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Dear PCA Family,
On behalf of the administration here at Parkridge Christian Academy, I wanted to share with you what we are doing in response to the coronavirus. Like you, we are closely monitoring the news and are reviewing any recommendations from governmental and medical sources. The precautions that we have already taken and will continue to take in the future have come from these important sources.
Our staff has been proactive over the last several weeks in daily wiping down and disinfecting desks, chairs, door knobs, toilet handles, etc. They have been diligent with hand washing and quickly identifying students who are sick. All of these practices will continue as they prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
We do not have any cases of the coronavirus in our school family that we are aware of. It is our desire to maintain our regular school schedule with the understanding that there may be necessary adjustments or changes in the future we will need to make. We generally follow Broward Schools in matters of school closures and the like.
To help keep our school as safe as possible, we would ask that you notify us before returning to school if any of the following situations are true of your family. As well, you may be asked to keep your child away from school until they are cleared by a medical professional.
- A positive coronavirus test
- Travel that takes you outside of the US
- Travel aboard a cruise ship
We believe that these safety measures can be carried out without fear and panic. The Bible instructs Christians in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
This is a great opportunity to model to our children how God's power works in and through us during a difficult time.
COME GROW WITH US!!!
I have tried to write this post about a dozen times, but to no avail. I keep looking for the perfect words to express myself… to express my thoughts and perspective. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized there are no perfect words. Moreover, there is nothing perfect about our world. I continue to reflect back on all that has happened in the past month, with a burdened and heavy heart. I am still greatly troubled by recent events...the immense sorrow at the tragic losses our community has endured, and the disheartenment of seeing such senseless violence unfold. My mind is plagued with questions….Why is life so hard? Why do such evil things have to happen? Why are our children expected to cope with such horrific life events? How do we move on from such tragedies? So many questions, yet no answers seem to be forthcoming.
Then, it struck me, this is exactly what has kept me from having a relationship with Him in the first place. The incessant need to know and understand, as if having answers to my questions would somehow ease the pain and suffering of life’s experiences. The reality is, there are no answers that can, or will, do that. As I sit and think about it, there have been multiple times in my life where I have known the reason or purpose for something, yet knowing didn’t serve to ease my heart or spirit. Logic and knowledge are in no way a deterrent to sentiment. I may know that if my skin touches fire it will get burned, yet that won’t prevent the horrific pain I will experience if it in fact occurs.
There are no words to express the grief and sorrow of the tragedy that took place only a few short weeks ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Our hearts break for all the families, students, first responders, staff and faculty that experienced firsthand the events of that fateful day. My intention is in no way to minimize anyone’s pain or grief. My hope is however, that through my truths and sentiments, others will find comfort and solace, and know they are not alone. It is imperative that we lean on one another, yet the ultimate truth is that we must seek comfort in the Lord, and remember that God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to our lives (Romans 8:28). Only God has the answers; only He can see our final destination, and only He knows the purpose of each bump and detour in our road. Our task as believers is to try and decipher - and follow - the road maps God supplies for us, all the while remembering that even as we encounter dead ends and steep curves, He is right beside us throughout our journey… our journey leading ultimately to Him.
As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded that our role as Christians in the world today is to reveal Christ to others by the way we live our daily lives. As we begin this New Year 2018, may we all strive more to be more intentional disciples of Lord and His call to serve others by practicing the following: Practice Gratitude: Cultivating a grateful heart is the hallmark of a Christian. Every day, express thankfulness to the Lord and to others. Seeing the good in your life will allow you to keep your heart compassionate and loving. Encounter the Lord each day: Find time to be with the Lord each day, whether it is for ten minutes or an hour. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to Him as well. Allow God’s love to transform them. Our encounters will keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ in our midst. Be present to others: There is much celebration and mourning, joy and sorrow in people’s lives. What a blessing it is to share those times and not let others experience them alone. The gift of your presence is much more valuable than you realize. Resist overwork: There is pressure to produce, meet goals, and be successful. But activities that lead us to overwork, constant fatigue and worry do not give glory to God. What God calls us to do we can do well. Be mindful that life requires balance. Nurture family relationships and friendships: Our family and friends are those we choose to be with. They are a gift from God and give us a greater appreciation of God’s love for us. They need our time and our love. Give more: Realize that everything that we have is a gift from God entrusted to us and needs to be shared. Consider living more simply and be healthy. Don’t give up: People give up their New Year’s resolutions because of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. So take it slow, be kind to yourself and keep trying. Resist the urge to throw your hands up and quit. You succeed through small manageable changes over time. Turn to the Lord: Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13) If Jesus is at the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success. God bless you and your loved ones with a Blessed, Happy & Healthy New Year!