Fall 2022 Back to School Information:

So you’re officially an Eagle!  We are so excited to partner with our families across the seacoast in inspiring their students to maximize their God-given potential! Here you will find some ‘Back To School’ frequently asked questions and answers. You may also use our 2021-2022 Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School Quick Reference Guides as a benchmark of what to expect until we release our updated 2022-2023 guides.

When does school start?

Here’s a schedule of the first week of school.

Monday, August 29

  • First Day of School: Grade 9 and All New Upper School Students in Grades 10-12
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.
    • Students may bring their school supplies this day.
  • Open House: Grades 1-8
    • During this time, students are encouraged to bring in school supplies and use this time to prepare their desks and their classrooms for the school year.  Teachers will also be available to answer any last minute questions.
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.
    • Students do not need to wear dress code to Open House.
  • New Family Meetings

    • Lower School Meeting:  TBD
    • Upper School Meeting:  TBD

Tuesday, August 30

  • First Day of School: Grades 1-8 and returning students grades 10-12
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.
    • Students should be in dress code.
  • Kindergarten Open House
    • Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to the Open House inside the Kindergarten classrooms.  School supplies should come on this day, and parents will meet with the Kindergarten teachers and learn all about K at PCA, as well as ask any lingering questions!
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.
  • Preschool Open House
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.

Wednesday, August 31

  • First Day of School: Kindergarten & Preschool
    • Details of the day will be released closer to start of school.
    • Kindergarten students should be in dress code.

*Please Note: Campus will be closed for Labor Day, September 5. Classes resume on September 6.

What are PCA's summer hours?

Our summer hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. The campus will also be closed the week of July 4th.

Where can I find the school calendar?

You can reference our Key Dates Calendar for breaks, early release days, and other important dates.  Our Yearly Planner outlines all events throughout the year, and will be finalized for the 2022-2023 prior to the start of the school year.

What is the dress code?

These PDFs outline our 2021-2022 Lower School and Upper School Dress Codes.

Please note: Review and finalization of dress code for the 2022-2023 school year will be available during the summer.

Dress code items can be purchased from Lands’ End.

Will my child need to wear a mask at PCA?

Portsmouth Christian Academy will continue to make masks optional for the 2022-2023 school year.  Families who wish to provide masks for their child(ren) must follow the mask guidelines below:

  • PCA does not require a specific color, style, pattern, or brand.
  • Masks that could be a distraction to learning are prohibited — this includes slogans, overtly-distracting styles, political statements, anything violent, or prints that do not align with PCA’s mission, statement of faith, or Core Values.

Is there somewhere I may purchase second-hand clothing?

Yes! The Swap Shop at the Lower School is located downstairs at the bottom of the stairwell from the Main Lobby. You can purchase gently used clothing for $3 per item, or you can swap items for free.

During the summer, you can stop in to visit the Swap Shop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. Please give your payment to the receptionist at the Lower School.

If you’re donating or swapping, items should be clean, unstained, and in gently used condition.  PCA approved uniform items can be dropped off at the Lower School receptionist.

What supplies does my child need for the start of school?

The Preschool supply list can be found at this link. 

School supply lists for Grades K-8 are available at this link. 

Lists for the Upper School are available at this link. 

Please note: Above lists are for the current 2021-2022 school year. Review and finalization of school supply lists for the 2022-2023 school year will be available during the summer.

How do I sign up for school lunches?

PCA has arranged, with several local restaurants, to provide lunches to our students which parents may purchase on a quarterly basis.  This provides an alternative to packing a lunch each day for your child(ren).

Online lunch registration begins a couple weeks prior to each quarter and parents are notified via email when registration is open.

Visit this page for more information. Once registration opens, you may visit Veracross to register for Lower School and Upper School lunches.

When are athletic team tryouts?

Stay tuned for Athletic Team Tryout dates and times.

Contact Derek Summers with questions.

What do I need to know about Before Care and After Care?

Families interested in Beforecare and Aftercare services will need to preregister each quarter through the Kaleidoscope registration page. Preregistration will allow PCA to staff each house appropriately for the number of students registered. Information about Beforecare and Aftercare for 2020-2021 can be found here.

 

Please note: Review and finalization of Before and Aftercare for the 2022-2023 school year will be available during the summer.

How does my Upper School Student obtain a parking pass and what are the requirements for senior privileges?

To obtain a parking pass for Upper School students, please print and submit this form. 

Senior Privileges: Seniors must have documented service hours (50 for each year in attendance) in order to be eligible for open campus / senior lounge at the beginning of the senior year; in addition, all service hours must be completed by the end of quarter three of the senior year in order to maintain senior privileges. Seniors who have not completed their hours by such time will receive a letter from the Principal/College Counseling Office, noting how many hours are left to meet graduation requirements. Seniors who have not satisfied the service hour requirement will have their diplomas and transcripts withheld until the requirement is satisfied. Seniors who are eligible for Senior Privileges need to submit this contract.

What do I need to know about the music program for my child in the Lower School?

Requirements for music classes vary by grade level.

Grade 4-5 can reference this letter.

Junior High parents can reference this letter.

What is available for first quarter after school Kaleidoscope Workshops and when do they start?

An example of Kaleidoscope Workshops can be found here.

Please note: Review and finalization of Kaleidoscope workshops for Fall of the 2022-2023 school year will be available during the summer.

In what ways can I get involved at PCA as a parent?

We’re glad you’re interested in getting involved! Check out our volunteer page for all the info you’ll need.

Still Have Questions? We can help!

Who to Contact:

PCA Phone Number: 603.742.3617

Head of School Office, Shirley Tuten, ext 101

Lower School Office, Sue McKenney, ext 112

Upper School Office, Kim Cummings, ext 123

Business Office (Tuition and Billing), Allison Russell, ext. 107

Athletics, Derek Summers, ext. 110

Office of College Counseling, Scott Sawyer, ext. 120

Student Health, see Student Health web page

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