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– by Doug Vander Schaaf Schaaf, CVC CVC CMS MS teacher/principal

Misplaced Passions


Homecoming Savanah Garbani was crowned Homecoming Queen and Rhett Anderson was chosen Homecoming King during the annual festivities this past October. •

In This Issue CVC School Board . . . . . . . Day 100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual School Sale . . . . . . Sports Shorts . . . . . . . . . . Eighth Grade Science . . . . Chess Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . High School Musical . . . . . Stewardship Corner . . . . . Looking Ahead . . . . . . . . . Of Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni News . . . . . . . . . . .

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t is curious that in recent years the term ”passion” has taken on a new and positive connotation. I can remember a time (and perhaps this is the inner adolescent in me) when the mention of “passion” brought on snide snickers and “ooh la laas” because of the association with mushy, uncontrollable, romantic feelings. Passion or “being passionate” was not viewed as a particularly good thing because it indicated a weakness in falling subject to uncontrollable and overwhelming emotions. In fact, a definition of passion could be, “an intense, overmastering feeling or conviction.” People are sometimes described as attacking, or even killing, in “fits of passion.” Now it appears the term “passion,” when slapped on to virtually any interest or activity, justifies the pursuit or behavior. A recent television commercial encourages senior citizens to share their passions of fishing and cooking with their grandchildren. College and career counselors sometimes ask their advisees what their passions are in pursuit of education and employment. A while back I heard a parent say, rather proudly, that his family was passionate about a particular sport. There is another word that is very similar in meaning to passion, but has a rather negative connotation: “obsession.” I dare venture that most of us would rather be referred to as passionate rather than obsessive. Passion is positive, but obsession is negative. Grandparents would probably not want to hand their obsessions down to future generations and most parents might not consider it healthy for their family to be obsessed with baseball, volleyball, soccer or football. A passionate musician would be a sincere and dedicated minstrel, whereas the obsessive one would be the ranting, raving, wild-eyed loon in the attic pounding on the piano into the wee hours. In his book Crazy Love,, Francis Chan defines obsession as, “to have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.” Chan then goes on to encourage his readers to be obsessed with following Jesus. It sounds a little strange. I would have expected him to use the term passion because it seems to be the popular term du jour. He does not explain why he chose the seemingly negative over the positive. This is pure speculation on my part, but I wonder if Mr. Chan chose his terminology because of his careful reading of God’s word. Consider that the Bible does not have one positive thing to say about passion or being passionate. In fact, Scripture repeatedly encourages us to control our passions (Galatians 5:24) and to avoid being enslaved by worldly passions (Titus 3:3). Nowhere is there any (“Misplaced Passions” continues on page 2)

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encouragement to follow our passions or to be passionate. I would suggest that the perspective of Scripture is that the overwhelming fervor of passion and obsession is something that should be singularly focused on our dedication to Christ and following Him, never on fanciful worldly interests and activities. I admit to having an obsession way back when I was in high school. I was a real fan of rock and roll and desperately wanted to be in a band, so I taught myself to play drums. I would practice for hours memorizing songs and rehearsing fills. In those days there wasn’t much competition in drumming in Northwest Iowa, so a white boy with half a sense of rhythm had a shot. I was always on the hunt for band mates and looking to put together the right group. The margins of my notebook paper at school were filled with drum, guitar and amp doodles. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that I was absolutely consumed with drumming and playing rock and roll. Now, if I had been encouraged at that time to follow my passion, I would have gone full tilt into a life of rock. I doubt that much would ever have come from it other than a few drug busts, alcohol abuse and probably a couple of failed marriages. What actually did happen is that the Lord put his hand on my life and redirected me. Drumming had to be put on hold for while until I was on the right path and then He allowed music to take its proper place. We live in a culture that can seduce us with trivial pursuits. Opportunity and technology distract us from the more important issues in life to an often unhealthy focus on recreation, entertainment and self-gratification. At Central Valley Christian we would do well to emphasize the controlling of such passions with our students. A big part of Christian education is helping students to see that their wholehearted focus needs to be on Christ and how to serve Him best. Other interests and activities may certainly be pursued and done to the glory of God, but never in a way that replaces our devotion to Him.

CVC School Board Highlights From the School Board Meeting, December 3, 2012:

▲ Tom Koetsier shared about his father’s love for

Christian education and that memorial gifts will go to the CVC Assistance fund.

▲ Board visitation reports were received for informa-

tion and new assignments were made: Dan Altena to elementary; Keith Visser to middle school; Vicki Dykstra to high school.

▲ The Admissions report was received for information – enrollment continues at 876.

▲ A discussion was held about why Veterans’ Day was

not taken off. The school specifically honors and remembers veterans that day more than most students would do with a free day.

▲ The following motion was approved for middle

school: The middle school graduation will remain for the 2012–2013 school year. For the 2013–2014 school year it will change to a promotion banquet to be held in the evening and would include a dinner service with parents.

▲ In the high school, math teacher Abbie Wright will

not be returning. Visalia First Assembly is not available for high school graduation exercises.

▲ Technology committee would like some direction as

to where the school would like to be with technology. This was referred to the High School Education Committee.

▲ The Fall Drive is currently at $138,000. This is less than last year at this time, and our goal is $400,000. Board members are calling society members to remind them of the drive.

▲ Both Trinity URC and Visalia CRC’s representatives

on the board met with their respective church board to keep communication open and to respond to questions and requests. – by Vicki Dykstra, CVC School Board Secretary

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Annual School Sale

Day 100 Celebration Day 100 is a significant day on the CVC K–2nd elementary school calendar. The day always begins with a parade lead by the mysterious character, Zero the Hero. Children and teachers don clothing and hats glued or sewn with 100 items as they march around the playground. Some classes are asked to create posters with 100 items attached and special games are played, all in celebration of reaching the 100th day of the school year. This year the three 3rd grade teachers challenged their students to bring in 100 items per classroom to donate to the Visalia Rescue Mission. A mound of toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant far surpassed the goal of 300. A total of 527 items was donated by the CVC third grade classes. Way to go, third grade — just another great way to celebrate Day 100!

SAVE THE DATE — Friday, April 26, 2013 for the annual CVC School Sale Dinner and Auction We are busy making preparations for our Annual School Sale and are excited to let you know it is coming soon. You will not want to miss this fun-filled event for the entire family! Please watch for the School Sale brochure that will be sent to you in the mail. To help make this fundraiser a success, we are seeking donations of any kind. Some suggestions are the following: gift certificates, products you have created, unique experiences or adventures, sporting equipment, items children would enjoy, home improvement tools, spa or beauty products, anything for your car or truck, dairy needs and services, concert or sporting event tickets, or popular new electronics or toys. Your imagination is the limit. If you would like to send a cash donation, the committee will be happy to do the shopping for you. Money raised through the live and silent auctions goes directly to help keep tuition affordable for CVC families. Donations in any amount or size are deeply appreciated and can be dropped off at any of the school offices. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us. Thank you. The School Sale Committee: Mike Frings (901-6427) MaryAnn Visser (967-1476) Laura Vander Dussen (804-9415) •

CVC Sports Shorts Cross-Country Teams Win Section Titles Both the CVC boys’ and girls’ teams captured Central Section Division 5 Cross-Country Championships on Thursday, November 15. The girls dominated their competition by placing five girls in the top seven. Those girls were Annechiena Knevelbaard, Shani Slabber, Jamie Dykstra, Emily Cross and Kari Van Hofwegen. The boys were also dominant by placing six runners in the top ten: Kees Knevelbaard, Arie De Hoop, Trevor Dodge, Peter Toms, Luke Dykstra and Cooper Calvin. Fall 2012 Visalia Times-Delta Awards Cross-Country: All-County First Team - Shani Slabber and Annechiena Knevelbaard.

Girls’ Tennis: All-County Second Team - Emily White and Nicole Bouvia Volleyball: All-County First Team - Tess Van Grouw and Taylor Van Den Berg; Second Team - Sky Griffin Girls’ Golf: All-County Second Team - Lauren te Velde Football: All-County Second Team - Mitch Pendergast


Eighth Grade Science Presents:

Physical Disease and Disorder

Chess Club Competition Eight students from the CVC Chess Club participated in the Chess Tournament on January 26. The tournament in Farmersville brings the best chess players from Tulare County to challenge each other in five matches. Matthew Lewis, a CVC fifth grader pictured above, won all five of his matches and took home a first place trophy! His brain was very tired after matching strategies against some very good players. CVC’s Chess Team took home a third place trophy as well. Congratulations to the team members and their parents for a fantastic tournament!

CVC Phone Numbers Preschool Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-2050 Elementary (K–6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-2684 FAX for Elementary Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-2051 Middle School Office (7–8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-5273 FAX for Middle School Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334-5283 High School Office (9–12)/Administration/ Superintendent/Business Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-9481 FAX for High School Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-7963 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-2018 Athletic Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 734-8160

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Each year students in eighth grade science classes write a five-page research report on a disease or disorder. After turning in the report, they give a presentation to their classmates about their topic. They have to use some kind of visual aid so many students use a poster, a PowerPoint presentation, or a video clip to present their information. Other students invite a guest speaker who is knowledgeable on the subject, either as a health care professional, or as a person who has dealt with the disease or disorder. I am always impressed with the variety of presentations from the students. They are encouraged to be creative and make their presentation understandable to the rest of their classmates, and they do a terrific job. Over the years, however, the highlights of the presentations have often been the guest speakers. We have had parents, grandparents, doctors and nurses speak to our students to bring a whole new level of understanding of the reality of dealing with illnesses, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis or liver disease, and other conditions, like dyslexia, craniosynotosis, and spinal cord injury. Often, the speaker will share his or her faith journey along with sharing real life experience of dealing with a serious illness or disorder in a family. I could include many names of many people who have taken the time to share their experience, either as a patient, a family member of a patient, or a health care professional. One of the highlights of this year’s presentations was Dr. Barsoum, a urologist and eighth grade parent, who explained kidney disease perfectly to an eighth grade audience. Not only was he was interesting, but he also made it clear that the incredible design of our kidneys is due to God’s handiwork. Other guest speakers included Dr. Sine, a pediatric doctor; Donna Westra, who made a repeat visit with her daughter who had craniosynotosis and had to have major surgery on her skull at a very young age; and Sharmae Flores, who shared her story of dealing with arthritis. I am so thankful for the adults that take time out of their daily schedules to enrich the education of eighth grade students and give them a perspective that encourages them to think beyond the printed words of a report. They allow students to see some of the faces of people who deal with the conditions in real life and are able to share the glory of God’s healing and comfort in the midst of trials. – by Sue Batchelor, CVCMS Science Teacher

To Be Presented April 11–13:

CVC High School Musical – Cinderella CVC High School will present the classic musical Cinderella on April 11–13. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Subsequent remakes in 1965 and 1997 have succeeded in transporting new generations to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

The Cast of CVC’s Fall Play – “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”

CVC Stewardship Corner What is stewardship? It is the Christian’s management of lifestyle which results in generous giving of time, talent and treasure. Please consider the following opportunity. A gift of remembrance may be given to the CVC Endowment Fund to honor living or departed family or friends. A gift can be given in honor of an individual for memorial purposes, commemoration of a birth wedding, anniversary, milestone birthday, retirement or other significant event. The gift is tax-deductible and the amount will be kept confidential.

I, (Donor Name) __________________________________________ _________________________ (Address) ______________________________________________ _________________________ (Phone) ________________________________________________ ___________________________ would like to contribute to the Central Valley Christian Endowment Fund. Please designate this gift of $ _________________ for: In Memory of _______________________________________ In Celebration of _____________________________________ In support of Christian education


Kindergarten Application Days Elementary Office 13 Farm Show Day - No school 18 Presidents’ Day - No school 20–22 HS Breakout 27 County Spelling Bee 28 MS/HS Bands Festival Concert 7 pm, Chapel


HS Choirs Classic Concert - 7 pm, Chapel 8 End of 3rd quarter 8 HS Sadie Hawkin’s Dance - 8 pm, Gym 11 Cavalier Preview Day - 3:30 pm, Gym 13 5th Grade State Fair - MMC 13 MS/HS Big Band Bash - 2 pm, Chapel 14, 15 MS Parent/Teacher Conferences 15 No school - MS ONLY 15-16 Kindergarten Assessment Days Elementary Office 16 HS Step-Up Movie Night - 7 pm, Gym 18 College Preparation Meeting for 8th Graders and Parents - 7 pm, MPR 19 College Savings Information Night 7 pm, Chapel 23 Youth for Christ Dinner and Auction - 4:30 pm, Gym 25 Easter Break begins - no school through April 1


1 Travel Day - no school 11–13 HS Musical “Cinderella” - 7 pm, Chapel 17 1st – 6th grades Celebration of Writing - 11 am – 3 pm, MMC 19 MS Variety Show - 7 pm, Chapel 23 Annual CVC Society Meeting - 7 pm, Chapel 26 Annual CVC Dinner/Auction - 5 pm, Gym 27 HS Step-Up Powder Puff Football 5 pm, Stadium 30 MS/HS Spring Band Concert - 7 pm, Chapel


Of Note... CVC 2nd–6th grade students recently contributed money to the local “I Care” Eye Care Project as a special Thanksgiving project. The money was raised exclusively for providing eye glasses to students in the Visalia area who are unable to afford replacement glasses. The money given supplied 56 Visalia students with a pair of glasses. These recipients are now able to see clearly and can continue their education without a visual disadvantage! Congratulations to the CVC Spelling and Geography Bee champions! Penelope Espinoza (8th Grade) is this year’s Geography Bee champion. Kayla Saltzman (5th grade) is the 4th–6th grade Spelling Bee champion, with Serena Schotanus (6th grade) as the alternate. Kenneth O’Leary (7th grade) is the 7th–8th grade Spelling Bee champion, with Megan Mueller (8th grade) as the alternate. Selected CVC High School students currently have artwork on display at the Tulare County Office of Education building through March 1 as part of their annual county-wide exhibit. Artwork from the exhibit will be judged and the best of the best will be featured in the Best of Show exhibit March 3–31. There will be a reception to honor Best of Show artists on March 28. More information will be coming on the winners from CVC and the reception details. Congratulations to 10th graders Mitchell Borges (percussion) and Sebastian Elsenbroek (trombone) who auditioned and were accepted into the Tulare/Kings County Honor Band. The band is composed of the top players from all area high schools and presented its concert on January 26. Congratulations to these young men for representing CVC in this distinguished ensemble.

CVC High School students Camila Mora and Emily Brown were selected to participate in the California All-State Choir to be held in San Jose on March 21–23. Camila and Emily will be joining with the top choral musicians in the state to rehearse and present a concert on the 23rd of March. This selection marks Camila’s third year of participation and Emily’s first year in this prestigious choir. Freshmen Macie Roeben, Tarah Segler and Emily Schwarz were chosen to participate in the Tulare-Kings Honor Choir on February 1–2. ASAPH (CVC’s chamber choir) had the unique opportunity on January 28 to attend a workshop by the acapella group Pentatonix, winners of Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Pentatonix also presented a sold-out concert that evening at L J Williams Theater to benefit the community assistance organization Hands in the Community. As part of the opening act for that concert, CVC students performed a number from their upcoming musical, “Cinderella.” Congratulations to high school English teacher Lisa Maher for finishing her Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum and Teaching through Fresno Pacific University.

CVC Alumni News Abby Sherrill (’08) graduated from Cal State Long Beach in December with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She is applying to grad schools to pursue a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre. A.J. (’02) and Lindsay Hilarides (’03) De Groot were blessed with a baby girl, Brynlee Rae, on Oct. 8, 2012. Adam and Heidi Zonneveld (’03) DeVisser were blessed with a baby girl. Quinn Audrena was born Jan.3, 2013 and weighed 7 lb. 9 oz.

The Cavalier - February  

The Communique of Central Valley Christian Schools