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Spirit Week & Cool the School Celebration!

This week has been Spirit Week at ICSV. Every day after school there was an athletic event for us to support. On Tuesday I enjoyed playing volleyball, as the staff took on the girls’ varsity team. The court seemed so much bigger than I remember from my college days. (I actually took volleyball as a class for credit and got an “A” in it because I could serve. That wasn’t the case this week.) They beat us bad, but everyone had a good time.

During the day, we all dressed up in crazy costumes to show our school spirit. (Enjoy pictures of some of our staff and students.) Students in elementary school were paired up with secondary school students in order to build stronger relationships across the grade levels. Tonight is the Talent Show to raise money for our Romania Mission Trip that will be taking place during Fall Break. Both our elementary and middle school choirs will be singing, so you will all want to come out and vote for your favorite act. All money that is collected will benefit the women and children at River of Hope, in Romania. I hope to see you there.

On Wednesday, we ended the half-day with candy and ice cream as we had a special Pep Rally to acknowledge our sports teams and also to celebrate reaching our goal of 40.000 euros for Cool the School. Toward the end of September, we received a most generous anonymous gift of 1000 euros in cash for our fundraiser. Whoever it was that chose to bless us all in this way, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! RCE International, the organization that helps send us many of our teachers, and their cooperating organization, Cedarstone Partners, both gave large gifts toward our need. To ensure that we received all the funds necessary for the project, an alumnus and school parent donated the remaining amount so that we could reach our 40.000 euro goal! Thank you, all, so much for your support of the school. May you be encouraged and blessed for your generosity! I just knew that we could all work together to Cool the School!

Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director

What is our Responsibility in Protecting Human Rights?

Last week in High School Chapel, our guest speaker was Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, a global partner of Alliance Defending Freedom. According to their website, ADF is “an alliance-building human rights organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.” They partner with other organizations and engage in legal advocacy around the world. One truly exciting piece of news that Mr. Coleman shared is that ADF has been working with the UN Security Council toward the adoption of a resolution to support “Iraq in prosecuting members of ISIS for crimes committed against religious minorities.” On 21 September, the UN Security Council in New York unanimously adopted this resolution. In a news article about this event, Mr. Coleman was quoted as saying, “For almost two years, our legal team at the UN worked towards this resolution. It will make a significant difference for Christians and other religious minorities who have suffered at the hands of ISIS. We look forward to working with the investigators in the weeks ahead.”

This week, Mr. Coleman’s colleague, Mr. Rob Clarke (Mrs. Clarke’s husband) addressed the students specifically about Europe and the injustices that are happening right around us. Today’s youth are looking for answers to today’s issues. They are concerned about what is happening all around the world. Mr. Coleman and Mr. Clarke provided information about situations where people have been imprisoned without cause or without a chance for a trial. They shared what ADF International is doing to help bring justice to these people. And they explained what the Bible says about persecution and the Christian’s responsibility and response to this problem. At ICSV we teach that what one believes should affect how one lives. Paul Coleman and Rob Clarke are two examples of brilliant lawyers who have chosen to use their gifts and talents to help those who have no voice. It was our privilege to have them share with our high school students in chapel.

Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director

Good Morning, ICSV!

Every morning when I arrive at school, I am greeted with the huge smile of a welcoming student. His name is Ratu. Ratu is in fifth grade this year, having come to ICSV last year. He is originally from Fiji, and he has an older sister who is an ICSV graduate. Ratu likes to be the first one to school each day. He arrives on his scooter and then eagerly waits on the front steps, even if it is cold or rainy. Once the front door is unlocked, Ratu stays there so that he can hold the door for all who arrive. I look forward to Ratu’s greeting each day, as he reminds me of why I come to ICSV everyday – it’s all about the students.

Ratu’s friendliness doesn’t stop at the front door. Ms. Fitcher, our elementary principal, told me that just the other day he came up to her during lunch and thanked her for all that she does for the school. His fourth-grade teacher, Miss Houser, remembers him as showing compassion for others. She said that if he ever did anything wrong, no matter how big or small, he would always take the initiative to shake her hand and say, “Sorry, Miss Houser.” She also says that “he has a servant’s heart, eager to help whenever I asked.” His fifth-grade teacher, Miss Brown, describes him as “a very caring and warmhearted person who always looks out for others in the classroom and does his best to make everyone feel welcome.” His ELL teacher, Miss Mizzoni, adds that “his love for Jesus and for his friends and teachers is evident every single day.”

We have great kids here at ICSV. Ratu is just one example of a student that goes out of his way to be an encouragement to us all. So, if you ever wondered who our “official door greeter” is each day, that’s Ratu!

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.