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Exploring Latin American Culture In Lower School Spanish Classes

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Buenos dias! The lower school classes have been embracing new experiences during Spanish class - sampling foods from Latin America like yucca, plantains, horchata, nopal, and choclo. Spanish Teacher Tonya Whitehead said students recently sampled agua de jamaica, aka hibiscus tea. She says she did not get a unanimous "love it!". Tally marks from their vote showed three students saying they loved it, 2 who liked it, and 7 who said, no gracias. 

Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Whitehead and her classes have been talking about the importance of spreading God's love by learning to communicate with our hispanic neighbors. Many classes learned the merengue dance and sang traditional songs from Latin America. Their favorite music was Huapango de Jose Pablo de Moncayo. 

Overall, students embraced this learning experience and all that they discovered about Latin American culture. Henry Van Roekel says he "really enjoyed drinking tea!" Ellie Jeter says she "enjoyed the dancing moves and steps", while Campbell Alford added that it was great "learning about kindness and encouragement to help others who are from different backgrounds." Ethan Williams weighed in on the interesting snacks, saying "Yucca has a really different texture and shape."

Learning Spanish as a second language is a valuable opportunity for our lower school students as they are also exposed to new cultural practices, influencing how people think, act and what things they care about in their lives. Some studies suggest that learning a second language can even boost cognitive function such as memory, mental clarity and concentration.

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Spiritual Emphasis Week For Upper School

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Spiritual growth is a fundamental part of the educational experience at Palmetto Christian Academy, and there is no better testament to this commitment than Spiritual Emphasis Week. This special week is a time dedicated to prayer, worship, and reflection for upper school students (grades 6-12) and their parents. It's a time to come together, share, and strengthen their faith. 

This year’s Spiritual Emphasis Week was packed with various activities that allowed students to connect with each other and God in meaningful ways. A new addition this year was the "prayer walk" each morning in different areas of the school, followed by a time of praise and worship. Then during chapel services Wednesday through Friday, students had the privilege of hearing from faculty members, Dr. Jason Hauffe, Mrs. Marcia Siebert, and from a panel of seven high school students on the topics of being godly men and women.

Thank you to all who prayed for God to be at work in our students’ lives this past week! This was a week that deeply resonated with students and faculty:

As Bella De Los Reyes put it, "It was very impactful hearing from the students during Friday's Chapel. It gave us a deeper connection and taught me I am not the only one struggling with things."

Dr. Ryan Parker echoed this sentiment, "I loved having the combined chapel with middle and high school and hearing the different students' struggles and how to overcome them." These shared experiences and stories serve as a source of strength and guidance for all of our students.

George Greene highlighted the importance of the morning worship, stating, "I really enjoyed the morning worship. It was a great addition to this year's Spiritual Emphasis Week. I got to start out my week in a positive way." The power of beginning the day focused on Christ set the tone for the rest of the day.

 Dr. Hauffe, Upper School Bible Teacher, captured the essence of the week's impact, "I was overjoyed by the students, Mrs. Siebert, by the worship and by the conversations students are still having. Every step that is taken towards Christ is a place of great joy." These moments of spiritual growth and connection leave a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of the Upper School. We are continuing to pray for revival at PCA and the hearts of our students, faculty and staff. Would you continue to partner with us in prayer for God to be at work?

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