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Rockford Christian Principal's Corner

Dear Rockford Christian Families,


Welcome back! I trust you’ve had a good holiday weekend. For many, Labor Day signals the end of summer. It is getting a little darker each night and pretty soon sweaters will replace the shorts in our dressers. Yet teachers and staff already have June on their minds. Why? No, it’s not because they just want an endless summer – it’s because the school year is long and what we do now affects how well we finish. 

Perhaps you’ve heard this African proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In our classrooms, we are focused on building community. It is the relationships that we make in August and September that carry us through to the end of the year. Rather than jumping quickly into content, teachers intentionally make space for students to know and be known. 

I think about how even Jesus, the Word made flesh, built a team before starting his early ministry! What is more, the call Jesus made to his disciples remains the same for us today. Jesus’s invitation of “Come, follow me.” is not an individual call; it is a call into community, into life together following Jesus. 

I’m grateful to walk with each of you this year and look forward to going far together. 




Ben Buursma

Ben Buursma

Rockford Christian School


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