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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Real Meaning Of Christmas Through the Eyes of a Second Grader.

When asked by her second grade teacher, Mrs. Blom, what does Christmas mean to you Illyana one of her second graders wrote, "Christmas means that its time to celebrate Jesus' birthday. We give toys to the less fortunate. That makes me very happy."

The Bible says, "Raise up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it." It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season but it is refreshing when we get back to the true meaning of Christmas which is God's demonstration of His love for us in sending His Son Jesus to live, die and resurrect for us and how that translates in our desire to give to others as a sign of our love.

Here at Upper Room Christian School we pray that you would be filled with the love of God this Christmas and that His peace would fill your hearts and homes.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Another Satisfied Customer!!

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and scripture says, "you shall know a tree by its fruit". Here is another parent testimonial of the change in her son's life since attending Upper Room Christian School.

"First I would like to say, I give honor to GOD, who is the head of my life. I want to thank the entire staff at Upper Room Christian School.  I've seen such a drastic change in my son, for the better.  As a family, we pray every night and every morning.  My son's prayers have gone from: 'Thank you God for my mother and father and my brothers, in your Holy Name I pray", (10 seconds) .......to 'Father GOD, we come before you giving you praise and worship, praying for those in need, praying over mom and dad, brothers, grandparents, those that are in need of something, asking for forgiveness of our sins, asking to be blessed by his talent and thanking God for his talents.' (5-10 minutes)  Needless to say, my husband and I were so amazed and speechless. I love my son's transformation. I owe it to you.  Thank you!  I THANK GOD FOR YOU
 
Have a blessed day!

La'Shawn Maynard

Saturday, September 24, 2016

It's Time For Real School Choice In New York

School choice is a nationwide movement that empowers parents by enabling them to make the best possible choice for their children's education. In short, it puts power in the hands of parents to decide which type of education best fits the needs of their particular child – whether that is a public, private or religious institution, or educating their child at home.
School choice also protects parents' constitutional rights to direct their children's upbringing in accordance with the values, principles and religious convictions they hold dear.
Private school choice refers to publicly funded scholarship programs that redirect the flow of education funding to individual families rather than to government schools. In other words, the money now follows the child rather than a bureaucracy. Under these programs, parents can apply for scholarships that allow them to send their child to a private school of their choice, including religious ones.
Without school choice scholarships, parents who want their kids to go to a private school would have to, in essence, double pay. In other words, they would pay for a private education while also paying taxes that go toward public education. It would level the playing field for families of different incomes by allowing parents to redirect their tax dollars toward schools of their choice.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

REAPING THE BENEFITS OF A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL excerpt from Dr. Charles Walker


A child’s teacher is an important role model. Your child spends a major portion of the school day under the influence of one or more key teachers. You value the importance of the exemplary model set by your child’s teacher. In the Christian school classroom, the teacher openly teaches the truths of Scripture because his commitment compels an open, unashamed love and service to Jesus Christ. The government does not hinder these teachings, nor the reading of the Bible, nor prayer; all three are common every day occurrences. The teachers openly demonstrate and model Christian principles, one of the reasons you send your child to a Christian school.
The academic instruction in the Christian school exceeds that of the public schools. With strict standards of behavior enforced and high academic standards expected, the Christian school provides your child a better education, opening more doors in his life for future success and satisfaction. The benefits of the sound education offered in the Christian school are far-reaching and long-term, another reason you send your child to a Christian school.
Christian values and attitudes are taught and emphasized in the Christian school. The overt effects of violence and immorality so common in today’s public schools clearly demonstrate the need for a Christian education. The Christian ethics and morals expounded in your home and church are reinforced in the Christian school classroom. Nurturing a child with Biblical truth is an excellent way to equip him for maturity. The Christian values taught in the Christian home and reinforced in the Christian school enable your child to deal with a troubled world without succumbing to its troubles, another reason you send your child to a Christian school.
Opportunities for Christian friends and fellowship abound in the Christian school. Negative peer pressure is downplayed by emphasizing the relationship of each child with Jesus Christ, and magnifying the Biblical standard of true friendship which calls for love, forgiveness, and accountability. The positive influence of a child’s Christian peers has no substitute, another reason you send your child to a Christian school.
Teacher-pupil ratio in a Christian school is lower than that of most public schools. This smaller class size permits a teacher to spend more time with each child. Consequently, your child receives more individualized attention from the teacher, and this, of course, greatly benefits him academically and personally, another reason you send your child to a Christian school.
Obeying Biblical guidelines is essential when seeking the best for your child. Scriptural admonitions concerning the rearing of children in the Christian faith, such as Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and II Corinthians 6:14, can only be truly adhered to if children are taught in a Christian environment. The public schools cannot prepare a child for a fruitful, Christ-honoring life. In the Christian classroom, your child learns the Biblical truth absolutely necessary for living a balanced Christian life, another reason you send your child to a Christian school.
Placing your child in a Christian school may necessitate a financial sacrifice, a geographical inconvenience, or a drain on your energy, but the joy received from watching your child grow academically and mature in the Lord makes all the effort, all the time, all the money worth it. You should praise the Lord for the wisdom and direction He has given you, and thank Him for the blessings of a Christian school.
Dr. Charles Walker is a former education director of the American Association of Christian Schools and the executive director of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools.