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Upper School Blog, Week of Dec. 8th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR DECEMBER

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

RECOGNITION

Students Share the Christmas Spirit

Kameron plays the steel drums. Angel speaks to a resident at Westchester. TFA students sing and dance.

Several TFA students, including Kameron S. (10th) and Angel C. (10th), visited the Westchester Retirement Home this weekend. Kameron played Christmas Carols on the Steel Drums while the girls used dance to share God’s love and truth, and handed out cards and candy. Residents were able to witness the love of Jesus through the groups’ use of music and dance. One resident said, “It was like a Birthday present, my birthday is next week but no one will come.” Another one was handed a Christmas card by a younger dancer. She said tearfully, “My friend lost her battle with cancer a month ago, and the little girl who gave me this card has the same name!”

After the team shared with Westchester, they spent the afternoon making Christmas cookies. Thank you to Coach Leslie Scott, who shows our students how to use dance to display the good news of the gospel.

In addition, Mrs. Wasylik’s Tozer mentor group girls created holiday penguin decorations that will be used to decorate a local nursing home.

Tozer mentor group students created decorations for a local nursing home. Penguin decorations created by Tozer mentor group girls.

NEW THIS WEEK

US Chapel Recap 12/1

By Melissa C.

Last Thursday at chapel, we had the wonderful honor of hearing from our new principal, Mr. Sullivan, sharing some of his testimony and different ways that God has worked in his life both through his failures and his successes. Mr. Sullivan talked about a number of his accomplishments: making the top ten best tennis players in South Africa, as well as the top twenty finalists to be considered for the South African rugby team. He discussed how his dad was the coach of the team, his mom as a principal at school, and that he had a solid and loving upbringing.

Mr. Sullivan explained a really cool paradox that a lot of us can learn from: success through failure. He listed out what mattered to him: his relationship with God, his family and friends, as well as his community relationships, and explained how often times he felt like he fell short of either standards he set for himself or those that others set for him. During these difficult times, he learned to realize that “failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it.” What a powerful truth! Mr. Sullivan also drew a parallel between his life and failures and struggles along with the story of David and Goliath; in a new perspective, we learned that it is helpful to see our mistakes and have courage despite slim odds. David was a shepherd boy, who though skilled was still going up against a giant. David trusted in God against all odds and so should we.

Mr. Sullivan left us with two main challenges. The first was an encouragement: the more time you with something or someone, the more likely you are to fail them in some way, which adds to the point that in life we’re all going to fail but God so graciously gives us strength to get back up and try again. The second challenge was for us to figure out our metaphorical Goliath and challenge it.

REMINDERS

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