07 Apr Message from the Head of School April 7th
Good Evening TCS Families,
I hope that your day has been filled with new challenges and new graces. It was a mere four-and-a half weeks ago when many of us were enjoying each other’s company at the Knight to Shine Auction. Coronavirus was a very distant threat, and we could still envision ourselves being totally unscathed by it. Today, there is not a person in God’s world who hasn’t been impacted by this virus. While we are all making ourselves and others safer by being home, the economic realities may not be something from which we feel safe. These economic forces may be more where our children see the effects of this pandemic than in people they know getting dangerously sick. Yet, we count our blessings, because money problems are better to have than long-term health problems any day of the week.
In a recent email I talked briefly about how important it is for children to feel a part of the solution in any problem that impacts them or those they know and love. As I’ve talked with several families about this notion, I’d like to offer some specific ways that this can be encouraged.
- Be sure everyone in your house (3 years old and older) has some regular chores that allow them to contribute to the family. It needs to be clear to them that this is not the time for Mom or Dad to have to nag them about their chores; rather it is an “all-hands-on-deck” time and you are counting on them to do their part. Let them use their creativity in coming up with ideas that would help. In addition to the usual – emptying the trash, setting the table, swiffering the hardwoods – perhaps they can Facetime some older relatives or friends who need some love, write sweet notes or pictures on each family member’s paper napkin at dinner, take charge of recycling. Nothing magnanimous is necessary, just a little creativity.
- Then perhaps broaden the scope of their concern to include their neighbors, especially those who are older or live alone. Again, let the children brainstorm some ways to help that still adhere strictly to the social distancing rules. Can the children weed a neighbor’s garden, pick up sticks in their yard, drag the trashcans back from the curb to the garage (wearing gloves, of course)? They may want to go around the neighborhood – to people with whom you are at least familiar – and leave notes at doors asking if anyone needs some “free help.” This is not something you would necessarily endorse in usual times, but in these times, you might consider it.
- All children can and should participate by praying for those in need in the community, in our country, and in the world. While this pandemic may be far too big for some children to understand, they all understand that our God is a great BIG God, and that’s all they need in order to pray. It matters little the words they use. What matters is that they grow in their understanding of the invitation and obligation and privilege we have to pray for one another. If you are not in the habit of having regular times when your family gathers to pray, it might be a good time to start incorporating this beautiful practice.
I want to encourage everyone to feel free to pass along to friends, family, and neighbors the link to the Chapel website so that you can share the experience with them. Pastor Sullivan is also offering a brief devotional time entitled Thoughts from the Porch for parents/grown-ups, which is also open to anyone. And lastly, insofar as they would be helpful, please forward any of these emails I’ve sent as well. As always, you can see lots of what’s going on in our community on our social media sites.
What we have here at The Covenant School is very special, and I wish everyone could be a part of it. Even so, you may find yourself overwhelmed and undernourished, in need of some prayer yourself. The school’s prayer team – a group of very faithful and very real moms – would be honored to pray for or with you (or both). Katie Moessner has given me the go-ahead to share her number and email and wants to encourage anyone in need of prayer to contact her. (Katie M cell: 615-519-2627; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Whether a parent or faculty member, grandparent or friend of TCS, please reach out to the prayer team via Katie at any time.
Peace to you,
You might find these helpful or funny or both.
- Zoom Meeting Etiquette for Kids Article
- Some Good News Episode 2 with John Krasinski
- 1980s Guide to Being Quarantined by The Holderness Family
- Enneagram Types under Quarantine Video
And, the ADORABLE cards that TCS children drew for our first responder friends at Station 20 are HERE.