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Parent Letter - 8/25/23

August 25, 2023
By Bill Sharp

Dear Warrior Nation,

Congratulations on surviving the first week of school!  Be sure to celebrate with your students.  For you long term planners in the crowd, Thanksgiving break is 13 weeks away, and you have 122 shopping days until Christmas!

I want to begin 2023-24 with short devotionals focused on the “fruits of the Spirit”; Godly character traits found in Galatians 5:22-23.  In this chapter, the apostle Paul contrasts the areas of focus in our fleshly, human character to the eternal, Godly, Spirit-filled character traits we pursue as believers.  Paul writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).  Love, listed first, is probably the most important.  The world uses the word “love” in so many contexts – what does God mean in this case?  We can break it down into 3 main types:  Philia, love between friends or family members (incidentally also the root of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love).  Eros is romantic love, between a husband and wife.  The third and most important is Agape, or selfless love.  This is the love that God has for us, which Christ demonstrated through his death on the cross.  While we can never be God, we can strive to live out our best version of this love for God and others.  We rejoice, however, in that the completion of God’s Agape love was accomplished by the resurrection and ascension of Christ three days after his death.  While it is not always easy, we should always strive to demonstrate this type of love to each other, through our words and deeds, as we practice here on Earth for our eternity in heaven with our Creator.  This opens the door to demonstrate the rest of the fruits of the Spirit more effectively.

Thank you for your excellent work navigating both morning and afternoon carline.  While there were a couple of hiccups, we still (even on the first Wednesday of the year) managed to load all cars in under 15 minutes!  Please remember that Morning Carline has two lanes that begin at the sign and go up to the drop-off point where I am directing traffic.  Keeping both lanes full of cars, when possible, will speed up the process even more.

We are finally coming to the end of our summer projects, with the elementary roof now just needing gutters and the gym 98% complete!!  We look forward to showcasing the new gym this coming Tuesday as our volleyball teams will be hosting James River Homeschool.  Be sure to come out and support our hard-working sports teams.  To check sports schedules, please see the website and check the Sports Calendar under Athletics.  Continue to check the website for picture updates.

Be blessed this weekend! We are truly grateful for the opportunity to minister to your students.

Blessings,


Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School

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