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Eagle News March 8-12, 2021

By: Dan Hammar|Date: Mar 6, 2021|Tags: Uncategorized

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Dear PCA Family,
Each day at Plymouth Christian, we work toward fulfilling our mission to educate students from a biblical worldview and equip them for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service. We are a family of diverse students, parents, and teachers who recognize that our value does not come from others, but from who God designed them to be. Reflecting on our school’s theme verse, we see In Micah 6:8, we that God has provided us with all that we need to reflect His character and show love and hope to a dark world. There is such clarity in these timeless truths. We aren’t left to ourselves to figure it out. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?,”
It is our prayer, as a school family, that we will act in ways that are just and right in this world and that we would extend kindness and mercy to others all the days of our lives. We have all experienced a year unlike any other in history as a school, but God always provides hope – always! He is a gracious, loving, miracle-working, heart-transforming God who invites us to be a light in a world that so desperately needs His peace.
It is such a privilege to invite mission-appropriate families into our community to experience a Christ-centered culture and join in our mission to raise up the generation of Christian leaders who will impact their world for Jesus. We were blessed to see over 21 families join us on our PCA PREVIEW NIGHT this past Monday night! Our Covid protocols made it a pre-registered event to provide a safe and healthy environment. It was such a blessing to see the excitement of these new families seeing PCA for the first time for many of them. Thank you to all the staff who helped make it such a great event!
Educating for Eternity,
Mrs. Caryn Huntsman, Superintendent

ALL SCHOOL NEWS

Continuous Enrollment

(AKA Does my student have a place next year??)
“It’s March and I haven’t gotten my Re-enrollment form! I don’t want to lose my place. Help!!!” This is a common text or phone message we have heard in the last week. There is a big sigh of relief when we tell them Continuous Enrollment has GUARANTEED your place for next year! Even with all the applications rolling in, your place is secure.  If your plans have changed, you must fill out an Intent to Withdraw form before April 30, 2021, or you will be responsible for 10% of tuition. We love our students and we want to see each one cross the stage at the end of their Senior Year to receive their PCA diploma! Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle is more than a catchy slogan — it is a relationship we hope lasts a lifetime because PCA is family!

1000 Career Points for PCA Athlete, Nathan Etnyre!

What a great achievement for one of our PCA athletes! Senior, Nathan Etnyree, eclipsed 1000 career points, which is one of the bigger individual accomplishments a high school athlete can achieve. Nathan led the team with 17 points in the game against Roeper last week. Although there wasn’t a large crowd to celebrate this achievement, he had plenty of close friends and family to make him feel special! He was completely surprised by the celebration and did not realize he was near the mark!
Congratulations, Nathan!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Friday, March 12, conferences will begin in the afternoon (12:00pm-3:00pm). There will be a half day of school that day; (elementary will be dismissed at 11:00am and 7-12th grade will dismiss at 11:10am.) Next week, an email will be sent out with a Sign Up Genius and information on how to do a zoom conference with your students teacher/teachers.

Educational Services Spotlight

We are so blessed this year to have Rachel Peery as part of our K-12 Educational Services Team. We asked her to share her story with us!
I am the K-12 Educational Support Specialist. I work with students one on one and in small groups for Begindergarten through 6th grade. I support and help each student strengthened their reading/language arts and math skills. I love what I do and pray regularly that I make a positive impact in their lives.
My favorite aspects of my role is getting to know each student on a personal level, being able to work with multiple grades throughout the school day, and watching the students excitement as they master a concept that was once frustrating and challenging. Knowing that I had a part in that brings me joy.
I know that God placed me here at PCA. The way the Lord beautifully orchestrates our lives is amazing. In 2019, I felt strongly prompted to apply to a Christian camp in the U.P. that I love called Cedar Campus. It has recently transitioned to Cedar Bay. I applied, went through the interview process and worked that entire summer as a camp counselor in the Children’s Program. God connected me to Ryan Batson and his family. I believe one of the main reasons the Lord led me to work at that camp was to meet Ryan and his family, which led me to work at PCA. I feel blessed to be here.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my friends and family. I recently moved to this area. My loved ones all live in my hometown, Flint. So I value every minute that I am able to spend with them lately. I also enjoy cooking elaborate meals. For the past 8 years, I have been eating a plant-based diet. It’s fun for me to experiment with recipes to create the perfect taste and texture of my favorite meals from my childhood. I also enjoy reading books that helps me improve some aspect of life.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Coffee cup and coffee beans on table
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am among them.” (Matthew 18:20).
Please join us on Fridays; iHop Restaurant Conference Room (Sheldon Road between Warren & Ford), 7:30-8:30am. Dates: 3/19, 4/16, 5/14, 6/4

PCA versus Notre Dame prep

Varsity Bowling

It took three pressure strikes from Junior Brennen Pascual in the 10th frame to win the first baker game. The momentum carried through the next game to win with a team score of 204. We had solid games in the singles matches that secured the victory 19-11. Adam Moore (152) Collin McInerney (156) Caleb Quick (185) Kyle Quick (188) Liam Stein (197) Brennen Pascual (211).

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

Shop with SCRIP and Save
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: laura.imlach@plymouthchristian.org or 734-459-3505 x3156.
Add new colors, fits, and patterns to your wardrobe this spring.
LL Bean (16%) / Land’s End (15%) / Old Navy (14%) / GAP (14%) / Athleta (14%) / Columbia (12%) / NIKE (12%). Use gift cards to shop trending styles for the whole family and raise money toward your tuition balance – for this year or next!
Please use the Wayne County Health Department’s Screening Tool; .https://www.waynecounty.com/covid19/back-to-school.aspx
As a friendly reminder, kindly discontinue cell phone use on our school parking lot for the safety of our school community. Thank you!

Tuition Update

Just a reminder that, under our new Continuous Enrollment program, your child’s enrollment for next year is guaranteed! If your plans have changed, you must fill out an Intent to Withdraw form before April 30, 2021, or you will be responsible for 10% of tuition.
The tuition rates for 2021-22 have been approved by the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees. For the second year in a row, tuition is the same for grades preschool through 6th grade. For grades 7-12, there was a 3% increase for tuition . We continue to thank the Lord for His faithfulness in provision for our families! Remember, current families are eligible for Variable Tuition by filling out the Variable Tuition application (found in your FACTS account or on our website) before April 17, 2021.
Tuition agreements for 2021-22 will be sent the first week of April. If you have questions about Variable Tuition, or would like to change your tuition payment plan for the 2021-22 school year, please be sure to contact the Tuition Office (Laura Imlach): laura.imlach@plymouthchristian.org or 734-459-3505 x 3156.

ELEMENTARY NEWS

March Is Reading Month!

“Helping Mrs. Sumner check out library books for his class. Using the scanner is so much fun! This is a reward for our 2nd grade Reading Contest.”
At PCA, we are excited to celebrate Reading Month! We want our students to develop a love of reading, and our teachers want to expose our students to different book genres. Students in 5th Grade have been working on Mystery Book Story Boxes.
Each student chose a mystery book to read. Then, they decorated boxes with a creative design as well as the important elements of their story: characters, setting, problem, and solution. Inside the box, they placed items that represented events in the story. What a creative way to retell what students read! Pictured here are Mrs. Manning and Miss Burgoon’s 5th grade students presenting their boxes.
These projects will be on display in our PCA library for the next several weeks!
Miss Burgoon and Mrs. Manning’s Class, 5th Grade Mystery Book Story Boxes
Add one more Math Olympian to the Team! Congratulations to
Elizabeth Cunnings, 5th Grade, who qualified as a Math Olympics Finalist!
Please be in prayer for our upcoming nationwide testing date next Wednesday, March 10th. We will be competing with several other schools in our district. Final results will be announced by the end of April. Way to go Team PCA! Elizabeth’s name was inadvertently left off the list. This was an oversight on our part!
3rd Grade Computation: Eden Bloom, Joshua The’, David Nichols
3rd Grade Reasoning: Crosby Edwards, Jayke Weber, Sadie Palmby
4th Grade Computation: Juna Lewis, Samantha Ferguson, Benchea Teodor
4th Grade Reasoning: Harrison McGregor, Lacey Edwards, Nathan Evans
5th Grade Computation: Aiden Shook, Joshua Murray, Simon Reed
5th Grade Reasoning: Elizabeth Cunnings., Lia Achunduh, Chloe James
6th Grade Computation: Carter Dattilio, Reagan Schils, Katelyn Hock
6th Grade Reasoning: Vianne Buchler, Audrey Mahan, Ellyanna Blume

SECONDARY NEWS

From the Desk of Mrs. Dana Zambeck, Guidance Counselor

Calling all Juniors!
Have you registered for a spring ACT test yet? PCA is a national test center for the ACT. We will be hosting the ACT on April 17 (March 12 registration deadline) and June12 (May 7 registration deadline). interested in taking the ACT need to register online at www.act.org and request PCA as your testing location.
The earlier you register for the test, the more likely you will get your first choice of testing center. See Mrs. Zambeck if you have questions.,
Next Steps in the PCA Journey! Watch for an email coming soon!
March 15, 6pm Sixth Grade Parent Meeting about Middle School at PCA
Monday, March 15, 7pm Eighth Grade Parent Meeting about High School at PCA
Mrs. Zambeck will be sending an email invitation to 6th and 8th grade parents with the Zoom link to the meetings. Looking forward to seeing you then!
Tuesday, March 12 Sixth Grade Meet and Greet the Middle School during the school day

Let’s Hear It One More time for Team PCA!

Congratulations to our 2021 Math Olympics finalists! We are excited about the upcoming nationwide testing date on Wednesday, March 10th. We will be competing with several other schools in our district. Final results will be announced by the end of April. Way to go Team PCA!
7th Grade Reasoning: Sophia Swanson, Graham Gortney,
Taneesh Sebastian
7th Grade Computation: , Liam TenBroeck, Caleb Ferguson, John Stepanian
8th Grade Reasoning: Macy Morphew, Ellie Weertz, Katelyn Harris
8th Grade Computation: Reese Edwards, Priscilla Fernandes, DJ DeVore

High School Robotics meetings are as follows:

  • All team virtual meeting-Every Monday from 6-7 pm.
  • Business/Safety Team Meetings-Every Monday from 7-7:30 and every Friday from 7-7:30 pm.
  • Mechanical Team-Blended (virtual and in-person by registration)-Every T,TR, and FR from 6-8 pm.
  • Software Team-Blended (virtual and in-person by registration)- Tuesdays are virtual and Thursdays are blended from 6-8 pm.

Generation of Technology Series

More News You Can Use on Filters
Remote Control. A number of filtering programs let Mom or Dad control the kids’ phones through a remote connection with their own phone. That way you can forcibly shut things down on a moment’s notice if necessary. That control can also let you adjust the filtering setup and get reports and feedback from your child’s device without having to actually snatch the screen out of Junior’s hand.
Foreign Language Filtering. Oh those tricky teens. Ever heard of bypassing internet filters with use of a little Español or a bit of parlez-vous francais? It happens. But if your software recognizes foreign languages, that sneaky underground tunnel to objectionable content will stay closed.
App Blocking and Activity Reports. Being able to block the kids’ app use during school or when it’s time to hit the sack is always a great tool. And these tools will also give Mom a report of what apps are being installed and which social media apps stand out as Junior’s favorites.
Location Tracking. Some filters also allow parents to track their phone- or tablet-carrying youngster’s real-time location. That can be a plus for finding a lost device too. And some software allows you to set up a given “allowed” perimeter of movement. So if Junior is supposed to be at school and he decides to ride with pals to the burger joint, Dad’s phone will be notified.
Chat Monitoring. This feature will monitor all chat and instant messages sent and received, and filter and block inappropriate content in chat messages. And it can block chatroom chatter altogether if you wish. Some programs in this category can also tell Junior’s phone to snap screenshots when a website is visited, when a program is opened or a file is printed. Ooh, that’s a smart feature.
And of course, it’s always best if you can find software that is easy to use, that downloads automatic updates, and that doesn’t slow your devices down when the program is in use. Yes, I know I said that you won’t find a perfect filtering program … but you can reach for as much as possible.
Here’s a list of some well-known secular and Christian internet filter sites that you can check out, each of which includes different blends of the features listed above. And while we often want to know which one is considered “the best,” answering that question really requires an understanding of which of these features is most important for your family—so you’re still going to have to do a bit of “compare and contrast” homework with these programs to identify which one is really the best for you and your family.
Norton Online Family: This parental-control filter shows sites your kids visit, provides app supervision and blocks inappropriate sites.
Net Nanny: This parental-control filter blocks unwanted apps, filters content and allows parents to monitor children’s web usage.
FamiSafe: This parental control app for kids’ smartphones (iOS and Android) enables parents to track children’s location, as well as blocking in appropriate content and setting screen-time limits.
Qustodio: This cross-platform (Windows, iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle) program provides content filtering, app blocking and an online activity log.
Covenant Eyes: This accountability and filtering software sends a report of your internet activity to an individual you select.
Tune in next week for more!

EAGLE FINE ARTS

FINE ARTS PATRON

Thank you so much to those of you who have responded with donations to the PCA Fine Arts Patron Program. Your support ensures that we can continue to provide quality fine arts programs to students at Plymouth Christian.
It is not too late to donate! Please see click on the “Become A Fine Arts Patron TODAY!” button at the right to visit out website.
Thank you to the following Fine Arts Patrons:
Platinum Patron; Alicia Allen
Silver Patron; Lyndy McGregor, Gina and Brian Zsadney
Bronze Patron; Dwayne Barker, Robyn and John McHugh, Robert Dotson
Purple Patron; Rodney and Kara Corwin

EAGLE ATHLETICS

THE VARSITY GIRLS COMPETITIVE CHEER MHSAA DISTRICT TOURNAMENT IS WEDNESDAY, MAR. 16TH, at 6:00 pm at Whitmore Lake HS, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, 48189. Spectator and ticketing information will be announced as soon as it becomes available. Watch our Eagles website at www.plymouthchristianeagles.com for more information. GO EAGLES!
THE VARSITY BOYS BOWLING MHSAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT IS ON FRIDAY, MAR. 19TH, at Ten Pin Alley Lanes, 5621 S Occidental Hwy, Tecumseh, 49286. Spectator and ticketing information will be announced as soon as it becomes available. Watch our Eagles website at www.plymouthchristianeagles.com for more information. GO EAGLES!
Games This Week: All games are subject to change at any time.
Friday, Mar. 5th
JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Advanced Technology Academy / Home / 5:30 & 7:00 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Oakland Christian / Home / 8:30 pm
Varsity Girls Competitive Cheer-MIAC Jamboree # 3 at Whitmore Lake HS / Away / 6:00 pm
Saturday, Mar. 6th
Varsity Girls Basketball at Southfield Christian / Away / 11:00 am
FR Boys Basketball vs. Notre Dame Prep / Home / 11:00 am
Monday, Mar. 8th
Varsity Boys Bowling vs. Summit Academy at Super Bowl Lanes / Home / 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 9th
JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Clarenceville HS / Home / 5:30 & 7:00 pm
FR Boys Basketball at Fr. Gabriel Richard – Ann Arbor / Away / 4:00 pm
Varsity Girls Competitive Cheer-MIAC Championship at Whitmore Lake HS / Away / 6:00 pm
7th Boys Basketball vs. Parkway Christian / Home / 5:30 pm
5th/6th Boys Basketball vs. Parkway Christian / Home / 4:30 pm
Thursday, Mar. 11th
Varsity Girls Basketball at Whitmore Lake HS / Away / 6:00 pm
Friday, Mar. 12th
Varsity Boys Bowling vs. Trillium Academy at Super Bowl Lanes / Home / 3:00 pm
Varsity Boys Basketball at Roeper – Community Center / Away / 7:00 pm
FR Boys Basketball vs. Lutheran HS Northwest / Home / 4:30 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Lutheran HS Northwest / Home / 6:00 pm
Saturday, Mar. 13th
FR & Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Plymouth HS / Home / 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Plymouth HS / Home / 1:00 pm
Varsity Girls Competitive Cheer- Lincoln HS Invitational / Away / 2:00 pm
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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 into 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.

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