Parent Update 2/17/12

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In This Issue

The Principal's Desk
Saturday Double-Header
College Corner
Around the Castle

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The Spoken Word

Last week super-model Kylie Bisutti shocked the world when she terminated the contract she won with Victoria's Secret in a nationally televised competition in 2009. Bisutti comments, “Victoria's Secret was my absolutely biggest goal in life, and it was all I ever wanted career-wise. I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast. But the more I was modeling lingerie, and lingerie isn't clothing, I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith...I'm Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it.”

In this week's Principal's Blog Mr. Isaac introduces another man who was convicted by claims he made in science. Antony Flew began to look at God's general revelation in the world and came to the conclusion that there must be a designer. Join Mr. Isaac in the blog as he discusses how an honest heart can lead people from sin to an all-loving Savior.

Christian Ed. Night

This Saturday the Hillcrest Basketball teams will be partnering with local Christian schools in support of the Agape Crisis Pregnancy Center located in Fergus Falls, MN. The Agape center is a Biblically-based alternative to the secular Planned Parenthood. Agape provides counseling and supportive services for families working through challenges faced in pregnancy. 

The Basketball teams will have a number of opportunities to partner with them in prayer, support and giving to the pregnancy center throughout the night. If you're unable to attend in person, please watch the evening online by visiting the LiveStream Events page on the website. You'll be able to watch the game, Comet Camp half-time game and students as they worship Christ in support of God's work through the Agape Center. 

College Corner

In this week's College Corner we encourage parents to begin talking with their students regarding how career and college relate. Here are a few tips and discussion starters that like to use as we interact with students on a daily basis. We hope you find them helpful:
• Talk about college regularly. Relate it to jobs, careers, school, sports, your life and the lives of other adults in your child’s life, etc.
• Ask them what they want to do when they grow up and relate that job or career to what they could study in college to do it.  Talk about jobs and careers as you interact with them in daily life.  When you go to the grocery store, you could talk about managing a grocery store or a farmer raising the produce or creating the advertisements you see on television;  if you are shopping for a new home, you could talk about building houses, or being a Realtor or an architect; driving in the car, you could talk about designing cars, building bridges or cleaning up the trash in the world by becoming an environmental scientist.  Students may not think past the checker or bagger they see at the grocery store, and may need a little more explanation to understand how other people and jobs fit into the picture.  It’s also a good time to clarify the difference between a job and a career. 
• Go to sporting events (yes, sports!) or cultural and educational activities on college campuses.  Plan to spend some extra time just wandering around campus while you’re there, especially when students are around.  Walk through buildings and the library, sit in a classroom, etc.  This gives your child a visual image to place themselves into, that will go with their ideas about college in their future. 

Around the Castle

President's Day Observed through Winter Weekend Retreats
Students will be enjoying an an elongated break with President's Day on Monday. Students will be returning home from various Bible Camps as they reunite for classes on Tuesday.
Basketball Schedule
The Comets are busy this week as classes start Tuesday and a number of games are planned through the weekend. Click on the Basketball to see a full schedule.
Norwegian Visitors
A number of Norwegian students from the class of 2011 will be visiting this weekend as they reunite with friends and celebrate the work Christ did in their heart last year.