LCS emphasizes mental health awareness with LCS Strong Day

Last year, Lima Christian School implemented the first annual LCS Strong Day to shed light on mental illness, as well as to foster and grow our school community. As we were still in the midst of the pandemic last year, the first theme was “Better Together.” This year’s theme is “Speak Life!”

LCS Strong Day 2022 will be held on Thursday, May 26th, beginning at 4pm. We will have speakers and music, a bonfire, games, food available, and an ice cream truck. Our goal is to provide insight into mental illness, remember God’s love for us, and promote fellowship among the LCS community.

What is mental illness and why are we talking about it? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “a mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior, or mood.” Things like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and eating disorders are among the most recognized mental illnesses today.

  • 1 in 6 US youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14

On the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic, like many other schools across the country, we have seen a rise in students struggling with mental illness. Here at LCS, we are in a unique position to be able to give attention to each and every student. Our small, tight-knit community allows us to support our students in important ways, and we love our students dearly! This is why LCS Strong Day was born.

Our goal is to have as many students participate in LCS Strong Day as possible! During the week leading up to the event, we will come together as a school and wear matching colors to show our unity! Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” To promote unity, the students will be encouraged to wear the following colors:

  • Monday, May 23: Red
  • Tuesday, May 24: Yellow
  • Wednesday, May 25: Green
  • Thursday, May 26: Blue & White or LCS gear!

In classes, students will also be writing notes of encouragement and kind words on Post-It Notes to build each other up (1Thessalonians 5:11)! They will place their Post-Its on each other’s lockers, desks, and classroom doors. Our prayer is that by Thursday, May 26th, the school is covered in encouraging notes and kindness. In a dark world, the body of Christ must come together in support of one another, speaking life into each other.

We would love to have as much participation as possible! If you have any questions or would like to help out with LCS strong day, please feel free to contact school counselor Stacy Tripp. We look forward to a fun week!

Lima Christian Drama Club to Present Sherlock Holmes Whodunit

Lima, NY— Lima Christian School is pleased to present the play, Sherlock Holmes: the Baker Street Irregulars on Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The play will take place at the Honeoye Falls-Lima high school auditorium in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Adapted by Eric Coble, Sherlock Holmes: the Baker Street Irregulars is a play based on a series of graphic novels by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood. In the show, Sherlock Holmes has gone missing, and crime floods the streets of London. Enter the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street children hired occasionally by Sherlock to assist with cases. The group bands together not only to prove that Sherlock is still alive, but also to find the mayor’s missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all—a bandit who just may be the brilliant but evil Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ archnemesis.

The group of street children that Sherlock Holmes himself termed “the Baker Street irregulars” appear in two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four. Led by a boy named Wiggins, the children collect information that Holmes himself cannot. The name “Baker Street Irregulars” was also used by a Holmes literary society founded in 1934 by journalist Christopher Morley. In addition, the group has been the focus of various televisions shows, films, radio dramas, video games, board games, graphic novels, and stage plays such as the one Lima Christian School is producing.

“As theatre comes back from the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to produce a show that would appeal to young and older audiences,” explained director Bethany Warsaw. “This play has everything – iconic characters, mysteries, fight scenes on top of a train, even a little bit of romance. It’s a wonderful way to escape real life for a little while.”

The students and directors at Lima Christian School have been working hard to continue to create theatre despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The Baker Street Irregulars marks Lima Christian School’s third play since Covid canceled their planned production of Mary Poppins in March of 2020. In December 2020 they live-streamed a production of Barbara Robinson’s famous children’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for a virtual audience. In May 2021 they performed Pat Cook’s Barbecuing Hamlet, a farce about a community theatre group, for a socially distanced live audience. The students are thrilled to join together again for this production despite the Covid precautions.

“There’s nothing like live theatre,” said Warsaw. “This past year we’ve discovered that you can watch theatrical productions online, but there’s nothing that compares to sitting in a dark theatre and experiencing a story with other people. I think we need the arts more now than ever to help us connect with each other, to share stories and experiences, especially as we begin to move past the pandemic and start focusing on healing and recovery.”

Masks will be required at the performances, regardless of vaccination status. Some rows of the auditorium will be sectioned off for guests wishing to maintain additional social distance.

For more information, call Lima Christian School at (585) 624-3841 or email Interim Principal Vicky Britton at vbritton@limachristian.org. Tickets are available at the school office, at the door, or online at www.seatyourself.biz/limachristian.

Save the Date for the Auction

It has not been easy, but together we have kept our doors open to in-person instruction throughout the pandemic. We are so happy that Lima Christian continues to provide  a place for students that is academically, mentally, socially, and spiritually better than many of their counterparts in public schools today. We give God the glory for all that has been accomplished during this period in our school’s history and we are excited about the plans the Lord has for LCS!

We would like to invite you to join us for our live and silent benefit auction at Lima Christian School on Saturday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. Childcare for children under 12 will be offered when the silent auction closes at 6:45 p.m. so everyone can attend the live auction at 7:15 p.m

For those who may be new to our school, the auction is our school’s largest fundraiser of the year. It’s also a terrific time of community as we come together to meet the school’s financial needs. This year’s event will support two of our priorities—keeping tuition affordable and increasing teacher salaries. You may recall that for the 2021-22 Academic Year, the Board instituted a tuition freeze to help our families during a challenging economic time. However, you may not be aware that we were also able to offer a much-needed salary increase to our faculty and staff. Do you know what? God honored our efforts to remember our families and our faculty by bringing 50 new students to Lima Christian this year!

Your support of our annual auction helps keep our tuition increases minimal. To be blunt, the better auction we have now, the less of a tuition increase we face next year. The participation of school families is key to the success of this fundraising event. There are four key ways your can help assure a successful event.

Donate An Item
The Board is requesting that each of our families donate one new item for the silent or live auction. Alternatively, families could make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase auction items. Please return this acquisition form with your item to the school office by Friday, October 29.

Examples of popular items needed for the auctions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current tech items (Bluetooth or smart speakers, video games, earbuds, etc.)
  • Small kitchen appliances (expresso machine, panini maker, air fryer, etc.)
  • Time at personal vacation homes
  • Sports or movie tickets
  • Handmade items
  • Legos
  • Gift cards or certificates (local attractions, dining, and entertainment, etc.)
  • Baked goods

Spread The Word

Invite friends and family to the auction—and spread the word on social media and in your other circles of influence. A Facebook event has been created for the auction on the school’s Facebook page.

Serve As A Volunteer
Third, we will be looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping collect items, set up, tear down, or in some other auction-related capacity, please simply email our School Board chair indicating your interest. A volunteer coordinator will follow up and get you plugged in.

Become A Sponsor
Finally, you can be an auction sponsor or distribute this letter to someone who might be interested in helping sponsor the event. Supporting the auction provides a powerful way for you to express your support for the students and faculty of Lima Christian School and the importance of Christian education. A sponsorship form is available here.

Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to mail or drop off donations directly to the school, or we can also arrange for a donated item to be picked up at your convenience. If you have any questions about the annual benefit auction, please do not hesitate to contact our School Board at Board@LimaChristian.org.

Thank you for praying and working toward a prosperous event! We look forward to seeing you there.

Lima Christian Adopts a Day-to-Day Plan

Lima Christian School has developed a day-to-day school plan for this academic year. The School Board approved the plan after consulting with the New York Department of Health. However, just after the plan was approved, additional school guidance was released from the state. Our Board is in communication with state officials and a legal team regarding how the most recent guidance may impact our previously approved plan. As a result, changes may be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience as we work through some of these issues.

Although daily health screenings and temperature checks are no longer required, it is imperative that we work together to minimize our COVID exposure. To this end, we are asking that parents abide by the school’s request to keep children home who show symptoms of COVID-19. For a reminder of possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 please review the CDC’s symptom list here.

Possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include (but are not limited to):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Please keep your children home from school if they exhibit any of these symptoms.

As part of our current school plan for this year, students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a face covering when appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained. This means that a mask must be worn in common areas such as restrooms and hallways where a distance of 6 feet cannot be ensured. Desks have been properly placed in each classroom to ensure adequate physical distancing during instructional time. Therefore, at this time students and teachers will not need to wear masks while students are seated. When closer than 6 feet, they will be required to wear a mask. Hand-washing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations are located conveniently throughout the school building.

Drop off and dismissal procedures have returned to pre-COVID processes. Students should be dropped off at the front entrance rather than at the gym entrance. At the end of the day, your child(ren) will be dismissed to buses or parent pick up. A structured process for K-6 was mailed to parents, so please make sure you have that communication. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school office.

The senior class of 2022 will be selling lunch this year, so an email with lunch options will be coming soon. Until then, please plan for your child(ren) to bring their lunch.

Thank you for your diligence in partnering with the school to continue in-person instruction, five days a week. Our school remains committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and faculty. We pray with you for God’s continued provision and discernment as we begin this school year. Further communication will be sent out with any updates as we move forward.

Reopening plan in works for 2021-22

Yesterday, the state announced that neither Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, nor the state Department of Health, will be issuing guidance to govern the reopening of schools this year. That responsibility will fall upon local districts and health departments. LCS is in communication with our health department to determine what recommendations it would like to see for our school in the coming Academic Year.

At this time, for the sake of both continuity and to be responsible in light of the rising Delta variant numbers in our region, we anticipate that our 2021-2022 plan will look very similar to last year’s. The school will inform our community of any further developments as they become available.

Currently, LCS is maintaining a plan that allows for 6′ of social distancing in order that students are not required to wear a face mask during most of the school day. Masks would still be required in public district busing and common areas, such as hallways and restrooms.

In light of some continuing COVID restrictions, the school will maintain the relaxed dress code that was put in place last school year. This relaxed dress code allows for athletic clothing as acceptable school attire. All other dress code rules still apply.

Modesty for all our students remains a priority. Specifically, dress code rules regarding leggings and jeans will be enforced. Leggings are not permitted unless worn under shorts (on gym days) or a skirt that meets dress code requirements. Jeans are permitted under certain guidelines. As stated in the dress code policy, fraying, rips, holes and tears are unacceptable.

At this time, students have the choice to dress up for chapel on Fridays, keeping in mind that they may have gym. Please familiarize yourself with the full dress code policy located in the Family Handbook. You can find the Family Handbook by logging into Sycamore and looking under the Documents tab.