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Message From Your Principal
Warm holiday wishes from your Griggs family. During this festive season of giving, we pray that you and your loved ones take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of year touch your heart in a special way. Wishing you much happiness as you welcome the New Year!

Ms. Forsey, Principal
How to Study Your Bible
Last month there were a few simple (but key) tips on how to study your Bible. They were: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s help before you study, read small pieces at a time, and don’t stress if you don’t understand something. Here are some more advanced tips on reading the Bible. The Bible is split into three genres: Narrative, Poetry, and Discourse. If we know what kind of writing we are reading, it makes it easier to understand what we are reading.
1.Narrative - Most of the Bible is narrative (stories). These are usually the easiest parts of the Bible to read, and is probably what you know best. The Bible is not just a bunch of individual stories though. It is one big story. If you picked up a modern story and read a couple paragraphs in the middle of the book, and then the first page, and then a chapter towards the end you would probably get confused, but that’s usually how we read the Bible. It’s important to know what part of the story you are in to make sense of it. You don’t have to read the Bible cover to cover every time, but doing it once would help!
Also, just because a Bible character does something, doesn’t mean God approves. In Judges, a man named Jephthah prays to win a battle and promises to sacrifice the first thing he sees when he comes back. He wins, and sees his daughter first. Just because he did this, doesn’t mean God liked it. These stories tell us what happened, not what should have happened.
2.Poetry - About 1/3rd of the Bible is poetry. Bible poetry doesn’t look much like our poetry (they don’t rhyme for example), but like ours it is very symbolic. When you read Bible poetry you have to engage in your imagination a little bit and realize the authors aren’t being literal. Also, symbols get repeated throughout the Bible so if you don’t understand a symbol in one piece of poetry look for how it is used in other pieces of poetry.
3.Discourse - The rest of the Bible is explanations and instructions. An example is Paul’s letters that make up most of the New Testament. These books really need to be read from beginning to end (not necessarily all at once) to fully get it. When we pull a verse or two out to try and make a point we might miss a lot! It’s sort of like trying to bake a cake with only half the recipe. If you don’t put flour in, it doesn’t really matter if you follow the rest of the advice, it won’t be very good!
This year is almost coming to an end and we get to reflect on the good things that we have accomplished during the year. As a Griggs International Academy student you are encouraged and sometimes required to do some type of community service during the school year. I know that many of you have, and we love reading about it! This month we want to highlight one of our own, Mr. Wayne Gungl, who without hesitation decided to get together with friends and family and help out the victims from the Camp Fire in California. Thank you for your selfless service Mr. Gungl! Check out his pictures.
Meet Mr. Clifton Gadsden, he teaches U.S History. Clifton is a graduate of La Sierra University with an MA in Education and Columbia Union College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has been teaching for over 12 years and currently lives in Maryland. Clifton’s many interests include reading, playing sports, sleeping, working out, playing computer and video games!
Meet Mrs. Vanessa Hairston! She teaches several of our Jr. High courses. Mrs. Hairston just recently graduated from Southern Adventist University with my BA in Elementary Education. She has a heart for ministry and desire to serve God in whatever way she can.  She enjoys cooking/baking and reading really long books really quickly!

Christmas Break (Office Closed): noon Dec 24 - Jan 2
Elementary Corner

You will need:
  • Construction paper
  • Paper bag
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • 6 Pipe cleaners
  • Tape
Cut the circles for the nose and ovals for the eyes. Once they are cut, glue them onto the paper bag. Put glue all over the nose circle and add some glitter! For the antlers, take three pipe cleaners for each side and twist them into one, leaving the tips untwisted. Tape them to the back of the bag. Fill the bags with goodies and enjoy!
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