News, 2017 - 2018

December 22, 2017

 

Today was a very big day, filled with excitement and energy: Christmas is almost here! The students had a great time at school with Christmas parties and art projects, and it was a short school day, since we closed for Christmas vacation at noon today.

 

This evening the students did a great job with the Christmas program, putting heart and soul into their presentations. Their recitations and singing went well, and we are proud of them! Special thanks to Yolanda C. for her help with photography and videography this evening.

 

Now it's time for a break, time for family and friends, time to remember the greatest Gift of all. During this special season, may your homes enjoy the peace of this Savior the students sang about so beautifully this evening.

November 28, 2017

 

WescoTurf, the official Toro dealer for the southeast region of the USA, was our host for today's Honor Roll Field Trip. We arrived at 9:00 this morning, and were cheerfully met at the front door by Patty, who welcomed us and brought us into their headquarters. Ann and Larry, the two people responsible for allowing us to schedule this event, were in the lobby also, along with Curry, Milton, and an enormous poodle whose name escapes me right now-sorry: three beautiful, friendly dogs.

 

Patty told us a little bit about the history and core values of their company, then led us through the office and out into other departments spread over three giant buildings. WescoTurf currently employs 145 people. We saw the parts department (10,000 unique items) and the area for final assembly of new machines (up to ~$100,000 each) and the place where they recondition pre-owned tractors for resale and the shipping department and all kinds of stuff: the place is huge! As we were leaving, they presented each student with a goody bag of cool things to take home, and the students loved it! Thank you, Ann, Larry, Patty, Sheryl, Steve, Tim, and Schoen for your warm hospitality and the memorable morning!

 

We left WescoTurf and went to lunch (Chick-fil-A and Firehouse Subs), then headed to Colonial Oaks gym for an afternoon of basketball, volleyball bumping, and Extreme Indoor Kickball. We finished with Slurpees, and arrived back at the school house just before 3:00.

November 10, 2017

 

Science and Art was great! The students really did well with their projects; lots of creativity and imagination was on display, and the parents thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The school board did a great job, as usual, with the pizza supper! The night was filled with laughter and the chatter of friendships old and new. Thanks to all who came and showed the students your interest and support!

November 7, 2017

 

Today was Picture Day for your students. Aren't they beautiful?!

October 24, 2017

 

Your Honor Roll students toured the American Red Cross regional facility this morning. We left the school house at 8:45 and went to Urfer Family Park for a few minutes before going to the Red Cross for our 9:30 appointment. There we were greeted by Sharon W., who took us on a tour while she described the work that they do and how their program is managed locally and around the world. The American Red Cross was started by Clara Barton. Internationally, the Red Cross is the second most-recognized brand in the world, after Coke.

 

We were guided through the building where lots of supplies were in storage - everything from pallets of water bottles to meals ready-to-eat to donated vehicles. The American Red Cross also offers nursing classes, one of which was on the schedule for today; we only got a brief peak into the room.

 

All the supplies that are distributed by Red Cross are received on a donation basis, and Red Cross proudly claims a 92% flow-through rate for all monies donated to their program.

 

At 10:30 we said goodbye to Sharon and went to Westfield "Sarasota Square" Mall, where the students did some window shopping for about 45 minutes. Then we ate lunch at the food court before going to Colonial Oaks gym, where everyone played basketball, bumped the volleyball, and got into a great game of Extreme Indoor Kickball. We ended the day with Slurpees.

September 18, 2017

 

School resumes today, after having been closed exactly one week. We are now in Week 4 instead of Week 5.

September 10, 2017 

 

Hurricane Irma roared through the length of Florida, passing within 30 miles of our school house on Sunday night. Irma left about half the state without electricity, and our school was no exception, so school is cancelled until further notice.

 

We thank God that none of our school families were badly injured or suffered major damage in the storm. 

 

Click here for a video to see the school grounds.

September 5, 2017

 

Kindergarten began their trek through years of school life today, showing up with cheerful, nervous smiles, wearing their game face as they walked intrepidly through the imposing doors of the school house. All four of them, Derek B., Brantley D., Jordan S., and Bryson B. showed huge courage in this first scary step - and their moms were very brave, too.

 

These young men soon had their things put away in their desks, and then the bell rang, and it was time! They were in good hands with Miss Rita; she guided them through the day from study time to break time to lunch time, and it was great! Check it out right here.

August 31, 2017

 

We close out the month of August by introducing you to our friend Nicolas.

 

He was quietly waiting in the grass behind the school house when the younger students came out to play. Kara Y. spotted him, and called everyone else over to meet him. Then Bentley K. was sent to get the Principal, who came out and picked Nicolas up out of the grass. After everyone had a turn admiring him, Nicolas went into the older students' classroom, where he "hung out" for the rest of the morning.

 

After a delicious lunch (click here for more info) the students hiked to the back of the property and released Nicolas along the fence row. We were all sad to see him go.

 

Nicolas is a non-venomous South Florida Yellow Rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata)

August 21, 2017

 

Today's bonus video involves mouse-catching during chapel time.

August 21, 2017

 

The world did not end today, in spite of the Great Solar Eclipse. Watching the moon move across the face of the sun was a fascinating experience, an opportunity that doesn't come around very frequently. 

 

After lunch break, we all went outside with our special, certified, solar-viewing glasses (not pictured below) and watched the beginning, as the edge of the sun flattened where the moon was interfering. Slowly, much too slowly for the students, the moon glided between us and the sun, until about 78% of the sun's face was hidden. We wished for more shade but enjoyed the relief from the blazing heat. The high point was at 2:50pm, after which two things happened simultaneously: the moon began revealing more of the sun, and students began leaving for home. The excitement was over, but totally worth it; we will remember this for a very long time.

August 16, 2017 

 

Students arrived with backpacks, office chairs, and smiles, gamely marching into the school house to face a new school term. They were rather quiet on the first day, but did a great job of settling into the old habits of classroom procedures. Today was a day to get organized and re-familiarize ourselves with school life after a summer that went by too quickly. 

 

After opening bell, we began the day with chapel in the Fellowship Hall, with the school principal leading songs and giving encouragement to the students to dig into their work because work is good! Back in our classrooms, the younger students participated in various activities (including sign language and M&M's!) while the older students talked about lots of stuff. We got some work done, too!

 

First break came quickly: grades 1-3 played Kick The Cone, and grades 4-high school played Knockout on the basketball court, or played on the swings, or just sat visiting. Second period didn't last long, either, and then it was noon, time to dismiss! 

 

It looked like they didn't want to leave.

August 14, 2017  

 

Orientation!

 

The excitement is building! Last night the school house was full of bubbly students making cheerful sounds, bringing their school supplies into their classrooms and stowing them in their desks. Some students hurried outside to play games, while others hung out inside, talking and exploring.

 

Thanks to the school board, we all enjoyed amazing Ranch Pretzels and delicious Sherbet Punch, while visiting with friends we don't get to see every day. Also thanks to the school board, the kitchen and restrooms received a remodeling face-lift, and it looks great! Well done, school board, and thank you!

 

It was a good evening, and we are looking forward to a fantastic year!

August 14, 2017

 

YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!

 

Only $10 each. Get a copy for every student - it's a book of memories!

These will be available at Orientation this evening.

July 15, 2017

 

Thank you for showing up to work this morning!

 

The school house sparkles on the inside and looks fresh and new again on the outside. From ceiling to floor, windows, walls, and doors were washed and scrubbed, while on the playground trees were trimmed, flowerbeds and play areas mulched, and equipment repaired. Fueled with watermelon and granola bars, the work got done efficiently. Well done, people.

 

It won't be long until the whole campus will be ringing with the voices of happy children!