Summer Fun 2020

Summer Camp 2020

Poinciana Christian Preparatory South/2020 Summer Camp Fun

2020 Summer Camp in PCPS is officially in session. Praise the Lord for that. After three months of Distant Learning and being at home complying with at home orders, school was officially over. NOW WHAT? But to be honest, I had my reservations about placing my daughters in summer camp in general with all the fears of COVID-19; after all, I knew that keeping my daughters at home for another two months wasn’t healthy nor conducive to them.

2020 PCPS Summer Fun Camp

As a teacher at PCPS, I am blessed with the opportunity to work at PCPS summer camp and I do get to see at first hand the cleanliness, safety measures, and activities that were being planned out for the campers with the awesome camp directors and staff. I had a sigh of relief because it is where my daughters and other kids will be spending the greater part of their summer.

Doing it Right

To be honest, which is a characteristic that I value, and I am not writing to you in trickery. I was asked to write this blog about camp and how fun it is.  And while it is, I wanted to express to you that as a mom of two and a teacher in this campus nothing brought me more joy than seeing my daughters and other kids interacting each other. Truthfully, we did not have many campers to start with but with the unity of PCPS staff the numbers tripled within the first three weeks. This week has been amazing, as we keep each class to nine kids maximum; we clean, and sanitize we also love on our kids and show them the love of Jesus.

Fun in the Sun and in the Class

Our camp is filled with new activities every day, from outdoor fun, indoor games, and we even squeeze in some academics that the campers genuinely enjoy. My favorite activity was a Minute to Win It. It is a series of games that are played in teams with each tournament lasting a minute. I believe this was my favorite because I am a very spirited person. A Minute to Win It kept all players from all ages engaged, full of cheers, and with great excitement.

There is More Room

If you are a parent like me, if you would like to experience some “normalcy” in your life and in your home, I invite you for a tour of one of our four our campuses. You will experience an individual tour of our  campus by an administrative staff and get to see and meet the amazing staff and the kiddos at real time having fun! Not rehearsed, but safe, and in a Christian environment. Thank you and God Bless.

Distance Learning Program

Students and Families,

We are prayerfully committed to the ongoing health and safety of our school family. Starting Monday March 23rd your child will be attending school through our Distance Learning Program. Everyday your teacher will be calling your son or daughter. This will be an extensive phone call that will include prayer, review of work, goal setting, tutoring and encouragement. The teacher will be setting a schedule and have window of time they will be calling your child every school day. We ask that families only come to the school with an appointment so there are not too many people on campus. Your child will continue with their PACE work, PE, art, music, computer, supplementals, projects and daily virtual time with their classmates.

Attendance will be taken based on assignments completed and daily teacher meetings. There will be no makeup days for students who complete their assignments and have their daily teacher meeting. We want to challenge every student not only to maintain their progress but to work ahead.

Please review the attached document that provides you with our recommended student schedule and suggested guidelines to help prepare for this transition.

All campuses will be open. Office hours will be 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Teachers will schedule appointments for pickup and return of PACE books and/or any additional materials.

Extracurricular activities will resume as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding as we all try to navigate the challenges we are facing. Our mission is to prepare our students for a successful future. We will continue providing the best education possible.

We welcome your feedback as we are striving to make this the best program for your family.

In the midst of this difficult time, we are reminded that, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." PSALMS 46:1. Let's us remain united in prayer knowing that He is with us at all times.

This Month in History: March

Let’s have a little fun this month!

We’re going to learn about some of the historical moments that have happened in March. Come back to this blog once and a while and maybe something cool happened that day!

  • March 3, 1847 – Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • March 4, 1681 – King Charles II of England granted a huge tract of land in the New World to William Penn to settle an outstanding debt. The area later became Pennsylvania.
  • March 4, 1789 – The first meeting of the new Congress under the new U.S. Constitution took place in New York City.
  • March 5, 1770 – The infamous day of the Boston Massacre occurred.
  • March 6, 1836 – The final day of the Battle of the Alamo which stirred the famous Texan saying, “Remember the Alamo.”

“Remember the Alamo!”

  • March 6, 1475 – Renaissance genius Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and visionary.
  • March 10, 1862 – The first issue of U.S. government paper money occurred as $5, $10 and $20 bills began circulation.
  • March 10, 1880 – The Salvation Army was founded in the United States.
  • March 13, 17:33 – Joseph Priestly, the scientist who discovered oxygen, was born in Yorkshire, England.
  • March 15, 44 B.C. – Also known as the Ides of March, March 15th was the day Brutus and other conspirators assassinated Julius Caesar in the Senate chamber in Rome. After discovering his good friend was part of the plot, the famous saying was born: “Et tu, Brute?” (You too, Brutus?)

“Et tu, Brute?”

  • March 16, 1751 – The 4th U.S. President, James Madison, was born.
  • March 17, 1762 – The first official recording of St. Patrick’s Day was actually not in Ireland, but in New York during a dramatic increase of Irish immigrants in the U.S.
  • March 18, 1837 – The 22nd and 24th U.S. President, Grover Cleveland, was born.
  • March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia convention in Richmond, stating, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

“Give me liberty, or give me death!”

  • March 24, 1874 – Harry Houdini was born (as Erik Weisz) in Budapest, Hungary. He is a magician known as the “Great Houdini,” famous for his magic tricks escaping from seemingly impossible places.
  • March 29, 1790 – John Tyler, the 10th U.S. President was born in Charles City County, Virginia.

Your turn!

Are there any notable days in history for the month of March that peak your interest?  Are there any not on the above?  Share your thoughts with us!

 

Read more historical moments here: http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/march.htm

Summer Program Donation List

Summer Fun Wish List

The Summer Fun Program is currently seeking donations!

Please help us fufill our wish list!

Donation List:

Paper Plates
Magazines (With Pictures)
Glitter
Popsicle Sticks
Shaving Cream
Yarn
Salt
Toys/Play Dough
Empty Water Bottles
Board Games
Children's Movies
All Level Reading Books
Coloring Books
Paper Bags
Copy Paper
Construction Paper
Shoe Boxes
Empty Jars
Empty Towel/Paper Rolls
Food Coloring
Flour
Jewelry Beads

Please bring all donations to Mrs. Rivera’s classroom. THANK YOU!

And the Winner for our All For Books Contest is…

All For Books Contest Winners

All For Books Contest

The All For Books contest has wrapped and our donations grand total is $164.59 (including lots of pennies…!). Grades K-8 participated and the overall winner was our first-grade class who brought in $50.82. Teachers and students in that class will enjoy a pizza lunch to celebrate their hard work!

Thank you to all families who participated in this fund-raising initiative in the spirit of Christian love!

One student truly demonstrated his understanding of putting others first by emptying his pockets as he said to his teacher:

“This is all I have… I’m sorry I can’t give more.”

Know that your monetary gifts will help our school purchase books to grow our classroom libraries as well as support the Red Cross efforts to assist hurricane victims in Houston, Puerto Rico, and locally through Scholastic’s matching donation program.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming PCPS Scholastic Book Fair Preview Nov. 9th, 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Shopping Days from Monday, November 13th-Friday, November 17th, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Remember to visit our Family Shopping Night on Tuesday, November 14th, 3:30-5:00 p.m. for some great buys and holiday gift ideas!

God bless and thank you again for your generosity!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Heggi
PCPS’s Learning Specialist

Safety Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, we will have the opportunity to witness a partial solar eclipse here in Central Florida! The eclipse will begin at 1:19 PM, reach its maximum coverage at 2:51 PM and will end at 4:15 PM.

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      Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm
      Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm
      Duration: 2 hours, 55 minutes
      Magnitude: 0.87

Watch the Solar Eclipse Safetly

I know it will be an exciting bit history to be able to witness a solar eclipse! However, it is important that you do not look directly at the eclipse at any point of time without the proper safety gear.

Solar Eclipse Certified Glasses

The ideal way to view a solar eclipse is through certified solar eclipse glasses. You will be able to view the eclipse directly.
However, if you are looking to buy your glasses now, most vendors are either sold out or they will arrive too late. But don’t fret!
There are other ways you can enjoy this momentous occasion!

Pinhole Projection

Pinhole Projection is a NASA-approved method of indirectly viewing the sun. For this project, have your back facing the sun. Your hands must be in the shape as though you’re ready to give a high-five. Cross the fingers of one of your hands over the fingers of the other. Look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The small crevices between your fingers will project an image of mesh on the ground. For the viewing of our partial eclipse, these images will reveal the Sun’s crescent shape

If the area where you are viewing the eclipse is shaded by trees, the leaves’ shadows will act as a natural Pinhole Projection.

View other Projection projects you can use during the August 21 Solar Eclipse Here: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection

Cameras

If you have a professional or semi-professional camera, you should be able to record the solar eclipse without the need to look directly at it. We do recommend using a camera filter to project the lens of your camera, however.

Others may be thinking to use your cell phone to view the solar eclipse. Although, it will be difficult not to look at the sun while you try to aim your camera. Having eye protection is still recommended for this method. Now, cell phone cameras lenses are so small that it shouldn’t damage the lenses but to be on the safe side either put filter on the camera or set the phone’s settings to receive less light when viewing the eclipse.

We hope you are all prepared and enjoy 2017’s Solar Eclipse on August 21st!

Graduation happened! What’s next?

You Graduated What Next Blog

Congratulations on graduating!  That next step that has been always around the corner has finally come! Life after high school. It’s a very exciting but may also be an intimidating step for most of you. You’ve worked diligently in your books all year to finally walk across that stage and earn your diploma.

But now many of you have a different challenge ahead. Some of you are going straight into college, others pursuing a trade, and then others going straight into the workforce after they graduate. Whatever your path may be, we have a few lines of advice for you.

Be Patient.

Of course, we want to be successful right away, like get that nice car and live in that nice house. However, God may have different plans. Success isn’t always overnight. Often, God wants us to grow through the wealth of our experiences not through the wealth in our wallets.

Don’t Worry.

God has his hand on you and has a plan for you. He will take care of you even when life gets difficult. You may not know where you’ll be in 10 years, but don’t worry.  God knows and will be with you as you get there.

Plan.

Now I know we just said to not worry, but that doesn’t mean to not prepare. Do you know what you enjoy doing? Do research on how other people made your passion their life’s career. Also, save for the future. Put a little money aside each week or month. Your future self will thank you.

Do Your Best.

Finally, do your best in all circumstances. It may seem difficult or disheartening at times, but don’t give up! When you do your best, you’ll easily stand out among those around you. Even in a job that pays next to nothing, do your best. The people over you will take notice.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” – Jeremiah 29:11