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!





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 if you need more information.



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 .


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 .


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.





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)


On October 10, 2017, posted in: School News by