Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Concordia Prep School Weekly Update
Closing Blessings from Pastor Couser
Have a Safe and Happy Summer – Summer Hours
This is the last regular Weekly Update of the school year. News will be emailed throughout the summer months and posted on the Concordia Prep School website and OnCampus. Office hours during faculty meetings on Friday, June 11, Monday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 15 are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Summer hours begin next Wednesday, June 16. Summer hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Fridays. If you wish to meet with a member of the administrative team during the summer, you should make an appointment in advance. The school offices will be closed on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
Blessings to the 8th-Grade Class
Last Friday, Concordia Prep held the Affirmation Service for the 2021 8th-Grade Class. Headmaster Mr. Brent Johnson, Middle School Principal, Mr. Curtis Miller, and Pastor Peter Couser led the celebration. Mrs. Welinsky, Mrs. Calheira, Ms. Mattes, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Grill, Mr. and Mrs. Esser, and Mr. Meador were all part of the service. Congratulations CPS 8th Grade! The following awards were given at Affirmation:

  • Ruth(Friend) – Jayda Morgan
  • Lydia (Faith) – Malia Makrodimitris
  • Servant Leader – Brytt Coulter
  • Barnabas (Friend) – Wyatt Shamer
  • Daniel (Faith) – Caleb Contreras
  • Servant Leader – Ethan Smelcer 
  • Solomon Award – Ethan Smelcer

Ms. Bainbridge shared her photos from Affirmation. You are welcome to download these photos for your own personal use: 

Ms. Stefanelli created a video from Water Day and Affirmation:
From The School Nurse
Medication Reminder: If your child has medications in school, please be sure to remind your child to see the nurse before they leave on Thursday to take their medications home for the summer. Any medications not picked up will be discarded.
From Athletic Director, Mrs. Fredrica Newman

Hello Saints Family, 

As we come to the end of the 2020-2021 school year, it is never too early to start preparing for the next athletic season. We are making a slight policy change for our pre-participation physicals beginning next school year. If your child plans on participating in any Middle School or Upper school sport next year, they must have a pre-participation physical on file with our school. That physical must be dated after May 30th and prior to August 6th. This is to ensure that all those who participate in athletics are covered for the entire school year. If you have already had a physical prior to May 30th, unfortunately, you will have to get another one. We are doing our best to limit inconvenience while also maximizing our standard of care for all student-athletes.

Physicals will be due on August 6th. They can be mailed in or a physical copy brought into school. We will have several opportunities throughout the summer for physicals to be turned in, in person. No student-athlete will be able to begin participation in their chosen sport until we verify that a physical is on file. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Go Saints! 

Mrs. Fredrica Newman
Athletic Director
Online Summer Courses
Students may register for an online Health summer course and an online 21st Century Technology summer course. The courses will run from July 1 through August 11. This will free up the student's schedule to take other classes during the year. The fee for each class is $225. To register, please contact Mrs. Sara Welinsky at sarawelinsky@concordiaprepschool.org no later than June 19th. 
Summer Instrumental Music Lessons
Mr. Meador will be offering lessons this summer to all 6th-12th grade students interested in expanding their current abilities. There will be a total of 6 individual lessons that will meet in the Music Room at CPS on Tuesdays (6/22, 6/29, 7/20, 7/29, 8/3, 8/10). These lessons are designed for students who have been playing for at least 1 year. The cost of these lessons is $150. Lessons that are missed will be given the opportunity to be made up. Specific times will be assigned on Tuesday, June 15th. If you would like to sign up or have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Meador (josephmeador@concordiaprepschool.org).
Course Requests for Next Year
Course Requests for the students that will be in Grades 9-12 next year 21/22. Your Course Request tab will be open from 5/24-6/10. Please select your core and elective courses for next year. Some courses require a teacher recommendation. If your teacher has not recommended you yet for a course, please talk to them. If you have any questions about what courses you need to take, please email Mrs. Grill at kimgrill@concordiaprepschool.org.
PTL Online Spirit Wear Sale
Our Spirit Wear online store is OPEN!! We have some cool new stuff that we think you'll love - check it out! The store will remain open until July 15, 2021.

You have TWO shipping options: ship to your home for a fee; or ship to school at no charge *both options will have the items delivered sometime in August before school starts.

For those shipping to school, once the items are delivered to school we will communicate pick-up dates & times for you to retrieve your items.

And, YES - the very popular Concordia Prep Crewneck is back and available to order online - get your order in today!

From the Guidance Office
Final grades will be posted for upper school students in mid-June. For some upper school students, 4th quarter grades can affect whether a student will need to repeat a course in summer school this year. 
 
For students who earn a failing final grade in a core academic subject for the 2020-2021 school year, summer school may be required. Concordia Prep uses an online virtual education company, Educere, and its provider Founders Education for our summer school courses. 
 
 
A student must earn 65% or higher in the approved academic summer school course(s) to receive credit from Concordia Prep.  The Summer School grade does not replace any failing grade earned during the school year. Students are permitted to take two summer school courses; however, this is typically an option only for students taking "abbreviated" or review credit summer courses.  NCAA does not accept abbreviated courses or review credit summer courses.
 
Summer school start date is June 10 and ends on August 15, 2021. Please register prior to the start date so there is no delay in accessing a course. The end date for courses cannot be extended.
 
Students may take a maximum of two classes in Summer School. 
 
For information about NCAA Eligibility, go to https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Student Policy and School Chromebook Return Reminders
During these unprecedented and uncertain times, we continue to value the safety, health, and needs of our students. In accordance with the recommended CDC health guidelines for schools, Concordia Preparatory School eliminated the sharing of technology devices on its campus for the 2020-2021 school year. Our successful BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) student policy will continue next school year. Students with school-issued Chromebooks must return the devices to the technology office at the end of the 2020-2021 school year as stated in the Student Chromebook Agreement. Please contact Mrs. Amanda Trapani, Director of Technology, if you have any questions or concerns about the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) student policy.

Personal Device Technical Requirements
  1. The device must be a laptop or a tablet with a 7” or larger screen size.
  2. The device must use a supported operating system that is actively updated by the manufacturer, i.e. Microsoft Windows 10 or Apple iOS 14.
  3. The device must have a modern, fully-featured web browser; such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. **The device must be able to specifically run the Google Chrome web browser.
  4. The device must have fully functional, active anti-virus/anti-malware software (most modern computers have built-in software tools). **Tablets; such as iPads or Chromebooks are excluded from this requirement.
  5. The device must have a functioning built-in camera.
  6. A full-sized keyboard is strongly recommended.
  7. The device should have a battery life of at least 6-7 hours. Students must bring personal devices to school fully charged each day.

We also recommend the student carries the device in a protective case, sleeve, or laptop bag. The school’s Technology Department is not authorized to repair a student’s personal computer.

The CPS technology department recommends the following devices:
  • Windows 10 laptop
  • Apple MacBook
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Google Chromebook
iPad Cases For Sale
The Technology Office has iPad cases for sale for $15. Here is a description: iPad Case for iPad 6th Generation Cases, iPad Air 2 Case, iPad Air case, Full-Body Hand Strap iPad 5th Generation case with rotational Kickstand Dual Layers Built-in Screen Protector. Contact Mrs. Trapani to purchase one: amandatrapani@concordiaprepschool.org.
Fall Athletes – Sign Up for Your Physical Now
The Towson Sports Medicine physical registration is live! There are two dates available for our students, June 9th and August 9th. Fall athletes should register for the June 9th date if they can!

The Link below has registration info and the PPE forms packet. Registrants will sign up for a specific date and time slot for their exam. All paperwork must be filled out prior to arrival.  Generic emails will be sent to all registrants with links to the PPE packet that is printable on the site. First come first serve. Let Kiera Heath or Ellen Marquardt know if you have any questions.
2020-21 School Year

Thursday, June 10: Final Exams/assignments, noon dismissal, Middle School dress-down day.

Friday, June 11: Teacher Work Day, Office Hours 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saints Golf Tournament:

Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15: Faculty-Staff Meetings, Office Hours 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 16: Summer Hours Begin – Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Friday, July 2 and Monday, July 5: Offices closed for the 4th of July holiday.

Monday, August 23: New Student Orientation, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 25: First Day of Classes, Opening Worship at 8:05 am.

Important Athletic Dates for 2021-2022

Thursday, August 5 at 6:30 pm:
Upper School Student-Athlete & Parent Meeting 
*mandatory for any student-athlete interested/playing sports at CPS

Friday, August 6: ALL Student-Athlete Sports Physicals DUE – *Any student-athlete (fall, winter, spring) participating in athletics at CPS must have an up-to-date physical on file by August 6th. All Physicals must be completed and turned in prior to August 6th. 

Monday, August 9: MIAA Football Begins

Wednesday, August 11: MIAA Fall Sports Begin

Monday, August 16: IAAM Fall Sports Begin