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Upper School Lead Testing Announcement

January 30, 2024 
 
Dear CCA Parents and Guardians, 

I am writing to let you know that the Upper School recently completed testing for lead in drinking water. This is part of an ongoing effort related to New Hampshire’s House Bill 1421, which requires school and childcare facilities to test for lead in drinking water and to act when lead is found at levels at or above 5 parts per billion (ppb). 

Lead is a toxic heavy metal that has a range of adverse health effects if inhaled or swallowed. Lead rarely occurs naturally in New Hampshire’s drinking water sources (groundwater or surface water) and typically enters drinking water due to the wearing away of piping, faucets, fixtures, and other plumbing materials. 

Because lead is tasteless, odorless, and colorless in drinking water, testing is the only way to learn whether lead is present. It is important to sample each faucet or water fountain that is used for drinking or food prep because test results can vary between locations

During recent testing, we collected samples from  4 water outlets (e.g., drinking fountains, classroom faucets, kitchen sinks), with 4 samples testing at or above 5 ppb, the level where action must be taken. 
 
We have limited access to these outlets and specified use for handwashing only until the problem can be corrected. The table below shows a list of all of the tested outlets, their locations, sample results and our planned remediation and retest.
 
Outlet Number           Location      Sample Result (ppb)    Planned Remediation
Boy’s Room Sink #1    1st Floor                  7                         Re-test
Boy’s Room Sink #2    1st Floor                  7                         Re-test
Boy’s Room Sink #3    1st Floor                  5                         Re-test
Girl’s Room Sink #1    1st Floor                  5                         Re-test

All sample results and additional resources from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) can be viewed at gettheleadoutnh.org.  
 
I will advise you when the issue is resolved.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Jay Chandler, M.Ed.
Head of School
Claremont Christian Academy
 

Spiritual Emphasis Week - Jan 22-26

January 22 - 26 will be Spiritual Emphasis Week at CCA.

In conjunction with the Annual School Spirit week, it was decided to broaden the emphasis to focus additionally on a spiritual focus.
The Lower School will have Chapel and special activities, including a Bible Spelling Bee and Friday Bible Jeopardy.
Matt Hufman from Purposeful Connections will lead a program of a Spiritual Emphasis.  Purposeful Connections equips adults and Christian school students to form intentional, purposeful, and beneficial connections that grow over time.  He will lead a team of leaders who will lead daily chapel worship services. Matt and the team will work with students as they journal daily with questions and observations. The team will review journals daily and comment, returning them the next day.
The Spiritual Emphasis program has been very successful and popular with many schools having the program more than once.
Additionally, the entire school will have aspects of school spirit this week with different fun planned.

CCA Starts a SWIM TEAM

CCA  Starts  a  Swim  Team

 

CCA started a swim team. This is open to students from 6th -12th grade.  Practice is Tues & Fri 4:00-5:00 at the Claremont Community Center Pool. 
23 students have been practicing since December 5 and will practice until Friday, March 22.
Mr. Chandler, Mrs. Meghan Smith, Mr. Tim Bates, and Mrs. Jillian Emond are coaches.
A very successful Bake Sale fundraiser at Runnings in December saw enough money to pay for the entire team! Thank you to everyone for helping bake goodies and help this effort.