Newsletter - February 2019

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BIRMINGHAM HOMESCHOOL FAIR and CONVENTION

Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2019 

Speakers: Chelsea Cameron, Pam Tebow, Brian Pruitt, Joe McGee

Lots of workshops and a great vendor hall!
Hyatt Regency, Wynfrey Hotel, at Galleria Mall
www.birminghamhomeschoolfair.com

REGISTER EARLY for best discount!

If you own a business or have a group that the homeschool community could benefit from, consider being a vendor!


WHO HAS THE SCHOOL OFFICE SETS OF DRIVERS ED CURRICULUM? Email  Debbie Landry  as soon as possible!

WHO HAS THE SCHOOL OFFICE SETS OF DRIVERS ED CURRICULUM? Email Debbie Landry as soon as possible!


Spring Co-op

Spring semester is coming up! The website has been updated with the schedule and course descriptions for the spring semester: https://www.cccfriday.org/news-c1rme

Calendar:

2/1/19 First day of spring semester

2/15/19 NO co-op 

4/12/19 Last day of spring semester


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Spring Choir

Elementary Grades 1-6

Come join us for an exciting and educational musical adventure!! Open to elementary students in grades 1-6, we will be learning pieces from different musical genres such as folk songs, hymns and show tunes. Rehearsal will be every Friday in the sanctuary from 12:45 - 2:00pm, with the first rehearsal on February 1st. concluding with our concert on Friday, April 12th, in the evening. Directors this Spring are Jennifer Day, Lindsey Dixon and Jessica Lloyd. Cost to participate is $15 per family due by first rehearsal. Registration is available on CheddarUp. Please register your children so we know how many students to plan for. (Cash payment is due at first practice)


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Key Club will be entertaining during the Valentine’s Box Competition again this year.  We will be reviewing time periods with food, facts, games, and costumes.  

The club is also preparing for District Convention that will be held this year at the Wynfrey Hotel in the Galleria.

The most exciting thing that we are planning is this year’s Parent Prom!

We will also be holding a CRCS reunion! Please invite all of the CRCS alumni that you know! The tentative date for this event is May 3rd.


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BUILDERS CLUB IS THE LARGEST SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS, WITH MORE THAN 45,000 MEMBERS WORLDWIDE.  MEMBERS LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER AND DEVELOP SERVANT-LEADERS SKILLS AS THEY SERVE THEIR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY.

We invite EVERYONE at CRCS to visit the Builders Club booth on Friday, February 15th, during the CRCS Annual Valentine Box Competition in the CPC Gym (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)!  Builders Club will be hosting a photo booth and “Guess the Number of Conversation Hearts in the Jar” contest.   

Ronald McDonald Pop Tab collection: Builders Club collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.  The Ronald McDonald House has teamed with an aluminum recycling company that picks up the tabs at the Ronald McDonald House and pays them the going rate for aluminum recycling.  This goes a long way toward helping with the utility bills there! Builders Club maintains a pop tab collection box in the CRCS office.  Please remember to drop any pop tabs there or drop them at the Builders Club Booth during the Valentine Box Competition.

Our regular Builders Club meeting will be Friday, February 8th, at 12:30 in the CPC Educational Building (officers meet at noon).   

Advisor Contact Information: Wendy Cornett: 205-532-7913 or wcornettlaw@gmail.com


Activities

Hey CRCS,

Our sweet month of February is here and we are ready to mark Valentines with our Box Competition/Pot Luck Dinner.  Check out the information and come join us for some fun and fellowship. 

You will find a few new activities.  Check out Cheddar Up to sign up.

Cheddar Up has been a great way to sign up for field trips. We appreciate all your effort to switch to this system.

In order to help us plan well for 2019-2020 we would like you to do something.  We have added a poll on Cheddar Up for the Elementary/Preschool category as well as Teen. This poll asks a series of questions that will help us know what our families are looking for in activities. It will help us better serve you.  So if you could take a few minutes and go to Cheddar Up and fill it out.

Blessings,
Jenny Bartz and the activities team.

Contact Information:

Jenny Bartz, Activities Director (205) 577-0212

Missy Lowery, Teen Coordinator (205) 910-0893

Rachel Wheelis, Elementary Coordinator (205) 335-1936


Highlight of this month’s activities: 

Detailed information for these activities can still be found on Cheddar Up.

February 15 Valentine’s Box / Pot Luck

February 20 Main Stage Hundred Dresses

February 22 Teen Dance – Luau


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I really need a count to prepare for each student participating. If you have not signed up, please do that now! I do not want to run out of candy bags!!! At this time our numbers are low compared to other years. Deadline to sign up to participate in the box competition is February 8.

February

Everyone K-12

Annual Valentine Box Competition

Friday February 15, 11 am to 1 pm
CPC Gym

$1 per student entry. This will help us to be prepared and know how many students will be participating.

Sign up [here]

Categories for Preschool-12th grade. 
11:00 Bring Valentine boxes to gym
11:20 Judging
11:45 Awards
12-1 Pot Luck Lunch
1-1:30 Clean up – everyone helps!

There will be certificates and prizes awarded in each age/grade category from preschool
to 12th grade. We do ask that you sign up each student who is making a box.  

This is a potluck lunch, so bring lots of food! School provides drinks, plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. This is an inexpensive event for all grade levels including preschool and high school. Come join us even if you don’t have a student participating in the competition.

Guidelines for students preparing the project:

The child must do most of the work. (We realize parents will be helping, but remember they are being judged against fellow students.)

There must be an opening somewhere for students to put in valentine cards.

You must identify your child's box with a 3x5 card (or something attached), with his
or her name and grade on the box. All the boxes will be judged according to grade divisions.

There will be first, second, and third place awards given in each division.

Bring as many valentines as you want for your child to share with other students.


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Order a Yearbook

Yearbook 2018-2019. Don’t miss out. Go ahead and order and pay for your yearbook for this year for only $36. There will be a table at each faculty meeting or you can come by the office to pre-order.


YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Don’t forget those photos! As events happen this year, remember to upload your best pictures right away.  In order to help the yearbook staff, plan on having your photos uploaded by 2 weeks after each event.  That will be the deadline. This way, the staff can go ahead and create that page and pre submit it.  Otherwise, we are trying to create the whole book in April! NOT FUN!  So…..upcoming or recent events to upload will be: Teen and Elementary Christmas parties, Senior Day, Magician, Teen Showcase, Valentine's Box, Teen Luau....

Also go ahead and upload field trips, home activities, individual sports or arts….Help us preserve Crossroads 2018-2019 year with great photos and memories!

Pick the best of the best and upload them to our eshare site. Here is a link but remember to use the code CROSSROADS2015


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*This class is open to Crossroads students only. Due to the large number of participants, we will not be able to allow non CRCS students to attend. Age restriction: 9th-12th grader. (must be 14 by September 30 of the current year as well as no older than 19 by the same date.)

$10.00 Registration fee per student at the first class. Only one time for the whole year. Each class is $5.00. Classes are each Friday from 1:30-2:30 in the CRCS gym.

  • February: 1, 8, 15

  • March: 8, 22, 29

  • April: 5, 12


UPPER ROOM Friday, February 1, 2019  Lunch in Gym 12 noon Prayer and Fellowship 12:30-1:15 pm

UPPER ROOM
Friday, February 1, 2019
Lunch in Gym 12 noon
Prayer and Fellowship 12:30-1:15 pm


7th-12th Grade
Orbix Hot Glass- Fort Payne, AL.
March 21- 10:00-1:00
$45 per participant- tour and glass blow
$8 Parents tour only – no glass blow

(Directions will be mailed prior to event)

Orbix Hot Glass is a fascinating venue located at the rim of “Little River Canyon”. We will participate in a glass blowing demonstration and tour. Students will then be able to blow their own glass ball! This is a unique and one of a kind experience for our teens! We will be at Orbix for 3 hours or so, and encourage everyone to pack a picnic lunch.

*Due to the nature of this event, no children under 7th grade are permitted.If you need help with carpooling, please send us an email at crcsactivities@gmail.com and we will work with you to make sure your teen is able to attend.

*Parents that are attending must purchase either the $45 ticket that includes the tour and glass blown ornament, or our other listing for the tour only. ($8)  Students will not be allowed to purchase just the tour. The tour ticket has been created just for a parent.

*Sign up for this event will close on March 1st.


Elementary K-6th grade
Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University
Thursday March 14, 2019
Arrival time 8:30 am – 10 a.m.
$4 per person: Each person needs to purchase a seat.

Sign Up [Here]

Target age: Kindergarten - 6th grade *Please make sure your child is at the appropriate developmental age for this field trip. If they do not enjoy sitting quietly for long periods of time or have a fear of the dark, you may not want to participate.

Our presentations last about an hour. The first part of our show is a fifteen-minute video on the dome screen that explores the solar system, and the second part is a live, interactive presentation, which lasts about 45 minutes. Be prepared for it to get a little loud and very dark during our shows.

WHAT TO BRING

We recommend bringing a light jacket, because it can get a little chilly in the planetarium. We have a variety of tee shirts for sale in the lobby, so if you’re interested in purchasing one, you may want to have cash or a checkbook on you; they are $20 each. Other than that, just bring yourselves and all of your space questions!

FINDING US

We are located on Samford University’s campus at 800 Lakeshore Drive in Birmingham, Alabama. There are two gates leading into Samford’s campus; you can enter either one. After you pass the gate, drive straight until you reach a stop sign or what appears to be a four-way stop. Take a right. Eventually this road will curve around leftward, and on your right, there will be a building called Propst Hall, in front of which are two stop signs with crosswalks. The planetarium is located just to the right of the second crosswalk. There is a sign hanging from the ceiling of the walkway to indicate the entrance.

Christenberry Planetarium
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

PARKING

Parking can be found just after the second crosswalk and to the right. The road will dip down into a parking lot, where your group can park your vehicles.

Please contact Rachel Wheelis at rachelwheelis@gmail.com or (205-335-1936) for any questions.


HOMESCHOOL SPELLING BEE

Saturday, February 9, 2019 
Community Presbyterian Church Sanctuary 
825 Oak Boulevard Moody AL 35004
Registration begins at 12:30 pm.
Bee begins at 1 pm.

Make sure your family/student is registered with a Scripps-enrolled group (like Learning at home). 
Come to the bee with a $2 participation fee per speller, due at the door.

Laura Ann Tipps
Coordinator - Alabama Homeschool Spelling Bees
(256) 504-2768


Teens 9th-12th
Luau Dance
Friday, February 22nd
7:00-10:00 p.m.
CPC Gym
$10 now $15 at the door.

Sign up on Cheddar Up by February 15th.

Our Hawaiian Luau will wash the winter blues away! Come dressed ready for a tropical oasis and ready to dance the night away. 

CRCS dress code standards as stated in the handbook do apply! Please note that “Spring Formal” dress code is only for “Spring Formal”. For our Luau come dressed as casually as jeans and a Hawaiian shirt, flowy skirt, or maybe a Hawaiian princess! Think outside of the box and come as a Hawaiian object.... Either way, don’t fret over a costume, just come and have fun!

This dance is for all CRCS 9th-12th graders that meet the criteria*. If you wish to bring a non-Crossroads date, please contact Missy or Jenny for approval.

We encourage you all to come to Ballroom Dance Class on Fridays at 1:30 to learn these great dances. We learn dances such as Swing, Tango, Cha Cha, Line Dances, Waltz, etc

*Must be 14 by September 30 of the current year as well as no older than 19 by the same date.

*Sign up for this event will close on February 15th.


CC Flyers Track Club

Spring Season will kick off on Thursday, February 28, 4:00PM at Moody Park. 

We will meet at the pavilion near the tennis courts. There will be an orientation meeting for all new runners and testing will start on February 28th for everyone. 

Team workouts will be held on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 and Saturday mornings at 8:00 at Moody Park.

The season will end on Saturday May 11. 

For more information please email ccflyers4u@gmail.com or show up at the kick off meeting on February 28th.


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Director, Kristen Campbell
ACTA Theater | 225 Parkway Drive Trussville AL

  • $5 per person

  • Performance dates: Thursday through Saturday, February 28, March 1, 2 - 7 pm and Sunday March 3, at 2:30 pm

  • Tickets may be reserved by calling or e-mailing the Crossroads office. Let us know the number of tickets and for which performance.


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Director, Karen Cunningham 
CPC Sanctuary

  • $5 per person

  • Performance dates: Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 7 pm

  • Tickets may be reserved by calling or e-mailing the Crossroads office. Let us know the number of tickets and for which performance.


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CRCS Teen Spring Formal

Friday, April 26, 2019
Celebrations in Pell City

Student or guest $40 - Per ticket

Reservations are required

No admittance without a reservation

April 1st is the deadline for sign up and payment

Dances are restricted to students in grades 9-12, who are at least in the 9th grade AND 14 years old by September 30 of the current school year and no older than 19

The Formal is generally for CRCS Students and possibly a guest (no date required) that fits the criteria. IF you wish to bring a “date” outside CRCS you must see Ms. Jenny. There will be a form you have to fill out

Important Dress Code Information: (excerpted from the school handbook, page 17)

The following exceptions to the dress code are only allowed at the formal dance, not at any other dance or event. This dress code is intended to be a practical, simple, and standardized expression of the principles of good sense, modesty, and appropriateness. Dresses should be made of solid, opaque (impervious to the light) material; sheer, see-through, translucent and cut-out materials are not acceptable for the main part of the dress. The backline of the dress must be no lower than the normal (natural) bra line. Dresses and any slits in the dress must be no higher than the point halfway between the fingertip and the knee. No cleavage may be shown. Baggy pants that leave underwear exposed will not be allowed. Any student or guest who fails to adhere to these guidelines will not be admitted to the Spring Formal.

We know that shopping and purchasing dresses for the formal dance is a fun activity. However, we want to remind you of the dress code (above) that comes straight from the Student Handbook. When choosing your clothing, please remember that these are not guidelines, they are the dress code we expect our students and their guests to follow. They are pretty straightforward. 

Two issues addressed specifically in the dress code are cleavage, and dress length. When you try on that dress in the store, it seems fine, but when you begin moving and dancing…problems ensue. Modesty please, NO CLEAVAGE! We will have T-shirts available if needed at the dance, but we hope we have no need of them! If you can purchase or make a jacket, shrug, or other covering, that is fine also, but it must be worn all the time at the dance. If you are choosing to purchase a short dress, or a dress with a slit, make sure the length/slit is no higher than the point halfway between the student’s fingertip and the knee. Because this is a dance, a girl may spin, bend, stoop, or reach; if her dress is too short, then unfortunate events may occur. If your dress is a two piece top and skirt, no middle should be showing.

Parents, we are counting on you to go over these with your student and make sure they are followed.


Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park- Side Trails to History Program

Preschool - 6th grade 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Arrival time 8:45 am- 12:30 pm

$7 a person: All students and adults, preschool and up (ages birth to 3 are free and do not require a sign up)

This educational experience focuses on how workers, both free and slave, from the Civil War era lived and worked and the resources that supported settlement and manufacturing in early Alabama. 

Guided Tour Stops:

  • The Iron and Steel Museum: View the tools and machines that made Alabama a leading iron producing state in the 1800s.

  • Fowler House School: Take part in the school experience of the 1860s.

  • The Blast Furnaces: Learn how iron was made during the Civil War.

  • Nature Trail: Walk down an actual highway from the past.

  • Following two hours of instructional activities, students may ride the park's miniature railroad (weather permitting)

What to Bring:

Dress according to the weather and wear hiking/walking shoes. You may want to pack water bottles, lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. 

At the conclusion of the field trip, Students and Parents are invited to visit the Country Store and the Tannehill Creamery. 

Directions:

12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL 35111

(205) 477-5711

Tannehill is located off Interstate 59, 12 miles southwest of Bessemer, less than 30 minutes from downtown Birmingham. Take I-59/20 to Exit 100 and follow the signs (approximately 2 miles) or you can take I-459 to Exit 1 and follow signs (approximately 7 miles). 

Please contact Rachel Wheelis (205-335-1936) with any questions.


STANFORD TESTING

April 30 – May 3, 2019 
CPC Back Building 
$27 per test 

Crossroads does not require that you have your student tested, but we do provide an opportunity, if you choose to test. 

The tests will be given at Community Presbyterian Church in the Back Building. You’ll need to bring your student for a 2-hour period for 4 days (Tuesday through Friday). Cost for each test is $27. We’ll need your student’s name and grade level when you turn in your order to the school office by Thursday February 28. The schedule for testing is below. 

8 am to 10 am | Grades 1, 2, 3 
10:30 am to 12:30 pm | Grades 4, 5, 6 
1 pm to 3 pm | Grades 7, 8 
1 pm to 4 pm (Tues/Wed) | Grades 9-12

We do allow non-Crossroads families to test with us. In addition to the test cost, we require $25 per family from them. Have them contact the Crossroads office if interested.

Our test provider, BJU Press, is using 2018 norms for the Stanford test this year. This new comparison group has a much higher number of private school students than the 2002 norms they were using. The new ratio, where private school students far outnumber public school students, makes it more difficult for a student to receive a high percentile rank.

There are many on-line testing options. Here are a few opportunities that are on the internet. There may be more. Just check them out for yourself, to see if this is a better option for your family.

www.abeka.com
 
www.bjupress.com
 
www.setontesting.com

www.homeschooltestingservices.com
 
www.pearsonassessments.com


ASVAB Test

(Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) 

For students in grades 11-12, and graduates 
Wednesday April 3, 12:30 pm 
Test results: TBA 
CPC Back Building 

The ASVAB Career Exploration program provides high-quality career exploration and planning materials at no cost to high schools throughout the country. The program encourages students to explore a wide variety of careers, rather than limiting their exploration by telling them what they can or should do. Students explore occupations in line with their interests and skills, and also develop effective strategies to realize their career goals. 

The ASVAB test covers eight areas including science, word knowledge, mathematics, and mechanical comprehension. It assesses a student’s ability to learn new skills and is a predictor of success in training and education programs. The Find Your Interests (FYI) inventory is a 90-item interest inventory based on John Holland’s widely accepted theory of career choice. When students complete the FYI, they have three interest codes to use with the OCCU-Find for career exploration. The OCCU-Find contains 400+ occupations sorted by interest codes so students can identify the occupations that match their own interests. For more information, go to www.asvabprogram.com 

Please sign up before or at the March faculty meeting! No cost, but we do need to know who and how many plan to attend. We’ve made our reservation for 20 students, but we can add to that number. If you have friends from other homeschool groups who want to take the ASVAB, have them contact the Crossroads office, by phone or by e-mail.