School Updates

Hello Bobcats High School Athletics, before I move right into the Fall Sports Announcement. I wanted to say that the LRA Coaching staff and I have been more than impressed by the hard work, dedication, and overall drive that has been on display over the past month from our Athletes. Like it says in Psalm 128:2, “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” God rewards those who work hard, and that can come in a variety of ways. But if you continue to put in a solid work ethic, you deserve whatever the outcome is. The excitement throughout the campus for Bobcats Athletics is something that we need to be proud of and build upon every day throughout this season!

For the Fall Sports Announcement…. FALL SPORTS ARE STILL ON! Just as we have been doing with being patient and flexible during this challenging time, the same will have to be done going forward.


Fall Practice  Guidelines from August 3- September 8:

According to TAPPS new guidelines, we will need to follow the Summer Workout guidelines until the start of the season, September 8. All Summer workouts will be voluntary but highly recommended for each athlete to attend to make sure they stay active during the month of August. Each coach will contact parents to let them know when and what time workouts will be and what will be needed to bring to workouts.


Below is the updated schedule for individual sports (Cross-Country, Tennis, Golf) and volleyball.  

  • September 8 –  Strength and Conditioning

  • September 14 – Practice/Scrimmages

  • September 21 – Tournaments/Games/Meets

Any games tournaments scheduled before September 21 will be canceled or moved to an agreed-upon rescheduling with opposing opponents.

YES, you are reading this right, TAPPS has authorized individual sports may run all year long after the start dates above.


Below is the updated schedule for Football:

  • September 8 –  Strength and Conditioning

  • September 15 – Full Pads are allowed for students attending September 8 practice, students who have not attended the September 8 strength and Conditioning cannot be in full pads until September 21.

  • September 21 – Full pads and scrimmage. One scrimmage only.

  • September 28 – First week of games. October 2 vs. Hill Country Christian San Marcos.


Basketball will be pushed back to the following schedule. 

  • November 2 – First day of Practice

  • November 9 – First day of Scrimmage

  • November 12 – First day of Games


Eligibility:

  • Families that choose to have their students do online learning through LRA Connect will be eligible to participate in sports for the 2020-2021 school year.

We will be moving forward throughout this process with the same intensity and enthusiasm as if the season has already started. It’s essential for our success and what we are striving for in our athletic program. While this delay may be a bump in the road, God has not put any obstacles in our way, that our school has or cannot overcome! Yes, the season has been delayed, and yes, we will be tempted to be angry for that reason, but please remember what it states in Romans 8:18 “The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming.” God has destined Greatness for this Athletic Department, and let’s keep striving for Greatness, no matter the challenges ahead!

Go Bobcats,

Coach Kenyon
Athletic Director
Living Rock Academy


June 28, 2020

Dear LRA family,

You are undoubtedly aware of the uncertainties we face about health conditions when the school year begins in a few weeks. As we have mentioned in earlier emails, our faculty has documented lessons learned from the spring experience, and have been developing multiple options to provide you choices for your student’s learning environment. We will be running these options by faculty this Wednesday by the Board of Directors Thursday, and we will send them to families by Friday. We will schedule a Zoom meeting to describe the plans and answer your questions soon after. Please be on the lookout for these announcements. We are very excited to offer you a full range of excellent learning settings for your student’s needs, from classic in class to total online to hybrid.

Peace in Christ.

Glen Shaffer
Interim Head of School


June 20, 2020

Dear LRA Family,  

We miss you and hope your summer is going well, less confined, and refreshing in personal, spiritual, and relational ways. A lot is going on in preparation for the next school year, so we want to take this opportunity to provide you an update:

Personnel and Organizational Updates:

A Message from Whitney Chandler: “I had the tremendous honor to work at Living Rock Academy for the past five years. During this time, I had the opportunity to serve as the Elementary Principal, Administrative Principal, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. I have worked with amazing educators and leaders during my time at LRA. It is with prayerful consideration that I am resigning from my administrative role in order to pursue other ways to serve our school and allow myself the chance to be a full-time mom. I am excited about this new chapter in my life and eager to see how God will use me to help continue the success of LRA. My family and I will remain active members of LRA and will continue to support the mission and vision of our school.”   


Two Principals: With Whitney’s departure, we are shifting from a Three Dean model to a Two Principal model. Linda Swierc will be our High School Principal and Director of Student Activities. Melanie Raposo will be the Elementary and Middle School Principal and School Counselor. 


Athletic Director: LRA has hired its first full-time AD. Please welcome Brock Kenyon, who will also be our Head Football Coach. Hopefully, you have already seen the announcement and comments from Brock. We are excited about the impact a full-time AD will have on the scope and quality of our sports programs and look forward to Brock’s energy making a wonderful impact on our student-athletes.


Head of School: The HOS search committee continues to work hard in their search for a new HOS. In the meantime, I continue to serve the LRA Family as Interim HOS.  


Faculty: We welcome Carrie Inderlied, who joins us this year as an MS/HS math teacher. Maddie Sanford has agreed to be our PE lead and instructor, Bobcat Belles coach, and the Elementary Outreach coordinator. We are in the process of interviewing for History, English, and MS science teachers. Excellent candidates are in each category.


School Calendar: The 2020-2021 school calendar is available on our website, and a hard copy is attached to this email. 


Summer Academic Support: We are offering an Elementary summer refresher course. This program is only for LRA students, new and returning, entering 2nd-6th grade in the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, email Julie Johnson, our elementary coordinator at juliejohnson@livingrockacademy.com. Mr. Jerry Overman has offered MS/HS Math help as well. If you would like more information, please contact him at joverman@livingrockacademy.com


MS/HS Summer Reading Lists: Due to our COVID online experience, we did not mandate any summer reading programs. However, if you would like to receive a copy of approved summer reading, please email Melanie Raposo at mraposo@livingrockacademy.com.


Facilities and Fields: Our classroom building is undergoing major refurbishment: new roof, new bathrooms, upgraded classrooms, fresh paint, new gutter, and rainwater control modifications. Sports fields and track development underway. Essentially, we hope to have an entirely refreshed campus in the fall, as well as an ability to do all sports practice sessions on campus. Phil Stanley has led a team of mostly LRA student workers on the amazing classroom building remodeling. If you would like to provide lunch or water for these hard-working students, please contact Kim Rohlmeier at krohlmeier@livingrockacademy.com 


Camps: We’re off to a great start with our summer camps. Camps begin next week (TAC) and High School Volleyball and go through the end of July. Students have a variety of camps to choose from: conditioning, basketball, dance, volleyball, karate, art, and fun activities. Sign up! Sign up your neighbors and friends, expose more families to the LRA culture! An email was sent out to LRA families with information and a registration form. You may also contact Jessica Carter at 210-577-4894 between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday. To check out what camps we are offering or to register, click here 


ROCK Program: The ROCK program exists to equip students with unique challenges to achieve success inside and outside the classroom, focusing on God’s intended purpose in their life. For more information, please contact Melanie Raposo at mraposo@livingrockacademy.com or Ruth Lansing at rlansing@livingrockacademy.com


Social Separation Just-In-Case: We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Our faculty is improving online offerings and practices just in case COVID restrictions return. We are also finalizing plans to offer a hybrid classroom option for families who feel it best to keep their students at home for a while longer. We intend to offer education for any of our students in their best and safest location. We will finish the plan within two weeks.  


Electives: Please look for separate correspondence regarding High School electives for next year.

Incoming 6th graders, Freshman, and Seniors: Be on the lookout for information on incoming Middle School students, High School students, and Seniors.


Weekly Devotionals: Thanks to Erin Jacquez for providing us weekly devotionals through the summer. While we were apart due to COVID, her daily devotionals kept us united spiritually in ways we deeply appreciate 


Enrollment: Our numbers are on track to equal last year’s – but we want many more. Please spread the word about LRA to anyone you know. Help advertise our school by purchasing a “Home of a Living Rock Academy Family” yard sign. The signs are $10 each and may be purchased through Kim Rohlmeier or at the front office. Also, tell your friends and neighbors about our Come and Go Open Houses scheduled for June 30, July 1 and July 2 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Be on the lookout for a newsletter all about LRA Open House, Enrollment, and our Refer a Family Program! 

May 11, 2020

Dear LRA Family,

This is a hard way to enter our last two weeks of school. Socially separated due to a world-wide pandemic and in prayer for one of our families dealing with a serious injury. We feel helpless and speechless, except in prayer. But we can be confident knowing the Holy Spirit hears and perfects our prayer in ways we can’t even comprehend. Prayer will keep us bound together better than the internet or Zoom or any Google app. Pray hard, LRA.

Meanwhile, we need to keep on about the business of LRA. Please accept my thanks to all of you for dealing gracefully with this socially separated online semester. It took teachers, parents, and students working together to make it happen, and we are grateful to all of you.

And before the rush of semester-end begins, please let me outline some things to look for this summer and new offerings and programs being implemented in the fall:


 Over the Summer:

  • Summer tutorials. Some students, for whatever reasons like transition or online difficulties, need a bit of a boost to be ready for the next grade level. Our elementary teachers are kindly offering free tutorials for students entering 2nd through 6th grades.

  • Summer Outreach: Hanni Stautzenberger hopes to offer outreach opportunities once separation restrictions are lifted. This will be a great way to get out and get re-engaged with the community.

  • Summer Camps: If restrictions lift, there are several camps scheduled on campus for the end of June and throughout July. Invite guests and friends! It’s a great way to show them LRA! We are planning for the following camps: MS/HS TAC (Training and Conditioning) and volleyball; for Elementary and MS students: karate, basketball, dance, art, music, STEM, and a theme-based cross-curricular camp will be offered.

  • Education Building. Our classroom building will be getting a new roof, new paint, new bathrooms, and upgraded classrooms. Please refer to email last week or email Phil Stanley at pstanley@livingrockacademy.com to volunteer.

  • The arrival of our new Head Of School!

  • The arrival of a new, full-time Athletic Director charged with lifting LRA to the next level in sports offerings, quality, and competitiveness!

  • A new RenWeb based website – more responsive and easy to update

  • The State just released guidelines for HS Graduation ceremonies. June 5th at 7:00 pm is our date and time. Location and other details are being worked on and will be sent out as soon as they are finalized.


New for next Fall:

  • Revived Aviation ground and flight school offerings

  • EMT elective

  • Improved PE program at all levels

  • Karate as part of PE for elementary. An optional self-defense program that can lead to a black belt by fifth grade

  • An all-Spanish language emphasis primary through secondary

  • Ten-point grade scale will replace the seven point scale.

  • Practice fields on campus for all sports (except tennis and golf)…IHOS proposal for land purchase and 18-hole golf course was denied by the BOD 😉

  • Educational coaching program for all faculty

  • A ROCK elective that provides educational accommodations for students with certain learning challenges.


April 29, 2020

Dear LRA Family,

We’re in our 6th (can you believe it ?!) week of online operations. Not only was this something we never expected, but we found ourselves more prepared than we thought. We realize none of this would be possible without our awesome, engaged parents who are committed to their children’s education and spirituality. We also acknowledge our flexible and intelligent students, motivated and loving teachers, and a technology curriculum base that allowed for a smooth transition. 

We have found in open forums with other schools that we’ve done better than most…not to boast…well, just a little. At the same time, our transition has not been perfect, but we are striving to strengthen our process and meet the needs of our families, so please continue to engage us with ideas and feedback. 

I appreciate your willingness to adjust to our changes and schedule uncertainties week by week. The Governor’s decision to close all public and private schools for the year gave us some clarity, as well as some complications. Most of the complications and disappointments regard our senior class who face an uncertain graduation format, a canceled prom, aren’t able to walk the hall like they own it and enjoy each other’s company before they head their separate ways. Please take some time to send any seniors you know, or don’t know, a note-passing your thoughts and prayers and congratulations.

Please see the following schedule/event items:

  • May 1st/Pick-up/Drop-off—Please see the email sent out on April 28.
  • We will have an additional drop off day for textbooks on May 20.  
  • Prom for this school year is canceled, but alternative dates/venues are being considered.
  • LRA Chapel each Tuesday at 8:30 am. A link will be sent every Monday for you to use to log in to Chapel.
  • Graduation is complicated. We are doing our best to offer a format that meets distancing requirements to ensure that our students and their families’ are protected.    
  • We are working on plans for this summer (Camps) and the next academic year. We are very excited about them! Please keep an eye out for an email next week.

We are in the middle of open enrollment for next year, so please help us spread the word about Living Rock Academy. Last week an email was sent about our Refer a Friend Program! This program is a great way to grow our school and help you with your tuition cost at the same time! 

Peace in Christ,
Glen Shaffer


April 17, 2020


April 9, 2020

Dear LRA Family,

Thank you for your continued diligence and patience, and prayers.

Just a Few Short Items This Week:

  • Please be on the lookout for a second survey seeking your feedback on how our online program is working.
  • This Monday, April 13, will be a regular school day, not a day off as the calendar shows. We’re doing this to help make up for lost classroom days and in recognition that everyone is pretty much stuck in place. If this does create a hardship for you, please let your teachers know.
  • As you know, the most important day of our year happens this Sunday.  Christ’s resurrection makes everything different for us, no matter what the times are like. You know that. As a family, we know that. Let’s keep each other in prayer. Let’s take some moments to close our eyes and remember each other, remember being together on that campus we all miss. But mostly, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.

Peace in Christ,
Glen Shaffer Interim HOS

 



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