In light of the recent issues that have taken place around the globe since the death of George Floyd and others, the question that has come to my mind is “What can we do?” What can we as a society, as a human race, as Christians do in order to get past the racial issues that seem to never go away? I want to share a couple of quotes that I came across that have really stood out to me.
The first quote is a long one, but I believe worth the read:
“The battle we’re facing has nothing to do with color, government, police, or any other subculture. The battle is sin, Satan, Jesus, and His Word. The combatants are saved, unsaved, right with God, or far from God. Things are either right or things are wrong, things are either satanic or Christlike, you either are right with God or you are far from God. You are either saved or you are lost. There is no middle ground here. Labels and slogans are not clear enough. The Bible is clear. Sin is sin and righteousness is righteousness. Racism is a sin. Rebellion against authority is a sin. Murder is a sin. Unrighteous Anger is a sin. Stealing is a sin. Stirring up strife is a sin. Discord is a sin. Unrighteous Hatred is a sin. Loving your neighbor is Christlike. Loving your enemy is Christlike. Kindness is Christlike. Patience is Christlike. Empathy is Christlike. Protecting the vulnerable is Christlike. Speaking up for those with no voice is Christlike. Loving truth is Christlike. Loving mercy is Christlike. Walking humbly is Christlike. At the end of the day we are one race, we are either saved or lost, right with God or far from God. Everything else is symptomatic of the real root issue.” - Rev. Brent Stancil, Pastor of Community Bible Baptist Church (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Until we become kingdom-minded and not denominationally, class or racially-minded, we will not be Christ-minded. Until we are Christ-minded, we will not be socially-minded to address the divisions between us.” - Dr. Tony Evans
So back to the original question, “What can we do?” The answer would be to follow the two greatest commandments. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded by saying “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) We are to love everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, etc. Everyone means everyone.
Our theme for this coming school year is F.O.C.U.S. 2020. “F” stands for “Fix your eyes on Jesus”. Until we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will still be clouded by sin and everything wrong mentioned above by Rev. Brent Stancil and our vision of the world as Christ sees it will be blurry.
As we pray for those families that have lost loved ones due to racism and violence, my prayer will also be for Curtis Baptist School to be a light for Christ in our community by living out what the Bible teaches.
- Mr. Scott Phillips, Head of School
Curtis Baptist School is preparing to be open and in the building for school starting in August. Please read this important and relevant information below:
Our primary concern is for the safety of our students and their families and the faculty and staff.
We will be opening for school in August. Curtis Baptist School will monitor COVID-19 and any pandemic issues within our school community. We will not follow Richmond County if they were to close for COVID-19 or any other pandemic.
Our classroom sizes are small enough that we can move student’s desks so they are not sitting as close to each other as in the past. WHO recommends 3 ft. apart.
All Faculty, Staff, and Students will have a temperature check prior to entering the school building. Students will be checked in car line.
Students will not be required to wear masks but can wear one if they choose to do so.
There will be no large assemblies to start the year (no combined chapels or lunches). Chapels will be held in each classroom and lunch will be in the classroom.
We are going to ask that there are no visitors during the school day or during lunch until further notice.
There will be ongoing daily reminders of proper hygiene and distancing.
Classrooms, restrooms, and hallways will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
The orientation scheduled for the evening of August 6 will be virtual. A video will be sent out with announcements for the coming school year.
From the Athletic Department
We are looking forward to a great year for our CBS student-athletes and the Athletic Department. For the 2020-21 school year, our practices and games may look a little different than they have in the past.
First of all, I would like to thank Coach Leslie for his years of service to CBS as the Athletic Director and Girls Basketball Coach. He has done a fantastic job as a coach and in helping grow the athletic program. Due to Coach Leslie’s work schedule and the needs of the school, Mr. Phillips, in addition to being Head of School, will now also be the Athletic Director beginning this coming school year. Mr. Phillips was the Athletic Director for 6 ½ years at his previous school and has coached several sports.
Coach Leslie will continue helping the school out with physicals and any sports injuries we may have. Any student that plans on participating in athletics during the 2020-21 school year will need to have a physical completed prior to the first official practice. Physicals will be available on Friday, August 7th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Secondly, SCISA has provided guidelines for preparing for the fall sports season due to COVID-19. We will be communicating those guidelines as we get closer to the beginning of practice dates as they may be updated before school starts in August.
Any student that is interested in participating in girls volleyball or cross-country please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can begin creating a roster for those sports.
From the Admissions Office
The Admissions Office continues to give tours to prospective families. If you know anyone who is interested in their students attending Curtis or has any questions about CBS have them contact the Admissions Office at 706 828-6624 or email Deb Ulrich at email@example.com.
Mark Your Calendar
Virtual School Wide Orientation - Thursday, August 6 @ 6 PM
Kindergarten Class of 2020 Graduation - Friday, August 7 @ 9 AM
School Wide Picnic & Meet the Teacher Day - Friday, August 7, 10 AM - 2 PM
First Day of School - Monday, August 10
Class of 2020 High School Graduation - Saturday, August 15 @ 11 AM
CBS Night at SRP Park for the Augusta GreenJackets Game - Friday, August 28
For the complete 2020-21 School Calendar, look here.