Greetings Berks Christian School Community!
I hope that each of your families had a special time celebrating Christmas and spending time together - and now today enjoying the extended snow holiday. Christmas at the Warner house was a bit more crazy than usual (two twin babies will do that!) but we had a wonderful time celebrating, relaxing, and enjoying the uncommon activities that adorn this holiday.
One of the unique presents this year was from my sister, a redesigned family coat of arms. (pictured) For a while she has been enamored by the historical motto of the Warner family, Non Nobis Tantum Nati - we are not born for ourselves alone. She then researched family coat of arms and crests and all of the symbolism and designed this specifically to represent our family. Each of us received a print of the original wood relief that she carefully carved. It is a special gift not only because of its quality, but for what it represents - our family legacy.
As I reflected during the New Year holiday, I thought a lot about the family coat of arms. So many of our goals (especially the ones we make around this time of year) are centered around ourselves: personal development, health, learning, etc. But as followers of Christ, our goals should be much more legacy based - what are we doing for others and what will we leave for the next generation? We will continue to be legacy-minded at BCS as we plan and labor for each chapter in our community’s collective history, and I challenge you to do the same for your own families.
A quick note for our community that will be a change at the start of the New Year. Mrs. Beth Heim has served as our K-8 music teacher since September. For personal reasons, she has decided to step down from her role as a teacher at BCS. I will be covering music classes until a new teacher is hired. I look forward to spending a week or two back in the music classroom and ask for your prayers that God will provide just the right person moving forward.
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! As always, please feel free to contact me with any question or concern.
Grace and Peace, Mr. Warner
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.