What about Halloween?

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

1 John 4:18

      As we approach the end of October, we are frequently asked about class parties here at LCA. Many of our teachers will have harvest parties or celebrate the coming of fall, but, as a school, we do not celebrate Halloween. Why not?

On any holiday, it is important to ask what we are celebrating. On Christmas, we celebrate the virgin birth of God in human form, Jesus Christ. On Easter, we celebrate His resurrection from the dead, completing our redemption. On July 4, we celebrate our country’s victory over England and independence as a nation. What are we celebrating on October 31?

A look around may help us answer this question. First, we see a connection between fright and Halloween. Just walking down the street in your own neighborhood will lead you to the conclusion that people want to be afraid this time of the year. We see in the Scripture above, however, that Christians should celebrate love, not fear.

Second, we recognize a strong connection between death and Halloween. The houses around yours probably have skeletons, ghosts, and maybe even coffins as decorations. As Christians, we recognize that death is our enemy, and, as revealed in 1 Corinthians 15:26, we have victory over this enemy. This enemy yet wars against each of us, however, and minimizing or celebrating death is not an appropriate reaction for a Christian ministry.

Third, Halloween has a very strong tie with witchcraft and sorcery. Look at the costumes in Wal-Mart or those worn at any Halloween party, and you are sure to see individuals making light of the enemy of God. Followers of God are strongly warned against any celebration of witchcraft, potions, or wizardry in Leviticus 19:31, Galatians 5:20, and other similar passages.

We recognize that each Christian family will need to reach decisions for themselves regarding any celebrations, including Halloween. As a ministry, however, we will stick with celebrating God’s rich blessings on us as individuals and as a school ministry.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Tuesday, November 10, 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.

Please stop by or call our school office to make an appointment. Each appointment slot is 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.

Financial Policies

As a nonprofit ministry, we rely on our parents paying their financial obligations promptly so that we can pay our staff and vendors. Each month’s payment is due no later than the 10th of each month to avoid a late charge.

Payment can be made by cash or check in our school office. Many banks also offer a free “bill pay” service. You may be able to set this up so that your bill is paid automatically each month. LCA does not charge for accepting banks’ bill payments.

You may also pay by credit card using Paypal or directly in our school office. We must pass along the 2.5%-2.75% charge from these services, however, to keep everyone’s bill as low as possible.

If you have any questions about your bill or about payment methods, please contact Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office.

Operation Christmas Child

Although it may not yet feel much like Christmas outside, it is time to begin planning for one of our school’s annual outreach opportunities. On Tuesday, October 27, we will be kicking off our support of Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child where we will prepare shoeboxes to send to needy parts of the world, complete with fun Christmas presents and copies of God’s Word for children.

You can expect to receive much more information by e-mail on the week of October 26 as we re-introduce our students to this important opportunity.

Of special need this year are financial donors to cover the cost of shipping these shoeboxes around the world. Each one costs $7, and last year we sent out about 100 shoeboxes! If you are interested in donating toward the financial aspect of our part of Operation Christmas Child, please contact Mr. Fry.

Welcome, Mrs. Fry!

Latham Christian Academy is excited to welcome Mrs. Dee Fry to our faculty this year. Mrs. Fry, the wife of our school administrator, teaches one of our four-year-old Kindergarten classes.

Mrs. Fry grew up in Maryland in a Christian home, attending a Christian school from kindergarten through her senior year of high school. After graduation, Mrs. Fry attended Atlantic Baptist Bible College in Virginia, earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Mrs. Fry worked as senior staff in several daycare centers before returning to teach the K3 class for five years at the Christian school she had attended in Maryland. For the past ten years, Mrs. Fry has been focused on her three young children at home, working part-time as a tutor, substitute teacher and extended session staff member.

Mrs. Fry is excited to be back in the classroom teaching children and sharing with them lessons from God’s Word. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Fry to Latham Christian Academy.

Lady Knights’ Volleyball

The strong season has continued for our girls’ volleyball team with another win this week against Columbia Christian here at home. Our girls’ record for the season is now 5-1. Keep an eye on the upcoming events section of this newsletter for a full listing of our games. All LCA families are welcome to attend home games; we do not charge any admission to our gym.

School Banking

Mrs. Deb Roarke volunteers to help organize and run a school banking program in conjunction with CapCom credit union each Tuesday morning starting at 8:15. Students who have not yet signed up may do so by obtaining a form from Mrs. Roarke. If you have any questions, please contact our school office. We do encourage each of you to teach the value of saving money, and LCA’s school banking program can be an important part of this effort.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Oct. 20 – 4:00 – Home Volleyball vs. Perth and Faith

Oct. 21 – Progress Reports Sent Home (1st-12th)

Oct. 22 – Senior Lunch – Chicken Strips

Oct. 23 – 8:30 AM – Honor Society Induction

Oct. 23 – Away Volleyball at Mohawk Valley

Oct. 27 – Operation Christmas Child Kickoff

Oct. 27 – 4:00 – Home Volleyball vs. Our Savior’s

Oct. 29 – Senior Lunch – Hamburgers

See our full calendar at s.lcany.org/cal