We Will Stay the Course

By: Webmaster|Date: Apr 2, 2020|Tags: Superintendent UpLink

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Dear PCA Parents & Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart that we accept the news that the state of Michigan has closed schools through the end of this scheduled school year. While we aren’t doing school in our building, we are committed to staying the course with our robust distance learning plan. Our prayer is that we will look back on these days, thankful that we cooperated with our local leaders and those in authority to keep our school community safe. We are all playing a critical role in reducing the spread of this virus and keeping our families and friends safe.

We want to thank you for your perseverance and your patience. Spring break comes at a much needed time. Please take this opportunity to rest your brains, step away from your devices, and focus on the amazing love of God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to this world to save us. How grateful we are, that in His great grace, Jesus, went willingly to the cross to make a way for peace between God and mankind. “There’s nothing like the hope of resurrection to lift the agonizing spirits of the heavy hearted” Chuck Swindoll. Happy Easter, PCA

More than ever before, we appreciate your partnership with us to prepare our students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service, fully prepared to enter the next grade and for the Class of 2020, fully prepared to attend colleges and universities in the fall. We will continue to provide updates and guidance in timely and consistent ways. Please expect the volume of emails to slow during the break. We care for you and for your families! FAQs and updates regarding the implications of Governor Whitmer’s executive order are available below.

Are we able to come on campus?

Not at this time. We will keep you updated in the weeks ahead, but for now, our campus is closed to all visitors, parents, and students until further notice. This includes anyone wanting access for recreation, practice, or play

How does this affect the athletic program?

All of our athletic teams are to be commended, and we want you to know that the athletic success of this school year will not go unnoticed. We will be following the directives of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and the MIAC as we plan for the future of our spring and fall teams. We encourage our entire school family to take this time to challenge themselves physically and mentally through this period. Go Eagles

Will we be having Commencement Ceremonies?

Depending on the direction we receive from the state, local, and federal governments, the feasibility of hosting a large group gathering may not be possible before the end of the school year. 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. Our hearts go out to the Class of 2020. We love you and recognize the loss that this directive brings. Please stay tuned as we make plans to celebrate and honor you from now until your graduation

What are PCA’s plans for Distance Learning?

Following spring break, we will continue our Distance Learning Program beginning on Tuesday, April 14.

Our mission statement,

Plymouth Christian Academy, in partnership with parents, educates students from a biblical worldview and EQUIPS them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service.

I emphasized the word, EQUIPS, for a reason. We have reached the final quarter of the 2019-20 school year, one of the most essential 9-10 weeks of the year. During this last quarter, PCA educators put the bow on “what your student will need to know for the next year…or the next class.” They are purposefully using power standards for success in each discipline, whether it be science, social studies, Bible, math, or electives, to give your child all the ingredients for success

My heart goes out to so many students in our communities who will not have this option or will struggle for the next level of learning, whether it be freshmen in college, an 8th grader entering high school, or a 3rd grader going into 4th grade. Our faculty works feverishly every year to stay in tune with each other as a discipline and with universities and colleges to work towards our Expected Student outcomes and cutting-edge information your student will need to know to be successful at the next level. Our graduates have repeatedly told us how grateful they are for their teachers who prepared them for college.

When our world is struggling with what to do, we at PCA are committed to finishing the year strong and with purpose with the goal of “Equipping” your student with information that will give them the edge and will help them be successful. Ultimately, we want them to glorify God in all they do and preparing them to perform with excellence and a heart for God will help with that end goal

During this time of upheaval, it is essential to remind our children that God is in control. With our faith and educational focus hand in hand, we can continue to train them that we can have a peace that “passes all understanding”. We are equipping them to persevere. WE are grateful for the opportunity you have given us this year to partner in your student’s education and are committed to accomplishing what we said we would do…to educate students from a biblical worldview and “equip them” for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service. Thank you for allowing us to partner with your family in this critical task.

We will continue to provide updates and guidance as soon and as often as possible. Please expect your volume of emails will decrease over the remainder of the year. For FAQs and updates regarding our Distance Learning Plan, continue to visit our website

Beloved school events and extracurricular activities reimagined

PCA is committed to working with our families to honor all those who had performances, athletic seasons, trips, projects, fine arts activities, and special events. As a school family, we feel the loss and burden with you. For now, it’s our new normal, and by God’s grace will stay connected and strong! Thank you for demonstrating care and concern for this situation and for diligently staying the course.

Class of 2020, We Love You!

Commencement: We will be celebrating and honoring the Class of 2020! Commencement plans are underway, and we will communicate with you in timely and consistent ways

Senior Trip: The viability of this trip is still being assessed. We will provide future communication within the next few weeks.

Senior Walk, Honors Night, Legacy Chapel: These are important milestones and memories, and we want to hear from you. We fully anticipate creating epic events that our students will love!

End of Year Graduations: 8th-Grade Graduation, 6th-Grade Graduation, and Awards Ceremony, Kindergarten Graduation, Preschool Graduation will be honored. Please bear with us, and we seek to honor each student in meaningful ways

Class Trips

The Ark 8th Grade Class Trip and Sophomore DC Trip: These amazing trips have been rescheduled and will take place during Explore Week, 2021. We are pleased to announce that we will be taking both the 8th and 9th-grade classes to the Ark and the Sophomores and Juniors to DC.

Chicago Trip: At this point, we are planning to redesign the 6th-grade trip (who will soon be 7th graders) to the 2020-2021 calendar. Be watching for a survey monkey in the next few days to collect input.

Events and Extracurricular Activities

Many events create community at Plymouth Christian, and we are committed to hosting as many community and extracurricular events as possible.

At this time, we are planning to move the following events to the 2020-2021 calendar: Grandparents Day, 8th Grade Trip to Cedar Point, 6th Grade safeties to Cedar Point, Project SHINE, Induction ceremonies for the NHS, NAHS, Spanish National Honor Society, and German National Honor Society.

Going Virtual

Some of our favorite (and maybe not so favorite!) events are going virtual. Some love it and some not so much, but the Elementary Endurance Run will be virtual this year. Also going virtual will be a variation of Project SHINE, now called Project ENCOURAGEMENT!

You will also learn more about the ways we take the Speech Festival, PCA Open House, Character Awards, 6th Grade Girls Bible Study, and more all virtual in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for a Virtual Spirit Week following spring break.

Thank you for staying the course with Plymouth Christian’s educational process and our new distance learning format. The transition has been successful and we are so proud of how our young people have responded. Our faculty and staff have gone to great lengths to provide a robust curriculum that will count toward your students’ final quarter grades. We understand the significant time and energy our parents have dedicated in support of our online platform, and we are so grateful! It is our hope and prayer that we will be able to come back before the end of this school year if the restrictions lift, as Governor Whitmer referenced.

A scripture that provides comfort during this trying time is found in Psalm 50:15, “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” As we walk this new journey together, we remain grateful to God for each one of you!

In Him,

Caryn Huntsman

Superintendent

 

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