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Getting To Know You

August 27, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Getting To Know You

If you have ever seen the musical, King and I, Julie Andrews is a teacher and sings a song, “Getting to Know You.” One of the stanzas says:

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.

More than paragraphs and word problems, the first days of school are spent on building relationships.  It is during these first days of school that the climate for the year is forged.  

One of the blessings of attending CHA is the intentional commitment to building relationships.  Each grade in elementary school has special field trips that support the learning and also build community.  Last week, I was observing an elementary class and a teacher asked her class, “What was your favorite thing today?”  The student replied, “Recess and lunch.” Oh, don’t you remember those days? Recess, PE and lunch are the times when students build relationships and get to know each other. 

In the secondary, each grade level takes a class retreat during the year.  The purpose of the retreat is to serve, plan and build relationships.  Last week, the seniors took their retreat to Falls Creek.  The senior class officers and small group leaders did an incredible job planning and executing the retreat.  The time spent getting to know each other was a gift to these students as they begin their senior year together.

On Wednesday, the student council planned the secondary picnic at our football field.  The entire student body and secondary teachers participated in the balloon pop game. From human foosball to the hula-hoop game, students enjoyed getting to know each other and building relationships.  The picture above reflects the prayer time around the field.

More important than getting to know each other is for our students to grow in their relationships with the Lord.  On the senior retreat, one student gave his life to Christ. This is what it is all about. Starting in Pre-K, our students learn through the catechisms that the ultimate goal of mankind is to know God and make Him known. 

Isaiah 43:7 reminds us of our purpose, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”

As the school year begins, we pray that we will get to know you better. We are grateful that God brought you to CHA.  

For His Glory,
Dr. Susan E. DeMoss 
Associate Headmaster