Teaching Students to Have a Servant's Heart

Tualatin Valley Academy's first and second grade students are learning about service this Christmas. 

Mrs. Wendt and Mr. Darby are dedicated to Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a technique that helps students engage in learning in a dynamic environment. They study real-world problems and work to solve them. The classes have done things like study farming, learn about other careers, and this month, they are learning about serving others. Each learning module combines a variety of STEAM-based teaching techniques to enhance students' learning ranging from crafts to computer projects to engineering to comparing and contrasting related literature and then writing their own version. 

As part of these projects each student and their parents work together on a monthly homework assignment. This month's assignment is all about service. Students are doing chores for family, friends and neighbors to earn money to buy fun bandaids and toys for patients at Randall Children's Hospital. They are learning the value of giving of themselves to help others who need it - helping to brighten someone's day through their own actions and hard work.

The students are excited and eager to earn as much as they can to help the kids at Randall's, and they will be giving a presentation to their class at the end of the project about what they learned by giving of themselves to help others. 

It's an important lesson that will last a lifetime. 

Communication and Community

As Tualatin Valley Academy continues to grow, we are committed to enhancing our profile in the community. This year we have chosen as our administrative theme "Communication and Community." Our goal is to communicate clearly to our community about our school including our mission, our curriculum, our quality and our Christian environment.

Our initial school community planning workshop will be held on September 18, 2016 here at TVA from 9AM to 4PM. The title of our workshop is "Marketing as Ministry" and is open to all persons in our community that are willing to work or support the school. 

Some of the topics to be covered are Christian Education Matters, Working Together For Changed Lives, Understanding Our Environment, The Matters of Marketing, and Outcomes Matter. The presenter for this workshop is Teresa Kelchner of Christian Education Matters, LLC. She is an experienced marketing consultant and currently serves over 130 Christian schools. 

We invite parents and friends of TVA to this workshop so that together we can build our school's reputation and program into the future. If you are able to come, please contact me (edt@tvja.org) so that we can provide materials and lunch for you. If you know someone who is a supporter of TVA but not a current parent, please pass this information along to them as well. Some of our past parents and alumni are still strong supporters of our school and we would welcome their input as well.

Thank you, 

Ed Tillotson
Principal, Tualatin Valley Academy