Covenant Blog
  • Rainbows

    After the flood in Genesis 8, God sent a rainbow to remind Noah and his family of His love. He would bring beauty from the destruction of the flood. After being flooded by Hurricane Harvey, God has sent Covenant Academy many rainbows as well. Below are before and after pictures of our Kindergarten classroom as an example of one of God's rainbows. All of the rooms (except the modulars) will have this same flooring, trim and wall color. Hard to believe after all that water and dust, isn't it?

    There were several volunteers at the school today but the task was daunting and difficult. Just when they were feeling overwhelmed, a team of firefighters from California and other volunteers from Ohio joined with them to move our furniture into Patriot Hall for cleaning. Everything was moved in time for them to see Dr. Smith's "Remember the Alamo" at our alternate location. This kind of blessing has happened over and over again and it is such a gift to re-tell the countless ways that God is providing blessing amidst this challenge.


    Did you know that a school in Canada had a car wash to benefit our school? Did you know that an equipment company stopped by to loan us the use of a front end loader (to fill our dumpster) at no charge? Today I shared with the students that in the midst of all this, we also received a very generous donation of $100,000 to help us as we recover. The donor survived Hurricane Katrina and knows the challenges that we are facing and wanted to bless us. Isn't that incredible? I'm humbled by God's provision and grateful to see His hands and feet at work.

    God told Noah, "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:16, NIV)

  • Reconstruction Begins!


    I'm happy to say that reconstruction will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7! The construction crew will hang sheet rock in the most critical classrooms first so that we can get back to our campus as soon as possible. They will be working long days and even weekends to make this happen and I'm so very grateful! When we are able to get back on our campus they will work at night so that we can continue to make progress. Thank you again for your help and patience throughout this situation. We would not be able to start tomorrow were it not for your help! Harvey hit us hard but by God's grace we are stronger than this struggle and we'll get through this together.

    Our alternate location starting September 11 will be on the Northwest Forest Campus on Telge Road (between school and Jarvis). Cy-Hope has graciously offered the use of The Alamo and Hope Lodge for us to meet until we can get back to our own campus. You read that right, we will be having school in The Alamo! It's a full-scale replica of the original church where the famous battle took place and it provides a unique opportunity for us to be together as a community as we heal and move forward. I heard it said that our students will have a whole new understanding of the phrase, "Remember the Alamo!" Don't worry, we'll be sure to teach them the original meaning as well.


    Like all of you, Harvey has been a devastating blow for me and my family. Like you, my plans and priorities for the beginning of the school year were suddenly and swiftly wiped out by this disaster. I am reminding myself each and every moment that in Christ I am not defined by this disaster. I am defined by my identity in Christ and in Him I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). This flood is a moment in our lives and though it's not the moment I asked for, it's the one I was given. And so, like every thing else that God gives me, I must steward it well. That's what I will be focusing on: stewarding this moment, this crisis, this learning opportunity that God has given us in such a way that He says to us, "Well done good and faithful servants." God knows the plans He has for us, they are for hope and a future and they are often harder than we think we can bear, but He gives us more grace when we humble ourselves (James 4:6)

    I want reassure you that as I make decisions about our alternate campus time, I will be seeking to be faithful in my stewardship of this moment in our lives as well as remaining faithful to our academic goals and standards.

  • Summer Reading Lists and House Contest

    Dear Covenant Families,
    We are pleased to announce a summer reading house contest!  Get a jump start on earning your house points for the 2017-18 school year by participating.  This contest runs between Saturday, July 1 and Friday, August 25, 2017.  The house with the most pages read will receive 100 points to start off the new school year! 

    How to Participate:
    Download and print this 2017 Summer House Reading Contest sheet.

    Log your pages and rank your book selections.  

    Turn in your sheet in the first week of school to be included in the contest totals.

    New to Covenant and don't know your house yet?  No worries!  Simply add up your pages read and to be included once house assignments are announced.

    Here are a few links to recommended reading lists to get you started:

    The Kindergarten Cannon: 100 Best Children's Books
    The Ultimate Reading List — Classics That Endure
    1000 Good Books List for grades 1-12

    For parents interested in reading more about classical education, please visit our Recommended Resources page.

     

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