Afghanistan, delta variant, RSV, hurricane Ida, masks, CRT, and the list goes on. It seems like we are in this never-ending cycle of bad news and extreme challenges. But we’re not.
We live in one of the most incredible times in history. We live in a society that dwells in abundance compared with so many other people in the world, including the Afghan refugees coming to America. We live in an almost futuristic time of advanced technology, medicine, transportation, manufacturing, communication, and much more.
As I think about this time and the upcoming harvest season, I am reminded of the many blessings that come from above. Lamentations 3:22-23 says 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. God’s mercies are new every morning. As I write this on Thursday morning, it is 59 degrees out on a crystal clear morning in central Indiana. God has graciously given you and me another day. Another day to serve Him, be a help or encouragement to others, and rejoice and be glad.
In the Old Testament passage of Habakkuk 3:17-19, Habakkuk was lamenting the challenges of his day. As he reflected on those challenges, he ended up on a positive note in verse 18.
17Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit is on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, 18 yet I will exult in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! 19 GOD the Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer; He makes me walk upon the heights!
So let’s help ourselves and our kids know that every day is a blessing from the Lord, and we have the opportunity to determine the lens we use to view the day. I choose to view this day as a day full of mercies and a blessed opportunity to serve God and others.
Cultural Intelligence Taskforce
This school-based committee is made up of parents, administrators, and school board members, providing open dialogue and the development of strategies to ensure ethnic diversity in our school community. We would like to expand the makeup of the taskforce and encourage families of all ethnic or national heritage to consider being part of the team. To date, we have had only three people respond to be part of this taskforce. If you would like to be a part of this task force, please contact my Executive Assistant, Melissa Underwood at email@example.com.
COVID Count Update
Questions About Transparency of COVID+ Reporting
We have had some families who are concerned that we may not be reporting our COVID+ cases at school with complete transparency. This is very understandable based on the way that the state health department reports information. If you go to the Indiana Department of Health COVID dashboard, you can search by school name to see the positive count in your school. If you search for Traders Point Christian School, you will see that the IDOH is reporting a total school COVID count (see image below) of 21 positive cases, and I am reporting in the chart above that we 12 total student cases. If you notice in the image below that when you hover over the icon pointed to by the yellow arrow, it states that those are numbers for the 2020-2021 school year, not this year. In reality, those numbers are inaccurate because we had more than 21 positive cases last year.
Dr. Box, in her report with the Governor last week, stated that they recognize that this rereporting is inaccurate for this year. The state is trying to add a drop-down box so people can select the year when looking at the information. If you have any questions about our reporting practices, please feel free to reach out to me.
TPCS COVID Related Absence Learning Plan
Students with a COVID+ absence will be provided the opportunity for online learning within three days of a parent notifying the school. Online learning will remain available for up to 14 days. Attendance will be taken and will count towards the student's record. Student athletes who are absent as a COVID+, close contact in a household setting, or for a voluntary COVID reason are not eligible to participate in sports during their absence.
Lower School students are expected to log in for Morning Meeting each day via the Google link their teacher provides. The teacher will determine if the student needs to log in for any additional class time and will provide the appropriate instructions and links via email.
Upper School students are required to log in at the start of each block period or class for attendance. The teacher will then determine how long the student is expected to remain online.