Special Visitors Teach Pre-K Students About Coats of All Kinds!

The Kindergarten-Prep class has been learning about animals. The exciting culmination of the unit was a visit from some animals from the Lutz museum. This year the students learned about the different "coats" God has placed on each of the animals. The students learned about fur as they pet the rabbit. They learned about feathers as they pet the hen and about scales as they pet the snake!

Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Congratulations to these students for excellence in academics during the second quarter.

 

Honor Roll

 

Grade 6

Savannah Aubin

Mitchell Cannarella

Madison Chen

Jayden Knowland

Walter Lee

Isabella McKee

Jacob Williams

Mikaylee Winn

 

Grade 7

Paul Bearchell

Francis McKee

Jonathan Morhardt

Robert Shemenski

Meisha Sullivan

Isabelle Tirado-Rivera

Samuel Troche

Madeline Wickens

Sage Yoreo

 

Grade 8

Mason Hoover

Shayla Hoover

Julia Williams

 

Grade 9

Matthew Anthony

Avery Brangi

Robert Hare

Eden Thompson

 

Grade 10

Bryce Henry

Nicole LeMasurier

Grace Sebok

Isai Tirado-Rivera

 

Grade 11

Daniel Gayman

Erica Ruitto

Aidan Ward-Manthey

 

Grade 12

Joshua Gayman

Lauren Lamberg

Christina Szachon

 

 

High Honor Roll

 

Grade 6

Jonathan Hoover

Emma Paterson

Zachary Perreault

 

Grade 7

Kallista Adams

Sydnie Hoover

Zayana Medina

Norah Snellenberger

Sarah Snellenberger

Sophia Thompson

 

Grade 8

Allison Carmen

Macy Jackson

 

Grade 9

Jonah Hussey

Liza Kearney

Juliana McKee

Ariana Medina

Ethan Russell

Joshua Schmid

 

Grade 10

Megan Cabral

Ashley Lamberg

Rebecca Mihok

Daniel Owens

Chloe Snellenberger

Gabriel Sullivan

Daniel Troche

Cole Woods

 

Grade 11

Liam Hussey

Victoria Ruitto

Eliza Russell

 

Grade 12

Andrea Jenkins

Samara Maruca

Timothy Owens

Isaac Rivera

Ashley Schmid

Bethany Sullivan

Michael Wiafe

Hannah Wiley

Spirit Days Added - A Student-Initiated Update

This year’s high school Public Speaking course includes a civics focus, including instruction on presenting a thoughtful proposal to authority. The students in the class began by setting up a suggestion box in the McLain building to collect feedback from the rest of the middle and high school community.  The class then spent time reading the suggestions and evaluating them to determine if any were worthy of bringing to the administration for approval.  The class members identified one suggestion as meeting a need with which they agreed—a perceived division between the secondary students and the faculty and staff members.

 Several years ago everyone—staff and students—was allowed to dress casually when we had a late opening due to inclement weather.  As updates were made to the overall dress-code approach, these types of “casual dress days” were replaced by Theme Days and CCS Spirit Days.  Therefore, students no longer received the privilege of dressing casually on late openings. However, when considering the personal responsibilities of adults and staff members (on snowy mornings), teachers were still allowed to dress casually on these days.  The Public Speaking students learned that this stance created a feeling of unfairness and created a perception of division between the secondary students and staff. 

 

The Public Speaking students agreed that this division was unfortunate, and they wanted to draft a proposal that would eliminate the divide while also creating a spirit of unity, school spirit, and some “fun” traditions for our school body as a whole.  Therefore, the class prepared a presentation for Mrs. Snyder.  During the presentation the class members not only practiced their public speaking skills but also learned about the give-and-take that is often a part of reaching an agreed-upon solution.  Mrs. Snyder then considered the proposal and even brought it before the full faculty for discussion.

 The result? Students and teachers may now dress in School Spirit attire when we have a late opening due to inclement weather. Students and staff may wear any CCS tops (Spirit Wear shirts, P.E. shirts, Theme Shirts—current or past—CCS hoodies, CCS fleece) and casual bottoms, including CCS sweat pants.  The students and staff are hopeful that everyone will enjoy this privilege and that it will add an increased sense of school spirit and fun to our school community.

 

 

Made for More!

Annual Anti-Bullying Message by Mrs. Snyder

Each January CCS provides an anti-bullying message to our K-12 students.  This is part of our school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.  We tailor the message each year to be developmentally appropriate within our two chapel settings (K-5 and Grades 6-12). Our focus this year was on how God designed us to be.  We were reminded that God designed us for so much more than we often realize...and certainly for much more than the world would have us believe.

However, we also talked about how hard it is to be all that God created us to be.  We recognized that each of us, without exception, falls short of who we were created to be.  We all make mistakes, and we all know what it means to need forgiveness and grace.  We celebrated that God perfectly expresses His forgiveness and grace towards us through His Son, Jesus. 

We discussed what we do when we fall short, and we compared that to what we ought to do when we fall short.  We must be quick to repent and ask for the forgiveness of those we hurt when we fall short.  We were also challenged to think about what we ought to do when others around us fall short of being who there were created to be.  It’s so much harder to be all that we were made to be when others aren’t being all that they were made to be! 

Our middle and high school students took a brief survey at the beginning of their chapel so that they could discover where they feel it’s hardest to be all that they are made to be.  They discovered that some of their friends here at school find it hard to be their best at school.  So, we also began to identify those around us who can encourage us...and those around us who desperately need us to encourage them. 

Finally, we marveled at this huge call God gives us to love our ENEMIES!  Wow!  It’s not easy to be all that we were made to be without the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s not even easy to WANT to be all that we were made to be.  But we are made for more, and we all agreed that we want to encourage one another to want more for ourselves and for one another.

May God be blessed by our pursuit of Him as we embrace that He truly made us for more than what we see in the world around us!

 

CCS Spirit Week

All CCS students are invited to participate in our Spirit Week next week, 2/6 - 2/10.  Our students (K-12) voted and chose the themes for each day. The funds raised will be used for school enrichment.  We will even be giving awards each day to celebrate outstanding effort.

Monday (2/6): Sweats & Slippers Day - $1
Bring in $1 and dress in your sweats (or fleece/flannel pants) for the day! Slippers are optional!

Tuesday (2/7): Fun & Wacky Day - $1
Bring in $1 and dress casually with a fun outfit that can make others smile.  It can be mismatched, backwards, tacky, or just plain "fun!"

Wednesday (2/8): Mystery Guest Day-$1
Bring in $1 and have fun "dressing up" like someone (or something). No scary or "death-related" costumes allowed.

Thursday (2/9): Sport Day - $1
Bring in $1 and wear any sports-team attire - professional, college, town rec, or even CCS!

Friday (2/10): CCS Spirit Day - FREE
Show your CCS spirit! You can wear a CCS t-shirt or CCS colors (Blue & White.) Go all out and show your Lion's Spirit! We will end the day with a special CCS Pep Rally!

An Invitation for Women

The Manchester Church of the Nazarene (MCN) is inviting women to join their new Bible study which will begin on Thursday, January 12.  This group meets each Thursday from 9:30-11:00am in the fellowship hall - right here in the CCS elementary building.  Childcare is provided for children up through Kindergarten.  

They will be learning about the "Armor of God" through a study presented by Priscilla Shirer.  "All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you -- unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.....The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion."  (Read more at HERE)

The cost of the study is $14 for your workbook. Please contact Sandy Snellenberger at dalesnel@att.net with any questions or to register for this group.

CCS Students to Sing at Wolf Pack Hockey Game

On Saturday, March 4th, CCS students will be singing during the intermission of the 3pm hockey game. All CCS students in Grades 3 to 12 are invited to participate and sing with us!  

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the game and the singing!

Tickets may be purchased through the Cornerstone office.  The cost is $20 per adult, $15 per CCS student, and only $10 for each student who is participating as a singer.  All orders must be placed by Friday, February 24th.

The funds raised through ticket sales will be used to fund our CCS Elementary Spiritual Emphasis Week.

Please contact Mrs. Marla Wiley at mwiley@contactccs.org if you have any questions.

Job Opening - GLC Assistant to Director

Growing like Christ (GLC) is Cornerstone's extended-day program. We are currently looking for an adult to serve as the assistant to director. This position entails supervising the children, assisting in planning activities, organizing and maintaining the supplies, etc. This person will be the assumed substitute for the director as needed. The hours are approximately 2:45-5:45 Monday to Friday.  If you or someone you know enjoys working with elementary-aged children, this position might be a good fit!

Contact Joy Press at jpress@contactccs.org for more information about this opportunity.

PTFA Art Nite - Winter Wonderland (1/13)

Mrs. Loftus is working with the PTFA to present an opportunity for you to come and create your own Winter Wonderland work of art on Friday, 1/13, at 6:30pmThis evening is open to anyone at least 12 years of age (middle school students must be accompanied by an adult). Mrs. Loftus, Cornerstone’s art teacher, will guide you through he creation of your own, individualized painting. The cost for the evening is $25 each, or 2 painters registering together for $40! To RSVP, please contact Jane Loftus at jloftus@contactccs.org. You can also RSVP through the “Message Office” feature on our CCS app!

 

 

A Chapel of Thanksgiving

This morning our school community came together for a special time of thanks-giving.  It is always a special time when the whole school comes together. This year it was even more special as many of our classes participated in sharing thanks. 

The Fifth Grade opened chapel with a choral reading of Psalm 100.  Then, the high school Praise Team led us in a song of worship.

Our Pre-K students shared two songs of thanks. They sang loudly of the goodness of God and His many blessings. Each student then shared a blessing that s/he was thankful for.

Grade 2 students also shared from the Psalms as they read Psalm 105:1.  They then each shared a message of thanksgiving. Many thanked God for their family, friends, and their school.

Cornerstone's senior class got everyone involved with their "interactive" song of thanks. Everyone was up on their feet and singing along!

Kindergarten and Grade 6 partnered together to share through a special "cardboard" presentation.

The sophomore class shared a special message and a challenge.  The class challenged all in attendance to not only express our thanks to the Lord, but to be his hands and feet to those around us.  In their words..."Just because you can't help everyone, don't let that stop you from helping someone."

Grade 4 students then led us in singing another song of praise to our Lord!

Just before the Praise Team closed our chapel with a final song, Grade 7 shared a special rap!

Throughout the chapel Mr. Millington led a time of sharing. Many students and adults alike shared words of thanks for the blessings that the Lord has provided.

1st Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students in Grades 6-12 who made the first quarter honor roll!

 

 

High Honor Roll

 

 

 

Grade 6

 

Jonathan Hoover

 

Walter Lee

 

Emma Paterson

 

Zachary Perreault

 

 

 

Grade 7

 

Kallista Adams

 

Sydnie Hoover

 

Francis McKee

 

Zayana Medina

 

Norah Snellenberger

 

Sarah Snellenberger

 

 

 

Grade 8

 

Allison Carmen

 

Macy Jackson

 

Julia Williams

 

 

 

Grade 9

 

Avery Brangi

 

Jonah Hussey

 

Liza Kearney

 

Juliana McKee

 

Ariana Medina

 

Ethan Russell

 

 

 

Grade 10

 

Megan Cabral

 

Ashley Lamberg

 

Nicole LeMasurier

 

Rebecca Mihok

 

Daniel Owens

 

Chloe Snellenberger

 

Gabriel Sullivan

 

Daniel Troche

 

Cole Woods

 

 

 

Grade 11

 

Erica Ruitto

 

Victoria Ruitto

 

Eliza Russell

 

 

 

Grade 12

 

Samara Maruca

 

Isaac Rivera

 

Ashley Schmid

 

Bethany Sullivan

 

Michael Wiafe

 

Hannah Wiley

 

Honor Roll

 

Grade 6

Mitchell Cannarella

Madison Chen

Jayden Knowland

Isabella McKee

Jacob Williams

Mikaylee Winn

 

Grade 7

Paul Bearchell

Jonathan Morhardt

Gabriel Pekari

Robert Shemenski

Meisha Sullivan

Sophia Thompson

Isabelle Tirado-Rivera

Samuel Troche

Madeline Wickens

 

Grade 8

Sage Yoreo

Mason Hoover

Shayla Hoover

Mark Mihok

Coral Perreault

 

Grade 9

Matthew Anthony

Robert Hare

Joshua Schmid

Eden Thompson

Blake Yoreo

 

Grade 10

Bryce Henry

Joseph Pekari

Grace Sebok

Isai Tirado-Rivera

 

Grade 11

Daniel Gayman

Liam Hussey

Abigail Monahan

Hannah Pedro

Aidan Ward-Manthey

 

Grade 12

Alexis Freed

Joshua Gayman

Andrea Jenkins

Noah Knowland

Lauren Lamberg

Timothy Owens

Christina Szachon

The Cornerstone App is Here!

Have you downloaded the NEW Cornerstone App? If not, be sure to head on over to your App Store and download it today!  This app has been carefully designed with a variety of opportunities for you to stay informed and connected according to your unique interests and needs.  You can even receive app notifications about snow days and school emergencies!

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of articles to introduce you to the many features available on the app. For now, we will highlight just a few important instructions and key features. Please watch your email and the next few editions of the Lion’s Roar for more helpful information.

Initial Set-Up Notes

1. Do not skip the initial set-up process.  During the set-up process, you will be asked to “turn on” channels based on your notification preferences. This will determine which articles will appear in your current news feed, which events will show on your calendar view, and which notifications you will receive. For example, choosing to turn on “Athletics” will mean that all athletics events will show when you click on your app’s main calendar icon. (To easily update your preferences in the future, simply use the Settings button to make your changes.) 

2. Be sure to allow this App to send push notifications to your phone. You may even want to set it as a priority view. Then you will receive important updates and reminders from the office, as well as notification when an emergency message has been sent. You can now receive “Snow Day” notifications this way, too!

 

CHANNEL OPTIONS:

 PTFA: Get updates, reminders, and news related to Cornerstone’s PTFA (Parents, Teachers & Friends Association). Opt in to this channel to stay informed about the Scrip program and ways that you can get plugged in at Cornerstone.

 Athletics: Get updates, reminders, and game results for the CCS Lions.

 High School Guidance: Get updates, reminders and stories related to guidance and the Pathway to Christian Leadership program.  All parents and students in Grades 9-12 are strongly encouraged to opt in to this channel.

 Alumni: Receive updates and news articles related to Cornerstone’s alumni.

 KEY FEATURES:

 Latest News:  Click on this icon to read articles and view photos of what is happening at Cornerstone. This newsfeed will contain school-wide news, as well as news articles connected to the channel that you choose during the set-up process.

 Calendar: Click on this icon to view all school-wide upcoming events. Be sure to opt-in to the channels (see above) to view specific upcoming events, such as sports practices and games.

 Newsletter: You can view all editions of the Lion’s Roar (past and present) right from your phone!

 NotificationsIf you miss a notification, such as for an emergency or school closing, you can just check here!

 

 

Reflections from Senior Health

CCS Seniors recently completed a unit on spiritual health and were given an opportunity to share about their most significant lessons or experiences from the unit.  Here are just a few of their responses!

 

"The spiritual health unit has been very challenging. It got me into a routine of reading a devotional and made me think about a lot of things in my spiritual walk. For example, one of the chapters was about new beginnings, endings, in-between times and settled places. I had been struggling with where I am on that spectrum. The book helped me realize that I am in an 'in-between place' right now. It gave me ways to thrive in this time when I might otherwise feel helpless." -- CCS Senior

 

"God has used in my life what I have learned in class. I have realized there are different seasons in my life. The study showed me that I am in an in-between time. I had a temporary job that ended, and I am waiting to find out if I have a steady job. For now, I'm just waiting to see what God is going to do in my life and what he wants me to do for Him." -- Timothy

 

"During the spiritual health unit I definitely felt convicted about how I have been neglecting time with God. During our 'fast' [from something distracting], I spent a lot more time with God than I normally do, and it was such a blessing. I realized first-hand how essential daily communion with God is. Now that the 'fast' is over, I am still making an effort to spend time with the Lord. I make it my first priority, no matter how much I have to do. Even though this can feel stressful, I remember that everything falls into place when we primarily seek the Kingdom of God." -- Isaac

 

"The spiritual health portion of class has definitely helped me become more accountable to spending time with God. I liked reading the chapters every night as a devotion and having a devoted time to be with God. I also liked hearing other people's perspectives and viewpoints about each chapter. It helped open my eyes to see things that I may have overlooked before. Although I am excited to learn about the human body [in our next unit], I am glad we started with spiritual health. It was a good foundation." -- CCS Senior

 

"My spiritual health has been changed in a positive way. God showed me that things can work out, but it can take time. Not everything we want happens right away, and some things are not part of His plan. Because of this, my patience has improved, and my faith in God has increased." -- Josh

 

"In the beginning of the year I was in a relationship that was not honoring God at all. The book talked about how we should filter out things that steer us away from God. That convicted me and gave me the courage to go to that person and end the relationship. It just goes to show that you should really let God speak into your life and let Him do His work. Don't try to do everything on your own. Thank the Lord I listened, because through that I am now closer with the Lord than I have ever been!" -- CCS Senior

 

"Through reading this book, I have been constantly more aware of the work that God has been doing in me. He has been teaching me many things and has been growing me in many different areas. He has revealed little 'sneak peeks' of what He has planned for my future, and I am so incredibly excited! He keeps reminding me that I need to just keep trusting Him, and things will work out according to His plan and purpose." -- Andrea.

Partnered in Service

Each year Cornerstone students are paired up with a partner grade. For example, Kindergarten is partnered with 6th Grade; 1st Grade is partnered with 7th Grade, etc.  Throughout the year these partner grades get together at least twice to work on service projects together.

Last week we devoted a period to these paired service projects. Here are a few pictures from just a few of our classes. The Pre-K classes partnered with the Seniors to peel and sort crayons which will be donated to Crayons for Cancer.  The students in Grades 3 and 9 worked together to rake the lawn at the parsonage.

This is just one way that Cornerstone seeks to fulfill its mission to transform lives through community service and relationship building opportunities.

Don't Wait..Check the Date - Fire Prevention 2016

In October the CCS students learned important fire-prevention lessons from the members of the Manchester Fire Department.  

Students learned:

- Don't Wait, Check the Date - of your smoke detectors and replace them every 10 years!

- Set up an evacuation plan at home and practice it!

- Firemen are here to help - go towards the "stripes of life"!

- If you catch on fire...Don't holler and run about, Stop Drop & Roll to put it out!

Mrs. Press, our assistant principal, took a trip up in the bucket! But, the highlight for the students was when the fireman repelled out of the bucket!

 

Tech Squad at the FLL Scrimmage

Cornerstone's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team , the Tech Squad, attended a scrimmage on Saturday where they placed 10th out of 16 teams! The students learned a lot about what to expect at a competition and gathered LEGO design and programming ideas!

One portion of the competition was a team building exercise which required each team member to construct something to represent their team out of aluminum foil.  The Tech Squad chose to make items including a cross, the Bible, and the word BIBLE and then explained what all this meant to the rest of the attendees.  This was completely student initiated and the coaches were so proud of their creativity and declaration of the gospel.

The Tech Squad will head to the regional tournament in November. Their goal will be to integrate the things they learned from the scrimmage with their current programming and design ideas in order to complete more of the assigned missions. At this tournament they will also present an animal and human interaction and a creative way for improving it.  The team chose to research sea turtle and human interactions and are currently working on creative ideas for reducing turtle deaths from human litter (plastic, helium balloons, etc.).  

 

 

Outstanding Scholars Recognized

Congratulations to senior Ashley Schmid who has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from Cornerstone and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to Ashley, this scholastically talented senior, during a recent chapel by Mrs. Snyder.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Congratulations, also, to Isaac Rivera who has been selected as a National Hispanic Scholar through the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).  This recognition is awarded to students who scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. 

We are proud of Ashley and Isaac for these outstanding achievements! 

 

K-Prep Construction Zone

Our K-Prep class is wrapping up their Construction Zone themed unit. During this unit the students have had fun measuring, sorting, and playing with all sorts of great tools and supplies.  Thanks to the Home Depot in Bristol, CT our students had a chance to build a wagon. The kids had a blast working with a few volunteer dads to complete this project.  A huge thanks to Home Depot for supporting education!


Sharing Love Service Projects

Chocolate? Flowers? Valentine's Day cards? February 14th will be here this weekend.  Today, our students practiced sharing God's love!  Our classes got together with their partner grade for another time of service. Several classes created cards and crafts which will be included in the care packages that Mallory, CCS senior, is putting together to send to our service men and women overseas.  Several classes created crafts and cards to encourage our teachers (Shhh!).  One class worked on peeling and sorting crayons to be donated to a local group who sells Crayons for Cancer.  How are you sharing God's love with those around you?