Letter from Head of School

Dear Parents and NVCA Community:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

The past week has been a whirlwind of information as the world navigates through a chaotic storm that seems to change hourly.  As we live through this time of uncertainty, it is an opportunity for us to pause, reflect and follow Jesus’ advice to refrain from “worrying about many things” and be focused on Him.  God is with us and He is the one consistent element in our lives.

As a member of your educational family, it is our desire to promote a consistent Christian learning environment for all of our children.    Thus, we have developed the following plan for the upcoming weeks to minimize disruption in your family’s life and keep you informed every step of the way:

  • We are extending the closure of on-campus classes for K-12 students until Tuesday, April 14.
  • A survey is being sent out to preschool and elementary families tomorrow to gauge your needs for Christian childcare.
  • If the survey responses indicate a need for Christian childcare by working parents of students in preschool, we plan on offering it from 8:30 – 3:15 in a space that doesn’t exceed 8 students per classroom.
  • If the survey responses indicate a need for Christian childcare by working parents of students in grades K-5, we are considering offering it from 8:30 – 3:15 in an academic space that does not exceed 8 students per room.
  • No extended care will be available until Tuesday, April 14.
  • We ask preschool families to be patient with the billing process.  It will be one of the first tasks of the business office when they return from Spring Break next week.
  • All K-12 classes will be conducted virtually online beginning next Wednesday, March 25 and continue until April 9 (or longer if necessary).
  • If the pandemic situation dissipates, on campus classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14th.
  • The school office will be open from 8:00am – 3:30pm during the closure. The office will be closed on Good Friday, April 10 and Easter Monday, April 13.
  • K-5 families will be able to pick up school materials next Tuesday. (details about pick-up times will be sent by Mrs. Clark).
  • Tutoring and help will be available to B.E.S.T. students.  Details are being worked out and Lori Fox will be contacting you with details.
  • Details about the format of virtual online classes will be sent in upcoming days by Mrs. Clark, Mr. Mitchell, and the individual teachers.
  • Please note that the movement from on-campus classes to online campus does not affect STO funding.
  • Due to the heavy load of events in May and the lack of time to practice, the school play is cancelled for this school year.
  • We still want to hold prom.  If we can’t hold it on April 18th, we’ll work to move it to a later date.
  • If non-academic needs for students and/or parents arise during this crisis, please let us know.  We’re here to help!

Lastly, if you will be coming to the school to pick up your child’s supplies next week, we will be holding a canned food drive at that time.  We hear that food bank supplies are low.  Please consider donating a few cans, toilet paper, and/or disinfectant.

Blessings,

Chris Schoenleb