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OCTOBER 2021
Leading students to reverence truth, desire goodness, and rejoice in beauty.
Students from Grades 3 & 4 have been learning colour theory, here using oil pastel and watercolour to create fall leaves, employing either an analogous, monochromatic, or complementary colour scheme.
From the Director's Desk

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.      
Philippians 4:8


Dear parents and friends of St. Timothy's,

What is it that your children or grandchildren treasure? What is it that repeatedly draws their attention during the day? What is it that they dwell on or daydream about? What do they turn over again and again in their minds? 

Jesus reminds us that our hearts, the guiding forces in our lives, will dwell on what we treasure (Matthew 6:21). This is both a truth and a warning. Although we cannot change a child's heart - this is the realm of God alone - we can give them opportunities to dwell on things that are good, true, and beautiful. We can give them a rich fare to chew over and savour, at least for a portion of the day.

This is why at St. Timothy's we have them recite and memorize scripture. This is why each day we pray together carefully selected prayers, which during their years at the school, each child will naturally memorize, turning them over again and again in their minds, focussing their hearts on the truths expressed so eloquently. This is why our students memorize beautiful poetry, both in English and French; not only to immerse them in the delicious language, but to inspire them to treasure what is lovely. (See Poetry and Prayer: How Memorisation Shapes the Soul for a fuller treatise on this topic.) This is why they are exposed to the rich, timeless stories, art and music, all of which point their souls heavenward.

We have fickle hearts (Hosea 10:2). In the words of St. Augustine of Hippo: "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You."

Please pray with me that our students' fickle, restless hearts would find their rest, and discover their treasure, in Christ, the author of all that is True, Good, and Beautiful.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Jenny


Scripture Memory Work


Psalm 34:1-10 

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; 
The humble shall hear of it and be glad. 
Oh, magnify the LORD with me, 
And let us exalt His name together.

 

I sought the LORD, and He heard me, 
And delivered me from all my fears. 
They looked to Him and were radiant, 
And their faces were not ashamed. 
This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, 
And saved him out of all his troubles. 
The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, 
And delivers them.

 

  8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; 
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.


 

Recent Events
Although we split into three groups this year for our hike in the Gatineau hills, there was much joy in being together in the sheer beauty of the fall colours and warm sunshine.

Still Accepting Applications

We are still accepting applications for some classes, including Senior Kindergarten, for the 2021-2022 school year.
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Rejoicing in Beauty

by Crystal Swim

Art Teacher 
Studying fine art first-hand deepens our students' appreciation of beauty.
(National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. 2017)

Art is a visual language that has been used to communicate the human experience even before the written word. For millennia, whether through cave paintings, on Greek pottery, or within the walls of the great temples or churches, art has been created in the context of a community. As we study examples of the art of a particular community, we can begin to understand the way it communicates the ideas, values, and beliefs of the world its members inhabited at that point in time.  

Students have a unique opportunity to study art history as part of the art program at St. Timothy's. Through this program they are blessed to be exposed to the rich tradition of Western art. Some may wonder why we bother with this undervalued subject in a society where STEM subjects are esteemed as the most valuable means to understand the world. But, to the surprise of our students, they discover that the very best artists, sculptors, and architects were masters of symmetry, proportion, and perspective, and that the sciences and the arts offer complementary lenses to wonder at the order and beauty of creation. This schooling in the arts is vital in a world that appears determined to steer our hearts towards a cheapened sense of beauty. Our senses and hearts are captured in a powerful and moving way as we engage with great art, training us to be more discerning about what is beautiful. Students come to realize that the special collection we enjoy at the art gallery or in a beautiful art book is more worthy of our attention and praise than the mass-produced imagery that permeates our culture.

The community of St. Timothy's is “learning to rejoice in beauty”. When we study a beautiful piece of art or learn the steps to create one ourselves, we share in the work of God the Creator who looked on what he had made and saw that it was good. Our hope is that our art program will delight and inspire the minds and hearts of our students and that they will ultimately be drawn to the beauty of our creator God, the source of beauty.

School Life
Our diligent librarians have been hard at work keeping our books in order, and teaching the other students how to use the library.
Our Grades 3 and 4 students enjoyed some intense games of chess.
Recess has been an opportunity for vigorous and creative play as our students enjoyed being back together with friends.
Our Grades 3 and 4 students have been using every spare minute on their class reading challenge.
Honey Fundraiser
It's that time of year again!
Consider supporting St. Timothy's by purchasing pure, local honey.
Email honey@st-timothys.ca to place your order.
Curriculum News
The Senior Kindergarten children have quickly adjusted to school. This class loves books! One of their favourite activities is daily quiet reading time. They also enjoy those times during the day when beautiful stories are read aloud.

Our school tends to look tidy but a little bare at the start of the school year, until the walls fill up with artwork. Our Grades 1 and 2 students learned about colour theory and had fun mixing paints as they worked on their contributions to a mural for the lower school.

The Grades 2 and 3 students have been learning to write with help from the ancient Greek storyteller, Aesop. As they practice retelling classic fables in their own words, the students have been finding a lot to discuss with their teacher and classmates. Is the cleverest character actually admirable? What is the collective noun for foxes? Slow and steady might win in a race against careless overconfidence, but what happens when you mix talent and perseverance? These short, funny stories give rise to a lot of good conversation, and the process of crafting their own versions gives students an opportunity to reflect on words and ideas that are worthy of their time and attention.

 Jean de la Fontaine’s fables make up the core of the memorization section of the French curriculum for Grades 5 and 6 students. Having committed such fables to mind and heart, they naturally begin to employ ideas and turns of phrase in class activities. When given the opportunity to act out the fable Le Corbeau et le Renard, our Grade 6 class jumped at it enthusiastically and were able to do it without any help from a prompter. Their theatrical performance was quite impressive and funny too!
Work has begun with the Grades 7 and 8 students on oil pastel still life studies, which focus on rendering form through the use of light and shadow. 
How can one measure the Earth's circumference with a shadow? Can you do it with just a meterstick in one location? Following in the footsteps of Eratosthenes, who estimated the circumference of the earth more than 2000 years ago, the Grades 7 and 8 science class tried doing just that.
Support St. Timothy's
 
At St. Timothy's, we have many reasons to rejoice and give thanks. This year, in the face of many new (and ongoing) challenges caused by COVID-19, we are especially grateful for the sacrifices made by parents, students, teachers, volunteers, and other community members to keep St. Timothy's open and thriving. In many ways, our gratitude in this season is also tied closely to navigating difficult and trying times. We are walking out this message in Philippians: "do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." As a non-profit Christian independent school, we have many things to bring before the Lord in prayer right now, and we would urge you to join us. 

Of course, if you are looking for other ways to support the school, know we continue to rely on the generosity of our community to help us meet our budget. If you are able to make a special gift - or monthly commitment - to St. Timothy's, especially to help us continue to offset increased costs due to COVID-related expenses, we would be grateful. All gifts are tax deductible and can be made by clicking on the link below, or via mail.

God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving.

(All donations are made through The Christian School Foundation)
 
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"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things."
Philippians 4:8
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