May 9, 2016
Reflection for Today
Proverbs 31 - The Honorable Woman
"Who can find a virtuous (righteous) and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies." (v 10)
"Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:' There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!'
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise." (v 28-31)
For the Mother
The sphere of the mother may be humble; but her influence, united with the father's, is as abiding as eternity. Next to God, the mother's power for good is the strongest known on earth. The mother's influence is...unceasing...and if it is always on the side of right, her children's characters will testify to her moral earnestness and worth. Her smile, her encouragement, may be an inspiring force. She may bring sunshine to the heart of her child by a word of love, a smile of approval...
Let every mother feel that her moments are priceless; her work will be tested in the solemn day of accounts. Then it will be found that many of the failures and crimes of men and women have resulted from the ignorance and neglect of those whose duty it was to guide their childish feet in the right way. Then it will be found that many who have blessed the world with the light of genius and truth and holiness owe the principles that were the mainspring of their influence and success to a praying, Christian mother.
The king upon his throne has no higher work than has the mother. The mother is queen of her household. She has in her power the molding of her children's characters, that they may be fitted for the higher, immortal life. An angel could not ask for a higher mission; for in doing this work she is doing service of God. Let her only realize the high character of her task, and it will inspire her with courage. Let her realize the worth of her work and put on the whole armor of God, that she may resist the temptation to conform to the world's standard. Her work is for time and for eternity.
The mother is the queen of the home, and the children are her subjects. She is to rule her household wisely, in the dignity of her motherhood. Her influence in the home is to be paramount; her word, law. If she is a Christian, under God's control, she will command the respect of her children.
The children are to be taught to regard their mother, not as a slave whose work it is to wait on them, but as a queen who is to guide and direct them, teaching them line upon line, precept upon precept.
Wish I could tell her "Happy Mother's Day"
by Ty Gibson
She was beautiful and as a result was invited, or rather “scouted,” to attend high society parties at which were politicians, actors and singers. (Believe it or not, there are people whose job it is to go to restaurants and stores and find beautiful young women—and young men—and invite them to the parties of the rich and powerful. We live in a predatory world). If I were to name some of these celebrities, you would know the names. In fact, I was named after one of them (Not too many hunky 1960s actors with the first named Ty, so you won’t find it difficult to discover my ridiculous namesake). At one of these celebrity parties, the young and beautiful Laura Emily was taken advantage of. She became pregnant and that’s how we got my adorable baby brother. Now she was the single mother of two.
After my brother was born, she was swept off her feet by another man. She so wanted to "find love." This one was a popular chef for Hollywood celebrities. He was charming and charismatic, and he also hit her in the face for the first time on their honeymoon. She knew she made a huge mistake marrying him. The honeymoon violence was her first of many beatings over many years as, along the way, she bore two more children. Once, just once, he threw one of us kids across the room into a wall. She put a gun to his head and said, “If you ever touch one of my children again, I will blow you head off while you sleep.” He never touched one of us again, but she continued to endure his violence herself until he nearly killed her with one last beating. With broken ribs and a fractured skull, she fled that night with her four children, never to return, and proceeded to raise us by herself on her waitress tips in one of the poorest housing areas of Los Angeles.
Did I mention that she was beautiful. Well, one man after another cycled through our life trying to win her. Understandable, I hated them all or, rather, perhaps I was afraid of them all. She finally worked up the courage to marry one more time, this time to a man who looked like a "god." He was a Robert Redford doppelgänger, for those of you old enough to know what that means. He was also a member of the Southern California biker gang called “The Misfits.” My mom did not have good taste in men. She did so desperately want to "find love."
One day shortly after their wedding, the new "dad" told me to do something. I mouthed off to him and he began slapping my head back and forth with his long, muscular arm until my head was buzzing. My mom flew out of the kitchen like a wild cat and jumped on his back, pulling his hair and punching his head, screaming, “Don’t you ever touch him.” He never did again, and we actually became friends. He was the closest thing to a dad I ever had, and he treated her with respect, without violence. To this day I like him in my mind, in my memories.
He had two daughters, Tracy and Julie, ages three and five, who were being severely abused by their biological mother. My mom somehow took the girls (I think they call it "kidnapping") in order to save them from the abuse they were enduring. We then fled the state of California to the Pacific Northwest. Now Laura Emily had six children.
But then something utterly remarkable happened.
And something utterly tragic.
My mother found Jesus Christ, which is to say, she finally "found love"—love, in fact, of the highest form imaginable. And, of course, she brought the knowledge of His love into our home. Jesus was the Man she had always been looking for, she said. Her husband—the Robert Redford biker dude—just couldn't do the Jesus thing. He threatened that she must choose between Jesus or him, and she chose both. She insisted that she could never cease loving Jesus, but that she would also be a devoted wife—that, in fact, loving Jesus would make her a better wife. But he wasn't buying it, so he left one day and took those beautiful little girls with him. And that was the final stress of her life. Her immune system collapsed and she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Over the course of a year we watched her wither away to 80 pounds of skin and bone, and she finally died at the young age of 42, but not before making sure that I, a mere teenage boy, and my teenage wife, Sue, were in love with Jesus. It was due to her influence that Sue and I came to know the Lord. And all the ministry that Sue and I have done over the years is the direct result of my mother’s influence.
I never saw Tracy and Julie again after they were taken away that fateful day, until 20 years later. Sue came rushing into my office and said, “Quick, pick up the phone.”
“Hello,” I said.
“Hello, is this Ty?”
“Ty, this is Tracy.”
“Hello Tracy, how can I help you?”
I had no idea who it was. Some lady named Tracy. Then she said, “And Julie is here with me too.”
Immediately it all came flooding back to my mind and I knew who I was talking to. This was Tracy and Julie, my little sisters, that I had not seen in 20 years since our mother's death.
“Our dad was channel surfing," they explained, "and saw you on television. He got the phone number off the screen, and we decided to call you. Ty, please tell us what happened. All we remember is that your mother rescued us out of a very bad situation, and she became our mother. She was the mom that loved us, and we tell people she was our mom. Ty, what happened? Suddenly she was gone. Did your mom stopped loving us, Ty?”
“No, she never stopped loving you. In fact, she loved you so much that the stress of losing you killed her.”
They cried over the phone with me.
That was my mom.
Julie and Tracy's mom.
Kimberly and Charles and Todd's mom.
That was the fierce and crazy and beautiful and suffering and searching and remarkable Laura Emily.
I wish I could tell her Happy Mother's Day.
School Spirit Week is happening THIS WEEK
Hot Lunch Wednesday
We will be serving haystacks this week!
Please see Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Nietling to purchase new Hot Lunch Cards as needed. Cards are $15 each ($3 per meal). Lunch will be prepared each week based on the number of students who have prepaid cards. If you have prepaid, and do not want Hot Lunch for whatever reason, please let your teacher know by Tuesday of that week. This will help us prepare an appropriate amount of food. Thanks! :)
Presidents & Pioneers - This Thursday Night!
- Northview students are preparing for our annual Curriculum Fair and Taste Extravaganza. This year, our subject is History; students are planning to present information on our theme, "Presidents & Pioneers."
- You may notice that it is a little later than originally scheduled on our yearly calendar due to the Revelation Meetings; it will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 6:00pm.
- While students are preparing most of the curriculum fair materials in class, dishes for our taste extravaganza sampling will need to be prepared at home. (More information will be sent home in your child's Communicator or via text.)
8th Grade Fundraiser - Casual Dress Day
Memorial Day 5K - Northview Fundraiser
We will be participating in the Stride for Strive 5K in Cadillac on Memorial Day (May 30).
- Registration Opens: 7:00 am
- Race Starts: 8:30 am at the Veterans Memorial Stadium at The Cadillac High School
Students and families may race together; the school will also attend the Memorial Day parade as part of this field trip/fundraiser. After the parade, we'll go home and enjoy the rest of Memorial Day with family and friends.
Memorial Day Activities are counted as a half-day on our school calendar. Please let teachers know in case of absence. Thank you!
Student and Adult registration forms have been sent home in Communicators. Please hand them back in this week, or register online. Thank you!
PREPARING FOR OUR EVENT:
- As we train for the 5K, students may keep gym clothes in a gym locker at school, including tennis shoes, to change into for the workout period. Please speak with teachers if you have any questions regarding training schedules. We encourage you to train with us at school or at home!
- Students will send letters inviting friends and family to sponsor them; all money raised will go towards Northview's operating expenses. These letters will be finalized here at school (remember, addresses/name lists are due Monday, May 2, 2016!) and sent home so that they may be mailed out to friends, family, and neighbors near and far. The students who raise the most money and the students with the most sponsors (in grades 1-4 and in grades 5-8) will receive a $ Meijer gift card.
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
- Grades 1-4: Please see sheet.
- Grades 5-8: Psalm 150. Please see Scripture Squares on your homework sheet. You may learn your verse from the KJV, NKJV, or NLT. You may be asked to write your memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); Friendship (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: See sheet (1-4); Word Study Contracts (5-8)
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Pathways books. We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: Fundraiser Letters and Biographies (5-8)
- Social Studies: Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny: Oregon Trail (5-8)
- Science: Earth Science (Landforms, How Earth Changes, Geologic Column, Fossils)
Mrs. Nietling and her class enjoy reading the Bible lesson outside in the fresh air.
Free Medical Care
At recess, the girls diagnose and treat their latest patient.
The students are learning to write and address fundraiser letters for the 5K walk/run.
School Spirit Week
Monday, May 9th, 8:30am to Friday, May 13th, 2:30pm
202 North Carmel Street
- Monday - Pajama Day (Pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals allowed)
- Tuesday - Sports/Hobby Day (Hats allowed)
- Wednesday - Crazy Hair Day with Mismatch, Backwards, Inside Out Day
- Thursday - Presidents & Pioneers (including Adventist) Day
- Friday - Twin Day (may be "twins" with a friend or mimic a famous person you can look up to)