NEW BAKERY IN TOWN!!! By Allison Baxter There is a new bakery in town! Well, actually a confectionery, Taste Selects Confectionery. A confectionery is a store that sells cakes, cupcakes, caramel apples, chocolate dipped strawberries, cookies and much more! Taste Selects just moved from its original location to downtown Lynchburg, right across from the Bank of the James. Taste Selects started one day when a lady named Beth Baxter took some chocolate chip cookies to the owner of Joe Beans Express Espresso, Linda Brown. Mrs. Brown asked, "Have you ever considered selling these?" Then an idea was born. At first Taste Selects was in the basement of Beth's house. Then they moved into their first store in December of 2007. You will find them now downtown at the corner of 9th Street and Main Street. Stop by for delicious cakes, cookies, muffins, and treats. Bubble and Wiggle By Cameron Webb “They are so much fun and the students love them!” What is second grade teacher Mrs. Patterson talking about? She is talking about the two African Dwarf Frogs she bought for her class pets. These frogs are small, only around 1.5 inches long. They live almost entirely under water .They eat tiny pebbles of food that smell pretty bad. Their names are “Bubble and Wiggle, and they are very easy to take care of. Mrs. Patterson only has to feed them two times per week and only has to clean the tank 2-3 times a year. Mrs. Patterson had the idea back in July to get frogs because they are an easy class pet and they are cool to watch. She says they fight over the food. She also got the frogs to help the second graders as they learn the life cycle of frogs in the new science curriculum. Second grader Logan Webb says, “I like having frogs in my class because it is fun to watch them fight over the food.” The second graders in Mrs. Patterson’s class will be able to enjoy Bubble and Wiggle all year long! In Remembrance of 9/11 By Chance McKisic Officer Brian Smith, who was a firefighter at the time of 9/11, came to speak to our class recently. He lived in Brooklyn, NY at the time of the terrible tragedy. He was walking to his car when he heard the first plane crash into the first tower. He volunteered to respond to the call even though he was actually off duty. He and his buddy went to help the injured people. They spent most of their day helping injured people at a firehouse close to the towers. When the second plane hit the other tower the towers began to fall. When they fell it trapped them inside the firehouse. The energy from when the towers fell picked him up and threw him to the floor. He got a slight concussion. He described many horrific events of that day. Officer Brian Smith knows that God kept him alive that day. When destruction was happening all around, he was kept safe. His own father lost his life trying to save others. He also said that his faith in God helped him recover from that day. He was able to give the burden he felt after 9/11 to God instead of carrying it all himself. Hearing from Officer Smith was a great way to remember the people and events of 9/11. Forest Flames By Hunter Fariss The Forest Flames are a collection of twelve of the best ten and under baseball players in Forest Virginia. Wesley Clarke, a fourth grader, and Kyle Horton, a fifth grader, are two of the players from LCA. They play travel ball at the highest level. Wesley, who plays right field and designated hitter, said he practiced five days a week to play at this level of competition. Kyle’s positions are Short Stop and Pitcher. The Forest Flames is a team of the United States Specialty Sports Association. They are the 2009 Big Dawg Classic Champions, Va. State Warm –up Champions, The Beast is Here Champions, Hitters Long- Ball Champions, and Spring Warm- up Champions. This summer they competed at the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. Congratulations Forest Flames! Sub x Five By Mary Fuqua The day before Mrs. Carniol went in to surgery, Mrs. Alder came to our class to learn the ropes of Mrs. Carniol’s rules and schedule. Mrs. Alder went to the nurse’s office at 2:00 in the afternoon because she wasn’t feeling well. While she was waiting she fainted. So, the next morning, she could not begin filling in as the long-term substitute teacher. We had Mrs. Gregg instead. Everything was going great until Mrs. Gregg broke her Ankle! That meant good-bye to sub #2! Tuesday morning Mr. Sparkman was there to fill in, followed by Mrs. Bentley. She was fun and taught us the head, shoulder, knees, and toes as an exercise game. Neither of those subs could stay long-term, so finally Mrs. Miller arrived. She is doing a great job and will be with us while Mrs. Carniol recovers from her shoulder surgery. It was fun having all those different subs. A big thanks goes to Mrs. Falwell and Ms. Wild for helping get all the lesson plans and stuff to the subs. Big Play at LCA By Kaitlynn Gaebe Heavens Hope is the largest play LCA has ever performed. Third through ninth graders were allowed to audition. One hundred students came to audition over a period of two days. Once auditions were complete, a cast of sixty students was selected. Roles included speaking parts, singing parts, and walk-ons. Practice began for the cast on Friday, September 9, 2009 where everybody on the cast went to practice. The play stars Jessica Falwell as Courtney, a popular girl who is very self-conscious and little angry at the world. Brianna Jones is Edna, a brilliant, yet extremely annoying nerd who invents a time machine. Jansen Collins is Ethel, Edna’s friend who is also a nerd and equally annoying. The Play, in a humorous way, teaches people that God is more powerful than Satan and his demons. Carrington Erquiaga, a fourth grader describes the play as cool and awesome. Tiffany Jeff Coat is a fifth grader who plays the part of a valley girl. She is excited because the play is fun and she loves being an actor. She looks forward to her first LCA play performance on October 22 and 24 at the old Thomas Road Church. So what do nerds, time machines, and valley girls have in common? Come and see Heavens Hope to find out. Book Buddies By Ashton Hunter Book Buddies is a program where fifth graders get assigned a kindergarten student. The fifth grader helps them to read a book and write about it. The Book Buddies can choose a book from the classroom, or sometimes they bring their own. In the beginning the kindergarteners are shy, but they quickly become friends with their Book Buddy. I had a Book Buddy in kindergarten named Amanda Rutigliano. She is now in tenth grade. I still see her around at LCA and I remember how she helped me with my reading. I asked Jordyn Geukgeuzian what she liked about Book Buddies and she said, “I like that they read books to you. I also like that they talk to you.’’ Jordyn also added that she wants the Book Buddy to help her with her writing. Book Buddies is a great way to help out a younger student and hopefully make a lifelong friend. Take it from me; you won’t forget your Book Buddy! www.GreatGames.com By Jonathan Britton All the best games on the Internet are right here on www.GreatGames.com. If it is a rainy day and the TV is out and you have a computer, it does not have to be a boring day. You can play for free on these three great websites, Addictinggames.com, Maxgames.com, and gamesgames.com. These games are the funniest and sickest sites on the web. There are tons of games on Addictinggames.com. The games go from fun to funny to scary and silly. It is probably the best of them all. Maxgames.com is a lot like Addictinggames.com, it is also exciting and scary. Gamesgames.com is a true game website. It is great for kids of all ages. It is exciting and wonderful and has a great selection of games. As with anything on the internet, please get your parent’s approval before visiting these sites. Then go…and have fun! A New Art Room By Anna Fletcher There is a new art room close to the indoor track. It is amazing! Mrs. Maus Thomas is still getting things in for it. It is smaller than her other classroom. She has it all set up and all the boxes are moved out but she is still waiting for two sinks and a white board. “Mrs. Maus Thomas says, “It is a blessing to have a new art room.“ Annie from Mrs. White’s class said, “It is more colorful than the other one.” The new art room is awesome and it has everything we need. I hope we have a great year in it. The Snow That Never Melts By Rebekah Howard LU, LCA, and the public are so excited to see the new Liberty Mountain Snow Flex Center. The LU Snow Flex Center is the only ski slope in the United States that is open year round. You can go tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. The Snow flex is made out of some kind of Velcro and is wet down with water. It’s an exciting rush of fun! Right now they’re expanding it with longer runs for more fun! Kids enjoy it a lot when they feel the wind in their face. But make sure you wear gloves when you tube, snow board or ski because it hurts a lot when you fall and scrape up your hands, legs, arms, and face. The Snow flex is located atop LUs quiet, beautiful 5,000 acre mountain. It’s open six days a week 12 p.m-1 a.m. The rustic lodge is decorated with trophy animals like bear, moose, turkey, fox, mountain lion- -all donated gifts to the university. If you get thirsty or hungry, visit the snack bar. They make great hot chocolate! The Liberty Mountain Snow Flex Center is definitely a family activity for all ages. You can have tons of fun with your family and friends right here in Lynchburg, VA! The Greatest Time of My Life By Mark Bradley I went to Kings Dominion this summer. I rode on a scary ride called the Dominator. It was so fast that I was still scared and shaking when I got off it. My dad rode it with me, he was scared too! Next we went on the Stunt Coaster. This ride started out very fast and felt like we were going to fall off. It was really cool. I love roller coasters! Later that day my family and I rode on the bumper cars. My mom liked that ride a lot, even though she couldn’t catch me to bump me. Mom and I also went up the Eiffel tower. The tower is 331’6” tall. My mom was very scared. I thought it was funny to see her so scared. After a full day of rides and fun we went to the hotel. We went out to dinner and then we went to the pool at the hotel. Swimming at night was great. I really enjoyed Kings Dominion. It was the greatest time of my life! The First Grade Apple Orchard fun! By Levi Templeton What do you get when you mix a bus load of first graders and a bunch of apples? A bushel of fun! Recently, the first graders went on a field trip to Johnson’s Apple Orchard. Johnson’s Apple Orchard has been around for several generations and is located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter. It was a very long ride but it was worth it. The first graders said it was soooooo fun! Their favorite part was picking apples and talking about Johnny Apple Seed. At their lunch time people told them stories about Johnny Apple Seed. And they let them sample apple butter and apple cider! Good thing they studied about apples, fruit trees, and other things before the trip. Comments I heard about the trip were, “I really loved eating apples and going to an apple orchard!” “Apple orchards are so fun!” It was a very fantastic trip for all of them! Human Body By Logan Pratt If you walk down the hall of LCA you will find bodies hanging everywhere. Not live ones, they are life-size cut outs of the students in third grade. The idea came from Dr. Todd Campo and it is called human body art. It is a learning activity about putting together the entire body. They start with tracing and cutting their body out of large white paper. Next they draw their face and put in lungs, the heart, brain, muscle and bone until it resembles a human body (minus the skin). The project will take two weeks or more to finish and three weeks or more to take home, depending on time. The third grade teachers are teaching this for a big test on the human body. You can see this work in the third grade hall. Our New Computer Lab is Looking Good By Zachary Thornton This year at LCA we got brand new Dell computers in our lower school lab! Of course they came with brand new mice and keyboards too. We had to learn a lot about them and we still haven’t learned everything. We have thirty brand new computers. They look and are a lot different than the Macs we use to have. They are two pieces and the old ones were one. The pieces are the monitor and the actual computer. It also has a new design, like you have to pull out the key board tray to use the keyboard and the mouse. The computers have new software on them like Microsoft Office 2007. They are really fast! Mrs. Bunyard, the Computer teacher says, “It was a big change at first, but now everyone is getting use to the new computers and enjoying them.” LCA is fortunate to have such great technology available to all the students. Privileges of A.R. Field Trips By Skylar McMinn Students kept up their great reading habits over the summer and were rewarded recently with a trip to Camp Hydaway. Students were given an AR goal for the summer and dates were scheduled for them to come to the library and take Accelerated Reader quizzes. Everyone who met their goal went on Thursday, September 10. They read, read, read, read, and read to get their goal. I went and we had an awesome time. We played miniature golf and played on the play ground too. Mrs. Horne even had an awesome time. She thought miniature golf was the most fun at Camp Hydaway. If you were there, you know there were some crazy things going on. Some girls in the fourth grade were playing football. Most all the boys were playing football the whole time. We had snacks to and it was pretzels, m&m’s, and cookies. It was one of the best rewards ever! The first AR quarter has begun, so be sure to meet your goal and enjoy the next reward. LCA strings program By Alexis Brueilly I interviewed Mrs. Hales the director of the LCA strings program. She has 19 students plus 18 upper school students and a 9 member ensembles. She has 42 students in all. Her favorite string instrument is the violin because she plays that. But she also likes the viola. Mrs. Hales wanted to teach the strings program because she felt the Lord was leading her to start something new. If she wasn’t teaching the strings program she would be home schooling. And lastly, Mrs. Hales lived in Roanoke, Virginia before she moved to Lynchburg. I hope many students are encouraged to join the strings program by this article. Mrs. Hales is very excited to be teaching the strings program. During the lessons, Mrs. Hales is very energetic and exciting to be around. She is very nice and thinks you’re a pro no matter what. I think everyone should join the strings program because string instruments are very elegant. Not everyone plays string instruments because it’s hard. If it was easy everyone would do it. Help the Orphans in Uganda By Elizabeth Mertz Ms. Katherine Kirshburger is going to help the orphans in Uganda. She has asked that all the kids of Liberty Christian Academy to bring flip flops, crocs, or sandals for the kids of Uganda because there are bugs that will get into the children’s feet and give them sores or sometimes eat their whole foot off. So that is why they need shoes. Also they need toothpaste and a toothbrush because if they don’t get some their teeth will rot out. There are about a million orphans out there So please bring shoes and toothpaste and a toothbrush Ms. Katherine Kirshberger is going to Uganda soon so ask your parents to take you to the store to buy flip flops for the children of Uganda and tooth paste also a toothbrush .If you have any questions please ask Ms. Kirshberger the librarian or you can ask Ms. Katherine. So please bring summer shoes and toothbrushes and toothpaste. She is leaving on Sept. 26, 2009. E-mails From Around the World By Ashley Mattoon Mrs. Bunyard has challenged the K-5 students to help her collect an e- mail from every state of the U.S and every country of the world. Students send requests to people they know outside of Virginia and ask them to send an e-mail full of interesting facts about where they live. In this program you get to email people from all around the world. All you have to do is put your name state, or country. Interesting facts could be anywhere. Each week kids come to the computer lab and they bring the emails they receive. Mrs. Bunyard uses the information to teach children geography, map skills, and culture. You can find facts like China’s capital is Beijing, or that Asia has 53 different countries, or even that last year there was 6.721 billion people in the world. This is a great program for children and adults. Kids come and we send it to people that know others in different countries. They talk about their culture, climate, population, and education opportunities. This will give kids the chance to learn geography and how the of a computer which has made communication with people far away much easier. This is great program that helps students hear from people all around the world. LCA Football Season By Chris Van Alstine Every Friday night under the bright lights you can see the LCA bulldogs play some football! Right now the bulldogs are 3-1 in the season. One day I had the privilege to talk to the coach of the LCA bulldogs, Coach Rocco. One of the questions I asked him was if someone offered him another job, would he take it? He said that he was not planning on it, but God is in control. I also asked him how he thinks the season is going, and he said they have a few injured players, but he thinks they’re doing well with only three wins and one loss. The LCA bulldogs are a great, great team, and hopefully one day I can play for the Bulldogs and maybe even play for the Flames. Virginia Diner comes back to LCA! By Lena Witt Virginia Diner is back and ready to go! As you know Virginia Diner is the main fundraiser for the lower school. Students sell peanuts and candy for our school. We are raising money for new playground equipment. The goal is $100,000! That is a lot of money! Sadly Virginia Diner is coming to an end! The deadline is September 25. But keep on racking up orders! Because you get prizes such as a mystery prize, gift cards, wiis, net books, etc. If you want to sell, just ask your family, neighbors, and even people from far away! To get orders from people far away just have them log on to www.Virginia Diner.com! They can order anything they want! They send you the check, and Virginia Diner will send the peanuts to them or you send the order to them! Be safe while you do it though! You sell you win! Kim Gaebe said “I am trying to get more orders because I really want the playground finished!” Jack Wilson says “My experience with Virginia Diner is going really well.” He also says, “I am selling peanuts because I want the playground equipment to come.” So keep on selling and that shiny new playground equipment will be more than just a dream! Editorial: Less Junk Food More Healthy Food By Noel Palmer American kids have a very high obesity rate. To help this problem, school cafeterias need to have healthier food. The food in the cafeteria is often unhealthy. These foods in the cafeteria could lead to someone having a heart attack at a young age. The cafeteria needs to have foods like salads fruits, and vegetables. Instead of these healthy foods, the cafeteria has foods like hamburgers, greasy chicken, hot dogs and so on. I think that buying lunch should be only if your lunch box is left at home. A lot of kids buy lunch every day and they do not know how bad it is for them. I am not saying that all the food in the cafeteria is unhealthy. In fact they do have some healthy choices. I am saying that there needs to be more healthy food and less junk food. The food in the cafeteria is very tasty. It is very tempting to buy lunch every day. But students should be sure to make healthy choices in order to stay in good shape and learn well at school. The Kindergarten Picnic By Kathirynn Owen On September 18, 2009, the kindergarten classes at LCA celebrated family week with a picnic. They had planned their picnic to be outside, but because of the rain they had to picnic inside. Changes had to be made for the picnic. Some of the classes had to go to the regular lunch room and eat. Mrs. White’s class had to stay in their classroom. But the weather did not keep them from enjoying a special time together. About 230 adults came to the family day picnic. I got the chance to talk to some of the students. Riley Kidd in Mrs. Green’s classroom said “She really wanted the picnic to be outside”. She also said “She really liked kindergarten, and loved when they had picnics.” Arianna Grinstead said, “I was really happy that my mom, Dana Grinstead, was able to come.” As for the picnic, it went really well! All of the kids and parents were really happy about the picnic and the fun they had. The rain didn’t stop the kindergarten classes from enjoying their picnic day. Get Fit with the Bulldog Fitness Program By Veronica Anderson LCA is starting a fitness program. Leading it is Gorgette Joyner the lower school PE teacher. She has started it to get fourth and fifth graders running in the morning. She will give you a pedometer and you will run till you get 1000 or 1200 points. Once you get all of your points you go over to the other side of the gym. There you do extra things like kickball, sit-ups, push-ups, running, obstacle games, and more. But as soon as the buzzer buzzes you go back over to the other side of the gym and you go to this table were they count up your points. But there are also other things they do like they play music and they let you talk with your friends. It really helps people to get motivated in the morning. Mrs. Joyner says, “Mr. Forcey and I decided that the children needed a time to be up and active before school –not sitting.” She is very thankful that God put this opportunity in her life. She also thinks that the kids would be sad if there was no more fitness club because the Bulldog Fitness Club is motivating many students to begin healthy habits that will be carried with them all through life. Theater By Laurel Hinton I am really blessed to be involved in theater. This year I wanted to be in a drama camp at LU and I got my wish. I went in thinking that I would get a small part but I did auditions to the glory of God and had fun and when I saw the cast list for Cinderella. I was amazed! I had gotten the part of Drizzella, Cinderella’s evil stepsister. God used that to show me I should audition more. Forty girls showed up for Annie Get Your Gun Auditions, but that didn’t stop me. I went home that night after auditions waiting for Monday to come. When I went to see the cast list Monday, I saw that I had gotten the part of Nellie, Annie Oakley’s little sister and I was overjoyed. Practice was very hard and fun, but it all paid off in the end. Theater is good for children of all ages because you can have fun and be what you want to be. Very Special Person You can’t be at LCA long without meeting a very special person, Jacob Fincham. Jacob has been a part of the LCA family for many years and is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needs one. Jacob keeps busy delivering mail and selling candy. In his spare time, he shares his testimony with different classes and has even been seen teaching the kindergarten Spanish classes the “Macarena”. The kids love it when he participates in their theme days and even accompanies them on an occasional outing. Once you meet him, you will agree, he is one very special person!
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