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Annual Events

27-28 October – Book fair for the LCA at Barnes & Noble in the Mesilla Valley Mall

16 December, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

23 – 27 April, before and after school – Scholastic Book Fair

12 May, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

25 May – Last day of school; there will be an all-school picnic at noon

30 May, 5-7:30 PM – Food for Thought, our big community event and fundraiser


Our scrollable calendar is always here on this News and Events page.  We  also provide this printable, 1-page, full-year calendar in color, as a PDF file; black text on white is for notes about semester starts and ends; blue background indicates breaks with no classes; open house events are on the salmon background, while green is for events for our whole LCA Community.


Shared reading

15 March 2018.  Ides of March? No worries.  Our older students (here, Samantha, 5th grade) read with the younger students (here, Marissa and Cailin, 1st grade - both readers themselves), in a comfortable setting in our grades 1 & 2 ...
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Founder’s birthday celebration

March 2018.  Our founder and Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, had her birthday recently.  There was a lunch period Happy Birthday song in both English and American Sign Language (students, all with normal hearing, learn it in a ...
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Archery in grades 3-8

Wednesday, 7 March 2018.  This is an 8x slo-mo video of an archery class at our school in Mesilla, NM.  Teacher and Head of School Dr. Lou Ellen Kay is in the foreground.  Our students worked hard with tight instruction ...
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Our March open house

13 March 2018, Tuesday. We have another great open house event coming up. Come see our school, engage with our outreach in science and world culture, view classes (8:30-10:00 AM), talk with teachers (5:30-6:30 PM). We welcome families considering enrolling their ...
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Math teaching at the LCA

Monday, 19 February 2018: Math teacher Ellen Armitage works through a challenge in geometry with 8th-grader Arabella in our middle-school math class.   Board Chair Vince says, "I didn't get geometry until sophomore year in high school - this is great ...
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Poison-arrow frogs, safely

Monday, 19 February 2018: Poison-arrow frogs: LCA parent Doug Petranoff brought his collection of these frogs to show to the early kindergarten / kindergarten students.  They were really engaged.  Don’t worry: the frogs only become poisonous when they eat certain ...
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Live science teaching

Friday, 16 February 2018: Our first- and second-graders benefit from the deep learning and the long teaching experience of Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, our founder and current Head of School.  This level keeps the students intrigued and eager to learn ...
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Making Chinese dumplings, jiao zi

Sunday, 18 February 2018: Making Chinese dumplings, jiao zi.  Our Chinese language teacher, Yulini Zhang, invited students to her house to make these tasty treats.  They are learning yet another aspect of Chinese culture ...
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High-level teaching

Here are some classes at the LCA at high levels - science for 1st- and 2nd-graders with Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, creating apps in a computer programming class for 3rd- to 8th-graders with Mark Leisher, and deep, enjoyable English class ...
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More pictures from the Organ Space Mural

Monday, 29 January 2018.  Our students in grades 3 through 8 traveled to the Organ Space Mural for the morning.  They thoroughly enjoyed the informative displays and they had the opportunity to handle artifacts from space history, such as a ...
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