SCHOOL INFORMATION UPDATE
INFORMATION POSTED ON JUNE 19, 2020
Dear MPA Families,
Thank you to each of you for your patience as we continue to navigate through this uncharted landscape called COVID-19. As you know, we were waiting on the governor of North Carolina to share some information regarding the ‘stay at home’ order that was due to expire on April 29, 2020. The governor has extended this order through May 8, 2020. He also added that all public schools in North Carolina would remain closed through the end of this school year. After considering this along with recommendations given by the Carolina Conference, we are sad to announce that we will not be reconvening on campus and will continue distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
SENIORS: We are going to wait for additional information from the governor’s office (hopefully early next week) to make a final decision regarding graduation ceremonies. I know it must be excruciatingly difficult for you as you wait to find out what will be decided. It is not our intent to keep you in suspense but to make an informed decision. We would very much like to be able to provide the opportunity for each of you to have the recognition you have earned and so deserve. Please continue to keep this matter in prayer as we seek God’s guidance during this difficult time.
Finally, Breath of Life Ministries has offered to present a virtual week of prayer next week. The week of prayer will begin at 1:00 pm every day May 4 - 8, 2020. I am asking that each MPA student log on and participate in this special opportunity. Each program is scheduled to last 45 minutes. We are shortening the period 4 classes to make it possible for everyone to attend. Please plan to attend your period 4 class as usual at 12:30 pm. Period 4 classes will end at 1:00 pm each day during this week. If you have a period 5 class, it will begin at 1:45pm as usual and you are expected to attend. We will be sending out the log on information for the week of prayer soon, so please watch for that. It is our hope that this week of prayer will be a meaningful experience that will minister to you and provide you with an opportunity to have a closer walk with Jesus. We encourage parents to support this endeavor as we aim to close out the year with a spiritual emphasis. We want to thank you all for allowing the staff at MPA to serve you this year. We appreciate the opportunity that we have to be a part of your lives. May God continue to pour his blessings out on each of you.
Remy J. Guenin
Dear Friends of MPA,
As we consider the upcoming school year and the challenges for re-opening, I wanted to reach out to each of you and let you know that at this time we have every intention of opening the school at the scheduled time listed on our website. Our desire is to open the school and proceed with the school year as normally as possible. We are continuing to closely monitor the Covid 19 situation and the guidelines for the state of NC, Buncombe County and our own Carolina Conference Emergency Response Team for best practices. We want all of our constituents and MPA partners to know that our holistic approach to living seeks to nurture the whole person. Especially during this time, the wellbeing of our students and staff is a top priority as we consider how we can best meet the needs of our students and provide an exceptional educational experience. Prior to COVID 19, we followed good cleaning practices and we will continue to do so during this active pandemic to maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff to worship, study, work, live and play in. Some of the best ways to maintain good physical health are to wash hands regularly, drink plenty of water, exercise, eat healthy, get adequate rest and plenty of sunshine. It is also through practicing good manners like sneezing or coughing into the crook of your arm and staying away from others when feeling ill that will help keep a healthy and productive environment. We maintain hand sanitizing stations in the administration building, cafeteria, the dorms, Waller Hall and the gymnasium. In addition, every building has well stocked restrooms with the items needed for proper hygiene. As we move closer to the opening up of our school, we will communicate more specifics with students who have registered and their families regarding additional guidelines such as wearing masks, social distancing, etc. We recognize that there are many people suffering in multiple ways during this difficult time but it is our prayer and our hope that each of you have found some refuge from the storm. We are here to serve our community and constituency and if you are in the valley of indecision as to whether or not to send your child/children to MPA, be assured that we do plan to open and provide an exceptional experience for your child/children even during these tumultuous times. Please feel free to reach out to us by going to our website at www.pisgah.us if you have any questions. I would like to conclude this communication with a passage from the Bible that will hopefully encourage each of you and remind you of how great our God is and how much He cares for us.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1,2
Remy J. Guenin
INFORMATION POSTED ON APRIL 28, 2020
INFORMATION POSTED ON APRIL 17, 2020
Dear MPA Family,
Recently, the conference administration forwarded an email to me from a parent of one of our MPA students. As I read it, I was deeply moved by this family’s act of faith. I am forwarding this email to all of you with the names removed because it is their desire to give all of the glory to God and not to themselves. Please read it and prayerfully contemplate the challenge that has been set forth by this family. May God give each of us the faith it takes to trust Him with everything including our finances.
My wife and I have been praying for the past several weeks about something God has put on our hearts.
When my daughter returned from Africa and Mount Pisgah Academy moved to distance learning, we knew it would be a challenging time for MPA. Learning that room and board charges would be removed from our bill, and that our daughter would continue to be paid as if she was still working, came as a mixed blessing. While we praised God for these financial positives to us as a family, we also knew they are financial negatives to MPA. The room and board was something we had budgeted for and planned to pay; having these funds returned to us is an unexpected blessing. God has impressed us that we should donate this money to MPA. Further, we would like to challenge other families that have the ability to do the same.
We understand that these will be tough financial times for some families. We also know that there will be families who will emerge from this crisis in a stronger financial position. In fact, we initially struggled as to whether we should wait until after the crisis to determine how much to give, but then we realized that’s not faith. So, this challenge is not meant to put pressure on anyone but rather to say, “give as God impresses you to give,” and it will be a great blessing to MPA.
While we want to make this challenge, we do not want this to be about glorifying us or our giving, but rather glorifying the One who has blessed us. So, as you suggested, we are hopeful the Carolina Conference might be able to put forth this challenge on our behalf.
Thank you all for your commitment to MPA. I am deeply grateful to each of you. Your financial support and prayers make it possible for MPA to provide exceptional Adventist education. Please pray that God will continue to bless His children during this time of worldwide crisis. In the words of Franklin Graham “The days may feel uncertain, but we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He alone ‘is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1).”
To make a donation please feel free to contact Kevin Worth at 828-418-2405 or you can make a secure online donation at www.pisgah.us.
Remy J. Guenin
INFORMATION POSTED ON APRIL 15, 2020
Dear MPA Families,
We are continuing to closely monitor the situation we are in regarding the Covid 19 crisis. I had hoped to give you a more definitive update at this time regarding how we would proceed for the remainder of this school year, however, we are facing too many unknowns to make this possible. It remains our hope to have graduation on the scheduled date in our calendar. If we are permitted to assemble on campus by that time, we will make every effort to proceed with the graduation ceremony. The way things look right now, it seems unlikely that we will be able to reconvene for classes on campus for the remainder of this school year, however, we do not have an absolute answer on that either. The stay-at-home order for the state of N.C. that was issued by the governor remains in effect until April 29, 2020. Buncombe County, where our school is located, has made the end date for the stay-at-home order indefinite. In other words, no one knows when this will be lifted. Our scheduled school break begins on April 22, 2020. Following break, on April 27, 2020, we plan to re-evaluate. Hopefully, we will have some clearer direction from our state and local governments as to how things are going to proceed. I will send out another communication at that time based on the information we receive from them. I apologize for keeping you in suspense. I know this is a very difficult time and having to wait with so many unknowns is very stressful. We are trying to be prudent in our decision making and endeavoring to give you the most accurate information possible. Please bear with us as we navigate these uncharted waters and keep us, as always, in your prayers. In the meantime, we are praying that you and yours are doing well and staying safe.
Remy J. Guenin
INFORMATION POSTED ON MARCH 26, 2020
We are all living through an uncertain and stressful public health crisis. Now, more than ever, I am deeply grateful for the staff of Mount Pisgah Academy who are daily adjusting their work and personal schedules to continue providing exceptional educational services to our students. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives and has made things almost unreal at times, like a bad Hollywood film. I am thankful for my administrative staff, our IT director, and especially the MPA teachers who have stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge of educating our students through distance learning.
Much like health care workers who are heroes of the healthcare industry, our teachers are heroes of the educational community. I am grateful to be working with a group of individuals who are able to adapt and persevere, even during these unprecedented times of difficulty and duress. Feel free to reach out to these heroes and share a “thank you” or “keep up the good work” email or text message.
INFORMATION POSTED ON MARCH 17, 2020
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time as we attempt to make the proper decisions for you, the school and our community. It is my hope that we can all work together during this time to minimize the disruption to our students' education. One of the great opportunities we have is our ability to transition to distance learning quite easily because of our iPad program already in place. Our IT director is working on setting up Zoom accounts to facilitate the distance learning.
Difficult decisions were made this morning regarding the immediate future of our campus and academic instruction. Please check our website and facebook page frequently as updates will be posted there.
We will be transitioning to distance-learning beginning on March 25. Our teachers are asked to report to the school on March 23 in preparation for going live on Wednesday, March 25. A revised schedule for classes will be emailed to the students and parents. This revised schedule will be effective during the time when distance-learning is in place. Additional information will be communicated about the distance learning details and processes. For those who do not have WiFi in your home please contact your local provider because many providers are offering 2 months free WiFi during this time for families that have students.
We will reassess the first part of April whether we need to continue distance learning or reconvene classes on campus. All events on our school calendar have been cancelled or postponed through the beginning of April. In addition, Alumni Weekend which is April 17-19, 2020, has been postponed. We will update you as developments occur.
Please feel free to communicate with us if you have any questions. You can contact us by e-mail or by phone. The school number is 828-667-2535 or you can e-mail Nancy Parra, firstname.lastname@example.org, Shane Bedwell, email@example.com, or me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any financial questions please contact email@example.com.
Charges for dorm and cafe will be suspended until we are able to reconvene on campus. Please plan to continue to make your tuition payments as planned through the end of the school year.
Thank you for your continued prayers during this difficult time, please stay safe.
Remy J. Guenin
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