Yesterday was Retreat Day at school. Each year, the pastor plans a team-building activity for the staff. Last year, they went to a different church and had a prayer retreat. This year, the pastor wanted to do something different. We got divided into three teams, and were tasked with the job of making candy. We were given chocolate chips, and $7.50 to spend at a Korean grocery store nearby. After cooking in the kitchen at school, we had to go into the community and have some stranger do a taste-test and choose their favorite.
It was a lot of fun. The candies were tasty. My group didn’t win, but I did get to know them better, and we got to eat such delicious sweets.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of any of the proceedings. Instead, I’ll post a picture of my classroom bulletin board. Before the day started yesterday, I finished stapling everything up. The theme verse for the year is 1 John 4:16. I decided to go with a simple design.
The eighth graders have chosen their verse for the year. It’s one that was used three years ago. As we were going through the selection process, I almost told them the verse had been used before, but there didn’t seem to be any good reason. The verse they selected is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I like the New King James version, because it says “Christ” instead of just “Him”.
After the kids select a verse, I always make a bulletin board. It was particularly challenging this year, because I’ve already done this verse, but I was able to come up with something. I stayed after school and put it up yesterday.
When I think “strength”, I think Superman. This time, instead of using Superman’s silhouette, I used his emblem and his colors. I think it turned out okay. The letters aren’t completely centered, but that just adds to its charm, right?
Yesterday I went to school to start getting ready for the school year. We have lots of meetings scheduled before the kids come, but yesterday was a work day. The approach to the front door was ominous in the overcast morning light.
But once the day got going, it wasn’t so bad. I got a new laptop and configured it, which took a while. Then I got to work on this year’s bulletin board. The verse for the year is kind of challenging, because on the surface, it’s a little depressing, since it talks about suffering and persevering. But the end of the verse is so nice, I was really drawn to it. It led me to do this bulletin board:
The right-hand side of the “book” is a quote from Revelation. It’s one of my favorites. I am so looking forward to heaven.
I finally got the eighth grade verse bulletin board done yesterday. The eighth graders picked their verse two weeks ago already, but I just haven’t made the time to do the bulletin board. Yesterday was “Moving Up Day”, where all the eighth graders are paired with high schoolers and get to see what high school classes are like. It gave me two extra free periods. It was enough time to get the bulletin board planned so I could do it after school.
It’s kind of plain, but I think the simplicity works. If I did it over again, I might use different colors for the people. Once they’re mashed into the heart shape, you kind of lose the fact that there are a bunch of people there. But the colors are eye-pleasing, and the design communicates the message. That’s what I like in a bulletin board.
Yesterday I finished the theme-of-the-year bulletin board in my classroom. The seniors have chosen Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
As always, I used the idea of the theme verse, but didn’t make the text the largest words in the design. This year, I only had to go three verses farther to get my bulletin board title: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I wanted to show a Christian being protected by God. A quick internet search gave me the triquetra. I think it looks like a force field in a video game. 🙂 I’m proud of how the the triquetra came out. It looks very even, doesn’t it? I traced hula hoops to get the nice circular shapes.