Last week we had the privilege of hosting a large group from Ms. Fitcher’s and the Wiisanen’s home church in Florida. They came out to lead the students in a daily chapel and to be an encouragement to us all. Throughout the week you could see them making manipulatives for the elementary classes or helping small groups of students in the hallway. At the secondary level, there was a middle school activity after school where the students could get to know them better and have fun together. On Thursday evening, the high school students led those who desired to come during Praise Night. What a powerful time of worship we had together!
As they were getting ready to leave, the leaders asked members of their group to share a bit about their experience here in Vienna. One man said that he was so impressed with how our students are able to discuss their beliefs while remaining respectful of each other. Another woman shared that she wished that her own children had been able to go to a school like ICSV where staff and students come from 50 different countries and numerous cultural and religious backgrounds. As our theme for the year says we “Stand United.” As a community, we are exemplary in being able to unite around a shared mission.
This is not the first time that I have heard comments like these. I’d say that one thing that makes ICSV so special and a great choice for parents is our sense of community. Students feel that they belong here. They feel loved and appreciated. And in this atmosphere of acceptance, they are able to thrive. Yesterday a teacher stopped by my office. She told me that she had been walking around the school and just had to share with someone that she loves ICSV. That’s the way we want everyone that enters our doors to feel. I trust that you and your family feel this way, for you are welcome here!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Ed.D.