CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
From Upper School Principal Mrs. Ruth Heilman

Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and eat!

How often do you eat together as a family? Nothing fancy, just dinner around the kitchen table with the kids. We have busy lives, filled with work, sports, rehearsals, and homework. Is there even time to sit down together for a meal? Researchers tell us to find it. For young children, dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than when parents read aloud to their children. For older children, family mealtime is a better predictor of high achievement than test scores or participating in extra-curricular activities. Adolescents who eat family meals five to seven times a week are twice as likely to get A’s in school as those who do not. Anxiety and stress are reduced, as are high-risk teenage behaviors. Children grow into healthier young adults with better conflict resolution skills, and they have a more positive view of the future than children who don’t eat meals with family.

The special thing about mealtime isn’t really the food. It is the “ministry of presence.” Setting the table, cooking, talking about the day, and even silly “dad jokes” create memories and stronger families. Ministry of presence simply means being there for one another. God gives us the best example of this. He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5b NIV). God sent Jesus to be present in the flesh, and to take our sins to the cross. Through the Holy Spirit, God makes us part of His family in baptism. Jesus says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 20b NIV). As a Christian school, Concordia Prep School strives to be there for the members of our community, in all of the good and bad times. God bless and keep you!
Concordia Prep Choirs to Perform at Calvary Lutheran Church
The Concordia Prep Choirs, under the direction of Ms. Lauren Staehr, will perform on Sunday, October 15 at 10 am for a Special Choral Sunday performance, in memory of Richard (Dick) Heilman, long-time teacher and choir director at BLHS/BLS and a member of the Calvary Lutheran congregation. The Upper School choir is singing "Here I am Lord" and the Middle School choir is singing "O Sing to the Lord." Calvary Lutheran be taking a free will offering to benefit the CPS Music Program.   
Concordia Prep Art Students Participate in The Memory Project
For the past two years, under the direction of Art Teacher Mrs. Marcie Barth, Advanced Studio art students have participated in The Memory Project creating portraits for children living in impoverished and war torn countries. The Art Department has created portraits of students in Madagascar, Bolivia, and the Congo. They are now working on portraits of Syrian refugee children.

View a video from the Memory Project of children in the Congo receiving their portraits: Memory Project-Congo
Guest Speaker for Seniors - Tuesday, October 17
There will be a special guest speaker on campus to talk to the seniors during Advisory on Tuesday, October 17. Dr. Kevin Dungey, who has a PhD in Linguistics and Medieval Literature and Languages from Stanford University, will be leading an interactive session with all seniors on Old English and Middle English. Seniors will not be allowed to leave campus for lunch; the discussion will start at 12:35 pm in the library.

Middle School Parents
There will be NO EDP (Extended Day Program) next Friday, October 20. School will be dismissed at 12 noon for a faculty professional development day. Students must be picked up no later than 12:30 pm.

Invoices for Aug/Sep EDP will be in the Friday folders on Friday, October 13.

From the School Nurse
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.
Fall Drama Production:
All My Sons
Mark Your Calendars for the CPS Theatre Department's Fall Drama Production: All My Sons on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 pm. You may reserve your tickets in advance and they will be held at the door. Learn More

Art Club Operation Christmas Child Project
The Art Club is starting the Operation Christmas Child project. We will be packing shoe boxes with gifts and supplies 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 shoebox and each week from now through November different items will be collected. Donations can be given to Mrs. Barth in room 105.

Sports This Week

  • Thursday, October 12: middle school boy’s soccer vs. Glenelg CS at 3:30 pm, middle school cross country at Glenelg CS at 4 pm, varsity women’s soccer at Park at 4:15 pm, varsity and JV volleyball vs. St. Timothy’s at 4 & 5:30 pm.
  • Friday, October 13: middle school boy’s soccer vs. St. Paul’s Kingsville at 3:30 pm, varsity football at Pope John Paul the Great at 7 pm.
  • Monday, October 16: varsity men’s soccer at St. Peter & Paul at 4 pm.
  • Tuesday, October 17: middle school boy's soccer vs Dumbarton at 3:30 pm, middle school cross country at Park at 4 pm, varsity women's soccer vs. Pallotti at 4:45 pm.

6th Annual Weidinger/Szczesny Bingo: Saturday, October 14 at 7 pm

  • Doors open at 6 pm | Games begin at 7 pm | 20 games for $20
  • Raffles, Specials and Refreshments sold separately!
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church- Parish Hall, 12022 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD
  • Featuring Vera Bradley, Thirty-One, and COACH
  • To Benefit the St. Paul’s Tuition Assistance Grant Fund
  • In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. John & Jean Weidinger and Mrs. Gail Szczesny
  • Contact Jenifer Schildwachter at jeniferschildwachter@concordiaprepschool.org 443-686-0124 or Karen Woolsey at saintsmom545@gmail.com 410-790-1818 to make a donation to stuff/sponsor a bag and to reserve tickets.

Thank you for your support as we raise money to help make a Lutheran education possible for many St. Paul’s families!
Important Dates:

Friday, October 13: Chick-fil-A $4.50 per sandwich or 8 nuggets and $.50 baked goods. Supports CPS Drama

Saturday, October 14:
Alumni Octoberfest, 3-7 pm

6th Annual Weidinger/Szczesny Bingo, doors open at 6 pm

Monday, October 16: School Closed, faculty professional development

Friday, October 20: Early dismissal at 12 noon, NO EDP--students must be picked up by 12:30 pm., faculty professional development

Tuesday, October 24: Senior photos, picture retakes

Friday, October 27:
End of First Quarter

CPS Fall Theatre Production: All My Sons at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 28:
CPS Fall Theatre Production: All My Sons at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 29:
CPS Fall Theatre Production: All My Sons at 3 pm

Tuesday, October 31: Reformation Chapel

Hearing and Vision testing retakes

Friday, November 3: Report Cards Issued

Thursday, November 9: Fall Athletic Awards Night

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

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

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Lunch Orders
Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here: 

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.

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