Classical Conversations, Belleview

February 8, 2016

Week 16

Hello Families,

I hope and pray that everyone is well and that we will have a full house this week. I know that this weather can take its toll on us warm-blooded Floridians. As always, please feel free to call or text if you or a family member is sick or in need of prayer.

I wanted to take a moment and let you know that the students will be painting again this Wednesday. Please send them in clothing that you are comfortable with them wearing around paints, or send an art smock. Speaking of art, let me just say how beautiful all of the art projects were last week! They were all unique in spite of using a template and I loved them.

Also, my girls have expressed a desire to bring Valentine cards to community day this week. If your children would like, they may bring them as well. You may choose to bring one for each student in his/her class or for each student in the community. If bringing a card for every student, I suggest using the family mailbox system in the lobby. This will, hopefully, cut back on the noise and buzz of all the students running around trying to find each other. Of course, they may give any cards to their classmates during break or after review time. However, please do not feel obliged to bring cards. This is just something that my girls want to do and I thought that I would pass the info along in case others had the same idea.

Family Presentation

This week's family presentation is brought to us by the Nichols family. Next week we will be hearing from the Palm family.

Happy Valentine's Day

As Valentine's Day draws closer, I can't help but notice the sea of red & pink, hearts & roses, chocolates and candy that have all but invaded every supermarket, drug store, and gas station, and, yes, even my own home. In fact, I went so far as to gather a bucket of glitter glue, scrap paper, foam hearts, and various other supplies for the kids to make as many "I Love You" & "You Are Sweet" cards as their little hearts desire. I love Valentine's Day! I love the certainty of a February "date night" with my husband, and I love our tradition of a family dinner with the kids complete with candlelight & our favorite homemade goodies.

However, I can't help but ask myself, "Why do we put all of this effort into celebrating love once a year? Shouldn't we be celebrating love every day?"

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8 NIV

This verse shows us that we should, in fact, strive to "think on these things," keeping LOVE-liness in the forefront of our minds at all times. We are called to fully embrace the goodness of God and live our lives remembering all that is praiseworthy and noble.

It is easy to get weighted down with the day-to-day of life. Before we even realize it, we are dwelling on the disrespectful comment from a child, the woman who cut us off in line at the grocery store, or the impatience of the man behind us blowing his horn at the traffic light. In those instances, we have to make a choice - do we spend our energy on the ugliness around us, or do we focus our hearts and minds on God? We actually can celebrate love everyday by thinking on His truth, His beauty, & His love for us. When we choose to think on these things, The Lord will allow us to see the people involved in life's unpleasant experiences through fresh eyes. His eyes. Eyes full of nothing but love.

As we approach Valentine's Day, I want to encourage us to celebrate love with our family, friends, and other loved ones. I would also like to challenge us to take it past February 14th. Let us choose to focus on the lovely things everyday of our lives.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Tutor Appreciation: February 24th. Let's show some love to the women who give so freely of themselves to our children. Bless your child's tutor with a small token of affection.
  • Wacky Wednesday: February 24th. The theme for this quarter is "Favorite Storybook Character." Encourage your students to dress up as a character from a book and have fun seeing if their peers can guess who they are supposed to be.
  • Spring Break: March 2nd there will not be any CC classes on the Belleview campus.
  • CC Spirit Week: The first week of April is National CC Spirit Week. Be on the look out for more info about how the Belleview community will be celebrating.