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March 18, 2019
By Coach Steve Guerry
As someone who coaches for a living, I always have sports on the brain and it’s hard to shut it off. Even when listening to a sermon, I always try to relate it to my teams and how I can use the word to improve myself and the team. A friend recently told me about a sermon at her church, and I couldn’t help but see the parallels between my team and the young people in general at our school.
The story was about an Ancient Roman warfare tactic called the Testudo Formation, or Tortoise Formation. Plutarch describes this formation as used by Mark Antony during his invasion of Parthia in 36 BC:
"Then the shield-bearers wheeled round and enclosed the light-armed troops within their ranks, dropped down to one knee, and held their shields out as a defensive barrier. The men behind them held their shields over the heads of the first rank, while the third rank did the same for the second rank. The resulting shape, which is a remarkable sight, looks very like a roof, and is the surest protection against arrows, which just glance off it”
The formation looked remarkably like a tortoise, with shields covering the army from top to bottom with no space for enemy weapons to penetrate. However, if one person was not holding their shield up, then there was a weakness among the group that made them vulnerable. Ephesians 6:16 is a scripture that highlights the importance of holding your shield up, as well.
In every situation, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
In this case, it isn’t necessarily a war against people, but a war against evil. We are stronger together, but having faith isn’t just enough. We must hold up our faith and display. Without each of us holding up our faith as if it is urgent, we are leaving someone close to us exposed to the fiery arrows of the world.
This story of the Tortoise Formation is something I would like to share with our athletes on two levels. First, if everyone is not doing their job, then there will be a weakness in our team. Second, as a friend and teammate, you must hold up your shield of faith to protect and encourage and protect those that are struggling with the everyday challenges that young people face. It also applies to us a school community. We all have faith, but how much more effective would we be if we could all display that faith together?


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January 24, 2019
By Darcy Turner
A Firm Foundation
Most of us are familiar with the song of the wise man and the foolish man.  In Matthew 7 God’s word tells of the man who built his house on the rock and when the storms came his house stood while the foolish man chose a foundation of sand for his house.  We know from that well known children’s song that his house went SPLAT! This scripture is trying to teach the importance of following and doing God’s word. It is His word and our trust in Him that makes our foundation strong when the storms come.  
Webster’s Dictionary defines a foundation as “an underlying base or support.” As an elementary principal I believe a strong foundation is the key to future spiritual and academic success.  How can we build that foundation?
1.Be prayerful.  Pray for your students daily.  Pray for their protection, their relationship with God and others, their understanding, and their teacher.  Pray that they will be diligent in all they do and that God will help them to discover the purpose He has for them.
2. Be present.  You are your students’ first and most influential teacher and their best advocate, and their biggest fan.  They need you involved in the important things of their lives.  Help them with their homework, read to them, tell them stories of your childhood, cheer them on in their interests and hobbies. Allow them to fail and work through things that are difficult for them.  Even if they don’t say it they want and need your approval, praise, and discipline.   
3.Be prompt.  Teach your students that timeliness is important and others’ time is as valuable as theirs. Timeliness helps to form good routines and habits.   
4. Be prepared.  Having all of their supplies and assignments for the day is vital to your student’s success at school.  When students are unprepared for the day they cannot fully participate in the activities in the classroom.  They are unable to check their assignments and show their understanding. Students’ grades often suffer when they are not prepared for the day.
5. Be Playful.  Your job is not to be your child’s friend, but we all need to have some fun.  Make sure you take time during your day to laugh and have some fun. Laughing and having fun helps to build relationships.  
The foundation that is built in elementary school will help students reach their potential and achieve the future success we are hoping for.  Don’t discount the important role you play and the example that you set for your students everyday. Let’s determine to partner together and build foundations that can withstand any storm that comes.


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January 11, 2019
By Joy Figueroa
What can we all learn from Martin Luther King Jr? As this special day approaches many of us take for granted the freedoms that we have because of Dr. King’s stand. He stood for the Christian faith and he stood for ALL people. Race, abilities/disabilities, genders, appearance...none of these things truly matter. We are all one race and all children of the most high and mighty God.  So, let’s reflect on Dr. King’s dream and legacy and continue to be ALL IN, in all that we say and do...may it bring light and love.


While walking through a toy store the day before today, I overheard a crayon box with many things to say.

"I don't like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said "Nor do I" "And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why".

"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along,” Said Blue to all the others "Something here is wrong".

Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me, And laid out all the colors so the crayons all could see.

They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green, And Black and White and Orange and every color in between.

They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky, The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched becoming something new, They watched me as I colored - they watched me till I was through.

And when I finally finished I began to walk away, And as I did the crayon box had something more to say.

"I do like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said, "So do I!" And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky!

"We are a box of crayons each one of us unique, But when we get together the picture is more complete."


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December 14, 2018
By David Freberg
Christmas Worship Blog
When I was a kid, I loved getting the Christmas catalogs to look through all of the toys.  I would spend hours looking over all of the pages except the ones with dolls and kitchen centers and clothes.  Growing up in Minnesota, I was a Vikings fan and still am. I always wanted a Vikings helmet and uniform for Christmas.  I never opened that package, so today I make sure that my kids and grandkids get Vikings stuff.
During this Christmas season, we focus on giving and receiving.  Children make their lists after searching the internet instead of the thick catalogs.  Parents search stores and the internet for what is on these lists. We buy stuff for people who we work with and neighbors and family.  Then we go out and buy gifts for those who gave us gifts that we weren’t expecting to get a gift from them. If we have been especially good this year, we will go get ourselves a gift just to make sure we get something that we want.  
We strive to give good gifts, but we can never hope to out give our God.  We thank God for sending His Son to earth for us. What a gift! It is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.  
Along with giving and receiving, we need to keep in mind a couple of other things.  We need to continue to worship the King. This wise men brought gifts, but they brought the gifts as an act of worship.  We bring our gifts and talents to God each time we use these to help His children or bring the lost to Him.
We also need to keep a spirit of thanksgiving.  We celebrated Thanksgiving Day a few weeks ago, but we need to keep that spirit of thanksgiving all year long.  Part of every prayer should be a time of giving thanks to God for the blessings He has given us, especially the gift of His love in the form of Jesus.
Go to the Christmas parties. Get the gifts for those who are important to you.  Worship through your time and gifts. Give thanks for all He has done for you. Merry Christmas!

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