Raggant Standard

February 2019

Letter From The U.H.

The following is excerpted from Mr. Sarr's talk at our recent Information Night.  The whole talk can be found next week at our website.

Weaponized Laughter

Our school’s motto is “Laughter is War.”  We try to wield the weapon of laughter for a number of reasons.  I’ll suggest a few.

We laugh because it keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously.  When you’re reading Cicero and studying Latin, there’s a temptation to become a snob.  When you’re aware of your privileged position as a 21st century Christian, there’s a temptation to be judgmental in your study of prior generations.  Laughing with gratitude helps to orient us.  

We laugh because our God has given us wild blessings and riches in Christ, and we are happy in Him.  

We laugh in order to make the world jealous.  We’re working to promote in them the right kind of jealousy; we want for them to want what we have, because God would lavish His grace on those who trust in Him.  And our happy laughter ought to be enticing to the world.  This is contrasted with stuffy, dour, serious Christianity.  We are serious as a heart attack when we laugh with confidence.  

We laugh in victory to taunt an already-vanquished enemy.  And this sort of laughter actually produces a grateful humility rather than pride.  

We laugh because God is sovereign, He is good, and He is for us.  The outcome of the story is written, and we are on the winning side.  

We laugh not because our heads are buried in the sand, but because our heads are up, our eyes are open, and we are able to look about us and see evidences of God’s grace and control everywhere.  

We laugh because we can be confident that in this world of raging unbelief, cancer, abortions, murders, suicide, wars and lies, God has a good plan for all the evils of the world, and He will bring about good in the end.  

So we want to wield our laughter for the weapon it is.  We employ weaponized laughter because we believe it best equips the students to be faithful in their cultural advancement.  

- Mr. Sarr

Mid-Winter Break will run from Friday, February 15th (no school) - Monday the 18th (no school-at-home).
Spelling Bee
1st- 8th Grades
  • 2/7/19 - In-Class Bees - each will include a practice round to help get any nerves out. The top two students from each grade level will move on to our All-school Bee. 
  • 2/14/19 - All-School Bee - Tentatively happening at 11:05 in the sanctuary. The top speller in each grade will move on to the Inter-School Bee on 2/28. The overall winner will, in addition, move on to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 2nd.
  • 2/28/19 - Inter-School Bee at 10am at Cornerstone Academy. The top speller from each grade from the All-School bee will represent ECS.
  • 3/2/19 - Regional Spelling Bee. The top speller overall from the All-School Bee will represent ECS.
Rhetoric Tournament
The Rhetoric Tournament will be Friday, February 22nd for grades 7-12. Students will be competing in Impromptu, Single and Duet Literary Interpretation, and Persuasive Speech. Parents, friends, and family are heartily invited to the finals, which will be from 1-3pm in the Sanctuary.

Standardized Testing
CTP-Testing for the 1st - 8th graders is coming in March! 1st - 6th graders will test March 5th - 8th, and 7th - 8th graders will test March 12th - 15th.
Re-enrollment paperwork went home with the eldest of family or parents who were at the assembly on Friday. If we missed you, Mrs. Bowers has your packet available at her desk! Paperwork and deposits are due by April 9th (the day we return from Spring Break).
Upcoming Events
  • 2/1: Assembly @ 2:15pm with Mr. vanderBeken speaking
  • 2/14: All-School Spelling Bee
  • 2/15 - 2/18: Mid-Winter Break
  • 2/22: Rhetoric Tournament
  • 2/28: Inter-School Spelling Bee @ Cornerstone Academy in Monroe
  • 3/1: Dress Uniform & Assembly @ 2:15pm with our "Cheerman" Mr. Chuck Weinberg speaking

February Birthdays

  • 2/2: Zander Hevia
  • 2/10: Anne Callender
  • 2/10: Kiana Pakinas
  • 2/19: Olivia Neyens
  • 2/20: Addison Bowie
  • 2/25: Elizabeth Durham
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