Before and After Pictures

butterflyAs I scroll through my Facebook feed and notice my friends’ before and after photos celebrating changes to their physical appearance through diet and exercise, I cannot help but reflect on the transformations that happened at WCS this past school year. I wish I could post before and after pictures of the hearts that were changed. I am referring to several of our students who were transformed from the inside out by the power of God’s grace. These transformations cannot be captured by the lens of a camera, but they definitely were captured by all of us that interact with these students on a daily basis.

One student in particular had an impressive inside out transforming change.  He began his school year struggling with defiance, rebellion, and aggression towards his teachers and classmates. He was having difficulty coping with life in general. He resisted love and acceptance and consistently tried to aggravate those around him. But all the while, his teacher walked beside his parents and together they modeled love, grace, and compassion in the midst of his hostility. The other students began to exhibit the same compassion and pray for him when he was struggling.  They worked to include him in their activities even when he pulled away.

Within the first few months of the school year, this boy shared with his teacher that he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart and life.  The transforming power of God’s grace was immediate. By the end of the school year, this boy had radically changed and his attitude reflected the fruits of  the Spirit. It is this kind of before and after picture that demonstrates the power of God’s transforming grace. It is this kind of picture I wish I could capture for all of you to see.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you…Ezekial 36:26

Why Choose Christian Education?

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As the head of school I am often asked why a family should choose a Christian education. For me the answer is simple. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols upon your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and your gates.” This tells me several things. First of all, it is the parent’s responsibility to pass on the spiritual teaching to their children. Secondly, it is to be done at all times possible.

For those families that are not able to be with their children at all times, Christian education is the educational system that is best designed to meet the criteria of Deut. 6:5 – 9. Our goal at Warsaw Christian School is to partner with parents and the local church to train the children to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength.
The Chris100-reasonstian school is not a protective bubble to keep children from being exposed to the world, but a training ground to prepare the children to redeem the world for Christ. That training takes place through the infrastructure of a Biblical worldview. The truth of God’s Word is the source of that Biblical worldview and it is the foundation on which Warsaw Christian School builds the spiritual, educational, relational, emotional, and physical standards that make up the school program.

Christian education outside of the home, should never replace the parents. It can and should support what the parents are commanded by God to teach their children. Warsaw Christian School is dedicated to doing just that. ~ Doug Buller

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WCS Has Dream

I am so thankful to welcome Aubrey McQuade, our very own first grade teacher, as our guest writer. Aubrey has a heart for teaching and for missions. Before joining our WCS family, she was a teacher of many little hearts on the mission field in Bangladesh. ~Tricia Deisch

The mission statement of Warsaw Christian School is that we train the whole child in body, mind and spirit to be prepared for life and eternity by providing quality Christian education.

There is something so special about working with children in wholeness. Warsaw Christian challenges our students to reach their potential in life through academic excellence, and yet the vision reaches farther still. Certainly,we seek excellence in academics as we are called to work for the Lord, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

While our students are working for the Lord in their studies they are also encouraged, challenged, and pointed with gentle guidance to see God in all of life.

When we discuss taking care of our bodies through healthy eating, or exercise in PE or science classes, the students are not told that they should do this for only health reasons, but also as an act of worship. God created our bodies. They are a temple as the Holy Spirit indwells each follower of Christ.

Students drill math facts everyday. Even this can bring glory to God. Our students build character as they study facts and persevere through testing. While math facts cemented in the mind will aid in tasks of later years, the patience, strength and perseverance built in drilling are all qualities that will also aid students as they work through relationships and challenges in the work world.

In my science class we have been learning about wild animals. This topic opened up great discussions about how God created the world around us. We investigated the creativity in creation. We learned how our God is both a master artist and planner, as he designed creatures to live in various habitats with many means of survival.

For writer’s workshop my students wrote an “All About Book” about a wild animal! They also created a shoe box habitat and shared their findings of their animal with the rest of the class!

 

Through science this week we focused on the love of God for our world and the fact that he has made us stewards to care for this planet. As we follow through on this commandment from God, it is important at school that every single class in school points back to our awesome Creator, Savior and Lord.

School is also a place of social development. In the classrooms students raise prayers for their classmates, their families, and community. They pray with one another and seek the forgiveness found in the grace of Christ when sin has been committed. They show the love and grace and kindness that flows from the Holy Spirit.

Because of the openness we have to share the truth in school, I was so excited to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day with my students.

It was another opportunity for me to embrace academic challenges, discussion of truth, and development of heart with my class.

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I desired for my students to see this holiday as a time to celebrate that God has made every single one of his children in his image.

No human being should be treated as less than another.

As Genesis 1:27 says,

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.”

Made in the image of God, each individual on this planet is bearing the characteristics of our beautiful God.

People are creators, dreamers of impossible dreams, factual planners, scientists, mathematicians, artists, athletes, organizers, and advocates of justice and hope.

People with their gifting, talents, and interests, show our world just a glimpse of how vast is the character of our Lord God.

In class on MLK day, we remembered why we celebrate this day and how Martin Luther King Jr. used the gifting he had to serve God and bring about justice- the heart of God to America.

The day began simply as students gathered together around the whiteboard. I showed them two chicken eggs. One egg was brown, the other white. The students began to list characteristics of the eggs that made them different but were only able to come up with one item. The fact they were different colors. We then listed what was the same about the eggs, both had shells, both could roll, both were hard and smooth, both had clear goop, both had a yellow yolk, both could be eaten, and so on.

The color of the egg did not change identity of the eggs. They were both eggs. This sparked a conversation that though people in the world come in many different shades of color we are all people. God who is the master artist created diversity among his children. And since we are all people, it means we are all made in the image of God, we are all offered salvation through Jesus Christ and invited to become the children of God.

I read my students the following poem

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God made diversity in our world and it is something to be celebrated!

I explained how in Dr. King’s time, African Americans were considered as less or lower than white Americans.

My students reacted strongly, “That is not right! How could people do that? It is so mean!”

I told the class that Dr. King knew that God cared about all people. Dr. King cared for the African American community that was mistreated in America so he became a voice for change. His dream was that all people would come together to treat one another with the love of family, as brothers and sisters. “May we not be judged by the color of our skin but the content of our character. I have a dream!” MLK Jr.

We live in a day where freedom rings and yet sin claws its bitter way in. Our nation is not free of racism, judgement, criticism. Cruel words can fly even in the Christian community.

But thank God that he is the God of freedom. He is healer, bringing forgiveness in his nail scarred hands. Thank God as Romans 7:24-25 says, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Since we have been freed by God we know that we live in mercy.

So, my next question for my students was WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

God calls us to loosen the chains of injustice. As Christians, we know we live in a fallen world but are given the heart of God to care for the people around us.

What is broken and sad in this world that hurts your heart? What is your dream to make it better? What can you do?

We can start small, promoting anti-bullying in our own school, our own classroom. We can have the dream that no one is left out. We can make this dream happen by looking to see who is alone and going to talk to them.

We can dream big and say that every person in our town should be able to eat hot meals. How can this happen? Can we raise money for a soup kitchen?

I asked my students to think of ways they could make the world a better place. We could start small and go large! After all we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world.

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My students were given three little clouds labeled with “My dream.” They then had the chance to consider three areas where they could help our world.

My School

My Community

My World

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I loved seeing their hearts come out on these bits of paper.

The students thought of personal dreams for school, to treat people with kindness, to play with others, to learn lots.

In the community someone wrote that “I dream that the mayor will make good decisions.” Someone else wrote “That all people will have food.”, and another shared they hoped “There will be hotels with free pools for everyone.”

Their dreams for the world touched me the most. Nearly every student wrote about people being loved, and knowing God.

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My heart for my class, my heart for all of Warsaw Christian School, is that we understand the vastness of God’s love for us, and through that understanding we respond in love to God by loving his people.

So back to the beginning of this post, the vision of the school is to train the whole child, body, spirit, and mind to be prepared for life and eternity by providing quality Christian education.

May the skills they learn, and the character they develop, here under the nurturing of the staff and mighty power of God, create world changers. Children who go at life with the heart of God, in the simple moments of loving our neighbors and choosing what is right.

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Adoption Awareness Month: Celebrating God our Father

Written by WCS’s fifth grade teacher, Brittany Tadesse. Brittany is a wife, teacher, and missionary who has a heart for serving and loving others.  Her desire for her students to know God and His love for each of them is evident in her daily interactions with her students. Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your heart with us.

“I could never love someone else’s kid like my own.”

“I’ve heard that they could burn your house down or steal your stuff.”

“You don’t know what you’re getting.”

Many adoptive parents in our school heard these words. My parents hear these words too. They could have believed these words, and after many failed adoption attempts, they were tempted to. But they said “let’s try this one more time.”

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“Just get rid of it.”

“No one needs to know but you.”

“It would be better for it to be gone than to be born into this world.”

“Better abortion than adoption.”

These are words that many women carrying an unwanted baby have heard. They are reminded of the pain of labor, the hurt of giving a child away, and the trauma of continuing with life afterward. They are told that adoption isn’t the “right” way.

My birth parents heard these words. Many well-meaning people gave them advice to abort. Together they went to an abortion clinic. As they were waiting to go in, they felt this tug to leave. They said that something “didn’t feel right” and walked out of the clinic before their name was called. They decided to take a different approach.

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This twist and turn of events; the hurtful words, failed attempts, bad advice, and years of waiting, lead to one event. I was birthed by a strong woman into a beautiful family. After seven years of waiting and praying, my parents said it all finally made sense. All my life my mom would tell me, “I prayed and prayed and God sent you to me.” He definitely did. As an unborn person, I had no control over if I would live or die, but my birthparents and parents made choices that not only gave me life, but gave me a life better than I could have ever imagined.

Isn’t that what God does for us? He takes our mess and our brokenness and decides to take it all as His. He decides to make us His family. Romans 8:15 says that He has given us a spirit of adoption, so that we can call Him Father.” In a way, we are all in different stages of the adoption process right now.

In a world that says adoption is not the “right” way, He says:

“You are no longer  slave, but my son.” Galatians 4:5-7

“I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” John 14:8

“Whoever does my will is my family.” Matthew 12:50

“Through faith you are God’s children.” Galatians 3:26

“How long did it take you to love someone else’s kid?” Someone asked my mom. She replied “The minute I held her I was in love with her and would have done anything in the world to take care of her. The second I had her, she was mine.”

The second God had you, you were His. He is in love with you and will do anything in the world to take care of you. November is adoption awareness month. Let’s celebrate the students in our school that have been adopted into our Warsaw Christian family…and even more importantly, let’s celebrate the fact that we have been adopted into God’s family. Spread the word: adoption is beautiful. And we are all a part of it.

~Brittany Tadesse

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Encouragement Can Be Found Here!

encouragementDid you know that WCS focuses on building a character trait every month? Students learn the importance of these character traits by watching their teachers model them in the classroom, through scripture study and memorization, chapel teaching, hands-on opportunities and daily practice. September’s character trait was encouragement.

WCS kicked off the month with a Super Saturday mission project that cultivated encouragement for those who are in need.  Students, staff, and families worked together to create over 1500 bags of school supplies for school children in Guatemala.

Later in the month, we were encouraged in chapel when a few of our teachers shared their stories about how they made their personal decisions to follow Jesus.  As a result of their sharing several of our students made a first time decision to follow Jesus by asking Him to be their Savior! What an awesome privilege it is for us to be a part of God’s work.

Just the other day, a teacher told me that her class asked if they could stop and pray for another class who was having a rough time. And then after the prayer, the students began to brainstorm ways to encourage students in the other class. I have heard that cards and homemade cookies might be on the way to a classroom just down the hall.

Students were nominated to be encouragement character trait recipients and were recognized by their peers for being known as the classroom encouragers. What a blessing this group of students is to the body of Warsaw Christian School. Encouragement has taken root in the hearts of our students and continues to grow among us. We cannot help but to feel encouraged and blessed to be a part of this amazing body of believers!

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2

~Tricia Deisch

 

 

 

 

Back to School

Back%20to%20School%20BannerOur summer days are winding down and it’s back to school time. I have always loved this time of year. As a teacher and a mom, I loved buying school supplies for my classroom and for my kids. There was just something nice about throwing away stubby broken pencils and crayons and replacing them with crisp Crayola boxes and bright yellow pencils. Restocking and replacing these school supplies reminds me of the verse that states the old is gone and the new is here. Oh, how I love new beginnings and fresh starts. God is the God of new things; He brings newness every day. craI guess that is another reason I have always loved the start of the school year. I loved dreaming and planning for all the wonderful new possibilities. The thoughts of new friendships, new concepts, ideas, growth and discovery, and getting a new teacher, or as a teacher the idea of a classroom full of new students. These things brought wonder, excitement and joy. And even now, as we get ready to head back to school, God continues to amaze me with His plans for our future, a future full of hope and new life. There are many new things waiting for us as we return to WCS. We have a new first grade teacher, Miss McQuade. She is a Grace graduate and has just finished a year of teaching in Bangladesh. We have an amazing new playground being installed. We have many new friends to get to welcome and share the love of Jesus with.  And I am excited to start up this new school year as your principal. Back to school this year will be full of all kinds of new and exciting adventures from the Lord. I’m already dreaming of the great discoveries of learning and working together that await us this year! I cannot wait to see you on August 15th for Meet the Teacher. Now, off to buy a brand new box of Crayola’s and some shiny new yellow pencils. See you soon!

~Tricia Deisch

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We’re Thirsty!

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WCS is thirsty. We are thirsty for more of the living water of Jesus Christ in our lives. We are wanting God’s spirit to be even more alive and more present on a daily basis in our upcoming school year. We are desiring to grow in academic excellence as we equip and train students to live for the Lord in thought, word and deed. We long for WCS to be a world changing school with world changing students. We sense that God is moving. We want to continue to move with Him and follow his heart. This desire creates a greater dependence on Him. We know that our Father God in Heaven is the only one who can quench our thirst. So, we are asking for your help. Will you be one of our one hundred plus prayer partners? Will you pray daily for our teachers, school board, staff, students and their families through the summer. Will you ask Him to make us the salt and light of our world? Will you ask God to establish the work of our hands and pour His favor and blessings on our school and students? If so, will you tell us by joining our text group or emailing us?

Become a WCS Prayer Partner!

Text the number: 81010 and send the message: @wcspra

Or email dev@warsawchristian.org: Yes, I am praying for WCS!

We are believing God and thanking God for the good work He is doing and will continue to do through the fruit of your prayers and support. Thank YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m So Thankful For Our Teachers!

The first week of May marks National Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a week where  teachers are recognized for their tireless work and love they demonstrate to their students and families on a daily basis. This is also a time of year that I reflect on the many teachers who have impacted my life. And the one teacher who impacted my life the most was my second grade teacher, Miss Newberg.  She was beautiful and kind. This was the year I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.

I don’t recall many of her lessons. Although, I do remember repeated addition and subtraction drills that helped me remember all those facts. Thank you, Miss Newberg! But what I do remember the most is her heart and how she made me feel when I was in her classroom. She made me feel special and important. One standout memory that is engraved in my mind was when I had returned from a bout with bronchitis to a week of standardized testing. I still had a terrible lingering cough and I remember coughing endlessly during the testing. It was then that she brought me a cup of water and draped her sweater over my shoulders. I will never forget the feeling of being loved and cared for by my teacher. As I remember that moment that happened so long ago, I now realize that her love was like that of Jesus. She gave me a cup of water when I was in need and gave up her own sweater to warm me on that cold day.

Years later I was tremendously blessed to actually teach side by side with her and learn from her expertise and her example. It was then that I realized that she was a missionary sharing the love of Jesus  with each of her students. What a terrific blessing from the Lord to me.  And now, all these years later God has blessed me again. I am daily surrounded by classrooms being led by faithful followers of Jesus Christ who are full time missionaries. Our WCS students are being blessed in the same manner that I was blessed so many years ago. How awesome is that!! What a privilege and joy for me to observe teachers praying with and over their students, sacrificially giving up their lunches, or purchasing necessary school supplies or gifts for those in need. And then most importantly these teachers are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to each of their students through their words and deeds. All amazing blessings that  I have seen this year at WCS by our teachers!

God has been so tremendously good to bless WCS with these full time classroom missionaries! And I am so thankful to get a glimpse of His work through these teachers’ hearts! Please take time to join me in praying prayers of thanksgiving and blessings over each of our teachers and then let them know how they have made a difference in your life.

Tricia Deisch

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Growth

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If you have worked in a school, you know that once February rolls around planning is in full swing for the upcoming school year. You would also know that the phones begin ringing from families wanting information and tours for their child’s much anticipated first year of school. This preparation for the upcoming school year stirs up an excitement for all of us.

This excitement solidifies the fact that our planning must take on a sense of urgency. And with this urgency we must fully rely upon the Lord to meet our needs. We praise God for the numerous ways He has blessed us this school year. He has provided an increased teaching staff and continued growth in student numbers. Because of this we are using every square inch of space to maximize the learning outcome for each of our students. PLEASE PRAISE HIM WITH US FOR THESE BLESSINGS!!!

In order to maintain this pattern of growth and excellence in our classrooms and learning environment we must continue to ask in faith as we prepare for this upcoming school year. Will you join us in prayer for the following needs?

WCS Teacher, Staff and Student Needs for 2016-2017 School Year:

  • Larger server and firewall to meet the needs of our integrated technology classrooms

  • A fully accessible computer lab open to students on a daily basis to meet our students’ differentiated educational needs

  • Furnished classroom space for expanding grades

  • Increased funding for teachers and teacher assistants

  • Larger Office Space for growing staff

  • A music/band/choir classroom

  • Commercial sized cooler for milk and juice

Thank you for joining us in prayer as we seek God’s blessing and favor for the 2016-2017 school year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s On Your Top Ten?

 

Warsaw Christian School is one of my favorite places to be! And  after coming back from winter break, it is obvious that WCS is one of the kids’ favorites too. So, I thought it might be good to do a comparison of my top ten reasons with their top ten reasons on why Warsaw Christian School is the best place to be! Come to find out we have a few of the same favorites!! Check out our lists and leave a comment on facebook on why you think WCS is the best!

The top ten reasons why I think Warsaw Christian School is the best:

10. Each day is grounded in love!
9.  Parent partnerships and community support abounds!
8. Students are exposed to and participate in a variety of fine arts!
7. Students experience exciting educational field trips!
6. Student are included in service projects that make global impact!
5. The whole school participates in corporate worship and chapel on Wednesdays!
4. Character is more important than test scores!
3. The administrators, teachers, and staff pray for each student!
2.  High academic standards are expected in all areas of learning!
1. Biblical truths are taught and practiced daily!

The top ten reasons why the students think Warsaw Christian School is the best:

10. An amazing playground is COMING summer of 2016!
9.  We have small class sizes and we know everybody in our grade!
8. No bullying!
7. We work together as a whole school to reach goals!
6. We respect each other and have fun together!
5. We get to go on lots of field trips!
4. We celebrate with awesome parties!
3. We love our specials: music, art, PE, and computer lab!
2.  The teachers help us learn!
1. We learn about God and Jesus every day and not just during Bible!
 
~Tricia Deisch
Our Vision: Warsaw Christian School students will acquire a Biblical worldview evident by faith in Jesus Christ, growth in Godly wisdom and character, a commitment to academic excellence, and a heart to serve their world for the glory of God.