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This Christmas season, we reflect on fifty years of God’s faithfulness to Pioneer Valley Christian Academy. The Academy would not exist without the support of individuals, like you, who help provide the resources that enable us to offer an education that develops a Biblical worldview, nurtures the soul, and shapes the character… for today and for the future.

This year our Annual Fund goal is $175,000, and we rejoice that $88,000 has been received to help us meet our goal. We would ask that you please remember Pioneer Valley Christian Academy in your year-end giving and, more importantly, in your prayers. Every gift received is an eternal investment in a student’s life.

We recognize that all gifts come from God and we are especially mindful of God’s greatest gift, our hope and our salvation through Jesus Christ.

May your Christmas be filled with Christ’s joy.

2021 CHRISTMAS CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHRISTMAS BREAK
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 –
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy will be closed for Christmas Break Monday, Deccember 20 -Friday, December 31. School will resume Monday, January 3, 2022 at 7:45 AM.

BOARD PRAYER MEETING
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8
8:00 AM

Members of the Pioneer Valley Christian Academy community are welcome to join the Board of Directors for a virtual monthly prayer meeting the first Saturday of each month beginning at 8:00 AM. To sign up for the prayer meeting, email PVCA Board Member, Mr. Robert Thoelen at thoelenr@gmail.com.

 

GROUP PICTURE DAY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
*CLASS PICTURES/GROUPS/CLUBS

Class and group/club pictures will be taken throughout the day on Friday, January 14. More information to follow.

 

Attention all “Dads & Grads

You are invited to participate in pick-up basketball games on Mondays, 7:30-9:00PM, in the PVCA gym.
The basketball games are for men who are either dads of PVCA students or are PVCA alumni.

If you have questions, please contact Slav Zenchenko at 413-883-0455.

Masks are optional.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires all school-age children to have an updated Physical Examination Form and a Physician Certificate of Immunization on file. Our records indicate that your child needs an updated Physical Examination (or an updated Physician Certificate of Immunization).

If your child has had a current physical, please submit it to the school nurse. In order for a student to be exempt from the Massachusetts immunization requirements a medical or religious exemption form must be annually submitted. Please refer to the following link for further information. https://pvcama.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Exemption-Letter-Final-Draft-PDF.pdf

Paperwork needs to be submitted to the front office, faxed to 413-782-8033, or emailed to mgunn@pvcama.org.

If you have further questions please call 413-782-8031 and ask to speak with the school nurse. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mylah Gunn
School Nurse

UPDATED TARDY POLICY

Although we understand unforeseen circumstances can occur which prevent a student from arriving to school on time, Tardiness often results in missed important information in the classroom, as well as interruption of the learning environment for the teacher and other students.

Excused tardies include illness, death in the family, medical appointments, unforeseen emergency, (to be determined by the Administration) or prior arrangement with the Principal. Without a phone call or a note, your child’s tardy will be marked unexcused.

As a reminder, our school day begins at 7:45 AM. We appreciate your cooperation in having your student arrive on time to school. If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact one of us via email Malissa Feragne / Edward Campolongo or by phone (413.782.8031).

PROTOCOL A: INDIVIDUAL WHO TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

DURATION
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for a minimum of 5 days after symptoms onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.

RETURN TO SCHOOL
Students isolate for 5 days, return on day 6 provided that they:

  • Remain fever free for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medications)
  • Improvement in all other symptoms

NOTE

  • Follow the 5-day isolation period, individuals must wear a mask for 5 days when around others.

PROTOCOL B: PROTOCOL FOR ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACTS

DURATION
Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of exposure.

RETURN TO SCHOOL
Students isolate for 5 days return on day 6, provided that they:

  • Adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days
  • Remain asymptomactic 
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10
  • Self-isolate if symptoms develop

NOTE

  • If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (PROTOCOL C).
  • If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (PROTOCOL A). 
  • For all those exposed, best practice would also include an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure. An antigen test may be self-administered and does not need to be proctored or performed by a healthcare professional.

PROTOCOL C-1: PROTOCOL FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS (TEST)

PROTOCOL FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS VACCINATED AND NON-VACCINATED WHO EXPERIENCE
COVID-19 SYPTOMS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

PROTOCOL C-1 (RECOMMENDED) 

RETURN TO SCHOOL POST-SYMPTOMS WITH A NEGATIVE COVID TEST.

DURATION
Dependent on symptom resolution.

RETURN TO SCHOOL
Individuals may return to school after they:

  • Have recieved a negative PCR or antigen test result for COVID-19. An antigen test may be self-administered and does not need to be performed by a healthcare professional.
    NOTE - So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test of antigen test.
  • Have improvement in symptoms
  • Have been without a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

NOTE

  • If the symptomatic individual was a close contact who is not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a negative PCR test, they should follow Protocol B.

PROTOCOL C-2: PROTOCOL FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS (NO TEST)

PROTOCOL C-2 

ALTERNATIVE PROTOCOL FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT CLOSE CONTACTS AND CHOOSE NOT TO RECEIVE A COVID TEST IN ORDER TO RETURN TO SCHOOL.

DURATION
Isolation is at least 5 days from symptom onset.

RETURN TO SCHOOL
After 5 days, returning on day 6, assuming they:

  • Have improvement in symptoms or have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

EXEMPTIONS

-ASYMPTOMATIC, FULLY VACCINATED CLOSE CONTACTS ARE EXEMPT FROM TESTING AND QUARANTINE RESPONSE PROTOCOLS

-CLOSE CONTACTS WHO HAVE HAD COVID-19 WITHIN THE PAST 90 DAYS.

Thank you to all of the parents who have expressed a desire to volunteer their time at PVCA this year. We would love for you to fill out the attached form and join our Parent Volunteer Organization, or PVO. If you have questions regarding the PVO, you can contact:

 

Caroline Funchion
Director of Marketing
cfunchion@pvcama.org
*volunteers for school events, PVO fundraisers, and teacher appreciation

 

Lisa Kerns
Director of Admissions
lkerns@pvcama.org
*volunteers for classroom help

 

PVCA
TEXT MESSAGE
ALERTS

School cancellations, classroom announcements, and/or special notifications will be sent to your phone via text message. 

To sign up:
text ALERT
to 22300

It is that EASY!

NEED PRAYER?
THE PVCA PRAYER LIST

 

The PVCA prayer list is updated daily and sent out monthly to subscribers. If you would like to sign-up for the PVCA prayer list or have a prayer request, fill out the form(s) below.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PVCA PRAYER LIST
PRAYER REQUEST FORM

SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS

All notifications will be released by 6:00 AM

PVCA One Call Now

One Call Now is a service PVCA uses to alert the community with important notifications. Voice or text messages will be sent to you if our school must close or delay opening due to weather.

ALL PVCA families are automatically signed up for One Call Now unless they opt out.

PVCA Text Update

To receive text updates, text “ALERT” to 22300.

Be sure PVCA has your cell phone # on file and your cell provider allows you to receive text messages from a third party number.

Local News & Radio
Local News Channels – ABC 40, WFSB 3, WWLP 22

Local Radio Station – WIHS 104.9 FM

The PVCA dress code, or standard of dress, is posted on the website under the parents tab. Please review the dress code to be sure your son or daughter is following it.

 

Common dress code violations are:

  • wearing shirts that are not polos such as t-shirts

  • wearing sweatshirts and hoodies with words or images

  • wearing shorts, dresses, or skirts that do not follow the fit requirements

 

Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than three inches above the middle of the knee for the purposes of modesty and ease at play times.

Leggings are also not allowed unless they are being worn for warmth underneath a skirt or dress.

Sneakers are required on gym days or the student will not be permitted to participate in gym class activities.