Bethlehem

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

Luke 2:15

     Let us now go even unto Bethlehem; those words uttered by the shepherds over two millennia ago still provide great advice to each person today.

Bethlehem is the foundation of all hope in the world.  It is the only place where “peace and good will to men” can truly be found.  Other leaders and politicians may make promises, but only the baby born in Bethlehem can deliver.

Not only does this birth promise a future peace, it also makes available a spiritual peace.  Our age is one of turmoil and anguish caused by sin.  The prince of peace offers eternal security to all who will accept it.

This Christmas season provides a reminder of the great opportunity available to everyone who will put his faith in that baby whose birth we celebrate on December 25.  Jesus Christ is the answer to the problems of the world and those of each person living here!

Let us each turn our eyes toward Bethlehem, and even more importantly, to Jesus Christ and His free gift of salvation and peace!

LCA Earns NYACS Accreditation!

On November 29, a team from the Board of Directors of the New York Association of Christian Schools visited the campus of LCA and spent the day researching documents, observing classes, and interviewing administrators and teachers here.  We are excited to announce that NYACS has approved our school’s application for accreditation!

This recognition is a testimony to the commitment of our school to the purpose of Christian education, completely separate from that provided by our government’s schools.  Teachers, staff members, and administrators have worked diligently since our school’s founding in 1979 to offer a distinctly Christian education to the young people God directs to our school.

You can expect to hear more about what this accreditation means for our students in the months to come.

In addition to this NYACS state accreditation, LCA is continuing the multi-year process of applying for national and regional accreditation through the American Association of Christian Schools.  LCA is presently a candidate for accreditation with the AACS.  We have documented compliance with the basic eligibility requirements for accredited schools and are in the process of completing a self-study and preparing for a peer review to our campus in late 2017.

Christmas Holiday

LCA will be closed for Christmas break starting on Thursday, December 22.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 4.  This schedule may be different from your local school district, so please pay careful attention to our school calendar.  During this period, our office will also be closed.

Leggings Reminder

As the weather gets colder, many of the girls want to wear leggings to keep their legs warm.  Please remember that our uniform requires that leggings be white, navy blue, or black.  No other color is acceptable, and leggings may not be any type of pants.  Please see your child’s teacher with any questions.

Basketball Begins

Our boys’ basketball team began their season on December 2 by finishing in third place at a tip-off tournament hosted by Wilton Christian Academy.  Our boys also posted an early victory against Grace Christian Academy from Bennington last Tuesday.

Each LCA family is welcomed and encouraged to attend each home game.  We do not charge an admission fee, and these games can be a good family activity as our students cheer on their classmates as they compete with other area Christian schools.

Our next home game will be held on Monday, December 12, at 4:00, when our boys will take on the team from Mohawk Valley Christian School.  Keep an eye on the upcoming events section of our newsletter and on our online calendar for a full schedule of games.  We hope to see you and your family at many of these games!

Emergency Closings Information

Many of you are aware of the possibility of a snowstorm this weekend.  It doesn’t seem that even the weather forecasters have a good idea what the weather will be on Monday, but each of our families should be aware of our school’s policy when bad weather hits.

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.

On a morning with bad weather, please do not attempt to call the school before 7:45.  Generally no one is in the office until this time to answer your question.  We recommend visiting the website above for the most up-to-date information.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 8 – 7:00 PM – K3/K5 Christmas Program

Dec. 12 – 4:00 PM – Home Basketball vs. Mohawk

Dec. 15 – Senior Lunch – Sloppy Joes

Dec. 15 – 7:00 PM – Elementary Christmas Program

Dec. 21 – 9:30 AM – All-School Chapel

Dec. 22-Jan. 3 – NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break

Jan. 5 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs