*Saturday, February 22 – HS Boys Playoff Game, Tyler, 2:00 p.m.
*Monday, February 24 – 11th & 12th Grade Students to SFA Forestry Tour
*Monday, February 24 – BIG Serve Kick Off , Great Room, 5:30 p.m.
*Monday, February 24 – Track, SFA Track, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, February 25 – Jerusalem & Kampala House Picnics
*Tuesday, February 25 – Pizza Lunch for those who purchased
*Wednesday, February 26 – Individual Picture Retakes
*Wednesday, February 26 – Staff Work Day, 11:45 a.m. & Noon Release
*Thursday, February 27 – Robotics, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
*Thursday, February 27 – Track, SFA Track, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Friday, February 28 – 11th Grade Students to SFA STEM Day
*Friday, February 28 – Chicken Express for those who purchased
*Friday, February 28 – Regents Got Talent, Calvary Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.
*Saturday, February 29 – Robotics, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Announcements & Reminders
*Save the Date
*Thursday, March 5 – Family Basketball Night, New Hope Church, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
*Friday, March 6 – Noon Release for Spring Break
*Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 – Spring Break
*Thursday, March 19 – 6th – 8th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
*Friday, April 3 – BIG Serve
*Wednesday, April 15 – Class Pictures
*Friday, April 17 – 4-H Dog Show
*Monday, April 27 – Spring Concert
*Friday, May 8 – Secondary Drama Performance, Calvary Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.
*Friday, May 15 – Athletic Banquet
*Tuesday, May 19 – Field Day
*Tuesday, May 19 – Last Day of School, Noon Release
*BIG Serve Kick Off – Monday, February 24th, Great Room, 5:30 p.m.
It’s almost Big Serve season! As you know, the Big Serve is our yearly school-wide service project and fundraiser. The Big Serve Kickoff, which is coming up on Monday, February 24th, from 5:30 till 6:30 p.m. is an opportunity for you to hear more about how to participate in this year’s Big Serve. You’ll hear about the fundraising process, the Legacy Fund, and corporate sponsorships, as well as about the big day of service our students, parents, and staff take part in. This is an event for the whole family, and it will take place in the Great Room at the school. There will be snacks and fellowship, and also door prizes. This is a great opportunity for fellowship with other parents and also a great time for new and new-er families to learn more about how to participate in the Big Serve. Please let the office know if you have any questions about this event. We hope to see you there!
*Individual Picture Make Ups – Wednesday, February 26th
A few parents have asked about the possibility of retaking their children’s school pictures. Photographer Trecia Johnson struggled to get the lighting right when she took student pictures last fall in the Great Room (not in the library as in the past), and so she is very happy to retake anyone’s pictures next week. Trecia wants you to be completely satisfied. If you would like your child’s pictures to be taken over again, please reply to this email and let Mrs. Gilbreath know. Picture retakes are happening next Wednesday, February 26th.
We know some of you have previously mentioned retakes to Mrs. Gilbreath, but we really need you to reply to this email so we have an accurate count. There will be NO cost for the retakes.
Once, you have replied to this email, Mrs. Gilbreath will send home a picture order form.
Thank you for your understanding!
Staff Work Day – Wednesday, February 26th
One day each fall and spring our teachers take a half day to participate in additional training and complete projects. Next Wednesday, February 26th, is our Staff Work day for the spring. We appreciate our parents picking up their children early on these days, and we hope that students will enjoy their short day! KPrep-3rd grade will be released at 11:45 a.m., and grades 4 and up will be released at noon. There will be no lunch on this day, no Ensemble rehearsals, and no After School Care.
*Regents Got Talent – February 28th
Do you have a talent or skill you would like to show off? Then come and sign-up for the 1st Annual Regents Got Talent sponsored by the class of 2020! Sign-up sheets are located in the office. There will be 3 divisions: 1st-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, & 9th-11th Grade. There will be a $5 entry fee for each contestant per entry. Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd places in each division. The talent show will be February 28th at Calvary Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. The proceeds from this event will go towards the seniors’ graduation party. If you have any questions, please contact one of the seniors or Mrs. Gilbreath.
*Family Basketball Night & TAPPS Chili Fundraiser – Thursday, March 5th
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 5th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at New Hope Gym for Family Basketball Night and TAPPS Chili Fundraiser. For $7 an adult or $5 a child (5 & younger), you can enjoy chili & fixins. Proceeds from this night will help raise money for the state TAPPS competition. This fun family event is for anyone in the school. Please come out and eat chili and enjoy watching our basketball players compete against adults. This promises to be an enjoyable evening! Players will need to bring their uniforms, and parents are encouraged to come and play.
*2020-21 School Calendar
The academic calendar for next school year is now available at regentsacademy.com under the Resources tab. Also, a paper copy is being sent home with report cards.
From the Headmaster
My friend and fellow headmaster Ron Gilley from Trinitas Christian School in Pensacola, Florida, recently shared some wise words, and I’m passing them on here. In “A Case for Cloistering,” Mr. Gilley offers compelling reasons to value the experience of our children attending a small classical Christian school. What do you think?
Throughout the ages Christian monks have cloistered to free themselves from the ungodly influence of the outside world. The seclusion and the freedom from the day-to-day rat race provided them increased opportunity for study and prayer that was not otherwise available. That tradition gave us some fine scholarly work in areas as diverse as Christian doctrine and agriculture. Indeed, Western Christian thought and heritage was preserved by such cloistering. In our age of mega schools and assembly line secular education, I want to suggest that Christian children can benefit from the cloister-like atmosphere at a small classical Christian school.
One of the problems with a statement like that is Christians are called to spread the Gospel in the world, and that is hard to do when cloistered. But I am not calling for all Christians to withdraw from the world. I am merely suggesting that we should provide our children with the shelter and safety necessary to grow strong in the faith before we send them to spread the Gospel and do battle in the world.
I often quote or paraphrase G.K. Chesterton who maintained that education is the “transfer of a way of life.” God’s people are commanded by God to transfer a Christian way of life to our children, and not just for three hours on Sunday morning (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Every education, whether in the public school, the prep school, or the small but serious Christian school is transferring a way of life to the children who are imbibing it. What Chesterton seems to have seen so clearly is that children of school age are in their formative years. I would add that the God who makes children made them that way for their own good—see again Deuteronomy 6. Children are learning and practicing now for the kinds of adults they will eventually become. They are being formed by their every encounter. And that is why cloistering is so important for Christian children.
We all can recall instances from our childhoods that remain with us for life. The negative ones seem most powerful, whether sights we should not have seen, fights we were not prepared for, or conversations that opened our eyes to ideas we were not yet mature enough to process. Perhaps even more powerful and lasting are the instances we do not recall—not even so much instances as the filler between the instances that was simply residue of the environment we were in. Both the instances and the residue are part of who we are now as adults, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to undo the damage. When we were children, our foundations were being formed, and a lot happened while the concrete of those foundations was still wet. Now the concrete is dry and we are stuck with the damage.
It can be different for our children. I have heard all the arguments against sending children to small Christian schools, but I have also lived the success of it with my own children. While they are not perfect and their small classical Christian school was no Utopia, the concrete in their foundations is beginning to harden with far fewer eternal imperfections and flaws than my own. The keys to this formation were community and purpose. Every school is a community, complete with its own purpose and a culture that flows from that purpose. What I am proposing, then, is that a small classical Christian school has the right community and purpose to produce a nurturing culture for Christian children, one that trains them up in the way they should go, coming alongside the church and family that are also working to do just that for their children.
Consider that your own children are being formed right this minute into what they will always be. Every encounter they have along the path of education is building their foundations, even transferring to them a way of life. Now is the time to cloister them away with their own people in a place where you can know that the foundation being laid is for the glory of God and the eternal good of your children. Do not be fooled into enrolling them in a school that has a different purpose.