Florence, Michael, and Trials of Many Kinds

I am sitting on my front porch, heavy sighing over yet another day of missed school due to inclement weather, and I'm attempting to remind my soul to be still.  We have barely shaken off the sadness and stress of Hurricane Florence, and I feel our community's collective distress over even the whisper of more that could possibly come.   Michael, even in the form of a Tropical Storm,  feels daunting.  To say the least, the 2018-2019 school year has been interesting thus far, but aren't they all? My eldest son is a Senior in high school.  The child was born in 2000, when Y2K had us all wondering if our entire infrastructure was going to collapse.  I had barely weaned him when September 11th, 2001 shook our nation to its core, and we realized we weren't as invulnerable as we had always imagined. In 2003, I snuggled my son along with his infant brother while I watched our country's military crash into Iraq in the days of "Shock and Awe," and my family had just moved to eastern N ...

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On the Edge of the Storm

Horizons are interesting.  There is always such a clear-cut line between ocean and sky.  As I sit here on the edge of Hurricane Florence, however, I find that the line between the storm and a state of normalcy is much more blurry.  We have been out of school for 10 days and will miss another 4 before classes resume.  We have lost a good portion of our Volleyball and Soccer seasons.  Teachers are scrambling to figure out how to ensure students will learn all they need to know about Algebra and Literature before the end of a now shortened school year.  We are wondering how and if we should even make up days missed. And that's just school.  Churches have yet to begin regular weekly services.  Families are still without power or internet.  Homes are in disarray or completely destroyed.  Many local businesses are not yet up and running.  Trash is piled up on the side of every street.  And even the shelves in Walmart look bare.  Recovery, I am finding ...

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In the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

It's hard to believe a scene so stunning can follow a storm so savage, but God gives us hope.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we are all trying to catch our collective breath and make sense of what has transpired.  We will be telling our stories, grieving our losses, and rebuilding our lives for many months. We know this time has been very trying, and whether your family evacuated or stayed and weathered the storm, the effects have been difficult for everyone, and devastating for many.  We have not stopped thanking God for His mercy, nor have we stopped asking for His help in all of these circumstances.  Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Many families are just now returning to their homes.  Many are still without power.  Many are knee-deep in massive clean-up.  Many have friends and neighbors still in desperate need.  Due to these factors, Gramercy will not reopen until Wednesday, September 26th at the earliest. As a s ...

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What Does it Mean to Guard your Heart?

At Gramercy this year, our theme verse is from Proverbs 4:23, which says, "Above all else, guard your heart from out of it flows everything you do."  We chose this verse in part because we recognize that, as a Christian school, we run the risk of becoming overly focused on simple behavior modification, forgetting that the religion Jesus taught was about sincere heart transformation (Matthew 15: 8-9).  Of course, this is not only a problem for Christian schools.  It's a problem for all people in all areas of life.  As a parent, for instance, I have often focused too much on what my child is or is not doing instead of directing my attention to what is happening in their hearts that is causing them to act out.  Usually, when I stop attempting to only discipline symptoms and actually take the time to address the real heart issue, be it jealousy or anger or fear, I am able to help them resolve not only the symptom, but the actual problem as well. Young people today are literally inun ...

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The Aim of Christian Education

“Arrows are not meant for décor; they are meant for battle.” Erwin McManus For many years now I have considered Psalm 127 a guidepost for parenting.  This Psalm reads, "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord keeps watch over the city, the watchmen guard in vain."  As a young mom, this verse spoke to me because I realized very early on that parenting was going to be a lot of work and I did NOT want my labor to be in vain.  In later verses, the Psalm reads, "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons (and daughters) born in one's youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."  I have pondered these words for many years and though I am not a bow huntress, I understand enough about this image to recognize that parenting, like archery, requires a great deal of skill and focus.  If my children are arrows and I am the warrior, then I recognize that I must not be shooting haphazardly.  I ne ...

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Today is Not that Day!

At 3:30 am this morning, I awoke with this horrible thought:  it is the middle of July!  If you're a mom or dad of school-aged children, then you already know where I'm going with this, and it's probably perfectly clear to you why I awoke in a semi-panic.  Summer is half over.  The summer that literally just began five minutes ago is already half over.  Perhaps this thought was brewing in the back of my mind because of my brief trip into Hobby Lobby yesterday where I saw, that's right, Thanksgiving decorations on display.  How is that even possible?  Honestly, putting up Thanksgiving stuff in July makes me feel anything but thankful.  In fact, it makes me grouchy. I'm still trying to remember to buy new goggles and a beach chair.   As a teacher and school administrator at Gramercy, we are already in the thick of preparing for the coming year.  We are sending out emails, school supply lists, and sports calendars.  We are soliciting volunteers and rem ...

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As Families Go...

School is almost over and honestly, it can't come quickly enough!  Teachers are wilting before my very eyes.  Parents look exhausted and slightly terrified.  Students appear to have fallen victim to a zombie apocalypse.  Furthermore, I'm not sure who that woman in the mirror is, but it can't be me!  For the first time in my life, I begin to understand why presidents look so young when they take office and so old when they leave.  How can one school year do this to all of us?   Remember back in September when we were excited and hopeful?  Remember when we had big plans for all we were going to do and learn and be this year?  Remember when our kid's pants fit and they were bathed and we still made breakfast?  Yeah, me either.  It seems like a decade ago.  Now, I watch helplessly from behind a cup of coffee as my kids rummage through the refrigerator for a piece of leftover chicken and I can't even see my son's face because he's needed a hair ...

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National Day of Prayer

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States.  President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.  This Thursday, May 3rd, is the National Day of Prayer for 2018, and Gramercy Christian School will be holding a flagpole prayer ceremony at 8:00 AM to pray for our country, our leaders, our communities, our families, and our school.  We are told in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." At Gramercy, we fervently believe that our God is a God who hears and answers the prayers of His people!    In addition, GCS  student representatives will be in downtown Newport from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm at the Newport Park ...

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What Happened to Quarter Three?

Is it just me or did the third quarter just disappear in a dust cloud of flu virus and freaky weather?  Wasn't it just New Year's Day?  Perhaps I shouldn't even admit this, but on the first Monday after Spring Break, I actually asked one of my classes to tell me what they did over CHRISTMAS break.  I'm pretty sure they thought I was having a stroke.  Don't worry, I played it off, but I think at least couple of them are onto me.  I know my own kids know.  They know their mom is barely keeping one step ahead of them as we literally sprint toward the end of yet another school year.  With Terra Nova testing, Field Day, prom, and graduation right around the corner, can we just pause for a moment  and catch our collective breath?   In just a few more weeks - and sunny, warm weeks at that! - we will be dropping weather-worn folders, a mass collection of homework papers, and yet another broken protractor into the dumpster on the way out of the GCS parking lot.  ...

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Calling All Gramercy Alumni!

Calling ALL Gramercy Alumni:

Gramercy has a rich heritage and if you graduated from Gramercy, or attended Gramercy for a portion of your education, we would love to hear from you!  Your alumni contact information is requested. PLEASE CLICK HERE to provide current contact information, and be sure to include in the message box: The year you graduated from Gramercy and current vocation.  Please also follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest in Gramercy news.  Thank you!

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