Newsletter - October 2019


Save the Date

Faculty Meetings

Monday night, October 28, 7 pm | Community Presbyterian in Moody
Tuesday night, October 29, 7 pm | Eden Westside Baptist in Pell City 



Monday October 28, 5-7 pm
Carpenetti’s restaurant in Moody

$5 per person

Come eat pancakes and sausage before the Moody faculty meeting. Support the Kiwanis Club that sponsors our Key Club and Builders Club, and offers scholarships to our Key Club seniors.

From Your Administrator

The faculty meetings (listed above) are the same format each night; you choose to attend one of them, either Monday or Tuesday evening, either Moody or Pell City, best date, or best location. Your first quarter reports for each of your school-age students are due at this time.

Also, Crossroads serves as your family’s church school to meet Alabama’s requirements to legally homeschool. Since we don’t know everyone personally we go through the process of applying online, asking your pastor to vouch for your Christian testimony, and conducting a personal family interview before we formally accept your family. Submitting student records, paying tuition, and attending meetings also give us opportunity to discern that you are serious about your homeschooling. When we have to speak with school attendance officers or court-appointed attorneys for children, we want to be able to say with certainty that your family has met all our school’s requirements.

This year we’re changing to an online grade reporting system. But we still have deadlines! Why? Because we want know that your homeschooling is progressing at a reasonable pace. If, for any reason, your student must withdraw, we are able to have grades up to withdrawal date, and you are not rushing around (usually in a time of crisis or crunch) attempting to complete school records.

SO, please submit your first-quarter reports online no later than Friday November 1. The process for that is detailed elsewhere in this newsletter. We realize there may be some bugs to work out of the system. But we are still requiring the same information that you have been submitting on your paper reports. If you have any questions, you may refer to page 7 in the Student Handbook about Recordkeeping, especially if you have a 7th grade student. For students in grades 7 and above, we ask that you use number grades (instead of only letters). 

School pictures will be made at both meetings. Trenity Whitfield will be set up to begin taking pictures by 6 pm at Moody, and 6:30 pm in Pell City. She will resume picture making following the meetings. She supplies these pictures for the school yearbook. You do not have to purchase a package if you have your student’s picture made. But you will have that opportunity if you choose. Details on that are elsewhere in this newsletter.

If you’re coming to the Monday night meeting in Moody, plan to come early and eat pancakes and sausage at Carpenetti’s with the Moody Kiwanis Club!

Directions to Community Presbyterian Church: Take I-20 to exit #144. Go north on Hwy 411 towards Moody and Odenville, about 1-3/4 mile. Turn left on Oak Blvd, then turn left into the church parking lot.

Directions to Eden Westside, 223 Wolf Creek Road North, Pell City: 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.


Student Pictures

Do your students’ grandparents ask you for school pictures? They get them from all their public schooled grandchildren, don’t they? Well, we provide the opportunity for your homeschooled student to have school pictures made. We even publish a yearbook with these school pictures! You’ve got three opportunities for this.

Trenity Whitfield will be at both faculty meetings in October, making school pictures. She’ll be set up by 6 pm in Moody on October 28, and by 6:30 pm in Pell City on October 29. If you don’t get there in time prior to the meeting, she will start again after the meeting.

If you cannot bring your children to either of those meetings, please come to CPC on Friday November 8, to have your student’s pictures made for the yearbook, and to purchase! Price list below.

$40 | Package A, 1 8x10, 2 5x7, 8 wallets
$40 | Package B, 4 5x7, 8 wallets
$40 | Package C, 2 8x10, 8 wallets
$45 | Digital File (1) image
$15 | Additional 8x10
$15 | Additional sheet of 5x7, (2) total
$15 | Additional sheet of 4x6, (3) total
$10 | Additional sheet of wallets, (8) total

As we announced at our August 17th faculty meeting, we are starting online grade submission this year, starting with your first quarter grades due by the October faculty meetings.

We are currently proofing and testing the online grade submission forms and will send out a dedicated email (with video instructions) once the system is ready. We anticipate our completion of proofing/testing sometime next week!


St. Clair County Airport – 240 Airport Road – Pell City
Saturday October 5, 2019 – 7:30 am to 9 pm
Starts with a pancake breakfast and ends with a concert!
For complete details about the schedule, check out this link!


See the email sent out announcing this newsletter for your link to the directory and specific password to download.


Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Wednesday October 16, 2019 – 9 am to 1 pm
Back Building at CPC
For students in grades 10 and 11

  • $18 per student

  • Student practice tests available in the Crossroads office. Come by during office hours to pick up one.

  • If we have your student’s name on the list, you should be receiving e-mails from the office.

  • If you’ve signed up for the test, but find that your student will not be able to come, please let us know as soon as possible. We may have a waiting list for this test.

For more information, check out details here.

CRCS Activities

Happy fall! If only the temperatures would cooperate! I am ready for some cooler weather. Maybe soon. But the temperature will not slow us down. We have a trip that is set to blast off on the 10th and 24th, a dance that will be “Out of this World”, and an event a little closer to planet earth at Oak Mt. State Park. 

We hope you are going to join us on some of these activities. We love getting to know our CRCS families as well as providing an opportunity for you guys to get to know each other. 

See you soon,
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
Cortney Bosworth, Preschool Coordinator (205) 238-9665


Highlight of this month’s Activities

October 2, MainStage: The Watsons go to Birmingham
October 10, Space and Rocket Center (group 1)
October 17, Oak Mountain State Park Farm and Play
October 18, Teen Dance – Out of this World, CPC Gym
October 24, Space and Rocket Center ( group 2)

For more details, go to the links below:

A Word about CRCS Dances


As I prepare for my fourth year DJ'ing Crossroads dances, I have been reflecting on the uniqueness of these events. In case you are new to Crossroads, let me fill you in. 

I remember the first time I walked into a dance, my son’s freshman year. It was an 80s theme and I was amazed at the effort. Since that dance 6 years ago, I think we have pulled off some pretty spectacular themed dances: Disney, Broadway, Childhood Memories, just to name a few. For our 2020 graduating seniors, the picture above is from their freshman year dance, a 20s theme. 

I love this picture because it shows happy faces of teens, including our dear friend Aden Morgan, enjoying a night of fun and making memories to last a lifetime. CRCS dances are prime memory makers for our teens. 

From the DJ table I get to watch it all, and it has been a joy to do so. I love watching the boys who are determined to dance with every girl, and the girls, timid at first, finding themselves at ease by the end of the night. I love seeing the costumes and creativity. I love seeing the old friends cutting up and letting loose. I love watching new friendships form. 

There is something magical about a CRCS dance. Everyone bonds together for an evening, and even if it's just for the night, everyone is a friend.

On October 18th, I encourage you, both parents and teens, to enjoy the memories. Embrace this time you have to plan out your costume, assemble your buddy group, take all the pictures, and dance with all the people.

Look around and see who needs a friend, who doesn't know a certain dance, or who might just need a little extra hug. Don't get caught up in drama, and don't leave people out. Come expecting unity and set aside any pre-conceived notions you might have about anything or anybody. Enjoy this time, and this gift that Crossroads is able to provide through just a simple dance. 

I will look forward to watching you all from the DJ table!

Missy Lowery

Teen Dance: "Out of This World"

Teen 9th-12th Grades
October 18, Friday from 7-10 p.m.

  • Crossroads Student or guest (Must be 14 by September 30 of the current year as well as no older than 19 by the same date.) 

  • Cost: $10.00 by October 10th. $20 after the 10th

  • If you plan to bring a non CRCS guest, you must fill out a guest permission form. Download from Cheddar Up or obtain the from Jenny Bartz.

  • Sign up on Cheddar Up

What to Expect: Crossroads dances are a highlight for our teens and something we go all out for! Our "Out of this World Dance" will be no exception. From themed food, to photo props and decorations, and of course lots of dancing, students are sure to leave full of lasting High School memories! At our dances, we don't free dance, instead we build on the steps that our students are learning in ballroom dance class. Swing, Cha Cha, Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, and multiple Line dances (just to name a few)! We encourage teens to attend Ballroom Dance class on Fridays at 1:30 to learn these timeless dances. 

Costume Contest: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for individuals and groups. Judging will be based on 3 criteria: costume originality, creativity, and presentation. You are encouraged to include things in your presentation such as trivia, character impersonation, etc. Presentation should be limited to 30 seconds. All Crossroads Normal dress code rules apply to costumes, NOT FORMAL DRESS CODE (review page 17 of Student Handbook); no inappropriate images, props or characters.

*You do not have to participate in the costume contest.

Things to Consider:

  • Be creative!

  • "Out of this World" is a space type theme. Look up galaxy costumes, Star Wars, Dr Who, etc.

  • Come as a star, a planet, or anything "Out of this world!"

  • You can be as elaborate or as tame as you'd like (within dress code)

  • Partner or group with others for a really "Out of this World" costume!

  • If costumes stress you out, just come in normal clothes and have a great time!

Activities/Field Trips

Activities and Field Trip details can be found on Cheddar Up. Go there to sign up.

Seniors Serving Seniors – 2020 Senior Class

Who: CRCS Seniors 2020
What: Senior Service Project
When: Saturday, November 16, 2- 5 p.m. 
Where: CPC Gym

This will be a great opportunity to serve some older seniors in our community. We will be cooking meals that will be delivered or picked up the next day at church. Last year we served over 35 meals. Do not worry about your cooking skills! You will leave knowing how to make Taco Soup, Sausage Hash Brown casserole, Salad and Dirt Cake! This will be fun, easy and great fellowship. We will then enjoy a bit of our labor as we eat together!

We do need a count on who is coming so, please email Jenny Bartz!


Friday afternoons, 2:30 – 4 pm
Worship service Thursday November 21, 7 pm
Sanctuary at CPC

We are thankful that Clay Rector, a gifted musician who is also a Crossroads dad, has come forward to take on this ministry! If any Crossroads students in grades 7-12 still want to join, make sure you come on October 4. After that it might be getting a little too late to join. But come on and enjoy the time of learning to worship the Lord in song.


Ballroom Dance Class

Why should I even consider Ballroom Dance for my teen?

  1. Social Skills – can you believe I said that? Yep! Ballroom dancing not only teaches the skill of dancing, but the incredibly important skill of actually asking people to dance. Out loud. Without texting. This, even by itself, builds confidence and self-esteem. 

  2. Physical Skills and Activity- It is exercise! It builds coordination, grace, poise and posture.
    A unique hobby with a future. Students often ask, “What am I ever going to do with (insert subject here)?” With ballroom dance you can always point to that future wedding they will want to dance at, maybe even their own!

  3. So, we would love to see your 9th-12thgrader. (must be 14 by September 30 of the current year as well as no older than 19 by the same date.) Chris Bailey of Bailey Dance will be our lead instructor.


*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.

$10.00 Registration fee per student at the first class. Only one time for the whole year.

Each class is $5.00 and begins September 6th.

Classes are each Friday from 1:30-2:30 in the CRCS gym.

  • October 4, 11, 25 (Theme dance 18th)

  • November 1, 8, 15, 22 (No 29th class, Thanksgiving break)

  • December 6

2020 Spelling Bee Season. Click  here  to read more!

2020 Spelling Bee Season. Click here to read more!

Yearbook Meeting

October 18th (3rd Friday)
Back Building | CPC

Advisor: Jenny Bartz and Trenity Whitfield

Yearbook 2019-2020

Don’t miss out. Go ahead and order and pay for your yearbook. They are $37. There will be a table at the faculty meeting or you can come by the office.


We need your help. You can do this by staying on top of your photos and submit them quickly so the staff can “do their thing!” As your child participates in field trips, dances, home activities, individual sports or arts, take photos! Pick the best of the best and upload them to our eshare site. We will allow 2 weeks after a particular event for photos to be uploaded and then the staff will make the pages. So in order for your student to be represented we need your photos so upload them right away. 

Here is the link but remember you can ALWAYS find this link on our website.

Please use the code: CROSSROADS2015

PILGRIM (HER STORY), directed by Kristen Campbell, is the choice for this year’s musical for Crossroads students in grades 7-12. This is an adaptation of John Bunyan’s classic workPilgrim’s Progress, and uses Bunyan’s allegories to convey biblical themes of faith, repentance, friendship, hardship, temptation, death and eternity. If you want to review some of the songs, you can find them here:

The book, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come, is a Christian allegory written in 1678 by John Bunyan while he was in a county prison in England for violating a law that prohibited the holding of religious services outside the Church of England. The book is considered one of the most significant works of religious English literature, and was one of the earliest novels written in the English language. It has been translated into many languages and has never been of print. 

Performance dates will be February 27-29 at 7 pm and March 1, at 2:30 pm at the ACTA Theater in Trussville. Rehearsals will be on Friday afternoons at CPC in Moody, and some Saturdays (TBD). 

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday October 28-29, 2-4 pm in the Back Building at CPC. For auditions, please prepare a 30 second to 1 minute monologue or story, as well as a song that fits your vocal range. For questions or if you are unable to attend auditions, you can submit a video audition to

ELEMENTARY PLAYS (yes, that’s plural!)

November 14-15, 2019 – 7 pm
Sanctuary at Community Presbyterian Church
The Princess Capers AND The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Directed by Elise Hill and Jessica Lloyd
$5 adult ticket, $2 student ticket

We had so many elementary students come out to audition in August, there will be two separate plays presented in November. The Princess Capers will be performed with one intermission; The Boy Who Cried Wolf will be performed without an intermission. We have not decided in which order those two shows will be performed! Stay tuned for that info in the November newsletter!

In The Princess Capers, when happily ever after isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, what’s a princess to do? Bored of their fairy-tale lives, Cindy, Snow, Beauty, Briar Rose, and Florine embark on an adventure to save the kingdom from rap-obsessed supervillain Delusia, whose dancing minions are stealing the youth of all the children in the land. With the help of exercise guru Rumpel Stiltskin and the Big No-Longer Bad Wolf, they may stand a chance, but only if the Narrators can remember how the story goes. Will they discover the shadowy figure behind D-Diddy’s evil scheme before it’s too late? Find out as Crossroads students perform this funny and fast-paced fractured fairy tale.

In The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Aesop’s cautionary tale is reimagined. A bored boy named Roy tends to his family’s flock. Pearl, his pig-tailed crush, visits him and invites him to go get ice cream. When Roy explains that he cannot leave his sheep, Pearl belittles his duty and begs to see his “wolf-crying” skills in action. Reluctantly, Roy agrees. Predictably, his family responds to the false alarm, none too pleased when there are no wolves to be found. Thoroughly amused by these antics, Pearl plans an elaborate presentation, dressing a sheep up as a wolf and hiding another sheep behind a tree so it appears to be missing. But little do they know, that’s where real wolves are lurking!

We will have reserved seating for these shows. Ticket reservations will be taken in the school office starting November 1, by phone or by email.

Thanks so much!
Elise Hill


Friday October 4, 12 noon | CPC Gym
For Crossroads students in grades 7-12

Free lunch in the Gym at noon. Prayer and fellowship upstairs in the Youth Room, 12:30-1:15 pm.

Led by Stacy and Missy Lowery.

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For students in grades 9-12 
Friday, October 11 and 25, 12:30 pm
Youth Room at CPC

Fall is here! The Key Club is off to a very busy start! We have several projects coming this month and are already looking forward to November and December.

It is never too late to join Key Club. Dues are $55 so just show up to a meeting and sign up. Meetings are held the second and fourth Fridays of each month except when a holiday interferes.

President – Cassie Cunningham / (205) 603-2524
Vice President – Mark Allison
Secretary – Sarah White
Editor – Joshua Dodgen
Chaplain – Kayla Allison
Key Club Advisor – Tere Sizemore

Tere Sizemore
Key Club Advisor

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Who: Any 6-8th graders wanting to develop servant leadership skills while having fun and making friends
When: Friday, October 11, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: CPC Educational Building

Officer elections will be held during this meeting with refreshments to follow. We will finalize other administrative details (dues, t-shirt sizing, and releases). Also, we will address plans for the upcoming Kiwanis Pancake Supper Service Project. Do not forget to wear nice clothes to this meeting for our yearbook photos.

Contact CRCS Builders Club Advisor, Amanda Tinney (205-296-4625) with any questions.

Crossroads Christian Co-op

Classes are going well! If you have any questions about the process or spring co-op, please email us at

Co-op Calendar

November 15 | Last day of class

CC Flyers Running Club

  • Cross Country season began August 15th

  • Weekly workouts at Moody Park | Thursdays at 4 pm, and Saturdays at 8 am 

  • Season ends November 16th

For more information email

Coach Trippe


  • Sponsored by the St. Clair Historical Society

  • Saturday October 12, 10 am to 4 pm

  • Located at 4187 Greensport Road, Ashville AL

  • Arts, crafts, food, music, and fun for all ages

  • Click here to read more!


Tuesday October 22, 1 pm
Back Building at CPC

CRCS Cloverbuds 4-H Club will begin meeting October 22nd while the big kids
are meeting. Same time, same place, 1 pm in the CRCS back building.
Cloverbuds is for ages K to 8 years old. For any additional questions please
contact Kaitlin Rich.


Friday November 1, 2019

Plan to join with other homeschoolers as we:

  • Give thanks for the freedom we have in the US to homeschool our children

  • Pray for homeschooling families in the US and around the globe

  • Pray for upcoming elections and the impact they may have on homeschooling

  • Pray for our state’s homeschool organization and its leaders

  • Pray for our elected officials to recognize that the education of children is the responsibility of the parents, not that of the nation

  • Pray for your own family – your homeschooling journey and the Lord’s
    guidance as you take that journey, your relationships with one another, your own children and their futures, as well as seeking ways your family can minister to others

  • Rejoice in God’s mercy and His faithfulness in all things

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November 4, 2019
9 am to 12:30 pm

UAB invites homeschooled students to Homeschool Day, where you can speak with the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships. You’ll meet current UAB students who were homeschooled.

Lunch will be provided, as well
as optional campus tours. RSVP through this link.

OFFICE HOURS: Crossroads office has regular office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 3 pm. Call and leave a message, and we’ll return your phone call. E-mail is always a good way to get in touch with us, almost any time!

TUITION: All Crossroads families will receive a monthly email reminder (through QuickBooks Oniine) on the last day of each month about next month’s tuition. There is a link through the QuickBooks e-mail to pay tuition from your bank to the Crossroads bank and you can pay for more than one month at a time. School year 2019-20 began on June 1, 2019 for Returning Families. Tuition for New Families who joined over the summer begins in August. You always have the option of paying by cash or check at faculty meetings or in the office. And you can mail checks also. We do not accept credit cards. If you believe there is a discrepancy, please contact the office so we can verify. If you are not receiving the QuickBooks e-mail, please let us know that also.

TRANSCRIPT REQUEST: Lori Booth is our registrar, so if you need a transcript for any reason, please contact her directly, or send an e-mail to the office. If we have to prepare a transcript from scratch, it may take up to two weeks to produce it, depending on work volume. So don’t wait until the last minute to make that transcript request, and remember we need your up-to-date records before we can do it! 

WORK PERMITS: Under the current state law, work permits are no longer required for your teenager. If a 14YO or 15YO is working, he or she must provide an Eligibility to Work form to employers, which can be obtained from the Crossroads office. Students 16 years or older do not need anything from the school. For more information, check the Child Labor Law 

DRIVERS PERMIT and DRIVERS LICENSE: If your student plans to take the driver’s permit test, you need to take a current copy of a church school enrollment form (CSEF) to prove that he or she is enrolled in school. If you need a CSEF for any reason, you can pick it up during regular office hours or at faculty meetings. Or call and request that we mail it to you. 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Thanks for continuing to collect and turn in those Boxtops for Education. Clip those box tops off General Mills products and bring them into the school office, or deposit them in the box at faculty meetings. Each box top is worth 10 cents to our school, which adds up quickly when we all work together. Funds collected through this program are used for projects that benefit Crossroads students up through the 8th grade. 

POP TABS for RONALD McDONALD HOUSE: Builders Club students are still collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Little things can make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald House by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup, or other aluminum cans. Bring them in to the school office, or to the faculty meetings! THANKS!