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Head of School Update: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Transitions take patience and perspective. Advent is a time of longing and waiting. This is the season we are in both at JH Classical Academy and in our liturgical calendar year. We spent a good portion of our faculty-in-service day last Monday talking about getting through the Wilderness and into the Promised Land; the physical and psychological effects of the transition our school is going through.  It is a time of ending, losing, and letting go before new beginnings provide new energy, identity, and purpose. Transitions are wandering between two worlds, one past and one not yet born, but birthing. We united and celebrated by decorating the school and enjoying a feast at Figs.
Advent is a Latin word meaning “coming” and a term the ancient Church borrowed from the Roman culture where “advent” meant the coming news of victory or the coming of an Emperor for a state visit. The Latin word “advent” was also used to translate the Greek word “parousia” that Christians use for Christ’s glorious second coming. His first coming proved so pivotal for world history that we divide all times into B.C. and A.D or time before and after His birth. We look forward to His second coming in power and glory when every wrong will be right, and every tear wiped away, and heaven and earth will be one.
 
Until then, we live in-between the times. We live in transition. We see the countless ways that we are daily touched by God’s presence and reflect in awe and stillness of what is yet to come. It’s a time of preparation, of getting ready, of joyous celebration. Advent offers a refreshing opportunity to tune into the things that matter most. Perhaps as we face what we fear or anticipate what we are moving towards, it’s helpful to embrace the fact that God’s miracles usually involve a journey and a gestation. We have to be brave, faithful, and keep moving. When we know where we are going, then we can go through anything to get us there.
 
Come celebrate with us at our Ceremony of Carols next Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 PM, and bring extended family and friends. At this time of transition on our campus, this year's performance is at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, and there is plenty of space for guests. Our Eighth Graders will play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on their guitars. The Second Grade will recite “Christmas Giving” by Iris Bray. The Kindergarten will sing “Away in a Manger” arranged by James Murray. The faculty choir will dream of a “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, as we all reflect on our theme this year: “Dream, Dream, Dream, of the joyous day to come!” from the Austrian song, “Still, Still, Still.”
 
With longing and anticipation, 
 
 
Mrs. Polly J. Friess
Head of School
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