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 be unlimited. I always loaded up my plate, went back for more, topped it off with too much dessert, and finished the meal hanging over my chair, sick with regret. As a wiser adult, I can now go to a buffet, have a great time, and walk away feeling good and nourished.

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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 praying, and flush out a few ideas roaming in my head. I’m very thankful God gives us moments like this to just sit still and catch our breath.

I had a visit with family over the break. A question caught me a bit off-guard as I forgot a new year, even a new decade, was sneaking up on me. I was just enjoying the Christmas season, making it through each event without a catastrophe, and aiming for a joyful spirit despite some challenges. But there the question was, and I had not yet solidified my answer.

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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 manger scene. This photo was not staged, folks. It represents “real life” in the world of kindergartners.

Mary was covering her ears, trying to block out the noise and chaos of the stable. Joseph was exhausted after the long trip to Bethlehem. The shepherds dutifully kept watch over their sheep, while the wise men searched for the star.

And the angels – oh, those angels! They were rockin’ it out above the manger. Dancing. For. Joy.

Consider this photo our Christmas card to all of you, because it represents so many of our wishes for you during this blessed season.

We pray that you will find rest in the midst of the busyness of the season, and that you will be able to block out the noise and keep your focus on the One who is the true gift, Jesus.

We hope that you will keep careful watch over the hearts and minds of those whom God has entrusted to your care, and that you will continue to search for the Guiding Light, in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

And we wish you joy! We pray that you will take time to dance for joy.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Merry Christmas from Genesis Classical Academy! May God shower you with His richest blessings today, and throughout the coming year.

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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