Oct. 9, 2021
The Four Cardinal Virtues: Justice. Temperance. Prudence. Fortitude.

Hello, Raptor Families:

The Four Cardinal Virtues: Justice. Temperance. Prudence. Fortitude. 
Last week we looked at Temperance. This week we look at Prudence.
The cardinal virtue of prudence has been defined as “right reason applied to action.”
As a classical academy, LLCA places great emphasis on developing the powers of reason.
That's because they are the powers that are unique to us humans!
We have the power to think before we act, and when we think well and apply this thinking to our actions, we are practicing the virtue of prudence.  
Over the next week, discuss ways in which your children can apply the power of reason in their decisions, beliefs, and opinions.
Give us your 2-Cents!
Parents, we need your input. As part of our continuing accreditation process, we seek feedback from families on different aspects of the school, including our educational program, enrichment programs, and student needs. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. It is anonymous and email addresses are not collected.
The results will be shared with staff and families.

'Pull up to the Bumper, Baby'
Mornings and afternoons can be hectic times with the arrival and departure of students. To help make it as safe and as seamless as possible please remember the following guidelines. When dropping off your student in the mornings, please pull your vehicle all the way to the next open space. This allows for more cars to be unloaded and avoids backups and students being late to class. 
In the same vein, please pull all the way forward in the afternoons during pick-up. This allows more vehicles to be loaded and more efficient dismissal. 
School Counseling Update
Our School Counselors are excited to announce the rollout of EduGuide, an online mentoring tool to help strengthen core learning skills, build a support network of teachers and mentors, and raise academic achievement in the classroom and beyond.

You're Not Alone
If you or any Raptor family you know of is experiencing hardship, transition, or homelessness, help is available! Please contact Julie Hoyle at: [email protected] All information is held within the strictest confidence.

Red Ribbon Week is Coming for Elementary Students, Oct. 25th-29th
For the kids, it might appear to be a week of fun and dress-up, but there's some serious messaging that gets across in association with the annual observance of National Red Ribbon Week.
Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
Be on the lookout next week for more details surrounding how LLCA elementary students will be celebrating during the week of Oct. 25-29.
Kindergarten & Elementary Update:

Mark Your Calendars! - for the musical performance of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” 
presented by the Little Raptors Kindergarten Classes of 2021.

Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 6:30 pm in the Raptor Center                      
These Young Raptors are Learning
to Be Prepared on the Trail
This month, with the guidance of Mountain Roots, our Elementary students are learning how to be safe and prepared outside. Students learned about the ten essentials you should take on any outdoor adventure and then role-played scenarios to think about how they would use their items on the trails.
Our partnership with Mountain Roots is new this year and designed to further implement our strategic focus on outdoor education.
Mountain Roots is a non-profit organization providing discovery and outdoor learning experiences with a focus on environmentally responsible and community-centered living. 
And the Winner is.......
We will announce this coming week the winners of the grade level with the most sign-ups for PowerSchool and Canvas. That grade level with 100 percent participation will win a special Field Day Experience.  Stay tuned@

New Middle School Clubs Get Underway on Monday!
There's one that's just right for you! Middle School Clubs will begin this Monday.
Check out all of the Great Extracurricular Clubs at Lake Lure Classical Academy, and then get in touch with your teacher or the front office for more information. School clubs offer an opportunity to make new friends, strengthen ties, and learn fun and challenging new things.

NC Check-Ins Continue
  • STAR 360, Reading, Oct. 11th
  • Math, Oct. 13th
  • Science, 5th and 8th Grade, Oct. 12th
These 7th Graders are On the Ball!
In a new partnership that kicked off this month with KidSenses,
 LLCA is making it possible for students like these to receive
hands-on workshops twice a month
(Pictured here, Ms. Warner's 7th Grade Class)
“CNC CAD design and production”
It’s a mouthful and it sounds intimidating and complicated. But our 7th Graders learned this week how to use simple digital design software to create a small personal logo that they transcribed to a ping pong ball using “EggBot CNC Technology. Students got to take their new branded logo ball home with them.
Based in Rutherfordton, KidSenses helps children of all ages develop a rich understanding of themselves and their world through fun, hands-on learning in science, art, and culture.
We are excited to welcome a new faculty member to the high school.
Mr. Doug Campbell will be joining us as a math instructor. Mr. Campbell comes to us with a strong background in math education.
He holds two degrees from Furman University, and he taught at Polk High for nearly fifteen years.
He has also published two books: one on classroom discipline and the other on effective communication. Mr. Campbell is excited to begin work in a classical academy, and we are confident that he is going to help us advance our mission of classical education!  

  • Monday, Oct. 4th: 8th Grade Field Trip to Gilbert Town
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12th: PTO meeting at 5:30 pm. Location to be determined
  • Wednesday, October 13th: PSAT for 10th and 11th Graders
  • Thursday, Oct 14th: No School for students - Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Friday, Oct. 15th: No School for students - Teacher Workday
  • Oct. 25-29: Elementary K-5: Red Ribbon Week (dress up details to come)
  • Thursday, Oct. 28th: 4:30-6 pm “Read and Treat” Night for K-5 (families welcome!)
  • Thursday, Oct 28th: Team Sports Photos at 1:30 pm (Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Basketball)
Yearbook ordering & Ad Sales Now Available
It's that time of the year to think about the school yearbook. Online ordering is available now. And, as always, families may purchase an ad in the yearbook to honor their child.
Proceeds from ad sales go toward offsetting the expense associated with the production of the yearbook and allows for additional color pages.

From the Athletic Front
From Coach McFarland: Cross country just completed a successful season with the boys finishing third in the conference and the girls in second. Oska Gobbins was the runner of the year in the conference and also made all-conference. 
In the girls, both Roxanne Duarte and Abby Sias both made the all-conference team.

Both the JV and varsity volleyball teams enter the playoffs on Friday with the varsity going to Nebo and the JVs hosting Masters. Boys soccer goes to play CEC at Maiden High school in the first round of the playoffs on Friday as well.

Boys and girls basketball tryouts start on Oct 18th. If you need physicals for this or spring sports, please see coach McFarland or coach Lattimore asap for forms.

News from the PTO:
September was a busy and successful month for LLCA's new PTO.

Have you checked out PTO's Teacher Needs website? This handy tool allows you to see the needs of each teacher or staff member, then sign up to fulfill that need. Every little bit helps us reach our goal of checking these needs off the list.
PLEASE SHARE it with friends and family members. Items can be dropped off or shipped directly to the school from anywhere! Thanks so much for sharing and donating!

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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