I wonder how long we would last if we moved up to northern Alaska or even the North Pole? Few of us would be able to survive for long even with the proper equipment and supplies, even fewer would be able to enjoy living in such harsh, unforgiving conditions. But I bet most people would be willing to try it out, if they had the assurance that at a moment’s notice they could be airlifted to a much more comfortable place, ie. Hawaii, Malibu, Florida, etc. I have heard so many people lament the winter challenges of all this snow and cold temperatures, and I too have shaken my fist toward the snowflakes dropping from the sky when it’s been the third or fourth time in a week to shovel. However, if you haven’t noticed yet, spring is on its way. Listen closely and you may hear some birds chirping early in the morning, or notice the sky has lightened a few shades of blue. The mountains of icy snow have started to shrink little by little, and seniors are bounding in the hallway because Spring is on its way. This hope of warmer days already has put pep in our step, and in the same way, this is what drives the Christian in his or her journey through life – hope. The hope that the Eternal Spring is on its way. One thing to note is that right behind Godly hope follows pervasive joy. When we walk in hope, life is full of real joy. When we have been drained of hope, life is dismal and frustrating.
So if you find yourself, your family, or your students acting like life is stuck in a forever-winter, consider posting these verses in a place that they will readily see them.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
At SCS we are excited to join schools across the country in celebrating Pi Day, which falls on March 14th each year. Pi, or the Greek letter π, is the mathematical designation given to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although π is an infinite number, it can be approximated as 3.1415; thus, while every year has a “Pi Day” on 3/14, only once every century can we celebrate a “Super” Pi Day on 3/14/15. Serendipitously, March 14th is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, which makes this Saturday a mathematical “holiday” all the more!
For Super Pi Day, we’re going all-out as part of our emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts at SCS. Our plans include many fun events at the elementary and secondary levels, including special math lessons and challenges, a Pi recitation competition, pie served in the cafeteria, and a special dress-down day. In addition to these events, elementary and secondary chapels this week will focus on God’s orderly, elegant, and perfect design in math, as He created all things (Colossians 1:16), never changes (Hebrews 13:8), and holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).
There are many ways you can take some time as a family on Saturday – which is the actual day on which Super Pi Day falls this year – to keep the excitement going. Some ideas are baking pies together, conducting a Pi Day scavenger hunt (to find all the circles in a room of the house), traveling 3.14 miles (by walking, running, biking, or driving), reciting Pi in as many digits as possible with one breath, or simply pausing for a minute on 3/14/15 at 9:26 (as Pi to the 7th digit is 3.1415926). Having fun as a family is one of the best ways to instill a love of math and an excitement for learning in our kids.
Happy Super Pi Day!
Dr. Lynn Swaner
The “7 Sports Tips for the Christian Athlete” was written by famed high school and college basketball player, Teelah Grimes. Ms. Grimes is currently the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and the JV Girls Basketball head coach at SCS. Since playing on the courts of Longwood High School to a full scholarship to play Division I basketball at Manhattan College and subsequently, Dowling College, Ms. Grimes has kept her Christianity a top priority, even as an athlete. Her tips can be applied to not only athletics, but in our daily lives. Enjoy!
1. Pray before and after all practices and competitions.
2. Commit to excellence in discipline, effort, and teachability.
3. Find a way to motivate your teammates.
4. Balance academics with athletics by prioritizing your daily schedule.
5. Practice in season and out of season.
6. Remember who you represent as a student-athlete….Jesus Christ, family, your church, your school, your team, and yourself.
7. Be humble, and put your teammates before yourself.