The title above is a word we use to describe our approach to orthodox Christianity at ACA. I quoted Oxford Dictionary’s definition this morning in Assembly.
Ecumenical: Adjective. (1)Representing a number of different Christian Churches. (2) Promoting or relating to unity among the world’s Christian Churches.
Our unifying beliefs are articulated in “The Apostles’ Creed.”
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried;
The third day He arose from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
I am so very thankful for the genuine mutual respect I see among our students and faculty as to the practice of our Christian faith. Celebrate with me by thanking God personally!
Faculty Focus: Mrs. Tracy Kirk, 4th Grade Lead Teacher
Tell us about yourself. Family? Hometown? Pets?
I grew up in Montgomery, but now live in a small community called Little Texas in Macon County. I am married to Mark Kirk, and we have three daughters. Our oldest graduated from Auburn University in May, and is currently living in Hanover, Germany teaching English as part of The Fulbright Program. My 19 year old twins attend Southern Union, and we are enjoying those last moments of having them at home! Our youngest girl is a 14 year old chocolate lab named Hershey.
How did you come to learn about ACA and decide to work here?
When I first learned about this school eleven years ago, I was homeschooling my daughters and looking for a writing class for my oldest. At that time, ACA was a group of homeschool families with an interest in classical education. I signed my daughter up for a language arts class. By the next year, I was teaching here. Except for a year off when my children’s schedules needed me to be somewhere else, I have been at ACA since then!
What are you enjoying most about being part of ACA?
I love spending time with children! I enjoy their honesty, their delight in the world, and watching those little light bulbs go off over their heads when they grasp a concept. At ACA, we have the added benefit of parents who are amazingly supportive. I never intended to be a teacher, but this environment with other caring teachers and parents who want the best for their children makes teaching rewarding.
What is your favorite book/author?
Impossible question! I read all the time. I read fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, children’s books, biographies, and anything that sounds interesting! I have a bit of a drive to get to school, and I use that time to listen to books so that time isn’t wasted. I love books, and I enjoy getting to know students so I can recommend books they will enjoy. One advantage of homeschooling for fifteen years is that I have a nice library to share with my students.
What is something the Lord is teaching you today?
Having one child who just left the country and two more that may not be home much longer, my prayers are frequently about the safety and happiness of my children. The Lord is teaching me a lot about letting go of my fears and trusting Him!
Our 1st grade class made these incredible art pieces in Mrs. Goodenough’s art class! The title is LIONS and they are influenced by American artist Dean Russo who says “My greatest inspirations are animals.” Stop in to see them sometime soon!
Coming home Monday are Pizza Hut’s Book It reading log pages. This is a program created for students Kindergarten-5th grade to help them fall in love with reading and take time to do so every day! Every student who completes a reading log each month will win a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Please encourage this reading at home not only for the free pizza, but also for your child’s enjoyment, growth, and discipline in reading!
Old Alabama Town
Last week, Mrs. Nichols’s 3rd grade class took a field trip to Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. They were able to learn all about what life was like in the 1800s! They were able to see a printing press, visit an old schoolhouse, learn how to make cotton into wool, and what a blacksmith does.
Don’t forget about School Picture Day on Wednesday, October 3rd! Students are asked to wear their Chapel attire as normal.
Meal Orders for November need to be placed by October 15th! You can place them at www.mymealorder.com
Yearbook orders are due October 16th! Turn them into Mrs. Richburg in the office.
View the photos attached to the Column here: https://mailchi.mp/9a480a4f37e0/column-09-27-18