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 felt like my wheels were spinning, I was out of the fiery enthusiasm that I had started with, and felt at a loss for the role I am to play. I was burdened by the thought that I have to do more, but questioned what I can really do that would make a bit of difference. The joy had seemingly been stolen from me. And with a wonderful holiday season approaching, I did not want that heaviness to linger much longer.

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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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Campaign Central

by Judy Ness

The halls at Genesis Classical Academy are abuzz with excitement! It is election season, and the campaigns have begun. Very soon, students in grades 2 – 8 at GCA will be electing their very first Student Council.

The students had many good questions as the concepts of student government and elections were explained last week at opening convocation. Who can run for elected office? What are the job duties of the President, Vice President, and Secretary? Who gets to vote? If I run for office, can I vote for myself?

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A Lesson In Potatoes

by Jamie Bonnema

I love little lessons that pop up in my day and interrupt my thoughts. I would even say that I tend to look for these examples to bring light to the more complicated issues in life. A recent enlightenment came with a bag of potatoes.

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Convocation: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

by Judy Ness

Music is an important part of a classical education, and the hymn “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” is embedded in the fiber of Genesis Classical Academy. We sing it in the morning at our opening gathering, we sing it in the classrooms, and we sing it in music class. This 17th century hymn (also known as the Doxology) is nearly universally sung in Christian denominations and helps us (the created) to rightly order our thoughts and affections toward the Creator. It helps us to remember that all of our blessings are given to us by our Heavenly Father, who loves us beyond measure.

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My View from the Driver’s Seat

by Sarah Stensland

School is well underway, and we are easing back into our routines. In the morning when I drop the kids off at school, I like to sit and watch my children physically walk into the building. I want to know that everyone has made it to where they belong before I venture off to work. Each morning, as I sit in the driver’s seat, I have quite the view out the front window. I see confident, joy-filled children heading in the front door at Genesis Classical Academy. I see smiles on their faces and hearts that are ready to help, as they eagerly greet each other and politely hold the door open for the next wave of children. I see young boys and girls dressed in uniform, ready for another successful day at school. My heart is filled with joy as I sit in the driver’s seat. 

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Cur Nos Studium Latinae?

by Judy Ness

English translation: Why should we study Latin?

Teenage translation: Why do we have to learn this stuff? I mean, like, when are we EVER going to use it? (For additional dramatic effect, punctuate with eye roll.)

Genesis Classical Academy, like most classical schools, incorporates the study of Latin into the curriculum. Contrary to the opinion of many students (and some adults), there are many good reasons to study Latin:

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