T H U RS D AY, F e br ua r y 2 6 t h, 2 0 1 5 : V O L U ME T H I RT Y : NU MB E R 2 5 REMINDERS Saturday, February 28th “Night Under the Stars”—6:30pm, Atlanta Athletic Club Tuesday, March 3rd Parent Prayer-8:30am. Prayer Room Homework Happenings-6pm, upstairs at the Bricks. See Announcement for link to pre-register Parent Meetings Grades 1, 2 & 8—6:15pm, classrooms Grades 5 & 6—7:30pm, classrooms Tuesday, March 10th Parent Prayer-8:30am. Prayer Room Wednesday, March 11th Late Start-9:25am Jeans Day for Missions “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord he is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people. Be thankful unto him, and bless His name.” Excerpts from Psalm 100:1-4 P RINCIPAL T HOUGHTS A L ANGUAGE W ITHOUT W ORDS By Susan Crist, Lower Elementary Principal The date: May 31, 1988 The place: Spaso House, Moscow, Soviet Union The occasion: The US/ Russia state dinner to exchange documents for the ratification of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Those in attendance: President and Nancy Reagan, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, U.S. Secretary of State, Minister of Soviet Foreign Minister plus 600 honored guests. In those days it was not permitted for Soviet citizens to listen to western music such as jazz; strictly forbidden-especially for their bureaucrats. Due to the intensely acrimonious political climate during those Cold War years, there was not much warm conversation between the Soviet and American dinner guests that night. But, when the well-known jazz composer, Dave Brubeck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck) took the stage and started playing the now legendary, Take Five, those same bureaucrats started secretly tapping their toes under the dinner tables in response to this amazing song with which they were clearly familiar! The power of music! Boom! The Cold War ice was broken. Relationships were mended. Treaties were ratified— due to the potent influence of 4 extremely talented people playing the piano, bass, drums, and saxophone. The next day Secretary of State George Shultz was reported to have hugged Dave and said, “Dave, you helped make the summit. And today (Continued on page 2) everyone on both sides was talking about it. They found common ground. You broke the ice.” In his thank you note President Reagan spoke of “the enthusiasm your music inspired,” demonstrated by “the constant interruptions of spontaneous applause.” In a 2008 interview, Stephen Crist asked Brubeck how it was that his jazz could break the ice at the fourth and final Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow. (So many other efforts had failed.) Dave responded, “I don’t know. But I know they all started tapping their feet together. This was the first unity we’d seen. The whole audience was in there swingin.” Everyone present agreed that Brubeck’s music strongly contributed to the decreasing of tensions and the general success of the negotiations. Stop and think about that. It’s amazing! Please take a minute to listen to this incredible piece with your children if you aren’t familiar with it— which you should be! (Your grandparents know it!) It is one of the epic pieces of our uniquely American musical genre—jazz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHdU5sHigYQ And that brings me to the fact that we love music at Perimeter School. We are blessed by an amazing music teacher in Lisa Langston, composer studies in all of our classrooms, and many of our teachers and students possess great musical abilities. Last Friday Lower Elementary hosted our biennial E-Day Music Festival planned by our inimitable E-Day Coordinator, Wendy Williams. It featured many passionate folks sharing their talent with our captivated first and second graders. From Ken Stanton Music providing instruments for each child to play, Kelly Hardy on oboe, Craig Swift (dad of Ashleigh and Savannah) on sax, Kirk Sarkisian on percussion, Patrick Hardy (Perimeter Church staff) on brass, PCS parent Chris Magill (dad of Becca and Sam) as Mr. Beethoven with PCS graduate Amber Tejeda as his protégé, and our own Marcus Myers (dad of Sadie) who provided experiences on the violin, guitar, and hammer dulcimer, it was an unforgettable day. My apologies to the many parents whose children came home begging for a cello, violin, or hammer dulcimer! (Actually, I don’t apologize!) IMG_4192.MOV And if that wasn’t enough, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra came to us—and to hundreds of other community children present on Tuesday! It was so inspirational to hear them play straight-up symphonic music to the gasps of wonder of our well-prepared students. One take-away for us as parents is to teach our children about the power of music in these joyful ways so that they will want to avoid its dark side, as well, should they encounter it later in life. Make a joyful noise! PS Stan Kenton deserves your business if you are seeking an instrument or lessons for your child. They provided this amazing service for us by coming to the Music Festival free of charge. Tell them you’re from PCS! A NNOUNCEMENTS Do You Have An Announcement? Submit by e-mail to Martha Mahony at [email protected] Deadline each week: Tuesday by 4 pm. Announcements can run for 2-3 weeks. UPCOMING EVENTS “Night Under the Stars” Silent and Live Auction/Dinner Please join us for our Night Under The Stars Silent and Live Auction Dinner on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Atlanta Athletic Club. Featuring Live Music by ESOEBO. You may start bidding on Auction items! Please visit our Auction website to view and begin bidding on items we are have received and entered to date (this website will continually to be updated as we receive new donations Night Under Stars Auction Items. If anyone would like to volunteer to help enter Auction items into our Bidpal Software before or after carpool for an hour or two, please contact [email protected] We will show you how it works and would love your help! Many thanks to our Auction Sponsors-we appreciate your generosity and support! Presenting Sponsor: The Piedmont Bank, State Bank & Trust Company and Sally and Frits ten Pas Gold Sponsor: Credo Financial Services, LLC, McMichael and Gray, PC, Thompson's Frame & Gallery, White Oak Renovations & Signature Homes and Innerman Community Sports Silver Sponsor: Greater Georgia Concrete, LLC and Ryden Original Productions Bronze Sponsor: Atlanta Motorsports Park, Chandley Communications, CPEX, LLC, TheDayYouRetire.com, First Mortgage Group, Griffith Engineering, Inc. and Ostenson Real Estate Group, LLC Mother Son Adventure!...”Draft Card” coming home on March 2! Moms and boys, look for your “draft card” (invitation!) coming home with the boys next week. Registration opens Monday, March 2 on Renweb. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 21 for the Mother Son Adventure! This year includes some fresh elements not to be missed. And a “chow time” that promises more surprises and fun! For questions, contact Jill Aycock at [email protected] It’s going to be AWESOME…be there! ENLIST NOW! G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N Register by Friday, Feb. 27th at Noon for HOMEWORK HAPPENINGS on March 3rd! Please remember you MUST be registered by noon on Friday before the event; therefore, please be sure to go online NOW to the link below if you need childcare for the parent and/or campus meetings scheduled for next week. http://www.perimeterschool.org/parents/homework-happenings.cfm.If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] Box Tops! It’s Box Top Submission time again! Please submit your box tops to either office by Feb. 27th to get them submitted for a check for this school year. If possible, clip and count in bags of 50 (a project for your student?!), but this is not required. Thank you! Ministry Safe – Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Seminar Sunday, March 1 or Sunday, March 8, 12:30-2:30 PM With frightening statistics growing in the news and community, Perimeter is being proactive and has contracted with Ministry Safe, a firm which provides training and assists organizations in the implementation of safety systems, to enhance our child protection practices and further equip our ministries to be aware of sexual predators and how to protect our children. The Ministry Safe seminar will give you insights into the ways you can recognize potential abuse situations, protect your child and the children to which you minister. Lunch is included, and childcare with lunch is available. Doors open at Noon. For more information and to register, please visit www.perimeter.org/ministrysafe . PCS Covenant Family: Please Read and Sign this Document In short, the link below will take you to a legally mandated document that requires your response that you understand your need to report child abuse. As parents who love our children, you can see the need for us to support and comply. This is now required of parents in all public and private schools. PLEASE READ AND ENTER YOUR SIGNATURE AT THE END. Help us avoid having to contact those who forget or procrastinate. Click here to read and sign the mandated reporter document. Every parent needs to read and sign this document. Thank you, Bobby Scott Headmaster EXTRACURRICULAR Announcing the PCS Volleyball Clinic for 3rd–5th Grade Girls When: March 9-12 (Monday-Thursday) Time: 3:10-4:30pm Place: PCS Gymnasium Come learn and enjoy the skills of setting, passing, serving and overhand attacks. Skills taught in a fun, upbeat environment with emphasis on correct mechanics. Where to sign up? Email Shelley Knudsen at [email protected] with your child's full name, grade and teacher. After you respond, you will be sent a permission slip to fill out and email back or send in to the middle school office. Clinic fees: $75 *Fees will be deducted from your FACTS account on March 9th. Clinic coached by Shelley Knudsen (Coach "K") and Kelsea Knudsen (Coach "KK"). You will be contacted before the clinic reminding you what to wear (athletic shoes, shorts and T-shirt; hair tie and NO jewelry) and bring (i.e. water bottle and knee pads if you have them). We look forward to having a great time learning the sport of volleyball together! *Future clinics coming up: April 27-30 for all 2015-16 Middle School Girls **Open gym May 4-7 for rising 6th graders-8th. ***Spring try outs for 2015 Season: May 11 & 12 Talent Show Announcement One of our most anticipated events of the year will be here before you know it! The PCS Talent Show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2014 at 9:00 am. If you are interested in participating in the show, you must sign up for the Talent Show Screenings to be held Monday, March 30th, Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st after school (Callbacks will be Thursday the 2nd). The Talent Show is open to students in 3rd - 8th grades. The link to sign up is as follows http://www.timetosignup.com/pcstalent/sheet/33973. Please make sure you also download a copy of the Talent Show Screening Guidelines. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. The guidelines will be posted on the school website and included on the PCS covenant webpage as well. Spots are limited, so please sign up now (and make sure you bring the signed permission slip with you to your screening time!) For questions please contact Kelly Laughlin at [email protected] Please click on TalentShow for guidelines and permission slip. F A M I LY C A R E Heidi Leeth’s Caringbridge Site www.caringbridge.org/visit/heidileeth Help for the McCabe Family Francine McCabe, mother of PCS grads Aubrey (college sophomore) and Brendan, (10th grade), has been diagnosed with recurrence of follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Francine's husband, Tim, travels extensively with his job. A Caringbridge site has been set up as well as a meal plan portal. Caringbridge: Francine McCabe; meal assistance: http://www.takethemameal.com/ type in last name McCabe and password: Francine Francine is fighting off an infection in her vein where the chemo portal is implanted. This infection must be cleared up for chemo to proceed. Please pray for complete healing and that every trace of the CANCER would be gone. FUNDRAISING Ongoing Fundraisers Kroger Perimeter School can now participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Please click on KrogerRewards for information and to sign up. Ingles Tools for Schools—use your Ingles Advantage Card when you make purchases at Ingles to help our school. Ingles will give back to our school a portion of those sales. Click Here to link your Ingles Card to Perimeter school online. Click “Sign Up Online Now”. Find your local school by school name search, click on the number for the appropriate school (#10346). Type your information in, as well as your Ingles Advantage card number. Remember to include the smaller digit on the right-hand side. Office Depot 5% Back to School Program—Make a qualifying purchase at Office Depot and present our school’s 5% Program ID #70025545, when you shop online or at an Office Depot Store. Office Depot with give our school 5% of total purchases from our parents. They will also credit prior purchases during this calendar year, if you forgot to give them our ID number at the time of purchase, just bring in your receipt for credit. Publix – key fobs available in both school offices; 3% of purchase goes to PCS and can be used by anyone in Georgia (great opportunity for relatives, friends, etc. to support PCS). ~ O THER E VENTS /O FFERINGS ~ Do You Have News? If you have an announcement that would be appropriate for this section, e-mail the information to: [email protected] Deadline each week: Tuesday by 4 pm. Announcements can run for 2-3 weeks. Church Wide Diaper Drive all the Month of March Help us love families in the community by donating diapers to those who cannot provide this necessity for their children. Donations can be brought to church during the month of March and placed in the bins located at each of the entrances. Sizes 3-5 are especially needed. www.perimeter.org/diaperdrive Movers and Shakers: Furniture Pickup-Saturdays March 7th and 28th 8:00am-12:00pm Join Movers and Shakers to pick up and deliver furniture to families in need. Imagine the joy of a child sleeping on a bed or a family enjoying a meal around a table rather than on the floor. To sign up, contact John Dance at [email protected] Parent University-Sunday, March 1, 9am in the Gym Learn to navigate your teen in today’s culture through this monthly seminar led by Senior High Pastor, Jeff Summers and his wife Cami. We are continuing our new series based on the book Price of Privilege and the unique challenges of raising teens in an affluent environment. If you ever miss out on a Parent University, go to www.perimeter.org/parentu to get our podcasts! Perimeter Church Women’s Retreat Ladies! Join us for an unforgettable weekend away in charming and sophisticated downtown Greenville, SC. You won’t want to miss out on the refreshing, fun, and purposeful opportunity to reflect on our identity as beloved and valuable daughters of God. Guest speaker and well-known author Lisa Harper will join Laura Story Elvington and lead us to the throne of the great I AM. Our own Keri Childers will be our weekend hostess as the emcee for the weekend. Date: March 27th - 29th. Space will run out, so please sign up today. Click here to sign up! Retreat If you have any questions, need help with roommates, or anything at all, please contact Kelly Laughlin at [email protected] High School Information for Rising 9th Graders Duluth High School: Rising 9th grade Meet and Greet ono March 5th at 6pm in the Gym. Johns Creek High School: Student tours on March 3rd and 4th (pick one) at 9am. March 4th is the Rising Freshman Parent Night at 6:30pm. North Gwinnett HS: Rising 9th Grade Meet and Greet on March 5th at 5:30pm. Open House at Greater Atlanta Christian School for Rising 9th Graders and Parents Join us to see what Senior High is like at Greater Atlanta Christian School! We invite you and your student to attend our upcoming Open House 9-11AM on March 10 or campus tours (most Tuesdays at 9AM). When you visit GAC, you will have the opportunity to hear from current students and parents, visit classrooms, and hear about our academic, athletic, fine arts and enrichment programs. Continue the strong spiritual development nurtured by PCS at GAC with a Christian faculty and staff, chapel 4 times per week, an annual 3-day spiritual retreat, Bible as a required academic class every semester and 25 different domestic and international mission trip choices. We are just around the corner from your neighborhood and easily accessible. If you would like to ask questions from a PCS parent’s perspective, feel free to reach out to GAC parent (and parent of PCS graduates Ethan and Lane), Lisa Langston at 770-447-6816 or [email protected] Register online for a visit at www.greateratlantachristian.org or contact Mary Helen Bryant, Director of Admissions at 770-243-2274. We can't wait to show you around campus! Ministry and Small Business Opportunities at the Women’s Retreat The Perimeter Women’s Retreat is just a few weeks away. It is our goal this year to have various ministry partners who are focused on helping women and children. We want our market to be a robust one where women can come and shop, raising money and awareness for various ministries and businesses helping women and children. If you are interested in being part of the ministry market, please contact Cheryl Stone at [email protected] Musical Theater Audition Workshop Sign up before April 1st for the $50 early bird discount! The Beginner and Advanced Musical Theater Audition Workshops are for students (grades 4-8) who are serious about performing. This workshop aims to teach students how to choose songs for an audition, identify which songs are appropriate for their vocal range, as well as how to incorporate acting into their performances. We'll be working on cold script readings to help prepare students for on-the-spot auditions. Additionally, we'll use acting and singing games to help students prepare for auditions in a manner that is both creative and fun. Your child will have 30 hours of concentrated time preparing for auditions, and musical theater along side their peers. Registration closes June 1st. Only 25 spots available for each workshop! http://www.perimeterschool.org/the-arts/summerworkshops.cfm Guatemala Mission Trip through Perimeter Church Guatemala MDV: May 30- June 6. $1500. Guatemala School/Medical Missions Ministry. Divide your days between Mana de Vida, (Manna of life) a private school for impoverished children, and working in a traveling medical clinic. At MDV, be part of the “manna” God provides, helping the school stretch sparse resources to provide excellent education in a loving Christian atmosphere. The kids will fill your hug quota for the year! Choose among projects that meet the school’s needs, such as helping teach English, painting, filling food bags, and leading games. A translator will accompany each project. Medical professionals, adults, older teens, and families with children ages 11 and older, are welcome to apply. No visa required. Team Leaders D’Ann Renner & Todd Sullivan. To apply: goperimeter.org and choose the Mana de Vida/MMM trip, May 30-June 6, then follow the instructions. Contact [email protected] with questions. Trail Life USA Troop 317—Spring Open House-Tuesday, March 10th 7:00-8:30pm Perimeter Church, Uptown Auditorium You and your youth (boys in grades K-12) are cordially invited to attend our Trail Life USA Troop 317 Spring Open House. Come join our adult leaders, and other interested families to learn more about Troop 317 and our mission to create young men of character and to introduce them to the world of outdoor adventure. We also welcome Webelo crossovers who are looking for a Christ-centered outdoor adventure program. For more information about this event and to register for this event, go to www.troop317.com/openhouse.