As I entered the Hall of Flags to greet our students this morning I was met by numerous odd characters. There was Sponge Bob and Cinderella. There were Storm Troopers and even a pirate. One little girl from our primary class entered with a beautiful sparkly dress on. The expression on her face was so precious. She had the biggest smile and eyes that showed just how excited she was to look like a princess.

So why were all the children dressed up? This morning was the Book Character Costume Contest! Mrs. Dax and Ms. Clark hosted this annual event, with Mrs. Rohleder and Ms. Gerdes acting as the judges. One by one, each student wearing a costume was invited to the front of the auditorium so that they could tell us their real name, their character’s name, and the book that they were from. A boy and a girl from each class was awarded a book for their outstanding costumes.

Besides enjoying all of the costumes, there are many things that I love about this annual event. First of all, I appreciate that everyone is so encouraging of each other. Students applaud for their classmates, and even some of the secondary students joined in the fun by supporting their younger siblings. Secondly, the teachers all get dressed up, too. Ms. Harvey shared that her character was a real Welsh lady named Mary Jones who walked barefoot for 42 kilometers across the Welch countryside so that she could buy a copy of the Bible in her own language. So even during fun events like this, teachers use every teachable moment to emphasize the importance of their faith.

Thank you, parents, for helping your children to make such creative costumes. It was very obvious that you helped them take their ideas and turn them into a reality. Your support is so very much appreciated. Enjoy the weekend with your kids, and remember to pray for our Accreditation Visit that starts on Sunday and finishes up on Wednesday afternoon.

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