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We had our staff retreat day on Tuesday. This year, we met at the pastor’s house, and he led us through various team activities. One of our exercises was to determine a Bible verse that will be our theme for the year. We chose Isaiah 40:31a “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles”

Since I had the theme verse for the year, I could do my bulletin board. I actually have done this verse before. I looked at the design here at Bradaptation so I wouldn’t duplicate it. As I was looking at old bulletin board designs, I noticed that they were more complex than what I’ve done at my new school. I think my goal has changed. I want to teach the verse, so my designs are simpler and the verse is more prominent.

HERE is the old design for Isaiah 40:31, and here is the new one:

Poor Richard font.  I thought it looked solid and communicated strength.

Poor Richard font. I thought it looked solid and communicated strength.

I used the projector to trace and color the wings,and the shield is traced from a wall hanging that Debbie gave me. Thanks, Debbie!

Now that the bulletin board is done, I can do the rest of the room. I will have to finish today, because there is a new student orientation tomorrow. Yikes! There’s nothing like a deadline to help you get things done!

Retreat Day

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.

Eighth Grade Verse

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.

I used a sleeve and a half of staples.

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?

Good Beginning. Good Ending.

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.

Cue the foreboding music.

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:

It's rather simple this year.

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.

Good ending.

Eighth Grade Verse 2010-2011

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.

I particularly like the line 'God lives in us'.  I isolated it so it would stand out.

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