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Eagle News…April 3-April 13

By: Webmaster|Date: Apr 3, 2020|Tags: Eagle News

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From the Desk of Mrs. Huntsman

While nothing can take the place of face-to-face learning and community at Plymouth Christian, we haven’t missed a beat! Our unique distance learning program ensures that our students have continued education and spiritual formation with their amazing teachers through Google and Zoom classrooms, FB Live, video messages, and so much more. The uplifting and positive comments from our school family keep us going, and we are indeed a very blessed community!

 

Faculty and Staff, we’d like to share our profound gratitude and praise for your diligence and expertise in preparing weekly distance learning plans. You have truly gone above and beyond to pour into the lives of Plymouth Christian students. You have worked in the evenings and on weekends, and we sincerely appreciate your tireless efforts.

 

Parents, you have embraced this process wholeheartedly, and your patience, grace, and faithfulness is a testament to your commitment to Christian education. We love our PCA parents! We are praying for you, by name, as you continue to work from home and keep the learning cycle going. But first, spring break!

 

Students, know that we miss and love you dearly and look forward to the joyous celebration we will all experience when we come back together. What a day that will be!

 

Class of 2020, our hearts go out to you. We love you and recognize the loss that this directive brings. We are praying and planning for a commencement ceremony ON OUR CAMPUS as soon as it is possible, and we are sure that it will be the most joyous in the school’s history. Please stay tuned as we make plans to celebrate and honor you from now until your graduation. Today, we are flashing back to your kindergarten year of 2008 to celebrate our lifers!

Through this process, we have encountered many families desiring to make a change in their child’s education, and we are continuing to engage and enroll, yes, enroll new families interested in joining the PCA community. We are thrilled to offer an upcoming Virtual Open House and conduct virtual tours weekly to allow prospective parents to experience the Christ-centered education offered at Plymouth Christian.

We continue to pray fervently for your health and safety. We trust you will find some time to rest in the coming week. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Have a happy and blessed Easter!

Caryn Huntsman

Virtual Learning, Last Day of School & 4th Quarter Grades

Congratulations on completing week #3 of our Distance Learning Program at Plymouth Christian! We will resume distance learning on Tuesday, April 14. Please remember that our goal is to advance our students in the curriculum toward the next grade level. To that end, we will continue to assess students using similar evaluation methods they are familiar with. Teachers will ask for assignments or summative assessments to be “turned in” in a variety of ways. They will give instructions specific to the grade or class for submitting an assignment, test, or quiz to be graded. This may involve taking a picture of a completed assignment, test, or quiz and emailing it to the teacher.
Secondary students (7th-12th) will be given a cumulative assessment (i.e., test, project, video, etc.) at the end of the 4th quarter, which will be part of the 4th quarter grade. The teachers will provide more detailed descriptions regarding the format of these cumulative assessments in mid-April. The 2nd-semester grade will be calculated equally from the 3rd and 4th quarters, rather than 40% from the 3rd quarter, 40% from the 4th quarter, and 20% from the final exam.
In light of the Distance Learning Platform, we believe it is necessary to remind our students of our Academic Honor Code and some basic principles of etiquette for Zoom classes. Some key takeaways…
1.   All students will be accountable for their work.
2.   We ask that a parent monitor tests and quizzes according to the teacher’s instructions.
Below is the graphic we have created to share our Honor Code & Etiquette recommendations. Please click the image to download the PDF if you would like to print it.
Due to the disruption of on-campus learning, we were able to regain several days of academic instruction since trips, events, and activities were canceled, i.e., Explore Week Trips, field trips, etc. Given the added instructional time, our official last day of school will be June 5. The last day of school for the graduating Class of 2020 will be May 29.
Of this, I am sure God has sustained us for over 43 years, and in the face of this forced change upon our learning model, I know we will be stronger when we come out of it on the other side.
To our students taking AP exams this year, please visit the AP website for the latest information about test dates and more! https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org

Spiritual Formation

As we head into Easter week, we are so excited to share some wonderful family activities to help you at home as you celebrate the birth of our Savior. Please know that these are entirely optional and not required in any way. They are simply fun and meaningful ways you can focus your thoughts in the coming week.
Are you doing anything special with your children and family this Easter, such as door decor, chalk drawings, and Easter egg hunts? If so, and you’d like to share your pictures with us, please use the hashtag, #pcacelebratesEaster
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

News You Can Use

PCA Athletic Booster Board Scholarship
The Athletic Booster Board awards a $1000 scholarship to one male and one female student-athlete. If your student played at least two varsity sports here at PCA, encourage your son or daughter to email Mrs. Zambeck for an application! Criteria: Senior student, 3.0 GPA or higher, has earned at least two varsity letters (can be multiple years in the same sport). Requirements: Two letters of recommendation, transcripts, essay, and a completed application form. The completed application and all documents are due to Mr. Windle by 4 pm on Friday, April 17.
BIRTHDAYS
We know that being apart is so difficult, and one way we hope to stay connected is by continuing to celebrate student birthdays. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably noticed that we are using our Instagram story as a way to shout-out for secondary student birthdays. Stay tuned for more birthday shout-outs in the coming days, and then take a moment to reach out to that student if you’re friends to wish them a very happy birthday!
PROJECT ENCOURAGEMENT
You heard us mention this week in chapels that Project ENCOURAGEMENT was coming your way. Well, here we go! As a school community, we are seeking to bless the grandparents in our school family, as well as our neighbors living in nursing homes and assisted living centers. Social distancing is especially difficult for this group, as they are so isolated, some living completely alone, and also very concerned as they are the most at risk. So, PCA family, let’s bless them this Easter! Here’s how:
1.   Grades will be divided up according to whom they are writing their letters.
2.   Families-according to the list below, ask your child(ren) to write one (1) letter/note of encouragement.
3.   Mail it to the address assigned.
Preschool: Mrs. Beverly Smith, 43576 Hanford Canton, MI 48187 (Mrs. Hay’s mom)
Begindergarten & Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade: Waltonwood Carriage Park Attn: Nicole Passmore, Life Enrichment Director 2000 N. Canton Center Road Canton, MI 48187 FYI-this is the facility that our kindergarten students normally visit during Project SHINE and they are thrilled to hear from you! Many of you in 1st and 2nd Grade probably visited these neighbors in years past!
3rd Grade: Mrs. Lucy Morris, 46428 Killarney Circle Canton, MI 48188 (Mrs. Suzy Palms’ mom)
4th Grade: Mrs. Dora Garcia, 31711 Fonville, Livonia, MI 48152 (Mrs. Hope’s mother-in-law, PCA Middle School Science Teacher)
5th Grade: Mrs. Ruth Cole, 17906 Woodside Livonia, MI 48152 (Mrs. Wright’s mom)
6th Grade: Mrs. JoAnne Bartlett, 4434 South Umberland Circle Canton, MI 48187 (Mrs. Larabee’s mom)
7th-11th Grade: Independence Village Plymouth Attn: Jen Sackett, Life Enrichment Director 14707 Northville Road Plymouth, MI 48170. Mrs. Sackett is a Christian and is asking for prayer for her residents who are in complete lock-down, unable to gather in any way. She is leading a project to fill 185 Easter baskets and is overwhelmed with joy at the thought that she could include a note of encouragement from you!
12th Grade: Mrs. Carolyn Hammar 23201 Gibraltar Road Flat Rock, MI 48134 (Mr. Hammar’s mom)

Stay Connected

PCA’s social media channels have been a great way to stay connected during this time of distance learning. If you are not already following us, please consider liking and following us! If you’re posting pictures of your student’s learning at home and would like to share them with us, please use #pcakeepslearning!
Did you realize that we regularly post news to our PCA website blog? Interested in subscribing to that blog? It’s so simple. You’ll find this in the footer of our website. Provide your email and you’ll begin receiving our blog posts.

Parent Surveys

We sincerely appreciate your feedback in our recent parent survey, and we are diligently working to adjust our strategies to serve your needs better. Your voice is valuable! To access the Parent Survey for Week #3, click HERE.

Prayer Focus

As we head into Spring Break, which is probably going to look different for your family than you expected, let’s focus on God as our HOPE. No matter our circumstances, we have a living hope in and through Him!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him.” “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:21-25).
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Prayer Requests for our School:
·  God’s protection over health and healing for our students, staff, and families.
·  A restful and hope-filled Spring Break with quality family time for all.
·  Wisdom for administrators as they guide our school in this unprecedented time.
·  For financial protection and provision for PCA families and the school as a whole.
We are praying for you, our PCA family, in this challenging time! 
Jen Hock and Sarah Batson, Moms in Prayer Leaders

A Word from our Teachers

Many of our teachers have posted online, or emailed their students and families regarding their response to the closure of school for the rest of the year. We want to share a few of those messages here:
We may not be able to gather in person, but I still get to be your teacher for another ten weeks! Let’s make the best out of this time you have in 3rd grade. I miss seeing your sweet faces every day. I know this must be hard on you, but I am always here to teach you, pray with you, and lend a listening ear. Through our Christ connection, we are family, and I will do anything for my family. Let’s honor God by continuing our education online, sending notes of encouragement to one another and praying for each other. (Philippians 2:3-4).
~Jasmine Paul, 3rd Grade
I want each of my students and their families to know that I dearly love them and miss them. Our virtual school will get you prepared academically for next year but never replace the importance of meeting together in person. We will have a fabulous party when this has passed! May God bless you and meet all your needs.
~Anne Manning, 5th Grade
Psalm 112:7 says, “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.” Yesterday brought extremely difficult news, hearing that our school would be closed through the end of the year. It will take time for us all to process this. I am grieving, and I know many of your children are hurting too. But I am confidently trusting the Lord that we will be able to have closure to this school year and see one another again! In the meantime, I am determined to continue the course by teaching your children remotely and giving them learning experiences to prepare them well for next year. I miss them so much and will continue to pray daily for them! Thank you for partnering with me!
I pray you have a wonderful, restful Spring Break, although it may look a little different than we had planned. God is still Sovereign and He is still our risen Savior. Have a blessed break and a Happy Easter!
~Suzy Wright, 5th Grade
I truly have missed you all. Watching you be creative, develop your artistic skills, honor God and have fun while learning is why I am at PCA. Everyone from my Portfolio Development class to the new Graphic Design class has shown tremendous skill and a willingness to step out of their comfort zone to try an artistic technique or something they might have avoided in the past – like drawing people. Thank you for your courage. And thank you for keeping up with the online projects.
You are doing a FANTASTIC job.
To the Seniors – my heart aches for all of you. As a parent of a senior, I know that this year was supposed to be a whole lot different with more celebrations, competitions and memories to be created. It’s difficult to think about right now, but you will be stronger because of this. Down the road, when times get tough, you can recall how resilient you were, how faithful you were and how you made it through the Covid-19 pandemic. All of you will go on to be leaders in the World led by our great God. Please know, there will always be an open door in M4 for you. Please come back and visit.
I feel so blessed to be a part of this great school. The student talent that walks these halls is amazing. We have outstanding artists, musicians, singers, athletes, scientists and scholars. We all can feel sad right now, but, in the coming days, we will grow stronger in the Lord and bounce back. We will be ready to make an impact. My prayer is that when we return, this school will be stronger and better than ever.
“He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” – Psalm 91 v. 2b
~Mike Costello, Secondary Art

Tips from PCA’s Behavioral Health Coordinator

As we pause to rest our minds, please enjoy a much-needed break (although reimagined) and feel free to access the resources below in the days to come.
·  53 Things to Do at Home – Recommended by the Hopkins School students

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