True Rest

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

     A pastor named Elisha Hoffman shared these words with a dear saint in his flock who was struggling with sickness and with sin in her own life.  After pouring out her problems to her pastor, she had asked him, “Oh, Brother Hoffman, what shall I do?”

After sharing Matthew 11:28 and a few other verses with her, he added, “You see, my dear sister, God wants to bear all these sorrows, whether great or small.  The thing we can do is to take them to Jesus.  We must tell Jesus.”

After praying with this lady, Pastor Hoffman left with the words, “I must tell Jesus” on his mind and burning within his heart.  Before the end of this day, he had penned the words to what has since become a beloved hymn by that name.

I must tell Jesus all of my trials.

I cannot bear these burdens alone.

In my distress, He kindly will help me.

He ever loves and cares for His own.

      In all of our lives, moments will come which seem to overwhelm us.  In these times of trials, we must remember to go to the only One Who truly can help us, the One Who loves and cares for His own!

There we will have true rest from our labor.

Thanksgiving Break

LCA will be closed from Wednesday, November 23, through Friday, November 25, for Thanksgiving Break.  We hope many of our families will be able to spend some quality time with family and friends as we celebrate God’s goodness to us and to our country.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This coming Tuesday, November 8, school will be closed for students in K3 through grade 6. (This will be a regular school day for 7th through 12th grade students.)

On this day, our teachers will be meeting with the parents of their students. This is a required parent-teacher meeting where we can all get on the same page at the end of the first marking periods.

If you have not already done so, please stop by or call our school office to make an appointment. Each appointment slot is about twenty minutes long, and they are available between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Your child’s teacher is not scheduling the appointments; they will all be done through the office.

Even though these appointments may result in a necessity to change work schedules or make other accommodations for the day, we are confident the time invested in meeting one-on-one with your child’s teacher will make those adjustments very profitable.

Fall Back

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour back before you go to bed on Saturday evening as we transition back to standard time.  The fire department recommends you check and/or change batteries in your home’s smoke detectors at the same time.  Stay safe and enjoy the extra hour this weekend!

Basketball Begins

While we have been unable to put together a girls’ basketball team this year, our boys will be starting their practices this coming Monday, November 7.  Boys in sixth through twelfth grades should bring shorts, T-shirts, and gym shoes to school on Monday.  Boys interested in trying out for the team are welcome to come out at 4:00 in our gym as long as their sports physicals are current.  Please contact Mr. Fry with any questions about basketball.

Upcoming Holiday Programs

I trust you will make plans even now to be here yourself and invite friends and family to be here for our special programs coming up later this month and in December.  The children will work very hard to prepare music and drama, and they love seeing those familiar and friendly faces in the auditorium.

K4 Thanksgiving Program: Thursday, November 17

K3 and K5 Christmas Program: Thursday, December 8

Elementary Christmas Program: Thursday, December 15

If you have any questions about these programs, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.  All programs will begin at 7:00 PM and be held in our church auditorium.

Picture Retake Day

All families who ordered school pictures should have received their pictures this past week.  If you are not satisfied with the quality of the pictures, please return the pictures with your child on Tuesday, November 15.  We will retake pictures that day and will offer pictures to any students who were absent on the original picture day.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

End of First Quarter

Our first marking period ends today.  Report cards will be given out next week.  Parents of students in K3 through sixth grade will receive their report cards at the parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 8.  Students in grades seven through twelve will receive their report cards next week as well.  Report cards will also be available on families’ Sycamore accounts at the end of the week.

Emergency Closings Information

Last week’s “decorative” snowfall is certainly a reminder that winter is getting closer and closer!  Although this is rare, LCA will close or delay opening when the roads are unusually dangerous in the morning.  LCA may also take the unusual step of dismissing early if an unexpected storm comes in and the roads appear to be getting worse in the afternoon.

Our school will generally follow the schedule of the North Colonie School District since they have more information available to them than we do.  From time to time, however, we may do something different.  We encourage you to monitor local media for our school specifically.  When we need to change our schedule, we will send an email to all families and notify local media.  Most area TV stations will carry this information on the air and online.  One site we recommend is WNYT Channel 13: http://wnyt.com/article/10535/.  You can even download their app to your phone and receive notifications whenever LCA posts a schedule change.

LCA also provides a voice phone call for school closings and major schedule changes.  You will need to sign up for this service, even if you have received these notifications in the past.  To help make this service affordable, we do limit this to one phone number per family.  Most phone calls are generated early in the morning (generally between 5 AM and 6:15 AM.)  If you would like to receive this phone call, please complete the form here: http://s.lcany.org/snow.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 7 – Basketball Practices Begin

Nov. 8 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (K3-6th Grade)

Nov. 8 – No Classes for K3-6th Grades

(Regular Classes for 7th-12th Grade Students)

Nov. 10 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

Nov. 11 – No School – Holiday

Nov. 15 – Picture Retake Day

Nov. 17 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

Nov. 17 – 7:00 PM – K4 Thanksgiving Program

Nov. 18 – Pastor Walter’s Birthday!

Nov. 23-25 – No School – Thanksgiving