Men of Arma Dei,
Please join us for the third annual Dad and Student Valentine Breakfast on Friday, February 10, 2017! Breakfast will be available from 6:45 A.M. until 8:15 A.M.  Students will report to their classrooms when finished with breakfast (as early as needed for dad's departure and no later than 8:15 A.M.).

RSVP should include number attending (dad + students) and item to share.
We love you moms but due to limited space, this event is designed specifically for students and dads.


by Dr. Aaron Denlinger

Ours is an age that values the new over the old. We all want the newest fashion, the latest release, the most recent model of whatever technology is currently sweeping the marketplace, because we've been shaped by our culture to value that which is new over that which is old. Our privileging of the new and exciting over the old is reflected in our shopping habits and advertising jingoes. We are, on a daily basis, assaulted with advertisements promising us something "new and improved," or "hot off the press," of "under new management." We never met the old management or had any real problem with it, but new management must be good. Or how about this one from the late 1980s: "This is not your father's Oldsmobile."

Our privileging of the new over the old extends to the realm of ideas as well. To call an idea "antiquated" in our day is to discredit it. The word "antiquated" comes to us from the Latin antiquus, meaning "old" or "long-standing," and-at least according to its etymological root-really means nothing more than that. But when we hear the word "antiquated" applied to an idea we think, "dated," "no longer useful," or just simply, "false."

This privileging of the new over the old, especially in the realm of ideas, sets us apart significantly from our forefathers in western history. Up until fairly recently in the west, to call an idea "antiquated' was to praise it, not discredit it. If someone wished to discredit an idea he or she would typically call that idea "novel" (from the Latin novus, meaning "new"). That which was old, that which was established, that which was time-tested and proven, was until the onset of modernity consistently privileged and valued over that which had yet to stand the test of time. But such is no longer the case.
Join us tomorrow for Chapel at 8:15 A.M.
Mr. Dean Walker will speak on II Corinthians and Multiplying God's Kingdom, second grade students will recite the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Parent cafe immediately following at 8:45 A.M.

Join us for a summer family camping trip to Golden Gate Canyon State park, August 11-13. Golden Gate Canyon has great facilities that include bathrooms, showers, dish-washing stations, a ranger station, and laundry. We would assistance in organize group hikes, sing-a-longs, family storytime, family competition, and nature talks with park rangers. 

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 9. 
Also, please let us know if you can help with organizing campsites, teaching new families about camping, singing songs, and organizing games.

Logowear is available for purchase twice a semester.  The online store is now taking orders until February 10.
Click Here To Order

St. Augustine (354-430 AD) was one of the great figures of the early Church. The story of his conversion is told in his Confessions, in which he describes how God used a single verse from the epistle to the Romans to suddenly convert him.

While bitterly wrestling with his sin and questions about God, Augustine heard neighboring children chanting, "Tolle lege, tolle lege" or "Take up and read, take up and read." Augustine took these words as a command from God to take up his Bible and read. After reading Romans 13:13-14, Augustine gave his life to Christ.

Just as Augustine's life was changed by reading God's word, we too can be changed by the inspired word of God. Students at Arma Dei Academy are immersed in scripture and quality literature every day. In honor of Augustine and the power of the written word, students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will participate in Arma Dei Academy's Tolle Lege Reading Challenge each weekend in February.

The first gathering of the Arma Dei Academy Faculty/Parent Book Club will take place tonight, February 2, from 7:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M. in the Latin classroom. We plan to meet on the first Thursday of each month and will be reading a variety of classical literature.
Our first selection is Leaf by Niggle, a short story by J.R.R. Tolkien. If you are interested in attending, please email Aaron Denlinger or Karen Hein. Copies of the story are available at the front desk.

We look forward to discussing with and learning from you.
Our recreation area continues to grow. Additional playground equipment was installed last week.

Coming soon... gaga ball pit, a permanent covering over the picnic tables, some bench seating, and an equipment storage shed.

Arma Dei Academy students in first through eighth grades will participate in the first annual Rocky Mountain Classical Christian Schools Speech Meet. 

This regional meet is designed to offer a venue for students to develop and practice public speaking skills as well as build community amongst classical Christian students in the Rocky Mountain region. 

Each student will compete in one of the following four categories: Dramatic Interpretation, Bible Memory, Poetry, or Patriotic Recitation. Full details and guidelines will be provided soon. This year's meet will be held on March 16, at Augustine Classical School in Lakewood, Colorado.

Our team packed enough food for 117 children for a year  at the 
Feed My Starving Children Mobilpack!

Thanks to those who participated!