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Effective Parenting - February

February 08, 2018
By Dr. P. Ogborne

I want to write a book. The title will be "Children need more Scars" Copies will go on sale after I retire and have enough time to put it together. In the meantime I want to propose to all our parents that children need more real life experience that tests them and puts trials in their face. The generation that is being nicknamed "snowflakes" is a result of pampering and protection that is unheard of in my lifetime. The removal of tribulations and adversity is not good parenting or biblical. Rather it is the opposite. When you read passages such as James 1:2 or 1 Peter 1:6-7 you quickly realize that God has placed trials in our paths as teaching tools to develop our faith. As good parents, we need our children to face as many challenges as possible that are not dangerous or immoral, but are opportunities to face and overcome with biblical and parental assistance. To wish that they never face an emotional or physical scar is to remove the experience  they need to battle through life's many storms and have the fortitude to show God's grace through it all.

Dr. Mosbacker, a prominent blogger in the Christian school community has written an excellent article on this issue as well. Pick up his comments by clicking here.

So when trials come, join with the Apostle James  and "count it all joy" as God will show up and comfort and guide your children through it. 

Effective Parenting

January 18, 2018
By Dr. P. Ogborne

Over the years there have been many times that I have had parents in my office seeking counsel for dealing with various aspects of parenting advice, ideas to help curb some discipline challenges at home, advice on how to address a problem with boundaries, and other times just a sense of exasperation on the difficulties of parenting.  The realization is that parenting is hard.  Been there, done that.

In my desire to be able to help and provide good sound biblical advice I have come across many books, videos and poignant articles that have been extremely timely and helpful.  Starting this month we will be featuring an article, video link or book review from those resources once a month as part of our Effective Parenting in a Defective World Blog series.

To start us off here is a great article from our friends at Love & Logic discussing the struggle to find appropriate consequences for discipline.

Love & Logic Article

 

Gratefulness

December 21, 2017
By Dr. P. Ogborne

The Christmas season is upon us, and I pray that the Christmas break will draw your family together in a manner that puts Christ in focus in all that you do. The Bethlehem journey, that we celebrated with heartfelt praise last Thursday, is all about moving closer to our Saviour. We are thankful, as a school, that we have been part of your journey as we seek to educate your child for the future. One of the key points to the training the teachers have received from Profound Learning, is to prepare students to be “future ready”. As educators, we can unfortunately limit our vision to focus on preparing these young lives to move on to high school or university/college, and then obtain a job so they can move on as successful individuals. All in all a good plan, but not a complete one. Profound Learning talks about helping children to close their gaps in knowledge, and the teachers work diligently at understanding each child's progress in the various classes.

Ultimately, the gap each child needs to deal with is found in Isaiah 59:2:  "... but your iniquities have made a separation (gap) between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear".  More importantly, "future ready"  means being prepared for eternity. Our task at PCS is not only about academics, but it is also about helping the students understand what it means to surrender their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, we want their future to have heaven as its final destination.

So as we wind down this portion of the school year, I trust you can reflect on God's goodness in the development of your child.  We have been blessed with many opportunities to see God at work. Students have grasped the 21st Century aspects that have been introduced into the classrooms, and the delivery of the curriculum has been enhanced through technological advancements.  Your faithfulness and generosity in support of the school have put us in a stronger financial picture going into the new year. We are at the highest student attendance in our 32 year history, with several grades already full and waiting lists for many. Tours for the fall start in September are at a record level, with our Junior Kindergarten class already well on its way to being 50% full by the end of January. God is leading us into some exciting years ahead!

As you enjoy this time of celebration, may this season of Hope and Peace resound throughout your homes.  We look forward to the New Year here at PCS, as we seek to guide each current and future student academically but, more importantly, spiritually into a personal relationship with the One who journeyed to this earth so they may truly be “Future Ready”.

 

PCS Uniforms

November 16, 2017
By Dr. P. Ogborne

As the seasons change, so does the type of apparel that is worn by the students.  This necessitates a few reminders regarding the school’s policies on uniforms, guiding principles, and some reminders of what is acceptable and what is not.  It’s never an easy conversation with a student when something with their uniform is not quite right.  We broach the subject with discretion and make every effort to make sure the student isn’t singled out or embarrassed.  However, your help in reviewing the guidelines with your child and discussing what is appropriate, will go a long way in alleviating any uniform discussions.

PCS has adopted standardized school apparel for our students that helps develop an environment conducive to learning and respectful behaviour. There are three principles that guide our thinking here — modesty, neatness and cleanliness.  School apparel must be clean and in good condition and must meet the styles and logo requirements laid out in the PCS Dress Code policy in the Parent/Student Handbook (pgs. 24-27), as well as in some specific highlights found on the website.

There are some areas that seem to cause the most common challenges when it comes to uniforms:

  • Pants - please remember that the appropriate style for pants is khaki or semi-dress.  Track pants, jeans, leggings and sweatpants are not appropriate everyday wear.  The only exceptions would be our JK, SK, and Grades 1-3 classes, as they do not use the change rooms for Gym class.  They are allowed to wear solid black track pants on gym days only, for the whole day.
  • Non-PCS tops - Students are free to wear non-PCS sweaters and jackets when playing outside. However, when they are inside the school (hallways and classrooms), they are to only wear      PCS- logoed tops.  Many times, students say that they are cold when inside.  They are gently reminded that there is a PCS Hoodie available, and that they are also allowed to wear an undershirt beneath their PCS polo, provided it is solid white or black.
  • Non-Uniform Day Apparel - These days are meant to be fun.  However, it is still important that all clothing maintain our three principles of modesty, neatness and cleanliness.  On occasion, we have had to speak to students about overly loose or tight fitting clothing, as well as appropriateness of slogans, pictures, etc.   

If ever you or a student has a question or concern about uniforms, please do not hesitate to stop in for a chat or drop me a note pogborne@pickeringcs.on.ca.  Thank you for your help and support.

P.S. - The change of season also sees a large increase in inventory for our Lost & Found Bin. There are so many items that have been left behind with no names attached, that there are literally hundreds of dollars of unclaimed items without identification.  If the item has a name in it, we can get it back to its owner. Please go through your children's clothing (especially hoodies) and label them.  We also do our best to regularly lay out any lost items.  Please feel free to take a look, in the north hallway, next time you are in the school.

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