Covenant to sponsor Messiah College Alumni Business Breakfast

Covenant Christian Academy is pleased to partner with Messiah College’s Business Alumni to sponsor their breakfast on Wednesday, April 20th.  This breakfast will feature a panel discussion format featuring leaders of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe.  The breakfast will be hosted on the Messiah College Campus.  Tickets to this event are already on sale and are going fast.  If you’d like to join us that morning, please reserve your space now, by registering HERE.

For more information, please contact our Events Coordinator, Julie Stansbury at Julie.Stansbury@DiscoverCovenant.com

Beyond the Common Core with Dr. Chris Perrin

Many of us first begin to think more deeply about education when our own children start their journey into formal schooling. What we teach our children about the world – is one of the most important things about a culture. GK Chesterton in his memorable way stated, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” It is therefore no surprise that education is of interest to many people.

We have all heard a lot about Common Core in the last few years. It is one of those issues that has become a lightning rod for controversy, with fervent defenders and constant critics. Whatever you feel about Common Core, it represents a major effort by many educational, political, and cultural eaters to improve education in our country. When an issue like this arises it is so helpful to find a reliable guide, someone who you know understands the history and context of the issue, and can provide an informed and wise evaluation.

Dr. Christopher Perrin, is undoubtedly such a person. Dr. Perrin has been studying educational philosophy for the last two decades. He is a sought after leader in the classical education renewal, speaking regularly at conferences, and consulting with schools across the country. He was the founding Headmaster of Covenant Christian Academy, and is now the co-founder and CEO at Classical Academic Press in Camp Hill. He serves as Vice President of the Society for Classical Learning and is also the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators.

Dr. Perrin received a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Divinity and PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary.

In addition to all of that, Dr. Perrin is a wonderful encourager and inspirer of educators. Every time Dr. Perrin speaks, the audience leaves inspired to learn more and continue the conversation. We hope you will join us on April 7, to hear Dr. Perrin’s talk, “Beyond the Common Core”. This event is sponsored by Covenant Christian Academy and will be hosted at West Shore Evangelical Free Church.

Please contact Covenant’s Admissions Coordinator, Ann Rasmus, with any questions at Ann.Rasmus@DiscoverCovenant.com or (717)540-9885.

Award winning author and illustrator, Jonathan Bean, visits Covenant

Covenant is excited to welcome award winning author and illustrator, Jonathan Bean, on March 10th.  Jonathan will be taking part in the upper school Career Day as a contributor to a panel discussion.  Then he will provide two grammar school workshops on bookmaking (9:45am for K-3rd grade and 10:45am for 4th-6th grades).

Jonathan Bean is currently an artist-in-residence in Harrisburg. He will visit with the grammar school and teach our children about the art of story telling, illustrating and book making using hands-on demonstrations and student involvement. Jonathan is a graduate of Messiah College and attended graduate school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He got his first job illustrating for children when hired by Cricket in 2004. His first two authored books won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and his illustrations for Lauren Thompson’s The Apple Pie that Papa Baked received the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Real Cowboys, written by Kate Hoelfer, is his next book and appears in Fall 2016.

Kindly RSVP to Ann Rasmus at Ann.Rasmus@DiscoverCovenant.com for this free event.

Under the Great Dome

The Covenant Orchestra and 6th graders will perform in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capitol on March 7th at noon.   Our Covenant Orchestra is celebrating Music in Our Schools’ Month celebration sponsored by Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association and National Association for Music Education.

To Discover more about Covenant’s music program or to visit our campus, contact Ann Rasmus, Admissions Coordinator.  She can be reached at (717)540-9885 ext. 232 or Ann.Rasmus@DiscoverCovenant.com

 

2016 Covenant Golf Classic

We are excited that this year’s tournament will be held at the beautiful Dauphin Highlands in Harrisburg.  From majestic views, wide open fairways, beautiful ponds and trees hosting a variety of wildlife and a ravine crossed by a rustic bridge – Dauphin Highlands provides an exceptional golfing experience.

We’d love to have you join us for the day!  Enjoy a great round of golf with friends, a Hole-In-One contest, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and a Putting Contest.  All of this to be followed by an Awards Dinner at 6:00PM.

Click HERE to register or sponsor the Classic.

Interested in sponsoring the Classic or have questions, please contact Julie Stansbury at Julie.Stansbury@DiscoverCovenant.com or (717)540-9885 ext. 232.

Coffee for the Curious

Are you a young family who is curious about classical Christian education? Please join us at our Coffee for the Curious event on Saturday, February 20th. Our young guests will enjoy a story time and other fun activities led by our PreSchool and Kindergarten teachers. Parents will also have an opportunity to hear from Covenant’s Headmaster and to see how classical education engages the native curiosity of children and leads them on a path of discovery and joyful learning. Please RSVP to Ann Rasmus at Ann.Rasmus@DiscoverCovenant.com

Why Classical Education

Looking for a way to learn more about “Why Classical Education”? Discover why parents are choosing classical Christian education over other models. “Schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living.” – Neil Postman

To Discover the Covenant Difference contact Katie Broeg, Admissions Director at Katie.Broeg@DiscoverCovenant.com or 717-540-9885 x555

 

 

Covenant Kindergarten Presents Peter and the Wolf

Our kindergarten class has been diligently learning their parts for the play Peter and the Wolf, an annual Covenant event. Please join us on Thursday, February 11th at 10:00am. You and your child(ren) will be treated to the 20-minute play followed by interactive learning activities in the gym on the theme of orchestra music. Families are invited to meet our Head of School, Dr. David Sonju, to discover the wonderful educational journey that awaits them at Covenant Christian Academy.

Kindly RSVP to Ann Rasmus, Admissions Coordinator at ann.rasmus@DiscoverCovenant.com or 717-540-9885 x231.

Upper School Day of Service – January 22, 2016

As a classical Christian school we are called to focus on Christian formation as well as academic excellence. We are excited to launch a special Day of Service in our upper school to focus our attention on virtue, humility, and service. Our upper school students will be participating in two great projects on Friday, January 22.

Our ninth, tenth and eleventh grade classes will travel to our nation’s capital to participate in the March for Life 2016. The event begins on the grounds of the Washington Monument, with the Rally and March. Later in the afternoon, students will hear “Listen to Silent No More” testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court. If time allows, the group will have an opportunity to visit our Representative or Senator to advocate for life.

Our seventh, eighth and twelfth graders will be serving at the GAiN Logistics Center in Mount Joy, PA. The Global Aid Network (GAiN) is a Christian humanitarian organization that seeks “to express the love of Jesus Christ in the toughest places on earth by relieving suffering and restoring dignity.” Refugees fleeing war-torn areas around the world often escape with only the clothes on their back. By preparing these packages of clothing and supplies, our students will be meeting one of the fundamental human needs of refugees facing the most dire circumstances.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:9-10)

Rest for the Weary

What has you weary?  Do you feel helpless in a world that is full of darkness?  Are you troubled by a difficult relationship?   Is your precious little one colicky and keeping you up at all hours of the night?  Do you find your employer demanding deadlines that seem next to impossible?  Is illness threatening a close loved one?  Are you lonely, far from what is familiar, feeling like you do not fit in?   Are you responsible for a rebellious son or daughter who continues to break your heart regardless of what you say or do?  You are weary with little hope of a change in sight.  How do you find rest in the midst of difficulty? Dear one, do not despair!

Ovid, an ancient poet and scholar of rhetoric, once said, “What is without periods of rest will not endure.” The concept of rest in the midst of trouble may seem oxymoronic, impossibly ideal, and perhaps even fantastical to the one going through the fire; certainly, as Proverbs reminds us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” However, God’s Word not only describes the reality of the human condition, but God grants His children the promise of rest, strength and hope. How are we able to claim these gifts when difficulty is perpetual and fatigue of mind, body and spirit prevails? To begin, we must accept our design and trust our Creator.  He has made us for worship.  Giving our souls opportunity to reflect on the hope of the cross, to offer our tithes, and to join in the great chorus of praise, refreshes the heart and enables the child of God to be transported to the throne of his Father where solace is waiting. God commands that we enter a Sabbath rest; He desires His children to find calm in the midst of the storm.

In Ephesians six, God reminds us to prepare for struggles with armor that provides victory in the battle of life.  In a fallen world, hardship is expected, but with the Word of God, the child of God is able to stand firm in the strength of the Holy Spirit, walk through the difficulty with transformative grace and peace, and find encouragement and renewal through prayer and fellowship.  God calls us to persevere in difficulties, but He promises to be in our midst, and He challenges His people to bear one another’s burdens.  A Swedish proverb points to what is often missing in the trials of life:  “A joy shared is a double joy.  A burden shared is half a burden.”  Stoicism and isolation rob the people of God the opportunity to fulfill part of its calling, to love.

Recognizing what our limits of time, talent, and treasure are is also necessary for survival during seasons of suffering.  There are occasions we must limit the extra projects we care for regardless of how admirable they may be in order to protect the necessaries. There is a metaphor of rocks and sand that pictures the process of prioritizing.  A jar of rocks may appear full until we slowly pour sand over it, only to find the sand filling in all the crevices.  In life, certain circumstances may be out of our control and require much of our time; however, many of us fill our jars full of noble deeds, robbing what matters the most to us.  When our lives are faced with difficulty, it is especially critical that we have a clear sense of what rocks should be in the jar and what is just sand. Do your efforts reflect what is dearest to you?  In Luke ten, Jesus points out the need for wisdom in determining how we spend our days. How often we miss what is best!

In Lamentations we read, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.  His mercies they never come to end.”  In your hardship, you are not alone.  You are loved with an everlasting love.  Your Father cares for you.  Enter the rest He has for you!

 

DSC_7354Suzanya DeAngelo has been involved in classical education for over fifteen years. In her first year as a science teacher at Covenant, Mrs. DeAngelo seeks to help students discover a love for God and the world he created.