Newsletter - December 2018

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Online enrollment will be open December 1-19.

Crossroads is open to New Family enrollment December 1, 2018 until December 19, 2018, to start after the first of the year. There is no need to do anything right now, if you don’t want to begin with Crossroads until next fall.  

Plan to complete the on-line registration as soon as you can, so we can schedule your personal interview prior to or on December 20 (during the day on December 20). We will not interview anyone after December 20.

All new families to Crossroads should plan to attend a New Family orientation meeting on Friday January 4, 1:30-2:30 pm at Community Presbyterian Church, in the Back Building.


December 24, 2018 – January 3, 2019 
We’ll be back on Tuesday January 8, 2019.

You can send e-mails and leave phone messages. I’m sure we’ll be checking e-mail and phone occasionally, but may not be able to do things quickly. Try to get in touch with us by December 19, if you need something desperately! Have a blessed Christmas season!


January 14-15, 2019

Spring Co-op

Spring semester is coming up! Teachers, please have your course descriptions submitted no later than December 15th. Use the form on the co-op website to submit your descriptions. We will work quickly before the new year to get a schedule for registration, but this isn’t possible without submission of descriptions!

Please note the date of registration on the calendar. Teachers please notify us ASAP if you have a problem with this date and we will make arrangements. Parents, you must register during this time. If you are unable to do so, you are responsible for making arrangements with a friend to sign up for you and your children. Payment to teachers and the family fee is due the day of registration. Teachers are paid individually for their classes so please be ready to bring exact change or multiple checks. More information about registration will be available once the schedule is set. 

1/11/19 Spring registration: 10am-12pm GYM

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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Merry Christmas!

The Key Club will be accepting new toys until the 14th for Children’s Hospital. Please give your toys to any Key Clubber that you know.  

The new year is coming up quickly and we will be busier than ever! We will be getting ready for district convention and having many service projects.  There will also be quite a bit of information about the parent prom\Crossroads reunion coming out shortly.  

Please spread the word about this special events win we get the information out.

We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas!  What a blessing this year has been.  As we enter this season of Advent we are reminded that we wait. We wait as we celebrate the first coming of the King of Kings as a baby in a manger.  We also wait for the return of the King of Kings in his splendor! Join me as we wait together!

Remember to go to Cheddar Up to sign up for activities.  Details are in the newsletter and more details are at Cheddar Up.

Jenny Bartz

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: 

These activities are full and closed on Cheddar Up. 
Detailed information for each activities can still be found on Cheddar Up.

December  5 Mainstage Peter Pan
December 13 Nutcracker
December 14  Elementary and High School Christmas Parties

Seniors Serving Seniors

Several students from the Senior Class of 2019 met and cooked meals for several senior adults at Community Church. What a great time for the seniors of Crossroads to get to know each other and serve people in the community. They worked hard and we are already receiving thank you cards from the recipients of the meal which consisted of Taco Soup, Salad, Chips and dessert. What a great way to see the love of Christ in action. Thank you to all who participated.

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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.


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 Western Dance, Elementary Play, Pumpkin Patch, Anniston Museum of Natural History, Berman Museum…..

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.

  • December 7 is the last class before Christmas.

  • January: 11, 18, 25

  • February: 1, 8, 15

  • March: 8, 22, 29

  • April: 5, 12


December 4th:
Track Awards Night from 7:00-8:30 at Community Presbyterian Church - Moody. 

Friday December 7, 12 noon – 1:15 pm Lunch in Gym; then upstairs in Youth Room

Friday December 7, 12 noon – 1:15 pm
Lunch in Gym; then upstairs in Youth Room

The MAGIC of Archie Wade & Co.

January 24th
Thursday: 9:30 & 11:30 (*See Details)
Cost- $3 Per Student (2 & up)
Parents – Free
Sign up on Cheddar Up

Your kids will love this one of a kind, interactive Magic Show with our friend Archie! Archie has been wowing kids with his talents for many years, and loves to use the kids themselves as part of the show.

*If you have primarily Preschoolers- 1st/2nd grade- please choose the 9:30 Show. This show will be in conjunction with the Mother’s Day Out Program at CPC, so has limited spaces.

*For all other Elementary Students, please choose the 11:30 Show.

7th-12th Grade 
Art & Science Showcase w/ Chili & Baking Cook-off
January 24th
Thursday: 5:30-8:00 
Cost $5 per Student (per entry, see details below) 
Sign up on Cheddar Up.

You may showcase in more than 1 category. The price is $5 per entry. Parents are free & encouraged to come but will be asked to help out with food. An email will be sent 2 weeks prior to the event with a list of items to help out with.

January is a cold and gloomy month, so let’s bring a bright spot with a fun night, showing off our various skills, and enjoying some yummy cuisine! We invite our teen families to come and enjoy this time of food, fellowship, and enjoying the beauty of creative minds from our students! There are multiple ways students can participate: 

1 - Arts & Science Showcase
These projects will be set out on provided tables. Once you have signed up, you will receive a form to fill out to put with your projects. 
Prizes will be awarded in each of our categories! 
Have fun!

Visual Arts- Submit your best drawings, handmade goods, favorite craft, or an art project you are proud of! It's “Arts”, so be creative! We are looking for new and original works!

Science- We love a good Science project! Electricity, Animal Species, Mechanics, Basic Physical's Science so the sky is the limit! Do your research and wow us with your Science Board, experiment, got this! We are looking for new and original works! 

2 - Chili & Baking Cook-off - Once you've signed up, you will receive a form to fill out to put with your chili or baked good. Our panel of mystery judges will do a tasting & then we'll open it up for everyone to have a delicious dinner & dessert. Good luck! 

Chili - Does your family have a prize Chili recipe? Have you ever made chili in your life? There really is no wrong way to make chili, so make a pot and see what happens! 

Baking - We have firsthand knowledge that some of you are really good bakers! Bring us your best Pie, Cake, or Cookie, and let our judges see for themselves!


January 25, 2019 
9 am to 12:30 pm 
CPC Sanctuary and lunch in Gym 

Mandatory meeting for all seniors and at least one parent. By that time we should know the graduation date. Balfour representative will be there to take orders for caps & gowns, graduation announcements, and other senior stuff. We’ll discuss other topics pertinent to graduation and afterwards! Free lunch in the Gym afterwards! Save the date!

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 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.


District bee spelling bee dates are given below, with other pertinent information. Your student must be enrolled in a Scripps related organization in order to participate. Laura Ann Tipps has created an organization for your family to do this. See the information in the link provided, for additional information. See details.

South Alabama District Bee
Saturday, January 12 at 1pm
New Testament Christian Center
10300 Highway 80E
Montgomery AL 36117
$3 fee per speller due at the door 

Central Alabama District Bee
Friday, January 18 at 9:30am
Shades Mountain Community Church chapel
2280 Old Tyler Road/Birmingham, AL 35226
$2 registration fee per speller due at the door 

North Alabama District Bee
Friday, January 25 at 9am
Whitesburg Baptist Church South Campus
7300 Whitesburg Drive/Huntsville, AL 35802
Fee TBD.

Elementary Christmas Party
Friday, December 14

From 10:30-12:00 we will be playing some really fun party games, doing a book swap and having a "Craziest Christmas Hat Contest". From 12:00-1:00 we will have fellowship, pizza and cookies. For the book swap please bring a book in GREAT condition from your home wrapped and labeled with the appropriate grade level. For the hat contest, please have your child make their hat (with minimal assistance) at home and wear it to the party where it will be judged. Winner will be announced after lunch and receive a prize. We will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

Teen Christmas Party
Friday, December 14th

We are doing food a bit different this year. We will be sending out a food sign up link to all those participating. You will go to the link and choose one item to sign up to bring from several categories.Bring your favorite game and let's have a great time of fellowship. There will be LOTS of door prizes!

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Teens 9-12th
February Dance 

Friday, February 22nd
7:00-10:00 pm
Sign up on Cheddar Up.

Our February Dance theme is a "Seniors Choice". Seniors that attend our Ballroom Dance Class will choose a theme in January. This dance is for all 9th-12th graders that meet the criteria*. 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.

Our Dances are for Crossroads Students that meet the criteria* only. If you wish to bring a non Crossroads date, please contact Missy or Jenny for approval.

Dress Code standards apply - Please see the Handbook for details.

*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.

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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.

Join us for Builders Club from 12:30 – 2:30 on December 14thin the CPC Educational Building where we plan to have a Christmas party and decorate cookies/make cards to take to our local public servants!

Officers will meet at 12:00 (immediately prior to the Builders Club meeting). We are meeting longer than our usual time so we can accommodate both the party and the service project. Don’t forget to bring some undecorated cookies, card-making supplies, and/or decorating supplies!  

You can sign up to help at this link  

Advisor Contact Information: Wendy Cornett: 205-532-7913 or

National Geography Bee for Central Alabama Homeschoolers

Sponsored by SMIC Academy
(Shades Mountain Independent Church Academy)
Participants: 4th- 8th Grade
(and under 15 on September 1, 2018)

Wednesday January 9, 2019
(10:30-10:45AM registration) 
11:00AM -12:00 PM Bee Rounds 
Location: The Chapel at Shades Mountain Community Church, 2281 Old Tyler Road (in Bluff Park, Hoover) Birmingham, Al 35226

Participation in the National Geography Bee can be an enriching experience for your child. SMIC Academy is pleased to host a local Jefferson County Homeschool National Geography Bee for 2019. SMIC Academy is providing the NGS Registration and Bee Materials, location, set up, communications, a moderator, scorekeeper, timer and paper goods for snacks. Student registration fees will help defer these costs and provide cash awards to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The winner of this bee will be eligible to take the online test provided by the National Geographic Society, which, after scoring by the NGS can qualify a student for the State Geography Bee.

National Geo Bee Rules

Daily Challenge Questions These 10 daily questions are the types of questions your children will encounter in the local level Geo Bee.

If you would like to register, please fill out the registration form below, attach your check and mail to the address given.. 

You may also pay at the door for a slightly higher fee. Please be on time. Rules limit interruptions in a round, and you will have to wait to enter the room between rounds.

If you would like to participate in an “International Food Fest” following the bee please bring a home-made snack or something interesting from one of the many international food and grocery stores in your area.

Preregistration Cost: $6.00 each for first and second child. Max $12.00 per family 
Registration at the door: $8.00 each for the first and second child. Max $16.00 per family.

Contact for any questions. 

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Kristen Sharp, director
Performance Dates February 28th and March 1st-3rd

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Karen Cunningham, director
Performance Dates March 14-15, 2019

CRCS Teen Spring Formal

Friday, April 26, 2019
Celebrations in Pell City
Sign up will begin in January
Details coming soon!

Because I know that girls are already thinking about and shopping for their dress, I am including the following information from the handbook:

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.

David Russell