SCA Parent Letter

September 18, 2014

RACE FOR EDUCATION – Friday, October 3rd

We have begun to receive donations, and we are looking forward to a great race day! Shalom race times are: 9th-12th grade – 9:00-10:00 AM, 6th-8th grade – 10:30-11:30 AM, K-2nd grade – 12:30-1:30 PM, and 3rd-5th grade – 1:45-2:45 PM. Preschool race dates/times are: Tuesday/Thursday Classes - Thursday, Oct. 2 - 10:15-11:15, Mon-Wed /Mon-Wed-Fri AM Classes - Friday, Oct. 3 - 10:15-11:15, Mon-Wed-Fri PM classes - Friday, Oct. 3 - 12:30-1:30.

All students will be taking part in the Race for Education, and will be able to wear field day dress. Students in grades 6-12 may change into gym uniforms just prior to the Race for Education.

Field Day Dress


1. Appropriate blouse or tee shirt.

2. May wear pants such as *jeans, capri pants, knee-length shorts, or wind pants. Socks must be worn. No sandals.


1. Appropriate tee shirt.

2. May wear *jeans, wind pants, or shorts. Socks must be worn. No sandals.

*Please note: Jeans may not have holes or frays. “Skinny” jeans are not acceptable.

Please have your student bring a water bottle with his/her name on it. We will provide water for refills. Students who are absent that day will be able to run at a later date.


Congratulations to varsity our girls volleyball team who won the championship at last Saturday’s Fannett-Metal tournament! Kasey Ebersole was named tournament MVP.

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Chad Strite as our middle school girls basketball coach. Chad has 7 years of basketball coaching experience at Shalom. He has coached boys and girls basketball teams at both the high school and middle school levels. He will be assisted by his wife, Hope Strite, who is our school nurse. They also have a kindergarten daughter attending Shalom. We are excited to have them on our coaching staff!


We are planning to have our third annual "Gold Rush" at our homecoming games on Saturday, October 4th. Each Growing Tree and Shalom student who preorders and attends will receive a FREE t-shirt. Parents and others may order at a cost of $5 each. (See the paragraph below for details.) If you are interested in being a $250 business sponsor, please contact Jeryl Hoover,, by Wednesday, September 24th.

The “Gold Rush” is coming: In support of our teams we are having our third annual “Gold Rush” at the homecoming games. Each Growing Tree and Shalom student who attends a game that day will receive a free yellow t-shirt with a new 2014 design. T-shirts will be available to parents and friends for $5.00. In order to guarantee that you receive your shirts, please preorder using the attached form. Preordering also ensures that you get the size(s) you need. Others will be on a first-come, first-served basis. ORDERS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH.

You will pick up your order at homecoming—in the lobby between 1:00-5:00.

Homecoming game times are: MS volleyball – 1:00. JV volleyball – 2:00, V volleyball – 3:30, MS soccer – 5:15, V soccer – 7:00. Come and enjoy the games and the senior class chicken barbecue!


We will be serving BBQ chicken, baked beans, salad, drinks, and desserts on Saturday, October 4th from 11 am - 7 pm. Payment is on a donation basis and will benefit our class mission trip to South Dakota.


Anytime your child will be taking a different bus home a note MUST be sent to school with the following information:

· Student’s name

· Date of bus change

· Bus or student with whom they will be going.

· Who they are getting off the bus with. If going home with a friend, BOTH STUDENTS MUST HAVE A NOTE.

· Parent’s signature

*Please Note –if a student tells us that they are to be picked up or ride a different bus than what is documented as their normal/regular schedule, but do not have a note, THEY WILL BE SENT HOME ON THEIR NORMAL BUS. THIS IS SCHOOL POLICY! We do make an effort to get in touch with parents in these situations, but it is not always possible.

Please note: Mr. Olden/Shank’s bus that covers Route 11 and the Shippensburg/Newville area is at full capacity, so extra students are not permitted on the bus. Students on that route wishing to bring students home with them, other arrangements must be made.

HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS--COLLEGE NIGHT- Monday evening, September 22nd

This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the college selection, admissions and financial aid process from a college professional. This year’s presenter is Randy Ness who serves in the admissions office of Messiah College as director of church and volunteer relations. Randy brings over 35 years of experience in the college setting.


Our students in grades 9-12 will be led in a service each day by Pastor Nate and Alyssa Palisoc. Nate is youth pastor at Christian Life Assembly of God in Chambersburg. We are looking forward to a challenging week of growth.


We have hired a new before school care provider. Amber Barnes is a senior at James Buchanan High School and is part of an "early to work" co-op program they offer. Amber receives school credit while working in before school care. She is also eager to help in the after school care program on a substitute basis. Her supervising teacher, Chris Shelley, will make visits to our program from time to time as well.


The Bible memory listeners began listening to the elementary school students on Monday, September 8. We are off to a good start! To help your students, please encourage them to review their verses several times during the week until they know them well for Monday mornings. Also, it is very important that your student(s) bring their Bible memory books to school with them on Monday mornings! Grades K, 1, and 2 receive awards based on the total number of verses that they recite. They get cards which they trade in for prizes from the prize box. The cards are awarded after every 10 verses (or if they are just beginning the program in kindergarten or are a new student, they receive a card after their first 6 verses then after every 10 verses). They get credit for teacher verses as well as extra verses that are listed on the slips in the front of their books (or in the case of kindergarten in the section following their teacher verses). Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are eligible to participate in the Camp Joy El Bible Released Time Program. Beginning in a few weeks at lunchtime on Mondays, I will go to their classrooms to help them earn points for awards as well as discounts for attending camp at Camp Joy El. More information will be given to your student(s) soon. At the end of the year, the top three students in each class receive certificates and recognition for the many verses that they have memorized. A Lifeway gift card is presented to the top student in lower elementary (grades K, 1, and 2) and the top student in upper elementary (grades 3, 4, and 5). Best of all, they will know God’s Word to guide them throughout their lives! If you have any questions about how this program works, please call me at 717-264-0796 or e-mail me at

Deb MacAskill, Bible Memory Coordinator


Shalom’s art department is collecting plastic bottle lids, old CDs, DVDs, CD Roms, and magazines. They may be brought into the school office.


Items are due to the main office,, Wednesday, October 1st.