January 24, 2019
Dear PCA Families,
Our hope and prayer is that your children and you will remain part of the PCA family next year.

Complete by  Friday, February 1  and pay the Preferred Early Re-Enrollment rate (after February 1, the rate increases $100 per child). Log into the  Parent Portal on Veracross   and click Online Re-Enrollment to reserve your child's seat today.

Have a wonderful, restful weekend!

Dr. John Engstrom
Head of School
Please Welcome Baby Gronblom!
We are very happy to announce the arrival of Hope Elizabeth Gronblom! Congratulations to Josh (our Facilities Manager) and his wife, Chrissy (one of our Lower School aides) on the birth of their daughter! Hope was born on January 23 at 10:54 am, weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz, and was 20 inches long. We wish the Gronblom family much happiness!
Congratulations, Eagles, for securing a spot on the upcoming Granite State Challenge! PCA competed against 43 other schools in November and is now among the top 16 schools in the GSC competition. Be sure to watch NHPBS on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm as PCA challenges Manchester Central in our first official round of the competition! Go, Eagles!

Pictured L to R: Nick Watson (senior), Maeve Joyce (senior), Team Captain Emilee LaRose (senior), Maggie Joyce (senior), Hannah Pellerin (junior), Hannah Abraham (junior), Rebekah Shoemaker (Upper School Math Teacher), Dr. Ray Gamble (Upper School History Teacher), and Donna Capern (Emeritus Librarian).
IMPORTANT: Bill Introduced to REPEAL Tax Credit Program
A bill ( HB 632 ) has been introduced to the NH State House that would repeal the Education Tax Credit Program in part this year and in whole by 2020. Twenty PCA students have benefited from this program since it was introduced in 2015, and they likely would not be at PCA without the scholarships made available through the Giving & Going Alliance and NH Children's Scholarship Fund. NH State residents have several options for communicating their opinion of this repeal to legislators:
Attend the Public Hearing regarding HB 632
scheduled for Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 am
(LOB Room 202, 33 N. State St. in Concord, NH)

Please contact Kelly Belmonte (ext. 109) with questions.

Administrative Volunteer on Wednesdays or Thursdays for approximately 2 hours.

Mother-Son Event: Coordinator needed to assist in planning the Annual Mother-Son Event coming up in the spring.

Please contact Jodi Karnes (ext. 119) if you are available to help with these needs.
Breakfast Tickets Now on Sale:  CLICK HERE  to purchase
Our Annual Auction is the largest fundraiser to benefit families through Variable Tuition. There is something for everyone at this exciting event, including a juried art contest. CLICK HERE for the latest Auction news!
Whether you have a lot or a little time available, we have a volunteer opportunity just right for you! CLICK HERE to see how you can help!
The Auction Committee welcomes your donations:
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Sporting event or theatre tickets
  • Services (e.g. landscaping, auto detailing)
  • Vacation home or time-share
  • Teaching a craft or hobby

We have many sponsorship options available. If you are interested in sponsoring our event, please find out more  HERE.
Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 am
Runey Hall: Board Room (2nd floor)
All dads are invited to a time of fellowship and prayer each month. The meetings will be held in the Board Room of Runey Hall on a Saturday morning.  CLICK HERE for the 2018-19 meeting dates. Contact Anders Lund with questions.
Saturday, January 26 at 9:00 am
Begins in Troiano Hall
Bring a friend or share the news: Our All-School Open House includes an interactive morning of STEAM exploration, a tour of the campus, and casual conversation with PCA faculty. Invite friends and family so that they can experience what makes PCA so special.  CLICK HERE to learn more or to register.
Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 pm
PCA's Voices will be a featured choir singing for the UNH Choral Gala at Johnson Theatre (30 Academic Way, Durham, NH). This event is FREE.  CLICK HERE for more details.
Monday, January 28- Friday, February 1
Food Festival on Friday, February 1
It's that time of year when we look forward to celebrating our diversity during PCA's International Week! On February 1, there will be crock-pots of heritage dishes for our students' lunch period. If you would like to sign-up for a crock-pot offering, please contact Sandra Croft (ext. 131).
Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 pm
Upper School's Troiano Hall
Laurie Warnock, NH Education Coordinator from Northern New England Poison Center, is coming to address our parents about the latest fad being marketed to today's youth: Vaping and the use of Electronic Nicotine Devices. All parents are welcome to attend. Please contact  Kim Cummings (ext. 123) with questions.
Sign-Up Deadline: Thursday, January 31
Parent-Teacher Conferences for our Lower School students will be held throughout the month of February. Conferences for our PCAP students will be held on Friday, February 15 (no school for PCAP students only that day). To sign-up, please click on the tab located at the bottom right hand corner of the Parent Portal page in Veracross.
Recognition Ad Deadline:
Friday, February 1
Whether your son or daughter is a senior or a freshman, a recognition ad is always a great idea to tell your child that you are proud of and love him or her.  CLICK HERE for examples of ads which other PCA parents have placed.  ORDER FORM
Friday, February 1 from 6-8:00 pm
Troiano Hall; $5 admission fee
All Upper School students are invited to attend PCA's first ever Jazz and Original Composition night! Free food and fantastic music featuring the PCA Jazz Band and many others! The event is sponsored by the Tri-M Music Honor Society on behalf of the music department; all proceeds will help benefit Music Department field trips. Contact Katie Poole with questions.
HURRY! Senior Yearbook Deadlines:

Recognition Ads - Friday, February 1
Senior Portraits- Friday, February 8
Quotes & Bio- Monday, February 25

Contact  Thomas Dacey with questions.
Join Us!
Tuesday, February 5 from 2:45-3:30 pm
PCA parents are invited to meet and visit with our incoming Head of School, Col. Mike Runey, who will begin serving as Head of School in June 2019. No RSVP is necessary to attend. Please contact Shirley Tuten (ext. 101) with questions.
Begins Saturday, February 2
Ends Sunday, March 3
Read-a-thon is a beloved annual tradition at PCA and an opportunity for students to dive into more reading during these weeks of winter. This year's theme is animals from around the world and the many wonderful ways in which they help serve us. Tracking sheets will be available next week, along with an online link for tracking minutes online. PCA's adults (e.g. grandparents, parents, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to join in this year's Read-a-Thon too! Together we canreach our school goal of 350,000 minutes!
Thursday, February 7 at 6:00 pm
Miller Room in Runey Hall
All parents are welcome to join Dr. Connie Lawrence for her next LIFE Series lecture where she will be discussing "Self-Management." Prior LIFE Series attendance is not necessary in order to attend this session. MORE INFO.
Saturday, February 9 starting at 1:00 pm
Our Jazz All-State musicians will be performing at Pinkerton Academy next month! Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door (cash or check only) or with credit card online HERE .
Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm in Troiano Hall
Two plays will entertain you and provide food for thought this winter season in our Black Box Theatre! There are three showings available. Admissions is $12/adults and $10/students for the two evening shows and $10/adults and $8/students for the Saturday matinee.
Grades K-5 Deadline:
Friday, February 22 at 4:00 pm

All grades 6-12 and other entries are due by Monday, March 4 at 3:30 pm. CLICK HERE for more information and for a printable Submission Form.
Contest Ends on Monday, April 8
You can help us win a free library visit with children's author, Jan Brett! The school or library which has the most parents, teachers, friends, or supporters who enter the contest will win a free visit during the upcoming school year. One email address entry per person. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.
Employment Opportunities

For a list of all of our current employment opportunities, CLICK HERE.
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