August 31 Home Communicator – Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! Teachers have been busily preparing their classrooms and materials in anticipation for the new academic year, and are eager to meet their new students. After some time away, students are eager and a little nervous to see their new classroom and meet old friends and make new friends. Parents are following some old routines and learning many new ones as another school year begins. It has been a long summer of preparation with many zigs and zags, but seeing the students filling our halls and classes has made everything worth it.
I thought I would share a glimpse of our teacher in-service last week Thursday. We had our typical meetings and scheduled events, but we had an opportunity to worship together. It is my understanding that this is not able to occur as a result of many COVID-19 restrictions last year. It was so awesome that we could spend time together as brothers and sisters in Christ and praise his Almighty Name. One particular song, “In Christ Alone”, was very fitting. Our school theme for this year is “In Christ Alone”. With the many distractions and obstacles that come our way this year, we are reminded that our focus is in Christ Alone. The opportunity of worship was a beautiful place to give God the glory.
Another portion of our teacher in-service was a time of fellowship and building of community. During this time, teachers were asked to share what makes HCS special. I enjoyed hearing the different responses and will share some of them with you now. Responses from teachers shared that Christ-centered education, parent support, community, rooted in Christ, firm faith statements, and a sense of belonging to a family as being some of what makes HCS special. There are many more that I want to include, but I recognize that you may start just skimming past to the next paragraph if it gets too long. The many examples and descriptions of what make HCS special are encouraging and help remind us that we are part of a special school. We really are.
I am excited to witness how God will use our theme of “In Christ Alone” this year. I encourage all of us to keep our focus on Christ alone in our personal lives and at Hudsonville Christian School. It is my hope that we have a wonderful school year. Let Christ be the one we place full trust in as we continue to recognize that through many changes that we face, God’s word and promises endure forever. Please continue to keep Hudsonville Christian School in your prayers as together we carry out this amazing and awesome task of raising our children through Christian education.
In His Service,
Devon K. Brinks, Superintendent