In times of seemingly large obstacles, I’ve often referred to Henry V at Agincourt. Facing a much larger French army, young Henry looked at his obstacle from a different angle, deployed his English bowmen, and managed to win the day. It happens often enough in history–an obstacle turns into an opportunity.
A lot has been accomplished so far at our new property at Old Fountain. Framing of all our new rooms is complete, and when I walked through yesterday, much of the rough plumbing and electrical was in place. And after our fire alarm and sprinkler work, we’ll be ready for our first round of inspections!
However, we still have a ways to go; sheetrock, flooring, painting, and another round of inspections. With that in mind, we’ve decided to modify the school calendar for this year. Our original calendar began on August 10, and while that likely won’t be possible, we’ve made every effort to preserve what days we can. We’ll plan for our first day of school to be Thursday, September 1.
A couple of details regarding days off:
· Rather than losing long weekends entirely, we’ve attempted to retain at least a half-day on Friday and (wherever possible) the Monday.
· With the later start, we’ve trimmed down our longest breaks on the front end. Thanksgiving Break will begin after a half-day on Wednesday; Christmas Break a half day the Friday before.
· One “outside the box” change: We’ve moved Spring Break to Easter Break. While this doesn’t coincide with Gwinnett County’s spring break, it jibes better with our values. Rather than taking our cues from another school’s calendar, we can consider true holidays.
· Instead of ending midweek before Memorial Day, we’ll finish out the week and end on Friday.· Our first-ever graduation will be that Friday night, May 26!
So how is this obstacle an opportunity? First, we’re moving into our own space! The extra time will ensure that we’re able to do all we can to make the transition smooth, allowing a little more time for teachers to plan for the year in a new space. Second, summer’s just a little bit longer this year! I remember school years that ran Labor Day to Memorial Day, leaving three months of summer. These days, they’ve shrunk to just over two months. Enjoy the time.
If you have questions, please contact me. In the meantime, please pray that the rest of our renovation will go smoothly:
1) that all our subcontractors will be able to work quickly and safely, and price their work fairly;
2) that inspectors would look favorably on us;
3) that God would continue to provide for Oak Hill financially;
4) that the Lord of all would give us peace in believing that he really does care for us–in even the smallest details.
Let’s meet this opportunity with a cheerful heart and willing hands!
Grace and peace,