Looking Forward with MCS

Dear MCS Families,

As you most likely have heard by now, Virginia schools will be suspended for the remainder of the year in order to quell the virus’s expansion. This means our physical school will not be back in session this spring.

Like me, you probably have many emotions and questions. Let me help with this one: We are extremely committed to helping your child’s vision -and heart- see truth, goodness, and beauty. Our highest priority remains shepherding our students in the wisdom of, and the affection for, our Lord. To finish the year well, we will be distant-coaching our students beginning on March 30. Although I’ve heard the green packets were a hit, we will be giving a more well-rounded and robust way of experiencing how God has created the world than just giving our students work packets.

With the MCS Coaching you will receive:

*Activity & Game Boxes
*Personal On-Line Tutoring
*Structure/Format Coaching
*Classroom Videos
*”Virtual” Gatherings
*New Memory Work Songs
*Video Lessons with Skill Work
*Parent/Grandparent Support
*Academic Pacing
*Literature Discussions

We will be sharing videos and supplies to encourage your child in
*Biblical (and heart!) Knowledge

PLUS, if the mandate for social distancing is lifted before next school year, we will have our Day of the Royal Kings and Queens Festival on campus… as well as special workshops, gatherings, gym dates, and optional classes in the summer.

If you have paid tuition through February, we are reducing the March, April, and May payments to half. If you have not paid through February, we ask that you pay for August-February tuition by April 1st. If you are not sure of your financial standing, please contact June Duren. If you have paid for the entire year in advance, the extra money will be rolled to next year’s tuition.

Please know that I will continue to work full time for the benefit of our students. I will be sending report cards on April 6th. I would still love for us to find a way to thank our amazing volunteers and have an end-of-the-year celebration. I’ll be brainstorming! And, believe me, the second I am able, I’ll be driving around delivering a lot of hugs! So many hugs.

As we memorized the books of the Old Testament last fall, I took a day to teach about one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It has brought so much comfort to me through changing seasons, because in it, I remember that I am not on my own… My situation is passing, but my God is eternal.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the old and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.”
—Habakkuk 3:17-19

We have a motion for each book of the Bible, reminding us of one specific teaching God gives in that specific book. For the book of Habakkuk, our feet prance like a deer’s.

Oh, families! This time is strange and a little overwhelming. PLEASE hear me on this: our kiddos are doing well. Because of how our school day is structured, they have already received over-a-month(!!!) of instructional hours more than public schools. And, because we teach students to be interested and observant, they have great skills of noticing important, beautiful things. PLEASE don’t stress about this new season. God has given you a beautiful opportunity to slow down and DO life… not just race through it.

And as I’ve said, I am here for you.

I uploaded a subtraction video here on my YouTube page.
Because our littlest ones are just learning subtraction in a formal way., kindergarten students really need to watch the beginning section! But, I couldn’t leave the others out! The video goes on with a section for 1st grade and another section for 2nd. I will be uploading more and more videos to this page. So far, it looks like YouTube is a really great place for content to live. As we go along, we will develop other resources. I promise to keep you informed and to check in to see what is working best for your family.

I’m not sure if I answered all your questions… but I do hope I’ve taken a step in that direction.

One last thing: read to your children! They are used to being read to over lunch, so give that a try! Or read over breakfast. Or while they are doing chores. Or while they are playing with Legos. By-the-way, you can finish The Hobbit with them. We were just starting Chapter 15.

Please know I am praying for you and your little ones.
April Sumner
Mineral Christian School Lead Teacher