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Beginnings Academy (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Purpose Statement: The Beginnings Academy works to encourage each child's physical, mental, emotional, and social development, while planting the seeds of God's word into their hearts during this critical time in their development.

Theme Verse: "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

Daddy Kite Day 1Our Beginnings Academy celebrated Dads with our annual Daddy Kite Day!  Dads enjoyed a time of fellowship with each other and heard from Mr. Gary Wilson, one of our Collegiate Academy Administrators, who shared his wisdom as a father of two grown children.  Mr. Wilson encouraged Dads to model by example, always remembering their children are learning how to act by watching and imitating the person they want to be most like; their Dads.  Using an umbrella as an analogy, Mr. Wilson made the comparison that much like an umbrella shields us from rain and bad weather, parents, and Dads especially, shield children from harm.  Mr. Wilson closed with sharing lyrics to the song “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins and encouraged Dads to enjoy the parenthood adventure they have set out on!

After a time of fellowship and words of wisdom, Dads were joined by their little Gators for some fun!  With rainy weather preventing kite flying, Beginnings Academy Director, Mrs. Dykes, announced the “Dr. Seuss Game” would serve as a back-up!  Daddies and children made their way to the field house where they formed a large circle and were each assigned a Dr. Seuss character.  As Director Dykes read aloud The Cat In the Hat, each Daddy-child pair had to run across the circle and quickly find an open spot whenever they heard their character named.  Lots of laughter, smiles, and excited cheering ensued as our preschoolers ran back and forth with their Dads, many of whom ended up football carrying their little ones across the circle to the delight of everyone!

What a special day to celebrate the blessing of a Daddy in the life of a child!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Greenbrier Christian Academy! Our halls have a pink hue today as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and think about the greatest gift of love ever. We love you, Jesus!

Valentine's Day2nd grade Valentines DayChristinaMr. Mack and Mr. WilsonValentine's Day2nd grade Valentine Day

Our Gators have been showing their school spirit as we look toward our Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.

The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represent our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!

After an exciting week, we hope to see you at our annual Homecoming Game Saturday, February 4th. Below is the schedule for the night’s activities. Go Gators!

Homecoming Schedule: Saturday, February 4, 2017

2:00pm - 1st Annual Alumni Coed Volleyball Game

3:30pm - Annual Alumni Coed Basketball Game

5:30pm - Alumni Room Opens (GCA Cafeteria)

6:45pm - 2017 Homecoming Court Announced

7:30pm - GCA v. Unite Sports Academy Tip Off

Half Time - Presentation of Homecoming Court and Announcement of 2017 Homecoming Queen

Twin Day3rd Teacher Twins Collegiate twin day

 Collegiate PJ DayTwin DayCollegiate Pajama Day5th Grade Hawaiian

Collegiate Twin Day GroupPS and CollegiateK and 1 Hawaiian

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Food DriveThank you to all who donated food for our annual Hope for the Holidays Union Mission food drive. We were able to bless the Union Mission with a truckload of food to help feed the homeless in our area.  Our Collegiate Beta Club students helped sort and pack over thirty boxes of food and goods donated toward the drive by our GCA students and families.

Thank you, Gators!

Beginnings Chapel has been a great time for our preschool and kindergarten students to come together to worhip the Lord and to learn more about God and His word.  This is my favorite time of the week as I get to spend it with all of our students together

This year, the GCA chapel theme for preschool through grade 12 is, 'So Walk in Him' from Colossians 2:6, 7

During Chapel, Mrs. Winther (our librarian) plays piano praise music as we all enter.  We begin with prayer and fun music and we sing a hymn.  By the end of the year, we will learn to say the words of our theme verses.  We also have a devotional lesson.

Songs and Hymns are a great way for our student to 'hide God's words in their hearts'.  Our Hymn has been, 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee', which reinforces our theme.  Maybe your children will sing it for you at home.   Our November hymn has been, 'Count your blessings'.

Your children have been reciting Colossians 2:6, 'As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, So walk in Him'  Maybe with a little encouragement, you can have your child say it for you. 

We have spent our first few week of chapel learning Colossians 2:6, '... have received Christ Jesus the Lord...'.  We learned about God's love for us by hearing the stories of 'The Good Shepherd' and 'The Lost Sheep'.  We had a chapel lesson about how 'Jesus is the Most Important'.  In our most recent Chapel we learned about giving our hearts to Jesus.  Mrs. Dykes used her bear puppet named 'Diggs' and one of her favorite books, A Heart for Jesus, by Juanit Bynum to help the children understand what it means to give your heart to Jesus.  Ms. Renton (our extended care director) also led a chapel lesson about accepting Jesus as our savior. 

In November, We began working on the sencond part of our first verse, 'so walk in Him'.  We enjoyed hearing the story of 'Adam Raccoon in Lost Woods' by Glen Keane and we talked about how important it is to pay attention to what Jesus wants us to do.  We have also learned that to 'Walk in Him' means to do what Jesus did.  We had a lesson about how Jesus cared about others and how we can show others that we care for them.  Our tagline was, 'Monkey see - monkey do - Jesus cared and so should you'.  In the next few weeks, we will learn about more ways to 'walk in Him'.

Mrs. Sims led Chapel on Monday, Oct. 17th and Mrs. Jessee led chapel on Monday, Oct. 24th.  Each of the teachers will lead at least one Chapel during the school year.

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Our Beginnings Academy preschool and kindergarteners wrapped up their year-long weekly Chapel series with a special Chapel theme saying Thank You to a dear friend for all of her years of service; Mrs. Pat Diggs. Mrs. Diggs has been helping in various capacities at GCA for over thirty years and is getting ready for a new adventure out of state. She recently passed along a wonderful teddy bear puppet that has been used this year in the Beginnings Academy Chapels to help the children learn and understand God’s love and hope for them. The puppet was lovingly named “Diggs” after Mrs. Pat Diggs, who we will miss dearly.

With the help of Diggs, children reviewed many of the chapel lessons they heard throughout the year, from the opportunity to have Jesus in their heart, to not having to be afraid because God is always with us, to praying for friends or when we are in need; the children were reminded of the many ways God loves them! Additionally, the children recited several Bible verses they had memorized throughout the year!

With lots of music, good friends, and God’s truth, the Beginnings Academy end of year chapel was a wonderful close to another God-glorifying year for our preschool and kindergarten Gators!

Mrs. Diggs and Mrs. DykesMrs. Diggs and Dr. WhiteMrs. Diggs with Mrs. Dykes and Mrs. Cox

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