Mystery Guest Day

Our students went above & beyond for Mystery Guest Day! Check out some of the photos of these great costumes!

Ordering 2017 Cornerstone Yearbooks

This year the Class of 2017 (seniors) will once again automatically receive a yearbook at no cost. 

All other students may purchase a yearbook through the online ordering system at YBPay.com using the job number 12148617. This Pre-K to Grade 12 yearbook will commemorate this school year (2016-2017), in the same way it has done in the past. 

 The anticipated cost is $40 per yearbook.  However, this cost may be reduced if we sell sufficient advertising space.*

All CCS family and friends are welcome to purchase ad space in the yearbook. You can advertise a business or simply share a message such as a note of congratulations to our seniors. Ad spaces begin at only $40.  For additional information about purchasing a space, please contact our yearbook adviser Mrs. Tammy Choleva at tcholeva@contactccs.org.

If you know of a local business that might be interested in purchasing ad space, please contact Mrs. Tammy Choleva.

(Additional details about yearbook orders and the advertising campaign were sent to all CCS families in a letter via email. Please see that email, or the article on Sycamore, for more information.)

*If we receive enough yearbook orders and sell enough ad spaces to reduce the cost, you will receive a refund from Cornerstone in May.  You will need to pay the $40 now to order your book, the price will not be reduced until after all orders are placed.  Orders must be placed by March 24th.

Click here to view additional details, including the advertising regulations.

Auction Items Needed

We have already begun collecting donations for our silent and live auctions! First, we are always looking for people who are willing to visit local businesses to ask for donations. If you are willing and able to assist in this way, please contact Mrs. Press for a list of suggested businesses and some pre-printed letters and receipts!

If you are a loyal customer of a local business, will you ask for a donation to support your school? Consider asking your car mechanic, hair stylist, massage therapist, etc.  Solicitation letters are available in both school offices.

Perhaps you are able to make your own donation! Do you own your own business? Do you make a specialty craft? Are you a good bargain shopper so that you can put together a themed basket? Do you have a vacation home you’d be willing to offer for a few days?  Do you possess special skills or services that could benefit others?  Often our most creative donations are the most popular at our auction!  Each CCS family is asked to consider soliciting or creating at least one donation of an item or service.

 

 

Auction Help Needed

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, April 8th, for our annual auction! This event is open to the public; so, whether you are a CCS parent or a friend of Cornerstone...however you are connected to our CCS community...we hope that you can join us!

As we celebrate our 35th birthday as a school,  we are headed back to the decade in which CCS was founded...1981! Our elementary building will be transformed with our Totally Awesome 80’s decorations, scavenger hunt, and fun entertainment options—80’s attire is optional (but encouraged to help create a fun time for everyone!

In addition to fun, fellowship and food, you will also have a chance to bid on some great items in our live and silent auctions!

 

 There are MANY ways that you can get involved and help make this fundraiser a success!

1. Buy a ticket and plan to shop! Come and show your support as you purchase great items, certificates, and more! Tickets will be available beginning in February.

2. Sell tickets! Start inviting friends and family members to join you and to support your school!

3. Serve on the decorating team! We are looking for volunteers (or groups of volunteers) to decorate portions of our event space. Are you ready to create a “Cabbage Patch?” Are you all about the “neon?” Do you have other ideas for 80s-inspired decorations? We need your help!

4. Solicit donations.  We are in need of adults who are willing to reach out to businesses that have given in the past to ask them if they are willing to donate once again. We have pre-printed letters and receipts ready for you in the office! Each family is also asked to find one new donation as well (see article below).

5. Bake items for the bakery. We will once again be accepting specialty baked goods for our silent auction as well as bags/boxes of cookies for individual sale and baked goods for sale during the auction itself.

6. Volunteer to help behind the scenes during the auction.  This is a GREAT way to support this fundraiser, even if you don’t have extra money to spend on purchases or a ticket. We will need MANY adults to lend a hand to make the evening a success. We will need adult helpers to...

· Help in the kitchen

· Help at Auction Stations (Bakery, Candy Shop, Certificate Wall, etc.)

· Assist with data entry and items processing

· Provide childcare for our youngest guests (infant to Pre-K)

· “Clean as We Go” during the auction.

· Tear down and clean up after the event

 

 

Not Just any Ordinary Open House

Once upon a time volunteers lead guests through empty, quiet hallways as teachers sat patiently for hours, waiting to be asked a question. No more! Several years ago CCS replaced its traditional open houses with grade-specific CCS Info Nights. During each of these evenings everyone begins together for an informative presentation. Then, guests move together to classrooms, getting to know each other and the teachers along the way. This is an excellent way for new families to get to know more about Cornerstone. 

However, these Info Nights are not just for guests; they are also designed specifically for you! This is an opportunity for you to come and meet the teacher(s) that your child will have next year.  Or, perhaps you are just curious about a program of which your child is not yet a part.  You are welcome to attend any (and all) of our upcoming Info Nights. 

Each evening is designed to provide information relevant to a specific age group. This information will be particularly important to you if you have a child in a “transition year,” such as entering Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 6, or Grade 9. 

 

Committed to Excellence: Self-Study Update

We have been busily working on our year of self-study in preparation to submit our application for renewed dual accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Middle States Association (MSA).  A significant component of our application for renewal, which takes place every 7 years, is the completion of 8 in-depth analyses of specific components of our program.  Each of these 8 components is represented by an accreditation standard as follows: Philosophy & Foundations; Governance & Executive Leadership; Home & Community Relations & Student Services; Personnel; Instruction Program & Resources; Student Care; Character, Values & Spiritual Formation of Students; and Continuous School Improvement Planning (CSIP).

Each standard review team has been composed of various representative members of our school: teachers, staff, board members, parents, students, and administration.  Since August, we have completed 4 of the 7 analyses that must be done before the final CSIP can be written (in June).  The study of these last 3 standards is well underway!

Once we have carefully self-evaluated our performance in the first 7 specific areas, we will begin constructing our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP).  The CSIP document will become our guide as we intentionally plan for continue growth and excellence into the next 7 years of Cornerstone’s mission-centered work.  

Thank you to the many hands that have already been involved in this process, and be on the lookout for how you can become involved in the next several months!

 

 

Totally Awesome 80's Auction - Planning Meeting Today

I (Joy Press) hope that you have already marked your calendars and are planning to join us for our annual auction on April 8th! It will be FUN!

I'm currently looking for some help planning and preparing for the auction.  If you want to help with ideas, entertainment, decorations, getting donations, etc. we would love your help! 

We are having a planning meeting TODAY (1/27) AT 2PM in the elementary building.  We would love to have you come and join us to learn more about how you can get involved!

We're Not Just Playing!

If you pop into our lower-elementary classrooms you may see our students “playing.” However, our teachers know that there is much more going on. At CCS we are committed to a developmentally appropriate program which means that we design our classrooms, our curriculum, and our daily lessons to teach the skills our students need through methods that are appropriate for their age.  You can feel confident that your child is having fun and learning in a safe and age-appropriate environment!

Through dramatic play, our young fire-fighter is strengthening language skills, developing problem-solving skills and excercising his imagination!

Through dramatic play, our young fire-fighter is strengthening language skills, developing problem-solving skills and excercising his imagination!

At the sensory table students practice using their senses to explore the world and make observations. Here, students play with artificial snow.  If the winter doesn't bring outdoor snow, make your own!

At the sensory table students practice using their senses to explore the world and make observations. Here, students play with artificial snow.  If the winter doesn't bring outdoor snow, make your own!

Children LOVE to use scissors! Our teachers know that the act of cutting will strengthen little hands and the muscles that will be needed for writing!

Children LOVE to use scissors! Our teachers know that the act of cutting will strengthen little hands and the muscles that will be needed for writing!

These young ladies are participating in a more structured teacher-designed activity They are "fishing" for lower case letters. Our classroom centers provide both student-directed and teacher-directed learning opportunities.

These young ladies are participating in a more structured teacher-designed activity They are "fishing" for lower case letters. Our classroom centers provide both student-directed and teacher-directed learning opportunities.

In Kindergarten students still have opportunities to play throughout the day. However, their centers take on a much more academic focus. Here our students are playing a game which uses ten-frames to represent numerals as the students learn about addends that make 10! 

In Kindergarten students still have opportunities to play throughout the day. However, their centers take on a much more academic focus. Here our students are playing a game which uses ten-frames to represent numerals as the students learn about addends that make 10! 

In Grade 1 students have their own desks -but that doesn't mean they stay there all day! Students participate in many hands-on learning experiences and still have a some down-time for fun!

In Grade 1 students have their own desks -but that doesn't mean they stay there all day! Students participate in many hands-on learning experiences and still have a some down-time for fun!

UPDATE: Schedule for Wednesday, 1/25

Due to today's inclement weather and the resulting closure, our middle and high school students will complete their mid-term exams tomorrow (Wednesday).  However, we will still have a full day of school tomorrow.  It is also a chapel day, so the middle and high school schedule will be revised as outlined below.

  • School hours for Pre-K through Grade 12 tomorrow will be those for a full day.  We will begin at 8:30 and conclude at 3:00/3:05, as usual.
  • Chapel will begin for Grades 6-12 at 8:30, as usual, and conclude by 9:25.  (Elementary chapel will be at 9:45, as usual.)
  • The first exam slot for Grades 6-12 will be from 9:30-11:30. 
  • Students in Grades 6-12 will have their lunch break from 11:30-12:15.
  • The second exam slot will be from 12:15-2:30 (allowing a little extra time for students to complete longer exams before H-Period will begin).
  • H-Period will meet for the middle and high school students at 2:30.

Unfortunately, due to the McLain building's exams, Grades 4 and 5 will not be able to have their P.E. clases tomorrow.  High school P.E. will still take place during the last period of the day. However, music classes will meet as usual.

 

Thank you for your flexibility as we try to keep everyone safe and make all the necessary adjustments needed to accommodate the exam schedule.

Serving Through Fellowship

Last Friday (1/13)a group of CCS high school ladies visited two elderly living facilities as a part of our annual Give Back Day.  Their act of service was to simply share God's love through fellowship. They joined in the recreational activities and spent time just being with the residents. What a great example of the simple ways that we can share God's love with others.

Cleaning & Cookies

A group of CCS high school students spent last Friday serving at the Manchester Salvation Army. The students spent the morning cleaning the building and grounds. This work helped to prepare the spaces that will be used for many upcoming ministry activities. The students then baked cookies which they later delivered to those who serve Manchester at the Town Hall, Social Service office, and the local fire and police stations.

CCS Lions Outstanding at Binghamton 2017!

Our basketball teams did an outstanding job at this year's Binghamton Tournament 2017! Both teams qualified for the championship games, which took place on January 14, 2017. Our girls took first place, and the boys took second place. Amazing jobs! Of even greater significance, CCS received the Christian Testimony Award for their overall performance and sportsmanship. We are so proud of our student athletes!