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Christian Education Week April 23-29: Part of the focus this year at SWMCH has been HE/We/me. We will celebrate these blessings and our role in God's kingdom through the chapels given on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Monday, April 24 - Parent breakfast and invitation for parents to join their students in our Praise and Worship chapel. Breakfast will be served from 7:45 - 8:15 am. Please RSVP to the school office - 442-3541 - if you will be joining us. At 8:20 we will have chapel focusing on HE, our heavenly Father.
- Wednesday, April 26 - Open House with an invitation to all grandparents and our special senior citizens. Chapel will focus on We, God's people, as we encourage and support one another in living for Christ. The 9:00 am chapel will be followed by the freshmen class playing BINGO with our senior guests and enjoing a special treat from the cooks.
- Friday, April 28 - Open House for students interested in attending Southwest MN Christian. Interested students may be part of the morning classes, chapel at 9:50 by Mr. Darrel Ulferts, and join the students for their Acts of Kindness afternoon. Chapel for this day will focus on me. God has created each of us as a special and unique person. As we draw this year and Christian education week together, we reflect on serving God and others as we celebrate the gifts, talents, and blessings God has given to us individually.
Open House for Darrel and Shirley Ulferts on their retirement. Darrel retires after 45 years of service at SWMCH and Shirley retires after 43 years at ECES. Please join us in congratulating them at an open house at SWMCH on Saturday, May 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Spring Music Concert. SWMCH will serve cookies and drink following the concert in honor of Becky Van Hulzen's retirement from being head cook at SWMCH. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to extend your thanks for the many delicious meals she has helped prepare.
SWMCH is seeking a C Team Volleyball Coach beginning in the Fall of 2017. A job description and job application are available to interested applicants by clicking on the Employment Opportunities under the ABOUT tab above.
Volunteers Needed for Acts of Kindness Service Project On Friday, April 28, our students will be participating in several service projects in our community. We are in need of 4-6 adults who could help work and supervise the projects. This would be a great way to serve the students and teachers of Southwest MN Christian High School as well as serve the community we live in. Definite times have not been confirmed at this time. For further information or to sign up to help, please contact Darrel Ulferts or Denise De Kam @ 507-442-4471.
Bus Driver Shortage -- We need your Help! SMCH has a shortage of bus drivers. Please consider getting your license and driving an activity bus for us. It is a great way to serve the students, teachers, and coaches of Southwest MN Christian High School. Each spring it seems as if we have a critical problem as many of our current drivers are working their regular jobs and can’t get off to drive our activity buses. For further information, please contact Darrel Ulferts @ 507-442-4471.
Reflections From Within
We are often asked, “How was your day?” Without even thinking, I usually answer, “Good.” The other day I attended an online committee meeting. Another teacher and I were the only ones logged on, and we asked each other how the other person’s day was. After I answered my typical ”good,” he asked, “What makes Carrie’s day good?” I loved that additional question! It allowed me to pause and reflect. Was it the fact that my 9 month old was over his cold and slept through the night? Was it a good day because the sun was shining? Was it that I had good student interactions and lessons went according to plan? Or was it that I had gotten all of my clean laundry folded AND put away? What really did make that day great?
This past Sunday, it was easy to wake up on Easter morning and think, “This is a good day!” Our Savior is alive! That alone is enough reason to have a great day each and every day. However, sometimes we need a reminder in our day-to-day responsibilities that God has given us so many blessings and reasons to thank him for the things that make our day great. For me, that reminder was as simple as a colleague asking, “What made today a good day?”
SCHOOL HEADLINES (click a headline to read the story)
Once again Mr. Vanderaa's students have written Psalms. Please be sure to check them out on the Education in Action page.
Southwest MN Christian High (SWMCH) and Edgerton Christian Elementary (ECES) societies approved a shared administrative structure. They have been evaluating the idea for a year and have now received approval from both school societies to move forward with a shared administrative structure between SWC and ECES, including a Head of Schools and part-time Director of Learning starting in the 2016-2017 school year.
The boards at ECES and SWMCH have named Mr. Randy Pfeifle the Head of Schools. He will be based out of the SWMCH campus and will direct the vision, finances, and administration of the two schools.
Mr. John Top has been hired as Director of Learning and Principal at ECES. Mr. Top will assume the day-to-day duties at ECES and oversee K-12 education across both schools.