October 2017: News and Notes

 

Volume: 13

Number: 3                                                                                   

October 2017

 

General Information

Last Day of Term 1

Term 1 ends on Thursday, October 5.  This is a full day of school, not a half-day.

 

First Day of Term 2

The first day of Term 2 is Tuesday, October 24. We look forward to seeing you then!

 

 

Elementary

Assembly

Our next elementary assembly is scheduled for October 4 at 7:45 am.  You are invited to come to the Conference Dining Hall to hear from each elementary class.

 

Elementary Library

  1. Please return all books to the Elementary Library by Thursday, October 5, the last day of term 1. You may renew books that you wish to keep until next term. Overdue charges will be made for each book that is not returned by October 5. If you feel that you have books checked out but you have not received a list of all currently checked-out items, please contact the Elementary Librarian, Bonnie Morton for assistance. If you cannot find a book or believe that it was returned but is still listed as checked out, please contact Bonnie Morton for assistance.

 

  1. The Elementary Library will be open during the school break Mondays through Thursdays from 9-12 and 1-4. We will be closed on Fridays.

 

  1. Tuesday, October 10: NONSENSE DAY WITH AUTHOR, ERIC CARLE, in the Library! Come at 9:30 for stories, art activities, and more! Grades K-6 are welcome. Older student helpers will be welcome as well! Stay as long as you like. Read, browse, and check out books to take home! See you then!

 

  1. Mommy & Me program will continue as usual Thursday mornings at 9:15. Toddlers, preschoolers and parents are welcome!

 

Safe Child Program

Elementary students receive instruction on safe child practices each year. Grades 2 and 3 will complete their training this week, and the other grades will have training early in term 2. Please follow-up with your student’s teacher if you’d like more information about exactly what they are learning and how you can reinforce that at home.

 

 

Jr. & Sr. High 

Electronics Reminder

Please remember that students are not use personal entertainment devices or cell phones at school. Students who do not live at Lapilo are welcome to use cell phones during lunch or after school. Parents we appreciate your help in this as we seek to provide a safe and focused place for your student to learn. We realize we sound like a broken record on this, but we know we won’t succeed without your partnership.

 

Your Boundaries, Your Call

All high school students will be working through Praesidium’s Your Boundaries, Your Call material during the first three chapels of term 2. The goal of the program is to help students learn to recognize their boundaries, teach them how to stay safe from boundary violations, and provide them with the vocabulary to talk about abuse if needed. Contact Robyn Green at *protected email* if you need more information.

 

PSAT

The PSAT test will be held for all grade 11 students on Wednesday, October 25 during the school day. Juniors who are U.S. citizens are also automatically enrolled in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. If you would like more information about the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Program, call the high school office at 7999.0707 or ask your junior about the information packet that was given to them earlier this week.

 

Spiritual Emphasis Weekend (SEW):

9th-12th Grade Spiritual Emphasis Weekend – We are excited that a team from Hume Lake will be coming to do SEW with our students this year. Students will leave after school on Thursday, November 16 and stay at Orobiga through the morning of Sunday, November 19. Students and parents will receive information after the term starts about what to bring, what not to bring, and other details. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Mr. Hammonds at gro.g1511040400npmtn1511040400@pv-s1511040400h-acn1511040400.

 

7th and 8th Grade Spiritual Emphasis Weekend – We are thrilled that the team from Hume Lake will also be doing SEW for our seventh and eighth grade students. Students will have SEW on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 21 and all day on Wednesday, November 22. Students and parents will receive information after the term starts about what to bring, transportation, and other details. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Mr. Hammonds at gro.g1511040400npmtn1511040400@pv-s1511040400h-acn1511040400.

 

There will be lots of ways to help with SEW this year. The Woodards will be organizing meals for the team while they are staying at Lapilo Center. Your family may consider having them over for a meal or providing snacks for them. We also will need adults to help with gathering of materials, security, transportation, and meals during SEW. We hope you’ll be able to be a part of making this a memorable time for our students.

 

 

Calendar 

October

3          Plethora of Patterns Dress Up Day

4          Elementary Assembly – 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall

5          Term 1 ends; library books due

7          SAT

10         Nonsense Day – 9:30 am in the Elementary Library

13         Lapilo Holiday – school offices closed

24         Term 2 starts

25         PSAT for all grade 11 students

25         Elementary Assembly – 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall

27         Grades 1-3 Game Afternoon with Seniors (more info to come)

28         ACT

 

Looking Ahead

11 November     Sadie Hawkins event for grades 9-12

29 November     Inservice; students out at 12 noon

9 December      Christmas Festival

 

Term 2 – Oct. 24 through Dec. 20

Term 3 – Jan. 16 through Mar. 15 

Term 4 – Apr. 4 through May 31

 

2018-2019 school year starts Tuesday, August 7

 

 

  NCA Who’s Who teamwork

NCA Student Advocates

Keith and Angie Copley

Mark and Holly Woodard

 

NCA Management Team (NMT)

Angie Copley (Goroka Valley member)

Robyn Green (Principal)

Craig Hammonds (Vice Principal)

Heather Saunders (elementary teacher)

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September 2017: News and Notes

 

Volume: 13

Number: 2                                                                                   

September 2017

 

General Information

PNG Independence Day 

PNG Independence Day at Lapilo Centre will look a bit different this year. We invite you to join us on Friday, 15 September as we celebrate with our local community from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  The Lapilo Centre Management Team is still making plans so stay tuned for more details. NCA will NOT be planning the celebrations, and classes will not be organizing booths. The Junior Class will be running a Kai Bar as a service project, and there will also be a couple of PNG style food vendors here. If you need more information or want to find out how you can be involved, please email Scott Sasaki at gro.g1511040400npmtn1511040400@rega1511040400nam-e1511040400rtnec1511040400-olip1511040400al1511040400.

 

Library Reminders

Mommy and Me Storytime time is every Thursday morning at 9:15. If you have a baby, toddler, or preschooler, come join the fun!

 

The elementary library is open every day until 4 pm. The high school library is also open after school as a place to do homework, utilize laptops, or read in comfort.

 

All books will be due on the last day of the term, October 5. If books are not renewed or returned by that date, there will be a $5.00 fine.

 

Last Day of Term 1

Term 1 ends on Thursday, October 5.  This is a full day of school, not a half-day.

 

 

Elementary

Assembly

Our next elementary assembly is scheduled for October 4 at 7:45 am.  You are invited to come to the Conference Dining Hall to hear from each elementary class.

 

Digicel Contact

If you need to contact someone in the elementary office using a Digicel number, please call 7999-0709 ext. 575.

 

 

Jr. & Sr. High 

Physical Education Credit

In light of scheduling difficulties encountered over the last two years, the NMT has decided that grade 9-12 students can earn one-half credit this school year for participation in two extracurricular sports. The half credit will be applied to the physical education requirement for graduation. We’ll reevaluate this at the end of the school year to determine if it will be an option in future years.

 

PSAT

The PSAT test will be held for all grade 11 students on Wednesday, October 25 during the school day. Juniors who are U.S. citizens are also automatically enrolled in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. If you would like more information about the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Program, call the high school office at 7999.0707 or ask your junior about the information packet that was given to them earlier this week.

 

SAT

NCA will give the SAT test on Saturday, October 7. The registration deadline is Friday, September 8. Students can register and get more information, including links to practice problems and test-taking tips, at https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-international-dates. NCA will give the SAT again in May.

 

ACT

NCA will give the ACT test on Saturday, October 28. The registration deadline is Friday, September 22. Students can register and get more information at www.act.org. NCA will give the ACT again in April.

 

Not sure about the SAT and ACT?

The SAT and ACT are important tests for most grade 11 and grade 12 students. The following site, https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act, compares the tests and offers some helpful insights.

 

 

Calendar 

September

6          Mid-Marking Period End

13          Teacher In-Service – Noon Closure (HS periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 meet)

15          PNG Independence Day Celebrations at Lapilo –  No School

23         Skate Night

29         Grades 4,5,6 Music Performance, 3:15 pm — more info to come!

29         Grades 1-6 Games – more info to come from the senior class!

30         MKCET (Missionary Kid Care and Education Team) meeting

 

October

4         Elementary Assembly – 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall

5         Term 1 ends

24        Term 2 starts

 

 

Term 2 – Oct. 24 through Dec. 20

Term 3 – Jan. 16 through Mar. 15 

Term 4 – Apr. 4 through May 31

 

 

NCA Who’s Who teamwork

NCA Student Advocates

Keith and Angie Copley

Mark and Holly Woodard

 

NCA Management Team (NMT)

Angie Copley (Goroka Valley member)

Robyn Green (Principal)

Craig Hammonds (Vice Principal)

Heather Saunders (elementary teacher)

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August 2017: News and Notes

General Information:

 

REMINDER! Pick up and Drop off.  The road in front of the school will be closed to through traffic during school hours. This minimizes the amount of noise around the school and is safer for our students as they move between buildings and the playground.  The procedure is for vehicles to drive up the hill from the main gate to the second road and drop off their passengers at the corner just above the gym.  Please then drive up the hill, turn left and follow the road back down to the gate.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have questions please call the high school office (7999.0707).

 

 

Libraries.  We are excited to be able to provide library access for the school students and the community. If you checked out library books over the summer, please be sure to return them when you return to school.

 

The elementary library is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. There are some special times to note throughout the week.

 

NCA Classes

Kindergarten-Tuesdays, 9:45-10:05

Grade 1-Tuesdays, 10:30-10:50

Grade 2-Tuesdays, 11:45-12:05

Grade 3-Wednesdays, 11:45-12:05

Grades 4/5-Wednesdays, 9:40-10:10

Grade 6-Thursdays, 1-1:30

 

Mommy and Me Storytime (for preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and parents)-Thursdays; 9:15

 

The high school library is open Mondays and Fridays from 3:05 until 3:40 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:05 until 4:15.

 

Elementary:

Beginning of a New School Year.  Classes begin at 7:45 am on Tuesday, August 8th.  A reminder that students are asked to have a pair of inside shoes that can be left in the classroom (shoes that are easy to get on and off), an NCA school hat for recess and outdoor activities, and a regular (large) sized box of tissues for the classroom.   All other school supplies will be provided.

 

Kindergarten Open House.  Monday morning, August 7th, we invite all kindergarten students and their parents to stop by the kindergarten classroom. This is a good time to get PE hats for school, meet the teacher, see the classroom, and get other information to help prepare for school. Come and go between 10 am and 12 noon.

 

New Student Orientation.  New elementary students or even those who have been gone for a time of home assignment are welcome and encouraged to come to the school at 10 am on Monday, August 7th. This will give them the opportunity to see where their classrooms are, meet the teachers, and ask questions before school starts.

 

Lunch. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:10 for lunch. For our non-Lapilo students, a supervised lunchtime is available.  A microwave is also available near the lunch pavilion for meal items that need to be heated. For Lapilo students who go home for lunch, elementary students may return to the playground after 1:00 pm.  Classes begin again promptly at 1:05 pm.

 

Immunizations.  If you are returning from a time of home assignment, please stop by the Elementary Office to update immunization forms.

 

Assembly Our first assembly of the year will be Wednesday, August 9th at 7:45 am in the Conference Dining Hall.  Please join us if you can.

 

Lice and Vision Checks.  Lice and vision checks will be held in the first two weeks of school. A notice will come home with your child if you need to treat for lice. If there are any concerns after your child has had their vision checked, we will contact you.

 

Parent Teacher Fellowship. Please join us on Monday, August 14th, at 7 pm for the Elementary Parent Night / Open House.  We will begin in the Conference Dining Hall.  We will then allow time for you to visit your child’s classroom and meet their teacher.  This is a time for the parents to hear from the teachers about the curriculum, expectations for the students, and exciting activities for the year.

 

Elementary Classroom Staff and Locations

 

Middle Building Office

Secretaries – Erika Weatherl & Pam Hampton

ESS – Terri Sasaki, Carrie Nowland, Marcus Snedeker, Lisi Buortesch, Marcy Hammonds

 

Middle Building North
(M4)   Grade 4/5             Gail Posenjak

(M1)   Grade 5 Math       Jenny Hoskins

 

Elementary Building Upper Level

(E2)   Kindergarten      Kristin Simmons

(E1)   Grade 1                 Nancy Bicket

(E3)   Grade 2                Heather Saunders

(E4)   Grade 3                Sarah Hoge

 

Music Building

Grades 1, 2, 3                Emma Moore

Grades 4, 5, 6               Sibylle Galle

 

 

Elementary Building Lower Level
(E5)   Grade 6                Carmen DeVries

(E6)    Art                      Melissa Sogavo

(E7)    Library                Bonnie Morton

 

High School Building

(office) Principal               Robyn Green

(office) Vice Principal      Craig Hammonds

(H2)   German Studies    Sibylle Galle

(H6)   Technology            Kristin Simmons

 

PE

Grade 1                              Adie Leedahl

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5              Emily Bonner

Grade 6                            Paul McKnight

 

 


 

Jr. & Sr. High: 

First Week Chapel. School begins with chapel at 7:45 AM on Tuesday, August 8th. We will start the year together in the gym. Students will receive their schedules during this time.

 

Grade 7 Orientation. Grade 7 students and parents are invited to the Grade 7 Orientation the Monday before school starts, August 7th, at 4:30 pm.  We will meet in the high school library. We will let you have your schedules and orient you to your classrooms and junior high routines! Questions? Call the high school office at 7999.0707.

 

New Student Orientation. Any new NCA grade 8-12 students and parents are invited to the New Student Orientation the Monday before school starts, August 7th, at 10 am.  We will meet in the high school library. We will give you your schedule and orient you to your classrooms and routines! Questions? Call the high school office at 7999.0707.

 

Grade 8-12 Open House. The Grade 8-12 Open House on August 21st at 7 pm is a time for parents to visit their child’s teachers and classrooms. We will meet in the high school library where we will orient parents to various high school routines and procedures and issue schedules. We will then run through a schedule so that you may hear from each of your child’s teachers. Again, any questions, please call the high school office.

 

Student Handbooks. Secondary student handbooks may be obtained on the NCA website (www.ncapng.org) or a printed copy may be obtained from the high school office. It would be a good idea for students and parents to read through this document.

 

Study Hall Release. Students in grades 7-12 can complete study hall at home rather than at the school. Parents need to commit to having their student home every day during the designated study hall. In the first few days of school, we’ll send home agreements to be signed and returned for students to take advantage of this time.

 

Technology AUP.  In the first few days of school, students will come home with a Technology Acceptable Use Policy agreement for parents and students to read and sign before students will be allowed on the internet. Please take a moment to read through this form with your child.  Remember all internet use is under the supervision of a faculty or staff member.

 

High School Staff

 

English: Emily Bonner, Kelli Bicket                                                      Secretary: Karen Balster

Math: Lydia Zato, Caren Jacobs                                                            Librarian: Pam Hampton

Science: Craig Hammonds, Caren Jacobs, Becky Burleson             Vice Principal: Craig Hammonds

Social Studies: Paul McKnight                                                               Principal: Robyn Green

Languages: Becky Burleson, Christine Alt

Bible: Craig Hammonds, Paul McKnight, Erica Haberchak, Dib Hampton

PE: Paul McKnight

Art: Melissa Sogavo

Industrial Arts: Dib Hampton

German Studies: Sibylle Galle

 

High School Bell Schedule

Period 1: 7:45-8:34

Period 2: 8:37-9:26

Period 3: 9:29-10:18

Period 4: 10:29-11:18

Period 5: 11:21-12:10

Period 6: 1:05-1:54

Period 7: 1:57-2:46

Work Detail: 2:49-3:05

Grade 9-12 Sports: 3:40-5:00

 

 

Calendar: 

7 Aug                Kindergarten Open House (10 am – 12 noon)

New Student Orientation (10 am)

Grade 7 Orientation (4:30 pm)

8 Aug             2017-2018 School Year Begins!

9 Aug               Elementary Assembly (7:45 am)

14 Aug             Elementary Parent Night / Open House (7 pm)

18 Aug             NO SCHOOL (for teacher professional development)

21 Aug             Grades 8-12 Open House (7 pm)

25 Aug             Class Meetings, Grades 7 – 11 (3:10 pm)

 

6 Sep               MMP ends

13 Sep             Teacher In-Service, Noon closure, HS periods 2,3,4,6,7

30 Sep            MKCET meetings

 

4 Oct                Elementary Assembly (7:45 am)

5 Oct              Term 1 Ends

 

Term 2 – Oct. 24 through Dec. 20

Term 3 – Jan. 16 through Mar. 15 

Term 4 – Apr. 4 through May 31

 

NCA Who’s Who teamwork

NCA Student Advocates

Keith and Angie Copley

Mark and Holly Woodard

 

NCA Management Team (NMT)

Angie Copley (Goroka Valley member)

Robyn Green (Principal)

Craig Hammonds (Vice Principal)

Heather Saunders (elementary teacher)

Robyn Parry (Goroka Valley member)

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News & Notes: June 2017

Volume: 12                                                                                          Number: 10                                                                    June 2017

General Information:

Term Dates for 2016-2017 school year:  

Term 1              Aug. 8 – Oct. 5

Term 2              Oct. 24 – Dec. 20

Term 3              Jan. 16 – Mar. 15

Term 4              Apr. 4 – May 31

 

Honor Roll:   Congratulations to our 2015-16 Semester 2 Honor Roll students!  

Grade 7-12 High Honor Roll (Semester 2)

Nathanael Mol
Elicia Wakefield
Hannah Watters
Katie Burleson
Caleb Burnham
Brandt Woodard
Joshua Burnham
Caitie Diepenbrock
Jael Nyffenegger
Joshua Wakefield

Grade 7-12 Honor Roll (Semester 2)

Jervis Corotan
Ruth Dinoke
Ben Hulley
Nathan Smith
Cara Burleson
Judah Markley
Grace Weatherl
Avalon Luse
Rebekah Schlegel
Parker Snedeker
Sharla Banman
Lauren Copley
Jenny Cox
Stuart Michaud
Josanne Mol
Caleb Smith

Honor roll grades are tabulated from semester averages. To be named to the honor roll a student must have had

no grade lower than a B (82.5). To be named to the high honor roll, a student must have had no grade lower than an A- (89.5).

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 core curricular classes for honor roll consideration.

Have a great school break!

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News & Notes: May 2017

Volume: 12 Number: 9 May 2017

General Information
Parent Input: The High School Secretary (*protected email*) recently sent all parents an email invitation to fill out an online parent survey. This email may have gone to your junk mail. Please check your email and participate if able. We value your input as we seek to make NCA excellent.

Reminder: NCA Graduation Attendance. In order to help us facilitate more positive community relations, anyone coming to the NCA graduation ceremony that does not live at Lapilo Center (or its guest facilities) will be required to present an NCA-produced invitation at the main gate upon arrival. This personalized invitation from NCA is not the same thing as the announcements and picture cards produced by individuals in the senior class. This applies to everyone coming from off-center (Sobega, town, etc.). Families with children at NCA will automatically be receiving personalized invitations for each family member within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Missions Project: Donations for the humanitarian project are due by Friday, May 5th. The following week we’ll let the whole school know how many chickens were purchased through World Help. If you have any questions, direct them to the HS Vice Principal (*protected email*).

Forms: School Enrollment/Health Forms for the 2017-2018 school year were sent electronically with the April News and Notes. Please complete them and return them to the school office as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Long break staffing: The school administration will be all over the world during the long break. The best way to get in touch with the HS principal is at *protected email*. The HS Vice Principal (*protected email*) will be available to be in the office through the month of June. The EL Principal (*protected email*) will be at school over the long break, though please contact her via email about what you need and when you need it.

Report Cards: End-of-the-year report cards will be available on May 30th. For those living at Lapilo or Sobega, your report cards will be sent via Lapilo Center mail. For everyone else, hard copies of the report cards will be left at the NTM-PNG Lapilo Headquarters Office, where you can pick them up at your convenience. If you would prefer to have the report cards mailed to you by PNG mail, please let us know. If you are planning to travel soon after graduation and will not be around to collect your child’s report cards, please let the school office (*protected email*) know so that we can send you the documents by email.

Art Show: On May 20th, which is also Awards Night, our NCA students will have some of their art work on display. There will be work from both elementary and high school students. Come as early as 6:30 pm and enjoy the displays in the gym.

Elementary
Open House: We hope you can come see your child’s classroom during our Open House on Wednesday, May 24th, at 7:45 am.

Final Assembly: Our last assembly of the school year will be on Wednesday, May 24th, at 8:15 am, after the Open House. We look forward to hearing from all the elementary classes at this assembly as well as recognizing our grade 6 students.

Last Day of School: Thursday, May 25th, is the last day of this school year. Elementary students will be dismissed at noon. Elementary students are also dismissed at noon on Wednesday, May 24th, due to the long work detail schedule.

Spiritual Goal: Our spiritual goal for this term is “Help Others”. We have been very excited to see our students working on this goal in many ways, including supporting our Missions Week project in the month of April.

Jr. & Sr. High
Course Selection Forms: Course Selection forms were distributed to students last week. Current grade 8-11 students who are returning to NCA next year should turn in these forms by Wednesday, May 3rd. Let the HS Principal (*protected email*) know if you have questions about what classes to take; we’d much rather solve problems now than when the school year is upon us!

Home Assignment Families: Students going on home assignment received a Course Recommendation form last week. The form outlines what courses and sequences are needed to eventually grade from NCA. Remember that if you are planning on using homeschool high school (Grade 9-12) courses while on home assignment, you will need to work with an agency that will issue credit on a transcript. Let the HS Principal (*protected email*) know if you have questions about what classes to take; we’d much rather solve problems now than have a student return without correct credits!

Sports News: The Provincial Tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 12th at NSI. Grade 9-12 students are dismissed for the school day.

Calendar

6 May SAT Test
11 May Spirit Day
12 May Provincial Tournament at NSI
15 – 18 May Senior Week
18 May Class Color Day
18 May Last day for Seniors
20 May Art Show at 6:30 pm and Awards Night at 7 pm
21 May Senior Commissioning Church Service
24 May Elem Open House 7:45 am / Assembly 8:15 am – Elementary classes out at noon
25 May Term 4 Ends – Elementary classes out at noon – Commencement – 6 pm

Next School Year
Term 1 Tuesday, August 8 – Thursday, October 5
Term 2 Tuesday, October 24 – Wednesday, December 20
Term 3 Tuesday, January 16 – Thursday, March 15
Term 4 Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, May 31

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