February 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. This morning, I had the privilege of reading to our Pre-K students (as I get to do each Tuesday). We read a short book about U.S. Presidents in honor of Presidents’ Day. One president mentioned, Theodore Roosevelt, has popped up frequently in the “Quote of the Day” section of my daily reminders to high school students. One of my favorite quotes speaks to courage and effort, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Check out this quick link for more great quotes, including one about knowledge of the Bible.

Re-registration reminders may feel excessive, but we REALLY want to make sure all families interested in returning to WCS get the appropriate paperwork and fees in by Tuesday, February 28. Not only does returning the materials by February 28 avoid the $75 per child increase in registration fees, but new applications are accepted on March 1. Meaning, new families would jump ahead of existing families who do not return their re-registration by February 28. Your spot is not guaranteed if you do not return the paperwork by February 28. Currently, we have a few impacted grade levels, so we do not want you to miss out. This is not a scare tactic, but the reality of increased and increasing interest in WCS.

Tickets are running out to this year’s Foundation Dinner. We have a limited number of tickets available to the March 11 event and have 19 tables sponsored. Our previous high of table sponsorship was 13, so we are thrilled with the support and response for this year’s event. Tickets can be purchased in the elementary office, while still available. Also, keep an eye on Facebook for some great live and silent auction items.

We are excited for FFA Week at WCS. The majority of activities are geared toward our high schools students (considering FFA is a high school organization), but tomorrow is Ag Day at the elementary school. Our high school FFA students will have a host of activities and presentations to inspire and educate our K-5 students. With over 80 members, the WCHS chapter of FFA is not only one of the earliest private school chapters in California, but one of the most successful. The week culminates with a “milk the goat” fundraiser where the (un)lucky high school teacher or staff member receiving the most donations will have to milk a goat at lunchtime.

I love the written prayers in portions of scripture. Much of the New Testament is comprised of letters written to various churches for correction, encouragement, and clarification. Through the written prayers, we see the earnest desires of the author. The longing for the recipients (and all believers) to understand God and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to do amazing works. This morning, I read through Ephesians 3 and was particularly struck by the beauty of Paul’s prayer in verses 14-21. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:16-18) Have an awesome week!

God Bless,

Justin Smith
Administrator, WCS

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