We have not been immune to the pandemic challenges...
GRATITUDE IN THE MIDST OF CHALLENGES
This is the moment to live out our faith…
November 24, 2021
Dear PACA Alumni, Former Parents, Former Teachers and Friends of the School,
Like you, PACA has not been immune to challenges brought by the pandemic. Yet, also like you, we have many reasons to praise God for His provision. Please join us in this season of gratitude by making a gift to PACA on Giving Day, Tuesday, November 30. Here are six examples for our gratitude to Him:
Spiritual growth on campus with students of all ages being baptized or making a commitment to follow Jesus.
Impressive 2021 AP testing results amongst our high school students with 98 AP exams across 18 subjects, of which 85% were a 3 or higher.
Notable university acceptances for the Class of 2021 into institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Liberty, Purdue, SCAD, UC Berkley, UCLA, Notre Dame, Wheaton College, Universidade Mackenzie, FAAP and many others.
Enrollment that has allowed us to cover our operational costs.
Successful recruitment of experienced new local and international Christian educators to further our dual curriculum program.
A safe return to presential school and co-curricular events, such as plays, athletics, the Reading Contest and the Christmas program.
God’s blessing far exceeds these six praises of gratitude. But, if I could highlight one more specific point, it would be God has continued to bless us with incredibly dedicated and unique faculty – who teach to transform lives! Giving to PACA impacts teachers and students.
One hallmark of PACA’s education is the campus atmosphere around our teaching and support staff – faculty willing to model what it means to be a life-time learner. In a matter of seven days at the start of the pandemic, we were able to successfully migrate to online classes by embracing new technology and new methodologies. And while it is stressful to teach during a pandemic, our faculty have demonstrated over and over a higher calling – to be transformational models who integrate the Christian faith into our quality academic program. It is our teachers who nurture hearts, develop minds and educate for eternity. God uses teachers – available vessels – to bring spiritual and academic growth at our school!
Over these 20 months, we have migrated from initial survival mode back to embracing the challenge of integrating the Christian faith and a liberal arts education via our dual curriculum program. Faith and reason walk alongside each other. We continue to guide our students to think critically and act biblically, prepared for the future, whether that be university placement, a sudden family relocation, or a job placement.
Tuesday, November 30 is “PACA Giving Day.” Whether you are an alum, a former teacher, a current family, or only recently have become a friend of the school, your gift of gratitude will be invested in teachers that inspire and lead students to become whole, to achieve, to be good stewards that catalyze change.
I recently received this encouraging quote sent to a high school teacher from Isabella Bann (’18), currently attending Duke University, “There are a million and one humans you will meet after high school who did not have the privilege of discussing hard subjects in a safe space under truthful instructors.”
Thank you for prayerfully expressing your gratitude for PACA’s impact on your life by contributing to “PACA Giving Day.” Equally importantly, keep us in your prayers.
Since 1960, PACA has served the local and international community of São Paulo as a Christian, American and Brazilian curriculum school. Our education integrates Biblical truth in all areas of instruction to guide the hearts and minds of our students and our academic program allows students to receive two diplomas, American and Brazilian, upon graduation which opens doors for them to study in the best universities in the USA, Brazil or throughout the world.