Embracing the Season

by Jamie Bonnema

It always feels like time is speeding up, especially this time of year. I admit, the early winter-like temperatures had me anticipating the holidays a bit sooner than I normally do. What I consider the busiest time of year is already upon us. We have solidified our Thanksgiving plans, starting our gift-giving lists (and shopping already!), and have debated with our friends and family when is too early to decorate for Christmas. We join in on all the festivities we can, wanting to fully take in the magical feeling of the season. We anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior and don’t want a second to go by where we miss a chance to enhance this experience. And, in the process of doing, we can still end up missing living out this amazing gift.

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Seeds of Faith

Dear Genesis Friend:

I asked our students what I should write in our Matching Challenge letter for 2019, and they said, “Why don’t you tell them the pumpkin story?” I thought it was an excellent idea…

Genesis Classical Academy has been gifted pumpkins each year by a local couple, one per child, to be decorated at our annual harvest party. But they retired, and it was looking like there might not be 85 pumpkins for this year. One of our GCA moms had been trying for several years to grow pumpkins to carry on the tradition, but her attempts had been mostly futile.

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Staff Spotlight

The leaves are nearly gone, the air is crisp, and we have even had a bit of snow—fall is passing quickly! Here at Genesis Classical Academy we have completed the first quarter of our fifth school year, and 21 new students are settling nicely into the rhythm of a classical education.

We also are blessed with the talents of several new teachers who, along with our veteran staff, are working hard each day to guide the minds and hearts of our 84 students.

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O Beautiful, for Heroes Proved

by Judy Ness

The students at Genesis Classical Academy have been diligently preparing for the upcoming Veteran’s Day celebration, hosted by Winnebago American Legion Post 82. This year, the students in Grades 4-8 will be singing America the Beautiful.

The words to this song, written by poet Katharine Lee Bates in 1893, are slightly out of sync with our modern use of the English language and require a bit of deciphering. We have been studying the lyrics, attempting to understand the message, rather than just mindlessly repeating the words.

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