Upcoming Events

June 7 – 10:00 AM – K3 End-of-Year Program

June 9 – No Senior Lunch

June 9 – 10:00 AM – K4 End-of-Year Program

June 9 – 7:00 PM – K5 Graduation Program

June 14-16 – Secondary Exams (11:45 Dismissal)

June 17 – Last Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

June 17 – 7:00 PM – Senior Commencement

See our full calendar at s.lcany.org/cal

Let No Man Despise Thy Youth

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

     In secondary chapel yesterday, Pastor George Hadden of First Bible Baptist Church of West Sand Lake spoke on this passage.  We see here an important reminder of one reason Christian education is so important in the lives of our children.

Our children do not need to wait until they are adults to serve the Lord.  Even in youth, they can be a great example of the work God is doing in their hearts.

First, both we and our children are to be an example in the words we use each day.  Believers certainly should not have coarse or vulgar language, but our language should go beyond simply avoiding the bad.  We should be known for being encouraging and positive; after all, Christians are to be known for our love.

Second, we and our children should be known for a unique lifestyle (the meaning of the word translated conversation here).  Our conduct and behavior must be different than that of those who do not know Christ.  Of course, many distinctives go into this, but our children should learn to be servants, giving to others and treating them as being more important than they themselves.

Third, we and our children should demonstrate a giving love to those around us who are in need.  Each family should look for some way to sacrifice to others and teach their children to follow this model.  Your local church can be an invaluable resource to help find people and organizations with real needs.

This verse goes on to teach young people to model Christ in their spirit, faith, and purity.  It is our prayer as a Christian school that we are both modeling and instructing our students in these areas.  We look forward to continuing to partner with our parents to see God develop these areas in each of their lives.

LCA Field Day

Our annual field day is a highlight of our spring activities for students in K3 through 6th grades.  Because of the change to our May schedule, we are rescheduling our Field Day to Friday, June 3.  Weather permitting, we will have competitive and non-competitive activities, two bounce houses, snacks, and lots of other outdoor fun.  We still need more parent and grandparent volunteers to help make this day successful.  If we can plan on your help for Field Day, please see your child’s teacher.

School Banking

We have appreciated partnering with area credit union CapCom in helping teach our students the value of saving money throughout this school year.  Our volunteer, Mrs. Deb Roarke, will wrap up the program on Tuesday, June 7, with no further school banking days until the program resumes this fall.  Please express your appreciation to her for serving in this role.

End-of-Year Kindergarten Programs

As we complete the school year over the next month, we still have many programs for our students to “show off” what they have learned throughout the past year.  Please mark these dates and times on your calendar and make plans now to attend.

K3 Program – Tue. June 7 – 10:00 AM

K4 Program – Thur. June 9 – 10:00 AM

K5 Graduation – Thur. June 9 – 7:00 PM

Senior Commencement

Each of our families is invited and encouraged to attend the Latham Christian Academy Commencement Program on Friday, June 17, starting at 7:00 PM.  Our graduation program is held in the auditorium of Latham Bible Baptist Church and is always an encouraging look at God’s grace in the lives of our twelfth grade students and their families.  I am confident each one in attendance will receive a special blessing.  Our commencement speaker this year is Pastor Nathan Gardner of Grapeville Baptist Church.

Senior Spotlight – Jasmine Earnest

Jasmine Earnest has been at Latham Christian Academy since kindergarten in 2002, making her and fellow senior Mickayla Mein some of the longest tenured students ever to attend LCA.

Jasmine enjoys speaking of her parents and their obvious love for each other saying, “I envy my parents – the way they handle things in their relationship and the love they have for each other.  I hope one day I can do that with my hubby.”

Jasmine’s father claims Brooklyn as home after his family came to America from Pakistan.  Jasmine’s mother grew up in Queens after moving to the States from India.  She valued the freedom and educational opportunities available to her here and even graduated high school early so she could attend SUNY Albany.  Jasmine enjoys seeing pictures of her mother’s “really big hair” and “bright lipstick,” commenting that her mother could be seen “a mile away”!  Jasmine’s parents met through family connections in Queens and began their “love at first sight” relationship.  Their first child, Jasmine’s older brother Jace, was born less than a year after their marriage.

Jasmine’s father has worked in a variety of fields, even owning his own commercial cleaning company for a time.  Today he still does a little cleaning and also works as a delivery contractor.  Jasmine’s mother has worked in the banking field since graduating from college, working her way through many promotions.  Today she is the Area Retail Leader at Key Bank.

Jasmine’s older brother Jace is “awesome” and she says she “wouldn’t want a different big brother”!  As for her little brother James, Jasmine comments, “He needs to stop copying me.”  Jasmine laughs, however, that since she is leaving LCA, James will be free to continue the Earnest family traditions.

Because Jasmine and classmate Mickayla have been together for many years, the two of them share many memories.  Jasmine noted that the two have become closer than ever during this school year.  They share a special memory of being in Mrs. Diggs’s class and going together to Mrs. Parker’s classroom to raid her snack closet.  Jasmine also remembers “communicating with their eyes” back during naptime in kindergarten!  Even though they claim not to have been close friends until recently, Mickayla and Jasmine have obviously created a “relatively good” friendship with so many shared memories.

Jasmine speaks fondly of Mrs. O’Rourke, “She is so loving.  When you need someone to ‘vent to,’ she is the first one you think of.  She knows the words to say and when to put you in your place when you are wrong.”  She will also remember Mr. Fry, commenting, “I didn’t know he could be so chill.”  She will remember when he speaks in “Mr. Fry language” when things go wrong and even going to Mr. Fry for help finding a date for the senior banquet!

Jasmine also commented that Mrs. Kettlewood will miss her coming into the school office each day and writing on her calendar and messing up her desk and asking her for food all the time.  Jasmine does admit, however, that she will actually miss Mrs. Kettlewood after graduation!

Jasmine accepted Christ as her Savior when she was five.  A friend of her father’s named Dan Pelcher prayed with Jasmine, leading her to the Lord.  She was baptized at age 11 at Grace Bible Church.  Today the family attends Clifton Park Community Church.  Jasmine has always been active in her churches, working in the nursery, singing special music, and helping in Sunday school.

This fall, Jasmine plans to attend her mother’s alma mater, SUNY Albany and major in human biology.  Jasmine’s eventual career goal is to become a general practice physician.  Jasmine’s life verse comes from Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Upcoming Events

May 26 – Senior Lunch – Sloppy Joes

May 27-31 – No School – Memorial Day Break

June 2 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

June 3 – Field Day

June 7 – 10:00 AM – K3 End-of-Year Program

June 9 – No Senior Lunch

June 9 – 10:00 AM – K4 End-of-Year Program

June 9 – 7:00 PM – K5 Graduation Program

June 14-16 – Secondary Exams (11:45 Dismissal)

June 17 – Last Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

June 17 – 7:00 PM – Senior Commencement

See our full calendar at s.lcany.org/cal