Rex Energy is planning to construct a road to a gas well that will be built approximately a half mile south of the school. We are expecting construction to begin within the next few days. The road will intersect Hwy 488 directly across from the main entrance to the school, to the east of the church. On our side of the road, we’re not expecting much disruption, except for the moving of a couple of phone and electric line poles. The school zone and times will not be affected. We have met with representatives from the company on two different occasions, and they are aware of our concerns regarding traffic, and are putting some practices in place which will provide for minimal disruptions of traffic flow at peak times for the school.
· Traffic using the gas well road will be restricted to right turn in, right turn out, so there will be no vehicles crossing in front of school busses or school traffic.
· The gate will be set back at some distance from the road, and the area of intersection with Hwy 488 will include a wide apron of frontage along the road.
· The road is being placed directly in front of our entrance. The energy company is working with Penn Dot to slow the speed on 488 all the way to Kelly Road to 35 MPH.
· The school zone speed of 15 MPH will remain in effect during the scheduled times.
· We have requested that the energy company include a request to PennDot in their right of way access to place a four way stop in front of the school.
The gas well itself will be well past the recommended safety zone for the school, and is not in an area where it will affect our well or septic systems. Once the construction period is over, the traffic flow on the road to and from the well is expected to be between 50 and 100 vehicles per day. Most of that will occur at times when it will not affect the peak traffic in and out of the school.
If you drive your students to school, please use caution, especially during the construction period.
ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL
Our handbook addresses the policy of absences from school. For clarification, students are required to be in attendance for 90% of the state required mandate, which is 180 days. Therefore, students can miss up to 18 days of school, 9 per semester, without being considered truant. The state does not have a designation for “excused” or unavoidable absences as opposed to “unexcused” absences, that is a school designation. As far as the state is concerned, an absence is a subtraction from the minimum requirement, whether it is unavoidable or not. For parents, this means careful planning when it comes to planned absences from school.
Also, while there is a provision for make-up work, the fact of the matter is that far more education takes place in the classroom during instructional time than can be measured simply by assignments and getting work done. Missing instruction cannot be replaced, and it clearly affects student performance as well as their ability to comprehend and master required objectives. Our teachers are experts at helping students learn, providing motivation and instruction, and when students miss class, especially for several days in a row, they are missing instruction that can’t really be “made up.” If you are planning vacation time during the school year, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher to help provide some of the instruction that will be missed. Of course, our advice would be to take advantage of the numerous holidays during the school year, as well as the summer vacation, to plan extended absences, but we know that’s not always possible.
Hand Chime Group
Anyone interested in joining the hand chime group and playing at the Christmas concerts should see Mrs.Guerrini or sign up in the office.
This is open to students, faculty, and parents. Some experience is necessary.
Attention students! It’s that time of year again.. Fundraising for yearbooks. You can even earn your yearbook for free!! The Yearbook fundraiser Attention Students!! Here is your chance to earn money off the price of your begins immediately and ends on Thursday, October 10/23/14. Money is due on that day. So sell, sell, sell!! For more information, please refer to the attached flyer.
Just a reminder School Pictures will be on November 5. Attached is the price list for pictures. Please bring in money and form the day of.
Kidstuff Books are going home this week! Kidstuff Books are full of great coupons! By using just three coupons, you'll earn back the $25 that you spent on the book. For every book that is sold, the PCS senior class will earn $12.50. This sale will continue until Wednesday, October 22. Thanks for supporting the senior class!
Volunteer Coordinator Needed ~ ELEMENTARY FUN RUN
PCS is in need of a volunteer or a pair of volunteers to coordinate the Elementary Fun Run. You do not need to be an elementary parent. The former coordinator will assist with explanations and provide the “Fun Run Bible” of how to. The office handles the fun run flyer distribution to students, mailing of flyers and collects and records the funds.
In short, this is what the Fun Run Coordinator does:
Makes participant name tags/assign team colors; organize high school student helpers to count laps; purchase candy, water and prizes (you will be reimbursed, of course); create a schedule for teachers and classes to balance the number of students running at one time; attend the days event and lead each grade level of the Fun Run with prayer, directions and encouragement. List lap totals for the office. Present prizes and winners after each class finishes. Of course all time spent on this effort will go toward your volunteer hours.
Please consider how your gifts and talents can be used to coordinate this fund-raising effort for PCS! Please contact the office with questions.
Family Fun Night at Fun Fore All
The PFA is sponsoring a Family Fun Night at Fun Fore All in Cranberry Twp. on Thursday evening, Oct. 30, from 5 pm - 9 pm. Cost is $11.99 per person which includes Ballocity Admission, Free play on Video Games, $5 to play ticket/prize games, and Food Buffet. This will be a great time for families of PCS to spend some time together. See the attached flyer for more information.
Grandparent and Special Friend day is scheduled for Tuesday November 25 during the half school day and is being organized by the PFA. This is an ALL school event and has been a great success in the past. We encourage you to invite grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or anyone else you think would enjoy spending a morning at school with our students. An address request sheet has been sent home with students and we have also attached one for your convenience. If possible we are also requesting that you send in stamps to help cover the cost of postage since we will mail the invitations from school. If you have any questions please contact Ronee Haller. Also we generally need alot of help that day for things to run smoothly, so I would ask that you prayerfully consider signing up on sign up genius to help with Grandparent day or email Ronee at
Kindergarten is looking for donations of Lego's (regular size), Tinker toys, and Nuts & Bolts (to match--helps with visual discrimination and fine motor skills!) Thanks!
MOMS IN PRAYER
A new Moms In Prayer group is beginning November 4th from 8:30 - 9:30. We will meet every Tuesday school is in session in the basement of the Portersville Alliance Church on the PCS campus. We will be praying specifically for PCS. All moms are welcome and encouraged to come. Babysitting is not provided. If you have prayer requests related to PCS, please send them to Betsy Mangiapane at
or place them in the Moms In Prayer request box in the teachers lounge.
"Arise,cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street." Lam. 2:19
ATHLETIC COMMITTEE NEWS,
ATHLETIC BANQUET IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH 6PM AT SHAKESPEARES RESTAURANT. DETAILS LATER.
ALL ELEMENTARY, JH, JV AND VARSITY BASKETBALL FORMS AND FEES MUST BE IN BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD. NO FORMS= NO PRACTICE!!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!
ALL ELEMENTARY, JH, JV AND VARSITY ARCHERY FORMS AND FEES MUST BE IN BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST. NO FORMS=NO PRACTICE!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS! Any questions, please contact the Athletic Director, Jordan Harbison at 724-968-9797 or
Volunteers are needed for the Development Committee! This committee helps with important fund raising events like the Annual Fund, marketing and public relations for PCS and alumni relations. Your participation on this committee and any volunteer time you do with this committee counts toward your required 20 hours per year per family. There are opportunities to work from home with this committee. We are looking for a Chairperson and other volunteers to help this year. If you are interested in joining the Development team or know others would be interested, please attend our kick-off meeting September 30th at 7pm in the school library! If you are interested but unable to attend, please e-mail Miriam Lowery for more information at
Volunteer Hours: We have had questions regarding the volunteer hours. The requirement is 20 hours per school year per family. Your hours may be earned through volunteering for committees, helping teachers with school projects/parties/baking, supplying food or beverage for school events, working from home opportunities, fine arts, hot lunch and many more… You need to record your volunteer hours on your family’s index card which is located in the front office.
New Phone Extensions:
Marla (Receptionist) Ext 201
Marci (Finance) Ext 203
Sue (Finance) Ext 204
Chrisann (Adm) Ext 205
Dave (Maintenance) Ext 213
John (Transportation) Ext 212
Box Top Contest
Attention Parents and Students!!! We are collecting box tops. Mrs. Saunders is having a box top contest for grades k-6 beginning now until November 21st. First place classroom gets to wear their slippers ALL day AND an ice cream party!! Our runner up classroom gets to wear their slippers ALL day. All box tops collected help our school get items we need. Note: We are still collecting labels, and juice boxes.
The guidance department has established a new system to collect info for student transcripts.
All students in grades 9-12 are asked to go to: http://www.edline.net/pages/Portersville_Christian_School and click on the link: “9th-12th Guidance Form”.
Once on line, carefully follow the directions and submit your info to Guidance. Throughout the year, as you participate in different PCS activities, please update your information for your transcript. Please do not include your church or community activities.
Just a reminder to you all that my dad will be running a shooting and skills clinic every Saturday in the month of October from 10 am till noon at the school gym. This clinic is for all students 4th through 8th grade who are planning on playing on the elementary and jr. high teams.
Hope to see there! If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks,