Newsletter - March 2019

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FACULTY MEETINGS

Monday March 18, 7 pm, CPC in Moody
Tuesday March 19, 7 pm, Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City 

Last faculty meetings of the school year!
Third quarter records due.

Graduating seniors, bring your graduation fee ($125) and your pictures for the PowerPoint. You can scan your pictures and submit via e-mail if you want (crcsoffice@gmail.com)


FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATOR

Obviously, the school staff doesn’t spend time looking through everyone’s Facebook or Instagram accounts (or any other accounts!), trying to find evidence of problems. But since we are “friends” with a  lot of you, we occasionally see things posted that we question. Our Faculty and Student Handbook addresses these kinds of situations on pages 15-17; it might be a good idea for you and your students to re-read these pages. I’m going to go ahead and re-print a couple of paragraphs, and ask that you read it, and prayerfully consider whether or not you may occasionally cross over a line somewhere. Please be thoughtful before you post anything, anywhere. We do represent a Christian school. Thank you!

And for your students, this may provide an opportunity to remind them that things they post stay with them for a long time. All they have to do is pay attention to politicians or celebrities who have had things come up from their past and bring problems to their present. 

SPEECH AND BEHAVIOR: Students and faculty of Crossroads Christian School should seek to glorify God and build up one another through their conversation. Therefore, profane, slanderous, sacrilegious, obscene or suggestive language is inappropriate and is not acceptable. Flagrantly abusive language, bullying, racial disrespect and/or disrespectful conduct will not be tolerated. Possession of pornography and computer/ internet/cell phone use for pornographic, defiant or vicious purposes is prohibited. 

Computer/Smart Phone/Internet use, including but not limited to any website or application such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, diaries, blogs, e-mail, web pages, pictures, chat, etc. that is deemed by the school administration to be immoral, harmful, threatening, demeaning, derogatory, defaming of the reputation and character of others, or other conduct and or content that is inconsistent with school policies and biblical teaching and standards.

The consequences of decisions we make when we’re young may haunt us into adulthood. I’m thinking about the young 18-year-old from Hoover who decided to become a part of ISIS. Now she has “come to her senses” and wants to return home to her parents. But she probably won’t be able to do that, without facing the legal consequences of treason. So she may have to stay where she is, in a refugee camp in Syria. This is an extreme example, but very real. 

The book of Proverbs speaks abundantly about wisdom, understanding, and discernment. It is the job of a Christian parent to train up our children spiritually, so that they will become wise, understanding, and discerning. Use the time while they are still at home to teach them to think right. Elsewhere in this newsletter, there is information about two conferences, the same weekend, April 26-27: ReThink, and Birmingham Homeschool Fair and Convention. There are excellent speakers for parents and children at both events. Please consider attending one of these, with your students. Both are tools to help you as you continue to parent your children. Go ahead and register!


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Disney Theatrical Workshop Info Meeting 
Monday night, March 18th after the faculty meeting

This meeting will discuss a possible Disney trip planned for Fall 2019.  This trip will include a Disney theater workshop for elementary to high school students including special ticket prices.  

For any questions, please contact Tommy Riley at 205-413-2158 or email at whoppers1975@yahoo.com.


SIGN UP TODAY!

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

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


Spring Co-op

We cancelled one Friday back in February due to LOTS of sickness among the co-op families. That means we need to make a decision about whether or not to extend the co-op one more day, or simply end it at 9 weeks. Right now, the last day is scheduled for Friday April 12. The next Friday is Good Friday, and Crossroads’ practice has been not to hold activities on Good Friday. Then April 26 is the Birmingham Homeschool Fair and Convention, and a lot of us are planning to attend that. Then the next Friday is May 3, and we’re finishing up standardized testing that day. We could have co-op on another day besides Friday!

Check out the Co-Op Facebook page for a poll, so co-op leadership can hear what you’re thinking.  

If you have any questions about Co-op, please email cccmasterminds@gmail.com


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For Crossroads students in grades 1-6
Concert: April 12, 7 pm, CPC sanctuary

Choir is going well! Jennifer Day, Lindsey Dixon, and Jessica Lloyd are teaching our students from different musical genres like folk songs, hymns, and show tunes.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the concert on Friday April 12, at 7 pm in the CPC sanctuary.

We want to remind all the parents that students in grades 1-3 only rehearse until 1:30 pm; older students go until 2 pm. Your younger students will be released at 1:30 pm, and they need to know where you are, so they can find you. If you’re in the parking lot, you need to let someone who is IN the building know, so that your child can be directed to you. IF you’re across the street in the back building, you (or a designated parent) needs to be there at the sanctuary by 1:30 pm to escort all the children back across the street to you. It is very important that young children NOT be unsupervised in the parking lot, crossing the street, or in the buildings. Thanks for your attention to this very important safety concern!


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Happy Spring!

The Key Club is getting ready for District Convention during the month of March.  The convention will be April 5-7 at the Wynfrey in Hoover.  Please send us your prayers for good health and a great performance by the club.  
This year is quickly coming to an end!  Time to start thinking about next year!  Call me with any questions that you have about joining Key Club!

Tere Sizemore 
205-281-7916


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PANCAKE SUPPER

Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Moody
Monday March 18, 5-7 pm

Carpenetti’s Restaurant in Moody 

Tickets $5 

Come support the Kiwanis Club that sponsors our Key Club and Builders Club. The monies raised from the pancake supper go directly toward scholarships for Key Club seniors! Buy tickets ahead of time from your Key Club or Builders Club students. The club who sells the most tickets to the pancake supper gets a cash prize for their club. Come early for the Moody faculty meeting and eat some great pancakes and sausage!


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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.

Builders Club will be meeting at 12:30 (officers meet at noon) on Friday, March 8th. It’s never too late to join! All middle-school students are welcome!

Don’t forget to be selling tickets for the March 18th Kiwanis Pancake Supper. You can pick up tickets at the March meeting. The top selling club gets a prize from Kiwanis! The pancake supper supports many Kiwanis projects, including college scholarships.

March 19 is our financial literacy program date. The better financial stewards we are, the more we can assist others in need. We will meet in the CPC Educational Building at 10:00 a.m. This is always a big hit with middle-schoolers! Parent volunteers will be needed. We would also appreciate parent volunteers with specific backgrounds in banking, real estate, car sales, and insurance if possible.

For parent volunteer sign up, see the link circulated in the Builders Club newsletter or contact Wendy Cornett: 205-532-7913 or wcornettlaw@gmail.com


Activities

The year is flying by fast. We are trusting you are having a great time in your educational endeavors. We are hoping that the field trips complement what you are doing at home.

We still have a few new things going on so make sure you check out this newsletter as well as Cheddar Up!  We have a major change in the Planetarium trip so make sure you read about it.

In order to help us plan well for 2019-2020 we would like you to do something.  We have added a poll onCheddar 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 toCheddar 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.

Friday, March 1, 11 a.m. Beethoven's Third Symphony   

Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. Alabama Ballet – Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, March 19 , 10:45 a.m.  Birmingham Zoo Encounters

Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m - Wee Folks Thumbelita

Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m. Orbix Hot Glass Blow


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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 Photo Example: Anne of Green Gables

Yearbook Photo Example: Anne of Green Gables

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.

  • March: 8, 22, 29

  • April: 5, 12


UPPER ROOM Friday, April 5, 2019  Lunch in Gym 12 noon Prayer and Fellowship 12:30-1:15 pm

UPPER ROOM
Friday, April 5, 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.


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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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Sometimes you just have to laugh at disaster! The Planetarium Director has taken a job at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. While this is great for him, it's not for us! They have decided to cancel all private showings until April. So, our trip to the planetarium which was scheduled for March 14th has been cancelled.

WE HAVE A PLAN B and it's just as good!

The replacement field trip is:
Pre K – 6th grade
Birmingham Zoo Encounters
Tuesday, March 19
10:45 a.m. - 12 00 pm.
Community Presbyterian Gym

Cost $4 (If you are already signed up for the Planetarium, you do not need to pay again). You may add younger children by just signing them up under the zoo trip)

Sign up will close March 8th, if you are interested and were not signed up for the planetarium.

Please join us for this exciting educational experience with the Birmingham Zoo. A knowledgeable zoo member will be coming to the CPC gym with three of their zoo animal friends. This assembly style program will introduce some fun creatures and discuss their features, habitats, and other interesting facts.   

"The Education Department pursues the Zoo’s mission to “Inspire Passion for the Natural World” through innovative educational programming and exciting “hands-on” and “minds-on” activities that encourage and promote lifelong learning."

- Birmingham Zoo

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

If you are signed up for the Planetarium field trip and the Zoo replacement works for your family, you do not have to do a thing other than show up at CRCS on the Zoo day. If you have younger children you wish to add, just go on Cheddar Up and add them to the Zoo trip. If this new date will not work for you, contact us and we will issue you a Cheddar up credit to be used on future field trips. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

vsbartz@gmail.com or crcsactivities@gmail.com


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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. Deadline for turning in your money to order the test was 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

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.


May Day 2019

Wednesday, May 15
City of Moody Park –NOTE NEW LOCATION IN PARK- Front pavilion by playground and tennis courts     behind CVS
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
All Ages

Come on out to the Moody City Park for a fun day of family activities! There will be something fun for everyone!

The schedule will be as follows:

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Key Club will have all sorts of carnival type booths with games, face painting and        more. 

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Field Day Games for K-2, 3-6, 7-12. Relay Races, Sack Races and Wheelbarrow races.

12 p.m.-1 p.m. - Backyard Games, Key Club booths and Lunch. There will be games set up all over the field for all ages from bubbles, corn hole, life-size Jenga to football. Lunch at your family’s leisure. 

Here are some things you don't want to forget: Easy up tents, picnic lunch, chairs, water, sunscreen, dads and grandparents, and pocket change! Some activities and games are free; others are very inexpensive.

All proceeds go to the Children's Hospital and Reading is Fundamental. The Key Club will be working hard to make this a success.

If there is inclement/severe weather, we will communicate through e-mail and Crossroads Facebook page. It will be held at the Moody city Park. We will be in the front part by the tennis courts behind CVS. We have the large pavilion.

Contact Jenny Bartz for questions205-577-0212


CROSSROADS GRADUATION

Thursday May 23, 2019 – 7 pm
First Baptist Church Trussville 


Rethink Conference

April 26-27, 2019 
Briarwood Presbyterian Church
Register: www.rethinkapologetics.com

Rethink is coming back to Birmingham on April 26 and 27 and the theme this year is: “Has God Spoken? Rethink how you see the Bible”. Are you and/or your students going?

The last 2 years, out of a burden to better equip students to defend their faith, Briarwood Church has hosted the Rethink Apologetics Student Conference. At Rethink, students will learn foundational truths that point to the reliability of Scripture and puts confidence and assurance in the Word of God on our side. Christianity is true—the evidence is there, and Rethink will help equip students to stand confidently by it.   

In addition other topics will be: 

Why Does God allow Evil and Suffering?

Navigating Homosexuality and Transgender with Truth and Compassion

How Do Faith and Science Mix?

There will be some great speakers coming to the conference this year: J. Warner Wallace, Tim Barnett, Abdu Murray (Ravi Zacharias Ministries), Jason Jimenez, Drew Worsham, Jonathan Morrow, and more!

View the promo video by clicking here or the image above. Download the schedule here.


Scholarship Opportunities through Distinguished Young Women of St. Clair County 

Scholarship. Leadership. Talent. Eleventh grade girls residing in St. Clair County, graduating in May 2020, and interested in earning college scholarships through Distinguished Young Women are invited to go to www.stclair.al.distinguishedyw.organd click on "Apply Now.” An informational meeting for potential participants and parents will be held Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Springville Middle School auditorium. CRCS has had numerous participants in the past 14 years with 3 local winners and many more earning significant cash and college-granted scholarships. For more information contact stclair@DistinguishedYW.orgor former CRCS faculty member and program volunteer Carol Hornsby at 205-515-5544.

If you do not live in St. Clair County, you can still apply to participate in the program in the county in which you live by going towww.distinguishedyw.org.


NEW AREA CODE OVERLAY

Do you know that, starting April 13, there will be an additional area code in what is now the 205 area code? So you’ll have to use the area code, even when dialing local phone numbers.

The new area code will be 659.