GPCSN Giving Tuesday Opportunities

Love Christian education? Partner with us for #GivingTuesday! Every one of our schools works very hard to keep tuition as low as possible! Our schools are thousands to tens-of-thousands of dollars less expensive than many of the non-Christian private schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area, while giving students great educations in wholesome, loving, safe environments!

Here are ways to give to any of our wonderful, deserving schools!

Cheswick Christian Academy
Your gifts can become scholarships with the Tom Mellars Scholarship Fund!

Former CCA student Jamie Aiken has initiated the establishment of a scholarship fund* in memory of Thomas Mellars. Tom was with the school at its inception in 1978, and served faithfully until 1983 when he unexpectedly died on the job of a sudden heart attack. Jamie Aiken’s generous gift, and all other donations to the fund, will be applied to the tuition accounts of current students experiencing financial hardship. Go here to give!

Greater Works Christian School
Your gifts help students year round!

Did you know that tuition covers only sixty percent of our operating expenses? This funding gap must be made up through fundraising and donations to our school. Please consider joining the many school families, alumni, churches, businesses, and friends who support Greater Works Christian School. Go here to give!

Penn Christian Academy
Every gift to Penn Christian Academy makes a difference!

Your #GivingTuesday donation helps fuel our mission and your gift makes a difference each day in blessing the lives of our students and teachers. Through your partnership, our students are equipped to KNOW who God is, LEARN about God through creation, SERVE as Christ did, and LEAD others to Christ. Go here to see different ways to give!

Trinity Christian School
Help Grow Trinity Christian School’s Endowment Fund!

For your #GivingTuesday donation, will you consider supporting Trinity Christian School? Our goal is to increase our Endowment Fund so that we may continue to grow and flourish as a place that provides a solid, Christ-centered education for generations to come. Go here to share!

Easily support one of our schools when you shop at Amazon!

When shopping on Amazon, AmazonSmile donates to your favorite charitable organization, at no extra cost to you. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. To support one of our schools with your Amazon shopping, go to AmazonSmile to select a school, listed below in alphabetical order. If you aren’t connected to one of our schools and can’t decide which to support, you could try the one closest to your neighborhood! (You’ll find a map here!)
These are all working hard to bring the best Christian education to our students and all are worthy of AmazonSmile donations!

Here’s how to find the accounts for our schools:

Cheswick Christian Academy
In the search bar, write “Cheswick Christian Fellowship” to pull up the AmazonSmile for Cheswick Christian Academy! Or use this link to my search results. The correct one should look like this:

Greater Works Christian School
In the search bar, write “Greater Works Outreach Monroeville education N.E.C.” to find the right Greater Works! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:

Penn Christian Academy
In the search bar, write “Penn Christian Academy Butler” to find the right Penn Christian! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:

Trinity Christian School
In the search bar, write “Trinity Christian School Association Pittsburgh” to pull up the correct Trinity! Or try this link to my search results! The correct one should look like this:

SWCAC Middle School Championships Results

Trinity Christian School made it to the SWCAC Middle School Fall Championships on Saturday, October 22, 2022.
TCS Volleyball took first place in the Volleyball Championships and TCS Soccer was the runner up in the Soccer Championship. Congrats Trinity Falcons!

Last year’s reigning champs and undefeated all season, Trinity Christian School’s Middle School Volleyball team took first place in their division and are the SWCAC Champions once again this year!

First place in their division, Trinity Christian School’s Middle School Soccer team took second place in the SWCAC Championships!

School buses come to our schools!

Q. When does a public school district have to provide transportation to a
nonpublic school?

A. When a school district provides transportation for its public pupils, it must
provide transportation services to nonpublic pupils of the same grade level
that it is providing for its own pupils. The nonpublic school must be nonprofit
and located within ten miles of the district’s boundary, measured by the
nearest public road. If the school building in which the pupil is enrolled
is not located within the ten-mile distance, the nonpublic pupil is not eligible
for transportation, nor are his parents eligible for payment towards
transportation costs.

Q. Is the local school district that transports my child to a nonpublic
school required to transport her on days when the nonpublic school
is in session and the public school is closed?

A. Yes, unless the closure is due to weather conditions.

Trinity Christian School Employment Opportunities

The mission of Trinity Christian School is to provide a quality Christian education for the children of believing parents of our community from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. This education will emphasize that God is to be glorified in all aspects of our lives.

All subjects will be taught from a Reformed Biblical perspective that honors our Triune God as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.

Our goal is to equip our students to fulfill their calling in family, church, and society in a way which is pleasing to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you are interested in Classical, Christian education go here to learn how to apply! Trinity Christian School is hiring elementary, art, music, and substitute teachers, plus an office receptionist.

Cheswick Christian Academy Ministry Opportunities

If you are looking to join a great school that offers affordable Christian education with small class sizes, fun extracurriculars, competitive athletics, and more, Cheswick Christian Academy is hiring! They are accepting applications for elementary and high school teachers plus a receptionist. Find the application in documents here!

Trinity Christian School Varsity Track going to WPIALs

Trinity Christian School’s Varsity Track and Field team has runners in seven events tomorrow, May 18, at the WPIAL Championships at Slippery Rock University.

For WPIALs, the top 16 competitors from each section, in each event, advance to these championships.

Here’s a breakdown of TCS’s WPIAL qualifying runners:

Freshman Teresa Conway-Phillips qualified for the Girls 3200 Meter Run by running these two miles in 12:40.57. (For other non-runners, this reads as 12 minutes, 40.57 seconds.)
Freshman Eilidh Edgar qualified for the Girls 800 Meter Run by running a half-mile in 2:29.62.
Junior Ben Gaunt qualified for the Boys 800 Meter Run by running a half-mile in 2:08.44.
Junior Isaac Koerber qualified for the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles by hurdling 300 meters in 45:43.
Sophomore Joshua Maurer qualified for the Boys 400m Dash by sprinting a quarter-mile in 51:73.
Freshman Caleb Schmidt qualified for the 1600 Meter Run by running a mile in 4:54.41.
Ben Gaunt, Zeke Sams, Max Agate, and Caleb Schmidt (alternates: Andrew Zambito, Tommy Nelson, and Silas Bolen) qualified for the Boys 4×800 Meter Relay by completing four half-miles (one half-mile each) in 8:57.08 total.

Anyone who comes in at the top 5 at tomorrow’s WPIAL Championships will advance to the PIAA State Finals.

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day

In honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12 is Drop Everything And Read Day. When your kids get home from school, instead of having them put away the dishes, maybe let them Drop Everything And Read! Or when they reach for the switch controller, suggest they first Drop Everything And Read!

Looking for a new book that you can borrow instantly? Using your Carnegie Library card, you can immediately borrow electronic and audio books from Hoopla. Here are a few recommendations:

First, obviously, is Beverly Cleary! Here you can find either audio or electronic copies of most of her books! Here’s a very well done recording of The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection, which is where D.E.A.R. began!

Books Ramona would have read a million times:
Understood Betsy Elizabeth Ann was orphaned at an early age and raised by her maiden aunts in the busy city. Sudden illness forces the aunts to send Betsy to other relatives, the Putnams, who live in the country on a farm. Betsy learns all about the farm and making butter and applesauce and dearly loves her new life. Then one of the aunts comes back and wants to take Betsy back to the city … such a dilemma! Children can readily relate to Betsy, a real girl in a real world where fortune seems to direct her life. She so loves being on the farm and doing all the things a farm girl does, including going to school. When fate again intervenes and tries to take her away from the life she loves, Betsy, though torn, bounds into another day of farm life, full of love for all she comes in contact with, and grows into a beautiful young lady.

Anne of Green Gables This tale follows the adventures of Anne, a young, red-haired orphan who has spent her entire childhood being passed around from one foster home to the next. Until one day she is sent to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert by mistake. While trying to adopt a boy to help work on their farm, the Cuthbert’s ended up with Anne, who they could not send away after learning that an evil woman in town was attempting to adopt her. Anne gains many friendships in her new town with her eager, quick-witted, and bright attitude. While working on the farm, she also finds herself excelling in school and aspires to become a teacher.

Betsy-Tacy Betsy hopes that whoever moves into the house across the street will have a little girl just her age. And the little girl who moves in is just her age. Her name is Tacy. She is very bashful, but she likes to listen to Betsy’s stories-wonderful stories that the girls love, and that they keep as their own special secret. After a while, it’s hard to remember a time when Betsy and Tacy weren’t best friends.

Books that show history is interesting:
Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale These graphic novels can be a little gruesome (the narrator is the Revolutionary War patriotic spy Nathan Hale who is about to be beheaded by the British for treason and he is telling these tales to stall for time), so check them out for yourself first! But they are easy reads (comic-book style) and very informative! Your kids will be teaching you things about history!

Check out Clyde Robert Bulla! Two favorites: Secret Valley, about the gold rush and Sword in the Tree, set in the time of King Arthur. These aren’t as exciting as Nathan Hale’s tales above, but they are sweet.

Little House on the Prairie The Little House series is based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life growing up as an American pioneer.

Books with animal adventures:
Redwall Series (Often especially loved by dads, too!) The first book of the series in not on hoopla, but the prequel and many sequels are! Brian Jacques’ tales of courageous heroes and deliciously hateful villains have captivated countless readers.

The Green Ember Series. Rabbits with swords! Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.
Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.
Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (This animal is a toy china doll, but still…) Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Basketball Playoffs!

ball on hoop

GPCSN in the SWCAC League:

Cheswick Christian Academy Middle School Boys end the regular season in first place. They’ll play 4th place Central Christian Academy in the quarterfinals. Winner of that game will play the winner of the matchup between Cornertstone Prep and Beaver County Christian School on Wednesday or Thursday. Winner of that game will advance to the championship at BCCS on Saturday, February 26 at 3pm.

Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Girls end the regular season in third place. They’ll play their quarterfinal game at Beaver County Christian School on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 7pm against Jefferson County Christian. Winner of that game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ Cornerstone Prep at 5pm vs Plants and Pillars Homeschool. Winner there advances to the Championships Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Beaver County Christian School at 5:15 pm.

Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Boys end the regular season in second place. They’ll play their quarterfinal game at Portersville Christian School on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7pm. Winner of that game advances to the semifinals on Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ Portersville Christian School. Winner there advances to the Championships Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Beaver County Christian School at 7:15 pm.

Trinity Christian School Middle School Girls end the regular season in second place. They play in their quarterfinals Monday, February 21, 2022against Plants and Pillars Homeschool at TCS at 4pm. Winner of this game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday or Thursday at the higher seed’s home gym (TBD). Winner of that game plays in the Championships on Saturday, February 26 at BCCS at 1pm.

GPCSN in the SWPAA league:

Trinity Christian School Varsity Girls end the regular season in fifth place. They play in the quarterfinals Monday, February 21, 2022 against Calvary Chapel at BCCS at 3pm. Winner of this game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday at 5pm, also at BCCS. And winner of that game goes to the Championships Friday, February 25 at Cornerstone Prep at 6pm.

Trinity Christian School Varsity Boys end the regular season in first place. They earned a first-round bye and will jump right to the semifinals on Wednesday at BCCS at 6:30pm, opponent TBD. Winner of that game moves on to the Championships at Cornerstone Prep at 7:30pm on Friday, February 25.