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December 18th Music Recitals cancelled performance on January 7th @ chapel.

December 19th Early Dismissal 12:20 PM

January 5th Return to school

Christmas Bonus

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Christmas Bonus

this year.  The faculty and staff greatly appreciate your contributions.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Vacation

We will be on vacation from December 20 until Monday, January 5, 2015.  All students are to report back to school on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

Music Recitals

The music recitals that were scheduled for December 18th have been cancelled. Students will have the opportunity to perform at a talents chapel on January 7th.

Hot Lunch

January lunch orders are due by the Friday, Dec 19th.  Also, we are in need a few more volunteers to help with the Hot Lunch Program, especially on Fridays. There are open spots on Tuesday and Thursday as well.  Contact Ginger Harbison at 724-822-8939 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to help.

Achievement Testing News:

Attention Parents,

Please be advised of a change from last year regarding Achievement Testing.

ALL students in grades 1-10 will participate in taking the Terra Nova 3 this year April 27 – May 1, 2015 Please remember these dates when making your plans as it is difficult for students to make up these tests once the testing week has passed.

Please contact Mr. Saunders if you have questions.

Study Halls

A Word to Parents about Study Halls

Most of you have probably heard your middle or high school student reference their study hall time as something they’re not terribly excited about.  And as a parent, you may be wondering about them yourself.

Study halls are the result of a nine period schedule.  We schedule nine periods partly because, as a small school, we share staff with the lower grades, and partly to be able to make scheduling a little more flexible for students.  If we operated on a traditional high school schedule, say a five or six period day, or a modified block schedule, the time that students now have during study hall would be included in their regular class periods as time for guided and independent practice after the lesson objective is presented.  So at PCS, study halls are simply guided practice that change locations to accommodate the student schedule.

Guided and independent practice time during the school day are key factors in the learning experience.  This is an important way to reinforce learning, which makes study hall time important.  They are not just for “getting homework done,” though homework is also an important part of the reinforcement of learning.  Education is an investment of time, and up through high school, we are teaching students the basic building blocks of a foundation of citizenship, and social skills, along with self-discipline and career building skills.

Of course, sometimes students tend to think of a study hall as “their time” or a “free period.” But in fact, that’s not the case.  If a student is not using their study hall time for their independent practice, or preparing in advance for the next class period, they are wasting time.  And if your child is coming home with an hour or more of homework several nights a week, that’s a sign that they are not using their study hall time wisely.  Two study halls would be about eighty minutes of study time.

Hopefully, this will answer your questions about study halls, and enable you to help our staff as they seek to supervise your child in a study hall period. 

Day of Serving

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”  A big heartfelt thank you to all of the staff, teachers, and parents who lent a hand as I planned this year’s Day of Serving back in November.  A special thank you to Ginger Harbison who guided me though it all, with a smile on her face.  So many helped by pitching in to donate time, food, and drink.  Parents and teachers volunteering to chaperone groups.  Bus drivers volunteering their day to drive groups of students to their locations and then stayed to help out.  Office staff helping me with phone calls and making copies.  I could go on and on.  Day of Serving would not have happened without you.  I also appreciate the support I received as I coordinated this event for the first time.  I look forward to next year and continuing the tradition of putting our faith into action here at PCS with our Day of Serving event.  Have a blessed Christmas season!  In HIS hands, Colene Hoffer

Live for More Tour

On Thursday, December 11th the Word of Life Bible Institute is hosting a night of music, games, and a life changing message from students.  This is an evening to hear what God is doing in other student’s lives.   For more information, please see the attachment.

Christmas Pops Concert

I serve as the Education Chair for the Scottish Rite Cathedral Pittsburgh Symphony Advisory Board.  My role is to ensure that I communicate to the schools the wonderful opportunity to have your students experience the talent and sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony in New Castle .

The performances are the same as those held at Heinz Hall.  The upcoming performance is the Christmas Pops on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. The final is a classical concert on Tuesday, May 20, 2015.  Please mark your calendars so you can include your students in these wonderful offerings.

I have a limited number of FREE tickets available for your students (and chaperones) if you would like to organize a group to attend.  Families are encouraged to attend as well.  When a parent buys a ticket at the $20 level or above, children (18 and under) may receive a free ticket.  In order to help me communicate this offer feel free to place this information in the school newsletter/newspaper, or posted on the school website.

Please contact me to reserve your tickets or with any questions.  I am also available to deliver the tickets to your school.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the symphony!

Host Family Needed

If you can host a 15 year old boy from Austria , please call 724-285-3378 for more details.


A note from Head Administrator R. Lee Saunders, Jr.


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