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Lent: Not Only a Time for Sacrifice

chaplaingarciaBy Garcia Barnswell-Schmidt, M. Div.
Lower School Chaplain

The term Lent is derived from the old English word Lencten, which means long days or spring. In the Episcopal Liturgical tradition, Lent is a period (40 days) of fasting and penitence, which falls between Epiphany – the date on which we commemorate Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles as the promised Messiah – and Easter, the season of joyous celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

At the forefront of Lent is Ash Wednesday, whereby the custom of burnt ashes from the palm fronds of Palm Sunday, are placed on the forehead to remind us of our sinfulness and our mortality. Sin and death are prominent themes throughout the Lenten season, and if we are honest with ourselves, they are themes that no one wants to think about, but they are a part of our reality. Death and sin are embedded in every fragment of our humanity and there’s nothing that we can do to hide from this reality. Continue reading Lent: Not Only a Time for Sacrifice

6 Parenting Resources for the Digital World

In this increasingly digital world, parenting rules are changing. Children are experiencing things like bullying, over-sharing, and teen angst online in a largely public arena. The resources below will help parents not only learn more about how to navigate through the digital world of their children but also how to help their children navigate through it themselves.

1. “14 tips to keep your child safe on social media” – These tips are a quick 1 – 2 lowdown on the most popular social media sites among today’s youth.

2. “Texting Trouble: When Minor Issues Become Major Problems” – Social Media isn’t the only digital communication in which children need to tread carefully. Texting can bring it’s own set of social challenges.

3. “One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete” – Athletes as well as any student hoping to attend college and start a career afterwards should keep in mind that college and job recruiters can and often do reference social media profiles to learn about athletes/students/job applicants.

“We found his Twitter account, looked through it and some of what we saw isn’t representative of what our university is about,” the recruiter explained.

4. “28 Internet acronyms every parent should know” – From texting to tweeting, teens have practically invented their own language in acronyms. Good luck decoding their messages if you haven’t learned their language!

5. “Snooping on teens online a tough road for parents, but there is hope” – Concerned about snooping on your kids’ social media lives? Many teens are moving to apps with more private communications anyway. The most important thing is to be sure the communication between you and your teen is open and on-going. Have the tough conversations and remember to always be available to really listen.

6.”8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids” – These fundamental lessons for internet use by kids will help you define your family’s online conversations.

A Helping Hand

The excitement is palpable among the three HTEA fourth graders who will be participating in a project with the company E-nabling the Future to create a prosthetic hand for a child in need. With the guidance of Mr. Randy Rister from the Lower School IT team, the students will design and build the prosthetic with the new 3D printer in the Lower School Makerspace, made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Harris Foundation. When first asked if they would be interested in participating in the project, the students answered a unanimous “Yes!”

We interviewed Mr. Rister to find out more details on their upcoming project:

1. For those who haven’t heard of the organization, can you please briefly describe what is all about?

The company “E-nabling The Future”  is a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the World a “Helping Hand.” They help match the fabricators and recipients together to build a working prosthetic hand or arm.

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