“We all intuitively know that reading – to our kids, in front of our kids – benefits our kids. But we also all experientially know that reading requires time and energy – two commodities we as parents too easily believe we possess in too small amounts. And yet, if we aren’t reading consistently ourselves (and especially during the school year), how will we convince our kids of this supposedly important habit, both in their studies now as well as later for the long-term?”
Read Mr. Dunham’s post, “The Important Practice of Reading,” for answers in our Scholar’s Forum.
It’s time for Spell-a-thon! During the course of the next month, elementary students will collect donation pledges for each word they spell correctly on their spelling tests during the months of September and October. This is an opportunity to encourage our young students to study hard and do their best, as well as support Petra.
All donations are tax deductible and go to help meet operational needs of the school and provide scholarships for families with tuition need. We’re asking every family to do their part in helping us raise our Spell-a-thon goal of $26,000! Please contact events coordinator Eli Denison with questions.
Ultimately the goal of Petra’s house system is to vertically integrate students by encouraging them to interact with other students outside their respective grade and to horizontally develop leadership, camaraderie, and respect among their peers. Read more about our house system (and view their pics).
We will take all fall sports team pictures this Thursday, Sept. 14, during 7th period and after school. Please have all athletes (5th-12th grade) bring their full uniforms to school that day (note: our 5th/6th volleyball team has a home match that day, so they should already have them). So you can plan, all school photos will be taken in two weeks on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 26 and 27. Email Mr. Denison with questions.
Parents are welcome to join us for Lyceum in the Performance Hall this Thursday morning from 8:20-8:55 a.m. for the second of three messages on the topic of “The Christian Call to the Life of the Mind” given by Humanities teacher, Gregg Valeriano. In case you missed part one, watch it on our Vimeo channel.
Special thanks to Bozeman Daily Chronicle staff writer Gail Schontzler for including Petra Academy in this article on the growth of independent schools in Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.
In anticipation of our next set of home games this Friday, students are invited to participate in our first Spirit Day of the new school year on Friday, September 8. Parents are invited to join the fun and attend our first Contio Spiritus (Spirit Rally) of the season this Friday, from 3:15-3:20 p.m. Be sure to stick around for the volleyball and soccer games afterward (check our calendar for the weekend schedule).