Parenting 101

On Sunday, Katie and I attended a parenting workshop because if there’s one thing I know about parenting, it’s that I need all the help I can get (because I have no idea what I’m doing!).

As I listened, took notes, and reflected on all the mistakes I’ve made as a parent, I couldn’t help but notice how the responsibilities of a parent and the responsibilities of an educator are so similar. Ultimately, God has placed parents and teachers in authority roles, and He expects us to lead, model, and reflect His love, mercy, and expectations.

A key concept taught in the workshop focused on how we, as parents, respond to children in both positive and negative ways. When a negative behavior needs to be addressed, it’s important to view that as an opportunity —not a hassle. We should ask ourselves, “What is God seeking to do in the life of this child at this moment, and how can I be a part of it?"

During corrective situations, we need to remember four things:
  1. Don’t turn moments of ministry into moments of anger.
  2. Don’t personalize what isn’t personal.
  3. Don’t be adversarial in your response.
  4. Don’t settle for quick solutions that don’t invoke change in your kids’ hearts.

Whether as parents or as educators, working with kids is hard; however, there is no greater calling and no greater opportunity to show the love, mercy, grace, and goodness of God, our Father. After all, as I was reminded this weekend in the parenting conference, “No one gives grace better than the person who knows how much grace he has already received."

  • Yesterday, we had several parents, grandparents, and family members on campus to hear our 6th graders read their stories during our 6th grade Coffee House. Our students did a fantastic job! Jimmy Teigen did an outstanding job organizing the event, and the entire afternoon was a huge success!

  • Last week our 7th and Junior High volleyball teams wrapped up their seasons. A big thanks goes to Coaches Angela Kyle and Angela Almond for the work, time, and effort they invested in our girls. Coach Kyle and Coach Almond are great mentors for our young ladies, and I’m thankful for their influence.

  • The 7th and Junior High football seasons ended last night, and our kids had a great year. A big thanks goes to Coaches Keith Almond, Zac Stewart, and Jordan Watson for the work they put in and the time they invested in our kids. These men serve as role models for our young men, and I hope our kids follow their example.

  • Buses 5 and 6 are back on campus and ready to roll thanks to Kevin Lloyd. We hope everything is fixed and back to normal.

  • This week, Carrie Vick set up a flu-shot opportunity for our students and faculty, and the feedback from parents has been big! Carrie saw the need and created a solution that many of our CAC families will take advantage of. Awesome job!

  • Today, you’ll notice a refreshment table in the lobby for P/T conferences thanks to Rachel Brackins and Lisa Lancaster. What a great idea, and I’m thankful they put it together for us.

  • Potluck de hoy será increíble cortesía del Sr. Jason Gates. Asegúrate de agradecer a nuestro querido amigo hoy.

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school)
    • Conference Times 8:00-3:30
    • Faculty Potluck 😃 (Click here for sign-up page.)
    • Sign-Up Genius is a great way to schedule conferences. If you do, adjust the display settings to read “already filled" (rather than displaying the parent’s name in the sign up list after a spot has been reserved. Click here for directions).
  • Tuesday, October 24— 6th Grade Field Trip to 4H Center
  • Wednesday, October 25
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library) *moved up one week; no faculty meeting on November 1
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day (Socktoberfest)
  • Monday, October 30— 7th & 8th Grade Roster Changes; Click here for updated bell schedule [be sure to note the tabs on the bottom])
  • Tuesday, October 31— 7th Grade Drama FT to Goosebumps
  • Wednesday, November 1— Mustang Missions Spirit Day (Socktoberfest)
  • Friday, November 10— Matinee & Christyn Williams’ Athletic Signing Day (click here for printable Matinee bell schedule)
    • 8:00-8:40 1st Period (40 min.)
    • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period (40 min.)
    • 9:30=10:10 3rd Period (40 min.)
    • 10:15-10:55 4th Period (40 min.)
    • 11:00-11:25 Chapel / Christyn Williams’ Athletic Signing Day (in gym)
      • Reception for basketball team in atrium following signing/pictures
    • 11:25-11:50 MS Lunch
    • 11:45-12:35 HS 5th Period (45 min.)
    • 12:00-2:15 Matinee Performance
      • 12:35-1:00 HS Lunch (25 min.)
    • 1:00-3:30 Regular Bell Schedule
  • Monday, November 13— Veterans Day Assembly & Reception

Responsibilities for Next Week (October 23-27)
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Jamison
  • Cafeteria PM— B. Arnold
  • Parking Lot AM— E. Schramm
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Wilhite
  • HS Lunch— B. McNair & I. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, T. Kaye, & K. Almond
  • Chapel— B. Spencer
    • Monday: B. Spencer
    • Tuesday: B. Spencer
    • Wednesday: Worshipful Wednesday
    • Thursday: Intercom Chapel (History Club meeting)
    • Friday: STUCO
  • Detention— I. Thomas

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click here for duty schedule.

Upcoming Meetings
  • This week— 7th & 8th grade teacher meeting to discuss the schedule shift (details to come)
  • This week— Grade-Level Meetings
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library)

4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

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Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

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