(US) PACA Bi-weekly update 1.23.19

US Families:
BRRRRR!  It is Ohio so it will be warm again soon…then cold… then warm… The kids had a great all-school MLK Day assembly and we celebrated our faculty and staff with treats last week. If you missed the Dinner of Great Conversations on Tuesday, be sure to make it to the next one!
It is another short week and the kids have WinFo this Saturday.  Here’s what’s happening.
Amy and Christine
US Division Parents
for the next two weeks:


  • College Counseling Parent Coffees – Wednesdays in January 8a Dining Hall – mostly for junior parent/guardians, all welcome, info on line
    • 1/30 Athletic Recruiting
    • 2/6   Snow Date
  • Ice Hockey Senior Night vs DeSales – Fri 1/25 8p Easton Chiller
  • Winter Formal – Great Gatsby Theme – Sat 1/26 8-11p CA Dining Hall – see below
  • Girls Basketball Senior Night with Little Dribblers vs New Hope Christian Academy – Tue 1/29 7p The Mack
  • Parent Education – movie “Screenagers” – Tue 1/29 7p Dining Hall; US and MS Students are invited, CASE available
  • Summer Opportunities – parent meeting – Wed 1/30 7p Dining Hall
  • Enrollment Contract and Deposit Due – Fri 2/1
  • Pep Rally – Fri 2/1 – probably spirit wear day
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs Bexley – Fri 2/1 730p The Mack
  • MS Musical – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Fri 2/1 and Sat 2/2 730p Schoedinger Theater
  • CA Backstage Pass – Sat 2/2 630p Band Room – Celebrate the Arts by hearing about our theater program prior to the MS musical – see below
  • Groundhog Day – Sun 2/3
  • PACA Parent Forum – Wed 2/6 8a Dining Hall – Technology at CA: What your student uses, when, and how with Sean Cullinan, CA Technology Director
  • Wrestling Senior Night vs Multiple Opponents – Wed 2/6 530p
  • Senior Lock-In Party – Sat 2/9 8p-7a CA campus
  • SEED Meeting – Tue 2/12 8a Huntington Room – book Evicted 
  • Professional Development Day – NO CLASSES – Fri 2/15
  • Boy Basketball Senior Night vs Whitehall Yearling – Fri 2/15 730p
  • OMEA Solo and Ensemble – Sat 2/16 – times TBA
  • CA Camerata and Lancaster Chorale Concert – Sat 1/16 7p Lincoln Theater
  • President’s Day – NO CLASSES – Mon 2/18
  • Parent Education – The Big Disconnect – Wed 2/20 7p Dining Hall
  • MOSAIC Black History Month Event – Sun 2/24 3-5p Dining Hall
  • US Band and Choir Concert – Tue 2/26 7p Schoedinger Theater
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – Wed 2/27, Thu 2/28 & Fri 3/1
  • Course Recommendations for next year in My Backpack – Wed 2/27
  • Teacher Appreciation – hosted by 11th grade – Thu 2/28
  • All School Conferences – NO CLASSES – Fri 3/1
  • Daylight Savings Time – spring forward an hour – Sun 3/10
  • Senior Class Trip to Nashville, TN – Tue 3/12 – Thu 3/14
  • Band Disney Trip departure – Fri 3/15 12p
  • Quarter 3 grades live – Fri 3/15 330p
  • Spring Recess – Sat 3/16 – Sun 3/31
  • British Virgin Islands Trip – Thu 3/21 – Fri 3/29
  • Lacrosse teams Baltimore Trip – Fri 3/29 – Sun 3/31
Winter Formal
The winter formal is this Saturday from 8-11pm in the Dining Hall. It is sponsored by the senior class and the theme is The Great Gatsby.  There are no rules for asking dates and many/most students enjoy going to these events with friends and groups. Permission slips are included in the email from Cory Izokaitis.  If your child plans to bring a guest from another school they must notify the Dean and bring an additional permission slip – also included in the email. Remind your children to plan dinners or party prep time to arrive by 9pm to assure entry.  Typical attire is cocktail dress or coat and tie.
Parent Education
Parent Education – Tuesday, January 29th in the Dining Hall
Parent Education will screen Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the event will run from 7-9pm. Dr. Ryan Hansen, an Ohio State University specialist in digital distractions and addictions, will introduce the film and take Q&A following the film. Childcare will be provided with light snacks. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by January 22nd to Kelly Vaziri at kdvaziri@aol.com with the number attending and the names and ages of your children who will require child care.
Celebrate the Arts
Feb 1 & 2 @ 730pm : Middle School Musical: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Backstage Pass” before the Saturday show.
For tickets for both nights, click hereIt is a wonderful show for all families!


Celebrate the Arts Backstage Pass with Stefan Farrenkopf and Amy Brooks!
On Saturday, February 2nd at 6:30pm, just before the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor  Dreamcoat” begins at 7:30, join fellow thespian lovers for light snacks and beverages. Hear from Stefan Farrenkopf and Amy Brooks, two of our delightful and talented faculty, as they talk about the acting and music elements that create the foundation for all productions. You will also hear about the new auditorium changes and how shows are selected. Get a peek into the backstage experience of cast-members and crew. Imagine the adrenaline rush that our kids have just before the curtain opens.
 Come to the band room near the theater lobby at 6:30 and relax with fellow theater lovers until showtime! This reception is free.  If you are dropping your cast member off for the 6:30 makeup call, this is the perfect prelude to get jazzed up about school showbiz!
Also look for your CA Arts Playbill celebrating our many students who participate in the varied arts programs at our school.
Senior Information
The much-anticipated Senior Lock-In (All-Night party thrown by US Faculty) is Saturday, February 9, into Sunday morning February 10. Parents interested in helping out with silent auction items for the Lock-In should contact Cory Izokaitis or speak with your 12th grade PACA parents – Marah Derzon and Sarah Klingbeil. They ask for fun things your soon-to-be college student may want or need at school.


Senior Trip registration also just arrived in the email from Cory Izokaitis. They are headed to Nashville, TN Tuesday March 12 to Thursday March 14.  They will go with the entire class by bus.  The cost will appear on your CA bill. All students typically attend so Cory needs to know if your child will not.  There is trip insurance available and financial assistance if needed.


Commencement Attire:
Now is the time to start thinking about commencement attire.  The student handbook, p. 22-23, outlines what is expected.  Should you have questions, please contact the Upper School office.
Boys:  Students wear dark colored suits or sport coats with white shirts, ties and dress slacks.  Dress shoes and dark socks are required. 
Girls:  Students wear white or off-white one-piece dresses.  The dresses should have modest necklines (no cleavage), must not have cut-outs in the bodice, and must not be strapless or off the shoulder.  Straps should be at least 1 inch wide, the dress should be below the knee to floor length, and the back of the dress must not dip below the bra line.  Dress shoes are required and must be a neutral color such as white, ivory, skin-tone, silver or gold.  Hats, gloves and flip-flops are not permissible.  PACA maintains a Graduation Dress Exchange program that  allows graduates to donate gently used graduation dresses for future use. For more information on donating a dress or if you have a senior who is interested in borrowing a dress, please contact Melissa Kass via email with the subject line “CA Graduation Dress Exchange”. Current dresses in the exchange can be found here.
Service Hours:
Service Hours need to be completed and paperwork turned in to school no later than April 10, 2018.  Failure to complete the 45-hour off-campus portion of the requirement will result in a senior’s forfeiture of having a choice for their senior project (done in May).
PACA Positions:
If you are considering a leadership position in PACA or know someone who might be a good fit, check out the PACA  Board and Committee List located on the “About” page to find out what each position entails. Many positions will now have elect and active positions to better transition each year. More information to come.

PACA Parent Forum: Feb 6th @ 8am, Dining Hall:

Technology at CA – What your student uses, when and how with Sean Cullinan 

Join us for the monthly PACA Parent Forum (complete with breakfast!) in the Dining Hall to hear from Sean and get all your questions answered about how technology integrates and assists with your students’ learning.

Let us know if you have something you would like in the next update.
Amy Arnett Budzik and Christine Freytag
US Division Parents
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