From the Principal,
June 6, 2015
My Final 8th Grade Journal Prompt!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
Throughout the week, I have been praying about my last newsletter devotional thought for the 2014/2015 school year. When Mrs. Weston shared this 8th grader's final journal prompt this week during our staff devotional time, I thought that this young man's insight as he prepares to leave St. Matthew was so powerful that it was worth sharing with all of you. Perhaps hearing this eighth grader's perspective may help provide some reassurance and affirmation when you are asked "Why do you select to attend St. Matthew?" I hope that your heart is as touched as mine was.
In this final piece of freestyle writing that I write at St. Matthew, I would like to reflect on the end of this year and all the years before. I would also like to reflect upon my future.
I have attended several schools in my life that I thought that I had connections with. Upon my enrollment at St. Matthew, little did I know that this school would top all others with teachers who care about me, and with classmates who are willing to get to know me; I was caught in a place that couldn't ever be taken for granted.
As I found myself in a second home, I fully submerged myself into the community of this school by participating in sports, Destination Imagination, Youth gatherings, Student Council, choir, running tech, some musicals, and almost anything else that one can think of. Best of all, I became a Christian disciple during this process. I can now leave with a new outlook on life... one that wants to spread the Word of Christ.
My future holds many surprises. I am prepared for anything that comes my way as I learn to trust in God at all times. Although plans can change according to God's plans, I will try to never forget St. Matthew and the people that I met there. I have made it a goal to come back after college and settle down near this place I can now call home. I will never forget all that happened here at this church and school. I will always remember what God did at St. Matthew.
Jake Adams, Grade 8 - Class of 2015
So, as we prepare to conclude this school year, we have a few heartfelt "good byes" and/or "see you laters" that we would like to express.
First, we want to express our love and congratulations to our eighth graders as they prepare to graduate from St. Matthew next Monday night. All of them have the potential to be such powerful ambassadors for our Savior and our school. Their presence in our hallways will be truly missed; however, we are confident that they have the necessary tools to boldly "Shine the Light" in their next academic endeavor. It is our prayer that no matter where the Lord may lead them, they will always keep Him in the center of their lives.
We also want to say "Thank You" to Mrs. Christine Wade for her faithful service in teaching Advanced Math and Spanish. Mrs. Wade has been a dedicated servant driving from Waltz, MI, every day and we are very grateful for all that she has done for our school.
We also want to thank all of our school parents for their tremendous support! It is a joy to work with all of you. We do find it a joy and an honor that you entrust your children into our care each day.
So as I conclude this newsletter for the 2014/2015 school year, I would like focus and acknowledge the most important person, and that is Jesus! During this entire school year, He has been so incredibly faithful!
As we end this school year, I wish you a wonderful, relaxing, and God-centered summer, and I look forward to seeing you again on September 8, 2015!
In His love,
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