My friends may you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Our staff, parents, and student body said farewell to our grade eight class in a special chapel this morning. Original poems crafted by the grade seven class about our graduates were read. They were playful and fun, but nonetheless showed that our oldest learners were well known by their peers and the LCES staff. It’s a fun LCES tradition that brings smiles and laughter from the audience. We closed with another tradition, singing the above song while they left their last chapel.
So begins a week of celebration and endings, including recognizing where this year has taken us. If I had to summarize some of the things I will remember about 2017-18, here is my top five:
1. God’s favour – So many times this year we have been challenged and faced unknowns, but have been reminded that God’s love and provision never cease. We are reminded of a wider group of non-parent supporters who pray, give of time and money, and tangibly support what we do.
2. Growth – We are excited to see a strong show of parental interest in our school, in several cases from families whose children are not yet school aged. We had a record number of families join us within this school year. There will be at least ten new families, likely more, starting this fall. It’s also exciting to see grades four through six return to single grades this fall.
3. Changing spaces– The Hub was a hit this year for our students. With the portables gone, and the area cleaned up, we are excited about doing something new in that area. Dreams and first steps exist for other changes in and out of the building to make us efficient, innovative, and effective.
4. People – There will be a significant change in the mix of people leading at LCES. A new board chair, and three new board members take over. Five new people will be part of our LCES staff this fall. It’s been an exciting journey, but there too we meet God’s wisdom and provision “for such a time as this.”
6. Student Growth – Between report cards and graduation, it is my delight to read many things this week that point to the fact our students have grown physical, mentally, socially, academically, and spiritually. Praise God for a new generation growing in wisdom each year!
The LCES Board and staff wish all of our families a pleasant summer of work, rest, and play. May the Lord be faithful to you and yours until we meet again in September.