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LPCA exists to cultivate parental involvement in the educational process of their children, to instill students with a biblical worldview and the passion to stand firm and articulate boldly in defense of their faith, to prepare them for the rigors of college to guide them into independent learning, and to train our students to always give themselves fully to the work of the Lord, because their labor will not be in vain. Truth is revealed by God through Christ “in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3
JANUARY 2011 • Volume IV • Issue V
Laycock is the Swami of Origami By Sarah Cruthirds
ions fifth-grader Jason Laycock, son of Academic Advisor Dawnette Laycock, has become an origami master. What is origami? Well it’s the art of folding paper to make recognizable shapes. Jason does this for a hobby during his free time. He says, “People are really hard to make and sometimes look pretty funny. I also like to make all sorts of different planes, throwing stars, and other objects.” Jason got into origami when a boy at his school made a fortune teller out of paper. He was interested and began to teach himself origami. “I pretty much taught myself most of them, but I get a lot of them off of YouTube or other places.” Jason says that he creates figures only when he is bored and it’s “usually just his thing.” He has been practicing for about two years, but has yet to, “slice and dice an origami robot with and origami throwing star.” He says the choice to pick up the hobby was totally his. “Nobody really introduced me to it, I just started playing with paper one time to kill time and started making objects.” He then stated that is not the only hobby he has. Jason loves to build and invent things. His mom said, “he thinks like a scientist.” Jason says he enjoys the geometric aspect of origami, “except for pie, who even came up with that?!” He displays his creations by adding them to his collection, but he mostly flies the airplanes or the throwing stars. Jason is proud of his work and intends to keep making creations. Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done (Psalm 105:1). PFT
Parents Form Lions Booster Club
Exclusive Interview with Tommy Hauser by Amber Condley
ince this is Legacy’s second year with a sports program, Legacy parents Tommy Hauser, Justin Heckt, and Kevin Smyth have started a booster club. The booster club will help raise funds for all our athletic departments. Mr. Hauser agreed to answer some questions about the booster club, and his responses are below. Just like any other club the booster club is going to need organization. You can help by filling positions. A president, treasurer, and secretary are needed. The president will simply oversee budgets and help keep things under control. For the treasurer Mr. Hauser is looking for someone who is experienced in dealing with money. This person needs to be good with numbers. Lastly a secretary is needed. The secretary will send out information by e-mail and help with things like ordering shirts and merchandise. (continued on p. 20)
Lions Basketball Update p.8
And the Lord said, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for me?” And Isaiah replied, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 68
Mrs. May’s Message
So Thankful, It Hurts
rials often sneak up on us in the most unexpected ways, but one thing’s for sure: each and every follower of Jesus will be tested. Generally speaking, trials can be categorized into three main areas: personal, professional, and peripheral (trying to use all the p’s here!). Personal trials include family and relationship challenges – marital issues, an untimely death, financial crises, or a rebellious teenager. Professional trials can include losing a job, working for an unfair or unethical boss,
Yet, we are reminded not to let our trials keep us from showing our gratitude for God’s mercy and gift of salvation, or from counting the blessings he has so freely showered upon us. Whether we are comfortable in life or struggling under some weight, God has given us a greater opportunity to know Him and to serve Him through HIS strength. I have been reminded over the last few days that nowhere in the Bible do we read that only the strong, healthy, and wealthy belong to the Lord! As Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth and EVERYTHING in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord.”
The question isn’t whether we’ll go through trials, or even what kind of trial we’ll experience, but rather how we will handle them. getting skipped over for a promotion, etc. Peripheral trials are all those other temptations we may encounter in life, like putting our priorities in the wrong order, spending too much time with sports or hobbies, indulging in things that take our focus from God, and the list goes on. The question isn’t whether we’ll go through trials, or even what kind of trial we’ll experience, but rather how we will handle them. 1 Peter 4:12 says, “When the fiery ordeal arises among you to test you, don’t be surprised by it, as if something unusual were happening to you.” By trusting God to help us, by enduring no matter what, and by choosing to rejoice despite how we feel, will bring us through whatever life can dish out. Hebrews 2:18 states, that God “is able to help those who are tested.” We need to know that so we’ll look to Him for help. We must also remember that James tells us to “Consider it a great joy... whenever you experience various trials.” Hopefully, as the new year begins to unfold, we will be reminded that no matter what kind of trial we have faced, or will face, we should be thankful for the many ways God has blessed us. But for those who have experienced financial pressures, job loss, health issues, or any of the other trials listed above, gratitude might not come so easily. JANUARY 2011
That includes the hardships that we struggle with. God wants us to give our struggles back to him with a grateful heart. Yup, grateful! He can use us to accomplish His purpose no mater where we are. In fact, it’s usually the circumstances beyond our choosing that give us access to others who need to see what real faith looks like, and what it means to trust God no matter what. I once heard a sermon in which the pastor told us that our experience through a circumstance depends entirely on our perspective. So true. The thanks God wants from us is more than emotion. It’s a dedication of what we have and where we are – even when it seems insufficient. In the middle of a trial or crisis, choosing to be grateful can feel like the ultimate act of faith. Especially when it requires us to act contrary to our feelings. That’s where our perspective is so important, because if we allow our faith to carry us through what seems insurmountable, we will be transformed and changed forever! Respond to whatever trial you’re facing right now with the resolve to trust God, endure and rejoice, knowing that God is in control. When we do, we will be so thankful, it hurts! PFT
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8th Grade Editors & Photographers Meggy Brown Sarah Cruthirds Keegan Ellis Darby Goodwin Kyle Maiz Adele Mouna James Pirkle Rebecca Schardt 7th Grade Editors & Photographers Amber Condley Gabby Hogan Kasen Jones Jake Koppelman Jessica Lawrence Chandlyr Mickan Ben Portilla Caroline Shook Jenna Williams Tray Wright
LPCA exists to cultivate parental involvement in the educational process of their children, to instill students with a biblical worldview and the passion to stand firm and articulate boldly in defense of their faith, to prepare them for the rigors of college to guide them into independent learning, and to train our students to always give themselves fully to the work of the Lord, because their labor will not be in vain. Truth is revealed by God through Christ “in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 www.legacypca.org
Wild Weekend for Youth Group
Darby Goodwin (back, second from right) and friends got a great dose of God at her retreat.
By Darby Goodwin
recently went on a retreat with my youth group, Rebelbase, from The Woodlands United Methodist Church. The retreat was called Wild Weekend. It was an amazing experience that really changed all of us. We arrived at the camp on Friday night. We went to worship and heard a great message from our preacher for the weekend, Eric. The main topic Eric talked about during the weekend was trusting God with everything and why Jesus did the things he did while he was on Earth. Then we went back to our cabins and had small group time, where we discussed what Eric talked about and how we related to it. After that, we went outside to roast marshmallows for s’mores. Some of the guys went back behind the campfire to where a small field was and played some football. At about midnight, we all went back to our cabins and went to bed. Saturday morning after breakfast, we went to worship again and heard another message from Eric. Then we all signed up for events we wanted to do that day. Some friends and I signed up for horseback riding, the zip line, and riflery. The whole afternoon was a blast! But there was more to come. That night after a really inspiring message and a great worship, we all went on a hayride. We really loved looking up at the starts and appreciating what God made and how truly amazing it all is. After the hayride, there was a dance, or an “after party” as some called it. The “after party” wasn’t as much fun as we thought it would be. We stayed for a couple of songs and decided to go outside and talk about what God had done for all of us during the weekend. It was really cool to be able to hear people’s stories and to get the privilege share mine. I had a fantastic time during Wild Weekend and can’t wait for Rebelbase’s next Junior High retreat coming up in February. PFT
Hart Makes TV Appearance
You Should Hear This
By Meggy Brown
CD Review by James Pirkle
n October 18th, Scott Hart, father of Legacy’s T. Scott and Hannah Hart, did an interview for Fox News. He was interviewed as a career expert who gave advice to people who are looking for a job or hoping to change careers. Scott Hart was at a career fair and things were going rather slow. He struck up a conversation with the woman in charge. After visiting with the lady, a news team arrived from Fox 26. They wanted to interview her, but she was not comfortable with that. Mr. Hart took the initiative and introduced himself to the news crew, and they decided to interview him. He did well and was asked to come down to the station in Houston for a live interview in the studio. “Being live on television can be a little nerve-racking,” he said. “If you mess up, stutter, or just freeze up it can be quite embarrassing. You can’t tell the anchor ‘could we just rewind that?’” Hart had three hours to prepare, and in that time he carefully made a list of all of the questions they might ask. “The studio is really cool,” he said. “There were TVs everywhere all tuned to different stations. There are little cubicles like in an office.” Scott met the anchor, Melinda Spaulding, and discussed a little more about the interview. At 5:30 the lights and cameras went on. During the interview, he was in a different room from Ms. Spaulding. He looked into a monitor as he communicated with her. Afterward, they asked if he might be willing to do it again another time. “Sometimes,” Hart says, “it pays off to be in the right place at the right time.” PFT
ow Hear This is a CD composed of 15 different artists ranging from contemporary to rap to rock. It is a family-friendly CD that was actually free when you purchased another CD at Lifeway Christian bookstore. There are many famous artists here, including Britt Nicole, Robbie Seay Band, Jimmy Needham, and more. The artists’ songs convey that they love God and want to tell everyone about Him The different artists offer a variety of songs. The first song on the CD by Britt Nicole is a contemporary message that tells us to never give up because God loves us. A song by the new band Me in Motion is called The God I Know. Through the song, the singer encourages people not to let fear hide their faith. Also on the CD is a new band, The Letter Black, which is a good rock band for families. In the song “Hanging On By a Thread,” the singer wants God to help her avoid sin. Rapture Ruckus sings a rap song called “Hold On” with the message for Christians to hold on because Christ will come back. I have enjoyed the CD and think everyone should listen to it. PFT JANUARY 2011
Character Trait of the Month
Leah Ford and her family are getting ready for the Houston Marathon on January 30. By Stephanie Koppelman, Dean of Family Ministry
R. U. N. ? Are
re you in? Or are you out? Almost everything in life requires us to decide whether it’s worth it to finish it: • learning to play the bongos • turning in that science project • cleaning the toilet (again) • growing your hair out for Locks of Love® • starting (and maintaining) a savings account • memorizing this month’s memory verse • continuing to serve, even when it seems like no one appreciates it • finishing the race. Worthwhile things in life are like a race. So, you have to decide: are you going to finish it, or are you going to give up? Do you want to be like Paul, who did what he did, determined to finish? Or do you want to be like the Israelites, who gave up all too often? Are you a runner or a quitter? That’s what’s coming in January in 252 Basics: a look at determination, which is deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started: Keep doing what God says because He is God. 4
(The Israelites leave Egypt, Exodus) Keep doing what you should do so you don’t miss something really good. (40 years in the wilderness, Numbers 14) Keep doing what you should do because God says you can. (Learning from Israel’s history, 1 Corinthians 10) Keep doing what you should do even if it’s hard. (Paul and his trials, 2 Corinthians 11; Acts 20) As pictured above, our own Leah Ford, first grade teacher, will be completing the Houston Marathon on January 30. She has been training for months, and has over 600 miles behind her already. This month’s memory verse has been inscribed on her running shoes each and every one of those miles and will be as she crosses the finish line with determination in just a few weeks. Please be sure to cheer her on if you see her at school this month, and if you are so inclined, root her on along the marathon route on the 30th! “Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1, NIrV. PFT Written in part by Melanie Williams. ©2010 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Visit them online at www.rethinkgroup.org.
The Corny Collins girls from Hairspray. Kelley Peters is the second on the left.
Performing is Perfect Passion for Peters
By Jessica Lawrence elley Peters, a 20-year-old girl from The Woodlands, just wrapped up her first professional theatrical role in a Theatre under the Stars (TUTS) performance in Houston. She played the part of Lou Ann in Hairspray. Kelley did an amazing job with her role, though it was very demanding, as she was also attending Sam Houston State University on a full-time basis. Kelley first found the joy of musical theater around the age of seven. Her mom enrolled her in Crighton Kidz, part of the community theater in Conroe. She performed dance, singing, and acting through Crighton Kidz. In junior high school, she participated in Class Act and was in some plays through them. Kelley is currently a junior at Sam Houston. She is majoring in musical theater and loves it there. She would love to be in Broadway plays in New York, but the cost is very demanding, so she is graduating early from school in December 2011 to work and save money. Some of her favorite roles were Lou Ann www.legacypca.org
in Hairspray, Maria in West Side Story, and Kim in Miss Saigon. She said playing Kim was a very challenging role because the play was like an opera and she had to keep her voice strong. She told me that sometimes she had to write words on a notepad instead of saying them to conserve her voice from being harmed before the show. I asked her about her auditions for Hairspray. She told me that they had some mock auditions in May, at Sam Houston, for practice. They taught the students some moves to a dance in the show. A few months later Kelley heard of open call auditions for Hairspray at TUTS. She decided to go for the audition. A few weeks later she got a call from the director asking her if she would like to be Lou Ann, one of the Corny Collins girls in the show. She was thrilled and they started rehearsals in September, with their first show three weeks later on October 5. They only had three weeks to learn the whole show! Her days were extremely long, as she had classes in the mornings at Sam Houston and rehearsed every afternoon from 1 to 10 p.m. at TUTS in Houston. But Kelley wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. 5
As she put it, “It’s a fun show, lots of dancing. Definitely high energy!” Kelley also has her own band called the Kelley Peters Trio, with her dad and uncle. Musical entertaining runs in the family. Her dad and uncle played in a band in the 1980s. Her dad wanted her to start earning money and showcase her, so he had her do her first audition to sing at Potbelly’s in Market Street. Potbelly’s agreed to hire her and wanted her to start four days later! The Kelley Peters Trio is off and running and now performs at restaurants, business functions, weddings and more. I asked what advice she would give to kids looking to pursue theater. She told me that you should enroll in classes in your community. Community theater is great and she did a lot of community theater when she was growing up. She said it is always a learning experience. She added it is important to do well in school and whenever you can, take dance, singing, and acting classes. She did say that she learned a lot of things from her teachers and that you can go onto the internet and find lots of other things that you never knew about theater. Kelley is well on her way to Broadway and we wish her the best of luck! PFT JANUARY 2011
Limo Winners Go in Style! Congratulations to the Benders, Curls, Mays, Marvels and Petersons for each selling over 50 Raffle Tickets during our annual fall fundraiser. The Mane Event raised almost $28,000. Thanks again to all of you Legacy families who worked so hard to sell the tickets and provide the prizes. We are thankful for God’s provisions through our all-important fundraising efforts each and every year. PFT
Daddy Daughter Dance Coming Up t will be raining hugs and hearts at the 12th Annual Daddy Daughter Dinner IDance! This year’s dance will be held at
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott’s Town Center South Ballroom on Saturday, February 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Don’t miss out on the food, fun, games, dancing and memories! Let your daughter be the star on this special night. You are sure to have a great time with your daughter, including dinner, dessert, dancing, games, giveaways and more at this memorable Red Carpet event! It’s a perfect opportunity to share a lifetime of memories with your daughter. Registration is now open. Cost is $100 per pair, and $40 for each additional sibling if you register before January 17. After January 17, the cost goes to $110/pair, $45/additional sibling. Call 281-210-3950 or stop by The Woodlands Recreation Center at 5310 Research Forest Drive to register for this event. PFT www.legacypca.org
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Mrs. Manning’s seventh grade Life Science class recently studied several theories of creation and evolution. The students then wrote an essay stating what they believed in. Here are some thoughts from some thoughtful students.
On the Gap Theory, which states that On Theistic Evolution, there was a first creation that God a theory that mixes destroyed and that we are part of a Bible and evolution... re-creation... “I don’t believe this because God wouldn’t have left those billions of years out of the Bible, the things that were created wouldn’t have lived that long, and death didn’t enter the world until Adam and Eve sinned.” Maddie Crowder “God would not leave a billion years unaccounted for in the Bible, and he would not have had to destroy a ‘first’ creation, as there was no sin before Adam and Eve.” Chandlyr Mickan
“If something important happened, such as if the Gap Theory was true, then it would have been recorded in the Bible.” Cole Howden
“…God created things in the beginning with diversity. It didn’t slowly evolve over time.” Megan Murray “I believe this theory is limiting God’s power, saying that He isn’t powerful enough to create something in the blink of an eye.” Hope Rutledge
“I think it is very dangerous to try to change the meaning of Genesis 1 just because it seems impossible that creation only took seven days. We should not try to make God like us, but must trust that he is big enough to do what he says.” Travis May “One verse that stands out to me is, Genesis 1:5, ‘God called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night”. And there was evening and there was morning- the first day.’ In that verse it says that each day is morning and evening so it supports that each day is 24 hours.” Jessica Lawrence “To me the literal view of creation seems like the most reasonable, and I think it gives the most glory to God, and does not limit his power.” Amber Condley
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“It further states that God had a perfect world, one that included no sinners. This theory made me question why God would choose to destroy a perfect world.” Gabby Hogan
“God did not need to use evolution. All he needed to do was say it and it came into existence.” Ben Portilla
On the Literal View of Creation, which states that Genesis 1 should be read literally...
On Evolution, the theory that organisms came from a common ancestor, by changing from one kind of organism into another...
“The whole point of evolution is to disprove the work of God.” Tray Wright
“…this world is so diverse and perfect, that it couldn’t have happened by chance. There had to have been a Holy Maker behind this.” Jake Koppelman
“Evolutionists say that there are many icons of evolution that prove evolution is true. However, all of the icons have problems with
them. For example the embryos that Haeckel drew were fake. Another icon is the four winged fruit fly. Evolutionists say that the extra wings were created by a mutation that affected the development process. However, the fly was crippled and could only survive in the laboratory. Evolution is a made-up theory that people have thought up because they don’t want to believe in God.” Garrett Chevalier 7
“What are the chances that over time, something can evolve into a perfect creation? Only God can create something that perfect.” Kasen Jones “This cannot be true because God created us in his own image and God is not a monkey.” Jenna Williams “Evolution, I think takes more faith to believe in than any religion.” Caroline Shook JANUARY 2011
Lady Lions Win Triple Overtime Thriller! See Game Recaps on p.11 for Details
Lions Growing with Each Game
BOYS GAME RECAPS Rosehill Eagles 30-20 Lions
Travis May led with 10 points, followed by Jake Koppelman with six.
Woodlands Christian 31-25 Lions
Travis May led with 17 points. Jake Koppelman added three, and Malik Manning and Landon Davis each had two.
Houston Christian Youth Assoc. 68-15 Lions Travis May was the leading scorer with 13 points.
Lions 28-17 Abiding Word Cougars
Travis May led with nine points, brother Ryan added eight.
5th-6th Grade Lions 16-12 Woodlands Prep Wolverines Landon Davis led with six points. Bobby Cruthirds and Ryan May added four each.
7th & 8th Grade Woodlands Prep Wolverines
Travis May had 11 points, Jake Koppelman had nine.
GIRLS GAME RECAPS Rosehill Eagles 17-11 Lady Lions
Kasen Jones led with four points, and Sarah Cruthirds added three.
Woodlands Christian 25-9 Lady Lions
Sarah Cruthirds led with five points, and Amber Condley and Rebecca Schardt each added two.
Houston Christian Youth 36-6 Lady Lions Abiding Word Cougars 31-14 Lady Lions
Sarah Cruthirds led with eight points, while Kasen Jones and Jessica Lawrence each had two.
Lady Lions 24-22 Woodlands Prep - 3OT
Legacyâ€™s Lady Lions trailed 10-2 at the half, but staged a gallant comeback to tie the game at 20 and send it into overtime. The score remained the same at the end of the first overtime, and was 22-22 at the end of the second OT. The Sarah Cruthirds hit a layup and blocked a shot in the third OT to win it for Legacy! Sarah finished with four points, as did Makaila Bender. Jessica Lawrence had six, and Rebecca Schardt led all scorers with eight.
REMAINING SCHEDULE Jan. 11 - Salem Lutheran - Home - G: 5:30, B: 6:30 Jan. 14-15 Alpha Omega Tourney - Away - TBD Jan. 17 - Brazosport Christian - Home - G: 4:00, B 5:00 Jan. 18 - Woodlands Academy - Home 5/6 B: 4:00, G: 5:00, 7/8 B: 6:00 Jan. 21 - St. Edwardâ€™s - Away - G: 4:30, B: 5:30 Jan. 27 - Providence Academy - Away - G: 5:30, B: 6:30 Jan. 28 - 29 - Salem Lutheran Tourney - Away - TBD Feb. 4 - Salem Lutheran - Away - B: 5:30 www.legacypca.org
Local Scouts Run Concessions at Event B
oy Scout troop 355, of which Legacy’s own Bobby Cruthirds is a part, recently was granted permission to run the concessions at the district-wide Push Mobile event. “Hundreds of hours of prep went into preparing for this massive event,” said experienced scout master Mark Randall. “The boys (scouts) did a fantastic job, I believe the cub scouts had a lot of fun,” he said. Randall’s son, senior patrol leader Lane Randall, agreed. Pack 355 did very well in almost all of the races, taking home first in multiple ranks. The total attendance was a whopping 2, 500 people, with about 500 cub scouts in attendance. Many fun things were offered for siblings to do, such as moonwalks, and there was lots of candy at the concessions. Concession business was booming thanks to the hard work of the boy scouts who put in countless hours of effort to pull off this event. Many jobs during the event included announcing, line judging, timer, concession worker, and moonwalk supervisor. The money earned will be used by the scouts to outfit the newer and bigger trailer that was purchased. It has no paint job and no racks on the inside for easy storage. The boys worked hard, and earned more money than they needed. As one of the scouts said, “The district chose us, because they knew we could get it done (push mobile), and do it good.” 2 Timothy 2:6 -7 “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (NIV) PFT
HAPPY JANUARY BirthdayS! Kyra Huckaby 1/3 Jocelyn Cone 1/4 Anna Peterson 1/6 Hayley Ming 1/6 Jenna Carlson 1/11 Emilie Carlson 1/11 Justin Centilli 1/15 Kaden Levang 1/23 Nathan Eickenhorst 1/26 Madeline Johnson 1/28 Leafe Sanders 1/29 Caden Unnasch 1/31 www.legacypca.org
Brooke Caught Horsing Around! L
egacyâ€™s Brooke Chevalier is wild about horses! She has been taking western horseback riding lessons for over two years. Sheâ€™s learned to walk, trot, and lope, and she has learned to direct a horse while completing several riding patterns. Brooke has been in several horseback riding competitions and won many ribbons. In her most recent competition, she earned 2nd place in the Walk/Trot category and 3rd place in the Reigning category. PFT www.legacypca.org
To celebrate Pajama Day, the class had popcorn and hot chocolate.
Mrs. Pirkleâ€™s Kool Kindergarteners
Homeroom mom Amy Smith is a huge help.
Debbie Pirkleâ€™s class recently made bird feeders to help birds prepare for winter. Brooke Bender, Kyra Huccaby, and David May show theirs off.
Zoe Ritchey, Eli Shepperd, and Jenna Carlson. Making Christmas crafts.
Eli Shepperd, Christian Thiessen, and Kelan Smith.
Will Condley, Presely Mondick, Crystal Furber, and Chloe McFarland enjoy Pajama Day. JANUARY 2011
Lions Experiment with Science Fair By Elise Salazar 6th and 8th Grade Science Teacher
egacy held its very first science fair in December. Students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade competed against one another in four different categories: physical science, life science, and consumer testing. Everyone did a fantastic job. The winners were: • Grand Prize: Travis May for “Spin Me Right Round” (physical science) • First Place Physical Science: Kasen Jones for “Candy Chromatography” • First Place Life Science: Rebecca Schardt for “Practice Makes Perfect” • First Place Consumer Testing: Megan Murray for “Perfect Plating” Students were challenged to find an experiment in which they could run trials while following the steps of the scientific method. We also had them find out how their experiment could be integrated into everyday Christian living. With science, it is so rarely associated with the wonder of God these days, and it was so cool to see how students used their knowledge of the Bible and Christian living to open their eyes to the wonder of God all around them. We had 36 entries this year. Next year, we’d like to include the fourth and fifth graders… so get ready! I would like to thank the students for their wonderful entries. I know you all worked very, very hard on your projects, and everyone should be very proud of the work you did. Mrs. Manning and I, as your teachers, are very proud of the work you did. I would also like to thank the parents. I know science fair is a grueling process, but I do hope that you and your families had fun running the trials and putting together the projects. Breathe! It’s over until next year! I would like to thank our judges, Pastor Bobby of Woodland Place Baptist Church, Mr. Sean Riley, Mrs. Danna Pohler, Mrs. Leah Ford, and Mrs. Lisa Railey. I appreciate you all giving of your time to help us out. I would also like to thank our committee for the science fair, Mrs. Joann Manning, Mrs. Lisa Railey, and Mrs. Rachel Riley. Ladies, it was a pleasure, and quite an adventure. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Mrs. Becky Hogan for helping us to coordinate this effort. She was our go between with the church and she was the one who picked out and supplied our awesome prizes. Thanks to everyone! Students, once again, give yourselves a big pat on the back! You did an awesome job! PFT www.legacypca.org
Lions Invade Bowling Alley Several Upper School families hit the Main Event for some bowling, laser tag, and pizza. It was a great way to celebrate the end of final exams and the Christmas break.
McCarthy Models the Hands and Feet of Christ
By Keegan Ellis
s Christians we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ. Legacy student Lauren McCarthy is answering the call. Lauren and her family travel annually to Guatemala to serve at the Casa Aleluya orphanage. They have been doing this since Lauren was five years old. The Casa Aleluya is a Christian children’s home with approximately 450 children that were placed there after having experienced abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Each year Lauren’s parents allow her to go to a discount store to buy jump ropes, balls, bubbles and coloring books to entertain, serve and play with the little children in the “preschool” dorm. She loves seeing the smiles on the little ones faces. The McCarthys believe it’s important to model for their children what it means to “go into all the world” in the name and power of Christ. Lauren has gone into all the world and acted as the hands and feet of Christ. The orphans at Casa Aleluya are experiencing the power of God’s love and healing through Jesus Christ. We should follow Lauren’s lead and “go into all the world” where the light and love of Jesus is needed. PFT www.legacypca.org
happy new year!
Spring Brings Changes to Upper School English Over the break it was decided that Rachel Riley will not be returning to Legacy for the second semester of school. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. This has forced some shuffling for the English schedule. Melissa Eickenhorst will now be teaching 7th and 8th grade English. Kristan Williams will be teaching 6th grade English. Beth Schardt will be teaching 5th/6th grade TASH, and Jaime Hulbert will be teaching 7th grade TASH. The resulting schedule changes and room assignments are listed below. GRADE
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Legacy’s Makalia Bender, Kasen Jones, Megan Murray, Gabby Hogan, and Jamie Jones raise the sparkling grape juice to ring in the New Year. We hope your holiday was filled with the wonders of the Lord.
LPCA News & Notes STAY & PRAY Wednesday, January 12, at 8:30 in room 221. Please bring a Bible and a pen. REBELUTION FOR 5th-8th GRADERS Friday, January 14, at 7:45 am in the youth room. All 5th-8th grade students are encouraged to attend. Breakfast will be served. DRESS CODE REMINDERS Please take a few moments to review these policies from the dress code. Parents will be called upon to help reinforce any policy that is not adhered to. • Dress at all times should be modest and in good taste. • Students are not allowed to wear clothing that is too tight, too baggy, immodest (low cut necklines, see-thru material, or short skirts) or items with rips, holes, or frayed edges. • Girls may not wear shoes with heals more than 1” in height. • Hair should be clean and neatly styled. Hair must be out of the eyes and no longer than the tops of the eyebrows (for both boys and girls). • Caps, hats and bandanas may not be worn in the classroom. • Girls may wear light nail polish in conservative colors. • Girls in upper school (6th and up) may wear light makeup. Heavy makeup, such as black eyeliner, dark lipstick or extreme colors, is not permitted. • Jewelry should be limited to a single, appropriate necklace and/or bracelet, earrings and a watch. • Girls are allowed to wear earrings in the earlobes only; no other pierced jewelry is permitted. • Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. • On Fridays Pre-K-4th students may wear a Legacy Spirit Shirt with athletic shorts or pants. No jeans or caps, please. Students in grades 5th and JANUARY 2011
up must wear uniforms as this is a normal school day for them, but may wear their shirts untucked for “casual Friday.” • Polo shirts in navy, hunter green, light blue, or maize must be ordered from Land’s End with the school logo (School Number: 9001-0697-2) • Students may wear cardigan sweaters, sweatshirts or hoodies during cold weather or in the classroom. These items must be purchased from Land’s End and have a logo displayed on the front. No exceptions will be made. • Boys may wear navy or khaki pants or shorts that reach the knees. Girls may wear navy or khaki pants, capris, skirts, skorts or shorts. Capris may not be form-fitting or of knit material. Shorts, skirts and skorts must be within two inches of the knees. Younger students should wear bike shorts under skirts. • Students must have their shirts tucked. • Belts are suggested, but not required. • Shoes must have closed toes and closed heels – tennis shoes are preferred. No crocks. • Socks, tights or leggings must be worn at all times and must be a solid, neutral color (white, beige, gray, black or navy).
that we are NOT in need of that was part of the original school supply list. The following items are not needed: baby wipes, hand soap, construction paper, Kleenex, Ziploc bags, and notebook paper. (Please note that students may need notebook paper for their personal supplies). The following are items that we do need: • copy paper (3 reams per student) • hand sanitizer • disenfectant wipesO • cardstock (white and/or colors) • letter size manilla folders • dry erase markers • pastel copy paper Supplies will be accepted through the month of January. All supplies can be dropped off in the front lobby.
INFORMATION MEETINGS We are beginning to prepare for the 2011-2012 school year. Our first information meetings will be January 18th and January 21st. If you have any family or friends who are interested in learning more about Legacy, please let them know. More information on the information meetings can be found at www.legacypca.org.
MLK HOLIDAY Please note that Monday, January 17th is a holiday in observance of MLK Day.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES Over the next couple of weeks we will begin taking school supplies for families with last names beginning with N-Z. Please note that due to storage space and utilization, there are several items 18
SCRIP ORDERS If you would like to place a Scrip order for January, please do so by midnight this Tuesday, January 12th. Checks must be turned in to the front desk by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Juanuary 12th. If you have questions, please email Kim Chevalier at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION MOMS! Mom’s, please join us on Wednesday, January 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for RefresHer. Get away from it all, be filled up, and recharge your battery so that you can go back into the trenches and keep doing the hardest job you’ve ever loved. STATE OF THE SCHOOL MEETING Mark your calendars for January 31st at 7 p.m. for Legacy’s Annual State of the School meeting. PFT www.legacypca.org
Introducing UMS Journal By Caroline Shook
New Magazine Will Help Promote University-Model Schools Across the Nation
may have about this new type of school. This whole crazy, wonderful idea got started five years ago when Mr. Jones started a monthly niversity-Model Schools (UMS) are growLegacy newsletter. Mrs. May brought a few of ing. To help them along, our very own those newsletters to a NAUMS meeting. Mrs. publications teacher, Daron Jones, is launching Journal Barbara Freeman, the Executive Director, liked UMS Journal. This bimonthly magazine will be them. “Over time, we decided together that launched with the January/February 2011 issue. UMS should have its own nationwide publicaThe magazine will be published by Hudson tion,” says Mr. Jones. Jones Publication, a which Mr. Jones launched The UMS Journal will need advertisers with his partner, Jo Anne Hudson, two years ago. to help get it started and keep it going. “We Mrs. Hudson is based in Oklahoma. She sells the are looking for anyone interested in reaching ads in the magazine, and will be helping bring private Christian school families, as well as the this magazine to life. Interview with Barbara Freeman New UMS Openings Around the Country schools themselves,” says Mr. Jones. “There Mr. Jones says his experience as a UMS par5 Tips for Launching Your School’s Athletic Program are many possibilities, including letter jacket ent and instructor will help him promote this manufacturers and sellers, Christian colleges educational style to people looking for a Chrislooking to recruit students, and educational curriculum publishers tian alternative to public schools. like Rosetta Stone and Shurley.” The magazine will be distributed free to every school that is a The magazine will even feature articles and photos from stumember of the National Association of University-Model Schools dents at UMS schools across the nation. We all hope this magazine (NAUMS). It will be passed out free to every each family and staff gets going and brings people not only to Legacy, but to Universitymember at each school. The schools will also use the magazine as a handout at information meetings to help alleviate any fears parents Model Schools across the country. PFT
UMS Celebrating University-Model Schools and Families
Mrs. Carlson’s Fifth Graders Visit Channel 11 News Studio of the facility, which was led by their Community Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Rebecca Cantu. The tour began with a walk through the news room. This is where they met News Anchor and Reporter, Ron Trevino, and took pictures with him. After their visit with Ron, the class was brought to a room full of screens and buttons. The students then went to an area where people are working on the khou.com website. There was also a desk close by where the reporting is done. The kids got to see how a Teleprompter worked. After that, they were brought to the Channel 11 Weather Center where they were introduced to David Paul. He answered questions, signed picture autographs and allowed the students to stand in front of the green screen. The kids were able see themselves on the TV in front of a weather map. We quickly found out that if you are a weatherman, you should stay away from wearing the color green. The kids had a lot of fun with the green screen. After the tour of the weather center, the fifth graders were brought to the main set. All of the kids got an opportunity to sit behind the desk. The class toured the Great Day Houston set where they all wanted to sit on the white couch and chair. They got to see how everything is on wheels so that it can be moved around for whatever they decide to do that day. That brought the tour to a close. In class the next day, the 5th grade students did a rehearsal for their final project for the weather chapter. They had to do a weather forecast and put together their own weather report. On December 13th, we taped the class doing their final run through of the weather report. They did a great job. PFT
rs. Carlson’s fifth-grade science class took a field trip to visit Channel 11 News in December. The fifth graders had been studying weather since the beginning of November, so the main objective was to see the weather center and maybe meet one of the meteorologists. The class started their visit to Channel 11 with a short wait in the lobby where we got a little sneak peak into the closing of a taping of Great Day Houston. While the audience filed out of the Channel 11 News building, the fifth graders lined up for their tour
Get Ready for Race for Education T
his year’s Family Fun Day and Race for Educaton fundraiser will be held Tuesday, April 19th, from 9 am to 1 pm. For the second year in a row, the Legacy Lions will invade Conroe’s 7 Acre Wood for a day of fun! We have planned a day packed with fun activities for all ages, including moms and dads! Fathers, we encourage you to take this day off to join your kids for a great day of family fun! And, of course, the students will be running or walking as many laps as possible to raise money for our wonderful school. Where: 4401 No. Frazier St. (Hwy 75), just north of League Line, Conroe, TX 77303. Call (936) 890-2326 or visit www.7acrewood.org. Cost: $10 per family What to Bring: Extra cash for bake sale, petting zoo feed cones, lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sack lunch (or you can purchase lunch there.) Free Activities Include: Miniature Golf, Petting Zoo, Sand Volleyball, Zip line, Little Tykes Race Track, Playground, Swings, Tetherball, Basketball Hoops, Horseshoes, and more! Breakfast Bake Sale: Plan to eat breakfast at the 7 Acre Wood. Proceeds benefit Legacy. We will sell cold drinks throughout the day. Lunch will also be available to purchase. Volunteer Opportunities Still Available! For more information or to volunteer on the race day, contact Lions’ Den PTO chair Nicole Bender at email@example.com. PFT
Booster Club Interview with Tommy Hauser
ATTENTION PARENTS AND TEACHERS:
(continued from p.1) Joining the booster club is easy. Sponsoring their efforts with donations is another way to help out our school. And you get something good out of it, too. Sponsoring the booster club one time will get you a pass into every home game for free. All you have to do is sign your name and make a payment.
SEND US YOUR STUFF!
Parents, are your children doing something interesting, different, fun, or exciting?
What exactly is a booster club? The booster club helps the different athletic departments to get what they need as far as equipment and gear. When Legacy gets its own school building it will also help raise money for sports fields and the like.
Teachers, is your class doing a project, going on a field trip, digging a hole directly through the Earth to China?
How long have you wanted to get the Booster Club and running? I wanted to start it after I saw that we had started a football team. With the school growing as fast as it is, it will be important to have an excellent athletic department to allow students to grow in athletics and have the opportunity for college scholarships.
WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!
Do you still need Legacy parents to fill the positions? We need to fill the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary. A ton of work goes into putting something like this together and we need any person that is willing to help. The great thing is you don’t have to have kids playing sports. It is just a great way to get involved with your school and support all the students.
Whether it is in class or outside of school, we want your photos and notes about what Legacy Lions are up to!
What will the Treasurer, President, and Secretary be doing? The President will be looking at budgets for each athletic department and helping figure out how much funds go to each department. They will steer the club in the right direction. Everything we do needs to be done in a way that promotes our school with excellence and a great student body. The greatest need for the Legacy Athletic Booster Club is finding financial support through different companies and people in the community. Our goal is to find some great financial supporters to help support us long-term. We would love the opportunity to discuss this with any business that would like to support our Booster Club. If you are interested and would like to help out, or have a suggestion about a company or organization that could help us, contact me at tommy.hauser@ brickmangroup.com. PFT JANUARY 2011
Send us pictures of what you kids are doing and they could be in the next Paws for Thought newspaper for everyone to see! Email your photos and writeups to the PFT staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. 20