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Eagle News…October 10-October 16

By: Webmaster|Date: Oct 10, 2020|Tags: Eagle News

Dear PCA Family,
The fall colors are spectacular right now and I hope that you can take the time this weekend to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Days with blue skies and flaming red and orange trees are fleeting, but as you soak them in, be reminded of God’s creativity and love for us. He loves us so much, and he exhibits His love in many ways; one of those ways is through the beauty around us. My prayer is that you can take the time to reflect on what you see. Let’s get away from our computers, put down our phones, and take in the amazing majesty of God’s creation.
“But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 10:12
During these anxiety ridden days full of difficult news, let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus and his mighty creation. He has painted it the most amazing colors just for you this October!
Educating for Eternity,
Caryn Huntsman
Superintendent

ALL SCHOOL NEWS


On the Calendar

As surely as the leaves change colors, so goes our school calendar during this fluid time in our history as a school. Before you know it, the best laid plans need rescheduling or revamping. With that in mind, we’ve got some calendar news that may bring balance to students and teachers who are under a new kind of stress as we navigate new health and safety protocols, the strain of new technology, live streaming and so much more. Since we’ve been able to add more academic time into the school day, we have the flexibility to work in a Fall and Thanksgiving Break and an extra day at Christmas.
  • Thursday-Friday, October 15, 16; Fall Break
  • Monday-Friday, November 23-27; Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 18 – Tuesday, January 6, 2021; Christmas Break. Friday, Dec. 18 is now a full day off rather than a half day

Health & Safety

Weekly Dashboard

This past week, you received a few emails containing information regarding our COVID-19 activity. We pledge to provide updated and accurate information regarding cases at PCA, as well as the number of individuals in quarantine at any given time due to close contact. As a school, we are following the Wayne County Health Department guidelines each step of the way through this process.

Protocols

Thank you all so much for your continued efforts to keep PCA safe by performing the daily student health screening before school each morning and keeping students home who are under the weather. Since we are approaching the cold and flu season and will be spending more time indoors, this is the perfect time to remind us of the health standards we have in place. These standards give direction for making decisions about when a student should stay home from school and guidelines for when and how they can return after being sick.

Daily Health Screening for Students & Staff

Every morning before coming to school, students and staff are required to perform a health screening. To download & print the Stay Safe Eagles PDF, please click HERE.

When to return to school

Now that your student is home because you’re following the Daily Screening Tool, how can you determine when they can return to school? We’ve updated our Emoji Decision Tree, using the latest recommendations from the Wayne County Health Department, to give you the path to make this determination. To download and print the latest Decision Tree, please click HERE.

Are Online Reviews Really That Important?

Last week we told you how important your online reviews are to PCA. This week, we want to give you the opportunity to help us without ever leaving home!
While we love online reviews, we really love them when they are spaced out over weeks and months. Why does this matter? Because statistics show that 85% of consumers think that online reviews older than 3 months are no longer relevant! For this important reason, we have a system that will allow you to sign up to write a review over the course of the next several months. You’ll receive a prompt via email that it’s your turn, and in just a few minutes, you’ll be able to share your latest review. Interested? Click HERE to visit our Sign-Up Genius for PCA Reviews! Questions? Please contact Peggy Paulson at Peggy.paulson@plymouthchristian.org. Thank you SO much!

School Events & Calendar

Parent Coffee Tailgates

6th Grade Parents, Class of 2027
Your Coffee Tailgate will take place on Tuesday, October 13th, instead of Friday due to the Fall Break. You’ll gather in the Barn parking lot, 8am-9am.
Any other classes interested? Please contact Peggy Paulson at peggy.paulson@plymouthchristian.org and she’ll put you on the calendar!

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. Bonus Fest is here, with 4 weekends in a row of 2-day bonuses. Celebrate Weekend 1 by earning big on your purchases. Brands and bonuses change every weekend, so take advantage of these special earnings before tomorrow night – here are just a few of the participating retailers you’ll find at www.shopwithscrip.com:

Prayer Focus

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
This week we praise God for being our comforter. He is the one who consoles, reassures, helps and assists us.
This week we pray specifically for:
  • Continued health and safety for our school
  • Godly friendships amongst student groups, parent groups and staff
  • Guidance for parents and staff making daily health decisions to help keep our school safe
  • God’s word to be the continued light and direction at our school
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” II Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessings,
Jennifer Hock & Sarah Batson, Moms in Prayer Coordinators

Moms in Prayer…Please Join Us

You’re invited to meet with Moms in Prayer this Monday near the Barn from 8-9 am. Please bring your own lawn chair, and if it rains, we plan to meet under the new baseball dugouts. We would love to have you come pray with us!

ELEMENTARY EXPRESS

PCA’s Parking Lot Traffic and Safety Plan

This year, PCA’s Parking Lot Traffic and Safety Plan opened the west lot for K-4th grade drop off/pick up, allowing for a more efficient school entry/dismissal. PCA’s Administrative Team is outside each day to ensure that traffic patterns and pedestrian walkways are safe and operating efficiently. We are regularly reviewing the patterns of our parking lot and want to inform you of some updates for added safety.
General Parking Lot: All students must be accompanied by parents when walking on PCA’s parking lots. Pedestrians must use the school’s clearly marked crosswalks. Please avoid crossing traffic lanes.
West Parking Lot (adjacent to the flower shop): A PCA Administrator will help direct pedestrians to use crosswalks and vehicles to follow traffic flow.
Parent Drop Off/Pick Up: We encourage parents to use PCA’s carlines whenever feasible. If you plan to park your vehicle at drop off/pick up, students must be accompanied by parents when walking to and from vehicles at drop off/pick up and utilize the school’s clearly marked crosswalks. Kindergarten Parents: Thank you for parking “short-term” in the east & west parking lot and waiting in the designated parking spaces (identified with cones) by the Kindergarten classrooms. Please be sure to use the closest crosswalk and avoid crossing traffic lanes.
Designated Crosswalks: For the safety of everyone, we ask that you use the following crosswalks when walking on the school’s parking lot:
  • Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade: (2) Crosswalks located at the corners of the church building by the Kindergarten classrooms OR (2) Crosswalks located near the safety chain and the playscape.
  • 3rd-4th Grade: (2) Crosswalks located near the safety chain and the playscape.
  • 5th-6th Grade: Crosswalk located near the fire hydrant OR Crosswalks located near the safety chains
Thank you for your help in keeping our school safe.

Spirit Wear Fridays are Back!

Show your PCA school spirit this year on Spirit Wear Fridays! Every Friday through the rest of the school year, elementary students are invited to wear their purple and gold. Tops may include purple & gold field trip/athletic T-shirts, intramural T-shirts, or purple & gold dress code shirts with dress code pants or shorts. Regular dress code attire is always welcome.
Need more spirit wear? You can visit the athletic spirit wear store by clicking HERE. Please note this is completely optional!

SECONDARY NEWS

College Admissions Representative Lunchtime Visits

Juniors and Seniors! You are invited to attend Zoom Meetings with College Reps during lunch. Bring your lunch to Room 14 and hear from college reps on the programs they offer and their application process. There is a limit to 15 students – so reserve your spot today! Find the Sign-Up Genius Link in the Class of 2021 Guidance Google Classroom or the Class of 2022 Guidance Google Classroom.
Colleges Scheduled so far:
  • Monday, Oct. 12-Northwood University
  • Monday, Oct. 19-Calvin University
  • Monday, Oct. 26

Testing Day

On Wednesday, Oct. 14th, the following tests will be given to the secondary students in the morning and they will attend their afternoon classes after lunch.
  • Juniors: PSAT TEST – This test practice SAT test also enters students into the National Merit Scholarship program. An information packet and sample test were given to the juniors in their Bible class last week. Results of the test will be shared with students in December
  • Sophomores: PreACT TEST – This test simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students with early exposure to ACT test-quality questions and helps them get comfortable with the testing experience. It also helps parents and educators identify areas where additional support might be necessary. Test results will be shared with students in December.
  • Freshmen: NWEA/MAP TEST – This test is used to measure the academic progress of all our K-9th grade students. The 9th grade will take the Language, Reading and Math components this Fall and again in the spring. Results will be shared with families in November.

EAGLE ATHLETICS

Do you miss being at home games?
Volunteer opportunities at our games are available for you! Contact Matt Windle, AD, via email at matthew.windle@plymouthchristian.org for more information.

Reminder!

Please note that all 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 these sports and have questions, please contact your coach. Please note that spectators are limited to two per player for all games. All home games in the Butler Gymnasium will be live streamed at NFHSnetwork.com. In addition, we hope to have all games on the varsity soccer field live streamed very soon.

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 This Coming Week

  • Please note: All games are subject to change at any time
Saturday, October 10
  • Varsity Boys & Varsity Girls Cross Country – Olivet Pink Invitational / Away / 10:00 am –At Country Mill Orchard and Cider Mill, 4648 Otto Rd, Charlotte, MI 48813
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball – Mt. Morris Tournament, 8041 Neff Rd., Mt. Morris / Away / 8:30 am
  • MS Boys & Girls Cross Country – Olivet Pink Invitational / Away / 9:00 am –At Country Mill Orchard and Cider Mill, 4648 Otto Rd, Charlotte, MI 48813
Monday, October 12
  • JV & Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. Lutheran Westland / Home / 5:30 & 6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13
  • JV Boys Soccer at Detroit Country Day / Away / 5:30 pm
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball at Southfield Christian / Away / 6:30 pm
  • FR Girls Volleyball vs. Huron Valley Lutheran / Home / 4:30 pm
  • MS Boys Soccer at Oakland Christian / Away / 4:30 pm
  • Girls Volleyball Gold & Purple Teams at Oakland Christian / Away / 4:30 & 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 15
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Clarenceville / Home / 4:30 pm
  • JV & Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. Oakland Christian / Home / 5:30 & 6:30 pm
  • MS Boys Soccer vs. Genesee Christian / Home / 4:30 pm
  • Girls Gold & Purple Teams vs. Novi Christian / Home / 4:00 & 5:00 pm
Friday, October 16
  • Varsity Football vs. Advanced Technology Academy – Played at Lutheran Westland / 7:00 pm
CONFERENCE CHAMPS 2020
Congratulations Boys Varsity Soccer! They won the 1st Conference Title in program history when they defeated Inter City, 1-0, at the 2020 Under the Lights. We cannot wait to see how far this team will go in the coming weeks and we’ll be cheering all the way!
It was a gorgeous evening for Under the Lights, and although the crowd couldn’t be as large as normal, they brought a ton of energy. The PCA cheer team was on point, and the victory over Inter City gave PCA a much needed spark! Click HERE to view the photos from the evening.

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