Oct. 31, 2021
'Meals for Raptors' Takes Flight
Long-time Partners, Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach & Lake Lure Olympiad Come to the Rescue in Support of Meals for Raptors

It might be easy to assume in a community like Lake Lure that we wouldn't have children coming to school with little or nothing to eat.
But because we serve families from several counties, representing a broad cross-section of socio-economic conditions, hunger in our student population has always been an issue.
And in one manner or another, there has always been a commitment to make sure a hungry student isn't going without food during the day.
But as a 501c-3 public charter school, Lake Lure Classical Academy does not receive state or county funding for student meals, so the funds must come from donations. 
When we think about how those needs have been met through the years, Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach has always been in the picture, behind the scenes, working and coordinating with LLCA to feed our children.
For that alone, we are so grateful.
There is no doubt that COVID cast a much brighter light on a more serious need to address food insecurity on our campus and its impact on students.
Throughout this school year, up to 30 percent of our students walk through the school doors having had little or nothing to eat.
However, over the last few months, we have seen an increase in the level of community involvement to respond to this issue.
Annual Holiday 'Helping Hand' Campaign for Raptor Families Gets Under Way
In partnership with the Lake Lure Police Department, the Town of Lake Lure, and Lake Lure Baptist Church, we are once again working hard to make sure that every Raptor child has a meaningful Christmas holiday.
Such an endeavor takes a tremendous amount of planning, coordination, and sensitivity to family privacy. It takes our home community of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village coming together to make it happen.
"This by far is our favorite event of the year," said School Director Barbara Cohen. "We love coming together as a staff and as a community to brighten a Child's holiday."
Want to get in on the joy? Here's how you can participate:
  • 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).
LLCA Once Again Doing it
'BUY the Book'

After only being able to offer an all-virtual event last year, we're thrilled to announce that the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week - live and in person, AND online too!
Monday, Nov. 1st to Friday, Nov. 5th
Throughout the week, teachers will be bringing their classes to the book fair to shop and make purchases.
PARENT NIGHT, Tuesday, Nov. 2nd., 3 pm - 6 pm.

LLCA High School Theatre Department to show us - How to Break Free from Being a Pirate

The high school theatre class has been working hard at becoming pirates for its upcoming performance, 12 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate.
The play will be performed at the North Carolina Theatre Conference Play Festival this Friday, Nov. 5th.
Under the leadership of Ms. Layne Long, a founding teacher with LLCA, the high school theatre department was honored in 2019 with five awards from the North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. It is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast and has been replicated in nine other states. Awards are given for acting, design, technical craft, ensemble work, and festival spirit.
The public as well as our Raptor families can check out a dress rehearsal of the upcoming play, this Wednesday at 5 pm, in the Raptor Center.
There is no cost to attend, but donations at the door are appreciated and used to offset the costs of the upcoming spring musical, The Addams Family.

  • Nov. 1st-5th, Book Fair
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2: Book Fair, Parent Night, from 3-6 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9: LLCA PTO meeting, 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: Veterans Day Event at school, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, No school for students or staff
  • Friday, Nov. 12: Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • Thursday, Nov. 18: LLCA School Board Meeting, 4 pm (By Zoom)
  • Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School
Celebrating our Veterans - Get Involved!
We are excited about our upcoming Veteran’s Day Celebration on Nov. 10th at 1:30 pm in the Raptor Center. Our Raptor families and all area Veterans are invited to attend.
Please send photos of close family members who have served in the Armed Services.
Please include the name, rank, and branch of service. LLCA will use these photos in a slide show presentation. 
Send photos to [email protected]
Write Veteran Photo for Veteran's Day in the subject line

Our Middle School Counselor, Corrie Sias is encouraging Middle School students to make Veteran’s Day cards by this Friday, Nov. 5th. If any parents would like to help distribute cards to some of the local nursing homes or other Veterans groups, please contact Corrie Sias at [email protected]

Kindergarten & Elementary Update:            
Our Annual Fire Prevention activities will take place on Monday, Nov 1st. This event had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather this past week. 

Speaker Cafe takes place at lunch four our 4th & 5th grades this week. Dr. Bronks will speak about his military background and potential careers available in the military.

Our elementary clubs started this week. All available slots are taken. Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for information and sign-ups for the new clubs that will begin in January.  
PowerSchool and Canvas Competition - The special Field Day for 6th grade has been rescheduled for Monday afternoon due to inclement weather this past week. . Again, we appreciate all of our families who have taken the time to sign up for Powerschool and CANVAS, as this is an excellent, efficient way to communicate with your children’s teachers.

Club Update
Craft Club - Tuesdays 3:15 - 4 pm
Lego Club - Wednesdays 3:15 - 4 pm
Band Club - Fridays 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Ms. Payne’s 6th Grade studying Ancient Rome
This week 6th graders continue our Ancient Rome studies with a chapter on Julius Caesar and the Age of Agustus. See the photo of Julius Caesar come to life in the classroom. Next week we will delve into Rome and Christianity, Chapter 15, The Fall of the Roman Empire (Ch. 16), and finally The heritage of Greece and Rome (Ch 17) Students will prepare for the final test on Rome for 2 days (11/8, 11/9) the following week. The final will be held on Wednesday, November 10th. 

English Language Arts Students Bringing Characters to Life by Studying their Best Traits
Our ELA students have started their end unit on Essay. LA, we have begun our unit end essay, which will take about ten days to complete. Students will make a claim about a character they have read about as to what their best trait might be in order to solve problems, mysteries, or investigations.
For example, what might Sherlock Holmes need to possess as a character trait to solve mysteries? Perhaps it's intelligence or keen observation skills. Students will need to make a claim and give textual evidence of that claim as well as their reasons for that evidence. This essay must include an introduction with a claim, including two examples of individuals demonstrating this characteristic or trait in their response. The individuals can be chosen from the readings of "The Yellow Fever," "The Red-Headed League," and "The Speckled Band," by Sir Auther Conan Doyle. Their essay will also need a conclusion; a wrap-up of their claim.
Friday, November 5 - UNC-Asheville admissions counselor Sarah Mohr will meet with interested HS students during advisory.

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 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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