Lucia Trevino, High School Foreign Language Chair at Pinecrest Academy
Children who learn a second language benefit a lot more than you’d think. The earlier one begins learning another language, the greater the benefits. It is never too early to start learning a second language, even as early as PreK3!
Each school year provides us with a new beginning, another “first day” to do our best academically. In this post, you’ll find tips you can easily implement at home in order to help your child be successful this school year.
Mixed emotions are so normal as parents watch their child in cap and gown, walking down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstance. I’ve experienced the excitement, joy, and relief of that moment myself, tinged with sadness though, because somehow, you know things will never be the same.
Experience has informed me that summer break can feel like an attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse if I don’t spend a little time planning and prepping. Below are a few helpful tips on how to not only get through, but enjoy, the summer with your kids, all while creating lasting memories for the whole family.
The Pinecrest Academy Gala Team extends a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for your support of the Silver Anniversary Gala, celebrating our twenty-fifth year of educating minds, hearts, and souls.
Once upon a time, a little girl asked, “Mommy, how long until we get to Gram’s house?” The mother answered, “We’ll be close after you find one bridge, two stop signs, two stoplights, and a McDonald’s.” Yes, that was the world that I grew up in, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Through those small “tasks” of just getting to my Gram’s house, I learned to see the world outside, pay attention to my surroundings, see the world “in print,” and have discussions with those around me (even if it was to say, “Have we passed a stop sign yet?!”) that helped to build my vocabulary and sense of self in the world.
In response to National Walkout Day that occurred at schools across the nation on March 14, Pinecrest High School students gathered in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the school's campus to pray for the 17 victims of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that occurred exactly one month prior.
According to Leonard Sax MD PhD, New York Times best-selling author, physician, psychologist, and expert in child development, teaching self-control and other virtues should be among the top priorities for one’s child. Dr. Sax also asserts that character matters as much or more than academic achievement!
You may have heard that playing a musical instrument is good for your brain, makes you smarter, or has long-lasting benefits. You may have also heard that students who study music do better academically than those who do not. Years of research, and multiple studies, confirm that these statements are absolutely valid. Published research, proving the many benefits of music education, can be found in abundance on the internet and in numerous professional and medical journals.
All are invited to a Lenten Retreat with Fr. Jacques Philippe, world renowned Catholic author and speaker, on Wednesday, March 7, from 7-8:30pm, in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Fr. Jacques will give a reflection sure to make this holy Lenten season a more meaningful experience, as we pray, sacrifice and give alms. Admission is free, but donations will be graciously accepted to cover Fr. Jacques' expenses.
With over one million books sold in 24 languages, Fr. Jacques Philippe’s writings on themes such as prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality. Some of his books include Interior Freedom, Time for God, Thirsting for Prayer, Call to Life, Real Mercy, Fire & Light. His writings will benefit anyone looking for spiritual guidance in the modern world.
A priest for over 40 years, Fr. Jacques’ vocation journey began when he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes in 1976 and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through a priestly vocation. After years of study of Hebrew, theology and canon law, he began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of his Community. Currently, Fr. Jacques devotes most of his time to spiritual direction and preaching retreats.
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season in the Catholic Church, as hundreds from the Pinecrest Academy community donned cross-shaped ashes on their foreheads on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.