Historical and Literary Figure Dress-Up Day, Oct. 27
(The title doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?) Each October, most students participate in this festive day at the end of October. We desire for our day to be a little different than other Halloween/Fall Fest celebrations, so we emphasize history and literature. In fact, many people will dress up as characters from books they’re reading this year, or people from this year’s historical period. Others will dress up as characters from good books read outside of school this year (like Wizard of Oz characters, Fern from Charlotte’s Web, Tom Sawyer, a hobbit, etc.) We ask that you please keep to our theme of history and literary figures (superheroes from comic books don’t count), and please refrain from scary “horror” costumes. Finally, we also ask that you avoid toy weapons, as they tend to promote a bit of rowdy behavior on a day when there’s already plenty of excitement. This is optional (students who don’t dress up will simply wear normal uniform), but we hope you will join in the fun!
Providence Takes Broadway
Several of our students and their parents were able to catch the Broadway production of “Newsies” in Austin last week with Krista Eshbaugh, our Performance Arts teacher. They look like they enjoyed it!
Looking Ahead to Donuts With Dads and Rock Ceremony for 4th and 8th Graders
Tomorrow in chapel, we’re reading about the Israelites passage into the Promised Land. In Joshua 3-4, we read that God caused the waters of the Jordan River to stop flowing and rise up in a heap, so the people were able to cross the river on dry ground. When everyone reached the other side, God told Joshua to have one man from each of the 12 tribes pick up a stone from the river, and then Joshua set up these stones as a memorial–a reminder of God’s love and mercy. Many years later, when the people of Israel walked by the memorial, God wanted them to tell their children how God had kept all his promises.
This passage of Scripture is the inspiration for the Rock Ceremony that we plan to hold on February 2 (Donuts With Dads) for our 4th and 8th Graders at 8:00 a.m. Parents will select a stone and write/etch on it one character trait that they have seen the Lord grow in their child over the course of that year. Fathers will then explain (to other students and parents in the class) how the trait was chosen. The rock, then, serves as a reminder to what God has done in the lives of our 4th and 8th graders. Why 4th and 8th? These grades serve as final years before a transition (into 5th grade upper school, and into 9th grade Rhetoric (High) School.)
A few more details to come, but this is the basic idea. Donuts with Dads is for ALL dads, and 4th and 8th grade families will break into separate rooms for the Rock Ceremony. (By the way, some Dads will not be able to attend, so a mother or close male relative would make presentation.)
As a way to consistently review the Scripture that we’re reading, and to see Christ throughout Scripture, we’re working on a new Sound-Off based on some key verses. Try it out at home!