other words, what does, “Educating for What Matters,” look like at John Knox Christian School?

Educational theorists Hetzel and Stranske refer to the work of James Davison Hunter, to define the purpose of a Christian education as, “Educating for Faithful Presence.”
“Faithful presence is about:
1) God being faithfully present to us,
2) us being faithfully present to God, and
3) us being faithfully present to each other, to our tasks, and to our spheres of influence.”
Educating for a faithful presence, in the manner described above, is a JKCS goal and we are working together to understand, explore and cultivate these priorities. In the school’s context, a faithful presence is related to an “educational holism and to matters of the heart, the mind and the hands.” A faithful presence requires “a humble spirit, deep thinking and opportunities for service” that enable us to be a blessing in the contexts within which we find ourselves, while at the same time maintaining our distinctiveness as a community.

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Knox Walk 2022: Journey Home

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This year we are blessed to give 10% of our Knox Walk fundraising efforts to Journey Home. Journey Home provides a range of support for families immediately on their entry to Metro Vancouver as refugees. Housing is offered through “Welcome Houses”. These houses are a safe place for families to recover from the shock of leaving their countries, often having experienced significant trauma. Welcome Houses include a volunteer live-in host couple to offer support alongside a settlement team. Additional support is available such as assistance with work permits, connection to a faith community, and help as they navigate legal and health systems.
Many students in our school are already very familiar with Journey Home. This year alone students have supported Journey Home in the following way:
– Ride for Refuge bikeathon: Students worked as bike valets as well as prepared and served food to participants
– Journey Home Christmas Party: This event was held at the secondary campus. Students volunteered in a variety of ways including serving food and providing entertainment
– SoupSACS: Foods classes regularly prepare and freeze delicious soups for local Welcome Houses.

To learn more about Journey Homes’s mission and impact, please visit their website at journeyhomecommunity.ca. Thank you for supporting Journey Home through the Knox Walk!