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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.  ...

Speaking of Good Dr's - Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

This morning at Gramercy in celebration of Dr. Seuss Day, our Kindergarten class presented our graduating Seniors with copies of Oh, the Places You'll Go!  It was so precious watching the bookends of our school sit together and read!  I have no doubt as graduation approaches, many of our Seniors' parents will be having vivid memories of their sons and daughters as they began school on that very first day.  Senior year, and especially graduation, is an emotional time for students and parents alike.  Although our sweet Kindergartners can hardly imagine being ready to graduate, our Seniors have the bittersweet gift of memory, and our prayer at GCS is that they will carry their memories of their time with us close to their hearts as they venture out into the world. More importantly, we pray they will carry the love of Jesus and the truth of God's Word and the reality of His Presence to all of the many places they may go.  Dr. Seuss's wish reads like this:  "You'll be on your way up ...

Pastor Appreciation Chapel Next Friday!

Gramercy's annual Pastor Appreciation Chapel will be next Friday, January 19th at 10:15 a.m. Invitations were sent last month to various pastors represented by our student body as well as to other pastors in our community, and we look forward to hosting this very special event.  This joint chapel service offers Gramercy students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to show our appreciation for the men and women who so greatly influence our lives on a weekly, if not daily, basis through their steadfast love and service to Christ.   In addition, Gramercy Christian School would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Pastor Norm Waligora for faithfully serving Faith Evangelical Bible Church and GCS for the past 18 years.  Although Gramercy families attend many different local churches, Pastor Norm is dear to us in that he has instructed, encouraged, and supported our school in many capacities as a ministry of FEBC, and he has done so with extraordinary grace and wisdom. The teachers and admini ...

Preparing Students for a life of Purpose

In 2002, Rick Warren published an amazing little book called The Purpose Driven Life.  The devotional book sold over 20 million copies and topped the Wall Street Journal Best Seller chart, proving, at least in my mind, that people all over the world are searching to find a meaningful purpose to their lives.  It would seem that human beings desperately want their lives to have a deeper meaning, which is really nothing new.  In fact, in the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon recounts his many efforts to find meaning in what he calls a "wearisome" life full of toil and trouble.  In an active attempt to find purpose, Solomon  undertakes all sorts of things.  He indulges in pleasure.  He tries to find love.  He attains knowledge.  He works hard and acquires wealth.  Yet even after all of this, even after becoming the richest, wisest, most sought after man in the ancient world, he concludes that everything is "meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Today, we ...

Questions About Creation - Check This Out!

The Bible teaches us that the world was created by God in six days, but have you ever wondered about dinosaurs or how old the earth is?  Do you have questions about how to reconcile the truth of the Bible with what the average textbook tells us about such things? Does being a Christian mean you have to completely ignore science?   Sunday, October 22nd, Newport Baptist Church will be hosting Joel Tay from Creation Ministries International to address just such questions.  Creation Ministries International is committed to sharing the truth about what the Bible proclaims in Genesis 1:1:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."   Their Motto: Proclaiming the truth and authority of the Bible Their Vision: To see the Lord Jesus Christ honored as Creator and Savior of the world Their Mission: To support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in ...

Your Very Great Reward

In addition to being part of the administrative team at Gramercy, I currently have the privilege of teaching the Old Testament to the 9th grade class.  Over the summer,  I had this great vision that we could make it all the way through the Old Testament by May, but honestly, that's starting to seem a little crazy.  We are seemingly crawling our way through Genesis and it's not because the students aren't paying attention.  It's because they are.  They have questions and thoughts and we are working through both the familiar and the unfamiliar stories with an eye to understand the heart of God.   We are currently knee deep in the story of Abraham and Isaac and are looking closely at the very radical kind of covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham. When God speaks the covenant to Abraham, He says to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield and your very great reward" (Genesis 15:1).  Although I have known for many years about the origin of Gramercy' ...

Be Still... and Know!

It is mid-September and school is now in full-swing.  Honestly, by Tuesday evening I'm already exhausted and so are my kids and it's not surprising considering the schedule we keep.  It's brutal!  Most days, I am up by 5 a.m. feeding pets, emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and prepping for the day.  Kids hit the floor at 6 a.m. and the mad dash begins. Someone forgot to do math corrections.  Someone else needs a permission slip signed. Everyone needs breakfast, but someone doesn't like what I made. Someone can't find their soccer cleats.  Someone else hates the way their hair looks. Everyone forgot to make their bed.  By the time we leave at 7 a.m., the whole clan is edgy and the day has barely begun.  Seven hours of school, three hours of sports, and two hours of homework later, we are all falling asleep on the couch... till we do it all over again. And I don't think I'm alone.  We are just a busy people.  Between the noise of emails and phone calls ...

Gramercy Kindergarten Class Begins Week Two!

Although they may look too little to even carry a backpack, the new Kindergarten class at Gramercy had a wonderful first week of getting to know one another both in and out of the classroom.  These little guys came to school sporting crisp uniforms, new shoes, and a variety of lunchboxes and burst onto our campus full of energy and possibly a little fear and trembling.  They enjoyed one full week of half days and today, they begin the school year in full-force. Our new Kindergarten teacher, Andrea Purvis, brings a joyful exuberance to all she does and is a welcome addition to the GCS family. I had the privilege of sitting in on Mrs. Purvis's class while she read aloud to the students and I watched their faces light up as she helped bring a little unicorn to life through the power of the spoken word.  I am convinced there is little we do that is more valuable than giving these children a sincere love of reading and later in the year, our 5th graders will pair up with the Kindergarten class for o ...