Upcoming . . .  

Thursday, Oct 11       Grandparents’ Day! How Exciting!

                                  Basketball practice @LIVING HOPE CHURCH GYM 3:35-5:30

Fri/Sat, Oct 12-13     LIFE DAYS 2018!!

Tuesday, Oct 16         Basketball practice

Thursday, Oct 18       Basketball practice

Wednesday, Oct 24  AR Store - this will be the first opportunity for kids to “spend” their
Accelerated Reader points

LIFE DAYS Reminders . . .

Life Days 2018 is Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!  See you this weekend!

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REMINDERS: SAFETY DURING THE DROP-OFF and PICK-UP TIMES . . .

It is very important that we consider SAFETY FIRST during the drop-off times in the morning and the pick-up times in the afternoon.  We have noticed a few things that we can improve upon so as to avoid the chance of an incident:

●       At drop-off times, remember that students should WALK ON THE SIDEWALKS when they get out of the car.  So whether they get out of the car near the front or the back of the line, it’s important that they walk directly to the sidewalk, then to the doors.

●       DRIVERS, PLEASE BE PATIENT.  Some students take longer than others to get in or out of cars.  Our dismissal takes less than 7 minutes most days… so please wait the extra minute for the cars in front of you to unload/load - do not pull around them.  Safety first!

●       PLEASE PULL FORWARD whenever possible, but PLEASE AVOID PASSING CARS IN FRONT OF YOU in both drop-off and pick-up lines.  The one exception is if a car pulls all the way forward to the end of the sidewalk to wait for a student.  The extra time waiting for the cars in front to exit can save a fender-scrape or worse yet a dangerous situation for a child.

●       REMINDER… Drivers should not get out of the cars during drop-off or pick-up time.  If you need to exit your car, please park in the gravel lot or in a marked space…. not in the drop-off or pick-up lane.

 From the Principal's Desk . . .

Grandparents today, Life Days Friday and Saturday. A whirlwind weekend is ahead of us…. but we can remember that God is with us even in a whirlwind!  Looking forward to seeing so many at Life Days!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . .

Fri-Mon, Oct 5-8        No School, Columbus Day Weekend

Saturday, Oct 6          Cross Country 5K Race - Easter Seals @ Lake Bloomington, 8 am

Tuesday, Oct 9           Basketball practice 3:35-5:30

Thursday, Oct 11       Grandparents’ Day! Invite your grandparents!

                                    Basketball practice @LIVING HOPE CHURCH GYM 3:35-5:30

Fri/Sat, Oct 12-13       LIFE DAYS 2018!!

LIFE DAYS Reminders...

Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

    Please do your part to help LIFE DAYS 2018 be greatly successful… there are still many volunteer spots available!!

REMINDERS…. SAFETY DURING THE DROP-OFF and PICK-UP TIMES

It is very important that we consider SAFETY FIRST during the drop-off times in the morning and the pick-up times in the afternoon.  We have noticed a few things that we can improve upon so as to avoid the chance of an incident:

●       At drop-off times, remember that students should WALK ON THE SIDEWALKS when they get out of the car.  So whether they get out of the car near the front or the back of the line, it’s important that they walk directly to the sidewalk, then to the doors.

●       DRIVERS, PLEASE BE PATIENT.  Some students take longer than others to get in or out of cars.  Our dismissal takes less than 7 minutes most days… so please wait the extra minute for the cars in front of you to unload/load - do not pull around them.  Safety first!

●       PLEASE PULL FORWARD whenever possible, but PLEASE AVOID PASSING CARS IN FRONT OF YOU in both drop-off and pick-up lines.  The one exception is if a car pulls all the way forward to the end of the sidewalk to wait for a student.  The extra time waiting for the cars in front to exit can save a fender-scrape or worse yet a dangerous situation for a child.

●       REMINDER… Drivers should not get out of the cars during drop-off or pick-up time.  If you need to exit your car, please park in the gravel lot or in a marked space…. not in the drop-off or pick-up lane.

 

From the Principal's Desk

It is my hope that the 4-day weekend we have ahead of us will be a refresher for our staff, possibly a time of connection for our families, and also a preparation for a big week coming up.  Next week is an important week for our school.  Looking forward to seeing so many at Grandparents Day and Life Days!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . .

Thursday, Sept 27      Cross Country practice

Friday, Sept 28           Picture Day

                                    11:45 Dismissal - Teacher work day in afternoon

Saturday, Sept 29       Cross Country Meet @ Delavan, 9 am

Monday, Oct 1             Basketball forms DUE for participation in basketball (5th-8th)

Tuesday, Oct 2           Cross Country practice

Fri-Mon, Oct 5-8        No School, Columbus Day Weekend

Saturday, Oct 6         Cross Country 5K Race - Easter Seals @ Lake Bloomington, 8 am

Tuesday, Oct 9          Basketball practice 3:35-5:30

Thursday, Oct 11       Grandparents’ Day! Form going home today! Invite your grandparents!

LIFE DAYS Reminders...

Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

    Please do your part to help LIFE DAYS 2018 be greatly successful.  There is a checklist and paper to return to the office for each family - it was due last Friday, but we ask you to please turn it in, even late - we are still waiting on over half of our families to complete this task!

 

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School picture day will be TOMORROW, September 28. 

Forms were sent home earlier this week.  PLEASE SEND THE ENVELOPE/MONEY with your child!! And practice the smiles!!

Reminder . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

 

From the Principal's Desk

Thank you, families, for your partnership with Christian Life Academy! Each year at this time, I begin to have a feeling of being overwhelmed… with busy-ness during this season of Life Days, but also overwhelmed with gratitute toward the many people who give countless hours of their time for the benefit of our school.  It’s a joy to see so many people involved! When we join together in support of something like this, mighty things can be done.  And we then remember to give God the glory!  Looking forward to our big event in just over two weeks!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . .

Friday, Sept 21            Family Life Days forms DUE

Monday,Sept 24         Cross Country Meet @ Bluegrass Creek Golf Course (Minier) 4:15 pm

Tuesday, Sept 25        Cross Country practice

Thursday, Sept 27      Cross Country practice

Friday, Sept 28           Picture Day

                                    11:45 Dismissal - Teacher work day in afternoon

Saturday, Sept 29       Cross Country Meet @ Delavan, 9 am

Monday, Oct 1             Basketball forms DUE for participation in basketball (5th-8th)

Mark Your Calendars Now . . .

Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

NOTE:  Family Packets went home LAST WEEK and POSTERS/FLYERS are going home TODAY… Please take a look, and do your part to help LIFE DAYS 2018 be greatly successful.  There is a checklist and paper to return to the office for each family (sent last week, due TOMORROW, Sept 21).

School picture day will be next Friday, September 28.  Forms will come home early next week.  Get those outfits picked out and the hair “just so….”  And practice the smiles!!

Reminder . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

From the Principal’s Desk . . .

CLA Family, it’s important that you know how vital philanthropy and fundraising is for Christian Life Academy. Did you know that the tuition paid by families covers only 60-65% of the costs associated with operating our school? I bring this to your attention because we are entering a vital time for raising funds for the school. Life Days, our signature event, is just around the corner. It’s easy to just push it aside and say “someone else will do it” when asked to donate, or volunteer, or attend this event. (Hi! - If you have read this far through Lion Tales, I want to say “thanks!” So, the first person to text me the words “Life Days” to 309-267-8781 wins a candy bar -  Mr. Horning) Please, I encourage you, jump in with both feet into this event, and into every part of the CLA Community!  In the past, Life Days (donations, auction, activities) has raised over 10% of our budget in most years. That means about $50,000 for this year’s budget. To keep CLA thriving and growing, we need EVERYONE to take part in LIFE DAYS… So I ask you…  please  get involved!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . .

Today, Sept 13           Cross Country Meet @ Tremont, 4:15 pm

Saturday, Sept 15      Board of Directors’ Meeting, 7:30 am

                                  Annual Meeting, 9:00 am

Tuesday, Sept 18       Cross Country practice

Thursday, Sept 20    Cross Country practice

Monday, Sept 24      Cross Country Meet @ Bluegrass Creek Golf Course (Minier) 4:15 pm

Mark your calendars now . . . 

This Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m., will be the CLA ANNUAL MEETING.  We invite parents, staff, friends and family to come and hear updates on our corporate year.  This is a good time to meet our School Board of Directors and hear how the “big picture” of the school is going.  All are welcome!

Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

NOTE:  Family Packets are going home TODAY… Please take a look, and do your part to help LIFE DAYS 2018 be greatly successful.  There is a checklist and paper to return to the office for each family.

Reminder: TENNIS SHOES FOR P.E. . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

From the Principal’s Desk . . .

CLA Family, it’s important that you know how vital philanthropy and fundraising is for Christian Life Academy.  Did you know that the tuition paid by families covers only 60-65% of the costs associated with operating our school?  I bring this to your attention because we are entering a vital time for raising funds for the school.  Life Days, our signature event, is just 4 weeks away.  It’s easy to just push it aside and say “someone else will do it” when asked to donate, or volunteer, or attend this event.  Please, I encourage you, jump in with both feet into this event!  In the past, Life Days (donations, auction, activities) has raised over 10% of our budget in most years.  That means about $50,000 for this year’s budget.  To keep CLA thriving and growing, we need EVERYONE to take part in LIFE DAYS… So   when the packet and information comes home… get involved!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . . 

Today, Sept 6              HOME Baseball Game vs Trinity/Cornerstone Co-op  4:15 pm

                                     Country Meet @Eureka, 4:00 pm

Monday, Sept 10         Baseball (Make-up) Game @ Morton United, 4:30 pm.  Bus 3:15

Tuesday, Sept 11        Cross Country Practice 3:45-4:45

                                    Life Days Group Planning meeting, 7 pm

Thursday, Sept 13      Cross Country Meet @ Tremont, 4:15 pm

Mark your calendars now . . .  

  • Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m., will be the CLA ANNUAL MEETING.  We invite parents, staff, friends and family to come and hear updates on our corporate year.  This is a good time to meet our School Board of Directors and hear how the “big picture” of the school is going.  All are welcome!
  • Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

Reminder - Tennis Shoes . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

From the Principal's Desk . . . 

CLA Family, it’s important that you know how vital philanthropy and fundraising is for Christian Life Academy.  Did you know that the tuition paid by families covers only 60-65% of the costs associated with operating our school?  I bring this to your attention because we are entering a vital time for raising funds for the school.  Life Days, our signature event, is just 5 weeks away.  It’s easy to just push it aside and say “someone else will do it” when asked to donate, or volunteer, or attend this event.  Please, I encourage you, jump in with both feet into this event!  In the past, Life Days (donations, auction, activities) has raised over 10% of our budget in most years.  That means about $50,000 for this year’s budget.  To keep CLA thriving and growing, we need EVERYONE to take part in LIFE DAYS… So next week when the packet and information comes home… get involved!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . . 

Today, August 30       Cross Country Practice 3:45-4:45 pm

Friday, August 31       (Make-up game) HOME Baseball Game vs Corpus Christi, 4:15 pm

Monday, Sept 3           No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept 4          Baseball game @ Delavan 4:30 pm - Bus 3:40

                                     Cross Country Practice, 3:45-4:45 pm

Wednesday, Sept 5     Baseball Practice 3:30-5:00

Thursday, Sept 6        HOME Baseball Game vs Trinity/Cornerstone Co-op  4:15 pm

                                    Cross Country Meet @Eureka, 4:00 pm

Mark your calendars now . . . 

  • Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m., will be the CLA ANNUAL MEETING.  We invite parents, staff, friends and family to come and hear updates on our corporate year.  This is a good time to meet our School Board of Directors and hear how the “big picture” of the school is going.  All are welcome!
  • Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

Reminder :TENNIS SHOES . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Several times each week, our teachers gather for a brief time of prayer.  During this time, we pray for individual needs of our students and staff, for God’s direction for the day in our classrooms, and simply ask the Lord to bless what happens in the school.  I’d ask you as a family to do the same - would you regularly pray for the school, students, families, teachers?  We know that prayer is a mighty weapon, and communication with our Lord is vital to our lives.  Thanks again for sharing in this family at CLA!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Upcoming . . . 

Today, August 23       Cross Country Practice 3:45-4:45 pm

Saturday, August 25   Cross Country - WCIC 4K run in Peoria

Monday, August 27    HOME Baseball game vs Carroll Catholic 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 28    Cross Country Practice, 3:45-4:45 pm

Wednesday, Aug 29    HOME Baseball Game vs Corpus Christi  4:15 pm

Thursday, August 30  Cross Country Practice, 3:45-4:45 pm

Mark your calendars now . . .

  • Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m., will be the CLA ANNUAL MEETING. 
    We invite parents, staff, friends, and family to come and hear updates on our corporate year. This is a good time to meet our School Board of Directors and hear how the “big picture” of the school is going. All are welcome!
  • Life Days 2017 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

Reminders . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

Drop-off and Pick-up . . .

NOTE:  Please be sure to enter on the SOUTH drive (closest to the medical complex doctor offices) when you come for drop-off and pick-up each day. Follow the curve, pull up as far as you are able (not past the 4-square painted on the drive).  Be safe and drive slowly when in the school lot and drive way!  PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND COME INTO THE SCHOOL WHILE IN THE DROP-OFF LINE…. if you need to come in the building, please park in a marked space.

At Pick-up time, please make sure you have your yellow “authorized” car sign visible for staff to identify your car so that your children can be safely picked up!  Two new signs for you to fill out were sent home last week.  PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND WALK UP TO THE DOORS…. This slows down the line!  Thanks!

Student/Parent Handbooks and Health documents for students . . .

If you did not get one at back-to-school night or on the first day of school, please check with the school office.  Please read the handbook, sign and return the last page.

If your child is due for immunizations, dental, eye, or physical exams, please make sure the documents are turned in to the school office by the end of August.  If you have appointments scheduled after August 31, please send a note to the school office letting Mrs. Horning know of this appointment.

Email reminders will be sent to those who have not taken care of handbook and health documents…

Volunteers needed - for regular weekly shifts . . .

We appreciate parents helping in many ways.  Here are several specifics for this fall:

  • Office Volunteers have a regular ½ day or full day shift and are responsible for answering phones and doing miscellaneous tasks to assist Mr. Horning, Mrs. Horning, and the other staff.  A few regular shifts as well as fill-in/substitutes are needed.
  • Recess Monitors for various recess times are helpful to assist staff who operate these recesses.

If you are able to commit to a regular volunteer opportunity, please contact the office!!!

Before School Care Reminder . . .

We are glad to offer before school care to our families who are in need of this service.  Day care opens at 7:30 am.  It appears that we may have a large number of students needing this, so please remember this is specifically for those needing the service due to parent work responsibilities. We know it is fun to come and play before school starts, but we are only able to accommodate 20 or less students.   If you are able to use the regular 8:15-8:30 drop off time, please do so!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

One week under our belts!  My hope and prayer is that your family is getting into the routine of the school year once again.  Don’t forget in your routine to regularly thank God for the opportunity that we have to partner together in the education of our children.  What a blessing it is to be able to daily share Jesus with each one.  It’s a blessing that not all children and families have.  Thank you for allowing your children this opportunity!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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Welcome to the new school year at CLA!

A warm “welcome” to everyone who is a part of the Christian Life Academy community. Our school board and staff wishes you all a great year! For some, it is a “welcome back,” for some it is a brand new “welcome.” We are so glad to have each one here. This newsletter is published weekly and can also be seen on facebook (look for Christian Life Academy) and online (usually within a few days after being sent home) at  www.clacademy.org.  - Mr. Horning

Friday, August 17       Baseball Practice 3:35 - 5 pm

Saturday, August 18   Board of Directors’ Meeting, 7:30 am

Monday, August 20    Baseball game at Morton Union, 4:15 pm.  Bus 3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 21    Cross Country Practice, 3:45-4:45 pm

Wednesday, Aug 22    HOME Baseball Game vs South Pekin 4:15 pm

Thursday, August 23  Cross Country Practice, 3:45-4:45 pm

Mark your calendars now….LIFE DAYS 2018

Life Days 2018 will be held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.  We ask ALL CLA families to participate in our Largest Event each year!!!

Reminder - PE SHOES . . .

Please make sure students have TENNIS SHOES for Physical Education! PE schedules vary by grade level.  Students may choose to leave a pair at school (in locker/cubby).

Drop-off and Pick-up . . . 

NOTE:  Please be sure to enter on the SOUTH drive (closest to the medical complex doctor offices) when you come for drop-off and pick-up each day. Follow the curve, pull up as far as you are able (not past the 4-square painted on the drive).  Be safe and drive slowly when in the school lot and drive way!

At Pick-up time, please make sure you have your yellow “authorized” car sign visible for staff to identify your car so that your children can be safely picked up!  Two new signs for you to fill out are being sent home with this Lion Tales.

FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE - Lunch Money, Office Mail, and more details . . . 

Any items that eventually are handled by the school office (lunch money, tuition payments, notes, etc.) should be sent with your children in their backpack/folder in the morning. This is the most efficient way to get items to the school office, as each class sends items to the office every day. Please be sure envelopes are CLEARLY labeled so that they will get to the correct location. If you would prefer to deliver it yourself, please place items, clearly marked, in the tray on the corner of the secretary's desk.  Lunch menus were available at registration and back to school night, but if you need August and September menus, please contact the office and we can send them home.  Lunch menus are also online at www.clacademy.org.

  • Student/Parent Handbooks . . .

If you did not get one at back-to-school night or on the first day of school, please check with the school office.  Please read the handbook, sign and return the last page.

  • Volunteers needed - for regular weekly shifts

We appreciate parents helping in many ways.  Here are several specifics for this fall:

Office Volunteers have a regular ½ day or full day shift and are responsible for answering phones and doing miscellaneous tasks to assist Mr. Horning, Mrs. Horning, and the other staff.  A few regular shifts as well as fill-in/substitutes are needed.

Lunchroom Volunteers help to prepare and serve lunch as well as clean-up after lunch. We currently have regular helpers on all days needed, but would gladly encourage more help or individuals willing to fill in.

Recess Monitors for various recess times are helpful to assist staff who operate these recesses.

If you are able to commit to a regular volunteer opportunity, please contact the office!!!

Before and After School Care Reminders!

We are glad to offer before school care to our families who are in need of this service.  Day care opens at 7:30 am.  It appears that we may have a large number of students needing this, so please remember this is specifically for those needing the service due to parent work responsibilities. We know it is fun to come and play before school starts, but we are only able to accommodate 20 or less students.   If you are able to use the regular 8:15-8:30 drop off time, please do so!

After school care is an opportunity we offer for our enrolled families, but we must also be careful on the numbers of students that are in daycare.  Please read the following information carefully!  If you have questions, please talk with Mr. Horning.

  • From 3:30 to 4:00 after school care is at no charge, but students MUST be enrolled ahead of time. This means that we must have a prior schedule for each day that the student will be coming to daycare. We are NOT having a simple “drop in” list, so please be sure that if your child needs to stay in aftercare, that the school is informed ahead of time!
  • Any student who needs to utilize daycare without being on the enrollment list for that particular day, there will be a $3 charge.  A phone call or note to enroll the student for that day MUST be done BY NOON to avoid this charge.
  • Students who remain at daycare after 4:00 will have the following fee schedule:

Pickup prior to 4:30, $2 per child.     

Pickup after 4:30, $7 per child.      

Daycare closes at 5:30.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Welcome!  To start the school year, we will be focusing on passages from Psalms.  Our first two are from Psalm 1 and Psalm 62.  We are like a TREE (Psalm 1:1-3), and God is our ROCK (Psalm 62:1-2).  We sang about how we will never be shaken when God is our fortress. It is my hope that our foundation gets stronger and stronger as we go through this year.  I am hopeful that together this year we will impact each of our students for the Kingdom.  May this be a wonderful year!

In Christ,       

Mr. Horning

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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! 

Enrollment is Open for next school year! 

Questions? Contact the school office!  NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Tonight, May 17          8th grade graduation, 7 pm

Friday, May 18            Last day of school

Friday, June 1            11th Annual CLA Golf Outing - help as a volunteer, a sponsor, or a golfer!!

Contact Mr. Horning to get involved.

NEW STAFF POSITIONS OPEN!

Please pass the word along to any interested teachers that CLA will be looking for new staff for next year. It appears that we will be hiring an elementary teacher and at least a half-time position in either high school or some combination of other areas. Official postings and hiring information will be coming soon.

Opportunities to Get involved at CLA!

CLA has been blessed with a tremendous amount of growth in recent years. We currently have two opportunities available where we can use some extra special people!

1. We are in need of some individuals with education (either homeschool or public school) experience/background to help tutor our students.

2. We are also looking to form partnerships with local businesses and business owners to initiate an internship program for our high school students. Participants would need to be willing to help us craft this program, identify skills that our graduates would need in today's workforce, and develop an apprentice relationship with high school students.

If either of these opportunities speak to you, please contact Amanda Stribling at astribling@clacademy.org for more details!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

This week is a bittersweet week each year.  On one hand, a great deal of excitement is in the air as we complete a school year and mark the milestones for each student.  On the other hand, there are students and families who will spend their last day as official parts of our community as a child finishes their last year at CLA.  The great thing is that it’s not an “end” - we can continue to be supportive members of this famly of God together!  Happy Summer to everyone, and see you all again soon!  As we continue the journey of faith, our roads may go different directions, but the way (and the truth and the LIFE) is in Christ Jesus!

In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is open for next school year! 

Questions? Contact the school office!  NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

REMINDER:  CLA has SCHOLARSHIPS! Deadline is FRIDAY, MAY 11! 

Please pick up an application and see if your family qualifies for a some tuition help!

Upcoming Events . . .

Tuesday, May 15         Volunteer “Tea,” 3 pm (see below)

Thursday, May 17       8th grade graduation, 7 pm

Friday, May 18            Last day of school

Friday, June 1             11th Annual CLA Golf Outing

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION “TEA" . . .

Anyone who has volunteered during the past school year is encouraged to come on Tuesday, May 15 at 3 pm as we celebrate the great volunteerism that we are blessed with at CLA.  Please do let the office know (email to Mrs. Horning - lhorning@clacademy.org) so we can be sure to expect you!

NEW STAFF POSITIONS!

Please pass the word along to any interested teachers that CLA will be looking for new staff for next year.  It appears that we will be hiring an elementary teacher and at least a half-time position in either high school or some combination of other areas.  Official postings and hiring information will be coming soon.

Opportunities to Get involved at CLA!

CLA has been blessed with a tremendous amount of growth in recent years. We currently have two opportunities available where we can use some extra special people!

1. We are in need of some individuals with education (either homeschool or public school) experience/background to help tutor our students.

2. We are also looking to form partnerships with local businesses and business owners to initiate an internship program for our high school students. Participants would need to be willing to help us craft this program, identify skills that our graduates would need in today's workforce, and develop an apprentice relationship with high school students.

If either of these opportunities speak to you, please contact Amanda Stribling at astribling@clacademy.org for more details!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

What a GREAT WEEK our teachers have had here at school. Thank you to PTF for all the wonderful things you have done for us for teacher appreciation week.  We are glad to partner in the education of your children… and when parents and teachers work together for the best for the child, with Jesus at the center of what we do, great disciple-making and learning happen!

 In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is Open for next school year !  Questions? Contact the school office!

NOW is a great time to talk with friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences! 

REMINDER:  CLA has several SCHOLARSHIPS that can be applied for… the deadline is MAY 11, so please pick up an application and see if your family can qualify for a some tuition help!

Upcoming Events . . .

Friday, April 27           No School - Teacher in-service

Monday, April 30        Track Practice

Tuesday, May 1            Track meet at Midwest Central (Manito)

Thursday, May 17         8th grade graduation

Friday, May 18             Last day of school

Friday, June 1              11th Annual CLA Golf Outing (materials going home today!) 

Opportunities to Get involved at CLA!

CLA has been blessed with a tremendous amount of growth in recent years. We currently have two opportunities available where we can use some extra special people!

1. We are in need of some individuals with education (either homeschool or public school) experience/background to help tutor our students.

2. We are also looking to form partnerships with local businesses and business owners to initiate an internship program for our high school students. Participants would need to be willing to help us craft this program, identify skills that our graduates would need in today's workforce, and develop an apprentice relationship with high school students.

If either of these opportunities speak to you, please contact Amanda Stribling at astribling@clacademy.org for more details!

Yearbooks! 

We are excited that there will be a CLA yearbook this year.  Please look for an order form coming home on Monday or Tuesday!  Thanks to Mrs. Gibson and several middle school students for their time in this project!

Final AR Store - Wednesday, May 2 . . .

We welcome donations for prizes that can be purchased at the Accelerated Reader Store.  Please send in any donations as soon as possible so the store can be set up for our students to shop!  Thanks!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

For our final few Monday chapels this year, we are focusing on the message we hear in 1 Timothy 4:9-16.  We are reminded that our HOPE is in the LIVING GOD… which is such a blessing to remember, whether in times of need or discouragement, or in times of joy.  We are also reminded not to let anyone look down on us because or our age.  My prayer is that our students hold on to that truth and put it in action!

In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is Open for next school year! Questions? Contact the school office!

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Saturday, April 21       Track Meet at Morton HS (Bethel Invitational)

Monday, April 23        Track Practice

Wednesday, April 25   Track Meet at Olympia HS (Oly 6th grade Invitational)

Friday, April 27            No School - Teacher in-service

CLA has been blessed with a tremendous amount of growth in recent years. We currently have two opportunities available where we can use some extra special people!

1. We are in need of some individuals with education (either homeschool or public school) experience/background to help tutor our students.

2. We are also looking to form partnerships with local businesses and business owners to initiate an internship program for our high school students. Participants would need to be willing to help us craft this program, identify skills that our graduates would need in today's workforce, and develop an apprentice relationship with high school students.

If either of these opportunities speak to you, please contact Amanda Stribling at astribling@clacademy.org for more details!

Recorder Challenge!

Mrs. Stribling will be going to Kenya this summer, and she needs YOUR help with the Recorders without Borders Challenge!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it: pick up your recorder, come up with a great costume or props, and record yourself playing a short song!  Once you're done, post your video to the CLA facebook page with the following tags- @RecordersWithoutBorders, #musicconnectsus, #ChristianLifeAcademy, and #WSSRecorderChallenge.   After your vivacious video of musical mastery goes viral, consider either donating your recorder OR donating $4.50 (plus a few dollars extra for shipping) to purchase a recorder to send to Kenya with Mrs. Stribling for the students at the schools in Nairobi!  Flyers were sent home last week with more details.  If you have any questions, or would be willing to committing to praying for Mrs. Stribling's trip this summer, please contact her at astribling@clacademy.org.

Final AR Store - Wednesday, May 2 . . .

We welcome donations for prizes that can be purchased at the Accelerated Reader Store.  Please send in any donations in the next two weeks so the store can be set up for our students to shop!  Thanks!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Just a quick note:  “THANK YOU” for everyone’s part in the CLA Community.  We are blessed!

In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is Open for next school year !  Questions? Contact the school office!

Scholarship Applications due May 11. Download form from our website homepage at www.clacademy.org

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Monday, April 16       Track Practice

Wednesday, April 18  Track Practice

Saturday, April 21      Track Meet at Morton HS (Bethel Invitational)

Recorder Challenge!

Mrs. Stribling will be going to Kenya this summer, and she needs YOUR help with the Recorders without Borders Challenge!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it: pick up your recorder, come up with a great costume or props, and record yourself playing a short song!  Once you're done, post your video to the CLA facebook page with the following tags- @RecordersWithoutBorders, #musicconnectsus, #ChristianLifeAcademy, and #WSSRecorderChallenge.   After your vivacious video of musical mastery goes viral, consider either donating your recorder OR donating $4.50 (plus a few dollars extra for shipping) to purchase a recorder to send to Kenya with Mrs. Stribling for the students at the schools in Nairobi!  Flyers were sent home last week with more details.  If you have any questions, or would be willing to committing to praying for Mrs. Stribling's trip this summer, please contact her at astribling@clacademy.org.

Middle School Track . . .

Any 5th-8th graders interested in track should pick up an info sheet in the office and return to the school by April 3, before the start of practice.  Questions, ask Mr. Horning.  PLEASE NOTE:  STUDENTS MAY STILL SIGN UP FOR TRACK! NEXT PRACTICE IS MONDAY, APRIL 16!

Final AR Store - Wednesday, May 2 . . .

We welcome donations for prizes that can be purchased at the Accelerated Reader Store.  Please send in any donations in the next two weeks so the store can be set up for our students to shop!  Thanks!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Finally, some warm weather!  I heard a comment during morning recess today: “Why is it SO WARM outside??!!”  I guess temperatures in the 70s are so distant in the past that students just didn’t remember them!  But any thoughts about the weather always remind me that He who holds the weather has it all in His hands!  Praise the Lord for rain, sun, snow, warm, cold, cloudy…. and most of all for the LIFE that He breathes into us daily!

 In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is Open for next school year! Questions? Contact the school office!

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Monday, April 9         Track Practice

Tuesday, April 10       DARE trip (5th/6th) to Peoria Chiefs game

Wednesday, April 11  Pizza Ranch Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Morton 5-8 pm for HACC

Monday, April 16       Track Practice 

Recorder Challenge!

Mrs. Stribling will be going to Kenya this summer, and she needs YOUR help with the Recorders without Borders Challenge!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it: pick up your recorder, come up with a great costume or props, and record yourself playing a short song!  Once you're done, post your video to the CLA facebook page with the following tags- @RecordersWithoutBorders, #musicconnectsus, #ChristianLifeAcademy, and #WSSRecorderChallenge.   After your vivacious video of musical mastery goes viral, consider either donating your recorder OR donating $4.50 (plus a few dollars extra for shipping) to purchase a recorder to send to Kenya with Mrs. Stribling for the students at the schools in Nairobi!  Flyers were sent home last week with more details.  If you have any questions, or would be willing to committing to praying for Mrs. Stribling's trip this summer, please contact her at astribling@clacademy.org.

Middle School Track . . . 

Any 5th-8th graders interested in track should pick up an info sheet in the office and return to the school by April 3, before the start of practice.  Questions, ask Mr. Horning. 

PLEASE NOTE:  STUDENTS MAY STILL SIGN UP FOR TRACK! NEXT PRACTICE IS MONDAY, APRIL 9!

From the Principal's Desk . . .

We are into the “home stretch” of this school year.  I shared with the school body in chapel on Tuesday from Galatians 6:9-10.  We are reminded that we are not supposed to grow weary, or get tired, of doing good.  We are promised that in the end, we will reap a harvest (at the proper time that God has set up) if we don’t give up.  I hope that all of us - students, staff, and parents, remember to finish the year strong.  It’s been a great year, so far, and I am confident that we CAN reap the harvest that God intends for us. DON’T GIVE UP!  Finish the race of this school year STRONG!

In Christ,

Mr. Horning

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Enrollment is Open for next school year !  Questions? Contact the school office!

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Today,  March 22        Easter Program “Danny and the Shacks”

Thru Friday, March 23 Scholastic Book Fair n the Lobby at CLA

March 26-April 2         Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 3          School resumes

Recorder Challenge!

Mrs. Stribling will be going to Kenya this summer, and she needs YOUR help with the Recorders without Borders Challenge!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  • pick up your recorder,
  • come up with a great costume or props, and
  • record yourself playing a short song! 
  • Once you're done, post your video to the CLA facebook page with the following tags- @RecordersWithoutBorders, #musicconnectsus, #ChristianLifeAcademy, and #WSSRecorderChallenge.  
  • After your vivacious video of musical mastery goes viral, consider either
    • donating your recorder OR
    • donating $4.50 (plus a few dollars extra for shipping) to purchase a recorder to send to Kenya with Mrs. Stribling for the students at the schools in Nairobi! 

Flyers were sent home last week with more details.  If you have any questions, or would be willing to committing to praying for Mrs. Stribling's trip this summer, please contact her at astribling@clacademy.org.

Middle School Track . . .  

Any 5th-8th grader interested in track should pick up an info sheet from the office and return to the school by April 3, before the start of practice. Questions, ask Mr. Horning.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Wthout the amazing support of SO MANY people, a school like Christian Life Academy would not exist. I know that I will miss many people, but did you know the countless hours that so many individuals put into the school? Below you will see just a FEW examples of the ways that people give so generously of their time! None of the individuals below are employes of the school (which may be a surprise to some) but they are so invested that people see them here helping all the time! A BIG THANK YOU! I encourage you all, readers, to express your thanks to those who give, and give, and give!

In Christ, 

Mr. Horning

THANK YOU! EACH OF YOU IS PRICELESS!                                                      

Melanie Hasty - many hours in the library and office areas, kitchen and more

Darren Barnes - many years of  design and building of the program stages                                  

Julie Connett, Leann Rocke, Michele Gesell  - cooking and serving in the kitchen

Eric Rocke - electrical work in the kitchen

Darren and Tamra Barnes - organization and supplies for the concession stands for sports teams

And so many more… school board members, coaches, office volunteers, the list never ends!

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Re-Enrollment Time!  Questions? Contact the school office!

Reminder!

Today, March 15 is the DEADLINE FOR RE-ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT (Call Mr. Horning if needed)

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Today, March 15                  Volley ball Games at Tremont, 6 pm

March 19-23                        Scholastic Book Fair n the Lobby at CLA

Thursday, March 22            Easter Program “Danny and the Shacks”

March 26-April 2                Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 3                 School resumes

News from the Music Department:

Easter Program Update:

Next week is the Easter program!  All K-10 students without a specific role will need to be at CLA by 6:45pm.  Students with specific parts will need to be at CLA by 6:30pm. Students- please remember to wear your school-appropriate workout gear!   As we gather as a family to celebrate Easter and the hope we have in Christ, please be thinking about who you can invite to the program and start praying for them! 

Recorder Challenge!

Mrs. Stribling will be going to Kenya this summer, and she needs YOUR help with the Recorders without Borders Challenge!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it: pick up your recorder, come up with a great costume or props, and record yourself playing a short song!  Once you're done, post your video to the CLA facebook page with the following tags- @RecordersWithoutBorders, #musicconnectsus, #ChristianLifeAcademy, and #WSSRecorderChallenge.   Recorders Without Borders Info. After your vivacious video of musical mastery goes viral, consider either donating your recorder OR donating $4.50 (plus a few dollars extra for shipping) to purchase a recorder to send to Kenya with Mrs. Stribling for the students at the schools in Nairobi!  Please see the attached flyer for more details.  If you have any questions, or would be willing to committing to praying for Mrs. Stribling's trip this summer, please contact her at astribling@clacademy.org.

Middle School Track:  any 5th-8th graders interested in track should pick up an info sheet in the office and returen to the school by April 3, before the start of practice.  Questions, ask Mr. Horning.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of middle school and high school Bible several times in the last couple of weeks, and again became excited about the opportunity that we have here, at Christian Life Academy, to prepare students to be faithful  disciplemakers.  We learned about the Hebrew word “haver” (ha-vaiR) which defines friendship as  “grappling together in twos and threes over the application of scripture.”  It is our hope that at CLA we can help students learn to be friends like this!                                                                                                                                       In

Christ, 

Mr. Horning

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Re-Enrollment Time!  Questions? Contact the school office!

Special Enrollment Dates/Activities:

Monday, March 12      OPEN HOUSE - K-HS - 8 am - 4 pm

                                    Pre-K Open House and REGISTRATION 2-6 pm

Thursday, March 15    DEADLINE FOR RE-ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT (DON’T MISS IT!)

NOW is a great time to talk with friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education. Let them know about OPEN HOUSE date and times, encourage a visit, and tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Friday, March 9                 No School - Teacher in-service

Monday, March 12             Volleyball Practice

Tuesday, March 13            Volleyball Games HOME vs Delavan, 6 pm

Thursday, March 15          Volleball Games at Tremont, 6 pm

March 19-23                      Scholastic Book Fair n the Lobby at CLA

Thursday, March 22         Easter Program “Danny and the Shacks”

March 26-April 2             Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 3              School resumes

Hey CLA Volleyball fans!

Do you want to see the games coming up? There is a website you can take a look at: check out our CLA Volleyball website  https://zhasty05.wixsite.com/clavolleyball

News from the Music Department:

Mark Thursday, March 22 on your calendars! CLA students will be performing the musical Danny and the Shacks! for our annual Easter program. Danny and the Shacks embark on a thrill-ride of experiences as they encounter King Neb, his golden statue, some crazy Babylonians, the fiery furnace, and the infamous lions den. Through it all, the powerful truth of God's Word and the importance of being obedient and faithful to His teaching comes through loud and clear!

This year, students with non-character roles are asked to wear school-appropriate workout gear to the program!  We are also looking for the following props:

water bottles                 trophy                          a toy (or real!) saxophone

We are also looking for individuals to help with the construction of some barbells, weights, and kettlebells created out of foam/cardboard, and to create a mini obstacle course!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mrs. Stribling as soon as possible.

Demo copies of Danny and the Shacks! are available to purchase for $6 each.  You can order and download them straight from the Word Music website or have your child bring $6 into Mrs. Stribling and she will download them onto a cd for you.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Parents, we are well on our way for preparing for next year.  During tomorrow’s teacher in-servce, we will be looking toward the future in many ways.  I ask that you pray earnestly that CLA would always seek the Lord and His plans as each new year dawns.  And of course, pray for His guidance as we finish the final quarter of this 2017-18 school year!                                                           

In Christ, 

Mr. Horning

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Re-Enrollment Time!  Questions? Contact the school office!

Special Enrollment Dates/Activities

Monday, March 12       OPEN HOUSE - K-HS - 8 am - 4 pm

                                         Pre-K Open House and REGISTRATION 2-6 pm

Thrusday, March 15    DEADLINE FOR RE-ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT

NOW is a great time to talk wth friends and family about the benefits of a CLA education.  Let them know about the OPEN HOUSE dates and times, encourage them to visit, tell them about your experiences!

Upcoming Events . . .

Monday, March 5                Volleyball practice             

Tuesday, March 6               Volleyball Games HOME vs Havana, 6 pm

Wednesday, March 7         Volleyball practice

Thursday, March 8 NOTE:  Delavan gaem has been moved to Tuesday, March 13

Friday, March 9                   No School - Teacher in-service

Thursday, March 13            Delavan game

Hey CLA Volleyball fans!

Do you want to see the games coming up? There is a website you can take a look at: check out our CLA Volleyball website  https://zhasty05.wixsite.com/clavolleyball

News from the Music Department . . .

Mark Thursday, March 22 on your calendars!  CLA's students will be performing the musical Danny and the Shacks! for our annual Easter program. Danny and the Shacks embark on a thrill-ride of experiences as they encounter King Neb, his golden statue, some crazy Babylonians, the fiery furnace, and the infamous lions den. Through it all, the powerful truth of God's Word and the importance of being obedient and faithful to His teaching comes through loud and clear!

This year, students with non-character roles are asked to wear school-appropriate workout gear to the program!  We are also looking for the following props:

water bottles                 trophy                          a toy (or real!) saxophone

We are also looking for individuals to help with the construction of some barbells, weights, and kettlebells created out of foam/cardboard, and to create a mini obstacle course!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mrs. Stribling as soon as possible.

Demo copies of Danny and the Shacks! are available to purchase for $6 each.  You can order and download them straight from the Word Music website or have your child bring $6 into Mrs. Stribling and she will download them onto a cd for you.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Among other great things that I experience as principal at CLA, conversations with parents are one of the best.  Of course, sometimes there are tough issues to discuss and fgure out.  But so many times we realize that TOGETHER - school and famly - we can have an amazing impact on students and, in turn, on the world.  As we continue discipleship together, I cherish the opportunties we have to partner in this way!

In Christ, 

Mr. Horning

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Re-Enrollment Time!  Questions? Contact the school office!

Special Enrollment Dates/Activities

  • Monday, February 26    Kindergarten Visit Day for PreK students and parents, 11-11:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 27   OPEN HOUSE - K-HS - 8 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, March 1         OPEN HOUSE - K- HS - 2-6 pm
  • Monday, March 12         OPEN HOUSE - K-HS - 8 am - 4 pm
                                                
    PreK Open House and REGISTRATION 2-6 pm

Upcoming Events . . .

Friday, Feb 23                    Volleyball Games HOME vs DeeMack 6:00

Monday, Feb 26                 Volleyball Games HOME vs Tremont 6:00

Tuesday, Feb 27                 Volleyball Games @ DeeMack (Deer Creek) 6:00 (bus 5:05)

Wednesday, Feb 28          Volleyball practice                                       

CLA Fundraiser - Bergner’s Community Days Booklets . . .

Through March 2nd, CLA is selling Bergner's Community Days coupon books! 

  • Cost is $5 each and contain many various coupons including one for $10 off any item! 
  • CLA keeps ALL PROCEEDS from the sale! 
  • Coupons can be used at any Bergner's location March 1-3. 
  • If each family can purchase or sell 2 books, we can raise $600! 
    Envelopes were sent home with students today for parents to send cash or a check to the school office to purchase your coupon books.  We will then send home the requested books with your student. 
  • We are also looking for volunteers to sell books at the Grand Prairie Bergner's location anytime between now and next weekend. 
    • There are various 2-hour time slots available each day...you can pick what works best for you. This would be a great thing for a group of students to get together and do! 
    • Please contact Lauren Gibson if you are interested! 

News from the Music Department:

Mark Thursday, March 22 on your calendars! CLA students will be performing the musical Danny and the Shacks! for our annual Easter program. Danny and the Shacks embark on a thrill-ride of experiences as they encounter King Neb, his golden statue, some crazy Babylonians, the fiery furnace, and the infamous lions den. Through it all, the powerful truth of God's Word and the importance of being obedient and faithful to His teaching comes through loud and clear!

This year, students with non-character roles are asked to wear school-appropriate workout gear to the program!  We are also looking for the following props:

  • water bottles                
  • trophy                         
  • a toy (or real!) saxophone

We are also looking for individuals to help with the construction of some barbells, weights, and kettlebells created out of foam/cardboard, and to create a mini obstacle course!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mrs. Stribling as soon as possible.

Demo copies of Danny and the Shacks! are available to purchase for $6 each.  You can order and download them straight from the Word Music website or have your child bring $6 into Mrs. Stribling and she will download them onto a cd for you.

From the Principal's Desk . . .

Amazingly, the end of winter is in sight.  I am looking forward to the season changing, and seeing the sights of spring coming alive all around us.  I’m reminded of how the Lord brings life out of what seems hopeless.  Praise the Lord for the HOPE that we can have in Him!

In Christ, 

Mr. Horning

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