Newsletter - January 2019

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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. We’ll be “around” on January 4! Doing New Family orientation, Upper Room, and play rehearsals.

Happy New Year to you all!


January 14, 2019 – 7 pm
Community Presbyterian Church in Moody

January 15, 2019 – 7 pm
Eden Westside Baptist Church in Pell City

Happy New Year to all of you! Our January faculty meetings help us kick off 2019 by turning in our second quarter records. And this year the meeting time is NOT impacted by the national college football championship game. We’ll all be able to enjoy this game the week prior to our faculty meetings! YAY for that! At these meetings we’ll take care of regular business with records, tuition, and activities. We’ll also be discussing the various testing options you have, if we are able to determine what test(s) is/are available to us this year! The final deadline for payment will be February 28, so you’ve got time to think about it, look at your schedule to make sure you’re not busy during testing week April 30-May 3, and then send payment later.

Directions to Eden Westside: Driving east on I-20 toward Pell City, take exit #156 (Eden/Pell City). Turn right onto Mineral Springs Road and go about 1 mile. Turn left onto Wolf Creek Road North. Eden Westside Baptist Church will be on the left in about ½ mile. If driving west on I- 20 toward Birmingham, take exit #156 (Eden/Pell City). Turn left onto Mineral Springs Road and go about 1 mile. Turn left onto Wolf Creek Road North. Eden Westside Baptist Church will be on the left in about ½ mile


As I write this on the day after Christmas, we are getting ready for our family to arrive this weekend. So our Christmas décor will remain up until wwaayy after New Year’s Day. But I’m reminded that what we celebrate at Christmas doesn’t end on that day. There is a certain spirit that pervades Christmas, whether or not folks actually are Christ-Followers. We who know Christ expect Him to go with us through the days ahead. His Holy Spirit lives within us and we can continue to show compassion, gentleness, kindness, generosity. We pray that Christmas will continue to glow, to shed its warmth, to speak its message through the bleak days of winter ahead of us. Perhaps we can be encouraged and glad that Christmas CAN last the year round. So give us joyful, cheerful hearts to the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord!

I know many of us make resolutions for the New Year, which is not always a bad thing, and it’s not always a joke. So I encourage you to realistically think about your homeschooling. January is a good time to assess how the first of the school year has gone, and make changes if necessary at this point. Or make sure you stay steady on the course you’re on. January is a great time to make up for lost time … not that any of us ever get behind on anything … OR you can get ahead of the game, knowing that the lure of warmer temps and green grass in the spring will be a temptation to get outside. Take advantage of the fact that you’re inside the house more during January and get the academic work done. If you need to talk to anyone, to ask questions, to get advice, give us a call in the school office. We’re there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and available by e-mail at other times too!

Don’t just concentrate on the academics either. Assess your own spiritual health and pray for wisdom, so that you can guide your children to everlasting truth. God’s Word is truth, so make being a student of the Bible a priority for you and your family. Moses told the Israelites, “this commandment that I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. The word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”  Moses described two different ways to the Israelites: one of life and prosperity, the other of death and adversity. He told them to “choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” At my age, I’m very aware that I want our five grands to know Christ, to grow into His likeness, loving Him, obedient to His will, and happy to be with His people in worship and service. So we choose life, for us, and for our descendants!

Our prayer for all of you is that you also will choose life in Christ, so you too can live, you and your descendants!  Blessings to you and yours in 2019!

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:

Registration will be January 11th from 10am-12pm in the gym. Please do not arrive early unless you are a teacher. Teachers will register from 9:30-10. Parents, you must register during this time. This is the *only* registration date and time. If you are unable to attend, you are responsible for making arrangements with a friend to sign up for you and your children. Payment to teachers (see course description for cost) and the family fee ($20 payable to CRCS) is due the day of registration. Teachers are paid individually for their classes so please be ready to bring exact change or multiple checks. Parents will also be signing up for two helper positions at registration. Remember that co-op is a cooperative endeavor!


1/11/19 Spring registration: 10am-12pm GYM (teachers please arrive by 9:30)

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 Elementary Choir 

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) 

We are looking forward to another wonderful choir semester.


We are in need of  4 more Varsity Baseball players.  Highly skilled middle school boys will be considered for the varsity team.  But, it would be great to get 4 boys 9-12 grades.  Please contact the Athletic Director for more information.  Mike Long 205-901-3166  Email:

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 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 these special events win we get the information out.

We hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!

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Join us for Builders Club from 12:30 – 1:30 on January 11th in the CPC Educational Building where we will have a special program and discuss spring plans and service projects.  Officers will meet at 12:00 (immediately prior to the Builders Club meeting).  

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


Happy New Year!

We kick off the New Year with several activities you can sign up for. The information below will direct you to Cheddar Up to sign up.  More details about each event can be found there. We are continuing to refine the sign up process and believe this has been a great addition to CRCS.  Thank you for your help in implementing Cheddar Up.

Blessings in the New Year.
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.

January 11, 18, 25 Dance class resumes
January 24 The MAGIC of Archie Wade & Co.
January 24 Art & Science Showcase w/ Chili & Baking Cook-off
January 25 Senior Day



Everyone K-12

Annual Valentine Box Competition

Friday February 15, 11 am to 1 pm

$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.


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.

  • January: 11, 18, 25

  • February: 1, 8, 15

  • March: 8, 22, 29

  • April: 5, 12

Friday January 4, 2019  Lunch in Gym 12 noon Prayer and Fellowship 12:30-1:15 pm We’ll order pizza, school office will pay! Paper goods and drinks supplied by Crossroads too! If any of you have leftover desserts, and can bring some with you, that would be great. We may already be on a sugar overload, so may not be needed! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday January 4, 2019
Lunch in Gym 12 noon
Prayer and Fellowship 12:30-1:15 pm
We’ll order pizza, school office will pay! Paper goods and drinks supplied by Crossroads too! If any of you have leftover desserts, and can bring some with you, that would be great. We may already be on a sugar overload, so may not be needed! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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!

IF you have not been receiving any e-mails from the Crossroads office regarding “senior” things, please contact us by e-mail to add your e-mail address to our list, or to make sure we’re using the correct e-mail address. THANKS!

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.

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.


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!


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.

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Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229


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 or (205-335-1936) for any questions.


For several reasons, I need to make a change to the structure of the homeschool spelling bee system this year. This is a system that has been used in the past, and I am bringing it back due to a dip in participation, a family emergency that has taken up a great deal of my time, a surgery, and changes at my full-time job with Alexander Shunnarah. 

Instead of having district bees that feed the top three spellers in each district into the Homeschool County Bee, we will only be having a Homeschool County Bee. 

The eligibility rules are the same, and if you are already registered with a Scripps-enrolled school (such as my group, Learning at Home), there is nothing you need to do except come to the County Bee with a $2 participation fee per speller. If you have not yet registered with Learning at Home and received your study materials, please do so ASAP!

Here is the info for the County Bee:

Homeschool County Spelling Bee
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Community Presbyterian Church
825 Oak Boulevard
Moody, AL 35004

Registration begins at 12:30pm, bee will begin at 1:00pm

$2 participation fee per speller due at the door 

I am hoping for a huge turnout! There are advantages to this structure. More students get to be a part of the "big bee" for homeschoolers, it only takes up one of your days, and, per tradition, is on a Saturday.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused by this necessary change! If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email or text me.

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

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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.

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

Rehearsals begin January 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm. No ballroom dance class that day. Regular rehearsals at 2:30 pm, beginning on January 11.

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

Rehearsals begin January 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm. No ballroom dance class that day. Regular rehearsals at 2:30 pm, beginning on January 11.

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.