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Holocaust Field Trip

 The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

& Anne Frank Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance

Friday, March 3, 2017

7 am to 6 pm

Cost: $20 plus a sack lunch


Hello Parents,

Our day trip to Los Angeles to learn more about the Holocaust is just four weeks away.  The student will be learning about the Holocaust through the ready of “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  During WWII over six million Jews were killed in an attempted genocide because of their race by Nazi Germany.  To view this tragedy through the writings of a teenage girl who lived during it and died is eye opening.  At the Museum and exhibit we will be given an even greater understanding of what took place because of hate and abused power.  We will also be hearing from a Holocaust Survivor.

Here are the details about the trip:

  • We will be meeting at 7am sharp on that Friday morning at the school. We will be leaving shortly after to the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust.  There we will take a docent lead tour around the museum and end with a testimony from a Holocaust Survivor.  A sack lunch will be needed.
  • For lunch we will have a picnic at the adjacent park next the museum. Please make sure to pack a lunch, no restaurants are easily located near-by.
  • After lunch, we will head over to the Museum of Tolerance to view the Anne Frank exhibit.
  • Please return the  permission slip form by Friday, February 24th. Money for the trip can be turned in to the office anytime between now and March 2nd.
  • Parents are very much encouraged to come and are needed to drive on this trip.

Thank You!

Homework #19 President Lincoln & His Faith


In February we observe Abraham Lincoln’s, our 16th President, birthday.  President Lincoln is one of our country’s most beloved presidents for many reasons.  He was said to be honest, stood up for those who couldn’t stand for themselves, and spoke what he believed was right to name a few.  He had a faith that stirred in him strong convictions that came from being a man of the Word of God.  Here are a couple of references he made to in relation to his faith.

Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all  men are created  equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other  declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a “sacred right of  self-government.” These principles can not stand together. They are as  opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must  despise the other.
Speech at Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with  the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God can  not be for and against the same thing at the same time.
Meditation on the Divine Will ca. September 2, 1862

Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration,  when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance  on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right.
Remarks to Baltimore Presbyterian Synod on October 24, 1863

While we are grateful to all the brave men and officers for the events of the past few days, we should, above all, be very  grateful to Almighty God, who gives us victory.
Response to a Serenade on May 9, 1864

President Lincoln showed himself to be God fearing man, how do you think that led him to make decisions as a president?

Homework #15 Another way to use a buck.

This clip is from a ministry called The Seed Company that people can financially support to help translate the gospel.

Today’s Questions:

Why is this ministries idea and why is it so powerful?

How could money given to this ministry keep giving?

To find out more go to

Homwork #12 – Is This True?

Money Controls Your Life

Your homework today is to read what is written on the dollar and answer these questions:

Is this true of people in America?   Is this true in your life?  Be honest, maybe it doesn’t control your “entire” life, but does it control any part of it?  Does it affect how you make decisions?

What do you think?

Homework #9 Where Would You Go?

Manzanar Bus

Where Would You Go? 

When the relocation centers were closed at the end of World War II, the WRA provided inhabitants who had less than $500 a small sum of money ($25), train fare, and meals on the way home. Many inhabitants, however, had nowhere to go. In the end, some had to be evicted because they had not left the camps.

You and your family have been internees at Manzanar for the past three years.  You have hear the war is over and you are free to go.  You have been given and envelope with $25 inside and a train tickets for your whole family.

Where would you go?

How hard would it be to find a job and provide for your family?

What choice do you have?

Answer all three questions.

Homework #7 “Any Group For Any Reason.”

Watch the attached interview with Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston author of “Farewell to Manzanar” .

Answer the four questions below:

1.  Why was Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston so choked up?

2.  How did the Japanese Americans value loyalty and how where they shamed by the governments idea of putting them in relocation centers?

3.  Why did Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston decide to write “Farewell to Manzanar”?

4.  What is meant by the last statement she made. “This can be any group for any reason.”?

Manzanar Overnight Field Trip


Manzanar Overnight Field Trip

Thursday, October 20th – Friday, October 21st


Hello Parent) and Students

In four weeks we will be taking our overnight field trip to the Owens Valley to tour and experience Manzanar.  Manzanar was one of ten Japanese American relocation centers where over 10,000 out of 120,000 Japanese Americans were placed shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.  There we will see and learn how fear and discrimination wrongly affected the life of Japanese Americans as they were torn from their communities and forced to live in cramped, makeshift barracks.  We will get to walk the grounds, see where and how the people lived, and get a firsthand feel of what life was like in Manzanar.

Here are some important details about the trip thus far.  More details will be told as the trip approaches:

  • We will be meeting at 8:00 am sharp on Thursday morning at the school. We will pack the vehicles and be on our way to Manzanar.  Please make sure your child eats a good-sized breakfast, as we will not be stopping to eat until lunch around noon.
  • Students are allowed to pack one overnight bag and not allowed to bring electronics, such as I-pods, I-pads, hand held video games, and personal DVD players.
  • Each child will need to bring $15 to $20 for food for two meals (fast food lunches) and snacks.
  • We will be returning between 4 pm to 5 pm Friday, October 21st. We will have students call their parents when we are close to home.
  • All parents are welcomed to come on the trip, but will need to pay $45 to cover the cost of the motel and Thursday night’s dinner.
  • We are in need of at least 3 parents who are willing to drive and take students with their own vehicles.
  • We will be staying at the Best Western, Lone Pine located a couple miles south of Manzanar.
  • Please return the  permission slip form, signed, as soon as possible, no later than Wednesday, October 12th. Also, if you have any special needs or questions, please let Mrs. Barr or myself know.


Thank You,

Mr. Thompson

Homework #5 What if?

Imagine you were told you, with no good reason you had to move to an unknown location.

What if you were only allowed to take what you could carry.

What if you only had two weeks to say good bye to your friends and pets.

What if phones and electronics weren’t allowed.

You don’t know how long you will be gone or where your are going.  You can only pack what you can carry.

What would you bring?  (Remember no pets or electronics.)  How would you feel?

Answer the questions first, then read on.


This is what happened to over 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast of America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII.  They were taken to relocation centers where they couldn’t leave.  They ended up staying in these makeshift military barracks for over three years.  There were ten camps in total the one closet to us is called Manzanar (pictured above), in the Owens Valley roughly three hours northeast from here.  I want you to start asking yourself the question, why did this happen?

We will be learning more about this in the weeks to come.

Homework #2 – 9/11 Reflection

Fifteen years ago some men, filled with hate, had an idea.  An idea to cause ruin, pain and fear in the lives of those living in America.  These men hijacked four planes to be used as weapons to destroy important American buildings.  Two planes were used to crash into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, two financial buildings that eventually collapsed.  Another crashed into the Pentagon, our country’s military headquarters, it was greatly damaged.  One plane, with possible plans to crash into the White House, had passengers that fought against the hijackers, it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, no one survived the crash.

2,977 lives were lost in these terrorist attacks.  Over 400 of the lives lost were firemen, police and other emergency responders trying to help evacuate the Twin Towers before they completely collapsed.

Through all this, as a country we stood united, but much has changed because of these actions.

At the same time prayer is still needed to those who have been affected the most by the loss of a loved one.

The video below is in memory of one of those lost.  Please watch it and respond to the questions below.

What ideas behind this video make it so powerful?

How important is it that we think about the long-lasting affects of our ideas before we live them out?

Welcome Back!

Hello Parents & Students,

It is great seeing everyone back after a long summer. I am looking forward to this year in getting to know you and sharing in the adventures God has for us. As you have already heard expressed on Thursday night, this history class is not a cookie cutter, from the book, class. It is instead intended for students to become well rounded thinkers, with the ability to see the ideas behind advertisements, movies, speeches, conversations, wars, and even amusement parks. We want to be able to recognize where an idea came from and were it might lead. There is power in ideas, to change people, relationships, places, and the whole world around us for either the benefit of others or for their demise. We want to encourage students to see the harm and the good ideas can have. We do this by taking in historical figures and events that are riveted by horrendous or excellent thinking.

As we start and end each months theme I will post what we are learning.

Power of Ideas meets every Tuesday – Thursday and will have a quick homework assignment every Tuesday Night to respond to starting 9/13/16

You also will find field trip reminders and upcoming fundraisers.

First reminder: Parents fundraiser meeting Tuesday, September

If you have any questions, please let me know,

Pastor Todd