Save the Date! Thursday, February 28 between 5:00 – 9:00pm dine out at Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar and a portion of the proceeds will go to Baymonte’s PTF. Flyers will be going home this week with more details. Make sure you bring your flyer along to receive credit towards this fundraiser (hard copy or smart phone). A big thank you to Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar for their support of our school!
Isn’t it amazing how God uses all things in our lives? Sometimes we think a chapter of our lives is completely over and yet God still has a plan for it. As I’ve jumped back into teaching Spanish at Baymonte, I’ve realized the passion the Lord gave me for the Latin Culture twenty years ago is still part of my story. Just a year and a half ago, I remember telling my friends and colleagues that I was going to be transitioning back into teaching after directing the children’s ministry at a local church for years. Most of them responded with something like, “What?! I didn’t even know that you speak Spanish!” We would laugh and I would go on to tell them of my two summers serving and teaching in Guatemala and how I fell in love with many aspects of Latin-American culture. For example, I love the emphasis on family and friends, celebrations and even the bright colors that point to joy and vitality. Even though I love many outer parts of this beautiful culture, I’ve been most deeply impacted by their generosity and ability to find joy, often in the midst of debilitating poverty. The Guatemalan students that I worked with were so excited to learn a new song, hear a new story and even learn about composting because it was such a rare gift for them to even be able to go to school. These gifts of generosity, prioritizing relationships, and finding joy in difficult situations are some of the cultural and biblical values I hope to pass on to my students.
Although Introductory Spanish focuses on grammar and vocabulary, I also strive to open my student’s eyes to the vast array of people and cultures that God has created. As a teacher, I want to help grow compassion, interest, and empathy towards other cultures in light of Jesus’ call for us to love one another. This can take many forms. This fall my eighth graders did a project called, “Spanish is Everywhere,” where they had the opportunity to explore Santa Cruz County to find examples of Spanish, both spoken, and written, through signs, locations, food labels, etc. It was so fun to hear of their adventures and, how, even when they thought Spanish wasn’t remotely close to their everyday lives, it actually showed up in quite a few familiar places.
When I first contemplated teaching at Baymonte and peeked at the website, I was immediately attracted to the stories and pictures of the yearly seventh grade Mission Trip to Mexico. I love that Baymonte makes this trip a priority for our students year after year. Even though the trip brings unknowns and elements that might be uncomfortable for us, the blessings of introducing our students to this next-door culture are invaluable for the formation of empathetic & compassionate students. When I went on the trip last year, I loved seeing first-hand how our student’s hearts and minds were moved and changed as they learned about and interacted with those who are a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. I can’t wait to see what God does in the hearts of our current seventh graders this May!
Baymonte’s Talent Show Friday night was a show to remember. There was a wide variety of talent from kindergarten through eighth grade students. An energetic group of faculty members performed a comical musical skit. A special thank you to Cassy Hazen who directed the fabulous talent show. A message from Cassy Hazen:
Thank you to all who made Friday night a huge success! Our students and parents worked so hard on the acts and everyone performed well. Special thanks to:
Troy Kitch for being our wonderful emcee for the night!
Kate Wadhams for all the assistance with rehearsals and managing microphones and backstage help!
Christy Kanawyer for all the support managing the talent show performers!
Jeremae Reyes for all the support managing the talent show performers!
Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar for feeding our talent show performers with complimentary pizza!
Rio Theatre for the beautiful venue! The theatre management staff complemented us on our smooth, efficient event.
Curious performers of all ages (elementary and middle school) will be performing this coming Friday, February 8th for the Baymonte Talent Show at The Rio Theatre. Students have been preparing their acts and have had their dress rehearsal.
It’s sure to be an exciting show!
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please do so through the Baymonte school office. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $20 per immediate family. Make checks payable to Baymonte PTF.
Thank you for being a part of the Million Dreams we’re going to make!
WHO? K-2nd grade students (including both new & returning Amigos)
WHEN? Mondays- 3:05-4pm (max 15 students)
COST? $150* Full payment due by Friday, February 1 (Please note: registration is first come, first serve because of class size maximums.)
*After signing up please look for a confirmation email with room & pick-up details.
QUESTIONS? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Extended Sessions- 12-1:30pm (bring your lunch)
Baymonte ½ day Thursdays: Feb. 7, March 7 & April 4
+ 3 Thursday after-school sessions- 3:05-4pm: 2/21, 3/14 & 3/21
= 6 sessions total: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4
COST: $125* Full payment due by Tuesday, February 5 (Please note: Registration is first come, first serve because of the class size maximums.)
*After signing up please look for a confirmation email with room drop off & pick-up details.
Questions? Please email me at email@example.com