The 4th “C”

By Judy Ness

At Genesis Classical Academy, we speak often about “the 3 C’s” – Christ, Character, and Classical education. These three elements are the pillars upon which the school is built, and are the lens through which every challenge or opportunity is viewed, and every decision is made.

Lately, however, I have been thinking about another “C” – one that is rarely named, but never-the-less is an essential part of Genesis Classical Academy.

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Seek Him First

by Tamara Dicks

Having a plan seems to be the hallmark of millennial parents. Calendars, schedules, and to-do lists run the day. Having a plan is a good thing, yet balancing the plan with life is a little tricky. Making connections with your children while being ruled by the schedule is even trickier.  

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New Teacher on the Block

by Becky Krause

I am the new teacher on the block at Genesis (GCA), yet not a newbie by any standards to education. I retired last year from teaching, after having taught in several districts since my career began in 1980. I have educated children ages birth to 18, in special education, Title I, and early childhood.  

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88 Keys and a Million Dreams

by Judy Ness

Have you heard?  There’s going to be a party – and YOU are invited!

Genesis Classical Academy will be hosting the 2019 Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 6th from 5 – 10 pm, at the Winnebago School Auditorium (132 1st Ave SE, Winnebago). The event includes a baked chicken breast dinner, live entertainment, a silent and live auction, and a raffle.

The theme of this year’s event is “88 Keys and a Million Dreams”.  But what, exactly, does that mean?

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The Art and Science of Parenting

by Tamara Dicks

If art is the expression of human creativity and science requires systematic study using observation and experimentation, then wouldn’t all parents need training in both? But what if you are not the creative or intellectual type? What if you are neither an imaginative parent nor a strict formula parent? For most of us, if we are honest, parenting can often be a shot in the dark just hoping to get within range of the target.

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Setting Down the Suitcase

by Jamie Bonnema

Think, for a moment, if you can relate to this scenario: A series of less than pleasant circumstances takes place. Your frustration is building along the way, but you keep trudging on, doing your best to hold your composure. And then, in a weak moment, you let your guard down, and all those nasty emotions come out at the wrong place, the wrong time, and with the wrong person. It may be a spouse who takes the blow, a friend, a coworker, a superior, or a perfect stranger. As it is happening, almost in slow motion, we can see the crash ahead but can’t find a way to stop it or turn the situation around. We just keep carrying the suitcase of yuckiness until is so heavy, we throw it onto the already full arms of someone else. Recently, after a very tough week, that is exactly what I did.

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Living an Active Family Life

by Kelsey Hodges

As a mom of two young boys and dog owner of 2 yellow labs, I think staying active is inevitable. They seem to have endless energy, and I want to be able to keep up with them. I make time for my own workouts, but we also make it a point to get outside and stay active together as a family. I want to lead by example so that, by staying active, we are taking care of our bodies and can achieve all that God has planned for us.

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The Little Things

by Renee Doyle

January has been especially busy at our emerging K-12 classical school. It is the month when staff members use vacation time, might be out with a winter cold or attend conferences. With a limited employee pool, we all become versatile at covering for one another’s classes. Last week, I had the opportunity to teach art, P.E. and Latin. Such a diversified teaching schedule in both subject and time slots is challenging, but the reward from interacting with our students is priceless.

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Build Your Village

by Jamie Bonnema

We’re all familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” and recognize the truth in it. We need reinforcement outside of our own abilities and availability. We desire for our kids to become good stewards of their talents, persevere in their endeavors, and be securely tethered to their identity in Christ. At any point, all of these things can be threatened, especially when our relationship with our child is strained or we’ve grown tired. We desperately need the strength of the village

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Time-Saving Tips in the Kitchen

by Sarah Stensland

Do you find yourself sprinting from one activity to the next? Are you out of energy at the end of a long day? Because of this, do you settle for convenience food or go out to eat more than you would like? Some days it feels like there isn’t another choice. However, with a little work in advance, you can have more home-cooked meals, which are often healthier and less expensive than the alternative! Here are eight tips to save you time in the kitchen.

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