How Do You End?

“Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.”

2 Chronicles 24:2

      Judah’s King Joash is a remarkable character in Scriptures.  After his grandmother tried to have him killed, he survived, being protected by a priest named Jehoiada.  Joash became king at age 7 because he was the last remaining royal descendant.  Jehoiada reared him in the Temple, protecting him from further attacks.

Once Joash was old enough to take over fully as king, he saw to the destruction of idols and false gods in his country.  He is best remembered today for his efforts to repair and rebuild the Temple after years of attacks and disregard.  He was taught well and he served well for many years.

Once his mentor Jehoiada died however, King Joash changed dramatically.  He suddenly began to worship the idols he once had destroyed.  He refused to listen to warnings given by a prophet God sent to him.  King Joash even had Jehoiada’s son murdered for his efforts to call Joash to repentance.

This story of a promising start followed by a sad end should get the attention of every parent of a Christian school student.  We want our children to grow up loving and serving the one and true God.  What could cause someone like King Joash—or one of our own children—to change so dramatically?

It seems from Scripture that Joash was so busy serving the Lord that he never really got to know Him.  Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, “Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. . . .  The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him.”

We need to be sure our children are not simply being busy in service for the Lord, but that they are daily learning to love Him more.  Our children should indeed be involved in ministries in our local churches, and they certainly must be faithful in attending.  We parents must note carefully, however, that none of these things will guarantee that they will continue loving our Lord once they leave home.

Our primary purpose in life is not to do something for Christ but to know and love Him.  Let’s continue passing along our Christian heritage to the new generation!

NYACS Elementary Fine Arts

Tomorrow, Friday, May 4, LCA will be hosting elementary students from other New York State Christian schools for our annual fine arts festival for students in grades 4 through 6.  This will be an exciting day of activity around the school.

Because of this event, there will be no school tomorrow for students in K3, K4, K5, Grades 1-3, or 7-11.  Please be sure to see your child’s teacher or our school office with any questions.

Students in Grades 4-6 should plan to be at school as directed by their teachers and will be dismissed around the regular time in the afternoon.  Parents of these students are also encouraged to attend the competition, if possible.

Senior Trip

Our seniors had an action-packed week of fun, adventure, and rain at The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center last week.  Pictures and videos of the action are posted to our school’s Facebook page.

Each year, we travel to The Wilds as a time of retreat and fellowship for our seniors.  We are already looking forward to taking along the Class of 2019 next April!

Spring Concert

Next Thursday, May 10, our elementary students and secondary ensemble will present a special spring concert with many patriotic songs, sacred music, Bible quotations, poetry recitations, and even some instrumental music.

The students have been working on the music for this concert for several months.  Students in Grades 1-6 and secondary ensemble members should be at school by 6:30.

The concert will begin promptly at 7:00 PM in our church sanctuary.  We encourage all of our school families to be here with us.  We know you will enjoy the program!

K4 End-of-Year Program

Please note a change to the end-of-year schedule for our K4 students.  Our special program for K4 students and their families will be held together with the K5 graduation program.

K4 and K5 families should make plans now to be here at the school on Thursday evening, June 7, starting at 7:00 PM.  Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

Awards Chapels

Parents of elementary and secondary students should make plans now to be in attendance for our special awards chapels on the last morning of school.

Elementary students (Grades 1-6) will receive their awards starting around 9:00 AM on Friday, June 15.  Secondary students (Grades 7-11) will receive their awards starting around 10:30 AM on Friday, June 15.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these special days at the close of the school year.

529 Plans – NYS Change

A couple of months ago, we informed you that Congress recently passed a bill allowing tax advantaged withdrawals from 529 education plans for the purpose of elementary and secondary education.  At the time, the best information we had was that New York State would follow the federal law exactly.

We recently became aware that New York State has decided not to follow the federal lead in this specific area and will not allow withdrawals for education below the college level.

We apologize for any confusion on this matter.  We will continue to follow all available resources for complete information.  We also encourage you to ask your state legislators to allow families to use their own savings for private education at any level.

Carpetball Tournament

As many of our parents are aware, Pastor Walter has been running a carpetball tournament during lunch time over the past several weeks for those in grades three through twelve.  The tournament recently completed and we are excited to announce the winners!

3rd-4th Grade – Noah Warner

5th-6th Grade – Gregory Senger

7th-8th Grade – Nathan Fry

9th-10th Grade – Grace Mansfield

11th-12th Grade – Jessie Chen

School Champion – Jessie Chen

End-of-Year Schedule

Parents of children in K3, K4, and K5 should note that Thursday, June 7, is the final day of school for those students.

Students in Grades 1-12 will have school through Friday, June 15.  Please note, however, that students in Grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 11:45 AM on June 12-14, during final exams.  All students will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 15, and no extended session is available that day.

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

Upcoming Events

May 4 – NYACS Elem. Fine Arts

(No classes – K3-3rd and 7th-11th Grades)

May 7-11 – Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10 – Senior Lunch – Nachos

May 10 – 7 PM – Spring Concert (Grades 1-12)

May 11 – Assemblyman Steck Visit to Gov’t Class

May 13 – Mother’s Day

May 17 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers