August 30 Home Communicator – The halls are once again filled with children. Some of them were a bit apprehensive while others were acting like they have been waiting for weeks for this day! There is nothing quite like the first day of school for children, teachers and parents. It is really, really good to have the hallways filled once again.
This summer has been quite different around school with all of the construction going on. The quiet hallways, the lack of activity around school, never really came. Although the “quiet time” did not come, I was blessed in so many other ways over the last three months. I met so many people who spent their summer helping to construct … or reconstruct new places at HCS. Some of the workers knew of our school and some did not; but it seemed everyone we met truly cared about HCS. We had several opportunities this summer to have lunch together, sometimes with as many as 40 workers. Parents brought in cookies and drinks to share with the workers as well on a daily basis. In some ways, although the school building may have looked at “its worst” at times this summer, the school community in many ways was at its best.
I also had many opportunities this summer to welcome new families to HCS; some of them from nearby, while others have come from other countries. This year we will be welcoming new children into our school from 3 School to 8th grade and every grade in between.
Last Tuesday, our entire HCS staff was involved in a retreat at Camp Blodgett. Part of the day was spent in meetings, but the majority was spent in worship, both with song and Scripture. Pastor Tim Brown reminded us as we sat and listened to him recite the Sermon on the Mount that, as complicated as life gets sometimes, our job is still to be the salt and light of the earth to these children we see each day. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
Our retreat ended with all of us participating in communion, celebrating the fact that we are “One” as an HCS staff in Him, who is The One. Although much has changed in our school building these past three months, our focus has not changed at all with His children.
Please pray with us and for us each day as we continue to partner with you in challenging minds and lives of the children for Him!
Serving Him together,
Dan Pott, Superintendent