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February 10 Berkeley Hills Campus Weekly Update
  • Calendar
  • A Message from Mr. Aiken
  • All-School Announcements
  • A Message from Mrs. Hyland
  • Important Reminder
  • Activities & Events
  • Lunches & Snacks
  • Connection Points
  • After School Enrichment
Feb 10 - Parent Association Meeting, held at the Mt. Nebo Campus, 9:00 am
Feb 11 - Chick-fil-A Night, 5:00-8:00, McKnight Road restaurant
Feb 11 - Musical rehearsal at Wexford, grades 5-6
Feb 14 - Wear red (and hearts) today!
Feb 14 - Valentines Parties 1:30-2:30
Feb 17 - President’s Day NO SCHOOL
Feb 18-21 - Spiritual Enrichment Week
Feb 19 - Progress Reports sent
Feb 21 - Spiritual Enrichment Week closes with Faith Filled Friday!
Feb 24 - Elementary Musical dress rehearsal at Wexford, 3:30-5:30 pm
Feb 25 - Elementary Musical, A Not So Terrible Parable , performed at the Wexford Campus, 7:00 pm
March 1 - Father's Day Fun Slides Carpet Skate, 6:30-8:00 pm
Dear Eden families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I extend our gratitude for the confidence you have placed in Eden Christian Academy. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you each day to equip your children to fulfill their unique, God-designed purpose. Our highest priority is your child’s academic success and spiritual growth.
At the end of January, each family received an electronic re-enrollment packet for the 2020-2021 school year. As you review the information and prayerfully consider your decision, I’d like to present three benefits that differentiate Eden from other educational choices.

Your child is receiving a Christian education.
Christ and the truth of the Scriptures are in everything we do . We genuinely pursue growing closer to Jesus Christ and we have that same desire for your child. Biblical integration in every class, as well as daily Bible classes, weekly chapels, community service, and mission outreach provide students with real-life opportunities to directly apply the truths they learn, and develop and live out their faith in Christ. Faith and learning go hand-in-hand at Eden as each child moves on their journey to their God-directed future.
Your child is being challenged with high academic standards.
A founding principle at Eden is our  commitment to provide an outstanding education to every student . Each discipline is continually developed to enrich the depth of course offerings and to include Advanced Placement and College in High School course electives. Technology is utilized as a resource to improve student learning. Eden’s dedicated faculty is committed to professionalism in the classroom and to God’s best for each child. We work to prepare students for college and the workplace by teaching life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and perseverance.
Your child is known individually and encouraged to engage.
Each student is prayed for, known, and valued. Our dedicated teachers are as invested in educating them as they are in knowing them, building their character, and preparing them for life. And, from clubs and organizations, to the arts and athletics – students are encouraged to participate and enrich their educational experience . Especially in middle and high school, we have seen that students who are actively involved have a greatly enhanced school experience and gain the most in return. In Eden's safe environment, students can explore new activities and gain confidence in their abilities. Along the journey, they develop relationships and make memories. As an example, students in the Class of 2019 were engaged in the National Honor Society, student council, musicals, robotics, mock trial, athletics, and other activities. And, reports from their first semester of college are extremely favorable from spiritual, academic preparedness, and social acclimation perspectives.
This truly embodies our aspiration for all our students:  a Christ-centered, full, and engaged school experience that translates to your child’s early success at the next level.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Eden,  we are extremely thankful for the privilege of partnering with you in educating, training, mentoring, and ministering to your child .

We recognize the significant financial commitment you have made and are grateful for the value you have placed on their education. Thank you for entrusting us with your children.

Todd Aiken
Upper School Principal, Chief Academic Officer, Interim Co-Head of School


Currently, of the 27 schools in Region 1 (Allegheny County), Eden is one of nine undefeated teams in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial Competition and will advance to the second round of competition. Eden is ranked third heading into playoffs!

Eden’s defense defeated Chartiers Valley team #1 and Eden’s plaintiff side defeated Mt. Lebanon’s team #2. (Both teams we competed against have two teams.)  Eden will compete in Round 2 of the competition on Monday, February 10, at 5:15 pm in the City-County Building.

Congratulations! We are cheering for you in tonight’s competition!

Team members are: Bukola Ajayi, Leia Davliakos, Leah Gloster, Collin Hicks, Sam Hogue, Liz Jacobs, Vivien Kohler, Nathan Moore, Holly Nassif, Noah Reaoch, Wes Rodu, Eli Rogers, Aneeta Sivaram, Trey Tillotson, Isaac Wick, Lydia Wisler, Isaiah Zimmerman. Eden's defense team is featured in today's photo. We will have new team photos after Monday's competition.

One of the largest in the nation, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.

February 10 at 9:00 am
Held at the Mt. Nebo Campus in the Student Union

Connect with other parents and the mission of the school through the Eden Parent Association. Questions? Contact PA president, Vicki Bonzo at
Your Eden Experience is our Best Reference

Families inquiring about Eden or visiting us for a tour often tell us they heard about us from a friend ; someone who told them about their great Eden experience.

We appreciate you. And, we want to show it!
When you share your love for Eden with a new family who enrolls a student,  you can receive a $250 tuition credit  for each new student enrolled in K-12.

Questions about  Referral Rewards?
Please contact Chuck Smullin at


When you complete your re-enrollment in February, you will:
  • Guarantee your child's seat for next year
  • Take advantage of the discounted fee before enrollment opens to the public on March 1

Important information and links to   access online re-enrollment were sent to your email on Jan 31.

Here are a few details that further explain the re-enrollment process:
  • FACTS (formerly RenWeb) sends the re-enrollment email message to only one parent. Please check with your spouse to confirm that one of you received the email.

  • FACTS makes the re-enrollment link available in the Family Portal only to the parent who received the email. If Jane Doe received the email, then you need to be logged into the Family Portal as Jane Doe.

  • If you have forgotten your user name or password and always use your spouse’s login, contact Jennifer Miess at  or 412-364-8055 to have the password reset. 

Questions?   Please contact Jennifer Miess at
Dear Berkeley Hills families,

This year, on the final day of Spiritual Enrichment Week , we have planned an exciting new activity! The Wexford and Berkeley Hills campuses are partnering with Urban Impact Foundation through Project Penpal to collect NEW paperback books for children at Pittsburgh King Elementary School on Pittsburgh’s North Side. 

On Faith Filled Friday, February 21, Eden students in grades 1-6 will write letters to the students at Pittsburgh King Elementary and make bookmarks that will accompany each book that is donated .  

What is Urban Impact Foundation and Project Penpal?
  • Urban Impact Foundation (UIF) is a Christian non-profit on the North Side of Pittsburgh that serves at-risk students. Their mission is to, through the gospel of Christ, impact lives on the North Side one person, one family, one block at a time.
  • Project Penpal is an upper school graduation project that started in 2016 and, this year, is being facilitated by Ryan Aiken, Elijah Manges, and Joey Rothacher. The project is a pen pal collaboration between Eden upper school students and 1st and 2nd grade students at Pittsburgh King Elementary. The goal of the project is to connect and unite students across cultures and ages.

How can you help?
We’re asking you to partner with Project Penpal and UIF by donating new books for the Pittsburgh King 1st and 2nd grade classes Our goal is 120 books! The books should be at a K-3rd grade reading level. Any books over our goal will be donated to Urban Impact’s Literacy Support program, a volunteer-based, in-school tutoring program that partners with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Where can you donate the books?
Books can be turned in to your child’s classroom teacher. Elijah, Ryan, and Joey will deliver the books to the Pittsburgh King students during their Project Penpal visit at the beginning of March.

Why is Eden investing in this project? 
Urban Impact and Pittsburgh King work with at-risk students on the North Side. The need is great . Outside of school, these students face immense hardships that are foreign to most 7 and 8 year-old children. Few of the students at Pittsburgh King have personal access to a grade-level book in their home . For the past few years, Project Penpal has come alongside the students by providing a book for each of their Pittsburgh King penpals. This year the project expanded to include 1st grade students at Pittsburgh King and the number of participating students doubled! 

We are asking for your help. Would you support these students by donating a book? Your participation will bring light to the students on the North Side.

We are so excited to partner with UIF during the month of February!

Mrs. Hyland
Berkeley Hills Principal
Health Reminder
If your child has been ill, please remember that they should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. 

Chick-fil-A Night
Feb 11, 5:00-8:00
McKnight Road restaurant
Eat more chicken! Come to the 7451 McKnight Road restaurant on February 11 for food and fun. Just mention Eden Christian Academy at the counter and 15% of all sales from 5:00-8:00 will benefit the Berkeley Hills Campus.

See you on Tuesday!

2020 Box Tops Contest
Ends on February 14
Collect box tops points for our winter contest and classroom competition . The winning class will enjoy an ice cream party!

Remember, both clipped and digital box tops count towards your classroom total.
Elementary Musical
February 25 at 7:00 pm
Wexford Campus in the South Venue

A Not So Terrible Parable
Performed by Berkeley Hills and Wexford students

It was a dark and stormy night . . . a man lay injured by the side of the road. Two travelers passed him by. Mysteriously, he is delivered to the doorstep of the quaint Mountain Vista Inn, where the startled guests, the butler and the maid (of course!), and a famous detective must use their wits to sleuth out every clue to get to the bottom of this mystifying whodunit.

Please join us for mystery, candlelight, organ music, strange pizza toppings, and our host, Alistair McAlister, in this Master’s Peace Theater re-creation of the parable that Jesus told about the Good Samaritan.

Important Notes:
  • Dress rehearsal is Feb. 24, 3:30-5:30 at the Wexford Campus South Venue
  • Performance in the musical is mandatory for students in grades 3 and 4, and chorus students in grades 5 and 6
Abstract defocussed cross silhouette in church interior against stained glass window concept for religion and  prayer
Spiritual Enrichment Week
February 18-21
We are  praying and preparing for Spiritual Enrichment Week and we are excited for all that God will do!  This special time at Eden, set aside each year, focuses on spiritual needs and growth.
Activities and Bible lessons each day will build on our school theme,  Faith in Action Makes Ordinary Extraordinary , based on the verse, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31b.
You are invited!

Father's Day Fun Slides Carpet Skate
Grades 1-6 only
March 1, 6:30-8 :00 pm
Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark
1130 Perry Highway behind Shop & Save

Eden dads, we're celebrating you with an evening of fun for you and your children! Join us at an exciting new venue Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark .

Admission is $5.00 per person and includes:
  • Skate time and skate rentals
  • Glowing Bounce-N-Slide Area
  • Super Ninja Challenge Course
  • Blacklight Dodgeball
  • Carpet Hockey
  • Nerf War Arena
  • 2 slices of pizza and a drink

Important Fun Slides Requirements:
  • Athletic shoes
  • Children 8 and under are asked to wear a helmet. You may bring your own.  Fun Slides does have helmets if needed.
  • Everyone who enters the park, including adults, must have a signed waiver. Avoid the lines and complete your waiver now at
RSVP today! Event registration forms were sent in Friday Folders.
Chick-fil-A Receipts
from McKnight Road restaurant
Save your Chick-fil-A receipts from the 7451 McKnight Road restaurant and drop them in the box in the main office.

Eden will earn 20% of the total receipts in food credits!

Hot Lunches

  1. Go to Campus Cuisine
  2. Use school access code ECA412 to create your user account
  3. Order!

Questions?  Contact Joyce Ricci at    
Ice Cream Tuesdays
Benefits the Discovery Program
Ice cream for only $1.00 will be available on Tuesdays at lunch. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Program.
Friday Lunch Snack Cart
Benefits student assemblies

Snacks will be available during lunches for .50 or $1 and will include healthier options such as baked chips!

What's more fun than recess?

It's easy to SIGN UP ONLINE to be a recess monitor.

Questions? Please contact Joyce Ricci at

Family Volunteer Hours Completed by April 30
Be sure to log your service hours throughout the 2019-2020 school year!

  • All Eden families with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are required to complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of volunteer service.
  • Families with only preschool aged children enrolled (3-4 year old) must complete a minimum of seven and half (7.5) hours of service.
  • Each family is responsible for completing their hours by April 30 and recording them no later than May 3
  • Hours not fulfilled will be billed to the family on or about May 11 at a rate of $10 per hour.

Volunteer Clearances
Eden volunteers must provide all required clearances along with the signed Volunteer Registration Form to your campus volunteer coordinator prior to volunteering. Here are important links for volunteer clearances:

Eden Christian Academy Volunteer Policy  -  for the policy details, who needs clearances, and what clearances are required
Volunteer Clearance Instructions & Links  -  to obtain required clearances


Send your great Eden event and athletic photos to us at:

Submissions must include your name, campus, date, and event details with the photos.
  • Photos submitted may be included on Eden's website, Facebook, Instagram or yearbook.
  • Student first names may appear; we do not tag or use last names of current Eden students on social media.

2019-2020 YEARBOOK

Order deadline is February 21

Don't miss the memories! The Berkeley Hills Yearbook provides 40 full-color pages that capture the year!

  • It's easy to order online at
  • Paper order forms are available in the office.

Don't forget to send your great event and athletics photos to for possible placement in the yearbook!

 Rubik's Cube Club
Mondays, April 20 - June 1
3:15-4:30 pm

Cost is $50 for 6-week club.
Students each receive their own Rubik's cube.

Mark your calendar and watch for registration details coming soon.