News Of the Week
*Saturday, September 15 – JH & HS Cross County Meet, Tyler
*Monday, September 17 – 4-H Robotics Club, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
*Monday, September 17 – Cross Country Practice, Soccer Fields, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, September 18 – Ladies’ Sacred Ensemble Rehearsal, 7:10 a.m.
*Tuesday, September 18 – Scoliosis Screenings
*Tuesday, September 18- Pizza Lunch for those who purchased
*Tuesday, September 18 – Spelling Club, 3:35-5:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, September 18 – JH Volleyball Practice, New Hope Gym, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, September 18 – HS Soccer Practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
*Wednesday, September 19 – TAPPS Meeting, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
*Thursday, September 20 – Men’s Sacred Ensemble Rehearsal, 7:10 a.m.
*Thursday, September 20 – JH Volleyball Practice, New Hope Gym, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
*Thursday, September 20 – Cross Country Practice, Pecan Park, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Friday, September 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 11:45 a.m. & Noon Release
*Friday, September 21 – HS AWAY Soccer Game, Longview, 5:00 p.m.
*Saturday, September 22 – JH & HS Cross County Meet, Palestine
*Saturday, September 22 – JH Golf Club, Woodland Hills Golf Club, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Announcements & Reminders
*Save the Date
*Monday, September 24 – Vision Screenings, GCPC
*Wednesday, September 26 – Teacher In-Service, Noon Release
*Wednesday, October 3 – Individual Pictures
*Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day, No School
*Wednesday, October 10 – PSAT Given at School, $25
*Friday, October 12 – End of First Quarter
*Friday, November 16 – Noon Release for Thanksgiving Break
*Monday, November 26 – Return after Thanksgiving Break
*Monday, December 3 – Christmas Program, Grace Bible Church, 6:30 p.m.
*September Scripture Memory Passages: Proverbs 6:16-22
Friday, September 21st, marks our halfway point for the first quarter. On this day, we will have an 11:45 a.m. and noon release. There will be no Hot Lunch and no After School Care. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled from 1:15-5:00 p.m. First Quarter Progress Reports will be handed out at these conferences. If you do not attend a conference, progress reports will be emailed on Monday, September 24th. There is a sign up table for conference times in the front hall of the school. You may also call the school office at 559-7343 and Mrs. Gilbreath will be happy to sign you up. As in the past, we ask that there would be no students on campus during Parent-Teacher Conferences in order to minimize the possibility of distractions.
*Enrolling in 4-H
Here is the link to enroll in 4-H. https://texas.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D4079444C6D387A6E595A2F6F3D You do not sign up or pay for 4-H at Regents. Enrolling in 4-H MUST be done with the above link for 4-H Connect.
*Robotics Club – Monday, September 17th
The 4-H Robotics Club will have their first meeting next Monday, September 17th, from 3:45-5:00 p.m. in the Great Room. The Robotics Club is open to 3rd graders and older. Club members will be working with Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robots. They will learn to program them, use them to complete challenges and tasks, and hopefully enter some competitions this year. If you have your own Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot, feel free to bring it to the first meeting. You do not have to be a member of 4-H for this first meeting, so just come and learn more about robotics. If you are interested after the first meeting, then you will need to enroll in 4-H by the 2nd meeting on October 1st. You enroll in 4-H by going to 4-H Connect at https://texas.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D4079444C6D387A6E595A2F6F3D . We look forward seeing you in Robotics Club!
*Junior High Golf Club – Saturday, September 22nd
Practices for the Regents Academy Golf Club will start back on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Golf Club. Practices will be on September 22 & 29, October 13 & 27, and November 3 & 10. Spring dates will be announced later. All students in 6th grade and up are invited. Younger children may participate, but must have a parent present at practices.
*Butter Braid Fundraiser
On Wednesday, October 3rd, you will have the chance to taste our yummy Butter Braid samples at drop-off in the morning. For those of you who may not know about Butter Braid: Butter Braid pastries are delicious frozen pastries that come in a number of tasty varieties that our families and friends truly enjoy. Many families find them to be great treats for the holidays. Start making your list of folks to contact, including coworkers, neighbors, family members, and friends. Order forms will go home the day of the tasting. Keep in mind: we will only be selling for two weeks. The DEADLINE to turn in your orders is Wednesday, October 17th.
*October Hot Lunch Money – Due by Monday, September 24th
October Pizza lunches only are $28.75 per student. October Friday lunches only are $23.00 per student. October Tuesday and Friday lunches are $51.75 per student. Lunch payments are due by Monday, September 24th.
Regents Academy will be conducting spinal screenings for students in 6th and 9th grades or any new students next Tuesday, September 18th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. More information will be coming home soon.
The PSAT will be given at school on Wednesday, October 10th. The cost of the test is $25.00. 9th-11th grade students are encouraged to take this test. Please see Mrs. Gilbreath to sign up and pay. We have a limited number of spots available. The deadline for registering and paying for this test is Friday, September 21st.
From the Headmaster
Fair warning. Here is “cynical me” speaking. Two things are sure at our private Christian school: tuition payments and squabbles. (Maybe I’m just speaking from my inner Ben Franklin – you know, death and taxes!). Well, there is not much I can do about the tuition payments. We have to pay our teachers and keep the lights on. However, there is something we can do about the squabbles. Conflicts are inevitable among any group of people, but God, by His abundant grace in Christ, enables us to live in peace as a community of peacemakers.
If you drop 50 things on the living room floor but do nothing to pick them up, by the end of the day the room will be a complete mess. But if you drop 50 things on the floor and pick each up immediately after it hits the floor, the room will be clean at the end of the day. Likewise, we may have any number of conflicts along the way, but if we’re careful to clean up each one, at the end of the day we will have a healthy relationship. But if we let the conflicts hit and leave them there, we end up with messy relationships cluttered with anger and resentment and bitterness.
One of the best resources out there for learning how to live together in peace is the work of Ken Sande and Peacemakers. His little book Resolving Everyday Conflict is a treasure of biblical wisdom and insight. Below are a number of selections from the first chapter, “The Nature of Conflict: What It Is and Where It Comes From.” Let’s learn together the grace and skill of peacemaking so that we can glorify God together in our school community.
In the Bible, God gives us a powerful way to respond to conflict. Our natural approach to conflict is to focus on what an opponent did to us. Yet if we try to resolve conflict by focusing only on what someone else did wrong, we never reach a real solution. God’s approach begins with us understanding the gospel—everything Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross. Through the gospel, God treats us with extraordinary, unearned kindness. And his gracious response to us gives us power to respond to others in an entirely new way. Once we understand how the good news of Jesus empowers real reconciliation, we can begin to learn and apply God’s practical steps to peacemaking.
Peacemaking comes naturally to no one. It always goes against our normal human impulses. But the more we draw on God’s power, and the more we wrestle with and obey what God teaches, the more effectively we can work out disagreements with others.
As Christians we can’t escape conflict. Maybe you have picked up the idea that being a good person will help you steer clear of major clashes. If you try hard to do right, then people won’t disrespect or mistreat you. Or perhaps you have been taught that if you do clash with others, turning to God for help will effortlessly make everything better. Life as a Christian doesn’t work that way.
While many conflicts bring disastrous results, conflict isn’t always bad. Even the most mature of Christians experience conflict and can come out better for it.
The Bible teaches that some conflicts come from God-given diversity. Many of our differences aren’t about right or wrong; they are simply the result of these God-designed personal preferences. What God desires is unity, not uniformity.
Other conflicts result from simple misunderstandings. There isn’t a person on earth who communicates perfectly, whether speaking or listening.
Although much conflict is the natural result of God-given diversity and simple misunderstandings, many conflicts are the result of sinful attitudes and desires that lead to sinful words and actions.
The sinful root of conflict is really idolatry. As Christians, we know we should want what God wants, but when we allow an idol to control our hearts, we only want what we want. The one cure for idolatry is to look to God himself, returning him to his rightful first place in our lives and deciding we want his will for us above any other desire.
The good news is that conflict doesn’t need to ruin our lives. The grand theme of the Bible is reconciliation. We only have to read about four pages into the Bible—approximately five hundred words—before we see mankind leap into sin and experience separation from God and each other. Yet the whole of the rest of Scripture discloses God’s incredible plan to bring back to himself a human race that willfully walked away
Unresolved conflict brings tragic results. When people lock horns at home or work, with friends, or in a courtroom, relationships are often severely damaged. Conflict robs us of time, energy, money, and opportunities. When we pause and realize the destructive nature of conflict, we discover how desirable peace really is.
Peace is worth our greatest effort. The Bible tells us that we should “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). The Greek word in this verse that is translated “make every effort” means to strive eagerly . . . earnestly . . . diligently. It’s a word that a trainer of gladiators might have used when he sent men to fight to the death in the Coliseum: “Make every effort to stay alive today!” Peace is worth that life-and-death effort. If we want to enter into all the peace God has for us, we have to give it our all.
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