SCA Parent Newsletter

May 19, 2016


This evening, Thursday, May 19th – The Middle Chorus and Drama program begins at **6:30 PM ** The theme for Chorus is, “Sing and Be Joyful!”, and the drama department will present, Tom Sawyer.

Friday, May 20th – Preschool and Lower elementary students will share “The Fruits of the Spirit”. There will be two groups presenting an identical program. Group A (Preschools of Marion Mennonite and Five Forks BIC, Shalom PreK, Mrs. Pickens’, Mrs. Oliphant’s and Mrs. Emge’s classes) will present their program at 6:30 PM. At 7:30 PM, Group B (Preschools of King street UB, Hollowell BIC and Antrim BIC, Mrs. Peckman’s, Mrs. Cordell’s and Mrs. Lehman’s classes) will present their program.

Tuesday, May 24th – Upper elementary program will begin at 6:30 PM.

Thursday, May 26th – High School Chorale and Middle and High School Band will present their concert at 6:30 PM.


We want to thank everyone for their efforts in making our annual event a success. Our business department is currently working on sale totals and will share that information in the near future. Note: If you put one of our Dutchfest signs in your yard or place of business, please return it to the school office. We can put new date stickers on them and use them next year!


Growing Tree Preschool, a ministry of Shalom Christian Academy in partnership with various local churches, is accepting applications for head teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. We are in need of a teacher for a 3 & 4 year old class at King Street (Tuesday/Thursday mornings) and also a 4 & 5 year old class at King Street (Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings). A degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is preferred, but not required for the head teaching position. We are seeking applicants who are professionally qualified, who love young children, and who, by the pattern of their lives, are Christ followers and Christian role models. Contact Mrs. Eby at (717) 375-2223, ext. 260 for an employment application.


We are pleased to announce that Alyssa Oliphant has accepted the first grade teacher position and Tawnya Priego has accepted the fifth grade position at Shalom Christian Academy. Each will officially begin her position in the 2016-2017 school year.

Mrs. Oliphant is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge. She has been the long-term sub for Mrs. Bethany Lehman, and is a familiar face to some at Shalom. She and her husband attend Bethel Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Priego is currently a teacher with Growing Tree Preschool at King Street. She and her husband have twins who are kindergarten students at Shalom. Tawnya is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge. She attends Christian Life Assembly of God Church.

We welcome both to our faculty!


Our annual room parent prepared hoagie lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th. Volunteers are needed to help make sandwiches, and/or serve this pre-ordered lunch. They plan to start making hoagies at 9:30 AM on May 25th. Cleanup is completed by 1:00 PM. If you are available and willing to help for part of or the entire time, please contact Cindy Magners,


There will be no school Monday, May 30th—Memorial Day. The school offices will also be closed.


In April we invited parents to complete a survey on the current school year and the way we do things here at Shalom. 180 of you responded! Thank you so much for taking time to share your insights with us. We also appreciated your comments.

The administrative team reviewed the survey responses and gleaned helpful information. As we plan, these results will help shape our decisions.

One question asked you to compare this school year to previous years. With a "5" being the top score, 66% of you gave this year a "4" or "5".

The top three reasons you send your child to Shalom were the spiritual perspectives, small school size, and a safe environment.

85% of you feel the academic rigor is about right for your child.

Several mentioned that you would prefer chicken nuggets from Chik-fil-a. Unfortunately, because of the time lapse between the time they are taken out of the oven and served here, the nuggets would not meet the quality standards set by Chik-fil-a.

I apologize for any glitches that you experienced in completing this survey. I know there was at least one question where you could only check one option, and it would have been appropriate to select more than one.

Again, I appreciate you sharing responses with us. Open communication enhances our community here at Shalom. Please continue to be in touch with the administration and teachers as you have specific questions about the education of your child.


Tuesday, May 31st is our scheduled day for this annual event. (Rain date is June 1st.). Field day dress:


1. Modest top with sleeves.

2. May wear *jeans, wind pants, capri pants, or (fingertip length, at least) shorts.

No sweatpants.


1. Shirts with sleeves.

2. May wear *jeans, wind pants or knee-length shorts. No sweatpants.

*Jeans should not have holes or frays

HOT LUNCH May 31st

The junior class will be offering pre-ordered lunches Tuesday, May 31st (elementary field day). Each elementary and high school student received an order envelope earlier this week. (Middle school students will be on a retreat that day.) Orders are due this coming Monday, May 23rd. The order form can be accessed by clicking on the link below.


Lunches – The only lunch available for preorder the last week of school is the field day lunch on May 31st, and the order is due Monday, May 23rd.

Last day of school – The last day of school is Friday, June 3rd. We will have an 11:00 AM dismissal—buses will depart from Shalom at 11:00 AM. After school care is NOT provided the last day of school.

Students may dress down the last day of school, following the field day guidelines.

Lost and found items - Items from the second half of the school year will be on display in the hallway to the right of the main lobby Thursday, May 19th through Friday, June 10th.