Picture retakes will be the morning of Tuesday October 16. If you ordered a photo package from Ashley Dawn Photography, you should have received a photo proof on a green half sheet of paper last week. If you would like your student’s picture to be retaken, please email Eli Denison. (Note: If your student was absent during school photos in September, he or she will be photographed on Tuesday as well.) Don’t forget to bring your picture envelopes after Fall Break! For more information on photo packets, please contact photographer Ashely Driscoll directly.
The soccer game scheduled for 11 a.m. today (10/13) between Ophir and Petra is cancelled due to weather conditions. As of 8 a.m., we have an inch of snow on the field and it’s still coming down, with temperatures forecasted to be barely above freezing. For the sake of everyone’s safety (both on the field and for our friends from Ophir driving to Bozeman), we’re going to call off the game. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday for our first Elementary Recitation of the year. Students enjoyed presenting snippets of what they are memorizing and learning, and everyone did a nice job of being on stage. If you missed it, we’ve posted clips of each presentation on our Vimeo channel to watch and share. Don’t forget to join us for our first Secondary Recitation on Thursday, October 25, from 11:45-12:15 p.m. Pack a lunch and eat with students after!
At a recent Dads-Who-Dare prayer meeting (Thursday mornings, 6:30-7:30, at Petra), a father asked for prayer for his elementary-aged daughter.
“She’s like me,” he said, “in that she’s shy and quiet and can sometimes be anxious about making friends.”
He went on to share some good news, though: “Yesterday, she came home with some grass stains on her pants, so I’m taking that to be a good sign. Pray for more grass stains.”
The story stuck with me as the group prayed. While I’ve seen a few kids content to roll down our playground berm on their own, it’s rare; more often than not, where there’s one, there’s usually at least one or more friends doing it with them, together.
What a beautiful picture of a father’s love for his daughter, I thought. Recognizing his similar struggles, this dad has experienced the anxiety that kids (and adults) often feel in making and being friends. But, rather than look for someone or something to blame for his daughter’s challenge, he asked other fathers to join him in prayer for a resolution that, if provided, might actually mean more work and/or cost for him and his wife (last I checked, grass stains are still a pain to get out of clothes).
May God grant us such insight into our children and their needs. And, may God give us courage to pray for our kids and their struggles, even if doing so might cost us something in the answering.
Our annual Spell-a-thon has officially begun, so each week, we’ll feature one of our elementary classes to remind us (this week, it’s Mrs. Miller’s Kindergarten class). Contact your favorite Petra elementary student to support his or her spelling efforts on behalf of our school. For more details about Spell-a-thon (including what the fundraising goes to help support), read Mr. Denison’s Spell-a-thon post.
This Friday, September 28, is the official end of the first month of school. How’s it going? To catch us up and let us know how Petra can better help you and your student(s) succeed, Mr. Dunham invites you to join him and Board Chair Sarah Storebo for “Follow-Up Friday,” beginning at 8:40 a.m. this Friday morning in the Cafeteria. Mr. Dunham will present a brief 10-minute homework workshop with ideas to help at home, and the rest of the time will be yours to ask questions, share observations, and connect. There will be fresh coffee brewing, so come and go as you are able. We’ll start at 8:40 a.m. and shoot to be finished by 9:30 a.m. unless folks want to stay longer.