When you hear the word labor, you may think of your place of work, the holiday, or perhaps the process of giving birth. And scarcely can a woman hear the word labor and not think of pain! The process of physically birthing a baby is a painful one, but we know that seeing the face of our new son or daughter will make the pain worthwhile.
While I’m speaking of birthing in the physical sense, God also frequently births new things in us in all areas of life. In fact, we have had a lot of “labor pains” at CCA…allow me to explain what I mean:
- We went through a lengthy Headmaster transition.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all of our lives off-balance.
- We had to pivot and figure out how to navigate online learning.
- QUARANTINE! - and all of the other safety measures that interrupt our lives
- Many events, activities, and memories have been canceled or may not look the way they typically do during a normal school year.
- New families enrolled at CCA but then struggled to feel connected due to social distancing and the limitation of on-campus visitors.
None of these things have been easy! However, in the midst of these trials (that were painful at times), God has been birthing new things at CCA. We are now blessed to be under Dr. Jeffrey’s leadership. We have many new amazing families who have made Covenant their school home. We realized how resilient we are and, as a result, have grown closer to the Lord. And if you look even farther back with me, we have a history of birthing many beautiful things at our school. We adopted the classical model of education. We built Nissi to serve as the home for our Logic students. We now have baseball and football fields to host games on campus, and the list goes on.
So like in the delivery room when the doctor announces the new baby is “A BOY!” or perhaps you heard “IT’S A GIRL!” I’d like to announce something new that has arrived at CCA as a result of several birthing pains I mentioned above:
“IT’S A PARENT COUNCIL!”
Parent Council is a new organization that will help us streamline, replicate and build excitement for all of our volunteer-led events and activities, so they can grow and be strengthened year after year. Our two main goals are to build a rock-solid community and support our teachers and staff. We are looking for moms, dads, and even grandparents who have the desire to partner alongside our fabulous teachers, staff, and students to help our school thrive. I know I’m not alone in saying I have missed being with our school community this year, and it’s evident this pandemic has made us all realize how much our teachers go above and beyond for our children. I don’t ever want to take these things for granted again! Perhaps one of these questions resonates with you:
-Do you have a hidden talent or skill that you want to use to bless CCA?
-Are you new to CCA and want to meet more people?
-Are you a teacher who needs some help with a special project?
-Have you been missing or desiring the “family feel” that comes with being apart of a smaller school?
-Do you have new ideas that could benefit our school?
-Do you want to bless a teacher and help take a load off their very full plate?
Parent Council can be the answer to ALL of these questions!
While we head into this new endeavor, we are filled with anticipation and excitement for what God can do, but we also need your help! Growth, new direction, and change can be hard at first – just like the first year of having a child is challenging! When we have an infant, we need extra patience, grace, rest, and we need the love and support of family and friends to come alongside us as we learn to raise this tiny new human. It will take our entire “CCA Village” to grow our Parent Council into a flourishing and essential organization. And simply put, if you volunteer at CCA in any capacity, you are already a part of Parent Council. If you don’t currently volunteer, join us, and we will help you find your role to play in the family.
Our guiding scripture for Parent Council is “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
When we all use our gifts and come together in the name of serving Jesus, our school will thrive and bear good fruit for years to come. Volunteering is also a great way to make friends with other parents! We can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks. You can contact us at email@example.com.