May 9, 2022
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The Bi-Weekly News of Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory

Lower School Year-End Festivities

1st through 5th Awards Ceremonies: Tuesday, 5/24

We hope that you will join us as we recognize your child for his or her hard work this year at our end of year awards ceremonies. The ceremonies will be held in the Fraley Center Gymnasium on the PVCP campus. 
  • 3rd-5th Ceremony: 8:30-9:45 a.m.
  • 1st-2nd Ceremony: 10-11 a.m.

1st through 5th Splash Bash: Tuesday, 5/24, noon to 2:30 p.m.

1st through 5th grade will celebrate the end of school with a pizza party (gluten-free available) lunch on campus followed by a Splash Bash on the field! There will be an inflatable water slide, giant slip 'n' slide, dessert, and MORE! Family accounts will be charged $10 per student in 1st through 5th grade.

What to bring:
  • Bathing suit with shorts and a t-shirt that can get wet
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towel
Parent volunteers will be needed for setup, supervision, and cleanup. Sign up at the link below!


Upcoming Events

May 6-11
Eighth Grade Boston Trip

May 12
Upper School Graduation, 7 p.m., SBC Cactus Campus

May 13
Half Day, No Lunches or EDC

May 18
Eighth Grade Promotion, 9 a.m. (doors open at 8:30); Preschool Water Play Day

May 19
Last Day of Preschool

May 20
Pre-K Promotion, 8:30 a.m.; Kinder Promotion, 9:30 a.m.

May 20, 23, 24
MS & US Final Exams

May 25
Last Day of School, Half Day, No Lunches or EDC
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Uniform Swap

Wednesday, May 25, is the last day that activities will be taking place on campus. Bring all your outgrown uniforms to the gym to participate in the Uniform Swap. This event will operate differently from the former uniform exchange process, as PAC will not be facilitating each transaction. Rather, transactions will occur directly between parents through either your Venmo or Zelle account. Here are the steps to participating:

1. Wash all items
2. Place each item in a gallon plastic bag labeled as the photo below:
3. Bring items to the gym at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Tables around the gym will represent different categories of items: polos, skirts, jumpers, upper school items, etc. Note: If your students will no longer be on campus on May 25 (kindergarten, 8th grade, 12th grade), please feel free to bring a bag marked in accordance with the photo below to the office ahead of time, and we will take it over for you. 
4. SHOP: Be care to keep items with the bag they are in. Pay the owner through their preferred method before leaving.
5. At 11 a.m., come retrieve any unsold items!

Upper School Graduation

Graduating seniors are to report to Scottsdale Bible Church Cactus Campus, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 12. Rehearsal should only last about an hour, but please make sure your students are on time for this important event. 

Graduation will take place at Scottsdale Bible Church Cactus Campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. No ticket is needed, so please come on out and support our incredible seniors!

Middle and Upper School Final Exams

Middle and Upper School final exams will take place May 20 through May 24. Students will have two exams per day with an 11:15 a.m. dismissal. Please note, 8th grade students will complete their exams following the Boston trip, and 12th grade students needing to complete a final exam have been communicated with directly regarding their schedules. 
Exam Schedule

Hope Packed Project

PVCP's middle and upper school students recently had the chance to partner with local ministry Hope Packed Project, founded by PVCP parent Jill Cooper. Hope Packed Project has a mission of bringing hope to children and teens facing adversity due to serious illness or other challenges. Be sure to check out the incredible work of our students in this video on Hope Packed Project's Facebook page!

Marine & Riparian Biology

Join Mr. Astemborski for a 5-week Marine & Riparian Biology course this summer. Incoming 9th-12th grade students will create and maintain marine and riparian habitats in the PVCP Science Lab. Classes will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 28 through July 28, from 8 to 11 a.m. in Room 207. The course will include significant amounts of reading and research in addition to projects and field trips. The cost is $650. A course credit and grade will be given for the student's transcript. Sign up using the Praxi Parent Portal under the ONLINE FORMS tab. Space is limited, so sign up today! 

Click HERE for the course flyer.
Please contact Mr. Astemborski at with any questions.

Summer Athletic Camps

We are excited to launch several athletic camps on the campus of PVCP this summer! Camps are open to 4th through 9th grade students, with multiple options and sessions available from June 6 through June 23. Fliers and registration links will be available later this week. 

Mrs. Guy's Summer Art Studio

Former PVCP Art Teacher Mrs. Guy is hosting a summer art studio, just five minutes from campus, for those students who are interested. See the information below from Mrs. Guy and e-mail her to register. 

Announcing Mrs. Guy's Summer Art Studio

Our theme is "Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known." 

I hope you can join us for one or more Summer Art Studio sessions designed for ages K through 6th grade! Registration is open, and the cost is $25 for each two-hour session, payable with cash, check, or Venmo.

  • Tuesday, May 31, 9-11 a.m. - Moveable Me Paper Figure Sculpture
  • Wednesday, June 1, 9-11 a.m. - Design Your Own Treehouse Sculpture
  • Tuesday, June 7, 9-11 a.m. - Junkyard Art Sculpture Finished with Spraypaint
  • Wednesday, June 8, 9-11 a.m. - Paper Collage on Canvas

All Summer Art Studios will be held at my home near 26th Street south of Shea Blvd. (Just 5 minutes south of PVCP) I will send out another note with registration details on May 1, 2022. I will be able to accept registrations at that time. 

Thank you for your love and support!

Mrs. Guy

Lost & Found

Remember to check the lost and found locations before the end of the year, as any remaining items will be donated. Items are held in the breezeway, the lower school hallway near the east doors, and smaller items and valuables are kept at the front desk in the office. 

Traffic Safety at 24th Street and Cactus

Dear PVCP Families,

As many of you are aware, the intersection at 24th Street and Cactus has posed a serious safety hazard in our community for years. Several local businesses have reached out to the City of Phoenix over the years to request modifications, including a left-turn arrow, in an effort to make the intersection more safe. In light of Friday's accident, I am encouraging all members of the PVCP community to contact the City directly to express your concern and desire that measures be implemented to make the intersection more safe. Please join me in contacting Mr. Hernandez, a Signal Systems Specialist with the City, who is our main point of contact. Additionally, PVCP resides is District 3, represented by Councilwoman Debra Stark. She may be contacted at

Eric Hernandez
Signal Systems Specialist II
City of Phoenix Traffic Management Center
200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
C: 602-653-5960
Sheryl J. Temple
Head of School

Arizona Attorney General Candidate

While PVCP is prohibited from publicly endorsing candidates as an institution, we always want to keep our community aware of candidates with ties to our school community who share our key values, such as the right of parents to choose what form of education is best for their children. A former PVCP parent is running for Arizona's Attorney General, and a current board member is hosting a gathering on her behalf. See the invitation below if you are interested in learning more. 

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

The 2022-2023 academic calendar is now available online. This includes school start date, scheduled holidays, and half days. 
Exam Schedule
Two PVCP graduates have launched a 1:1 online math tutoring program called My Math Experts. They offer the following services:
  • 1:1 Homework Help
  • Custom learning plan subscriptions that include
    • Initial and ongoing assessments
    • Monthly learning plan updates
    • Combination of homework help and My Math Experts curriculum
    • Grade tracking
    • 1:1 hourly sessions
    • 15-minute emergency same-day sessions
    • Much more
Summer programs enrolling now with special discounts for PVCP students!

4 Week Daily Program Includes
  • Initial assessment to identify learning gaps
  • Post assessment to track progress
  • My Math Experts curriculum plan 
    • (Note that we can use Saxon as curriculum too)
  • 18 hourly sessions with direct expert instruction
  • Maximum 1:3 expert to student ratio
  • Address learning loss and/or introduce new concepts to get ahead
  • Sessions can be used between May 31 – August 5
    • Flexible schedule allowed
  • Price: $749.99 
    • After PVCP discount: $699.99 
8 Week Daily Program includes: 
  • The same components as the 4 Week Daily Program
  • 36 hourly sessions with direct expert instruction
  • Price: $1,299.99 
    • After PVCP discount: $1,249.99
10 Session Summer Tune-Up includes: 
  • The same components as the 4 Week Daily Program
  • 10 hourly sessions with direct expert instruction
  • Price: $449.99 
    •  After PVCP discount: $399.99
Check out their website to learn more and get started, or reach out to Kevin Kemper directly if you have any questions. Thank you!
My Math Experts

Save On Your Tuition!

T.R.I.P. is back! Family referrals are one of the primary ways new families learn about PVCP, and we want to reward you for your efforts in spreading the word about our incredible community! Through T.R.I.P., your family will receive a $1,000 tuition credit for each student you recruit. There is no limitation to the number of students you can recruit, so in theory, you can cover all your tuition through the recruitment of new students!

Half of the credit will be applied to student accounts in December and the other half in May. Recruited students must remain for the duration of the school year to receive full credit. Credits will be prorated for students who leave before the completion of an academic year. Credit is good for one year only and does not carry over to subsequent years the recruited family is enrolled.

Mrs. Cornelius is available and ready to conduct tours for your contacts, so have them sign up today!

International Host Families Needed

Please consider opening your homes and hearts to an international student attending PVCP for the 22-23 school year! When you host a student, you give an incredible gift. You give an international student the chance to fulfill his or her dreams of experiencing the American way of life. You give your family the opportunity to learn and appreciate different cultures. You give your community an eager new member with fresh eyes and fresh perspectives. Most of all, you give one another the warmth of friendship and family bonds that last a lifetime. We are in need of several families to host students from various European and Asian countries. Currently, we are looking for homes for two girls:
  • Marta from Spain will be in 10th grade. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and is excited to be involved with sports.
  • Gadea is from Spain and will be in 10th grade. She comes from a large, close-knit family and is hoping to be in a home where she can expand her family even further. She loves animals, listening to music, and volleyball.
If you feel called to make a difference in the lives of one of our students, please contact Cristi Youngkin at 602-615-0776 or, or you can contact Mrs. Cornelius for more information.

Are You Looking for a Babysitter?

Hi, my name is Juliana Dahlgren. I am in 9th grade at PVCP. I have a lot of babysitting experience. I volunteer at my church regularly in the nursery, and I have also taken a babysitting course. If you are in need of a babysitter for one or more children aged 3 years and up, please call or text me for availability and pricing. Thank you!

Juliana Dahlgren

Moms in Prayer - Join us this Wednesday!

Moms in Prayer will be meeting this Wednesday morning, right after drop-off, in the PVCP library. Please join us as we lift up in prayer our students, staff, country, and world! You can call, text, or e-mail Kim Good with any questions at 602-708-3967 or

Easy Ways to Support PVCP!


Link Your Fry's VIP Card

Be sure to link your Fry’s VIP Card to Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory through the Fry’s Community Rewards Program. PVCP will receive quarterly checks from Fry’s for a portion of all purchases made with linked VIP Cards. You must reenroll your VIP card annually on or after August 1. PVCP’s organization ID is AU006.

Shop AmazonSmile

The next time you make a purchase through Amazon, be sure to utilize the AmazonSmile program! Every time you make a purchase through AmazonSmile when designating PVCP, we receive .5% of your total sales! Use the AmazonSmile link whenever you place an order and select “Paradise Valley Christian School”  as your preferred charity. The potential cash-back rewards for PVCP add up quickly!

A Community of Spiritual Nurturing and Academic Excellence

Annual Spiritual Theme: Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts. Be Thankful.
Colossians 3:15
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