PUCS Post

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

    PUCS Post: November 5, 2018

    10-Post-November 5, 2018

    PUCS POST

    School is in session TOMORROW – Tuesday, November 6th

    November 5                  Parent Association Meeting at 6:00

    November 14                Admissions Open House – 9-10:00am and 7-8:00pm

    November 15                Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:30-8:00pm

    November 16                NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences from 9:00am-noon

    November 21-23            NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Thursday, November 15th from 3:30-8:00pm

    Friday, November 16th from 9:00am-noon

    The family/home connection is so important!  We ask that everyone schedule a conference.

    This is an opportunity for you to have a focused conversation just about your child with his/her teacher.

    Below is the link for Pick-A-Time to schedule your child(ren) parent/teacher conferences.

    https://pickatime.com/schedule.jsp?page=schoolFinder

    • Middle School parents will be meeting with their MS student’s advisory teacher only for 20 minutes.
    • Elementary parents will be meeting for 20 minutes with their child’s teacher.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 1:00 pm

    PUCS PARENTS:  Please join PUCS as we attend a concert at Hosanna House on

    Please see the attached flyer for more details.

    ALL Weekly Pizza orders are due on Wednesday for Friday lunch:

    $2.50 slice of cheese pizza

    $  .50 juice box

    PUCS Post: October 29, 2018

    PUCS POST

    9-Post-October 29, 2018

    Please mark your calendar!  There will be school on Tuesday, November 6th

    November 5                  Parent Association Meeting – 6:00

    November 14                Admissions Open House – 9-10:00am and 7-8:00pm

    November 15                Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:30-8:00pm

    November 16                NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences from 9:00am-noon

    November 21-23          NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

    Parent Association Meeting Information

    The first Parent Association meeting of the school year is scheduled for Monday November 5, 2018 (6pm)

    Jennifer McCaslin, Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, is coming to speak about anxiety in children. There are many ways that children suffer from anxiety and Jennifer will name some common identifiers as well as present ways to help children cope with their anxiety.  “Having Generalized Anxiety Disorder can make it hard for kids to focus in school. Because with GAD, there is almost always a worry on a kid’s mind. GAD makes it hard for kids to relax and have fun, eat well, or fall asleep at night. They may miss many days of school because worry makes them feel sick, afraid, or tired.”  Kids Health.org

    Please plan to join us for a discussion on this very important topic and an opportunity to ask questions. Also, there will be a few PUCS announcements. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to office@pucs.org.

    Parent Teacher Conferences!

    Thursday, November 15th from 3:30-8:00pm

    Friday, November 16th from 9:00am-noon

    The family/home connection is so important!  We ask that everyone schedule a conference.

    This is an opportunity for you to have a focused conversation just about your child with his/her teacher.

    Below is the link for Pick-A-Time to schedule your child(ren) parent/teacher conferences.

    https://pickatime.com/schedule.jsp?page=schoolFinder

    • Middle School parents will be meeting with their MS student’s advisory teacher only for 20 minutes.

    6th grade with Mrs. Moore

    7th grade with Mrs. Douglas

    8th grade with Mr. Wilson

    • Elementary parents will be meeting for 20 minutes with their child’s teacher.

    Our Red Ribbon poster contest winners are…

    Grand Prize: Arathena M.

    K -2nd: Brynn W.

    3rd – 5th: Leila G.

    6th – 8th:  Jack V.

    Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!

    Mad Science

    Mad Science of Pittsburgh After School Program Presents: 

    The “Animals, Energy, & Robots”

    GRADES: K-6

    NOVEMBER 1ST- DECEMBER 13TH (6 WEEKS) 3:15-4:15

    COST: $72 PER STUDENT

    Mad Science Flyer


    Parents are our #1 recruiters!  

    We are so grateful for you all sharing the story of our school.  Be intentional in your conversations as you talk to friends and folks in your neighbors/churches.  We have been purposeful to showcase our chapel on November 14:  Bring a friend!  

    Our remaining open house dates!

                            November 14 from 9-10:00am and 7-8:00pm

                            January 17 from 7-8:00pm

    Pizza Order Info!

    ALL Weekly Pizza orders are due on Wednesday for Friday lunch:

    $2.50 slice of cheese pizza

    $  .50 juice box

    At A Time Like This

    After a very hard weekend for our city, I’m reminded of a scene from that fount of wisdom, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (we have the VHS if you want to borrow it)…

    At the beginning of the third Act, Kirk, McCoy, and a team of scientists are trapped in an underground cave system on a dead moon, while Khan (the bad guy) flies off with a doomsday machine.  TheEnterprise is damaged and can neither chase Khan nor retrieve the away team.  It is a most hopeless moment.

    “Is there anything to eat?”  Kirk asks as he sits down.  “I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m starved.”

    McCoy is indignant: “How can you think of food at a time like this?”

    Last night and this morning I reminded our teachers that we trust them to do what they considered was “developmentally appropriate” for their classes.  Middle School history classes were, ironically, already discussing the Holocaust and antisemitism through the ages.  They talked about the pervasive influence of evil, always, in the words of Genesis, “crouching at our door.”  4th and 5th graders were discussing this topic as well and could place the events in Squirrel Hill in a larger narrative framework.  Younger students were free to discuss their responses with their teachers and were encouraged to pray for the victims and the community at large.

    And meanwhile, another chick hatched in the 1st Grade incubator, bringing us to eight distracting babies!  A student came in from recess to get a band-aid on his knee.  The 4th/5th-grade chip peddlers came by my office at the usual time.  We judged a few posters about the golden rule.  An inflatable cow was seen heading upstairs.  Kids talked, or didn’t, to whom they needed when they needed.

    The same things happened at the same times they always do because that’s what everyone is used to… and “what we’re used to” is our best tool for helping kids mature through events like this.  Keeping the routine – while simultaneously telling kids that we’re also sad, angry, or scared – reminds kids that we can lament while not despairing, we can grieve without being crushed.  We live in a bent world; darkness thrashes against the light, but it will not prevail.  We might have to adjust our step, or even take a different route from time to time, but we will keep marching.

    It might seem a sacrilege to “think about food at a time like this,” but that’s what our kids need right now.  Please, turn off the news coverage; put down the phone; read the Bible together; go to bed on time (for once).  Cook, play, run, wrestle, dance, pray.  Ask your kids how they’re doing; tell them how you’re doing, and pass the potatoes.

    Dave Moore

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