November 2016 News and Events
Maple Ridge Christian School Turns 60
In September 1956, two teachers and twenty-eight students began the first classes of Maple Ridge Christian School. Although many things have changed in sixty years, the school’s mission and vision have not. Founded with the purpose to teach every subject from a biblical worldview and challenge students to impact the world for God’s glory, that mission and vision are still strong today. Maple Ridge Christian School joins five other SCSBC schools in the six-decade achievement.
In August, thieves stole $12,000 of personal items from Popkum volunteer firefighters while they were responding to an emergency. To encourage the firefighters and show them their volunteerism was valued, a number of Timothy Christian School student volunteers organized a car wash and bake sale on Saturday, Sept 17. Despite being drenched in a downpour, the Popkum community turnout was enormous and the students raised $9,500 to help replace the stolen items. Students were invited to attend the next firefighting practice where they presented the volunteer firefighters with the proceeds of their hard work. Organizing teacher Daniel Van Brugge said, “My deep hope for this event was that students come away with an understanding of how working to fill the needs of others can both enrich the served and the servant.”
The new, mobile-friendly SCSBC website, a project that began well over a year ago, launched during the first week of school. This pared-down, contemporary WordPress site coordinates with the SCSBC members’ portal, which was introduced last September as the repository for secure documents, policies, resources and collaboration spaces. This new website is designed to be the public face of our organization, and provides an introduction and overview to anyone seeking information about who SCSBC is and how we work to fulfill our mission of strengthening Christian schools.
In September 2016, 211 educators attended the Christian Schools Canada Conference with featured speaker Andy Crouch, hosted in Banff, Alberta, by the Prairie Centre for Christian Education. Almost one-third of the registrants came early to participate in the Deeper Learning pre-conference day. One of the many highlights of the event was the unveiling of the new CSC logo and website to represent this innovative and forward-thinking organization. Visit the new website at www.christianschoolscanada.com.