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A Soldier’s Silent Night

Defense Against Pick­pock­ets

Spe­cial Christ­mas Gift Cer­tifi­cate

Peace on Earth

Events Cal­en­dar

Birth­days

Mt. Juli­et
1249 N. Mt. Juli­et Rd.
Mt. Juli­et, TN 37122
(615) 754‑6878

Lebanon
1029 W. Main St. Suite F.
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 547‑1742

STUDENT EXPRESS

Decem­ber 1, 2017

Mes­sage of the Month

A Soldier’s Silent Night

T’was the night before Christ­mas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bed­room house made of plas­ter and stone.
I had come down the chim­ney with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tin­sel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stock­ing by the man­tle, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pic­tures of far dis­tant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind.

For this house was dif­fer­ent, it was dark and drea­ry,
I found the home of a solid­er, once I could see clear­ly.
The sol­dier lay sleep­ing, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bed­room home.
The face was so gen­tle, the room in such dis­or­der.

Not how I pic­tured a Unit­ed States sol­dier.
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in a pon­cho, on the floor for a bed?

I real­ized the fam­i­lies that I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these sol­diers who were will­ing to fight.

Soon round the world, the chil­dren would play,
And grownups would cel­e­brate a bright Christ­mas day.
They all enjoyed free­dom each month of the year,
because of the sol­diers, Like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help won­der how many lay alone,
on a cold Christ­mas Eve, in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and start­ed to cry.

The sol­dier awak­ened and I heard a rough voice,
“San­ta don’t cry, this life is my choice,
I fight for free­dom, I don’t ask for more.

My life is my God, my coun­try, my corps”.
The sol­dier rolled over and drift­ed to sleep.
I couldn’t con­trol it, I con­tin­ued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
and we both shiv­ered from the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of hon­or so will­ing to fight.
Then the sol­dier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure whis­pered,
“Car­ry on San­ta. It’s Christ­mas day, all is secure”.
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.

Mer­ry Christ­mas my friend, and to all a good night.

Defense Against Pick­pock­ets

Pick­pock­et­ing is one of the old­est crimes in the world and remains com­mon today. More often than not, pick­pock­ets get away, and those who are caught face min­i­mal jail time. So the appeal of pick­pock­et­ing is strong for crooks.

There are many tricks pick­pock­ets use to get access to your purse of wal­let. At the beach or library they are on the look­out for back­packs and belong­ings lying around. Some­times they have accom­plices who dis­tract you, while the pick­pock­et gets away with your wal­let.

Here are some ways you can thwart the pickpocket’s efforts:

• Don’t assume that a well-dressed per­son, or a woman with a baby, or a tourist with a hat and cam­era can­not be a pick­pock­et. Pick­pock­ets blend in with the crowd and do not look like crim­i­nals.

• Don’t car­ry your wal­let in the back pock­et. If pos­si­ble, keep your wal­let in a mon­ey belt under your clothes or in your front pock­et.

• Car­ry your purse under your arm.

• Work on look­ing self-con­fi­dent. Pick­pock­ets tend to prey on vul­ner­a­ble tar­gets.

• Keep a list of all your cards handy so that if you lose your wal­let or purse, you can can­cel or replace your cards eas­i­ly.

Kids Cor­ner

The Teacher-Stu­dent Rela­tion­ship

A teacher doesn’t hand truth to the stu­dent. He or she leads the stu­dent to the truth, but the job of fig­ur­ing out the truth is actu­al­ly the student’s. The teacher’s job is to study stu­dents indi­vid­u­al­ly and guide each stu­dent in a spe­cif­ic man­ner so that the stu­dent becomes ready to learn and go to the next lev­el. There­fore, the teacher needs to be open-mind­ed and sen­si­tive, which encour­ages the stu­dent to be the same way.

Christ­mas Spe­cial!!

Give the gift that keeps on giv­ing this year! If you have a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber inter­est­ed in karate, this is the per­fect gift. A gift cer­tifi­cate for ONE MONTH of FREE karate class­es with the pur­chase of a Uni­form ($39.95 +tax). This Christ­mas spe­cial ends on Decem­ber 23rd.

Peace On Earth

Christ­mas is a mag­i­cal time of year. Cities are bustling with busy shop­pers. Every mall has a line of chil­dren wait­ing to see San­ta Clause. Pret­ty lights dec­o­rate the yards. And there’s a won­der­ful aro­ma of fresh apple pie in the air. But don’t for­get who’s Birth­day it is! Decem­ber 25th is the day set aside each year to cel­e­brate the birth of our Sav­ior, Jesus Christ.

EVENTS CALENDAR (Mt. Juli­et)

Novem­ber 27 — Decem­ber 1: Test Week
Decem­ber 4–9: P.T. Week
Decem­ber 8: Grad­u­a­tion Sched­ule
5:15 pm — Lit­tle Drag­ons
6:15 pm — Chil­dren, Juniors, Teens, and Adults
Decem­ber 11–16: Bo Week
Decem­ber 16: Lead­er­ship Day
 9:00 am — 10:00 am Lit­tle Drag­ons
10:00 am — 11:00 am Chil­dren
11:00 am — 12:00 pm Juniors, Teens & Adults
Decem­ber 18–22: Bokken Week
Decem­ber 23–31: CLOSED for Hol­i­day

EVENTS CALENDAR (Lebanon)

Decem­ber 4–9: Test Week
Decem­ber 9: Lead­er­ship Day
 9:30 am — 10:00 am Lit­tle Drag­ons
10:00 am — 10:45 am Chil­dren
10:45 am — 11:30 am Teens
11:30 am — 12:30 pm Adults
Decem­ber 11–16: P.T. Week
Decem­ber 15: Grad­u­a­tion
5:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Decem­ber 18–22: Bo & Bokken Week
Decem­ber 23–31: CLOSED for Hol­i­day

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

12/1 Alek Vance
12/2 Yanori Com­er, Daniel Lee
12/3 Cather­ine Moore, Daniel Bryant
12/4 Made­lyn Willis
12/7 Ryan Long, Bren­den Solomon, Jessie DeLa­by
12/9 Isabel­la Abel­lanosa, John Link
12/11 Luis Felipe Shi­mamo­to
12/13 Mason Vick, Leonar­do Rodriguez
12/14 Major Reese
12/15 Kaliyah Grant
12/17 Aga Reece, Peyson Hawkins
12/18 Dhiya Sak­thi, Alexan­der Le
12/19 Olti Ari­fi
12/20 Shra­van Sankar
12/22 Nan­dor Mar­gl
12/24 Riki Roman
12/28 Bel­la Hall
12/29 Robin Stet­zel, Malee­ha Fer­nan­des

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