We ended the 1st semester with a special Lessons and Carols Christmas Chapel, Christmas Concert and final exams for our high school students. We also said good-bye to two families & Mrs. Steffens as they are away from ECA for a short time. Goodbyes are never easy and it seems like the 1st semester brought more goodbyes than usual. However, we love the welcomes and this semester we welcomed back the King family and Mr. & Mrs. Byerly. Just two days ago, we gave a hearty first-time welcome to Miss Restemayer who has arrived to help teach in the 4th & 5th grade classroom.
We have much to look forward to as we begin this semester. Over the next few weeks several ECA favorites will take place. The high school Winter Banquet is scheduled for February 1st, followed by the NHS induction ceremony and breakfast on February 8th. The annual NHS carnation sale is in progress – students and teachers look forward to receiving these special flowers and messages on Valentine’s Day. Our next Flipped Service takes place on February 14th in which our students will take part in service projects within the community.
Last week a Town Hall meeting took place to let parents know more about the Paving of the Road project taking place this semester. Architects and engineers are drawing up plans in hopes of having this important project completed before school gets out in June. Significant fundraising is in full swing and we are trusting God to bring in an additional 30,000 euros in order to complete this project. Donations to this necessary project can be made in two different ways:
To make a tax-deductible donation, please follow this link https://rceinternational.givingfuel.com/evangelical-christian-academy Pull down the project links and select “Pave the Road” or project #13170 and complete the necessary steps for making your donation on this page.
If you would like to make a donation, but don’t need a tax-deductible receipt you can make a donation via PayPal using these procedures: Log into PayPal; send to “Families/Friends” using email address: email@example.com; send donation indicating that it is for the road project.
May God be honored and glorified in and through ECA this semester!
It’s already been a few weeks since the 1st quarter officially ended, but I want to pause and thank God for what HE did to make the first quarter so impactful. Here are just a few of the ways:
- He brought highly qualified and experienced teachers to fill in for teachers like Mr. King (ELL) and Mr. Byerly (HS Science), who are on Home Assignment. We have been blessed with Ms. Suddarth and Mrs. Allen, who can only be here for less than 90 days, but have filled a huge hole during the time they have been with us. The next 10 days marks the end of their time with us – they will be missed!
- Both Elementary and Secondary Open Houses were well attended and gave families the opportunity to meet their students’ teachers and see for themselves what an answer to many prayers these teachers are!
- It is so encouraging to hear comments like this from our students, “Our teachers are amazing and it is obvious they love teaching and are really glad to be here!”
- Two of our students struggled with visa issues and arrived late, but both made it here before the 1st quarter ended.
- A new STEM course, called Aquaponics, was added to our curriculum.
- Middle School Outdoor Education Day (led by Mr. Smalley) was fabulous and God gave excellent weather for the event – look for pictures in the next edition of the ECA Connect.
- 10 students and 2 chaperones (Ms. Antonishek & Mr. Miller) attended the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) in Hungary at the end of September and came back with an Action Plan that is being developed and will hopefully be implemented 2nd semester. Again, look for more information about SLC in the next ECA Connect.
- Our second year of MAP Growth testing took on a different format this year and was positively received by students and teachers alike – thanks to Mr. Fields for all his work to make it possible. Our teachers are pouring through the data and hoping to help our students make individual learning goals based on the results from these tests.
- A student teacher, Charissa McCormick from Grand Canyon University, arrived just as the quarter was ending and will be spending 8 weeks in the 2nd & 3rd grade classroom under the excellent supervision of Miss Young.
- We had to say good-bye to Ms Antonishek (for the rest of this year) as she returned to the US to spend time with family and raise support. We are so very thankful for her presence and support during the first quarter, which made the start of the school year possible. Fortunately, Miss Bredeman arrived before Ms. A had to leave and she is now serving as our new Guidance Counselor. If you have not made an appointment to meet her, please do!
The 2nd quarter is already underway with lots happening as we wrap up the 1st semester. Stay tuned for more details!