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The main office is open from 8:30 – 3:45, Monday through Friday. All parents and visitors are required to wear a mask when on campus.

Admissions

Our Admissions Department is still scheduling in-person tours for prospective families. You can email us at admissions@laconiachristian.org or call the office today at 603-524-3250 for more information!

LCA Community

Connect with us through our Facebook and Instagram on social media to see how our teachers and students are using their creativity to learn in new ways as #lcalearnseverywhere.

LCA teachers have hosted over 400 Zoom sessions, ranging from class room instruction and Bible studies to individual tutoring sessions and all-school chapels.

Click here to listen to our Spiritual Life Director Greg Butler offer a message of encouragement.

Communication from the Head of School

 September 2, 2020 

Dear LCA Parents, 

In under a week, LCA will be back in session and on campus for the first time in almost six months. We can’t wait! It has been so nice to see many of you over the past week as you have purchased books and supplies in the office. I cannot recall hearing “I can’t wait to get back to school” by so many students at this time of year. I believe God has great things in store for us in 2020-2021. 

Weekly Update 

Virtual BBQ and Orientation. Tomorrow, September 3rd, is All-School BBQ day! Again, if you’re comfortable doing so, we encourage you to join with another family in your child’s grade for the BBQ portion of the evening. If you’re new to LCA, you can expect a welcome call from your child’s teacher(s) between 5:30 and 7:00PM. The orientation portion of the evening will begin via Zoom at 7:00PM. The Zoom Meeting ID is 881 8671 2805 and the Passcode is 43d82P. This an important meeting for all families as we will spend a good portion of the evening discussing back-to-school protocols. Some of the more important protocols include: 

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures. We’ve modified our student drop-off and pick-up procedures to ensure that we create as safe an environment as possible. There will be ample signage around campus to help facilitate this. We’ll forward a copy of the procedures by email tomorrow afternoon so that you can review them prior to the meeting. 

Daily Health Screening. We’ve developed a health screen that we’ll preview at the Zoom orientation. For families who already have a Veracross account, you can try out the health screening form by logging into your parent portal (portals.veracross.com/laconia). The health screening tab is at the top of the first page. If you are new to LCA, your Veracross credentials will be sent to you on Friday, September 4th. 

Upper School Desks are Delayed. Due to social distancing protocols, we are replacing classroom tables with individual student desks. We just received notification that a parts shortage has delayed the arrival of the new desks for students in grades 7 – 12. Upper School students will likely start school without desks. Students will still be social distanced, but sitting in chairs and using clipboards until the new desks arrive. 

You can find information about LCA’s Communicable Disease Plan and return-to-school planning in my August 5th email. Information about the school calendar and school day, supply list, and Upper School booklist can be found in attachments to my August 6th email. Dress code, and before and after school care plans were explained in the email I sent on August 12th. Info on the 14-day quarantine requirement and updated Upper School booklist were included in my August 27th email. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me. 

Blessings, 

Rick Duba, Head of School 

June 5, 2020

Dear Parents:

I just finished participating in LCA’s senior chapel. It’s hard to describe my emotions as I watched these special young men and women describe their time at LCA and challenge our younger students to take advantage of everything life and community at LCA have to offer. The poise and resiliency they displayed after a year in which they lost the opportunity to produce the spring play and travel to Guatemala to serve underprivileged communities, and saw their graduation celebration postponed and overshadowed by the pandemic and racial strife, is truly a testimony to who they have become! I couldn’t be prouder!

I also want to acknowledge the retirement of Glenda Bucken. As every person who has worked with or been taught by Glenda over the last 35 years can attest, she is one-of-a-kind. People talk about, write about, and aspire to servant leadership. Day in and day out, on campus or remotely, Glenda lives it out. While she accepted the leadership mantle at LCA reluctantly, she did it beautifully and with great compassion for those she led. We’re excited about what God has in store for Glenda, though it’s hard to imagine LCA without her. She is loved and will be missed more than she can possibly know or we can possibly express.

As I’ve met with many of you in person, by Zoom, or phone, I’ve shared my expectations for next school year. To those with whom I’ve yet to speak, I anticipate that LCA will start the school year on campus on Tuesday, September 8th. While we are developing contingency plans and will abide by any mandated directives that come from the Governor’s office and DOE, we fully expect to be on campus next year. Because the health and safety of our community is a top priority, we are continuing to draft our communicable disease policy in line with CDC recommendations. Once in final draft form, it will be vetted by healthcare professionals and then provided to school families.

As we come very near the finish line, I want to acknowledge the awesome effort of LCA’s faculty and staff over the last several months. They pivoted into the unknown as well as anyone. I appreciate all of the extra work and energy that went into making #LCALearnsEverywhere as successful as it was. I also want to thank you for the support you have offered the faculty and your children. This was truly a team effort and you, too, jumped into the unknown without complaint. It meant a lot to us and, no doubt, to your children. At chapel this morning, many of the seniors commented on the quality of the LCA community- you make it so! Thank you!

Best regards,

Rick Duba, M.Ed.

Head of School

April 30, 2020

 

Dear Parents:    

“Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near” (Philippians 4:4-5, TPT).

I don’t know about you, but I find it challenging to be cheerful and joyous in this season. With all that I read in the news each day, being largely confined to the house, and struggling to remote learn with my school-aged son, Christian, while also working for LCA; joy, celebration, and gentleness haven’t come easy. 

And yet, joy, celebration, and gentleness are available because we are united with Christ! Paul goes on to encourage us to, “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV). Because the Lord is near and we are united with Him, His peace is available and sufficient even in this season.  

 

First Bi-Weekly Virtual Town Hall Meeting. I appreciate the feedback provided by parents in our first virtual town hall meeting. It was helpful for me to hear from you first hand. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00PM.

 

No School on Friday, May 1. Enjoy what is supposed to be a relatively nice weekend. Friday is a great time for students to take a well-deserved break, or, for those who have fallen behind, to catch-up on missing work. As this is also a day for teachers to relax and rejuvenate, they will be unavailable for Zoom, phone, or text conferencing.

 

End-of-Year Planning. We’ve decided to end the school year by focusing on celebrating our students. Rather than spread-out our end-of-year activities over the month of May, we’re going to bring academics to an end over the last week of school and celebrate our students’ achievements. There will be no new work assigned from June 8th through the 12th. Students who are behind on their work can use this time to connect individually with teachers and complete missing assignments, if allowed by previously communicated teacher policies. 

  • Monday, June 8: Lower School Awards 
  • Tuesday, June 9: Upper School Awards
  • Wednesday, June 10: Winter Sports Awards
  • Thursday, June 11: Kindergarten Program
  • Friday, June 12: Student Talent Show

 

May the peace of God guard your hearts and minds this weekend,

Rick Duba, M.Ed.

Head of School

April 23, 2020

 

Dear Parents:    

I’ve been going through a devotional on The Lord’s Prayer by N. T. Wright. Today’s devotional, “Don’t Bring Us into the Great Trial, But Rescue Us from Evil” seemed particularly relevant given the worldwide pandemic. He ends the devotional with the following words:

 

“When we lose sight of evil forces at work in the world, we may become overly confident in our own abilities to control certain situations, or naïvely assume we are strong enough to face any battle. We can also become so distracted by the enjoyment of good things that we overlook the darkness that yet opposes the Light of the world.

 

The Lord’s Prayer reminds us to seek his Kingdom first and to continue to pray for protection and deliverance until evil is fully and finally extinguished. We remember that God has made a good world and evil has no legitimate place in it. Our prayers about temptation and deliverance from evil must always bring us back with awe and gratitude to the foot of the cross. It is because of what Jesus accomplished there that we now pray with confident hope no matter what we face today.”

 

I was particularly struck by the idea that in The Lord’s Prayer Jesus instructs us to “continue to pray for protection and deliverance” in the face of evil (read pandemic) and that it is because of His work on the cross that we do so withconfident hope no matter what we face.” In spite of what surrounds us today, ultimately, evil has no place in this world and is in the process of being extinguished by the work of the cross.

 

First Bi-Weekly Virtual Town Hall Meeting. I will be holding my first bi-weekly Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00PM. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at https://zoom.us/j/99583015352?pwd=c1VDYnVtem5Td042Wjdibm1QSHlPZz09. The meeting ID is 995 8301 5352 and the password is Sk6q28. Please submit questions to Mrs. Butler (carrie.butler@laconiachristian.org) by 8:00 PM Tuesday evening. Given the uncertainty of the times, I won’t have answers to every question, but I will do my best to address as many as I can and be as transparent as possible. I hope to keep the meeting to 30 minutes, perhaps leaving a few minutes to address questions that come up on Zoom chat.

 

No School: Friday, May 1. In an effort to give everyone a well-deserved break, there will be no classes or school work on Friday, May 1. This will not impact the last day of school which is scheduled for Friday, June 12.

 

Remote learning at LCA. As I’ve taken a look at what is happening in schools throughout New Hampshire—public and non-public—I’m increasingly pleased with what the faculty at LCA is doing to accommodate students’ learning. Among other wonderful things, over the past four weeks, we’ve held over 450 Zoom sessions. That’s over 100 a week! In addition, students (and faculty) of all ages have begun the process of mastering Google Classroom. We are now focusing on the next iterations of remote learning—incorporating additional project-based and experiential learning opportunities for students.

 

Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year. The administrative team is in the midst of scenario planning for next year. I want to assure you that among other important considerations, we are preparing to provide a safe learning environment for your children. This includes an extensive revision to our Crisis Management Plan to account for COVID-19. If you have experience in the healthcare field and would like to be a part of a task force focusing on this issue, please contact me.

 

THANK YOU! On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for the encouraging words, photos, and stories. By all accounts you are doing a wonderful job interfacing both with teachers and your child under less than ideal circumstances. I’m as impressed with your ability to pivot to this new learning environment as I am with the teachers’ response.

 

Be blessed and stay healthy,

 

Rick Duba, M.Ed.

Head of School

Aril 3, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Again, thank you for the helpful feedback many of you provided in our most recent survey. The LCA faculty and staff are trying very hard to communicate clearly, accurately, and frequently. For the most part, you told us that we’re doing a good job. 

To that end, I want to apologize for the alarm and confusion that may have resulted from a recent email that included your tuition account statement. Let me explain how that came about. 

Last summer, I asked our bookkeeping office to send each family a digital copy of their invoice upon enrollment and then follow-up with automated monthly statements directly from Quickbooks. The idea was to keep families apprised of the monthly progress being made on their tuition account and inform them of any unpaid charges (skiing, books, SAF…). We saw this as a positive thing for families, one that would eliminate any last minute surprises. Last month, before the pandemic, I discovered that the automated monthly statements were not being emailed to families, so I asked our bookkeeping office to get it the monthly queue. The email you may have received is a result of that request. The problem is that we never explained what we were doing or how to read the statement. On top of that, the first monthly statement was emailed at the height of a viral pandemic- not good timing at all. For the vast majority of families who are current on their accounts, the statement in informational only. Again, I’m sorry for any stress this may have caused you.

The second thing that I want to do is provide some resources for you as you navigate the remote learning environment. 

The first, Remote Learning: Parents and Teachers Should Prep for a Marathon, Not a Sprint, by Amanda Bastoni, is somewhat humorous and encourages all of us—parents, students, and educators—to take a deep breath.  https://www.sentinelsource.com/hub/remote-learning-parents-and-teachers-should-prep-for-a-marathon-not-a-sprint/article_c10e1b04-c7f4-5649-8404-a6e73e37b8e4.html

The second, from greatschools.org, offers some advice on how to set-up a remote learning structure at home. 

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-closure-survival-guide/?fbclid=IwAR1BIZiWjnstxpShhNgKcE14aRdvAA6MizOsP2TuLOoDx_Z6GaK-BIIKEQk

Finally, there are numerous resources available on the Department of Education’s website, www.nhlearnsremotely.com.   

LCA’s faculty and staff are here to support students and parents as we navigate this new learning environment. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and/or your student’s teachers with any questions or concerns. Our contact information follows:

Bleiler, Jennifer jen.bleiler@laconiachristian.org  603-998-0127
Bucken, Glenda glenda.bucken@laconiachristian.org  603-759-4600
Butler, Carrie carrie.butler@laconiachristian.org  860-478-9388
Butler, Greg greg.butler@laconiachristian.org  860-655-1331
Cornwell, Vicki vicki.cornwell@laconiachristian.org  603-244-9873
Dammer, Timothy tim.dammer@laconiachristian.org  845-389-0433
Desmarais, MaryAnne maryanne.desmarais@laconiachristian.org  603-289-7234
Duba, Rick rick.duba@laconiachristian.org  603-630-2414
Dube, Heather heather.dube@laconiachristian.org 603-648-2495
Howard, Andrea andrea.howard@laconiachristian.org  603-998-3513
Jurius, Deanna deanna.jurius@laconiachristian.org  603-707-1624
McKinney, Holly holly.mckinney@laconiachristian.org  603-455-9610
Mitchell, Karen karen.mitchell@laconiachristian.org  603-707-0201
Mitchell, Rebecca rebecca.mitchell@laconiachristian.org  603-738-8432
Watson, Jenny jenny.watson@laconiachristian.org  603-707-7121
Watson, Jonathan jonathan.watson@laconiachristian.org  603-707-0804
Wiebe, MacKensie kensie.wiebe@laconiachristian.org  603-366-8360

March 27, 2020

 

Dear Parents:    

 

I started my last letter with the following sentence, “Let me start by thanking you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time. There is no doubt we will all face some challenges in the coming weeks…” At the end of one full week into remote learning, the faculty and staff are working harder than ever before. They’re working extra hours to make remote learning a positive experience for all LCA children. Thank you again, for your patience and support. Your consistent words of encouragement have meant a lot. 

 

As you know by now, yesterday afternoon, Governor Sununu extended the remote learning directive through May 3rd. In addition, he issued a “stay-at-home” order through May 3rd.

 

After hearing from the DOE and discussing planning options with LCA’s leadership team, we’ve developed the following plan.

  • The campus will be open from Monday-Wednesday, March 30-April 1, by appointment only, for parents and/or students to retrieve personal belongings and academic resources. Please call the school office to schedule an appointment. Although there is absolutely no indication that schools will remain in a remote learning mode through June, we’ve decided to err on the side of caution. If the health environment in NH becomes more challenging in the coming months, we would prefer that students not return to campus after Wednesday, April 1. This will also give us the needed time and space to deep clean each building before they are eventually reoccupied.
  • We want to hear from you. I’ve included a link to a survey through which we’d like your feedback on how things are going with remote learning in your home- what’s going well and in what areas do we need to improve. Also, I’ve included an important question regarding April vacation. I’d like your opinion on whether to leave the school calendar as is, or whether to continue remote learning through April vacation and end school a week earlier in June. Please access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7J68PK9
  • Tuition payments. We suspect that the Governor’s “stay-at-home” order will have a negative financial impact on some families. While we haven’t finalized a policy relative to how to assist struggling families, please know that we are ready to stand and partner with you. Presently, we’re considering ways to do the following:
    1. Provide immediate help to families whose financial picture has already been negatively impacted by COVID-19 (i.e., already laid off/hours cut)
    2. Develop a plan to help families who are increasingly concerned that their financial picture will be worse very soon (i.e., in an industry likely to contract, tenuous job situation, current employment deemed non-essential by the Governor’s directive)

Every family that has the capacity to continue to meet their agreed upon tuition payments should continue to do so.  Your tuition payments ensure that LCA teachers remain employed and in a position to continue to serve children. While I have made a commitment to do everything in my power to keep as many faculty employed as possible, that commitment is contingent upon adequate financial resources. If you have the financial capacity and heart to support struggling families, please let me know. I’ll carefully steward those resources.

 

We remain committed to open and frequent communication. From all accounts, our current plan has been going exceptionally well. So, although I’m sure you’ve heard from your child’s teacher and contact person, I’ve included the information again.

 

Google Classroom Questions

 

General Academic Questions

 

Academic Support

 

Counseling Support

 

As I mentioned in my previous correspondence, like you, we are in a steep learning curve. We pray for you often. Those of us with school-aged children at home are well aware of the challenges of working from home and helping children succeed in this environment. 

 

Stay safe and stay healthy,

 

Rick Duba, M.Ed.

Head of School

March 16, 2020

 

Dear Parents:    

Let me start by thanking you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time. There is no doubt we are all facing some challenges in the coming weeks, but this will be an opportunity for us to work together as a community to serve our students. 

 

Although the Governor’s directive did not specifically apply to private schools, for the health and safety of your student(s) and extended family, and our faculty and staff, I decided that voluntary compliance was prudent. Technically NH schools are not closed; rather the mode of instruction is changing. For that reason, this week and the two following weeks count toward the 180 day requirement for school attendance.

 

The Governor’s directive allows five days to plan to launch into a remote learning environment. We’ve made great progress today and expect to be able to launch on either Thursday or Friday. (Some teachers may already have reached out to their students regarding assignments due by week’s end.) We’ll have significantly more detail tomorrow afternoon. Your responses to last Friday’s tech survey have led us to seek a little more information that will help with our planning. If you’d be kind enough to complete one more two question survey, it’d be greatly appreciated. The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VKNDXJC.

 

The administration and faculty are committed to open and frequent communication with you and your student(s). We have set a goal to connect with you by phone and/or Zoom each week. Teachers will be monitoring their email throughout the day Monday-Friday. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with questions or concerns. To help facilitate two-way communication we have established the following contact people:

Google Classroom Questions

General Academic Questions

Academic Support

Counseling Support

 

Of course you can always reach out to the teacher responsible for any particular class in which your child is enrolled.

 

Like you, we are entering new territory – you did not send your child to a remote learning school and we did not prepare to run one. We know that there will be a learning curve for faculty and staff and one for you at home, as well. We are praying for you as you navigate the challenges of child care and supervision and helping your children succeed in this environment. Please pray for us as we do our very best to create an instructional and support system that meets the needs of students. 

 

I’m very proud of what the staff has accomplished today and look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow.  

 

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Rick Duba, M.Ed.

Head of School

Dear Parents, Faculty, and Staff:

 

At 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon, Gov. Sununu closed all schools in New Hampshire through April 3rd. The week of March 16-20 has been set aside for educators to prepare to instruct and support remote learning for students at all grade levels. The New Hampshire State Board of Education has given schools a significant amount of latitude in designing programs to meet students’ needs.

 

As you know, LCA had already scheduled to use Monday, March 16, for this purpose. We have now been authorized to take the entire week to do so, if necessary. In spite of the additional time that has been allotted to us, we intend to provide more specifics by email on Monday afternoon. If you have not already done so, please take a minute to complete the survey that was sent to you by email on Friday and is also available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JD62RLX

 

The situation with COVID-19 is fluid and subject to rapid change. Please be patient with us as we plan. Although this situation will usher us into somewhat uncharted waters, I have great confidence in the faculty and staff. The faculty at LCA is more flexible and nimble than any I have ever worked with. They are collaborative, creative, and care deeply about the students and families we serve. Please pray for us as we wrestle through the implications of remote learning for all of our students.

 

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. If you’d be kind enough to hold your questions until after Monday afternoon’s communique, I’d appreciate it. We will do our very best to communicate clearly and regularly as we navigate the upcoming weeks.

COVID-19 Update

Good afternoon, LCA families.

I am writing to provide an update regarding COVID-19 and LCA’s contingency planning. No doubt these are trying times for you at home as your wrestle with the ramifications of the spread of COVID-19; they are for us at school as well. Be assured that the safety of our students and faculty are our top priority. To the best of our ability, we are trying to be proactive regarding COVID-19. But, as you know, the situation is fluid and our response is subject to change without much notice as we respond to advice from the DOE and CDC. What follows are decisions that have been made as of today, Friday, March 13th:

  • Potential for and Planning for School Closure. At this time, we do not anticipate closing school for an extended period of time; however, we are in the process of working on a plan for students should the DOE recommend closure. Part of this planning involves surveying families regarding student access to the internet and computers. I’m asking all parents to take a minute or two to complete the survey. Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JD62RLX. Part of this planning also involves setting aside some time for the faculty to collaborate and share ideas. For this reason, I have decided to cancel classes for Monday, March 16th. The faculty and staff will use the day to formulate policies and plans for an extended school closure should one be necessary. I apologize for the late notice, but the situation today is significantly different than it was even two days ago. Finally, students have been instructed to bring home their Chromebooks (those who have them), and enough books and school supplies to last for two weeks. Again, at this time school is cancelled for Monday ONLY, but given the fluidity of the situation we are trying to be as prepared as possible. 
  • COVID-19 testing. As of Friday, March 13, I am not aware of any situation that would put our students or faculty at risk of catching the virus. Should this change, parents will be notified via email and text.
  • Attendance policy. All student absences for illness from March 2 through March 31 are excused. Feel free to forward a doctor’s note if you’d like, but one is not required for an illness related absence to be recorded as excused. I have offered a similar benefit to the faculty and staff to ensure that they, too, stay home if ill.
  • Field Trips. With the exception of a restructured junior/senior trip, all fieldtrips are cancelled through March 31st at which time we will re-evaluate. 
  • Junior/Senior Guatemala trip. As hard as it was to do so, I have made the decision to cancel the trip to Guatemala. I am currently working on an alternative trip that would be in-country, with transportation by school van, and a service opportunity in a remote and isolated environment. Please note that even this trip is subject to change or cancelation as the situation warrants. More details will be forthcoming.
  • On campus extra-curricular activities through the end of March
    • Big Fish Rehearsal (March 14)- CANCELED because the rehearsal involves personnel who life out-of-state and do not currently attend LCA.
    • Parent/Player Basketball Game and Dinner (March 14)- Will run as scheduled because it involves only a limited number of LCA families and takes place on campus.
    • Winter Sports Awards (March 17)- Will run as scheduled because it, too, involves only a limited number of LCA families and takes place on campus.
    • Winter/Spring Carnival (March 20)- CANCELED
    • Junior/Senior Volleyball Round Robin Tournament (March 27)- CANCELED
    • Father Daughter Dance (March 28)- Postponed, date TBD. Please note, if you have purchased tickets we are happy to either hold them until a new date is determined or refund your money. Please let the LCA office know your preference.
  • Family travel plans. If school families travel internationally between now and March 31, or have close contact with someone who has, we are likely to require a 14-day quarantine before students can return to school. This policy could also apply to travel within the United States, depending on the location to which the family traveled. The application of these requirements will be determined on a case by case basis and in conjunction with advice from local health officials and the DOE. Please notify the school office of any travel plans.

In the meantime, please continue to follow best hygiene practices (frequently washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your arm, and staying home if you are sick and for at least an additional 24 hours after a fever has broken). We are continuing to remind your children of these practices and have made Clorox Wipes available throughout campus. 

The COVID-19 virus is to be taken seriously, but remember…”God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (I Timothy 1:7).

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are praying for you and appreciate your prayers for our students and staff.