Mrs. Jody Shank, a faculty member since 1984, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 5. She was well loved by her students, parents, and staff. She will be missed dearly, but the seeds that she sowed will continue to bear fruit for many years to come.
Jody’s Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, September 12th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only, however her service will be streamed via Facebook Live from her husband Ken’s Facebook page.
If you would like to pay your respects to or visit with the family, there will be an Open House/Visitation open to the public from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 12 at Legacy in the Sports Center.
Celebration of Life Details
10:00 am – 11:00 am Visitation at Meadow Creek Church by invitation only
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Service at Meadow Creek Church by invitation only
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Open House at Legacy Christian Academy – Sports Center Gym (Door 4) Open to all
LCA is the first Pre-K through 12th -grade school in Minnesota to implement this type of extensive medical-grade filtration solution, which includes enhanced ozone-free bipolar ionization installed into the existing HVAC system paired with strategic placement of six ISO-Aire air purification units. The bolstered ionization combined with the recirculating ISO-Aire’s HEPA filtration and ionization ensures that indoor air is continuously cleaned and recirculated 24/7, helping to capture and destroy 99.99% of airborne particulates such as viruses, bacteria, mold, and pollen.
Legacy students are ALL officially done with the 2019-20 school year! Our traditional end-of -year milestones were celebrated in new and creative ways. Check out the photo galleries below for each of the three graduations we held!
Tuesday, May 12 – PreK Graduation Parade
Caps and gowns were donned inside cars for this non-traditional PreK Graduation. The Anoka County Sheriff was there to celebrate each young grad and send the stream of decorated cars down the road “parade” style to Anoka High School where they met up the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department for more hero air high fives! Congrats Class of 2033!
Friday, May 15 – Senior Send Off (Drive-thru style)
On the day that was planned to be commencement, we couldn’t just let our seniors drive in and drive out. Instead, we invited them to pick up their caps and gowns drive-thru style where we decorated their cars, announced them red carpet style, and had them pause to record last reflections that we will compile for their true graduation ceremony currently planned for July 31. Congrats Class of 2020!
Wednesday, May 20 – 4th Grade Graduation
Fourth graders took to Zoom for a virtual graduation ceremony where they enjoyed their traditional “look back” video along with 4th grade speeches! Then they finished their school day and hopped in the car for a parade of their own! Congrats Class of 2028!
After a spring of Partnering with Parents in a whole new way, we have loved celebrating this amazing Legacy community! Just one final “drive-thru” celebration planned on Friday, May 22 for supply drop off/pick up (1-3pm) and the school year is officially closed. Together we made it through and together we look forward to Fall 2020 when we plan to be back in the classroom! Enjoy your summer, Lions!
An annual tradition, here’s what some of our Senior Band/Choir students had to share about this years tour to Michigan.
“Band and Choir tour this year was an experience to remember. Though it was just a shorter trip this year, there were memories that will last a lifetime. It was great getting to perform for another Christian school where we were able to inspire many of the younger kids who are also current fine arts student. The biggest impact of the band and choir tour thought was being able to mentor the younger kids to show them how to lead with integrity and accountability in future years. Being able to watch as us seniors have grown and being able to be part of the process of seeing the underclassmen grow in their faith and in themselves in general is a true blessing that leaves the biggest mark from the seniors.” – Senior Student
“The band tour is for both influencing and impacting others that we visit and for bonding as a band and choir. We traveled up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We performed Thursday for Crooked Lake elementary and Friday for Valley Christian School. Friday night we also got to have a senior night and bond as a group with seniors doing worship and giving advice. On Saturday we got to spend the entire day skiing and bonding together.” – Senior Student
Mrs. Niessen’s 4th grade class has been focusing kindness. Recently, they hosted a Random Acts of Crazy Kindness (RACK) Week! Every day they picked a card with a random act to bless people both inside and outside of their classroom. Here’s how their RACK week racked up!
Monday: Write a Thank you card to a school helper. Philimon and a friend in the classroom who had helped them recently.
Tuesday: Make a card for a friend. A friend in a different grade than 4th and a friend in our class
Wednesday: Ask someone how you can help them today. Mrs. Niessen emailed the staff and asked what we could do for them. The kids helped Mrs, Oberg, Mrs. Bruneau, Mrs. Smitsdorff, Mrs. Henderson, Ms. Buchelt, Mrs. Beyers, Mrs. Christian, Mrs. Kubiszewski, Mrs. Coolbroth, and Mrs. Kubly. They also helped each other clean our their desks.
Thursday: Throw away someone else’s trash in the cafeteria. They helped other kids at lunch. They helped pick up trash when it fell in our classroom.
Friday: Let only kind words come out of your mouth. We tried to curb our responses if someone said or did something we didn’t like both in the classroom and outside of it.
Over the week, the 4th grader handled themselves very responsibly and earned many compliments. It was neat to see them working in different classrooms, interacting with middle school and high school teachers, and blessing others.
This week was a complete success!!!!
We honored all branches of the military this morning with the presenting of the colors by Allegiant Honor Guard and a personal testimony from Marine Veteran Peter Wojciechowski. A special thank you to all who serve and the Legacy Showcase Committee for an honoring event.
We had an incredible day of service on Friday, October 4! YouthWorks partnered with us to provide service opportunities that were local, compelling, and authentic. Our students had the opportunity to use various gifts to serve like-minded organizations and the Twin Cities, and in doing so, glorify God. We want our students to be servants, and this day provided an opportunity for students to fulfill our vision for them! Mr. Keefe and Dr. Lohse were able to visit many sites while our students were serving and herd overwhelmingly positive feedback from the site leaders.
“To say that I am proud of them is an understatement.” – Dr. Lohse
“I know God was planting and watering throughout the day Friday in so many hearts, and I thank all of you for being a part of that process.” – Tom Keefe
Back to school class parties are an opportunity for classmates & their families to reconnect before the school year kicks off. Each summer, our admissions staff invites current Legacy families to host a casual class party prior to Open House week. These gatherings have been a great chance to welcome in new families and for current families to catch up before Day One of the new school year.
Thank you to all of our 2019 class party hosts! If you have pictures of your students class party please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the gallery below.
(Note: If your student is posted in an image you would like removed, please contact email@example.com at any time for us to update our media requests.)
Congratulations! (¡Felicidades!) to Legacy Spanish students attaining national recognition for excellent performance on the 2019 National Spanish Examination (NSE).
The National Spanish Exam is a voluntary assessment; only top students choose to take the challenging test. Therefore, the placement medals were earned in competition between the elite Spanish students in the United States!
The percentile scores below are not simply a number of questions correct, rather they are a ranking within all testers. Among that elite group, our 14 Legacy testers garnered these medals:
Silver medal – 85-95%
M. Demars, Level 2 (90%)
Bronze medals – 75-84%
L. Thomas, Level 2 (83%)
G. Weissman, Level 1 (80%)
Honorable Mention – 50-74%
A. Domeyer, Level 2
T. Harrison, Level 2
T. Price, Level 2
E. Schiebout, Level 2
Profe Oberg says to all testing students – “You dared greatly! You stepped into the arena! And YOU learned, you achieved, and I AM more than proud of you!”
Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the NSE is very prestigious because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with 146,000 students participating in 2019.
“It is my privilege to teach students who love a challenge and to watch our students compete and excel among the elites of Spanish!” Profe Oberg
Our first grade classrooms were transformed into a makers space as the students completed the plans for their robot and then spent time creating!
First, the students planned their design. Their robot needed to solve a problem or help others. We learned in our reading stories that many inventors created new things (like the light bulb) because there was a problem (the gas in the lights were causing homes to burn down). So, the students made a plan for their robot’s job and gave a description. We practiced writing helpful adjectives to describe their robots.
Next, the students used their plans to create their robot. We stayed busy for a long time! We learned some hard lessons – our ideas may not always go as we planned. Failure isn’t fun, but it sure is a good learning experience! When this happened, I saw students help others, give ideas, and work together. During work time, this was overheard:
“Inventing is hard — and FUN!”
“This is really fun!”
“Everything is awesome!”
“Holy moly – that’s big!”
“Look at ____’s robot! Cool!”
“This is the BEST day of school!”