Distinctively CHA

Assist the Home

March 13, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Have you ever wondered why our mission statement says, “CHA assists the home,” instead of “CHA partners with the home” or “Parents assist the school?” It is because we believe that God gives students to parents to raise and to educate. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 states:
 
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
 
Parenting is a God-appointed role. It is a gift. CHA is blessed to have so many families who are living out Deuteronomy 6:4-9. We are grateful for the countless parents who volunteer at CHA through sponsoring field trips, to serving on committees, and volunteering at school events. Our two parent organizations, P.U.R.P.O.S.E. and Booster Club, do a great job creating a culture of school spirit, encouragement, and “family” at CHA. Through their leadership, CHA is strengthened.
 
I hope you enjoy P.U.R.P.O.S.E.’s newsletter. It includes some important information about our school’s upcoming GLOW Run on April 5.  It also details how you can be a part of welcoming new students to CHA. God is already at work with over 47 new families completing the application process to make CHA their home next year.  
 
I pray that your family has a wonderful Spring Break and enjoys your students being home. This time is fleeting. Redeem the time.

Open Doors

March 04, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

Every organization has a culture. Whether it is a family, church or business, every organization has a way of doing things. At CHA, we call this the CHA Way. One of the distinctives at CHA is our open-door culture. It begins every morning as Mr. J. Bullard walks the halls of our school praying for our school. He opens each door that is closed or pops his head in to say “Good morning.” As you walk down the halls, you will find open doors. Many teachers teach with their door open. You can walk down the hall and listen to our teachers and students engaged in the learning process. Some of my favorite sounds in our halls are the discussions that you can hear of students grappling with difficult concepts, articulating a Biblical worldview, reading aloud, and LAUGHTER within the classroom.  

Our open-door culture is seen in our administration. Students, teachers, parents, alumni, and community relations just “stop by” to chat. Our doors are always open. They are not locked. We rarely meet behind closed doors. The CHA Way is one of relationships. We value time with each other and we are never too busy. Students regularly visit with headmasters to share their dreams, ideas, and struggles. There is a culture of transparency and trust. Listening and praying with students as they grapple with college decisions, career choices, or life is a gift. The joy of teaching comes from relationships. Relationships are built inside and outside of the classroom. I am grateful for open doors. 

One of my favorite events of the day is when the elementary students pass by my office. As they pass in the halls or as they leave for dismissal, they oftentimes pass by my door. If I am in a meeting, they peer inside. Their big bright eyes and vibrant smiles beam through my office and heart. Oftentimes, they come inside, give me a hug and politely ask for a piece of candy. My jar of jolly ranchers is refilled weekly (sometimes daily). What a joy it is to see each of these students! The picture above captures a group of these students who often drop by to see me. 

Our open-door culture reminds me of Christ. In John 10:9, Jesus says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” He is the door to our hopes, dreams, and ultimately salvation. He reminds us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

I am so thankful that God’s door is always open. He is never too busy. We can always pray to him any time of day or night. He is the Way. He always tells us the truth. His words bring life.

Final Day to Register for the 2019 Heritage Banquet

February 13, 2019
By Dr. Susan DeMoss

FINAL DAY TO REGISTER - FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Heritage Banquet
February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm     Tickets $35 
Embassy Suites & Conference Center  in Norman
Student Art Auction begins at 5:30pm

As God continues to provide for the evening through our generous table sponsors, their investment is allowing money raised through the Heritage Banquet to support the internal workings of the school. The internal needs of the school include classroom technology, teacher training, curriculum development, and elementary playground needs. These internal needs are the heartbeat of the school and directly affect student learning. We pray that you will consider how God might have you invest in CHA through the Heritage Banquet. 

We would also like to invite you to our student art auction preceding the banquet beginning at 5:30pm. Proceeds from the art auction will support our visual arts department. Many of the art pieces are displayed in the main hall of the elementary wing. Bidding has begun in the elementary office. Final bids will be received the night of the banquet.  The VIP event begins at 5:45pm. Banquet hall doors will open at 6:00pm.

To register for the event or information on being a  table sponsors for the event, please click here. Please remember that prospective families are free. To register a new prospective family, please contact Mrs. Babs Lewis, Development Assistant.

Thank you to our 2019 Heritage Banquet Table Sponsors!

Platinum Underwriter 
Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Kay Hill 

Gold Sponsor
Kimray Inc.

Executive Sponsor
Broadway Tag Agency and Hidden Trails Country Club
 
Visionary Sponsor
Stellar Realty

Ambassador Sponsor
Bags, Inc., Seth & Brooke Bullard, Cary & Chrissy Conner, Immediate Care,
 Jim’s Community Pharmacy, PFI, Rudy Construction
Tinker Federal Credit Union, Rod & Stevanna Wolfard

Legacy Sponsor
Ike & Peggy Burress 
Wayne & Julee Thomas/Jim & Tiffany Rankin
Trey & Meredith Tipton

Scholar Sponsor
Barefoot Homes – Seth & Courtney Koenig, 
John & Jana Curtis/Paul & Denisha Bryan,
Henry and Keo Chan, Bart & Kelly Davis, 
Zac & Kate Graves,Lingo Construction, 
Trinity Property Solutions, 
The Varsity Brands Family BSN - Herff Jones and Varsity Spirit


Finally, will you pray for the event? Below are some prayer requests for the evening:

Commit the Event to the Lord Proverbs 16:3
Pray for Guests Whom God Wants to Bring Isaiah 46:10
Pray for Platform Guests, Speakers, and Musicians Ephesians 2:10
Pray for God to be Seen - Not Man Galatians 1:10
Pray for God to be Glorified Psalm 115
Pray for Peace, Unity and Union 1 Cor 1:10
Pray for Provision Philippians 4:19
Pray for Vision 2031 to be fulfilled  1 Thessalonians 4:1
Thank the Lord for what He is doing and will do. Philippians 4:6

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