The end of the year campaign for the school raised over $12,000 to assist the students and programs of New Life. I am so grateful for the generosity of our financial partners, and God’s provision is a multitude of ways. Through our partnership, we experience joy that comes through sharing resources, but also by building an eternal relationship as we seek to transform the lives of our students. The work that God is doing in our school goes beyond our students and teachers; it broadens to impact whole families. I see the fruit of our partnership each day as students grow in their desire to seek Truth and act it out in practical ways with their classmates, in their families, and the community. I like the way that the Apostle Paul starts his letter to the Philippians. It is my prayer for those who partner with New Life Christian School. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6
Mrs. Sally Goes to Uganda!
At the beginning of January, our Pre-K teacher, Sally Matteson was able to serve on a short-term mission trip to Uganda. The team she was with through Resurrection Life Fellowship was able to hold a medical and dental clinic. Sally worked with over 600 Ugandan children doing a VBS day camp. Though resources were slim, God worked in amazing ways to minister to the lives of these children. When asked about the trip Sally said, “This was such an amazing experience and I would like to thank the school and staff for releasing me and supporting this outreach.”
Elementary classrooms participated in “Australia Day” at school. Below is a report from one of our fourth grade students about this fun and educational day.
By Daniel Chabot
This is about Australia Day. Mrs. Diehl’s room was the Outback. In her room we had to find things in the sand. We also got to make our own boomerangs.
Mrs. Hojnowski’s room was the Great Barrier Reef. In her room we colored while she read to us. We also had a guest speaker: Sam Ioset. He told us about SCUBA diving He also told us about fire coral, stonefish, lionfish, and stingrays.
Mrs. Westcott’s room was the Outback at night. We learned about Tasmanian Devil. And we heard Australian animal noises at night and learned about the aurora australis.
Mrs. McCaslin’s room was all about Australian nationalism. We made cookie stars, and learned about the Australian flag and anthem.
And that was my Australia Day!
Phoebe Trush has been a student at New Life for the past 3 years. “The aspects of New Life that are important to me are the kind environment, the friendships I’ve formed and the encouragement my peers and teachers give me. New Life has challenged me in that I now have a deeper desire to shine for Jesus and to be his light. I hope I can display that light to others. Being at New Life has also challenged me academically and made me more prepared for the future. Before coming here, I had very little confidence in my academic standing. However, after coming to New Life I was forced to a new standard of academics. My plans after graduation are to attend Houghton College. There I plan to participate in their pre-veterinarian program and graduate with my bachelors in science. Once I graduate, I plan to attend vet school and get my doctorate.”
New Life teachers and students would like to thank QAD, Inc. for their recent technology grant. Through their generosity, New Life was able to purchase 5 new laptops that will be used in classrooms by students and teachers. Thanks QAD!
Binghamton Boys Basketball Tournament
In January, the boys’ varsity basketball team took part in an 8 team tournament in Binghamton. Seeded 7th going into the tournament, our boys played well and placed 3rd overall. After winning their first game against Freedom Village, they fell to Cornerstone Baptist. In the end, the boys battled back and won their final game Against Ross Corners to earn the 3rd place trophy. Throughout this season, our boys’ team has shown steady improvement and a resolve to improve. Keep improving, Warriors!