*Saturday, April 13 -TAPPS State Vocal Ensemble Competition, Waco
*Saturday, April 13 – Golf Practice, Woodland Hills Golf Club, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
*Monday, April 15 – HS Track Practice, SFA Track, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, April 16 – Pizza Lunch for those who purchased
*Wednesday, April 17 – Class Pictures
*Thursday, April 18 – State Forestry Competition
*Thursday, April 18 – Kindergarten to Magnolia Court
*Thursday, April 18 – 11:45 a.m. & Noon Release for Easter Break
*Friday, April 19 – Good Friday (No Classes)
*Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday (No Classes)
Announcements & Reminders
*Save the Date
*Wednesday, April 24 – BIG Serve Final Assembly, 2:35 p.m.
*Friday, April 26 – 4-H Dog Show
*Monday, April 29 – Spring Music Program, Grace Bible Church, 6:30 p.m.
*Friday, May 10 – Secondary Play
*Thursday, May 16 – Senior Day
*Thursday, May 16 – Skate Night, Nacogdoches Skate-o-Rama, 5:30 p.m.
*Friday, May 17 – Field Day, Noon Release
*Wednesday, May 22 – Box Top Reward Cookie Cake
*Tuesday, May 28 – Academic Awards Ceremony, GCPC, 6:30 p.m.
*Friday, May 31 – Graduation, GCPC, 7:00 p.m.
*April Scripture Memory Passage: Philippians 4:6-9
Order forms went home last week for class pictures.Class pictures are being taken next Wednesday, April 17th. One order form is needed per student. Checks should be written to Trecia Johnson and money is now due. Please send your students to school well-groomed and in proper dress uniform on picture day. Please comb hair and make sure that girls wear hair accessories that complement the uniform colors. If you have any questions, please consult the uniform code in the Parent-Student Handbook or call the school office.
*Re-Enrollment and Tuition Due in May
April 2019 was the last month that 2018-19 tuition was owed. Re-enrollment money for 2019-20 is due in May. The May 2020 tuition and book fees are due by Friday, May 10th, in order to receive the 50% discount on supply and book usage fees. After May 10th, this discount will no longer apply. Tuition worksheets will be sent home again next week.The yellow highlighted amount is what is due in May. Please see Mrs. Gilbreath if you have any tuition questions.
*Teacher Appreciation Week
We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 6th-10th. We invite you to do something extra special for your child (or children’s) teachers during that week. You could bring in some flowers or baked goods or take the time to write a note or have your child write a note expressing gratitude for all their incredible hard work. The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th. This is a special time when our teachers take a break and enjoy a delicious meal together. On the day of the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, we will need several parent volunteers to supervise the students so the teachers can enjoy this special gift of appreciation. Volunteers will need to supervise students while they are at lunch and then outside for an extended recess. Please reply to this email if you can help from 11:15-12:45 on Wednesday, May 8th.Thanks in advance! Let’s lift our heroes up that week in word and deed and let them know how much we love them!
*BIG Serve Final Assembly
The BIG Serve Final Assembly is Wednesday, April 24th, at 2:35 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. On this day we will announce the total dollar amount raised and we will relive the day with our BIG Serve video. Parents are invited!
*BIG Serve Thank You Notes
Are you ready to get a jump on those personalized BIG Serve thank you notes?The school will send out a formal thank you and tax exempt letter for each BIG Serve donation, but we hope each family will send out a personalized thank you, too. The school office will send home addresses for your thank you notes soon, but if you want to get a jump on the notes, Fund Easy has a fabulous feature to help you. If you go to your family’s Fund Easy page and click on the Sponsors tab and then look on the right side of the page there is a yellow Print List button. This will give you addresses for all your sponsors. Thanks, Fund Easy, for the great feature!
All Box Tops are due Wednesday, May 15th, to be counted in this year’s competition between the field day teams. The winning team will be rewarded with a cookie cake on Wednesday, May 22nd.
*Spring Concert & Orchestra Recital
Monday, April 29th, is our Spring Concert at Grace Bible Church. The concert begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. All students performing need to wear their Dress Uniform and be seated by 6:15 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the concert. Please come out and be prepared to enjoy the outstanding performances of our students.Even if you do not have a student performing, we encourage you to attend.
*Silent Pottery Auction – May 1st-3rd
We are holding a silent pottery auction at the school this year! Pottery pieces will be displayed at school and photographs will also be emailed to parents. Bidding will end on Friday, May 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Winners will be notified by phone and email. Thank you, Rachel Shipp, for organizing our silent pottery auction! Thank you also to Ruby Woodard at Piece Maker’s Studio.
It is almost time to pay for May lunches.May Pizza lunches only are $17.25 per student. May Friday lunches only are $11.50 per student. May Tuesday and Friday lunches are $28.75 per student. Lunch payments are due by Tuesday, April 23rd.
*2019-20 Calendar News
We are still working out a few academic items on our calendar for next year, but we wanted to let you know about some important dates for the 2019-20 academic year that won’t change.
*Monday, August 26 – New Parent Orientation
*Tuesday, August 27 – First Day of School (Noon Release)
*Monday, November 25 – Sunday, December 1 – Thanksgiving Break
*Friday, December 20 – Sunday, January 5 – Christmas Break
*Monday, March 9 – Sunday, March 15 – Spring Break
*Tuesday, May 19 – Last Day of School (Noon Release)
*Thursday, May 21 – Academic Awards Ceremony
*Friday, May 22 – Graduation
From the Headmaster
Let me invite you to consider three excerpts that, taken together, provide a clear and compelling reason for Christian parents to embrace Christian education for their children. That embrace entails sacrifice and perseverance and devotion, but its eternal consequences are worth it.
Regents Academy can partner with parents with many purposes in education, but we partner most fully with those parents who read these passages and conclude:
that Huxley’s proposal is horrifying,
that Van Til’s assertions are inescapable, and
that Moses’ words are binding but ultimately freeing.
Here are the excerpts in order:
Sir Julian Huxley, advocate and founding father of evolutionary humanism:
Education must be concerned with man’s place and role in nature, and its raw material is man himself . . . a lot of cargo will have to be jettisoned [from the historically Christian model of education, in order to commit to evolutionary humanism] . . . man was not created in his present form a few thousand years ago. Mankind is not descended from Adam and Eve. . . . Children are not born with a load of original sin derived from the Fall. . . . There are no Absolutes of truth or virtue, only possibilities of greater knowledge and fuller perfection. . . . How should the new humanism’s evolutionary approach take effect in education?. . . . [It needs to be] comprehensive, in dealing with every aspect of life; it must have a unitary pattern, reflecting the unity of knowledge and the wholeness of experience. It must attempt to give growing minds a coherent picture of nature and man’s role in it, and to help immature personalities towards integration and self-realization.
(from Essays of a Humanist).
Reformed theologian and professor Cornelius Van Til:
Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality, because it alone gives the child air and food. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and theism?
(from “Antithesis in Education,” in Foundations of Christian Education).
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Do you find these compelling?