Middle School Update

November 25, 2015

Thankful for God's Blessings

So, of course I'm thinking about things to be thankful for. Then, I went to church on Sunday. There was not mention of Thanksgiving, but the pastor spoke on God's blessings. We often only consider the "good" things in life to be blessings from God, but is that what He has promised? The Beatitudes are full of being blessed for things we wouldn't usually put on that list - mourning, poor in spirit, persecution. In reality, the greatest blessing God gives us is eternal life. One of my favorite verses is John 17:3. "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Eternal life isn't only a future blessing, but a present one, as well.

Another thing to consider is how well we are sharing the realities about the Christian life with our students. I was meeting with a high school student last week, and she told me that she wasn't sure of her salvation because she "didn't trust herself." I explained to her that she had to trust God, not herself. She's been at Dalat for years, came out of a Buddhist family and now believes in God, but still had questions about some of the real basics of Christianity. I encourage you to take the time to share these things with your students - in SAT groups, mentoring relationships, Bible classes, sports teams, or any time you are with students. Don't assume they already know something. Provide room for them to ask questions, and respond to them honestly. I was amazed at how much difference a 45 minute conversation could have on the life of a students. Being used by God in this way, sharing that message of the greatest blessing, eternal life, is truly something for which to be thankful.

Track and Field Day

  • Bring your water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Meet on the outdoor court when the bell rings.
  • Students should line up by grade levels. Follow the Fire Drill signs.
  • Bible teachers, take attendance and let the office know of any absences.
  • Teachers, mix yourselves up amongst the buses for supervision.
  • While at the event, all of you are responsible for supervising students. The PE department will be busy running the events. Those of you not involved need to be supervising kids. You are still the teachers. You can give discipline (time out, N's, etc.) as needed to maintain order.
  • Have fun! This is a great day to spend time with the kids.

Important Dates

Nov. 25: MS/HS Track and Field Day

Nov. 26-27: No School; American Thanksgiving

Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Science MAP testing

Dec. 1: Combined Staff

Dec. 8: MS Christmas Concert

Dec. 9: Chapel Schedule

Dec. 10: End of Q2 X Blocks

Dec. 10: 1st Comments Due

Dec. 11: Regular Schedule; No Chapel

Dec. 11: 2nd comments Due

Dec. 14-16: HS Finals; regular schedule for MS

Dec. 14: SMT Christmas Buffet

Dec. 14: 3rd comments due

Dec. 15: 4th Comments Due

Dec. 16: Final Comments due

Dec. 17: Last day

8:30-11:00 – Class Parties

11 – 12 – MS Awards Assembly

12 – 12:30: Checkout

Before you leave: grades verified

Dec. 18: Staff work day; Christmas party in the evening

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