WELCOME TO NVCA’s 7TH ACADEMIC YEAR Our theme for the year is found in Isaiah 43:1, “I have called you by name, you are mine!” God has specifically chosen each of you to be a part of our NVCA community this year, and we are honored to welcome you into our family. It promises to be an outstanding year as together we continue to grow, improve, and build an exceptional learning and family community.
OUR RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION on Monday was a great way to start off the year as we praised God for the gift of our new campus. Thank you to everyone who made the dream and vision of NVCA's new PS-HS campus a reality. With joy and thanksgiving we opened the doors and welcomed in the hearts and minds of our students, families and friends! Check out our Day 1 video clip on our Facebook page!
WE HAVE HAD A GREAT DEAL OF CHANGE in the last few months and are so appreciative for the grace and understanding you have exhibited as a school community. Undoubtedly there will still be more changes as we begin to fully settle into our new school home. Thank you so much as you reflect the heart and attitude of Christ!
SCHOOL START AND END TIMES - We apologize for some of our confusing communication with school start and end times. PS school day begins at 8:15 and ends at 11, 12, or 3 p.m. The K-10 school day is 8:30 - 3:00 p.m.
DROP-OFF AND TRAFFIC FLOW - Thank you parents for driving carefully and slowly. If you are dropping off a K-10 student please use the U-turn drive area towards the Student Activity Center/Gym. The gates will open at 8:00 a.m. and staff will supervise students outside until 8:15 when they can enter the building. Parking in the morning is for PS students or those who want to walk their child to class. The main front doors open at 8:00 a.m. Any K-10 student coming through the main doors will remain supervised in the main lobby until 8:15 when they can go to their classrooms. All doors are locked at 8:30 a.m. and entry is through the office lobby door. When leaving campus please turn right onto 27th Drive.
PICK-UP AND TRAFFIC FLOW - All Preschool parents must park, come in, and sign their child out. Students K-10 will be picked up around the U-turn drive at 3:00 p.m. The U-turn gates will be open at 2:45 to allow parents to pull in. Please have your name card on the dash of your vehicle so that teachers can have your child ready. Please drive slow and when leaving the campus only turn right onto 27th Drive. Each day it will get a little smoother - thank you for your patience!
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY USE - We appreciate your patience as we move into using technology at a greater level as a learning tool in our school. The role and purpose of technology, how and when it is used, keeping it safe & secure - are challenges that all Christian schools must journey through as a community. Currently our technology service provider is working on an impressive tech safety system. We will send out detailed information to you about each security component that we are using to provide a safe, online learning environment.
MONDAY’S SOLAR ECLIPSE - Next Monday from 9:10 to 12:00 all NVCA students will be inside and will not go out for recess or lunch. No need to worry about your child inadvertently looking at the sun. FAMILY BINGO AND PIZZA NIGHT! Come out for some great family fun next Friday, August 25th from 6-7:3- p.m. in the Student Activity Center. It will be a wonderful time to meet and connect with new students, staff, and friends. Flyers to purchase pizza have been sent home with your child - more are available in the front office.
CHAPEL SERVICE NEXT WEDNESDAY - Parents are invited to attend our campus worship chapels each week throughout the year. Times: Grades 3-10 at 8:45-9:15 - Student Activity Center and PreK-2nd Grade at 9:30-10:00 in the Learning Center multi-purpose room. Our first chapel will be next Wednesday, August 23rd. Please join us! “I have called you by name, you are mine!” Isaiah 43:1
NVCA OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
August 16, 2017 8:00 a.m.
7:45 Music: Worship Team
8:00 Welcome / Opening Prayer: Nate Kretzmann
8:05 Words of Dedication: Pastor Mark McCrory
8:10 Words from LCEF: Gerald Kirk
8:20 Official Ribbon Cutting
8:30 Doors Open - 1st Day of School
Dear NVCA Parents, Staff and Friends,
We would like to invite you to join us for an evening of prayer at our new campus on Monday, August 14th at 7pm in the education building. You will be guided to various stations throughout the building to pray for our new campus, the students who will fill it, the teachers who will inspire and uplift them, and the administration and leadership who will support them all.
We have so much to be thankful for. God's hand is with us and has brought us this far. Let's come together to thank Him and ask His blessings on the year to come.
Please note we will not have child care available for this evening. However, if your child is able to join you in prayer, they are welcome to participate.
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." - James 5:16
Dear NVCA Families and Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to the North Valley Christian Academy "Back to School Night" on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Please note that this event is for NVCA families only. We will hold an Open House for the greater community in September.
Students are encouraged to bring their back-to-school supplies to this event.
We look forward to seeing you there and giving you a tour of our brand new campus
located at: 33655 North 27th Drive Phoenix AZ 85085
MEET NICK JENSEN: We welcome Nick Jensen to the NVCA family! Mr. Jensen desires to use his leadership and musical skills to empower young musicians and to lead others in the worship of Jesus Christ through music. He is the founder and president of Strum University Music School in Phoenix and has 120+ students and instructors teaching voice, piano, guitar, drums, and more. Mr. Jensen will share his love of Christ with our student body by leading chapel worship next year on our new campus!
CHECK OUT OUR NEW CURRICULUM:
PURPOSEFUL DESIGN: The Purposeful Design Curriculum is our new science curriculum for Kindergarten – 8th Grade from Association of Christian Schools International. This science series is taught through a Biblical Worldview so that students can have a deeper understanding of God’s creation. The hands on and inquiry based lessons allow students of all learning styles to succeed. For more detailed information visit http://PDP.ACSI.org/pdp/default.aspx.
STEP UP TO WRITING: This new 4th edition uses a variety of instructional strategies, allows for flexibility, support and use in other subject areas, and differentiation ideas for multilevel learners. The focus is on explicit instruction so that students can have clear and organized writing. This model will allow for a strong foundation, growth, and the honing of skills. For more detailed information go to www.StepUptoWriting.com.
HORIZON PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH K-12TH: Horizon’s Physical and Health Curriculum is for K-12th grade students. This Alpha Omega Publications product integrates a Christian perspective on living a healthy lifestyle in the areas of athletics, nutrition, our bodies, fitness, and peer pressure, etc. The foundation we have in Christ will help lead and guide to make the right decisions in all aspects of our lives.
CONGRATULATIONS AND FAREWELL TO DANA SMITH: Congratulations to Dana Smith who is getting married in June and will become Mrs. Baker! We are saddened to share that she has chosen to move on from NVCA at the end of this year. She is thankful for the many blessings and friendships that she has made over the last 7 years. We will miss her joyful heart and loving spirit that she has shared with each student. We pray many blessings on her upcoming wedding and for her future endeavors.
ENROLL NOW FOR OUR SUMMER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Information can be picked up in the school office or from one of the preschool classrooms. The program runs from 8:00-3:00 each day with weeklong sessions from May 30th – July 28th. Before care and after care are available starting at 6:30am and ending at 6:00pm.
CHAPEL OFFERING: The Dollar Challenge for the Phoenix Rescue Mission has increased to $1,142.52! These students are truly amazing. Thank you for helping support the Phoenix Rescue Mission and St. Mary’s Food Bank this year.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD’S BLESSINGS this week to Pierson Sweeny, Kelly Ingegneri, and
TEACHER RECRUITMENT TEAM UPDATE: We were so thankful to have had an abundance of nursing candidates that we have interviewed over the last few weeks. We are pleased to announce that Virginia Helmer has accepted the position for next year. She is first and foremost a follower of Christ! She is married, has two kids and loves working with children. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Arizona State University. Virginia worked at Mayo Clinic for ten years in the bone marrow transplant department, and for the past two years has worked in an elementary school teaching PE and Kindergarten. She is thrilled to be a part of the NVCA family and can’t wait to get to know you!
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: We congratulate our recent Fruit of the Spirit recipients, Hailey Coberly, Grace Karr, Kamdyn Crossley, Tor Freneaux, Maddie Blaylock, Brody Flowers, Brittan McManis, Andrew Collins, Hannah Ratkovic, Lachelle Long, and Ava Lehman for showing a spirit of gentleness.
TRACK MEET: Congratulations to the following athletes who competed in the Black Canyon Lutheran Athletic League track meet on April 29: Josh Boadu, Andrew Collins, Jason Cooper, Levi Fenchak, Andy Gandolfo, Lukas Gauharou, Ben Hamack, Emerson Lewis, Mundo Osorio, Johnny Thomas, Valerie Fenchak, Amanda Gandolfo, Tabitha Jensen, Tanalei Mulvanny, and Jaslyn Osorio. They competed with nearly 400 other athletes in the 60 M Dash, 200 M Dash, 800 M Run, 1200 M Run, Softball Throw, Long Jump, and High Jump. They all tried their best, competed hard, and gave glory to God for through their talents. Special congratulations to our ribbon winners: Johnny Thomas – 2nd place – Softball Throw – 3rd-4th Grade Boys, Amanda Gandolfo – 5th place – 60 M Dash – 5th-6th Grade Girls, Andrew Collins – 5th place – 60 M Dash – 3rd-4th Grade Boys, Lukas Gauharou – 4th place – High Jump, 200 M Dash, 1200 M Run – 5th-6th Grade Boys. Thank you also to Kim Cooper and Kevin Jensen who helped Mrs. Jensen with coaching and volunteered at the meet at on Saturday.
THANK YOU TO THE 4TH GRADE CLASS: Thank you to the 4th grade class and Mrs. Jensen for the wonderful play they put on during last week’s chapel. A great reminder from 1 Peter 1:3, ‘God’s divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises.’
ENROLL NOW FOR OUR SUMMER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:Information can be picked up in the school office or from one of the preschool classrooms. The program runs from 8:00-3:00 each day with weeklong sessions from May 30th – July 28th. Before care and after care are available starting at 6:30am and ending at 6:00pm.
CHAPEL OFFERING: The Dollar Challenge for the Phoenix Rescue Mission has increased to $1,038.76! These students are truly amazing. Thank you for helping support the Phoenix Rescue Mission and St. Mary’s Food Bank this year.
Anthem-(Business Wire) April 10, 2017--North Valley Christian Academy announced today key personnel appointments to the Leadership Team in preparation for the new campus opening scheduled for August 16, 2017. NVCA will open its new 72,000 square foot campus located at 33655 N. 27th Drive, Phoenix offering an expanded curriculum of liberal and performing arts, STEM, and athletic programs. Nate Kretzmann, Executive Director, expressed excitement around the growing team of professionals committed to God’s call of providing Christ-centered education with a high academic standard. Kretzmann stated….’we are blessed to attract such talented and experienced individuals who are leaders in their disciplines and are committed to developing global ready Christian leaders'.
The 21st Century designed campus, moving from Anthem to Tramonto, will provide a Christ-centered liberal arts education for 600+ students, grades Pre-K through 12. With the addition of high school, the new school will offer an expanded curriculum in a blended, project based learning environment. Enabled with a strong technology platform, students will have increased flexibility in learning while benefiting from a full range of athletic programs, performing arts, and STEM classes.
Alicia Roberts has been working in education for the past 20+ years. She has taught science, math, engineering and design. She most recently created and developed the Foothills Academy STEM labs at both the elementary and MS/HS campuses providing students an environment to solve real world problems through hands on learning and design challenges. Alicia Roberts is passionate that this experience promotes …’creativity, collaboration, critical analysis and communication'. In addition, Alicia Roberts speaks nationally and teaches workshops to promote STEM Integration and Design into the K-12 curriculum for Grand Canyon University. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College of CA and a Master of Arts Instructional Technology from University of Phoenix.
Kacey Johnson has 11 years of teaching and athletic coaching experience. Mrs. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology of Youth and Adolescents from The University of Northern Colorado. Her graduate studies took place at Regis University, where she earned her Master of Secondary Education, as a Program Scholar with distinction. During and after her graduate studies, Mrs. Johnson worked as a licensed educator and coach at the K-12 level in both public and private institutions. Mrs. Johnson has developed strong middle school and high school athletic programs with her extensive background in coaching and training programs. She is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
John Kennedy's diverse experience in leadership, construction and the development industry over the last 30 years will be a tremendous asset to North Valley Christian Academy. John spent a majority of his career working in the public market sector with an emphasis in K-12 Schools, along with Higher Education, Health Care, and Federal projects (Department of Defense, Department of Justice and General Services Administration). His experience also includes specialty projects such as museums, convention centers, performing arts venues, and airports. Starting in the U.S. Marine Corps, John worked for mechanical contractors, construction managers and served as a partner in companies focused on construction management and development work. John understands all aspects of K-12 facilities including development/construction as well as operations and maintenance utilizing a life-cycle predictive approach.