Friday, April 15, 2016

Who Writes the Songs?

Well... We do - at least, Mr. Barnes and his music classes do! A super fun feature of our Spring Program this year was an original song from each class.  The 2016 program, titled "Who Writes the Songs?," kicked off with a salute to the flag featuring local law enforcement officers and the audience joining in the singing of the national anthem, followed by the K-6 classes joining together to sing "Seek Ye First." Each of the  classrooms then presented a collection of songs, including one they wrote themselves with help from our multi-talented Mr. Barnes.  The students determined the theme for their songs, and worked on lyrics and music together.

Original songs for the evening included:
"When You Make God Happy" - Kindergarten
"Ninjas and Zombies" - 1st and 2nd
"White Hills of Nebraska" (played on the recorders) - 3rd and 4th
"Lilly's Tune" - (recorder) by Lilly, 3rd grade
"Black Night" - (recorder) by Jaelyn, 4th grade
"Genesis" - 5th and 6th grades

Judging by the reaction from the crowd present, "Ninjas and Zombies" might have been the favorite in the original song category.  Other highlights of the evening included guitar and piano pieces from Faythe and Leyton, junior high guitar students, and Malachi, 6th grade piano student. The 5th and 6th grade class presented a beautiful worship set, and the program concluded with all the classes again on stage together, singing "Shine, Jesus, Shine."

Mr. Barnes and the students definitely deserve an "Academy" award for a great program: a wide variety of selections, plus the original songs, made for an enjoyable evening celebrating God's gift of music and our student's artistry!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ACSI Giving Day and 24 Hour Prayer: THANK YOU!

from Erik Ritschard, Administrator

We are SO GRATEFUL to all of you who supported us during ACSI Giving Day and our 24 Hour Day of Prayer!  Many of you prayed for us throughout the day yesterday (some of you in the middle of the night...) - THANK YOU! With your generous support we raised a little over $2000.00, which means that DPCA receives about $1800 - a huge help for us right now - and we get to contribute the remaining $200 or so to international Christian schools who are sharing the good news of the gospel with kids in their parts of the world.

What is ACSI?  DPCA is a member school in a broad and committed family of about 24,000 Christian schools around the world called the Association of Christian Schools International. ACSI schools serve about 5.5 million students, and the Association provides member schools a number of services, including professional development, teacher certification, school improvement programs, legal resources, curricular resources, standardized testing, and more.  As a school community, we've been enriched and helped over the years by our membership in ACSI, so it really is a privilege this Giving Day to be able to both receive your gifts to us, and contribute to the health of some of our fellow Christian schools overseas. If you'd like to learn a little more about the work of international Christian schools, ACSI's work in other countries, and see some examples of our shared vision and ministry of Christian schooling, check out this video:

The video is just from one country - some of the exciting things the Lord is doing through Christian schooling in Paraguay.  Imagine the multiplied results of Christian schools in the lives of students like Valeria all around the world and across the U.S.!  

We love that we can weave a call to love for God and neighbor all through every school day at DPCA.  We love that we get to share in this task with thousands of other Christian educators around the world. And we love that so many of you made time yesterday to pray for us, to make a donation, and to be partners with us.  THANK YOU!

If you didn't get a chance to join in yesterday, it's not too late! Pray for us!  You can click here to go to our prayer page.  You can click here to make a donation.  If you'd like a percentage of your donation to go to ACSI to help with schools like Valeria's overseas, tell us that in the comment section, and we will handle that part of the donation for you as well.  If you would like to learn more about ACSI, click here.  And if you want more general information about who we are and our vision at DPCA, click here.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Super Speller!

Congratulations to Dixie, who placed 2nd in the 5th grade group at the Avery Parsons Elementary Spelling Bee on January 11.  Way to spell, Dixie!

Dixie is in Mr. Hoppen's 5th and 6th grade class at DPCA. We're proud of her faithful scholarship!