Fleeting days of summer
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636006207204382011-1362266488_summersun.jpgAH, the fleeting days of summer. I am always surprised at how quickly we find ourselves embracing August and lamenting the quick passage of the season. In just one month we will be welcoming you back to school and launching our 25th year serving families of the greater North Shore. As I head into my own 13th year with Covenant, it is remarkable to look back over time and recognize just how far we have come. We will begin the 2016-2017 school year with record enrollment and outstanding student and faculty retention. Running an independent Christian School in New England will always be a challenge, but we are extremely grateful for the support of so many outstanding, committed families and a good and gracious God. May year twenty-five be our very best ever.

 

Lord, You are good all the time and all the time, you are good! ~ Greg Kirkland

 

As we prepare for our opening day, I am pleased to let you know of several faculty and staff appointments for the coming school year.

 

Mrs. Katie Simington and Ms. Maria Reiss will join Miss Oliver on our 5/6 teaching team.

Mrs. Simington is a graduate of Westmont College and holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. A mom of three, Katie is an experienced teacher, most recently teaching Language Arts for 6 years at Rumney Marsh Academy in Revere. A product of Christian schooling herself, Mrs. Simington is excited to realize her dream of teaching in a Christian School.

 

Ms. Maria Reiss holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute and an M.Ed as a Math Specialist from Gordon College. Ms. Reiss is also an experienced teacher having worked as a Math teacher at North Shore Christian School for the past several years. Ms. Reiss was a well respected substitute teacher here at CCA after graduating college in 2008. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Reiss back to our community.

 

We are happy to announce that Mrs. Robin Lawrenz will continue in her role as Upper School Math teacher. After successfully covering a maternity leave for Mrs. Gosnell, Mrs. Lawrenz will now join Mrs. Gosnell, as they both work part-time to teach USLR math courses this year.

 

Mrs. Paulyn Church will join the USLR administrators as our Director of Student Services overseeing our International Student Program, College Guidance and Registrar responsibilities. Mrs. Church, with over 30 years of experience in Christian independent schools, holds a General Science degree from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and was granted the Evan D. Walsh Scholarship at Wheaton College (IL) where she completed an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and significant coursework in Educational Ministries.  She has most recently taught Advanced Placement Psychology, while serving as Director of Counseling and Student Support at The Stony Brook School, New York.  She is married to David and the mother of Chelsea, their adult daughter.

 

I hope you will look forward to welcoming our new staff, and pray with me that God will use their talents and gifts to further His work at CCA in the coming year!

 

Mrs. McPherson remains busy in Admissions, and we are excited about the new families God is

bringing to CCA! She would love to connect new families with current CCA parents and students during the summer, so if you would be interested in helping to extend a warm welcome (and maybe even a fun play date!) to a new CCA student, please drop her an email () or call the office to let her know.

 

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”    ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

 

I want to remind you that on Monday, August 29 we will be hosting our New Student Orientation (2pm), our All-School Open House (3pm) and the Annual Back-to-School BBQ from 4:00-6:00. Save the date and please plan to bring the whole family for a great time of fellowship, and lots of yummy food!

 

May you continue to enjoy the waning days of summer. May your family be blessed by the intangible gifts of time, attention, love and even some occasional idleness, during which, you can discover one another anew. May your summer come to an end with a wistful letting go rather than a “Thank God, it’s over!”

 

“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.”    ~ E.B. White, Charlottes Web

 


 

By Andrea Bergstrom, Interim Head of School


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