CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Principal’s Ponderings:
From Upper School Principal
Mrs. Ruth Heilman

 Showers of Blessings

Showering is definitely a blessing, especially to those around us! As a new mother, I remember how blessed I felt when someone watched the baby so I could shower. I felt like a normal person again. Water is a blessing, of course, but too much can seem like something very different.

Two summers ago, we experienced a burst pipe in the Biology room, which became a flood in the entire lower level of the building. Water didn’t feel like much of a blessing then. An already busy time became a complicated and busier time as clean-up and replacement of floors, furnishings, and educational materials took place in the last few weeks of summer. With much hard work, and surely by God’s grace, we were able to start school on time. We were blessed with refurbished classrooms and new equipment and materials.

It is hard to comprehend the immense impact of Hurricane Harvey on our brothers and sisters in Houston, with schools preparing to open just as the skies opened up with rain. Yet, those destructive showers created a way for us to share our blessings with others. With only two days’ notice, the CPS family came together and gathered a huge amount of food and supplies, which were sent to Houston. During our recent dress down day, students raised almost $850 for Houston.

Each parent, student and staff member is a precious blessing from God, and we have been showered with blessings this year. As we remember that everything we have is His, we are reminded to show love each day. It may feel like hard work sometimes, but it is a joy to shower God’s blessings on others. We are blessed to be a blessing.
CPS Sports News
This Friday, September 22, the varsity football team will play in the first home game since the fall of 2015. The Saints will play St. John's Catholic at 4 pm. The Homecoming game will be played on Friday, September 29 at 4 pm vs. Kingsman Academy. Note: the football game that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 pm has been moved back to Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 pm at John Paul the Great.

The varsity boys's soccer team continues to win. Yesterday they beat Boy's Latin 6-0. They are ranked #19 in the top 20 ranking by Varsity Sports Network.

Middle school soccer and cross country began regular season play this week. All the sports schedules are posted on the Concordia Prep website. Come out and cheer for the Saints!

Safe Driving Program for Junior and Seniors on Thursday
The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education, which is affiliated with AAA Mid-Atlantic, is giving a presentation to the 11th and 12th graders on  Thursday September 21 during the advisory period. They have participated in the last several health fairs at Concordia Prep. They will discuss safe driving habits, give a demonstration of an airbag deployment, and discuss making good decisions the night of Homecoming.

Open House Lawn Signs Available
In our efforts to promote our upcoming CPS Open House on  October 7, we are looking for families interested in displaying lawn signs on your residential or commercial property. Please send Mr. John Tucker an email if interested -  johntucker@concordiaprepschool.org

CPS Open House Volunteers Needed
It's that time of year! CPS Open House on October 7 is fast approaching. This is our #1 marketing effort for the entire school year. We welcome support and assistance from all parents. Donations of water, baked goods or simply volunteering your time is all helpful. Please email Mrs. Lucy Baker if interested in helping out -  lucybaker@concordiaprepschool.org

There are three time slots for parent volunteers: Saturday, 8-10 am (set-up), 10-12 pm (registration) or 12 - 2 pm (breakdown).

 Senior Parent Post Prom Meeting
Senior parents interested in the planning of the After Prom are requested to attend the After Prom 2018 meeting on  Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00  in the Media Center. Please let Ms. Bainbridge know if you are interested and can't attend.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
The link to sign up for parent-teacher conferences on Friday, October 6 is now open:

  1. Click on the PTCFast link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Concordia_Prep_School
  2. Sign up with personal information
  3. Put a check next to all teachers you wish to visit
  4. Fill in the slots available. You will receive an email confirmation.

If you are having difficulties, please contact Director of Technology Mr. Nate Konkel at  natekonkel@concordiaprepschool.org .

 Parent/Guardian OnCampus Login
If you were unable to attend Back to School Night, please see Mr. Tucker in the Admissions Office for your parent/guardian login information. 

CPS is in the process of implementing a new, integrated Learning Management System called OnCampus. This technology is widely regarded as one of the best educational tools available. OnCampus replaces both Edline and Moodle. Students and parents can use this portal to view schedules, calendars, grades, upcoming assignments, and school events.

The link to the CPS OnCampus page is:  https://concordiaprepschool.myschoolapp.com/app/#login. We highly recommend bookmarking this page for easy accessibility.

Please contact Nate Konkel at natekonkel@concordiaprepschool.org if you have any problems logging on or if you would like to add another parent/guardian to the system.

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

The 2017 Yearbooks have arrived, if you ordered a yearbook, students may pick them up in the main office.

Middle School Fun Night: Thursday, October 5
Thursday, October 5th the middle school students will have a fun night at Monster Mini Golf in Parkville from 6:30-9:30 PM. Please drop off your students at 6:30 at Monster Mini Golf. For the unbelievable low price of $12 students will get three hours of unlimited mini golf, laser tag, and access to the arcade. Pizza and drinks will be provided.This is a Halloween themed fun night, which means prizes for best costumes!! Watch for more details!

Short Term Housing Opportunities Available
CPS is excited to continue our tradition of hosting Guatemalan cultural ambassadors at our school from October to December. We are looking for four short-term host families to help facilitate this program.

For more information:   sandy.cardona@facesandcultures.com , Faces and Our Cultures
Important Dates:
September 22: Friday Lunch-Pizza, $1.50 per slice and $1.00 Klondike bars. Supports the Angel Fund

2017 Homecoming Festival:
Friday, September. 29: Pep Rally at 2:14 pm, and Varsity Football Game at 4 pm.

Saturday: September. 30: Homecoming Dance, 8-11 pm ( details)

Monday, October 2 to Thursday, October 5: Spirit Week dress down days. (details)

Thursday, October 5: Middle School Fun Night at Monster Mini Golf in Parkville from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Friday, October 6:
School closed for Parent-Teacher conferences- -sign up here

Bonfire at 6 pm

Variety Show at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 7: Open House, 10 am to 1 pm.

Football vs. Ireton at 1 pm.

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

Lunch Orders
Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here: 

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