CPS Weekly Update
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Weekly Update: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Welcome New Faculty and Staff
Last week, we welcomed new faculty and staff to the Concordia Prep community. Please visit the link below for more details.

Front row from left: Mrs. Mary Lou Healy, Mrs. Kathrin Cain, Mr. Douglas Erickson, Ms. Carlyn Stefanelli. Second row from left: Mrs. Paige Esser, Mrs. Cammie White, and Mr. Joseph Meador. Back row from left: Mr. Mark Esser, Mr. Aaron Sorkin, Mr. Taylor Christian.

New Student Orientation: Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 pm
New Student Orientation is on Thursday, August 22, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The evening is for all new Middle School students in grades 6-8, all students in Grade 9, and all transfer students in Grades 10-12, along with parents or guardians. During the evening, staff members will provide information regarding school policy and practices and other information to help you transition into CPS. Students will have time to locate their lockers, try out locker combinations, stow school supplies, receive individual schedules, and briefly visit classes.  Please note:  Students do not need to wear CPS uniforms during Orientation. Please wear school-appropriate attire and comfortable shoes. The PTL will be selling used uniforms.

Schedules and Schedule Changes
Schedules are now available via OnCampus. If you do not know your login to OnCampus, please see the information about OnCampus below. Requests for schedule changes must be made by emailing Ms. Bainbridge at marthabainbridge@concordiaprepschool.org. NOTE: there will be NO schedule changes during Orientation Night on Thursday, August 22.
OnCampus Instructions
Concordia Prep uses an integrated Learning Management System called OnCampus. This technology is widely regarded as one of the best educational tools available. Students and parents can use this portal to view schedules, calendars, grades, upcoming assignments, athletic and school events.In addition to email updates, OnCampus is the main vehicle for communication between the school and parents and students.
The link to the CPS OnCampus page is:  https://concordiaprepschool.myschoolapp.com/app/#login . We highly recommend bookmarking this page for easy accessibility.

If you do not know your login, please contact Director of Technology Mrs. Amanda Trapani at amandatrapani@concordiaprepschool.org . She has prepared instructions on how to receive notifications via OnCampus and how to use OnCampus: OnCampus Notifications | How to Use OnCampus

2019-2020 Student Personal Device Policy
Students may use personal computers and tablets during the school day with the appropriate teacher permission. The student must register the personal device with the Technology Department and receive approval per the device requirements listed below. Per approval, the Technology Department will connect the device to the school’s student wireless network.
A student’s personal device must meet the following 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 12.
  3. The device must have a modern, fully-featured web browser; such as, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari.
  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.
The school’s Technology Department is not authorized to repair a student’s personal computer. Please contact Director of Technology, Mrs. Amanda Trapani with questions at amandatrapani@concordiaprepschool.org .

News from the PTL
  • Save the Date: Friday, September 6, Back To School Pool Party at Valleybrook Swim Club.
  • New Student Orientation Night: PTL will be selling Spirit Wear and Used Uniforms.
  • Support PTL events by joining the PTL for $25 for the 2019-2020 school year. They accept check, cash, or PayPal: Download a PTL flyer for more information: PTL New Student Orientation Flyer

New Parents-From the School Nurse
New students need the following medical information given to the nurse:

All new students are requested to have a current physical exam on file. Students will not be able to participate in sports until they have a current physical that clears them to participate.

Immunization Certificate -  All students must have documentation of required vaccines by the 20th day of school(September 16th).

New student medical statement/health information and emergency contacts- completed by parent

If a parent wants student to be able to take Over-the-Counter medications in school the parent and physician need to complete the  Over the Counter Medication Authorization form .

If student requires prescription medication to be given/taken at school each medication needs a  School Medication Administration Authorizatio n   form signed by the physician and parent.

Please refer to your "Welcome from the Nurse" sheet that was in your admission packet for more details. All the forms are available on the website. Please contact School Nurse Ellen Marquardt at ellenmarquardt@concordiaprepschool.org   if you have any questions. Thank you.

Hot Lunches Begin on Monday, August 26
Hot lunches from Terri’s Cafe will be sold  Monday Thursday . Parents must pre-order all lunches from Terri’s Cafe. This program will start on Monday, August 26.   Friday  lunches will be sold by different school groups. These lunches will be advertised a week before. Students will purchase these lunches  on Friday Friday  lunches vary from pizza, Chick-fil-A, and hotdogs. Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here:  Terri’s Cafe

The Concordia Prep Theatre Department Presents Secondary Cause of Death on November 1, 2, 3
Auditions are open to CPS Upper School students. There will be a brief interest meeting for current students after school on Wednesday, August 28 in room 207. Auditions will then be held on Tuesday, September 3 in the Black Box.

Performance Dates: November 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and November 3 at 3:00 pm.

For More Information: Contact the Director – Mrs. Joy Johnson, joyjohnson@concordiaprepschool.org

Mark your calendars for the middle school and upper school production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical.
  • Auditions: January 8-10, 2020 (open to middle school and high school students)
  • Performances: May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and May 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Download a flyer for complete details about both productions:

Middle School Sports
Mrs. Cammie White will be the Middle School Cross Country Coach this year. The Middle School Cross Country meeting will be Tuesday August 27th right after school in her classroom, Upper School Room 109. If parents have any questions they can email her directly at cammiewhite@concordiaprepschool.org . Practice begins on Tuesday, September 3, the day after Labor Day.

Team Schedules
All fall sports schedules* are posted on the  Concordia Prep website  and OnCampus.
*subject to change do to weather/conflicts*

School Uniforms
Reminder: All students are expected to be in uniform on the first day of school, Monday, August 26, 2019. Lands End has a 20% off sale!

Please be reminded that Lands’ End is the  sole  provider of school uniform bottoms, shirts, and sweaters. All of these uniform pieces must be purchased through Lands’ End. The preferred school code is  900101890 . For more details, go to:  https://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900101890 . Make sure you are on the specific Concordia Prep website. You may also visit the Lands End store in Hunt Valley Towns Centre.
If you have any questions about the Concordia Preparatory School-Sponsored Dress Code, please contact Curtis Miller at   CurtisMiller@ConcordiaPrepSchool.org.

Acceptable Shoe Policy
Please review the following PDF for details about the acceptable shoes for Upper School and Middle School students. Middle School students may also wear athletic shoes that must not exceed three colors including the brand logo and may not have metallic/shiny finishes.

CPS Summer Work for New and Returning Students
To help maintain your skills and to help prepare you for the academic challenges of the 2019-2020 school year, some classes require coursework to take place over the summer months.

The links are available on the Concordia Prep website under the “Students” tab. The links are also on the  New Student Information web page.

Middle School Supply List
Middle School students should download the Middle School supply list:  Middle School Supply List

2019-2020 Bus Information
Concordia Preparatory School is pleased to announce bus transportation to and from school for the 2019-2020 academic year. There are two routes:
  1. Catonsville Route: The Catonsville bus leaves the Ingleside Shopping Center (5668 Baltimore National Pike) in Catonsville each school day at 6:45 am. It stops at 7405 Liberty Road at approximately 7:00 am and then continues to Concordia Prep. The bus leaves CPS each school day at 3:30 pm and stops at Catonsville and Liberty Road.
  2. Harford County Route: The Harford County bus leaves Harford Mall (696 Belair Road) each school day at 6:40 am. It stops at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School (12022 Jerusalem Road) at approximately 7:00 am and then continues to Concordia Prep. The bus leaves CPS each school day at 3:30 pm and stops at St. Paul’s and Harford Mall.

Payment Options:
  1. Pay the bus service fee for the 2019-2020 school year before the school year begins on August 27, 2019. Parents who choose this option will receive a 5% discount in the yearly cost of the bus.
  2. Pay the bus service fee monthly through the FACTS Tuition Management program.

Cost:  The cost of the 2019-2020 bus service is $1,125.00 for the entire year or $125.00 per month from August 2019 through May 2020. Parents who pay the entire year before August will pay $1,068.75 (5% discount).

Questions?  Please email Jim Carter at   jimcarter@concordiaprepschool.org  with any questions.
Thank you!

Returning Students - From the School Nurse
Over the counter Medication form: Remember to get your child's physician to complete an   Over the Counter Medication Authorization Form  for next school year. This will allow the nurse to give your child medications for pain, cough, sore throats and skin irritation (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough drops, itch cream and skin care). The form is available from the nurse or on the website under "Forms and Publications". It is school policy that prescription and non prescription medications are kept in the health suite and administered by the nurse.   Download the Over the Counter Medication Authorization Form

Returning students- Parents please complete the  Returning Student Medical Statement/Health Information and Emergency Contact    form for the next school year which is available on the website under "Menu" and "Middle or Upper School Parents" and "Forms and Publications". The form should be given to the nurse in August.

Remember if you have your child's physical exam done over the summer, it is good for the entire school year (all three sports seasons). The  PreParticipation Physical Evaluation Form  is also available from the nurse or on the website. For any questions contact Ellen Marquardt at 410-825-2323 Ext 244 or  ellenmarquardt@concordiaprepschool.org
2019-20 School Year

Thursday, August 22: New Student Orientation, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Monday, August 26: First Day of Classes, Opening Chapel at 8:05 am.

Friday, August 30: Labor Day Break-School Closed

Monday, September 2: Labor Day Break-School Closed

Thursday, September 5: Back to School Night, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Monday, September 9: Retreat Day

Tuesday, September 10: PTL Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center

Friday, September 27: Picture Day

Thursday, October 3: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 4: School Closed for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11: Homecoming Spirit Week Dress Down Days.

Tuesday, October 8: PTL Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center

Friday, October 11: Homecoming Bonfire at 6 pm, Variety Show at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 12: Open House for Prospective Families, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Homecoming Football game vs. AACS at 12 noon, Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame

Monday, October 14: School Closed, Faculty Professional Development

Wednesday, October 16: PSAT Testing, No School for Seniors, Noon Dismissal

Thursday, October 30: End of First Quarter

Friday, November 1-Sunday, November 3 : CPS Theatre Department Presents Secondary Cause of Death

Friday, November 8: Picture Retakes, Reports Cards Issued

Tuesday, November 12: PTL Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center

Friday, November 15: CPS Bag Bingo

Tuesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Chapel

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, December 7: Junior Class Ring Event

Tuesday December 10: PTL Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center

Monday, December 16: Christmas Chapel at 8:05 am

Tuesday, December 17 - Friday, December 20: Mid-Term Exams, Noon Dismissal

Monday, December 23 to Friday, January 3: School Closed for Christmas Break

Monday, January 6: School Resumes

Lunch Orders
Order lunches from Terri’s Cafe here: 

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