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Portsmouth Christian Academy to Host Virtual Auction

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Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA) will host their 25th Annual Auction this year virtually in response to COVID-19. 
The Annual Auction, PCA’s largest annual fundraiser to support the school’s Variable Tuition programis a highlight event of the year for the school communityThe generosity and enthusiasm of the PCA community raised $160,000 last year to benefit families who otherwise would not be able to send their children to PCA. 

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Overcoming Procrastination: Strategies for Learning at Home 

By Better Together Blog
After weeks of work-from-home, struggles with focus, engagement, and productivity are common for parents and students alike. It seems that everything takes longer than it should, and we’re all struggling to stay engagedAs you seek to support your child through continued distance learning, identifying which obstacles are in the way of time management and implementing strategies to overcome difficulties can help get your child on a more productive track.   Read More

A Peek Inside PCA: Bringing Music and Art to the Virtual Classroom

By Better Together Blog
When we think of the arts in education, we picture musicians packed into a room, practicing a challenging piece together. We picture collaborative art classes, with students providing feedback on each-other’s masterpieces. We imagine stages full of actors, reading scripts and dancing together.  

None of these images pass the six-feet social distancing test, so how does a school like Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA), with a strong emphasis on the arts, continue educating students in the visual arts, theatre, and music?  Read More

8 Family-Friendly Activities for your April Break

By Better Together Blog
With widespread closure of schools, businesses, and state parks, parents can be hard-pressed to find something to occupy their students’ time during this April vacation. Additionally, with Gov. Sununu announcing that all schools are to continue online instruction for the rest of the academic year, some families may feel a loss in momentum in their home-learning. 

Fortunately, academic institutions across the globe have made plenty of projects, exhibits, and educational information available to the public. We’ve compiled a list of some of the fun and instructional activities for you to try out with your child during this vacation.  Read More

Virtual Classrooms: The Why and How Behind PCA’s Remote Instruction 

By Better Together Blog

Why the transition 

It’s our mission. Though these are trying times for all, the mission of PCA remains steadfast: to deliver a Christ centered education. It is no coincidence that our core value focus this year is Compassionate Community, which we define as “service and love in action.”  As a school, we have been given an opportunity to show compassion and serve one another in ways we never would have imagined.  Through this lens of compassion, we continue to find new ways to partner with our families to provide an excellent, Christ-centered education.  Read More

Mom and Dad First: Keeping a Parent-First Perspective During Distance Learning 

By Better Together Blog
Everything has changed. Weeks ago, you dropped your child off at school five days each week. You went to work. You picked them up at 3:20. You made dinner. They went to bed. There was a schedule… a plan.  

Now everything is different. Your children stay in their PJs for most of the day. Mediating disagreements and monitoring screen time is becoming your full-time job. On top of that, you may be feeling responsible for making sure that your children are learning during this time.   Read More

4 Tips for Thriving At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Better Together Blog

A guest post from Dr. Deborah Osgood

The current pandemic has disrupted life as we know it here at home and across the globe. As we all do our part to flatten the curve and limit the spread of COVID-19, most of us are spending a lot of time at homeWhile this certainly requires a huge adjustment for us and our families, it does not have to be stressful. As an expert in behavior and work lifetwo areas where we’re all adjusting, I want to share these tips to not simply survive, but to thrive during these challenging times. Read More

PCA Art Classes Create Digital Art Gallery for Local Nursing Homes

By PCA News Stories

In this world of social distancing and increasing guidelines and restrictions on our regular way of life, technology has repeatedly become the solution to overcome barriers of social distancing. In an effort to spread love and compassion to the elderly during this time, Portsmouth Christian Academy Art Teacher Susie Stevens and her elementary art classes have used technology to bring encouragement to the residents of six local assisted living and nursing homes in Dover (Bellamy Fields, Maple Suites, Residence at Silver Springs) and in Rochester (Rochester Manor and Desiree’s Place). 

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A Peek Inside PCA During Distance Learning

By Better Together Blog
On March 13, with the threat of COVID19 increasing in our area, we made the decision as a school to prepare for distance learning. This call was made just days before New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced the temporary closure of schools. Over that same weekend, PCA teachers and administrators prepared for distance learning, and by Tuesday March 17, the temporary shift to distance learning had begun. Distance learning has been an adjustment for the PCA community, but continuing to maximize student potential, regardless of the situation, has remained our priority.   Read More