Others make a little summer-time rest stop, then continue on the road to the next grade level. Some of their teachers shared a few words to encourage them in their travels…
The Preschool “5s” are moving up to Kindergarten! We are thrilled to welcome them to “Big Kid School!” Here is a message just for them:
Dear future Kindergarten students,
We are so proud of how much you have grown this year! You have learned to follow directions, you have learned to share with your friends, and you have learned to use your words when talking about your feelings and your needs. Remember as you continue to grow to always be kind, and let the love of God shine through all you do.
Mrs. Drechsler and the Preschool Staff
Kindergarteners celebrated their transition to 1st grade with an official graduation ceremony, complete with certificates, caps, and tassels. See the photos here on our website photo album or in the PCS Facebook.
Their teachers, Mrs. Felton and Mrs. Hines, are happy/sad and send them on their way with these words of encouragement:
To the graduating class of 2033,
We LOVE you! We are so PROUD of you! God has a BIG plan for you!
We will always be CHEERING for you!
Remember, the most important thing you will ever do is love because Jesus loved you first.
Mrs. Felton & Mrs. Hines
Fifth Graders celebrated the end of elementary school and the move up to Jr High by setting aside time for fun and games, awards and certificates. We congratulate them all, wish them well, and are SO excited to welcome them to the Jr/Sr HS campus just up the road! Here’s something to remember as you travel the “middle school road”:
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Mr. John Felton shared some encouragement with the Sixth Graders at their year-end awards chapel:
Finally, as we complete this year, I hope that you leave with the understanding of how much we love you. We love you so much. We may have had great interactions with you each and every day and we may have had some less-than-positive interactions with you. Still, know that we love you so incredibly much. BUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE. Thank you for bringing so much joy to us this year. Have a fantastic summer.
Read Mr. Felton’s message in it’s entirety here.
Eighth Grade Promotion to high school was AN EVENT, held on the Jr/Sr High School Track and Field with some pomp and a little circumstance! See photos on our website photo album or on the PCS Facebook.
Mrs. Thornton shared with the class:
I want you to remember what God says in 1 Timothy 4:12-13: “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. Devote yourself to reading scripture, preaching, and teaching.”
And finally, as Winnie the Pooh (you know he is my favorite character) says, “Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, loved more than you know!”
High School Graduation was THE BIG EVENT, the culmination of 13+ years of schooling and a substantial step into the future. Watch this compilation video of the ceremony. There were many words of wisdom, congratulations, and even some jest shared that day. Mr. Griffith, PCS Board Chair (and parent of a graduate) summed it all up with these verses from Jeremiah 29: 11-13:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Happy Travels to all of Portland Christian’s continuing students, promoting students, and graduating students. We are proud of you, we love you, and most of all, we pray for each and every one of you.
Written by Linda Swenson