One Body Together in Christ
“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good work that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” Ephesians 2:10
At All Saints Academy we believe that we can ALL grow! Students and staff at ASA have been reflecting on their unique individual set of strengths and particular areas to grow. When you put those strengths and areas to grow onto a puzzle piece in pink and green it quickly becomes obvious that we were made to work together, to help each other grow! Our areas to grow can be supported by someone else's strengths, and we can also support others in their area to grow with our personal strengths. We can even work alongside others with similar strengths to continue to grow. Reflecting on all of the various pieces of ASA's puzzle, it's not hard to believe that through Christ we were brought together to grow in faith, learning, loving, and service as one community!
There are various puzzle piece displays in both of our buildings posted to serve as visual reminders to staff and students that their unique creativity and innovative gifts can be used to help others grow. These displays are also a reminder that there is always someone in the community with a strength that can help each of us grow! It is inspiring to consider what these puzzle displays would look like if we could add pieces for members of all of our families. These puzzles also provide a visual reminder that there is always room for our community to grow!
|Imagine the puzzle God is creating as He continues to build the Body of Christ!|
At ASA we rely on the Holy Spirit as we work to prepare all learners to make a positive impact on others. Our teachers are tasked with supporting the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical development of all our students at all levels. Our partnerships with Christian Learning Center and the Program for Inclusive Education provide valuable strengths to our puzzle of learners. Programs like MobyMax and Osmo, opportunities that allow our 7th and 8th grade students to take classes at our local Catholic high schools or take placement tests for Algebra and Spanish II, all the individualization effort teachers invest, partnerships with Aquinas College, middle school homework club, Early Birds, math and reading smart groups and passion projects are just a few examples of how our teachers continually strive to meet the wide range of strengths and areas to grow of ALL of our individual learners!
As we engage in a strategic planning year it is valuable to evaluate programs and systems, and also gather feedback and ideas so we can continue to strengthen and grow our All Saints Academy puzzle!
“Now the body is not a single part, but many.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
If an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
If the whole body were an eye where would the hearing be?
If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended.
If they were all one part, where would the body be?
But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”