Be of Good Cheer

Be of Good Cheer

By Michael J. McKenna

In the opening of his 1941 essay, Invitation to the Pain of Learning, Mortimer J. Adler writes, 

One of the reasons why the education given by our schools is so frothy and vapid is that the American people generally―the parent even more than the teacher―wish childhood to be unspoiled by pain. Childhood must be a period of delight, of gay indulgence in impulses. It must be given every avenue for unimpeded expression, which of course is pleasant; and it must not be made to suffer the impositions of discipline or the exactions of duty, which of course are painful.

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Ready to learn!

Ready to learn!

Ready to learn!

Going back to this article’s initial question, when I tell parents how to prepare their child for his or her entrance into school, I never encourage them to spend time teaching them content

Instead, I encourage parents to teach them the skills necessary to attend in school.

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Letter from Mike McKenna

Dear Paratus family:

As you may have already heard, my eldest son, Seamus, suffered a severe injury to his head in Boulder, CO early last Saturday morning. We don’t know how, and he obviously can’t tell us. Sunday and Monday he was making slight but discernible improvement. After lunch time yesterday, however, he was barely responsive, and one of his pupils was significantly dilated. So the neurosurgeon made the call to operate and perform what's called a craniotomy. They removed a piece of his skull (about the size of your palm) and gave his swelling brain room to swell. After the surgery yesterday, the doctor said it went well; he's off the ventilator breathing on his own (good), and his pupils returned to normal (good), all his numbers look good. Once they got him settled in his ICU room, we went to see him. He looked pitiful, in my opinion, but he was resting well. Today, he opened his eyes, tried to speak some, and even sang a little bit of “Amazing Grace” with his eldest sister! (Seamus loves to sing, and he has a beautiful voice!) Right now, he’s spiking a fever, and this has the nurses concerned. It’s very much two steps forward, one step back. The Lord has been very gracious to us all the way. His three sisters are all here, which has been a great encouragement to him (and to my wife and me and well!)

Moving forward...Chris is going to stay here for the next few weeks to stay with Seamus. Since a portion of his skull is here in Boulder, we can't take him home with us to Houston...yet. It may be four to six weeks until he can leave. We're going to figure the rest out as we go.

God has been very faithful through this all: a car loaned to us as long as we need it from a friend of a friend, an apartment to crash in while we need it from a Colleague who lives here, but just happens to be house-sitting somewhere else. Christian nurses who obviously care and pray for Seamus. On and on...! Please pray for Seamus’ complete recovery, and for all the unknowns of the weeks and months ahead. He's got a long road of recovery ahead of him.

 Blessings,

Mike


Family Worship, Pt. 2

Family Worship, Pt. 2

FAMILY WORSHIP, PT. 2

“Family” and “worship.”  Two words, each of which standing alone is richly warm and evocative.  “Family” connotes community, belonging, and unconditional love. “Worship” conjures thoughts of reverence, jubilation, and communion.

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Family Worship, Pt. 1

Family Worship, Pt. 1

FAMILY WORSHIP, PT. 1

I was once speaking to a group of dads, and I asked them a simple question: If you lived in Communist China and had to worship underground in your own family church, how would you be doing as your family’s only pastor? If your children had no church to go to, no Sunday school to attend, no youth group to enjoy…. If they had none of these things that church offers them, how much of Christ would they know because all they had was you?

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The Classical Christian Variety Show

The Classical Christian Variety Show

A SHOW LIKE NO OTHER

The classical model of learning—Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric—corresponds perfectly to the stages of preparation in any performance. A Variety Show is just as much an opportunity to teach according to the classical model of the Trivium as is a math class or a football game. As He created a world full of beauty for beauty’s sake, we, as His image bearers, are to seek to create beautiful things too, so that we may approach what it means to be fully human.

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Classical Education Requires a Classical Home

Classical Education Requires a Classical Home

THE SCHOOL AND THE HOME

The school and the home must work in concert with one another in order for this educational model to “take root” in our students’ hearts and minds. A well-ordered school curriculum, and a well-ordered classroom will be less effective if the home from which the students come fails to reinforce that learning at best, or actively works to undermine it at worst.

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Paratus Christmas Concert

Paratus Christmas Concert

End of year Christmas Concert

The Paratus Classical Academy Christmas Concert was held at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church (CEPC). We want to thank CEPC for graciously hosting this year's event. The Christmas show was directed by Stephanie Cook, Hannah Lu, and accompanist Michael McKenna.

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L&R Q2 Update

L&R Q2 Update

Logic & Rhetoric

L&R students will have a working lunch while teachers present all Q2 updates including adjustments to syllabi pacing, project rubrics, and any other Q2 notifications. Parents are not required to attend but are welcome to bring a lunch and join us.

TIME: 11:15-12:15 PM

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Q2 Parent Update (All grades)

Q2 Parent Update (All grades)

Parent Update (All Grades)

The Q2 Parent Update will be held at the Secondary Campus (I-10) in the Chapel. Q2 Documents (Long Range Plans and project rubrics) will be posted to the grade level "handouts" section in ClassReach. Parents of children in all grades are encouraged to attend.

TIME: from 2:00-5:00 PM

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Grateful is Dead

Grateful is Dead

“Be the One”

Luke 17:11-19 provides a very useful story to help us understand how prone we are to thinking selfishly.  Jesus approaches a town and comes upon ten lepers. Rather than yell, “Unclean, unclean,” as Jewish law required, the lepers cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  Jesus says to them, “Go, show yourself to the priests.”

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