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10 Reasons Why In-Person Learning is Important in a Child’s Education

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Why is Distance Learning So Difficult?: 10 Reasons Why In-Person Learning is Important in a Child’s Education

After seeing the title of this article, we can all agree: Remote learning? It’s not easy. We’re all looking for the best-fit learning environment for our families, from our little ones to our high schoolers – and COVID hasn’t made it any easier. We all know remote/distance learning isn’t always the most conducive format for our young learners. But why is it so hard? And what can we do as parents to help make it actually work?

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Why Is Remote Learning So Hard? (Full Article)

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Why Is Remote Learning So Hard? 

By guest author: Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP 

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 stateBecause 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

What We Can Learn From PCA Preschool’s Performance of ‘The Great Kapok Tree’

By Better Together Blog, PCA News Stories

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

Giving: The Intersection of Willing Generosity and Obligation 

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Philia (Brotherly Love) By Julie Stevens -First Place US Auction Art, felted wool design

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

Student Feature: Supported in Community, Growing in Independence

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Evie, Grade 10

We’re continuing to celebrate International Week at the Upper School by sharing stories of international students within our own PCA family! Today, we are spotlighting Evie, from Hunan, China. Coming to PCA as a Freshman, she’s currently in her Sophomore year and eager to share how her time here has impacted her thus far.  Continue reading to learn more about her experience at PCA.


Alumni Feature: Preparation for Life by Leading with Love

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Caroline Brown, PCA Class of 2020 

Part of the reasoning behind my choice to study engineering was the desire to make an impact on the world. With the gifts I was given by God and the skills I have developed—and will further develop—I have the opportunity to be a part of the teams that work on solving the global grand challenges. Particularly, engineering better medicines and advancing health informatics are two of the global challenges that stand out to me as a chance for me to impact the world for good. These are important as the advancement in medicine and health sciences will continue to be a necessity and will leave a sustainable change in the world and bring sustainable benefits to the people. As I continue on in my academic career, I am reaching towards the goal of leaving an impact on the world by becoming a biological engineer. 

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Alumni Feature: Molded By the Arts, Pursuing My Passions 

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Megan Murphy, PCA Class of 2018 

The fine and performing arts have been part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. No matter what endeavors I’ve pursued, I’ve always returned to these creative environments. With this in mind, I decided to combine my artistic passions with my writing, organization, and people skills, and pursue a career in arts management (specifically public relations, programming, and marketing). I hope to enrich people’s lives by helping introduce them to art, whether that’s theatre, dance, music, singing, or visual works. Such forms of expression have changed my life, and I aspire to share them with others. 

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Alumni Feature: Impacting the World for Good

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Tricia Fontneau-Ramos

A&R Coordinator at Hollywood Records & Disney Music Publishing, PCA Class of 2013 

Since graduating from PCA almost every decision I’ve made has been based off of how I can impact those around me and how I can make an impact on a greater level. No matter what you do or who you’re around you can be a light. My biggest passion in life is music and once I got my start in the music business my approach was to be the person who others could come to and lean on no matter what it may be. I knew it wasn’t always about what words I would say, but my character and how dependable I could be for my team. Now that I’ve had more time in my role and career development, it has become clear what ways I can try and make “bigger” impacts outside of my immediate circle. Having built this mindset as part of my foundation at PCA has been a great help to me.  Read More