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LCS Community Update

April 02, 2020
By Jim Cochran

Dear LCS School Community,

We are wrapping up a whirlwind of a 3rd quarter! Remote learning is in full swing and we are so thankful for the overwhelming support we have received from our community. Our teachers and staff have been working above and beyond their normal hours to ensure that all our students continue to receive excellent academic instruction and discipleship in this virtual and remote format.

We also know this has been an incredible adjustment to our parents and families as we deal with the impact of the coronavirus and the resulting Stay at Home orders.  We are confident that our entire school community will learn and grow through this season, and that by partnering together, we will come out stronger on the other side.

I am praying that God grants each of you His peace during this time:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

As we wrap up this grading period, the teachers will be completing report cards and we expect to have those available in RenWeb when we return from Spring Break.

Remember, for followers of Christ, next week is one of the most celebratory weeks of the year- Jesus’s triumphal entry in to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Passion Week and the journey to the Cross; and the victory of Resurrection Sunday! Please take the time next week to focus on family, rest, and recharge.

I want to thank you for your response to our elected officials last week as they passed the CARES Act legislation- the language to allow private non-profit Christian schools to access some relief funds was included. We are waiting for some guidance on specifics, but are moving forward with the application process as it becomes available. These funds are small business loans that can be forgiven. Please pray we will receive what the school needs to navigate the financial challenges we are experiencing due to the pandemic.

We know many of our LCS families are also experiencing financial upheaval at this time.  The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. Resources include information on mortgage assistance, student loans, emergency loans and more. The department will update this list as more information becomes available.

As of now, we plan to return to campus on April 27, unless we here otherwise from our Governor. The entire facility has been sanitized using our Clorox360 machine and doing some manual cleaning. We are tracking what little essential traffic there is to ensure surfaces are wiped down and the campus remains clean. In the event of an extension on the closure, we will roll out plans and communication accordingly.

I am at the campus daily to coordinate essential traffic and communication, as well as to keep an eye on the facility. I am missing the sounds of activity- the hallways are eerily silent and waiting for all our students to return! In the meantime, it’s been wonderful to see the social media posts of our kiddos, their work stations, and the creative activities going on at home. 

Zoom meetings and emails have become the tools of choice- I am spending hours daily on them keeping up with communication. Also, there have been many webinars and briefings that I attend online to keep up with information on the evolving response to the pandemic: educational, financial, human resources, legal/legislative- there are many levels that we have to stay on top of to be good stewards of LCS.

In closing, how are YOU doing? How can I pray for you? Please feel free to respond to this email. My earnest prayer is that, when this is all over, those family, friends, and neighbors who are watching Liberty Christian School, its students, and its families during this time will see and remember our most significant distinctive: we serve a Savior who is never surprised and who loves us all enough to sacrificially prepare a way that allows us to live with peace, hope, and harmony.

In His Service,

Mr. Cochran

LCS Superintendent

P.S. These updates are being archived on the LCS website HERE. If you need to reference some dates or overall school information that you might have missed, hopefully you can find it here. Otherwise, please call or email.

LCS Community Update

March 24, 2020
By Jim Cochran

Dear LCS Community,

As we enter our first full week of remote learning, I want to thank all of you parents for the flexibility, resilience, and embracing of this shift to learning from home. I cannot speak highly enough about our amazing teachers and the work they have done to transition to remote learning. And a special thank you to our IT Department and technology task force who have been facilitating all the setup of the online platforms.

We still have a limited number of Chromebooks available for loan, especially for those of you that have multiple students and are encountering conflicts with schedules and work time. Again, thank you to Jeff Benson and Country Financial for your donation of five new Chromebooks to LCS! Please contact Mr. Cochran at jcochran@libertychristian.net to check availability and arrange a time for pick up.

We have been working through our school calendar and planned events and I want to give you an update on decisions made so far, with the understanding of returning to campus on 4/27:

  • This Friday was scheduled to be our Feed-the-Need Packing Party.  We have postponed the Packing Day until Friday, May 29 and will schedule a balloon wall “Popping Party” once we are allowed to gather again at the campus. Over 60 of our families were engaged in the pledge drive, raising over $32,000 toward our goal of $125,000. We will pick up the pledge drive again after Spring Break and provide some new language for the personalized mobile websites considering the recent change in circumstances; be on the lookout for more details in early April.  
  • The 3rd quarter is scheduled to wrap up on Thursday, April 2, with the teachers using Friday, April 3rd as a grading day. Report cards will be available on Monday, April 13, after Spring Break.
  • Spring Break is Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. There will be no new assignments or school work given.
  • The Patriot Car Show has been cancelled until next year. Ms. Mark will be sending out information about refunds.
  • Prom has been postponed to Saturday, May 30. Mr. Nelson will be getting further details to the juniors and seniors.
  • The Spring Sports season is on hold. Mr. Godwin will be receiving further guidance from the WIAA and will let athletes and parents know as he receives it.
  • We are working on options for the annual auction fundraiser and will get information out soon.
  • Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the older population, we have decided to cancel Grandparents Day on May 8 as a precaution.
  • The Spring Drama Production has also been cancelled due to the lack of time to practice and prepare.
  • At this time, Senior and Kindergarten Graduations and year-end activities are on schedule in June. We will be assessing the possibility of extending the school year by a few days if necessary.

In all the changes that have been happening, we do want to say congratulations to some of our students:

  • Hosanna Tesfa qualified for the ACSI National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.! Unfortunately, the event has been cancelled, but we are so proud of her and Alyssa Ayers who was an alternate winner.
  • 4 teams represented LCS at the Destination Imagination competition and did a great job, had a wonderful time, and are excited for next year’s competition.

Great job! We are proud of you!

In closing, I want to remind you of Isaiah 40, a wonderful chapter of prophecy and a declaration of the greatness of our God. The concluding verses of the chapter provide encouragement during this time:

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
 The Lord is the everlasting God,
 the Creator of the ends of the earth.
 He does not faint or grow weary;
 his understanding is unsearchable.
 29 He gives power to the faint,
 and to him who has no might he increases strength.
 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
 and young men shall fall exhausted;
 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
 they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
 they shall run and not be weary;
 they shall walk and not faint.

In His Service,

Mr. Cochran

LCS Superintendent

March 17 Update

March 17, 2020
By Jim Cochran

Dear LCS Parents,

It is way too quiet in our hallways today! We pray you are all transitioning well to this new reality of remote learning and social distancing. Your children’s teachers met together this morning to continue training and preparing lessons and communications; they are now hard at work rolling out their plans. Our students brought supplies and learning packets home yesterday. You should be contacted by your teachers by Thursday at the latest with instructions and information to get lessons going at home.

If you need a Chromebook on loan for your student’s learning, please let Ms. Mark know as soon as possible by emailing her at bmark@libertychristian.net . I have a few families that could use a second unit because of having multiple students, but I want to make sure we have distributed to all who do not have the needed technology at home. Chromebooks may be picked up on Wednesday morning between 8am and 12pm. If you can’t make that time frame, please email me to set up an alternative time.

We want to support our local businesses and specifically our LCS families that own them during this time that will strain many of our budgets and livelihoods. If you are a business owner, please fill out this form and we will share to our school community and on social media over the coming weeks to encourage support for each other and your business.

Also, we have already had a few sweet photos sent of student work spaces at home- if you have a picture you would like to share that we may put on Liberty’s Facebook and social media, send them to Ms. Mark at development@libertychristian.net .  

Thank you for the many emails and words of encouragement over the past week. We have a wonderful school community and appreciate that together we are stronger and God is with us as we walk through these circumstances. On the night before Jesus went to the Cross, none of His disciples had any real idea of what was coming in the days ahead. Jesus didn’t say there wouldn’t be suffering, but He did speak words of comfort, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I’m so thankful for His strength and comfort during this time! 

In His Service,

Mr. Cochran

LCS Superintendent  

School Is In Session on Monday, March 16

March 16, 2020
By Jim Cochran

Dear LCS Parents and Community,

We are having a regularly scheduled day at Liberty Christian School on Monday, March 16, including Patriot Club before and after school care. All sports and extracurricular activities after school are canceled. We will be exercising social distancing and minimizing large gatherings of students during the day, while continuing frequent cleaning and sanitizing in the facility.

As I mentioned in the last update, Monday is a day “to allow teachers to give instructions to students about the next six weeks and for the students to gather all the essential academic supplies they will need. There will be various learning packets sent home – these will vary by grade level.”

There has been a little confusion based on Governor Inslee’s latest statement on Sunday night about new limits of 50 people for gatherings. This is a Statement, and official action on it will be taken sometime Monday. We are operating under the Proclamation issued on Friday, March 13, that allows schools to operate through Monday, March 16.  The March 13 Proclamation capped gatherings at that time at 250, even though many schools in the state are larger; it was acknowledged that schools were an exception to that number and needed the time for transition to remote learning. LCS is applying the same rationale here.

I encourage you to send your child to school today to prepare for the remote learning and allow for direct instruction from their teacher. Again, if you do not feel it is safe for your child to come to school because of the current situation, you should stay home and it will be considered an excused absence. Arrangements will need to be made to pick up essential academic supplies and learning packets for your student at a later time.

I thank you all for your flexibility and understanding in these fluid circumstances. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

In His Service,

Mr. Cochran

LCS Superintendent

Update - Liberty Christian School - March 15

March 15, 2020
By Jim Cochran

Dear LCS Community,

It has been very busy around campus this weekend! Our amazing staff is working overtime to prepare for as smooth a transition as possible to a remote learning model.

We will have a regularly scheduled school day on Monday, March 16, to allow teachers to give instructions to students about the next six weeks and for the students to gather all the essential academic supplies they will need. There will be various learning packets sent home – these will vary by grade level.

Tuesday and Wednesday are transition days during which the teachers will be setting up and rolling the various platforms, communications, and lessons for their students. In addition, we will be checking out chrome books to families based on need; the school will notify you of availability.    

We are planning on holding to our school calendar as far as school days and scheduled Professional Development days, Grading Days and Spring Break. For the time frame that the school facilities are closed, here are the important dates:

  • Friday, March 20               Professional Development Day – No lessons or school assignments given
  • Friday, April 3                    Grading Day, End of 3rd Quarter – No lessons or school assignments given
  • Mon-Fri, April 6-10            Spring Break – No lessons or school assignments given
  • Friday April 24                   Professional Development Day – No lessons or school assignments given
  • Monday April 27               Expected first day back on campus

Of course, just like if we were meeting on campus, students may use the above times to catch up on school work already assigned.

Charter Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet service to new customers who have a K-12 student. They will be rolling out the program sometime on Monday, March 16. Check https://www.spectrum.com/ or call 1-855-243-8892 for more information.

The Washington Department of Health has put out a helpful FAQ page about the school closures in the state with various links to reference.

 

I want to continue to encourage you that God is not surprised by this:

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

While many of us were not able to physically assemble for worship and church today, it was a great reminder that WE are the church, not the building. In the same way, Liberty Christian School is people, not a facility. We are a community that has a great opportunity to support each other in new ways over the next few weeks as we decentralize the school environment. The learning process will continue. While we are facing troubled times, Jesus proclaimed He has overcome the world! Lean in on Him during this time.

The President of the United States has declared today a "National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts." I encourage you to read the Proclamation and join in prayer during this extraordinary time.

In His Service,

Mr. Cochran

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