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June 03, 2024
By Valerie Rose

Hello Summer!

After all of the hard work our students did during the past school year, they deserve this fun-filled break. But just because they are not in the classroom doesn't mean the learning has to stop!

Summer is the perfect time to make amazing memories with your family. Whether you're going on a road trip, having a backyard camping adventure, or just relaxing at home, there are so many opportunities to have a blast while sneaking in some real-world learning too!

For example, if you're hitting the road with your family, you can practice your math skills by calculating how much money you will need for gas, snacks, and souvenirs. Or you can put your reading skills to the test by taking turns reading the road signs and map directions out loud.

If you're staying closer to home, why not start a summer reading challenge with your siblings or friends? You could even create a fun book club where you discuss and rate the books you've read. Don't forget to thank God for the incredible gift of reading and the ability to learn about His amazing world!

And if you're feeling adventurous, you can combine camping fun with a crash course in nature studies. Go on a nature walk and see how many different kinds of plants, animals, and insects you can identify. Or set up a backyard telescope and learn about the constellations that God has put in the night sky.

The possibilities are endless when you use your creativity and remember that every day is a chance to grow your mind while having a total blast!

So get out there, make wonderful memories with your loved ones, and don't forget to thank the Lord for this incredible summer break. Before you know it, you'll be back in the classroom, feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new year of learning!

Valerie Rose, Ed. S. 
Elementary School Principal
Faith Christian School

 

FCS Blog

May 13, 2024
By Darcy Turner

A Fond Farewell
I have struggled to decide what I should say in this my last blog. As an elementary school principal
perhaps I should be sharing things you should be doing to prevent the summer slide, but I have
decided to take this opportunity to bid you all a heartfelt farewell.
As I reflect back over my time at FCS my heart is filled with so many memories. If you asked me what
I am going to miss the most or what was the most important thing to me about my position. My
answer to both questions would be the same...RELATIONSHIPS! In my time here I have met so many
wonderful people; young, old, and in between. I have come to believe that time taken to build a
relationship is never wasted. It is not always easy, but it is never time wasted .
So while I am looking forward to not waking up at 5 am and having free time during my days (I
hope) I know that I will miss the relationships that I have built with students, parents, grandparents,
and co-workers the most. I am so grateful for the time that I have spent with the families of FCS and
for all of the memories we have made and shared. I have learned so much and felt loved by all of
you.
My prayer for you all is:
The Lord will always be first in each of your lives
Long lasting friendships will be cultivated because kindness and respect abound
Forgiveness and reconciliation will be given and asked for
A love of learning is cultivated because teachers and parents work together to set and help
students meet high expectations
I hope you all have a wonderful summer. I know our paths will cross again.
Forever in my heart, Darcy
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the
Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Proverbs 19:21 reminds us that while we may have many plans, the Lord's purpose ultimately prevails. Almost a year
ago, God unexpectedly placed the plan on my husband's heart for us to move back home, prompting a series of
events that opened doors and made a way for me to become a 5th-grade teacher at Faith Christian School.
Though my journey occasionally involved doubts and fears; my faith, prayer, and church family helped me submit
obediently to God's plan. From earning multiple degrees to serving in various leadership roles over my 16-year
career as an educator, I now see how God was preparing me for this calling which led me to humbly accept the
position as the elementary school principal at Faith.
Mrs. Turner has established a strong academic and spiritual legacy at Faith Christian School. Our charge now is to

build upon that foundation, further glorifying God by nurturing students to become Christ-centered world-
changers. With our eyes fixed on the Lord, we will raise up the next generation "trained in the way they should go"

(Proverbs 22:6).
I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with you all - students, parents, faculty, and staff. I look
forward to seeing how God will work in and through our FCS family of faith in the coming year.
Anchored in God's hope, promises, and blessings through Christ Jesus our Savior,
Valerie Rose, Ed. S.
Tested and Refined Isaiah 48:10

FCS Blog

May 07, 2024
By David Fereberg

My granddaughter Everley loves to play babies. This entails me sitting down, preferably
on the floor, and she brings her dolls to me to hold or line up on my legs. After I have all
of her babies, she tells me to be quiet because they are sleeping. She will then find a
bottle, and we will need to feed all of them. Then we need to be quiet again because
they fell back to sleep. I don’t have to do anything in these moments but be there.
These are some of my favorite moments. These are moments that I haven’t always
enjoyed and lingered over.
One author that I have enjoyed reading spent a whole chapter on the word linger.
Laura Vanderkam is a time optimization writer who lingered on this word for a chapter
in her book Off the Clock. Lingering is taking time to remember the moments that are
important to you, so you can bring these moments back to mind and enjoy them again.
She said, “It doesn’t imply that you have nothing to do or that you are avoiding the
important stuff. It implies that you have important things to do and you are giving
them the time they deserve.” After reading this chapter, I decided to make linger my
word of the year.
Too often I breeze through an event to just get through it to get to the next event. I am
not as bad as my children were when they were young. We would be on the last day of
a fun trip, and they were already talking about how they couldn’t wait until our next trip
or Christmas or whatever was next. I did not want to be like this as often as before. I
wanted to enjoy the moments that were important to me and hold onto those
memories.
Most moments are not worth lingering over. I am not too excited about remembering
the drive to and from work each day. Going grocery shopping is not something worth
spending extra time remembering. Doing most of the mundane jobs around the house
probably would not be events that you would want to bring back to your memory
unless you were doing this with someone special or for a special occasion.

You get to choose which moments you want to remember and linger over. To make that decision, you
need to be present in your moments. If you are just living your life to get through it, you are not being
present. Vanderkam says, “Lingering is about enjoying the enjoyable. It is about understanding that
you have the power to stretch time when you are in it and when you wish to stretch it.”
This is not natural for many of us. I know that I have had to be intentional about lingering in moments.
When I do something new or with family, I am now aware that it may be a moment to try to capture
and remember later. In an article entitled “Learning to Linger in the Midst of a Busy Life, the author
says, “I think we can still practice the awareness of seeing the best in whatever moment we are in and
be present there. Even if only for a few minutes.” A few minutes can make all the difference.
Lingering is a great thing to do with Jesus. I have often rushed through my devotion and prayer time
and not even remembered what verse or chapter I read or who or what I prayed for. I have tried to
remember to pray for God to show me how I can apply this verse or chapter in my life today. I have
tried to add a few minutes after to linger in God’s presence. I have tried to take a few moments
throughout the day to recall my morning devotions and linger on a verse or pray again for that
someone or something. Lingering with Jesus is time well spent.
Now it is your turn. Give it a try. Take a few moments today or tomorrow or this coming week to just
linger in a moment you want to remember. Thank God for that moment and hold it close to your heart.
If you don’t like lingering, you can always go back to the way you did things before.

Inspiring MindsThoughts from the Admin...

David Freberg, Head of Schools

FCS Blog

April 30, 2024
By Missy King


Embracing the Season of Renewal: A Spiritual Journey with God
In the tapestry of life, each season brings its unique colors, textures, and rhythms. Just
as nature transitions from the barrenness of winter to the lushness of spring, our
spiritual journey often mirrors this cyclical pattern. Among the most profound of
seasons is the season of renewal, where God's grace breathes new life into our souls,
awakening us to His presence and purpose.


The Beauty of Spiritual Spring
Spring is a time of awakening, a season bursting with the promise of new beginnings.
Similarly, in our spiritual lives, God's renewal revitalizes our faith, infusing it with hope
and joy. As the tender shoots of faith push through the soil of doubt, we witness the
beauty of His transformative power.


Cultivating the Soil of the Soul
Just as a gardener prepares the soil for planting, we too must cultivate our hearts to
receive God's renewal. Through prayer, meditation, and reflection on His Word, we till
the soil of our souls, creating space for His love to take root and flourish. In this sacred
space, we find solace, strength, and sustenance for the journey ahead.


Embracing Growth and Change
As spring unfolds into summer, we witness the fruits of our labor as our faith
blossoms and matures. Yet, growth often requires change, and God's renewal invites
us to embrace transformation with open hearts and minds. Through surrender and
trust, we allow His divine hand to shape us into vessels of His love and grace.

Nurturing the Seeds of Faith
Like a gardener tenderly cares for fragile seedlings, we must nurture the seeds of faith planted

within us. Through acts of kindness, compassion, and service, we water the soil of our souls,
creating an environment where God's love can thrive. In doing so, we not only deepen our
connection with Him but also sow seeds of hope and healing in the world around us.


Harvesting the Fruits of Renewal
As the season of renewal draws to a close, we find ourselves reaping a bountiful harvest of
spiritual blessings. In the abundance of His grace, we discover renewed purpose, passion, and
peace. With hearts overflowing with gratitude, we offer thanksgiving for the journey thus far and
anticipate the new adventures that lie ahead.


A Season of Abundant Grace
In the grand symphony of life, the season of renewal stands as a testament to God's boundless
love and mercy. Through His grace, we are continually invited to experience the beauty of
transformation, to journey from darkness into light, from brokenness into wholeness. As we
embrace this sacred season with open hearts and willing spirits, may we be ever mindful of the
infinite possibilities that await us in the loving embrace of our Creator.

Inspiring MindsThoughts from the Admin...

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