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Summer Assignments (For Parents)

May.  What a month!  It was refreshingly busy.  The buzz of activity here at school and in our personal lives was evidence that we are rising from the era defined by Covid.  Like any transition, this is not without its challenges.  We are re-learning how to juggle the busy schedule, gather as an audience or […]

LCA Looks Up … Continuing the Conversation

“When media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply, and to love generously.” ~Pope Francis, Laudato Si I recently viewed the Netflix movie, The Social Dilemma, as a follow up to research into addictive technology that I had undertaken three years ago. One […]

Igniting the Spark!

The Spark Conference: LCA Reignites Creativity and Innovation in Elementary Education Lakewood Catholic Academy is a leader in elementary education and provides professional development opportunities for other Catholic school educators and administrators. In 2018, LCA created The Spark Conference and it has become one of Cleveland’s largest conferences for Catholic elementary educators. This annual August […]

LCA Time Capsule

One Year Later: Saints Pave the Way

The following is a reflection by Mike Fletcher. Fans of Back to the Future will recall that, at the conclusion of the first movie, Doc Brown tells Marty and Jennifer they need to move quickly because something has to be done about the future of their kids. As they journey ahead, Doc ends the film […]

Hearts for Heroes

Valentines for Frontline Workers During the month of February, the Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy wanted to share love with all those in our community who have become our heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic — our dedicated medical professionals and first responders. Teachers and students collaborated on a school service project called Hearts for Heroes […]

Dear Grown-Ups

It has been a challenging year, and the national violence at the beginning of January was almost too much to bear. Sometimes the wisdom of children is exactly what we need to hear in times of difficulty.  So, in that spirit, we asked some of our second, fourth and eighth grade saints to share some […]

Santa Delivered

This is always such a special time of year! A time of reflection… Although, I’m pretty sure we are done thinking about this year. A time to gather… or at least it used to be 🙂 A time to do for others… from your home. Actually, just stay over there. A time to share food […]

LCA is an IB World School

LCA: Proud to be an IB World School

As the holiday season approaches, I find myself deeply grateful that we are here. There is truly no place I’d rather be than at LCA — in this bustling building filled with committed teachers and energetic students. Most of us are learning together physically. That opportunity comes with new routines and responsibilities. Some of us […]

Leadership & Love: A Reflection

I write to you today as both a parent and an educator. For those who know me, you are well aware that I am rarely at a loss for words, yet last evening I felt speechless. Today, through prayer, I found the words that I’d like to share with you. If you are upset and […]

LCA Saints At-Home Learning Program Hero Unit

Looking Back | Looking Forward

I don’t know about you, but, even with Cedar Point still closed, I don’t find myself yearning for the thrill of a rollercoaster just yet. Life itself has provided quite the ride lately. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve experienced beautiful and joy-filled moments, including graduation celebrations for our tiny saints in our […]

Caring for Your Mind, Body, Spirit while at Home

As we transition to an approach to life that raises many questions, Lakewood Catholic Academy hopes to offer some direction as you and your families hunker down. We are not health professionals, save the esteemed Mrs. Kocsan and Miss Higgs. We are, however, experienced educators confident in our ability to bring joy, learning and purpose […]

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary By Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner, NPR If you find the news out of Iran or Australia unsettling, imagine how a child might be feeling right now. NPR’s Life Kit spoke with a handful of child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers […]

Keep kids busy by letting them help in the kitchen.

Entertain and Engage Despite The 7-Day Forecast

The weather has a way of dampening our plans. Unfortunately, when you have kids, it also has a knack for causing cabin fever. When you are stuck indoors with little bundles of energy, you sometimes have to get super creative to figure out what to do. After all, you can only stand the sound of […]

A Device-Free Holiday

A Device-Free Holiday: Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s no secret that kids today often spend far too much time on their phones or in front of a screen. With experts recommending no more than one hour of screen time for preschool children — and limited time for kids of all ages — it’s important to make sure they have plenty of other […]

Reading Makes a Difference

Here at LCA we work to instill a culture of reading engagement. It is essential that we promote reading as a lifestyle both at school and at home. It is also important that our students see their teachers reading. One way in which we promote this is by posting “What I’m Reading” signs outside our […]

LCA Graduate Interns in New York City

Bethany Eckman, LCA Class of 2016, recently completed an amazing summer internship in New York City. Bethany had the unique opportunity to intern for HBO’s Chief Financial Officer, Jessica Holscott. Bethany was able to sit in on multiple strategy and budget meetings for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max.  She had the chance to tour […]

Ecuador Service Trip

Lakewood Catholic Academy Changes the World!

Service and social justice are at the very heart of the mission of Lakewood Catholic Academy. Students of all ages learn about social justice issues and participate in a variety of service initiatives in our local community. The Saints of LCA try to do their part to change their corner of the world for the […]

International Day at LCA

The international baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. -IB Mission Statement In our quest to develop intercultural understanding and respect, indeed to become true citizens of the world, it is critical that we stretch our literal […]

Best Day of School Ever!

At Lakewood Catholic Academy, we strive to make school fun, engaging, and rigorous every day.  We also work to create memorable, meaningful, and unique learning experiences for our students. In the seventh grade, that experience is the “Best Day of School Ever,” a day full of surprises and real world learning.  Parents and students receive […]

LCA Students Participate in United Nations We Day in New York City

At the end of September, I had the privilege of joining a few colleagues and 25 middle school students at WE Day UN in New York City. WE Day is a yearly celebration that works to empower young people to make a difference in their community, to be the change they want to see in […]

Micah’s Leadership Challenge

WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU? The theme of this year’s 8th grade retreat came from Micah 6:8 – And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? We took time to explore the themes of justice, kindness, and humble […]

Pro Aliis Winners – Women for Others

May is a special month at Lakewood Catholic Academy.   It is the time that we celebrate mothers, wrap up the school year and show our gratitude for people who give of themselves through service to the school.  This month, we will honor Mrs. Julia Artbauer and Mrs. Linda McCafferty with the school’s Pro Aliis award.  […]

Easter Blessings

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again. These words are a reminder of what has happened and allows us to think of what we must look forward to. As we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord, we are reminded that Jesus overcame sin and death. This marks the victory of good […]

The Curtain Goes Up . . .

This month marks the celebration of the second annual Saints Showcase Theatre Production.  This new tradition has enhanced our already outstanding performing arts at Lakewood Catholic Academy.  We are proud to add theatrical performance to our arts department. The production highlights the talent of our Lakewood Catholic Academy Saints in the fields of dance, instrumental, […]

Redefining Potential

Lakewood Catholic Academy hosted its first annual Great Lake Shake this past December. This event was a sixth grade competition where students demonstrated their professional communication skills. They dined with educational leaders, conversed with area leaders and mingled with business professionals. The guest judges evaluated the students based upon their conversation skills, handshake, eye contact, […]

Here’s to an Extraordinary 2018!

Fifteen years ago this Sunday, I sat in church and listened to the priest deliver a homily that celebrated the return of the church calendar to “Ordinary Time.”  He poignantly put forth that it is in “ordinary” days that we find extraordinary blessings.  I listened to his words with a heavy heart.  For, I so […]

A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles

As parents we strive (and struggle) to get our children Christmas presents that bring them joy.  During this season of Advent and Christmas, I encourage you to consider helping your children cultivate gratitude – it can be one of the most important gifts you ever give your children.  I’ve heard it said that a grateful […]

All Saints Day at the Home of the Saints

As an IB school, we talk often about being risk-takers. We understand that we shouldn’t opt not to do something simply out of fear of failure. If we set a goal, and fail to achieve it, there is still much that can be learned and accomplished with that failure. On this day of All Saints, […]

You Want Me to Say What?

Praying the rosary once through, for a single set of Mysteries, involves a total of sixty-seven prayers. Fifty-three of those are Hail Marys. In this age of 140-character Tweets (word is they’re expanding to 280), live-streaming and short attention spans, does that seem at all to be a reasonable practice? There’s a smaller version of […]

A Father’s Prayer

Dear LCA Families, As a school community we have knelt in prayer and raised our voices in petition to our God in response to the tragedy in Las Vegas.  Our collective heart aches for all those whose lives were lost and those forever altered by this act of violence. While I treasure my role as […]

All You Need Is A Book . . .

When I am not at school, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family, and more specifically, with my five nieces.   They are all under five, so generally the first part of our time together is spent playing any number of games with a variety of toys.  Eventually, and without fail, […]

What Did You Do At School Today?

Every day my husband asks, “What did you do at school today?”  I love this question!  It’s not only because I am happy that he is interested in my work day, but it’s because I am truly excited to re-think about my day here at Lakewood Catholic Academy.  As I celebrate my one year anniversary […]

LCA Green Ribbon School Award Winner

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Lakewood Catholic Academy a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School   The U.S. Department of Education announced that Lakewood Catholic Academy is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

 LCA was nominated by the Ohio Department of Education and was the only school […]

Celebrating Earth Day, Everyday!

The earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to.  ~Pope Francis As we welcome spring back into our world, we slowly see the rebirth of the earth around us. We see small buds on trees starting to open, flowers starting to peek their heads through the soil, and birds’ songs being […]

Lenten and Easter Blessings

As we embark upon our Lenten journey this year there will be many opportunities for each of us to participate in this special time of preparation for the greatest feast of the liturgical year. Many of us will attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, receiving the sign of ashes to remind us that our very lives […]

Saints Serve

What is a faith without justice? As a follower of Christ, I strive to be as much like Him as possible. How is this possible without working for justice? Here at Lakewood Catholic Academy, we instill in our saints the mission to embrace and live out a faith that brings justice through our Social Justice […]

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions – we all make them.  Some of us keep them, some of us only for a few days.  But, the idea behind a resolution is one of hope for improvement and a commitment to better ourselves.  What can be wrong with that?  As I walk the halls each day and see the […]

The Greatest Gift

I didn’t really know what else to say, so I apologized. As I finished my late-November shopping trip, I shared with the cashier my hope that she would enjoy a good Thanksgiving the following day. “I’ll be here for most of it,” was the reply I received. Again, I wasn’t sure what else to say, […]

Election 2016

9am – Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I, like many Americans, have felt a deep sadness and a shameful anger for most of this tumultuous presidential campaign.  Surprisingly, on this election day I am filled with gratitude.  Perhaps that’s why elections are held during the month of Thanksgiving – to remind us of the unifying human […]

Our Faith-filled IB Journey

The lengthy online application read, “Please click the finish button…” to submit. At 4:30pm on Thursday, September 29, we clicked the finish button and submitted our application for authorization as an IB World School. The paradox is striking…we are not finished. The high bar that IB sets for us, and the one we set for […]

New House Leadership Program

You could feel the excitement in the gym as our 5th through 8th grade students gathered for LCA’s inaugural House Sorting Ceremony.  The same question was on the mind of every student: “Which House will be mine?” “Only the wheel knows,” was the answer that Mr. Sinchak gave throughout the program.  It was true; no […]

Back to School

A quick survey of the landscape in the Fletcher house: We have one starting high school, one starting kindergarten, one getting a head start on the terrible twos, and one joining the family in less than a month (Mrs. Fletcher is confident there are two). In addition, I’m doing my best to prepare for the […]

Power of the Pen

On Saturday, December 12, five 7th graders and six 8th graders competed in the Power of the Pen district competition against a dozen other schools at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. Michael Butterfield won 15th place and Elizabeth Starck won 3rd place for 7th Grade – Excellence in Writing. Jim Matousek 13th place, Jane […]

Model United Nations Conference

Lakewood Catholic Academy is assisting St. Edward High School and the Cleveland Council of World Affairs in hosting the Cleveland International Model United Nations Conference (CLEIMUN). CLEIMUN is operating under a newly merged system, combining the North American, or Harvard-style conference, with the European, or THIMUN-style. The Harvard style provides greater scope for negotiation and […]

Opening School Liturgy

On the Feast of Saint Augustine  Today we celebrate the opening liturgy of our new school year. Throughout this year, we, the Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy, will recognize and celebrate the lives of those saints whose examples we strive to follow. Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine, a Bishop and Doctor of […]

New Faculty and Staff

Dear LCA Family, Happy August 1st! It’s hard to believe that it is Back-to-School month. The administrative team and teacher leaders have been working all summer to make this coming year a fantastic one! In honor of the start of August, I want to introduce to you the new faculty and staff here at LCA. […]

New Academic Dean Joins the LCA Family

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to announce that Ms. Brenna Warrell has accepted the position of Dean of Academics to focus on the areas of curriculum, innovative instruction and educational technology. President Brian Sinchak informed the school community of the appointment,  “I am confident that Ms. Warrell will be a valuable addition to our administrative […]

The Bank of Saints

Our students are literally changing the world! Our 8th grade algebra students, under the guidance of Mrs. McGuire are in the process of providing loans to individuals in the developing world through a microfinance organization. The organization, Kiva International, builds relationships between perspective small business owners and individuals or organizations who have the ability and […]

Engineering Wonders of the World

Sixth grade engineering teams were challenged to design and construct a working miniature golf hole representing a theme of a Wonder of the World. To prepare for this challenge, students explored geometric principles including congruent, complementary and supplementary angles. They worked with pentominoes, scale drawings and levers. They conducted research on a wonder of the […]

Catholic Schools Week 2015

At Lakewood Catholic Academy we celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2015 in some amazing ways . . . On SUNDAY we hosted a very successful Open House where we welcomed new and interested families to our campus.  Our faculty, students and parent volunteers took pride in sharing all the great things that take place here at […]

Mass with Bishop Lennon

The Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy were honored to welcome Bishop Lennon to campus on Monday, January 26th to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and the 10th Anniversary of our school.  Bishop Lennon visited with some students and administrators prior to celebrating Mass with the school community.  Our area superintendent as well as the Diocesan Secretariat […]

Junior Model United Nations

LCA’s Junior Model United Nations team brought home many honors from a competition sponsored by the Cleveland Council of World Affairs at John Carroll University last week. They competed against 275 middle school students from area schools. Of the 13 LCA participants, five received honorable mention awards: Elizabeth Halko, Kelly Korpowski, Tristan Rumsey, Jack Viglianco, […]

Power of the Pen Champions!

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud of both our 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams.  The LCA teams competed in the district tournament on Saturday, January 10th.  The district tournament featured approximately 90 students from each grade representing 15 school teams.  Our 7th grade team were recognized as District Champions!  The following students […]

First Liturgy of the New Year

The Lakewood Catholic Academy Saints gathered today for the first time since Christmas break to celebrate the Eucharist together. The Gospel passage was the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, when Jesus performed a miracle to feed thousands of his followers. In his homily, Fr. Bill Rooney, Pastor of Transfiguration Parish, shared […]

‘APP’y New Year! LCA Announces APP

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to kick-off the New Year with the release of its first mobile APP for smartphones. This new resource is another example of the school’s ongoing commitment to communication and technology. Welcome to the new Lakewood Catholic Academy (LCA) Mobile App! Our mobile app helps parents, students and friends of the […]

Advent Service Project

During this Advent season, LCA students have been collecting toys and other items to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Woodland Pantry, an organization that provides food and other items to over 700 households in the central Cleveland area. On Thursday, December 18, three LCA eighth graders helped load the donated toys onto […]

Diocesan Grant Award

I am proud to announce that I received official notification this week that LCA was awarded $35,000 in grant funding from the Diocesan Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope campaign.  This funding represents 100% of our grant request and will be transformative in the life of the school, teacher professional development and the implementation […]

LCA Applies to be an International Baccalaureate Candidate School

In a unique partnership with St. Edward High School, Lakewood Catholic Academy will apply to become an IB Candidate School offering the Middle Years Programme in April 2015. This innovative and research-based approach to curriculum and instruction will be a guiding force behind our academic strategic plan. What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme? […]

Top Academic Honors!

Congratulations to Lakewood Catholic Academy’s Academic Challenge Team that participated in the 4th Annual St. Ignatius Annual Brain Brawl on Saturday, October 15. The team consisting of Michael Donnelly, Ryan Grace, Cesar Olivera-Cerpa, and Eric Larsen pulled out an exciting 45 – 43 championship win over Incarnate Word Academy in the final round to regain […]

Fall Sports Round-Up!

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud of its athletic program.  Our LCA Saints not only work hard in the classroom but also in athletic competition.  Here are some highlights from the 2014 Fall Sports Season . . . Go Saints! Cross Country CYO and Intramural Over 100 student athletes were members of the Lakewood Catholic Academy […]

Faith. Vision. Courage.

Faith. Vision.Courage.These are the virtues at the heart of the Lakewood Catholic Academy story and they remain at the heart of our mission today.We celebrate these virtues as we honor the 10th anniversary of LCA – a school that courageously defied the odds and has grown to become an innovative model in Catholic elementary education. […]

New dining service for our school lunch program

We are excited to have a new dining service for our school lunch program this year. We have entered into a partnership with the Salerno Restaurant Group to completely revise and reimagine our dining services. This innovative partnership will position Lakewood Catholic Academy as an educational leader in student dining services. Our mission is to […]