Christians and Awards

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8

     Here at the end of the school year, as we prepare to give awards, we are sometimes questioned about the wisdom and practicality of these recognitions.

Some will insist that young people should not be working for reward but for the internal desire to do their best, regardless of what they may receive.  It is interesting that the all-knowing God who created us also promises rewards, the crowns spoken of in the passage above.  While it certainly is true that every parent and teacher desires to instill a love of learning and a love of hard work, it seems that we were created with a built-in drive for recognition as well.

Some others insist that every student should receive an award, regardless of achievement level.  From Scripture, we see that not everyone will receive this crown, only those who “love His appearing.”  While we are certainly concerned about students’ feeling of self-worth, we also recognize that rewarding those who have not earned that recognition provides a negative motivation and will end up eventually damaging the sense of self-worth.  The biblical principle of recognizing achievement is certainly a wise precedent we seek to emulate here at LCA.

Our annual awards chapels and commencement exercises do seek to honor those who have earned that honor, but beyond that we want all we do to bring honor to our Savior, Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 10:31 teaches us, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  We trust our awards will always remain subservient to the goal of seeking God’s glory first and most of all.

End-of-Year Awards Programs

Please be making plans now to be here for our programs at the end of the year.  The elementary and secondary grades have a special awards chapel on the last day of school.  Of course, the year ends as we celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors.

Please make note of the following schedule and make plans to be here for as many of these programs as possible.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Elementary Awards – Friday, June 16, 8:45 AM

Secondary Awards – Friday, June 16, 10:30 AM

Secondary Commencement – June 16, 7:00 PM

End-of-Year Schedule

As we approach the end of the school year, please be aware of the schedule for your students.  The last day for K3, K4, and K5 students was yesterday, June 8.  No classes or extended session are available for kindergarten students.

Students in Grades 1 through 6 will have regular full days of school through Thursday, June 15.  Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, June 16.  No extended session is available after noon on the last day of school.

Students in Grades 7 through 12 will have full days of school through Monday, June 12.  Tuesday through Thursday, June 13 through 15 will be reserved for exams and final tests.  Secondary students will be dismissed at 11:45 each of those days.  Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, June 16.

If you have any questions about our schedule at the end of the year, please contact your child’s teacher or our school office.

Summer Office Hours

During the summer months, our school office will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM most Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please just give us a call before coming by so that we can be sure someone will be here to meet you.  Of course, you can always email Mr. Fry (bfry@lcany.org), Mrs. Mein (bmein@lcany.org), and Mrs. Kettlewood (pkettlewood@lcany.org) over the summer as well.  We will do our best to get back with you quickly.

Report Cards

All LCA students will have a final report card issued to them and will be available at school starting on Thursday, June 22.  All families will receive an email reminder when these are ready.  They can be picked up during our regular office hours given above.

Families of K3, K4, and K5 students should also pick up their complementary DVDs with a video of their end-of-year program and another full of digital pictures taken throughout the school year.

Please remember that all financial accounts must be paid in full before report cards can be issued or transferred to another school.

Senior Commencement

All of our families are invited to our celebration of our high school graduation.  The Class of 2017 will graduate next Friday evening, June 16, at 7:00 PM, in the auditorium of Latham Bible Baptist Church.  Pastor Ralph Verdu of Bethel Baptist Church of Shenandoah, NY, will be delivering a challenge from God’s Word.  Each family who is able to be here will certainly receive a blessing.  A brief reception will also be held following the ceremony.

Senior Spotlight – Lena Adams

Lena Adams was born in Chernivsti, Ukraine, the only member of our Class of 2017 born out of New York State!  She lived in orphanages in the Ukraine before her mother decided to adopt her at the age of 8.  Many of the Ukrainian babies were very sick, drawing her to some of the older children there.  She saw Lena’s picture in a book and eventually met Lena in person.  The two visited several times during nearly six weeks in the country and eventually both decided this would be Lena’s new family.  On July 29, 2005, a court in Ukraine made the adoption official.

Lena came to Oakland, California with her mother, becoming a member of the family and a new US citizen.  Lena eventually moved to the Albany area where she attended schools in the Shenendehowa District.  She went to St. Ambrose for one year before starting at LCA nearly four years ago in ninth grade.

Lena’s mother grew up in the Capital District and graduated from Dana Hall in New Hampshire before going off to Skidmore College to major in English.  Before college she had worked as a seamstress.  Mrs. Adams uses her training in English today as a technical writer.  Lena’s father Bob graduated from high school in California and spent time in the Army before moving to New York State and working as an electrician.

Lena recognizes that God has directed her steps into her family and thanks God that she was adopted by a Christian who has raised her to love the Lord.  Lena accepted Christ as her Savior not long before starting the ninth grade.  She attends Clifton Park Community Church where she is involved in the youth choir and vacation Bible school.

Lena has several lasting memories of her years here at LCA.  Two years ago, her class took a field trip to New York City where Lena enjoyed being able to see the Statue of Liberty up close and even being able to climb inside it.  Just walking around New York City and seeing the sights was a real treat for Lena.  Lena has also been blessed with two special friends, classmate Victoria and sophomore Zaresh.  She will always remember laughing and joking around with them.  Lena will remember and be thankful for her time at LCA and the administration at the school.

Lena also had a memorable Senior Trip this year, traveling through several new states for her.  She enjoyed her first time in Washington, DC, seeing the monuments, memorials, and Capitol buildings.  During the time at The Wilds camp, Lena enjoyed white water rafting for the first time as well as all of the spiritual challenges there.

This fall, Lena plans to take classes to get certified to work with children with disabilities.  She has the experience of working in programs for children with learning and physical challenges and hopes she will be able to make a difference in the lives of these needy children.  Lena’s life verse comes from Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”