As we approach the Christmas season, I wanted to share a poem that my headmaster, from when I was in elementary school, wrote on a bus trip to a basketball game. I hope you enjoy this season and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
“The Night After Christmas”
‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the town’
Not much was stirring, but the Lord had come down.
Mary was caring for the Babe on the hay;
In the lowly cow stable where they had to stay.
The angels made no appearing this night;
Their message delivered – O, what a sight.
To herald the birth of the Savior did they sing;
A choir straight from heaven had been sent for the King.
The shepherds were back with their flocks on the hill;
Their hearts were so thrilled, ‘twas hard to be still.
The promised Messiah in Beth’lem they’d found;
To tell the good news, they were now duty-bound.
The Magi were trav’ling across desert wide,
His star in the heavens their compass and guide.
Precious gifts for the King were stored in their sacks;
As westward they moved, sand cov’ring their tracks.
Many on earth had gone to their rest;
Not realizing the Savior was now in their midst.
The Treasure from heaven, for sinners far and wide;
Sheltered that night by His dear mother’s side.
Joseph looked down from near in the stable;
The angelic message to him, he now knew was no fable.
The Babe’s little eyes were set and so still;
But likely were looking toward Golgotha’s hill.
Yes, the fullness of time to earth had now come;
God had sent forth His only begotten Son.
To live in perfection, then die on the tree;
To bring salvation to sinners like me.
What about this night after Christmas – this year?
Is the Savior a stranger, or do you hold Him dear?
Do you know Him as Savior, as King, and as Lord?
Are you trusting completely in God’s Living Word?
Heaven and hell hang in the balance you see;
Since the Savior has come and died on the tree.
Victorious over the grave He arose;
Now we must choose Him, or heaven we lose.
He’s yonder in heaven, preparing a place;
For lost sinners, saved by His matchless grace.
Oh, friend, if you don’t know Him, by now – this date;
Won’t you accept Him, before it’s too late!
Dr. Buhl Cummings
- Mr. Scott Phillips, Head of School & Athletic Director
Middle and High School News
It is hard to believe that we have completed the first half of the school year. The Lord has richly blessed us with a safe and productive semester. I am proud of our Middle and High School students as they have navigated the challenges of our world and kept a focus on their education. Parents, we also want to express our gratitude for the many ways that you have supported and encouraged us. I hope you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with your family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Mr. Larry Ford, Middle and High School Principal
Elementary School News
Welcome back from Thanksgiving Holidays, hoping everyone had a refreshing break. Thank you to all who participated by donating shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child during the month of November.
Coming up is our Pajama DEAR Day on Friday, December 11. Remember no slippers or crocs.
Our Christmas program this year will look different than usual - please be on the lookout for details. Don't forget to participate in the "Reverse Advent Calendar" and be a blessing to others in need, you do not have to bring in the specific item on the day it is assigned.
It is a joy serve you,
- Mrs. Lisa Ingle, Elementary School Principal
Daycare & Preschool News
We were overjoyed to be able to spread joy and the Gospel to children around the world as we "wrapped" up Operation Christmas Child in November. Our prayer is that children across the world would be reached with the Gospel of Jesus with hope of eternal life. Throughout the daycare, our families as well as individual classes have taken part in filling boxes to serve children around the world with this very message. Thank you to all the families and classrooms that have participated across the scope of CBS. December brings us great joy to celebrate the life of Jesus. Daycare classes are engaged in learning about Christ's birth and reason for the season. Christmas will be celebrated in classes closer to the Christmas holiday. Families, keep an eye out for information for the celebrations ahead. Reminder we will be closed Dec 23,24,25, 31 and Jan 1. Thank you all for your partnership in laying a strong foundation for our children. We are grateful for you entrusting us with the next generation.
- Mrs. Kellie Nieves, Daycare and Preschool Director
I cannot believe we are already at the end of the first semester! Let's make sure we end the semester strong! High school students, do not forget that exams will be here soon!
We will be having our Junior Ring Ceremony on Monday, December 7th at 6 PM! This event will be held in the Ministry Center! I am looking forward to this event.
- Miss Jessica Reed, Guidance Counselor
From the Athletics Department
Basketball season kicks off this week with home games against Edmund Burke Academy and Wardlaw Academy. To start off the season, we are only allowing family of players and faculty to attend games. From there we will gauge what attendance looks like before opening it up to students.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
and Retirement Recognition
On Friday, November 13, 2020, the teachers enjoyed the Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon and we took a moment to recognize our 2020 retirees who had lived so many moments and years in service to Curtis Baptist School. Our 2020 Retirees (with 131 cumulative years of service) are :
Terese Denney (30)
Nancy Haywood (30)
Cookie Bodie (35)
Shirley Goldman (36)
The focus of our 2020 Annual Fund is:
1. Upgrades to the Elementary & Daycare Playground
2. Build capital towards the purchase of a second school bus
Donations can be dropped off in the school office or sent by mail to Curtis Baptist School, 1326 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901. If you have any questions, contact us at (706) 828-6624. All donations must be received by December 31, 2020, in order to receive a 2020 tax-deductible letter.
The Crusader Club will be hosting the CBS Christmas Shop from Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11. Students will be able to shop for family members from a selection of inexpensive,high quality gifts and enjoy the "joy of giving". Since students will be shopping in smaller groups this year, we have added an extra day to the schedule. If you can volunteer for a morning or afternoon time slot to help students select and wrap presents for their families and loved ones, please contact Deb Ulrich (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Silent Auction 2021 - On the Road Again
Save the Date for Saturday, March 27, 2021
Tickets go on sale in late January
Donations of items that can be auctioned are welcome
Contact the Elementary Office with questions
Mark your Calendars!
UPCOMING EVENTS: Christmas Shop - December 7 - 11, 9 am - 4 pm daily Junior Ring Ceremony - December 7 - 6pm Early dismissal - December 18, 11:30 am Christmas Break - December 21 - January 4 Silent Auction Meeting - January 10, 4 pm Crusader Club Meeting - January 11. 6 pm Daycare closed - December 23,24,25, 31 and January 1 MLK Day - School & Daycare Closed - January 18 CBS Open House - January 21 11th Annual Silent Auction - March 27