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Fall/Winter 2019

Strathroy Community Christian School’s Magazine

Jayla, Vivian, Ceilidh and Olivia added to the tapestry of their creative gifts in the Hands-On Learning Day sewing class.

The Future Is Cornerstone

God Is on the Move

“Hello!” to Our New Families


God Is on the Move By Dr. Hubert Krygsman, Principal principal@sccs.ca

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ays before the start of this school year, I received word about a family that had, a few years ago, sent their children – two boys who are now in their teens – to Strathroy Community Christian School (SCCS). Their experience at SCCS significantly changed the entire life trajectory of the boys. Had they not gone through SCCS and been loved and cared for in our school community, their lives would be entirely different, mostly without hope and lacking even basic education. This is just one of the many wonderful testimonies that I have received from families about the impact that SCCS has had on their children. And while I love how these testimonies reflect the good, faithful work of our staff, I also think that there is something – or someone – more deeply at work at SCCS. That is, God is on the move at SCCS. ‘God is on the move,’ in fact, is our theme at SCCS this year. Our vision for our students is that they have a ‘transformational’ educational experience. This does include providing excellent education that meets provincial standards, equips students for today’s world, and enables each student to grow to their own potential. But much more deeply, we aim to help students become ‘transformed’ in Jesus Christ. We want our students to know that God is at work in them, leading them to live out His purpose for them as His disciples in the world.

To do this, we also want our students to know how God is at work in the world and how they can serve Him in that world. Coming to know this can be challenging, since our world today seems so coloured by corruption and cynicism. But wherever we see the beauty of creation, the regularity of seasons, the wonderful diversity of creatures, and the awesome scale and structure of the galaxies, we know that God is faithfully preserving His world. And as our theme song God is on the Move (by 7eventh Time Down) rightly says, wherever we see people caring for others, showing love, helping those in need, and seeking justice and to set things right, we can see that God is very much at work. Realizing that God is at work in them and in the world provides the hope that our students need to find their place and fulfill their calling. Our prayer is that all of our students will experience the hope and purpose that the boys described above did, and that they will be equipped and inspired to ‘shine like stars’ for God wherever He calls them to serve in the world. Dr. Hubert Krygsman Principal

Community Calendar Dec. 16 Christmas Program (1:30 & 7:00 p.m.) Dec. 21 Christmas Break Begins Jan. 6 First Day Back to School Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 1 “Ready, Set, School!” (see ad on back page) Feb. 17 Family Day (no school) Feb. 21 EduDeo Fun Fair Mar. 6 Local PD Day Mar. 11 Hockey Tournament Mar. 13–23 Spring Break (no school) Apr. 10 Good Friday (no school) Apr. 13 Easter Monday (no school) Apr. 18 Spring Dinner Apr. 24 Bluewater District Edifide PD Day (no school) May 6 Grandparents’ & Grandfriends’ Day May 6 Spring Musical (1:30 p.m.) May 7 Spring Musical (7:00 p.m.) May 8 Local Field Day May 18 Victoria Day (no school) May 28 Celebration of Learning

Connect with Us Strathroy Community Christian School 7880 Walkers Drive Strathroy, ON N7G 3H4 519-245-1934 office@sccs.ca principal@sccs.ca www.SCCS.ca Find us on www.Facebook.com


For Everything There Is a Season By Bob Kroesbergen, Board Chair kroesbergenb@sccs.ca

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ecently, I went for a drive North toward Parry Sound. It was autumn, and the colours were on full display. It was the epitome of beauty in nature; some of God’s finest work. Every colour from green to orange to red to yellow, and so many colours that only God could name them all. A few weeks later, all of the leaves had fallen to the ground, and the landscape now seems completely different. We are reminded that there is a season for everything in Ecclesiastes 3. The beautiful colours that were evident only a short time ago have now become ground cover and will foster new growth. Now, winter is here, followed by spring when the forests will explode with new life. So begins our next season of school. New things to learn, kids to play with and time to learn about all of the wonderful things that God has created. There are so many things that God has put here for us to learn, see, and explore! May God bless you all in the next season of school and life. In Christ, Bob Kroesbergen Board Chair


Join us in Transforming SCCS into

the Creative Learning Hub of Tomorrow An innovative facility designed for spiritual, social and academic success!

Our ‘Cornerstone’ Capital Why Upgrade SCCS? Campaign has Launched! Our building’s conventional design Through the support of our caring community, SCCS is making very good use of our current facility and focusing on repairing what’s broken and upgrading what is required. We will then create a permanent creative learning centre to continue delivering quality education for our students and community. (Subject to funding.) This project has already begun and with the support of the school community, it will be complete in 2023. The public phase of our capital campaign launched in June and canvassers are approaching supporters in our community and requesting their financial support. If you have not yet been visited, and would like to learn more about our project and making a donation to the future of SCCS, please contact us! There’s still time to get your donations applied to the 2019 tax year.

was cost-effective and has served us well over the past 24 years. But times have changed and SCCS continues to strive to ensure the success of each student and community member. To do so requires changes to enable innovative programming changes today and in the future: • Differentiated learning spaces to match that of students. • Tools that students need. • Space to prepare and reflect. • Places for creativity and innovation for a wide variety of groups. • Collaborative learning zones for small and large groups. • 21st century communication technology is needed. • Music program requires separate space for children and adults to learn.

Full Steam Ahead!

For the past two summers, volunteers and businesses have tackled a list of essential improvements to the school. Remarkable new spaces and technologies were created and upgraded: • Students’ washrooms were upgraded to ensure privacy, remedy plumbing issues and install automated faucets and toilets. Washrooms are now safer and use far less water, saving the school money. • With the installation of LED lights, our school is brighter, quieter and uses less electricity. • Using the Second Chance Community Store property, we now relay a high-speed Internet signal to the school, finally allowing computers to load online information fast, whenever and however it’s needed. • Through a partnership with our IT consultant, students now have many computers that can handle the demands of daily digital work. • Our print room was transformed into an accessible washroom. • All of our windows and blinds were replaced. • A new window was added in the office to help ensure the safety and security of students. • New flooring was installed in the administrative office.


Planned for Summer 2020

Completed LED lighting throughout Energy-efficient toilets Washroom privacy upgrades Energy-efficient faucets Repainted interior doors High-speed Internet tower Upgraded desktop computers Lobby security window An accessible washroom New classroom windows

Planned for 2022–2023

(when 100% of funds are pledged)

IT storage hub New office storage Bridge team office Improved HVAC/ventilation Furnishings for new spaces New Bridge learning space Music room (in temporary portable)

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING HUB Hands-on education room Dedicated choral/band room Two music practice rooms Instrument storage room Music program office Community storage rooms New entrance to expansion Relocated school archives Additional classroom storage Universal/standard washroom Staff meeting room Staff work/print room Six science stations

Now is the Time to Show Your Support! We warmly welcome you to speak with us about making a contribution to this vital project. We pray for God’s blessing as together we build our children’s future.

Gifting Opportunities! One-Time Gift This is extremely useful to the construction of new learning spaces as it provides immediate resources to SCCS and supports the project’s ongoing development. One-Time Gift Pledge Pledge your gift today and contribute later. Multi-Year Pledge Spread your generosity over a period of one to three years, or make a monthly donation. In-Kind Gifts A donation of a product is very much appreciated. Speak with us about your talents and how you can receive tax receipts. Gifts of Securities or Personal Property Gifts in this form are also very welcome, and may be advantageous to you if you transfer them directly to SCCS. Speak with us and your financial advisor about gifts in this nature.

Learn More and Contribute Today! Please watch our campaign video and see the floorplan at www.SCCS.ca/cornerstone Marv DeVries, Campaign Chair 519-636-7418 or marv.devries8@gmail.com Hubert Krygsman, Principal 519-245-1934 or principal@sccs.ca Mail Us @ Cornerstone Strathroy Community Christian School 7880 Walkers Drive Strathroy, ON N7G 3H4


NEW FAMILIES

We thank the Lord for the new friends that He has brought to SCCS this year! The Debock Family, Peter

Josiah, Grade 2 Naomi, Grade 3 Ariella, Grade 5

The Lee Family

, Dongkyu & Dalhae (Kim) We are the Lee family; Dongkyu, Dalhae, Jason(G5), Jenna(G3), Josh(SK). We moved to London in February. Jason and Jenna are playing hockey, and Josh just started playing hockey. We are a family that loves hockey. We are very excited about our children’s school life at SCCS.

Mantler Family, Dan and Tara The Douglass Family, Jeff and Jeanine The We are excited to be part of the SCCS community. We have

We are the Douglass family – Jeff, Jeanine, Makayla (Gr 2), Gavin (Gr 1) and Aubree (JK). We currently live in London but we are moving to Strathroy in December to be closer to the school. Our kids already love the school and we look forward to connecting with other SCCS families.

The Halis Family, Yogev and Danielle Shalev, Grade 2

two daughters (Inara in Grade 3 and Talulah in Grade 1) and one son (Braxon in JK).


The Oh Family

, Chansoo and MyoungEun Lee We are the Oh family. Nice to meet you. We’re from South Korea. Our children are in Grade 5 (Jinyoung) and Grade 2 (Heejun, and Heesung are twins). At first, I was worried about new surroundings, but thanks to enthusiastic teachers and kind friends, we are getting used to it. I’m excited and looking forward to settling into our new lifestyle.

The Willer Family

, Mike and Natalie We are the Willer family: Mike & Natalie, Brody (Grade 5), Holly (Grade 4), Emmett (Grade 1) and Alice (SK). We’ve just recently moved back to Mt. Brydges and we are excited for the kids learning in a Christian school environment and making some new friends who also share the love of Jesus. We are so thankful for this new blessing in our lives!

WHY CHOOSE SCCS? The Pallant Family, Steven and Michelle Noah, Grade 6 Hannah, Grade 7

The Salomons Family, Brian and Melissa

Kaylee, Grade 1 Landon, Grade 4

The Valuck Family, Samuel and Samantha

Christ-centred education Qualified educators A caring school community Small class sizes Academic excellence Hands-on learning Arts/culture programming Excellence in sports Modern facility with mobile technologies

Rosalie, JK

The Vandergoot Family, Ed and Michelle Jack, SK Charlie, Grade 3

50% off tuition for new families in Grades 1–8 Subject to approval

Book a no-obligation tour with our principal today! 519-245-1934 principal@sccs.ca


‘Ready, Set, School!’ happens 9–11 a.m. on: Tuesday, January 21 Tuesday, January 28 Saturday, February 1 Tuesday, June 16

Register Your Child Today!

See the difference of Christ-centred early-years education during our ‘Ready, Set, School!’ event. Children born in 2015 and 2016 are welcome to join in the 100% free fun. There will be crafts, games and even snacks!

Call 519-245-1934 Complete the form at www.sccs.ca Email principal@sccs.ca

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Community Connection - Fall/Winter 2019  

It's here! Read about upcoming events, our exciting Cornerstone capital campaign, new families and so much more! As always, if you would lik...

Community Connection - Fall/Winter 2019  

It's here! Read about upcoming events, our exciting Cornerstone capital campaign, new families and so much more! As always, if you would lik...

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