PHCA, what an incredible place! This year we have seen over and over how God is “preparing children for God’s service.” There has been no better way to explain the efforts of the people here at PHCA. Volunteers, parent, staff and students have exhibited a heart for ministry compelled by their love of Christ.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” II Corinthians 5:14-15
Our committed and faithful corps of volunteers tallied more than 4,000 hours for the 2015-16 school year. That’s unbelievable! Please never underestimate the impact that YOU have on our students and staff. God has created a recipe that has made PHCA a wonderful place to serve, and a vital ingredient of this creation are the people that choose to offer their services to the Lord. May God bless those who are moving on after serving so faithfully these many years and may He continue in His goodness motivate the rest to continue to serve at God’s school – PHCA.
I believe one of the key ingredients for an effective Christian school is the quality people who serve within the school and in particular the volunteers who come and serve faithfully to support the mission of the school. Effective Christian schools must have people ready and willing to serve in various roles, for the right reason, and with the right attitude. We praise the Lord for each and every volunteer at PHCA and pray God would bless them in return for the blessing they are to the staff & students. Rather than listing names (and accidently miss someone) I have chosen to include a list of areas where many of our volunteers serve. These areas of service are represented by parents, grandparents, and special friends. You know who you are – Thank You!
Lunchroom assistant Coaches
Library assistant Tutors
Computer assistant Recess assistant
Classroom Assistant Music assistant
Finally, the Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-2, “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship and with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, than make my joy complete by being like-minded, have the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”
“Ordinary” Super Hero Parents
Many of us remember the fictional character, Superman. In addition to “x-ray vision” that could see through anything, Superman could “leap tall buildings with a single bound” and fly through the air “faster than a speeding bullet.”
There are times in the life of every parent when they wish they had Superman’s x-ray vision or the ability to leap even small (Lego) buildings and move about at half the rate of a speeding bullet. The truth is God has given each of us qualities to be “Ordinary” Super Hero Parents.
Please permit me the opportunity to share some of these qualities with you:
- Let your children hear you say “I love you” at least once a day.
Children simply need to know their parents love them. I believe many short range and long range problems can be resolved by practicing the pattern of looking your child in the eyes and saying, “I love you!”
- Be a model of what you want your children to become.
If you and I, as parents, are models of rebellion against God, against our own parents, or against others in general, then it follows that our children may well grow up ignoring God, ignoring us, and alienating themselves from others. If we are consistent and loving parents who truly honor God, it is highly probable that our children will become much like us.
- Character building should be a #1 priority for parents.
Children are born self-centered. Children come into this world knowing nothing about honesty, acts of kindness, respect for others or for the property of others. The fundamental qualities of a child’s character are molded and shaped in the day to day training environment set by their parents at home and their teachers at school.
- Teach your children about real consequences.
Children must learn there are real consequences to the choices we make in life. There are consequences to what we allow our ears to hear, and our eyes to see. There are consequences for the words we speak, the friendships we cultivate and the lifestyles we adopt. Regrettably, they are too often learned the hard way. It takes the “wisdom of Solomon” as ordinary, super parents to carefully, lovingly, yet firmly guide our children through these important lessons of life.
- Pray for your children.
The older I grow, the more I am convinced God hears and answers prayer – especially prayers from parents about their children. Parents can do everything well in training their children and yet their children can reject all they have been taught and go the wrong way with their lives. Ultimately, children must make their own choices. That is why we need to pray every day for our children. Pray about the impact of other people in their lives – teachers, pastors, friends and the world in general.
Being an “Ordinary” Super Hero Parent will not bring strong reviews from the observing audience (your children), but it will bring them into young adulthood with positive, godly attitudes about life and the world for which they will always be thankful.
Please know that I pray for you and your family,
What is our Mission?
Our mission at PHCA is to “train a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6a) and undergird each one we serve with Biblical truths and values. Similarly, our mission is to mold Christian character and develop in each child a deep reverence for God. In keeping with our commitment, we would encourage each parent to make Sunday worship a regular, family activity. We consider it to be vital, as we join hands in shaping young children that will be of service to the Lord, that attendance at Sunday School be a priority. We thank you in advance for supporting us and ask that you continue to pray for our mission.
What is our Driving Conviction?
God’s ways and thoughts are totally different from man’s ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). This principle from Scripture dictates that all of life, which includes but is not limited to education, personal relationships, government, and ministries, must be based upon God and His Word. Everything in Heaven and earth is His. He is exalted as head over all. Everything comes from Him (I Chronicles 29:10-14). “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things” (Romans 11:36); thus He must, in all things have preeminence (Colossians 1:18). We must focus on the person of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Bible as the foundation and guidebook for all of life.
As we turn the page and end another chapter in the history of PHCA, we give thanks to God for all He has done. In this publication you will find recognitions and accolades for all the fine accomplishments of our students and staff this past school year.
I would like to close the year by acknowledging another fine group of people who serve faithfully day in and day out to help make PHCA a great Christian school. That would be our wonderful volunteers. One of the key ingredients for an effective Christian school is the quality people who serve within the school and in particular the volunteers who come faithfully to support the staff & students.
We, at PHCA, believe for our school to be effective we must have people ready and willing to serve in various capacities, for the right reason, and with the right spirit. And praise the Lord we do! We thank the Lord daily for each and every volunteer He has brought to us over the past school year.
There is one “extra special” lady that we want to recognize. Jackie Herynk, our dear friend, served faithfully and with great joy at the academy for many years. Jackie went home to heaven on May 17, 2015. She will be known for her smile, her kind words of encouragement and her deep love and affection for all the children at PHCA. We will miss her dearly.
Mr. Griffey – Romans 12:3
Exciting Classroom Technology News
We are encouraged to announce the purchase (with Auxiliary funding) of eight Epson BrightLink projectors along with eight white wall boards. The Epson BrightLink Interactive projector allows the teacher to make the surface of the white board “interactive”. The interactive surface can range from 64” to 100” inches measured diagonally to maximize teacher to student space. This allows up to 6 users to be interactive with the surface at one time. Therefore, allowing collaboration between the teacher and the student. Since the Epson BrightLink Interactive projector is connected to the teachers computer it can then interface with any program on a website from the computer at the touch of a finger.
In addition to the projectors and boards, the school(with Auxiliary funding) has purchased fifteen Android Tablets for classroom use. Everyday teacher’s help students find their passion and develop their potential. The Android tablet with Google Play for Education is a powerful tool for teachers with recommended educational content that helps meet the individual needs of today’s students. With simple set-up and instant app and content development, a world of resources is at the teacher’s fingertips.
Android tablets are portable enough to take learning anywhere (from classroom to classroom) but powerful enough to open up countless new classroom possibilities.
We are blessed to have this new technology at PHCA. We ask that you pray for the teachers to train well and in turn use the technology God has given to us to train up your children and glorify Him in doing so.
For this publication of the Principal’s Pen, I want to share with you a poem I read in a magazine many years ago. I believe you will find it worth your time.
The Unseen Flowers
I ran into a stranger as he passed by
“Oh, excuse me, please,” was my reply.
He said, “Please excuse me, too;
I wasn’t really watching for you.
We were very polite, this stranger and I
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told
How we treat our loved ones, young and old
Later that day, cooking the evening meal
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
“Move out of my way,” I said with a frown
He walked away, his little heart broken
I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.
While I lay awake that night in bed
God’s still small voice came to me and said
“While dealing with a stranger,
Common courtesy you use
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor
You’ll find some flowers there by the door
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow, and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise
You never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.”
By this time, I was feeling very small
And then my tears began to fall
I quietly went and knelt by his bed.
“Wake up, little one, wake up,” I said.
“Are these the flowers you picked for me?”
He smiled, “I found ‘em, out by the tree
I picked ‘em because they’re pretty like you.
I knew you’d like ‘em, especially the blue.”
I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.”
He said, “Oh, Mom, that’s okay I love you anyway.”
“Son, I love you too
And I like the flowers, especially the blue.”
I get excited thinking about all God has done, is doing and is going to do this year at PHCA. His vision for the school year is always much larger than I can even imagine. Our Mission Statement states we (the faculty & staff) partner with the family and the local church to provide each student with a biblical foundation for life (what an awesome responsibility) that promotes Christ-like character, scholastic excellence and faithful service to others. I am asking each parent to hold us accountable to this Mission Statement. I promise in turn to pray for and encourage each one of you to work alongside us to help carry out this mission for your children.
Please join with me (in prayer and support) as we dedicate this school year to the Lord and ask Him to lead and guide us.
Your choice in schools is about the investment in your most valuable possession – the children that God has entrusted into your care. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to partner with you.
What is the single most important factor in the spiritual growth and development of a child? Education? A Balanced Diet? Exercise? A Good Night’s Sleep? These are all important, no doubt, but the single most important factor is the child’s parents. The beliefs, examples, and methods of training that parents employ have more influence upon a child’s spiritual growth and development than any other. It is for this reason that the LORD commands parents with the spiritual growth and development of children in Deuteronomy 6.
Key to success in the spiritual growth and development of children is a method of parenting that focuses on spiritually transformational outcomes. Christian Researcher George Barna has recently weighed in on this issue. He says: Parenting by default and trail-and-error parenting are both approaches that enable parents to raise their children without the effort of defining their life. Revolutionary parenting, which is based on one’s faith in God, makes parenting a life priority. Those who engage in revolutionary parenting define success as intentionally facilitating faith-based transformation in the lives of their children, rather than simply accepting the aging and survival of the child as a satisfactory result.
In other words, to foster the spiritual growth and development of a child, parents must go beyond simple concern for a child’s independence, and focus upon a child’s spiritual transformation.
It is also not surprising that another study indicates that children whose parents focus upon spiritual development, as definitive successful parenting, are more likely to remain spiritually active as teens and adults. More frequent spiritual participation as children resulted in more frequent spiritual participation as teens and adults. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Our children are important and precious. Each soul is worth more than the whole world (Matthew 16:26). Their growth and development in that department should be paramount in importance due to this innate worth.
Transforming our children into spiritual leaders of their generation is a process. Parents need to intentionally think through what success looks like in their child’s lives. Begin today by praying for God’s hand to be on your relationship with your children.
Respectful and responsible children result from families where the proper combination of love and discipline is present. Both these ingredients must be applied in the necessary quantities. An absence of either is often disastrous. ~ Dr. James Dobson
I want to share with you the most important fact concerning Christian school education.
You may desire certain results from your child’s education. Maybe you want him/her to be enrolled in the highest academic program possible. Or you may want him/her to achieve some goal in athletics or the arts. As parents , we must always strive to have our children do their best and reach their God given potential in all things.
But even if a child does not obtain academic honors or develop other exceptional skills, every child, regardless of ability, will receive one thing from his/her educational experience. It will have more effect on their future than any other thing. Every child leaves school having developed a philosophy of life or worldview. As a result of his/her education your child will have developed a belief system that will determine every decision he/she makes in life.
It is crucial to remember that there are only two worldviews that a person can develop: a God-centered worldview or a man-centered worldview. The two are in total contradiction to each other, and in our society, unfortunately, it is harder to develop a God-centered worldview than one which is contrary to God’s Word and His plan for our lives.
What your child believes about these things will determine how he/she lives life and makes decisions on a daily basis. The Bible makes it clear that a child will be like his teacher when he is fully trained (Luke 6:40). One of the greatest gifts we, as parents, can give our children is the gift of teachers, both at home and at school, who teach from a biblical worldview.
Parents, you hold the key to your child’s future. The future includes an eternity with a real heaven and a real hell. This earthly life is merely preparation for all of eternity. * The Christian school is the only system, outside the home and church, where teachers will instill in your child a biblical worldview. The Christian school that is Bible-based and Christ-centered will provide an education that will not betray its youth.
* From a Parent’s Greatest Joy
The Student of the Quarter Recognition
This year we will recognize deserving students at the end of each quarter. The recognition given will be called the “Student of the Quarter.” Each PHCA staff member has the opportunity to nominate students in three distinct categories.
The Stephen / Esther Award
Mighty in spirit, able to comprehend deeper thoughts of God, stands alone so that others can see the wisdom and spirit of God in them.
The Joseph / Ruth Award
Servant’s heart, forgiving spirit, faithfulness in trials and in success.
The Solomon / Deborah Award
Wisely diligent in their efforts, displays godly wisdom and knowledge.
Nomination sheets will be turned in by staff members to Mr. Griffey at the end of each quarter. There will be one student chosen for each category. Students chosen will be recognized at a chapel service. Each will receive a certificate with their name and the name of the award; along with the certificate, the student’s parents will receive a personal letter of congratulations from Mr. Griffey. In that letter, Mr. Griffey will note the “reasons” why their son or daughter was chosen.
A verse that compliments this individual recognition is from Ephesians 4:16, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Our prayer is for each student at PHCA to strive to do their best for Jesus in all that they do.