Head of School Note 9.1.21

Parents and Guardians,

Today was the first day of preschool for many of our families. Our largest preschool class in five years will have their first days this week. Today was so special watching these precious little ones begin or continue their ZCS story. Those of you who sent your children through ZCS preschool know how incredibly loving our teachers are. The best hugs at school are that of a preschool teacher and an excited student on the first day. 

Our teachers are not only superheroes from an educational perspective, but from a faith-formation standpoint as well. They are assisting you, parents, in your responsibility to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6 ESV). I’m not a biblical scholar, but according to Strong’s Concordance the word translated as “train up” is a verb written in the imperative mood – meaning it’s “used to demand or require that an action be performed.” As Christian parents, it’s your responsibility to instill faith in the lives of your children, but the good news is that we are here to help you along the way.

Preschool parents, this community is one where you never need to walk alone. Your teachers, our staff, and other ZCS parents are here to come alongside you on this journey. Moms, we know many of you especially have lived through the most isolating time of your life. My prayer is that this year will be a time of reconnection and support. We love your kids and are going to take such good care of them.

I dropped off my daughter at college last week and she sent me the sweetest recap of her first day of classes on Monday. The highlight of her text to me was when she said, “Dad, there was a boy sitting alone in the cafeteria and so I went over and got to know him.” I’m really not sharing this to boast about my parenting skills, but we encouraged an inclusive spirit in our children from a young age, and to see it lived out even when they’re not being reminded at the dinner table was so meaningful as a dad. Parents, they are watching, listening, and what you do now matters. But as long as you are at ZCS, you will not carry this burden alone. 

Burn Bright,

Tim McAboy

Head of School

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