As Mrs. Burton pointed out so eloquently a few weeks ago, one of the joys of our UM school is the partnership between parent and teacher with the ultimate goal being the good of the student. From our vantage point as administrators, everything is filtered through how we can best minister to you as parents. We have such a talented and loving staff who create a great educational environment for our students, but we don't want to forget about you at home on your off campus days.
I want to reinforce those thoughts and encourage you to always, always, always talk to the teacher about concerns. We've had a few almost humorous, but mostly painful incidents this year where either mom or student relied on information from social media rather than on the teacher's lesson plans.
This made for lots of extra work for the student and lots of confusion for all involved as we tried to make sense out of how a student thought they needed to do a week's worth of work in one night. When we hear, "Well, it was on Facebook" it makes us cringe because that's not how we're set up to communicate lesson plans.
Many of you have commented and complimented the landscaping that has gone in this month, and we agree. Many thanks to Laurence Lines, one of our dads and our partner with his company Majestic Landscaping. We've also heard questions about the final completion areas. Because of such hot and dry weather this fall, we're waiting to put in the remainder of the trees and hollies until later in October. We'll also add additional pine straw once the leaves have fallen, so things will get even prettier!
Have you been wondering why we didn't go ahead and finish the athletic field when we built our campus? Two years ago as we were planning the campus, we planned only for the education building. A few months into the project, we felt we could afford to add the gym, so we gave the go ahead to the construction company.
We didn't have the athletic field in our plans originally due to cost, but once we found that it was cheaper to use the dirt we had on site to build the field infrastructure as opposed to the costly effort to haul the dirt off, we gave the go-ahead to build out the field structure. We had never budgeted for the cost of irrigation, sod, and all the other things needed for a true athletic field.
That's where we are currently and our effort through Greens for the Green to raise the approximately $50,000 needed to finish this up. Please, please, please get involved in some small or large way during this month.
There are several of ways you can help and you DON'T have to be a golfer!
1. You can tell your Cornerstone story to your friends and family and hopefully they will feel moved to give to the project--similar to asking for support for a mission trip.
2. You can simply donate to the campaign.
3. You can sign up to be a golfer.
4. You can find sponsors for the tournament--deadline is October 12.
Learn more about all these options here.
In just a few weeks, we will have an administrative retreat where we begin the planning for 2017-2018. We covet your prayers as we want to be in the center of God's will as we plan. I plan to share with you some of the results of our retreat in my November update.