Just Call Me the Renaissance Man

This year has been a lot of fun.  I’ve enjoyed teaching 7th grade Math and 7th grade World History.  However, as is often the case, assignments sometimes change during the school year, so after our term break ends at the end of April, I’ll be picking up another class to teach.  I’ve been asked to once again teach 7th grade Bible.  So basically I’m a renaissance man.  A jack of all trades (and master of none?).  Actually, the poor 7th graders who now will have me as their teacher for at least 3 periods during the day, and some will have me for study hall and or homeroom as well.  Fortunately this 7th grade class is a good class, and we’ve gotten along well.

25662681284_31128215d2_mA couple of updates:  First, my ankle surgery.  Everything went well.  The surgery healed well, the cyst was benign.  The doctor has cleared me for normal activity, with the exception of taking care of the ankle where they had to cut a bit of the bone out, like don’t kick a soccer ball with my left foot for a while.  Probably playing rugby this term will be out as well. I have a nice scar from it as the picture shows.  I’m not going to show you the other pictures from the surgery because, . . . “Gross.”

This past term was Banquet term.  Each year the junior class puts on a banquet in honor of the senior class.  It’s basically RVA’s prom and the junior class spends almost a year working on banquet.  I’m a sponsor of the junior class so had a lot to do.  The Juniors

Junior Sponsors

The Junior Sponsors

chose the theme of “Arabian Nights”. They created a fantastic set in Downing Hall, came up with great food, designed the table settings, and wrote their own play for the evening.  We had 174 people in attendance for the evening and it was great. I’ll attach a couple of pictures to the bottom of this post to show you some of the things the kids did.  A great night was had by all.

Fog at RVA

Rainy season is here.  For the past week we’ve had lots, and lots, and lots of rain.  Of course today is sunny, but it’s been wet most of the week.  That’s great, because many people in the communities around RVA rely on good rains to make crops grow.  We just don’t want too much rain.  At the beginning of last month, we had a storm come through that dropped 4 inches of rain in about 90 minutes, and over 6 inches of rain in 12 hrs.  We had some pretty good flooding around campus, our gym got flooded, and several houses (not mine) got some water in them.  But not too much damage.  Pray that we get some good days of sun mixed in with the rain, so the crops don’t rot in the ground.

Well I guess that’s it for an update.  Here are a couple of prayer requests for you to pray for me.

  1.  Pray for the rains.  Not too much, not too little, just right.
  2. Pray for rest.  This past term was busy with banquet.  A lot of staff here at RVA need a good rest during term break.
  3. Pray for our Senior class.  Many are making college decisions.  Pray that colleges give good financial aid packages to these kids, who are arguably the best and brightest kids in the world.

Shalom,

Dan

PS — Here are a bunch more “Arabian Nights” pictures.

BQ Menu

The menu for the evening. The food was great

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

The Palace

The Palace

The desert

The desert

Drama by the market place

Drama by the market place (The kids made the pottery lamps hanging down from the ceiling.)

A great evening enjoyed by everyone.

A great evening enjoyed by everyone.