Dr. Lowe's Virtual School Update

For the Week of 5/11/2020

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Senior Chapel 2020

The Final Week...

Team Blue,

Each year I would look forward to the final week of school as we celebrated traditions, wrapped up learning, finished finals, and high-fived or hugged people goodbye while wishing them a blessed and safe summer. Peering into next week however, it feels incredibly anti-climactic. I'm out of sorts, and I know many of you are, too. The scripture that keeps coming to mind is from Hebrews 12:2,3:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

I've never appreciated the metaphor for life being a race. A marathon. I'm getting tired of the fear, pain, and uncertainly - it wears on me. My encouragement for this next and last week of school for the 2020 school year is to fix our eyes on Jesus and learn from him. He ran the race for you and me and considered it JOY to suffer in our place. So, don't lose heart and tire - keep going! As we emerge from this time in our lives, may the pandemic strengthen our faith in Jesus and prepare us to help each other with kindness and love so much so that people actually see Jesus in us. Hang in there, everyone.

I know there are many questions about ending the year, so please look for information next week about the procedure for clearing lockers, returning books and uniforms, and the like. To date, unless there is an administrative reason for students to be on campus, it remains closed at this time. Also, we are determining procedures and processes for summer speech classes as well. More information to follow.

God bless your weekend and please be safe!

Eagle Strong,

Dr. Lowe

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From Mrs. Weiss - Color Run

Join Student Council in celebrating our annual Color Run virtually this year! Please use the form below to sign up to participate. We will create a package for your family with instructions and individual color powder packets so you will be able to have your own “Color Throw” at home. Please be sure to only fill out this form once per family. Thank you!

Color Run 2020

From Mr. Lorenzen: Advanced Placement Information

AP students,

Please use the link below to view the video from Tuesday's informational Zoom meeting. In it we covered everything there is to know about the exam process. Attached here is the guide used in the video and the check list published by the College Board. A few important points of clarification that have come up recently are pasted below. Please reach out to me or your classroom teacher if you have more questions. Know that each of you are in my prayers as the AP exams near. The more you prepare for the process the smoother it will go on exam day. Remember, submitting something is better than running out of time and not submitting anything. You will do great.

As a reminder, you are not expected to attend your regular classes the day you have an AP exam. For example, on Monday students will take the AP Government exam at 3:00pm. Those AP students will be excused from their regularly scheduled classes. The expectation is you use your time to organize, prepare, and ask your AP teacher any final questions that you may have for your upcoming exam.

Prepare well and good luck.

Mr. Lorenzen

Upper School Dean of Academics

Video link: https://popcs-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/micah_lorenzen_popcs_org/EdS7nETnUEdJhKS0nJ9u8h8B9qg2OPtddFu2mo8_JecOlA?e=JqZfdb

In-depth FAQs: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/faqs/indepth-for-educators

Exam schedule: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule

Exam demo: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/getting-ready-for-exam-day

From Mrs. DuPree - Fine Arts Corner

We Miss You!

What’s happening in POPCS Fine Arts?

Fine Arts Classes

Upper and Middle School Fine arts Classes have moved to Zoom.

Upper School Class info can be found on our weekly updates page @ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hhc9HjlwqgTHgEr6Ygfcsgopz85cxWaSacch3-ehU9Q/edit?usp=sharing

Lower School classes such as music and art are posting activities on SeeSaw.

The Arts School

Group lessons are on hold

Individual lessons have moved to virtual platforms and are still happening daily.

POP Players classes ended last week

Art Adventures may get moved to a summer camp. Details coming soon.

Fine Arts Clubs

POPTC Drama Club will met for the final time last Friday, May 1. Next up the 5th Annual POP Theatre Awards Gala.

Middle School Art Club is meeting via Zoom as needed.

Yearbook is still in production so please go to Edmodo announcements to see what Ms. Lawson and the Yearbook team need from you to make the yearbook amazing as always!

5th Grade Band meets via Zoom, Tuesdays and Thursdays ay 3:00pm

Eagle’s Wings Choir meets via Zoom, Thursdays at 2:00pm

Other fine arts clubs are on hold for now.

Fine Arts Events

Going Virtual

POPTC Awards Gala – Saturday, May 9, 2020

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards - Thursday, May 14, 2020

Schmidt & Jones Awards-Friday, May 15, 2020

Songs I’ll Never Sing Dessert Cabaret and Master Classes – TBD this summer!


PSIA One Act Play Competition

TAPPS Fine Arts competitions

2nd Grade musical

Fine Arts Showcase

Junior Directs are cancelled and will be combined next year as Senior & Junior Directs.

Summer plans?

With the hope that Summer in the Zone gets to happen here are some ideas we have for summer Fine Arts options:

POP Players Summer Musical Camp

POP Goes the Story: Write and perform our own play.

POPCS Eagle Band Camp for 5-6 Grade, and another for 7-12 Grade

More information to follow!

Mrs. DuPree

English Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

History Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Math Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Science Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Fine Arts Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Theology Department Communication for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Foreign Language Department for the Week of 5/11

Parents and Students can click the link above for next week's learning expectations.

Yearbook Corner - Ms. Lawson

Good afternoon!

The yearbook team needs your help to capture this unique time of social distancing and virtual learning. Please send photos of any or all of following to photos@popcs.org:

  • Virtual learning from home
  • How you’re enjoying time with family at home
  • What does your “new school uniform” look like? If you’re learning in sweats or pjs, send us a pic!

When you send photos, make sure to send large/full quality images. Also, tell us who is in the photo and what they are doing!

Please fill out this survey for us: https://forms.gle/r44ZD8eY2psZ3vnx6

Thanks so much for your help in making the yearbook great!

Please join me in congratulating our 2019 Yearbook Staff for winning 4th place in the 2019-2020 TAPPS Academic Competition 5A division with their book, Known.

Current students who worked on the 2019 yearbook include Carson Newby, Bella Loretto, Giovanna Cinello, Tiffany Li, Taylor Swanson, Grace Mensing and Ashley Adams.

Giovanna, Tiffany, Taylor, Grace and Ashley are members of the 2020 Yearbook Team as well, and are still working extremely hard to create a beautiful 2020 yearbook for you. (Keep an eye on our social media for a sneak peek in a few days!)

Stay healthy,

Ms. Lawson

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From the Ashcrafts - What's That Meme???

WTM Ep. 6

Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Dwyer and Mr. Prindiville

There are many challenges to virtual learning, and social distancing can make it feel like you are alone in the struggle. We want you to know you are not alone! If you need someone to talk to in this difficult time, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Dwyer and Mr. Prindiville. You can always email them at Michelle.Dwyer@popcs.org and Gary.Prindiville@popcs.org.

From Mrs. Dwyer:

Hi Eagles! Here's the latest Kitchen Table Talks: Family Roles. I hope this short video about understanding roles in our families and allowing for ongoing personal growth sparks some good conversations around your own kitchen tables.


From Mr. Prindiville:

Hey Eagles!!!

I pray that y’all are doing well and staying healthy and safe in our last weeks of school! This week’s episode of SURVIVING2THRIVING is all about striking a balance for you and your family. I hope it encourages, makes you laugh, and reminds you and yours to stay strong in the last couple of weeks of school. We are in the home stretch! As always, if you have questions or would like to talk, please email me @ gary.prindiville@popcs.org, or sign up for a time to talk at calendly.com/mrprindiville


In Christ,

Mr. Prindiville

Prince of Peace Christian School

Should you have any questions during this extended school closure, please send all email to highschool@popcs.org or call 972-598-1071 to leave a message. We will make every effort to return your message within 24 hours.