In The Classroom

7/25/2011 - 2011-2012 Pre-School/Kindergarten Supply List for PCS

KJV Bible               
Construction Paper               
No. 2 Pencils   (no mechanicals, please)
Blue/Black Pen
Crayola Crayons  (this brand is best)  
Blunt Scissors                       
2 Glue Sticks           
Box for supplies
2-pocket folder       
Crayola Colored Pencils  (this brand is best)     
Lunch Box/Bag       
Small Backpack
See you August 24th!

It's that time again...the final tests have been taken, grades recorded and submitted, awards issued, tassels turned, and the classroom silent.  Although I look forward to summer (from at least Spring Break forward), I quickly find myself brainstorming for fall activities, themes, and fundraisers.  It gets easy to slip into a routine, especially after this many years, but it's important that things stay fresh and exciting.  In the Christian school, special care is taken to keep God front and center in the planning and execution of events.  Anything that can be considered a blessing to the spiritual lives of the students is a welcome addition.  Things that are questionable or frivolous are typically avoided.  Because resources are much more limited in a church-school, fundraisers may be more abundant and costly field trips may be less frequent. Not every great idea is fulfilled, and certainly some dreams have to be put on hold.  I find, though, that when we are passionate about something, the sacrifices seem minimal.  Ultimately, we are forced to be more creative, to think outside the box, and to appreciate every single gift with which we are blessed.  And that's not a bad thing.
In 1983, Christian day schools were still fairly young in concept.  Needless to say, there weren't too many options for a concerned parent.  The need was great, especially for a group of conservative holiness people who wanted something better for their children. 
Pilgrim Christian School originated to fill that void, and in the fall of that year, it's doors opened to welcome 25 eager students and their grateful parents.  I was a 2nd grader, and this was my third school.  How happy I was to know there would be no more moving around...PCS was my home!
In 1994, I graduated from PCS and moved right on into Bible college, where (even with average intelligence) I transitioned from 10 years of individualized curriculum into a traditional college classroom without any difficulty. In 1998, I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Ed.  Doors opened quickly for my new husband and I, and in the fall of 1998 I was back home in the classroom at PCS.  In 2008, I completed my graduate studies at Liberty University, obtaining an M.A. in Human Relations/Marriage and Family Counseling.  I continue to teach at PCS, and this year marks the completion of 14 years in the classroom. 
Through the years, my passion and conviction for Christian education has been solidified by experience, observation, and research.  One thing is sure, God-given convictions remain.  They are unchanged by the economy, social climates, theological winds, familial pressure, or any other force.   My husband and I are passionate about giving our children an enhanced version of the Christian education we were both so blessed to receive.  We will be forever grateful to Don and Ruth Nichols and Nate and Alberta Burley, who each sacrificed to give us the benefit of a Christian education.