A Letter to Parents 11/6/17

Parents Partners of SSBA,

Tragedy struck our community yesterday, but we know God works all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28).  Each one of us are in some way affected by the events that took place in Sutherland Springs and my heartfelt condolences go out to anyone in our school community who have lost loved ones in this diabolical and cowardly act.  I want to remind you that my office is always open and I will make myself available if you need to talk.  Certainly, our teachers have been instructed to be extra sensitive to the emotional needs of their students as we move forward.  And that is our focus in the classroom: moving forward and allowing you as a parent to work through this appropriately with your child with our prayerful support.  Parents, if you need resources for counseling or helping your child process what happened, please come see me.

I also wanted to take the time to assure you that we have protocols in place for dealing with incidents on campus.  Our school is as safe as it can be and the teachers and staff here have all been reminded of those procedures as well as the importance of always remaining vigilant.  The physical safety of our students is our highest daily priority.

Finally, you may be asking why and how something like this could happen here.  The Bible is clear we live in a world that’s cursed by sin.  Everything, everywhere is tainted by man’s rebellion against his Creator and the fruit of that rebellion is death (Rom. 6:23, James 1:15). But, the Bible also assures us of the hope of eternal life that we have only through Christ (Rom. 6:23).  Jesus tells us in the world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).  I realize that while those answers are biblically correct, the reality is it’s a lot harder to accept that truth when it happens in your backyard.  Yet, I remind you that it’s still the truth and only the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is going to provide sufficient answers for us.  I invite you to be take comfort with me in the truth that God “draweth nigh unto the brokenhearted…” (Ps. 34:18).

And our hearts are broken because we have an innate, God-given sense of justice and mercy and, frankly our souls know this was evil.  But, there is coming a day when Christ will return in glory and wipe away every tear, right every wrong, and judge all evil.  We’re told in scripture to “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which [have died] in Jesus will God bring with Him.” 2 Thessalonians 4:13-14. As Pastor Bret is fond of saying, keep looking up!

In Christ,

Jason Taylor, M.Ed.
Principal

School Portraits

 

 

 

Pictures are available for pick-up this week in the office.  Office hours are Mon-Fri, 7:30-5:00.  Pictures must be returned and/or payment received NO LATER THAN COB on Friday, November 3rd.

If you have any questions, please call the school office.

Parent Letter – 10/19/17

Harvey Assistance – Items Needed & Collection Points

2017 SSBA Chapel Schedule

March Students of the Month

Congratulations!

Top row, l-r: Tori Leeper, Bailey Conlee, Aleczander Cervates, John Marshall Langerlaan, Kadyn Zamzow

Front row, l-r: McKayla Tyndall, Kyra Miller, Sadie Barnes, Collin Blackburn, Eliza Merrifield,

Not pictured: Riley Martinez

More Than A Feeling

There’s a saying among (right handed) guitar players: “Your left hand is what you know, but your right hand is what you feel.”  The left hand is used to form actual chords which had to be learned over time, and the right hand is simply used to play the strumming or picking pattern.  While the right hand is instrumental, it’s secondary to what the left hand is doing as it forms chords.  The left hand had to learn information about the chords, develop hand strength, take time to toughen up the fingertips, and to change chords not only quickly, but smoothly as muscle memory is developed with every hour of practice.  In comparison, the right hand simply strums, incorporating different patterns and styles to create the feel, the emotion, if you will, of the song.  There are many songs with the same chords played in the same sequence, but they feel drastically different because of the various strumming patterns of those songs.

The chord hand is objective.  That hand is truth.  The other hand is feeling.  But both are vital play well.  Someone may know every chord under the sun, but if their right hand only knows one strumming pattern, then it will dramatically take away from the feel of the song even if the correct chord or note is being played.  On the other hand (pun intended), if someone has a knack for using strumming patterns effectively, but can’t play the chords correctly, it will sound like noise, not music.  They are both important sides of the same coin, but the chord hand is the one that’s foundational.  Anyone can bang away on guitar strings and it will sound awful; there has to be some knowledge of the objective truth of guitar chords to make the instrument do what it was designed to do.

In a similar way, Jesus tells us our worship must be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  Jesus wasn’t so much defining worship as He was describing how to worship.  The Woman at the Well whom Jesus was addressing in John chapter 4, knew what worship was, but He had to remove the cultural limits that had been placed on worship in their society as well as cut straight to the sin issues in her personal life of which she needed to repent.  He was saying that worship is not bound to a specific time or place, instead, genuine worship is about the posture of the heart, rather than the body (John 4:21-23).

Essentially, Jesus corrected her assumptions regarding worship and explained principles vital for you and I to understand as well.  Jesus described how we must worship the Father by using two words: spirit and truth.  The spirit referred to is not the Holy Spirit, but rather our rational soul, mental disposition, will, attitude, etc.  The truth Jesus speaks of is the word of God (John 17:17).  The Bible is the source of ultimate truth and therefore the standard against which all other truth claims should be measured.

Understanding how these two are related is fundamental to our understanding of how to worship: it ought to be an enthusiastic, vibrant, grateful outpouring of our spirit.  But those emotions rightly understood are in response to the truth revealed to us in the Scriptures.  Emotion that’s not anchored by the truth results in little more than a fleeting, pseudo-spiritual experience.  At the same time, worship that’s theologically sound yet devoid of emotion lands you in the other ditch.  Both have to be rightly understood in their respective roles to maintain balance.  When our focus is so much on the emotional aspect of our worship that we neglect the truth, we are like a guitar that’s being strummed without engaging the strings on the fretboard–just noise.  But when our minds are engaged by the truth of who God has revealed Himself to be and our emotions overflow into song as we ponder and meditate on the truth, we, like a guitar properly played, sing the way our Father created us to sing.

“God is king of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” Ps. 47:7

Jason Taylor

March Gladness & Door Prizes, Picture Day

March 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

I have just a few reminders/announcements. First, our March Gladness Spring Festival is on Friday, March 31st, from 6:00-8:00 pm. We are asking our parent partners to provide 2 bags of candy per family to be given as prizes at the festival. Please give the candy to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, March 24th. We are also asking for donations for door prizes. If you know of a business in the community that would like to make a donation, please let me know. All our donors’ logos will be on display at the event. Contribution letters are available at the school office for their records.

Also, next month you will receive a link to our school survey at the e-mail address you provided in your enrollment paperwork. This is a general satisfaction survey, but there will be a place for specific comments. The purpose of this anonymous survey is to give every parent partner an opportunity to let us know how we’re doing as we strive to be the school God intends us to be, so thank you in advance for your participation.

Finally, spring pictures are next week on Tuesday, March 7th, and Thursday, March 9th. Please wear Sunday best for these pictures and see the monthly event calendar for your child’s day.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Jason Taylor, M.Ed.
Assistant Principal

February 2017 Students of the Month

Congratulations to our SSBA Students of the Month – February 2017:

Front row, l-r: Wyatt Moore, Koralynn Hernandez; Second row, l-r: Paisley Pawlik, Makenna Burger, McKenzie Bienek, Jeremiah Hamilton; Top row, l-r: Evan Kinnebrew, Gavin McCreary, Jared Null, Addison Ruiz, and Khloe Valdez

Congratulations, students!  We give all glory to God.

-Mr. Taylor

2017 SSBA Science Fair

Students, you all did outstanding on your projects!  Here are a few pictures showing what a fantastic job you did.  A huge thank you to all our incredible parents and to our judges for helping us out this year!  Great job by Mrs. Myerly, who spearheaded the Science Fair and all our teachers for supporting her.

Science Fair awards will be presented on Wednesday, February 1st, in the auditorium during chapel.

 

One of our judges (who prepares students for science fairs at the national level) was particularly impressed with this student’s project.