Virtus et Sapientia

Virtue & Wisdom

An Ambassador Christian Academy publication - Celebrating 40 years 
Volume 5—May/June 2019 
Greetings from Head of School, 

M is for Malleable adj.,
O is for Obsequiously adv.,
V is for Verve noun,
E is for Excel verb 

The move is complete, unpacking has begun, and enthusiasm radiates the Grace Bible Church campus. Over the course of many months of packing, purging, and planning and several weeks of transporting, the move from Toms River to Wall is complete. Folks at Ambassador maintained a malleable demeanor, demonstrating flexible dispositions during a daunting task. Staff, parents, board members, and many parent volunteers teamed together and served obsequiously to stage the transition, volunteering many hours after busy work schedules. The verve with which these volunteers worked was admirable. Ambassador continues to excel even in challenging events.  

Medieval Latin is the background from which malleable is derived from malleābilis which is from malleāre, meaning to hammer. Workers were pleasant even with sweat and sore muscles at the end of the day. Certainly many of us felt like we had been hammered with a mallet at the conclusion of the move. Most noticeable was the joy with which each person helped without complaint. At times, even younger students, past graduates, and friends pitched in to lighten the load.  

Laboring obsequiously, youth to adults put aside their professional hats to assure continuous progress was made to finish all aspects of the transport. Deferring to the needs of ACA, humility was evident during each step of the moving process. The obsequence demonstrated was so evident I want to thank and applaud all involved. Again, derived from Latin obsequiōsus, obsequious contains sequī meaning to follow. Directions and orders were followed expertly, regardless of “real-life” positions and ranks.  

Positive enthusiasm was the spirit of the relocation. Verve was seen in all participants even after long and arduous hours of labor. Enthusiasm never diminished, but rather was fueled by the progress. The  etymology of verve is from Latin verba, the plural of verbum, Latin for word. Never a sour or discouraging word was spoken with dispositions permeating verve and cheerfulness. Vivaciousness was the order of the day, never feigning.  

While we realize one can never reach perfect excellence; striving to continually improve is a goal at ACA. II Peter 1:3-4 states: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (ESV). Once in a relationship with Christ and as an image bearer, we want to excel in all we do for His glory. Being blessed with a life and godliness with His power, we can appreciate God’s creation and purpose for us. Ambassador Christian Academy exists to provide a classical education based upon and dedicated to a Christ-centered ethos that inspires students, faculty and staff to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful, and challenges them to strive for excellence as they live in the service of God and man for life and for eternity. 

Serving Him, 
Nancy Mercadante

8th Grade Trip

Student testimonies revealed that the production of “Jesus” at Sight and Sound was the favorite of many. Students also enjoyed Valley Forge and Hershey Park.

8th Graduation

We are proud of the work God is doing in each one of these young people and look forward to seeing how God will use them in the future.

Little Ambassador Preschool

Preschoolers present to moms, dads, and grandparents
to celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day.
Spring Concert

Why Choose a Classical Christian School: Part 5

"Like a world-class museum, classical education is such a large treasury that you can't fully explore or comprehend it even in a lifetime." 
Christopher Perrin—Once more, what is classical education? 

In the last edition of Virtus et Sapentia, the Latin word trivium (meaning the three ways) was introduced. In accordance with the natural development of students, classical schools follow the trivium, otherwise known as the grammar stage, the logic stage, and the rhetoric stage. Within each stage, classical schools place a large emphasis on the Arts. The Latin word quadrivium (meaning the four ways), includes the Arts as an important aspect of classical school training. The study of the Arts includes visual (drawing, sculpting, photography, and film), aural (music, debate, art of argument), kinetic (drama, choreographic expression), and written arts (poetry, literature).  
Ambassador is very excited to announce the addition of violin training to its Arts program this upcoming year. Gregory Wilbur in The Place of the Arts in Classical Education explains that the beginning Arts program fits right into the grammar stage. Students learn the grammar element of reading music and basic finger/hand position on the instrument. In the logic stage, students learn the works, forms, and techniques of composers while practicing their own playing and style. Com-posing original pieces culminate during the rhetoric stage. Stay tuned for Why Choose a Classical Christian School Part 6 in the next edition of Virtus et Sapentia

High School Trip to Cape May

High schoolers learned about warfare aircraft through the decades at the Aviation Museum.  
Culminating our year dedicated to service, many ACA people teamed with GBC to collect garbage to clean Allaire State Park. On the HS trip, teens picked up trash at the Cape May Zoo, which was not an easy job as it is already well-kept.
Veterans taught how the lighthouse was manned and the benefits of the Fresnel Lens. At the lookout tower, students learned about communica-tions without electronics. 
It was a bittersweet moment for ACA faculty and staff as they gathered outside for one last photo at the Toms River campus.  
We want to thank Grace Bible Church for the welcome, work, and warmth they have extended to us as we have transitioned to the new facility.  Two of the most visual improvements include cleaning and waxing the floors, and repairing and paintings classrooms, trim, and molding. Board members have pitched in tremendously. Evidence can be seen with the shelving in the library and the finishing of the computer lab.  Additionally behind the scenes, board members assisted in the move and are actively helping with all the required paperwork for organization and safety at the new campus. Also, we are grateful for the assistance with the IT aspect. Come visit Ambassador at the Grace Bible Church campus and see all the great accomplishments! 

The move to Grace Bible Church campus 

Unloading at the new campus.
Mr. Merc loading up one of the first moving trips 
One of many Saturday moving crews 
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