From the Desk of Mrs. Huntsman
The Home Stretch and BEYOND!
As we begin the process of wrapping up this school year, I must again convey my heartfelt gratitude, praise, and deep admiration for all that students, parents, and teachers have sacrificed to continue a robust learning cycle during these unusual weeks. Parents, our partnership has never been stronger. You welcomed our classrooms into your homes, and I know the challenges were immense. I am thankful for the resilience of our student body and for the teachers who poured into their lives in caring and creative ways. We are in the year-end home stretch, and we will finish strong through our continued dedication to delivering the very best education possible. We continue to plan creative, memorable, and meaningful moments for our seniors, beginning with the Senior Parade this Tuesday (see details below). Preschool, Kindergarten, 6th-grade, and 8th-grade graduations are in the planning stages to honor our students. Detailed announcements will go out next week. End of the year plans such as locker/desk clean-out, uniform and book returns, yearbooks, and more, once finalized, will be emailed in next week’s Eagle News. Please watch for a detailed schedule.
Together, we are praising the Lord for guiding us every step of the way. We are on the downside of the coronavirus curve, and we are in a position to move ahead with re-opening plans for school this fall in a “bricks and mortar” setting. An incredible amount of time and focus has gone into a thoughtful, smart start for the 2020-2021 school year. We are considering every imaginable scenario to serve each Plymouth Christian family well! Please stay tuned for more details and announcements in the weeks to come. Rest assured that we spend each day guided by the Lord and the premise that we will stand together on the other side of this stronger and better equipped to handle the future. PCA’s new health and safety guidelines will depend on the progression of phases to re-opening and will be communicated in as much detail as possible in the weeks and months ahead.
Please allow me to share a few key planning elements that will frame our work going forward. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone on our campus. With that in mind, we will:
- Prioritize the health and safety of everyone on our campus as we act in compliance with state and government recommendations to increase student and employee safety
- Research and implement practices that include items such as the health screening of all who enter our buildings, provide masks, install hand sanitizer stations, and equip every classroom with abundant supplies of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer
- Intensify the classroom and overall campus cleaning and disinfection. We are purchasing an electrostatic disinfectant system for our school, in addition to the regular daily cleaning.
- Thoroughly train faculty and staff, students and parents, on new health and safety protocols before re-opening and continue frequent teaching and reinforcement of hygiene practices
- Increase spacing of desks (6 feet), and identify and outfit larger learning spaces
- Create multiple, feasible social distancing strategies for every school area to reduce density and large group gatherings such as limiting hallway movement through staggered releases, scheduling small group playground use, and more
- Monitor absences and create flexible leave policies for illness and absenteeism
- Continue identifying ways to care for and accommodate the needs of students and families with other health risks
- Maintain the highest standards of an excellent Christian education whether in person or distance learning through our new Learning Management System (Google Classroom)
Building a Solid Foundation
We continue to build a solid foundation with the highest standards of educational excellence and spiritual focus during this or any other season. Reconnecting students and teachers this fall is a thrilling prospect! With our new Learning Management System, the Christ-centered, quality education you have come to expect will continue to thrive in new and innovative ways. PCA is moving to a Google Classroom platform to ensure a seamless educational delivery system for every PCA student. Teachers have already begun training and will spend the week of June 8-12 in preparation for the school’s re-opening in the fall and the continued academic success of our students. We remain focused and with unwavering commitment to provide the education and spiritual development each student will need to grow and mature as godly leaders, ready for life’s challenges.
Committed to Our Partnership
Our hearts go out to some of our precious families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. We grieve with you and extend our heartfelt sympathy. We pray that you experience God’s peace as you walk this valley. To those in our school community who are experiencing unrelenting concerns or financial hardships, we want to work closely with you. Please contact our Tuition Office at 734.459.3505, Ext. 3156.
Please bear with us as we explore additional ways to support our school community. We don’t want to lose even a single family, and we’re doing everything we can so that every PCA student continues to receive an exceptional Christ-centered education.
We’ve had a remarkable 44-year history, and I believe that the most spectacular days lie ahead! His hand has NEVER left us. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:11.
Educating for Eternity,
Class of 2020 Senior Parade
The entire PCA family is invited to join us for this year’s epic Senior Parade on Tuesday, May 19, 4pm in downtown Plymouth. Seniors and senior parents, please check your email inbox for a detailed email giving you all the news you need for tomorrow’s event!
Guests of the Senior Parade:
PCA friends, families, and the whole PCA community are invited to cheer on the Class of 2020 from the sidewalks of Main Street in Plymouth while they are escorted by Plymouth Police through town!
We are encouraging you to go all out in your purple and gold swag to make this memorable. We also encourage signs, balloons, or anything else that would show our seniors how much you care! You’re invited to line Main Street and Kellogg Park in Plymouth while adhering to social distancing guidelines. In addition, according to Plymouth Police, we cannot block sidewalks.
Once the entire parade is passed, you’re invited to get into your cars and return to PCA. Once there, you will drive through the parking lot as directed by the staff. On this drive-through, you can take pics and cheer on the senior class one final time. We are asking that you do not park and stay at PCA but simply drive through the line of seniors who will be standing outside their cars.
We cannot wait to make this an epic senior event for our 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 this video and shared it with us. Enjoy!
For Mother’s Day 2020, our elementary students received an assignment to sing their mom a special song and capture it on video. The following video captures a few of those video submissions.
Setting Your Child Up For Success in the Midst of Uncertainty
We are pleased to offer a new resource to our PCA families, written by our dear friend, Marnise Roberts, a.k.a. Miss Marnise. She has provided the content for the latest PCA eBook, specifically designed for parents navigating through COVID-19. You can view and download this eBook by tapping the following button! Download Miss Marnise’s Book HERE
Elementary Chapel: Mrs. Larabee will have a special message for you this Thursday, May 21
Secondary Chapel: Senior Legacy Chapel, Tuesday, May 19, Mr. Matt Windle will go live on the PCA Facebook page at 11:30 am. We’ll be posting and emailing the chapel message for this special Legacy Chapel brought to you by Pastor Phil Woodman
This week we are praising God for being EVERLASTING. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our current worldwide situation has shaken what we thought was certain, and we can use this as an opportunity to realize and focus on what truly is everlasting. God and His Word are everlasting, no matter our circumstances.
“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.” –
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.” – Isaiah 40:28
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24
School Prayer Requests:
- For High School AP testing this week
- For our students, parents, and staff to sense God’s presence with them as they persevere to finish the school year with excellence
- For our Seniors to feel celebrated and loved as they wrap up their time at PCA in unprecedented circumstances!
- For wisdom for our administrators as they prepare for Fall 2020
We pray that your week ahead is a good one, filled with hope as you fix your eyes on our EVERLASTING God!
We are praying for you! If you have any specific prayers, please do not hesitate to email us privately.
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.