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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

Zaner Bloser Handwriting State ChampionWe are so proud to announce one of our Kindergartners is joining fellow Gators John (3rd grade) and Madison (4th grade) in the category of "State Handwriting Winner" for their respective grade levels in the National Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Competition!

Every year schools across the nation review handwriting samples from their students and submit one per grade level for the National Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Competition. Three of our Gators were selected as Virginia State Winners in their respective grade levels! This year marks the 26th national handwriting contest and saw over 275,000 students participating.

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K grad 1Thursday evening GCA celebrated as our Kindergartners “graduated” to first grade! Kindergarten classes have been preparing to wow parents at their graduation ceremony with a program recapping the many things they learned over the year. Students sung original music and each had a turn at the microphone, sharing something special from the year.

The program concluded with students donning cap and gown, receiving their Kindergarten diplomas as teary eyed parents snapped pictures and cheered for their graduate!

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the graduation of the GCA Class of 2017. Fourteen of this year’s graduates have attended GCA since Kindergarten (twelve since Preschool!). It is our great honor to be a part of the foundation that will shape a student’s life. We praise God for the many students and families we have served over the years.


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Preschool students in our Beginnings Academy showered their Mothers with love during their annual Mother’s Tea!  Guests were treated to songs and gift artwork by their little ones, followed by a time of fellowship over cookies, fruit, tea, and lemonade!  Our littlest Gators have loved preparing for this special event and keeping the sweet songs a surprise for their moms!

Mrs. Cindy Jessee spoke with guests and shared wisdom she has gained through her years of being a preschool educator, mom, and now grandmother! 

What a wonderful morning for our families! 

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Teacher Appreciation Week logoThank you to all of the students, families, and volunteers who showered our faculty and staff with love during Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!

On Monday, our teachers and staff arrived to find every classroom and office door decorated with encouraging messages and displays of creativity from their students and parents! Thank you to all of the room moms and helpers who made this wonderful surprise possible. The teachers were also treated to a warm breakfast from Huddle House to start the week off.

Teachers walked into a "Snack and Supply" room on Tuesday, overflowing with classroom supplies such as dry erase markers, sharpies, stickers, and post-its, as well as yummy snacks and treats to stay fueled!  Teachers were invited to come in throughout the day and take whatever they wanted for their classrooms. There was so much to choose from, nobody left empty-handed!

Wednesday started off with a surprise "Appreciation Station." Teachers were given a golden ticket where they chose, in order of preference, up to 118 gifts!  The gifts would be raffled off to the teachers on Friday as a final Thank You for all they do.  For lunch, teachers were treated to boxed lunches from the Hilltop Chick-Fil-A, complete with thank you notes to bless and encourage them.

Thursday was a sweet day!  GCA parents baked dozens upon dozens of cookies in all flavors, shapes, and sizes for a cookie and coffee bar!  The mid-day pick-me-up was very special, as everything was hand-crafted by our amazing families to bless our GCA faculty and staff!  …and as a special treat, Mrs. White made her famous and highly sought-after Coffee Punch! 

Teacher Appreciation Week concluded on Friday with a fantastic grand finale which included a beautiful luncheon and the golden ticket raffle.  Each of our faculty and staff members walked away with an item from the Appreciation Station and as an added bonus, there was so much extra food from the delicious luncheon, we were able to provide the Union Mission with food to feed the homeless that evening! 

Thank you to the many parents and families who participated in blessing our faculty and staff!  Through the giving of your time, resources, creativity, and prayers, the entire GCA team has been encouraged and blessed by the tremendous outpouring!  Thank you! 

...And a very special thank you to our own Mrs. Marne Buchanan, who organized the week’s events and worked tirelessly to make each day extraordinary for her GCA team-mates!  Marne, you are amazing!  

To see photos from each day, visit our Facebook page!



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!

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