Monday, December 31, 2012

Parent: a great noun that's even a better verb.

Tonight there is a great opportunity to make nouns into verbs.  No, this isn’t a grammar lesson.  We won’t be diagramming sentences, looking for action verbs or explaining what happens when modifiers are left dangling. 
Tonight is an excellent opportunity to make parent, often used as a noun – “My parents remember using a rotary phone attached to a stretchy, curly cord”, into a verb.

Parent your children by knowing what they will be doing tonight and take measures, make decisions that will help keep them safe.  Taking car keys from underage drinkers is not the solution.  Alcohol poisoning is not averted because parents took car keys from teenagers and then allowed them to drink while partying in the basement.  

Parent your children by communicating with other parents.  If your son or daughter is staying at a friend’s house, call those parents and ask what they will do to ensure alcohol is not a part of the New Year celebration.

Parent your children by explaining to them why you care about what they will do tonight.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Example's Christmas Gift

 Students' Advice for Students
At our last Example event students wrote down advice they wanted other students to hear.  The temptations to drink and use drugs are always strong, but with the numerous holiday parties, they may be even stronger.   Check out the wall by the office for more words of encouragement.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Example's Christmas Party

The event began with a gift exchange.  The Most Creative Present was from Dana who gifted Nicole's life with a new goldfish.  

The Most Ewww Present went to Mereidth.  With her new supply of elastics, Meredith won't need any help with her braces for some time. 

The Most Awkward Present may have been the the booklet of creeped photos of Mr. Brandt with faces of family members replaced by a white circle and a "Your face here." message.  Mr. Brandt has contacted his legal team and is investigating if this privacy intrusion violates the Patriot Act. 

 Students acted out Christmas songs while the other groups tried to guess the title.  I believe the answer to the human contortionists pictured at the right was Joy to the World.

The evening also included the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  It was a fiercely competitive battle, but at the end of the night, the people spoke and cheered, whistled and voted 

Anna as the Ugly Christmas Sweater Champion of 2012

The evening closed with the study of I Timothy 4:12.  Paul encourages Timothy to be strong and not let others look down on him because he is young.  The advice Paul gave Timothy is the same advice we can apply to our lives.  Our response to the mercy and grace freely given to us through Christ's death and resurrection, is to be examples to others in speech, life, love, faith and purity.  Students then wrote advice to other students and parents about how to avoid the temptations of alcohol and drug use.  Their encouraging words of advice are posted in the main hallway by the office.

For more pictures and videos check out  Example on Facebook.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Example Advice to Students...and Parents

One event at Example's Christmas party involved students writing down advice they would like to give to their friends and parents.  The comments will be displayed along the main hallway this week.  Here are just a few examples of Example advice

Students' Advice to Students: During vacation there are plenty of temptations to drink and use drugs.  This is not part of God's plan for us.  What advice could you give to your friends that will help them avoid these temptations?

  • Be strong in the Lord. He is with you and will guide you. Don't give into the temptations that the devil puts in front of you.  Remember, that God is with you and will give you strength. 
  • Spend time with friends and family who will encourage you to make smart decisions.  The decision to say "No" is easier when there are others backing you up. 
  • Put yourself in situations where you are not going to be tempted.
  • "One time" could be the "one time" too many.  It is not worth it.

Students' Advice to Parents: So often we look to parents for advice. Their wisdom and experience are encouraging and helpful. What advice could you give parents that would help and encourage you to avoid the dangers of drinking and drugs?

  • Set a good example for those you come in contact with.  Acknowledge that underage drinking and drugs are bad, and support those who choose to make the right decision.
  • Ground your kids in scripture.
  • Be responsible with how much and what you drink.  Set an example to your kids.
  • Supporting underage drinking doesn't help anyone.  Don't try to be the "cool" parent. It puts people in danger. Be smart and Responsible
Pictures and videos of the Christmas party will be posted soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and REGIFT!

This just in....
Bring a wrapped, white elephant gift to the Example Christmas Party this Saturday, December 15.  Confused?  We will exchange gifts at the Example Christmas party.  Find something odd, quirky or useful around the house, wrap it up and watch the hilarity ensue when Franky picks your gift.  
Don't have anything quirky or creative lying around the house?  Hustle over to Aunt Matilda's homestead.  I know, I know.  You were just there looking for an ugly Christmas sweater.  Well, she had that so you know she'll have something you can use for a white elephant gift.  

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and REGIFT
Let's be honest.  You never found a use for that cookie cutter shaped like a carburetor.  Crazy Uncle Ned thought he was doing you a favor.  Do yourself a favor and unload that baby at the Example Christmas party.  Regifting is strongly encourage.  The more outrageous the gift, the better. 

The party begins at 7:00.  Cost is $3.00

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ugly Christmas Sweater?

There seems to be plenty of competition for Example's Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.  Some are trying to accessorize their ugly Christmas sweater ensemble with an Ugly Christmas sweater-face.  The stakes are high, competition fierce and pride is on the line.  

Rummage through Aunt Bertha's moth-ridden closets, seize that beautifully-hideous Christmas sweater and head over to Example's Christmas party on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00.  The cost is $3.00.  

Grinchy Christmas sweater-face is optional.