CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
From Middle School Principal Mr. Curtis Miller
Happy New Year! As another year turns, people throughout the world look back at the previous year and celebrate a new year and a new beginning. Often this brings about resolution or goals for a new year and we all say, “This is the year…”. Resolutions and goals are the beginning of change and often the mental first step towards changing or improving who we are as people. JP Morgan states “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” Lao Tzu adds “A journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step.”

As the new semester is upon us, often students celebrate being halfway through the year, but yet others look at the daunting tasks ahead of them. A single step or a single decision can be the beginning of achieving goals big and small. Each monumental goal starts with a little step and it begins to grow. Our relationships with Jesus Christ is often the same. If we take a little bit of time with our Savior or if we take a minute to remind ourselves to be thankful or pray, we find our desire to be with Christ will grow. Christ gives us the power and courage to be agents of change and it only takes a little seed to grow a tree. Warren Buffett says “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” One small decision can leave a great legacy and change the world.

I pray God provides you the strength and courage to be an agent of change for Him in this world. I pray as we celebrate a new beginning, a new year, or a new semester we take the first step in courage knowing our Lord and Savior is there to guide and protect us. “This is the year….” I hope you achieve your resolutions or goals and your celebration can be turned over the Lord and all he has done to equip and empower you. Just remember if you fall short, Romans 8:38-39 gives us reassurance “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor anything present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Throughout it, all the love of God will remain for each and every one of us. Take the first step! Embark on a new journey! Achieve new goals! Let 2 Timothy 1:7 be your encouragement, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” God’s richest blessings on your new year!
Blessings to the Class of 2019
This morning a special Chapel was held to bless the junior rings and junior class as they prepare to become seniors. Headmaster Mr. Brent Johnson first said a prayer to bless the rings and then to bless the entire junior class. Many of the juniors celebrated at the Junior Ring and Ceremony last Sunday. Ms. Bainbridge has shared her photos: Class of 2019 Ring Blessing and Ceremony
17th Annual Basket Bingo:
Friday, January 19, 2018
Mark your calendars for Friday, January 19 for the 17th Annual Basket Bingo at Tall Cedars, 2501 Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, MD 21234. Doors open at 6 pm, games start at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tables of 10 are $180. You may send your ticket requests to the front office: Attention, Basket Bingo, with a check made out to Concordia Prep School. Tickets will be held at the door. The money raised will go to the Annual Fund. This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year and a great family night! Please join us and support the Saints!

We need people willing to sponsor/buy baskets and to volunteer to be basket fillers! We are asking each class to each fill a basket:

  • Grade 6--Movie Night
  • Grade 7--Board Game Night
  • Grade 8--Ice Cream Sunday
  • Grade 9--Golf Basket
  • Grade 10--Coffee and Tea
  • Grade 11--Tailgate Items-any sports or teams
  • Grade 12--Grilling Basket

Students may bring in the items to fill the basket or a monetary donation and we will do the shopping for you.

Most of these baskets are not very large and you can fill them with anything you would like!  Here is a link to the baskets to buy/sponsor and a link to ideas for fillers.

We also need volunteers to help with set up, in the afternoon next Friday and throughout the evening. Please contact Mrs. Jane Ponton at janeponton@concordiaprepschool.org or Mrs. Sara Welinsky sarawelinsky@concordiaprepschool.org for more information. Thank you!
2nd Quarter Report Cards
The 2nd quarter report cards will be available on Friday, January 19th through onCampus. We will not be printing the report cards in order to help the environment and save paper. Please check your onCampus account for your report card. If you need a hard copy, you can print it from your account or see Ms. Bainbridge

2nd Semester Schedules
Please go to your OnCampus account to view your 2nd semester schedule. The 3rd quarter begins on January 17th. Hard copies of the schedules will not be printed. See Ms. Bainbridge, if you have any questions.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year
Re-enrollment contracts and financial information for the 2018-2019 academic year will be mailed on  Monday, January 15.  Please look for this packet in your mailbox over the next week. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Tucker or Mrs. Baker in the CPS Admissions office.

Important dates to keep in mind:
  • 2/9/18 - Re-admission application is due
  • 2/16/18 - Tuition and Fees contract plus deposit are due

CPS Sports This Week
  • Wednesday, January 10: MS Boys (A) at Mt. Carmel at 3:30 pm, MS Girls (A) vs. Mt. Carmel at home at 3:30 pm.
  • Thursday, January 11: MS Boys (C) at St. Paul's Kingsville at 3:30 pm, MS Boys (B) vs. St. Paul's at 3:45 pm, Varsity Boys at home vs. Beth Tfiloh at 5:15 pm.
  • Friday, January 12: MS Girls (A) at Harford Christian at 4 pm, JV Boys at Glenelg Country at 4 pm, Girls Varsity at home vs. Oldfields at 5 pm, and Varsity Boys at Cristo Rey at 5:30 pm.

2018 Graduation Orders
Dear Class of 2018 Families: Each senior will receive a Balfour graduation announcement and accessories packet today in their English classes. The Balfour representative will be on campus during lunch on  Friday, January 19, to take orders. Orders for graduation announcements and accessories must be paid in full; cash, checks, money order or credit cards are accepted. 
 
Additional information may be found in the graduation packet. Questions? Contact Balfour at  410. 321-4433

PSAT/NMSQT Scores
Attached is an announcement for parents of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October, grades 10 and 11.  Online Access

Class of 2018 College Acceptances
Class of 2018 - Congratulations on completing your college applications! Over the next several weeks and months, you will be hearing from them regarding acceptances. Seniors please share your college acceptance letters with Director of Guidance Mrs. Grill.

Broadway Trip: March 21
There are a limited number of seats left for the March 21 trip to Broadway. The one-day trip, which is open to middle school and upper school students, gives students the opportunity to participate in a Step by Step Workshop where they will learn choreography from a cast member of Hamilton and view a production of My Fair Lady. Contact Mrs. Joy Johnson or Ms. Martha Bainbride for more information.
Important Dates:

Friday, January 12: End of Second Quarter. Friday Lunch: Chick-fil-A
$4.50 per sandwich or Nuggets. Supports the Board Game Club

Monday, January 15: School Closed, Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 16: School Closed, Faculty Professional Development

Wednesday, January 17: Prospective Family Forum at 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 18: PTL Meeting at 6:30 pm, Basket Bingo Wrapping Night

Friday, January 19: Basket Bingo at 7 pm.

Saturday, January 27: Alumni Bull Roast (learn more )

Wednesday, January 31: New student application and financial aid deadline.

Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday

Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19 : School Closed for Winter Break

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.