14 August 2020
Dear Families, Teachers, and Staff,
Welcome back to campus and the start of this new school year! We have looked forward to Monday, August 17 (a half day for Grades 1-12) ever since we needed to close our campus on Friday, March 13. Our staff has been working diligently preparing our school to welcome students back to the classroom with the required safety protocols in place. We anticipate school to look different in many ways. However, our Christ-centered mission and core values have not changed.
Our 2020-2021 school theme speaks to the wonderful opportunities we have this year to lean hard into our Lord with great expectation as to what He will do in all of our lives, not in spite of the COVID challenge, but because of it. Our shared desire is that this coming year will not merely be a year of survival, but by God’s grace and help, a year in which all our students and staff truly thrive.
We have already experienced God’s gracious hand of provision in several ways, including bringing excellent, well qualified teachers new to our school. They have been on campus since August 5 in preparation for this year. All our teachers joined with them this week for in-service in preparation for the school year. We are blessed to have these committed Christian men and women teaching our students.
I strongly encourage you to virtually attend our annual CHA Convocation service of dedication this Saturday, August 15, at 7 PM. Because of the capacity constraints we are under, we are live-streaming this special service from our auditorium [see replay on the CHA Youtube channel]. Please join us as we hear from our Board chairman, Mr. Gil de las Alas; meet all our teachers and staff as they introduce themselves; and participate from home as we dedicate this school year to our Lord.
Recently, I have been greatly strengthened in this pandemic trial by God’s Word in 2 Corinthians and in particular chapter 4. The Apostle Paul says: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (v. 8-9). How was that possible for Paul and how can it be true for us? He tells us just a few verses later in that same passage: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (v. 17-18). It’s a powerful reminder for us as we begin this school year — knowing our Lord is using these challenges in each of our lives, including the lives of our students, for His great glory and our great good.
Faithfully in Christ,
Dr. Hutz H. Hertzberg