Saturday, February 21, 2015


Each grade, 7-12, has a group of staff members called sponsors who help students to plan class activities.  A lot of planning and organization goes into sponsoring a class and usually sponsors stay with that class through graduation.  Near the end of our first year here, we attached ourselves to the fine class of 2016.

In 9th grade, classes begin fund-raising activities to cover the cost of their senior class trip.  Freshmen sell snack concessions during movie nights, Sophomores sell Valentines and put on a restaurant for staff, Juniors and Seniors sell breakfast and lunch concessions at major sports tournaments. 

In addition to this, most of their Junior year is spent designing and planning a Banquet in honor of the Seniors.  The Jr/Sr Banquet, called “BQ” around here, is one of many unique RVA traditions.  The Juniors pick a theme for BQ and based on that theme, they design an elaborate set & table decorations, prepare a five course meal, write and star in a play and perform live entertainment for the senior class and their sponsors.  It takes 4-6 months of planning, an immense amount of coordination and is a ton of work for both the juniors and their sponsors.

All of the planning and coordination for this event comes together during mid-term weekend, when, instead of retreating for a long weekend break, our juniors, along with many of their parents, descend upon this campus in order to build Banquet. 

Last weekend (mid-term) we had 79 junior students, 90 parents, and 10 sponsors take on this feat.  For three days, we hammered, drilled, constructed, paper-mached and painted, while others cooked, sewed, hot-glued, acted, and sang.  It was non-stop. 

Last night, we reaped the rewards of our hard work.  We got all dressed up, processed at dusk through a lantern-lit path to the cheers of underclassmen & staff, and enjoyed an extensive dinner theater along with the seniors and their sponsors. 

Our theme?   Narnia! 

Come along & see what BQ is all about:

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What a joy and a privilege to be part of this tradition here at RVA! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We are back

We are back to life in Kijabe – back to small town shopping at the Dukas, bringing our own baskets, shaking hands with and talking to the store owners, greeting each of the ladies who sell vegetables.




We are back to life in Africa – where kind Kenyan women will take your filled-to-the-brim basket and hoist it on their backs to carry it to your car for you. 



We are back to life at RVA, where Evelyn goes to story time on Mondays and preschool on Wednesdays, where Nate attends half-day kindergarten and Ethan is a full-day 1st grader.  



We are back to life at RVA in all of its fullness – a math classroom full of Algebra and Statistics students, a JV basketball team to coach.  I am back in the Guidance office three mornings a week, and in and around our home most other times. 



We are back to life at RVA and the myriad responsibilities that come with living 24/7 with the students we teach.  Things day schools don’t have like sponsoring an entire class of 79 juniors, like dorm cover Monday nights to give HS dorm parents an evening off, like staffing tournaments on the weekend or hosting them at your house. 

We are back to a full, fast-paced life during each term. 

We are back to life in Africa because we have a strong team of prayer and financial supporters, who allow us to live and serve here.  THANK YOU for your faithfulness in giving, in praying and in encouraging us. 

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