God’s Great Mercy

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

 

Throughout the coming school year, each teacher desires to share more about God’s great love and mercy for us and for our students.

It is exciting to see how God would save the nation of Israel when they would return to Him and worship Him as the only God.  He was eager to forgive His people when they would ask for forgiveness.  It is only of God’s mercy that any nation is delivered after wicked choices.

We read of one specific example in 2 Samuel 24.  After Israel’s greatest king, David, had disobeyed God, David had to suffer the consequences of his actions.  King David realized that God’s mercies are always great and asked for those mercies even though he certainly deserved the judgment of God.  Indeed, God showed mercy even through a great pestilence on the land of Israel and many lives were saved because of that mercy.

Many of us can share specific examples when God has showed us great mercy as well.  We certainly do not deserve the chance for eternal life with Him forever, yet He offers us that great free gift.  Even when we fail Him, He rejoices when we return to Him and His will for our lives.

It truly is our privilege to share this great message with our students at LCA regularly and are excited that you have chosen to partner with us in this great effort!

School Holidays

Please remember that Latham Christian Academy will be closed next Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, so that our staff can attend a convention in Rochester to receive professional development training.  School will also be closed the following Monday, October 9, for the Columbus Day holiday.  Classes will resume on a regular schedule on Tuesday, October 10.

We encourage parents to keep a copy of our school calendar readily available.  You can request a copy in our school office or download one on Sycamore or on our school website, www.lcany.org.

Fall Picture Day

On Tuesday, October 10, all students will have their pictures taken by our photography partner, Lifetouch.  All students should wear their uniforms for these pictures.  These pictures will be used for our yearbook, so please be sure the students are looking their best that morning!  Parents may also order portraits.  Order forms will be sent home with the students next week.  These forms must be returned with payment on picture day.  Please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office if you have any questions.

Fire Prevention Week

As a part of fire prevention week, the Latham Fire Department will be visiting Latham Christian Academy on Wednesday, October 11.  The firefighters will be speaking about fire safety to students in grades K3 through 4.  Many departments will be having open houses that weekend as well.  We encourage you to stop by and thank our emergency responders for their work!

Volleyball Season Begins

This year, our church youth director, Pastor Sam Mansfield, is coaching our girls’ volleyball team, and their games started last week at Wilton and Mohawk Valley.  All LCA parents and students are both welcome and encouraged to attend each home game.  Admission is free to our families and many of our home games are on Friday afternoons.  Plan to stop in when you can to cheer on our girls!

Arrival Time

Please remember that school begins promptly at 8:20 each morning.  All students (including K3 and K4) must arrive by this time to avoid being counted as tardy.  Arriving on time will also help our teachers avoid unnecessary distractions from teaching the other students.  According to school policy, each three tardies are counted as an absence.  Please contact our school office with any questions about these policies.

SaveAround Coupon Books

Our SaveAround coupon book fundraiser is just about over.  We appreciate the support of so many who have purchased and sold these coupon books to help us raise money for a new water fountain in the elementary wing.

Please remember to send in any remaining money on Monday, October 2.  If you are not purchasing the book we sent home, please return that book to your child’s teacher by Monday to avoid being charged for it.

Of course, if you have any questions, please contact our school office or your child’s teacher.

Financial Accounts

We appreciate how our families keep current on their financial accounts with LCA.  This enables us to stay current with our staff members and vendors.  Please remember that tuition and extended session fees are due by the 10th day of each month for those on the ten-month payment plan.  We will send an email around the 1st day of each month with current balances.  If you prefer to receive a paper statement, please see Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

School Banking

Our school banking program began last week under the leadership of Mrs. Deb Roarke.  Please see her with any questions about helping your child learn the importance of saving money.

We are excited to report that during the 2016-17 school year, our students saved $3,636.83 in 563 total transactions!  Let’s see if we can top that in the coming year.

PSAT

As a part of our college preparatory and guidance programs here, each sophomore and junior will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 18.  The cost for this test is only $15, and we are confident this test will help students prepare for the SAT and ACT, as well as other standardized tests.  Tenth and eleventh grade students will be receiving more information on this test next week.  Parents should contact Mr. Fry with any questions prior to test day.

Meet Miss Enman

Perhaps your children have come home talking about a class they have with Miss Enman.  Just about every LCA student will have her for at least one class, and we want to be sure everyone gets to know our new music and secondary English teacher here at LCA.

Elise Enman was born and raised in Hudson Falls, New York in the Christian home of her grandfather who is the pastor of her church. She trusted Christ as her Savior at the age of five and attended and graduated from the Christian School at her church. Elise was always heavily involved with the ministry at her church, and when she became too old to attend the children’s church programs, she began helping teach them.

Elise graduated from New England Baptist College with a B.A. in Secondary Education. It was at college that the Lord opened her eyes to the call to teach. She was raised in a family of teachers who was behind her every step of the way as she sought to make Christian Education a part of her life.

Winning the hearts of her students has always been the biggest priority in Elise’s mind. Through the Lord’s leading, she hopes to stay strongly involved in Christian Education and make an impact where she can.

Special Chapel Speakers

Throughout the school year, LCA is privileged to have several special speakers in secondary and elementary chapels.  We have already had representatives from Pensacola Christian College and Northeastern Baptist College in chapel and are looking forward to the director of Camp Northfield being with us on Monday, October 2.

In addition to these outside speakers, many of our own faculty members have challenged our students from God’s Word.  Pastor Walter, Pastor Sam Mansfield, Mr. Fry, Mrs. Mein, Mrs. Kupeyan, and Mrs. Fry have also spoken this year just in the first month of school.

Parents are always welcome to be a part of our chapel services.  They are generally held each Friday morning, although we sometimes schedule special speakers on different days.  Please stop in to be a part of any of our chapel times!

Chapel is a vital part of our Christian education program at Latham Christian Academy as our students learn truths for life from God’s Word prepared and delivered at their level of understanding.

Front Door Security

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families as we have all adjusted to the new locked front door and revised security procedures this year.

We ask that you do not allow anyone you do not recognize to follow you into the building if possible, and just let our office know if you do notice someone following you in to the building.  We’ll take it from there.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know in the office.  We know this front door is just the first step in building security.

Carpooling Needed

If you are interested in being a part of a carpool to share rides to or from school, please stop by our office and let Mrs. Kettlewood know.  We have several parents who desire to have a carpool, especially in Menands and Guilderland, and would like to pair some people together.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 2 – Camp Northfield in High School Chapel

Oct. 5-6 – NO SCHOOL – Teachers’ Convention

Oct. 9 – NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

Oct. 10 – Fall Picture Day (and Volleyball Pictures)

Oct. 11 – Fire Prevention Day

Oct. 12 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

Oct. 13 – 4:00 PM – Home Volleyball vs. Grapeville

Oct. 17 – 4:00 PM – Home Volleyball vs. Mohawk

Oct. 18 – Progress Reports Issued (Grades 1-12)

Oct. 18 – PSAT (Grades 10-11)

Oct. 20 – Student Leadership Seminar (Grades 7-12)