On Tuesday, August 8, Preschool Teachers participated in a Smart Table workshop here at EDS! The Smart Table is a multi-touch, multi-user, interactive tool for students. It encourages collaboration, discussion, and consensus building. The table gives students the opportunity to explore, play educational games, and work together on interactive activities. The Preschool Teachers really enjoyed the hands-on learning experience the SMART Table provided and were thrilled to learn it is pretty much indestructible!
Kokasi Kesi, known as Koki, visited EDS on Wednesday, August 23, to meet with several classes. Koki is a 26-year-old university student from the Ugandan community of Abuyadaya. He spent his summer in America working at a Jewish camp, Camp Coleman, near Atlanta, where he enjoyed sharing his culture and rich heritage. MaLea Breland, our art substitute for Mrs. Heinlein, is currently hosting Koki in her home here in Augusta.
Koki met with the EDS students in the music room, because music is an integral part of his culture. In fact, Kokasi is a member of his community’s musical group, and he plays several instruments.
Kokasi’s uncle is Rabbi Gershom, the first black Jew to ever be elected to parliament. Dating back to only the 1900s, the Jews of Abuyadaya are considered to be young by Jewish standards. A Christian missionary was sent to the area by the British in 1919 to convert the Ugandans. The Christian missionary began reading Old Testament literature during that time and became interested in Judaism. Without the knowledge of the British, the Christian missionary studied and then converted to Judaism. He stayed in the area and, with his influence, many people in the community began practicing Judaism. When the British discovered what was happening, they were furious and fired him.
However, he founded a wonderful Jewish community that has prospered and survived in that area for 97 years. The Jews around the world began recognizing the Ugandan Jews as Jews only as recently as the 1990’s, and many communities are still not familiar with their culture and traditions. The community of Abuyadaya is a model that many communities should aspire to building. The people of Abuyadaya have created a place where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live in peace and are provided all the same rights and respect.
Each new year 6th (and new 7th) graders are presented with Bibles for faithful use in their middle school religion classes. We hope that students will make notes in these Bibles as they study meaningful truths and then treasure them as one of many gifts and memories from their years at EDS. We realize that each and every page of the Bible contains guidance and witness as we seek to know God – to see Him clearly, love Him dearly, and follow Him nearly – day by day.
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Please support our student athletes by joining the EDS Booster Club! The $150 membership cost gains you and your immediate family free admission to all home sporting events. This includes games that are sponsored by EDS even if they are played at a different venue. Additionally you will be helping to ensure that our athletes have the uniforms and equipment they need, provide facility rental and hiring referees for games, and promote school spirit through athletics.
The EDS Booster Club wants your child to have the best possible experience so please don’t forget to join today!
There are forms available in the office or you can join on-line.
Welcome to EDS
It is an extraordinary privilege to be the pastor of a congregation with a school like EDS. For
nearly 75 years the church and school have been partners in the sacred work of preparing
Augusta’s children to build a life that is pleasing to God, a blessing to others, and brings joy to the
self. Every person here, faculty, staff, and every parent is clearly dedicated and making personal
sacrifices to do the best that we can for all of our students. I want to thank all of you, parents and
staff, for choosing EDS and I want to welcome everyone, returning families and new families to
I could not feel more strongly about the work that we do together at EDS to prepare these children
for citizenship both in God’s kingdom and in the nation. The pressing need for adults who are
able to bring their unique gifts to bear positively in their families, places of employment,
neighborhoods and communities could not be more critical than it is in these times of constant
change and transition. Obviously, as a pastor, I am convinced that an engaging, lively relationship
with God is absolutely foundational to the construction of the kind of life of wisdom, love, and
service that we hope and pray an EDS education inspires a child to pursue.
Whatever your family’s faith background, EDS will do its very best to strengthen and confirm your
child in faithful witness to the love and grace of God that we Christians see in Jesus Christ. If your
faith life has been on the back burner, so to speak, amongst all the pressing concerns of life, then I
encourage you to move from “simmer” and turn up the heat. Augusta is blessed with so many
fabulous churches eager to welcome you and, of course, we invite you to visit Good Shepherd.
Rector, Church of the Good Shepherd
We are excited to share this rare educational experience with our students, but we recognize there are risks involved as well as many unknowns (such as what traffic will be like). We have carefully prepared ourselves and our students to have as safe a viewing experience as possible. However, please know that if you prefer to take your child somewhere else for the eclipse or you are uncomfortable with our plan, you may keep your child home for the day or sign your child out by noon without penalty.
We will be in school all day, and afternoon carpool will not begin until 3:15 p.m. Please note we will be following rainy day carpool protocol for dismissal. Click here for rainy day carpool instructions.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS JOINING US: Parents are welcome to join us. We recommend you bring your own glasses. We currently have a limited number of extra glasses that will be available on a first come, first served basis at the front desk beginning 10 am Friday for $10 each, limit 1 per. We cannot guarantee we’ll have enough for everyone. (The students must keep theirs on and may not share with you!) There has been a lot of news about fake solar eclipse glasses. Don’t worry–ours are certified. Here is a link with instructions for making a pinhole projector for viewing if you don’t have glasses: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html
Guest should arrive between 1:00 and 2:00 and proceed to the gym where we will have additional information and then help you join your child’s class. Parents who have been asked to help supervise students may proceed directly to the classroom.
Do not park at Appleby Library or in the Woodlawn Parking lot on the half of the lot nearest their building. You may park in designated parking spaces at Good Shepherd, EDS, Reid Memorial Church, and in half of the Woodlawn lot (farthest from their building). If those are full, you will need to find legal parking on a nearby street. Unfortunately, EDS staff is unable to assist with parking.
INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS:
We encourage you to send a beach blanket with your child that day, as the best viewing will be lying down.
Do not arrive for afternoon carpool until 3:15 p.m. Please note we will be following rainy day carpool protocol. Click here for rainy day carpool instructions. Because we cannot anticipate traffic or other potential disruptions, please be patient. We will dismiss in as orderly a fashion as possible.
We have given students safe viewing instructions repeatedly. Once in place on the playground, they will be asked to put on their eclipse glasses and keep them on. We will have extra adults on site to help ensure students follow directions.
If the weather prevents clear viewing, we all will watch a live broadcast in the gym or in classrooms.
Safety Video Links
We recommend that you view the following safety links that we have shared with faculty and students:
Video – NASA’s advice for safely watching the eclipse
Panther Post Article – Click here for a safety article on viewing the Solar Eclipse.
The following safety reminders have been shared with all teachers, and copies will be available in the front office and gym.
Do’s and Do Not’s of Watching the Solar Eclipse
And finally, DO enjoy the eclipse safely!
I spent half of July in Ghana, in Western Africa, this summer, and the experience was (as I expected) inspiring and transformative. The pilgrimage had three main purposes: First, to see and learn from the amazing work that Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has been doing, primarily in the north of the country, over many years. This is development work at its finest, with the Ghanaian people themselves in leadership, and countless lives and homes being changed for the better forever. Women’s micro-financing for craft-to-market projects, farm and animal-raising education, mosquito net and malaria prevention teaching, and more – these programs, initially funded by the Episcopal Church, now run smoothly and effectively on their own, and they have much to teach us about equipping the poor for change.
Secondly, the pilgrimage laid the groundwork for possible partnerships between Episcopal Schools in the United States and Anglican Schools in Ghana. We visited a dozen schools, most of them overcrowded, under-resourced, and yet still filled with joy and meaningful education. We met teachers who refused to give up as their school building was sinking into the group, and students who walked for hours twice each day (without shoes) to learn all that they possibly could. Village elders give land and labor to build and repair school structures, and every child is given the opportunity to hold their first pencil and read their first book. The bishops who oversee these schools are eager to strengthen relationships with American schools, for we have much to learn from each other, and the opportunity to encourage one another brings us hope.
Finally, the pilgrimage took us to a former slave camp in the far north of Ghana, to a former market near the capital, and to the two castles in Cape Coast and Elmina where those who survived countless atrocities were bought and sold again before boarding the ships of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We stood on holy ground, and heard stories that I’ll never forget … but we also learned how Ghanaians have come to own their own complicity in the trade and how, in their repentance, they have transformed their heartbreak into healing, and homecoming, and hope. I was shocked by how much of this story I did not know, and then I was deeply moved by the way forward that has emerged.
I haven’t yet found the time to truly process all that I witnessed and experienced in Ghana, and I don’t yet know what God intends for me to do with the new person I’ve become. I’m grateful for all those who supported me (and my fellow pilgrims) in prayer, and I hope that you will continue to journey with me as I share. “Me daa si” – Thank you!
If you’ve seen the latest Augusta Magazine, you’ll notice the cover calls its readers to the 2017 Arts Awards. There are familiar faces to the EDS community in four out of the six categories. We encourage you to read the full article starting on page 41 of the magazine, so you can read what the Greater Augusta Arts Council has to say about these wonderful contributors.
Moms in Prayer will meet on THURSDAYS this year. Come join a few Moms who gather on Thursday mornings to pray for our children, teachers, faculty, staff, and school. Good Shepherd Chapel, beginning August 17th, at 8:15 am. Come as you are. We try to finish by 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions, Amy Nesbit (706)373-3058.