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Welcome Back Mrs. Trail

Posted on Jan 19, 2022 10:30:00 AM by Marcia Antoine

We are pleased to announce that Debbie Trail is rejoining LCS as our Art Teacher.  

Debbie Trail       For those that did not work with Debbie previously, Mrs. Trail is returning to LCS to teach art again after a seven year stretch in semi-retirement. For the past 8 years she has worked as an Art Consultant at NW Hospital creating Art with and for patients. With the onset of COVID that was no longer possible and she began praying for an opportunity to use art again to encourage others.  Mrs. Trial had the privilege of teaching art at LCS for 22 years and experienced great joy integrating the gospel into her instruction. She loves to see what students are capable of creating and watching their creations unfold in the classroom. 

       Her Art career began after receiving a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson and working as a Child Life Specialist with children at Kernan Hospital where she left as Director upon starting her family.

       She began teaching art at LCS in 1992 and received and maintained her ASCI Certification which challenged her with biblical, as well as educational, courses of study.

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 Debbie and her husband are members, of Cornerstone Church and are active in various ministries there. Their son teaches Math at Winters Mill High School and he and his wife have four children. Their daughter is the Director of Underwriting at Kelly & Assoc. Insurance Group. They both attended LCS many years ago.

       Mrs. Trail and her husband enjoy bird watching, photography, summer trips to the Outer Banks, and special times with the grandchildren.

       She has had the privilege to see many former students pursue art in high school, college and as a career but what blesses her most, as their teacher, is to know that students have kept Christ first in their hearts and are growing in their faith.

 

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Trail back to LCS!

Marcia Antoine, Head of School

Celebrating Earth Day 2021

Posted on Apr 19, 2021 12:15:00 PM by Theresa Tyson

Our Earth. An incredible place. 

EarthEach year, on April 22nd people from all over the world celebrate in what is known as Earth Day! Earth Day not only raises awareness but puts words into actions to fight against things like pollution and deforestation. 

Earth Day was officially created in 1970 by a Wisconsin Senator to help raise awareness about environmental issues. (Find out more about the origins of Earth Day on their website: https://www.earthday.org/history/)

Here are some ways YOU can participate in Earth Day - not JUST on April 22nd, but any time of year to help save our planet!

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This is not just a catchy alliteration, but a clever way of remembering some VERY practical ways of helping our planet thrive:

  1. Reuse!
    1. Reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
    2. Use a Nalgene type water bottle instead of a plastic disposable one.
    3. Cut back on buying plastic items.
    4. Compost
    5. Get creative - instead of throwing away items you no longer want or need, offer them to someone who may find use of them (clothes, books, toys etc). OR turn them into fun craft projects or gifts - that glass jar, cardboard box or plastic bottle would be the perfect springboard for some fun art activities (musical instruments, posters, planters!)
    1. Are there items that you can reuse instead of throwing away?bernard-hermant-dclPEtMVdK8-unsplash
  2. Reduce!
    1. Turn off the lights when you are not in the room! 
    2. Don’t let the water run (especially when you are brushing your teeth).
    3. Walk, bike, or skate to your destination [[if possible]] instead of driving.
  3. Recycle!
    1. Today, most items are labeled whether it is safe to recycle or not! Making the process EXTRA easy!
    2. Did you know that some items you THROW AWAY that go to a landfill and could take YEARS to decompose?? Research tells us that the plastic water bottle you throw away takes over 500 years to “break down” and it is still polluting our environment since plastic never really decomposes!

Other Great Ideas??

  1. noah-buscher-x8ZStukS2PM-unsplashPlant a Tree or a Garden!
    1. Researchers say that about 15 BILLION trees are cut down every year.
      1. Trees not only absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, they also provide shelter and habitats for wildlife!
  2. Build a Birdhouse
    1. This can help provide safe shelters for birds to nest!
  3. Educate Yourself by Reading Books on this Topic
    1. Share what you learn with others!
  4. Volunteer Your Time john-cameron-WOT8JOjncHk-unsplash
    1. Pick up trash in your neighborhood!
      1. By picking up trash, you are helping our environment be a safer and cleaner place for us and the animals that live here too. 
    2. Organize or join a park clean up.

The possibilities are endless! How will you celebrate Earth Day this year?

Visit Liberty Christian School’s Pinterest Page for More Earth Day Inspiration
https://www.pinterest.com/libertychri0297/earth-day/

Heavenly Treasures for Squirrely Hands

Posted on Apr 6, 2021 1:00:00 PM by Joy Daughtry

       I sat parked in my car near the lake, watching the water while trying to shut down thoughts about the “problem of the day.” I didn’t want anything or any power to distract me from missing what God had for me in the present moment. And then I saw him. At first there were two and I had been watching them play without REALLY noticing them, without REALLY seeing them. He was just a little squirrel, plump and playful, in the leaves. Squirrels love to find treasures. They will work very hard to reach their treasure only to bury it and forget it. Yet God cares for that forgetful little creature.

       How squirrel- like I can be at times? I run in five different directions trying to store up all that I think my children will need... only to bury it. We buy that game, but we bury it because we don’t have time to play it. 

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We see our child’s talent, but we bury it because we don’t know how to support it. We give our children all the right tools, but they too end up buried. Simply because we don’t know how to teach our kids how to build the Godly character they will need to use those tools, without the support of a community. We work hard to get all the right material items and sign up for all the right activities. Still we aren’t perfect parents and we don’t always feel like we have the time or support needed to do all of the things we think our children need, and we bury it. I thought about how God cared for that little squirrel and Matthew 6 came to me:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” 

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Suddenly I could hear the birds chirping and I felt embraced by God’s promises.  Why then do I worry about storing up riches? Why do I squirm around like a squirrel burying treasures for my children that we will soon forget?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children’s inheritance in my squirrel-like hands. No much better that they, like their inheritance, are in God’s hands. Of course I want to give my children good gifts, but I don’t need to worry about what they will lack or who they will lean on. I don’t have to worry about them having the best clothes or a trust fund to draw from. The Lord goes with them. He will provide for them. I’m grateful that God sees my squirrel-like hands and looks on them with love. He takes them in His powerful hands and whispers “You can trust me to take care of your children, for I made them and loved them before they were born.”

      Through faith in the hands of God, I can give my children the gift of learning to trust Him. Learning To Lean on Him.  So, I can loosen my squirrel-like grip on the buried treasures of  the top ten summer camp sign ups, posh playdates, and world class vacations. 

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 I can shift my gaze to the One who made my children and thank Him for teaching them His word through their Christian  education. I can store up the treasures of hearing my children speak about the Lord’s plan for their life with confidence. I can store up the treasures of hearing my children pray through their problems and love others like Jesus. These treasures are stored in the eternal home of my children’s hearts. And that heavenly treasure won’t be lost among the squirrel treasures here on earth. Every moment of time I invest in pointing my children toward Jesus is stored up, and I am so glad I don’t have to do it on my own. The Lord works through his people in the Christian community and Christian education to help me when my squirrely hands need a helping hand. 

Encourage Your Teachers (and Here's Why...)

Posted on Mar 8, 2021 9:30:00 AM by Ardena Henderson

The men and women at Liberty Christian School who are called to the ministry of education, need our support. With little to no notice, they were catapulted from classroom educators, to virtual reality stars. The dual roles of teaching in the hybrid environment are nothing short of exceptional. 

As believers, we should support, uplift, pray for and encourage one another. Speaking into the lives of God’s children, is an awesome responsibility. We must keep in mind that teachers have families and lives of their own. More often than not, they’re teaching our children, as their own children are learning at home. 

Here are a few ways to offer encouragement to your teacher: 

Send a dojo message or email to brighten their day!! ((Or go the extra step and send in a hand written card!))

Keep the lines of communication open to ensure a collaborative approach to your child’s education. 

Promptly pick up and drop off materials. 

Lastly, extend the grace and love of Christ, that you expect in return.

Ardena Henderson

Mother of Current LCS 1st Grade Student