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Grade 7A

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Welcome to 7A!

SEPTEMBER 14th at 7:00pm- 7th Grade Class Meeting

My name is Mrs. Di Rico. I have had the pleasure of being apart of the St. Matthias community for 4 years now. I look forward to a wonderful, fun, exciting and educational school year. As the 7th and 8th grade science teacher I look to immerse the students into our lessons through hand-on activities, lab, and projects along with teacher driven lessons. I believe true scientists are developed through multiple forms of discovery.

In recent years that I’ve realized there’s something else students should prepare as they approach a new school year: their hearts. They need to recalibrate and tune them to the frequency of focused faithfulness. And the way that they do that is through prayer. Students , teachers and parents , here are seven specific things to pray as we return to school.

1. Pray for gratitude.

Education is a profound privilege. Over 70 million young people don’t have access to it, so if you do, that’s a profound gift from God.

Pray that God would make you grateful for it, that he’d awaken you to the rich blessings he’s bestowed on you. Pray with thanks for the opportunities and privileges he’s given you—and pray that you won’t grow angry or hardened to them.

2. Pray for humility.

As a student, there were times when I was the know-it-all kid. I was the one who thought she had all the answers, as an educator I still have those moments. What I lacked as it kid (and sorely needed) was humility.

Students, don’t make the same mistakes I made. Pray for God to break any pride in your heart and give you a willingness to submit and grow this year. Pray for a teachable spirit. Pray for protection against self-righteousness and self-pity and arrogance. And pray for empathy and compassion.

3. Pray for witnessing opportunities.

Ask God to give you opportunities to share the gospel and be a witness. Pray for boldness and clarity. Pray for faithfulness. Pray that God would put people in your life and give you the courage to reach out to them with the message of hope that you hold.

4. Pray for serving opportunities.

Pray that God would make you a sacrificial student who’s keenly aware of how you can serve those around you. Pray that he would give you chances to serve your teachers, your classmates, your family, your friends, and whomever you meet—opportunities to comfort the hurting, speak life, encourage, help, heal, love—and then seize those opportunities when they come.

5. Pray for diligence.

Pray that God would make you a dedicated, committed student this year. But don’t pray for praise, accolades, achievement, or grades; instead, pray for diligence. Pray that you would remember you’re working for God, and that you would prioritize faithfulness over favor.

6. Pray for the people around you.

Pray for your teachers, advisors, and coaches—that God would give them wisdom, strength, and grace. Pray for your classmates—that God would prepare their hearts, that he’d save the unsaved, and that they would find joy this year. Pray for your friends—that they’d be motivated, faithful, and diligent. Pray for those who work at your school—that God would give them patience, delight, and encouragement. Pray for your family—that God would give them peace in this new season, wisdom in daily life, and contentment in the mundane.

7. Pray for joy.

Pray that you’d find happiness in Christ this year. Pray that your life won’t be marked by discouragement, frustration, and anger, but peace and satisfaction. Pray for trust and confidence in your identity in Christ and ask for a greater desire to serve and please him. Pray for joy this year.

These 7 prayers along with our school religion theme will be the focus of our school year.

I look forward to an incredible 2017-2018 school year!

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