Pineapple Harvest


In November 2017, the Greenhouse students went on a field trip to a pineapple plantation. Each family was given a pineapple plant to take home. After many months, some of the pineapples have been harvested and eaten. Yum!

Group picture on November 17, 2017 with the pineapple plants.

Another family said, ” We ate our pineapple a few weeks ago. It was small, but really one of the nicest pineapples we’ve had…no picture though.”

The Santos Family planted the top of this pineapple after it was eaten, so now they have 2 pineapple plants.

So thrilled that our students can experience the unique tropical growing experiences in Africa.

Class Pictures — Second Semester


As is the case in many transitional communities, our roster of students changes sometimes from month to month. So it is hard to know how to take a class picture. Here are the class pictures from the end of second semester for the 2018-2019 school year.

6th Grade – Mrs. Lane
5th grade – Mrs. Lane
3/4 Grade – Mrs. Schmidt (Mrs. Penkoff not pictured)
2nd Grade – Miss Smith
Kindergarten and 1st Grade – Miss Smith (Mrs. Roettele not pictured)

3/4 Grade Pizza Biographies


The 3/4 grade class has been reading biographies this quarter. Each student chose a different person to read about and study. After they read the books, they did a “Pizza Biography” about their person. A local pizza shop donated boxes for them to use for their reports.

At the end of the unit, (May 4th) the students had a field trip to “La Pizzeria” to celebrate their accomplishments and to show the owners their projects.

Traffic was so light they had some extra time, so they stopped at Club Hippique to see some horses on the way home.

Class of 2025


We spent some time celebrating these students and their accomplishments yesterday (April 22). Mrs. Santos challenged all the students to keep pressing forward into what God had next for them. Keep running the race set before them.

Mrs. Lane spoke individually about each student – their personalities, their strengths, possible professions that might fit them, and a personal challenge.

“How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.”

As a class they often discuss that big projects or problems must be tackled in small pieces. Each student received a wooden fish to remind them that in the future when they face large tasks or difficult problems – that you take them little by little.

“One bite at a time”

March JLS Science Challenge – Grades 3/4


Every day, the 3/4 class had a science challenge during our March JLS.

Building a barge that won’t sink.

Building the tallest structure using straws.

Did you know that you can stand on eggs without breaking them?!

Building blimps and then racing them off the balcony.

After taking IOWA tests in the morning – our students really enjoyed the hands on science projects!

March JLS 2019


So excited to welcome 54 students to our March 2019 JLS session. While standardized testing and informal testing take a lot of our time, the students are looking forward to science challenges (3-6 grade), Rain forest unit (K-2nd grade), Community Helpers (Preschool), Young Peacemakers (conflict resolution training for Preschool-6th grade), Music Appreciation – learning about J. F. Handel (K-6th grade) and soccer (K-6th grade). THANKS to all our parents and teachers for helping make this JLS exciting and fun!