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

AuthorBen Griggs