Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

What does it take to be an Olympic athlete?  It takes passion to do something day in and day out.  It takes pride to condition yourself.  But most importantly it takes faithfulness.  It is faithfulness to get up every morning and train to be the best you can be, doing something that you love.  It is faithfulness to continue on during the good and the bad times and ultimately to share what you have done with the world at the Olympic games.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14. How truly that embodies the Olympic athlete’s mindset!  They push for the gold medal, but we strive to do what God has called us to do.  It takes faithfulness to continue toward a goal and to seek God’s will.  This verse is not about the easy path; it is about pushing through even through the darkest of times to reach the goal that God has called us to grasp while He walks along side of us.

But how can we know about faithfulness without knowing that God is ever faithful? He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  In fact, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us so that He could restore our broken relationship with Him and not be apart from His love.  That is true faithfulness.

In the 2016-2017 school year, our fourth graders will be like those athletes preparing for the Olympics.  Through faithfulness, they will be able to endure the fourth grade training season.  This year will have its ups and its downs–its struggles and its easy-cruisings.  But the end will be sweet where we can look back and see all of the memories that we created and all the lessons that we learned this year, lessons that span from across the world.

Before we start this training, every athlete needs a great coach.  Here is a little bit about me: your fourth grade coach! (because I know when I was in fourth grade I wanted to learn all about my inspirational fourth grade teacher).

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A few years ago, I graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where I got both my masters in elementary education and my bachelors in English and history. My personal favorite class was being able to intern within Colonial Williamsburg with the Historic Foodways Department. In short, I cooked food as colonial people would have cooked, wore colonial clothing, and answered visitors’ questions.

For four summers, I was a camp counselor at Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake, Virginia (where I have lived for my entire life). The past two summers, I had the opportunity to work there in the office. I loved every minute of working with my campers, sharing who Jesus is and what He has done for me, getting to know my co-workers, and doing fun things like archery, canoeing, and the occasional horse ride.

When I have a free moment, I enjoy reading books and writing. I also enjoy doing photography and exploring all things creative including scrapbooking and card-making. Every moment that I can spend with my family, especially now since we are scattered through the United States, I cherish thoroughly. I have two adorable nephews, 2 years old and 6 months old. We play blocks together, read board books, blow bubbles, and be a little silly together. I love being an auntie!

And in case you missed our welcome video, here it is!  The password to view is cca. Enjoy!  See you on Tuesday!