'Tis the Season at Rock Creek

I just returned from North Carolina and am proud to announce the birth of Asher Jennings Thomas (5 lbs. 14 ozs.) and Emmeline Beth Thomas (6 lbs.1 oz.). They were born on Friday, November 28, and my daughter-in-law calls them her 2-for-1 Black Friday special! They are home, doing well and everyone is adjusting to becoming a family of five. Thank you for praying for my family!

As I held my new grandbabies, I was reminded of how dependent little ones are on adults. Since we are in the season of Christmas, I could not help but think about the birth of Jesus. It was difficult to imagine Jesus as a newborn on Mary’s shoulder. I had visions of his little legs tucked under his bottom and his sweet head nuzzling Mary’s neck. I thought about Mary and Joseph and how God trusted them with Jesus. God places that same level of trust in us. He not only expects us to care for our children, but to also lead these little ones to know and love him.

As you very well know, December is an extremely busy month when many of us begin to feel overwhelmed with work, family obligations and school-related commitments. Later bedtimes and fast-food meals become the norm. As we move through the next two weeks, I encourage your family to remain on as normal of a schedule as possible. Studies have proven elementary students who get 10-11 hours of sleep and eat a nutritious meal each morning perform better during the school day.

Here are a few important reminders you may want consider to keep your holiday stress at a minimum:

End of Second Quarter
Academic work continues until December 19. Remember absences and tardies affect learning. Our desire is for students to be well rested and arrive on-time daily and ready to learn.

Weather Related School Closing or Delay Start
As you are aware, weather in the Ohio Valley is unpredictable. To ensure you are notified of any weather-related closings or delayed starts please register with CALert, our primary source of notification. If you are notified via CALert of a “delayed start,” the following applies:

Elementary:

  • Arrival in the gym is from 9:45-10:10 a.m.
  • Students are dismissed to classrooms at 10:10 a.m.
  • School day begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • Decisions regarding after school activities will be emailed to parents by the appropriate sponsor.

Jr. Academy:

  • Doors open at 9 a.m.
  • Half-day Jr. Academy students attend from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with lunch provided.

Lost and Found Clothing
During December 15-19, all lost and found items will be available in the cafeteria. Please stop by and look for lost coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc. On December 19, all remaining items will be donated to Goodwill.

Christmas Break

Elementary:

  • CLOSED: Dec. 22-Jan. 2
  • CLOSED: Jan. 5 for Teacher In-Service
  • OPEN: Jan. 6, Tuesday, Elementary School Resumes

Jr. Academy:

  • Dec. 22-26: CLOSED
  • Dec. 29 and 30: OPEN
  • Dec. 31: OPEN, but Closing at 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: CLOSED
  • Jan. 2: OPEN

Upcoming Events

Christmas Concert:Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m.; Rock Creek Gym

Christmas Concert Chapel: Wednesday, December 17 at 8:30 a.m.; Rock Creek Gym

Christmas Parties: Friday, December 19, in classrooms; Room Parents will be providing details.

Enchanted Evening: Friday, February 6, Rock Creek Gym; formerly called Father-Daughter Social

Christian Academy Gala: Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.; Guest speaker, Lee Strobel, Marriott, 280 W. Jefferson St.Please join fellow families, alumni and staff to celebrate at the Christian Academy Gala. Our keynote speaker this year is Lee Strobel, atheist turned-Christian, former award winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Case for Christ, and Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Tickets now available online at www.caschools.us/gala or call (502) 753-4585.

I encourage you to regularly pray as a family remembering why we celebrate the Christmas season; the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I’ll be praying for you to be the parent God is calling you to be as you lead your children to know and love him.