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“Tomorrow can you get me two stickers?”

A few weeks ago I was reminded why I love working at a JK-12 school.  I was sitting in the stadium bleachers during a lacrosse game.  Several members of the track and field team were setting up the hurdles for their meet that would be held the next day.  Jalen, a kindergarten student, was enjoying Extended Day and was watching the action on the track and field. 

Jalen looked down and saw one of his heroes, a junior named Kennedy, a successful student-athlete and worship leader at our all school chapels.  Kennedy recently played the title character Shrek in our spring upper school musical of the same name.  Jalen called down to Kennedy and here is the conversation that ensued:

Jalen: “Hey Kennedy.”

Kennedy: “Hi Jalen, did you have a good day at school?’

Jalen: “Yes, I received one sticker today.”

Kennedy: “That is great, I am proud of you.”

Jalen: “Thanks, Kennedy!”

Kennedy: “Tomorrow, can you get me two stickers?” 

Jalen: “I will try!”

Kennedy: “Great, I will check in tomorrow to see how you did.”

This is the essence of what makes our school a special place.  A junior in high school taking interest in a kindergartener.  A kindergartener going to school the next day striving to earn the respect and approval of an older student.  I am sure this happens on many campuses in Charlotte, but what makes it special and transformative is that Kennedy models this while walking with Christ.  Jalen’s lesson that day from Kennedy will impact his life for a long time to come.

God Bless,

Barry Giller

Head of School

Posted by Tess Regan on Wednesday June 3 at 02:18PM
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Our Knight Family

“Charlotte Christian is like a family." 

Many people from alumni to current students to employees to parents describe Charlotte Christian as a family.  In all of our surveys to those same constituents, they overwhelmingly state the community atmosphere of campus to being a positive experience.  So what does that essentially mean and how do we continue to foster those positive feelings?  

We should begin by asking, what are the attributes of a healthy family?  It is a place where…

  • Christ is at the center
  • relationships are built upon unconditional love
  • one feels the freedom to act and speak without fear of judgment
  • one feels truly known and understood
  • forgiveness is granted quickly and freely
  • history trumps the present
  • laughter is frequent and crying is comforted
  • accomplishments are celebrated and disappointments are used as learning opportunities
  • authority is accepted and all are held accountable 

If these are indeed how we would describe a healthy family, then I would hope and pray that our school community can be described the same way.  A good number of our students, and thus their families, will be a part of the Charlotte Christian community for 10, 15 or more years.  Those years of dealing with 5 year olds learning the alphabet to 18 year olds learning advanced calculus provide many opportunities for us to practice these traits and characteristics.

I also believe that a family and individuals who are honest about their flaws will thrive in the midst of difficult times.

I am thankful that we are a family.  I am thankful that my own children have experienced all of the above during their time at Charlotte Christian.

Most importantly, I am thankful that we are part of a larger family - the body of Christ.

God Bless, 

Barry Giller

Head of School

Posted by regant on Tuesday April 28 at 02:48PM
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The Rest of the Story

Do you ever wonder what the shepherds did the day after Christmas?

Can you imagine being in the fields with them that night?  The shepherds were probably young men in their late teens or early twenties.  These were young men with little wealth and certainly no social standing.  One dark evening the skies opened and an angel proclaimed “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:11)  The shepherds were rightfully scared so the angel told them to not be afraid.  One angel speaking these words would do it for me, but next we read “and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”

In your mind’s eye can you picture being one of those young men?  What would you have done?  They gathered together and went to find the baby.  Most of our nativity or manger scenes in our homes and churches will have a shepherd.  What I wonder about is - what happened next?  I assume they went back to care for their sheep, but did that night change their life?

Maybe, 30 plus years later, one of those shepherds saw Jesus speaking in the Temple courts.  Maybe one of those shepherds was on the road watching as Jesus carried his cross to Calvary.  Maybe one of those shepherds was in the crowds when Jesus fed the 5,000.  We just don’t know, but we do know they were part of history and something miraculous that first Christmas. 

I remember growing up and riding in my dad’s car while he listened to Paul Harvey on the radio.  I can still hear that classic radio voice announcing “the rest of the story.”  We all long for the rest of the story; we want to know what happens.  We do not like to leave movies when the plot does conclude with telling us that everyone lives happily ever after.  Unfortunately in this life we often do not know the rest of the story.  Likewise we do not know what happened to the shepherds nor will we ever while on earth.

In Christian schools too often we become overly focused on the rest of the story.  We deeply desire for all of our students to commit to Christ and walk securely in their faith while being 6 years old, 11, and/or 17.  The truth is that we do not know the rest of the story for each of our students, we only know the present, and more importantly we can only control the environment of the present.

So for us as a school what this means is proclaiming the gospel loud and clear, just like the angels did that first Christmas.  We can declare the love of Christ and the truth of the Bible, we cannot control what the students do the next day just like we do not know how the shepherds reacted in the weeks following Christ’s birth. 

At Charlotte Christian we will continue to loudly proclaim that more than 2,000 years ago a baby was born that came to save the world and He is Christ the Lord.  We will also pray that this message finds root in all our students’ hearts and then one day, not on this earth, we will hear the rest of the story and how God used Charlotte Christian to prepare those students to impact the culture for Christ.

God Bless,

Barry Giller
Head of School

Posted by lgoodyear on Friday December 19, 2014
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