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Act 529 Savings Plan

The recent tax reform law created a great opportunity for Christian schools and families. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law December 22, 2017. A law in which has been widely supported across the Christian school and non-public school movement.
The new law expanded 529 savings plans so that they now allow savings for K–12 tuition expenses. The maximum distribution for K–12 tuition is $10,000 per year per child for expenses incurred beginning January 1, 2018. This means current account owners may begin using these funds immediately for K–12 tuition! (Be aware that Pennsylvania is still updating the laws so Pennsylvania’s state tax treatment may not yet be finalized.)
The practical effect of the change is that, beginning January 1, 2018, parents can begin to save for both college expenses and for K–12 tuition expenses and the earnings will grow free of federal tax. Special federal tax provisions exist for treatment of gifts to 529 savings plans so that even grandparents or extended family may contribute. This is a huge benefit you may want to talk to a tax accountant about in order to better plan for your continued enrollment at Salem Christian School.
Sources:
CAPE-PA, ACSI, Legislative Update, and NY Times.
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Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment Begins February 1, 2018. We anticipate some of our grades to reach capacity, please be sure to get your re-enrollment completed quickly.
All of the information you have for each of your children and family is already present in RenWeb. You will simply need to update anything that is incorrect, download the non-public school state forms, and submit the family enrollment fee.
  • You will find the Enrollment/Re-enrollment tab that directs you to the enrollment packet within the Family Information section of ParentsWeb.
  • A new page will open with the names of your children and an option to Start Enrollment Packet or Will Not Enroll.
Once you begin a packet you will be walked through the process page by page. Most of the information will already be there. Please be sure it is up to date.
Feedback will be provided throughout the process to help you complete the enrollment packet.
During the process you will need to choose your tuition payment plan and download the documents. Each child is enrolled separately; therefore, you could potentially pick a different plan for each child. If need be, the school will assign you one plan for the family.
After you have completed the enrollment packet, a Submit Enrollment Packet and Make Payment form will appear. Upon submission of the $150 family enrollment fee, you will receive an email confirmation.
In order to complete the enrollment process, please complete the checklist items listed below, including submission of all supplemental enrollment forms.
Submit completed supplemental forms:
If you have any questions about the process or would prefer paper processing, please feel free to contact the school at schoolinfo@salemchristian.org and/or 610-966-5823.
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Vortex Of Self Indulgence

I was just reading a news article that came across my news-feed. Perhaps you have read it as well. Major shareholders of the wealthiest company in the world, Apple are claiming that children’s addiction to the apple products needs to be addressed. My first reaction is yes. I’m an adult and I feel a great loss when my smartphone is not available and I have lived long before the smart phone was ever considered. I certainly was never tempted to be permanently attached to my phone that had a cord attached to it in the hallway outside of the kitchen.
Philosophers and researchers contend that we long for experiences that energize us: dynamic football games, nail-biting movies, or stimulating novels. This excitement gives pangs to all; however, it is weighted by a feeling of boredom with our own lives. So may of us are addicted to drama that is never quite satisfying. This in turn, causes us to hunger for more and more drama. This beast is insatiable. Moreland explains how the pursuit of happiness becomes the goal most people set for themselves. Is this what we want for ourselves and our students? Happiness? Happiness is the shallow and fleeting beast that must always be fed more in order to be satisfied. Could it be that contentment or passion are much more fulfilling? Because focusing on happiness as a life goal is not what God intended, people become empty selves and fall apart. Those caught in the vortex of pursuing happiness or thrill lose sight of a greater purpose. He describes this as a “thin world” – a world where there is no objective value, purpose, or meaning. It is a world that is just there. Alternatively, Moreland describes what a “thick world” is about. “A thick world is one in which there is such a thing as objective value, purpose, and meaning. In a thick world, some things really matter and other things don’t. Some things are right and others are wrong” (p. 29). It is this world, that Moreland charges Christians to claim. This is the same world that was understood as truth until the postmodern nonsense pushed out any reliable truth.
We can all agree that we live in a “sensate” culture, a culture that is only physical and realized by the five senses. In contrast, Moreland describes an alternative view of reality: an “ideational” culture – one that embraces the sensory world yet values an extra-empirical immaterial world. What he means is that we strive for the ideal design rather than some superficial self-gratifying construct. Because of the prevailing sensate culture, Moreland says, “the only knowledge we can have about reality is empirical knowledge gained by the hard sciences” (Kingdom Triangle, p. 22). Additionally, out of this belief comes a view that any non-empirical claims are items of knowledge relegated to matters of private feelings.
Modern Christian philosophers asserts that a “three-way worldview struggle rages in our culture:
  • ethical monotheism,
  • postmodernism, and
  • scientific naturalism” (Kingdom Triangle, p. 22).
I will unpack these in future blogs and hope to present ways that we can help our students overcome the struggles.

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Battle Hymn of the Mind

Dr. Moreland is one of my favorite modern Christian philosophers. Dr. J.P. Moreland, a leading evangelical thinker and distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, has prompted discussion with a passionate, academic, deeply biblical and timely treatise on how to “recover the Christian mind, renovate the soul and restore the spirit’s power.” He says, “Christian teaching as a source of knowledge” in his book, Kingdom Triangle p.35). It is inspiring to read a book written by a Christian scholar who has illuminated the foundational issues of knowledge and the Church so profoundly. As a Christian educator the task of developing a Christian mind relating to spiritual formation in particular and Kingdom power at large is particularly poignant.

 

In his books Love Your God With All Your MInd and Kingdom Triangle, Dr. Moreland takes the reader on an intellectual adventure. He proposes thought provoking questions that encourage deeper reflection and insight. This book inspire those called to be teachers, scholars for the church, parents whose children are in school, and an unbelieving world. Thisis an enthusiastic vision for shedding light on the health and future of the Western church (Kindgowm Triangle, p.14). According to Steven Ivester’s review of Dr. Moreland’s books, “His books are deeply academic and do not shy away from in-depth analysis of various philosophical terms, appropriate biblical scholarship, and credible authorities on social science, theological, and cultural issues, it never treads wearily through the tedious; it’s equally practical. The writing is crisp, clear, and compelling from beginning to end.”

 

Often I refer to Dr. Moreland and others in the Worldview class that I teach twice a week. I think It is important that our students are able to assess the “crisis of our age”. I am passionate about ensuring that our students understand the current state of Western culture and the lies they are being told as if it is bonafide truth. If research is correct, we are losing the cultural war. We need to “band together” as Christian’s today have lost intellectual ground. As Moreland says, “Both in and out of the Church, Jesus has been lost as an intellectual authority” (77). In short, Christians must learn to think. Salem Christian school is poised to stand in the cultural cross hairs with the Truth needed to combat this onslaught from the enemy.

 

Over the next few weeks I intend to delve a little deeper into this worldview battle. I want to draw the battle lines. I want to help students, parents, and teachers, to understand what is at stake. I desire to see the Christian school standing at the gates

 


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