Entries by Renee Doyle

Embracing the “Extra”

by Shanna Meyer When asked to describe what it’s like being the parent to a child with special needs, my first feeling is that of instant gratitude—gratitude that I am blessed to be the mom to such an amazing little soul. Every child is a gift from God. The only thing different about the life […]

Online Use Inventory

by Jamie Bonnema Isn’t it mind boggling to think about how many of our daily tasks have turned into online experiences? We no longer have to leave our vehicles or houses to shop. A library is not required for research—it is only a reach away with the touch of our phones. News is available in […]

Social Media Buffet

by Jamie Bonnema The social media experience has some running away, many addicted, and others trying to set good boundaries for its use. In trying figure out guidelines for myself, my trips to buffets with family when I was young came to mind. Everything looked so good when I walked in. The choices seemed to […]

Thoughtfully Entering the New Year

by Jamie Bonnema On a snowy day, I sit at the computer to write. The kids are quietly playing after a morning of sleeping in. The brightness from the snow defeats the overcast sky, and I feel perfectly cozy in my sweats on the couch. In these moments I can do some quiet thinking, continual […]

O Come, Let Us Adore

Last Thursday evening our Genesis Classical Academy students presented their Christmas concert, “O Come, Let Us Adore.” The final number in the program was a rousing rendition of “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” complete with the nativity scene presented by the kindergarten class. One of our parents captured this heartwarming (and hilarious) photo of the […]

Fighting the Battle Alone

by Jamie Bonnema Awhile ago, I was disheartened by many issues going on around me. I was frustrated and overwhelmed. I felt torn and divided, not knowing which battles to fight and understood that I can’t fight them all. I backed away a bit from the things I had been working on, realizing that I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]