From the Desk of Mrs. Huntsman
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
This Memorial Day weekend, we pause to remember and honor those who sacrificed for the sake of our freedom. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice and willingly laid their lives down for our great nation. As you find time to rest this weekend, let’s reflect on the fact that we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works and He invites us to be active participants in His unfolding story. He uniquely designed each one of us for His purpose and moves in us to bring restoration in this ever-changing world. I might not have chosen to grow in my faith through a global crisis, but I know that we are in just the right place to accomplish His will.
We continue to accomplish His purposes at Plymouth Christian as we develop a detailed, in-person school reopening plan that will operate within recommended safety standards. Given that, we are laser-focused on providing a campus where students will feel comfortable and safe and enjoy the positive school experience they have in the past. We are fortunate to have small class sizes with optimal student to teacher ratios. In addition, we have many larger spaces to spread out. I can’t emphasize enough that these adjustments are temporary. Thankfully, the latest data and management of the virus appears to be more optimistic with a vaccine on the horizon. Last week, I highlighted key operational guidelines to reopen with practices that are feasible, practical, and tailored to the rhythm and quality education your students receive at Plymouth Christian. Some of these temporary adjustments will include learning spaces that are more spread out, decreased density in hallways, entry point monitoring, assemblies, and chapels live streamed or recorded for classrooms, intensified health practices, and improved air quality. You’ll hear me say this often; we’ll get through this together stronger and better on the other side. Please watch for additional details in the weeks and months ahead.
With just a couple of weeks remaining, we look to annual end of the year milestones. Every single one is important and we are working hard to provide meaningful and creative events that our students will never forget. The senior class parade was just one of those epic memories! We have many students to honor in our upcoming honors awards, character awards, preschool and kindergarten graduations, 6th and 8th-grade graduations, and more.
It is our highest goal to partner with every PCA family and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you back for a joyous reunion in the fall. Seeing our students back on campus, socializing, and resuming on-site education will be key in their overall social, emotional, and spiritual health.
Educating for Eternity,
Although we would love to have completed the year on campus, we are still excited to celebrate life, school, family, friends, and God’s abundant grace to all of us. PCA has worked hard to ensure a sense of care and quality to our distance learning program for every student. We are excited to share year-end events in creative and memorable ways.
Secondary Honors: Thursday, May 28
Elementary Character Awards and General Awards Assembly (P.E., Fine Arts, Robotics, Band, Music): Thursday, May 28
Preschool Graduation: Friday, May 29th ( Rain date, Monday, June 1st)
8th Grade Graduation: Monday, June 1
Kindergarten Graduation: Thursday, June 4
6th Grade Graduation and Elementary Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 5
Class of 2020 Commencement: We have selected three dates for our live, outdoor graduation ceremony, and will the closest one based on the state regulations. The dates are the following: June 26, July 17, or August 7
Stay tuned for the links to these events that will be sent via email and shared over social media! We cannot wait to celebrate our PCA students!
To all who took part in the Senior Parade on Tuesday, May 19, “Thank you!” A huge shout out to the Canton and Plymouth Police for the escort, and for every volunteer who made this day possible! We love the PCA Class of 2020!
Virtual Campus Connections
Remember when our PCA Art Teacher, Tina Kincer, coordinated the art project for first responders and then dropped that off at St. Mary Mercy Hospital? They were so touched by that project they made a second video to share with our school family!
Elementary art students were given a really fun assignment last week; to create Chalk Art. Check out just a few of the amazing submissions! You can see all of them by visiting the PCA Facebook page HERE
We hope that you’ve been able to work on presenting a speech to your families. Remember, it’s voluntary and it doesn’t have to be long – just filled with passion! If you’re up for it, it’s due by May 31. This just means that we hope you’re able to perform it by May 31 – that’s it. If you’d like to send us your speech presentation on video, just send to Mrs. Larabee at email@example.com
. Vimeo video work best and I’ll do my best to feature a link to your video in the summer Eagle Vision. Miss Marnise will be so proud! Below are a few final reminders as you practice and deliver your speech. Please get into the habit of stating the title of your piece and the author’s name each and every time they present your speech. Be sure to get in the practice of saying “thank you” when you are finished presenting. Remember that “mess-ups” and “do-overs” are acceptable and often help us learn how to correct mistakes.
Be sure to make your presentations come alive through facial, body, and vocal expressions. Voice and body language is extremely important in public speaking. Make sure you have proper posture—standing up tall, looking your audience in the eye. Articulate your words—speaking slowly and clearly, not slurring words, pronouncing each word carefully. Control the pitch of your voices—your voice should take us high and low, avoiding monotone. Pausing is crucial in public speaking. Remember to emphasize or highlight a word by pausing one second before and after. Using volume and showing emotions are more good tools. You can slightly raise your voices or almost whisper for emphasis. Be sure to show emotion and convince the audience that the message is important. How you say something and how you physically present yourself is just as important as what you are saying. By understanding the dynamics involved in public speaking, you will improve your overall confidence in communicating.
Isaiah 40:11; He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
On this Memorial Day, may we have prayerful hearts not only for our school, staff and students, but for those who have laid down their lives for us. Today we praise our Lord for being our SHEPHERD! He is the one who cares for, guards, guides and tends to us. As we near the end of our school year, we know He is guiding us in the way that we should go. He is caring for our staff and students and guarding us.
Lord we thank you for all your answered prayer! This week we come to you in petition specifically for:
- Our students, that they may finish the year strong with positive attitudes and happy hearts.
- Our staff and teachers, that they may also finish strong and that they may be lead to plan for a successful year ahead
- Our community, that God guards and protects us and keeps us strong and healthy as we begin to return to regular activities
Jen and Sarah
“I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.”
Though we anticipated a host of summer camp offerings for our students, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our on-campus summer camp program this year. The safety of our students and staff remain our priority. We are hoping to offer a few virtual summer camps, so please stay tuned.
Virtual Races are Coming, Steve Bauslaugh
Virtual Races are Coming!
When- Last week of May, 2020
Grade and Distances- Running
1st and 2nd Grade- 1/4 of a mile
3rd and 4th Grade- 1/2 of a mile
5th and 6th Grade- 1 mile
Secondary (7-12 grade)- Choose one of the following
1 mile Run or
2 mile Elliptical Machine or
3 mile Walk or
4 mile Bike
(Note- indoor bikes and treadmills are allowed)
Parents- can help measure the course using a car’s odometer, high school track, GPS, Google maps or any app (map my walk, run or ride). Parents should supervise and time the student. All results can be sent to Coach Bauslaugh at Steve.Bauslaugh@plymouthchristian.org
Please complete and send during the last week of May.