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

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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!

Elementary: Inspirational Change-Makers

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In Mrs. Wasik’s grade five class, students have been developing their communication and interview skills by inviting a number of guest speakers into the classroom. We brainstormed how to demonstrate active listening, be a respectful audience member, ask thoughtful questions, and make personal connections to the new ideas we’re exploring.

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1KH Writing

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Last Friday, the Grade One students at JKCS were blessed with a special guest, Dr. Ward! He is a Canadian author and our school’s superintendent. Dr. Ward shared about his journey of becoming a writer and showed us some of the books he has published. He encouraged everyone to keep on writing. The students were excited and loved Dr. Ward’s visit.
In class, we are starting our unit on story writing. Stories are everywhere! All stories start with an idea. After you have an idea, you can use your imagination and add to it.

Secondary: More Winners from JKCS Badminton Team

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Not to be missed! Our grade 7 winners from last week’s badminton tournament are following:
Girl’s Singles : Emma L. (2nd place)
Girl’s Singles: Panya K. (5th place)
Boy’s Singles: Ethan Y. (2nd place)
Boy’s Singles: Nathan H. (8th place)
Mixed Doubles: Jamie G. and Xavi M. (1st place)
Mixed Doubles: Erica W. and Daniel W. (9th place)
Girl’s Doubles: Joelle C. and Ellie L. (1st place)
Girl’s Doubles: Samantha L. and Claire C. (4th place)
Boy’s Doubles: Ian J. and Nicholas W. (1st place)
Boy’s Doubles: Brendon T. and Zachery L. (8th place)

Secondary: April’s Poetry Month

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Enjoy the following poetry written by our secondary student, Alison T.!

Words

Words
Create the boom without fireworks
Puts the tears in waterworks
Is the distraction from school work
Words
From the late-night reader to the avid speaker
Words are the building blocks of stories, worlds, ideas
The expression of thoughts on the tip of our tongue weaved like yarn so craftily spun
Words were the weapon of William Shakespeare and writers of way back when
And now they have become the thing that we all dread
Words
Are now counted to see if the limit is met
Are now begrudgingly read in time thought to be better well spent
Are now written at a time when students should be in bed
Words
Can create and destroy in a matter of seconds
Spilling out hate and love before we can even take a breath in
Words
Were used by our Lord instead of the sword when He surrendered and let His blood be poured, to counter the sin points we’ve all scored
Words
Written with a passionate or reluctant hand
Can move mountains and encapsulate the changes in time
Or create a wonderland filled with mysterious crime
Words are used by you and me
Words are underappreciated, this I guarantee

Secondary: Parent Prayer Team

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A group of secondary parents would like to start up weekly prayer meetings beginning Thursday, May 12 at 2:00pm at the secondary campus. To join them, or to find out more information, please email parent Meina Y. at miena.yue@gmail.com. Thank you for praying for our school!

Knox Walk 2022!

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May is Knox Walk month! The Knox Walk is a massive K-12 fundraising event culminating in all 700 students, 100 staff, and 200 parents going on a 5km walk to Queen’s Park and back. For the past two years, this event morphed into “Knox Walk: In Your Neighbourhood” as a response to pandemic requirements, but this year we are excited to welcome back the event in its traditional form.

A fundraiser for John Knox Christian School, the Knox Walk is an opportunity for students to raise money for projects that will impact their daily life at school and ensure that our school is around for many years to come! The elementary campus needs playground and building revitalization and the secondary campus rooftop needs safety netting and beautification. The Knox Walk tithes 10% of funds raised to a charity worthy of our support. This year we are giving to a local organization our community knows well: Journey Home. Journey Home supports recent refugees to the Metro Vancouver area with immediate housing support as well as community and emotional support born out of a desire to act as Christ did. Learn more at www.journeyhomecommunity.ca/.

Next week students will hear all about the Knox Walk and how they can support it. Parents can expect a letter detailing the event and how they can support their child(ren). In the coming weeks, we’ll put a call out for parent volunteers for the event itself.
Enjoy these photos of the Knox Walk throughout the years!
Arusha Vegt, Development Director

Fall Drive: Spring Update!

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Over the past few months we have been working on a big database update, and now that it is complete we can finally update you on the results of our Fall Drive! So far, the Fall Drive raised $153,000 for capital needs at our school. Additionally, some families and supporters are giving to the previous Capital Campaign, making general donations, or giving to specific projects. We are thankful to God, along with all the parents, staff, and friends of JKCS who gave.
When looking at the results of the Fall Drive, we noticed that just 34% of JKCS families have made a donation to the Fall Drive this year. Because of our database update we did not have a chance to send a gentle reminder to those families who had not yet given, so this week we emailed those families to ask if they could make their yearly gift to John Knox.

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WANTED: Chest Freezer or Upright Freezer

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The secondary Foods Lab keeps growing and growing! This space is used for food classes but also as a production space for many of our outreach programs. Outreach work often involves large quantities of food coming in and out. Think 300 buns for sandwiches for the downtown eastside community or multiple batches of pierogis for our fundraiser to support Ukraine.
There is a need for additional freezer space. Do you have a chest or stand-up freezer that you would like to donate to the school? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with Arusha Vegt (avegt@johnknoxbc.org) or Foods Teacher Mavis Anthony (Manthony@johnknoxbc.org). Thank you!

Swarm of Bees at the Secondary Campus

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Students and staff at the secondary site had the chance to witness a very important event in the natural life cycle of our beehives this week! A swarm of honeybees was found in our lower courtyard garden. This happens in a strong hive when a new queen is born and takes half of the workers – as well as much of the hive’s stored food – to go make a new colony, leaving the old queen and remaining workers behind to grow and rebuild. The departing bees carry a precious cargo of honey in their honey stomach – yes, they have two stomachs! These bees are especially docile because they don’t want to sting and risk losing their important food source for the new colony. While spotting 50,000 swarming bees may be disconcerting, this is actually when our wonderful bees are most gentle.

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1KH Trip to Burnaby Lake Regional Park

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We had wonderful time and learned about different types of living things like bugs, insects, animal specimens, slug slimes, and beaver signs that can be found in Burnaby Lake Regional Park.

Congratulations to the JKCS Badminton Team!

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I would like to share some highlights of last Tuesday’s badminton tournament. JKCS team played really well and showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Congrats to JKCS Gr. 6 students: Harry Z. for winning 1st place and Christopher C. for 3rd place in men’s single, Allison S./Olivia L. for winning 2nd place in women’s double, and Mark K./Zita C. for winning 4th place in mixed double.

Amy Chao, Teacher and Badminton Coach

Secondary: Bike Club

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The secondary Bike Club delivered their first restored bike to a local refugee. His name is Abdul. Adam Wasik, JKCS Bike Club

Grade 8 Tin Men

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Grade 8 students have been building Tin Men in math as a wrap up to their Surface Area Unit. They were asked to construct a Tin Man out of various materials they formed into prisms, cylinders, cones or spheres. Once constructed, students had to calculate the total surface area, with the help of a formula sheet for shapes not covered in class, and submit their final calculations to receive the foil needed to turn their creation into a Tin Man. Gaps in the foil cover, or foil remaining helped students to see how accurate their calculations were.
Veronica Jackson, Teacher