Newsletter - September 2019
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.
By the end of September we will have the grade submission form online and a tutorial available to guide you through the process. The same information that we have required in the past years is all that will be needed; nothing new. What will be new is the way you give it to the school. Who’s excited? We are!
SCHOOL DIRECTORY will be available by the end of September.
PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
Monday September 9, 7 pm
Back Building at CPC
Do you have a junior or senior homeschooled student looking to attend college, either a 2-year or a 4-year school? If this is your first student headed that way, then you may have questions and concerns. This workshop is Crossroads’ efforts to provide guidance counseling. We don’t consider ourselves experts, but we do have a few years of experience: with our own children, with Crossroads graduates, and time spent with admissions officers from local colleges. We’ll discuss the admissions process, financial aid, preparation and skills, among other things. Bring your questions to ask! We schedule this workshop right before the two college fairs in the Birmingham area. See the information below about them.
NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
Sunday, September 15, 1-4 pm
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
Register at www.nacacfairs.org
NATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR
Monday September 23, 1-3 pm
Briarwood Christian High School
For more information, visit www.naccap.org
We are off to a great start. Exciting things are happening and we are so glad to be a part of your school year. September is kicking off in a bold way as you can see in the highlights below. Remember to put all the activities that you have signed up for on your calendar.
The monthly activities for each age group generally close on Cheddar Up 3 to 4 weeks before the event. That leaves us administrative time to do what needs to be done behind the scenes.
Looking forward to a great year.
Jenny Bartz and the Activities Team
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 September Activities
9/6 | Upper Room | 12:00 noon
9/6 | Dance Class | 1:30PM
9/12 | Desoto Caverns | 10:00AM
9/17 | Publix and Park | 9:00AM
9/21 | Magic City Scavenger Hunt | 9AM – 12 noon
9/25 | ASO Explorers Concert | 9:30AM
9/25 | Wee Folks/The City Mouse & Country Mouse | 11AM
Ballroom Dance Class
Why should I even consider Ballroom Dance for my teen?
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.
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!
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.
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 25 (Theme dance 18th)
November 1, 8, 15, 22 (No 29th class, Thanksgiving break)
Students in grades 9-12
Yearbook is a great choice as an activity this year! Why? The reasons are many but
just to highlight a few:
Learn skills by working together in a group.
Learn about the edesign program used by Herff Jones to produce a fantastic
Learn and use leadership skills
Have opportunities to use photography skills.
Must be in grades 9-12
Must be able to attend monthly meetings the 3rdFriday of each month from 12:30-1:30.
Must have a laptop that they can bring to each meeting. We have found that without a laptop (not a tablet), there is not much you can do at the meetings.
1st meeting September 20, 2019 / 12:30-1:30 CRCS back building.
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.
As you know, the yearbook is only as good as the photos that are submitted. The yearbook staff will be working all year to create a keepsake to remember CRCS year 2019-2020
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.
Please use the code: CROSSROADS2015
Auditions for Elementary play(s) were August 26-27. The turnout was so overwhelming that we added an additional play. Right now (at press time!) there will be two shows presented on November 14-15; the intermission will be between the two shows. Rehearsals begin Friday September 6. Parent meetings on Tuesday September 3 and Wednesday September 4, at 3 pm each day, in the sanctuary at CPC in Moody. Pick one of the meetings to attend; you do not need to attend both!
Thanks so much!
Friday September 6, 12 noon | CPC Gym
For Crossroads students in grades 7-12
Free lunch in the Gym at noon; pizza will be provided by the school. Prayer and fellowship upstairs in the Youth Room, 12:30-1:15 pm.
Led by Stacy and Missy Lowery.
For students in grades 9-12
Friday September 13, 12:30 pm
Youth Room at CPC
President – Cassie Cunningham / (205) 603-2524
Vice President – Mark Allison
Secretary – Sarah White
Editor – Joshua Dodgen
Chaplain – Kayla Allison
Key Club Advisor – Tere Sizemore
Key Club Advisor
Who: Any 6-8th graders wanting to develop servant leadership skills while having fun and making friends
When: Friday, September 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: CPC Educational Building
September Meering Details: This meeting will introduce everyone to Builders Club. We will focus on the theme of character building. We will also address administrative details (dues, the pledge, officer positions and elections, individual service hour information, service project ideas and t-shirts).
Contact CRCS Builders Club Advisor, Amanda Tinney (205-296-4625) with any questions.
Eta Sigma Alpha is the first honor society established exclusively for homeschooled students in Grades 9-12. A candidate for membership must meet all of the requirements set forth at etasigmaalpha.com/membership as well as requirements described on the local chapter application, which is available upon request. The first meeting of Eta Sigma Alpha is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, at CRCS. Please contact faculty advisor, Wendy Cornett, with any questions: 205-352-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossroads Christian Co-op
FRIDAY CO-OP CLASSES BEGIN Friday September 13, 9 am to 12 noon.
Sign-up was on Monday August 26. If you have any questions about the process please email email@example.com.
September 13 | First day of class
November 15 | Last day of class
Band & Music Classes
Beginning September 5th
Looking for a new adventure especially in music?! Well look no further! I am offering band and music classes for homeschoolers! I was a public school band director for 11-years before deciding to leave the field in order to homeschool my children.
There are classes for all ages:
Kindermusik | for preschool ages
Rocking Recorders | for early elementary ages
Beginning Band | for all ages
Crossroads Band | for the student with at least 1 year experience on a band instrument. And new for this year, the CRCS band will also be a Pep Band during basketball season!
Band is a great way for the middle and high school student fulfill an elective and fine arts credit.
Let’s start a new musical adventure! Contact me, Shannon Monroe for further information
Shannon Monroe, Director
Tuesday - September 24, 1 pm
Back Building at CPC
County extension agents Lee Ann Clark and Becky Staples will hold an introductory meeting for those interested in joining 4-H. If you don’t know whether or not you may want to join 4-H, come on to this meeting and ask questions! Lee Ann and Becky will tell you and your students about 4-H, complete enrollment forms, possibly elect officers, and conduct a program called Skins & Skulls, if time permits.
4-H CLUB in SHELBY COUNTY
1234H Club (ages 5-19)
Second Tuesday of every month 1-2 pm
Wilsonville Baptist Church
A.J. Miller (205) 541-9844
Each month’s meeting is different, including such topics as gardening, STEM, making fitbits, drones and coding, beekeeping, leadership, public speaking, service projects, and much more. Contact Crossroads mom A.J. Miller at (205) 541-9844 for more information.
Moms in Prayer
Friday September 13, 1-2 pm
Back Building at CPC
Join other homeschool moms weekly to intercede for students and faculty. Experience the joy as God replaces your cares and worries with His peace and hope. New Crossroads mom, Patience Bradford is heading up this potential ministry. Contact Patience for more information: (205) 249-2521 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.labor.alabama.gov
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!