Dear Parents and Friends,
There are two times during a school year that many teachers feel quite passionate about. One is when the last student drives out of the parking lot after graduation and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. The second is in the fall when happy voices and the natural exuberance of youth reenter our world. With that second thought in mind our school staff is beginning to think about new starts. An old saying in education says that you don’t have to be sick to get better, and that’s what the teachers and staff here at KSDA/PSAA aim to do for 2016-17. They are already brimming with ideas that promise to make next school year the best ever. If you would like to know some of these exciting plans give your student’s teacher(s) a call and prepare yourself to become infected by their enthusiasm.
One of the gifts this school has developed through the years is something called TAP (Tuition Assistance Program). TAP is a fund that is used to assist families with the costs of Christian education. This program is currently assisting 33 KSDA students and 20 PSAA students to the tune of $30,000 and $45,000 respectively. The school board’s intention is to use every TAP dollar every year and, of course, that means that this fund needs to be replenished on a yearly basis. I have every confidence that this community believes in Christian education and will step up when needed. If you are so inclined to help worthy students attend KSDA and PSAA with a monetary contribution we would be delighted to gratefully send you a tax deductible receipt. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
This is the time of year when we as educators and you as parents get to enjoy the fruits of our labors. We see these fruits when we listen to our bands and choirs perform. We see the fruits of your children and your homes when we see the quality of work that was produced for our science fair. We see these fruits when we see the courtesy and respect that flows in all directions here on campus, and mostly we see the fruits when we note the tenderness our students have toward the Lord. These are things that some may think all students in all schools exhibit. But that has not been the case in my experience. This school is unique in many positive ways.
This is also the time of year when we administrators rack our brains trying to figure some way we can take credit for the good things happening on campus. But the truth is that you folks deserve the credit. We deal with the outside of the suitcases that each student lugs to campus each day, but the careful work that’s been done at home in packing that suitcase we often don’t see. Thank you, folks, for the diligence and care you’ve used to pack those suitcases. We have benefitted from it and we bless you for it.
Thanks again for all you do for us and for our school.