Parent Post from James and Tina (parents of 4th grader and 2nd grader):
November is always a great time for our family to reflect and give thanks. This 2020 year has been especially challenging for us, but we dug deep. Here are 9 reasons we’re thankful for ACE in 2020:
ACE teachers and administrators are world class. We’re blown away by the composition and quality of the staff each year. As parents, we really get the sense that all the ACE staff is purposefully present, and that they genuinely care about your kids. This year, we see that more than ever. Teachers really go above and beyond to give each student the attention and support they need to succeed, both in the physical and virtual classroom.
ACE kids are nice kids, plain and simple. They work hard, they play hard, and they’re respectful. They also know right from wrong, and what’s appropriate. Through virtual learning, we get a unique snapshot of how our boys interact with other students throughout the day. Sure, there is the usual Pokemon and Minecraft talk. But we also often find them helping each other with homework, and rooting for each other’s success. The more they help each other with homework, the less the parents have to do!
The Health and Safety Preparedness
COVID-19 changed the way we think about the health and safety of our families and communities. ACE has gone above and beyond to implement the gold standard for protective measures and processes that protect the ACE community from the virus. We can’t say enough about the way Mrs. Rogers proactively ensures that ACE maintains the highest health and safety standards.
Like many families, we struggled with where to place our kids in school during this COVID-19 pandemic. We’re especially grateful that ACE offered the flexibility to be in-person and virtual. ACE has done a great job delivering real education both online and in person.
The Biblical Worldview
ACE starts each day with Bible class. We love that kids learn God’s word first, what it means, and how it shapes their character. We’ve seen solid growth in our kids. Our oldest kid made the decision to get baptized 2 years ago. Guess who showed up at church that Sunday? His ACE teachers (and they don’t even go to our church!). What a blessing.
ACE is known for its advanced academic curriculum. This year, we’ve seen an influx of new students who come from different educational backgrounds. It’s been awesome to see how ACE works to bring all students up to their level of academic excellence. For me, it’s especially fulfilling to see all the things our kids are capable of. My 4th grader is doing complex algebra, and my 2nd grader is doing long division. And they’re good at it
God bless Mr. Woodward. That guy is the CIO, tech support, teacher, and Minecraft hero all in one. If you ask the kids, he’s probably the coolest teacher in the school. This year, we’re especially grateful for the way he setup online learning this Spring and Fall. He really makes it turn-key for parents.
The Community of Families
ACE really fosters community amongst the student families. Through this pandemic, I think many families are encountering novel situations and issues. It’s really encouraging to see families come alongside one another to help get through life. It’s encouraging to see how those relationships are positively strengthened through this COVID experience.
ACE established a Board of Directors to govern its non-profit organization, and we are honored to be part of it. We get to give back to the school in a small way, and help grow ACE to better serve the students, staff, and community. We’re grateful for each of the other Board members, and the unique experience of serving ACE through 2019 and 2020. We never could have predicted a global pandemic when we first embarked on this journey, but we wouldn’t want to sail through it with anyone else. Thanks team.
We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.