By: Plymouth Christian Academy|Date: Jan 25, 2021|Tags: Eagle News
Dear PCA Family,
December is finally here and with it comes a time of hope, reflection, peace and preparation. As a school, we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s own Son, and pray that you and your family experience hope and joy in the coming days.
Our students are preparing to wrap up their studies for the year and teachers are busy getting ready for a fresh start in 2021. We are praying for our entire school community as we prepare for the Christmas season, knowing that our plans may not look the same this year. My prayer is, in the midst of all these preparations, that we quiet our hearts and experience the peace that can only be known through a deep and abiding relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.
Our students have been busy preparing for the giving season by coming together in our first, ever “Food Fight” at PCA. It is such a blessing to see the boxes and cans of food piling up! As of today, our students have brought in 1,458 items! We’ll continue collecting food items now through Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus and for blessing people who need food this holiday season.
We are also preparing for the return of our 9-12 grade students this Tuesday and pray for them every day. Our Father is lovingly and gently moving our students’ hearts toward Him through our school. My prayer is that every single preschool-12 grade student will know the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and experience the support and love of the community that is Plymouth Christian. It is my fervent goal that by the time they cross the stage at their PCA commencement, they will understand that God’s purpose for their life is greater than anything they could ever imagine.
Blessings to you as you prepare for Christmas and look forward to what God has planned for us in the new year.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”
Educating for Eternity,
Mrs. Caryn Huntsman, Superintendent
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
SHOUT OUT to PCA Teachers!
No matter where we are, our teachers participate in exceptional teacher training each week at PCA! Our teachers are passionate experts with a laser-focus on data-driven, student-centered achievement! They work hard to improve student engagement and learning for EVERY Plymouth Christian student.
Thank you, Mr. Batson, for helping our staff improve their skills and boost student outcomes!
The Giving Wall – Generosity Goal, $55,000
“The Giving Wall” is an initiative for Plymouth Christian Academy that flows from our mission to educate and equip students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service. If we all double our efforts, our $55,000 year end goal is within our reach! Every gift to “The Giving Wall” makes a difference and participation is so important this year. It’s the percentage of friends and families, and ministry partners who give to the Annual Fund that becomes the number we celebrate.
The Giving Wall makes it easy to give. Simply click on one of the giving envelopes on PCA’s Giving Wall or simply indicate your gift on the remittance card below. You can also make a contribution in any amount using any of the ways you already give to Plymouth Christian including credit and debit cards, online via plymouthchristian.org/giving, mail in check, cash, non-cash assets, recurring giving, on PCA’s new Giving Wall, and more. The staff in our finance office is available to help answer any questions about giving you may have.
Contributions are gladly accepted by our school’s fiscal year-end on June 30. However, many contribute before December 31 to take advantage of a tax deduction for the current year. Will you join us? God is doing amazing things at Plymouth Christian, and He is doing it through our community.
Thank you for your sacrificial support of Plymouth Christian and your joy in making it better every day.
The 2021 Niche Rankings
Thank you PCA staff, faculty, and families, for all that you have done to help us achieve top Christian High School Status through Niche! Learn more about our 2021 rankings and how they were determined by visiting the link HERE.
Last Call for SCRIP in 2020!
The last day to place a SCRIP order before Christmas is Monday, December 14th by 1:00pm. We must place your order by 2:00pm in order for you to receive your cards before students leave for Christmas break. SCRIP is a fund-raising tool for schools, but PCA is unique in that we apply any rebates you earn directly against your tuition account. It’s a great way to fundraise for your own tuition account! Simply sign up with SCRIP using our school enrollment code. Contact Laura Imlach for details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-459-3505 x3156.
You will see the rebates accumulate in your www.shopwithscrips.com account. This reflects the fundraising dollars Scrip will send to PCA as a lump sum payment, combined with all rebates earned by all parents/grandparents/friends.
Three times per year, we take that lump sum payment and apply against individual tuition accounts based on the student name provided. We process April-June rebates against JULY tuition; July-Nov rebates against DECEMBER tuition, and Dec – Mar rebates against APRIL tuition. So you will see your rebates applied in July, December, and April. This year, due to Covid-19 shut down complications, you will see all April through November rebates reflected in DECEMBER tuition payments.
Calling all PCA and CBC Moms
Dear PCA Moms in Prayer,
In light of the Governor’s announcement limiting gatherings, our Moms in Prayer group will take a break from meeting in person. To allow us to continue to pray in unity, we will email prayer sheets to you each Monday that school is in session until we can resume our in-person meetings. Feel free to reach out to us with any specific prayer requests. We are praying for you and hope to see you again soon!
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”
— Joshua 23:14
Jennifer Hock & Sarah Batson, Moms in Prayer Coordinators
Health & Safety
Daily Health Screening
When determining when to keep your sick child at home and when to return, please refer to the Wayne County screening tool at the right. Click HERE to download this document that you should refer to daily.
Security Car Stickers
At Plymouth Christian, we are committed to school safety and continue to address ongoing and emerging security practices for the safety of our campus. As an added layer of protection, each family will be receiving three security vehicle I.D. stickers. Stickers should be placed on the driver’s side, lower left window (outside). These stickers are vinyl, approximately 1/1/2 inches in diameter and can be safely removed at the end of each school year. Extra car stickers should be given to designated family or friends for student pick up. New stickers will be re-issued at the start of each new school year. Our goal is to distribute PCA car stickers in student backpacks on Friday, December 11, 2020.
Festive Fridays and one Festive Thursday days are back!
This Friday December 4th, next Friday December 11th, and Thursday Dec 17th your child may celebrate the holiday season and wear dress code pants along with a dress code red, white, or green shirt, blouse, sweater, or Christmas sweatshirt.
All eyes are on our fun, festive temperature check station entrance doors to see which team can have THE MOST FESTIVE FUN!
Watch out Mrs. Windle and Mrs. Zambeck – we’re coming for you! Sincerely, Mrs. Larabee, Mrs. McCreedy, Mr. Batson, Mrs. Lewan, Mrs. Warmbier
Elementary Christmas Concert
We are excited about this year’s Elementary Christmas Concert, “Hotel Noel.” The students have been busy learning their songs and lines and can’t wait for you to see their efforts. Because of restrictions in auditorium use, our concert will look different this year. We are finalizing our Christmas Concert film to distribute to all of our elementary families. In a couple of weeks, you will receive the completed video in the Google Classroom. Please understand that this video cannot be shared on any social media site. We only have copyright permission to send it to our families. We are so proud of our students!
If families wish to express their appreciation to a teacher, they are encouraged to give individual gifts rather than have a room mom collect for the group. This reduces pressure on families who wish to express their appreciation individually, as well as financially respects those with multiple children in the school. For elementary, Mrs. Lewan has teacher wish lists, if interested please contact her at email@example.com or 734-459-3505 ext. 3158.
Fun things are happening in the daily announcements!! We are asking a favorite question of the day, we have a special shout out section and also are asking for different pics each day. Have your student read the announcements and then reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New High School Teacher Spotlight
This week’s New Teacher Spotlight is on our 9th-10th grade Bible Teacher, Mr. Lucas Backman
Mr. Lucas Backman is one of our new Bible teachers at Plymouth Christian Academy and also a former PCA student! Mr. Backman teaches our 9th and 10th grade Bible classes and has found
a comfortable piece of PCA real estate on “the back 40”!
Mr. Backman received his undergraduate degree in Bible with a focus on Local Ministries from Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University) in Clarks Summit, PA. During that time, he worked for wilderness camping ministries and was contracted by other churches to help them facilitate their hiking and canoeing trips. With this ministry, Mr. Backman was also able to teach leadership development courses and camping ministry courses at the undergraduate level and assisted in teaching organizational leadership courses to pastors and graduate students.
Shortly after, he attended Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary to earn his Masters in Divinity in Biblical Languages which he will be finishing next year. While attending seminary he also worked in Liberty’s Academic Advising Department as a Training/New Hire supervisor. It was in this role he created curriculum for and trained new hires and struggling advisors. Lucas and his beautiful and growing family moved back to Michigan to help with a church plant and they are now planting in Garden City. This lead Mr. Backman back to PCA as the 9th and 10th grade Bible teacher. Lucas and his wife, Emily, have three children. Their youngest (2 months old) is Daniel, their oldest boy is Samuel (3 years old), and their oldest daughter is Evangeline (5 years old).
Their favorite hobbies right now are “not” sleeping, due to their 2-month old baby and trying to convince their other two kids to clean up their toys and play nicely with each other! We are thrilled to welcome them to PCA!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE IS ALIVE AND WELL!
Thank you, Mrs. Hope, for all you do!
The Admissions Department is hopping! We receive a steady flow of phone calls, inquiries and emails asking if we have any room in our classrooms or our Eagles at Home program. We have students asking to be placed on waitlists or wanting to make sure they can begin applying for the 2021-22 school year. Thank you for continuing to spread the word about PCA! We have confirmed that we are opening up a third section of kindergarten on January 19th! It is so exciting to see God move in mighty ways! I am grateful that we are able to provide a high quality, biblically-based education for our community. Increasingly we are reminded that PCA is a bright light in a dark world — all glory to God! We appreciate you telling your friends and neighbors about the difference a Christ-based education makes in the life of a student. Please keep writing reviews on various outlets like Facebook and Private School Review. We would love to share your stories on social media too! If you are willing to talk about the difference PCA has made for your family, especially as we navigate through the Covid pandemic, please email email@example.com.
Contnrollinuous Ement News
With enrollment on the rise at Plymouth Christian Academy, we are either at or near waitlists in many of our grades. Placement in next year’s class is an increasingly sought-after spot. Throughout PCA’s history, more than 85% of students annually enroll for the following year. We love our students and are proud to see such strong retention year after year.
Our desire is to make our re-enrollment process even simpler for PCA families and that’s why we are launching “Continuous Enrollment.” We’ve thrown out the February re-enrollment process altogether, including the $100 deposit that was required to hold your spot! This simple Continuous Enrollment process is known as the “Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle” model. With continuous enrollment you will guarantee your child’s classroom seat from now until they walk across the graduation stage.
Beginning November 20, 2020, our “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle” model begins, which means your family will remain at Plymouth Christian unless you notify us otherwise. Our families will never have to think about re-enrollment at PCA again! Instead, we can all have confidence that our Eagles will always be Eagles!
Q: How does Continuous Enrollment work?
A: You will be part of the PCA community unless you tell us otherwise, and your child’s spot in their class will be secure until graduation.
Q: What if things change for our family?
A: You will have until April 30th to fill out the Intent to Withdraw form, simply notifying the school and face absolutely no penalty.
Q: Are there any deadlines to be aware of?
A: Families will be responsible for 10% of tuition after the April 30th deadline. For major life changes/unique circumstances resulting in withdrawal after the deadline, Superintendent and Regent Board approval is required to waive the 10% tuition fee.
We work hard to plan and prepare for students to return each year and we want to invest these tuition dollars wisely so we can provide the quality Christ-centered education you have come to know and love at PCA. We know you’ll appreciate the simple process Continuous Enrollment provides.
Gleaners, one of the first food banks in the United States, has been serving our neighbors since 1977. The pandemic has been especially trying on all food banks, including Gleaners. They are in need of volunteers to pack emergency food boxes and backpack bags in November and December. Each volunteer shift is limited to 11 volunteers to ensure social distance is maintained and masks are required. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Backpack Bag Packing at Gleaners Detroit Lutheran Brothers Warehouse
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, December 1-18; 2030 Howard St, Detroit
If you would like to set-up a group reservation or have questions, please contact Julie Ptasznik, firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-923-3535 ext 245.
Salvation Army Register to Ring
A wonderful way to serve our community is by Ringing the Bells for the Salvation Army. According to their website, “Each year, The Salvation Army will serve more than 25 million people across America – including many here in your community. That means 55+ million meals for the hungry, 10+ million nights of shelter for the homeless, and countless Christmas gifts for children who may otherwise go without. So truly, you can make a difference with every ring. The funds you raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in your community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services, anti-human trafficking, and more.”
Robotics season is underway. If you are still interested, please email your name and email address to Mrs. Wash along with your area of interest. Mrs. Wash at email@example.com. You can see our High School Robotics Team, The Atoms Family, in action by following their Facebook page HERE.
Here are all of the boys nominations from this past fall season: Nicholas Scott (Boys Soccer),Brett Holmes (Tennis), Chibi Anwunah (Football), Spencer Mistele (Cross Country).
Below are some accomplishments that Nik had this season: October Athlete of the Month, Team MVP and Captain, MIAC MVP, MIAC 1st Team Conference, MHSSCA 1st Team All-District, MHSSCA 1st Team All-Region, MHSSCA 1st Team All-State
The most important aspect of a student athletes time at PCA is to glorify God with their passions and talents in their respective sports. The athletic stage is an opportunity for us to express the hard work we have put in and the talents that we have.
From the desk of Matt Windle,
PCA Athletic Director
During the 2018-2019 school year, the PCA Athletic Department launched the “Athlete of the Season” award. Team MVP’s from each sport are automatically nominated for their leadership and individual performance.
After each season is complete and all season and post-season accolades are handed out, PCA secondary teachers vote on each nominee. The winner has their picture posted in the Butler Gymnasium along with their favorite verse. The goal of the Athlete of the Season display is to celebrate our PCA athletes and allow them the opportunity to point their successes, talents, and passion back to God. Here are all of the girls nominations from this past fall season: Nicole Reinhart (Cross Country) and Emma Huessner (Volleyball).
Below are some accomplishments that Nicole had this season: Team MVP and Captain, MIAC 1st Team All-Conference, MHSAA Regional Qualifier and State-Qualifier, *Due to close contact quarantine, was not able to compete in State Meet.
As athletes and coaches, our performances are an opportunity to worship our amazing God and point others back to Him. The bigger the stage, the bigger the audience. We want to treat our successes, both as an individual and as a team, as opportunities to be kingdom builders.
The athletic program applies 1 Corinthians 10:31 as our focus. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” You may hear in our team huddle breakdowns, and social media hashtags as we celebrate success that whatever we do, we do #AllForHim.
Executive Order 2020-180 specifies that athletes must wear a face covering for all sports practices and contests except for cross country and tennis. This includes all off-season training for baseball and softball as well. If you do not have a mask, you cannot participate. If you are involved in any of our sports and have questions, please contact your coach. Please note that spectators are still limited to two per player for all games at this time. All home games in the Butler Gymnasium will be live-streamed at NFHSnetwork.com.
Athletic Website & Schedule Alerts
Please follow our athletic website, www.plymouthchristianeagles.com, where you can view scores, schedules, articles and team/sport-specific updates. Enjoy keeping up on PCA sports! When you are on our PCA Eagles Home Page, be sure to sign up for VNN Alerts for your team. Click on ‘Sign Up For Alerts’ located just above the purple banner on the upper right side of our PCA Eagles home page or click on this link https://alerts.getvnn.com/#/profile/alerts. Remember to check your student’s online game schedule frequently as changes often occur during their season.
Physicals & Forms
If you have a student that is interested in participating in a PCA sport, he or she must have a current, MHSAA physical and our Sports Participation form on file in the Athletic Office BEFORE they can participate in tryouts, practices, or games. Forms are online at our school website HERE (scroll to the athletic tab), in the Secondary Office, and Athletic Office. A physical dated April 15, 2020 or after is considered a current physical and is good for the current school year until April 15, 2021. NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if your student had a current physical for the 2019-20 school year, (dated 04-15-2019 or after) the MHSAA is allowing that physical to be valid for this school year. If this applies to your student, you must complete the 2020-21 MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire and turn it in to the Athletic Dept.
Athletic Team Practice/Game
If the practice or game is not taking place right after school (starting by 3:20pm), students must report to the Study Table room, or be meeting with their teacher, in order to remain on campus. Thank you for your help with this!
GAMES SCHEDULED THROUGH 12-12-20: None
EAGLE FINE ARTS
Our Patrons Program is underway. As in previous years we are ecstatic to have and to grow the list of Fine Arts Patrons at PCA. Patron levels start at just $50 which receives an acknowledgement in event programs. As giving levels increase so do Patron benefits, including larger spaces for acknowledgements for your business or family, reserved seating at events such as the spring musical, and more! Acknowledgements will be included in recorded event media for virtual events in lieu of printed programs. As the outlook for some of our other fundraising activities such as concessions, Cookie Extravaganza and our Fine Arts Gala remains uncertain, continuation and building our Patron program is even more critical. Can’t find that e-mail with the Patron program information? You can become a Patron online right on PCA’s website; click the button below to learn more!
Thank you for your continued support for PCA Arts!