Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Stars Challenge Update: December 30

It has been an exciting week for the Christmas Stars Challenge!  As of today, donors have given more than $14,000 in response to the Challenge, bringing our total with matching funds to just over $29,000.  The display on the foyer has been updated with 29 stars, and it has been fun to see the space for stars looking crowded!

God is good - and so are His people!  A big THANK YOU to all our friends and supporters who have been part of the Challenge so far!  We'll keep our readers updated on the final status of our Challenge over the next week or so, but in the meantime we are excited to be almost 50% of the way toward our hoped-for goal of $60,000.

Readers who would like to give to the Challenge may do so by clicking here.  All contributions to DPCA are tax deductible.

Thank you again, friends, for your prayers and support!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Stars Challenge Update

A quick update for our blog readers on the Christmas Stars Challenge:  before we left the office for the Christmas break, friends and supporters of the academy had contributed over $11,000 to the Challenge, bringing the total with matching funds to over $22,000!  We're over 1/3 of the way toward the $60,000 goal for December, and are very grateful for all the encouragement and support this month!

To make a contribution online to the Christmas Stars Challenge, please click here. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From all of us at DPCA:  We hope you have a very merry Christmas! As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and reflect on all His good gifts, may we rest in His provision and love.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Stars Challenge Update

At the beginning of December, DPCA received a challenge grant of up to $30,000 to help raise funds to support the school's Financial Aid Fund for the 2013-2014 school year.  Called the Christmas Stars Challenge,(see our earlier blog article, to the right or below) the campaign to meet the challenge and raise a total of $60,000 is well underway!  As of today, we're excited to report that our total raised is just a little over $12,000!  The photo shows the display in the foyer at school, where we are putting up a new star for each $1000 raised.

We're also pleased to let our readers know that once again it is possible and easy to support DPCA on-line. If you'd like to help us get 60 stars displayed, please click here.  Thank you for your gifts and prayers toward our goal! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Varsity Girls and Boys Open 1 and 1 at Home

Heather brings the ball down court...
Tuesday evening, December 10...  In a match up with Faith Baptist from Longmont, the DPCA Varsity Girls and Boys teams split the evening, with the girls dropping their first game at home with a final score of 23 to 40, while the boys came out on top at 51-43.

The Eagle girls played with heart for all four quarters, but were unable to catch the Pioneers. Scoring for the Eagles was led by Heather Burdges, who added 12 points to the scoreboard, followed by Alli Dages with 8.  Cailyn Willis and Sarah Dages also contirbuted some points to the evening's total.  Katie Busch led the team in rebounds, followed closely by Alli Dages.

Alli getting ready for a lay-up.
Joel gets 2 of his 26 points.
The Eagle boys started off with strength, winning the tip to start the game, but then began to fall behind and ended the first half trailing the Pioneers 16-25.  In an exciting second half comeback, the boys rallied and were able to begin regular season play with an opening win at home.  Joel Parker had a big night, leading the Eagles' scoring with 26 points. Behind Joel was Noah Ritschard with 13, with Jase Staudt, Seth Turner, and Levi Jelinek all adding points to the scoreboard as well.  Joel led the Eagles at the boards with 14 rebounds, followed by Noah and Hawk White.
Noah driving in...

Schedules for DPCA Eagles basketball can be found at

Monday, December 9, 2013

What If There Were No Christmas?

Mae's manger scene
What if there were no Christmas?  Chapel services on Friday, December 6th explored this question with both the K-6 and the 7-12 students.  K-6 students considered the question as a group, and came up with all kinds of great answers:  "We wouldn't have any good Christmas songs to sing." "We wouldn't be able to know God."  "We wouldn't have any presents." "We would have no Savior." 

After the students thought for awhile, they were given paper and drawing tools and asked to draw a picture of something important about Christmas.  A couple of samples are provided here; the pictures are currently displayed in the Cafetorium.

Raimi's manger scene with Christmas trees
Older students were asked to reflect on the same theme.  For the 7-12 chapel, the question was divided into two parts: "What would the world be like if Christmas had never happened?" and "What would my life be like if Christmas had never happened?"  For the first part, students were divided into teams and worked on lists of things they felt would be different in the world if Jesus had never been born.

Team AofPE brainstorms what the world would be like without Christ
Samples of ideas the teams generated include: "People would be more mean." "There would be no DPCA." "The USA might never have happened." "Tons of literature would be gone." Slavery might never have been stopped."  "Our nation would not be 'under God'  - no pledge of allegiance." "There would be no Operation Christmas Child." "No Christmas trees, wrapping, presents, foods, songs, etc." "No salvation."  "No hope or promise of the future."  "No New Testament." "We'd be pagan." "No purity."  "No Chick-Fil-A." And several teams had on their list: "We would have no reason to live."

Students then were given time to individually work on their own list, "What would my life be like if Christmas had never happened?"  Though students did not share those lists publicly, Mr. Ben Little encouraged all of us to think purposefully about that question.  How are our lives different because of Christ and His coming?

Following the more reflective part of chapel, junior high and high school students rejoined their teams and enjoyed a Christmas games contest.  Team Rudolph - Kate, Sydney, Tori, Lauren, Heather, and Sarah - captured first place and won gift certificates to the mission cafe.

During the game time, team Rudolph works on blindfolded wrapping
What was clear from both chapels is the enormous impact that the coming of Jesus Christ has had in individual lives and in the world. His birth truly is the central point in human history, and everywhere the gospel has spread, change has followed.  As we celebrate this year, let us remember again all the multiplied blessings of Christmas and the Christ-child, who came to be both Savior and Lord!

Readers who wish to explore in greater depth how our world has been changed as a result of Jesus' birth, life, and resurrection may be interested in some further resources:  The first is Alvin J. Schmidt's book How Christianity Changed the World.  For a summary in .pdf form, click here.  A second work on the subject is Dr. D. James Kennedy's What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?  A YouTube video on the subject can be found here. More information on both books can be found at, at other booksellers, or by searching the titles online.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Stars Challenge Announced

The Fall 2013 SOAR!, published just a few weeks ago, noted that one of our blessings at DPCA  this year has been a significant increase in enrollment. The article went on to note that rising enrollment this year has also resulted in a rising need for funding for our tuition assistance program, DPCA's need-based financial aid program for families who need help with tuition.

Now one of our donors, who prefers to remain anonymous, has stepped forward to help with that need by issuing a challenge grant.  Gifts to the Tuition Assistance Fund during the month of December will be matched dollar for dollar up to $30,000!  This means that we have the potential to raise $60,000 for our financial aid program this month!  We are grateful for the challenge, grateful for this donor's generosity, and excited to see how the Lord and His people will respond!

The name Christmas Stars Challenge celebrates the season, and our students - who are both the "stars" of DPCA, and the generation that we work with who we hope and pray will be "children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..."  (Philippians 2:15-16 NIV)  What a privilege we have to be part of a school where we can help the children of God grow in their faith and their walk with the Lord each day!

Thanks for considering being part of the effort to reach our $60,000 December goal, and thank you for your prayers for a successful Christmas Stars Challenge!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Chapel!

1st and 2nd graders share things for which they are thankful.
Parents, Grandparents, and friends joined DPCA students and staff earlier today for a fun Thanksgiving chapel followed by the traditional Thanksgiving luncheon meal. 

Chapel opened with our usual pledges to the flags and the Bible, then continued with our weekly offering for World Vision projects.  Following the opening, each elementary class gave brief presentations: things for which the students are thankful, Bible verses, and from 5th and 6th graders, the American's Creed.

5th and 6th grades give the American's Creed
Junior High continued with samples of poetry, Latin work, and a Thanksgiving skit.  Ninth and tenth grade students gave a short presentation about what they are learning in Apologetics class, and then the junior and senior English students did a short scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth.  High school foreign language classes were next: Spanish 1 and 2 recited the Our Father in Spanish; German students presented brief reports on Germany and The Diary of Anne Frank, and did a skit (all in German); and our French students recited several Bible verses in French, including a recitation brought via video from French student Katie Busch, who was unable to be at chapel in person.

Junior high demonstrates Latin skills
Chapel wrapped up with video "trailers" of the two Ekklesia Mountain High courses that our students have completed so far this year, with testimonies about the powerful nature of those courses from Hawk White and Joel Parker. Both Hawk and Joel commented that in addition to being hugely fun, the courses have been instrumental in their personal growth as young men.  (You can read more of Hawk's testimony by clicking here.)

9th and 10th grade Apologetics class
Following chapel the annual Thanksgiving luncheon began. Thanks to Mrs. Tritz, Coach Navarette, the team of junior high students, and a number of other parent volunteers, the whole school and guests enjoyed roast turkey with all the trimmings, and more pie than we could possibly eat!  Special thanks also to Bernadette Navarrette for coordinating turkey roasting, and to Beth Mason, Erik and Venus Phillips, Kandace Alkyre, Milly Austin, and Steve and Cindy Lewis for helping to set up and serve.  Thanks also to all our parents and our friends at St. Rose of Lima and in the community who donated turkeys and so much more. 
Shakespeare can get dramatic!
In the skit, two German foreign-exchange students come to DPCA

Now that we've finished our French Bible verses, what do we do with the mic?
We are deeply grateful to our Lord for our school family and Buena Vista community, for all the blessings we enjoy as Americans, for the joy of learning and growing together at DPCA, for our families and our children.  We wish all our readers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Give thanks to the Lord, call on His Name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts.  Glory in His holy Name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  Remember the wonders He has done...  1 Chronicles 16: 8-12

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Food Wars Supply Mission

Food Fight!  Well, no - not exactly THAT kind of food fight....  The Food Wars at DPCA each year are part of our ongoing desire as a school to help the Arkansas Valley Christian Mission with food supplies  - and especially at Thanksgiving time. 

Kindergarten took third place this year, with 358 points, 3rd and 4th grade placed 2nd, with 650 points, and first place honors went to Mr Hoppen's 5th and 6th grade class, with 952 points. 

Some Beta Club members ready boxes of food
Food Wars is an all-school event sponsored by the DPCA Beta Club, our local student chapter of the National Beta Club, a nationwide honor society.  Students participate by classes, with a friendly "war" based on point values for various food items that the Mission has requested.  Students earn positive points for their class by bringing in foods that Beta Club has designated as having positive point value, and can "bomb" other classes with food that has been given a negative point rating.  In the end, the class with the most total points wins, and then all the items are boxed up and delivered to the Mission.

Jessee, a sixth grader in Mr. Hoppen's winning class, enjoyed the Food Wars and noted, "It was fun to watch the other classes try to bomb us.  A whole bunch of the teenagers came to bomb us, but we still won." Congratulations to Jessee and all the students in the 5th and 6th grade - enjoy your pizza party!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How EMH Changed My Life

by EMH Senior Becca Wade

Nothing teaches bravery like hanging alone, 200 feet above the ground, by a thin yellow and green rope. No challenge teaches patience more quickly than when a sixty-five pound pack is weighing on your back, the sun is burning  your scalp, and you must hike slowly up a mountain to stay with your friends. No experience grows unconditional love like sharing a little tent with three other girls for ten days through sweaty smells, irritation, and rocky beds. And no reward compares to soaking your sore feet in a creek or spotting a shooting star as you share your dreams with a close group of classmates. During the ten-day backpacking trips with Ekklesia Mountain High, I have been challenged to leap out of my comfort zone. EMH is hugely important to my life because it has grown my character and maturity so much more than any high school experience ever could have...
Read the rest of Becca's article at!

Ekklesia Mountain High is a boarding and day-student program for high school juniors and seniors at Darren Patterson Christian Academy, in which approximately forty days of wilderness experience and leadership training is integrated with rigorous academics in DPCA's Biblically-centered environment.  To learn more, please visit the school's website at, and the EMH program's website at 


DPCA Hosts Annual Volleyball Awards Night

by Marla Pranger

On Wednesday, November 6, Darren Patterson Christian Academy hosted a dinner and an awards ceremony to honor the 12 girls that made up their Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball Teams.   Athletic Director Tom Navarrette welcomed families, guests, and players, and thanked parents for their support throughout the season.  "We couldn't run our sports' programs without you, our parent volunteers," said Navarrette, "we appreciate you more than you know."
Following dinner, Head Coach Ben Little took the stage.  “We had a good season,” he stated, “we didn’t have a winning season, but it was a good season because I saw improvement in each player and a desire from the team to get better.”   He went on to say how this season was ‘different’ because of cancellations and scheduling changes due to the flooding that had impacted some schools in the league.  “We didn’t have our first game until the end of September, and then had to play double headers just to fit everything in before the end of the season.  This made things a little more difficult for everyone, but I think we managed well.”  Coach Little then thanked the team and the parents for “the opportunity to coach” and he especially thanked Mr. Derek Bos, who filled in for him as Head Coach during his absences when leading the EMH (Ekklesia Mountain High) outdoor education courses.  “Not only was I gone for the EMH trips," he noted, "but so were three of our players.  Mr. Bos did a great job stepping in during these times and we all appreciated that.” 
Coach Little concluded the evening by recognizing each player’s contribution to the team and then awarded certificates, letters, and medals.

Receiving Most Improved Player honors for the JV Team was eighth grader Alli Dages.  Varsity Awards went to freshman Heather Burdges (Most Improved), junior Becca Pranger (Most Valuable Player; All-Conference) and senior Becca Wade (Most Valuable Player). 
JV Team:  Sarah Dages, Katelyn Davis, Alli Dages, Coach Little, Maddie Montera, Shelby Phillips, Emily Lague, Katie Busch.

Varsity:  Syndey McManamay, Becca Pranger, Kate Lundy, Maddie Montera, Becca Wade, Emily LaGue, Alli Dages, Heather Burdges, Shelby Phillips, Coach Little.

Awards Photo:  Alli Dages, Becca Pranger, Heather Burdges, Becca

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Over the Edge: Moab Rock-Climbing Course

Climbing at "Wall Street"
She stands on the edge of the precipice, rope dangling into the dark chasm below.  Her anchor is secure, her belayer at the ready. Heart pounding, breath shaking, she pushes through the fear and over the edge into the void.

This was junior Katie Busch’s “favorite but most terrifying” moment of the Moab Rock Climbing Course. Looking Glass Rock towers 185 feet above the ground. After climbing this daunting slab in three “pitches” or stages, the students had nowhere to go but down.

More of "Wall Street"
“I was scared getting up there,” Katie remembered. “But I was terrified getting down.” Sitting on a precipice overlooking empty air, she had to push off the edge and trust the rope to hold her. “Going over that edge was the hardest thing to do. But when I did it, I was so happy. It was so fun. I wish I could go back and do it again.”

On the Moab Rock Climbing Course, October 2-12, 2013, students confronted the edge in multiple ways. Physically they had to learn to trust one another and to trust the rope as they climbed and rappelled in demanding and challenging environments. Standing at the top of a 200 foot drop, you have to know the person on the other end of the rope is trustworthy.

In the same way, students had to learn to trust one another as they shared about their fears and experiences...

Ekklesia Mountain High now has its own blog pages where we can post more pictures and expand the stories!  Read the rest of this story at the EMH blog here.

Ekklesia Mountain High is a boarding and day-student program for high school juniors and seniors at Darren Patterson Christian Academy, in which approximately forty days of wilderness experience and leadership training is integrated with rigorous academics in DPCA's Biblically-centered environment.  To learn more, please visit the school's website at, and the EMH program's website at 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Challenge and Fun at BCAP

Katelyn, Cailyn, and Heather experiencing the initial drop on the swing...
DPCA secondary students were invited over the last couple of weeks to engage with their classmates in challenge-course adventure and fun at Brown's Canyon Adventure Park, the new ropes course opened at Noah's Ark Rafting early this past summer.  Noah's Ark provided a deep discount and expert staff, and DPCA students provided courage and adrenaline as they enjoyed the many and varied elements of the Adventure Park.

Cailyn on Canyon Rim

Tanner trying to stay more or less upright...
Junior high students went to the course with Mr. Euler and Mr. Ritschard on Wednesday, October 16, while high school students and staff had their adventure day one week later.  Both groups were able to explore a majority of the Park's many challenging elements.  Highlights included the Canyon Rim elements, featuring a number of ziplines and the freedom of the continuous belay devices, and both the high and lower challenge courses, which feature a belay system that requires the student to shift manually from one element to the next. For both the junior and senior high students, the giant swing was a favorite part of the afternoon.

Pat Bell of Noah's Ark also provided pre-challenge orientation and a debriefing session following the afternoon on the course.  Pat's challenge each week was to see that challenges in life require both individual courage and community support and encouragement to face. He reminded students and staff that though life does often become very challenging, the Lord has promised to always walk with us, and that we are often better and stronger after successfully dealing with difficult situations.

Maddie seems to be having fun!
We're grateful to Noah's for making it possible for our students to enjoy a challenging and fulfilling afternoon at the BCAP.  More information about Noah's Ark and the Brown's Canyon Adventure Park can be found here.  As we returned to school, several of the students said, "we should do this every Wednesday!"  What a blessing that adventure and challenge and enjoying the beautiful area around us is part of an education at DPCA!

Katie climbing the Leap of Faith

Jacob and Jase on Canyon Rim

Noah and Hawk on the crazy red disks!

We should do this every Wednesday!
Juan navigates a moving climbing wall 50 feet off the ground...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Teachers Enjoy ACSI Nexus

Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, DPCA students enjoyed a couple of days out of school - while DPCA teachers and staff went back to school!  On those two days, over 14,000 Christian school educators, including most of the DPCA staff, gathered in centers around the United States for professional development and inspirational reminders of the importance and value of Christian schooling.  The Association of Christian Schools International - of which DPCA is a member - put together the live, simultaneously broadcast conference called ACSI Nexus 2013.  DPCA staff attended the conference at ACSI Headquarters in Colorado Springs.

The conference opened with a keynote address by ACSI president Dr. Dan Egeler encouraging us to Carpe Aeternitatum - to Seize Eternity - "why settle for just one day?"  Dr. Egeler reminded delegates that we have this tremendous privilege as Christian school educators - to teach and serve with eternity in mind.  That theme persisted throughout the conference, with content ranging from practical tips for improving classroom instruction, to suggestions for connecting with our increasingly "digital" students. Teachers and staff came away encouraged:  Mrs. Akers noted, "I was just amazed that the speakers and their thoughts not only connected with each other, but also addressed exactly what those of us in Amy’s car were talking about on the way over.  It seemed that every speaker addressed something of value for me, even though I am not in a classroom."

The benefits for DPCA teachers continue through the school year: ACSI maintains an online professional development and networking community called ACSI ConNexus that provides for teachers to have contact with Christian school peers around the world, and features hundreds of hours of professional development courses on a wide variety of topics.  

Last week, DPCA students received a double blessing: an extra couple of days off from school, and then teachers and staff newly challenged and equipped to make each day at DPCA count for Christ and eternity.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Right Kind of Busy

We're all "busy" much of the time - it's not unusual to ask someone how they've been, and hear some variation of "busy."  But what kinds of things are we "busy" doing? Is our busyness a mark of abundant life, or something else?  Kevin DeYoung speaks to "A Right Kind of Busy" in this article from World Magazine:

(You may need to create an account to view the whole article - it's worth it.)

Community in Wilderness: EMH at GSDNP

Getting food ready for the course.
True community cannot be forced or manufactured. At Ekklesia Mountain High, it starts when the students themselves decide to believe and invest in their community together. Sure, the instructors do their best to create an environment where community is encouraged, but it doesn’t really happen until the students themselves make it happen.

That was the thinking behind the Sand Dunes Course, the first EMH course of the year, which took place August 18-28 in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, about 80 miles southeast of Buena Vista. 

Director Ben Little wanted to take the students out before school started, to give them an opportunity to set the tone of the school year before they even set foot in the classroom. “We wanted to begin the process of building the community, as well as of developing the wilderness skills the students will need for the year.”

First, the group simply needed to get to know each other. With two new instructors - Jordan Euler and Deanna Jamison - along with ten EMH students and three guests from a school in Texas interested in partnering with the EMH program, the dynamic of the group had changed considerably from last year.

“A highlight of the course for me was getting to know the students and interacting with them in an outdoor environment,” said Mr. Euler. “It was good to get to know them before the start of classes, in a more relaxed setting.”

Challenging terrain; beautiful scenery!
Over the ten days, the students hiked over 25 miles. They spent one day climbing 13,200’ Mt. Herard and spent a few days off-trail, exploring difficult terrain with downed trees, thick brush, and steep inclines. They also visited two beautiful mountain lakes.

Within this setting, the instructors set the expectations for the course and presented the students with opportunities to lead.  Each day the instructors chose two “leaders of the day,” students who were responsible to find the route as they learned to read and follow the map, tell the group how far they were traveling and how much elevation they were gaining and losing, and use the map to get the group to the next campsite.

According to Mr. Little, “The leaders of the day have to set the pace, keep the group together, and decide the schedule for the day, like when we hike, when we do TAG (Time Alone with God) time, and so forth. They also decide how they will frame the day spiritually, presenting the group with a thought or verse they want the group to think about while they are hiking.”

Each successive course will present the students with more leadership opportunities, but the Sand Dunes Course is important because it lays the groundwork for what is expected from the students throughout the year. Mr. Little was encouraged by the response of the group.

“We had a particularly strong group of leaders this time. The students really embraced the idea of community. They got excited about it and took it seriously. We introduced our theme: The Mission of God’s People. We started to ask, ‘What is the mission of God’s people? What are we called to do?’”

As God’s people who are currently the upperclassmen of DPCA, the students discussed what their role would be in the upcoming school year. As leaders in the school, what kind of culture did they want to create? What would they do to cultivate that culture, as well as to lead in setting the example?

The students began by creating a list of goals for the year. They wrote out the list, and then each student signed it as an agreement to work together toward achieving those goals. Their list included the following expectations:

·         To keep a positive attitude, not creating a culture of complaining, even when expectations are not met.
·         To have real relationships. If people are struggling, be honest and share with each other. Even though we want a positive atmosphere, we don’t want fake faces. Talk out problems instead of masking them.
·         To create a culture of respect for each other, not putting down or talking bad about each other.
·         To enjoy each other. To find the fun moments and create memories within the school day and outside of school as well.

Senior Becca Wade said, “I’m super glad we did this list, because that is where my thoughts were going for this year. It’s cool to have a goal of going for it together. So far everyone is being really encouraging.”

Senior Levi Jelenik also embraced the idea of community. “Last year I had a more pessimistic attitude at times,” he said. “Looking back, I decided I could be a better person. This year, I stayed optimistic the whole time. I chose a better attitude.”

Some solo time...
“The students really enjoyed each other on this course,” Mr. Little confirmed. “It was fun to see them coming together in such a positive way.”

At the end of the course, the students did a 24-hour monitored solo where they spent the night by themselves. It was a good time of journaling and reflecting on the course. A couple of students in particular really grew emotionally and spiritually through that experience, and the group had a good discussion afterward about how God spoke to them.

Overall, the course accomplished what the instructors were hoping for and more, setting the tone for a year of encouraging and growing together as a community. The students leave October 2 for their next challenge, the Moab Climbing Course.

"I'm ready," said Becca Wade. "I can't wait to get outside and climb some rocks."

Ekklesia Mountain High is a boarding and day-student program for high school juniors and seniors at Darren Patterson Christian Academy, in which approximately forty days of wilderness experience and leadership training is integrated with rigorous academics in DPCA's Biblically-centered environment.  To learn more, please visit the school's website at, and the EMH program's website at

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What Was the Highlight of Your Week?

Mrs. Euler's 3rd and 4th grade class.
Recently, Mrs. Euler published her students' responses to that question in her class newsletter.  We thought we'd share them here, as well...

P.E. was my favorite thing this week because we played a game." - Jake

I really liked library because there's a lot of books to choose from and i really like to read." - Kaya

“I love doing art because I am good at art.” – Riley 
“My highlight of the week was that my dad was off for 3 days! I love when he is off from work!” –Mary Louise 

“I loved lunch, recess and science because I like learning about bones.”- Royal 

“I liked P.E. because we had a hula hoop contest.”- Nicole 

“I loved P.E. because we get to run, play and stretch. I love running two laps and that’s awesome.” –Eli 
Samuel working diligently

“I liked Math because it gets me thinking about adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.” –Ryan 

“I loved when we learned about Math and Jesus Christ.” –Thomas 

“I liked Math this week because we learned how to regroup.”-Dixie 

“I loved recess because I got to pull my friends with a hula hoop.” –Samuel 

"I liked music because we are learning how to play the recorder." - Emma