Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Class Rings

This morning we had a Junior Ring Ceremony at school.  I can't believe my little baby is old enough for a class ring.   It was very interesting to hear the history behind what started the tradition of class rings.  Did you know it began in the 1800's at West Point Academy?  Me either!

The Juniors recently returned from a three day missions trip to the inner city of Washington DC where they prayed, served, and sought out the homeless through the Center for Student Missions.  They served in soup kitchens, after school programs and more and even had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the many different cultures of the area - dining each evening on a different local cultural cuisine.

My Megan shared some scripture and her experience of how God worked through her during those days in DC.  She contrasted what the magnificent history the city holds and all the things that man has accomplished there to the stark reality of what the streets turn into as you drive away from the historical areas.

Our headmaster, Mr. Cox charged the students with carrying out the call to Christian leadership - a symbol of what these rings mean.

Several teachers chose a scripture for each student which were read as they were given their rings... Kirsten's scripture was  Psalm 143:10 " Teach me to do your will,  for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!"

Megans verse was  "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12

And my dear Madison (yes, MY :) they belong to me)  Her verse was   Galations 6:9-10 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

Megan's sweet family...

I'm so proud of all these beautiful girls! They are becoming such wonderful young ladies - who are rising up to the high bar that has been placed before them in such an incredible Christ-centered school.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving at School

Boo's class had a fun kid-friendly Thanksgiving feast complete with chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and tater tots!  You will be seeing lots of kindergarten faces here because I'm the PTF rep for the kindergarten class this year - which keeps me very busy!

It's so fun to see the little friendships develop with the hopes of them becoming lifelong friends as they journey through their school years together.

I'm so thankful that Boo has such a very sweet group of kids in her class.

(This one's for you Lynne!)  He always cracks me up!  Apparently Sam felt the need for a quick shut-eye.

On the same day as the Kindergarten Feast - I was also responsible for the Pastors Breakfast - a community building event that our school hosts where students can invite their Pastors to breakfast at our school and invite them to visit in the classroom.  What a busy day it was!  I like this picture of Boo holding her pastor captive with some tale of some sort - you just never know what might come out of Boo's mouth these days.  I usually get a daily report from SOME body at school saying "I just HAD to tell you what Emily said today!"  Oh my....

During gym time......

And then we had an entire week off to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving! We also were able to get the house decorated for Christmas.  It was a nice week off and we were all ready to be back into routine this week.  Hope your Thanksgiving was great too!

Nana's Visit

Nana, Stephanie and Tanek came for a visit during the very last of the fall leaves.  We did a quick photo session (in the rain!) one day so that Nana could have some pictures of her grandkids for her Christmas cards.  Of course, we were minus Punkin who was on a missions trip to Washington DC with her class from school.  We figured out how to make it work for Nana's cards though! :)  I'm only showing one here so that Nana can keep her card a secret!

We had lots of down time to snuggle with kiddos and just play... Nana and Aunt Stephanie were a huge help for a couple of days while me and my hubby bought a new car. (very excited about my new Honda Pilot!)

They were able to enjoy Grandparent's Day at school - a real treat to see the kids perform lots of memory pieces they have worked on so far this year, and Tanek got to experience a real kindergarten classroom - a new thing for that little homeschooler!  He loved playing outside on the playground.  He had already made friends with Anna Mae a few days earlier and was very excited to see her again on the playground.

I love this picture - they were both watching a HUGE flock of birds migrating south - they just stared up at them for the longest time.  There is just nothing better than seeing the world through the eyes of two kindergarteners!

We are so glad we were able to spend some time with our Florida family! :)