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For many years, I’ve been leading a study group on executive skills sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists. When the pandemic hit last March, we switched from meeting in person to meeting over Zoom, and it’s given me the opportunity to observe how distance learning has impacted student learning and performance in schools in my state. Because my area of interest and expertise is executive skills, I’d like to look at the effects of the pandemic through that lens. Read More
Every year, PCA’s Preschool (PCAP) works together to put on their biggest performance of the year: acting out the story of The Great Kapok Tree.
Harlee Tuttle, PCAP Director, once compared this event to PCAP’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. Needless to say, the littles ones worked hard to put on this show! Tuttle writes:
“The children in the Polliwog and Frog classrooms have been studying the Rainforest during the month of March. Children have learned about the ecosystem- and how all living things are connected and depend on one another.” Read More
By Elaina Russo
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Tithe 10%. Give to others 5-20% of what you spend on discretionary expenses. Whatever you spend on TV or streaming services, you should match in charity. These are a few of the asserted expectations that some have on giving.
But the truth is that God—above all else—wants our generosity to be from the heart; not in response to legalistic obligation. God loves a cheerful giver. It’s as simple as that.
Or is it? Read More
“I would say, from a little girl, I’ve grown into a young woman. “
So tell me a little bit about how you started at PCA?
I started at PCA the end of last year, and it was great to be with my friends and all of PCA’s teachers for the whole year. And I really appreciate everything the teachers have done for me, and I’m thankful for my friends who supported me. And [PCA] is a really loving family, if I’m honest. I met my best friends here, and I have met lovely teachers.
That’s great that at PCA you’ve felt like a part of a family! How have relationships or friendships with peers or teachers here impacted you?
I think one of my favorite teachers is Mrs. Blatchley, and she’s the sweetest teacher to me! I actually had a tough time at first when I wasn’t really used to being here. And even though I had some of my friends, they weren’t really [connecting] with my heart. Mrs. Blatchley told me how to solve these things, and she told me what I should do in my relationships and how to relax my emotions; how to do all these things that count.
So how do you feel like you’ve grown, then at PCA?
I would say, from a little girl, I’ve grown into a young woman. I learned not only just study or subjects from PCA, I also learned how to control my mood, how to make great friends, and how to talk with different kinds of people as well. It was really hard to leave home at only fifteen, to come here. Like I was a little baby when I was in China, you know? All the people were around me and did everything for me. And now I have to learn to take care of myself, I have to cook for myself, and I’m learning to do things on my own. And my host parents help me a lot. But I think I’m really lucky to learn how to be independent like this.
Is there anything you would want to share with people interested in PCA?
At PCA, teachers are willing to know students deeply, and they really want to, you know? They want to know how we are doing, and really talk to us, to really do the best things for us, which is really helpful. I came here because I wanted to go to one of the universities in Boston, but I thought, ‘Boston is a little too noisy and busy because of all the people’. So instead, I found that PCA was not too far and was a suitable school.
Thanks for sharing! It’s so good to hear that PCA has been taking care of you.
Yeah, it’s like my second mom!
在 PCA，老师们愿意深入的去了解我们，他们是真心想知道我们过的怎么样，并真正与我们交谈，尽可能地为我们的好处着想，这真的很有帮助。我之所以来到这里，是因为我想去波士顿的一所大学，但我想， “波士顿因为人太多而有点太吵杂和繁忙了。” 而我发现PCA不太远，是一所合适的学校。
“…I wanted to go to one of the universities in Boston, but I thought, ‘Boston is a little too noisy and busy because of all the people’. So instead, I found that PCA was not too far and was a suitable school.
Interview originally recorded in English, translated to Evie’s native language in Mandarin Chinese.
“If I didn’t come here, first of all, and probably the biggest, I would not be a Christian. Because I didn’t know about God before I came here. But we had bible classes and I started knowing about God.“
How did you come to PCA?
I came to the Open House at PCA about six years ago. It‘s been a pretty long time, but I think this is a pretty good school. Right after I graduated my lower school [elementary school] in China, I decided to come here, to PCA. And when I came here, I found that everything worked out fine for me; everything’s nice, the teachers are nice. I have a couple of friends who have stuck with me ever since 7th grade.
So you came here in 7th grade?
Yeah, in 7th grade.
So how was that transition from middle school to high school?
It’s been good. People are relaxing [easygoing] here. If you ask teachers questions, the teachers will answer you. You can get extra help from the teachers, from your classmates, and your friends too. So, it’s not quite hard with the help from the friends and the teachers.
When you came here in 7th grade, you stayed with a host family, right? Was that part of the transition hard?
Actually, not really. Because the host families treat you as one of their kids, like you’re the same. They’re like your second parents here. It’s actually a pretty good experience. You can ask your host family for help if you have any troubles – not just on studies, but if you have any trouble with your life, for example.
So they really took care of you!
What about the PCA community, do you feel like it’s grown you as a person? What specifically do you think would be different if you never came to PCA?
Yeah, because the PCA community also improved faith in God for me. I became a Christian when I came here. And people are nice. I made a couple friends, and like I said, who have been my friends since 7th grade.
If I didn’t come here, first of all, and probably the biggest, I would not be a Christian. Because I didn’t know about God before I came here. But we had bible classes and I started knowing about God.
And second, because at PCA you can choose clubs for yourself, I can make many interesting studies and try to improve myself as a better person. And PCA doesn’t just have classes like Math or English, but they have other courses like photography or engineering. They’re not just improving your skills for studying, but abilities for other areas that you may be interested in too.
That’s really encouraging to hear. It really sounds like PCA has done a lot to shape you as a person. Is there anything else you would want to share about your PCA experience?
Oh, I think the trip in 8th grade to Washington was pretty nice. And we have college tours every year for international students! It’s actually really nice, some extra time for you to get to know America better, and know about American history and people; it helps integrate [and immerse] you into the group.
“…PCA doesn’t just have classes like Math or English, but they have other courses like photography or engineering. They’re not just improving your skills for studying, but abilities for other areas that you may be interested in too. “