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Message From Your Principal

ABIDE in Christ (Part 2)
In a previous newsletter, we started talking about the Spiritual Master Plan that the GIA Administration is developing.  We meet on a regular basis to discuss how we can support our students spiritually. Our task is interesting and challenging since our student enrollment represents a GLOBAL environment—you might recall that we have students from at least 45 different countries.  It is our goal to show respect to the diverse values of each student, while approaching students with a Christ-like attitude of redemption and giving students an opportunity to grow spiritually.
Abundunt Discipling
The first area that we have discussed is Abundant Discipling, which means to become more like Jesus. Faith should be a part of our every day existence, so GIA strives to have faith integrated into our courses; however, that is only a small part of how we can develop the culture of helping our students learn more about Jesus.  Our interaction with students allows for faith conversations. Here are some of our goals that will help set the foundation of having a culture of faith at GIA:
* Interact with students in ways that make it easy to talk about faith
*Get to know students in a mentoring relationship to guide and answer questions
*Share faith stories and words of encouragement to students
*Have quality faith integration into the courses
*Pray for and with students as we interact

It is not our goal to “force-feed” religion.  We want to you to see GIA as a safe environment to grow and ask questions about spiritual issues. Your GIA teachers are concerned about your academics and the other aspects of your life.  That might explain why we work with you on topics such as being organized, do your work honestly, setting goals, etc.  When it comes down to the foundation of learning, we want you to see that we look to Christ as our role model and hope the same for you.

It’s often presented as the solution to all life’s problems, but being a disciple of Jesus doesn’t come without its challenges. There’s a reason Jesus uses the term “take up your cross daily” to describe following him. Paul, one of Jesus’ earliest and most influential disciples talks about how his life is so hard he felt like he was dying, yet somehow still alive (see 2 Corinthians). I know I’m probably not making being a disciple all that appealing right now, but don’t stop reading.
The flipside is that Jesus promises to support and help his disciples. He tells them that if they follow him they will find his yoke (a symbol for a Rabbi’s teachings) to be easy and light. After sharing his challenges, Paul says that despite all the hardships he was never overcome. He describes it like this in 2 Cor 4, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” He later goes on in chapter 13 to say that he delights in his hardships because his weakness reveals God’s power and glory. Imagine living your life where even difficulties bring you joy! That’s the kind of abundant life Jesus promises.
He doesn’t say nothing bad will ever happen or that you won’t get sad, but he does promise that if we follow him we will overcome and good will come from even evil. What’s the secret to all this? According to Jesus it’s love. He says in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Love being the ultimate solution can seem cliché, but its true. Jesus knows that if we are his disciples we will be filled with love for others, even if they don’t love us back. That kind of love is transformational. Despite living almost his entire life in a small space of a few dozen miles up and down the Jordan river, Jesus became the most influential human to ever live on this planet. His followers after his resurrection were only a few hundred people, but they changed the entire world because of their love. In every age, Jesus’ disciples have reduced inequality, helped the less fortunate, held people accountable for justice, and have torn down racial, economic, and social barriers between people. To me, that sounds like an abundant life worth living!
Caring Heart Award
We are excited to announce the Caring Heart Award recipients for the 2018-2019 school year!!  The award has been established by the North American Division (NAD) to secondary students who have demonstrated a personal commitment to active participatory service in witnessing-service activities and programs.
Emily Samantha Anna Smith lives in Choctaw Oklahoma.  She has been involved with the American Red Cross accompanying disaster response teams on fire calls as well as facilitating youth preparedness trainings in her community.  Emily has also volunteered at the Myriad Botanical Gardens doing horticulture work, event setup assistance, and taking shifts during the festival.  Those that have worked with her describe her as being “very responsible, compassionate and valuable part of the team.”
Keana Laine Kuzma is from Koloa Hawaii where she volunteers at the local animal shelter often being asked to take kittens needing extra attention.  She has also personally rescued many animals in distress and nursed them back to health.  Keana has been described as having a positive attitude and cheerfulness making her a joy to be around.  “She lives and breathes compassion to those around her.”  She loves to look for ways to help those around her by leading in civic projects, fundraising and participating in neighborhood projects.
Congratulations Emily and Keana!  We applaud your efforts to show a caring heart toward those around you and encourage all of our students to look for ways to share Jesus through actions and attitudes. 
This year Griggs International Academy had the opportunity to apply for and was granted the Versacare Grant! This grant will specifically be used to develop curriculum in Coding/Robotics for our Junior High students. Be on the look out for an official course launch date!
The International Pathfinder Camporee is just around the corner, are you ready? We are! Make sure to stop by Hangar C -- we have some pretty cool activities planned as well as awesome giveaways! If you are going, be sure to visit us!
Have you seen our latest video on Cyberbullying? Be sure to watch it below!
Meet Ms. Gabriela Melgar, who teaches Spanish I and II as well as Algebra I Credit Recovery. She is a graduate of Andrews University where she earned her BS Mathematics Education and BA Spanish Education. She grew up in Bolivia, South America, a Spanish-speaking country, and speaks the language fluently. Her many interests include working with youth, mission work, singing, listening to music, watching good movies, cooking, baking and spending time with friends!

Independence Day: July 4 (office closed)
ASI Convention: July 31 - August 3
International Pathfinder Camporee: August 12-17
Elementary Corner

The weather is finally warm, go outside! Take a walk! But make it even more fun by turning your walk into a scavenger hunt! Use the list below or make your own. See who can be the first one finished! Take pictures too!

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