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Leadership

May 16, 2022

MAY 16 - MAY 22

Leadership

Hey Lightgliders! 

Jabari yako rafiki! That means ‘How are you my friend?’ in Swahili. I’m Tambika. I manage Lightglider Academy while Professor Watts is away. Running this place isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. I try to meet all the new Lightgliders when they arrive in the Courtyard. That is a fun part of my job! 

I was born and raised in Tanzania. Do you know where that is? It is a beautiful country in Africa. Growing up, I always looked for leadership positions in my school and community. I love to serve others through organization. I love plans. I love calendars. I love details. And all of these things are important at Lightglider Academy. Otherwise, everything would be more chaotic than it already is!

I encourage you to use your gifts to serve others. We need people in this world with all types of gifts and talents. No matter how you are gifted, always remember that being a leader means serving others first. This is called servant leadership.

Glide On!

Tambika

Things to Think About This Week: 

• Read Romans 12:6-8 in the Bible. What gifts do you believe God has given you?

• What does it mean to be a leader by first becoming a servant?

• In what ways could you be a servant leader?

• What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them to serve others?

Things to Do This Week:

• Find Gertrude this week! Moderator Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel will be popping into the Academy this week, so be sure to find her and ask for her special mystery code!! She won’t be giving it out during Bible chat, so be sure to catch her throughout the week!

• Play the Game of the Week, Mission: Tambika’s Treehouse, and get on the leaderboard!

Tambika’s Treehouse

• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the FrontPage

Tambika’s Story

Following God

   

• Watch this week’s new Gliddle Game Gab #43!

Gliddle Game Gab #43

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - TAMBIKA - to receive 100 Gold Coins!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Follow the Leader in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #91

May 14, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Blaze Beastly Victory and Grace Creative Mastermind: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Like a LIGHT!!

Blaze was nominated by his fellow Lightgliders for his speech about God during the talent show on Tuesday! Way to shine, Blaze! 

Grace is an amazing new Lightglider. She is kind to others and participates in community events, even leading a wonderful prayer last week. Way to go, Grace!

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Tambika’s Treehouse

Lightglider! It’s Tambika, and I need your help! My Treehouse was just attacked and it’s covered in blight! Can you help me restore it all? 

Luckily, I had stored a ton of RES orbs before the attack. Just open up some of the safe areas to recharge your RES! Help rescue the Gliddles and relocate them to a safer Treehouse while we restore mine!

Glide On!

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Role Models

May 9, 2022

MAY 9 - MAY 15

Role Models

Hey Lightgliders! 

I get the distinct privilege of introducing our new series. We will be talking about Role Models and the positive character qualities that they possess.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t a role model just really good-looking bread?” And to that I say, “No, that’s a roll model.”  Wow, I just got really hungry.  

A role model is someone you can look up to! He or she serves as an example to you for how to live, how to treat people, and how to grow in your faith. I can’t tell you how important it is to have good role models!  One of my first role models ever was Marlon, who hangs out in the Academy Library.  Marlon cares about me and shows me what it looks like to walk with God. Who are some of your role models? It could be a parent, an older sibling, a teacher, a coach, or perhaps a leader in your church. I encourage you to find someone you look up to, watch how they live their lives, and ask them lots of questions. And remember to listen to their answers!

Glide On!

Santiago

Things to Think About

• Read Hebrews 13:7 in the Bible. Name two people who have taught you about God. What did you learn from them?

• Who do you look up to?

• Who looks up to you?

• Who shows you how to walk with God?

• How can you be a role model for others?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Catch That Gliddle, and get on the leaderboard! The top 5 Lightgliders on Saturday morning get a surprise in their inventory! Look for a message from Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel when you log in this weekend!

Catch That Gliddle

• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the FrontPage

Made To Shine

Prayer for Strength

  • Use this week’s Mystery Code - MODEL - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration and Talent Show at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients.  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Hide & Seek in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #90

May 7, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Fluffy Zesty Professor and Blaze Risky Champion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

WHOA! Keep those shades on, you are BRIGHT!

Fluffy prayed a beautiful prayer at Bible Chat last week. What a great way to share God's love with fellow Lightgliders. Way to go, Fluffy! 

When Blaze had a misunderstanding with other Lightgliders, he humbled himself and apologized to them. He discussed a conflict he had calmly and maturely and owned up to his mistakes. Well done, Blaze!

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Blighted Institute

Hello again! It’s Tambika, and I have a tricky mission for you. We’ve found a major source of blight in the Yonders: some kind of old abandoned Institute. It’s full of empty classrooms, broken tech, and lots and lots of blight! We need you to go in there and clear out all the blight!

Have you been collecting the Lilies that grow in the Yonders? Not only are they pretty, but they somehow grow without being harmed by the blight! Please bring back some of these Lilies for research. Every mission has 10 Lilies growing in them. Can you find them all?

We’ve found some sort of locked door that only opens with coins. I wonder who put this kind of toll entrance there? What treasures are behind that door? Will you spend the coins to open the door? The choice is yours!

Glide On!

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Kindness

May 2, 2022

MAY 2 - MAY 8

KINDNESS

This is the last week of our Unit on The Lightglider Mission. As we are on a mission to SHOW God’s love, this week we’re talking about KINDNESS, which is an attribute of God that we can reflect. So, we don’t just want to talk about kindness this week, we want to show it! To be kind means to be friendly, generous, and considerate. Our theme verse this week is Colossians 3:12 (NLT): “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” 

This verse tells us to clothe ourselves with lots of different character qualities. Have you ever thought about that? You can choose to put qualities like kindness on like you put on your clothes in the morning. Just like we pick out which shirt or pair of shoes we are going to wear, we can choose to be kind, humble, gentle, and patient throughout our day. Clothing ourselves with kindness is a powerful way to show God’s character to the world around us. The Bible also tells us in Romans 2:4 that God’s kindness is what leads us to turn to Him in the first place. So pick up kindness and put it on like a jacket. Wear it everywhere you go!

Glide On!

Kwan

Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to pick up kindness and wear it around your family and friends! Here are some reflection questions that will help.

• Read Colossians 3:12-15 in your Bible. What character qualities do you clothe yourself with each day?

• In what ways can you show kindness to others?

• Who shows kindness to you? How do they do it?

• Where could you show more kindness?

• When has someone been kind to you?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, DoppelGlider! The top 5 Lightgliders on Saturday morning get a surprise in their inventory! 

DoppelGlider

• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the Front Page

Kindness Spark

Prayer for Kindness

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - KIND - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration and Talent Show at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients.  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Boost Tag in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #89

April 30, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Rose Fearless Genius and Zane Amazing Thinker: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Look at you go!!

Rose has been a Lightglider for about a month now and is thriving in the Community! She asks great questions and participates in events. Way to go, Rose!

Zane Amazing Thinker has been a Lightglider for a year now and has shown exemplary behavior towards himself and others. Way to shine, Zane! 

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Waterfall Meadow

Hi, Lightglider! My name is Tambika, and I handle administration here at Lightglider Academy. I’m ready to send you on your first official mission: going to Waterfall Meadow! You’ll learn the basics of gliding, battling, and rescuing there. Here’s a couple of tips to help you out: 

  1. Use your mouse to glide around. Remember to keep your cursor on the game screen at all times to maximize your movements!
  2. When rescuing Gliddles, you can carry up to five at a time. To rescue more Gliddles, drop the ones you have off at a Zipway to send them back to the Academy, and then go find more Gliddles!
  1. Remember to keep your distance when battling Machines! Stay close enough so that your defense system will activate, but far enough away so that you can dodge Machine attacks!

There are plenty of treasures and secrets in the Yonders. Keep your eyes peeled for things that don’t seem to belong in their surroundings! Hope to see you back in the Courtyard soon!

Glide On!

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Reflection

April 25, 2022

APRIL 25 - MAY 1

REFLECTION

Hey Lightgliders!

Our lives operate at a fast pace. We wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, do homework, eat dinner, go to bed, and often repeat it all the next day. If we’re not careful, our schedules and routines can quickly control our entire lives. 

In this week’s theme verse, Psalm 46:10, God is telling us to be still before Him. Why? Because slowing down and being still allows a couple of things to happen. First, we have the opportunity to remember all that God has done for us. Second, we are reminded that He is in control and not us! Being still before God and taking time to reflect on His goodness is good for our soul. God knows this! Sometimes He will even speak to your heart when you are still before Him. My prayer is that you hear Him whisper how much He loves you because He really does! 

Glide On!

Nisha

P.S.  Come to the Career Gear Party on Friday!

Things to Think About This Week:

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read Psalm 46:10 in the Bible. Reflect on your week. At the beginning of your week, the question is, “When will you take time to be still before God this week?” At the end of the week ask, “How did it go? What did you do? What will you do next week?”

• What does it look like for you to rest? 

• What areas of your life need greater peace?

• What are your favorite ways to relax?

• How do you reflect upon God and His goodness in your life?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Blight Fight! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize!

Blight Fight

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

Time to Rest

Prayer for Peace

• Use the Mystery Code - REFLECT - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Check out the newest Gliddle Game Gab!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration and Talent Show at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients.  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Tic-Tac-Toe in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: PARTY DAY!!! Meet in the Courtyard at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Career Gear Party!!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #88

April 23, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Faith Fearless Adventurer and Ezra Prudent Lion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Look at you go!!

Faith Fearless Adventurer and Ezra Prudent Lion are incredible Lightgliders and displayed Ambassador-like behavior in the Academy last week -- making the place fun, respectful, and also encouraging positive community. Way to go, Faith & Ezra.

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Machine Bunker

Hey there! My name’s Bryce, and I’m the head of missions here at Lightglider Academy. I love to save Gliddles from the Machines, so my mission for you is to take on the Machines where it’ll hurt them most! We’ve discovered the location of a Machine Bunker, where Machines are made and sent out into the Yonders. We need to shut this factory down! 

There are lots of Machines in there, so stay alert! Remember, your defense systems can fire automatically, so concentrate on dodging enemy attacks while you battle Machines. Some Machines are programmed to guard doors and hallways. They have lots of armor, but they’re very slow. Stop at a safe distance and you’ll whittle them down!

Go get ‘em!  I’ll be rooting for you!

Glide On!

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Prayer

April 18, 2022

APRIL 18 - APRIL 24

PRAYER

Hey Lightgliders!

As we continue to look at ways to know, grow in, and show God’s love, the theme this week is PRAYER. Prayer simply means talking with God. It helps us to GROW in God’s love! The primary goal of prayer is intimacy with the One who made us! God loves when we talk with Him about our lives, thank Him for the good things He has given us, and ask Him for help. Prayer doesn’t have to be long and full of big words for it to matter. Prayer is telling God what is on your heart, and listening for what is on His. Our theme verse this week tells us to always be praying. 

“Never stop praying.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Through prayer, we are always connected to the One who loves us so much.

Glide On!

Kwan

Things to Think About This Week:

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in the Bible. Take time to pray after reading these verses.

• What are your favorite ways to pray?

• What does your prayer life look like?

• Is there a teacher or classmate on your heart to pray for today?

• What are three things you can thank God for in prayer?

• Who is someone you can pray with this week?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Gliddle Golf! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets surprise in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

Ways to Pray

The Lord’s Prayer

• Use the Mystery Code - PRAY - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration and Talent Show at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients.  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Sardine’s Hide & Seek in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #87

April 16, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Hugo Cautious Buccaneer and Shade Beastly Hero: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Look at you go!!

Hugo and Shade both topped the leaderboard for the newest game inside Lightgliders, Easter Egg Toss! Way to crush it, you two!!

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Flooded Bunker

Bryce here! Good job in the previous Bunker! You’re becoming a tremendous Lightglider. I have another mission for you. We’ve found another Bunker that creates Machines, this time underneath the big lake in the Yonders. The Machines there will be alerted to your presence, so stay sharp! Remember, different Gliddles are better at battling some Machines than others, so pay attention to the colors of the Machines and your Gliddles! Right-click to swap your active Gliddle!

Orange Gliddles are better in one-on-one battles…

...and Yellow Gliddles are great for taking on a crowd!

We’ve found strange energy signatures from the cell blocks! Could there be something hidden inside? 

You got this, but stay alert! Our sensors show there might be a giant Machine in there…

Glide On!

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