Sharpen pencils - check.
Wash chalkboards - check.
Plan first week activity schedule - check.
Sort textbooks - check.
Break down subject units - check.
Read novels for literacy study - check.
Hang posters - check.
Arrange desks and bookshelves - check.
Prepare memorization verses and devotions - check.
Organize classroom supplies - check.
Record class agreement - check.
Label journals and scrapbooks - check.
Hide scavenger hunt items - check.
Beach trip - check. (okay, so it's not really a 'mandatory' part of school prep, but I like to think of it as a 'professional development' tactic - clear the sweat out of my pores!)
All systems are go.
On your mark, get set... ring the school bell!
As we sang in church this morning...
Nou bay ou tout lwanj ak glwa, nou adore Senye, Ou merite tout louanj!
Translation - We give you all the glory, We worship you oh Lord, You are worthy to be praised!
I know that all that will be accomplished in the lives of my students and I this year is only because of the strength and grace of God. May He multiply our knowledge into love for Him, and may we give Him all the glory.