The South Campus Serials – 2.12.21

From your south campus principal, Grant Bickell

Local: An inhabitant of a particular area or neighborhood.

Oxford Dictionary

This week, I am no longer waiting on my test. I am COVID +. It was a weird thing to see the word Positive on a piece of paper and for it to mean so much. My kids will be out if school for at least another week, we haven’t left the house other than for a quick drive around the block, and we have had Walmart Delivery here what seems like 4,396 times. (Well maybe only 4 or 5 but it feels like a lot.) We also felt loved. We had friends, students, and families reach out to check in on us and to process how we are doing and asking if we needed anything.

The house we live in now is the 7th house and 6th city we have lived in, though the first four were all relatively close together. There comes a moment when we move when we finally feel settled in. I actually look for two things to make us finally feel like locals.

Here they are:

1. We see someone at the store we know.

  • Usually this takes place at Walmart and involves me exclaiming how excited I am to see someone we know. Joy has prepared herself for this moment and knows that it is never, seriously never, going to be a short conversation. I love this moment.
  • This event took place right before Christmas. I was out shopping for Joy and saw some friends of ours from church.

2. We have some life event happen and realize we have no family around to help with it.

  • If you have moved around, you know this moment. I am not talking about needing to go on a date, I am talking about when we need help now and maybe for a while. Our closest family members live in Dallas and I know they would drop anything to come help us, but there is something about receiving a text from someone that says, “Seriously, if you need ANYTHING call us.”
  • This moment is a huge sigh of relief for us and took place this past week. Many of you reached out and were ready to stop what you were doing to help us feel comfortable and at home. It was unbelievably meaningful. We truly appreciated it.

As my time in quarantine is coming to an end, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your prayers this week for my family. Thank you for your grace for me this year. Thank you for loving us well. We are so thankful to be here and are excited to already be planning for the 2021-2022 school year. Go Griffins!

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With 90% of our current students already enrolled for next year, join me in praying for the Lord’s hand of favor to be upon us as we look to grow our campus. If you have any enrollment questions, feel free to reach out to Lindy Beswick at lbeswick@theacademyok.org. For the first time in a while, we will have waitlists at South Campus. If you are holding out until later, I suggest starting soon to guarantee your spot!

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Upcoming Events

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  • February 15-16 MID-WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL.
  • February 17 Kinder Festival. Around the World Postponed to 2/22
  • February 22 Chapel. Formal Day.
  • February 24 Donuts with Dad. 7:15-8:00 am.
  • February 25 View Event. 9:00 am.
  • February 27 Dialectic Dance at Midtown 7:00 pm. CANCELLED
  • March 1 Staff Meeting after School.
  • March 1 Scholarship Application Deadline.
  • March 2 Chapel. Formal Day.
  • March 3 Spirit Day. House Meetings.
  • March 5-6 North Dialectic Drama Production.
  • March 6 Admissions Blitz (1 of 2).
  • March 8 Chapel. Formal Day.
  • March 9 Griffin Madness at Midtown Gym 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • March 10 3rd Grade Festival. Renaissance Festival
  • March 10 2nd Grade Creative Curriculum