Important Life Lessons: Service and Teamwork

Matthew 25: 35-40

"'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

The King will reply 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"

Hear What Our Students Said: 

“…It also has inspired me to help others. Maybe I will help others in my church’s pantry”
“We really worked together to make a difference. It was the work of God. I felt like Jesus helping the needy. Thank you for giving me this opportunity”
“Today’s experience at the food bank was amazing. As we were loading the oats into the bags, it made me happy knowing that the meals we were putting together were going to people who really need it…It felt great to make a difference. We worked for an hour and a half and ended up making 4153 meals. It was amazing to help out at the food bank and I would like to help again soon.”
“It inspired me to also make a difference. Someday I want to be part of something like this operation. I want to make an impact on people like the community service center does and to be able to see people become so happy because I helped give them a better life.”
“This taught me that helping others is very important. The church tries to help others too. When driving back I thought of all of the hungry people that I helped.  A nice lady told us that I helped about 69 people.  I reflected on how Jesus has helped others.  This has made me feel joy of helping others.”

Oregon has one of the highest food insecurity rates in the United States. When we look at the data, one in five Oregonians faces food insecurity, the inability to get enough affordable, nutritious food, on a daily basis. 

One in five. 

On February 15th, Tualatin Valley Academy's 7th-9th grade students were joined by Scappoose Adventist Christian School's students to work at the Oregon Food Bank. They spent an hour and a half packing oats to be distributed to people in need. It was an exercise in teamwork, as packing food at the food bank works something like a well-oiled assembly line, but it also opened students' eyes to what they themselves can do to serve others, just like Jesus did. 

During their shift, students packed 4 pallets of oats into 2 lb bags. They packaged 4983 lbs of oats in total, which is the equivalent of about 4153 meals or 69 meals per student. 

Students were amazed that a hour and a half of their time produced 4153 meals for people in need.

That afternoon the students headed over to Beaverton Seventh-day Adventist Church to continue the day of service and teamwork. Students were broken up into 5 groups, each captained by 9th grade students, and rotated through stations. The first station was the church's community center. Students learned about the local and global (ADRA) Adventist mission. The second station gave students the opportunity to journal about their experience, reflecting on what they learned and how they felt about the morning's activities. The remaining 3 stations were team building stations. Students did activities ranging from turning a tarp over with the entire group standing on it to building newspaper tables to support as many books as possible to doing a trust walk.

It was a fun day, and one full of learning and reflection. Students gained valuable life skills, and the experience is one they will not soon forget. 

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 ( 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

A New Beginning

After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited for the beginning of a new school year! A brand new 50 year roof protects our school from windy and rainy weather.  Our front parking lot has been completely repaved with new curbs and striping.  A big thank you goes to our Home & School organization and all the students, parents, & friends who supported our Walk-a-thons the last two years! Their efforts have resulted in a parking lot that is safer and of which we can all be proud. 

Our teachers have been working to prepare their classrooms and are very excited to welcome students back for a new school year!  Our enrollment is strong with over two hundred students enrolled. We have two third grade classrooms this year and our ninth grade begins with eight students enrolled. 

We are very thankful for all the blessings and success we have enjoyed over the past year.  With faith and hope in God's continued blessing, we welcome our students and parents to a new school year!


Our school year is drawing to a close and our students are enjoying end of the year activities such as swimming, Field Day on Friday, June 3, and of course graduation.  Students will move up a grade, our eighth graders will graduate and go on to ninth grade and become high school students. We are proud of their growth and progress and wish all our students every success!

We learned this week that our music teacher, Ashlee Dollar Ferriera, will not be returning next year so that she can stay home with her new daughter, Sage.  We will miss her but we understand the desire to care for and be present with her daughter.  We have begun the process of looking for a new music teacher.

Our Walk-A-Thon brought in over $18,000! With some other donations we have achieved our match for an additional $19,000. We are now in the process of scheduling a contractor to do the repaving work on the parking lot! We hope to get it all done before school starts in the fall.  We are very thankful for all of the work and contributions that went into this effort led by our Home & School!

A second project we hope to complete this summer is the reroofing of our elementary building.  We are in the process of obtaining quotes for this work and getting it scheduled as well.

Change can be challenging but it can also be fun and rewarding.  We live in a world where growth and change are a daily part of our lives.  We rely on our friends and family when change is painful and we rejoice with them when change is the result of achieving our goals.  Let us celebrate with our students as they complete this year and move on to the next goal, the next grade in their education!

Tualatin Valley Academy exists because we want our students to achieve the final goal of living eternally with God.  The Apostle Paul tells us that “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.”  That will be the ultimate change!  It will not be painful but instead will be joyful and exciting!  A new life in a world made new – that is the change we seek for all of our students!

Exciting Updates!

Welcome to our new website!  We are excited about our new design and hope that you find it easier to navigate and find the information you need.  A huge thank you goes to Rachel Blackburn, one of our parents for all the time and work she has put in to make this happen!

Marketing Grant: I am happy to report that we reached our matching goal for the Marketing Grant and are already placing advertising promoting enrollment for next year including our ninth grade program.  Thank you to everyone who participated in helping us match this grant!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Repair Work: You will notice that we have had to do some repair work between the two buildings because of a water supply line that began leaking.  We will have to regrow grass around the flag pole area and there is a spot in the blacktop that we had to dig through.  I want to thank Ron Danielson, parent and board member, and his crew for their work in addressing this problem quickly and creating a permanent solution to this problem.  Ron has helped us with many maintenance tasks over the years including prep work for our recent security fence project. We really appreciate his help!

Re-enrollment: We have already done a lot of planning for next school year and we encourage you to go to your RenWeb account on ParentsWeb and complete the re-enrollment process for your student(s).  Some of our classes will fill up very quickly and I do not want you to be disappointed by having your student put on a wait list.  Also there is a $50 enrollment fee discount if you complete re-enrollment by April 29, 2016.

“Every Child” Scholarship Grant: We have enjoyed an increase in enrollment this year of 15 students in grades K-8 and our pre-school has been full throughout the year.  We have been blessed by the “Every Child Deserves to Know Christ” grant program with twenty students receiving scholarship funds from the grant.  Students on this grant program will be eligible to re-apply through grade 12.  New Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 9 students are also eligible to apply for this income based scholarship.

Thank you for continuing to support TVA!  Our goal is to provide the best possible Christian Education and we appreciate the confidence you place in our teachers and staff.

May God bless,

Ed Tillotson

Principal TVA