Nov. 7, 2021
Editor's Note: We apologize that this week's update is late in coming out. We had a few technical difficulties to address!
How LLCA Families & Students Benefit from LLCA's Participation in Title 1
By Barbara Cohen,
School Director
Did you know that Lake Lure Classical Academy is a Title I school? 
Title I is a federal program that provides financial assistance through state allocations to public schools with high numbers of low-income children in order to help ensure that all children meet challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards set forth by the state.
LLCA was awarded $62,000 for 2021-2022. The school has the ability to use these funds in ways that support students’ academic success.

This school year, LLCA will use the funds to hire Title I tutors for math and reading instruction. 

Title 1 is the nation's largest federal aid program for public schools. Title 1 is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2000, but originated in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” Title 1 provides federal funds to schools with high percentages of low-income students. The funds pay for extra educational services to help students achieve and succeed regardless of any disadvantages through no fault of their own.
From the Nurse's Office
Hello Raptor Families!
We continue to remain very low with Covid numbers. Only two Covid cases are currently accounted for throughout the school and both are considered family exposure. Allergies and cold symptoms are on the rise. Please continue to encourage your children to use the 3W’s.
Our Breakfast On-the-Go had a short delay but will begin Monday, November 8th. We are excited to start this initiative to bridge the food gap and give our students the extra boost they need in the mornings.
Just as a reminder, please send your child to school with a water bottle each day! We have some amazing bottle fillers that fill your water bottle quickly with cool, refreshing, filtered water! We are very fortunate to have these bottle fillers throughout the school.
Also, we have a growing area of Lost and not-so-Found! If your child is missing an item, please have them check the lost and found area located outside the Nurse’s Office.
Thank You,
Nurse Crystal Redmon 
October's Teacher of the Month is......
Congratulations to Peggy Hill, our October Teacher of the Month! Mrs. Hill is our elementary music teacher and conducts our musical performances for parents and the community. She is an amazing teacher and colleague. She will receive her Teacher of the Month certificate and her goodie bag this week. Join me in congratulating Mrs.Hill. 

November’s Teacher of the Month voting is now live - Click on this link to vote. 

Title 1 Compact Forms are Due!
If you have not returned the School-Parent- Student Compact form to us, please do so this week. This is part of our Title I compliance.

Box Tops for Education
Want an easy way to help support LLCA with the shopping you already do? Sign up for Box Tops for Education! No more clipping and counting - just scan and go! You can scan paper receipts with the free Box Tops App, or forward your digital receipt from online shopping.

AIG @ LLCA - What is it and What have these Students Been up to This Year?

Sure, you have probably heard about our AIG Program, and perhaps your child is even an AIG student. But for the rest of our Raptor families and students, how much do you really know about it and what these students have been up to during this school year?
First, let's start with a definition:
Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students are individuals who perform or show potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. AIG students exhibit high-performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields.
AIG students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular education program.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9: LLCA PTO meeting, 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: Veterans Day Event at school, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Everyone invited!
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, No school for students or staff
  • Friday, Nov. 12: Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • Monday, Nov. 15: Deadline to
  • Thursday, Nov. 18: LLCA School Board Meeting, 4 pm (By Zoom)
  • Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School
Kindergarten & Elementary Update:            
Professor Narwal from High Touch, High Tech from Asheville, NC visited the 5th-grade class this week. Professor Narwal conducted experiments with the students and discussed how DNA is their own unique fingerprint.

Orthodontist & Air Force Colonel Renee Carlson visited fourth graders during their lunch to talk with the students about her career in the Air Force. Colonel Carlson served 20 years in the military and traveled to over 30 countries. She lived in Italy and South Korea. While in the military she taught other dentists to do more advanced skills to ensure all military personnel maintained good dental health.  

On Thursday, Nov. 11th at the Rumbling Bald Resort, students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be part of a program honoring veterans. The students will be singing and doing sign language to the song God Bless the USA. They will also do a drumming salute. This program will begin at 9 am. All are welcome to attend.

Mr. Blackwell Middle School Music Teacher
One School, one sound-BAND
Band Club Update
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
3- 4:30pm
Anyone 6th-12th grade is still welcome to join. 

Mrs. Payne 6th Grade Class:
As we wrap up our end of unit "Mysteries and Investigations" response to text essay, due this Monday, I just want to say, WOW! I set the bar high. I used Olympic medals as an analogy. I set the bar on GOLD, knowing some may only make it to bronze or silver, but I'm so impressed by so many of my students. Some of them definitely earned that gold medal. Those who didn't, it's okay. It was the first one, and we will have more. There is always room for improvement. With time and practice, more students will get there. Next week we will start a book study titled, "Summer of the Mariposas" by award-winning author Guadalupe Garcia McCall. 
Making Colorful, Sweet Art
For the last several weeks LLCA's 7th-grade art students have been exploring the elements of art. Recently, they took a very delicious assessment - creating edible color wheels.
Working in small groups, the students were given twelve Vanilla wafers and three cups of colored frosting which held the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. Each student was responsible for frosting cookies of a primary color and an analogous grouping.
"They did a fantastic job working together to mix all of the colors correctly and put them in the correct order, " said Layne Long, their teacher. Once their color wheels were completed correctly, - for a bonus - they created a neutral gray, as well. Once they passed the test, they split up the cookies and got to savor their hard work!

Monday, November 8 - UNC-Greensboro admissions counselor Korin Norton will hold a virtual meeting with interested HS students during advisory.

Tuesday, November 9 - Career and College Promise Liaison Summer Byers will be on campus from Isothermal Community College to meet with any students NEW to the CCP program or who are interested in taking dual enrollment courses through ICC.
Our Varsity and JV Boys and our Girls Varsity basketball teams will have their first home games on Tuesday, Nov. 9th against Pinnacle Classical Academy. The Boys JV will tip off at 4 pm with the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys to follow. This promises to be an exciting season so come out and support our teams.  

Also, if anyone plans to participate in spring sports please make sure you have a current physical on file with Coach Ozzie. Students can get a physical form from Coach Todd or Coach Ozzie.
There's still time to participate in the Holiday Helping Hands Campaign for LLCA Student Families in Need:

  • Partner with LLCA, the Lake Lure Police Department, the Town of Lake Lure, & Lake Lure Baptist Church to buy clothes, toys, & electronics for an anonymous child designated just to you - Sign up here by Nov. 15th!
  • Purchase gift and/or grocery cards in any amount for an LLCA family in need 
  • Make a secure online financial contribution, earmarked for the Holiday Helping Hands Campaign below
  • Drop off your wrapped gifts for your assigned child by Dec.6th to LLCA
  • Join the Gift Packing Celebration Event on Dec. 10th on the school campus (Details to come).

Lunch Relief Helpers Needed
Sign p to monitor a teacher's classroom so they can have a lunch break. Contact Marla Machado Arce to sign up: [email protected]
The Teachers Needs Campaign Continues
We still have plenty of things that our teachers need. Check out the list and see how you can help

Next PTO meeting, Nov. 9th - 5:30 pm - Join in person or virtually
Our Mission:
To provide an educational community with high academic and character expectations, creating life-long learners. 

Our Vision: 
To partner with community resources supporting a culture of mutual respect and academic excellence that reflects high quality and relevant instruction and produces college and/or career-ready graduates.
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