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Sept 20, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Senior Director of Education
 

Lititz Christian has implemented MAPS testing during the 2021-2022 school year.  Students in kindergarten through Grade 10 took MAPS Growth tests from NWEA on a device (computer, Chromebook, or iPad) last week. This standardized testing replaces GMADE and GRADE testing we have used previously.  

MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. MAP Growth tests are unique, and adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If he/she answers incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—and whether their knowledge is on, above, or below their grade level. 

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics and then plan instruction accordingly. MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students in the same grade, subject, and starting performance level. Each school year, students in kindergarten through 10th grade will take the tests three times a year. While this year is our first implementation of MAP Growth tests, we are pleased with the outcomes of the first tests and are excited to share your student’s growth through the year. 

During the scheduled September 30th professional development day, teachers will receive further training for using the data collected from Growth MAPS testing.  We will share test scores with parents during the first week of October.  The next administration of the test will take place in January. 


Sept 14, 2021

SCHOOL BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, LC Board Chair
 

Our hearts are humbled and filled to see God's hand at work in the life of our school. In a recent board update, we noted that there were two current options for a future home for LCS. We would like to share one of those options in a bit more detail below.

This week, the leadership team at Lititz Church of the Brethren presented a plan to their congregation to consider allowing Lititz Christian School to be a tenant of their facility for the next three years while we consider more permanent options. Additional movement will depend on the decision of their church membership, LC Board of Education approval, and local zoning and permitting for this type of use. 

Our organizations are just beginning to understand this possibility and there are many details to work out.  Our work is far from over and we covet your prayers as we  explore this possibility.  Thank you for your continued care, support, and prayer for Lititz Christian School. 


Sept 09, 2021

SCHOOL BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, LC Board Chair
 

I trust that the 2021-22 academic year has started well for each of you! What an exciting season, as LCS opened its doors to 201 students in K-12, representing a 7.1% increase in enrollment. In addition, the ELC has 186 children enrolled. Praise God for His goodness!

We’d like to extend a special welcome to our 48 new students and their families. Welcome to Lititz Christian School! We are excited to have you join our school community and look forward to journeying together. For those who are LCS veterans, please warmly welcome our new families!

This Update in Brief:

Board Elections
In our last update, we shared that one of the important things LCS members do is nominate and vote for board members. Please note a change since our last update: John Connell will be ending his term in September 2021 and has decided not to submit his name for reelection. John has served LCS fully, with incredible sacrifice. We are grateful for his wisdom, push for excellence, and desire to see the school thrive. John will be missed but we know that this season with family and work is precious. John has promised to continue to be a huge fan of LCS and we feel the same about the Connell family. Please join me in thanking John for his service and dedication!


Please see below for board terms. There are currently 3 open seats: 1 seat that is open for nomination and 2 that have been nominated and will be submitted to membership for a vote in our upcoming member meeting: Justin Harbin and Marica Brenner. You can see Justin and Marcia’s bios, along with other board member bios, here.

One of the pieces of feedback we received through our listening activities earlier this year was the need for better transparency, especially in the area of board membership. This accountability is important for our school, and we are happy to share that process here. The process includes a nomination form, which can be found here.

Relocation Update
This continues to be a season of possibilities. In our last update, we shared that the relocation subcommittee identified a property that checks many of our boxes. Since that time, another potential existing building has emerged as a possibility. We are prayerfully pursuing both opportunities and believe that through doing due diligence on both options, the Lord will make clear His will. The excitement is growing and we ask you to please continue in prayer with us.

Member Meeting
Please mark your calendars for an in-person member meeting on Sept. 28 at 7 pm at LCS. At this meeting, you will hear an update on relocation, enrollment, finances, and will be able to vote on new board members. Please see Board Elections above for additional information on board nominees.


August 30, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Niki Cadwalader, Senior Director of Advancement
 

The new school year is filled with optimism! Our Back to School Night was the best attended event of any like it in recent history. We hosted over 730 people that evening and ate a lot of ice cream! Our families greeted newcomers, caught up with old friends, and learned about expectations for the upcoming school year. Our students came back to school with renewed energy and readiness to learn. Our dedicated teachers continue to sharpen their skills and employ evidence-based practices. 

Although the school year has begun, admission inquiries continue to come in daily. We have exceeded our K-12 enrollment goal by 14 students.  Our current enrollment is 201!  This growth is the largest in at least six years.

In this busy season, we are hopeful for our future and filled with gratitude for the abundance of blessings we have received. We are poised for continued growth and expansion as we prepare to transition to a new location. I am looking forward to an incredible year!


August 23, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Ryan McCracken, Senior Director of Operations
 

It was great to see so many of you at our Back to School Night/Ice Cream Social this past Friday. Our team has a few more days of final preparation before we welcome back our students. We are extremely excited about getting the 2021/22 school year underway. Here are some operational updates as we gear up for the return of you all.

Athletic Update:
In addition to faculty and staff returning to the building this week, we welcomed 50+ student athletes back to campus to begin preparations for the Fall season. We are excited to report that athletic events (both indoor and outdoor) will be open to all fans/parents for this season. Staying consistent with our current Health and Safety Plan, all spectators will have the option of whether or not they will wear a face covering. 

In addition to welcoming back spectators, it is important to note that we will continue live streaming all of our home contests for those who are unable to attend. This is something that was necessitated by COVID last year, and we see value in the ongoing implementation of this service.

We hope to see many of you out on the field and court this Fall. As a reminder, we will be sponsoring a Middle School girls volleyball team, JV/Varsity girls volleyball team, and a Middle School boys soccer team. Please visit our athletic website at www.ccaconferencepa.org for scheduling information for each team.        Go Eagles!

Spiritual Life Update:
We are excited about beginning our new chapel study  series for the school year. As previously mentioned, we have added a campus pastor, Pastor Ross Dunk, to our staff this year. He is bringing a lot of fresh ideas to the table and we will be working to ensure that we are able to effectively meet the needs of our students and help them grow in their walk with Christ. Our first chapel series will be entitled, “Who Am I”.  We will be examining our identity in Christ and our purpose in life. Please begin praying for our students as they prepare and engage in this study.

Second, we have added a Student Leadership component to our chapel planning. We have begun meeting with some students who have been providing us with valuable feedback and insight in regards to the layout of our chapels. With that said, we are also looking to implement some small group times into some of our chapels and are looking for some high school students who would be interested in leading a small group. If you desire to be a part of our chapel leadership team and/or would be willing to lead a small group of students, please email Pastor Dunk at ross.dunk@lcstaff and myself at ryan.mccracken@lcstaff.net. 

Student Life Update:
Our student leadership team has planned some fun and engaging activities this week to welcome students back to campus. Additionally, please mark your calendars for Friday, September 17, as we are planning a game night on campus for our MS and HS students. More details and communication about this event will follow in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the last two days of summer vacation! I look forward to seeing you all later this week.


August 16, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Senior Director of Education
 

As Lititz Christian School begins its 44th year of providing students with a quality Christ-centered education, we count it a privilege that you are partnering with us. This week’s blog post includes information about our Health and Safety Plan and will hopefully answer any questions you may have regarding the beginning of the school year. We are looking forward to and anticipate returning to a normal school year as much as possible. 

We will continue to encourage good hygiene and increased handwashing throughout the day. It will be important for parents/guardians to continue to monitor your student’s health each day and keep your child home if they are ill. Our current COVID flowchart can be found here.  This flowchart will communicate when students need to remain at home due to illness or COVID exposure.  As communicated previously, masks are optional for students and faculty.  Our complete Health and Safety Plan is included below.  

I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Friday, August 20th for Back to School Night.  It will be a great night to celebrate the start of an exciting school year. 

Lititz Christian School Health and Safety Plan Summary

Initial Effective Date: August 16, 2021 

1.     How will Lititz Christian School support prevention and mitigation policies in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning?
Lititz Christian School safely opened school in August, 2020 and remained open for the entire 20-21 school year.  We will review and consider recommendations by government agencies and implement actions to continue to remain open for in-person instruction in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.  If changes are necessary, we will update our plan as needed. 

2.    How will Lititz Christian School ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address the students’ academic needs, and students’ and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services?
Students, staff and families will continue to have access to our school counselors, school based counseling services, and academic support services.  To the extent Lititz Christian School is unable to meet in person, we have a virtual plan to implement to ensure the continuity of services 

3.  View the table linked here which explains how Lititz Christian School will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policy on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.


August 9, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Niki Cadwalader, Senior Director of Advancement
 

The staff and faculty at LCS are getting ready to welcome our families and students into the building for Back to School Night on Friday, August 20 from 6:30 to 8:30! This event is especially meaningful since we did not get to celebrate the start of the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies. This will be a whole school event, ELC through grade twelve students, siblings and parents.

The evening will kick-off with music from our worship team. We will gather in the parking lot off Arrowhead Drive. Join us there to check in before we dismiss you into the building at 7:00 to meet your child’s teachers. Be sure to stop in each classroom so you can collect information about expectations, policies and curriculum for the year. We will end the evening outside with our annual ice cream social, where you will have the opportunity to meet new families, and speak with members of our board, faculty and staff. If your family has not RSVPed you can do that here by August 16.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and we look forward to having you back and welcoming over 90 new students to our ELC and K-12 programs this year!


August 4, 2021

SCHOOL BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, School Board Chair
 

Nehemiah 2:10 says, "O Lord, let your ear be attentive ... to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant(s) today."  This is Nehemiah's prayer as he prepared to embark on the relocation of Israel to Jerusalem. This is our prayer as we seek a new home for Lititz Christian School.  After all, LC is God's work.  He will prosper it according to his plan!

Our most recent board meeting was full of excitement about the future of our school. Our staff is made up of excellent teachers ready to educate our children in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our fundraising and enrollment is off to a great start as God blesses us with His favor.  This is going to be a great school year! Please continue to pray during this exciting time of transition.

Below you'll find more about the board's focus and progress in the last few weeks, as well as LCS’s process for board nominations.   I am looking forward to seeing you on August 20th at Back to School Night!

This update includes: 
     - Board Elections
     - Relocation Update   
     - Enrollment & Fundraising Update

Board Elections

One of the important things LCS members do is nominate and vote for board members. As a reminder, this September, 3 terms will end and we have 2 open seats: one to replace Cindy Socha-Gelgot, who ended her term early, and one to fill a seat that has been open since 2020. Please see below for board terms.

One of the pieces of feedback we received through our listening activities earlier this year was the need for better transparency, especially in the area of board membership. This accountability is important for our school and at the last board meeting, we reviewed our process for membership and are happy to share that process here . The process includes a nomination form, which can be found here.

*An update on the slate of board candidates will be shared soon.

Relocation Update
This is an exciting time! The relocation subcommittee has identified a property that checks many of our boxes. They are doing final due diligence before moving forward with an offer. Once that happens, we’ll be able to share more details, which we’re very excited about doing in the near future!

Enrollment & Fundraising Update
We are praising God! Due to His grace and the incredible work of the admissions team, K-12 has surpassed their initial enrollment goal of 187 by 5 for a total of 192 students enrolled to date. Additionally, the ELC has 174 enrolled and is currently putting students on a wait list.

Our fundraising efforts also continue to progress. Thank you to those who have already partnered with us. Your contributions impact the success of Lititz Christian School’s mission to prepare students to honor Jesus Christ in scholarship, vocation, and lifestyle. Please consider partnering with us through our Sponsor a Day calendar fundraiser or contact Nicole Hurst at nicole.hurst@lcstaff.net for more information.


July 26, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Ryan McCracken, Director of Operations and Athletics
 

As Mrs. Harmon mentioned in last week's blog, we have had the opportunity to add many talented individuals to our team of faculty and staff at Lititz Christian School. As it relates to the operational staff of the school, here are some updates that I can provide. Again, please welcome these individuals as you have the opportunity to meet them.

Campus Pastor: As I mentioned in my last post, we are very excited to be adding a Campus Pastor to our staff for the 2021-22 school year. We have hired Mr. Ross Dunk to fill this role for us. Yes, Mr. Ross Dunk is the father of our “other” Mr. Dunk and is also Mrs. Harmon's dad. Pastor Dunk brings over 30 years of pastoral experience to this position, as he currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Community Cornerstone Church in York, PA. Ross also recently retired from UPS after a career spanning over 40 years with the company. As he transitions, Ross is looking forward to bringing the Word of God to our students and helping them develop a greater passion and understanding for the Word. Once meeting Ross you will quickly see his passion for the Lord and for students, and will know that God will use him in a great way to impact our LC family for Christ. Mr. Dunk will be working closely with me and Hannah Swift to ensure that we have applicable, challenging, and impactful chapels for our student body.

Maintenance: As we prepare to transition to a new school building for the start of the 2022-23 school year we understand the importance of needing our own maintenance staff to help meet the facility needs for our school. In addition to their work and collaboration with the maintenance team at Grace Church, this individual will be instrumental in helping us make the move and get settled into our new home. This part time individual should be secured by the end of the week and a bio communication can be given in the next Operations post.

Lunchroom Assistant: Kelly Stout has served in our LC lunchroom for many years and has done an excellent job of creating new policies to streamline its operations. She is also a beloved staff member by all of our students, who spent many hours with her in the lunchroom. Kelly assisted us in the kitchen and was manning the whole operation in our time of transition between Kitchen Coordinators. At this time Kelly is moving on to other opportunities and we wish her the best. As we look to fill our vacancy in the lunchroom, we have met with several great candidates and will be filling this position by the end of this week. 

Coaching Opportunities: The Lititz Christian Athletic Department is still searching for a few volleyball coaches for the upcoming fall season. We are in need of a JV Head Coach/Varsity Assistant for Girls Volleyball and a Middle School Girls Head Coach. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please email me at ryan.mccracken@lcstaff.net for more information. 

To conclude, I would like to provide an update on our facility search and where we are in that process.

The relocation subcommittee has pursued over 30 leads in regards to finding our new home. Some of these opportunities involved potential partnerships with other organizations (churches and retirement communities), some involved leasing spaces, and some were opportunities to purchase. As previously mentioned, the Board of Education is committed to providing the school community with a specific update on this by September. At this time, I can share with you that we have narrowed our focus to a few opportunities and are excited about the possibilities that God has provided.


July 19, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Director of Education
 

It has been a productive summer of staffing new positions and hiring an art teacher!  I am happy to share the following personnel updates with you:

Art Teacher
Starting this fall, Mrs. Shelly Titter will be teaching art from a Biblical perspective to students in preschool through grade 12. Mrs. Titter is a professionally trained artist with a diverse background in various creative fields. She has been a Featured Artist in several galleries, including Gallery One of Lancaster and Purple Robin Reserve of Lititz. Mrs. Titter also has vast experience in working with children of all ages. We are pleased to welcome her and her three children who will be enrolled in grades three, six and ten this coming school year.  

Department Leaders:
Our new organizational structure with one director overseeing the entire academic program has warranted the expansion of several teachers’ roles. Three Department Leaders have been added to our  K-12 program.  The Department Leaders will provide support and help to guide teachers in their respective roles. These individuals will work closely and cooperatively with classroom teachers, the academic support team and the Senior Director of Education to develop, maintain, implement and assess the overall academic programming of each school department. 

These individuals are:

Mrs. Aggie Lawler - Elementary Academic Support/Elementary Department Leader
Mrs. Kate Rohrbaugh - Middle School Academic Support/TOEFL/MS Department Leader
Mrs. Faith Higley - High School Academic Support/High School Bible/HS Department Leader

Administrative Assistant
Last but not least, we welcome Ashlee Martin as our new full-time administrative assistant.  Ashlee has been a familiar face at Lititz Christian since her daughter, Vanessa, enrolled in kindergarten here two years ago.  Ashlee also 
has a set of three-year-old twins. She has been an active member of our PTF and is passionate about our school!  You will find Ashlee at our front desk each morning and afternoon.

Please take a moment to welcome each of these individuals into their new roles.  We are excited to continue to grow our Lititz Christian family and impact the world for Christ.


July 12, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Ross McCracken, Development and Scholarship Representative
 

Lititz Christian School is a family. As a family, we work together to provide needs-based scholarships to approximately 70 of our students each school year. These scholarships are provided by people like YOU. How, you ask? You can use your PA tax dollars to provide a scholarship for a student to attend Lititz Christian. Pennsylvania allows state taxpayers to allocate state tax dollars to private Christian education. Below are some of the basic details and benefits of the program:

  • 100% of your tax liability goes directly to Lititz Christian School
  • 90% of your tax liability returns to you as a PA STATE TAX CREDIT
  • Your tax liability gift to Lititz Christian School is recognized as a federal tax deduction

Signing up is easy!  Make an impact today by enrolling in this program and spreading the word that private Christian education at Lititz Christian School is affordable!

Contact Ross McCracken, LC Development and Scholarship Representative, at 717-283-5393 or email ross.mccracken@lcstaff.net for more information.


July 05, 2021

BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, Lititz Christian School Board Chair
 

We trust you are having a wonderful summer and had a great weekend celebrating our nation’s independence. Thank you for continuing in prayer for our school, teachers, and students during this time of transition. Please see below for some updates.

What the Board is Working on:
As we move toward the fall, one of the important things school members will be asked to do is vote for board members. This September, 3 terms will end (Jeff Gerard, Rachel Spier Weaver, and John Connell). We also have 2 open seats, one to replace Cindy Socha-Gelgot, who ended her term early, and one to fill a seat that has been open since 2020. In our board meeting on July 19, we hope to appoint 2 people to the open seats. Those folks will complete the term of the seat they are filling, so one will be voted on in September and the other will be up for election in 2023. In August, we will share their names, along with the plan for the 3 board members whose terms are ending. 

Relocation Subcommittee Update:
We are encouraged by the continued work the relocation subcommittee has been doing. They have committed hours and hours of work in addition to the responsibilities they have at work and home, in service of LCS. If you see Dennis Jordan, Josh Antes, Shane Weaver, Shirley Mertz, Ryan McCracken, or Rodney Bert, please extend your gratitude for their willingness to go above and beyond in this season.

The subcommittee has engaged in conversations with organizations and individuals, including local churches, public school districts, and developers. Given the timeframe in which we have to work, we will be focusing on existing buildings versus land development. We continue to work toward having a more concrete plan in September, as shared in our last update.


June 28, 2021

ADMIN POST

- written by Anna Urquhart, HS English Teacher
 

This week we reached out to the Lancaster Newspaper with an editorial about our upcoming relocation and our excitement about our growing family and programming. Unfortunately, the writer at LNP that we spoke with decided not to use the editorial we submitted and instead wrote a “more newsworthy” article detailing our need to change locations and setbacks that arose due to the pandemic. We are disappointed with the reporting article primarily because it is incomplete. Rather than fixate on setbacks, we want to tell the story of opportunity and growth, encouragement and support. Not only is this the newsworthy story, it has the added bonus of being the full picture of what’s happening at Lititz Christian. That is the story we intend to tell. 

Below is the editorial that we had submitted to have published—an article celebrating our school, the 94% retention rate, the growth of our programming, and the enormous possibilities before us as we move into this new season for Lititz Christian. It is written with love to you, our LC family. Thank you for your unwavering support. We are grateful. 

Lititz Christian School - A Family on the Move

In a nearly-post-pandemic world, many of us have spent the last 15 months contemplating life, priorities, and things that matter most to us. Of these contemplations, the word we’ve heard repeated often is: family. 

We love our family. We want to provide for our family. We want to protect our family. Family matters most. 

Lititz Christian School is about family. Founded in 1978, the school continues to partner with Christian families to provide a biblical, academic education which prepares students to honor Jesus Christ in scholarship, vocation, and lifestyle. The school and its mission begins in the Early Learning Center with infants and toddlers and extends through grade 12. With a total of 400 students and 80 faculty and staff, we are an intergenerational family. Student-faculty relationships are easily fostered, resulting in higher student achievement. Our varied and robust programming works to meet the diverse needs of all of our students; offering fine arts and theater, competitive athletics, academic support, a gifted program, dual enrollment and AP courses, STEAM and robotics labs, and much more. Our graduating seniors complete a capstone project in which all LC faculty and staff are invited to participate in support of our students. 

Lititz Christian School is a family. In a world of “cancel culture” and transient industry, we love that our LC family is standing with us, supporting us, and championing us. That’s what family does.

Now, the Lititz Christian School family is moving. After 43 years at 501 W. Lincoln Avenue in Lititz, we are moving out of our metaphorical “childhood home.” We are poised for growth and looking for a building to support our growth. 

Finding a new home amidst this current real estate world is a challenge. We are in search of a building with approximately 50,000 square feet and with space for about 30 classrooms. If you know of a location that may suit our needs, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email. Our phone number is (717) 626-9518 or lititz.christian@lcstaff.net. You can also reach us through our website: www.lititzchristian.net

If you are interested in becoming part of our Lititz Christian family, we would love to meet with you. We are a family on the move and would love for you to join us!


June 21, 2021

ADMIN POST

- Ryan McCracken, Senior Director of Operations


I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation thus far. This year, more than any other, everyone needs this recharge, and I hope you are able to be refreshed and recharged before we begin the 2021-22 school year.

As summer rolls on, we are excited to be planning and gearing up for a school year that will bring a renewed excitement and passion to our school community. I want to share some things we have planned for the summer and upcoming school year in the Operations Department. 

Student and Spiritual Life:

I am thrilled to announce that we will be hiring a Campus Pastor for our school community beginning the 2021-22 school year. This pastor will teach, mentor, and guide our students in their faith walk while here at Lititz Christian School. We will have intentional chapel themes geared toward meeting the students' spiritual needs and provide students with leadership opportunities in chapel as well. We have a great responsibility in shepherding our students and helping them as they find their purpose and grow in their relationship with Christ, and we are confident the addition of this position will help us to do this effectively.

Second, with the removal of some mitigation efforts, we are excited to increase our sense of community on campus. For student life, we are looking to implement a Lititz Christian Friday, similar to that of a 'First Friday' or '2nd Friday', but ours will be a rotating week that will cater to our sports schedules and other school events. One Friday each month we will plan to do a movie night, worship night, game night, or other activity that will allow our students to be together and have a great time in fellowship together. More details will follow as we begin to plan these events.

Facilities

We continue to covet your prayers as we seek the perfect location for Lititz Christian School to begin the 2022-23 school year. As previously communicated, we will send a facility update in September to update everyone on the progress of this search. Certainly, if anything were to surface prior to that, we would let you know. We continue to trust and patiently wait for the Lord’s leading in this area and we appreciate your continued prayer as well.

Athletics

We have many activities happening this summer in preparation for our 2021-22 athletic seasons. Many of our teams will hold open gyms, participate in summer leagues, or even hold a summer camp to get a leg up on their upcoming season. All of our athletic events and dates are published on the athletic website, www.ccaconferencepa.org, for you to view. If you have any questions about these events, please email me at ryan.mccracken@lcstaff.net.


June 14, 2021

ADMIN POST

- Niki Cadwalader, Senior Director of Advancement
 
Advancement Update

It has been a busy spring with tours, shadows and admissions! Currently, for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, we have 180 students enrolled in our kindergarten through twelfth grade program and our retention rate is 94%.  This is a direct result of the commitment of our families and dedication of the faculty and staff!  Fourteen of our seventeen kindergarten students are coming from our ELC, which is a record for us. Speaking of the ELC, they are on a waitlist!  Congratulations to them on offering a program that is in high demand, and to ELC Director, Jess Daughtery, for her leadership.  You will notice our new students and families on our social media posts.  Please take the time to welcome them to Lititz Christian family. We are blessed in many ways!

You can help us to reach our goal of 190 enrollees by telling your friends, family, and coworkers about the incredible programs at Lititz Christian School. Share your family’s success story and encourage them to call us to schedule a tour at 717-626-9518. The admission team would love to share our statement of faith and wonderful programs with them.


June 7, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Senior Director of Education
   and Niki Cadwalader, Senior Director of Advancement
 

We made it! This school year has truly been a year for the record books.  In some ways, it has been one of the most memorable years, and in others, it has been one of the most challenging.  As this unusual year draws to a close, we want to express our gratitude to the Lititz Christian Community.

Parents: We recognize that this hasn’t been an easy year for you as you managed changing COVID restrictions, disruptions to your child’s schedule, brief virtual learning experiences, etc. We are grateful for all you have done to support our staff and your children.

Faculty and Staff: We have been amazed by the flexibility, tenacity, and creativity you have shown as you navigated this challenging year.   Thank you for your continued dedication to Lititz Christian School.  

 

Students: You have demonstrated your resilience and flexibility with a positive attitude.  You have learned how to navigate challenges and changes during a difficult year.  Thank you!

We also want to recognize several of our faculty members who will conclude their time at Lititz Christian this month: 
  • Haley Pankratz: Mr. Pankratz is looking forward to pursuing his pottery business full time. 

  • Karen McGrady: Mrs. McGrady will continue to be a part of the Lititz Christian community through substitute teaching and as a parent volunteer.

  • Theresa Bernhardt: Mrs. Bernhardt has decided to step away from her role with the IU to stay home with her son, Vincent.  She has expressed a desire to stay connected with Lititz Christian through volunteer opportunities.

  • Chris Hiestand: We are grateful that God is leading Mr. Hiestad and his family to join a missions team in West Africa.  We look forward to following his journey on the mission field.  

We are looking forward to the '21-'22 school year and hope for a more “normal” school year where our students, staff and families can fully participate in the events, activities and collaboration which make the Lititz Christian community so special.

 

Fundraising: Are you a business owner?  We need your help! 
The Advancement Team requests just 45 minutes of your time to make a substantial impact on the availability and distribution of scholarship dollars at Lititz Christian School! 
We currently have over $200,000 committed to the fund for next year and our goal is $300,000. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program awards tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to qualified organizations like Lititz Christian School.  These funds are then used to make needs-based scholarship awards to current and prospective families.  
Join us for a short information session this week.  Ross McCracken will present information on the benefits of the EITC program and how to sign up. 
Two sessions are available: 
Thursday, June 10 from 7:00-7:45 pm or Friday, June 11 from 8:00-8:45 am.   RSVP here!


June 01, 2021

BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, LC Board President

What the Board is Working on:

Financial Transparency
Increased transparency is one of the board’s most urgent action items and we’re excited to share that we have contracted with Trout CPA to use their iController/CFO services. Brandi Manna, former CFO for a local non-profit arts and entertainment venue, will be our assigned Controller. Brandi has vast experience navigating non-profit financials and is backed by a 25-person internal team with over 300 combined years of work in this field. Immediate areas of focus will be the optimization of our existing financial systems, implementation of new/benefitting systems, dashboard/reporting configuration, financial modeling, accounts payable automation, and grants/campaign management.  

Senior Administrator Search
Rick Bernhardt transitioned from his role as senior administrator on April 30. Once there is clarity on the physical space, we will create a plan for hiring a senior administrator. In the meantime, our interim structure is a distributed model of leadership with leaders in three areas of strategic discipline: Advancement & Admissions (Niki Cadwalader), Education (Allyson Harmon), and Operations (Ryan McCracken). In the 4 short weeks of partnership with Niki, Allyson, and Ryan, we are celebrating and praising the Lord for their wise and competent leadership. Please continue to pray for each of them as they shoulder their administrative responsibilities in service to the Lord at LCS.

Relocation Subcommittee
There has been significant work done by LCS’s relocation subcommittee. The team is exploring every opportunity; to date, they have toured a facility and inquired about 9 existing spaces, including buildings in neighboring public school districts. Discussions with multiple lenders about financing opportunities have begun.

The subcommittee and board are seeking clarity on relocation for our families and staff by September 2021. The Relocation subcommittee members are:

  • Rodney Bert, LC Board member and parent
  • Ryan McCracken, LC Director of Operations and parent
  • Shane Weaver, LC parent
  • Josh Antes, LC Board member and parent
  • Dennis Jordan, LC parent
  • Shirley Mertz, LC Parent

General Mask Update
We are excited to move toward a more flexible approach to masking beginning June 7. As a reminder, beginning on June 7, face coverings will be encouraged but not required for students attending summer camp in the ELC. Additionally, barring any unforeseen changes in regulations, parents/guardians will have the option to choose whether their student wears a face covering to school for the 21-22 school year. Thank you to Niki Cadwalader, Allyson Harmon, and Ryan McCracken for leading us through this adjustment with wisdom, love, and grace.


May 31, 2021

ADMIN POST

Happy Memorial Day

Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”  – Winston Churchill

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." – Eleanor Roosevelt

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them." – Franklin D. Roosevelt


May 24, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Senior Director of Education
 

We are thrilled to announce two new Bible instructors for the 2021-22 school year! 

Mrs. Faith Higley has accepted a contracted position in the high school at Lititz Christian.  Mrs. Higley is not a stranger to us.  Over the past few years, she has taught in our Academic Support and ESL programs.  More recently, she filled in as a long-term substitute in our high school Bible department.  Mrs. Higley has a bachelor's degree in Special Education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Online Education.  Her responsibilities will include teaching 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Bible classes and working with high school students in our Academic Support program.  

We are excited to welcome Miss Kristen College to our team.  Miss College has a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in World Christianity and a bachelor's degree in Humanities with concentrations in Religious Studies and History.  She recently graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  Kristen will teach 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Bible classes and 7th and 8th-grade history.  She is excited about the opportunity to teach history and Bible across the curricula. 

In addition to the amazing Bible instructors, Lititz Christian will adopt a school-wide Gospel vision for the 2021-22 school year. The Gospel is at the center of who we are as a school and who God designed us to be as Ambassadors for Christ. We want to Learn It, Apply It, and Share It.  

Bible Curriculum. We will utilize The Gospel Project Curriculum at both the middle and high school levels for the coming year. Middle school grades 6, 7, and 8 will follow the traditional three-year curriculum that will take our students through the entire Bible. By the end of 8th grade they will understand the storyline of scripture. Students will examine familiar Biblical texts as part of a broader story of God's work in the world through and sometimes despite His people. Students will see that all of scripture points to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. All high school Bible classes will utilize The Gospel Foundations curriculum from The Gospel Project, allowing students the opportunity to get back to the basics of what the Gospel is all about. Students will Learn It in a way that reaffirms their belief in the One True God and in a way they can articulate clearly when sharing the Gospel with others.

Book In Common. We will introduce a grade-level Book in Common, which challenges high school students to Apply It to all aspects of their lives. The purpose of the Book in Common is as follows:
  • To foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead at a level of excellence that honors Jesus Christ.
  • To enrich the student learning experience by empowering and equipping students to impact the world for Christ.
  • To intellectually engage students on a variety of topics related to a biblical worldview.
  • To foster a sense of community through increased interaction among students, faculty, and staff.
  • To engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside the classroom.

Students will work through one book per semester with their classmates, incorporating guest speakers and experiential learning activities to augment the text studied. Once the books are selected, we plan to inform the community in the event that individuals want to sponsor a class set of books or pick up a copy to study along with us. Our goal at Lititz Christian has always been to demonstrate how to use a biblical worldview approach to all aspects of our lives as we are living testimonies of God's power and grace. The Book in Common will challenge students to not only live radical, counter-cultural lives but to have a heart for the lost and those in need of Christian discipleship.


May 17, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Allyson Harmon, Senior Director of Education
 

The busyness of the end of the school year has been a chance for us to come together after many months apart.  It has been refreshing to spend time with our families.  

Our musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, was a huge success.  Over 250 tickets were sold throughout the weekend.  We were blessed with beautiful weather for this outdoor theater-in-the-round experience. The last two weeks of school are packed with end-of-the-year events: 

  • Middle School Sports Banquet - Middle School athletes will be celebrated for their accomplishments.

  • All Creatures Great and Small Day - Elementary students will participate in numerous animal-themed activities throughout the day including literature activities, games, art projects, music activities.  We are looking forward to welcoming Jesse Rothacker from The Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary. 

  • Middle School/High School Spring Concert - This will be a live-streamed event this Thursday evening at 6:30.  If you cannot join us outside, you can view it on our Facebook page

  • High School Sports Banquet - We will celebrate High School athletes for their accomplishments.

  • Several Field Trips-We are grateful that many of our middle school and high school classes will have the opportunity to participate in field trips during the last two weeks of school.

  • Field Day- Elementary and Middle School students will participate in field day activities on Tuesday, May 25th.  We are still looking for volunteers for this outdoor event. If you are willing and able to help, please email Allan Dunk at allan.dunk@lcstaff.net.

  • Commencement- We are looking forward to hosting another outdoor graduation event on Friday, May 28th.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these outdoor events over the next two weeks.


May 10, 2021

ADMIN POST

- by Niki Cadwalader, Senior Director of Advancement
 

Happy Monday, LC families and friends! The school has been operating under our new administrative team since last Monday.  It has been a week of transition and hope. Our new roles are divided into three departments:  education, operations, and advancement. This week's blog post addresses the role of the Advancement Office in our school.

What is the role of the Advancement Office?
Lititz Christian became an independent school several years ago. Independent schools "own" and govern themselves and are often reliant upon the strategies of the Advancement Office to nurture relationships with stakeholders in the areas of public relations, alumni relations, fundraising, enrollment, marketing, and communications. The Advancement Team at LC consists of Niki Cadwalader, Nicole Hurst, Ross McCracken, Amy Hurst, and Betsy Echternach. One of the responsibilities of this team is to work earnestly to bridge the gap between revenue brought in from tuition and money required for operating expenses.

What is the annual fund?
The annual fund is comprised of unrestricted gifts. These are gifts contributed for general purposes; donors leave it up to the organization to decide how best to allocate the funds so that they will have the biggest impact on furthering the school's mission and vision. 

What is the annual goal of the team?
Typically, the annual goal of the fund is about $250,000. This money goes into our general fund for operating expenses. Essentially, the team raises money to keep tuition as low as possible for our families, to help compensate our faculty and staff, and to contribute to quality programs for our students.

The Advancement Team will continue to raise funds to meet our annual goals for this year and for next year as the Relocation Committee searches for a new building. We are contacting both current and new donors to raise the funds for our annual operating expenses, and we will continue to host fundraising events like the ExtraGive and the Spring Auction. So far this year, with your donations, the team has raised $145,000.  

How can you help?
$105,000 is needed by June 30. On July 1, we will look to a new fundraising goal and the team will start again.  We need your help. Smaller recurring donations or larger annual donations can be made to the fund. This money is used to keep us moving forward. We have also started a restricted Relocation Fund and have had some generous donations in the last few weeks. We encourage all of you to join us in the effort to meet our annual fundraising goals and to raise money for our new building by contacting Nicole Hurst at nicole.hurst@lcstaff.net or donating on our website:  DONATE HERE

Do you have questions?
Questions about our Annual Fund or our restricted Relocation Fund can be directed to nicole.hurst@lcstaff.net.


May 06, 2021

FACULTY POST

Reflection on Thankfulness: Thursday, May 6
- contributed by Anna Urquhart, HS English Teacher
 

This morning, I scanned the news headlines, perused my (many) emails, and surveyed my day’s “To Do” list. Then, taking a deep breath, I poured my first cup of coffee. There is so much, so very much, to do. All day every day we are working, moving, receiving, responding, doing. 

However, amidst the whorl of life (or, perhaps, because of it), Christ calls us to be still (Ps. 46:10). We are told to step out of the river’s current to consider the river itself—as well as the river’s Creator. When we are still and able to see that God is who He says He is, what is our response? 

Thankfulness. 
And worship.

As believers, Christ has called us to thankfulness—not as a demand for obedience, but as a meaningful practice to incorporate into our lives. The spiritual discipline of Thankfulness is this: being still (Ps. 46:10), recognizing God’s handiwork (Ps. 19:1), and responding with gratitude and worship (Ps. 9:1-2). As Jon Bloom states, “The very practice of giving thanks directs our soul’s attention away from what burdens us toward the great Source of unearned, undeserved, powerful, abounding, and sustaining grace” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

With all that has happened and continues to unfold here at Lititz Christian, we want to take time each week to be still, to consider Christ’s faithfulness, and to give thanks. If you are praying through the prayer calendar with us, you’ll see that each Thursday is a time to do just that. 

On Thursdays, let’s step out of the river’s current together, lifting prayers of thanksgiving and echoing the words of this timeless hymn:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. 
Link to May/June Prayer Calendar

May 03, 2021

BOARD POST


Dear Lititz Christian School and Early Learning Center Family,
One of the things we heard from you is a desire for regular communication from the board. We are excited to begin a monthly update.
As we’ve moved through this season, I’ve been pondering truths from Scripture that have been a source of encouragement. Philippians 4:4-8 reminds me, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful reminder as we begin our transition as a school.

This Update in Brief
  • What the board is working on
  • Relocation update
  • Future communication
What the Board is Working on:

The board is prioritizing school relocation. More below.

Once there is clarity on the physical space, we will create a plan for hiring a senior administrator. In the meantime, we are thrilled to share an interim structure that was recently rolled out to faculty and staff. We are using a distributed model of leadership, with leaders in three areas of strategic discipline: Advancement & Admissions (marketing, communications, enrollment, fundraising), Education (ELC + K-12), and Operations (student life, discipleship, facilities). Please join us in thanking the following leaders for stepping into these new roles and serving and leading in this season!    

Niki Cadwalader
Senior Director of
​​​​Advancement & Admissions
Allyson Harmon
Senior Director of
Education
Ryan McCracken
Senior Director of
Operations

As part of the interim structure, we have contracted a short-term controller from Trout CPA. This will allow us to apply consistent accounting principles, create a systemized reporting mechanism, analyze systems and processes for improved efficiency, and document internal controls.
Jess Daugherty was selected as the new Director of the Early Learning Center. The team is excited by her passion and excellence in early childhood education.

Relocation Update:
The board has formed a relocation subcommittee to look for viable spaces for Lititz Christian School. The team has begun to work on solutions, formulating a framework and gathering preliminary data on the school’s needs including square footage, number of classrooms, etc. The committee has retained a commercial realtor and a construction consultant to advise on facilities. Likewise, they have begun touring potential spaces. 

Committee Members

Rodney Bert
Listrak CFO
(Board member, parent)

 

Josh Antes
Lititz Family Cupboard
owner and controller
(Board member, parent)
​​​
Dennis Jordan
Speedwell Construction CFO
(LC parent)

 

Shane Weaver
Weaver Energy President
(LC parent)
Ryan McCracken
LC Sr Director of Operations
(LC Director, parent)

 

Shirley Mertz
(LC parent)

What you can do:
Please join us in prayer! (Prayer Calendar HERE) Not everyone can be on the committee, but everyone's thoughts are important. When the subcommittee has clear criteria (location, square footage, layout, etc.), they will communicate it through this blog. At that time, the subcommittee will invite any leads you have.

Future Communication
In future communications, we will begin to highlight school board governance and succession.

Thank you,
Jeff Gerard, LC Board Chair


April 28, 2021

ADMIN POST


FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions regarding transitions at LC can be found here

TESTIMONIAL
"Our experience at Lititz Christian School has been so positive. We were looking for a smaller learning environment that would provide a Christ-centered educational approach alongside rigorous academic instruction. We have been so pleased with the challenging curriculum and excellent instruction and support of the teachers. Our son continues to grow as an independent thinker, problem-solver, and Christ-follower thanks to the meaningful effort and influence of the faculty and staff. We are so blessed to have found LCS and are so happy to be a part of this great family!"
- parent of a sixth grade student

Sept 14, 2021

SCHOOL BOARD POST

- by Jeff Gerard, LC Board Chair
 

Our hearts are humbled and filled to see God's hand at work in the life of our school. In a recent board update, we noted that there were two current options for a future home for LCS. We would like to share one of those options in a bit more detail below.

This week, the leadership team at Lititz Church of the Brethren presented a plan to their congregation to consider allowing Lititz Christian School to be a tenant of their facility for the next three years while we consider more permanent options. Additional movement will depend on the decision of their church membership, LC Board of Education approval, and local zoning and permitting for this type of use. 

Our organizations are just beginning to understand this possibility and there are many details to work out.  Our work is far from over and we covet your prayers as we  explore this possibility.  Thank you for your continued care, support, and prayer for Lititz Christian School. 


Page Purpose

This is an informal page for sharing information regarding Lititz Christian's leadership, school procedures, plans and building transitions throughout the 21-22 school year and beyond. 

Weekly updates will be posted by administrators and the School Board. 

Niki Cadwalader
Senior Director
of Advancement

Ryan McCracken
Senior Director
of Operations

Allyson Harmon 
Senior Director
of Education