CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
From Upper School Principal Mrs. Ruth Heilman

A Work in Progress – Transformed and Reformed through Christ

When does an artist know that the painting is complete? When does the rocket builder know that the ship is ready to fly? Everything is a work in progress, and while perfection is the goal, the reality is imperfection. We try to follow Christ’s example, but we ultimately fail. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 ESV). Recently, churches around the world celebrated the 500th Anniversary of The Protestant Reformation. It would seem that things should be perfect after 500 years since Martin Luther; of course, things are not perfect at all. Hatred, division, and other sins remind us just how imperfect we are. The Bible says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it” (James 2:10 ESV). Perfection is a tall order and one that a young Martin Luther tried to achieve. He thought he needed to be perfect in order to be acceptable in God’s eyes. Then Martin read the most wonderful Bible passage: “For by grace you have been saved by faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

As parents, we don’t want to see our children fail. We want perfection for them, so we often step in and clear the way for them, forgetting that they are “works in progress.” However, it’s important to allow our children to learn from their failures, so that they may grow into adults who own up to their mistakes, get back up and try again when they fail, and learn to work with others to solve problems. CPS AP Calculus and Physics Teacher, Danielle Tornabene, tells her students, to make mistakes and get messy. Each of us is a work in progress, and Jesus died to pay for our messes and mistakes. Through baptism, we are made children of God. We are transformed and reformed each day, until that final day, when we reach perfection through Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV).
What an Amazing Week for the Concordia Prep Community!

Congratulations to the Concordia Prep Theatre Department for an Outstanding Production of All My Sons Last Weekend
Last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Concordia Prep Theatre Department presented a moving production of All My Sons. Congratulations to Theatre Director Mrs. Joy Johnson, Technical Director Ms. Melissa Weldon, and Artistic Director Mrs. Marcie Barth . Also congratulations to the students for their outstanding performances: Robbie Heck, Riley Marzola, Javier Janer-Pacheco, Sam Connors, Amir Richardson, Rosalee Crouse, Jordan Harris, Ben Strong, Maranda Howell, and Nate Colon.

Many thanks to all the others who helped with the production: Stage Managers Lyla Martin and Tayla Stewart, Lighting/Sound Technicians Lukas Mathews and Jacob Williams, Set Construction Mr. Jon Heilman and Mr. Brent Johnson, Set Painting: Avion Brooks, Logan Corbin, Rosalee Crouse, Jonathan Davis, Grace Edwards, Janiyah Foreman, Maranda Howell, Lyla Martin, and Riley Marzola. Hair/Makeup: Mrs. Marcie Barth and Megan Draper.

Ms. Bainbridge shared photos from the production: All My Sons

Mark Your Calendars for the Spring Musical: Mary Poppins  - April 27, 28, 29
Auditions will be the first week in January (open to all middle school and upper school students). Full rehearsals start after the winter sports season (mid-February)
See Mrs. Johnson or Ms. Staehr with any questions!
Varsity Football Brings Home the Lutheran Cup
 On Saturday, the varsity football team traveled to New York to play a Lutheran High School rival: Long Island Lutheran. The Saints won 32-12 and brought home the Lutheran Cup. The football team will play in its last game this Saturday, November 4 at 1 pm vs. Digital Harbor. This is the senior game.
Concordia Prep Concert Choir and Faculty Participate in Emmanuel Lutheran Church's 500th Reformation Celebration
Last Sunday, Concordia Prep students, and faculty participated in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church's Reformation Service in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This was the largest Reformation 500 celebration in the Baltimore area. The Concordia Prep Concert Choir, under the direction of Ms. Lauren Staehr, Band Director Mr. Dennis Mercer, and Upper School Principal Mrs. Ruth Heilman all took part in the service.
Special Reformation Chapel
 Yesterday, the entire school community celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation during a special Chapel. Headmaster Brent Johnson spoke, middle school drama reenacted the events that led Martin Luther to nail his ninety-five theses to the door of All Saints' Church in 1517. The concert band performed and the middle school choir shared a lovely rendition of "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" arranged by David von Kampen. Watch a video of the middle school choir's performance here.
Varsity Men's Soccer Plays Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the varsity men’s soccer team will play in the second round of the MIAA playoffs at home vs. Annapolis Area Christian School at 3:30 pm. All students are welcome to be out of uniform tomorrow if they wear RED to support the Saints. All students are invited to stay after school for the game and a free hot dog and drink.
Concordia Prep in the Community
On Saturday, October 21, Art Club members Avion Brooks, Grace Edwards, Evelyn Kowalczyk, and Lyla Martin along with Mr. and Mrs. Barth participated in a packing party, packing shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child Collection.

Last Saturday, members of the varsity women’s soccer team and coach Ms. Megan Brunssen traveled up to First Fruits Farm in Freeland, MD, which is an organization that harvests crops for local food banks. Along with hundreds of other volunteers, they helped harvest over 22 thousand pounds of potatoes that were sent down to Houston to help with hurricane relief.
Boathouse Jackets: Online Store Open Tomorrow
The online store will be open tomorrow November 2. The store will only be open for two weeks--place your orders as soon as possible. CPS Boathouse Jackets

Winter Sports Apparel On Sale
All winter sports athletes may purchase apparel through the online store. The order deadline is November 8.

Fall Upper School Sports Award Night:
Thursday, November 9
All parents and guardians are invited to the Fall Upper School Athletic Awards Night on Thursday, November 9 at 7 pm in the school gymnasium.

Lands End Special
If you still need to purchase school uniforms, Lands End is offering a special, valid Nov 2-8:

At checkout, manually enter the  Promotion Code  BUDDIES   and  PIN  2115
This code/pin are valid only Nov. 2-8, 2017

Art Club Operation Christmas Child Project
The Art Club is collecting gifts and supplies to pack in shoe boxes to send to children living in poverty around the world. A gospel booklet is included. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to participate in the great commission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the nations. Students are asked to bring in a shoe box and each week from now through November different items will be collected. Donations can be given to Mrs. Barth in room 105.

From the School Nurse
Free Drive Thru Flu Shots  Sunday November 5 from 8 am to 12 pm  at CCBC Essex campus Rossville Blvd and College Drive. Vaccinations for people six months and older.

If a student is ill with a fever, they should not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication(i.e.Tylenol, Advil). This will help ensure the student is no longer contagious.

According to our school policy, students should not have any medications(including over the counter medications) in their locker or bag other than emergency medications such inhalers or EpiPen that have been ordered by their physician.  The Over the Counter Medication Authorization Form was developed to allow parents and the student's doctor to indicate what medications the student can take from the nurse during the school day. These medication are all kept in the health suite and administered by the school nurse. The form is available on the website or from the nurse. Please contact Ellen Marquardt if you have any questions.
Important Dates:

Friday, November 3: Report Cards Issued

Friday Lunch: Pizza for $1.50 a slice--supports the Robotics Class.

Thursday, November 9: Fall Athletic Awards Night from 7 to 8:30 pm in the gym.

Wednesday, November 15: Prospective Students Information Night (Upper School Families) at 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 16: PTL Meeting

Tuesday, November 21: Thanksgiving Chapel

Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 7: Upper School Fine Arts Festival at 7:15 pm

Tuesday, December 12: Middle School Fine Arts Festival at 7:15 pm

Wednesday, December 13: Prospective Family Forum, Middle School Families from 6:30 to 8 pm

Friday, December 15: CPS Christmas Chapel

Monday, December 18 to Thursday, December 21: Midterm Exams. Noon dismissal.

Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 2: School Closed for Christmas Break

Wednesday, January 3: Classes Resume, Blessing of the Rings

View the entire school calendar here: 2017-18 School Calendar

On Campus Login:
Please bookmark the link for OnCampus

Lunch Orders
Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here: 

Yearbooks
2018 Yearbooks are now on sale. Go to  www.Jostensyearbooks.com  to order yours today.

Coca Cola Give Program
Concordia Prep is participating in the Coca Cola Give program.