Newsletter - April 2019



Reasons You Should Attend the Birmingham Homeschool Fair and Convention:

  • It’s easy to get there! Let’s face it; most Crossroads parents live within easy driving distance to this convention, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency, Wynfrey Hotel at the Galleria mall.

  • It would be a great get-away weekend for a homeschooling couple! Find some childcare for your children and get away for the weekend. Spend time together, but focused on homeschooling. It could transform your family’s educational dynamic! Great speakers for both moms and dads!

  • It would be a great get-away weekend for the entire family! Check out the Children and Teen programs, and investigate the opportunities to share learning opportunities for all of your family. Then you have so many things to talk about at meal times!

What a splendid opportunity to be encouraged in your job as teacher to your own children! Consider this an investment in yourself. Do you need advice or instruction? Looking for answers to questions? The workshops and keynote speaker topics truly offer something for everyone.

Let’s get personal! The one big advantage offered by a convention is the opportunity to meet other homeschooling parents and students. Your children may need to see the bigger picture out there and realize the incredible gift they are given by being taught by you. You will make new acquaintances, or see old friends in a different setting (yes, I ran into an old boyfriend and his wife at a homeschool convention!). As you walk through the vendor hall, you’ll be introduced to businesses, ministries, classes, co-ops, and curricula suppliers. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know, until you’ve been introduced to something new!

Convention planners have spent months, weeks, and hours preparing for these two days. Much prayer has gone into this, by both the planners and the speakers. Don’t miss out on this splendid weekend event!

Sign up at


Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2019
Speakers: Chelsea Cameron, Pam Tebow, Brian Pruitt, Joe McGee

  • Lots of workshops

  • A great vendor hall

  • Teen and children’s programs

  • Used book sale

    Hyatt Regency, Wynfrey Hotel, at Galleria Mall

Crossroads registration opens (online) on May 1st

If you plan to return to Crossroads next year, please complete the Returning Family registration. Tuition for the current school year ends in May; tuition for school year 2019-20 begins in June. We do have year-round tuition. 

For all of those who want to join Crossroads next year, complete a New Family registration. Even if you have been enrolled elsewhere, and are returning to Crossroads, use the New Family registration. We still need to interview you and complete paperwork. We will begin New Family interviews some time in June and will contact everyone by phone to schedule this.  There is a $35 registration fee due at interview time, and then your tuition begins in August. 

If your oldest child is not older than 6 years old before January 1, 2020 you do not have to enroll in a church school … yet. So we do provide the Preschool Family option for those of you who want to affiliate with Crossroads before it’s time to enroll officially. You can participate in field trips and activities, for a one-time fee of $35 per year. If your child is 6 years old, you do have to notify your school district that you are “opting out” of enrolling in a school until your child turns 7 years old.

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This has been a great year in Key Club! The club is going to District Convention this year in Hoover at the Wynfrey in the Galleria.  We hope for a wonderful learning experience, fun, and a good showing in competitions. Please pray for the 7 kids that are attending April 4-7.

Key Club will once again be throwing the Parent Prom in May!  This year we hope for a large turnout with Alumni joining the fun also!  Please make plans to come out and support Children’s of Alabama with a fun night of dancing and food. 

As my last daughter graduates this year, I am looking for a mom to take the reins from me.   I need someone to train next year.  Someone who loves teenagers and wants to guide them to be their best!  Service is a natural part of our lives but these kids need a guiding hand to show them how to make the most of it!  Key Club is the place to do that!  Please prayerfully consider being the next Key Club advisor for this great bunch of kids.  They deserve this terrific club to continue.

Call me if you would like to talk about advising or if your teen is ready to join the club.  
Tere Sizemore 

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Builders Club will be meeting at 12:30 (officers meet at noon) on Friday, April 12th.

Wendy Cornett: 205-532-7913 or



I am so ready for the color and beauty of spring!  I bet you all agree, with the exception of the pollen it brings!  We are on the home sprint for our activities this year. Don’t miss Tannehill for the Elementary group, Laser Tag and Yogurt Mountain for the 7th and 8th grade and the formal for the High Schoolers!  Don’t miss these fun events.

Also, do not miss May Day.It is going to be a great day to have fun and fellowship with other families at CRCS.We all need encouragement in our home school journey. What a great time to be encouraged as well as be an encouragement to others.

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.

Wednesday, April 3, Tannehill 

Wednesday, April 10 Mainstage Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, April 16,  7th and 8th grade laser tag and Yogurt Mountain

Friday, April 26, Spring Formal – A Soiree in Paris


We need photos! We have had a great year of activities and now we need those photos to create our yearbook.  We have had many submissions but we need more.  Our categories are from everything your student has done this year.  Think plays, parties, sports, dances, art, home activities, field trips, senior moments, and especially your child’s school picture.

Go ahead and take the time to upload those photos you have been meaning to upload!  The yearbook staff is ready to complete pages and will use what we are given.

Last day to upload is May 1 with the exception of May activities like May Day, Band Concert and both Graduations.

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


(Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) 

For students in grades 11-12, and graduates 
Wednesday April 3, 12:30 to 4 pm (probably will be finished before 4 pm)
Back Building at CPC

Please make plans to arrive by 12:15, so that students can be seated and ready to begin testing at 12:30. All materials, including pencils and scratch paper, will be supplied. There will be one short break after the 5th subtest, about 2 hours into the test. All spaces are filled, so we cannot take any more students. List of student names signed up are below. IF you cannot come, please contact the school office as soon as possible to let us know.

Abby Allison, Ethan Anderson, Britton Best, Logan Brown, Jacob Busby, Ty Chandler, Alan Clinkscales, Cassie Cunningham, Andrew Heisner, Amy Claire Howard, Benjamin Jennings, Lana Lowery, Shelby Maddox, Emma Merrell, Ryan Owens, Daniel Puckett, Zach Ryer, Anna Segars, Brianna Smith, Nate Streufert, Josh Terrell, Abigail Ward, Sarah White 

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. 


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.

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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.

  • April: 5, 12

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

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

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Elementary Choir Concert

Friday April 12, 7 pm
CPC Sanctuary
All are invited to this free event!

Honor Society meets Friday April 12, at 2:30 pm in Youth Room.

Spring Co-op

The last day of co-op is April 12th. Thank you for a great semester! Please be thinking about what you’d like to teach in the fall. If you have any questions about Co-op, please email


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.

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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.


April 30 – May 3, 2019 
CPC Back Building 

Stanford testing will be in the Back Building at Community Presbyterian Church. You’ll need to bring your student for a 2-hour period for 4 days (Tuesday through Friday). The revised schedule for testing is below. Because we had no first or second grade students sign up for testing, we made an adjustment in the schedule.

9:30 to 11:30 am | Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
1 to 3 pm | Grades 7,8 
1 to 4 pm (Tues/Wed) | Grades 9-12 

Your student should bring their own #2 pencils. If your student will need snacks/drinks, please send that; there will be a short break during the 2-hour testing period. No hand-held games or cell phones will be allowed. Your student can bring a book to read, in case they finish testing early; there will be scratch paper for figuring, or drawing. Only high school students will be allowed to use calculators, and they must bring their own calculator from home; they cannot use their cell phones as a calculator.

Students who are signed up to take the Stanford, and the grade level are below. Please check your student’s name and grade level for accuracy.

Grade 3     Benjamin Hale, Josie Lang, Kenny Rosenow

Grade 4     Jemma Bates, Lexi Day, Jonah Dungan, Haynes Ellis, Caleb Hale, Tori Lloyd, Elijah Wheelis 

Grade 5      Keira Allison, Jaina Bonner, Elora Bonner, John Bosworth, Briley Brasher, Blake Hays, Haddie Jenkins, Hunter Morris, Hudson Pearce, Caden Young 

Grade 6     Elizabeth Atchison, Marlee Brown, Nicholas Davey, Zeb Dungan, Danielle Eason, Ayden Lang, Corah Rosenow, Mary Segars, Sarah Strickland 

Grade 7      Seth Allison, Jaden Bates, Lilly Bell, James Bosworth, Atticus Cornett, Miriam Jenkins, Isaac Jenkins, Jackson Killingsworth

Grade 8     Jacob Cohill, Anna Nordquist, Emma Nordquist, Gracie Riley

Grade 9     Jacob Bell, Callie Coleman, Devin Davey, Caroline Diaz, Lauren Dutton, Ethan Lang, Andrew Segars, Caitlyn Young 

Grade 10     Mark Allison, Zack Jenkins, Benjamin Jennings, Benjamin Killingsworth 

Grade 11     Kayla Allison, Sarah White, Kalysta Young 

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.

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


Thursday May 16, 10 am 
Saturday June 8, 10 am (during Used Book Sale)
Back Building at CPC

Do you have friends or family who are thinking about homeschooling next year? Crossroads offers FREE seminars to share information to those who are investigating this educational option. Each of these seminars lasts about 1-1/2 hours, and covers Alabama state law, how church schools fit in, some of the specifics about Crossroads Christian School, curricula choices, and a little bit on recordkeeping.  Attending one of these seminars does not obligate anyone to homeschool, or to join Crossroads. We want to get out the word about homeschooling, but since we don’t have a lot of 1-hour blocks of time to talk individually with families, we have scheduled two Homeschooling 101 seminars, and will probably do 2 more before the summer ends! Spread the word!


Thursday May 16, 1 pm 
Back Building at CPC

Questions about whether or not you are prepared to teach your children all the way through high school? A lot of families do, so we’ll try to answer those questions at this seminar in May, and then again in August (date TBA). As homeschoolers, you actually have a great deal of latitude in how you educate, but it does help to plan ahead of time. This seminar is to introduce you to new ideas, ways of doing things, options for navigating high school to individualize instruction for your students. We also cover some of the nuts and bolts about high school: how to determine credits if you’re designing your own courses, Alabama state diploma requirements, dual enrollment courses at local community colleges, vocational education. If you have students going into 8th grade and above, please join us for this free seminar. 

Contact the school office to let us know you plan to attend.


Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.
Mandatory Rehearsal begins at 5:30 p.m.  on the same night 
CPC sanctuary 

If your kindergarten student plans to participate in graduation, please contact Rachel Wheelis by Friday, April 19th and let her know your student's name. 

Rehearsal will be on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 5:30 pm. (same night as graduation). Parents will order caps, gowns, and diplomas at The Oak Hill Cap and Gown Company suggests ordering 3-4 weeks in advance to allow for processing and shipping. Select the "Complete Kindergrad Package" ($13.95). Gown & tassel color is WHITE. Follow directions for size. 

Students MUST arrive and be ready for practice no later than 5:30 pm on graduation night. You are free to invite as many friends and family as you wish. It is VERY important that students attend the rehearsal. Please bring your child's BLANK diploma to rehearsal. Each student should memorize a verse (of your choosing) to be recited on graduation night. Please bring the scripture (written out in the version they will recite) to rehearsal. 

If you have any other questions, please contact Rachel Wheelis (205) 335-1936 at

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Thursday May 23, 7 pm
First Baptist Church Trussville 

All are invited to the Crossroads graduation on May 23. There will be 51 seniors from Crossroads who graduate that evening, and some friends and family from other church schools who will also be a part of the commencement activities. 

Please turn in your graduating senior’s records by Thursday May 9 (or as soon as possible), so our registrar, Lori Booth, can have everything verified by May 23. If records are not in the school office before graduation, we will allow your student to walk in the ceremony, but he/she will receive a blank diploma cover. No diploma and no transcript will be available until all records and all tuition are received.


Don’t miss out on your 2018-2019 yearbook!

We will be taking orders until May 23rd. You can come by the office or just send in your payment. They are $36.



Saturday June 8, 9 am to 1 pm 
Set up on Friday June 7, 2-4 pm AND Saturday June 8, 8-9 am
Gym at CPC

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Crossroads Students On Award Winning Agri-Science Team

Two of the three students on the Shelby County 4-H Agri-Science team are Crossroads students, Jerry and Christie Miller. They participated in the senior division of the Livestock Skill-A-Thon and Livestock Quiz Bowl. Their 3-member team won first place overall in the Alabama Skill-A-Thon, with Jerry placing 9th highest individual, Christie 3rd highest individual, and their other teammate 2nd highest individual. 

The Skill-A-Thon has many components and requires much preparation: identifying ten breeds of cows, pigs, sheep and goats; ten cuts of meat; ten feed ingredients; ten pieces of equipment; judging two classes of meat, wool, and hay along with breeding scenarios, quality assurance, and additional team exercises.

The team was the only undefeated team in the Livestock Quiz Bowl, and placed first in the overall contest. It is noteworthy that the Shelby County team was the only team with only three members; all other teams had four members. Jerry & Christie were answering questions about anything pertaining to cows, pigs, sheep, and goats, managing them, and other various livestock based topics.

Jerry and Christie now have the opportunity to represent Alabama in the National Livestock Skill-A-Thon and the National Livestock Quiz Bowl.  Well done, Jerry and Christie!