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Community Conversations: The Classical Christian School


Community Conversations is welcoming Dr. Chris Perrin on September 25 at 1:30pm. Dr. Perrin will speak and discuss the Classical Christian School with our students and members of the public. Read more in this article from CNN which quotes Dr. Perrin.







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What is Black Art?

yorkdaynurseryX00087_9Continuing our Community Conversations series Artist Ophelia Chambliss visited Logos Academy on April 17th to discuss What is Black Art? As an African American artist, there have been times Ms. Chambliss has been told her art is “not black enough.” This has led her to question is how best to define Black Art.  See a video excerpt from her session here.

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ophelia chambliss

Logos Academy welcomes Ophelia Chambliss to our Community Conversations. On April 17, 2013, Ms. Chambliss will be featured exploring the topic “What Is Black Art?”   Logos previously partnered with Ophelia when she designed the artwork used during our building fund Capital Campaign in 2009.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Ophelia has relocated to York, PA, where she most recently was vice president of a publishing services company. Ms. Chambliss has taught communication design at the local college level, worked in new product development for an educational publishing industry service provider, as well as a marketing and sales director.

Ms. Chambliss along with renowned Dr. Samella Lewis, noted author and art historian, were part of a two-woman show, and featured in a documentary produced by PBS entitled “I’ll Make a World”. At the NCA Gallery in Detroit, Michigan, she has worked in a variety of media styles, specializing in subject matter that is culturally based and that features women. Ms. Chambliss tries to depict emotions in her African masks, by using different browns and earth tones. Ophelia is currently working on a public art project that will be a permanent art installation in the City of York, PA. The non-profit project, funded by the City of York, is part of a larger neighborhood revitalization project. The art will serve as the doorway to the plaza, outdoor social space for neighborhood residents.

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The Quest: Reflections on Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom

Several of our Logos Academy teachers are participating in a professional development course based on James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom. The following is a brief essay by Deb Blair, our 3rd grade and lower school lead teacher.

Deb writes:

At the heart of every fairytale is a quest, the character in a state of unrest in search for someone or something with the goal of “happily-ever-after”.  A prince, a path, some golden eggs, good fortune….once found, the story ends in eternal bliss.  In Beauty and the Beast, by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, a beast no one could bear to look upon, was transformed into a handsome prince.  That which was dark and ugly is now glorious and good.  Perhaps that is because it is the deepest yearning of the human heart.

We are all created with an inner quest to fill a void.  It is a God-shaped void.  God created us to desire a righteous relationship with Him:  we were created to love, and with a driving desire to be loved.  According to John Eldredge, in The Journey of Desire:  “We are desire.  It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence.  Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it.  Desire fuels our search for the life we prize.  The same thing is not enough…. it never will be.” We are in a battle for the fulfillment of this desire.   It all began back in time in a perfect garden when trusting God was not enough and was replaced with satisfying self.  The problem wasn’t with the desire, or the quest, the problem was in the attempt at satisfying the desire without God.    King David, anointed king of Israel, knew this all too well.  What started out as God’s kingdom morphed into David’s kingdom….David no longer viewed what God had given him as enough.  The once powerful ruler became a slave to sin as his desire was knocked off track.   Psalm 51 is David’s realization and confession that nothing but God could ever completely fulfill his inner desire.

Frederick Buechner reminds us in Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale that we live in a “world of magic and mystery, of deep darkness and flickering starlight.  It is a world where terrible things happen and wonderful things too.  It is a world where goodness is pitted against evil, love against hate, order against chaos, in a great struggle where often it is hard to be sure who belongs to which side because appearances are endlessly deceptive.  Yet for all its confusion and wildness, it is a world where the battle goes ultimately to the good, who live happily ever after, and where in the long run, everybody, good and evil alike, becomes known by his true name.   That is the fairy tale of the Gospel with, of course, one crucial difference from all other fairy tales, which is that the claim made for it is true, that it not only happened once upon a time, but has kept on happening ever since and is happening still.”

So in this magical, mysterious, fairytale-like, yet often confusing world, how does a child come to desire righteousness and truth from God?  How does he/she develop into the individual who finds fulfillment of his/her desire in Christ alone?  It begins with the stirring of an   awe-struck wonder at  God’s incredible world… with  the stirring of a quest   to know more, which   follows with  the  practice of worship of the Creator as modeled by others in his/her sphere of influence.    It is, of course, the opening of physical eyes to become Kingdom eyes through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit… the transformation of desires that were once dark and ugly to desires that are glorious and good. 

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Artist in Residence

In the past few days, Logos excitedly welcomed mime, writer, storyteller and director Terri Mastrobuono as artist in residence.  Terri has been interacting with our students in groups large and small, sharing her love for theatre and helping students gain a knowledge of Commedia dell’ Arte.   As one of a few hundred people in the world to study with the Italian master Antonio Fava, Ms. Mastrobuono is helping our kids access a Renaissance theatrical art form by acting with masks and the body.

Check out Terri’s full bio HERE

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Celebrating Passover

Logos Academy is hosting a Messianic Passover Seder put on by Beit HaShalem Emet. Come experience the biblical festival of Passover while learning about its significance to modern day believers. Enjoy an evening of story-telling, music, great food, and dancers as the story of redemption comes alive.

Cost for the evening, including a full buffet dinner, is $25/person or $40/couple. To reserve your seat, please send payment, no later than March 15th to: Beit HaShalem Emet, PO Box 3762, York, PA 17402.

For more information call 717-586-1199 OR visit http://www.bhse-york.org/upcoming-events/

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Community Conversations

To launch our first Community Conversations, Logos welcomed Curt Sipe and the Time Out Band on February 21st at1:30pm. Curt Sipe is the founder of Inspire Music, is a Jazz Educator, a composer and Author. Curt Sipe kicked of the event with a short talk, followed by a Jazz “jam session” and concluded the wonderful experience with an open floor discussion. Curt believes that musical fluency is available to everyone; check out our Facebook page for more photos and upcoming video footage of this amazing event.



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Sandy Hook – A Response from our Head of School

The tragedies at Sandy Hook last week have certainly been on all our minds and became especially real as the pictures of the children were released over the weekend. A distant tragedy in an unfamiliar place finds much greater meaning as we look into the faces of little ones whose lives have been so violently stolen from them. As the Head of School and a father of four children, I take the safety and security of our children very seriously. To continue reading, click HERE.

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Be a Part of the Transformation – A Challenge from our Head of School

I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who had served the latter part of his career in Christian schools. The two of us sat in the Indianapolis airport for two hours sharing our own life stories–our experiences in the church, and, in particular, our experiences in Christian schools. As I listened to his story and that of his family, I was reminded of the similar stories that I periodically hear from those who had either taught or attended Christian schools themselves. It was clear that he was asking himself the hard questions we tend to ask later in life – questions about the impact we have made and for whom, questions about the institutions we chose to serve and why, and questions about the visions we believed in. In my conversation with my new friend, I sensed a long-standing commitment to the Christian school movement and a sincere desire to see great and amazing things mixed with some disappointment and regret.

During my two-hour flight between Indianapolis and Baltimore, I jotted down six questions that I believe are particularly important to those of us at Logos Academy as we strive towards being a model school for a new generation of Christian schools.

1. How can we ensure that our classrooms are accessible to a broadly diverse group of students?

2. How can we demonstrate a very holistic understanding of education?

3. How can we remain relevant amidst the changes we see in the church and in our culture?

4. How can we model great humility in our pursuit of knowledge and truth?

5. How can we be an influential voice in our community, in other schools, and in education reform?

6. How can we best administrate and steward the resources we have received?

Most assuredly, educational leaders will respond to these questions very differently. Some might question whether our schools can or even should do some of these things, to what extent, and for what purpose. Others might enthusiastically respond but confess that they don’t know how to answer these questions. Some, like my friend in the airport, who may have once believed the pursuit of such things was possible, will be reminded of their own experiences which suggest otherwise.

 “I simply believe it’s time for a prophetic and radical reassessment of Christian schooling’s operating premises in the twenty-first century. To transform literally means to change an object in composition and structure so that it is no longer recognizable for what it was, only for what it has become.” – Bruce Lockerbie, A Christian Paideia: The Habitual Vision of Greatness

I am certainly not the only person to suggest that our entire educational system is due for some radical reassessments. I would echo Lockerbie and suggest that in order for Christian schools to remain a constant in our world we will need to begin by asking ourselves the hard questions, expect the tough answers, and respond accordingly.

I am confident that we, at Logos Academy, have been given the opportunity to be a part of the transformation Lockerbie is calling for.

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2012 Annual Report – Check It Out!

Over the summer, several of our friends and donors visited the school to talk through our annual report. Our leadership staff informally shared both important milestones from the year past and what is on the horizon in this coming school year. We would love to share this information with you, too, so we prepared a written summary of our Annual Report. Take a look by clicking here…

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