The PUCS Post is our regular newsletter designed to keep families up-to-date on the activities at PUCS.

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    May 14, 2018

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    May 14, 2018


    May 18                   NO SCHOOL – Report Preparation

    May 28                   NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

    June  1                   8th Grade Moving On Ceremony

    June  6                   Last day of school – noon dismissal


    PUCS is seeking interested applicants for 3 positions for next year:

    • 2/3 Classroom Teacher
    • Middle School (6-8)  Math teacher
    • Part Time Music Teacher

    Job descriptions can be found here :  Part time music teacherMS Math teacher2-3 grade teacher

    ALICE:  PUCS, in partnership with the Wilkinsburg Police Department, started preparing for emergencies involving danger within our building last summer. Teachers and staff received ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training that addressed armed intruder response.  Students received similar training in early April.

    The next step, again in conjunction with Wilkinsburg Police, is to practice evacuating our building in case of an emergency. The schedule training date is May 22nd (or 24th depending on weather).  As a school, we will rehearse moving to safety at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy (STBCA). Our two schools have agreed to share space should either need to evacuate.

    The plan is to familiarize our students with two possible routes to STBCA.  On Tuesday morning (5/22/18) Wilkinsburg Police Detective Yuhouse will be speaking first at 9:00.  Then he and other officers will direct students, teachers, and staff on our exit and quick movement away from our building.  We will rehearse two different routes to STBCA at 721 Rebecca Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.  Then STBCA students will go through the same procedure and arrive at our sanctuary that afternoon.

    Please help us by doing what you can to prepare your students for this practice and for an actual event.  You know your child best.  Some children need to hear that the invisible God is ever-present (Psalm 46); and that His army is stronger (2 Kings 6:17).  Others will need to explore different emergencies we could prepare for (gas leaks, big storms, etc.); still others will need to be given confidence: we never really know what could happen, but we’re going to be ready when it does.

    When we lived in Maine, our students practiced fire drills in subzero weather.  In Indiana, they huddled in hallways because of tornadoes.  Just last week, students at Environmental Charter School had to leave their building because of a gas leak.  Human-induced emergencies feel more evil, and therefore it’s tempting to pretend they won’t happen.  But there are all sorts of reasons that this training can be good for us, including giving students confidence that they’ll know what to do if something bad happens.

    Thanks for entrusting your kids to PUCS, and for praying with us as we equip our students and staff.

    The Great PUCS Serve-A-Thon

    Thank you to EVERYONE who helped raise money and special thanks to our great volunteers who worked behind the scenes and during the event.  To date, we have raised $41,155 with 80% family fundraising participation.

    Thanks so much for Serving with your whole heart! Our Special Guests including Highmark, The Paul G. Benedum, Jr. Foundation, founding donors, The Pittsburgh CLO, Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, NexTier, State Representative Ed Gainey’s office, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and the Wilkinsburg Borough Council were super inspired by seeing our students, teachers and families in action, and touring our new building.

    Special thanks to donors UPMC, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, Thrivent Financial, James Floral, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Salvatore’s, Shepherd’s Gifts in Wexford, Cintas and others,  as well as our friends and families who donated food and volunteered to make this a great success!

    Our project hosts included NMRWA, Center for Civic Arts, Wilkinsburg Historical Society, Bird Sanctuary, Covenant Reformed Garden and Community Forge.

    Awards and Prizes: 

    29 Students & 9 families reached the $400 goal!

    8 families reached the Super Duper prize circle raising $1,200 or more.

    Caden, Simon and Lily Adams and their family were the top fundraising family and have chosen to give their grand prize to the next top fund raising family.

    The Development Office will be in contact with all of the families regarding prizes.

    The class party winners for most donations collected were Mrs. Hommes and Mrs. Kautza.

    If you have donations to turn in, please do so by Friday May 18 at 5PM. Friends and family may still give online through our webpage at www. pucs.org/donate or on our Crowdrise page at www.crowdrise.com/2018Serveathon

    If you have questions or suggestions, please email Susan LeCornu at susan.lecornu@pucs.org.

    A special shout out to Chrissie Koerber and Susan LeCornu for their work on the Development Team making this event a real success!

    COMMUNITY CORNER notes from our CIS Coordinator Georgette Ayres

    Thank you to all the students and families who participated in Screen Free Week! 

    Congratulations to our prize winners for the week:

    Maria                          Annelise                      Waverly                      Mari

    Yuki                             Finnley                        Olivia                          Natalie

    Marika                      Amelia                         Emma                          Kaiden

    Mhari                          Eilidh                          Evelyn                         Simon A

    Caden A                      Lily

     Waverly C., a 3rd grader at PUCS, is a finalist in the 2018 PBS Kids Writers Contest in which 26 finalists were chosen from over 1,000 stories received.   Her story is

    “Samuel Squirrel Finds a New Home”.   You can help Waverly by voting for her story for the Reader’s Choice Award. Please go to http://www.writeonkids.org and click on Winning Stories to hear and see her story.  Voting ends Friday, May 18th.

    Way to go Waverly!!

    April 16, 2018

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    April 16, 2018


    April 16-20           Terra Nova Standardized Testing for 2nd to 8th grades

    May 2-3                 4/5 Grade Gettysburg Trip (no school for 4/5 grades on 5/4)

    May 11                   The Great PUCS Serve-A-Thon

    May 18                  NO SCHOOL – Report Preparation

    May 28                 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day


    Please help us and your child(ren) have a successful week of testing.

    • Avoid any doctor’s appointments in the morning
    • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and a nutritious breakfast.
    • Please get your child to school on time.

    Thank you for your help!


    Hungry?  Dirty Car?       

    Help our Robotics team get to Worlds by saving these dates: 

    Monday, April 23rd from 4-8pmChipotle (on Baum Blvd) will be donating 50% of Robotics supporters (with a flyer) proceeds towards our trip to Worlds!  COME HUNGRY!

    Saturday, May 5th :  A car wash is scheduled at Vento’s Pizza in Highland Park (Home Depot parking lot) from 9:00 to 2:00.

    The Great PUCS Serve-A-Thon is Friday May 11th

    Thanks to everyone fundraising for our school.

    25 more days to fundraise and together reach our goal of $40,000!

    • 1st student to reach the $400 goal: 1st grader Annelise
    • 1st students to turn in donations to the office on Monday: Emma and Matthew Love
    • 1st staff member to get sponsors: Susan LeCornu

    Volunteers will need both PA Criminal Record Certificate and the PA Child Abuse Clearances to be with our students during PUWP.

    Please contact Bea Thomas at (412) 244-1779 x103 or at bea.thomas@pucs.org if you have any questions.

    Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, some of our 8th grade Student Ambassadors, faculty and staff attended the Greater Pittsburgh Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast this past Friday.  This annual event is an opportunity to connect with the broader community of believers to worship, learn, pray and share a meal together.  It is a culminating experience for 8th Grade Ambassadors as they represent the school and are encouraged to meet believers from the business community.  This year, some faculty also connected with potential speakers for Friday chapels.


    There are still some tickets available for the Pirates game against St. Louis on Sunday, April 29 at 1:30 pm. These are free and given on a first come first serve basis. You may order as many tickets as you need for your family. Please email hhalfhill@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

    Spring Production DVD

    If you missed getting your order in last week, we have a few DVD’s that are still available to be purchased.  Checks should be written to Video Masters of Pittsburgh.

    Get your pictures in the yearbook!  The Yearbook Club invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them.  Our photographers can’t be everywhere.  Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book                                       everyone will want to have.
    Here is how you can submit photos online:
    • Go to: https://images.memoryebooks.com/login
    • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 410293714
    • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
    • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the we need additional info.
    • Click “Save Details”.
    It’s that easy!  Submit your photos today!  The last day to submit photos is 05/01/2018.

    We are taking yearbook orders now.  Please see the attached order form.

    Cheese Pizza  $2.00   Juice Pouch  $0.50  ALL Weekly Pizza Orders must be turned in by Wednesday.

    COMMUNITY CORNER notes from our CIS Coordinator Georgette Ayres

    Watch the PUCS post over the next couple weeks for information on the following events:

    Annual Book Exchange – May 1

    Screen Free Week – May 5-11

    Spirit Week – May 7-11