Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year!)
My family and I recently celebrated Chinese New Year. Since we lived for eleven years in Shanghai, this has become an important celebration for us as a way of holding onto our Chinese history. Though we have no Chinese ancestry, our time there will always be a part of us.
In class, we have been talking about China and tradition surrounding Chinese New Year. One thing we discussed was some of their traditional beliefs. An important figure in Chinese folklore is the kitchen god, who was supposed to report to the Jade Emperor about how good people acted over the course of a year. If the people acted good, they were rewarded, and if not, trouble would be sent their way.
How wonderful it is that our God, the true God, does not rely on underlings to report to Him! He already knows everything about us... what we've done, what we're doing, and even what we will do. Yet, through all that, He loves us. Our behavior does not determine whether God sends rain or bounty. His love is steadfast, and He sends rain on both the godly and ungodly. In fact, in the middle of our sin, He died for us and rose again, earning us forgiveness and eternal life with Him. What a great God we have!
A few additional notes...
Valentine's Day Party: We ill have a Valentine's Day party this Thursday, February 13th. Students are encouraged to bring a container for their valentines. If they wish to bring valentines for others, please ensure that they have a valentine for every member of the class. If students bring a valentine for Leysa, we will make sure she gets it. Students are also invited to bring snacks. Please let me know if you plan on sending one with your child. This party will be pretty simple and low key, mostly snacks, possibly a movie, and discussion about God's definition of love.
No School: There will be no school on Friday, February 14th, or on Friday, February 21st.
Night of Expression: Students are highly encouraged to participate in this school-wide "talent show" on February 27th. This is a great opportunity for those natural performers to get on the stage, as well as a safe time for other students to experience performing. Please encourage your kids to sign up and to turn in their forms soon.
Bethesda Chapel Service: We have the chance to assist Bethesda residents as they attend a chapel service on Sunday, February 23, at 2 pm. If you would be willing to attend, please return the forms that went home with your children.
Winter Clothes: As the weather continues to be cold, please ensure that your child comes to school in clothing that is suitable and will keep them warm. Students should wear winter coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, and boots when appropriate. Without these items, students may be asked to stay indoors or to stay in a shoveled area.
Upcoming Opportunities at the Watertown Public Library:
Bible Verse of the Week
Students choose their own memory verse this week.