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November, 2012

Secondary Newsletter Principal’s Message The ACSI teachers’ convention was a good time of refreshing and refocusing for our staff. There were a wide range of sessions available. The topics ranged from how to run a missions team to how to build a classroom community through a website. I know that last one sounds a bit crazy but the grade 9 Bible class at Strathcona Christian Academy has it working and some of our classes are looking to partner up with them. In some ways that partnership speaks to the real value of a convention of believers, we get the

opportunity to connect, to share the ups and downs of life, and in the process we encourage one another to faith and good works. Dan Engler was the key note speaker. He told us of his roots as a missionary kid in Tanzania where he attended a one room school house and then had to go to a boarding school that was three days travel away from where his family was. He told us that as he grew older he didn’t want to get stuck in a corner of Africa like his dad had. He went on to college and

a successful athletic career when his teacher from the one room school house in that corner of Africa stopped to visit him. She asked him, “How are you investing your life in the kingdom?” and that question marked a turning point for Dan. He determined to live for eternity and not just for the day. This was the message he brought us as educators – Carpe Aeternitatem – seize eternity. It is a great message for all of us.

3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

Don’t forget to buy your IGA Gift Card this month!

Randy Wood

Parent teacher interviews are on November 8th 3:45 to 8:50pm. Please go to Booking Code is GRSJV. Follow the instructions to book your appointments. You will receive a confirmation email when you are done. If you are not sure of who teaches which class, you will have all of your student’s teachers on Friday when you receive the report cards. Irene


Over the past 12 years GHSD teachers and administrators have examined classroom practices and student learning in the context of student achievement. Previous AISI cycles were comprised of several projects with a focus on curriculum areas such as math and literacy. Cycle 4, which was a division wide cycle, introduced teachers to defined goals and implementation strategies which focused on Assessment for learning. At present our elementary school is undergoing a report card change in response to this implementation. The Junior High will also be involved in this change in the coming year. That brings us to the present. AISI cycle 5 has a new focus but a continued emphasis on AFL practices. This year’s AISI project will be using multiple strategies with an emphasis on using powerful questioning techniques which help students to address issues, challenges and problems that lead to deeper understanding. Students will learn how to find and evaluate content, connect with prior knowledge and use that knowledge to solve authentic problems. This year will see a focus on learning academic vocabulary in each of the subject areas. Stay tuned as we continue to implement new strategies to improve student understanding and growth. AISI lead teacher, Patty Brown

Mother’s Who Care When: Tuesdays @ 2 pm Where: High School Building Who: all mothers who care about PCA Questions: call Teresa Schalm 443-7935 Mothers Who Care consists of small groups of Christian mothers whose primary object is to provide prayer and moral support for their school’s children, teachers and administrators.

Please note that all teachers can be reached through their school email addresses. Teacher addresses follow this general rule: Feel free to email them with questions or concerns regarding your child at any time.


Student fees are due. Fees invoices will be included in the report cards envelopes November 2nd. If you have not submitted payment to the school office, please do so as soon as possible. Below are the cost of fees charged at PCA Secondary. Resource Fees

(gr 7-9)


(gr 10-12)




GHSD School bus fee (Courtesy Riders)

fee waived

Yearbook Lockers

40.00 (refundable)




Jr High Student Council


Sr High Student Council


Sr High Drama


Jr High Drama


Jr High Home Ec


Jr High Art


Jr High Outdoor Ed


Jr High Industrial Arts


Sr High Industrial Arts


Sr High Phys Ed


Band Fee


His Singers Grade 11 Jr/Sr Banquet Graduation Fee

265.00 35.00

Chapel Schedule Nov 1 School spirit day - so long summer - dress tropical Nov 8 Remembrance Day Assembly Nov 15 Andrew Fletcher Nov 22 Brad & Tina Harback Nov 29 PBC Youth Ministries Student


Sports: Jr High Volleyball


Jr High B Volleyball


Jr High Basketball


Jr High B Basketball


Sr High Volleyball


Sr High Basketball


JV Basketball


JV Volleyball


Jr High Badminton


Sr High Badminton


Jr High Track and Field Sr High Track and Field Football

5.00 5.00 200.00

Payment can be made using your Debit or Credit card or a cheque can be written made payable to Prairie Christian Academy.

November Calendar Nov 2 Nov 8 Nov 8

Report Cards Remembrance Day Service Parent/Teacher Interviews – after school Nov 9 School Closure in Lieu of Parent/Teacher Interviews Nov 12 School Closure - Remembrance Day Nov 26 Food Hamper challenge Begins Nov 19-23 Shoeboxes handed in Nov 30 School Closure - Flex Friday


SABRES ATHLETICS 9TH ANNUAL BANQUET/FUNDRAISER On September 29, Prairie Christian Academy hosted its ninth annual Sabres Athletic Banquet. Guests enjoyed listening to former professional basketball player and speaker, Leighann Doan Reimer. She talked about how we may have our own plans and goals for our lives, but God often has a way of changing them. She shared about how it is important for us to accept God’s will for our lives and to live for Him. She challenged PCA athletes and guests to trust God, and to remember that He is always with us, even in the hard times. A highlight of the evening was the live auction with all round Canadian auctioneering champion, John Radcliffe. The emcee of the event was CTV sports anchor, Heath Brown. This event raised over $21,000.00. The funds will be used for Sabres athletic programs, elementary school sports equipment, and the PCA bus and van. The Athletic Banquet Committee is searching for volunteers to help with next year’s banquet. Please contact the PCA school office if you are interested in helping on the committee. PCA would like to thank all sponsors and guests for their generous donations and support over the years. The Lord has blessed our school and we give Him all the glory, honour, and praise.

Those of you who attended the Christmas band concert last year will remember the beautiful poinsettias that were offered for sale. The $500 that was raised was put in a fund for buying a new set of timpani for our music program as ours were in pretty rough shape. The cost of a new set of timpani is around $9000. I don’t know about you, but while I was happy with the amount that was raised, I thought that it was going to take an awfully long time to get those new timpani at that rate. God had other plans and converted this $500, (what we originally thought was less than 10% of what we needed) into a set of timpani for our school. The timpani set is not new, but it is in much better shape than our current set and will serve us well for many years. Praise the Lord for his goodness to us. We will be offering poinsettias again this year, so please see below for more information. Barry Sommer All band students have forms for ordering Poinsettias. If you would like to order, but do not get approached by a band member, please contact either school office. The top sellers from each band will receive a Subway gift card. Here is some information regarding the plants: - Plants are large and healthy - Plants are $15 each, label picks are $2 - Orders are due on Thursday, November 15th - Plants to be picked up Friday, November 30th - Cheques must be written to PCA/Prairie Christian Academy


Our football team has had a tough month of October, but these are growing pains we need to go through as we improve our program. Success doesn’t come overnight, but our boys are gaining valuable experience. They played Rimbey (50-0), St. Joes twice (38-18), and Caroline (54-34) this month and although we lost them all we are looking forward to our first playoff game vs Caroline on Nov. 1st. A positive has been seeing a lot of development in some of the younger players.

Our Junior High teams have had some great success this year so far. The teams were up in Edmonton for a 48 team tournament and also had our home tournament. The girls finished 6th out of 16 and the boys won it all. The Girls are in first place in league with a 9-1 record and the boys are second in league. The teams are fast approaching playoffs with league on Nov 6th and we are hosting Zones on Nov 9th & 10th so come on out to watch our teams!!

The month of October was a great month of improvement for the Girls Sr High Volleyball team (the boys have been dealing with some injuries but are continuing to battle). We were in the Taber (Girls got 6th of 16 teams) and Picture Butte tournaments. The girls team is very young but its been great to see the strides they have made and they are getting better with each competition. The boys are close to being fully healthy and should be able to make a push at the end of the season. Playoffs are right around the corner for League and the push for 1A provincials. Keep working hard teams!!

Our Cross Country team consisted of Caleb Ould this year but he was a force to be reckoned with. Caleb finished 3rd out of 60+ runners at zones and then went on to finished 44th out of 109 runners in his category (5000 m race). Also we want to congratulate Devon Woodland for winning the ACAC Cross Country Championships!!!

Our Hockey team has begun their tiering process and off to a 1-2 start. We only have 11 on the team right now but we appreciate the efforts of Tim Arnold and Kevin Wiens to make this team still happen. The boys have 3 more games, Nov. 3/9/10, and then they will know what tier they are in and will complete their regular season schedule.


Congrats to Theoren Olver (Football, Golf), Kyle Penner (football), Caleb Ould (Cross Country, Football), Curtis Benevides (Football), Jenne Weigum (Sr. Volleyball), Justin Brown (Football, Sr Volleyball), Jon Munan (Jr Volleyball), Taryn Kahler (Jr. Volleyball) on being named our October Athletes of the Week.

Trust. The Lord has been challenging me to trust in Him more. I know this is an important principle in living a victorious Christian life, that I am relying on His power and not my own. This is why He says in II Corinthians 12:7-10: “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I find it a unique challenge to find the balance of making sure I am working hard to surrender to Christ, and making sure I am not working in my own power but in Christ’s, whose power is much greater then mine. I am looking for Basketball coaches, so if you are interested, please contact me. I need Coaches at the Jr and Sr High levels. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, Because your character is what you really are, While your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden

From the Music Director:


PCAS Annual General Meeting October 22, 2012 The Board of Directors would like to thank all those who attended last month’s Annual General Meeting. After introducing the various staff employed by the Society we heard a brief testimony from one of our dorm students, Elizabeth Rashleigh. The minutes from our last AGM, as well as the reports from our Board Chair and Executive Director, were presented. Additionally, the Society’s membership approved the budget for the present school year. This was followed by an open discussion which largely centered on financial matters and student recruitment. Thank you for all those who participated. Your input is valuable to us. The Board of Directors welcomes five new members into its ranks: Andrew Maningas, Rob Munchinsky, Lydia Nelson, Jamie Pryor, and Dori Ward. We’re glad to have you on the team. A giant thank you Your PCAS Board Members: 443.2387 goes out to those who have completed their service on the Jason Ewert Coralie Koch 443.5873 Board: Stephen Brinks, Brian Crotser, Laurel Penner, Andrew Maningas 443.7191 and Tammy Smith. Each of you have made an valuable contri- Rob Munchinsky 443.5376 bution to our Board and the Society at large. Thank you! You Lydia Nelson 443.7565 will be sorely missed. Andrew Peters 774.1746 443.2888 Please continue to pray for us. We need the Lord’s wis- Jamie Pryor Chad Reimer 443.3731 dom and insight to chart a bold course. The challenges may be Teresa Schalm 443.7935 great; but our God is greater. May we rejoice together as we see Mike Scott 443.1685 Dori Ward 443.7505 His hand at work. Ex-officio members: David Atmore Denise Lockhart Randy Wood

443.8443 443.4210 443.4220

Please call them with any questions or concerns

PCA students are encouraged to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes should be dropped off at the office during the week of November 19-23.

Food Hamper Challenge!! In the spirit of Christmas, we invite you to join us in the Great Christmas Hamper Challenge between PCA Elementary School and the Secondary School.


pantry items with your children to fill the bins to overflowing. We will be collecting items from November 26th to December 4th only. Prizes to the winning school will be rewarded at the All school Christmas chapel on Thursday, December 20th.

PCA Jr Sr High Newsletter November 2012  

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